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. JEN

    He is telling you what he is going to do on day one, but you honestly think this man is going to stick to his word. He is only telling the american people what they want to hear. He is not for the middle class, he has proven that time and time again.

    October 29, 2012 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  2. B

    With Romney it's all about self-preservation. Preservation of his social class and cutting jobs, education, and healthcare to keep the 1% on top. Preservation of himself and his sons from war while he starts new ones for others to fight.

    October 29, 2012 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  3. AKSean

    to Four and the Door–I kept waiting for the energizer bunny to walk across the screen as I read your comment. You can't really be serious can you? Talk about blind, misdirected faith. You lost me at "Mitt Romney is brilliant..." I do agree with you however that we need bipartisanship in DC. I hope you encourage the Republican faithful to act accordinging during Obama' second term.

    October 29, 2012 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  4. butera1

    Its hilarious to read all of these negatives about Romney... Obama had no record prior to the 2008 election... Now here in 2012, a record of failure! If you criticize, you are a racist, bigot, or a segregationists... Facts are stubborn, we know... and Romney's excellent private record speaks volumes, and his public is pretty good... See you at the winners circle... Free aloe tissue for all Obama supporters... and a free one yr supply to go with you finally getting a job and having to pay taxes like the rest of us...

    October 29, 2012 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  5. Wire Palladin, S. F

    On day one, Mittens will make sure that 50 million will not be insured, he will call China names (even though he is afraid of the women on 'the view), he will give big banks and wall street a blank check, he will give $5 trillion in tax cuts to himself and his ilk, he will add an additional $2 trillion to military spending even though they don't want it; and will declare the war on women, seniors, veterans, PBS, minorities, workers, college students, and the environment. He is definitely a republican.

    October 29, 2012 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  6. ronaswyhod

    Romney has set a goal and he will complete those goals in a bipartisan way.
    Obama can't run on his record and and is ruinning on more of the same that he ran on in 2008.We need a leader in the white house and obama is not the man

    October 29, 2012 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  7. ThinkAgain: All of the GOP's policies are PROVEN FAILURES

    The $2 trillion in additional spending Mittens 'n' Munster are proposing are NOT requested by the military; they have been requested by military contractors who want to soak American taxpayers once again.

    Obama/Biden 2012 = The only sane choice

    October 29, 2012 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  8. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    @ Republican in AZ
    From your mouth to God's ears. Bssed on all the hoopla, so-called polls, etc Mittens has even Ohio in the bag. I will not believe my fellow Americans to be this gullible, amnesiac, and ungrateful. Romney is telling EVERYBODY whatever they want to hear in order to garner their vote, and some are falling for it like you said.....but not enough to put him in the White House.
    America, tell Romney, Trump, Addelson, the Koch brothers and all the undisclosed corporations pouring hundreds of millions into his Romney's candidacy that the PRESIDENCY OF THE U.S.A. IS NOT FOR SALE.
    We the people for President Obama in 2012.

    October 29, 2012 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  9. ThinkAgain: All of the GOP's policies are PROVEN FAILURES

    According to the Congressional Budget Office, repealing Obamacare (direct spending and revenue effects of H.R. 6079, the Repeal of Obamacare Act) "would cause a net increase in federal budget deficits of $109 billion over the 2013–2022 period."

    Obama/Biden 2012 = The only sane choice

    October 29, 2012 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  10. ThinkAgain: All of the GOP's policies are PROVEN FAILURES

    Mittens' idea of making our schools more competitive is to get rid of the Department of Education and privatize schools. That will result in only the wealthy being able to get their kids adequately educated.

    Obama/Biden 2012 = The only sane choice

    October 29, 2012 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  11. Wire Palladin, S. F

    It would be nice if Mittens would release his taxes, explain his jobs outsourcing, come clean about his money laundering, explain why he will get $8 million from Bain for closing the Sensata plant in Freeport, IL, to ship those jobs to China, etc.

    October 29, 2012 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  12. ThinkAgain: All of the GOP's policies are PROVEN FAILURES

    According to the non-partisan Tax Policy Center, a $5 trillion revenue shortfall would result from Mittens tax plan,
    according to the Mittens' idea of tax code reform is to cut taxes further on the wealthy, eliminate the estate tax and
    make up the revenue shortfall by cutting social spending and increasing taxes on the middle class and working poor.

    Obama/Biden 2012 = The only sane choice

    October 29, 2012 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  13. ThinkAgain: All of the GOP's policies are PROVEN FAILURES

    According to PolitiFact, Mittens is lying when he says that regulations have quadrupled under President Obama. In fact, "the actual data on regulations show Obama's rate of regulations is no different from the past 18 years."

    Obama/Biden 2012 = The only sane choice

    October 29, 2012 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  14. Zelig

    Romney has promised more tha 15 major initiatives on his first day. Youtube it ... Its funny if he were not actually running for president.
    The argument in closing is vote romney and it will be a big surprise! Just like the mystery door on Lets make a deal back in the old days. Only problem is that every offering romney has presented to date is a goof prize....

