Romney makes preemptive strike in Ohio
May 4th, 2012
08:31 AM ET
2 years ago

Romney makes preemptive strike in Ohio

(CNN) – As President Barack Obama gears up for a big rally in Ohio–his first official campaign event this cycle–his likely opponent Mitt Romney penned a not-so-warm welcome letter for the president in The Cleveland Plain Dealer.

"Dear Mr. President: Welcome to Ohio. I have a simple question for you: Where are the jobs?" Romney wrote in the op-ed published Friday.

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The letter largely targets Obama over his economic policies, describing the president's time in the White House as a period marred by "paltry results."

"I recognize, of course, as do all Americans, that you inherited an economic crisis. But you've now had three years to turn things around. The record of those three years is clear. Your policies have failed, not only in Ohio, but across the nation," Romney wrote.

He added: "Undoing the damage you've done will be a daunting challenge."

The president will hold a big rally at Ohio State University in Columbus on Saturday. Later in the day, he'll travel to hold a second event in Richmond, Virginia.

Saturday will likely mark the first of many major campaign days in Ohio, as it's set to be a crucial battleground in the fall.

The president won the Buckeye State in 2008 with 52% of the vote. Since then, however, Republicans have made big gains, sweeping statewide offices and picking up the governor's office. The GOP also held an open U.S. Senate seat and gained five seats in the House.

A recent Quinnipiac Poll indicates the race is all tied up in Ohio between Obama and Romney, the presumptive GOP presidential nominee. According to the survey, 44% of voters back Obama, while 42% support Romney.

While the unemployment rate in Ohio is lower than the national average at 7.5%, according to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, Romney challenged the president on his job creation record and argued the president's campaign 2008 "promises now ring hollow."

"Whatever the case, what you are offering Ohio now is too little, too late," Romney said.

Obama's re-election campaign did not immediately return a request for comment.

– CNN National Political Correspondent Jim Acosta contributed to this report.


Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Ohio • President Obama
soundoff (38 Responses)
  1. Tubby the Tuba

    Romney's state of Mass. was ranked 47th in job creation while he was Govenor of Mass.! He is trying to pull the wool over eveyone's eyes and the Republicans know it.

    May 4, 2012 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  2. Mtheumer

    Ya think he should have waited until he found out about the unemployment rate dropping again?

    May 4, 2012 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  3. Donald "ORANGE JULIUS" Trump

    If Romney wasn't so personally irritating, I would take a moment to listed to what he is saying.

    May 4, 2012 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  4. Marie MD

    If it's anything like what he did in Marland there will be a LOT of lying ads and 24/7 annoying robo (sort od fitting for this flip flopper) calls.
    I know the teapublikans the haters and the sociorobot bishop don't care about stats but just in case, employment figures are up and unemployment is down to 8.1%. I wonder what faux news is going to do now because they can't round that figure up to a higher number as it IS below .5 percent.

    May 4, 2012 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  5. Hank Danger

    I'm from Ohio, I moved to NYC because of the failed economy, during the Bush years. You can't have an economy that has been completely derailed by the Bush administration recover in 3 years, especially when our 2 party system fails to pass anything, even the obvious things that would help. The GOP is at it's worst. They couldn't even decide on a candidate until the last possible minute and they landed on Mitt Romney? You've got to be kidding me. What a pathetic mess that party has become. Can't wait to see what pasty looking pawn his running mate is going to be.

    May 4, 2012 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  6. GROVER NORQUIST IS A ENEMY OF THE STATE/Dutch, Bad Newz, VA

    Where are the jobs? That's what your majority in the House ran on. You should be asking them that question idiot. Mr. Mormon, how many AMERICAN jobs did you send overseas?????

    May 4, 2012 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  7. AL in West Palm Beach

    Let me answer for the Pres Robmey.

    Where are the jobs? Go ask all those people working in companies making car parts. Go ask those people THE DETROIT BAIL OUT helped keep food on their table. Go ask all those people whose jobs weren't lost because of the policies of the previous administration's laissez-fair approach to wall-street.

    GO AHEAD ASK THEM!!!

    May 4, 2012 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  8. Obama Cares

    A question for you Mittzy, where is your job plan?

    May 4, 2012 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  9. Dominican mama 4 Obama (the real one)

    "I recognize, of course, as do all Americans, that you inherited an economic crisis. But you've now had three years to turn things around
    -------------------------------------------------
    Somebody has been very busy behind the scenes smoothing out Robmey's jagged edges. The GOTeatards have come to realize that their continuous poking of the President was netting them negative polling. Robmey has now shifted to the old 'stroke and poke'. Shame on your idiocy Ohio if you fall for this ploy from someone whose expertise lies in shipping jobs and his money OUT of the country, and firing people and closing down companies.
    Obama 2012. Because Romney doesn't care about Ohio or any other state in America.

    May 4, 2012 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  10. Mike

    I was once with a girl who got pulled over for running a red light, and then argued with the cop– not about whether she had run the light, but whether there was even a light at that intersection! You could turn around and see it!

