Romney's closing argument a picture of 'day one'
October 29th, 2012
08:23 AM ET
1 year ago

Romney's closing argument a picture of 'day one'

(CNN) – Mitt Romney's final message will focus on tasks he hopes to take on his first day in office if elected president, according to an outline of the themes that was provided by a senior Romney adviser.

"Throughout this campaign, Governor Romney talked about his 'Day One, Job One' approach to fixing the American economy. Now, as we close out the final days of this campaign, Governor Romney will return to this theme and use each day to talk about specific steps in his plan that will bring about 'real change on day one' in a Romney presidency," the plan reads, leading into bullet points on specific issues Romney will hit in the eight days before November 6.

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All of the points relate to the economy, which has been Romney's theme since the beginning of his candidacy. Many of the points hark back to the GOP nominee's five point economic plan, which he unveiled at the beginning of August and has been using in nearly every speech since.

"The governor's message in these final days will be an optimistic one, focused on building a brighter future and focused on the big issues that Americans want their president to confront and develop solutions for," the note from the senior Romney adviser read.

The points Romney will hit are:

-Make the case for fundamental tax reform designed to help boost the middle-class and American competitiveness in the global marketplace.

-Talk about his plan to put the country back on track towards a balanced budget.

-Once again lay out his plan to reverse President Obama's cuts to our nation's military through sequestration.


-Describe his plan to expand trade and increase U.S. exports and also level the playing field with China by declaring them a currency manipulator.

-Explain his plan to achieve energy independence for North America.

-Focus attention on a comprehensive effort to fix our nation's schools and raise performance levels.

-Talk about his effort to halt the layers of new regulations, starting with Obamacare, introduced by President Obama that have burdened America's job creators.

Speaking on CNN's "State of the Union" Sunday, senior Obama adviser David Axelrod said the president's closing message was focused on telling voters why he needs four more years in the Oval Office.

"The president's closing message is exactly what I said before, which is we've made some progress," Axelrod told chief political correspondent Candy Crowley. "We have to build on that progress, and we have to move forward in a way that builds an economy that works for the middle class. What we can't do is go back to the failed policies of the past."

CNN's Jim Acosta contributed to this report.


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soundoff (376 Responses)
  1. beevee

    The guy is a day dreamer. If the voters in america are any wise there won't be such a thing as Day one, Romney's presidency. Stop dreaming.

    October 29, 2012 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  2. UBS, WILLARD & THE 4000+ AMERICAN AMNESTY DEAL

    Willard will take this country back to the days where there was simply the rich and the poor. There will be no middle class. A RobMe presidency will be the end of the middle class as we know it.

    October 29, 2012 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  3. jinx88

    Wow! Mittens your talking in front of about 2000 people. I am impressed. Obama gets 9000, your almost there. I wonder what kinda of lies Mittens is telling them.

    October 29, 2012 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  4. Alex

    It's hysterical – and very telling – that Romney thinks he can do all this on day one. Shows how out of touch he his not just with America but with how the government actually runs.

    ROMNEY IS DANGEROUS FOR THE USA!!

    October 29, 2012 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  5. v_mag

    Rob-money (or, Womney, if you prefer) doesn't need to summarize what he would do if elected. We have the 8 years of Bush to tell us that. Womney would be a continuation of George W. Bush. There is no evidence to the contrary, and there is vast evidence to support that judgement. Endorsements by all the Bushs, use of Bush advisers, same old Bush trickle down policies, same decrepit Repugnant Party.

    Before you vote for Womney, ask yourself how well you liked the Bush Depression.

    October 29, 2012 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  6. demogoat

    Mitt is optimistic because the presidents actions have laid the ground work for a robust uptick in the American economy.

    October 29, 2012 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  7. Thomas A. Johnson

    We Americans can only hope Mitt gets the job to fix economy,forien relaitions,
    trade, and our lack of american energy.

    October 29, 2012 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  8. rla

    Needs four more years because he got "SOMETHING" done???? Sounds like the team where everyone gets a trophy.

    We need a leader not this child/man

    October 29, 2012 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  9. yasmine

    voting for Mitt is like asking for a paromaniac to come put out a fire

    October 29, 2012 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  10. Thomas A. Johnson

    We can only hope the election goes well and Mitt gets hired to fix economey.
    While there he can fix our Trade deficet our energy that we cannot produce.
    The absolute absurd divisevness of the Govrment thanks to Democrat in Chief.

    October 29, 2012 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  11. Chris

    Shouldn't most of these points be discussed during the campaign not on day one of a term?

    October 29, 2012 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  12. Tabeth

    Dear Americans,
    Do you truly belive that Paul Ryan could be or is ready to be the President of the USA? Are you kidding?

