Romney on message in Ohio
March 5th, 2012
01:28 PM ET
3 years ago

Romney on message in Ohio

Youngstown, Ohio (CNN) – Closing in on another hard-fought battle with Rick Santorum, on Monday Mitt Romney drilled down on his economic message in the battleground state of Ohio.

"If you think this campaign against President Obama is going to be about the economy, and jobs, and government being too big, then I'm the guy you need to nominate," Romney told an audience at a Canton guard rail factory the day before the state's primary.

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Ohio offers 63 delegates and a huge symbolic victory for any candidate.

Romney supporters have rumbled into industrial lots at a string of factory across the state, where they gathered on concrete floors to listen to the candidate amid the buzz of machinery.

The message they've heard is almost solely economy-based. The former Massachusetts governor focused has pared back his stump speech, cutting an ode to America's hymns and the forays into social issues such as abortion rights he has occasionally made in the past.

"I look at this campaign right now and I see a lot of folks all talking about a lot of things, but what we need to talk about to defeat Barack Obama is getting good jobs and scaling back the size of government and that's what I do," Romney, who was battling a cold, said in Canton. "What I know is the economy."

Later, in Youngstown, Romney made the case for Ohio voters to coalesce around his candidacy and propel him to a win in the closely-watched state.

"I believe if I do, I'll get the nomination," he said. "And then we can start organizing our effort to make sure that we replace President Obama."

He warned: "The process may be long. It may be slow. But he's raising millions of dollars every month. And has an organization, I'm told – someone told me yesterday – that he has 491 members of his staff, in his campaign staff. This is a huge juggernaut effort."

In comparison Romney aides have painted their effort as a more streamlined, underdog effort against the president. A Romney advisor said their campaign employed 100 staffers.


Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Ohio
soundoff (45 Responses)
  1. rightytighty

    ►"If you think this campaign against President Obama is going to be about the economy, and jobs, and government being too big..

    Then you haven't been watching the spin on this Collaberation News Network.

    March 5, 2012 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  2. jilli

    "If you think this campaign against President Obama is going to be about the economy, and jobs, and government being too big, then I'm the guy you need to nominate," Romney told an audience at a Canton guard rail factory the day before the state's primary.

    Romney, as governor was ranked 47th in job creation, he increased the states debt 16.5%, and he increased the number of government jobs at the rate of 6 government jobs for each job created in the private sector.

    He's either a liar or thinks you're stupid. Which is it? The facts just don't align with his claim.

    March 5, 2012 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  3. alkarrk

    Go Mitt!

    March 5, 2012 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  4. diridi

    What message this dude has, zero. How to ship jobs overseas for cheap labor. Enough.

    March 5, 2012 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  5. Terry

    "he increased the states debt 16.5%"?

    What stats were you looking at? Romney balanced the MA budget every year he was governor. When he took over, Massachusetts was up to it's neck in debt. Romney got it down to nothing. When he left office, he left the state with a budget surplus.

    March 5, 2012 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  6. Mikey

    Romney must be praying that the economy doesn't continue to improve. Without an economic message, he's got nothing – and his economic message is pretty weak. Massachusetts resume does not stand up to scrutiny, he was a job killing leveraged buy-out corporate raider at Bain, and the Olympics were successful because of a massive insusion of taxpayer money.

    I guess they are hoping that all their saber rattling at Iran and their buddies in big oil shuttering three east coast refineries will increase gas prices and choke off the recovery.

    March 5, 2012 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  7. Joseph

    @Terry, I have noticed that you cannot argue on this blog with facts. The liberals take a narrow view instead of looking at the "big picture." My perception is most on here do not look past the color of the presidents skin to see the actual facts, or they pick and choose which "facts" to use in their posts.

    March 5, 2012 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  8. Women for Obama

    I'd like to know why Mitt Romney isn't running on being former governor of MA? if I were a former governor now seeking to be president I'd run on my record of that office. There's some thing he doesn't want the american people to know, whatever it is I hope Team Obama expose him for the fraud he is.

    March 5, 2012 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  9. Thomas

    Mitt and the New Mormon Mafia .

    5 sons , all avoided military service.

    March 5, 2012 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  10. Lolo

    @ Joseph, thank you. You hit the nail on the head. All they see is a black man.

    March 5, 2012 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  11. Peace

    @Women for Obama

    I'd like to know why Mitt Romney isn't running on being former governor of MA? if I were a former governor now seeking to be president I'd run on my record of that office. There's some thing he doesn't want the american people to know, whatever it is I hope Team Obama expose him for the fraud he is.
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    Not only that, he hasn't come to MA at all though he went to Maine. May be he is afraid to campaign again as a moderate conservative while he has said it loudly he is "a severely conservative". What a flip-flopper he is?

    March 5, 2012 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  12. American

    What message?

    That similar to Bush...Romney wants to return to the same ol' disproportionate policies that favor the top 1% instead of middle-class Americans. That this time instead of trying to privatize Social Security, Romney is pushing to privatize our seniors' Medicare. It's not right.

    March 5, 2012 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  13. White People for Romney

    Yeah, its down to pretty much anybody except Obama. The rest of our liberties will be taken away if Obama continues to be president. So many blind, or choose to be blind.

    March 5, 2012 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  14. MeMelvin

    Hindus for Newt
    Branch Davidians for Mitt
    Sciencetologists for Rick
    Buddahists for Ron
    Satan Worshippers for Rush

    All seems kind of silly, doesn't. Well, except that last one...

    March 5, 2012 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  15. Rudy NYC

    "Let's see... chop $1 Trillion from the debt every 2 years. That's $500 Billion per year. Now since we're running $1.5 Trillion annual deficits, what you're really saying is the Bush tax cuts cost $2 Trillion per year."
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    That is fuzzy math, Fair.

    March 5, 2012 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  16. Pat

    Republicans say we should give bigger tax breaks to the top 1% bcoz we should not envy sucessful people. Okay then why are Newt & Santorum complaining about Mitt outspending them 20 to 1. Mitt is sucessfull and has more resources they (Santorum & Newt & majority of GOP) should lead by example by not complaining bcoz it is class warfare. Do the conservtards realise the edge that money/wealth gives u? GOP supporters are arguing against what they themselves are supporting. Truth is money gives a very big advantage & top 1% have framed the rules to their advantage by bribing the lobbyists and Super PACs and thats why rich need to pay a fair share of the taxes(30% like the middle class starting with Mittens).

    March 5, 2012 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  17. Anonymous

    God Bless Romney, our next US President, 2012! Just ignore the liberals and their stupid and jealous talks. The liberals will never see the truth and they will always be ignorant.

    March 5, 2012 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  18. Slightly Left of Center

    Youngstown, Ohio's economy and it's industrial base have been beaten down over the last 30-40. Their steel and metalworking industries are just a shadow of their former selves. One of the biggest employers in the area is the General Motors Lordstown Assembly Plant. Yes, GM. You know....one of those employers that Mitt thinks should have gone under. That would have been the death knell to an already depressed area. I can't see them believing much of what Mitt says.

    March 5, 2012 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  19. GI Joe.

    Give us specific details on a PLAN.

    March 5, 2012 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    "On message"? What is that supposed to mean? Rmoney has no message except to say whatever he thinks people want to hear, larded with a heapin' helpin' of lies.

    March 5, 2012 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
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