November 3rd, 2012
06:23 AM ET
2 years ago

Romney: Vote for country, not revenge

West Chester, Ohio (CNN) - White House hopeful Mitt Romney vowed to deliver real change at a blockbuster rally he headlined with running mate Paul Ryan in battleground Ohio.

The Republican presidential nominee criticized President Barack Obama, who during his own visit to the Buckeye State said voting was the “best revenge.” The Democratic incumbent altered a traditional refrain from his stump speech when he received boos from the audience.

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"No, no, no – don't boo, vote," Obama said Friday in Springfield, Ohio. "Vote. Voting is the best revenge."

That evening, in West Chester, Romney responded, "Our big dreams will not be satisfied by his small agenda that already failed us. Today, did you see what President Obama said today? He asked his supporters to vote for revenge – for revenge. Instead I ask the American people to vote for love of country."

With Election Day four days away, the GOP running mates kicked off what the campaign dubbed a "Real Recovery Road Rally" tour that will include events with the candidates, their wives and 100 surrogates in the final days of the presidential race.

At least 40 of those surrogates appeared at the chilly outdoor rally with Romney and Ryan that drew a massive audience in the Cincinnati suburb– crowd estimates ranged from 18,000 to 30,000 – and included a performance by Kid Rock, who belted out "Born Free" from on top of a piano.

Guests included 2008 GOP presidential nominee Arizona Sen. John McCain; Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida; House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio; and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani who delivered a series of blistering zingers against the president who rallied the crowd with line after line of reasons why Obama should "resign" and faulting him for "incompetence" over the Libya consulate attacks.

The surrogates will fan out across eleven battleground states: Colorado, Ohio, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Wisconsin.

Of the GOP powerhouse Romney said, "They are about to Fan out across the entire nation to make sure we have victory on November 6, and some comic on the team has named us the Romney-Ryan Real Recovery Road Rally – I got it out – that's R6 for short.They're going to make sure we win. Ohio is the center place. We're going to make sure this is the place we take. And we're going to take back the White House."

Jokes aside, a new poll indicates the race for arguably the most important battleground state remains very close. According to a CNN/ORC International survey released Friday, Obama holds a three point advantage over Romney in the contest for Ohio's much fought over 18 electoral votes.

That did not appear to be lost on Romney.

He said, "Your state is the one I'm counting on by the way. This is the one we have to win."

– CNN's Rachel Streitfeld, Ashley Killough, and Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.


Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Ohio • Paul Ryan
soundoff (100 Responses)
  1. Name gmbhadiza

    Godspeed R6. State of Ohio, say no to failure and hopelessness. Say yes to progress and positive change. You deserve Mitt Romney and he deserves your vote. Vote for USA! Vote Mitt Romney!

    November 3, 2012 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  2. GI Joe

    Mitt Romney is not to be trusted. He is the biggest liar I've seen in my 69 years on this earth. (well, my nasty sister may have him beat – but she isn't running for pres.)

    November 3, 2012 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  3. the prophet

    Obama will lose this election, he is not the President the majority of Americans need, he is however a good minority Leader and motivator, but the minority class in this country are exactly that a { minority} and will do what they always did sit on the sofa all day and get fat. Lets be realistic and not i have a dream BS, its the middle class that keeps America strong and creates jobs for all. If you don't agree you are in denial just like the Obama team, am a business man and sales are down because of his policies and the neglect of our infrastructures and services to small business.

    November 3, 2012 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  4. Riley

    I just cast my vote for Romney. It felt so GOOD!

    November 3, 2012 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  5. zhammad

    3 days till Obama gets reelected.BTW, he mentioned while running against McCain that recovery could take 2 terms.After all,W made such a mess that it's a wonder things improved the way they did in the first place,plus republicans kept on blocking programs designed to help this country.Taking back the white house is about the most PARTISAN line i ever heard.Party first is never the solution,country first is!Work together and we will get a better economy,and less foreign intervention means more money for American citizens.Peace.

    November 3, 2012 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  6. Wire Palladin, S. F

    As of today, I have survived $1.9 billion in Mittens' attack ads on our president, and still voted for our president. Right wingnuts want us to return to those Bush policies that gave us a $12 trillion national debt, unfunded wars, unfunded drug programs, tax cuts for the wealthy, jobs outsourcing, tax evasion, off shore accounts, foreign influence, and more wars. Mittens may be white, but he is a sorry excuse for a candidate. He was a failure as governor in MA, wants to roll back women's rights, give $5 trillion more in tax breaks for the wealthy, vouchers for seniors, add $2 trillion for the pentagon they did not ask for.

    November 3, 2012 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  7. Anthony

    Vote for country. We already have a trillion dollar deficit. Romney's 20% tax cuts and increased military spending will cost the Treasury 7 trillion over 10 years. Don't add 700 billion a year to the deficit, by giving rich people like Romney more tax cuts and increasing military spending when we already spend more than the next ten nations combined. When your house is on fire, stop pouring gasoline on it.

    November 3, 2012 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  8. McShannon

    Certainly it’s evident to everyone that any suggestion to improve a constipated bureaucracy by President Obama is unacceptable to Republicans. Yet it’s time to sit down on elected thrones with a winced face of determination and get past this obstruction and flush it where it belongs. Vote a straight Democratic ticket. Let’s get Congress moving again!

