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. rs

    The fact is Mr. Romney's only "big change" is to bring back Bush-o-nomics, and give the rich even bigger tax breaks. The big change will be recession again- but hey the GOP likes destroying America.

    October 29, 2012 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  2. truth hurts

    The majority
    I heard a gentleman from Mass. say that for Rommey to run for president and not run one ad nor campaign there in his home state where he was Governor for one term should tell you something about him.
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    Yes, it tells me he is a highly realistic and intelligent guy that knows Massachusetts is as far left as California or New York, MAYBE EVEN MORE, and that any money spent is better used in batteground states. But actually your statement isn't true (no surprise) as he isusing the Boston stattions to reach NH voters so people in MA actually do see his ads. Nice try though, better try to make something else up!

    October 29, 2012 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  3. billy davis

    Romney says on day one blah, blah, blah. But on day 2 that will change.

    October 29, 2012 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  4. Lynda/Minnesota

    On day one of the next presidency of the United States ... Romney will not be President of the United States. Well, maybe in his dreams. Which is all this election ever was for Mitt Romney. A big dream.

    October 29, 2012 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  5. billy davis

    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."

    Let me get this straight. Obama is a Harvard Law grad but the GOP was calling that elitist, educated liberalism. Now that their guy is from the same school he's smart and has know how. Wow, just like Mitt the GOP and their supporters have no consistent position. One thing our POTUS has been very consistent.

    October 29, 2012 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  6. DaveC

    On day one Mr. Romney, what would you do about this current national crisis? Along with every other problem facing America? Can you juggle all those balls? I think not.

    October 29, 2012 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  7. TM

    Hey Willard, for the LAST TIME, those sequestration cuts were put in place by CONGRESS, and YOUR running-mate, NOT President Obama. If you want to blame someone for them look at the guy standing next to you.

    October 29, 2012 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  8. Chipster

    Romney's economic plan is simple:
    -cut taxes for the wealthy
    -deregulate industry; unleash them from all those silly clean air, clean water, food & drug testing requirements
    -begin the process of dismantling Social Security and Medicare (privatization and vouchers)
    -help businesses reduce unnecessary costs (salary increases, benefits, etc. for employees)
    -self-deportation (note: business owners with illegals working as cheaper labor are exempt from prosecution)
    Ryan will work on social changes: banning abortion, contraception, and gay marriage, equal pay for women? not a chance! Women will be lucky if the get to keep their right to vote!

    October 29, 2012 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  9. Start the Insanity!

    After reading all of the thoughtful comments here, I now see the error of my conservative ways. Why bother with a budget? 16 trillion in debt? No problem! What's another 4 or 5 trillion between friends! Hey, as long as I get mine, right? And you know, I do agree that the government has no right to tell me what I can and can't do with my body! Let me grab a couple packs of smokes and few supersized grease burgers. Obamacare has it covered!

    October 29, 2012 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  10. rs

    Ray E. (Georgia)
    No thinking, aware person can possible cast a vote for a man whose positions shift daily. There hasn't been one single solitary day in this campaign where Mr. Romney hasn't reversed himself, contradicted himself, or flat out lied (like he did Friday when he told Jeep assembly line workers that Chrysler was shipping their jobs to China-ot truse said both Chrysler and Fiat- in fact they were going to add shifts in 3 factories- more than 3,000 new jobs).

    You seem intelligent, how do you square voting for such a prissy, bold-faced liar? It is very evident that if he can't even say in public what he believes (like he does to donors), he'll never be able to stand up to Congress- much less foreign challengers. That seems "right" to you?

    Shoot, Romney makes Bush look decisive and executive- and we know how badly that turned out.

