Romney gets down and 'Dirty' in Ohio
September 26th, 2012
03:41 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney gets down and 'Dirty' in Ohio

(CNN) – Campaigning in the battleground state of Ohio at same time as President Barack Obama, Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney held a business discussion starring a man who has made a name for himself taking the jobs others don't want.

"Mike Rowe as you know is, well he is a guy that has made a name for himself by doing things other people don't want to do – really ugly, dirty jobs," Romney said. "Like standing with a politician, alright?"

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Rowe's website describes him as the "brave host and apprentice" of the Discovery Network television show "Dirty Jobs." (You may have also seen him in those Ford commercials.)

Romney and Rowe sat onstage alongside a half dozen Ohio business owners and leaders in Bedford Heights talking jobs and manufacturing.

"He's non partisan, he's not here to endorse me, he's not here to add support to one campaign or another," Romney said of his guest. "He's here to talk about his ideas about how to help America create more jobs."

Rowe described the importance of "the men and women who do the kinds of jobs that make civilized life possible for the rest of us," and said he attended the event at the invitation of Romney.

In the face of unemployment, Rowe said, "we can't just talk about opportunity and we can't just talk about training."

"The conversation needs to start in the kitchen, around the table with moms and dads and kids, and when these kids start to think about what's possible, mothers and fathers can't immediately push options off of the table because they've bought into the idea that some jobs are better than other jobs," he said. "This gets right to a really, really, really, really big point that the things we used to consider to be inspirational - jobs that we used to consider aspirational, education that we used to consider aspirational - we now look at as alternative. I don't even know what alternative education means, alternative to what?"

Suggesting he was speaking of the costs of higher education, Rowe continued, "There's got to be a better way to be happy and successful in your career than simply assuming a massive amount of debt and exiting an educational program that gives you a degree without training."

Romney took questions and feedback from the business leaders joining him onstage and the audience.

He promised he would take a hard line against China over its currency manipulation. He said his response to the United States' losing its share of manufacturing jobs to other countries would be to adopt policies favorable to both manufacturing and as well as engineering and development.

"Some people say, that's fine, we'll just do the engineering and the high end things," Romney said. "But let me tell you, ultimately the engineering and high end things go where the manufacturing is because ideas and engineering are associated with manufacturing. We have to have manufacturing here and my policy will be to bring it back."

Meanwhile, Obama was 130 miles away in Bowling Green, Ohio, and said Romney's rhetoric on China was disingenuous.

"He says he's gonna take the fight to them, he's going to go after these cheaters, and ive got to admit, that message is better than what he has actually done about this thing," Obama said. "It sounds better than talking about all the years he spent profiting from companies that sent our jobs to China.

"So when you hear this new-found outrage, when you see these ads he's running promising to get tough on china, it feels a lot like that fox saying we need more secure chicken coops," he continued.

Romney was campaigning in Cuyahoga County, also home to Cleveland, a county which went by a wide margin – 39 points in 2008, 34 points in 2004 – for the Democratic presidential candidate over the Republican.

At one point, a supporter in the audience said "we're going to deliver Cuyahoga County to you," and Romney replied, "I need it in a big way."

With only 41 days remaining before the election, and Ohio early voting beginning next week, Romney can be expected to campaign in Ohio again.

The GOP presidential candidate has so far made 19 previous trips to the Buckeye State. Rowe has made at least one, and that previous trip stuck in his mind.

On a job for his show, he spent "a very long day in the middle of July with the guys over at the Department of Transportation – specifically in their roadkill cleanup division," the host explained.

"The roadkill," in Ohio, he said, "is second to none, both in volume and variety."

– CNN's Rachel Streitfeld and Gregory Wallace contributed to this report


Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Ohio
soundoff (118 Responses)
  1. bearced

    @ Julie MS Get your facts straight before you start spewing nonsense, Bush had a Republican House and Senate for 6 years!