    November 3, 2012 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  9. jeff odette

    Romney will be gone soon. Never to be heard from again. Goodbye and good ridance.

    November 3, 2012 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  10. Donkey Party

    Let's all hope and pray there's a special place in Mormon Hell for serial lying Romney. What an absolutely atrocious individual.

    November 3, 2012 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  11. jkane sfl a vote for lady parts romney the tax cheat and lyin lady parts ryan willcut your moms medicare and soc sec . .can you afford to pay for them???

    If we vote for country ,we won't vote for the gop and romney the tax cheat ,the gop has been hurting the country for three years to con the voters by saying obamas at fault when actually the gop blocked all jobs bills ,with Ryan in the lead .

    November 3, 2012 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  12. ema

    Why can't it be both, love and revenge. (Vote Obama ;)

    November 3, 2012 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  13. MaryM

    The revenge will be on you Mitt, for all your lies and flip flopping. bye bye Mitt, Americans never want to hear from your again

    November 3, 2012 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  14. Cindy

    American has a history of being the Land of Opportunity. If you were willing to work hard, you could make a better life for yourself. Many of our ancesters accomplished this with nothing but a willingness to work and create a good future. They did not seek entitlements and hand outs but chose self-actualization and felt good about what they did and what they accomplished.

    Americans want jobs! We cannot afford 4 More years with Obama. We have all heard that definition of Insanity which is Doing the Same thing, and expecting a Different Result. Obama's record over the past 4 years had been disappointing. We cannot afford another 4 with him. Wake up America. Our future is at stake.

    November 3, 2012 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  15. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    Sorry Mitt. If everybody takes your advice, they actually get both! It a heads we win, tails you LOSE argument!

    November 3, 2012 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  16. nina

    yup ohio. vote for the guy who was willing to leave you high & dry with the auto industry....vote for the guy who made his millions off the backs and at the demise of hard working everyday folks....vote for the guy who will privatize social security....vote for the guy who will take away your medical benefits & give back to the insurance companies.....vote for the guy who said he was not going to worry about 47% of the country...vote for the guy who until a month ago was singing a completely different tune.....and when you vote for him....don't complain next year when your jobs gone to china cuz that's where he makes a lot of his money....don't cry when your get sick and have no insurance.....and don't be upset when he makes sure the 1%ers line their pockets while you all wait for it to trickle down.....

    November 3, 2012 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  17. Carlos Lorenzo

    Obama continues to show why Bill Clinton stated so truthfully yesterday that he may be the only person in America more excited about Obama today than 4 years ago.

    November 3, 2012 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  18. RightvsWrong

    Obama is a divider, not a uniter. He does not care about half of the Country. "Vote for revenge"????? Wow!

    November 3, 2012 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  19. The Situation

    Too Bad that the Rethugs like Orange Man Boehner, the Weasel Wimpy Cantor, Lyin Ryan, Bobble Head Bachman and all the others in the Rethugs congress thought the best way to get back at the President was holding the American people hostage by taking an oath that they will not vote for anything that the President put in front of them.

    November 3, 2012 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  20. eveman

    4 year wasn't enough to correct the mess of forma republican president, therefore forward to obama/biden

    November 3, 2012 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  21. just_a_moderate

    Why on earth would Giuliani be a profile in leadership or courage?

    I just don't understand why the Benghazi story is the argument...it hasn't stuck. We're voting in 2 days.

    I'd drop Giuliani and get miles from Boehner/Congress. Stock with things like voting for "love of country" and positive themes. Benghazi is not this year's Swift boat, pivot, go positive, maybe sprinkle in economic policy.

    November 3, 2012 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  22. LesPaul23

    we won't be hearing much from Romney after Tuesday – it's car elevator time.

    November 3, 2012 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  23. Michael Q

    Will the 1% really be successful in defeating the 99%? Will the 1% with all their money be successful in conning the 99% that they have the solution? Will Romney once elected be any better than the Congress elected in 2010 with the lowest current acceptance level in history? Once elected will Romney swing back to the hard conservative right extremist positions that got him through the primaries and forget about all those he conned in believing he was a centralist? You do know that the extreme right wing base has been told to be quiet while Romney cons enough votes to get elected, because it is anything to beat Obama rhetoric, and once elected the GOP can do anything it wants?

    November 3, 2012 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  24. Pete

    Pres.Obama saying vote for revenge is saying look what republicans in both houses have done to the population of America for 4 years.Held us hostage haven't they and cost many of us unneeded pain because their maniacal plan to make this president a one termer at our expense,so if the republicans that say no to jobs,infastructure and other bills to help further Americans,then yes it is a vote of revenge to show republicans we don't want or need them any more period!!Their party of "NO" never helped America just their racist maniacal plans and it did one thing it made Americans mad in being just that republicans,racists and don't deny it because you've acted this way ever since the incumbents inaugeration,quit lying to yourselves,plain and simple!!

    November 3, 2012 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  25. The Situation

    Romney is now stooping to begging for votes. You should of thought about that before you lied to the people of Ohio that Chrysler was shipping Jeep to China and losing Ohio natives jobs! Maybe you should of thought before you wrote, let Detroit go bankrupt and what would of been the impact on all the people, including residents in Ohio would of have.

    Keep begging. Maybe the President will be so kind to invite you to one of his inaugural balls on January 21, 2013!

    November 3, 2012 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
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