May 29th, 2012
08:14 PM ET
10 years ago

Romney makes stop at raucous Vegas rally

Las Vegas (CNN) – Mitt Romney greeted a raucous crowd at a Las Vegas rally Tuesday - only one event in a day when Romney battled Donald Trump for control of the news cycle, met with one of Newt Gingrich's former top backers and was poised to secure the number of delegates necessary to clinch the GOP nomination.

Midway through his day Romney took the stage in the warehouse of a furniture company in Las Vegas. He opened his remarks with a dig at President Barack Obama over some controversial comments about the Sin City.

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"He came into the White House and told people not to bother to go out to Las Vegas for conventions or meetings," Romney told the audience incredulously. "That sure as heck didn't help did it? I'll tell you if I become the next president of the United States I'm going to remind people I've come to Las Vegas, I love it here!"

Obama has been known to use Las Vegas as a scapegoat, as in a 2010 speech when he was speaking at a high school in New Hampshire.

"Responsible families don't do their budgets the way the federal government does," Obama said. "When times are tough, you tighten your belts. You don't go buying a boat when you can barely pay your mortgage. You don't blow a bunch of cash on Vegas when you're trying to save for college. You prioritize. You make tough choices. It's time your government did the same."

Obama also criticized trips to Las Vegas in 2009, when he said companies receiving federal subsidies should not spend lavishly on corporate outings.

"You can't go take that trip to Las Vegas or go down to the Super Bowl on taxpayers' dime," Obama said.

On Tuesday, as real estate mogul Trump was dominating cable airwaves by questioning the validity of Obama's birth certificate, Romney floated the idea of adding another Constitutional requirement for the presidency.

"I was speaking with one of these business owners who owns a couple of restaurants in town," Romney said. "And he said 'You know I'd like to change the Constitution, I'm not sure I can do it,' he said. 'I'd like to have a provision in the Constitution that in addition to the age of the president and the citizenship of the president and the birthplace of the president being set by the Constitution, I'd like it also to say that the president has to spend at least three years working in business before he could become president of the United States.'"

Romney continued: "You see then he or she would understand that the policies they're putting in place have to encourage small business, make it easier for business to grow. They'd understand that if they say something negative about Las Vegas it means that businesses and government agencies aren't going to come here. And that would mean that people who have jobs in hotels will lose those jobs."

In the evening, Romney was slated to wrap up his marathon day with an appearance at a fund-raiser with Trump and his former Republican rival Newt Gingrich.

Romney is also expected to reach the requisite number of delegates to become his party's nominee Tuesday, when primary voters in Texas head to the polls.

Also see:

Romney likely to hit 'magic number' on Tuesday

Texas gears up for Lone Star primary

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Nevada
soundoff (28 Responses)
  1. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Mittens was a failure in the public sector, and his private experience was that of a corporate raider and tax evader. While the GOP reveres questionable behavior, Mittens is a liar who endorsed a stimulus while running against McCain, and now he opposes it? 47th is the new republican number one in job creation for a governor.

    May 29, 2012 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  2. Karm99

    Romney and Trump in Vegas, If I didn't know better I would think Circus Circus was auditioning a new clown act.

    What a crew Romney has put together – Trump, Rubio, Rush, Rove, Nuggent, and, the neo-conservative Republican party, incredulous.

    May 29, 2012 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  3. Killeen

    Mitt – it's one thing to have people cast their vote for you when you do not agree on all isues. That's what the vast majority of voters do! It's a completely different ballgame though to seek and receive the public endorsement from a public figure who is supporting you to a large extent by making false, defamatory statements about your opponent's citizenship. If you don't repudiate Trump's crazy birtherism, then eIther it's because you are morally bankrupt and have no problem with lies/conspiracies, if it means you win a few extra votes in Ohio(!); or, you actually believe the lies/conspiracy, and are as nutty as the Teabaggers & Orange Trump.

    So which one is it? Does your silence mean you have no morals or that you're a crazy loon?

    May 29, 2012 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  4. Grand

    Lying again, eh Romney? Obama talks about not blowing your kid's college tuition on gambling and you claim he said for people not go to Vegas for conventions or meetings? You do realize that we live in an age where everything's recorded, yes?

    May 29, 2012 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  5. Michael Q

    Typical Republican interpretation of a quote taken out of context to advance whatever agenda they are trying to accomplish at that moment. If it doesn't work in an up shoot of their ratings they will alter the line to give another slant to the same issue. Ah, life goes on in the small business minds of America to brand and sell a product.

