Romney delivers Republican Party weekly address
November 3rd, 2012
02:46 PM ET
5 years ago

Romney delivers Republican Party weekly address

(CNN) - Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney delivered his party's weekly address on Saturday, outlining his economic platform and case against President Barack Obama with just three days remaining until Tuesday's election.

"The question of this election comes down to this: do you want more of the same or do you want real change?" Romney asked in his remarks. "President Obama promised change, but he could not deliver it. I promise change, and I have a record of achieving it."

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The GOP candidate went on to lay out the major aspects of his economic platform, including "North American energy independence by the year 2020," investments in education, "trade that works for America," a balanced budget within a decade, and "champion our small businesses."

His plan includes five bills and five executive orders in those areas.

He also delved into his business and government background, explaining that while in the private sector, he "helped people turn their dreams into success stories" at several companies, including Stapes, Bright Horizons, and Sports Authority.

Then, as governor of Massachusetts, he "moved past 20 states in job creation – and turned a $3 billion deficit into a $2 billion rainy day fund."

"Whether in public office or at a private business, I didn't ask people what party they belonged to - I asked them what ideas they brought to the table," Romney said. "As governor, I met with leaders of both parties to find common ground. That's what I'll do as president, and I'll start on day one."

In both his address and an op-ed published Saturday in The Wall Street Journal, Romney described a "big" Election Day choice for voters.

His vision for the future "requires a different direction, a change from the course of the past four years," Romney said. "It requires that we put aside the small and the petty, and demand the scale of change that we deserve: real change, big change. I pledge that my presidency will bring about that kind of change-confronting the problems that politicians have avoided for over a decade, revitalizing our competitive economy, modernizing our education system, restoring our founding principles."

Romney noted the impact of Sandy, the superstorm which battered parts of the East Coast this week, killed over 100 in the U.S., and has left millions still without power.

"I'd like to start off by saying that our thoughts and prayers are with those on the East Coast who have been affected by Hurricane Sandy," Romney said. "Americans come together in times of crisis. Our first impulse is to come to the aid of those in need. This time will be no different, and we will help our fellow Americans recover from this tragic storm."

President Barack Obama focused on the storm in his weekly address, speaking to his role in the federal response effort.

Romney campaigned in New Hampshire, Iowa, and Colorado on Saturday.

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soundoff (38 Responses)
  1. The Situation

    Consider this your 1st and last weekly address Mittens. You'll be a footnote in history in 3 days!

    November 3, 2012 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |

    You lied and your campaign has died!

    November 3, 2012 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  3. Leroy

    Whatever happened to the food drive Romney started? Did he fire those folks already?

    November 3, 2012 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  4. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Romney destroyed so many working Americans lives until he can't remember, all for profit and that profit sits in the Cayman Island and Swiss bank accounts, that's why he refuses to show his 2009 tax returns. He's a bald face liar who sits in smoky dark rooms with the rich and tell them he doesn't care about 47% of Americans, they all laugh together and fill his coffers. That's who Mitt Romney is and this isn't a lie. FACT

    November 3, 2012 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |

    When is the press going to tell the truth about the Romney ad that says Chrysler is going to open a Jeep plant in China? The ad is true. It does not say Chrysler is moving jobs to China, it says just exactly what Chrysler is planning to do. Obama is the one who is saying the ad claims Chrysler is moving Jeep jobs to China. Obama is the one telling the lie. The ad does not say that. You only have to do a quick search of Google or Yahoo to verify Chrysler is planning on opening a Jeep plant in China. First article that pops up is from the Detroit news where Chrysler VP Ralph Gilles of Product Design says Chrysler repeatedly has said it has no intention of moving Jeep production to China — merely to add Jeep production there for Chinese buyers. If the Romney ad said Chrysler was moving jobs to China it would be a lie, but the ad does not say that, it says the truth. Where is the press? Does the press care that a company that was bailed out with tax payers money is expanding and creating jobs in China? Millions of Americans do. Where is the press on the truth about this? Protecting and enabling Obama, that's where.

    November 3, 2012 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  6. Mittless is Wittless

    Mitt took a $1.3 billion pork barrel payment to save his olympics ... never has thanked taypayers for helping him out.
    Mitt vetoed 800 bills presented to him as Governor... 744 were overridden.. he did not work "across the aisle" as much as he would have you believe. Growth in his home state was due to democrate legislature, not his policy.. this is why he left with less then 40% approval rating and is trailing by 30 points in his home state today.

    November 3, 2012 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    How do you know Romney is going to lose this election?

    Hint: 24/7 Pro-Romney coverage on CNN.

    In simple terms, it's called trying to boost the losing campaign up before election day. Even FOX News and RedState is starting to ease up on the expectations of a Romney "win" to probably not going to happen.

