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.

- Follow the Ticker on Twitter: @PoliticalTicker

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."

Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Ohio
soundoff (74 Responses)
  1. NJBob

    The poor students were bored to tears. They knew they were being lied to.

    April 27, 2012 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  2. D. Trump

    Blah blah blah. Blah blah blah. Blah blah blah. And that's for Friday. Tomorrow he'll pull and Etch A Sketch

    April 27, 2012 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  3. D. Trump

    Blah blah blah. Blah blah blah. Blah blah blah. And that's for Friday. Tomorrow he'll pull an Etch A Sketch

    April 27, 2012 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  4. Angy

    romey is a loser! period!

    April 27, 2012 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  5. mikle

    GO , Romney, GO. 2012.

    April 27, 2012 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  6. TigersClaw

    He does whatever he has to, says whatever he has to, to achieve the goal he has pursued for years.
    Poor men wanna be rich, rich men wanna be king . . .

    April 27, 2012 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  7. IanA1

    Meanwhile, against the will of both the US public and the White House, republicans in the House unanimously passed CISPA, once again threatening Internet freedom. How can anyone support these republicans? Everything they do is just WRONG.

    April 27, 2012 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  8. Kelly

    "Borrow money from your parents if you have to" as if this is an option available for everyone.What a joke this guy is!

    April 27, 2012 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  9. larry5

    When Obama approaches business issues he can skip checking the facts. He couldn't make sense of them one way or the other. Obama does have one advantage. Take Solyndra for example. The deal there was that the citizens of America take the risk and Obama's business partners take the money. All Obama's investors run off with their money and we pay the bills. On top of that Obama says that's the way to do business and create a green economy. And Obama says all this with a straight face.

    April 28, 2012 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  10. dan5404

    I saw parts of that speech. It was boring and there was not a single smile or round of applause from any of the dozens of students behind him. Nearly all of them were looking off to the side and didn't appear to even care what he was saying. They appeared totally bored.

    April 28, 2012 12:29 am at 12:29 am |
  11. dan

    I don't think Romney gets it any more then I think Obama gets it. Not all parents have money to loan any more a lot have lost jobs and are starting over them selves. The President saying the economy is better. For how long is it going to move foward if we borrow money to run this country.
    The sad thing is that most other countries are now raising tuition for college students to help with costs. I hear a lot of politicions say we do not want to pass this burden onto our kids. Don't think they realize that is exactly what they are doing.

    April 28, 2012 12:55 am at 12:55 am |
  12. Chris

    Are you kidding me? There are people running for mayor of small towns who have bigger audiences than that.

    April 28, 2012 01:07 am at 1:07 am |
  13. Chris

    Are you kidding me? There are people running for mayor of small towns who have bigger audiences than that. I have noticed time and time again how few people show up to hear Romney speak.

    April 28, 2012 01:08 am at 1:08 am |
  14. nolimits3333

    Romney closed a secret Swiss bank account under an IRS amnesty.

    Why were you hiding that money, Mr. Romney?

    April 28, 2012 01:27 am at 1:27 am |
  15. J.V.Hodgson

    Which words would Romney like us to look behind? Those when he was" flipping" or "flopping".
    Help me please Mr Romney which of your words should I consider looking behind most??

    April 28, 2012 01:29 am at 1:29 am |
  16. mirrorlogic

    Nice – Obama thousands...Mitt, a hand full of students with a few box lunches.

    April 28, 2012 01:30 am at 1:30 am |
  17. no mas pantalones

    "I'm a regular guy and I undetstand your problems . And my father was born poor. And my dog loved riding on top of the car, and he really really thought it was marvelous that he messed himself and had to be hosed off. And oh yeah, I care about all you peasants."

    Liar liar, pants on fire.

    April 28, 2012 03:38 am at 3:38 am |
  18. Novote4republicansin2012

    This same college Romoney spoke at received over $80,000 of stimulus funds which created more classes. Romoney your out of luck with this crowd.


    April 28, 2012 06:15 am at 6:15 am |
  19. Sandy

    "Borrow money if you have to from your parents."

    And what if you're parents don't have that kind of money to lend? I guess in Mitt's world if you don't have the money to go to college you're out of luck. What a jerk.

    Obama 2012!

    April 28, 2012 06:28 am at 6:28 am |
  20. Flipper Rmoney Failure Ahead

    Hmmm, the lyin' snake oil salesman is saying "pay attention to facts"? Rmoney is doing everything he can to hide the facts about himself, like his tax returns and governor records in MA. Mr, Flip-flop Rmoney sounds like a typical lying GOBP cult hypocrite.

    April 28, 2012 06:59 am at 6:59 am |
  21. 40 acres

    >>>>"take a shot, go for it. Take a risk. Get the education. Borrow money if you have to from your parents."<<<<

    And once again Romney proves he just doesn't get it.

    April 28, 2012 07:23 am at 7:23 am |
  22. Audrey

    And what if your parents don't have $60,000 laying around?

    April 28, 2012 07:30 am at 7:30 am |
  23. Jules

    Did you see that speech he gave? His audience was in pain. Econ 101 was the most boring class I ever had to sit through and this was like all those old droll professors who don't know how to make the subject interesting rolled into one presidential candidate. President Obama should go to this college now just to make up for what those young people had to sit through.

    April 28, 2012 07:38 am at 7:38 am |
  24. Eric

    Borrow from your parents, huh? Figures that Romney would think it's that easy...

    April 28, 2012 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
  25. Marie MD

    Yes, young people, prepare yourselves to fire Americans workers, send their jobs overseas, close American plants or bankrupt American companies but . . . . . make money while doing it and don't lose any sleep over it.
    His business plans are to sc rew everyone but as long as you become the $250M+ man it's okay.

    April 28, 2012 07:55 am at 7:55 am |
1 2 3