    September 26, 2012 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  2. BillZ

    Romney is going to require that you turn over your first born sons. Then he is going to bring back the 7 day work week and decrease everyone's salary by 65%.. The sky will fall down upon us all. Oh and it is all Bushes fault.

    September 26, 2012 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  3. Andy bedio

    Does anyone out there, really, seriously believe that Mike Rowe is in the middle class ? Please raise your hand! Mike is a trator to the blue coller worker, as much as a black Mormon is to his own race!

    September 26, 2012 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  4. BillZ

    Romney is going to require that you turn over your first born sons. Then he is going to bring back the 7 day work week and decrease everyone's salary by over 50 percent.. The sky will fall down upon us all. Oh and it is all Bushes fault.

    September 26, 2012 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  5. NickAnast

    Julie MS

    "During the Bush administration both the house and senate were run by Democrats AND During the Obama administration the first 3 years both the house and senate were run by Democrats. SO have you seen any improvement so far? NOOOO Not a thing has changed for the benefit of the country's Jobs status. Don't blame Bush or the GOP, They never had a chance to make things better. The Democrats have been in control for the last 8 years we've been SCREWED. With Obama we still be SCREWED."

    No offense, but on what fantasy world do you live? FACT: The GOP controlled both houses of Congress for 6 of W's 8 years in office; the Dems controlled both houses of Congress for only the last 2 years of W and the first 2 years of Obama, during which time they could neither override W's veto nor overcome Senate GOP filibusters, thus limiting their ability to do anything. FACT: W and the GOP had 6 years to make things better, and they had the advantage of inheriting a balanced budget during a time of peace and prosperity - and they proceeded to run up record deficits, start an unnecessary war in Iraq, and wreck the economy. Those are the FACTs.

    September 26, 2012 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  6. NickAnast

    Mike Rowe appeared with Mitthead Rmoney? Guess Ted Nugent and Chuck Norris were unavailable.

    And if Rmoney was in Ohio, where were House Speaker John Boehner and House candidate Joe the Plumber? Are they afraid to be seen with him?

    September 26, 2012 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  7. Sniffit

    "During the Bush administration both the house and senate were run by Democrats AND During the Obama administration the first 3 years both the house and senate were run by Democrats. "

    Do you not understand that the GOP has been setting records over and over and over again for filibusters and other procedural maneuvers to block any business from getting done ever since the Dems took congress in 2007? What is so hard for you to grasp about the concept of nothing getting done because of the party that is preventing anything from getting done? The GOP's behavior has clearly stated...and some of its members have even slipped in terms of publicly stating...that the only thing they will consider "compromise" is Democrats simply doing whatever the GOP wants. "My way or no way" is NOT what the founding fathers had in mind.

    September 26, 2012 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  8. TNPatriot

    JulieMS, sadly you are misinformed and lacking on FACTS. Yes, during about a year and a half of the eight years of the Bush administration, the Democrats had a majority in the House and the Senate, but not enough to override the infamous Bush VETO. And for TWO years under Obama the Democrats had the majority in the House and Senate. But most importantly, during those years the Republicans used the filibuster and Vote Holds more times that ever used in history. The FACT that the Democrats have NOT been in control for the last eight years is another reality that has also escaped you. It would be pointless to discuss your other lies because obviously you are among the 47% and also among the least educated group.

    September 26, 2012 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  9. Ancient Texan

    NickAnast-WRONG. BUsh had a Republican House and Senate for 6 years with Dems filibustering and holding up funding for the wars in exchange for pork barrel garbage. Then Harry and Nancy contaminated both houses the last two years and the economy went South compliments of Barney Franks and Chris Dodd, Fannie and Freddie. The first two years Obama had a filibuster-proof legislature until Ted Kennedy died and could have actually done some good. Instead he crammed Obamacare and a trillion dollar giveaway to the unions down our throat.. These are the facts!

