Romney details 'First 100 Days,' says Obama's 'words are cheap'
June 13th, 2012
03:16 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney details 'First 100 Days,' says Obama's 'words are cheap'

Washington (CNN) – Having already aired advertisements describing what he'd do on "Day 1" in the White House, Mitt Romney explained on Wednesday what he'd do over another 99 days.

The presumptive Republican presidential nominee also used his address to business chiefs to prebut President Barack Obama's economic speech in Ohio on Thursday. Romney will campaign in Ohio the same day.

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"[The president] said, as you know, just a few days ago, that the private sector is doing fine," Romney said. "But the incredulity that came screaming back from the American people has caused him, I think, to re-think that. And I think you're going to see him change course when he speaks tomorrow."

Romney continued: "And where he will acknowledge that it isn't going so well and he'll be asking for four more years...My own view is that he will speak eloquently, but the words are cheap."

Shooting back, Team Obama accused Romney of making a "dishonest claim" about the president's record and "failed to offer any new ideas of his own" on improving the economy.

Lis Smith, a spokeswoman for the Obama campaign, argued Romney would push "budget-busting tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans" and let "Wall Street write its own rules–the same policies that crashed the economy and devastated the middle class in the first place."

"America can't afford Romney economics," she said in a statement.

Romney was the guest of the Business Roundtable's quarterly meeting. The group, an association of CEOs of major corporations, hosted President Obama in March.

Over 100 CEOs attended to hear Romney. Reporters were allowed into the session for the candidate's opening remarks, which lasted roughly 20 minutes. Afterwards, all members of the media were asked to leave so that Romney and the business leaders could privately interact. The Business Roundtable's meetings are typically closed to the press.

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In addition to pre-butting the president's speech, Romney laid out what he'd do in the first 100 days of a Romney administration. Earlier Wednesday, the campaign released a graphic on "How a Romney Presidency Would be Different."

"I will in my first 100 days take action to eliminate government programs, to send a lot of government programs back to states where I limit the rate of growth at inflation, and to cut back the number of federal employees through attrition," Romney said. "And by the way, to link the pay of government workers with the pay that exists in the private sector. And those things save about $500 billion a year by my fourth year in office, if I am lucky enough to be elected, and get us to a balanced budget within eight to 10 years."

Also on Romney's to-do list: approving the controversial Keystone pipeline, slashing non-security discretionary government spending, reducing the number of government regulations and repealing 'Obamacare.'

On that issue, Romney repeated a new line of attack against the president – a slam that's being cited as taking the president's words out of context.

"The other day, when he was asked, 'Do you understand that particular small businesses [are] having a hard time because of Obamacare?' He said he didn't know – he hadn't heard that small businesses were affected by Obamacare, negatively," Romney told the CEOs, referring to the president.

It turns out, that's not exactly what the president said.

During a Tuesday interview with a local television from Iowa, the president was asked about the impact of the nation's health reform law on small businesses.

The interviewer told the president that an Iowa company said it had to close and move jobs to Wisconsin, as a "direct result of the health care reform that you initiated, that Congress passed."

"How do you react to that?" the reporter asked.

The president responded: "That would be kind of hard to explain. Because the only folks that have been impacted in terms of the health care bill are insurance companies who are required to make sure that they're providing preventive care, or they're not dropping your coverage when you get sick. And so, this particular company probably wouldn't have been impacted by that."

Meanwhile, Romney also told the business leaders that the government often treats them as if they're adversaries – instead of friends.

"Government has to be the partner, the friend, the ally, the supporter of enterprise not the enemy," Romney said. "Too often, you find yourself facing a government that looks at you like you are the bad guys. And if you are hiring people and employing people and paying taxes you are the good guys. I want you to do well."

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Filed under: 2012 • Economy • Mitt Romney • President Obama • Washington D.C.
soundoff (231 Responses)
  1. George form Raleigh

    I would have more respect for Romney if he would just shut up unitl he has something meaningful or useful to say.

    June 13, 2012 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  2. Lando

    You will not and will never be an inch closer to the gates of the White House....we the people are not dumb....
    "PEOPLES POWER' not Money Power...

    June 13, 2012 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  3. Natalie

    Hey "Four And the Door", are you married to "myviewis" by any chance? Or are you the same person? You two are typically the only ones pumping Mittens; cracks me up!

    June 13, 2012 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  4. g

    i think mitt and the rest of the group should be behind locked doors for treason–shipping good tax paying jobs to communist china

    June 13, 2012 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  5. Rob124

    Why would anyone give any credence to what Mitt Romney has to say. He will lie time after time and then tell a lie to cover up a lie. Pathetic really.

    June 13, 2012 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  6. GL

    I will in my first 100 days take action to eliminate government programs, to send a lot of government programs back to states where I limit the rate of growth at inflation, and to cut back the number of federal employees through attrition," Romney said. "And by the way, to link the pay of government workers with the pay that exists in the private sector. And those things save about $500 billion a year by my fourth year in office, if I am lucky enough to be elected, and get us to a balanced budget within eight to 10 years."

    Once again the media let Mitt get away with not telling the American people what government programs he would cut.

    June 13, 2012 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  7. Rudy NYC

    Does anyone out there know how Mitt Riomney plans to pay for his $500 billion per year tax cut?

    If tax cuts for the wealthy create US jobs, then how come so many of them send their money to overseas banks?