    November 3, 2012 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  8. I Voted Early In NC

    Shame on you Romney you and your campaign are nothing but a bunch of racists. This morning your campaign workers were in our integrated neighborhood. You came to my door but ignored my African American next door neighbor that was in his yard raking leaves. Guess what you just lost the neighbor's vote because he is an Independent. Of course I told your campaign workers I voted for President Obama.

    November 3, 2012 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  9. bb

    "He moved past 20 states in job creation" as governor of Massachusettes? Romney IS losing this election for him to risk telling such a blatant lie, because most people are aware that Massachusetts came in 47th out of 50th for job creation when he was governor.

    November 3, 2012 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  10. jayross495

    Mr. Romney, stop using sound bites to twist the President's words.The President told the American people that for all the intransigent GOP has done to stop the progress of the middle class, they have a civil opportunity for revenge by VOTING. We love the honesty and decency of the President. Your fake love equals Greed; widening in-equality, disregard for climate change and women's rights and the list goes on! Please tell your followers how you would help them and try honesty for a change!

    November 3, 2012 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  11. BDC

    Obama has got to go. I can't believe he got elected in the first place. All he can do is BS and he is good at that. If we don't get him out the county is in grave danger. Obama is scary and dangerous. He is manipulative and lies on top of lies. DEFEAT OBAMA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 3, 2012 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  12. bb

    Romney's campaign has been built upon a foundation of lies. And, these lies will be his undoing. Which each passing day he is becoming more desperate, grasping at straws, saying and doing whatever it takes to be victorious because he is seeing his chances of making it to the White House slipping from his grasp.

    November 3, 2012 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  13. CNN Supports Romney

    CNN has further illustrated its support of the Romney Campaign as can be seen by the Political Ticker – There is only one story about the President and the rest is in Support of Romney. Koch brothers get to you or the man who committed Treason – Karl Rove! Republicans now have Two FIX Networks!!

    November 3, 2012 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  14. Expat American

    Romney's change? Putting middle class people out of work while he lined his pockets with their livelihoods.

    November 3, 2012 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  15. ted

    The issue Mitt is that when you were the CEO of Bain Capital, you could tell people what to do, when to do it and how to do it. In Washington DC, no president has ever been able to do that because there are 535 people up the road that youo can not tell what to do, you cannot dictate to them squat. You know why? Because they are elected representatives of the people and they are there for them, not you. Obama has been facing Repukelican obstruction, whcih proves my point. Blah Blah Blah, business experience. Not going to work in DC and you know it. So maybe you shoudl just quit now.

    November 3, 2012 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  16. Marry

    Oh, I so hope after Tuesday lying Mitt will never ever say anything in public again! These last weeks have just been too much! He makes me sick!
    Let's go all out get some fresh air and vote for the President!

    November 3, 2012 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  17. Thomas

    His vision for the future "requires a different direction, a change from the course of the past four years back to the prior GW Bush years of prosperity, fairness and holesum ideals .

    Go Romney , we can fix it , we broke it !

    November 3, 2012 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  18. Emma in Baltimore

    Romney's record of change has been pretty clear these past few weeks. He has changed his positions so much, his promise of change is one promise we know he'll keep.

    November 3, 2012 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  19. Lar5

    Yeah! Romney and the tea party want a movement back to the good old days when women were 2nd. class citizens, certain people had to sit in the back of the bus, a ten hour 6 day week was the norm and back alley killer abortions, No regulations, No social security or medicare and No minimum wage. A GOP paradise. The time when rich people gave the poor a turkey for Thanksgiving or Christmas and felt charitable for the rest of then year.

    November 3, 2012 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  20. anonoymous

    Romney trying his best but it wont for Obama.

    November 3, 2012 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  21. Fortinbras

    Persisting partison gridlock must never again be tollerated. A Romney win would justify gridlock as a means to acheiving a desired outcome. Its putting partisan agenda before country and being rewarded for doing so. And thus this tactic would then continue to be considered legitimate for future use, by both parties. Gridlock is no way to solve enormous and numerous issues the country faces. When gridlock ensues, it is due to a lack of wisdom from our elected officials.

    November 3, 2012 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  22. iowa loves me

    i think romney lies so much he starts believing his lies.his state was 47th on job creation.the boston globe wrote he put the states economy in its worst shape.he plans to invest in education but kept firing teachers whilst a governor. this guy is such a joke.if he did so well as MA governor, why is he not contesting the state.tseeeeeew

    November 3, 2012 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  23. CanadaONE

    Good News real change!!!

    Trump to release the money he has in the Cayman Islands – 752 million to help people hit by Sandy

    if – Romeny shows his Mormon underwear to the public

    sounds like a good deal to me

    November 3, 2012 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |

    Is Mitt starting to believe his own lies? He should go back and recheck his record as Governor of Massachusetts. He should also take notice of the fact that the people of Massachusetts are voting accordingly.

    November 3, 2012 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  25. Petra

    Bishop Mit Romney the flip-flopper liar-we can't trust you, please go in a corner and sit down!!

    November 3, 2012 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
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