Romney aims for the offensive
September 10th, 2012
04:34 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney aims for the offensive

Mansfield, Ohio (CNN) – As Republicans braced for news of a post-convention bounce for President Obama Monday, Mitt Romney sought to reclaim the offensive in the race during a speech to Ohio voters.

Romney mocked the president's campaign slogan at an enthusiastic rally in a Mansfield, Ohio factory, warning if Obama were reelected Americans would face more years of high unemployment, a high deficit, and "more years of a nation at the cusp of the kind of crisis you're seeing in Europe."

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"'Forward' is his campaign slogan.' I think 'Forewarned' is a better term," Romney told about a thousand cheering supporters. "We're forewarned and that's why we're not going to re-elect this man. Instead we're going to America on track to create jobs and prosperity."

The GOP presidential nominee assailed the president over foreign policy flaps and the upcoming defense cuts – called sequestration – consuming Washington this fall.

"He won't describe all the jobs that are going to be lost – no, not probably until after the election," Romney said of the congressionally-mandated cuts triggered to kick in next January. "It seems we've found one secret relating to national security that he's willing to keep."

After a beat, the audience laughed at Romney's veiled swipe at unidentified national security leaks regarding the operation that killed Osama bin Laden.

Romney then resurrected his criticism of an Obama open mic gaffe, when the president was overheard telling the Russian prime minister he would have "more flexibility" after the November elections.

"There's another secret he's willing to keep related to national security," Romney joked.

Romney's offensive on foreign policy came after Democrats attacked him over the issue at their national convention, mocking the Republican standard bearer for his gaffe-filled overseas trip and foreign policy credentials.

The GOP candidate's Monday rally was only one in a handful of public events for Romney over the past week, as he prepares for a trio of debates against Obama this October. Speaking with reporters, a Romney adviser dismissed the notion Romney had not been keeping a vigorous campaign schedule.

The adviser, Kevin Madden, also confronted a controversy over remarks Romney made on NBC's Meet the Press Sunday, when he seemed to indicate a softening of his position on President Obama's health care plan.

Madden said Romney's support for pre-existing coverage for people who have continuously carried health insurance were "solution-oriented" remarks.

CNN's Jim Acosta contributed to this story


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  1. GI Joe

    Romney and Ryan want austerity (like Europe). Double-dip recession.

    President Obama wants to invest in jobs growth and education to stabilize our base and grow more.

    I despise the misleading crap that Ryan and Romney are trying to spread.

    I will vote as soon as the earliest vote is allowed here, to be sure, and so will my famly. We have no problem getting to the polls, we all have the necessary ID, and we will ALL VOTE EARLY and then help others get to the polls as needed.

    Do NOT trust Romney/Ryan.

    September 10, 2012 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  2. Namejkane sfl a vote for the gop will cut your moms medicare and soc sec .can you afford to pay for them???

    Ya,romney is pretty offenceive and so is lyin Ryan !!

    September 10, 2012 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  3. truth hurts

    FORWARD into the financial abyss

    FORWARD to bankruptcy

    FORWARD to record debt, deficits and unemployment.

    FORWARD to more class warfare

    FORWARD to more poverty and food stamps.

    REVERSE looks pretty darn good to me....

    September 10, 2012 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  4. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    Well, what's his slogan? Oh, that's right: he doesn't have one. Maybe he should try Kolob?

    September 10, 2012 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  5. sassysticks53

    Romney mocked the president's campaign slogan at an enthusiastic rally in a Mansfield, Ohio factory, warning if Obama were reelected Americans would face more years of high unemployment, a high deficit, and "more years of a nation at the cusp of the kind of crisis you're seeing in Europe."

    This coming from the vulture capitalist who outsourced thousands of American jobs overseas. Just what has Romney actually built? He claims to have 25 years experience creating jobs – for who? The Chinese? Romney and Ryan are liars and they are going to lose on November 6th.

    September 10, 2012 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  6. The Real Tom Paine

    -Romney mocked the president's campaign slogan at an enthusiastic rally in a Mansfield, Ohio factory, warning if Obama were reelected Americans would face more years of high unemployment, a high deficit, and "more years of a nation at the cusp of the kind of crisis you're seeing in Europe."

    All of which were exacerbated by giving massive tax cuts to the wealthy, and then pushing for austerity measures when the governments became starved for revenue. Do we want to followtheir example, Mitt?

    September 10, 2012 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  7. Larry L

    Maybe Romney cab get "Lyin Ryan" to tell some more lies! That seems to be Romney's #1 idea for winning votes.

    If Romney wants votes he could release his tax returns – trusting Americans to judge his honesty with actual evidence. He wants us to trust him with our futures yet won't show us how he treats his responsibilities as a taxpayer.

    September 10, 2012 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  8. Namejkane sfl a vote for the gop will cut your moms medicare and soc sec .can you afford to pay for them???

    Well ,I guess the gop better start saying yes instead of no.and it doesn't help that they picked a tax cheat and lyin Ryan for a presidentisl ticket !!!!make that two liers .

    September 10, 2012 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  9. Expat American

    I can’t wait for Romney’s concession speech.

    September 10, 2012 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  10. The Real Tom Paine

    -truth hurts

    FORWARD into the financial abyss

    FORWARD to bankruptcy

    FORWARD to record debt, deficits and unemployment.

