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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The last paragraph is the most telling: "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. "
This man has ignored any real questions from reporters since day one. He's never had to face media scrutiny.
Oh, but wait...I suppose it would be "big change'...at least Bush failed to kill Medicare and Medicaid and hand Social Security to Wall Street. Mittens is looking to "succeed" where Bush failed. Plutocracy or bust!
He's offering a "big change" alright, google the WHITE HORSE PROPHESY"! You daughter can be a 14 year old sister wife too!
His friend Mitch mcConnell endorsed Mourdock guy indicates GOP idiots want to punish women who have been RAPED AND REWARD MEN THAT RAPED THEM. These idiots of GOP have no clue or they are DRUNK. Mitt the twit sung the same song. Ohoooooooo!!!! Croch a doodle doooooo..... Idiots, drive GOP thugs out.
I voted for Obama last time thinking change. Wont vote for him this time!!!
Big Change – show us your tax returns like every other decent American who has run for President!
Let's not forget Romney big business innovation- scamming the IRS. While at Bain, he "innovated" in inventing phony business losses to cheat the IRS and tax payers out of tens of millions of dollars. And that's in the available tax returns. Imagine what the guy who is proud of that thinks is not acceptable in his withheld tax returns. Should the "CEO of America" be held to at least the same vetting process (a decade of tax returns) as the CEO of Krispy Kreme?
Romney speaks with enthuiasum and optimism and it is catching. He believes in America and will face the challenges we have head on and not just pass them on to the next generation. It is an exciting time and I have real hope for the future now. Go Romney!!
I'll pass Willard. I'm going to have to renounce my U.S. citizenship and move to China to find a job once Willard outsources them all. No thank you!
Wow!!! Not only is it "Change" its "Big Change". What a joke.
You will not like it but Romney is going to introduce you to 2 dirty 4 letter words. Work and Jobs. You will then be able to get off Welfare, Unemloyment and food stamps.
Big Changes? really what does that mean? ant specifics Mitt? Where's the tax returns? There will be big changes but not the kind we want. Romney is devoid of any integrity and has betrayed his true agenda for votes. Fear not his agenda will come roaring back when his backers cash in and the Tea Bagger Congress gets ahold of him. Don't be fooled America this man is not who you think he is.
Ohio, you can't be this stupid? Do you remember what this idiot was talking about 4 years ago let alone 3 weeks ago. This man has flip flopped on every major issue. Do you really trust him. All he is is a puppet for the right wing nuts and corporate america!!!!
BILL, NY - 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
That's what four years of Obama failure and falling have done. 17 million more fallen onto food stamps. 5-7 mllion fallen off the workforce. falling GDP, falling jobs. but the good news is debt is CLIMBING! wait... sorry climbing debt is bad.
Why not stop the "show me the tax returns" and offer some positive results of the Obama admin. It is sad that the only complaint of Romney is you want to knoe how much money he made.
Does the "big change" refer to how he changes his mind all the time?
Big Change = Big LAME
yes – Big Change! Then Little Change! Then No Change ! Then back to Big Change – Yes a Binder Full of Big Change !!!
The big change is that he is changing his campaign message....again! Mitt Phony is the outsourcer in chief.
It's time for Romney to change is magic underwear.
Jim – Romney will send more jobs overseas, and will start more wars. With any kind of luck, it'll be your job that goes overseas, and one of your kids that goes and fights in a Romney war.
Big Change for Worse.
"I can't remember precisely what I said, but whatever it was, I stand behind it", aka Romnesia.
There you have it folks, he stands behind everything he has said, whatever it was. So, if he is elected will he
throw darts at the board to decide which of his 10,000 different statements he made will become policy?
Considering that Romney CHANGES his position on everything depending on which way the wind is blowing, you can sure bet that he has CHANGE to offer... like the pocket CHANGE that your paycheck will be reduced to under his tax cuts for the rich, one point plan.
Big Flaky Change
I'm not an expert or anything, but I've always been told doing things the right way takes time. Quick fixes bring more problems. The stock market is back up. The job market is steadily improving. The housing market is steadily improving. We have the affordable healthcare act. All these things show me that the country is progressing.
Now if we want quick fixes, go ahead and vote for romney. I doubt it lasts. And I bet we find ourselves back in the same predicament like we were in at the end W's 2nd term. Remember, it took FDR 10 year's to get us out of the great depression.