October 31st, 2012
03:18 PM ET
1 year ago

Back on stump, Romney aims for right tone

Miami, Fla. (CNN) – Mitt Romney resumed his normal campaign schedule but aimed to strike a "positive tone" Wednesday as people continued to recover from the aftereffects of Sandy, a senior adviser said.

But in a sign that softer tone only extended to a certain point, adviser Kevin Madden would not answer CNN National Political Correspondent Jim Acosta's question about the president's handling of the weather disaster that has upended both candidates' schedules in the final days of the race.

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"I believe the response is still going on, so I'm not in a position to qualify the response by the federal government," Madden said after a question about whether Obama was effectively responding to Sandy.

In Tampa, at his first campaign event since the crisis, Romney did not mention President Obama or repeat any of his harshest criticisms of his opponent in a speech where he repeatedly encouraged his supporters to donate to relief efforts for storm victims.

"We come together in times like this and we want to make sure that they have a speedy and quick recovery from their financial and, in many cases, personal loss," Romney said. "Now, people coming together is what's also going to happen, I believe, on Nov. 7."

But hours later, at his second event in Coral Gables, the local politicians who spoke before Romney did not hold back.

After the four killings in Libya, Obama was "nowhere to be found" to answer questions about what happened, thundered Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, who also accused Obama of apologizing for America abroad.

"Remember, and he went to Egypt to apologize, to tell the world that the United States was going to be humbler and mellower and that frankly, we are so sorry for the sacrifices of the Americans for generations," the congressman said.

Carlos Lopez-Cantera, a state representative, offered parents some Halloween advice for convincing their neighbors to support Romney.

"If you run into one of those Obama supporters on your block, go up to them and tell them you are going to redistribute the candy of their children. And see if they still support that policy then!" he joked.

And former Gov. Jeb Bush drew audible chuckles with his smiling jab at the president: "His entire strategy is to blame others, starting with my brother [George W. Bush] of course," he said, to laughter.


Filed under: 2012 • Florida • Mitt Romney
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  1. Lynda/Minnesota

    Carlos Lopez-Cantera, a state representative, offered parents some Halloween advice for convincing their neighbors to support Romney.

    "If you run into one of those Obama supporters on your block, go up to them and tell them you are going to redistribute the candy of their children. And see if they still support that policy then!" he joked.
    --------------------

    Not sure where he intended this comment to go ... it's filled with ugly anger and ... surprise, surprise ... directed at children.

    Yeah. Keeping it positive ... yes, Mr. Mittens?

    T – 6 and counting.

    Obama/Biden

    October 31, 2012 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  2. MaryM

    Stump this Romney. The majority of Americans dont like you. You lose

    October 31, 2012 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  3. FactCheck

    Another Etch a Sketch moment...

    October 31, 2012 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  4. Critical Thinking

    It will be nice to have a President who will ACTUALLY try and bring the country together.

    October 31, 2012 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  5. FactCheck

    Ran across this headline the other day and thought that it was very informative:
    "GOP Internal Polls (NJ, CA, MI, PA) Show Possible Landslide...

    ...for McCain" (article was from 2008)

    October 31, 2012 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  6. Yanni

    Who is this guy? He aims for the left, he aims for the right and he aims for the meddle? In this case he is aiming for the right tone in Florida while his is slamming voters with a false add in Ohio. If I had supported Mitt and tend to vote for him my problem would be after voting for Mitt and once I got out from the voting booth I would not be sure for whom I voted for. This guy is jelly can transform in a second.

    October 31, 2012 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  7. Guest AGAIN

    Lynda – you're still an idiot! Some things never change! So much for hope....

    October 31, 2012 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  8. RHanson

    Romlie is a flipping flop, as his lying ads in Ohio about Chrysler are. Back to Gilligan's Island soon, Mr. Howell.

    October 31, 2012 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  9. Ryan

    Empty Suit!

    October 31, 2012 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  10. jkane 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???

    Hey,gop morons ,maybe you should explain the 10,000 dead under your last watch ,3000 9-11 , 4500 Iraq war and hundereds in afganastan that you bailed out on and let them get stronger so the dems have to clean up your incompetent leadership. Obama ,four dead ,you do the math . I'll take obamas leadership any day , watch secrets of 9- 11 this week on cable and never vote gop again.

    October 31, 2012 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  11. Gurgyl

    Yes, I WILL SHUT DOWN FEMA, eliminate SS, Medicare, healthcare., I will ship jobs to CHINA, I am an expert in it, ex; my Bain-Capital, SENSATA factory etc that shipped 500,0000 jobs to china.

    October 31, 2012 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  12. Gurgyl

    @yanni–he aims at the left, he aims at the right, He aims at the middle–with middle finger...haaa. Psycho idiot is this mitt the twitt.

    October 31, 2012 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  13. sayer

    Aiming for the right tone? That's his problem. Hmmm...what does my audience want to hear today? Instead he should be aiming for the TRUTH and specifics.

    October 31, 2012 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  14. Canuck

    "The main stream media's lack of investigating and reporting, in regards to the Benghazi tragedy, where four brave Americans were murdered, is a disgrace"

    I agree with you , but what GWB's slaughter of thousands in his senseless wars of choice? Are you looking for answers there too? Thought not....

    October 31, 2012 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  15. MaryM

    Guest Again, typical Romney supporter. No information just call names.

    October 31, 2012 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  16. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Liberals who play the race card make me sick. What a bunch of pathetic losers!
    -------------------------------------------------
    I would wish you a speedy recovery but why bother.
    Also, what do you mean "losers"? We won in 2008!

    October 31, 2012 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  17. Malory Archer

    West Coast

    Sure, 95% of the black vote went to Obama, surely not because he was black, right? Liberals who play the race card make me sick. What a bunch of pathetic losers!

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Race has nothing to do with it. African Americans TRADITIONALLY vote Democratic regardless of the candidate. Nice try, but it's well past time for you to stop tilting at windmills!

    October 31, 2012 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  18. Sniffit

    "Lynda – you're still an idiot! Some things never change! So much for hope...."

    I believe I speak for, well, half of us when I say the following:

    MY HOPE HASN'T CHANGED.

    Neither has Lynda's...altho I bet she'd like to pimpslap you like you're late with her money right now.

    October 31, 2012 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  19. doug

    Who is Romney? He's our next president.

    October 31, 2012 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  20. Lynda/Minnesota

    Oh, dear. Someone doesn't like my comments.

    October 31, 2012 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  21. Proud American

    Mitt Romney 2012

    Wake Up America.

    October 31, 2012 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  22. Safejourney

    Just more lies from Mitt the twit and Lyin Ryan. The majority of Americans know you are a empty suit, and are sick of hearing your lies. Just go away

    October 31, 2012 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  23. Wake up People!

    So 6 days before the election, he is still etch a sketching??? Good lord, how many times can this guy morph???

    Romney and Ryan =R and R, supported by the Rich and the Racist.
    That ones for you Gurgyl.

    OBAMA 2012!

    October 31, 2012 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  24. Quentin

    Let me get this-candy, a handout, is already being "redistributed" but now it's MINE says the repub parent-keep your hands off my subsidies? keep your government out of my Medicare?

    October 31, 2012 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  25. A Bit Askew

    "If you run into one of those Obama supporters on your block, go up to them and tell them you are going to redistribute the candy of their children. And see if they still support that policy then!" he joked.

    If you run into a Romney Supporter, take candy out of their kids bags, then hand it to someone with the largest candy sack there and tell them "Romney's crew has been taking money out of our pockets for years, and giving it back to those that don't need it.."

    October 31, 2012 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
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