    October 29, 2012 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  11. WitchesMoon

    To those who think Romney has no record, he does, right here in MA. Google it, it was a DISASTER

    October 29, 2012 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  12. P

    Repubs have worked 24/7 to sto the POTUS from getting ANYTHING done. Then they say he hasn't done enough.
    What nonsense. Calling Obama every name in the book from day one. What about our country repubs?
    Now Romney wins the nomination by being a severely conserv TP guy, only to morph into a moderate 2 weeks ago. What nonsense. Who is really? Can you trust this guy? Do we want the GW Bush team running the country again? OMG no! The Bush NEOCONS to got us into Iraq running foreign policy again? We'd have to be CRAZY! We MUST NOT reward these guys for their proven bad ideas and hateful tactics... Do we really want the winners to be Romney, Ryan, Limbaugh, Coulter, Trump, Akin, Boehner, Cantor, Glenn Beck, Murdoch, Hannity – ARE WE GONNA REWARD ALL THESE GUYS, and let them run the country?
    OMG, no! !!!!!!

    October 29, 2012 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  13. Namejkane sfl a vote for lady parts romney the tax cheat and lyin lady parts ryan willcut your moms medicare and soc sec . .can you afford to pay for them???

    Maybe someone should look at the toll of the gop lead USA over the last 15 years ,3000 dead in 9-11 attacks ,4500 dead in lraq , dems ,4 dead in libyia and several hundered in afganistan , do the math !!!!!!

    October 29, 2012 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  14. NoKidding

    Either listen to this snake oil salesman, or look at his tract record:
    1) As Governor of MA, 0.9% JOB GROWTH, the worst of all 50 states. Yeah, how is he going to "create jobs" in the whole United States?
    2) Implemented Romneycare universal health insurance in MA, almost an exact version of Obamacare. How dares he slam Obamacare and claim it is detrimental to the U.S. when he himself gloated over how successful his Romneycare was?
    3) As he runs his mouth about how bad China is, just last week his company Bain Capital prepared to shut down the Sensata Technologies plant in IL and send all of their jobs to China. Talk about in-your-face lie, and he thinks the american people buys his B.S.
    4) Keeps his money overseas, yes that is very helpful for creating jobs in America!
    5) A number of companies that his company Bain Capital bought and managed got loaded with debts to pay for his investments, then went bankrupt. Yes, his business experiences would really make him a good president?
    6) Runs his mouth about how Obama was weak on foreign policy, yet when asked what he would do about Iran, his response was to do exactly what Obama is already doing. How is he better?
    Romney kinds of forgot that americans have a brain and don't have to buy his B.S. especially when it changes every week.

    October 29, 2012 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  15. CN

    change do not come overnight nor does it in 4 years obama deserves a second term,gov romney may be seen as a good businessman because he made alot of money for himself and well as others whose bottom line was to make money i hope you don't think he did'nt use all the loop holes to his advantage that rich people use. don't forget who is on the ticket with him mr paul ryan i'll take may chances with president obama.

    October 29, 2012 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  16. rs

    Mr. Romney's "big change" is "party like it's 1929"! he has no clue how to fix the economy; he wants to repeat the mistakes of Reagan and Bush on tax cutting for the rich, and on top he wants to bloat spending on the military (and naturally do nothing for our soldiers). Does he think Amercan government will operate for free? He might, he seems to be completely devoid of reality based upon his recent charges and speeches.

    October 29, 2012 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  17. Namejkane sfl a vote for lady parts romney the tax cheat and lyin lady parts ryan willcut your moms medicare and soc sec . .can you afford to pay for them???

    Watch secrets of 9-11 on the military channel this Wednesday ch 112 and you will never vote gop again in your life ,talk about asleep at the switch ,total failures, the gop is # one !!!!!

    October 29, 2012 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  18. truth hurts

    rs - No thinking, aware person can possible cast a vote for a man whose positions shift daily.
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    Obama against gay marriage. Does and says nothing for 3.5 years. His campaign contributions sag as gays withhold contributions because he hasn't pandered to them sufficiently. Suddenly Obama's position "evolves" to support gay marriage and MILLIONS flood into his campaign.

