Romney: debates have 'super-charged' his campaign
October 23rd, 2012
05:50 PM ET
6 years ago

Romney: debates have 'super-charged' his campaign

Henderson, Nevada (CNN) – With the high-risk, high-reward debate season finally behind him, Mitt Romney projected an air of sunny confidence Tuesday, telling supporters the head-to-head match-ups with President Obama had "super-charged" his campaign.

"There's no question about it, we're seeing more and more enthusiasm, more and more support," after a series of widely-watched televised debates with the president, Romney told a cheering audience of about 6,000 outside Las Vegas.

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The GOP presidential nominee, who turned his campaign's summer doldrums into a surge in the polls following his first debate performance in early October, renewed his attack on Obama over the president's second-term agenda.

"He's been reduced to try to defend characters on Sesame Street and word games of various kinds, and then misfired attacks after one and another," Romney said. "You know the truth is that attacks on me are not an agenda."

Romney told the audience that after four debates, including a vice presidential sit-down, "we haven't heard an agenda from the president and that's why his campaign is taking on water and our campaign is full steam ahead."

Romney wrapped up his third debate with the president – this time focused on foreign policy – on Monday night. A CNN instant poll showed debate watchers gave Obama the edge in that meet-up, and Democrats quickly pointed to the areas in which Romney had seemed to agree with the president's policies.

A Romney senior adviser conceded there were some areas of agreement, but pointed to Romney's stance on China and on modernizing the Navy as standing out.

"Where there were differences in opinion and differences in policy, he did point them out," said Romney adviser Kevin Madden.

Still, the campaign clearly felt Romney had scored points with his debate-night criticism of the president's second-term agenda. Madden said the Obama campaign had punched "a glossy panic button" Tuesday morning when it released booklet of the president's policy proposals for the next four years.

In Henderson at the first of two joint rallies Tuesday, Romney's running mate Paul Ryan echoed the campaign's confident demeanor, telling the cheering audience of the president: "in 2 weeks from today, he is going to become former President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney is going to be the next President of the United States."

Then both Romney and Ryan repeatedly urged the Nevada audience to vote early. Polls show a tight race in Nevada, with Obama holding a slight edge.

President Obama planned to rally an audience in Las Vegas the following night.

–CNN Political Producer Shawna Shepherd contributed to this report.

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soundoff (59 Responses)
  1. truth hurts

    The American people have waited for 4 years to correct the disastrous choice they made in 2008. They were only able to partially correct it in 2010 but now are ready, willing and able to complete the mission of getting this country back on track with REAL LEADERSHIP in the Whitehouse.

    October 23, 2012 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    And the big Rovian push to create the "Mittens surging over the finish line" narrative....just like was done with Dubya in 2000...continues. Remember how close that election was and how it was stolen? The GOP/Teatrolls need this narrative...and the MSM will give it to them despite the poll order to help cover any shenanigans in GOP-controlled swing states.

    October 23, 2012 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  3. California Gary

    What we learned from the debates is that Romney is even more two-faced and flip-flopping than anyone could have ever imagined. He has no shame, and no core beliefs. He ran from his previously announced positions faster than the proverbial speeding bullet. He's "severly" conservative one day, and moderate the next. Who knows what he will be tomorrow.....he has to wait until his handlers tell him, and they have to check with the Koch brothers.

    October 23, 2012 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  4. Valentina

    President Romney and Vice-President Ryan! Here they come!

    October 23, 2012 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  5. Wolfgal

    The last 4 years have shown the voters that whatever hopes they had back then have long since faded. The debates clearly demonstrate Romney is presidential and has the ability and heart to make America great again. Romney/Ryan momentum continues to grow and they will end up in the White House. Just take a look at Obama's official website. Ninety percent of comments on the website are negative towards Obama and his regime. There are so many things out there questioning the integrity of Obama that you have to stop and think... where there's smoke, there's fire. American voters have a real chance of turning things around and this is shown with the ongoing increasing support for the Romney/Ryan team. President Romney and Vice President Ryan, welcome to the White House.

    October 23, 2012 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  6. Four and The Door

    Of course the debates have had a huge positive impact for Romney/ Ryan 2012. All of the sudden, people who have so far only listened to Obama pretty much had to also listen to Mitt Romney in direct contrast. Mitt Romney has great things to tell Americans about how we can be better going forward. This is easier to listen to than Obama telling Americans how awful things were looking backward or what awful things his political team can put together to say about Mitt Romney. Americans want to look forward. Americans want to be optimistic again. Mitt Romney brings that to them.

    October 23, 2012 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  7. California Gary

    Complaining about attacks on you is also not an agenda Mr. Romney. When are you going to come out with a plan that actually adds up?

    October 23, 2012 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  8. alwaysbullishonusa

    Romney would do alot better just sticking to what he says, not liying about what he says. I am voting for Obama. But I agreed with the people that said GM should go thru bankruptcy. But these multiple policies delivered by a man with multiple personalities just scares me.

    I can appreciate a different opinion. But this changing polices continually from Romney scares me.

    October 23, 2012 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  9. n

    Yeah, read between the lies. Romney base has just rallied around the big lie that will lead them to the slaughter. Period.

