Back on stump after Sandy, Obama says Romney's 'bet is on cynicism'
November 1st, 2012
01:23 PM ET
2 years ago

Back on stump after Sandy, Obama says Romney's 'bet is on cynicism'

Green Bay, Wisconsin (CNN) – President Obama kicked off the final push towards Election Day with what sounded like a closing argument meant to reassure voters that by voting for him, they know what they're getting.

After four days away from the campaign trail spent overseeing the federal government's response to Hurricane Sandy, the president began his remarks here at Austin Straubel Airport on Thursday morning with a small taste of the nonpartisan tone that has dominated the week. First he thanked one of his introducers, Green Bay Packers safety Charles Woodson, for announcing a $100,000 donation to the American Red Cross.

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"When disaster strikes we see America at its best," the president said. "All the petty differences that consume us in normal times all seem to melt away. There are no Democrats or Republicans during a storm. There are just fellow Americans, leaders of different parties working to fix what's broken. Neighbors helping neighbors cope with tragedy."

But the campaign rhetoric was soon back in full force, as Obama sought to convince Wisconsin voters that while he continues to fight for the change he promised in 2008, his opponent would reverse it. Calling Mitt Romney a talented "salesman," the president said that Romney is trying to "dress up" the policies of the Bush administration and is "offering them up as change."

"He is saying he is the candidate of change," Obama said of Romney. "Well, let me tell you Wisconsin – we know what change looks like and what the governor is offering sure ain't change."

In an attempt to portray Romney as a risky bet for voters looking for something different, Obama reassured the crowd of 2,600 gathered in the Wisconsin cold that he was the real safe choice in this election.

"After four years as president you know me by now," Obama said. "You may not agree with every decision I have made. You may be frustrated at the pace of change, but you know what I believe. You know where I stand. You know I am willing to make tough decisions even when they are not politically convenient, and you know I will fight for you and your families every single day as hard as I know how. You know that."

While his opponents' "bet is on cynicism," the president said, his bet "is on the decency and good sense of the American people because despite all the resistance, despite all the setbacks we have won some great fights."

From here, Obama goes onto to Nevada and Colorado, beginning a whirlwind tour of swing states with at least 17 stops in the final five days before polls close on Tuesday. More than half of those stops will be in states often considered part of the Obama campaign's Midwestern firewall, and more than one third will be in the crucial state of Ohio.


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soundoff (60 Responses)
  1. Shepherdkisses

    If Romney wins he wants to give FEMA to the states. In Sandies case they would need to pony up millions to cover the damage-and we all know most states today are broke. Then Romney would privatize the rest to say, Blackwater. The people would get help but only if they could afford to pay the vampires who would come in to soak people in thier time of need. So if you just lost your lifes savings in the storm you would be out of luck. Sound good? Not to me.

    November 1, 2012 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  2. M-AZ

    Mr. President, I have already voted for you!

    Obama/Biden 2012!

    November 1, 2012 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  3. hannah

    I have already voted for you President Obama. You are the best.

    November 1, 2012 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  4. TheVoice2

    Had congress worked with him and not tried to make him a one-term President (words of Mitch McConnell), America would be in a much better place. If re-elected we are going to see America thrive like the Clinton years.

    Mitt Phony only offered the same policies as W. Bush but on steroids. We are not looking back, we are moving FORWARD!

    November 1, 2012 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  5. Name Independent Thinker

    I have never been Christie lover, always thought he was loud-mouthed and bombastic. But I have to say he has come across as someone who is willing to ask for help, done it with a democratic president, give praise where praise is due and in his own words " to hell with politics, I have people to worry about". Love him or hate, got to give the guy his due, If more people were like him and President Obama, this country maybe in a lot better shape. Partisan politics at its best.

    November 1, 2012 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  6. Bill

    The sooner he is out of office, the better for this country

    November 1, 2012 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  7. Kristine Kirk

    Go Mr President ... I can't wait to go to the polls Tuesday and cast my vote for you!

    November 1, 2012 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  8. incredulous

    I watched the speech. It was good. He touched on every relevant issue and showed true appreciation and concern for ALL of the American people, especially our veterans. He's a good man and a good President. I'm proud to vote for him.

    November 1, 2012 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  9. Mike from Calgary

    Remember when People said John McCain was "ERRATIC" in October 2008.

    Romney has taken "ERRATIC" to a whole new level with his flips and flops on just about every issue. And he wants to be Commander in Chief! Perhaps in a Sasha Baron Cohen Movie, Romney might deserve a role!

    As the voters in Massachusetts told Romney,"WE WON"T GET FOOLED AGAIN!" (CSI Miami Theme by THE WHO).
    Romney has only been elected only once ,,, and was soundly rejected by those who initially supported him for one good reason.

    November 1, 2012 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  10. E0F0G0

    Thanking God that I HAVE to vote for neither! Give me a third party. Declaring independence in IN. We don't have to "Ask for disaster". It's already here.

    November 1, 2012 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  11. phoenix86

    This POTUS is a POS. One and done.

    November 1, 2012 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  12. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    the president said, his bet "is on the decency and good sense of the American people because despite all the resistance, despite all the setbacks we have won some great fights."
    -------------------------------------------------
    We're renewing your contract for FOUR MORE YEARS as you speak Mr. President.
    You can take THAT bet to the bank and cash it.
    Obama 2012! You betcha!!