    I don't understand how people can vote for a person that so blatantly shows he can be BOUGHT!

    October 29, 2012 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  19. FactCheck

    Romney Day 1:
    1. Tax cuts for the rich.
    2. Cuts to Medicare, SS, science research, FEMA, etc.
    3. Declare was with Iraq.

    and lastly...

    4. Wake up and realize that it was all a dream. Oh well, back to sipping Champagne on the west side of the Caymans.

    October 29, 2012 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  20. rs

    Start the Insanity!-
    Well, that certainly has been the GOP methodology: They have blocked everything in the Senate with a record number of filibusters; in the House they passed lots and lots of anti-birth control, and anti-abortions bills. What you'll notice that they didn't do is pass a jobs bill (like they promised), or a budget- which IN FACT is the job of Congress- not the President.

    GOP=Taliban.

    October 29, 2012 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  21. Mike Does

    I drove down the street on my my way home from work the other day and I noticed a classic chevy with 2 bumper stickers on it. One read "Romney Ryan", the other- "WE built America". The driver was a middle aged caucasian. A sign on the lawn of my caucasian neighbor reads "Romney Ryan, we're taking America back!".
    I'm proud to say I am an American. I was born and raised in this great country. My parents worked hard to make their American dream come true for themselves, my brother, and sisters. I served this country during three tours in Iraq. Although I am not white, English is the only spoken language in our household. My wife speaks it, my children speak it.
    Reading comments like this on a stranger's bumper sticker or seeing signs posted like the one my neighbor has, shows me just how un-American people see me. Is America more theirs than it is mine? What is the determining factor in this? Color? Education? Racism absolutely still exists but is brought up much more blatantly when it was almost taboo to mention it before.

    October 29, 2012 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  22. UrAverageJoe

    Let's hope he doesn't really attempt to do his 20% across the board tax cut. We're already being taxed at rates not seen since the 1960s before Medicare, before the social safety net and before the Reagan explosion of the defense budget. You can't cut taxes more and keep Medicare, the social safety net or the huge increases in the defense budget. He's committed to his tax cut which means bye bye all those other programs or an even bigger explosion in the annual deficits.

    October 29, 2012 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  23. truth hurts

    NoKidding
    1) As Governor of MA, 0.9% JOB GROWTH, the worst of all 50 states. Yeah, how is he going to "create jobs" in the whole United States?
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    Romney LOWERED unemployment from 5.3% to 4.7% over his term!! 5% is considered FULL EMPLOYMENT therefore 4.7% can be considered a WORKER SHORTAGE, NOT A JOB SHORTAGE! How much would Obama give for a 4.7% unemployment rate?! hahahaha.... Now on to the next lie you posted.

    2) Implemented Romneycare universal health insurance in MA, almost an exact version of Obamacare. How dares he slam Obamacare and claim it is detrimental to the U.S. when he himself gloated over how successful his Romneycare was?
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    What Romney did in MA was within the powers that states have. The federal government has NO CONSTITUTIONAL power to force people to buy healthcare and fine them if they do not. Obama and the Democrats passed this disaster on a MOUNTAIN of lies and sleazy back room deals. If the government can use the tax code to force people to buy things then there is literally NOTHING the federal government cannot force on people as long as they call it a "tax". It might be time to repeal the federal governmnents taxing authority if this is allowed to stand.

    October 29, 2012 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  24. Namejkane sfl a vote for lady parts romney the tax cheat and lyin lady parts ryan willcut your moms medicare and soc sec . .can you afford to pay for them???

    Only the braindead and stupid will vote romney the tax cheat and proven lier along with lyin Ryan and his other gop stooges .

    October 29, 2012 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  25. hemplover

    Time for a nice long nap, Mitt, then a jaunt around the lake in your speed boat. Go on now, go home and leave us alone.

    October 29, 2012 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
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