Romney's closing argument a picture of 'day one'
October 29th, 2012
08:23 AM ET
2 years 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. UBS, WILLARD & THE 4000+ AMERICAN AMNESTY DEAL

    Willard simply can't be trusted. At least I know what I've got with our current President. I can't support someone who tells one group of people one thing then turns around and says something else to another group of people. The man has no character, and no conviction in his beliefs. That's if he has any beliefs to begin with.

    October 29, 2012 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  2. enuff

    Day one – all excutive decisions. That's not reaching across the aisle. That's being a dictator. Day two: impliment 5 points that voters were never given details about – except that it would take Romney to terns to accomplish. day 237... retroactively resign when he is implicated in a ponzi scheme with his son.

    October 29, 2012 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  3. Peter Trainor

    My fellow folks and Mormon friends this morning I must tell you that finally I saw the light. My next vote will be for President Obama. I endorse him and cant disagree with any of his foreign policies. I applaud the man for keeping us safer than Bush ever did, with out even invading a land and killing over 200,000 innocent folks, and also for getting our troops out of Iraq and into Afghanistan. Obama who got Osama is also pursuing other al Qaeda senior officers and killing them in many ways but I also praise his use of drones which before I didnt agree. ALso the fact that he wants to bring our troops safe and back home and start building our nation instead of spending and wasting money in other foreign lands. We need that here to create and energized our economic which is the best approach. Now is time to take care of us first. Yes my fellow citizens Obama is the man and he got my vote. May God bless you all.
    Mitt Romney

    October 29, 2012 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  4. Pete

    Romneys needs a drug test because he's as delushional as his ignorent republican followers.He's definitly on some elite Mormon drug of some kind and he's quilty of not only doping but being a dope as well.What he'll get done in day one you've got to be kidding..His bipartisanship in Massachusetts was a joke and his 34% approval rating as existing governor told volumes in what he did or more like what he destroyed in his short stint as governor..Destroying public records,harddrives of his governorship doesn't tell you something about how quilty he was or how its took Deval Patrick as governor 6 years to fix the screwups Romney made.If you question my facts just look at the recent state polls in Massachusetts,Michigan and New York,three states he's worked in,three states that hate him and three states that don't want him back in seeing 20 points or more leads in polls with Pres.Obama,they do know what he can do and they're scared he'd be the same as president!!

    October 29, 2012 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  5. weeDoggie

    What's amazing is the race is this close. Considering Romney is an undisputed lying coward who is too afraid to talk to the press before the election. It's unbelievable that this snake could very well slither his way into the WH. Oops, excuse me, calling Romney a snake is an insult to snakes. Snakes have spines.

    October 29, 2012 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  6. Slack

    Besides that fact, God Forbid something happens to Romney's Health, Then we would be stuck with Paul Ryan Leading Our country...YEA RIGHT!!! The Devil Himself Leading Our nation! Not this next term atleast,,,NO WAY

    October 29, 2012 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  7. g

    guess how the republicans are going to pay for their next war-yup you got it

    October 29, 2012 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  8. recovering republician

    "I will create 12 million jobs" " How are you gonna do that sir?" NO RESPONSE. btw. that is 250,000 jobs a month for the next 4 years. Don't be SOLD by this guys' talk, as that is all it is, TALK ONLY !! The GOP is NOT out for what is best for the majority of Americans. They are owned by Wall Street, Big Oil and the Very, Very Rich. If they have their chance, they will eliminate the 40 hours work week, workplace safety, the EPA and any other programs they can. Certainly they are out to bust the unions. CORPORATISM is what Romney is about. Not Democracy. WAKE UP!

    October 29, 2012 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  9. 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.

    But look around you. Are things getting better or worse?

    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 29, 2012 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  10. SEAL Team Alpha and Omega

    Where he is standing now is as close as Willard, the Crazed Lunatic Draft Dodger, will ever get to the White House. Americans will see to that.

    Good riddance you Moron Mormon. Hopefully you will die in tropical storm Sandy's wrath.

    In Jesus name, Amen.

    October 29, 2012 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  11. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Humm,
    Just this morning I saw a democrat on a T.V. show that voted for Obama 4 years ago. He is voting for Romney this time. He called Obama dishonest and a failure. I say welcome to the Club. A lot of people are changing their vote this time.

    October 29, 2012 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  12. Penny Wright

    What's the difference between Mitt Romney and LBJ?

    Romney found a way out of Vietnam!

    October 29, 2012 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  13. asm_ith

    People have been asking for details and specifics for months and Romney has refused to provide any. Why wait until "day one"? If he has any, tell us at least some of them. Also, he's been promising to repeal Obamacare on "day one", showing he doesn't have any power to do that; the most he can do is ask Congress to send him a bill which repeals it, and that is a useless request, just like the 30+ House bills; a Democratic Senate won't bother with it, and the Democrats would filibuster any attempt to do so by a Republican Senate. So Romney is promising something which is a pure waste of time and effort and taxpayer money, because it would divert Congress from actually working on something useful.

