Richmond, Virginia (CNN) - Aside from Tuesday's pivotal town hall debate in New York, Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney will use the upcoming week to focus on the issues of debt and deficits.
Polls show voters trust Romney over President Barack Obama on the question of who would better handle the national debt, one reason the Romney campaign has launched a new television ad attacking the president on the issue. Romney will also deliver a speech on government spending this Friday.
The Romney campaign circulated talking points to campaign surrogates and allies on Sunday evening, which were provided to CNN by a GOP source who did not want to be identified providing confidential campaign material to the media.
Read the message points below:
Surrogate Message Points: A Clear Choice on Debt and Deficits
– This election is a choice between two very different visions for our nation’s future – and that choice will again be on display at Tuesday’s town hall debate.
– Barack Obama doesn’t have a record to run on or a plan for the future.
– Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are offering exactly what our nation needs – real reforms for a real recovery.
– Nowhere is this choice more clear than on the issue of government spending and the historic levels of debt and deficits we’ve seen over the last four years.
– President Obama has racked up more than $5.5 trillion in debt over the past four years, putting our national debt above $16 trillion – and in a second term he’ll let it climb to $20 trillion.
– He also broke his promise to cut the deficit in half by the end of his first term, instead presiding over four straight trillion-dollar deficits.
– Middle-class families are facing a $4,000-a-year tax increase just to service the debt President Obama has already racked up and the new spending he has proposed.
– Getting our fiscal house in order is more than an economic imperative – it’s a moral imperative. Americans deserve a president who will secure a future for our children that doesn’t leave them buried in debt.
– When Mitt Romney is president, he will cut spending, restore our AAA credit rating, and set us on a path to a balanced budget.
– On day one of his presidency, Mitt Romney will announce deficit-reduction measures that end the era of big government ushered in by President Obama. He will:
– Immediately reduce non-security discretionary spending by 5%
– Move to cap federal spending at 20% of the economy
– Give states responsibility for programs that they can implement more effectively
– Consolidate agencies and align compensation of federal workers with their private-sector counterparts
– Repeal and replace Obamacare with real health care reform that controls costs and improves care
– Mitt Romney’s Plan for a Stronger Middle Class will lead to a recovery that creates 12 million jobs and grows the economy on average by 4 percent per year.
– When Mitt Romney is president, our nation will have pro-growth policies that foster upward mobility and lift people out of poverty so that the next four years will be better than the last.