Romney to deliver economic speech Friday
October 24th, 2012
07:46 PM ET
1 year ago

Romney to deliver economic speech Friday

(CNN) - Mitt Romney will deliver a significant speech on the economy Friday, according to a top campaign aide, when just 11 days remain in the presidential race.

His speech will be delivered in Ames, Iowa, and is aimed at "reinforcing the big choice in November," a top campaign adviser told CNN.

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A poll released Wednesday showed half of voters thought Romney would better handle the economy than President Barack Obama, 50% to 45%. The ABC News/Washington Post tracking poll included voters contacted both before and after the third presidential debate - between October 20-23 and had a sampling error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

On Wednesday, Romney delivered a retooled stump speech, working in a series of empathetic stories about down-on-their-luck Americans, such as a senior on Medicare, a daughter working to pay off her college loans, and a middle-aged homeowner whose property lost value.

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

At that rally in Reno, Nevada, Romney also underscored his argument that Obama is not advancing an economic plan.

"We've had four debates and he hasn't been able to describe what his plan is to get this economy going," the GOP candidate said. "You can boil what he's saying down to four simple words, and that is: 'more of the same.'"

Romney's economic speech comes on the same day he and running mate Paul Ryan will rally supporters in Ohio.

– CNN's Gregory Wallace contributed to this report

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soundoff (40 Responses)
  1. NameDavid

    More of the same thing we will hear from him: allot of attacks on Obama record and not allot about what he has in his plan.

    October 24, 2012 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  2. b

    Let me guess... tax cuts for the rich, repeal Obamacare, and deregulation?

    October 24, 2012 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  3. Bill from GA

    Can't wait to hear his DETAILS!

    October 24, 2012 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  4. Craig S

    Romney wants PROSPERITY at home and PEACE abroad.

    We have yet to hear any plan from Obama except wanting us to pay for Sandra Fluke's birth control.

    October 24, 2012 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  5. Fact

    The reality is that Romney could make a decent Presidential advisor on Corporate business, but beyond that he is not really that credible. His gaffes are countless and at some level thoughtless.

    October 24, 2012 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  6. g

    Romney's economic plan consists of more tax cuts for the rich, eliminate educational investment, end social programs, destroy Medicare, privatize Social Security and deregulate Wall Street. Just ask Spain and most of Europe how are these austerity measures are working out for them.

    October 24, 2012 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  7. To the undecided voter...

    Ask yourself, would Massachusetts elect Former Governor Romney again having full knowledge of his record and how he operates. That may help your decision. God Bless!

    October 24, 2012 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  8. Ron L- Mich

    I thought he did this already...BUT WAIT...It's MITT the politician that CONSTANTLY CHANGES his position on EVERYTHING!!! Or denies positions he once held, or attempts to tell the American public that we aren't smart enough to realize what he suggested for the auto companies was IMPOSSIBLE to happen at the time. I have written this many times before...MITT ROMNEY is AMORAL!! He WILL say whatever it takes to win and once he gets the POWER of the Presidency there is NO TELLING what he will do....I DON"T TRUST that kind of person...I don't understand how anybody else can. One other thing...women in America WATCH OUT if Romney wins the Supreme Court it WILL be stacked with VERY conservative judges that will strip you slowly but surely of many rights you currently have....

    October 24, 2012 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  9. DENNA

    Will you tell us the truth, Mittens, or will you spin whatever story you think might get someone to vote for you? I voted for President Obama this afternoon, so I will spend the rest of the campaign period tuning out the Republicans. I could not even bring myself to split my vote for any Republican on the ballet. The Republican party has, in the last four years, succeeded in completely turning me off from ever voting for one of you again.

    October 24, 2012 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  10. Romney Hood's a FRAUD

    You're right for once Willard. This election is about my family and families across the country. I CHOOSE OBAMA/BIDEN!!