    October 23, 2012 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  10. Bob

    Nice of Bishop Rmoney to endorse President Obama's many succesful strategies in the debate.

    October 23, 2012 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  11. cbr

    Mr. Romney continues to change his positions to get us to vote for him. If a person is not willing to set out his goals and ideas and stick with them then what will he do as President. HE will be leading us with one finger on the wind and one on the pulse of the country. He will go with the stronger reaction. How can that possible be leadership?

    Mr. Ryan reminds me of a high school overachiever. HE is working so hard to get us to support him that he has left his real ideas behind. He does not have all the same views as Mr. Romney but those who look into his positions while he has been in teh house can see the differences.

    October 23, 2012 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  12. Francisco DeCastro

    Not where I live.

    October 23, 2012 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  13. Maxx

    The republicans are falsely showing confidence in the campaign hoping dumb reporters and voters fall for it and assume Romney's going to win – old tactic. They know the electoral college doesn't favor them at this time – just another lie from the lying champs.

    October 23, 2012 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  14. kayla

    romney a man with no scruples

    October 23, 2012 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  15. Bill

    Has everyone forgotten about the 47% comment at the rich people invite only fund raiser in west palm beach. I'm sure that what he said behind those closed doors is how he really feels about us.

    October 23, 2012 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  16. Anthony

    Many conservatives are not worried about changes in Romney's positions. They know that Romney's words are completely meaningless. Romney will change back to the "severely conservative Mitt" right after the election.

    October 23, 2012 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  17. Patrick in Wisconsin

    If that's his way of covering up his obvious loss in the last two debates, then hey. To each his own.

    October 23, 2012 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  18. Name Independent Thinker

    Whenever I see supporters behind Romney, they always seem so disengaged, as if they don't want to be there. The supporters behind Obama, wave, cheer, clap and seem genuinely happy to be there.

    October 23, 2012 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  19. Independent voter

    The debates have shown me that Obama doesn't look anything like a leader, much less presidential. His facts are severely lacking and he is very out of touch with the reality of the common man. I'm not totally convinced that Romney is the right answer either though, but Obama has had his chance, and has fallen far short of promises and expectations. I'll be voting for Romney, he at least is more convincing.

    October 23, 2012 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  20. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    What would Romney do if the Prime Minister of Israel called him and advised they're under attack? When Romney was asked that question in debate, he had no answer, but he's always bluster about his support of Israel. If Romney can't answer to Israel, how will he answer for us. This man is too dangerous to be near any "red button".

    October 23, 2012 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  21. ronb

    LOL. After the misserable showing in the last two debates, I'm sure your campaign is getting a lot of "activity"!! I saw two versions of Obama last night. One, I've known for four years. The other, I met during the debate....he used be Willard Romney. OBTW, I guess the "unravelling of Obama's foreign policy we are witnessing" is the same thing we'd see with Willard. He backs Obama on EVERYTHING!

    October 23, 2012 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  22. Montykoolaid

    You know, I read an article about how Romneys campaign is trying to bluff people into thinking they can win in hopes of getting news coverage to that effect and having that sort of bump his numbers and discourage democrats. I completely and immediately dismissed it as wishful thinking.

    Then I read this article... and I wonder...

    October 23, 2012 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  23. palma06

    The most important fact of this election is who can lead us out of this dismal and depressing economy.

    My vote is for Governor Romney for all the right reasons. He can lead us both through a weak economy and he can lead us on the world stage.

    If Romney uses a horse, a Bayonet, a Binder (I’m probably in it), a sub, a drone or money from Bain to do it, I don’t care!

    Once we can fix our dollar and restore it back to value, then we will have our country back. 
    We will get our AAA credit rating restored, and move out of 10th Pace in the Freedom Index Standard back up to the top where we belong. People will work, People will get off relief.

    The core matter and heart matter of our country is broken and brokenhearted.
    Our country hasn’t been this divided since the Civil War.

    Please exercise your right to Vote on November 6, 2012.

    Then if you are of faith, Pray.

    October 23, 2012 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  24. Squigman

    Who thinks up these headlines. Super charge and Romney's campaign, don't add up. This man has been stumbling over his own feet since he decided to be somebody. He's not comfortable lying to the people, but feels it's necessary to garner his parties favor and gain office. He's probable not a bad person, just rubbing elbows with hoodlums for so long it's deemed acceptable behavior. His running mate is another story. This creeps just a crook at heart.

    October 23, 2012 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  25. Tubby the Tuba Texas

    This is a guy who lost two out three debates and has changed his positions many more times than three. Tell Robme what you want and he'll shape-shift to cater to you. Who would know what this person would do as the most powerful man in the world? Put my money on slow and steady!! It wins the game! Only in American would Americans allow the Republican party to kill the nation's rating and reputation as we did with George Bush, and after almost ruining the nation over his eight, the American people give a man 3 1/2 years to fix all the incredible problems facing the nation, that they would even think of giving back control to the very same party that cause the wreck in the first place. Do not speak well of those Americans....they will deserve to lose everything when it happens if Robme is voted in as Pres.!

    October 23, 2012 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
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