October 31st, 2012
03:18 PM ET
6 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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  1. Deb in MT

    Just a simple suggestion: want to find the right tone, Gov. Romney? Try telling the truth for a change. Once you've tried not being a pandering, pathological liar, you might find that life is much more pleasant and certainly less complicated.

    Just a suggestion....

    October 31, 2012 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  2. Luke,AZ

    President Obama is truly a great leader.From day one he has worked his butt off for us. He deserves 4 more years for any one of the following achievements; killing Osama bin Laden,saving GM and Chrysler, and enacting the Affordable Healthcare Act.

    October 31, 2012 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  3. kendrick1


    Sorry to disappoint you! No gaffe! 11-7-2012 is the first day ater election day!

    October 31, 2012 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  4. Jake79

    Libya: typical conservative nonsense. They've been on a witch hunt since the attack occurred, and now it's their defense of Romney's inept leadership during a national crisis; as he poses for a photo-op at a campaign rally in Ohio that's disguised as "disaster relief". Shameful all around. I have to give Chris Christie credit for rising above party hate and acknowledging President Obama's leadership. 4 more well deserved years to come.

    October 31, 2012 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  5. janetlaw

    His excuse is to "blame others"? Well....he is blaming where it is well-deserved! "Tell your children you are going to redistribute their candy"? These people are total scum – how can anyone even THINK of supporting them – the lies and nastiness of these people is breathtaking!

    October 31, 2012 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  6. recovering republician

    Before you cast your vote for Romney, READ Wikepedia about him. This guy is truly a 250 million dollar asset fella with a lot of skeltons in his closet. A vote for Romney is a vote for CORPORATISM. Simple fact. He has changed his position on just about everything over the last 120 days and " I will Create 12 million jobs" statement with "No comment" on how. Truly tell you who this guy is. 12 million jobs over the next 4 years is 250,000 jobs a month. WAKE UP AMERICA. This guy is owned by Wall Street, Big Oil and the Very, Very Rich.

    October 31, 2012 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  7. gmenfan54

    18 months later and "Mitt the Twit" still hasn't found the right "tone". He's done.

    October 31, 2012 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  8. BifRomney

    wonder when the folk are gonna declare their shock at his pleadin not guilty for this at this plea hearin? Prolly the same folks who bleve that global weatherin is reel. yea thats a good one. Hello, since when are humans responsible for anythin they do? Perecically why I always go armed. It be interesting to know how bush got obama to do this.

    October 31, 2012 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  9. ThinkAgain: All of the GOP's policies are PROVEN FAILURES

    Flippity-flop! "Aiming" for a "right tone"? I guess you have to try extra-hard when you have no core and what you say and "believe" is re-determined on a daily basis by your "handlers." Mittens is soooooo pathetic!

    Obama/Biden 2012 = The only sane choice

    October 31, 2012 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  10. ThinkAgain: All of the GOP's policies are PROVEN FAILURES

    @doug: "Who is Romney? He's our next president."

    Your first sentence is what Mittens asks himself everyday ... your sentence is nothing more than a pipe dream.

    Obama/Biden 2012 = The only sane choice

    October 31, 2012 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  11. ThinkAgain: All of the GOP's policies are PROVEN FAILURES

    @Howard: "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."

    It's cute the way you righties keep trying to blame the Benghazi attack on President Obama – because you've got NOTHING to offer our country.

    Ask yourself this: If all President Obama cared about was scoring political points, then wouldn't it have been much better for him to STOP the Benghazi attack and NO Americans die?!?

    You righties are pathetic in your knee-jerk hatred and inability to see through the lies the GOP and likes of Limbaugh feed you on a daily basis ...

    BTW, President Obama has promised to bring the perpetrators of the terrorist attack in Benghazi to justice. Just ask Osama bin Laden whether he thinks President Obama will make good on that statement.

    Obama/Biden 2012 = The only sane choice

    October 31, 2012 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  12. EJ

    So happy to see people are seeing Smitty for what he is. The guy lies about lying and some people think he is presidential. There is no wonder how Bush was elected – at least the first time. Even people in other countrys are wonderung why this man has any support. Based on the condition the republican party left the country and their radical ideology, they should not be considered for running the country for many years.

