Romney on Obama: 'Talk is cheap. Action speaks very loud.'
June 14th, 2012
03:47 PM ET
3 years ago

Romney on Obama: 'Talk is cheap. Action speaks very loud.'

Cincinnati, Ohio (CNN) - With both 2012 presidential contenders in Ohio Thursday, Mitt Romney pre-empted President Barack Obama's Cleveland remarks with a simple warning: Talk is cheap.

"Now you may have heard that President Obama is on the other side of the state and he's going to be delivering a speech on the economy. He's doing that because he has not delivered a recovery for the economy," Romney said during a speech in Cincinnati. "But don't forget, he's been president for three and a half years. And talk is cheap. Action speaks very loud."

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"The president said that if we let him borrow $787 billion for a stimulus he'd keep unemployment below 8% nationally. We've now gone 40 straight months with unemployment above 8%. But then he'll say: 'Well, but the things he's been doing have been good and helped create growth and put people back to work.' Oh really? Go check on that."

The presumptive Republican presidential nominee suggested people go out and ask businesses and employees so they can judge for themselves how the economy is doing.

"Go talk to the people, talk to the people in business who do the hiring, talk to the employees that want to be hired and ask them, did the president's policies make things better or worse for getting jobs?" Romney said.

"I think it's more likely he's going to say give me four more years even though I didn't get it done in the first three and a half. And my experience in thinking about people who I want to have work for me, whether it's my doctor or the person that's going to be painting the house, I want to make sure they did a good job the first time and if they didn't I want someone who can do a better job," Romney said.

In Ohio, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate is 7.4%, lower than the national average. The battleground state has seen that number drop from 8.6% when Obama was inaugurated in January 2009.

That somewhat contradicts the gloomy economic picture Romney described in his speech held at a Seilkop Industries manufacturing plant.

"If you want to see the results of his economic policies, look around Ohio, look around the country, and you'll see that a lot of people are hurting," Romney said. "A lot of people have had some real tough times."

Russ Schriefer, a senior adviser to the Romney campaign, told reporters Wednesday any success in Ohio can be attributed to the Republican Gov. John Kasich, not the president.

"I think anything that's happened in Ohio, certainly Gov. Kasich has been helpful to encouraging business in Ohio. And it just shows, whether it's Ohio or New Jersey or Indiana, when you have Republican governors who encourages business, things are better," Schriefer said in a conference call, adding that Romney would be more like Republican governors who are "more pro-business and less hostile to job creation."

Dressed in beige pants, a shirt and tie with his sleeves rolled up, Romney spoke without a TelePrompTer before no more than 200 people, contrasting Obama's speech in Hamilton County before more than a thousand people.

"If you think things are going swimmingly, if you think the president's right when he said the private sector is doing fine, well then he's the guy to vote for," Romney said. "But when he said that, there was such an outpouring of response from the 23 million Americans out of work or underemployed that I think today he's not going to say it again."

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soundoff (26 Responses)
  1. REG in AZ

    The mentality that Romney follows (and his strong supporters demand) isn't correctly stated as "Jobs First" but rather as "Protect the Money" for the very wealthy (which, as we have seen, doesn't correlate to "Jobs First").

    June 14, 2012 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  2. Woman In California

    Speaking of "actions" where are those tax returns Willard? Speaking of "actions" where are those 100,000 jobs you produced Willard? Speaking of "actions" why don't you STOP repeating EVERYTHING the president says and tell us what YOUR plans are Willard? These are just a few things to see YOU in action and once you do these things – you can talk. Until then, STHU.

    Obama 2012 ALL the way.

    June 14, 2012 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  3. maf

    Wow, incredible statements by Romney. Talk certainly is cheap and yours appears to be the cheapest!!
    NO solutions, NO truths, NO no ideas, NO, NO, NO. NO to YOU Mr. Romney!!!

    June 14, 2012 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    Did Deputy Doublethink present any ideas, solutions, policies, suggestions, etc., of his own or was this just another "screech like a macaque and fling poop at Obama" session? YAWN.

    June 14, 2012 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    Mittens: "A (screw)job for every 'Murkin."

    June 14, 2012 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  6. Woman In California

    President Obama sure worries Willard. IF he was so successful as he wants you to believe why does he spend so much time trying to predict what the president will say next? The reason is because he's a bold face liar without any human decency and would be way over his head as CIC. As I've said before if you want a CEO go ahead and vote for this liar but if you are looking for a CIC he's out of his league.

    I want to make sure they did a good job the first time and if they didn't I want someone who can do a better job," Romney said.

    And that certainly would not be you Willard. What is it with this guy and firing people?
    I sure hope the American people wake up soon to this train wreck by the name of Willard.

    June 14, 2012 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  7. kakaraka

    So this Romoney never put a single job plan on the table but just criticizing President Obama cheaply? Really? What are your solutions to the economy problems the GOP created in the first place other than cut regulations and taxes for wealthies like yourself? No new ideas. None. It's amazing he put promoting the failed Bush policies that he want to do again. We tried them. They didn't work Mitt.

