Romney takes the fight to Obama
April 18th, 2012
04:57 PM ET
10 years ago

Romney takes the fight to Obama

Charlotte, North Carolina (CNN) – Twenty weeks before and less than a mile away from the site of the Democratic National Convention, Mitt Romney said that this time around, President Obama would not be able to repeat any part of his 2008 convention speech.

As the Bank of America stadium and convention site towered nearby, the presumptive GOP nominee criticized the president Wednesday for falling short on his campaign promises.

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"We're a trusting people, we're a hopeful people, but we're not dumb," Romney said. "It's time that we've learned who Barack Obama is and what he's capable of doing, that he's over his head and he's swimming in the wrong direction."

Romney pointed to an array of economic indicators – unemployment, small business growth, even the country's fiscal future – which he said have suffered under Obama's presidency.

And, though the campaign's elaborate outdoor, made-for-TV photo-op in front of the convention site was forced inside by a rainstorm Wednesday, Romney took a shot at the widely-mocked Greek-style columns that framed Obama during his Denver convention speech in 2008.

"One thing I am convinced that you are not going to see at the Democratic Convention," Romney said. "You are not going to see President Obama standing alongside Greek columns. He is not going to want to remind anybody of Greece."

Meanwhile, a new poll showed Romney's numbers has rebounded after all-but-securing the nomination and he was tied with Obama in a head-to-head matchup. But the former Massachusetts governor still faces an uphill battle against Obama when voters are asked which man is more likeable.

Romney seemed to nod to that likeability gap and promote his own message of economic turnaround.

"Even if you like Barack Obama, we can't afford Barack Obama," he said.

The presidential candidate heads next to Ohio, where he will rebut Obama's Wednesday speech in the crucial swing state.

On a Romney campaign conference call, a press spokesman said the appearances in Charlotte and Cleveland were part of a deliberate strategy.

"We're going to be waging a very vigorous campaign to highlight the clear and sharp contrast between Gov. Romney's understanding of the economy, his pro-jobs policy and this president's failed three years in office," said Ryan Williams.

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soundoff (38 Responses)
  1. cody

    Don't like Romney. Not as a person, just as a candidate. I have been following this thing for a while now and I still do not know about anything Romney wants to do. I am also in no way a Obama supporter, but I don't think he did that horrible of a job as POTUS. What I would love to see is the US give Ron Paul a shot, but that doesn't seem like it is going to happen. Well GOP, seeing as you could not remove head from hind quarters, looks like four more years of the man you demonize.

    April 18, 2012 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  2. Patricia

    Would love to know how many people showed up to this fiasco today.

    April 18, 2012 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  3. PJ/Tx

    "We are........going to highlight the clear and sharp contrast............"
    When might that happen? All we have heard is Ed Gillespie/Karl Rove talking points – bash President Obama.
    Never let them see what you will do – if you do, you will lose.
    When will we hear his plans, or do we have to buy a ticket to a lame fundraiser, behind closed doors, in

    April 18, 2012 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  4. Time for another change

    Obama can't campaign the same way he did in his first election. He was an unknown then, with hardly a record to stand on. What record he did have was pointed out by the GOP, yet people refused to listen. They refused to look at the radicals he kept close to himself, yet people refused to believe it. Now it all seems to make perfect sense. Turns out the GOP has been pretty much spot on about Obama from the beginning. His speeches are all canned now, as are his ideas. Liberals love to say that the Republicans offer nothing different, when in reality, it's the Democrats who have offered no change. The empty promises are just that, empty. Now Obama wants to make the same promises? Really? Yeah, I voted for him the first time. Shame on me. It wont happen again.

    April 18, 2012 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  5. Voltaire

    Still no solutions or vision for America, Mitt. And you entered politics 20 years ago in 1992!

    April 18, 2012 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  6. gay guy

    Romney is wonderful, AMERICA IS BACK

    April 18, 2012 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  7. gg

    maybe the space program could use mitt,because he,s out there way,way out there

    April 18, 2012 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  8. T'sah From Virginia

    Obama 2012 – The Only Trusted Way Forward!!

    April 18, 2012 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  9. Another Day in the RW Idiot Mines

    "Well said! America cannot afford Obama nor his mistakes anymore!!"

    He only made one big mistake. He treated the GOBP as a viable party with which he could negotiate on a bipartisan basis, when in fact the GOBP is an insane cult that worships failed policies based on the rantings of Ayn Rand.

    April 18, 2012 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  10. CBR

    Tell us what you will do. It is not enough to criticize and say you can do better. You have to put your ideas out there. The only problem is that Mr. Romney's ideas do not lead to the changes we should see. The Republican view of cutting social services and social programs is on top of his agenda. How will he then help the people who are forced off the rolls of social service agencies? Where will they obtain medical care and who will pay for it?

    We need answers and we do not need to hear that Mr. Obama is over his head or that he does not understand the needs of business, etc. WE understand all right. Large salaries for those on Wall St., large salaries and bonuses for the CEO's of major businesses. All this instead of putting the money back into the country and getting people back to work.

    April 18, 2012 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  11. GI Joe

    Romney (technically) won't break promises because he's had every view of every possible thing. He's flipped and flopped too much to be trusted. He's hiding who he really is for a reason, and I don't like that.

    Aren't the mormons supposed to be trying to lead (read that dictate to) the USA forever?

    April 18, 2012 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  12. normajean @ verizon ,com

    If anything can cost Romney the presidency at this point it will be his reluctance to speak out against people like Ted Nugent with their nasty comments on women and dangerous violent statements that do not belong in a presidential program .So far Mr. Romney has accepted these disgusting remarks and made no effort to indicate that these thoughts are not acceptable around his campaign!!!!!! This is a big mistake on his part!!!!

    April 18, 2012 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  13. Vanessa

    Vanessa (hispanic)
    What has any republican done for us? Nothing. Now, election cycle they're worried about us, please, spare us. My family used to vote straight republican, never understood why?.. That was then, now, they're voting straight Democratic! Much to my delight! They've seen & heard enough of what the republicans stand for.. & it's certainly not about us, nor about the female population. Hispanics 4 president Obama! Si se puede!

    April 18, 2012 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
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