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. Evangenital

    On Day One, I'll change my mind in everything and keep you guessing!

    October 29, 2012 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  2. tabeth

    The Church ready to take the Mark of the beast for money and politics

    October 29, 2012 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  3. Where are your SPECIFICS Romney?

    @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.
    ------------------------------------------------
    Eight years of Bush economics caused the problem. Republicans worked for the past four years to prevent a recovery. Romney's plan looks exactly like Bush 2.0. You want to follow a pathological liar as he repeats the failed ideas of Bush? That sounds the logic of somebody stupid enough to vote for Rick Perry – three times!

    October 29, 2012 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  4. A Republican Canidate

    Just keep lying Mitt...Its working. Why else is this race is even close?

    Most Americans don't bother learning the facts / truth.

    October 29, 2012 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  5. Jack from Illinois

    The fact that Romney is a coreless, self-contradictory liar with no real record other than as a failed governor, a corporate raider, and a taker of government bailout money (including, in some cases, to his OWN enrichment) apparently makes no difference to the people who seem to be planning on voting for him.

    Well, if they make that mistake and get their way, they will deserve the red-hot poker they will get for it. Unfortunately for the rest of us and for America, WE do not deserve the penalty for their stupidity.

    October 29, 2012 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  6. butera1

    Really Wire Palladin, S. F?

    Romney will make sure 50 million will be uninsured? I guess with Romneycare in Massachusetts; the empirical evidence, which makes it axiomatic, that everybody living in Massachusetts is now insured, is nothing but a fairy tale in your eyes...
    Your statement is absurdly ridiculous, clueless, and uninformed!
    Instead of spitting out the DNC talking points, do some research... Some form of Romneycare will be instituted in every state... Every state will tailor its own system to it needs... That is what he means by block granting the money back to the states. Not a one size fits all policy. More power to the states, not the feds!

    October 29, 2012 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  7. A Republican Canidate

    A vote for Mitt Romney is a vote for Groover Norquist...yea!

    October 29, 2012 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  8. Ed FL

    Mitt you are not LIKED by most of the Americans that vote . You may think your great but the working Americans disagree with you and projected policies.

    October 29, 2012 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  9. judgwell

    I like CNN's little narrative in there: ..."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."

    Why HE NEEDS? No one cares why Obama needs 4 more years. It should be why AMERICA needs him for for more years (which we don't). 4 more years of Obama will further weaken country domestically and internationally.

    Vote Romney/Ryan!

    October 29, 2012 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  10. smoking gun

    why all the discredit and hate toward a man who ran a successful massachussetts.what has obama done?i keep hearing about what bush done.remember the last 2 yrs of bush the senate and congress was liberal ran.he did good the first 6yrs what clinton left behind in his last 2 yrs a country headed toward recession.and obama has done nothing but talk in circles point fingers at bush when he did the same the last four years just at a greater extent.

    October 29, 2012 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  11. John

    What will Mitt accomplish on day one? NOTHING! There is a huge difference between being the CEO of a business, and being President of the United States. Fail to understand that fact, and you will fail to understand how work gets done in Washington. And it DOES get done in Washington, but requires compromise. Hear that, Boehner and the Tea Party? COMPROMISE!

    October 29, 2012 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  12. smoking gun

    romney is business man with a idea thatmakes sense now whether if it gets passed thru legislation is another thing what has obama done.NOTHING hes proven himself to be a liar and incompetent and the sad part is i like obama better the romney but as far as a leader he totally sucks.

    October 29, 2012 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  13. Christopher

    Obama..."at least we're not as bad as Europe"...
    and the ever popular..."two words, predator drones".

    Four years of unprecedented spending and looming fiscal cliff – 16 trillion and counting;
    The next eight plus ++ years of economic recovery – priceless!

    October 29, 2012 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  14. Oregon Calling

    When will the "real" Mitt Romney show up?

    Peace :-)

    October 29, 2012 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  15. whoCares

    I am so tired of hearing this poor excuse of a man lying commercials on TV. I can wait for this to be over so this guy will just go the way of Palin.

    October 29, 2012 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  16. V

    @Oregon Calling – "On Day One". By then (if by some small miracle he wins) it will be too late. We will surely be doomed at that point!

    PLEASE GET OUT AND VOTE!! We can't afford Mitt Romney as President!!

    October 29, 2012 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  17. smoking gun

    so i gues obama is commander in chief material his whole cabinet is incompetent and a joke.he exploits women with his free contraception crap and as far as welfare goes i think they should stop it so people can get off their lazy asses and take responsibility.never even call obama a great president hes a joke and should have never been appointed a positon of such magnitude.his fans cannot think of one ting hes done to help the country

    October 29, 2012 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  18. truth hurts

    Ed FL - Mitt you are not LIKED by most of the Americans that vote
    =================================================
    Sorry, but I like COMPETENCE in the person I vote for! We will see on Nov. 6th if the America people choose a nice incompetent community organizer that has proven he is not up to the task or for a ince, highly competent person that has succeeded at everything he has taken on. Seriously America, it IS that simple. Obama INCOMPETENCE, or Romney COMPETENCE.

    October 29, 2012 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  19. Collin

    So he is going to spend day one explaining to the American people what he wants to do and how he wants to do it. Why could he not do that during the presidential race?

    October 29, 2012 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  20. cf

    In light of the hurricane striking the US coast, perhaps Romney would care to elaborate on his plan to dismantle FEMA and eliminate aid for those affected by disasters such as hurricanes.

    October 29, 2012 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  21. Jeannette, Toronto

    There seems to be, more dysfunctional voters and believers of fairy tales and not reality.
    Romney's first opening line should sound like, "Once Upon a Time!" Because those who think things will change, are in that frame of mind! Remembering the movie, The Matrix and how it depicted life's multitude of what is real and unreal! Unfortunately, Romney is as unreal as that. He is caught up in that revolving door, in buying votes; with his super pac backers; the likes of 'Scrooge' waiting for their return to destroy ever mark for a better USA. Divide and Kill!

    October 29, 2012 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  22. John

    Day One
    .....GREED IS GOOD..............Additional 20% tax cuts for the rich in addition to restoring Bush Tax Cuts
    ....BEING POOR IS BAD........Veto Obamacare, and over 30 million Americans become un-inusred & un-insurable overnight
    ....ENVIRONMENT..................Doesn't matter anymore, pollute as much as you want
    ....EDUCATION.......................Great idea if you the money to pay for it.......................

    Other than than that...............GOOD LUCK TO EVERYONE!.........................

    October 29, 2012 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  23. Lisa P

    I guess Romney's team would rather have us thinking about "Day One" because four years of Romney/Ryan will clearly add up to disaster. Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain; just think how happy you'll be when the ineffectual wimpy Kenyan socialist fascist dictator leaves office! Then go back to sleep while we wreck your country - 2016 may not even be worth waking up for. There may not be any America left, just a bunch of TV commercials telling you everything's great, somewhere.

    October 29, 2012 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  24. DL

    Butera... You are completely wrong. Romney's plan states anybody that has a preexisting condition that currently does not have health care coverage won't be insurable. Which means 50 million uninsured. Because if you have insurance, you obviously don't have a preexisting condition that makes you uninsurable. Those are facts, when Romney says people will be able to get insurance he is lying, and has been caught repeating that mess time and time again.

    October 29, 2012 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  25. FactCheck

    The closing argument:
    "Hurricanes and natural disasters aren't a concern so we should outsource how these are handled. Now, did I mention that I'll be giving more tax cuts to the rich? By the end of the day, we'll be paying them. After all, they are the job creators."

    October 29, 2012 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
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