    June 14, 2012 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  8. MaryM

    Romneys policies are that of GW Bush. Americans do NOT want another Bush in the White House

    June 14, 2012 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  9. Myviewis

    Unfortunately, the Democrat people have adopted lower requisites for becoming a president. Years ago I wouldn't have thought that a person who had never dealt nor was educated in finances, economics, accounting, who had never served as a mayor, governor, county manager, city manager could become president of the United States but Obama proved that theory wrong. Obama's job performance has created insecurity and confusion to the people and businesses. I think Obama's lack of education, work experience, hands on experience in finances, economics, administration, business have caused him the high unemployment, lack of growth we are experiencing thus resulting in fear of what tomorrow brings to each of us and to our country as a whole.

    June 14, 2012 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  10. vic , nashville ,tn

    Action speaks very loud true
    Amnesia Romney forget that Bain Capital actions still hurting many families

    June 14, 2012 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  11. John

    The 1% have their man in Mitt Romney. The Billionaires are pouring Millions to get their man elected. The Supreme court opened up a Pandora's box allowing elections to be bought by the highest bidder. Now the GOP want to purge blacks,Hispanics,older people,poor people,etc. from the voters list to shrink the electorate in their favor. The GOP and their supporters are destroying Democracy and what America once stood for.....

    June 14, 2012 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  12. Indy

    "Talk is cheap" yet that is all Romney has done for the past decade is talk,he has not done anything but talk and stalk the President to death so Romney is the King of cheap talk.

    June 14, 2012 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  13. Myviewis

    To simplify my previous point, CNN would not have hired Obama 4 years ago to run, manage CNN because Obama had no working experience nor schooling with finances, management, administration, banking, business, investments. Obama was a professor of law, author and community organizer, these 3 work experiences do not qualify him or anybody else for the job of president.

    June 14, 2012 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  14. Jon in Rochester

    Actions do speak louder than words, however no actions can be taken because of the "do nothing" fillibustering GOP congress.

    June 14, 2012 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  15. Gurgyl

    I can not even visualize this SOB is for USA presidency.....

    June 14, 2012 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  16. Yonni

    The dishonest bishop strike again with his false claim. However, there is no proposition or any kind of compiling argument presented what so ever for his quest to become a POTUS. If you listen his speech this afternoon clearly you can see a desperate man wanted to be the POTUS so bad he went to promised to build the pipe line with his own wealth. Of course this will be another promise he can’t keep. but it was interesting to see desperation in action.

    June 14, 2012 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  17. marty

    There is no one who is 'prepared' to be the President of the U.S. But the experience of a person in their workplace and lifestyle can give the electorate an idea of what is most important to the candidate. Which is it, people or money? Mr. Romney cannot possibly understand how the middle class, the workforce of the country, functions. He is uncomfortable in their presence and seems quite awkward when he speaks to them on tour. Yes, as Mr. Romney admits, talk is cheap , especially when you pretend a lot.

    June 14, 2012 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  18. Carlos

    He is right. Actions do speak louder. Especially the actions the repubs did to block every move the President tried to make. I assure you the public will remind them of that come November. I hear from Mutt about how bad the people have it but I have yet to hear how he intends to fix it. Obama has a plan but once again the repubs said no. They are intent on sticking with austerity and you can ask Europe how that's going for them.

    June 14, 2012 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  19. Moderate Independent

    @Myviewis: what are you trying to say. You are terrible at expressing yourself. When I try and read your posts it seems as if you did not have a formal education. Please get a tutor for your writing and communication skills. Please stop posting because you say the same thing over and over again no matter what the topic is. Your posts make no sense.

    June 14, 2012 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  20. once upon a horse

    ik Mitt the "Obama's BAD" stuff is getting old, we got the message that this is what the far right Obama haters love to hear but some of us would like to hear your plans instead. Otherwise your statement of "Talk is cheap" can be used ion you as well.

    June 14, 2012 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  21. Leslie

    But isn't "talk" all Romney has been doing? He hasn't put forth any real solutions to our nation's economy that involve benefiting the middle class. I've heard a few things about the wealthy and business owners but what about the rest of us. Helping business owners and big businesses does not automatically mean help for the middle class. We learned before trickle down economics does not work. Don't tell me corporate tax cuts will allow businesses to create jobs. They've had the Bush tax cuts for almost a decade, so where are the jobs.

    June 14, 2012 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  22. Curt

    You're right Mitt, talk is cheap. Seems to be all you can do. A warmonger threatening to attack everyone but who evaded service in Vietnam busy trying to recruit people to the Mormon faith in France. 5 sons, none of who serve in the military but ready to sacrafice other people's children. Have not heard you come up with any definite plans and assurances that you can get the economy turned around. Make you a bet Mitt, if you get elected and don't get unemployment down and everything else in order in 2 yrs, you resign.

    June 14, 2012 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  23. Moderate Independent

    Romney has no plan and the majority of us are intelligent enough to know it.

    June 14, 2012 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  24. once upon a horse

    Mitts sign should say "Jobs First BUT NOT until you elect me President" the GOP is not going to do much of anything to help the economy improve. In fact I bet they are hoping it gets WORSE by November and the gas prices going down sure was not one of the things they wanted. You see Mitt is not talking gas prices anymore.

    June 14, 2012 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  25. Myviewis

    Moderate Independent – For being a foreigner I think I have done well in learning your language.

    June 14, 2012 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
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