Romney looks for advantage in North Carolina
May 11th, 2012
05:29 PM ET
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Romney looks for advantage in North Carolina

Charlotte, North Carolina (CNN) – In North Carolina, not far from the site of this summer's Democratic convention, Mitt Romney made an appeal to swing state voters disillusioned with President Barack Obama.

"Right now we're finding people across the country that are experiencing some hard times and I think one of the reasons is because we have a president who's installed some of the old liberal policies from the past, and they didn't work then and they sure as heck aren't working now, and they'll not work in the future," Romney said at the Charlotte Pipe and Foundry Company on Friday.

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The Charlotte visit by the presumptive Republican presidential nominee comes after Tuesday's Democratic primary produced lagging results for the incumbent president. In a memo titled, "Obama's Disaster in North Carolina," the Republican National Committee laid out what they see as potential inroads for the GOP in November.

"On Tuesday, 21 percent (or 199,426 voters) of those who voted in the Democrat primary chose 'no preference' rather than voting for President Obama. This means more than one-fifth of the president's fellow Democrats chose Anyone-But-Obama on their ballots," RNC Political Director Rick Wiley said in the memo. "The president's unlucky number must be 14, since these nearly 200,000 voters are fourteen times greater than the president's own 2008 win margin of 14,000 votes."

Romney appeared to be directing his economic speech toward blue collar workers who may have helped Obama win the red state in 2008.

"One of the other ideas of the past, and you keep hearing the president talk about this, is that we don't have much energy left. He says that we only have 2% of the world's oil reserves, and you listen to him and you think somehow we're running on empty," said Romney, who added the United States is "energy rich" because of new drilling technology.

The businessman and former governor of Massachusetts also pledged to stand up for Right to Work legislation as president.

"I don't think it's fair for people who are working in a union to have money taken out of their pay check and have that money go into a political action committee where they don't get to choose which candidate gets it. Instead the union boss gets to take their money and give it to the person of his or her choice," he said.

Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • North Carolina • President Obama
soundoff (39 Responses)
  1. gg

    whats next mitt put the dog on the roof to get attention

    May 11, 2012 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  2. jesse james. take them to street and shoot them like the dogs they are

    Romney is lier racist bully and a gay basher. Give these people their human rights. Forward. Obama / biden 2012.

    May 11, 2012 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  3. Namejkane fl live from teapublican moon base no taxes, no regulation no health care, free gas.

    Who cares what they do in the redneck hick state of north Caroline, let the Teapubs have it. Maybe someday they will realize that the reason they don't make any money is because they back the important busting republicans at their own exspense and make low wages because of it while there republican croney bosses walk away with all the money ,its your own fault .

    May 11, 2012 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  4. Namejkane fl live from teapublican moon base no taxes, no regulation no health care, free gas.

    Union busting republicans.

    May 11, 2012 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  5. Namejkane fl live from teapublican moon base no taxes, no regulation no health care, free gas.

    Dem landslide coming in Nov ,get onboard the train and throw out the republican bums !!!!!!!

    May 11, 2012 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  6. mcskadittle

    ^^^like i said bigoted hicks

    May 11, 2012 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |

    @Obama 2012 bending forward; Dude you have serious issues with the POTUS, Headline: He will be reelected in NOVEMBER. Your stoopid anger will not change a thing neither here nor there. It is what it is, so if it makes you feel better all over the blogs with your ignorant statements...go for it. Your azz will be crying with the rest of them on election night.

    May 11, 2012 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  8. acajunthatsagun

    The black vote will save Obama's sorry rear end.

    May 11, 2012 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  9. Optimist

    @Bend forward: Do your homework before you respond. The convention is in Charlotte. Charlotte voted against the Amendment that was passed this week. President Obama also won Charlotte in 2008. It is the largest city in NC, well educated with high incomes. We are a diverse city with people living here from states all over our country and other countries. President Obama will win NC. The event today for Romney was open to the public but only 600 people showed up. We are a city of 700,000 plus.

    May 11, 2012 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  10. Jay

    Mitt plans to keep the slave wages going in the right to work states.

    May 11, 2012 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  11. Hammerer

    Will the real obama come on out. Tell the American people what he really stands for, we are ready for the truth.

    May 11, 2012 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  12. Mario

    Mitt Romney reminds me of the Viscous bully on Karate Kid. In school he bullied anybody he didn't' like and his rich daddy bout his way out of trouble. He bullied any body that worked for him and then he FIRED them. What a coward.

    May 11, 2012 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  13. beau

    If you're a mormon:
    You believe in a man named Joseph Smith that declared himself a general against the American Government and then said he would create a Theocratic Monarchy with himself at its head.
    You also believe in a man named Joseph Smith that married a 14 year old girl – even though he already had plural wives – because he told the child's family they would receive instant eternal salvation if they gave her to him (Smith).
    You also believe in becoming a god after this life if you have committed to and followed all of your temple rituals sincerely and without deviance.
    You also believe that anyone that is not a mormon will NOT be allow to be with Jesus Christ or God, no matter how good they are, if they do not accept your gospel (religion) to be the only true church. For example. Mother Teresa will not be in heaven if she does not accept a posthumous baptism in the after life.
    You also believe that you must take on secret temple names, wear garments (underwear) that has secret symbols that are used in secret rituals in the temple as well as a blood oath that began in 1843, but ended in 1990 when there was a general uproar amongst non-mormons that found out about this particular ritual.
    You also believe Blacks and Native Americans were marked with dark skin for being evil in the pre-life or because they just displeased god.
    You believe that once you are a god of your own world, you with your heavenly wife will create spirit children that will then fill the earthly bodies of human on your own particular planet that you rule over...meaning that you are already (in certain terms) better than the God that created this planet.
    You do believe that Lucifer and Jesus were and are brothers. Sign A TRUE Conservative Republican."

    May 11, 2012 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  14. beau

    So the Republicans are going to settle on an east coast, elite, millionaire from an aristocratic family? What is his experience that will make him a successful Conservative President?
    1. He fires people, lays off employees, and outsources jobs while pocketing the pension funds of those same employees.
    2. He is comfortable in an upper class setting. After all, America IS the upper class, isn't it? The little people, like you and I, are not really very important. People of Romney's class and background see us as livestock that can understand English.
    3. He does not care if Americans suffer. He has made lots of them suffer so far in his life. He's made of tough stuff. No weepy compassion will ever cloud his judgment.
    4. He knows how to destroy corporations and sell off their assets. He could use those skills to destroy the federal government, a stated goal of Conservatism
    5. After the Romney Administration is over in 2016 or 2018, Conservatives will say, "Hey, you can't blame us for the disastrous Romney Administration. He wasn't a TRUE Conservative. What we need is a TRUE Conservative like Ron Paul or Newt Gingrich or Rick Santorum … or maybe Senator Palin."

    May 11, 2012 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
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