    May 4, 2012 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  11. slkwly

    HHHmmm.... as opposed to Mitt, who made his money off selling struggling businesses, moving the remaining jobs overseas and taking pictures depicting the profits he and his partners were getting (some of which I'm sure is paying for that car lift at his beachfront mansion). Or how about throwing your support behinfd the Wall Street bailouts (people to whom he can relate) and then taking the oppoite view on GM-which also affects many jobs in Ohio?

    But, I digress....

    As any educated person knows (i know, i know, "educated" is a bad word for many tea partiers and core republican voters), the president does not create jobs. Second, when his party got control of the House of Respresentatives and state legislatures across the country, the first things they did were to strip union jobs, layoff teachers, cops and firefighters and start trying to repeal abortion laws. How does any of that help create jobs, Mitt?

    May 4, 2012 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  12. Jeetu

    Governor Romney charge against President Obama is absurd and a lack lof understanding as to how an economy works. I nation is not like a business firm where a CEO can call the shots and say what will happen. President Obama inherited the worse ecomony in US history and in three years had turned the tide to positive job growth, income growth and consumer confidence. These are positive signs that Romeny fails to acknowledge. It takes time to fix a recession of the magnitude inherited by Obama and we are on the right track inspite of all the negative and destructive actions by the republicans.

    I would like to know waht would Romeny do to fix the problems facing USA and how he will create jobs. It is easy to critize, it is difficult to propose and act. Just to say that he will decrease taxes on the richest people to create jobs does not show that he understand economics or the facts. At present most job losses are because of cuts in jobs at the federal and state government level. And Romney and his republican friends want to cut those more. How would a decrease in taxes on the richest people fix that?

    I think we will worse-off if Romney gets elected as President as the unemployment rate will skyrocket but won't show in the actual numbers as repulicnas often find clever ways to present numbers to make them look good.

    Thus, the conclusion is that we need Obama as President for another four years.

    May 4, 2012 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  13. Jimm

    Perhaps Mr Romeny should ask John Boehner (R-OH) why they won't pass the infastructure jobs bill?

    May 4, 2012 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  14. annette

    why don't you ask boehner and all the repubs that were voted in two years ago "where the jobs are" because you repubs were the ones that promised jobs when elected and the repubs never did do anything about "jobs" which means you repubs "LIED" to the american people just to get voted in and did absolutely nothing but blame the president for the last two years. so mitt, what are you going to do to save this country – so far i have heard nothing.

    May 4, 2012 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  15. Mike

    Dear Mitt and when you were Governor where were the jobs, you dropped th eunemployement ratea meger 0.2% while the national ave dropped 2.0% . Please look in the mirror before speaking in the future , you making yourself look like a fool. Sincerley a republican vote who will be voting for Obama in Nov as voting once for you was once to many times

    May 4, 2012 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  16. mario

    who will be stup enough to vote for this guy????cmon

    May 4, 2012 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  17. Randy, San Francisco

    If Romney's economic message is distracted by polarizing social values issues, he will jeopardize his chances to win in November.

    May 4, 2012 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  18. harvey 60

    Actually, Mitt, Obama has reduced unemployment during his term. I venture to say he's create more jobs than you did while you ran Bain Capital. The only thing you were interested in there was bankrupting companies and ruining workers' lives. You're a conniving conceited smug millionaire who's only interested in preserving your family's wealth into future generations by abolishing the estate tax and reducing your own income tax rate from the lofty 15% you now pay.

    May 4, 2012 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  19. Al-NY,NY

    Sorry Flippy but since you give no alternatives, your "strikes" are just those. YOu get two more and you are out

    May 4, 2012 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  20. jim

    "I recognize, of course, as do all Americans, that you inherited an economic crisis."

    An interesting admission on Mitt's part. I'm curious to know how Mitt's policies would differ from the very policies which caused the mess Pres. Obama inherited. I'm guessing its the same old stuff.....

    May 4, 2012 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  21. B

    Romney wants to know "where the jobs are?." I'll tell where they are. They're in China, Mexico, and India where you and Bain Capital sent them.

    May 4, 2012 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  22. MaryM

    lol, good try Romney, you have already lost and the GOP/TP/Repub powers that be know it.

    May 4, 2012 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  23. Boisepoet

    Dear Mr. Romney, where are YOUR plans to help the economy.

    Tax cuts you say? We already have the lowest personal tax rates in the last 60 years...why doesn't it help?

    May 4, 2012 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  24. Richard Broderick, Jr.

    "I recognize, of course, as do all Americans, that you inherited an economic crisis."

    Hey Mitt, you may recognize that the President inherited an economic crisis, but more importantly, how do your proposed policies differ from the Bush policies that caused that crisis?

    May 4, 2012 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  25. Tony

    Where is the "jobs, jobs, jobs" plan Republicans promised in 2010?

    May 4, 2012 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
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