    October 31, 2012 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  13. Dan5404

    Mitt is right. You need to practice a good tone when you are doubling down on lies that were proved wrong several times. It doesn't seem to matter to him that much of America knows he is lying about welfare to work; the auto industry; his plan to create 7 trillion in new debt with no real plan to pay for it; caring about poor people and the elderly;
    caring about women and their rghts; cutting loopholes on the rich; and taking multiple positions on nearly every issue for years. His tone, as well as nearly everything about him is fake.

    October 31, 2012 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  14. sharon adams

    I have been keeping up with CNN as well as Fox News and all the major broadcasting companies along with New York Times, Washington Post, etc. during this election cycle. It is extremely disturbing to me that both parties are guilty of dirty politics..what about all of us poor voters and the things that matter to us? We need jobs, lower taxes, healthcare, equal pay and the basic right to be free..I will vote for the candidate that will step outside party politics, desire to find common ground with those who disagree and care about me...a falling middle class woman with a family and responsibities..most of us just want to be secure with a solid future...all I see lately is just politics...where are our heroes when we need them?

    October 31, 2012 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  15. Kwhite

    Tell us more about the 47% and your tax returns Mitt. Perhaps another tour of the world where they coin the name "Mitt the Twitt" – Go back to Bain and make $20K a head for everyone you put out of work.

    October 31, 2012 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  16. Mike

    Let's start a campaign to get the SEC to investigate Romney for perpetuationg known false statements about publically traded companies – Chrysler/Jeep.

    October 31, 2012 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  17. Kristen ray

    It makes me sick at the thought of having sorry Obama for another tem. He will finish destroying our country if he wins. So much corruption. He is absolutely worst president ever and I pray mitt Romney can pull off a win or God help us all. Unfair media coverage and lying and cheating is all Obama camp knows. If people are smart they will vote for the clear and only choice. Mitt Romney

    October 31, 2012 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  18. drp146

    I have absolutely no interest in what Romney has to say on recovery efforts going forward, unless he makes another of his stupid remarks. You are not the president Mr. Romney and you aren't going to be, Just go go away and visit your many millions of dollars. And don't forget, you believe you will become a god someday, so being president is not something someone as exalted as yourself should stoop to.

    October 31, 2012 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  19. street

    Romney better stay away from making this political! N his aides n supporters need to shut the bum up! This is not a time to make this political! Not even jokingly! Time n place for everything! N its not the time for politics when people suffering!

    October 31, 2012 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  20. enuff

    Romney should have taken this path from the beginning. Too little, too late.

    October 31, 2012 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  21. demsrule

    Trying to win an election by lying, cheating and stealing seem to be okay for the GOP base. If that's the case they share the same lack of integrity as their girly-man leader Willard! He's such a girl -and his Eddie Monster lookalike running mate.

    October 31, 2012 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  22. Loathstheright

    Well I am sure if he changes it enough he will hit a huge lie that the conservatives will buy....oh, wait, they believe all of his lies.

    October 31, 2012 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  23. Name onoshe

    Mr Jeb Bush I can't believe you still have the mind to talked down on president Obama for blaming yr brother. It's yr brother that put this great country into these mess, if you don't know before. Get that now mr Jen

    October 31, 2012 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  24. fb22253

    You people are all dumb republican or democrat it doesn't matter, its not like a single one if you has conducted your own study, poll, etc. No you listen to the news and take it all as fact and all of a sudden we have all these experts. Here's a thought? Why don't you all run for president?? Oh wait no you can't because its all about you all only care about #1 and thats yourselves you don't care what policies will help your fellow american, I doesn't matter to you people if it doesn't help you you don't want it and yes this president has made mistakes but so will the next one and the one after that no man is perfect, and to tear a man's character when you don't even know the man (Obama or romeny) is not a reflection of him but of you and this country shame on you all your exactly what's wrong with this country

    October 31, 2012 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  25. robw

    by strike the right tone he means tell more bald faced lies... I have never seen so much outright lying by a candidate. Lie after lie after lie and each one refuted... see GM and JEEP. It doesn't seem to matter though when trying to get the last few willfully ignorant (independent) voters who seem to change minds like they do underwear. These are the folks that get to decide who the next president will be. The ones who cant tell fact from fiction... great!

    October 31, 2012 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
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