October 4th, 2012
01:30 PM ET
6 years ago

Hero's welcome for Romney at conservative conference

Denver (CNN) - The morning after Mitt Romney's widely-lauded debate performance, Republican officials in Colorado showed their approval with a lengthy standing ovation during a surprise appearance by the GOP nominee.

On the heels of a flurry of positive reviews, Romney made an unscheduled stop Thursday morning at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Denver, where he repeated his Wednesday-night criticism of what he called President Obama's "trickle-down government."

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"Last night I thought was a great opportunity for the American people to see two very different visions for the country," Romney told the supportive audience. "And I think it was helpful to be able to describe those visions."

"I saw the president's vision as trickle-down government and I don't think that's what America believes in," Romney continued. "I see instead a prosperity that comes through freedom. We have two very different courses for America – trickle down- government or prosperity through freedom."

The GOP presidential nominee's brief remarks took the audience by surprise. Four of his sons introduced him by telling the audience they had "found a fill-in" for the fifth Romney brother.

Romney then took the stage to thunderous applause, according to pool reports.

"When I heard my boys were going to be here, I couldn't resist," he said.

The Republican candidate, who will spend the end of the week campaigning in Virginia and Florida, picked up on comments by Vice President Joe Biden earlier in the week.

"If we continue down [Obama's] path, there's no question that the middle class, which the vice president noted has been buried, will continue to be buried with higher and higher expenses for gasoline for food for utilities for health insurance," he said.

He closed his remarks with a nod to the energized audience, and sounded a note of confidence about the months ahead.

"You guys are going to have to cheer here, and then go out and knock on doors, and get people who voted for President Obama to see the light and come join our team," Romney said. "And if you do that, why, why we'll all be able to come together and have a wonderful inauguration celebration in January. So let's make sure that happens."

Filed under: 2012 • Colorado • CPAC • Mitt Romney • Presidential Debates
soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. truth hurts

    Take the ball and run with it Romney! And prepare to bludgeon Obama even worse in the next debate. I can hardly wait for Ryan to clobber Biden next week. I eagerly await Biden's explanation of how he and Obama have "crushed the middle class" for the last 4 years.

    October 4, 2012 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  2. Four and The Door

    Mitt Romney was a star in the first debate. His command of the issues and a well constructed plan forward overwhelmed Obama's legendary oratory skills.

    October 4, 2012 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  3. ED FL

    The real American voters will not passover President Obama for this Mormon Cult reject. All he did was repeat all of the last two months rhetoeic into a one nigh performance. He came off to a larger audience as the Big mouth blabberer that says plenty but nothing of consequence or validity. His poll numbers may go up slightly because his night of hollering woke up a few more GOP'ERS that inside know that Romney is a loser for the GOP. When this is the best they can come up with it really show hard hard up the GOP is for a competent candidate.

    October 4, 2012 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  4. Borderless

    Obama Supporters want to share with you a few very important facts about the president and how well he has conducted his presidency over the last four years, including important decisions he's made and policies he has implemented that have made life better for all Americans. The following is just a short list:
    1) "Romney is a liar, a chameleon and a flip-flopper"
    2) "47%"
    3) "Bain Capital"
    4) "Romney's Tax Returns"
    5) "Romney has lots of money"
    6)" Romney is a Mormon"
    7) "We don't like Romney...or Ryan. They both liars. They're lying liars that lie."
    8) "Vote for Obama"
    Thank you. We hope you have a greater appreciation for all that Obama has done for you and for America.

    October 4, 2012 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  5. simp

    LMAO this idiot better enjoy this for now because the next two debates he will not know what hit him. I cannot believe how many lies romeny stood up in front of america and told last night, he is pathetic and truly not worhty to be president.

    October 4, 2012 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  6. SuperD

    I wish the Liberals on this board would just explain 1 on Romney's "lies"

    I'm sure there are lies because Liberals live in an alternate universe, but to us here grounded on Earth, they're simply thuths.

    October 4, 2012 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  7. L

    I loved Romney's attempt at humor with the trickle down government. It made no sense, but it sounded good to the base. And that is all he impressed last night. Because the rest of us saw a pathological liar who sounded annoying. Not a game changer, he will still lose, but at least the right can try and feel better about his disasterous campaign.

    October 4, 2012 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  8. L

    Super D,
    he denied everything that has been in the GOP platform since he started running. He even through the Ryan budget under the bus. Delude yourselves if you want. All he is good at is lying with a straight face. Not a game changer, but you parties hate knows no bounds. So enjoy the spin while you can. November still belongs to Pres. Obama, who has championed the middle class, helped those in need, and truly has been a President for ALL Americans. This is something Romney will never understand, and why he will not be president.

    October 4, 2012 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  9. Bri

    All I want to know is what is wrong with being a Mormon?

    October 4, 2012 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |