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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  1. lovespandas

    I cannot wait until the deceitful, lying Obama is out of office. Welcome to the whitehouse, President Romney!!

    October 29, 2012 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  2. Sam

    The New York Times has a good article on the effect of the Billionaires running the Republican election.
    Romney indicated this weekend, he will do away with FEMA, they are not needed. Romney says let the States handle what FEMA is doing. Romney says the states should fund disasters, not the Federal Government. I think New Orleans showed us what a state can do. complete failure.

    October 29, 2012 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  3. Gameli

    A guy who thinks 47% of americans are parasites of society should not be a president. He thinks he should not worry about middle class. Unexplicable hakf of the population will vote for him

    October 29, 2012 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  4. simp

    I just dont understand how any woman can vote for this idiot. This moron lies so much I cant stand watch him on TV. If, (and that's a might big if) this loser was to get into office he would only be a puppet for the rich guys that is buying this election. You people better wake up, RR ticket would put us all in the soup lines, all except his rich friends.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012

    October 29, 2012 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  5. Anonymous

    Romney's ridiculous talking points include yet another distortion: "Once again lay out his plan to reverse President Obama's cuts to our nation's military through sequestration" This is another Romney lie.

    This repeats a dishonest comment Romney made in the last debate where he called the sequestration
    "President Obama's Sequestration". He also mention "Obama's defense cut of one trillion when sequestration kicks in". Anybody who followed the past year's activities in our Congress knows that "sequestration" was an agreement required by Republicans in the House so they would allow our government to remain funded. It was supposed to force members of Congress to make tough decisions about budget cuts with the threat of sequestration (automatic across-the-board cuts) hanging over their heads. The tax cuts for the wealthy were never on the table – considered by Republicans to be a deal-breaker. For Romney to scare Americans with sequestration and to call it "the President's Sequestration" is blatantly dishonest. Sequestration is a product of the Republican's holding America hostage so they can enforce their Tea Party promises. If we fail to reach a compromise and go over the "fiscal cliff" Americans should immediately start recall election petitions in their states to recall every politician who allowed us to fall under sequestration. Romney of course knows the President does not have responsibility for sequestration and the use of the term to blame the President and create fear is cheap political trick – a Romney trademark.

    October 29, 2012 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  6. Jill

    In 2009 Mitt Romney and his wife personally profited multi millions in a Bain Capital deal involving Delphi. In April 2009 my husband lost his tool an die job of 27 years because of this Delphi -Bain connection. Thousands of people lost highly skilled excellent paying jobs because of this deal. Those jobs are offshore now. Romney has built his personal wealth doing this over and over – it is his model. I don't know how he can sleep at night, but then again, it's like breathing air for deal guys like Romney.

    October 29, 2012 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  7. Puddin

    It is just jaw-dropping for me, that after hearing Romney's "47% tape," that anyone would cast a vote for Romney. Th exception being his wealthy cohorts. Everyone should google his taped remarks and read it in its entirety. This guy and the Repubs in Congress should be frightening to the citizens of this country. If he should win the election you will will see his wishes rubber-stamped as were GWB's. We don't need another situation created by the Bush administration.

    October 29, 2012 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  8. TheTraveler

    "I'm not upset that you lied to me, I'm upset that now I can't believe anything you tell me." ~ Nietzsche

    I can't with any good conscience vote for the Romney/Ryan ticket. With all the lies and falsehoods that they have been PROVEN to have said, I can only imagine how it would be if they gained office. If Romney is elected expect another war, a larger division between the rich and the poor, and the destruction of the Middle Class.

    October 29, 2012 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  9. Lawless4U

    He will the remaining days to talk about specifics of his plan???!!!!!!

    What specifics? He has had the chance to talk specifics for months and he has refused to do so.

    October 29, 2012 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  10. roger

    Mitt will only close loopholes providing trickledown to oor and middle class. He will create new loopholes for himself and his rich supporters.

    October 29, 2012 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  11. myway

    Romney's closing argument: Out of here! See ya in 3 years. Need to toughen up a bit. Elections and a storm? Didn't know governing is so tough..

    October 29, 2012 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  12. Roger

    If America votes Romney into office, the social compact made with the people over the past 40 years will be lost for decades and I shudder to think of this man being able to make Supreme Court appointments – it will be devestating on so many fronts. Wake am America and re-elect President Obama and give the republican party the next four years to find its morality again.

    October 29, 2012 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  13. Natalie

    This man disgusts me. I am so sick of his lying face I can't wait to get this election over with. I have to have faith that Americans aren't stupid enough to elect this empty suit and his lying partner in crime, Ryan. To think we have some CEO's so glued to the twisted thinking that Obama is bad for business that they are telling employees how to vote now? Is that why under Obama they have racked in record profits? I was encouraged to see so many other CEO's and e economists this past week talk about how we must have taxes as well as cuts to balance this deficit. The greed and arrogance of the GOP is stunning. Go Obama!

    October 29, 2012 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  14. beevee

    In spite of all the lies Romney and his side kick Pinochio Ryan spewing out during the campaign the voters should not forget what Romney had said behind closed doors to his rich friends that he will not care about the 47% of the americans who he thinks will not vote for him when they go to the polls. That is exactly what he truly thinks of the poor and the middle class in the country and what he will do if he gets to the WH.

