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 election is only about the economy. This is God's will, as every republican knows.
Pregnant raped women is not the issue, it is about money, getting "In Jesus we Trust" on the money. This will fix the economy and create jobs, high paying jobs so there can be more tax breaks. This is what God wants.
Mitt Romney has the skills with interest to do it.
Romney and the Republican idea of big change to make things better is to do the same things that caused the problem. I am sure they would have no problem rehiring a financial advisor whose investment policies almost wiped out most Americans life savings. Basically that is what the Republicans are proposing. They are saying lets fire the guy that stabilized your investments and grow it to almost what it was prior to 2007 and let’s rehire the guy whose policies almost wiped it out. Do they think most Americans are stupid?
Here is the real hoax. The Republican idea to make things better is to do the same things that caused the problem. Here is something to think about. Republicans would have no problem rehiring a financial advisor whose investment policies almost wiped out their life savings. Basically that is what they are proposing. Republicans are telling us to fire the guy that stabilized and grow our investments to almost what it was worth prior to 2007 and rehire the guy whose policies almost wiped it out. We have to be really stupid to listen to them and rehire a guy whose policies wiped out investment in the first place. I would hope that Americans are smarter than that.
Here is a simple way of looking at who is best for the economy. Would you invest with a guy whose investment policies wiped out your investment portfolio or would you invest with a guy whose investment policies stabilized your investment portfolio and is currently growing your portfolio. Even Romney wouldn't invest his own money with the guy whose policies wiped out everyone’s investment and now he wants us to do it. So why would anyone even consider voting for any Republican.
How can any Americans think that Romney/Ryan policies would be better for the Economy. The only way for anyone to think that is if they are suffering from total amnesia. Have people forgotten what happened in 2007/2008 and the years leading up to the Great Recession. It was the exact same policies that Romney is advocating now that caused the Great Recession. Are we that dumb to think that these same policies that caused the Great Recession will somehow magically make the economy better.
I guess Romney/Ryan think we are all stupid and don’t know the truth and can’t remember the dark days of the great recession of 2007 and 2008 and the years leading up to it.
The choice is clear. Do we want to go back to the exact same policies (Romney/Ryan current policies) that brought America (this great Nation) to its knees or do we want to continue to build on the recovery.
WE all know what kind of 'big change' Governor ROmney is proposing..
"Romney campaign stands by Mourdock".
Women.. For Goodness sake.. WAKE UP..
If ever there WAS a sign from God, this would be one of them.. These 'men' who are completely uneducated and ignorant about a woman's body, want to be in charge of the laws that Govern YOUR body. There is no other way to put it. Welcome to the year 1642 where science and medicine take a back seat. Don't even dare mention the earth revolves around the sun.
The Governor has said if he wins the Presidency that he would sign legislation if presented, that bans abortion. And you have GOP senators and Congressmen who have now said that women who get raped have no medical worries as they can't get pregnant if they are 'really' raped, and now with Mourdoch, it is 'God's Gift'.
Vote like YOUR life, your daughter's life and health depends on it.. It's not playtime anymore, they are playing for keeps and total control.Have no doubt, this is 'the big grab'.
Governments do not create jobs - there is no trickle down government. When I'm the President, my government will cause the creation of 5 million jobs. What? This is the master plan, using his own words. Government won't create jobs, he's going to outsource the government to Bain Capital to create 5 million jobs. Genius!
Big change as in a different sister wife for every day of the week for first lady?
Kind of like the Obama administration's story on Benghazi. Speaking of change, did you happen to read Obama's interview with the Des Moines Register? Let me give you a quote:
To reduce the deficit Obama NOW proposes: ".. making some adjustments in terms of the corporate tax side that could actually bring down the corporate tax overall, but broaden the base and close some loopholes."
I'm sure Romney is flattered Obama's borrowing from his playbook.
Wow, 3,000 people show up for this event. Obama would have had between 15,000 and 30,000 people showing up. Who's going to win Ohio, Mitt?
Romney will bring great change.
As a master flipper, whether it be corporate dissolution or his policy and beliefs, he can lead the Tealibag militia, because God wants this to happen.
Through the words of Billy Graham, we know what God is commanding us to do.
Not voting for Bishop Romney is a mortal sin, causing the end of the world and second coming.
"Hardly. Mitt Romney implemented full access health care Massachusetts in 2006, the first of its kind in the country. He did this as a bipartisan bill, much different than Obama's behind closed doors lobbyist=written bill. Yes, ObamaCare has to be thrown out. It is a waste of money and a bad deal for Americans. We deserve better. And Mitt Romney will see that we get it."
If we wanted to read Mittens' web site, we'd be there instead of here.
I need to say this again, because this is very important. To reduce the deficit, Obama is now saying that part of the process will be "...making some adjustments in terms of the corporate tax side that could actually bring down the corporate tax overall, but broaden the base and close some loopholes." He doesn't say what loopholes. He doesn't offer specifics. And for those in the "99%" that Obama was your buddy, think again. He isn't offering to reduce your taxes.
Obama is playing you all for his own ambitious agenda. The only person that matters to Obama is Obama. Don't forget his other infamous quote. "This is my last election. After my election, I will have a lot more flexibility." You need to be very concerned about what he has planned. You can bet that you aren't a consideration though.
He's changing again. I guess his big change is going to be i agree with everything President Obama is doing.
Romneyhood's change is I keep filling my pockets and you keep losing our jobs. Romneyhood's change is you will go to war and my children will be safe and sound. Romneyhood's change is look at me. This man is nothing but a big liar and tax cheat.
Right now, we have progress. Romney's change involves stopping progress dead in its tracks.
I think I'll vote for Obama, thanks. A return to the Dark Ages doesn't really appeal.
Not quite Dr Who. The challenger endorsed mourdock so that's a pretty good indicator that he endorses his policies as well.
Small change is more like it.
"Big Change" means changing your money to his money. Presto, change-o! Just like he did to middle class workers when he was at Bain, where he changed American jobs to Chinese jobs. And when he gets through with the big change, we'll all be in big chains, with his rich buddies holding the other end.
seems like the only ones committing voter fraud are white repiblicans?
...Are we that dumb to think that these same policies that caused the Great Recession will somehow magically make the economy better.
Where were you in 2007 and 2008? Did you miss the whole event? The recession was caused by a collapse in an oversold housing market. Greedy people taking loans they couldn;t afford. Greedy loan companies more than happy to make those loans because a greedy Wall Street Bank was more than happy to buy them all.
The recession was not caused by controlling government spending or reducing taxes. It was not caused by becoming energy independent or increasing trade agreements. It was caused by the faulty liberal idea that everyone should get a home whether or not they could afford it. Courtesy of Democrat Barney Frank and a bunch of greedy bankers.
Big changes which changes every few minute Flip Flop..
@dave yes Americans r that stupid. If they werent it wouldnt b this close. Dont 4get 2010. STUPID AMERICANS!
romney ryan 2012!!!!!!!!
I can't wait until Romney wins. He understands business. He gets it, and Obama is a failure!
Looking at the photo above...poor lost sheeple, like lambs to the slaughter.
The Obamanites are running on fumes and fear. Obama has been HORRIBLE.