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. BostonianNTheWoodlandsTX

    Truth is looking for answers but REFUSES the acknowledge the elephant in the room that has been the Republiucan party and its enormous f^%#$up going all the way back to Reagan.

    Long before thwe giant cluster f*&% that W left.....FOUR YEARS AGO.

    It's ironic,because like your screen name the TRUTH HURTS.

    September 26, 2012 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  2. Jo

    I believe Romney can fix the economy and knows how to do it. He might have a hard time being very likeable to everyone, which I give Obama credit, but in the end, it's really about whether Obama or Romney can actually fix our economy. Romney certainly has had experience with the olympic committee, state government, and corporations, where he's been quite successful (of course there has been some pain in cuts, which is necessary for any revival), so my bet is on him. Hopefully those in Ohio and the auto industry will also see this, too.

    September 26, 2012 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  3. hey dumb republican

    Finally someone makes sense. I agree with you BostonianNTheWoodlandsTX, we need more people like you.. Dumb republicans only know how to screw things but wont know how to amend an issue they just escalate everything with no truth to it. Didnt the bible say thou shall not LIE?

    September 26, 2012 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  4. tacostand

    It's official: Romney has thrown in the towel.

    September 26, 2012 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  5. leftywriteagain

    Close your eyes and imagine this site, "Now, the President Of The United States Of America, Mitt Romney! Good grief, I imagined a orange robot walking to the podium, looking like it is about to short circuit!! GOP, this the best you had? Come on guys!! We cannot turn America into a worldwide joke. 4 more years people!!!!!

    September 26, 2012 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  6. DENNA

    @ – 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!!
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    When you're right you are right. I love Romney's detailed, precise plans for America. Oh, wait. He hasn't told us what he will DO TO us yet. We are supposed to just trust him. LOL I haven't heard that line since I was a teenage girl and it was from an equally untrustworthy male. :-)

    September 26, 2012 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  7. OO

    People forget that senator Kenedy was ill for most of the initial two years of the Obama administration and died within that time. Also there was some dispute regarding the Al Franken's win in Minnesota, so the Democrats did not have the majority needed to override the numerous fillerbusters from the republican party, Inspite of all the sabotage from these recalcitrant republicans President Obama accomplised a lot. Here is a list of a few: 1. Passed landmark Wall Street reform, 2. brought oil imports to the lowest level in 16 years, 3. made it easier for women to receive equal pay for equal work, 4. cut taxes for all working Americans, 5. saved more than 1 milllion auto and related jobs, 6. ended the Iraq war and more. And BTW Osama Bin Laden is no more!

    September 26, 2012 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  8. myviewis

    thetruthandnothingbutthetruth

    @ myviewis and truth hurts:

    just shut up and vote straight Dem. ticket!
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    Says the Socialist.

    September 26, 2012 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  9. ColoradoJoe

    wasn't it Romney on 60 minutes that stated you would cut everyone's taxes by 20% and cut deductions (though he didn't say which ones). But he acknowledged it would effectively be a wash? So how is this helping the middle class?

    September 26, 2012 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  10. ted

    Far be it for Romney to get HIS hands dirty doing anything, Mr out of touch with the common man while paying hardly any taxes moron.

    September 26, 2012 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  11. w l jones

    Look like we are in for more SALTY PORK AND CORN PONE BREAD, we old timer know very well.

    September 26, 2012 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  12. Indy

    Romney has never been down and dirty in his whole life,unless you count the time he spent in France

    September 26, 2012 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  13. GonzoinHouston

    really ugly, dirty jobs," Romney said. "Like standing with a politician, alright?"

    That's the funniest line I've ever heard from Romney. Wonder who wrote it?

    September 26, 2012 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  14. Logic N LA

    Truth Hurts- Obviously you have not studied economics or history. Spending is the ONLy way out of a reccession. Had Hardy spent, instead of slashing spending we may never have had the Great Depression. To stimulate an economy you need to create a way to sell goods and services. Since we are not a socialist country, we do not own industries to force hiring. We can however, fix our infrastructure like Eisenhower did to help spur growth post WWII. When you build a road you hire contractors, laborers, buy supplies allowing private industry to hire people who intern spend money at stores and on manufactured goods. This is how a government helps an economy. Tax breaks do nothing. businesses don't hire unless they need people and if they do need people, they hire despite taxes.

