Romney: ‘There’s a good shot I might become the next president’
October 20th, 2011
10:01 PM ET
9 years ago

Romney: ‘There’s a good shot I might become the next president’

Treynor, Iowa (CNN) – Mitt Romney on Thursday said he has a "good shot" at becoming president.

At an economic roundtable of business leaders in Treynor, Iowa, the candidate began the question-and-answer session by saying: “Your topics are at your choosing. But there’s a good shot I might become the next president of the United States. It’s not a sure thing, but it’s a good shot.”

Romney continued: “And if I am, I will benefit by having heard from you, your thoughts about what we can do better to encourage your enterprise, or enterprise generally, both on a short-term basis and long term.”

His meeting with business leaders was his second stop of the day in Iowa. Earlier, he campaigned in Sioux City. And after the economic roundtable, Romney met with voters at the Chamber of Commerce in Council Bluffs.

Though Romney has done scant campaigning in the Hawkeye State during this political cycle – this was his first visit since August – polls for Iowa have shown him either leading or maintaining a strong showing.

During his appearances, the former Massachusetts governor waded into myriad issues.

For example, in Treynor, Romney sounded familiar criticism of the Obama administration. “I’m concerned that our current leadership in Washington doesn’t have a fundamental understanding of how our economy works,” he said.

The candidate also reiterated his opposition to the president’s $447 billion jobs bill.

“He’s promoting a stimulus bill,” Romney said. “Look, the first one he put in place three years ago didn’t work. I don’t know why we’d vote for another one. Or agree to another one.”

Though Romney blasted the president’s plan - he did speak glowingly about the need to improve the nation's deteriorating infrastructure. Ironically, that is one central component of the president’s jobs bill.

It happened after Romney received a question from a man in the audience who said he spent most of his work life in the highway contracting industry.

“The first stimulus bill, we built a lot of stimulus projects,” the man said. “As you know, they were a flash in the pan. Now we’re back to the way it was before. I guess one problem we have in our industry is not constant funding of that.”

The man then asked Romney: “I just want to know what your views were on infrastructure, maintenance and development?”

“One of the things you have to have for an economy to work is an ample infrastructure,” Romney responded. “And our infrastructure is antiquated."

Romney continued: “I know in my state of Massachusetts, when I came in they told me we had 550 structurally deficient bridges. I said, ‘You gotta be kidding me. Five hundred and fifty structurally deficient bridges?’ And so we doubled our budget to work on our bridges, from $100 million a year to $200 million a year. But we got a lot more to do in this country to bring our infrastructure up to speed. And I’m looking at a series of proposals, to find ways – whether through public/private partnerships, whether through a special series of revenue streams such as tolls and so forth, to be able to make the investment we’ve got to make in our infrastructure.”

The candidate added: “We’ve got to find a way to rebuild our bridges, to rebuild the roads that were built in the 1950s and 1960s under the Eisenhower interstate highway system, and we’re going to have to improve many of our infrastructure projects.”

That language is not far off from language the president has recently used to promote his jobs plan.

For example, on September 22, Obama visited an old bridge spanning Ohio and Kentucky to talk about the nation’s deteriorating infrastructure.

"There's no reason to stand in the way of more jobs," the president said. "Mr. [House Speaker John] Boehner, Mr. [Senate Minority Leader Mitch] McConnell, help us rebuild this bridge. Help us rebuild America. Help us put this country back to work. Pass this jobs bill right away."

At other times, the president also has pushed the need to rebuild the nation’s crumbling infrastructure.

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Filed under: 2012 • Iowa • Jobs • Mitt Romney
soundoff (254 Responses)
  1. Peggy - Tx

    RE: Russ in Md.

    You are just making up numbers ... typical GOPer, lie, lie, repeat the lie and then lie some more. The Rich have been catered to for far too long by this Government to where they have not been paying thier fair share of taxes and have been reaping more then thier fair share in profits, while the middle class, who are the workers, the professionals, the people that drive this economy, are langushing.

    The Middle class is so beat down that the economy is sputterring. Tax brakes for the rich to not create jobs. Tax the rich, build infasturture, kick congress in to action.... stop the game playing .. the American people are not buying the GOP ies anymore.

    No GOPer has a snow-ball-s chance in a hot Texas summer day of winning anything in 2012.

    October 21, 2011 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  2. silmon

    google BAIN CO & Mitts assoc w/them

    October 21, 2011 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  3. PaulC

    If the repugs can keep the economy in crisis until the election he has a shot. Join him in the continued destruction of the middle class.

    October 21, 2011 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  4. Dominican mama 4 Obama


    @The Real Tom Paine......."He does not have a clue as to how real people live"
    Neither does our 'Nobel Peach Prize President (who by the way has launched more missiles than ALL Nobel Peace Prize winners combined) couldn't care less about "how the real people live". So, what's your point.
    Wrong. Who would better know how real people live a man born to wealth part of and defender of the 1%er, or a COMMUNITY ORGANIZER?
    Sometimes you have to FIGHT for peace, and equality. His missile launching was more effective than those launched by the Shrub upon unsuspecting civilians, and an innocent country.

