Romney: Democrats love America too
October 28th, 2012
09:32 PM ET
1 year ago

Romney: Democrats love America too

Marion, Ohio (CNN) - Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan increasingly framed the upcoming election as a historic choice about the country's future, telling Ohio audiences Sunday they were up to the challenge of bridging Washington's partisan divide.

“This is not your run-of-the-mill presidential election," Ryan told an audience in Findlay, saying the outcome November 6 would determine "what kind of people we're going to be."

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Romney, the GOP presidential nominee, declared the election "a turning point" that called for "dramatic and real change," and repeatedly told supporters he would achieve the sort of bipartisan agreement he said has eluded President Barack Obama.

"I've got to find - I know there are good Democrats who love America just like we do," Romney told an audience of more than a thousand at his first stop in Celina. "I’m going to reach across the aisle to them and work together, put the interests of the people ahead of the politicians."

Romney joined Ryan on the vice presidential candidate's already-scheduled Ohio bus tour Sunday after canceling three events in Virginia as the state braced for Hurricane Sandy.

His campaign also decided to cancel a Tuesday stop in New Hampshire "due to the concern for the well-being of residents" in the storm's path, according to a spokesman.

As rain began to drench northern Ohio, Romney urged an energetic audience of thousands in Marion to reach out to disaffected Democrats still hedging on the upcoming vote.

"Your friends may have voted last time, perhaps in the Democratic primary, they may have voted for - who knows? They may have voted for Hillary Clinton or they may have voted for Barack Obama. They may have voted for then-candidate Obama in the final election," he said. "But I need you to convince them to vote for Paul Ryan and me."

"And that’s not always easy," Romney continued, "but you can ask them this question, you can say: 'Do you think everything’s going just fine?'"

"No!" the audience yelled in response.

Sen. Rob Portman, who traveled with the two candidates all day, joined a chorus of Ohio officials sounding an optimistic note on Romney's prospects in the crucial swing state.

"It’s the fourth quarter. It’s a tie game but we’re in the red zone, folks, we’ve got the momentum on our side," he said.

Responding to the trio of events, a spokeswoman for the Obama campaign charged Romney's record didn't match his rhetoric.

“The American people can’t trust a word Mitt Romney says, especially when he claims he’d work across the aisle as president," said spokeswoman Lis Smith. "As governor, he refused to work with Democrats in the legislature. And throughout this campaign, he’s refused to stand up to the most extreme voices in his own party – look no further than his continued support for Richard Mourdock," the Indiana Senate candidate whose comments on rape sparked an uproar last week.

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Ohio • Paul Ryan
soundoff (63 Responses)
  1. Meatloaf

    Thank goodness people are starting to make sense of what is going on. Another 4 years of dreadlock is painful!

    October 28, 2012 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  2. Anthony

    If you want to add another 7 trillion to our national debt (5 trillion in tax cuts, 2 trillion in increased military spending) before we even address the current deficit, Romney/Ryan is your ticket. If your house is already on fire, Romney and Ryan will pour gasoline on it.

    October 28, 2012 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  3. mike, Gardner, Ma.

    In 2008 President Obama promised that his administration would be the most transparent in history and we would ALL come together in a not red or blue state but a United States. We are about as far from those promises as earth is from the moon. Starting with the statement to GOP leaders "WE WON" to 4 dead Americans in Libya that might be the largest cover up since Watergate and the Media is acting more like PRAVDA than the FREE PRESS ! The Hope and Change this President promised has turned into "IT COULD HAVE BEEN WORSE". Really? This wound in our country can only be healed with a change of direction, a direction to Romney/Ryan ! But, mark my words. if they can't do it then , in 4 years, they will be gone too ! !

    October 28, 2012 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  4. cbr

    When was that a campaign issue. The accusers have been Russ Limbaugh, ex-Governor Sununu and others who are part of the PACS which are supporting him. Perhaps he can get them to state the obvious as well. Democrats Do Love the USA! We just have a different idea about how to govern.

    October 28, 2012 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  5. GonzoinHouston

    After the last 4 years, does anyone really expect the democrats to cut Romney an inch of slack?

    October 28, 2012 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  6. jinx88

    Garbage. Flip flopping and lying at it's finest. Mittens talked about working across the isle, but he shotdown 800 bipartisan bills while in Mass. I hope Obama brings this lie up to.

    October 28, 2012 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  7. Dallin

    This is awesome. Romney/Ryan 2012.

    October 28, 2012 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  8. townie

    Really, would this man say anything to get elected? After months... no, actually, years of demonizing the democrats as unpatriotic... now this? He is such a liar! He would be a joke if it wasn't that it seems people are falling for it....

    October 28, 2012 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  9. plain&simple

    Romney has been very consistent over the years of saying one thing then doing the opposite.......Well? Am I right? Leopards don't change their spots!!!!

    October 28, 2012 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  10. Weedoggie

    How can any thinking, rational, reasonable person come to the conclusion that Romney, someone who lies, distorts and flip flops, can be trusted to govern in their best interest as POTUS? The collective intelligence of the American electorate is being tested. Dont fail the test. Elect Obama!

    October 28, 2012 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  11. Unknown

    Democrats that love America like we do. In other words, Democrats that will support our radical agenda.

    Someone needs to call Ryan out since we know bipartisan is the last message he should be talking. He is one of the reasons Washington is partisan like it is. He voted against the deficit reduction deal after helping put the deal together.