    June 13, 2012 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  8. Russ

    I get so tired of hearing what this moron, I mean Mormon will do on day 1. Is he really that stupid? He will get absolutely nothing done on day one or the following 99 days. To start with he will have no power to do anything on day one without the backing of the House and Senate and we all know how long it takes for them to do anything. And does he think the Democrats are going to just turn over and let the Repubicans have their way? I don't think so. Payback is hell so get ready Romney if you do get in there. You'll see just what it is like to have no cooperation from the opposing side.

    June 13, 2012 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  9. Nuihc

    @Irma in North Carolina
    This guy is simply sickening, please america wake up and see what Mitt would do to the american people, how can any human being would be so dumb to vote for something like this is a disgrace to our country.
    ----------------------------------------
    Just to let you know. Postings like this guarantee that you and others that post similarly, are pretty much ignored and considered irrelevant. These types of postings also guarantee that you are pretty much thought to have the IQ of a cabbage.

    June 13, 2012 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  10. Investment Advisor

    I come to this site to get a good laugh...better than Ralph trying to explain to Alice why he got caught leaving the house with his bowling ball when he was too sick to go to her mothers for dinner. Hey people, your ship is taking on water with no help in sight! Todays news claims that "indepedents" are moving to the right when it comes to who will lead us out of this economic mess. I don't go to the conservative blog sites...why would I ...they believe what I believe. The sad thing about the whole thing is that after the election I won't be able to find you guys as you will all have gone underground in defeat. Get a Life! PS. Save all your rhetorical rants and Blah blah blahs... they are not going to change anybodys mind.

    June 13, 2012 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  11. tee27

    Hey ! Four and The Door When will Mitt show us where he has buried that $250 million of shore, Lets hear it i `am waiting ,

    June 13, 2012 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  12. Four and The Door

    Jess C
    ....Romney would be horrible for this country; we just dug out of the hole, who in the heck wants to repeat that?
    ___________________________________________________________________________________________
    Greater than 8% unemployment and national debt approaching 100% of Gross Domestic Product and continuing to rise is your idea of dug out of the hole?!?! Your real name isn't Jess C. You are really Joe Biden, aren't you? C'mon Joe, fess up!

    June 13, 2012 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  13. J.R. Skene

    Pres. Obama = solutions and details. Gov. Romney = hollow rhetoric and no real answers. Whether or not the presidents ideas will be the right ones to move this country forward is yet to be determined but I will take ideas and solutions over a non-thinking neo-con any day.

    June 13, 2012 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  14. bearced

    "The interviewer told the president that an Iowa company said it had to close and move jobs to Wisconsin, as a "direct result of the health care reform that you initiated, that Congress passed."

    Does the ACA have different rules for different states? Don't the same provisions hold true in Iowa and Wisconsin? It was probably a publicly funded outfit that can get cheaper non union labor in Wisconsin.

    June 13, 2012 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  15. Rudy NYC

    Why do Republicans always do this "first 100 days" routine? I recall that Newt Gingrich did his take on it when he seemed to be leading the polls. I thinik Rick Santorum jumped up on stage and did his routine. To me, it is all political theater designed to impress the same sort of people who are amazed when a magician pulls out a quarter from behind his ear.

    June 13, 2012 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  16. Myviewis

    Natalie – "You two are typically the only ones pumping Mittens; cracks me up!"
    ----------------------------
    Never seen you before. I'm sure what I write cracks you up since you obviously voted for a man with no working experience and no academics needed to become president. Seriously, you voted for a man who had never even worked for the City of Chicago managing a department, supervising anything and the man never even studied accounting, finance or economics. I think it is the rest of us that are cracking up at morons like you who were convinced by a man with no experience to give him the job of president.

    June 13, 2012 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  17. clarke

    I am tired of politics and politicians from both sides. They just don't stop, I am going to take a long break from all of them.

    June 13, 2012 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  18. phoenix86

    Lando,

    "We the People are not dumb"? The people elected Obama. The people are fricking MORONS.

    June 13, 2012 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  19. phoenix86

    Bearced,

    Obamacare is different or non-applicable depending on your location. For example, you are exempt from the burdens of Obamacare if you live in Nancy Pelosi's district. She got an exemption.

    June 13, 2012 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  20. Gurgyl

    Flip-flop is total nonsense to USA.

    June 13, 2012 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  21. Michael B.

    @Russ

    Clearly you've never heard of a loophole that could bypass Congress by sending a waiver to all the states basically telling them they wouldn't be required to fulfill the obamacare regulations.

    June 13, 2012 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  22. JohnReedjr

    Romney speaks without regard for the truth. I don't know if this is lying, but it is "bearing false witness". I wonder hoiw he reconciles that with his Mormon faith.

    June 13, 2012 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  23. mmad5camp

    If tax cut for the wealthy create jobs, why does unemployment remains over 8%? Also why are they called "job creators", when they have not created jobs? And since the self labeled job creator have record profits why are they laying off workers? Will a Romney supporter please answer these questions. Thank you

    June 13, 2012 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  24. lies from the right but mostly hate

    Obamas word are cheap? This guy can't remember what he says from one day to the next. Thus you get his flippity flopping comments

    June 13, 2012 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  25. anoel2005

    Romney is right.
    Obama has given 800 + speeches and he repeats the same things , such as "pay your fair share", at the same time blaming the Bush administration.

    Obama has no answers and he needs to GO.

    June 13, 2012 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
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