    September 26, 2012 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  15. Avi

    Its almost like Romney does not want to win. OR his campaign managers are so incompetent. Why would you take a golfer however reputed to endorse him in Ohio? Are 47% of Ohioan's fond of golf or is it a general thing there? and why take this 'dirty jobs' guy and tell Americans that they should not aspires for a certain kind of jobs and should just be willing to do the so called 'dirty jobs'? I just cannot comprehend this guy. Are they still in the phase of introducing Romney to the folks in Ohio using reputed and well known figures??

    September 26, 2012 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  16. DENNA

    @ – rla- 99% of AMerica needs to stop believing the spin fodder from the Obama campaign (based in Chicago) and wake up and vote Romney! Obama has given you nothing and another four years will = a destruction of this great nation

    September 26, 2012 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
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    Riiiiight. . . Everything was great, absolutely swell when Bush left the White House, right? It all fell apart the day President Obama entered the Oval Office. Right. Got it. ;-)

    September 26, 2012 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  17. DENNA

    @ – myviewis

    How cute, Obama actually knew how to pretend he has ever worked and people believe him. Let's see, Obama has worked lecturing part-time, part-time attorney who lost his license 4 years after he started practicing law, served ice cream for 1 summer at Ben & Jerry's, pretty much worked part-time as a community organizer organizing people to protest. Oh yeah, Obama knows about working. What a joke!

    September 26, 2012 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
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    You must be related to Lyan Ryan. Your post is on inaccurate, I am surprised your computer didn't explode. On top of that you didn't even mention that he was a U.S. Senator for Illinois. That's the job he had before we had the good sense to make him president.

    September 26, 2012 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  18. Bob

    Look at who the GOP villify: Scientists, Teachers, Workers. These are the people that made America great but they're "the problem" according to the GOP. Think about the "47%". Steve Jobs was a member of the 47% when he started Apple. Giving more tax breaks to the idle rich who just sit on their money and contribute nothing (where were all these job creators during the Bush years when they had these tax breaks and no regulations? Obviously not creating jobs!). If these "job creators" actually create jobs- then reward them. But let's not give people (and oil companies) money they don't need on the hope they'll create jobs. That's like paying your carpenter before he starts work. Do the job THEN you'll get the money.

    September 26, 2012 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  19. Craig RB

    If the election were held tomorrow Obama would win. The picture is looking bleaker for Romney every day and he's starting to be portrayed as a loser and Americans don't like a loser. The debates could help him a little but peoples' minds are made up and Obama will be the winner in November.

    September 26, 2012 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  20. Thomas

    Didn't look like many people showed up . The dirty job guy needs to run for office. He's smarter then Joe the Plumper .

    September 26, 2012 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  21. The Real Tom Paine

    -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.
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    In case it escaped your notice, our economy has never looked like Greece or Spain. With Mitt's "plans", we will look like Chile or Mexico. I guess a oligarchy is acceptable to you, since it means you will have your Ayn Rand-inspired society. BTW, don't you think Mittens owes us more details, or do you allow him to skate on vague promises because you think we will be crumbling in 4 short years? I guess you're no real American, since you lack any sense of optimism or forward-thinking ideas.

    September 26, 2012 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  22. enuff

    Mike Rowe does not TAKE the jobs no one wants... he works BESIDE people who have the jobs Romney would consider beneath him. BIG DIFFERENCE!

    September 26, 2012 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  23. RevMum

    Oh, for goodness sakes. Take a hard line against China? He outsourced JOBS to China – enriching China in the bargain. He has INVESTMENTS in China. He's just blowing hot air to try to look tough. And at some point he'll manage to paint America into a corner with his blustering – he'll start a war without realizing what he'd done til he saw it on the news in some deadly shot-first-aim-later moment.

    This guy did not even have the nerve to so much as differ with Limbaugh when he called someone a prostitute on the air. He was just barely brave enough to say, "It's not how I would have out it."

    Mr. Say-Whatever-People-Want-To-Hear-Wherever-I-Happen-To-Be-Today Romney? Stand up? You must be joking.

    September 26, 2012 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  24. Mike

    Mike Rowe is a great guy and obviously capable of thinking for himself and not just accepting as fact the ubiquitous administration propaganda and media support. Despite Obama's lousy performance, a lot of people seem completely unable to think for themselves like that. Bravo Mike Rowe!

    September 26, 2012 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  25. Absurdity

    Astounding that a person who makes money from Ford selling their cars is at a rally for a man who said "Let Detroit go bankrupt." If this is the only celebrity he can dig up Romney is in a lot of trouble.

    September 26, 2012 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
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