    October 28, 2012 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  12. Graham Krueger

    Is it just me, or is there a big difference between "Democrats love America too", and "there are some good Democrats who love this country too"? The headline seems benign enough, the quote sounds much more backhanded. Ah, CNN, for the day when somebody nationalizes you!

    October 28, 2012 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  13. cgire

    This is indeed a major election – an election highlighting two choices for change. The choices – incrementally build on the work that's been done, or throw everything out and start over.

    So, if you're not voting, you are leaving this critical decision to others. You're letting your neighbor vote for you. You're letting your grandpa vote for you. You're letting your ex-boyfriend vote for you. You're letting your crazy Uncle Charlie vote for you.

    Even if you believe the candidates' differences are not overwhelming, there is always a choice. Even if "you'd rather there was someone else," there is always a choice.

    And think about it – who benefits if they can keep you from voting?

    I'm not letting that happen with my vote.

    October 28, 2012 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  14. ThinkAgain: All of the GOP's policies are PROVEN FAILURES

    Mittens vetoed some 800 bills when he was governor of Massachusetts – and the Democratic legislature overrode nearly all of them, sometimes unanimously.

    It's just another Mittens lie that he knows how to "reach across the isle." First-hand reports of Mittens' tenure as governor show that Mittens had a policeman screen visitors and did not allow lawmakers to use the bank of elevators just outside his office. He was aloof and unapproachable – which makes sense, given that Mittens always saw the governorship as just a stepping stone on his way to run for President. Heck, even Republican legislators grumbled that Mittens didn't know their names!

    As always, take everything Mittens (and Munster) says with a HUGE grain of salt ...

    Obama/Biden 2012 = The only sane choice

    October 28, 2012 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  15. Morning1Su,

    Ohio remember how Mitt Romney wanted to bankrupt the auto industry. Ohio do not forget what President Obama did for your state and continues his dedication to the American people. If Mitt Romney could he would blame the bad weather on President Obama. I my entire 60 years of life I have never had the experience to come across such a vicious, deceitful, dishonest, greedy candidate as Mitt Romney. He lies to the American people and still maks promises he knows he can't keep. Slowly he is stealing our President's views and policies as his own. He is a very racist man. Thinks all the white people in America will vote him. What about people like me, I am Asian, White and Spanish. In America the majority of people in the future will be mixed like me. We find you unworthy to be President of the United States. We are a blend of every culture in the world. Mitt Romney is from the old world with no honor. How can anyone respect such a man to allow his sons to be just like him. God Bless America and keep the Romneys out of the
    White House. Amen.

    October 28, 2012 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  16. REDFIRESTORM

    sorry lizzie-poo, obama had four years to prove he was the "bigger and better" man - his record looks small and limp - the Republican men are strong and the women are hungry for more.

    October 28, 2012 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  17. Dr. Disaster

    The question is which people is Romney refering to when he states to "put the interest of people ahead of the politicians". Rich or poor, workers or banks, pro-lifers or women, republicans or tea party?

    October 28, 2012 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  18. DocHollywood

    Really, Mr. Romney, it's not a problem of finding democrats who love America and are willing to put it above their party. It's about finding republicans who love America and are willing to put it above party. I'll wager a bet, since you seem to be a betting man (according to the republican primaries). If you should win, I'll bet you there won't be any democrats who are in leadership roles that will be meeting on the day of your inaugration to plot on how to make you a one term president.

    October 28, 2012 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  19. OA

    what momentum is he speaking about? was this momentum gathered before or after his republican right hand men said
    "conception after rape is in god's will" or nunu's " colin powel is only voting for obama because he is black comment

    October 28, 2012 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  20. 2012liberal

    U got that right liz smith. Dont let ppl 4get the facts!

    October 28, 2012 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  21. Zabazoom

    "I've got to find – I know there are good Democrats who love America just like we do," No, Mit the good Dems love America unlike you do. We don't sell out 47%, We don't buy up US Companies break em up to sell off the most valuable parts and ship the remaining jobs to China. We don't say one thing yesterday and something else today. We don't shoot our mouth off when the situation in a hostile environment is still fluid and we don't have all the facts. We know the difference between Church and State. And we sure as H ell know you and Ryan would say anything like the guy who wants to get laid.

    October 28, 2012 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  22. REDFIRESTORM

    After Gov. Romney is elected and takes over the Executive Branch helm, maybe all politicians in washington can start thinking of themselves as Americans first - "I am an American of the Democrats" or "I am an American of the Republicans." The good ones will work together as Americans irregardless of ideological differences, and succeed in securing compromise with a healthy two-party system. The 'bad apples' who are their for their own selfish power - and these people know who they are - will eventually crack under the pressure of sincere American will.

    October 28, 2012 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  23. Steve

    This bi-partisanship is the biggest joke. How could Obama work with a republican congress that was obstructing everything he did.

    October 28, 2012 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  24. Nietodarwin

    Gag a maggot. The GOP is disgusting. They will cost us our democracy forever if they get back in, (especially this GOP)

    October 28, 2012 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  25. Eugene9

    Democrats have not been so united in my lifetime as they are today....which is why Mitt Romney will not win. They saw the honesty at the Democratic Convention, and they have seen the serial lying throughout the Republican primaries and from the tongue of the GOP leader. They have had enough, and they will not let the US suffer for four years of Bush 2.0 But Romney is appealing to Democrats because the GOP is too small to win large elections.

    October 28, 2012 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
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