    October 21, 2011 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  5. Rickster

    "President Barack Obama's 11th quarter in office was the worst of his administration, based on his quarterly average job approval ratings. His 41% approval average is down six percentage points from his 10th quarter in office, and is nearly four points below his previous low of 45% during his seventh quarter."
    Yes, I would say it's a certainty that Romney, Cain or whoever wins the republican nomination will be the next President because Obama has been such a monumental failure.

    October 21, 2011 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    Moammar Ghadaffi also has a good shot in the next Libyan elections.

    October 21, 2011 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  7. Jamie from Riverside

    I think he meant that his chance to be President is shot.

    October 21, 2011 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  8. jko

    Count the number of idiots on this thread who have been duped into thinking its all the republicans fault that Obama sucks, those darn obstructionists! Then ask them why Obama couldn't even pass a budget the first TWO years of his administration, when he had a congressional SUPERMAJORITY! Repubs only have 1/3 of governmental control, and have only had that for 10 months idiots. Your leader is a failure, the sooner you wake up to it, the better off we'll be.

    October 21, 2011 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |

    If you're putting money on it:

    At this point in time the odds of a Romney presidency are 1:3.

    Compared to Herman Cain at 1:29

    Still beats Ron Paul 1:68 ...

    October 21, 2011 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  10. Deb

    Obama will beat Pomney in a landslide. You can count on it.

    October 21, 2011 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  11. Retired Army in San Antonio

    There's shot he could become president.....and a BETTER shot that he won't.

    Good luck, loser.

    October 21, 2011 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  12. Liberal Arm of NRA

    Shot. Not.

    October 21, 2011 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  13. normajean @ verizon ,com

    if one had to choose a president from this group of woulld have to be Romney because he is the only one that comes across as a dignified, intellegent man..... the rest of the crowd are baffoons who would look silly trying to speak with the leader of any foreign nation. They are a pack of misfit clowns....not a winner in the bunch!!!

    October 21, 2011 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  14. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Then ask them why Obama couldn't even pass a budget the first TWO years of his administration, when he had a congressional SUPERMAJORITY!"

    (sigh) FILLIBUSTER - look it up. Specifically the 110th Congress.

    October 21, 2011 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  15. Gary

    He's reading too much into these "polls" sampling "1000 Americans" by phone....and we all know the only folks answering random unknown phone calls are over 65.

    October 21, 2011 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  16. Lynda/Minnesota

    @(myself): "Then ask them why Obama couldn't even pass a budget the first TWO years of his administration, when he had a congressional SUPERMAJORITY!"

    (sigh) FILLIBUSTER – look it up. Specifically the 110th Congress.

    My mistake ... should have been the 111th Congress.

    October 21, 2011 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  17. Jo Jo

    Somebody please tell me, who is the real Romney? Does he even know what he stands for? This man changes his views so often, I don't even think he can keep up with his own latest comments. There is a reason why Herman Cain is polling so well. At least he says what he really feels – like it or not. The rest of the bunch (GOP candidates) are programmed robots or better yet, stepford wives – all having the same memory hard drive and spewing out the same exact data. That is why they are slowing fading into the abyss – nothing memorable or unique.

    October 21, 2011 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  18. joelpalmer

    When you start picking the drapes for the oval office, watch out; a lot of us out there don't like phonies; and Mittingsbury is a gold plated four flusher and a consummate liar.

    October 21, 2011 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  19. AC

    Magic Pants, you have a shot, Cain has a shot, Bush Perry has a shot, don't let it get go to your head. Your still a Morman and a non-christian. Your in Iowa, full christian state!

    October 21, 2011 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  20. Tony in Maine

    Hey Gary – I don't answer unknown phone calls, I'm well over 65 and I've been somewhere to the left of liberal before your mother even thought of giving birth to a disrespectful child.

    Mitt Romney is the most likely candidate out of a most unlikely bunch. His nomination will split the South away faster than Cain's would. The thumpers down there won't vote for a Mormon. tey also will have a really hard time voting for a black man. Can you say Whig.

    For all the kids under thirty, that was the party of the right before the Republicans came out of the primordial ooze.

    October 21, 2011 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  21. bleepingdeadalien

    Yeeeah Mitt. Riiight...(guffaw)...and maybe monkeys will fly outta my...

    October 21, 2011 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  22. Dave

    My uncle (who is one of the most educated and wise men I know) knows Mitt personally and says that we could not have a better man for president. I really hope he wins – I will vote for him.

    October 21, 2011 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  23. Buster Bloodvessel

    Dan, you know you can't knock Obama as a 'community organizer' out of one side of your mouth while saying he has no regard for the poor out of the other side. It sounds like you are just making stuff up because you hate the guy. Which is it? Is he a Democrat or does he hate poor people?

    October 21, 2011 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  24. obandon

    Too bad he is such a flip flopper! He is definately the most "Presidential" of the bunch. The entire lot of them is scary to me though, too much for the wealthy and revenge against Obama, never mind what is in our country's best interests!

    October 21, 2011 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  25. If I had a penny for every stupid Republican I'd be rich!

    Hey Willard, hired an illegals lately?

    October 21, 2011 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
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