Romney: All in for the family
October 24th, 2012
04:50 PM ET
1 year ago

Romney: All in for the family

Reno, Nevada (CNN) - Mitt Romney made an appeal to struggling families at his second Nevada rally in as many days, telling voters he understood their troubles and could help.

The candidate's retooled stump speech, featuring a series of empathetic stories about down-on-their-luck Americans – a senior on Medicare, a daughter working to pay off her college loans, a middle-aged homeowner whose property lost value - came as the GOP presidential nominee sought to capitalize on a surge in the polls this month that has fueled new optimism about his election effort.

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"This election [is] about your family and families across this country, and the choice we make will have an enormous impact on your family,"

Romney told an audience of roughly 2,500 people Wednesday in Reno – a smaller audience than the candidate had drawn at several joint rallies with his running mate Paul Ryan over the past week. "And I understand what it's going to take to get this country strong again and to provide the answers that your families need."

Romney's stop in Nevada underlined his renewed confidence following a series of debates with the president this month.

"We've had four debates and he hasn't been able to describe what his plan is to get this economy going," Romney said at a Reno events center across the state from where he spoke a day earlier. "You can boil what he's saying down to four simple words, and that is: 'more of the same.'"

President Obama enjoys support from Latinos and unions in Nevada, and has generally edged ahead of Romney in polls. But with two stops in two days and polls that show the race here is tightening, the Romney campaign is forcing Obama to defend a state he easily won in 2008.

The president will rally supporters in Las Vegas Wednesday night.

Hours in advance of that visit, Romney tied Obama to the housing crisis that has hit Nevada particularly hard.

"If he's re-elected I'm convinced you're going to see the values of your homes continue to bump along in the basement," Romney told supporters.

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  1. NoKidding

    " Retooled stump speech, featuring a series of empathetic stories about down-on-their-luck Americans – a senior on Medicare, a daughter working to pay off her college loans, a middle-aged homeowner whose property lost value" blah blah blah...
    Oh wait, these are the same people in the 47% that he called losers who have a VICTIMS attitude, that there was no way he could convince them to take responsibility for their own lives"...
    How despicable for somebody to be talking from both sides of his mouth that way.

    October 24, 2012 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  2. geggyg

    I hope Romney told that middle aged homeowner that the govt should have let have house prices fall further hitting his assets even more , even if it meant more people being foreclosed on . because it would have been a good business opportunity for house speculators to buy at even cheaper prices , and a bigger profit when the housing market rebounds and the speculators can sell, as it is now in parts of the US .

    October 24, 2012 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  3. watson

    All I know is if I spent 6 trillion dollars I could have at least net 1 job... GM should have failed. It was not going to go under. They filed for chapter 11 which allows them to reorganize their debt. They would have been able to renegotiate with their investors and the union. Unions did not want this because they knew their pay would have been slashed so the tax payers had to take care of their issue. Why didn't Obama bail out Delta and every other company that filed for bankruptcy? Because he receives so much money for his campaign from the auto unions...Obama and Unions need to go.

    October 24, 2012 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  4. daniel

    I would rather have more of the same than Romany who does not care much of the 47%, clueless and wanted to be elected to help more of his own rich people. We have a President in the office who cares for 100%. VOTE OBAMA and DUMP ROMNEY!

    October 24, 2012 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  5. Debbie

    Mitt all in for the family? Which family? All white? Male and Female only? Raped women? You don't count. Romney supports Mourdock blasphmer. Legitimate raped women Akin. Transvaginal wand governor. Equal pay for women? No he will not support that. Senior citizen families? Vouchers for insurance. Young college students? Nope cut education.

    October 24, 2012 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  6. NameMarieCA

    Romney, you better retool again your stump speech; this time, you have to include your support to Murdock of Indiana.

    October 24, 2012 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  7. ssl

    Romneys policey will kill us-middle class
    Exactly Same as Bush
    Think about future generations not urself. ObamAcare covers my kids. It never happened b4
    Please rethink n vote Obama.

    October 24, 2012 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  8. RON

    If he gets the White House we will end up in the Poor House.Plus he don't need another House he already has 6.

    October 25, 2012 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  9. annieL

    College graduates can't find jobs for many reasons that have nothing to do with President Obama. First, there are too many college graduates, thanks to lower admission standards and the big push at the high school level to steer all students with half a brain into the college prep track. Secondly, most private employers no longer value a bachelor's degree if it doesn't come with specialized skills or work experience specific to their industry. Used to be, employers took the degree as evidence you were smart enough and disciplined enough to learn whatever you needed to learn on the job and they were willing to train you. In short, education inflation and graduate glut.

    October 25, 2012 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  10. annieL

    What magic wand does Romney have to help any of these struggling Americans, even if he wanted to? He can't spend any government money to help because the Tea Party won't let him. He's committed to slashing federal spending. So what else does he have in his bag of tricks? Trickle-down tax cuts that will increase the deficit and debt. And I notice he didn't mention any Americans who don't have health insurance and can't pay their medical bills. That's the "elephant in the room" he just doesn't see yet medical debt is the number one cause of personal bankruptcies. Insurance premiums, co-pays and deductibles will continue to rise, increasing the burden on both employers and employees, even if he repeals Obamacare. He has no solution to that.

