Romney lays out bleak picture if Obama re-elected
November 7th, 2011
05:59 PM ET
8 years ago

Romney lays out bleak picture if Obama re-elected

Dubuque, Iowa (CNN) - On Monday, Mitt Romney opened what appears to be a new line of attack against President Barack Obama, painting a gloomy picture for the U.S. if the president is re-elected.

During opening remarks at a campaign event in Dubuque, Iowa, the Republican presidential candidate invoked the pain and panic felt by Americans during a historic period of economic calamity.

"When I was a boy, we used to turn to our parents, as a generation, and ask them how they did during the Great Depression," Romney told the crowd. "My guess is, 20, 25 years from now …your kids are going to turn to you and say, 'How did you make it through the Obama Great Recession?' "

"How you answer is going to depend, in part, on what happens about a year from now," Romney said.

Romney warned of high unemployment, low housing values, declining middle-class median incomes and higher costs for gas, food and health care in a second Obama term.

Romney even mentioned the economic situation currently roiling Europe.

"If President Obama is re-elected, you can expect more trillion-dollar deficits and perhaps a very significant risk that America will face the kind of fiscal crisis… that you're seeing in Europe, in Greece and Italy and Spain and so forth," Romney said. "The difference of course would be that there's no one big enough to bail out the United States of America."

Romney continued: "Now the alternative of course is you'd turn on your TV, about a year from now, and instead of seeing the Obama camp celebrating, you'll see something on the TV that says, 'Mitt is it.' "

The candidate painted an optimistic picture for the nation under a Romney administration, saying he would make the U.S. more attractive for entrepreneurs and job growth and pare down the size of government.

Romney did not mention parts of his record as governor that critics have seized on. For example, Democrats - and even fellow Republican presidential candidate Texas Gov. Rick Perry - note that Massachusetts ranked 47th in the nation in job creation during Romney's term.

While Romney received a warm reception from those Iowans in attendance, he was the subject of a scathing newspaper opinion piece from a trio of Iowa conservatives.

In the weekend column in the Des Moines Register, a headline blared: "Conservative Iowans owe it to nation to reject Mitt."

The writers reasoned that Romney's record exposes "his many turn arounds," and noted "American conservatives who remain unenthused, demoralized and depressed about the prospect of a Republican nominee Mitt Romney and even President Romney."

The group has launched a Web site called

Yet despite those claims, Romney remains strong in polls for Iowa and nationally. The latest, from USA Today/Gallup, shows Romney tied with Herman Cain for support among Republican voters. A recent CNN/Time/ORC poll for Iowa showed Romney essentially tied with Cain, 24% to 21%.

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Filed under: 2012 • Iowa • Mitt Romney
soundoff (30 Responses)
  1. RINO Romney

    He knows about Obama's policies as those are the policies he used to govern in Massachusetts.

    November 7, 2011 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  2. hawk

    Mitt. go back and re study history for the last 4 republican presidents. and see what they added to the debt. check out how nixon cost america 20.000 of our troops just so he could win an election. then reagan started all his trickle down crap that the republicans still believe in because it makes more money for the richest 1%. also he made a deal with terrostist in iran to hold the hostages so he could beat carter.then we had old man george we know how that turned out. then along comes g.w. who was never elected president he was appointed and he spent more than all the other presidents put toghether. get your lies straight mitt.

    November 7, 2011 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  3. CaliforniaBC

    LOL!! Oh jeez Romney! You don't have the record to run against Obama. Just imagine, people, what it would have been like if we had a republican in the White House. We'd be recovering from a depression instead of a recession.

    And guess what...? It's NOT the Obama Great WAS the George W Bush/ REPUBLICAN Great Recession and it IS Obama's Recovery.

    November 7, 2011 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  4. Joe

    Is Romney lying or just stupid? The vast majority of our deficit is from Bush's tax cuts and Bush's two wars. The stimulus added debt, but it was temporary and only affects the deficit for a few years.

