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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@roro:"The only thing he has been consistent on is not revealing his tax returns."
That's really striking, isn't it? Every other position/policy has morphed wildly from day to day with Mitt. Heck, he's even contradicted himself in the same sentence!
But refusing to release those tax returns–the one & only point of consistency in his pitiful life. There's some big time dirt in there, IMO.
I completely agree with Romney. He will definitely offer a big change. The problem is, it is a big change for the worse.
Big change is actually a big lie.
The mere fact that this race is close and that Romney could win shows how far this country has truly fallen.
You do realize that the electoral college decides the election, right? So no mater how many rednecks from Alabama or Mississippi or Texas come out to vote for Mitt, it won't make a lick of difference.
HEY who ever wins.WINS
"Actually, it was what Simpson-Bowles – Obama's hand-picked commission – said. And Obama dismissed their findings out of hand. So perhaps the president can talk the talk, but he sure can't walk the walk."
Actually, Obama was saying that both revenue and cuts were needed before the commission AND he proposed almsot all of what they proposed and the GOP/Teatrolls refused to even consider it. Grow up. Your lying is pathetic.
For anyone concerned about the deficit, Mitt Romney should terrify you. He offers at least $500B in tax cuts with no feasible way to offset the revenue loss. Cutting a few 'loopholes on the wealthy' isn't going to cut it. Hoping for astronomical growth is just more fairy tales and pixie dust. This doesn't even include the extra military spending, corporate tax cuts or capital gain tax cuts he's proposing.
almost undecided – What is it with you right-wingers and literacy? Too much skipping of school? Nevermind. President Obama has turned around losing 800k jobs a month under Bush, to gaining about 150k a month. And we spend more on our military than the next 10 largest militaries combined. Also, illegal immigration is at record lows, while deportations are at record highs. How is it that you right-winger sub-humans can even function on a daily basis, when you're ignorance is so far off the charts?
Obama's policies have had their run. We see what they bring. Increased poverty. Middle class struggling to pay mortgages on lower valued houses because of lower pay. And government debt increasing faster than any time in American history. It's time we elected an administration focused more on solving these problems than their own political battles in Washington. And we do have candidates who can get past the political paralysis. Romney/ Ryan 2012.
big change back to the republican economic policies that got us into this mess? no thanks
It's the kind of change that thinking Americans don't want.
Ok, I'll ask the question everyone wants to ask. "Change to what?" Romney is always copying Obama in one way or another. Romney is very different than Obama. Obama has a plan and is marching toward a recovery for US. Romney by comparison has only one plan, copy off of Obama's test. The problem is that the Presidency cannot be run with copied notes, it is run by relying on your character to make decisions. Essentially, being consistent, credible, reliable, and steady. Just ask Massachusetts if they would re-elect Romney.
Grand old Taliban potty is going bezzare.....
Obama tried and failed.
I am with Romney for prosperity at home and peace abroad.
Neither peace nor prosperity can be attained at the tip of a spear.
And what has your Boy Romney offer. Don't worry I'll wait. Right wing Idiot. Less than two weeks and I don't have to listen to these Idiots no more.
To all of the Obama haters:
Your lifetime risk to develop invasive cancer as a man: 44% (almost 1 out of 2 odds) Statistics from Cancer org.
Your lifetime risk to develop invasive cancer as a woman: 38% (over 1 out of 3 odds) Statistics from Cancer org.
You are going to be glad that Obamacare exists if you fall into this statistical range. Cancer does not care what political affiliation you have. Just think about that for a while, and then think about the fact that Romney wants to remove protections for pre-existing conditions and bring back lifetime caps on insurance benefits...
Do you really want to have to flip that coin?
Obama/Biden 2012 – With a healthy, educated, and secure workforce, America will prosper.
No thanks, Mr. Romney.
Obama is already bringing CHANGE and I'd love for him to keep us moving FORWARD.
Indeed. On November 7, 2012, when every GOPer/Teatroll out there has to man up and admit they pooped themselves over Obama's re-election, it will become forever known as "Brown Wednesday, the day of the Big Change"...of manpampers, that is.
Do the right thing OHIO!
@truth hurts: Do you also post as myviewis? If not you are at the same grade level. Tell us what you mean by fallen off the workforce, and falling jobs. I know a tutor that can help you.
Big flip flop is more like it.
Willard Romney only want what the Republicans all want tax cuts for the wealthy and corporate elite, a war with Iran, a country of 80 million people, hell we could not handle the 29 million Iraqis, ban all abortions even in cases of rape and incest, and more loop holes for the billionaires like him. Willard go the planet of kolob.
Obama offered big change. Transparent government, closing GITMO, ending lobbyist influence in Washington, improving the economy, cutting the deficit in half.... It's a shame all he delivered was a big fail.
We don't need a President who's religious founder believes that there are men living on the moon in Quakers clothing, who live to be 1,000 years old. It was poor prophecy then and poor prophecy now. Yes Billy Graham, it is a cult.
It's become clear that the majority of Americans want Obama out of office. Unfortunately, thanks to the electoral college, they won't get their way.