Romney to deliver economic speech Friday
October 24th, 2012
07:46 PM ET
2 years 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. Jersey Girl

    It is obvious the right-wing is getting nervous and desperate, with Palin, Ann Coulter and Donald Rump coming out of the woodwork, never mind Clint Eastwood. Too funny!

    October 24, 2012 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  2. PJ

    Why? He has been unable to "deliver a significant speech" on anything so far. He just weebles and wobbles all over
    the place, and is short on specifics.
    His "major speech on foreign relations" has long been forgotten.
    He is no longer a flip-flopper, he is a box of crayons. "Which color shall I wear today, Ann?", "Well, Mitt, try the
    pastels, they appeal to women."
    "Then, you can wear the greens and blues that signify your love for the environment"
    "But I don't love the environment, I wear the greens for my love of money".
    "Oh right, so just wear the browns for mucked up water due to oil spills, and the blacks for the charred
    lands due to fires and droughts".
    "And what should I wear for my speech on the economy?". "You are back to the greens in honor of your
    billionaire donors, and don't you forget it."
    "Thanks, dear".

    October 24, 2012 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  3. Wonderingwanda

    I agree with the president!!!

    October 24, 2012 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  4. Tony

    Democrats will like to believe that they know what Romney will say in his economic speech, but at this point, nobody has a clue as to what Romney will say. Romney can say anything at this point. After all, he essentially endorsed Obama's foreign policies in Monday's debate. Who knows, Romney may propose his own New Deal on Friday.

    October 24, 2012 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  5. iampraying

    I hope that he will tell us something new–Oh, by the way, I agree with the President!

    October 24, 2012 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  6. REPUB no more

    FLIP-FLOPPING is my game and if I could get a vote I would change my name-

    October 24, 2012 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  7. Indy

    Just replay Bushs economic policy and you have Romneys economic policy,been there done that and not letting it happen again EVER. Just say no to any candidates that sign a pledge with Grover Norquist and elect those that don't sign pledges, and will do the will of the people and not pledges

    October 24, 2012 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    romney to deliver his speech for the 1%..

    October 24, 2012 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  9. Just ask Massachusetts

    Ask Massachusetts if they would re-elect Mitt Romney as a Governor. Why or Why not?

    October 24, 2012 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  10. Darrell

    Expect the same GOP/Bush economic policies from Mitt...the policies that brought 9 million job lost under GOP/Bush/Ryan...the Great Recession....and near depression. Compared to the 5.2 million new jobs restored under Obama.

    October 25, 2012 12:58 am at 12:58 am |
  11. spartanbalance

    Romney's advisors have finally decided that it might be a good idea to give some tangible, specific details about any plans. I can't wait to hear him explain how he's going to create 12 million new jobs. Team Romney is getting the message that maybe Americans aren't really idiotic enough to elect a man who has no actual ideas, except for a return to the Bush years. If Romney were to win, it will only be because of racism and the average citizens' lack of understanding of how long economic policies take to have real impact.

    October 25, 2012 01:54 am at 1:54 am |
  12. 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 03:09 am at 3:09 am |
  13. Mforward2012

    First thing Mitt we want to know how you will offset the 5 trillion in tax cuts and 2 trillion on raising the Military Budget? Tell us Mitt, will it be all BORROWED MONEY from CHINA that adds to the Debt or cutting Education, Pell Grants, Research and Development, Infastructure maintinence. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . .. . .. . .TELL US

    October 25, 2012 05:15 am at 5:15 am |
  14. Marie MD

    It will still al be lies. He is talking about getting touch with China while bain, his company, is still sending American jobs to China.
    He is going to talk about loopholes but he probably won't mention that one of those hangman loopholes for the middle class is to do away with our interest claim on our homes come tax time.
    This guy will lie to anyone to get votes. I hope November 6 sends him to a bar to drink something! He is going to need it.

    October 25, 2012 06:58 am at 6:58 am |
  15. T'sah From Virginia

    ►A poll released Wednesday showed half of voters thought Romney would better handle the economy than President Barack Obama, 50% to 45%.◄

    This is Romney's problem – half of Americans may think that but MORE than half of Americans know it's NOT all about the economy – So Romney dreams on a notion that all it takes to be the President is to know how to handle the economy when it's NOT... Besides, 50% and 45% is not that far away and President Obama was much, much lower several weeks ago in that number and now it's RISING!!!!

    Obama/Biden 2012 – The Only Trusted Way Forward!!

    October 25, 2012 07:04 am at 7:04 am |
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