    November 7, 2011 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  5. Donkey Party

    Well, there is a few things that Willard can claim as his right-wing underpinnings, he's a master of deception and becoming a master of the politics of fear. Mitt has reached yet a new low. A vote for him, or any right-wing candidate, will spell the end of the middle-class.

    November 7, 2011 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  6. seriously???

    To coin the term "Obama Great Recession" shows you have absolutely no integrity whatsoever. What a lying worm. You get elected then inauguration day then it's going to be called the Romney Total Collapse of America.

    November 7, 2011 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  7. Jim in San Mateo

    This country would have other things to look forward to. Lower taxes, but no way to pay them because you don't have a job and worse yet, no assistance to get you past the point of not having a job. When you are lucky enough to land a job, it will be one that pays minimum wage or close to it because that it good for business. Your children, should you be lucky enough to afford them, will have no chance at attaining a better life because Republicans will gut education even more than they do now. People who want an education must be able to pay for it no doubt. The canyon that has developed between the haves and the have nots will start to look like an ocean gone dry.

    In Romney's world, the Golden Rule becomes "Whomever has the Gold, makes the rules". If you don't have the money to buy influence, then suffer you must and suffer you will if Romney should become President.

    November 7, 2011 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  8. Tired of the nonsense

    I'll be very honest with you, mittens - I don't care if you're worried. We had eight years of utter fear under Herr Bush and his regime, and those of us true-blue Americans who were worried were called traitors by the GOP propaganda machine known as Faux News. The ONLY reason you're worried about Obama being in office another four years is that he's already proven what a waste of time and bunch of liars the GOP are, and the GOP's behavior over the last 12 years is further proof of their hatred of America and Americans. A good, intelligent person like Obama in the White House worries you because you know that Americans who fell for Bush's B.S. have had their eyes opened and would never vote for losers like the GOP again.

    November 7, 2011 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  9. Debbie

    Oh Mitt. If you felt that way why didn't you bring this up in 2007 when you ran against Obama? My guess is that the "bleak" picture you paint has been dreamed up by your new puppet masters Cheney and Rove. Is the situation bleak? Maybe, hard to tell with a failed Congress but if it really mattered or was as bleak as you paint the picture you should have made a stand in 2007. Throwing out fear mongering is the Cheney/Rove way...Weapons of Mass Destruction comes to mind.

    November 7, 2011 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  10. J-NW

    I thought Mormons were supposed to be honest. Blaming the U.S. economy on Obama is absolute BS. Anybody who actually is interested in facts can go back to 2008, long before Obama was anywhere near the presidency, and see how the educated economists, say for instance ALAN GREENSPAN, projected an even bleaker economy than we have today. Banking practices created a lot of 'funny money'.. over inflated real estate etc. The 'correction' we are now experiencing is being absorbed more by the middle class than should be for a number of reasons... none of which any FOX News viewer would be interested in much less retain (blinded by ignorance, prejudice). Romney knows this. But he wants so badly to be the big cheese that he will lie, cheat and steal to get there. GOP is pathetic.

    November 7, 2011 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  11. Alex Gessong

    President OIbama is a known factor. Romney is an unknown. Mr. Romney's rhetoric is pointless. He can no more predict the future than a ouija board can. And, like so many political opportunists, he insists on suggesting that the President can control the economy. Capitalist economies are controlled by the forces of the free market, not by national leaders. Booms and busts are an inevitable fact of life in a capitalist economy. Fixing the economy is simple: businesses need to stop firing people and start hiring, and consumers need to buy the goods and services produced by those businesses. Mr. Romney should understand this. The 'x'" factor in this is that as businesses become more efficient, they need fewer workers, so they fire instead of hire. Fired workers are naturally less willing to spend, because they don't know when they be earning steady paychecks again. Consumer demand is reduced, so businesses fire more workers. No politician can fix this. We (consumers and producers) are the only ones who can.