    October 25, 2012 12:29 am at 12:29 am |
  11. frank

    wake up america!!! mitt romney is a liar he said he was bipartisian in massachusetts he vetoed 48 acts of legislation. he doesnt care about u how soon we forget the 47% rem

    October 25, 2012 12:40 am at 12:40 am |
  12. Mittens

    Why do news outlets say "retooled speech" or "as he shifts towards the center"...either you believe in something or you don't...so stop saying he's shifting and call it what it is...another lie and an effort to deceive in order to fool people into voting for him...what garbage

    October 25, 2012 12:41 am at 12:41 am |
  13. Dee

    Romney is all about himself yes he said let the auto industry go bankrupt and what would have happen Baine would have come in and scooped it right up this is what he does. How can americans be so willing to elect this man it is all about the color of his skin and this is so sad. He does not give a damn about us he spoke the truth before his rich friends. He wants the office of the President so much he will say anything to get in there and when he does he will have to do exactly what his rich friends say who put out the big bucks to buy the election.

    Make no mistake about it these young people have been working over a year and these polls are not true because I just voted and the lines were very long in North Carolina. So who are they counting?

    October 25, 2012 12:44 am at 12:44 am |
  14. Cz

    36%....that's what is actually going to be paid for in Mitt's plan. That is when he eliminates loopholes and raises taxes on middle income families $4,000 a year. That means his trillions in military spending, isn't even possible. By cutting taxes on the richest americans, and increasing taxes on the middle class, he is still 60% below what he needs to even make the tax cut portion work...that means medicare, social security, food stamps, any health care, infrastructure...all of it will suffer. This guy will demolish America..people please wake up.

    October 25, 2012 12:44 am at 12:44 am |
  15. alien

    Vote straight democrat, because a bad democrat is better than a good republican any day.

    October 25, 2012 01:21 am at 1:21 am |
  16. Morekoolaidplz

    It still amazes me. I'll take W any day over what we have. No way to explain or put the blame on others when the Deficit has almost doubled in 4 years. You can blame congress and the house all you want for blocking everything, but in case you forgot, dems ran all 3 for 2 years and still got nothing accomplished. More death and war under this guy, and no1 seems to be complaining. I'm not a mit fan or really a W fan either, but really??? We are screwed either way. Its sad when you have to vote the lesser of 2 evils. I know what this man has done these 4 years, and next guy couldn't do any worse!

    October 25, 2012 01:32 am at 1:32 am |
  17. briawinde

    Romney hasn't stayed steadfast about anything..the man is a salesman..who couldn't stop sweating during the debates..Sounded weak and it is clear who is the most intelligent of the two....Romney's stances are anti-women, anti- the working class, anti other religions and anti other races...Its obvious to many..except those that are insulated, under educated and get high by hating others as he does...Talk about flip flop..this guy is more dishonest then Nixon...and that takes some doing!

    October 25, 2012 01:33 am at 1:33 am |
  18. Wire Palladin, N.Y.

    Nervous for this great nation if this guy doesn't defeat obama

    October 25, 2012 02:00 am at 2:00 am |
  19. Magranel

    Both the Republican and the Democratic presidential candidates talk about liberty, freedom, fiscal responsibility, free enterprise, choice, and the Constitution. But neither candidate believes in those principles. Elect either Barack Obama or Mitt Romney, and government will be bigger, spending will be higher, regulation will be more intrusive, the military will be fighting more wars, more service personnel will be dying, more money will be wasted abroad, civil liberties of more people will be violated, and more privacy of more citizens will be invaded. Overall, the free society will continue to retreat.

    Vote Gary Johnson 2012

    October 25, 2012 02:42 am at 2:42 am |
  20. John

    This Iowan has already voted for Obama. I don't trust Romney who has proven he will say anything to anyone about anything to get elected!

    October 25, 2012 03:52 am at 3:52 am |
  21. Morning1Su,

    Mitt Romney again and again changes his point of view. He keeps trying to remake himself. Mitt Romney thinks we are tuning in for the first time. The American people have following him for over a year and we cannot figure him out. He is a poor excuse of an actor because he is a fake. What person in your right mind would vote for such a man. Give us a break. Folks will you folks tune him out. God bless America. Keep us safe and vote for President Obama.

    October 25, 2012 04:01 am at 4:01 am |
  22. melody bravard

    I am a republican who is voting democrat again in this election. I think Obama deserves four more years to put hiis promises into effect after spending the first four cleaning up someone elses mess. Romney doesn't care about me. I'm poor, on disability and medicare, And female. If he has his way I'd be dead.

    October 25, 2012 04:31 am at 4:31 am |
  23. watcheronside

    What is for the families who lost jobs because Romney shipped jobs oversea? Because his company distroyes companies, employments and communities.

    May be in his mind families should like his bred whole lot of offsprings.

    October 25, 2012 04:37 am at 4:37 am |
  24. trustyone

    Family? Which families? the 47%?

    October 25, 2012 04:39 am at 4:39 am |
  25. Mike

    Just telling stories about down on their luck Americans does not mean you are going to do anything from them. In fact, that senior on Medicare – when his kids retire, they won't have any Medicare, just a voucher program that pays an shrinking percentage of private insurance premium. That daughter working to pay off her college loans - will have to deal with middle men again, greatly increasing the cost of her loans. That middle-aged homeowner whose property lost value - won't be able to take a mortgage deduction anymore, adding salt to the wounds.

    October 25, 2012 05:05 am at 5:05 am |
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