    September 26, 2012 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  10. Mary72

    And this guy Mike Rowe is middle class or Romney's version of middle class? Mike Rowe is wealthy. He has income from multiple sources, including Dirty Jobs, commercials, and Deadliest Catch.

    Search for "The real dirt on Mike Rowe of 'Dirty Jobs'"

    September 26, 2012 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  11. Pete

    You've got to understand people,republicans are always been losers and they vote that way as well.It's been inherient since Hoover ,the creator of the Great Depression till Bush 43 and a great recession.It took Roosevelt 12 years to fix Hoovers catastrophic mistakes and it'll take Pres.Obama more than one term as well.800,000 jobs a month unemployed a month can't be reversed overnight and he did say he'd try to fix it and not overnight,right.These obstructionistic,racist republicans the ones with a one term mentality can see the writting on the wall,Romney the "STENCH" is going down after the debates.Pres.Obama sent Romney the rope and he's politically hanging himself,no help from the democrates because his mouth has pretty much done it all by itself.So republicans send in your ideas for a Romney concession speech,maybe Rowe,Nicklaus can help him with ideas,they've lost with him as well in their wallets!!

    September 26, 2012 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  12. DENNA

    @ Ancient Texan
    ---------------------------------------------------–
    The Republicans have refined the art of the filibuster. Is their way of saying that those of us who are Democrats need to be "corrected". I once had an argument with a conservative who squarely blamed the congress for failures – but this was during Reagan's regime. LOL. I guess it is either the president or the congress, depending who's boy is in the oval office, right? (wink)

    September 26, 2012 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  13. BostonianNTheWoodlandsTX

    truth hurts

    So just WHAT are Obama new ideas for the next 4 years??? ANOTHER $4 TRILLION stimulus bill that our grand kids have to pay for? Giving the 25 million unemployed people government jobs???? Repaving all the roads in the country? Are we going to spend and borrow our way out of this mess??? It has never worked, here or any place else!

    Obama 2012 – More of the same insanity, more of the same failure.

    Obama 2012 – Because Greece has the right idea

    September 26, 2012 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |

    ========================================

    Were you and the others on the right so equally outraged that re-elected Bush in 2004 depite spending TRILLIONS on two wars and borrowing from China at the same time ?

    Were you EQUALLY upset when he cut taxes for people like Mitt Romney to the tune of....wait for it....4 TRILLION dollars over a 10 year period in 2001-2002 ?

    Whats your REAL beef with the president ?

    Pick up a history book. Turn off FOX. Try be RATIONAL for a change.

    Use that god-given brain and turn off the AM dial.

    September 26, 2012 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  14. the situation

    truth hurts
    So just WHAT are Obama new ideas for the next 4 years??? ANOTHER $4 TRILLION stimulus bill that our grand kids have to pay for? Giving the 25 million unemployed people government jobs???? Repaving all the roads in the country? Are we going to spend and borrow our way out of this mess??? It has never worked, here or any place else!

    Obama 2012 – More of the same insanity, more of the same failure.

    Obama 2012 – Because Greece has the right idea

    September 26, 2012 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |

    You're such a tool!

    So why all of a sudden is Lying Ryan standing up for debt reform and controlling government spending in the past 4 years when he should of done that in the previous 8 years? Oh, that's right, Dubya was in office. No need to stand up against your leader. So by that being said it was the GOP that created this mess and won't stand up and have the grapefruits to admit it. The Grand Ole Party, you realize that it was those clowns that had control of the White House, the Senate and the House, took a 5.5 Trillion Dollar surplus and created in 8 years a 10 Trillion Dollar deficit. I think even you can understand basic math, that is a turn around of over 15 Trillion dollars that the Rethugs created, but then again, you and the other Rethugs wants people to forget the 8 years that created all this mess.

    September 26, 2012 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  15. BostonianNTheWoodlandsTX

    Anciet Texan.....

    See alot like him down here in Texas.

    Dumb and uninformed as a bag of West Texas rocks.

