Romney confident in Ohio stops
March 3rd, 2012
10:13 PM ET
10 years ago

Romney confident in Ohio stops

Cincinnati (CNN) - Mitt Romney made little news in Ohio on Saturday, a sign that his campaign is confident some good news is on the way on Super Tuesday.

Sensing an upward tick in Ohio momentum, a trend acknowledged both by Romney campaign advisers and Republican insiders here, the former Massachusetts governor largely ignored his rivals at two campaign events and sounded instead like the Republican nominee, hammering President Barack Obama’s management of the economy and the military.

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He said Obama should give Americans more frequent updates about the status of the conflict in Afghanistan, after a woman choked up when describing her daughter’s military service and told Romney she believed there was no clear mission for American service members in that conflict.

“If your daughter is not familiar with the mission that she’s on, how in the world can the commander-in-chief sleep at night knowing that we have soldiers in harm’s way that don't know exactly, precisely, what it is that they’re doing there,” Romney said.

The GOP candidate devoted his Saturday schedule to southwest Ohio, making a stop in Cincinnati after his earlier town hall in Dayton.

Both cities are surrounded by heavily Republican suburbs, where Romney hopes to outperform his rival Rick Santorum, who is expected to do well in the eastern parts of the state near his native Pennsylvania, in Tuesday’s primary.

His rally in Dayton was particularly striking.

Nearly 1,500 supporters jammed into a vast manufacturing facility and rewarded Romney’s jabs at the president with noisy applause. It looked and sounded like a general election rally that might take place in September or October.

Romney was joined at the event by Ohio Sen. Rob Portman and NFL center Nick Mangold, an Ohio State University alumnus who now plays for the New York Jets.

“If I was as big and strong as Nick, this race would already be over,” Romney said to laughter.

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soundoff (26 Responses)
  1. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    Why don't you send your sons to help her out? Oh that's right... you're just another chicken hawk Republican.

    Military operations typically are run under need to know basis. That doesn't include you Mittens. And soldiers don't always know until they get there.

    March 3, 2012 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  2. Gijoe

    ANYTHING would be better than the black satanic muslim barry regime, even the steaming pile of canine excrement in my yard would be better

    March 3, 2012 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  3. packerfans

    Vote for Mitt Romney who can saved America!!

    March 3, 2012 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  4. Wendy

    Willard evades the press but wants more frequent updates from president obama. remember all the adivce palin had for our president too? and when will ann romney be putting her two cents in over at fox noise?

    March 3, 2012 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  5. Luke Brown

    Mitt needs to win somewhere by 50%. More voters have voted for someone else than have voted for the frontrunner.

    March 3, 2012 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  6. Matthew

    Not my vote Romney. The true conservative is getting my vote and that's Rick Santorum. I just wanna be left alone and be free and Rick is my guy!

    March 3, 2012 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  7. Howard

    CHARACTER = When a man, like Mitt Romney, donates his inheritance to charity.

    CORRUPTION = When a man, like obama, uses the power of the state, to confiscate other people's hard earned money, squanders it, and finances loser companies, in exchange for political contributions, in an effort to get himself reelected.

    March 3, 2012 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  8. Thomas

    If your daughter is not familiar with the mission that she’s on, how in the world can the commander-in-chief sleep at night knowing that we have soldiers in harm’s way that don't know exactly, precisely, what it is that they’re doing there,” Romney said.

    Mitt can sleep easy , none of his sons volunteered for military service.
    This is a very harsh lesson. Don't send men and women into military conflict without knowledge of the country they are in conflict with. A lesson the Bush Neocons will never learn. Mitt is a Corporate Neocon.

    March 3, 2012 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  9. TJeff1776

    Methinks Santorum shot himself in the foot when he advocated his belief in combining Church and State. THAT was radical.
    Worse yet, its totally unacceptable. The Protestant world is founded on a COMPLETE seperation. Santorum should have listened to John Kennedy instead of wasting his time "throwing up".

    March 3, 2012 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  10. Dale

    Fellow Republicans DON'T Vote for Romney! He's a traitor who's already stated he wants to double the H1-B visa scam that takes jobs away from highly educated middle-income Americans.

    If you think Obama is bad...Romney is worse! He's sold out the American worker to line his overpaid pockets before and he's looking to do it again for his shyster corporate exec pals. DON'T Vote Romney!

