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. Sniffit

    "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."

    I'm making nothing up. Rather, I'm relying on the facts of what happened adn what I've learned from reading what expert economists have written about the situation...rather than making a ridiculous assertion based solely on an overgeneralized stereotype of how you characterize someone who claims to be a "socialist." Dubya and the GOP/Teatrolls claim to be the party of "fiscal responsibility," but they handed out massive tax cuts to the wealthy without first cutting spending, creatnig a massive deficit and debt problem, and were the first people in our history to go to war without levying a tax to pay for it. What's in a label? Nothing.

    September 10, 2012 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  2. Johnathan

    so, part of his offensive is to now say, "i like parts of Obamacare"?

    Red states: This guy is a loser. he will throw us angry white people under the bus too

    September 10, 2012 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  3. Randy, San Francisco

    Romney is behind in the polls because he hasn't given voters reasons to vote for him. He hasn't answer important questions which will dog him for the next 2 months: Why is he refusing to release his tax returns? What about his off shore Cayman Island tax shelters? How is he going to pay for the tax cuts for the rich? Which tax loop holes are he going to eliminate?

    September 10, 2012 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  4. California Gary

    Mitt bought himself a nomination.....just like you or I would go down to Sears and buy a washer. What he is finding out now is that the nomination didn't come with an instruction booklet, and there is no guarantee. So he is just flailing around trying to make it work and all that's happening is he is losing water out of the tank and making a mess of it. He went to the convention and tried to sell it there.......but his only taker was a senile old man with an empty chair. Everyone else was just there to talk about their own washers........

    September 10, 2012 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  5. Kenny K

    @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.
    Don't get scared; nobody is redistributing your morning. Taxes is used to repair roads and bridges, pay for defense and securities, give welfare checks to big oil companes and farmers, etc.

    September 10, 2012 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  6. Pander Bear

    Romney is already offensive. His latest effort to smear the President is that he's going to take "In God We Trust" off of American Currency. Romney can only speak in lies.

    September 10, 2012 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  7. ColoradoJoe

    From a foreign policy point of view, Romney forgets the US is part of a global environment. Unless of course he and the rest of the republicans want to do every war by themselves. Romney and McCain seem to feel Russia will sit still while the US arms the Syrian rebels. They also seem to assume no one will help Iran? They also seem to assume the other countries will be willing to pitch in on all the above with boots

    September 10, 2012 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  8. Tex71

    From the headline, I guess he has given up on getting nice, decent folks to vote for him. I'm betting there are a lot of offensive ones that don't like him either, though. 🙂

    September 10, 2012 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  9. teej

    He needs to call a press conference and apologize to the American people for assuming that we've just been sitting on our hands waiting for him to tell us what to know. The American electorate is a lot more intelligent than he gives us credit for.

    September 10, 2012 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  10. carik scott

    These are the rantings of a desperate man who cannot accept that all of the money poured into his campaign isn't winning the election for him. Look at his eyes. All the lies did not do it either, they thought surely a bunch of dumb people would fall for them. We all want to see more transparency--where art those tax returns Mitt!!!

    September 10, 2012 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |

    Romney and Ryan are just like their tea party base. They spend all their time mocking and tearing down our President. They proved yesterday in their interviews that they will not come clean with their plans to decimate the middle class or to put out any policy details for the voters. Romney and Lyin Ryan are the two most dishonest and arrogant candidates to ever run for President/Vice President. I do not vote for anyone who does not earn my trust.

    As a college educated, single mother of three, I find Anne Romney to be insulting to women. She does not hear us, understand us, or champion any causes for women. She is just as arrogant and insincere as her hubby. Spare us Anne and stay on the bus.

    There is such a clear choice in this election as to who will lead this country forward. Please join my family and get out the vote for Obama/Biden 2012!

    September 10, 2012 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  12. Cam Spurgeon

    This guy is beginning to look like and angry old white mand and with his lying sidekick need to march into history...only 56 day to go now. Cmon Nov 5th. Turn off his ads and let those turkeys waste their money on this pair.

    September 10, 2012 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  13. Facts don't LIE

    if you really have to go MORE negative on your opposition it only means too many people don't believe what you have to say. The shape the right wing says our nation is in and headed, Mitt Romney should be winning this race by a wide margin, but he is NOT. Something is wrong somewhere, then again on the other hand maybe something is RIGHT somewhere.

    September 10, 2012 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  14. J

    The only foreign policy Mitt has is how much of his income goes to foreign countries so he can avoid paying tax on them. He has a lot of foreign experience with Swiss banks and the Cayman Islands, not much anywhere else. Mitt probably shouldn't joke about secrets. He is keeping a big secret...his tax returns.

    September 10, 2012 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  15. BillSD33

    The republicans have become the FIOL party (FIgure It Out Later)

    2001 Hey George, we should go to war in Afghanistan but how are we going to pay for it. Don't worry, we'll figure it out later
    2002 Hey George, not sure we should be in Iraq but how are we going to pay for it? They have WMD's we'll figure it out later
    2003 Guys, we have this surplus what should we do? Give to wealthy! But George, how are we going to pay for it? Not a problem, we'll figure it out later!!

    Fast forward to today. Mitt will fix all our problems!
    Mitt, you are going to give the wealthy another tax break and supposedly close some loopholes. How are you going to do that? Mitt, "Don't worry dems, we'll figure it out later!!!"

    September 10, 2012 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  16. Romney Hood's a FRAUD

    Willard, there is a difference between being "on" the offensive and being offensive! You, sir, are offensive.

    September 10, 2012 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  17. T'sah From Virginia

    LIE – "I'm proud of what I did in Mass as far as Health Care Reform..."
    FLIP – I will "completely" REPEAL ObamaCare – All of it!!" because I will be the boss!!
    FLOP – "I am not getting rid of all of Health Care Reform of course..."
    ETCH-A-SKETCH – "There are a number of things I like in Health Care Reform that I'm gonna put in place..."
    LIE – "One is to make sure those with preexisting conditions can get coverage..." he told us that to our face
    FLIP-FLOP – ETCH-A-SKETCH- LIE – Campaign change entire story and said Romney would not be setting policy for insurance companies on "preexisting conditions" !!!???

    WAKE UP AMERICA!!! Have you noticed Romney/Lyan is not calling it “ObamaCare” anymore????

    Obama/Biden 2012 – The Only Trusted Way Forward!!

    September 10, 2012 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  18. Liz the First

    He has definitely achieved 'offensive.' not in the way he wants, though! he's pretty much offended every thinking person in the country.

    September 10, 2012 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  19. chill485

    It worked. He's offensive.

    September 10, 2012 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  20. GI Joe

    Even Rush is disgusted. Imagine Rush being disgusted instead of being disgusting. ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

    September 10, 2012 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  21. bill

    I'm sure mitt would have gotten a boost from the RNC in Tampa if half his audience wasn't watching Baby Boo Boo instead. Then again, probably not.

    September 10, 2012 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  22. Former Republican, now an Independent

    Romney has been on the offensive for 18 months. When you have no real solutions or platform, the offensive and lots of money is your tool kit.

    September 11, 2012 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  23. Former Republican, now an Independent

    Forget the offensive mitt, reveal your tax forms and foreign bank accounts information. Quit trying to deceive the American voter and you might have an ounce of credibility.

    September 11, 2012 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  24. ThinkAgain: Mittens 'n' Munster are Liars

    No need to aim; Mittens IS offensive ...

    September 11, 2012 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  25. ThinkAgain: Mittens 'n' Munster are Liars

    The presidential debates are gonna be FUN!!!!! 🙂

    September 11, 2012 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
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