    May 29, 2012 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  6. Tubby the Tuba Texas

    Romney's too weak to tell Rump Trump to back's my campaign. This candidate is the perfect patsy, or puppet for the Republican Party.

    May 29, 2012 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  7. Grow up already...

    And the problem whit what Obama said is ... what? Are is Mitten advocating going to Vegas and blowing a bunch of money you don't have? Maybe that resonates with the "I'll bet you $10000" crowd, but not with responsible people.

    Omit Mitt!!

    May 29, 2012 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  8. Lunatic's on Parade !

    I noticed they didn't mention the size of the crowd because it was so small ! BTW Mitten's you need material ! Newt was right about Romney and the way he intentionally leaves out facts and how he pick's out part's of a story that suit his agenda ! I can't wait till the debates start and President Obama chews him up !

    May 29, 2012 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  9. Gurgyl

    Bain capital is shame worthy for USA to ship jobs to china. Yes, on Obama 12.

    May 29, 2012 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  10. John Smith

    He sounds really insincere. Something is really off when he talks.

    May 29, 2012 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  11. once upon a horse

    Mitt Romney has shown me a lot since he is not only willing to share the stage with someone who called him a LIAR in public but also with a man that is calling the president a liar as well. All of this to achieve his obession with being POTUS. This man to me has no soul and you vote for him at your own peril.

    May 29, 2012 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  12. Thomas

    It's all about taxes for the 1% !

    If Mitt Romney is elected there will only be first class and Steerage class !

    Romney / Titanic 2012

    May 29, 2012 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  13. Carole

    Just as I would ask that the pastor of my church be educated in scripture by attending an acredited seminary of my denomination; I would also ask that a nominee for president be educated in economics and have business experience to keep the congress in check so as to not financially destroy the U.S.

    May 29, 2012 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  14. ct

    where is your birth certificate mitt or what about your tax returns.

    May 29, 2012 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  15. CRAIG

    Romney thinks he's qualified to be president because he can read a balance sheet. Golly. So can Bernie Madooff.

    May 29, 2012 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  16. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I wonder what Romney was saying when there was a large spending government conference in Las Vegas. Is this the spending he wanted? Somehow I don't think that this was it.

    May 29, 2012 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  17. Rico Alexander

    That's funny. These loons need to get their story straight. Are these the same people lambasting GSA officials for going to Vegas?

    May 29, 2012 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  18. zulu

    Wow!!!! Why don't cnn ever call these republicans out on their down right lies? The president never said not to go to vegas, he was just saying it wouldn't be responsible tp go to vegas if your bills aren't paid.

    May 30, 2012 12:32 am at 12:32 am |
  19. Indy

    Proof that he who can lie the most will be the Republican nominee.

    May 30, 2012 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
  20. Joseph

    If you want another war, vote for Romney. He plans to send our American men and women to fight a war for Israel. War is the Republican big government spending plan. They invoke patriotism and then spend, spend, spend under false pretenses. Romney is a liar that has no soul, and the way he campaigns reveals it. Romney has a hidden agenda that he won't talk about.

    May 30, 2012 12:41 am at 12:41 am |
  21. steven harnack

    You know why he loves it? The Mob built Vegas with Mormon money and construction firms. Don't believe me? Look it up! It seems that these holy rollers love sin when it brings huge profits. Mormonism isis nothing more than a front for a huge corporation and Mitt is their front man.

    May 30, 2012 12:50 am at 12:50 am |
  22. Marry

    Candidate Romney has nothing of substance to say about his vision for the country – he would be fine when “others” control the White House. He stands for the past of the GOP that put the county in the dumps but made his “friends” rich without ever taking responsibility for it. He embraces the party of “NO” and panders to and surrounds himself with all the elements that represent the worst of America as they have shown in the past and continue to this day.

    May 30, 2012 01:23 am at 1:23 am |
  23. chuck weidemann

    I can think of hundreds of people to go to Vegas with....Romney's not on the list. Why he loves it in Vegas ??? It's not the drinking ,gambling or women....what's left?

    May 30, 2012 01:54 am at 1:54 am |
  24. Fred

    Anybody is better than the left wing facist far left guy we have in the white house now...down with the communist democrats !!!! they ruined our country...god bless Scott Walker !!! down with the communist controlled labor unions...they sucked this country dry !!! go Romney !!!!

    May 30, 2012 02:05 am at 2:05 am |
  25. Lando

    The other requirements for a good president is to be a vulture capitalist, a tax evader, a military evader, a bully...Romney met it all in flying colors....

    May 30, 2012 02:22 am at 2:22 am |
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