    October 29, 2012 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  14. Thunderbolt

    By looking at the comments I have to say that most of the arguments against Romney were debunked weeks ago. You people really need to update your talking points. I would say do some research but we all know that isn't going to happen if it hasn't by now. After hiding the facts about Libya, where four Americans lost their lives, I can't believe the responses on this board. After it has been proven that the Obama Administration knew what was happening in real time. They knew who claimed credit for the attack, they watched but didn't have rescue plans evan after previous attacks. Hillary was right when she was running for President. Who do you want answering the phone when that call comes in? Why most Americans were concerned about our brothers in harms way. Obama was more worried about it effecting his campaign in a negative way. What else am I to believe for the mis-information they put out?Why did they label the attack top secret and are now withholding evidence? Why haven't we been able to see the tapes both inside and outside the compound? What about the drones cameras that was flying overhead and filming? Evan if it is hidden till after the elections, this is not going to go away. There will be reprocussions.

    October 29, 2012 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  15. Milton K. Wiah

    During the last debate Mitt endorsed the president so the question why he thinks the people should elect him.
    Tax cut and deregulation were the problems the economy crashed and he is proposing the same thing so
    how is he going to change the economy.

    October 29, 2012 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  16. gay guy

    Obama is a joke, he is dangerous to AMERICA

    October 29, 2012 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  17. Strategic Bob

    Having paid attention to the campaign, I did not even need to read Romney's day one list to be pretty darn sure that (1) everything on it would be bad for America and (2) thinking that he can get anything significant done without a lot of advance work and help from a Congress that won't even be in session yet shows that he hasn't a clue about how the government really works. Even if this fool gets elected, we can hope that there will be enough Democrats in the Senate to block everything he wants to do. Now, to read the list for a chuckle...

    October 29, 2012 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  18. Anthony

    Romney is running a "Hope and Change" campaign. If you vote for Romney, you Hope that something will Change, because Romney will not tell you how he will get the changes done. Everything Romney has proposed– 20% tax cut, no Alternative Minimum Tax, no estate tax, lower corporate tax– will blow a hole in the budget and increase the deficit.

    October 29, 2012 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  19. Strategic Bob

    OK, I read the list. as I thought, Romney hasn't got a clue. life must be pretty interesting in that alternate reality in which he lives...

    October 29, 2012 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  20. XXXX

    Watching Morning Joe today might be the last time I watched this empty headed people (especially Joe himself) conducting a programme. How on earth that we had 3 debates and only one matters. What about the other 2? Was it wastage of time of 60 million people watching, left whatever they were doing and sit down for 90 min to see what is going on? I like to watch those people who are thinking, not those people who just sit there in order to make their day. It is totally ridiculous. These people are good for nothing and must be ignored.

    October 29, 2012 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  21. Proud American

    Wake up . The country is heading in the wrong direction. If you want 4 more of the lastt 4 then the choice is clear. Stop blaming others. People don't have jobs, can't retire and incomes are low. More people are on foodstamp.

    Romney 2012.

    October 29, 2012 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  22. GI Joe

    Romney will immediately kick 30 Million chldren off of insurance. THEN he will cut social security and wipe out medicare for seniors. There's your $5 Trillon for Tax cuts for his buddies.

    How does that sit with you godly non-Christian church attenders? Hope you get hit with a very serious disease that tops out your pitiful insurance.

    October 29, 2012 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  23. enuff

    If you notice, every point starts with "talk about" what Romney is going to do. Why isn't he talking about his ideas NOW DURING THE CAMPAIGN? He is trying to snooker the voters now, so they can't stop him if he gets the chance to destroy everything after the fact. Don't let this weasel into the hen house!

    October 29, 2012 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  24. The REAL Truth...

    On "Day 1" Romney will likely be licking his wounds at his campaign HQ back in Boston. I would honestly have FAR more respect for the man – and may have even voted for him – had he taken a stance (and stuck with it) on ANYTHING! He's been "severely conservative Mitt", and "moderate Mitt", got no position on foreign policy other than agreeing with EVERYTHING Obama says (why was that even a debate) changes position on ALL ELSE like most of us change underwear !!!!!!!!! That concerns me greatly for a man that pretends to be the qualified as the leader of the free world. I have real trouble understanding why ANYONE is buying into his "promises". He has no clue about Govt other than Ryan having fed at the public trough his ENTIRE adult life – and he's so far out there it's scary !!
    I simply can't see what R&R will do that folks are buying into. Jobs ?? 12 million – that's straight out of GAO predictions for job growth if we DO NOTHING but let the economy run as it is. A least Obama had the cojones not to stand up and try to run on such a fragile platform.

    October 29, 2012 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  25. GI Joe

    Why isn't Romney in his home state of Mass (or is it NH) helping his fellow-citizens with storm prep?

    He headed west so he has nice weather. What a chicken - he's not president yet, he's still just a citizen like the rest of us.

    October 29, 2012 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
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