    FORWARD to more class warfare

    FORWARD to more poverty and food stamps.

    ********************
    You would have hated Reagan: he was an optimist. Youa re betting against America.

    September 10, 2012 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  11. ObamaCares

    The outsourced in chief, on the O. Better show your tax return first, Liar.

    September 10, 2012 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  12. tykl

    @ The Real Tom Paine – ha! so you picked up on that straw man argument from the DNC convention. I'll tell you what is betting against America – downgrading our credit.

    September 10, 2012 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  13. tykl

    @ SOUTHERN HOTTIE – I see you have an anti-Mormon undertone and comments in a lot of your comments. I am sure you have a very cute and moving speech about acceptance and tolerance etc etc – with the caveat that acceptance is extended only to those you choose. You are a prime example of the sickening self-righteous hypocrisy of the Left. You don't fool anybody.

    September 10, 2012 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  14. AK_steve

    Americans are smart enough to know that the President isn't the sole cause of all our nations problems. In fact, I bet most Americans realize that the GOP played a big hand in insuring that the US didn't move "forward".

    And we also know that all your so-called ideas are just more of what caused are problems in the first place.

    Wake up GOP – we are a smart public, we've been watching and we known what you've done.

    September 10, 2012 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  15. "When you walk through the door of opportunity, you do not close it, you reach behind you and help someone else" Michelle O!

    Mitt the Twit had better pull a bunny out of the hat, and soon.

    When he was spiraling downward he picked Lyin' Ryan now that "sugar high" is over.

    Then he had the RNC which if we are generous(Nate gave him a point bump, we will do the same) and that "sugar high" is gone.

    Waiting on the debates maybe too far away, and since President O cleaned McCrypt's clock before he was President, it is a cinch he will rip Mittens a new one, since Mittens does not have even a passing acquaintance with the truth(some may be willing to give him a pass since Mormons approve of lying to non-Mormons for the "good of God" but not me).

    That just leaves those tax returns Mitt show 'em and hope that you score points for being open.

    Not sure it will work, but what else have you got, especially since Mr. Budget has turned out to be Lyin' Ryan!

    September 10, 2012 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  16. Kr55

    Little early for Romney to be the sarcastic negative guy insulting the opponent directly isn't it? You're supposed to leave that to others. Just makes you look like a baby when you do it yourself.

    September 10, 2012 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  17. joedwsb

    Gosh. Mittens is busy bringing up tired and worn-out jabs that bounce off the wall like jello. That's the only campaign he seems able to run. We sure do wish he'd give specifics on what he would do if elected. He's a complete embarrasment on so many fronts.

    September 10, 2012 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  18. Anonymous

    Romney mocked President Obama for the umpteenth time.

    Going for the shock effect again, was he?

    September 10, 2012 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  19. HOLY TIGHTY WHITIES WILLARD

    "He won't describe all the jobs that are going to be lost – no, not probably until after the election,"
    ---------------------------------------–
    Well Willard, you won't tell us which tax loopholes and deductions you're going to get rid of.

    September 10, 2012 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  20. truth hurts

    The Real Tom Paine - All of which were exacerbated by giving massive tax cuts to the wealthy, and then pushing for austerity measures when the governments became starved for revenue
    ===============================================================================================
    What kind of lies are you spreading here? The Socialist Eurpoean governments gave massive tax cuts to the wealthy??? Last I heard the new socialist French president wanted to raise tax rates to 75%!

    And you just gotta love the "starved for revenue" malarkey! European governments "starved"??!!!! HAHAHAHAHA!!! If they took 100% in taxes they'd STILL be "starved" as they spent twice as much! I just love your sense of humor. Here I had thought your posts were serious.

    September 10, 2012 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  21. @GuileOfTheGods

    There goes Romney, true to form, acting like a 12 year old running for President of the Tree House Kid Klub.

    September 10, 2012 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  22. Sniffit

    "Romney aims for the offensive"

    BULLSEYE!!!! Everything about him and the GOP/Teatrolls and the policy shenanigans they're trying to pull is 100% OFFENSIVE.

    September 10, 2012 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  23. Sniffit

    "The Socialist Eurpoean governments gave massive tax cuts to the wealthy??? "

    Yes. Greece is a great example. They watched, as we have, as middle-class and lower income salarries/wages dwindled and/or remained stagnant and "trickle-down" type economic and fiscal policies, including their tax codes, helped shift massive amounts of the coutry's wealth upwards to the already wealthy. Then, when the global economic crises hit and began to threaten Greece's economic stability, they doubled down no the same policies, forcing auterity measure after austerity measure upon the middle-class and poor while trying to "jump start" the economy by favoring "job creators" (i.e., the already wealthy). It landed them precisely where they are...and where the GOP/Teatrolls actually WANT to land this country so they can disassemble the federal government.

    September 10, 2012 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  24. ric

    This election isn't close but the media is keeping it close to garner advertising $$$. Mitts lost this thing. Mitt go see if you and Sarah Palin can do a reality show together....FOX network would buy it!

    September 10, 2012 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  25. don in albuquerque

    I thought Mitt was already pretty offensive.

    September 10, 2012 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
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