    October 29, 2012 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  15. ThinkAgain: All of the GOP's policies are PROVEN FAILURES

    Folks, when you consider who'll you will be voting for, keep in mind that Mittens 'n' Munster lie through their teeth. President Obama's economic policies have resulted in 31 straight months of private sector job growth, made more amazing by the FACT that the Republicans have done everything they can to keep him from succeeding AND when President Obama took office, our economy was losing 800,000 jobs A MONTH.

    Obama/Biden 2012 = The only sane choice

    October 29, 2012 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  16. Logic N LA

    Just In- Now romney is only going to "talk" onhis first day. what happened to abolishig Obamacare "first day"? what happened to closing government agnecies" first day"? what happened to crerating an environment for new jobs "first day"? sitting down with Isreal -"first day" meeting with Congress "first day"
    The man is all talk and none of it is consistant.
    His first day will be walking through the white house with that constipated smail being a nice guy and then asking Paul Ryan what to do.

    October 29, 2012 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  17. GOP = Greed Over People!

    A mega storm of "biblical" proportion strikes a week out from national election which may mean only those who voted early, 3 to 1 for President O may have their voices heard.

    As Bailin' Palin would say, "god's will be done"!

    October 29, 2012 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  18. Republican in AZ

    I do not want a party in power who wishes to abolish Roe v. Wade all while restricting contraception. We should advocate for less unwanted pregnancies due to more proper family planning. Why take that choice away from people? And rape is a very real thing. As a woman, daughter, aunt to a young girl, I cannot imagine the trauma a woman faces if this crime is perpetrated upon them. Why should we victimize them again by taking their choice away?

    When my son decides to marry and start a family, I want him to make choices w/ his wife and his wife alone regarding when they begin to have children. The choice should be theirs to decide how to plan, not mine and certainly not a bunch of elected officials in Washington who may or may not share his religious views.

    My son also plans to join the Navy in 2 yrs. I'm so proud of him for that and much more. However, if/when he goes to war, I do not want it to be in vain because there are those who see war around every corner and at every opportunity.

    October 29, 2012 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  19. Frankie

    In the primary debates, Mitt Romney said shut down FEMA, return to states. Could you imagine? How strapped are the states' budgets already. That would be disastrous. But, I'm sure he has flipped on that also, another issue in a long list he cannot be trusted on.

    October 29, 2012 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  20. butera1

    How quickly we forget that your democrats have controlled the gov since 07... and Obama had a super majority for his first two yrs and had his policies passed on a party line vote... How's that working out for us? Oh let me guess... he created 5million new jobs... while losing 350k jobs weekly by way of new unemployment claims...

    Let's not forget the fact the job force has shrunk; jobs have left the country and subsequently it shrinks job availability and fudges the numbers... I believe 23 million are still unemployed/ underemployed... record number on food stamps! Four more years, four more years! And the rest of you OB supporter will be on food stamps!

    October 29, 2012 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  21. golds

    Romney is NOT Bush. Bush was a big spender; Romney will be responsible. Bush was a politician, Romney is a Harvard MBA and law school grad. Romney has the skill set we desparately need, obama does not.

    October 29, 2012 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  22. Frankie

    ......and now, did anyone notice that Paul Ryan is mainly keeping a low profile because Romney does not want to remind anyone how extreme the ticket is.

    October 29, 2012 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  23. AlreadyvotedinColorado

    Mitt, I'm converted Mormon. I'm white. I'm NOT voting for you. The mere thought of you being President is chilling. You and everyone voting for you expects overnight miracles from Obama, YET, you have said it would take YOU a minimum of 8 years to turn things around. And when someone asks you to explain your plan, you say "it's too complicated to explain".

    Right, okay. Movin on.

    October 29, 2012 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  24. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Children, Children!,
    It is time for all of you to grow up. Now I know it's hard to leave the nest but at some point you have to take responsibility. Your Nanny can't take care for you forever. Nice to see so many "Postive" comments about Romney here. That means Romney is doing something right to get your attention. Why else would you all be commenting.

    Gee I'm sorry to inform you but Romney is going to take away your Rubber Ducky. You will have to go to work now. You can no longer sit around and complain. And IN ONE WORD, you will have jobs. Erueka!

    October 29, 2012 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  25. New Citizen

    This election amazes me, because I don't think we should even see a tie as the polls are saying. It these polls are really true, then the voters thinking about voting for Romney are really foolish and ignorant. Maybe the voters have another agenda. Romney had an approval rating of 36% in Massachussets when he was a governor. How on earth can you even think about voting for this guy? You know, when you apply for some job, they will ask you about your performance in your last job. Romney was a disaster in Mass. The President's job description is even more difficult than that of a governor. His performance in the third debate showed that he cannot be a good commander in chief, which is really scary. The world is still a very dangerous place and for people to even think about voting for Romney is just unbelievable. His prescription is just like what Bush did in his 8 years which got this country into a recession. I was not born here in the United States but I became a citizen in March of this year. I may not like Obama but I believe he is the best to lead this country because I am a patriot now. All what Romney thinks about is how he will make money. Make money for himself for his children and his grandchildren. I wonder why voters can't see this. If Romney is elected, I can predict that 2 years from now, the electorate will see the mistake they just did. Romney's advice especially in foreign policy issues has always been wrong which is very serious. The repercussions of mistakes again is for citizens to continue to have more and more debts, and even deaths.

    October 29, 2012 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
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