With Ohio college students, Romney talks business
April 27th, 2012
07:27 PM ET
6 years ago

With Ohio college students, Romney talks business

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."

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soundoff (74 Responses)
  1. Jay

    Step on people, raid companies and send their jobs overseas.

    April 27, 2012 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  2. Bob

    Borrow the money from parents who are struggling themselves? What a disconnected JERK!

    April 27, 2012 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  3. Four and The Door

    Mitt Romney talks business and economics with the students. Obama would have talked either academics or politics... the only things he is familiar with.

    Romney 2012

    April 27, 2012 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  4. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Mittens the lying clown offers SS, DD.

    April 27, 2012 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  5. Bootstomper

    What a unqualified person period. Just hired santorums former campaign manager. This guy is completely out of touch with America except for Utah.

    April 27, 2012 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  6. SurRy

    "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.

    April 27, 2012 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  7. American

    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.

    April 27, 2012 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  8. thomas

    Mitt Romney ,
    Borrow the money from your parents ?

    Five sons, all avoided military service " Mitt Romney "

    April 27, 2012 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  9. zago

    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.

    April 27, 2012 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  10. The GOP's "Trickle Down" and "Voodoo" economic policies left a wet spot on the shoes of middle America!

    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!

    April 27, 2012 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  11. Deep in the Heart of Texass!

    Oh look, Mittens the Mormon, only wanted the "superior" light skinned students at the table!

    April 27, 2012 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  12. Hitch up those magic undies and gird your loins for class warfare, Mr. .0006%!

    "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!

    April 27, 2012 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  13. GOP = Greed Over People

    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!

    April 27, 2012 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  14. bwise

    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.

    April 27, 2012 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  15. Gurgyl

    Bain capital is crazy. Watch YouTube when mitt Romney came to town.

    April 27, 2012 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  16. 6speed

    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.

    April 27, 2012 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  17. mark_hollingsworth@att.net

    "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.

    April 27, 2012 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  18. mark_hollingsworth@att.net

    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?

    April 27, 2012 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  19. mario

    From mitten: Borrow money from your parents... wow

    April 27, 2012 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  20. GI Joe

    I see he's too good (again) to eat any of the food offered. What a regular guy (not)

    April 27, 2012 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  21. wwf

    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.

    April 27, 2012 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  22. Dee

    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.

    April 27, 2012 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  23. Name Stephanie from Pittsburgh

    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

    April 27, 2012 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  24. helenecha

    Um, they're terrific. I mean the owners of sandwich and pizza, who are usually willing to have them become deeper and bigger.

    April 27, 2012 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  25. NameCatmandew

    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.

    April 27, 2012 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
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