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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I believe that Mendacious Mitt and Paul are well over 900 Big Lie they have spouted to the American citizens, but they have never revealed their workable plans. In the debate all that we got from Romney was his 5 point plan but no details.
A thumb and 4 fingers that he held up is not a plan.
Undoubtedly he would create a "big change.' He has already proven that he is a master of change. Unfortunately, his idea of change is to alter his policies regularly, based on expediency rather than commitment to a specific program or viewpoint. . It's anyone's guess what changes would be forthcoming if he were President.. Perhaps, in business, it's wise to take a risk if you have a great product or business plan. But who would be willing to vote for such a chameleon whose plans are as substantive as smoke, or are they merely smokescreens?
Hey MITT; you change every day, we are used to it. Don't worry, you will be nothing but a footnote in less than two weeks.
We already have "Big Change". Romney changes his mind every 2 seconds, I cannot figure out what his position is.
Can you take this man seriously? Please remember the Republican Brand before Obama was elected; ; Who do you think is backing Romney now; Do you think he has any convictions; He's a parrot and a puppet. Romney = Rmoney as in Republican Money!!!
Oh big change? Yeh we know you like to change NY Major Rudy Giuliani, Republican, also knew Romney likes to change. He had this to say about him:
"THIS IS A MAN WITHOUT A CORE" – Giuliani
“I ran against him in ’07, ’08. I have never seen a guy – and I’ve run in a lot of elections, supported a lot of people, opposed them – never seen a guy change his positions on so many things, so fast, on a dime. Everything.”
Mitt, you can keep your change to yourself. This country needs a man who is truthful and has a backbone.
Heck, any change is big change when you can't remember what you said ten minutes ago! Obama calls it Romnesia, but it looks more like Mittzheimer's. Or more likely, pure delusion.
I'm an independent who voted for "Hope and Change" in 2008. Unfortunately, the "Hope" faded as "Change" failed to occur. Deficit soared, unemployment shot up, jobs continued to to become scarcer, homeowners lost their homes, small businesses continue to go bankrupt. "More taxes will be the answer" . . . and now in 2012, we are told we must continue along that same track. Sorry Mr. Obama, this registered independent has lost faith in you and is not ready to wait and see if another four years of the same will change anything. My ballot was mailed last saturday with a "X" next to Romney. I only HOPE and pray that CHANGE will happen this time around.
WOW "big change" ..........................hum wonder if that means he (robo-Romney) will move from the banks of DENIAL to a REALIST place? NOT! I guess will all else FAILS you claim a victory when there is no victory.
Mitt, Really? Now....The Big Change. Can you speak to VOTER Obstructuion? Speak like you have a pair....I can at least respect you for that.
@ Ray E. (Georgia)
Introduce us to 2 dirty words: work and Jobs? Really. Why are you assuming that those supporting the president aren't working and hard working? I wonder what your personal situation is? If you're doing so well, you can cast stones, what are you complaining about? Or are you part of that bum package trying to make yourself feel better by putting the needy down? Jerk.
Romney/Ryan big change: more redistribution of wealth from the poor, seniors, and middle class to the rich.
@I Voted Early In NC
@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.
Yes s/he seems to post under several names including Borderless. Please do not subject a tutor to that kind of torture. This person is beyond help.
Bishop Willard of the Mormons would bring "big change," all right. Google "lying for the lord," and soon you'll understand his whole campaign.
I heard Mormons like plural when it comes to women. I also hear binder full of women. And now he said he will make big change. Scary stuff !!!
Looking at the photo above... poor lost sheeple. Like lambs to the slaughter believing all the lies.
Romney has lost the womens vote. Only group he has left to woo is the middle-aged and senior white males. The rape commit is Romney's lock, stock, and barrel.
Obama re-elected in 2012
Correct me if it's not true, but I heard of a proposed tax that Obama wanted to place on certain businesses of 44%. That is criminal! NO man, woman, child, or business should EVER be taxed at 44%. That is just insane.
Sure would like to see some draft legislation on how we are to be screwed.
Romney Yeh baby!!!!
I am bursting by LAUGHING at this Bain-Capital idiot. Laughing...laughing...laughing...still laughing at this idiot. Period.
Hang on to your wallets Middle class he just Flip-Flopped again.
Cincy is a pretty big town........and all Romney could draw is a crowd of 3,000? That tells you all you need to know about what is going to happen on November 6th. Obama draws bigger crowds than that in little one horse towns.
Looks like everybody in this blog caught a case of OBAMALONEY!!