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. craigles

    If the election were held today, Obama would win. It is less than two months until the election and this doesn't look good for Romney.

    September 11, 2012 12:37 am at 12:37 am |
  2. Evergreen

    As unlikable as Romney is, his supporters that post on this site and other sites are even more unlikeable. This is hurting him as well. We are not expected to always agree with each other but the name calling and distorations have turned off voters.

    September 11, 2012 01:09 am at 1:09 am |
  3. Marie MD

    Of course he goes on the offensive. He and hid boy toy/akin twin are offensive. What they say is offensive. Who they are as men with no charater or morals or ethics is offensive. Your elevator car mansion is offensive. Your non working wife peddling her health is offensive. Your animal abuse of Seamus is offensive. Your bullying of a gay prep student is offensive. You and the lying altar boy not mentioning our soldiers in your speeches is offensive.
    Heck, you ooze offensive in every breath you take and every move you make (or not, since you never know what you will say or do from one day to another).

    September 11, 2012 06:40 am at 6:40 am |
  4. Jim Olson

    I have never seen so much liberal trash but then again this is CNN (Communist News Network)

    September 11, 2012 08:03 am at 8:03 am |
  5. cashmeremafia

    Sounds like desperation – try telling us how YOU are qualified instead of telling us how he is not

    September 11, 2012 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
  6. ll

    "I want God on mah fer me."

    September 11, 2012 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  7. simp

    This idiot wants to be president so bad he really starting to say a lot of nasty and untrue things, who in the heck would want this moron to be president of anything let alone the USA. Face it mitt you are not liked, you lie all the time, and you know nothing about running a country, you messed up running Mass. so all your nasty remarks from you and dumbo (ryan) won't work

    OBAMA 2012!!!!!

    September 11, 2012 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  8. ED FL

    Oh OH looks like the crybaby is at it again ,Looks like Mrs Romney will have to come back on the scene to cover Mitts Backside. Can you visualize this turkey being President and trying to match wits with foriegn Governments. What a loser!!!!!!!!

    September 11, 2012 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  9. romneyzda1

    You can all say what you want about Romney, because this is/was America. Electing him will ensure you can continue to say what you want and that this continues to be America. Romney like Reagan is the man to replace Obama, Carter jr.
    America needs Romney, all of you who call him names need him too. Your minds are just too clouded to realize it. If you agree with me, stand up, don't take it anymore. Volunteer, donate, make phone calls. The future of our country depends on electing Mitt Romney our next president.

    September 11, 2012 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  10. Independent

    As an independent what I see here is quite a few liberals sitting around with nothing better to do than comment on a lame story.

    September 11, 2012 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  11. quinton

    Dominican mama 4 Obama 2016!!!

    September 11, 2012 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  12. WouldYouLookAtThat

    The voting base for the party of "tolerance," "peace," & "equality" sure are intolerant, hateful and selfish. It would be greatly appreative if you would do us all a favor, and see yourselves over a cliff. Liberals want you to be more worried about what Romney does with his money than what obama does with yours.

    September 11, 2012 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  13. clarke

    This is getting old. Can't Mitt just stop all the sound bites, give a plan of action and stick to it. He has nothing so he tells us how bad the other is, but still not giving a plan of his own. It is so old, find a different way Mitt. I can't vote for someone who has so hate in his heart about how bad someone else is. Being President is about ALL THE PEOPLE in our Nation, It's not about you or Obama, its about being a leader of ALL.

    September 11, 2012 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  14. W.G.

    People are starting to wise up about Romney and Ryan . These 2 rats do not give any details about what they´re going
    to do if they get elected , because people wouldn´t vote for these vermin . Only the most racist and stupid would
    vote for these 2 and not know the details of their policies !

    September 11, 2012 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  15. Rod in Dallas TX

    Hasn't Romney been on the offense since 2008. He is one of the most hateful people I have ever seen and I can't believe people want such a hateful person as President of this country.

    September 11, 2012 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  16. The GOP Voucher Plan will include a "Legalize Euthanasia" clause and a free gun to commit suicide

    Romney is ALREADY offensive.

    September 11, 2012 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  17. DKF

    A little off topic here.

    Obama is going to put the smack down on Mittens come election, guaranteed.

    If you notice, tons of articles are talking about how Mittens is preparing for the three debates rather than campaigning.

    Why? Because he stands little chance of winning them. I think Paul Ryan will be able to go more to toe to with Biden (both are gaffer extraordinaire).

    The only question remains, is how bad will Obama beat on Mittens. I will say if he is too rough it can back fire.

    Now I am not talking about a debate full of slander (at least not from the Obama camp). Obama brings a lot of substance to the podium. He has legitimate policy points to talk about. Mittens has no form or substance and his tax release albatross is going to cut his legs out from under him. (This is a legitimate talking point).

    September 11, 2012 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  18. SafeJourney

    Mitt the twit and Lyin Ryan are done and they know it. Mitts campaign said "we're not going to let our campaign be dictated by fact-checkers" speaks volumns about Mitt. They, Mitt, Ryan and the repubs, LIE AND LIE to the American People and Mitt and his campaign do NOT care.

    September 11, 2012 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  19. Knucklehead

    So now Mitt is complaining about sequestration and govt jobs being lost??? He has said govt employees are overpaid 40% so what is his problem with sequestration? It's simply forcing cuts where Congress can't make them. If he were the slightest bit consistent, he should be for it.

    September 11, 2012 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  20. fayse

    Myth Romney IS offensive

    September 11, 2012 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  21. Norma Vessels

    You know the number of jobs Mitt Romney is claiming he will get for us in the next four years ... are the same jobs that the jobs market experts are saying, will come back within the next four years anyway. Nice try, Mr. Romney. What else have you got. Nothing? Thought so.

    September 11, 2012 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  22. Boo

    Romney is offensive. I'll give him credit for that....

    September 11, 2012 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  23. gmenfan54

    Go ahead Mitt. Knock yourself out. As if it matters at this point.

    September 11, 2012 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  24. Knucklehead

    Mitt on the offensive? Bad news for the GOP.

    September 11, 2012 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  25. FlotsamJetsam

    I say if he goes on the offensive Romney's negatives just go higher. He along with Ryan will resort to more half-truths and distortions like the welfare commercials that have been completely debunked.

    The only way he can expect to improve is provide some specifics about his policies or release his taxes, neither of which he will do.

    September 11, 2012 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
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