    November 7, 2011 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  12. Indy

    your kids are going to turn to you and say, 'How did you make it through the Obama Great Recession?' "

    Pretty sure we are going to say it was the Bush recession that Obama got us out of that will be the real history, and he did it against all Republicans because the GOP tried every thing they could to prolong the recession but Obama fought hard and the truth finally won. History does not lie so Mitts little pep rally speech will never make it in the history books, but Obama will be on the right side of history. Mitty might make the Guiness book of records for changing his mind more than any politician that ever lived, 6 straight years is enough of Mitt, it will soon be time to tell him once again NO THANKS Mitt go get a job !

    November 7, 2011 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  13. Larry L

    So Romney proposes we elect a representative of the Republican Party, the same folks who got us in to this mess and the same party who've only obstructed progress at every opportunity. Mitt thinks we need less government when lack of regulatory supervision is what caused the banking and housing crisis. We need to protect the "job creators" even though they had the tax breaks when the economy tanked – but still failed to create jobs. They kept the cash and shipped jobs offshore. So Mitt Romney thinks what we need is more of the exact same thing that caused the mess... Great plan...

    November 7, 2011 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  14. logic in LA

    No matter how back it will get under Obama, It wlil be worse for us all under the Republicans currently in the race.

    November 7, 2011 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |

    Americans should jar their memories and harken back to the chaos of the Bush/Cheney years,.. Obama is trying, against all odds, to clean up that mess,.. he deserves 4 more years to complete the job,.. as for Romney,.. he's never been poor or gone hungry for a single day,.. so what does he know about hardship and a bleak outlook.

    November 7, 2011 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  16. sara

    You were part of that picture long before Obama got to Washington, sir. It's so shameful of what you powerful people did, you even disown your own program you touts as sucessful.

    November 7, 2011 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  17. Voice of Reason

    If Obama is re-elected, the GOP will do their best to ensure his failure. It'll be the last 2.5 years of stalemate and NO all over again. Thank you Mr Romney for so accurately pointing out that merely winning the oval office isnt enough – the American people have to take the house back, too. And in this fevered non-cooperation from the right, they might have to increase the lead in the senate to 60 seats as well.

    Since when does a recalcitrant and obstructionist minority get to dictate the terms by which the majority must live?

    November 7, 2011 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  18. Squigman

    And an even bleaker picture, if he's elected. Ask yourself this. Why would he (Romney), want the job? And, do you trailer dwellers that vote republican, really believe he cares for you and yours, when you see pictures of his home and how he lives? Get hep to yourselves. You are being played like cheep band instruments.

    November 7, 2011 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  19. Jill

    Massachusetts ranked 47th in the nation in job creation during Romney's term. And yet he gets up and claims he can turn the US around. He couldn't even turn one state around.

    November 7, 2011 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  20. Jon

    Actually, Mitt, I'm pretty sure we'd have a trillion-dollar deficit no matter who was in charge.

    November 7, 2011 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  21. Russ

    Talk about a scare tactic. The only thing Republicans have in their bag...scare tactics. If 90% of Americans are working how does this even come close to the Great Depression. And as for Europe, Obama had nothing to do with it and really has little he can do to stop it. Same for Mitt if elected. This path may not right itself any time soon no matter who is elected. The problem right now is not Obama it's the Republican obstructionist that has limited the recovery. You're a loser Mitt and always will be. Your money means didley crap.

    November 7, 2011 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  22. Dalfrom CA

    What was TARP about? Was it not the fiscal problems that the Republican president created for 8 years and left for the current President to solve in just 2 years.

    November 7, 2011 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  23. Lenmsith

    Where has the man been? He is clearly out of his element about what is going on in the country. It "ain't" a pretty picture, but President Obama is trying very hard to help move this country forward, and has done OK so far, but the Republicans do not plan to help out ONE BIT.

    November 7, 2011 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  24. usualone

    When one is not in office, it is always easy to say that things will be better under his/her administration. His ego is about the biggest of anyone running - and with his flipping and flopping around - and attacking products similar to what he created, there is no real honesty in this candidate.

    November 7, 2011 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  25. Candy Taylor

    His prediction is off. He is assuming that Republicans will maintain their majority in the house and a filibuster threat in the senate. But the reality is these traitors will be out on their ear in 2012!

    November 7, 2011 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
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