    If he saw me I know he wouldn't care for me, hahahahaha

    September 26, 2012 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  16. BostonianNTheWoodlandsTX

    Ancient Texan what do you do for a living /

    I work hard and pay a nice chunk monthly for my United Health Care.

    I for am glad for Obamacare or the ACA. Being diabetic UNHC can no longer drop me for pre-existing and screw me over.

    I've been with them since 2001 and will say during Bush's term my premiums went up 3 times in cost.

    September 26, 2012 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  17. DB

    Oh Mike I hardly know ye. Actually Mike is simply scouting for his next dirty job. That would be to return to Ohio to work another project for the Department of Transportation. Picking up more road kill after the elections when the GOP throws Romney and Ryan under the bus, along with moderates, trying to lay blame for the loss to Obama. GOP is already hard at that.

    September 26, 2012 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  18. Aaron Moore

    So, "Romney said let the eat cake,"

    You tell a person he needs mental help, because he can only express himself with hate and name calling, yet you go on to call hi. Psycho, off the wall, juvenile, and tell him to get a life. Way to stick it to those hateful, name-calling Republicans.

    September 26, 2012 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  19. truth hurts

    ... and still NO ANSWERS to the questions posed about what Obama will do with another 4 years!! The FACT is HE HAS NO PLANS!! Nothing but the same old doubling down on what we have already seen FAIL!! Come on people, WAKE UP!! If he had anything better he would have shown it! Obama is an EMPTY SUIT with nothing but a good teleprompter speech hawking snake oil and class warfare.

    Four more years of Obama and this country will have riots in the streets and a disintegrating country. Look at Greece and Spain for what our future with another 4 years of Obama looks like. It will be unavoidable.

    September 26, 2012 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  20. BostonianNTheWoodlandsTX

    Truth is ok with W's $4TRILLION tax cut for only the UBER of rich people.

    But Obama trys to stimulate the economy and get the country rolling for all of us ?

    It's Socialism !

    When I think of some conservatives I think of the people from the movie The Crazies.

    Only way to describe some irrational people.

    September 26, 2012 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  21. Lisa P

    So now I guess we know why Mitt Romney has such an unrealistic view of our lives and the choices we face every day. He thinks "work" is something we play at for a day or two on a cable TV show. Ewww! Yucky poo! He probably thinks it pays enough to cover our bills, and that if we need medical care we can just guest star on a doctor show.

    September 26, 2012 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  22. California Gary

    When the GOP held the White House, deficits were no big deal. Anyone remember Cheney saying "deficits don't matter"? But now that Obama is in office, all of a sudden deficits are the only thing that matters.......go figure.

    September 26, 2012 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  23. truth hurts

    Well January 1st will bring the Democrats and liberals all of the increased taxes they have hoping for and demanding! And guess what? We'll STILL be running a huge deficit and running up the debt! It will take hundreds of billions MORE in taxes to pay for their great welfare society. Hold on people. The road gets rough when reality sets in and the checkbook has to be balanced. So what will Obama be cutting??? Future imaginery increases in the growth of a nonexistant program? Already took a trillion from defense while threatening Iran with military action (they can't stop laughing). Obama is clueless and has no leadership ability. The country will be screwed.

    September 26, 2012 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  24. Wake up people!

    Poor Willard, he is literally begging for people to like and want him. Standing with this guy doesn't make you a real boy Pinocchio.

    OBAMA 2012!

    September 26, 2012 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  25. Deeply Distressed by Fakes

    Six hours ago: rom.ney felt our pain, said again, that he cared, even for the 47%.
    And who did he have on stage with him? Jack Nicklaus, the multimillionaire golfer. Isn't that cute.
    The man is a walking contradiction, mitt that is. (nothing against jack nicklaus, he's a nice golfer, but he isn't running for office either).
    Next time, mittens, bring one of those Nascar team owning friends. We really know you care. Ha, as if...

    September 26, 2012 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
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