October 31st, 2012
03:18 PM ET
2 years 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.


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soundoff (161 Responses)
  1. NEVER to VOTE REPUBLICAN again

    You LIE Mr. Romney!

    October 31, 2012 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  2. kevin

    I love these comments. You libs cried about his idea about diaster relief i.e. states should just be given the money and let them run the show and feds stay away. You whine because he collects food and clothing for our fellow Americans who need it. Let us see...oil spill in Gulf-Obama visits one day and goes on vacation. 4 Americans die in Libya and Obama is on a plane to Vegas. Comes back one day spins a story about a video then off to LA to party and do the talk show circuit. Western US is burning up with wild fires and Obama did nothing. Now the only reason he is spending more time on this storm is to make himself look like he cares. Romney has given millions to help disabled vets and many other charties and you people think he is evil.

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

    Romney: "Now, people coming together is what's also going to happen, I believe, on Nov. 7."
    I wonder if he was making reference to going and voting when he said 'coming together.' If so, I wonder if:
    a) Romney really did say Nov 7, or
    b) if Nov 7 is what CNN misprinted here (either mistakenly or otherwise, either way I don't care, just wondering aloud)

    October 31, 2012 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  4. Milton K. Wiah

    Jef Bush, some wonder why your brother is not with you now to say what you said. Or has he not been
    seen in any event so far. Your children, your brother children are living, even Mitt children are making babies.
    I need not to remind you about how many others' children your brother war in Iraq killed on a falsehood.
    Mothers and fathers in America blame your brother for death and economic problems that spread all over the
    world.

    October 31, 2012 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  5. John the Historian

    Willard Romney is a giant flip flop mormon cult follower. Willard the planet kolob awaits you. Willard you could also try Nauvoo, Illinois and await your polygamist Jesus Christ. Maybe Jackson County, Missouri does contain the Garden of Eden. Willard to defeat. Americans are tired of corporate elite, the Christian Right which does not include cult mormonism and we are tired of wars of choice.

    October 31, 2012 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  6. Ryan

    Guest AGAIN

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

    -----------------------------------

    Hey Mister Clever "Guess Again" Stop with Hate! You must be have mentally Challenged! Poor thing......

    October 31, 2012 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  7. UBS, WILLARD & 4000+ AMERICAN AMNESTY DEAL

    "His entire strategy is to blame others, starting with my brother [George W. Bush] of course,"
    -------------------------------------------–
    You mean that brother of yours who happens to be a WAR CRIMINAL. I remember that guy. He should have been prosecuted at the Hague. Unpaid for spending(including wars, one which we were lied into), torture, warrantless wiretapping, failed disaster response & a financial collapse. Jeb, there's alot that we blame your brother for and you can't just brush that under the rug. You know, President Obama wouldn't have had to make a speech reaching out to the Muslim world if your brother hadn't damaged our relationships with everyone there. So deal with it! Your family name is tarnished forever.

    October 31, 2012 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  8. mommytwice

    Mr. Romney, November 7th is the day AFTER the election. Really?? I am hoping that was simply a typo for this story.
    Mr. Bush, your brother is a national embarrassment, and we are STILL digging out of the mess he made. DO NOT try to tell us he was anything other than a complete failure as a leader. Our memories aren't that short.

    October 31, 2012 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  9. Silence DoGood

    @John the Historian " await your polygamist Jesus Christ. Maybe Jackson County, Missouri does contain the Garden of Eden"

    Will you be making fun of Muslims or Jews next? Does CNN ever enforce the Terms of Service?

    October 31, 2012 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  10. Maxx

    Obama's doing a great job handling the effects of Sandy and it's going to carry him into a 2nd term! Poor Mitt, he can't criticize Obama so he doesn't have much to say. The weasel can't even admit Obama's handling the crisis well because he doesn't really care for the little people anyway.

    October 31, 2012 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  11. Gurgyl

    This pathological liar is NOT EVEN QUALIFIED TO BE A "COOK" IN THE WHITE HOUSE. Period. Yes, on OBAMA12.

    October 31, 2012 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  12. Lynda/Minnesota

    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.
    -----------

    Indeed, Sniffit. My Hope and Change is still going strong .... and yeah a pimpslap ought to wake half of these GOPers up nicely come November 6th. The other half ... well ... not so much.

    October 31, 2012 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  13. Bad_Sandy

    My prayers are with the people affected by the storm.. I have to say this... if GOP followers believe in GOD, that GOD send Sandy to make sure that Mr.O is in office one more time so that he can take care of all the needy.

    October 31, 2012 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  14. Sam

    If Romney had his wish, FEMA would have been privatized. There would be no support from feds. Everyone fend for themselves. If you are poor, too bad!

    October 31, 2012 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  15. Kate

    Wake up America! Think! The GOP keeps spouting statements that have been proven to be untrue. Give Obama the time needed to clean up after the last President. The GOP's only goal has been to get rid of Obama – not to do anything to help the people. I live in another country and yes, when Bush left office Americans were not highly thought of. They were seen as bullies of the world. With Obama that seems to be changing for the better. I hope Americans have sense to really consider what a Romney presidency will do to the average American. Mitt will be so busy on Day One cutting that your head will spin. If you believe he is looking out for the 47% then you deserve what you get!