    October 29, 2012 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  15. Liberals love Obama (murderer)

    So all you diehart Obamaians are forgetting that our current "Commander in Chief" and I use the word lightly, sat in the situation room and watched as our brave Navy Seals decided that they were going to at least try and save the Ambassodor. You talk about Romney not answering questions...what about what Obama knew and when he knew it. Biden lied, Obama lied, Hillary lied, Susan Rice lied! Whistleblowers told it like it was!

    October 29, 2012 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  16. Larry L

    @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.
    -----------------------------------------------–
    We had four tough years because of the terrible recession left by the Bush Administration. Eight million jobs were lost BEFORE the President took office. Bush issued the first bailout money. People went to food stamps to feed their families when they lost their jobs. The years were tougher than necessary because the Republicans in Congress worked to prevent a recovery. The Senate is the best example where they filibustered every initiative – including those they approved in committee. They abused the rule to stop all progress and help Mitch McConnell reach his only goal of keeping the President from being reelected. If you want Romney's economy you only have to look at the 8 Bush years to see how that will go. Romney is simply Bush 2.0. Romney=Bush.

    October 29, 2012 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  17. kbh

    Are we better off than we were 4 yrs ago? well, my retirement funds sure are, as the stock market is almost double what it was in 2009. Corporations are making big profits. Millions now have health insurance. Are troops are home from Iraq. Are things great? No, not yet, but it will take years to reverse the previous damage. Romney has had months to give us some details about his plans, but refuses. So why would I vote for the unknown when we are heading in the right direction. Yes, slower than wished for, but as a whole, we are better off than we were 4 yrs ago. SO GET OUT AND VOTE!

    October 29, 2012 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  18. Ken

    Wow! I never thought of CNN as this left-leaning. I guess I should have read more into Candy Crowley's defending of Obama (though incorrectly) in the last debate.

    October 29, 2012 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  19. Harry From Pa

    You can't trust Mitt Romney, he doesn't even support the troops, I mean come on, he hasn't referred to them at all in his debates. The president promised to bring them home before he was even president. He is doing what he said. Change is happening, and it's been happening for 4 years towards the right direction. We've come too far to go back, we can't trust a person who can't respect those that put their life on the line every day so that we may have freedom.

    October 29, 2012 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  20. Ancient Texan

    This once great nation cannot endure four more years of the inept, incompetent and self promoting we've received under Obama. Vote REAL CHANGE and start the turn-a-round.

    October 29, 2012 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  21. The Real Tom Paine

    Romney has no details, not even after 6 years of running for the job. He was a failure as governor ( 1 term, filled with 2000 fees he enacted, and the fastest increase of local taxes in the country, hence the 47th ranking in job growth ), panhandled his way out of the Olympics, and then wrote off almost half the country when he thought he was safe amongst his donors/masters. Look at the details, look at the content of what he wants to do. He's asking the middle class, yet again, to subsidize his friends so they can further erode our industrial base to their personal gain. His acts of charity were largely confined to his church, and he rarely reached out beyond that circle. He does not know nor care about the rest of us: we are not his concern. How can he unite the country with an attitude like that? There is no over-arching vision of a better country, only when where people with his outlook continue to prosper while the rest of us don't even get a chance to get a seat at the table. He claims Obama does not understand the economy which is a laughable statement given what he was given 4 years ago: Romney does not understand the world, which is a far more dangerous problem. His simplistic view of the world will get us into more places where we don't have a strategic interest.

    October 29, 2012 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  22. Larry in Houston

    I'm not a obama fan – but romney will end up giving everything to the states – in other words, he will leave pretty much everything up to the governors of whatever state it is. I guess robme is used to "delegating" – that's what CEO's do – They "delegate" pretty much everything to Anybody that is in a position – Lower than them.

    May the Best Man Win – 2012

    October 29, 2012 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  23. jcguy

    I would really like to know how anyone can vote for this man? His points are all about implementing his plans, but he's never given you the details of those plans. How can you so blindly vote for someone that will not tell you exactly what he plans to do until he's been elected? For women, how can you vote for a man that is going to limit how and when you can get contraceptives? Block funding to Planned Parenthood? Overturn Roe vs Wade? He wants to deregulate Wall Street again – do you not remember what that brought us? On the campaign trail, he states time and time again, Obama has no foreign policy, but in the debate he agreed with everything Obama said! He will bring us closer to war with China, declaring them a manipulator, Russia will side with China. Their army is almost comparable to ours, will be many more American lives lost. He will get rid of Federal Student loans. So if the parents can't get a private loan, guess what.. your kid doesn't go to college. Privatize Medicare and Social Security. How can you people seriously not see how horribly bad Romeny would be to lead this country?? He will set us back years! He is a CEO, whose objective is profit at all costs, which meant moving jobs overseas, selling off assets and bankrupting companies. Please look at the bigger picture here. Yes, the economy is recovering slower than anyone would like, but it is recovering.

    October 29, 2012 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  24. b

    Run Romney run! Run away from Sandy to a nice, safe, and dry part of the country while your fellow citizens in Massachusettes brave the storm. At least President Obama is not abandoning them and is helping with preparations for the storm. Something a real Commander-In-Chief does!

    October 29, 2012 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  25. Where are your SPECIFICS Romney?

    Romney's talking points never give any details – because he plans only help the rich. He wants us to "trust him". Look at his true character. He was a draft dodger hiding in France for 30 months while others died in Vietnam. Now he talks tough about national defense. His Bain Capital cheated many people out of their jobs and their pensions – so Romney and his buddies could get even richer. Fact checkers prove him to be a pathological liar. "Trust him"? Really?

    October 29, 2012 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
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