Romney aides provide glimpse of big speech
August 30th, 2012
02:19 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney aides provide glimpse of big speech

Tampa, Florida (CNN) - Mitt Romney's highly anticipated speech Thursday night will examine his philosophical view on the role of government, offer his biography, review what he calls President Barack Obama's failures and provide his vision on how to solve the nation's most pressing problems, campaign officials told CNN.

The planned 30-minute address concludes the storm-shortened Republican National Convention with Romney's acceptance of his party's nomination to run against Obama in November.

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Romney's prime-time, nationally televised speech provides a first chance for the former Massachusetts governor to reach a broad American audience, said the officials, who briefed CNN on condition of not being identified.

Other speakers will include former business associates, people who worked alongside Romney in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, his lieutenant governor in Massachusetts, and former Olympic athletes as part of an effort to shed light on the candidate's background and experience, the campaign officials said.

In addition, leading Republican figures such as former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio will speak before Romney.

Gingrich and his wife, Callista, will talk about GOP icon Ronald Reagan, while Bush will discuss education, which the campaign officials described as his "pet issue." Rubio, who will introduce Romney, will tell his own personal story of the American dream and link it to Romney's story as part of the nation's social tapestry, according to the campaign officials.

soundoff (36 Responses)
  1. Woman In California

    Big speech. Really?

    For eight years, Bush and his thugs PAWNED this country to China and now that we have a president whose finally TRYING to redeem that pawn ticket (with ALL the interest on it), you and your rotten party want to hold us back and take us back to the pawn shop? Put THAT in your lousy speech and eat it with your golden Wheaties tomorrow morning, because I'm NOT buying it.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    August 30, 2012 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  2. Yonni

    Does Rubio edited his personal story now? or we will get the lies he published on Book. What is with this republican they are incapable of telling the truth.

    August 30, 2012 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  3. Now it's about integrity!

    Ever wonder why the Republicans aren't demanding Romney's tax returns? It's because they absolutely know the returns show what an unethical weasel he is and it's too late to cover up their mistake. The Koch brothers would never allow him to release the returns – they've invested too much money in buying him to let him blow it for them now. They've got tax loop-holes for the rich to save, pollution laws to repeal, and dishonest defense contracts to capture!

    August 30, 2012 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  4. ghostriter

    Isn't Rubio an anchor baby? If he votes to end that amendment, will he also have to depart himself?

    August 30, 2012 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  5. Expat American

    I will listen to Romney's lies.

    August 30, 2012 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  6. kakaraka

    Whatever Romney does, he is and will remain out of touch millionaire who is running from his bad and terrible records as governor of Massachusetts and CEO of Bain Capital. Nothing will change that.

    August 30, 2012 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  7. TheVoice2

    Mitt Phony's motto "vote me President now, I'll give you details later"

    August 30, 2012 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  8. CURIOUS

    Willard Romney is America's deal with the devil.

    August 30, 2012 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  9. v_mag

    Yawn. I've already heard GWB speak. Just because he's running for a third term doesn't mean I need to hear again.

    August 30, 2012 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  10. The Other Dale

    WE GET CAN IT DONE! says the sign at the Republican Covention. Yep, that's pretty much sums it up for the GOP: Anything that can be done to help American, will be canned.

    August 30, 2012 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  11. Mikey

    Do you think he will bring copies of his tax returns?

    August 30, 2012 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  12. Lisa

    lies lies adn more lies.... funny how Ryan walked off the stage after he told so amny

    August 30, 2012 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  13. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    These lemmings are so easily pleased!

    August 30, 2012 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  14. ST

    While perusing Gallup Polls, I came across that 54% of American adult voters need Romney to produce further Tax Returns, This is really a huge number. I do not understand while GOP will put his candidate forward without asking him to release his Tax Returns. Is this not to test how Americans capacity of thinking is???? This is the first requirement in order to make Romney an legitimate competitor. He can go to GOP convention floor, he can give an eloquent speech, BUT without meeting this requirement, his bid will end up in vain. Americans are more cleverer and smarter than GOP thinks they are.

    August 30, 2012 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  15. the Situation

    So 15 minutes talking about his life with his wife, kids and grandchildren. Another 15 minutes blaming Obama for the state of affairs in the US without offering any plan how he will be able to get America back to work beside his usual talking point, " I've worked in the private sector & public sector and have been successful, trust me!

    August 30, 2012 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  16. Yonni

    Mitt is the worst case of capitalism his run for the presidency is a bad example of capitalism (vulture capitalism) as opposed to capitalism based on free economy results in building, producing and creating good for consumption. I am not republican but I am afraid if he releases his taxes he will give bad reputation/name for capitalism.

    August 30, 2012 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  17. cali girl

    I have to count how many blades of grass are in a square inch from my lawn out back. Darn.

    August 30, 2012 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  18. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Romney better not say anything negative about China because China invest their money in the good old USA and Romney hides and invest his in the Cayman Island, Switzerland, Bermuda and who knows where else but it sure isn't here in the USA.

    August 30, 2012 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  19. anthony76

    Actions Mitt. Not speeches, airplane signs, or slogans based on lies.

    No.. we won't just "trust you"
    How much more used-car salesman can this guy get?

    August 30, 2012 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  20. Marie MD

    Lying tax cheating animal abuser bukkybslimeball. This reminds me of the build up for a really bad TV show or movie that the producers know stinks but they still want you to watch.
    He could walk on the Great Salt Lake and I still would NEVER EVER vote for him and that anti womN munster freak.

    August 30, 2012 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  21. Vote for Seamus, elect Kolob's next dog catcher

    @Claudia, Romney and the Chinese plutocrats are working on the same team.
    It is all about them making money and controlling the masses, and they know it.

    Any offense made against the Chinese is only for US consumption.
    The Chinese know that, and will approve his speech sometime in the next hour.

    August 30, 2012 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  22. truth hurts

    Too bad the Democrats and lefties don't have a candidate as competent and successful as Romney. If they did, we wouldn't still be at 8.3% unemployment and going bankrupt. You clowns messed up big time in 2008 when you went for the teleprompter king instead of the Hillary. She would have been slightly better and no where near as divisive. I'm sure Bill would have helped her as well. But instead you went with the inexperienced community organizer that never ran or led anything. The country has suffered for 4 years because of this mistake.

    Time to move on and let competent people get this country moving again. Romney/Ryan 2012 – The ONLY Real Choice

    August 30, 2012 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  23. Storm24

    I am being told that Romney loves the country, if he really does, why does he send US jobs to other countries and why does he keep money that could have helped the country to Swiss banks and others. I have invented a couple of products and I have been trying to find a manufacturer here in the US to produce it, everyone is telling me that I would save a lot of money if I have the products made in China but I refuse and I don't care if I don't make much profit, all I care about is getting people here to work by getting my products made here.

    August 30, 2012 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  24. Vote for Seamus, elect Kolob's next dog catcher

    @ST

    The republicans don't care to show them tax returns. We must vote as the tell us, they know better.

    Trust the Bishop, he has big connections to lead us. He deserves it.

    August 30, 2012 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  25. rs

    The real test for Mr. Romney is if he can go a whole speech without any lies.

    August 30, 2012 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
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