    October 31, 2012 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  16. Marto

    I saw Mitt on TV yesterday and while he was talking about those affected by Sandy he had a grin on his face. What a twitt!!

    October 31, 2012 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  17. Craig RB

    I'm so surprised that so many people don't realize what a fraud Romney is. He's also very confusing as you never know moment to moment what will come out of his mouth, where he stands on any day. A very strange man indeed.

    October 31, 2012 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  18. DENNA

    Romney "aims for right tone", huh. Then just shut your pie hole.

    October 31, 2012 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  19. carrotroot

    I don't know Jeb, your brother left this country in a huge mess when he left. Not only that, your brother didn't seem to care when Katrina had devastated the Gulf Coast. We don't need another person like your brother, who Romney would surely try to imitate.

    October 31, 2012 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  20. jeff odette

    Romney is a disgrace...WOW!!...there are no words....just a disgrace.....WOW.....

    October 31, 2012 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  21. Sally

    I would NEVER vote for a bold face liar who says Jeep production is being shipped to China, then Chrysler says that Romney's statement IS NOT TRUE and adds in 2013 Jeep is adding a second shift in the US and also buliding a plant in China for Chinese buyers, then the liar Romney continues his Jeep lies with TV and radio adds. He has NO character and he is not to be trusted. He has a Romeny Rally complete with Romney signs, music and his bio film playing in the background and says it is a drop off site for Sandy victims... why didn't he just sit down and write a check to the Red Cross for 10 millions and shut the hell up and get out of the way! I have to say this, working middle class folks who vote for Romney ARE voting against their and their family's personal interest. GET THIS, Romney does not care about you, you members of his 47% who want food, and jobs and health care, yuck on you, you are so so needy, how untasteful of you. Romney will raise our taxes, he will give, his people..dear, let's go to club for dinner with Muffy and Charles, millionaires great tax advantages and he will NOT, repeat NOT reduce the national debt. If he wins, middle class voters who voted for him will be conned by one of the best con artist in the US, just ask all the compnies Bain closed robbing hard working Americans of their jobs, health care and penisions.

    October 31, 2012 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  22. DENNA

    Kevin, your wild fairy tales of President Obama's "failings" are cute. Problem is that I don't watch Fox News, so I am actually able to think for myself. This president has worked hard for America and has yet to take as many vacations as your beloved W. America is better for having been in President Obama's care. Without those slack-jawed GOPers in the House, America would be further along. But no, the knuckle-dragging GOP would rather destroy America than help President Obama fix our economy. You sir, have no credibility among thinking people. Go back to drinking whatever you were drinking before you turned on your computer.

    October 31, 2012 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  23. ONLY 6 more days until Obama is RE-ELECTED

    @kevin – I love these comments. You libs cried about his idea about diaster relief i.e. states should just be given the money and let them run the show and feds stay away. You whine because he collects food and clothing for our fellow Americans who need it. Let us see...oil spill in Gulf-Obama visits one day and goes on vacation. 4 Americans die in Libya and Obama is on a plane to Vegas. Comes back one day spins a story about a video then off to LA to party and do the talk show circuit. Western US is burning up with wild fires and Obama did nothing. Now the only reason he is spending more time on this storm is to make himself look like he cares. Romney has given millions to help disabled vets and many other charties and you people think he is evil.

    October 31, 2012 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
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    LOL Kev.. I love these kinds of comments too.. it shows the American people how much hate the right has for the POTUS and how gullible are the illiterate red-state sheeple that come here to spout.
    NEWSFLASH: – the states don't have the resources to deal with events like Katrina and Sandy. Even if the Feds gave it to them, they spend on some bunch of whiny Teapugs who want textbooks changed to remove evolution.
    It's TOTALLY HILARIOUS to see the Twit collect food and clothing for those affected by Sandy – hundreds of miles away from NY, NJ and make sure that his campaign bought enough supplies in case no-one showed up.. Hahahaha!!!!!
    4 Americans died in Libya. Yes.. sad situation (my heart goes out to their families). Did you think about the families of the 6,000 US troops killed in Iraq (that Obama got us out of) or the 100,000+ Iraq's killed looking for WMD's that NEVER EXISTED... or the 2,800 people killed during 9/11 ?? I thought not.
    And what about Dubya sitting in the Kindergarten class read a book (upside down) after being told of the events of 9/11, and he then hightails it out to some secret location ???? Nah.. no big deal. Amazing how freeakin Romnesiac you Repugs are and how much truth and fact matters to you...

    October 31, 2012 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  24. John

    It said here that Mitt Romney going to resumed his normal Campaign, And that Is Misleading and twist word around and flat out LIE. This has been his whole Campaign and I sure hope that most American people can see thought all his Crap. Just reminder he said he would get rid of Fema if he win. I hope all you people that got hit by sandy that you see what President Obama Is doing now, and than look to see what Mitt Romney doing now. You can't trust Mitt Romney at all. Obama 2012

    October 31, 2012 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  25. St. James Place

    go away Willard.

    Obama 2012

    October 31, 2012 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
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