    November 1, 2012 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  13. Dan5404

    Romney has a five point plan. We know what one is: drill everywhere, give permits for environment and drinking-water killer, fracking, while removing environmental and safety regulations to prevent the Koch Brothers billionaires from being sued because of killing or sickening people with the practice, Oh, we also know another: kill Roe vs. Wade and Planned Parenthood while pretending to be moderate on women's rights.
    The big one, of course is creating 7 trillion in debt by huge tax cuts for the rich, saying you'll remove loopholes for rich people. The only thing is, you won't say which ones, and even if you did remove every loophole, it wouldn't be enough
    The new "Moderate" Mitt doesn't exist, but the Halloween masquerader Mitt does...he treats you to big "change" speeches full of outright lies, then if elected, he tricks you by revealing his true ultra-right, billionaire supporting, Grover Norquist/Tea Party extremism.
    If you believe in another worse economic disaster very soon, Romney is your man..

    November 1, 2012 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  14. truth hurts

    California Gary
    You must be someone that likes living on the edge, huh critical thinking? You like taking big risks, not knowing what you're gonna get from one day to the next?
    ========================================================================================
    ANd with Obama the last 4 years have proven we can count on failure, divisiveness, fingerpointing and excuses. Yes, he is VERY consistent in a very bad way.

    That's the only kind of person that could be supporting Romney at this point. President Obama provides cool, calm, and thoughtful leadership.......just what we need in troubled times such as these.
    =======================================================================================
    Tell it to the families of the 4 dead Americans who died in Libya waiting for help from this incompetent clown. He sure didn't let their life and death struggle interfere with his campaign fund raising in Vegas. Yes, the 3am phone call came and both he and Hillary hung up the phone and people died because of it. Yes, these are very inconvenient truths. But Obama is a colossl failure and his failures are now costing people theirs lives.

    November 1, 2012 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  15. chuck

    Very impressed with Gov, Christie, working for Americans in crisis by coming together with Barack. Romney/Ryan are incapable of reaching across the aisle. Romney is desparate-pathetic with recent fabrications on auto industry. Flip flop like a dying fish. He will SAY AND DO ANYHTING at this point (That is what Walker did in WI). Ryan is busy with BS bogus photo ops...how embarrassing. Pretending to volunteer in a soup kitchen-when the place is empty. BUSTED. Already voted for you Obama.Gods speed.

    November 1, 2012 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  16. Nothing's changed

    After one year of campaigning I still don't know who Mitt Romney is?

    November 1, 2012 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  17. Mete Krop

    Good luck Obama!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 1, 2012 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  18. RightDirection

    158,000 pvt sector jobs added in Oct. Looks like the right direction to me!!! Already voted for POTUS!!!

    November 1, 2012 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  19. kalo

    Apparently Romney's campaign bought 5000 dollars worth of canned goods for photo-ops instead of just donating money.

    November 1, 2012 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  20. js007

    If people are upset that Obama didn't get enough done then they should have thrown out the GOP obstructionists instead of electing tea partiers in 2010. I hope the voters realize that Romney is a slick sales guy who will rip you off to give himself and his rich buddies yet another tax cut. If you care about Medicare, Social Security, education and the deficit then you must NOT vote for Romney – he is Bush on steroids, except even more dishonest.

    November 1, 2012 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  21. Matt

    Well, I am certainly cynical about President Obama's ability to solve our immediate problems. In the last 4 years, he has not demonstrated that he has ANY idea what to do. As Clint Eastwood said, it's time to let him go.

    November 1, 2012 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  22. Cary

    Voting again for you Mr. President! Thank you for being honest and for all your hard work thus far. I hope and pray that Americans have the decency to see clearly through the lies presented by the Romney/Ryan campaign sales pitch!

    Obama/Biden 2012!

    November 1, 2012 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  23. Seth A Drekin

    @truth hurts
    the last 4 years have proven we can count on failure, divisiveness, fingerpointing and excuses
    -----------------------------------------

    The only failure, divisiveness, finger pointing and excuses in the past four years have come from the most Radical Obstructionist political party since the Civil War. That would be these congressional Republicans.

    Every single policy Barack Obama has implemented has had bipartisan support right up until the day they were introduced. Only when they went to congress did Mitch Mcconnell and Eric Cantor call on their extremists to block this nations recovery. Some, like the Health Care mandate, have been Republican ideas for over 20 years.

    November 1, 2012 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  24. jag

    This is the person that the US needs at this time, not someone who positions changes as the sun and the moon replace each other. Seriously, do we want a liar (Romney) in the whitehouse, dealing with foreign leaders, deregulating until our lungs implode, only hanging out with his elite group while the rest of us watch from afar? President Obama gets in there man, and is able to adapt with whomever he meets in a profoundly sincere way. Check out how he stays above the fray (commercials excluded) when dealing with business, like that of Sandy and Gov Christie.

    I've watched Romney over the past year with the hope if he did win he would stand tall as an upright citizen and represent all of the people of the US and man has he failed big time. He even dismissed half the country while appealing to the rich. His presidency would be unnerving.

    November 1, 2012 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  25. Rick an Era Veteran

    5 Days we will hear all the slanderous lies of the past year re slung. The DNC and their lack-wit paid political posters will resort to every dirty trick, and lie they can.
    1.Out of context claims, no problem for the losing side.
    2.No basis in reality lies, no problem for the DNC.
    3.No Vision from the president, No problem for the Democrat ticket.
    4.Re hash of the failed "Hope and Change", no problem for the Obama team.
    5."Forward" to the Sequestration, no problem here folks move along Obama claims.
    4 dead Americans in Libya need a champion

    Nov 6th Vote Romney/Ryan Hope for a better America
    p.s. Demand the truth on Libya 4 American dead on Obama's watch by his decimated Al Qaeda

    November 1, 2012 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
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