Westerville, Ohio (CNN) - Mitt Romney expanded on his business career and tamped down on the harsh tenor of his recent attacks on President Barack Obama in a speech Friday in the battleground state of Ohio.
Amid calls from some in his party for a more positive message, the presumptive GOP nominee offered an audience at Otterbein University a vision of a conscientious businessman who could deliver results over rhetoric - an oblique reference to his Democratic rival.
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Though he avoided saying Obama's name, Romney suggested that in approaching the 2012 presidential contenders, the audience "consider not just the brilliance of their words, but also the facts of their record and what they’ve done, and that will be the best predictor, I believe, of what they’ll do going forward."
Romney said his experience at a private equity firm had taught him to look at the raw facts in approaching his work.
"The impact of gathering facts, gathering information, learning about the reality behind the words, has proven to me, in the business sector, that facts are more important than words and that results are more important than words," he said. "So as you look at the campaign of 2012, you’re gonna hear a lot of words, but you're going to have an opportunity to also look behind the words at the facts."
As he stood before an audience of mostly students after days of campaign jousting with Obama's re-election effort over the youth vote, Romney spoke more generally about his proposals for economic turnaround.
He did, however, tell of meeting with two successful restaurant entrepreneurs - the owners of Jimmy's Johns sandwich chain and Papa John's pizza - and encouraged the young adults to "take a shot, go for it. Take a risk. Get the education. Borrow money if you have to from your parents."
Step on people, raid companies and send their jobs overseas.
Borrow the money from parents who are struggling themselves? What a disconnected JERK!
Mitt Romney talks business and economics with the students. Obama would have talked either academics or politics... the only things he is familiar with.
Mittens the lying clown offers SS, DD.
What a unqualified person period. Just hired santorums former campaign manager. This guy is completely out of touch with America except for Utah.
"take a shot, go for it. Take a risk. Get the education. Borrow money if you have to from your parents." Oh Mittens, everyone doesn't have a billionaire daddy.
Mitt Romney says just borrow money from your parents...unbelievably out of touch
In the real world, not all parents have Romney's elitist position, and students need financial assistance from student loans. Pass a clean bill and quit attacking women's healthcare, Boehner.
Mitt Romney ,
Borrow the money from your parents ?
Five sons, all avoided military service " Mitt Romney "
Day in day out, Gov. Romney proves himself so out of touch. What a disgraceful man. Why is that his food box is untouched? That not the kind of food he'd let go into his stomach. Not sophisticated enough! This reminds me of the cookies that he downplayed in PA as he looked at them with contempt and never touched them. This man wants to be president of regular people? He needs to read about politics 101 Mr Gov, politically your the biggest cretin.
The optics for Mr. 1% are very sad, President Obama fills a stadium with students and Mr. 1% lures 7 students to his "round table" with free food?
Yo' Robme, I am available for the position of pictorial advisor, the one you have is a moron!
Oh look, Mittens the Mormon, only wanted the "superior" light skinned students at the table!
"Borrow money if you have to from your parents."
That one phrase speaks volumes about this out of touch millionaire.
Sure, EVERY parent in America can dip into that 20 million dollar trust fund for each child and "loan" them the money.
Out of touch, hardly begins to describe this freakin' flake and arrogant anal sphincter!
Looks like, Chubby did not read the part of his payment voucher that said you HAD to laugh and look interested in what moron Mittens had to say, BEFORE, focusing on the food!
Mitt needs to be substantive about his economic ideas. Tax breaks for the wealthy, austerity by gutting the safety net and wreckless militaristic spending will guarantee disaster. How will he stimulate the economy to boost employment when record corporate profits are not moving the needle. The wage sector of the economy can only be boosted by Govt expenditures which he opposes with vitriol. Spell it out Mitt.
Bain capital is crazy. Watch YouTube when mitt Romney came to town.
Romney talking about his business career? Otterbein students must've been treated to the shortest discussion in history. "Get born rich, and handed a company based on your name. As long as you don't run it into the ground, you're a success!" Talk about being born on 3rd base, and thinking you hit a triple....the Democratic Party could not have handpicked a better candidate to run against President Obama this fall.
"Get the education. Borrow money if you have to from your parents." This is not what financial planners recommend to parents. Maybe Romney never had to worry about retirement planning. Just saying.
One business question for Romney - exactly how would things be better if we had taken Romney's advice and let the American auto industry die?
From mitten: Borrow money from your parents... wow
I see he's too good (again) to eat any of the food offered. What a regular guy (not)
Glad to know that every parent can borrow their children alll of the money they need to go to college. This guy really has no clue. None what so ever.
The students in the background looked bored when Romney was speaking today its about time he talk about something else besides the President. They didn't look enthused at all it looked as if their parent made them attend.
President Obama can relate to these young people and he can feel their pain because he and Michele have expeienced it they had to work hard for everything they got.
Please please don't vote for this man he keeps talking about what a good business man that he is what about foreign policy and other issues that come up for the president we don't need a business man and what president consults with pizza shop owners
Um, they're terrific. I mean the owners of sandwich and pizza, who are usually willing to have them become deeper and bigger.
Mitt you do know the dems will try and find someway to make you look like you were privileged with those comments. I agree with you but some parents do not have that kinda money to give their kids.