Worthington, Ohio (CNN) - Mitt Romney told Ohio voters Thursday his candidacy offered "big change" as he sought to shore up support and encourage turnout in the crucial swing state.
"We need to make sure Ohio is able to send a message loud and clear: We want real change. We want big change," Romney told 3,000 cheering supporters in Cincinnati, the first stop on the GOP presidential nominee's bus tour through the Buckeye State.
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The White House hopeful, who in recent days has cast his bid as a growing "movement" of enthusiasm, said he was equal to confronting the "huge challenges" the country faces.
"The Obama campaign is slipping because he's talking about smaller and smaller things despite the fact that America has such huge challenges and that this is such an opportunity for America," he said. "And that's why on November 6th I'm counting on Ohio to vote for big change!"
Romney planned stops in three Ohio Thursday, and after a quick trip to Iowa Friday morning for a policy speech on the economy, he will reunite with his running mate Paul Ryan in North Canton that evening.
A Time Magazine poll released Wednesday showed Obama holding a five-point edge in Ohio, which holds 18 electoral votes and is the site of the fiercest battles between Romney and the president.
While Romney barnstormed the state, his campaign sent reporters a statistics-heavy memo arguing Romney was actually better positioned in Ohio than Obama, who has consistently led polls here. The memo detailed the Romney campaign's voter outreach and ground operations in the state, and said the former Massachusetts governor was poised to sway more independent voters than Obama by Election Day.
"Write it down – if Mitt Romney wins independent voters by 15 points in Ohio, he'll be the next President of the United States," wrote Romney Political Director Rich Beeson.
In response to Romney's morning comments, the Obama campaign again sought to tie their opponent to controversial members of the Republican Party.
"Here's the 'big change' Mitt Romney is offering: going back to the same failed policies that caused the economic crisis and empowering the extreme voices in his party like Richard Mourdock," said spokeswoman Lis Smith.
At a breakfast stop Thursday morning Romney ignored reporters' questions about his continued support for Mourdock, who earlier in the week said even pregnancies caused by rape were intended by God. The Romney campaign distanced itself from those comments through a spokeswoman.
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This 'Big Change' of which Romney speaks is bound to 'Change' 12 times before election night.
Show us your tax returns for the last 20 years Willard. You are a criminal for not disclosing income from your off-shore accounts on your tax returns you POS.
Big change? I suppose that is what you'd call cutting $1.7T from Medicaid and thereby completely destroying the program and getting thousands of grandmas kicked out of their nursing homes.
Today- BIG CHANGE. Tomorrow- not so much. He'll keep flip-floppin'
I make a RoMoney noise when I walk. Flippity Flop, Flippity Flop, Flippity Flop. Neeeeeeeeeee!
This Bain-capital idiot has big chande is BIG BIRD????? He refused to answer from reporters asking endorsement of RICHARD MOURDOCK about RAPE COMMENT AND ABORTION. Nasty idiot of all time. Mitt is BS. Nasty thug of this nation. Put him in jail. Period.
Higher Military Spending.
More Government in the Bedroom.
Sounds like W, without W's personality. (W was a good ol boy, just a sorry President.)
Mitts, give us the DETAILS
Big Change would be if CONGRESS(Repubs) would stop fighting beat Obama & instead would start fighting for the Middle Class.
Obama tried and failed.
I am with Romney for prosperity at home and peace abroad. We need jobs not more excuses.
It'll be a sad day if Romney is elected and we see that he avoided paying taxes for most of his career.
but obama offers us big bird, free abortions, more food stamps, smaller impotent military, free usa citizenship for the world, and no jobs. you gotta do better romney.
The mere fact that this race is close and that Romney could win shows how far this country has truly fallen. Very, very,very sad.
This so-called change is a return to failed economic and social policies.
"Big change?" This clueless idiot changes every hour......
Yes, the big change will have even more money flowing out of the middle calss and into the 1%.
Well, every time he speaks he changes, so how is this new or even news?
The only thing he has been consistent on is not revealing his tax returns. There's something rotten in the Cayman's.
the rich will cash in ,the middle class will pay, the poor and low wage earners will grow by 20%,its called trickle down seen it before
If President Obama is called the first african American President because his father was born inAfrica. Will Romney be call the first Mexican American President his father was born in Mexico???????????? This make me wonder
big change...whats left over after Romney lines the pockets of his rich friends and screws the rest of us
Big change Mitt speaks of is going backward to the policies that screwed everything up for the middle class redistributing their small wealth to very wealthy. Mitt and all the GOP backers are parasites feeding off the middle class and working poor.
Strange how he has to tell us he represents big change. Maybe over the past two years he could have explained what he has in mind. Romney has been the most opaque candidate I have ever seen.
If you think "big change" means going back to the policies that put us in this mess in the first place....#Romnesia.
Nice to see Romney already has his Nazi salute down. "America- where life is great (as long as you're a rich, white man)"