Romney aims for the offensive
September 10th, 2012
04:34 PM ET
6 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

Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Ohio
soundoff (103 Responses)
  1. Gurgyl

    This nasty idiot is pretty desperate....a total fraudulent idiot.

    September 10, 2012 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  2. Max

    There he goes flip-flopping again on Obamacare or is it now Mittobama care???

    September 10, 2012 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  3. thetruthandnothingbutthetruth

    why do republicans HATE president Obama?

    September 10, 2012 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  4. Luke Brown


    Romney needs to face reality. He isn't going to get elected without showing voters what he plans to do. Just whacking away at Obama isn't going to cut it.

    September 10, 2012 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  5. sayer

    Romney is too old to keep up with the new ops tempo Obama has set for the presidency. You have to be outstanding to be President these days. You have to defeat enemies without one single US casualty, realize a high flying economy after averting another Great depression and erase a record deficit in less than four years! Mitt can't do that.

    September 10, 2012 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  6. Maxx

    Romney is getting desperate.

    September 10, 2012 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  7. ShaSha

    @tykl. I live in the state of SC and even though I am a die hard democrat and I support President Obama 100%, I listen to talk radio religiously. I am a firm believer you need to know what your "enemy" is thinking and saying. That said, I hear all day every day on the local station how they will NEVER ever vote for a Morman, because it is a cult. Heck, that is the only thing I agree with the teabaggers on. It is a cult. a racist cult. I know first hand due to an association I've had with a Morman.

    September 10, 2012 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  8. cthacker

    Why can't I post on other stories? Americans need to quit listening to Hollywood and do something. I am disgusted by the way this country hangs on the words of celebrities. That is not real. We are what is real and we are the American people. Please quit listening to the nonsense and choose what is really best for this country. Jobs are still being lost not gained. 96,000 jobs gained? To every one gained 4 were lost. Look at the unemployment rate. The economy is still struggling. America is the number one producer of food stamps. That is truth.

    September 10, 2012 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  9. CB FL

    During the debates BO will pull Mittens panties down and show the world what a man he is. (Girlie)

    September 10, 2012 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  10. Namejkane sfl a vote for the gop will cut your moms medicare and soc sec .can you afford to pay for them???

    Looks like romney s imploding?????

    September 10, 2012 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  11. livingston

    Romney's on the ropes and he knows it. The only thing they have left even this early in the campain, is to try to attack. The American public is not stupid. We know they only reason they are doing it is because they have nothing to offer. At least nothing they want the American people to know about.

    September 10, 2012 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  12. Ancient Texan

    If Obama is reelected, I will get in line for the redistribution of wealth in America. I want John Kerry's share, or Warren Buffet's. That seems to be the primary goal of the Liberal/Progressives.

    September 10, 2012 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  13. Just a thought

    ...awwwhhh! is poor little tea-a-tard's feelings hurt(?) Mitt Robme and Ayn Ryan lies not working anymore? What no one listening to your tin foil hat drivel? Just watching Faux news re-runs of the same old Obama hate? That has to be so disheartening....
    Hey, better run back to that basement you emerged from. The intelligent americans will have to decide this very important election. You can come back out when things are all better....right after we exit anything that looks like GOP-/Tea-a-tard from Washington. Have a nice day

    September 10, 2012 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  14. truth hurts

    "The Socialist Eurpoean governments gave massive tax cuts to the wealthy??? "
    Yes. Greece is a great example.
    quite amusing sniffy except you fail to mention greece has been run by socialists for decades. it is quite amusing how you just make stuff up though. one size fantasy fits all in your case.

    September 10, 2012 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  15. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    "Romney aims for the offensive" the headline reads.
    Romney is already offensive.

    September 10, 2012 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  16. incredulous

    Romney isn't running on his record. He isn't giving specifics. Lately all he does is stamp his feet and call names.

    September 10, 2012 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  17. Just a thought


    @ 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.

    @tykl.....Wow, talking vapid! Here's a question for ya(?) Did you by chance see the all white RNC convention? Does that hypocrisy thing work for you because is matches the very faux noise talking points that keeps you in a mental stupor and an avid support of the GOP/Tea-a-Tards? In otherwords... Kettle meet pot.....Geesh, you people are not smart in the head...huh?

    September 10, 2012 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  18. Just a thought

    Ancient Texan,

    Time for you to join the real country. Walking around in "fact free ignorance" is not a healthy thing. Maybe critical thinking and logic eludes the GOP-Tea-a-tards, but do try to keep up.

    September 10, 2012 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  19. thetruthandnothingbutthetruth

    why do repubs soo concerned about president Obama's college transcripts?

    September 10, 2012 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  20. WTL

    I would say he has already been rather offensive WTL

    September 10, 2012 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  21. w l jones

    Remember WW11neither country have forgotten. Said enough.

    September 10, 2012 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  22. Ronda in Houston,TX

    Romney the Puppet Liar is losing and he knows it. Be a man and show the American People your Tax Returns (at least more than 2 yrs)....

    September 10, 2012 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  23. Thomas

    Five sons, all avoided voluntary military service in times of war . War's they supported .

    offensive !

    September 10, 2012 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  24. onevoice

    Romney has 0 plans, 0 numbers, 0 solutions, 0 Foriegn Policy experience, 0 personality and makes 0 sense. Say NO to Vulture/Voucher and Re-Elect Obama/Biden 2012(the TEAM of THE PEOPLE).

    September 10, 2012 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  25. Alex

    We Built
    – Record Deficits
    – Large Unemployments
    – Large Poor class
    – Enemies in World
    – Unnecessary Military
    – Rich Richer

    September 10, 2012 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
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