Romney details 'First 100 Days,' says Obama's 'words are cheap'
June 13th, 2012
03:16 PM ET
11 years ago

Romney details 'First 100 Days,' says Obama's 'words are cheap'

Washington (CNN) - Having already aired advertisements describing what he'd do on "Day 1" in the White House, Mitt Romney explained on Wednesday what he'd do over another 99 days.

The presumptive Republican presidential nominee also used his address to business chiefs to prebut President Barack Obama's economic speech in Ohio on Thursday. Romney will campaign in Ohio the same day.

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"[The president] said, as you know, just a few days ago, that the private sector is doing fine," Romney said. "But the incredulity that came screaming back from the American people has caused him, I think, to re-think that. And I think you're going to see him change course when he speaks tomorrow."

Romney continued: "And where he will acknowledge that it isn't going so well and he'll be asking for four more years...My own view is that he will speak eloquently, but the words are cheap."

Shooting back, Team Obama accused Romney of making a "dishonest claim" about the president's record and "failed to offer any new ideas of his own" on improving the economy.

Lis Smith, a spokeswoman for the Obama campaign, argued Romney would push "budget-busting tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans" and let "Wall Street write its own rules–the same policies that crashed the economy and devastated the middle class in the first place."

"America can't afford Romney economics," she said in a statement.

Romney was the guest of the Business Roundtable's quarterly meeting. The group, an association of CEOs of major corporations, hosted President Obama in March.

Over 100 CEOs attended to hear Romney. Reporters were allowed into the session for the candidate's opening remarks, which lasted roughly 20 minutes. Afterwards, all members of the media were asked to leave so that Romney and the business leaders could privately interact. The Business Roundtable's meetings are typically closed to the press.

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In addition to pre-butting the president's speech, Romney laid out what he'd do in the first 100 days of a Romney administration. Earlier Wednesday, the campaign released a graphic on "How a Romney Presidency Would be Different."

"I will in my first 100 days take action to eliminate government programs, to send a lot of government programs back to states where I limit the rate of growth at inflation, and to cut back the number of federal employees through attrition," Romney said. "And by the way, to link the pay of government workers with the pay that exists in the private sector. And those things save about $500 billion a year by my fourth year in office, if I am lucky enough to be elected, and get us to a balanced budget within eight to 10 years."

Also on Romney's to-do list: approving the controversial Keystone pipeline, slashing non-security discretionary government spending, reducing the number of government regulations and repealing 'Obamacare.'

On that issue, Romney repeated a new line of attack against the president – a slam that's being cited as taking the president's words out of context.

"The other day, when he was asked, 'Do you understand that particular small businesses [are] having a hard time because of Obamacare?' He said he didn't know – he hadn't heard that small businesses were affected by Obamacare, negatively," Romney told the CEOs, referring to the president.

It turns out, that's not exactly what the president said.

During a Tuesday interview with a local television from Iowa, the president was asked about the impact of the nation's health reform law on small businesses.

The interviewer told the president that an Iowa company said it had to close and move jobs to Wisconsin, as a "direct result of the health care reform that you initiated, that Congress passed."

"How do you react to that?" the reporter asked.

The president responded: "That would be kind of hard to explain. Because the only folks that have been impacted in terms of the health care bill are insurance companies who are required to make sure that they're providing preventive care, or they're not dropping your coverage when you get sick. And so, this particular company probably wouldn't have been impacted by that."

Meanwhile, Romney also told the business leaders that the government often treats them as if they're adversaries – instead of friends.

"Government has to be the partner, the friend, the ally, the supporter of enterprise not the enemy," Romney said. "Too often, you find yourself facing a government that looks at you like you are the bad guys. And if you are hiring people and employing people and paying taxes you are the good guys. I want you to do well."

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Filed under: 2012 • Economy • Mitt Romney • President Obama • Washington D.C.
soundoff (231 Responses)
  1. jim

    "But the incredulity that came screaming back from the American people has caused him, I think, to re-think that. And I think you're going to see him change course when he speaks tomorrow."

    A beautiful piece of BS perception creation.

    June 14, 2012 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  2. WhatNow

    Yes, Mr. Romney, words are cheap. You prove this over and over each time you change your mind about all the issues. The scary part of your cheap words is the elimination of government jobs in your first 100 days. Yes, let's put more people on the unemployment role and send those jobs back to the already financially strangled State budgets. If people think education is costly now, just wait until the States cut public education even more. Yes, let's do all we can to boost corporations while stepping on everything the middle class has worked to attain. I hope that your words are like your past statements and are meant to appease your current audience. Certainly, this is not your real plan to reboot our economy and save the middle class.

    June 14, 2012 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  3. Ferret out the BS

    The majority of Government employees make less than their counterparts in the private sector. Security and retirement benefits were always the draw until the congress changed the pension program in the eighties to conform with the private sector. The healthcare reform act was supposed to be patterned after FEHB in many cases but requires a huge group to lower the costs to participants, hence the mandate to participate. Repeal of the law will not provide better benefits to Americans it will take away any chance that the uninsured will ever get healthcare, that children between 21 and 26 will not be covered by their parents plans, and if you have a preexisting condition the insurance company can deny coverage and sickness like cancer can bankrupt you. So please get accurate information instead of listning and promoting fear.

    June 14, 2012 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  4. FLIndpendent

    @Larry – "Yes, Bush did start this mess, but Obama,s failed policies are doing nothing to help, he never says anything new, "
    You see if's people like you that just don't get it. Obama's policies haven't been passed so there is NO WAY of knowing if they will work. We are still running on old Repub policies. Most of what Obama is trying to get done were once bipartisan ideas but since the Party of NO controls Congress, nothing is getting done!! Please open your eyes.

    June 14, 2012 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  5. Ferret out the BS

    meant to say at the end...listening to con artists and promoting fear.

    June 14, 2012 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  6. Dave

    Romney can't repeal Obamacare on his own if elected President. That's something that Congress would have to do. Presidents can't eliminate laws at will. There also isn't a lot of discretionary funding to cut in the government. What neither candidate is wanting to discuss is how they will address Medicare and Social Security. The government can increase revenue without raising taxes if they will eliminate a lot of tax breaks that favor the wealthy. It's rediculous that people can deduct Country Club memberships, yachts, dry cleaning, expensive dinners out, mileage, etc. I am waiting for a candidate to promote a flat tax and eliminate tax breaks.

    June 14, 2012 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
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