Team Romney 'good' heading into first debate
October 3rd, 2012
10:56 AM ET
2 years ago

Team Romney 'good' heading into first debate

Denver (CNN) – Going into the first presidential debate in Denver, a senior Romney campaign aide said they are feeling "good" about where they are in the campaign.

"It's a close one like we expected and we see it tightening and undecided voters as a better opportunity for us than for them," the official said.

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They view the debate as an opportunity to "cut through the clutter and talk directly to voters."

And while they admit that many voters have been influenced by negative ads or soundbites, they also believe that Governor Romney has a chance to "dispel those attacks" and give voters "a better sense of exactly what he would do to fix the economy."

"If we get that clear choice between status quo and a new direction we will have succeeded," the official said.


Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Presidential Debate
soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. rs

    This is do or die for Mr. Romney- either he gives policy and regulatory specifics about his plans tonight or he is done.

    October 3, 2012 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  2. Namejkane sfl a vote for the gop will cut your moms medicare and soc sec .can you afford to pay for them???

    Romney the tax cheat and lyin Ryan are done and time to kick Ryan the sponge of taxpayers money out of his house seat , seven terms of sponging of the taxpayers is enough ,Ryan ,go get a real job!!!!!

    October 3, 2012 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  3. dog1

    But which debate will be the one where is asked to Romney explain his belief in the "White Horse Phrophesy". Come on Mitt, either you believe in your "religion" or you don't, what is it? And if you do, how far into your presdency will you be implementing the plan? GOOGLE IT!

    October 3, 2012 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  4. Four and The Door

    Namejkane sfl a vote for the gop will cut your moms medicare and soc sec .can you afford to pay for them???
    Romney the tax cheat ...
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    The Obama/ Biden 2012 strategy of trying to attack Mitt Romney on his taxes is already debunked. In fact, Mitt Romney paid $500,000 more in taxes last year than he was legally required to do. I know that it is impossible for Obama to wage a winning reelection campaign based on his own 3 1/2 year record or on his non-existent plan forward, but when you cough up old personal attacks, it is at best annoying. Get current, will you?

    October 3, 2012 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  5. Gurgyl

    My question–sir, what is 47% of middle class Americans you don't give darn hoot??? Why you hate us???

    October 3, 2012 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  6. rs

    Four-

    Mr. Romney is highly damaged goods: He can't tell the truth from one minute to the next; today's news is again focusing on monies he hid in foreign countries for tax benefits; he insulted half th country (including sooldiers, senoir and the middle class); Mr. Ryan doubled down on that by claiming "30% of Americans are against the American Dream".

    Yes, Mr. Obama's record is incomplete- but largely because the GOP spent 4 years on anti-birth control, anti-abortion and fake voter fraud bills (well I guess voter fraud is real- they did it according to news this week!).

    The GOP has lost its mojo.

    October 3, 2012 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  7. SaintM

    Romney in the debates will not be a case of meeting his match. He will be outdone by President Obama at every turn. President Obama might not have debated in a while, but negotiations, decisions and high-level discussions on many subjects will make him a force to be reckoned with. Rick Perry, Herman Cain and Michelle Bachmann were easy to debate because they are clueless on so many levels. In the presidential debates, it is Romney that will be clueless on so many levels. One thing to watch out for tonight is how Romney greets the president, and whether or not he patronizes him like a "boy".

    One more good thing for the president–the last debated is on foreign policy–what a squeaker for Romney that will be.

    October 3, 2012 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  8. Malory Archer

    I wonder how many people will make tonight's debate a drinking game? Gotta start looking for "buzz" words (pun intended) :D

    October 3, 2012 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  9. Calif Conservative

    Hussein Obama has stated that republicans are EMENIES of hispanics. Hussein Obama alienated half the country right there.

    October 3, 2012 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  10. Peace

    Are they feeling good! really!! OR they are just pretending. The risk Romney is going to take tonight is the major one in his entire presidential bid.

    October 3, 2012 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  11. mactsr

    Tonight should be the end of the Romney run for president. Willard really doesn't have a plan for America. Other than giving more and more tax breaks to the rich.

    October 3, 2012 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  12. Malory Archer

    We can also take a drink everytime mittens loses his cool. Wait a minute, bad idea – after twenty minutes of President Obama playing rope-a-dope, mittens' head will have exploded and we'll all end up in the ER being treated for alcohol poisoning!

    October 3, 2012 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  13. tee1227

    It don`t matter what Mitt do tonight he is done in Ohio and the polls all show, the turn out was heavy heavy turn out yesterday in early voting, that`s why the SOS Jon Husted was trying to shut down early voteing and the courts said no.

    October 3, 2012 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  14. GI Joe

    I want to know 2 things:

    Why were Bush/Cheney never tried for war crimes, and

    Will SaC (voter fraud by republicans) be brought up for Congressional hearings like ACORN was.

    October 3, 2012 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  15. Beverly - NYC

    33 days to go, early voting started and the CEO is pining his entire campaign on the undecided voter. Mitt have your people should review the SNL skit on undecided voters, enough said.

    October 3, 2012 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  16. Four and The Door

    mactsr
    Tonight should be the end of the Romney run for president. Willard really doesn't have a plan for America. Other than giving more and more tax breaks to the rich.
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    I know we have only been practicing Obamanaomics for 3 1/2 years now, but it is still a stretch to call EVERY WORKING AMERICAN rich. Granted, people who still have a job are either lucky or very good at what they do, but rich?

    October 3, 2012 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  17. Not Worried

    Am not worried about Pres. Obama's performance tonight. He is the man who ordered to kill bin Laden, which could have ended his presidency if things could have gone wrong, but he gathered the courage and acted. Facing Romney in debating is just quite simple thing to him.

    October 3, 2012 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  18. Four and The Door

    Not Worried
    Am not worried about Pres. Obama's performance tonight. He is the man who ordered to kill bin Laden, which could have ended his presidency if things could have gone wrong, but he gathered the courage and acted. Facing Romney in debating is just quite simple thing to him.
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    Why don't we ask Seal Team Six who wins the debate tonight? They are not Obama's biggest fans. Imagine that.

    October 3, 2012 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  19. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Mittens has attacked the 47%, women's rights, college students, veterans, seniors, hispanics, blacks, the middle class, the poor, etc. Altogether, he has alienated 87% of all voters, and still he is polling around 46%. Go figure.

    October 3, 2012 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  20. truth hurts

    rs - This is do or die for Mr. Romney- either he gives policy and regulatory specifics about his plans tonight or he is done.
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    And just what "specifics" were in "Hope & Change" and now with "Forward"???
    Forward to bankruptcy?
    Forward and over the fiscal cliff?
    Forward to 75% tax rates while 60% pay no federal income taxes?
    Forward to 100 million people on food stamps?
    Forward to 10% unemployment?
    Forward to $22 TRILLION in debt?

    October 3, 2012 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  21. Ind.

    Why is it the White House talks about a war on women when they pay women less than men in the White House?

    Hypocrisy is the demcorats middle name.

    October 3, 2012 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |