Romney: All economy, all the time
February 29th, 2012
01:25 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney: All economy, all the time

Toledo, Ohio (CNN) – Crediting his economic know-how with helping sway voters in Michigan and Arizona, Mitt Romney targeted his stump speech Wednesday to Ohio voters by focusing solely on jobs and the economy.

Romney told the audience he was pleased by his pair of Tuesday night primary wins, which he said came in part from voters worried about the economy.

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"Interestingly, the people who said that the economy and jobs were their number one issue, they voted for me overwhelmingly," he said. "And that's one of the reasons I'm running."

His first appearance following a blockbuster night was hardly a celebratory victory lap, however: an audience of roughly 125 people gave a muted response to the speech, held on a factory floor on a chilly, rainy morning.

During a tour of the steel post factory, the owners of American Posts asked Romney to push a button and start a stamping machine used to make highway signs.

"I've got to press a button," Romney quipped. "Which will be my heavy lift in terms of manufacturing today."

He continued on an economic tack during his speech, expanding on his criticism of China's trade policies and congratulating the event site owners for managing to compete successfully.

"My guess is you sell products outside the United States as well. It's a good thing to be able sell products like from right here around the world," Romney said. "But now and then people we compete with cheat, and they send products in here. That's not fair."

In the audience was a figure from presidential campaigns past: Joe the Plumber, a.k.a. Sam Wurzlebacher, who campaigned with Sen. John McCain in 2008 but said he would not endorse before Ohio's primary March 6.

Asked by a reporter whether he had any advice for Romney, Wurzlebacher said no, then added one thought.

"The guy's made it most everywhere he's ever tried, I don't think he needs my advice," Wurzlebacher said. "Maybe hang out with some steelworkers, hang out with some plumbers and carpenters, you know, see what it's like, these blue collar guys who do it every day in and out."

He then clarified that advice applied to all the candidates, and not Mitt Romney specifically.

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Filed under: 2012 • Economy • Mitt Romney • Ohio
soundoff (69 Responses)
  1. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    "My guess is you sell products outside the United States as well."
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    Way to do your research there Mittens. You guess? You didn't bother having one of your guys do a little research for you before you visited the factory? I forgot: it was just another photo-op.
    Meanwhile your so-called economic plan consists of nothing thus far but bashing what the President is currently doing, or has done, and stating trite banalities. Running a country, you will NEVER find out,is not like ruining,er, running a company. Herman Cain will tell you that.
    You're, by far, the wealthiest political puppett EVER. But a puppett nonetheless.
    Our President is his own man. We will stand with and by him in 2012.

    February 29, 2012 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  2. Charlie from the North

    Yeah, that's it your economic know-how., sure it had nothing to do with the fact that your closet rival for the nomination is a stark raving knuckle dragging lunatic. It is just that you are that good.

    February 29, 2012 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  3. FLIndependent

    There is one thing that always boggles my mind with these campaigners – if Mitt knows so much and thinks he has the answers for the economy and that President Obama is doing so terribly, then why make the American people suffer any longer? With all Mitt's money I'm sure there are many ways he can help move the economy along now – why does he have to become president to do so? It's all such a sham – he has no more answers to our ills than Obama who is doing a fine job with what he has to deal with.

    February 29, 2012 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  4. Maximus

    Why should wealth play against a candidate in America? Where the hell are we, Russia? Venezuela? where being wealthy is looked down upon by certain people. Aren't republicans supposed to be the party for the 'rich'?

    February 29, 2012 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  5. Patriot Awesome

    Truth and Four – I think it's hysterical that you guys think Romney can beat Obama. He's having a hard time beating Santorum and Newt, and those guys are straight up crazy. I'm beginning to think that you guys ARE Mitt Romney and posting under aliases.

    February 29, 2012 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  6. Scott O' Canada

    There is a common strands that the four remaining candidates share. Leadership and likability, or a lack thereof. If you could peel away certain strengths that each have individually and combine it into a single entity, you'd have something there. However, as a stand alone, none of them possess the "Right Stuff" to lead your nation. As for Romney, his brain is sometimes like an incubator for bad ideas.

    February 29, 2012 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  7. Dane

    @Rudy NYC: The "signs" are that he is a very wealthy man. Getting wealth comes from success. And it's more evidence than BO ever offered during his campaign. His whole speech was "Hope and Change." No facts or evidence needed. It's called a campaign.

    February 29, 2012 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  8. FLIndependent

    @Truth – there are many business people in this country and it takes much more than that to become the POTUS, Leader of the Free World and Commander in Chief. We want a person who can fulfill all three of these enormous responsibilities and Mitt is not it. He has no diplomatic presence and the US can not be run like a business. All you Romney supporters seem to forget that along with him comes a new Repub administration with the same old worn out ideas that got us into this mess. President Obama is moving this country foward into the 21st Century and manufacturing and jobs are returning. It takes a long time to turn around 30 years of economic destruction but he's doing it without the help of Congress. OBAMA 2012!

    February 29, 2012 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  9. Four and The Door

    minican mama 4 Obama

    ...You're, by far, the wealthiest political puppett EVER. But a puppett nonetheless.
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    Not so, DM4O. Not even close. The wealthiest politician ever turned out to be America's best President. In today's terms, George Washington would be a billionaire. Mitt Romney is not even close. My point? Wealth is okay in that job. George Washington did a great job for America, don't you agree?

    February 29, 2012 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  10. Fair is Fair

    Four said:

    "Bain Capital is one of the companies that makes America great. We need more like them. There just aren't many people who are really good at this difficult work. More have tried and failed than have been successful. The successful ones should be proud of their achievements. They do help companies and in turn their employees and communities."
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    You forget who your talking to, Four. They would rather see a union come in and be the death knell of the company once and for all.