    October 24, 2012 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  11. jinx88

    Great, more lies!!! Cant wait!!! I hope its as good as his foreign policy speech. ROTFLMAO

    October 24, 2012 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  12. pcalif

    Americans have heard enough and our minds are made up. Romney can keep his silly speech because basically no one is going to show up unless they are bussed in and promised food tickets. It's colder than a rat's patootey in Iowa.

    October 24, 2012 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  13. Lisa P

    Well, finally! I wonder if he'll give us some numbers this time? Or better yet, tax returns.

    As for President Obama's plan, if Mitt Romney can't sum it up in four words by now then he just hasn't been paying attention:

    Research
    Investment
    Shared sacrifice
    Education

    President Obama is about working smart and planning for the long term. Mitt Romney's fortune, on the other hand, was made by delivering profits to investors in 5-8 year cycles, heedless of who it hurt and what long-term growth was destroyed. Keep that background in mind when Mitt Romney starts promising things; Mitt believes only in a fast buck, preferably one that goes into his or his cronies' off shore bank accounts. My Republican parents would be ashamed of his greed and carelessness.

    October 24, 2012 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  14. Craig RB

    Nothing Romney can say at this point is going to help his case, minds are made up and Ohio goes to Obama along with some other swing states.

    October 24, 2012 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  15. Anonymous

    Romney = Bush. We americans r screwed

    October 24, 2012 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  16. Just ask Massachusetts

    I wonder if Romney will now support President Obama's plan. Especially since everything is beginning to improve albeit steady: Housing, Dow jones, your 401k, GM, etc. Thankfully we are no longer on the brink of the Bush-era policies' recession, but we have to continue Forward, not back. Maybe Romney will adopt this slogan as well. Romney seems to copy President Obama. The President says it and then two weeks to a month later Romney says the same thing, just with different words. For example, Romney's so called empathetic stories directly mimic President Obama's stories of hard working Americans in tone, cadence and discourse. It is as though Romney studied how Obama speaks. But the real question is who do voters really believe cares about and understands their needs. Romney who has never had a student loan or a bill he couldn't pay, or President Obama who turned away from a high-paying corporate job at a prestigious law firm to help people organize so that they could get a fair shot at the American dream. Just ask Massachusetts, that may help your decision on Election Day.

    October 24, 2012 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  17. T

    So sad how CNN has become just like fox news, its all about Romney. I used to watched CNN as you were so neutral but for the last 2 months you guys have definitely switch to the right. Good luck with your ratings, everyone is saying the same thing

    October 24, 2012 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  18. John

    The Murdock statement is hurting Romney and the GOP. He wants to change the subject. Romney is in total damage control.....This is a smokescreen.

    October 24, 2012 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  19. Squigman

    Just shut up. Go away. Far, far away.

    October 24, 2012 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  20. Speranza31@live.com

    So now, all of a sudden, alexithymic Mitt is worried about the 47%? BRIDGE FOR SALE IN BROOKLYN!

    October 24, 2012 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  21. Mike in Texas

    Let's see. Five point plan. Won't lower taxes for the wealthy (yeah right). Will balance the budget in the year???. Trust me the tax cuts and defense increases are paid for. Drill baby drill. De regulate. Yeah.

    October 24, 2012 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  22. Julian Rogers

    In his "speech" will he address employment, like the fact that his invested interest company, SENSATA, is moving its jobs to China even after a 3Q profit of nearly $500 Million?

    October 24, 2012 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  23. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    It is a shame that Romney can't really show the numbers that he used and his assumptions. That would make it more clear as to where he is coming from and what he believes will happen. I don't think that it will because he won't be elected.

    October 24, 2012 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  24. GOP = Greed Over People

    Assuming that Mitt the Twit once again, after consultations, went to the "binders of poverty" to find these touching stories.

    October 24, 2012 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  25. Lisa

    Just more BS served on a silver platter for the gullible to lap up. Romney is a parasitic business man. Not what e we need as a leader.

    October 24, 2012 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
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