    March 4, 2012 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  11. bucks23

    To all ohioans: the only real conservative alternative to Romney is my main man Newt. We have all got to come out and show our support for the reagan conservative that can stand up in a debate against Barack Obama and get this country back on track!

    March 4, 2012 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  12. BeverlyNC

    Romney should stop telling lies about President Obama's decisions, policies, and the real successes he has delivered for the People. Republicans have done nothing but deliver destruction and intentionally obstruct every effort for jobs, infrastructure, and economic recovery for the nation. They have betrayed the People for sick political games. They are not leaders and not one deserves the honor of being in any seat of power. Enough of their obstruction and ignoring of the pain and struggle of the People. No Republicans in any local, state or national office. This Party of old white men who demean women, the poor, ethnic groups, seniors, and students are not credible to represent the nation. They only represent themselves and the corporations who have bought them. We need real leaders we can trust to uphold their oath to serve not destroy, obstruct progress, and spread hate like we have not seen since the Civil Rights era. Republicans are taking us backwards. No more. All Democrats in 2012.

    March 4, 2012 12:38 am at 12:38 am |
  13. Tired of republican lies

    Then you know what jerk???,,,Let Nick run instead of you!!!! You have some serious issues man...Running for President is not your forte...

    March 4, 2012 12:40 am at 12:40 am |
  14. canuck41

    Congratulations on your dominating victory in Washington State!!! We are behind you all the way and look forward to booting that useless President out of office come November elections. Romney will be the nominee, and then the Commander in Chief, so suck it up folks! YESSSSS

    March 4, 2012 01:37 am at 1:37 am |
  15. bmull

    The fact that Romney's prospects have improved in Ohio has more to do with Santorum sinking than Romney surging. Romney is still incredibly unpopular in Ohio, a state that he must win in November.

    March 4, 2012 05:21 am at 5:21 am |

    McCain 2012 rolls on to walk the plank in November.

    March 4, 2012 05:59 am at 5:59 am |
  17. Leif

    When you place your pet on the roof of your car and drive to Canada, you are overly confident.

    March 4, 2012 06:02 am at 6:02 am |
  18. Wendy

    I hope saint santorum cleans willard's clock if only because willard takes phonyness to a level never before seen in any presidential contender. willard wants to be the "car president" but he is really looking more like the "mom jeans" candidate.

    March 4, 2012 06:07 am at 6:07 am |
  19. babooph

    Republicans should do well in Ohio,like in the south,the women there do as they 're told...

    March 4, 2012 07:16 am at 7:16 am |
  20. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    For Mittens, a day without a gaff is like a day filled with sunshine.

    March 4, 2012 07:19 am at 7:19 am |
  21. Marlee

    I'm sure Romney will do well in Ohio. He should worry about Indiana. Santorum could take it.

    March 4, 2012 07:39 am at 7:39 am |
  22. king

    Hey here comes the bush destructive policies again, the lower taxes which is killing our country's deficit, the cutting of the spenders spending money; giving businesses no choice but to skip to China because of lack of demand, the budget busting wars on Iran, the deregulations of oil companies which would cause OPEC to do what they want with the American people; sucking American economy dry; while OPEC while OPEC nations high fiveeach other as the repubs shout free market.

    March 4, 2012 07:44 am at 7:44 am |
  23. diridi

    This China Job shipper is going to be Front Runner, but does not win, and shall not win...Sells this nation to China....period. nasty idiot.

    March 4, 2012 07:49 am at 7:49 am |
  24. Johnson

    He sure is spending a lot of money and has almost bought the Nomination. However, money can't buy you love. He remains the most unlikable candidate they could find. We would love to see that awful smirk wiped off his polished botoxed face.

    March 4, 2012 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  25. Lucky18

    Romney is a waffling, flip-flopping, core conservative wannabe, from Mass. He's a moderate, always was, always will be. He will say anything to get elected. He was called a "LIar" on the presidential debate stage. A first in presidential politics. Newt said, is was appropriate to call him that!
    He's a Bishop in the LDS Mormon church. He baptised his "dead" father-in-law, an aethiest his entire life, to the mormon religion. If that doesn't freak you out, I don't know what will!

    March 4, 2012 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
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