    February 29, 2012 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  11. diridi

    ......................Yes Obama, No Romney.
    .......................No Job shipping, Yes KB toys destroy, yes jobs to CHINA.
    Obama2012.

    February 29, 2012 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  12. Gotta Be Kiddin

    FLIndependent

    There is one thing that always boggles my mind with these campaigners – if Mitt knows so much and thinks he has the answers for the economy and that President Obama is doing so terribly, then why make the American people suffer any longer? With all Mitt's money I'm sure there are many ways he can help move the economy along now – why does he have to become president to do so? It's all such a sham – he has no more answers to our ills than Obama who is doing a fine job with what he has to deal with.
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    I totally agree with you. It's not about helping Americans – for them it's about being in charge and having the title. Imagine what all these big donors could do for this country it they gave their millions to help their fellow countrymen instead of paying for advertising to tear down someone else. All the money being spent in this election is ridiculous and yet there are Americans (white, black, brown and yellow) who can hardly afford to eat or stay in their homes. Food prices have gone through the roof and they're talking about people who are on food stamps. I wonder when the last time was they had to go and buy groceries to feed 4 or more people for a week with $75. They're all out of touch and could really care less about us regular folks.

    February 29, 2012 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  13. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    FLIndependent light up your cigar babe! Right on point. They don't care about the country which is just as well because these wealthy posers have NO ANSWERS to it's woes anyways. They just want the key to the kingdom so that they can loot what's left. No civic conscience in those there GOPeeing hearts. No sirree!
    Obama 2012.

    February 29, 2012 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  14. Woman In California

    "I've got to press a button," Romney quipped. "Which will be my heavy lift in terms of manufacturing today."

    More HUMAN moments by Willard. This is the first time in his miserable, greedy life he's ever had to "do" any REAL work.

    February 29, 2012 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  15. rs

    Yes, Mr. Romney, lets discuss your business philosophy in light of Bain Capital.

    February 29, 2012 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  16. FLIndependent

    @Four – "Wealth is okay in that job. George Washington did a great job for America, don't you agree?"

    ___________________________________

    Did you think that when your party swift-boated John Kerry and constantly condemned him for his wealth?

    February 29, 2012 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  17. Just Say No To Flipper

    "I've got to press a button," Romney quipped. "Which will be my heavy lift in terms of manufacturing today."

    In fact, that may have been the most heavy lifting he's done in his life, beyond strapping his poor innocent dog to the roof of his car. Keep talking Flipper. Every time you open your mouth your foot winds up in it.

    And right on, Dominican Mama. Mittens is such an arrogant elitist apparently his team feels no need to do research before campaign stops.

    February 29, 2012 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  18. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Four and some more: Please re-read my comment. It stated "wealthiest political PUPPETT". I can see what you mean in regards to Washington's wealth but I don't consideR Washington to have been a puppett. Thanks.

    February 29, 2012 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  19. Fla Pete

    @Truth,Mittens and vulture company Bain killed more jobs than the plague of the middle ages.He reorganized steelmills,laying off employees,desolving pensions,killing futures and dreams of many more then YOU CAN COUNT.10,000 jobs created,can't prove it.Other venture groups came forward after Bains story of Staples,Sports Authority came out,shutting down his stories of his great business actions.You haven't heard anything since then,have ya.Go to fact check and see just how great his venture group was,he also benefitted from the bailout,SMART GUY,so get your facts straight.His tax proposals would only benefit the 1%ers as usual,nothing but hot air on jobs.His ideas about the auto bailout came well AFTER Barack got it done.So you republican hypocrites quit praying to your republican gods,it ain't gonna help,you're gonna have Obama for 4more years boys and girls.

    February 29, 2012 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  20. rs

    While we're at it wasn't GW Bush supposed to be great for the American economy because of all his business acumen and his MBA? I don't think that turned out all that well. Mr. Romney IS starting to resemble Mr. Bush with his great command of facts (ahem!)

    February 29, 2012 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  21. Four and The Door

    FLIndependent
    @Four – "Wealth is okay in that job. George Washington did a great job for America, don't you agree?"
    __________________________________
    Did you think that when your party swift-boated John Kerry and constantly condemned him for his wealth?
    ___________________________________________________________________________________________
    George Washington did not get his wealth from Martha.

    February 29, 2012 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  22. The Greedy Old Pigs declared class war on US!

    "Why should wealth play against a candidate in America?"

    You extreme rightwing cult members always get this one wrong. No one is criticizing his wealth. They are criticizing HOW he achieved it and now lies about it. He is also rightfully criticized for opposing the millionaire tax and supporting lower tax rates for wealthy parasites like himself, his family and his predatory neocon buddies lurking in the 1%. Pay attention and think before you spew.

    February 29, 2012 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  23. Voltaire

    No one will ever have to wonder were Waldo/Willard is whenever he is photographed among common men. This factory probably contains hundreds, if not thousands, of workers–where are they????? Given how Willard likes to fire people, what is the rational for not having fired the entire Romney Team after that Ford Field Fiasco?

    February 29, 2012 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  24. nothing new here

    Of course it is all about the economy!

    WE are not voting on who will be the next Pope, priest or pastor of a local church.
    This rambling about birth control, or who is suppose to go to college, is trivial and a waste of the taxpayers time. This is not the place of greedy politicians to lay out a plan for every person's life.
    The Republican party is now the new Nanny State Police, and this will come back to haunt this party, come general election time.

    February 29, 2012 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  25. Anonymous

    "Wealth is okay in that job. George Washington did a great job for America, don't you agree?"

    You really wanna go there? GW also served honorably as our military leader. Guess who didn't?

    February 29, 2012 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
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