    October 29, 2012 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  13. John

    People are telling me Mitt believes Joseph Smith and Brigham Young are equal to Jesus. What does he believe? Should Christians vote for this person that will go along with the degradation of Christ?Is this anti-Christ?

    October 29, 2012 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  14. Phil

    "Why he needs 4 more years". Axelrod why would we fall for that again. Obama didn't campaign for 8 years in 2008. His campaign & policy promises were for the next 4 years and he couldn't get it done. Now he is asking for 4 more? If he can't follow through on the last 4 why should I believe it will be any different for the next 4. Country is divided, economy sucks, jobs just aren't there. We can't afford the whole "just give me another chance". It's one or done here. If you can't reflect some positive change that outweighs the negative then thats it!

    October 29, 2012 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  15. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    On "Day One" Romney should have spoke out against Richard Murdocks statement that rape is legal and take down his ad supporting this awful man, Romney's did neither todate. If Romney can't standup for women on "Day One" he won't standup for us 4 years from now.

    October 29, 2012 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  16. Amerian People

    Just show us your tax returns Willard. You are a criminal for not disclosing income from your off-shore accounts on your tax returns. Even McCain nows that!!!! He picked Palin over YOU! WOW!!!!!!

    October 29, 2012 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  17. Lisa

    I am a proud card holding Republican woman. I wanted to be for Mitt Romney
    but when I found out he still supports Murdock on his disgusting comment about
    "Rape was part of God's plan" I WILL NOT VOTE FOR him! No Mitt....rape
    is not something that would ever become a part of God's plan.

    October 29, 2012 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  18. Anthony

    Just remember, Romney changes his positions all the time. His promises on "day one" or anything else are worthless.

    October 29, 2012 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  19. Stop The Insanity!

    How can Romney still be in the race? He assaulted a classmate in private school. He never released his tax returns. He has flip-flopped on nearly every issue. He dismissed 110,000,000 Americans as "dependent." He STILL hasn't explained how he will create one job (other than lowering taxes on the rich).

    Seriously?

    October 29, 2012 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  20. Texas Bob

    I will be glad when this is over. Mr. Romney the economy is really bad and you had a chance to be President. If you had a real ideal how to run a country. Everyday is a new story. If that story does not work then you start a new story. Does anyone in the GOP listen to you. They just blindly vote for their party. You have more ideals than toys at Toys R Us. Time has just about run out. I am a Republican and would have voted for a man who can help America. You are not it!

    October 29, 2012 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  21. Paul

    Romney's closing argument is the same as his opening argument: I solemnly swear to live and act by the strong principles I hold as a non-partisan moderate progressive pro-choice pro "dreamer" immigration policy non-birther severe conservative birther pro-life man of character. Depending on the audience, and the political wind of the millisecond, of course. I swear by it, America.

    October 29, 2012 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  22. 2012liberal

    He 4got 2 mention build keystone pipeline and get rid of epa, dept of education, chamber of commerce and FEMA!

    October 29, 2012 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  23. Slack

    Day one will never come for you Mr Romney! Besides certain race groups that is just upset with the President, No one is Voting For you, No matter what the Media Depicts. I know 100,000 That has already voted for Obama, and I know another Million plus that will be Voting For Obama, The only Way you get into the White House is by Cheating your Way into the white house like Your Boy G.W.Bush did Back in 2000 or was it 04... If the make you president (they meaning the Electoral college) then our Nation will pay dearly for the mistakes of Letting another Liar get into office with Lies and Deciet! If our CONGRESS would pass laws the Obama Campaign and the Democratic Party has pushed for, then the world would be a better place. But with A REPUBLICAN congress, hard on getting Obama out of office, this is the best way to Set obama up for failure by keeping the same crap as bush through his first term so it looks like nothing has changed. Well the Public isnt fooled. We know the game. The Pres is just a puppet, and Congress Belongs to the 1% of people that make the calls in this country. And its a shame, but this is why the world is the way it is! Obama2012...

    October 29, 2012 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  24. Mr. Moderate

    Let's remember what the Republicans promised us when they took over in 2010 – a "laser focus on jobs". Since then the only thing we have seen is a laser focus on social issues and voter suppression. While Mitt maybe trying to distance himself from the tea party, they will be calling in their IOUs. And how is it the president's defense cuts when they were approved by a Republican congress?

    October 29, 2012 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  25. incredulous

    What Romney is saying is that after he's elected he will finally provide details about what he plans to do. In the meantime we should ignore all of the lies and flip flops and pay no attention to the fact that his advisers are the same G.W. Bush staffers that gave us two expensive wars and a great recession.

    October 29, 2012 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
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