A Romney presidency: 'Bringing people together' faces reality check
November 3rd, 2012
12:48 PM ET
2 years ago

A Romney presidency: 'Bringing people together' faces reality check

Milwaukee, Wisconsin (CNN) – During the course of his long run for the presidency, Mitt Romney has consistently presented himself to voters as a "turnaround" artist, or as his supporters have taken to calling him recently, a "Mr. Fix-It."

In making his closing argument to voters that he should have that chance to take his government tool belt to Washington, Romney has vowed to "bring people together," to govern as president.

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  1. GI Joe

    If he thinks democrats will follow him any better than they did in Mass., then he is crazy. Legislation got done there because they over-rode his 844 vetoes. He's not a leader, he wants to dictate to us the way he did to corporations.

    NO THANKS.

    November 3, 2012 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  2. Thomas

    If a picture says a thousand words , then that photo says it all .

    I wish the Romney's all the best, and a relaxing retierment in there new California home.

    November 3, 2012 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  3. The Situation

    Yeah, Too Bad this won't be a reality after November 6.

    BTW Repubs: the President is now a 50% approval rate average on RCP!

    HAHAHA!

    November 3, 2012 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  4. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    The only way you will bring people together is to vote against you, Mitt.

    November 3, 2012 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  5. Tony

    Turnaround artist? Mr. Fix-It? Romney could not turn around or fix his campaign. He won one debate because Obama essentially did not show up in the first debate. If Republicans had a better candidate and a moderate platform they could have won. Instead, it is time for Republicans to face reality and plan for 2016.

    November 3, 2012 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  6. luke,az

    Gov. Romney is acting like a fish on dry land. He has flip flopped for the last year. He is NOT trustworthy. President Obama deserves four more years for any of these 3 reasons; saving GM and Chrysler, Obamacare, and bringing justice to Osama bin Laden.

    November 3, 2012 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  7. Nick G

    Seriously, how could Romney even think about "bringing people together" after the dirty campaign he has run. Many of his ads are pure lies (Chrysler, GM, Welfare), he has badmouthed the President, lied repeatedly, changed his opinion on most every policy, and tried to be a Democrat at the end. He's a person with no core. Plus he belongs to a church that bans minorities. Don't forget his 47%. He meant that.

    November 3, 2012 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  8. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Read the review on what a "Romney White House" would look like and it sure isn't going to bring people together, in fact it would be a "Divided White House; one for Mormons and one for the "Others".

    November 3, 2012 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  9. jeffpalmerdemoreel

    Obama and Romney are running for the position of President of the United States of America and NOT CEO of USA, Incorporated. America is MORE than just JOBS. What do people expect? Romney to be handing out jobs on his first day in office along with repealing all the programs he's vowed to cut?

    I'm reminded of the Aesop's fable of "The Tortoise and the Hare" regarding our economy's recovery. SLOW AND STEADY will win the race, NOT fast and reckless.

    The economy IS rebounding, slowly but steadily, thanks to Obama and no thanks to Romney.

    Obama/Biden got my vote and we'll see them in office for another 4 years, which puts a smile on my face! :D

    November 3, 2012 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  10. rs

    EVERYTHING Romney says needs a reality check because nothing the man says is true. He didn't work with Democrats in Massachuesetts- he ran up the state's all-time record on vetos. If Romney/Ryan want to work with the opposition, Ryan especially has had his chance- he chose to stick it out with the TEA Party and pass and promote radical idealogiclly-drive laws in the house- including ending Social Security and Medicare, and all the wacky abortion laws he co-sponsored with Akin.

    No, no, these guys are not bi-partisan, the GOP is not bi-partisan. The GOP is the Taliban-like cancer that will kill the America so many in the middle class struggled to build from the 1950s-1980s.

    Romney is just out to line his pockets. Anyone saying anything else- is lying to you.

    November 3, 2012 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    "Romney has vowed to "bring people together," to govern as president."

    Three more days and Mitt Romney can permanently go back to La Jolla. Enjoy the weather, the new mansion, and the car elevators, Mr. Romney. And, please, please stay out of politics. Ann is concerned for your mental well being. I don't blame her. Half of America is concerned as well.

