Romney details 'First 100 Days,' says Obama's 'words are cheap'
June 13th, 2012
03:16 PM ET
10 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. cali girl

    oh yeah, Robmey, good luck with your no real plans plan.

    June 13, 2012 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  2. SafeJourney

    Talk about cheap. Romney would do and say anything to get elected., Romney supports the Ryan budget. Read that budget and see just how much Romney and the repubs care about YOU.
    If you want to know just how good Romney would be as a leader/president, just ask the good people of Massachuetts how Romney did as governor.

    June 13, 2012 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  3. BryanP100

    Obama just doesn't get it, does he? When you force the Insurance Companies to enact policies, that costs them money. They pass those costs on to the consumers. That's why small businesses can't afford to give their employees health insurance, that's the impact.

    Either the guy is a fool or he understands it completely but doesn't want to admit it.

    June 13, 2012 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  4. Blindersoff

    This Romney guy is sickening. If you just listen to his rants, you can hear a lot of begging in between the lies. "I can do this, I will do that, if you just let me play with you guys, I will give you any and every thing you want, just, please, please, please, let me be the next president. Romney will be a weak leader on all fronts.

    June 13, 2012 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  5. J

    Obama's response to that reporter about Obamacare affecting small business just shows his ignorance or willingness to ignore and look the other way as if "no that couldn't be my plan affecting them."

    June 13, 2012 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  6. Bmike

    It's so easy for someone like Mitten the Mister to talk about what he's gonna do the first 100 days of misery if he's elected I pray that doesn't happen! He's just another ring winger being shady..distorting the truth...gotta new name for Romney the bush clone..listen to him speak..sounds a lot like bush minus the texas drawl...Obama 2012

    June 13, 2012 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  7. CBR

    Mr. Romney has lots of things he would do the first 100 days and many of them he could not do by himself. He would like us to believe that a President has unlimited powers which is not the way Washington works. He would push things back to the states which are already financially stressed. He knows full well that the states would not be able to take over these programs. So, rather than cancel them he will allow the states to do that for him.

    Meeting privately with the business roundtable is just a little peak into how this man would run his presidency. It will be on a need to know basis and we definitely would not be on the list. There will be privacy and secrets.

    June 13, 2012 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  8. vic , nashville ,tn

    President Romney will brow more money give to corporation first 100days then he will focus on 2016 easy prediction

    June 13, 2012 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  9. Malory Archer

    Yeah, nice talking points but they just further prove how out of touch and clueless mittens is.

    June 13, 2012 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  10. Four and The Door

    "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."
    Excellent point describing a fundamental difference between the Obama Administration perspective and the path to economic recovery. The recovery will be accomplished by the private sector and because of that, the federal government will thrive again. For instance, when the Bush Tax Cuts were originally implemented, the next 3 years saw the creation of 8 million private sector jobs and an increase of $800 billion in tax revenues. Everyone wins when the private sector is successful. They are not the enemy. The federal government needs private businesses to be successful, now more than ever. This is why America needs Mitt Romney now. Obama is not the guy to figure out how to make the private sector successful.

    June 13, 2012 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  11. Irma in North Carolina

    This guy is simply sickening, please america wake up and see what Mitt would do to the american people, how can any human being would be so dumb to vote for something like this is a disgrace to our country.

    June 13, 2012 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  12. Cody

    "And if you are hiring people and employing people and paying taxes you are the good guys."

    Many large businesses are NOT hiring people, or paying taxes. What will Romney do to punish them?

    Exactly, nothing.

    June 13, 2012 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  13. GL

    Let Mitt keep running his mouth. He is going to get crushed in the debate. Mitt is all talk.

    June 13, 2012 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  14. aalisa31

    I am so sick of people talking about Obamacare.... that company went out of business because it was MISMANAGED..... Obamacare.. or the America Healthcare Act is not enforeable until 2014..... I hear alot of people talking about repeal Obamacare..... but none of them can tell you what and why they want to appeal it. (other than the fact it is a popular right wing slogan)... I do hope that is one of the debate questions....

    June 13, 2012 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  15. bennett hall

    Health care, actually sickness care, is unaffordable regardless of whether it is required by Government mandate or not. In our small business, we are caught between the rock and hard place. I cannot FORCE my employees to purchase the health care INSURANCE, and I cannot get a group plan because the law requires 75% of eligible to be in the plan. Catch 22 at its finest. And the value proposition ( $725/month for a 'disaster plan' for a man (31), his wife (29) and child) is just not something I CAN SELL to him, nor should i HAVE TO sell this plan to him. Therefore, we are ALL uninsured, and none of us can get coverage. BTW – if I could just double the prices on our products, and I could then pay him twice as much, everything would be fine(sic)

    June 13, 2012 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  16. GL

    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.

    If Mitt that's the American people want to only hear Mitt attacks toward the President, then Mitt is stupid as I think he is.

    June 13, 2012 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  17. Darryl

    Romney says all this stuff and he knows once he get in there all thr promises go in the toilet period.He said on TV with his wife and I quote " we DESERVE to be in the White House & It's our turn " Thats pretty Narsasistic ! And he will say and do anything to get a vote. But at the end, even with all the Millions from the Koch Bros & Adelson ect the people of this country will still support the POTUS to win the election.To bad Romney & the republicans have delibertly tried to destroy the economy to make it look bad for people to vote for them. It doesn't work like that.Thoese kind of tatics only work when your in High School & Elementry School.

    June 13, 2012 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  18. BJJSChecter

    Romney with 100 CEO's behind locked doors says it all. I don't think this guy can relate at all to the American people. It's pretty clear whose interest he has.

    June 13, 2012 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  19. Investment Advisor

    My take on the tone of these rants above are that the individual bloggers have one thing in kids on the playgrounds at recess, they were all the last ones picked to play on a team. A lot of pettiness and anger here and most of the blogs are without merit, based on only prejudices. Get a life people!

    June 13, 2012 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  20. Marie MD

    hey, bishop yiu sound just like the idiot fromAK who thought she was going to sit in with congress and pass bills all all that fun thing she knew nothing about.
    First of al, your first 100 days after the election will pebbly see yiu in the Cayman Islands counting your money so you can finally start on that elevator for cars mansion of yours.
    Obamacare has not god into effect so the insurance companies are still milking thenoubkic and blaming him for nothing.
    Of course he gets everything wrong thatbthe Presideng says. He has no plans, no solutions, no ethics, no morals and is a spineless twit. He's just a norquist/rove puppet.

    June 13, 2012 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  21. bob

    How does firing a bunch of federal workers help the economy and reduce unemployment.

    Fix the economy first. The work on the debt.

    As for our corporate "friends", that "friendship" is what caused the last recession where wall street got rich while Americans got raped.

    June 13, 2012 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  22. Helena P

    We have a small business (about 75 people) and we have not seen a negative impact on healthcare, in fact, ours actually went down this past year to our surprise. But premiums for companies also depends on usage and the age demographic of the employees. We believe in the healthcare reform as we've seen an incident where one employee's child would have been without insurance if it weren't for the age provision.

    June 13, 2012 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  23. tee27

    this guy is one of the worst a liars i have ever seen.

    June 13, 2012 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  24. Wake up people

    Of course you will be able to do all you want to Robmey, you won't have the party of No to contend with. You can bring world peace, cure Aids and Cancer and send all of us middle class to the poorhouse. Oh yes Will Mittens Robmey, you're the great white hope!

    OBAMA 2012!

    June 13, 2012 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  25. BryanP100

    aalisa31, the full act isn't in force until 2014, but provisions of it became law immediately and that is already having an impact. Don't believe me, just do some research.

    June 13, 2012 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
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