October 22nd, 2012
04:41 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney debate strategy: Why a CEO makes a good commander in chief

Washington (CNN) - Mitt Romney is planning to shed the scrappy in-your-face debate strategy from last week's town hall and replace it Monday night with a calmer demeanor - someone voters can imagine as commander-in-chief, CNN has learned.

"I don't think this is necessarily a debate where you're going to see point-for-point scoring," Romney adviser Dan Senor told CNN.

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  1. Sniffit

    ""I don't think this is necessarily a debate where you're going to see point-for-point scoring," Romney adviser Dan Senor told CNN."

    Translation: "We tried going toe-to-toe with Obama and it blew up in our face last time. This time, we need to pretend he's not there and simlpy stick to our baseless talking points."

    October 22, 2012 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  2. Tony

    So, another change for Mitt Romney. No one should be surprised by this. Romney is a candidate for change. He is constantly changing himself.

    October 22, 2012 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  3. UBS, WILLARD & THE 4000+ AMERICAN AMNESTY DEAL

    War mongering John Bolton is in Willard's senior foreign policy staff. Enough said!

    October 22, 2012 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  4. Barry from Wisconsin

    This (Akin) is an example of what happens when people mindlessly vote for a party – rather than the best qualified person.

    I doubt if people in the Congressman's district are brain dead. Blind party voting is, I think, the only explanation of hope someone with no brains and cuckoo thought processes could be elected and reelected.

    October 22, 2012 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    "this is someone who's decisive, who has a strong world view," "

    Hahahahahaa....yes, so "decisive" that he has flip-flopped on every single major policy position in existence. The only "strong" world view Mittens has is the "view" that it's his "turn" to be in charge of it.

    October 22, 2012 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  6. The Real Tom Paine

    CEOs who have been president: Hoover, Truman, Carter, G W Bush. None of them were regarded as successful when they left, and only Truman's image has improved with time. A CEO does not answer to a legislative or judicial branch, so unless you are prepared for a dictatorship, its a bad idea.

    October 22, 2012 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  7. John

    I was drafted on my wedding day in April 1968...Was in grad school with a child on the way to go with my marraige, I had 3 possible deferments, but despite not wanting to go, it didn't seem fair that my catcher had just died over there and I would opt out.............This is what gets me about the Romneys.....George got out of WW II with a religious deferment, Mitt ditto during my era/Vietnam and now his 5 sons, none have served......doesn't mean they are a family of cowards, but with this background, Mitt should be disqualified as Commander in Chief.....I get a stomach ache just thinking that he might become president.

    October 22, 2012 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  8. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Mitt Romney is planning to shed the scrappy in-your-face debate strategy from last week's town hall
    -------------------------------------------------
    Especially since that "scrappiness" got him scrapped in Debate #2.
    Whatever demeanor, or stances, political positions Mittens decides to MORPH into tonight it won't matter.
    NO ONE is calmer, cooler, or more collected and in posession of the facts than our current Commander-In-Chief.
    In the words of our great President Barack Hussein Obama: PLEASE PROCEED GOVERNOR!!! Proceed to choke yourself with your own rope that is!
    Obama 2012. Period.

    October 22, 2012 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  9. harry

    This R-money,the job killer,will ask for one small office next to Oval office after he loose this election to Obama.
    He is so greedy for power.Nothing but a Greedy Politician and rude candidate.Can not be TRUSTED for white house.
    He will misuse all his power with CREATING WEALTH instead of JOBS.

    October 22, 2012 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  10. I Voted Early In NC

    Good grief not another Romney again. We dont don't need a CEO for President, they are the ones that messed up the economy. We are people Romney not stock shares and profit.

    October 22, 2012 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  11. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Now if the GOP and Romney's debate team can rewrite the history of George W. Bush's private life as a failed CEO prior to becoming Commander in Chief that lie might fly, but they can't. FACT.

    October 22, 2012 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  12. Romney cares less

    Good grief! Romney has No IDEA of who he is! He is a puppet!

    October 22, 2012 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  13. 2020

    Asked Bush why a CEO not a good commander-in-chief. Bush is live example.

    October 22, 2012 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  14. derp

    George W Bush was a CEO too. That worked out so well for us.

    October 22, 2012 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  15. Four and The Door

    It's a good thing George Bush took care to hand Obama a situation already completed in Iraq or Obama would pretty much have handed the country over to Iran. Just like now he is pretty much handing Afghanistan back to the Taliban rather than finishing the job we've almost completed. Yes, this is the same Taliban that just tried to assassinate a 14 year old girl for defiantly going to school. These guys are right up there with the Nazis. And Obama is negotiating with them?!?!

    October 22, 2012 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  16. don in albuquerque

    Shrub ran on the fact that he was a businessman too. He was a stellar example. Running a business and a country are two vastly different things.

    October 22, 2012 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  17. Larry in Houston

    WoW !! can't wait till obama wipes the floor w/ robme tonite. I'm glad that I've already Voted today, since this is the first day of early voting. Texas has 28 million people – only 40% are likely Democrat voters – and 55% are likely republican voters – so this means that 15% of likely voters don't care, one way or another. From what I've heard, some of the employers have told their employees IF they found out that they Voted Democrat, they wouldn't have a Job the next day. that's pathetic –
    May the Best Man Win – 2012
    Hillary – 2016 ( with a "surplus" in – 2018 )

    October 22, 2012 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  18. Bob

    We tried that "CEO" nonsense with Bush, and look where it got us.

    He bankrupted the country just like he did every company he owned.

    THE USA IS NOT A BUSINESS.

    October 22, 2012 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  19. Mel

    Do Romney even know what he stands for? Anyone would be crazy to vote for Romney. He's fake, he says what he thinks people want to hear.

    October 22, 2012 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  20. Bob, NY

    A president's job is to keep our country safe ...LISTEN to his/her advisers, make necessary decisions, and COMMUNICATE to the proper peoples ...including the American citizens. Diplomacy and etiquette are MANDATORY skills. We really don't need to provoke wars because of poor communications. The car salesman has a proven poor track record in these talents. The country needs a leader ...not a boss!

    October 22, 2012 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  21. Yonni

    Because, a CEO can buy and sale any country if the country become a computation in a world stage. If the state doesn’t meet the profit standard he will down size it, shot it down and claim bankruptcy. Outsource teaching and policing job to Indians because they cost less. Evaluation for every citizen at least once in a year and fire them if they don't meet the standard barrier. Doesn't have to get congress approval to do anything he wants because he is a CEO. Give some pay day loan for poor and reprocess their soul if they cannot pay back. Definitely a CEO can be a very good president if this things are possible and a real world.

    October 22, 2012 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  22. Thomas

    MittMoney.com

    Help keep Tagg employed !

    October 22, 2012 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  23. St. James Place

    Maybe Willard can outsource the job of president when he gets bored with it.

    October 22, 2012 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  24. Gurgyl

    For shipping job to CHINA, stashing money in CAYMAN ISLANDS, SWISS, BERMUDA.

    October 22, 2012 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  25. rs

    George W. Bush was our first MBA/CEO President. Really, do we need to go THERE again?

    October 22, 2012 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
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