    November 3, 2012 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  12. Mike from Calgary

    Wasn't it Romney who liked to fire people, who disdained 47% of Americans, who invested in China (Bain), Swiss Banks and Cayman Islands, who avoided or skipped out out serving in Viet Nam by going on a Mormon Mission to France and then lied 4 times about steps to tooks to evade the draft!
    Wasn't it Romney who says he honours his father, but now won't follow his father's transparency about releasing tax returns. Wasn't it Romney who raided pension funds and liquidated companies and fired Americans and sent their factories overseas, amd then paid nominal taxes in the one year he disclosed (what about others?)?
    Health in that is the model for Americans in Massachusetts, he now disparages.
    He attacked Obama relentlessly, but in debate 3 he essentially adopted Obama's policies.
    He attacked FEMA for 18 months, and now wants Obama to do more with a fortiified FEMA.
    He wants to cut the deficit ... by cutting his own and Rupert Murdoch's taxes ... while spending another $2 Trillion on unrequisitioned munitions. And he wants to start new wars in Syria and Iran ... and he castigates Obama administration for talking or using diplomatic channels in international conflicts ... UNTIL he's face to face with Obama in debate 3 .... OR UNTIL HE WAS FACED WITH SERVING HIS COUNTRY IN VIET NAM! ROMNEY HIGHTAILED OFF TO FRANCE RATHER THAN SERVE HIS COUNTRY IN UNIFORM (AND THEN LIED ABOUT IT).

    ROMNEY EVADED SERVING HIS COUNTRY IN VIET NAME AND ROMNEY THEN EVADED CONTRIBUTING OR PAYING HIS FAIR SHARE .... AND HE IS STILL HIDING THOSE TAX RETURNS THAT HIS FATHER GEORGE ROMNEY SAID NEED TO BE PRODUCED

    At least ROMNEY LOOKS GREAT IN THAT CAYMAN ISLAND TAN!.

    Romney is just a shallow man from Glad with a Swiss Watch and a Cayman Island Tan,

    November 3, 2012 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  13. Bill from GA

    The article refers to " What Democrats label "etch-a-sketching" ".

    The term actually originated from romney’s spokesman, Eric Fehrnstrom, last spring , saying:

    “Well, I think you hit a reset button for the fall campaign. Everything changes. It’s almost like an Etch A Sketch. You can kind of shake it up and restart all over again.”

    True Conservatives SHOULD be outraged.

    November 3, 2012 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  14. Mike from Calgary

    Every time I see Romney "standing up for America", I just think about how when it was his time to serve in uniform in Viet Nam, he scurried off to France.
    Ann Romney talks about how Mitt Romney was almost killed, not in Viet Nam or Afghanistan or Iran or Serbia or Germany or Croatia serving his country, not in an American uniform, but when he ran away to France TO AVOID SERVING HIS COUNTRY. HIS ONE TAX RETURN SHOWS THAT HE STILL DOES NOT WANT TO CONTRIBUTE HIS FAIR SHARE.
    NO WONDER HE DISDAINS 47% OF AMERICANS WHO SERVED THEIR COUNTRY AND WHO PAY THEIR FAIR SHARE!

    November 3, 2012 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  15. Donald Ennui

    Every other presidential candidate has released their tax returns from the past 10 years. Romney gives us two years worth and tells us to shove it. He tells his millionaire friends that 47% of the population won't take responsibility for their lives? Is he that detached from the lives of ordinary people? Personally, I've had enough of the super-rich take leading the country. I'll pass on this plutocrat.

    November 3, 2012 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  16. McShannon

    Senators and Congressmen will win on straight ticket voting by Democrats. I never voted a straight ticket until this year when I realized the terrible animosity of the Republican Party and the fact that they would vote only a straight ticket themselves. We must win the presidential election and the rest will fall into place. President Obama supports FEMA in all its capacity and Sandy in that respect put the wind to our backs. Like the cable guy says “Let’s git er done”

    November 3, 2012 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  17. cali girl

    The fly on the wall video keeps coming to mind.
    Those comments were made when he was around his own people, the filthy rich. I have no doubt that all Robmey said was from his heart, the things that him and his friends find truth in.
    So Americans, he believes that 47% of us are moochers and unnecessary. Robmey also said that he has no plans for the economy, he truly believes his persona makes people spend their money.
    The is no guy we want as President.
    And remember he wants to cut Planned Parenthood, Sesame Street, veterans benefits, Head Start programs, free lunch programs, teachers, fire and police, and the poor, middle class, women, young, old, minorities and immigrants.

    November 3, 2012 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  18. fernace

    Obama has steadfastly said he stands for all Americans, no matter nationality, hue of skin, gender, se.xual preference, age or infirmness! Romney want's to cherrypick, who's "worthy"! We already have a President who brings people together! Obama Next Tuesday!!

    November 3, 2012 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  19. Nametodd harrison

    However you look at this, Romney worked better with Dems than Obama has with Repub. Obama has put little to no effort in working with others not in his camp.

    November 3, 2012 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |