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. Patriot Awesome

    Myviewis – The Obama is inexperienced line isn't going to work this time (not that it worked the first time).

    Guess who has more experience actually being president? That one time community organizer Obama.

    June 13, 2012 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  2. Investment Advisor

    Hey Natalie...What, I don't count? Now my feelings are hurt! I was laughing all the way to November now I feel like crying!

    June 13, 2012 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  3. BLKMANinAmerica

    WOW....................I guess Romney's words then are totally WORTHLESS and a waste.

    June 13, 2012 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  4. Laverne

    He must be forgetting this thing called CONGRESS!

    June 13, 2012 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  5. dpr

    no mr. romney says americas government and certain taxes FORCES a person to have business and money in other countries. NO greed influences a person to do that. finding ways to avoid paying people fair wages does this.

    June 13, 2012 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |

    There wont ever be a day one for this bum .I just found out this loser runing for president of the USA ,sign the rover nitwitquest pledge to a crook lobbyist. Now how can somebody running for president sign a pledge to a loser lobbyist of any kind and represent the American people ??? Both these losers are going down in flames in Nov. Rover nitwitquest said romney signers it out of his own big mouth on CNN ,lol

    June 13, 2012 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  7. non issue

    uh Phoenix, San Francisco City and County already have a Flex Plan service for every business to provide that to their employees. It was to insure that waiters, dishwashers, maids and the like could be covered. They do not need the ACA since they already enforce the Flex plan. So yes, they can get exceptions that way.

    June 13, 2012 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  8. NVa Native

    We already know what he'll do on day one – start pushing and shoving Americans backward to the GOP swamp of prejudice and bigotry.
    Just read the baseless nonsense in these tee-baggers posting here. "Pelosi got an exemption" – idiot.

    June 13, 2012 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  9. GI Joe

    Grover's puppet has spoken.

    June 14, 2012 08:01 am at 8:01 am |
  10. Stephen

    What I'll do in the first 100 days is hand the keys back over to my rich buddies – the highest bidders – so the full and total fleecing of the American sheeple can continue unabated. Happy days will truly be here again!

    June 14, 2012 08:07 am at 8:07 am |
  11. nurseteacher

    Bahaha, I would take Obama any day with the wonderful results he has attained in spite of the tea party and the just say "no" congress. Yes, he did say that the private sector was doing fine and that was in relation to the public sector. Of course, just a couple of months ago your candidate said the middle class was doing fine and the poor did not need help. How would that rich bully know what was right? He cannot even remember cutting off the hair of a fellow student who just happened to be gay and was held down. I am older than Romney and I remember every cruel thing I said to other people in school and am ashamed of it to this day. I did nothing as cruel as Romney so cannot imagine he cannot remember. He may forget why he was elected and just take care of the top rich people while in office. He might forget that the president is responsible for everyone including the young, elderly, poor, disabled, other cultures, other religious groups,etc. He may think he is only responsible for those who voted for him and the very rich.

    June 14, 2012 08:10 am at 8:10 am |
  12. jcl

    I don't do not believe the USA or the rest of the world could tolerate another term of our Dear Leader continuing to blame Bush.

    June 14, 2012 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  13. escher7

    What can I say. Romney is experienced. At what is the question.

    June 14, 2012 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  14. nilla

    "... and to cut back the number of federal employees through attrition"

    Meanwhile, let's slam Obama for the unemployment numbers. Apparently, people keeping their jobs is not the most important thing.

    June 14, 2012 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  15. The GOP should pack up and leave

    Let's see - the economy is slowly coming back under Obama's administration – good thing.

    People are getting jobs under Obama's administration – good thing.

    Is everyone finding jobs? Not yet, but there's no way Obama can undo the damage the Bush regime did in eight years in just the four years he's been president. There was no way he could snap his fingers and fix things overnight. And a lot of GOPers complaining about the economy now have no right to say anything since they gave Bush a green light to destroy the economy. Now they're paying for their shortsightedness and mistakes but they've thrown the rest of the country down with them.

    So is the private sector doing fine? Fine, no, but It's doing better. It's starting to come back. And the economy coming back is a fine thing to hear especially since we know it's true.

    And let's face it - this isn't the same as McCain saying "the fundamentals of our economy are sound" when we were spiraling toward another Great Depression thanks to his boss Bush. Besides, then, we knew that was a lie, but McCain is a GOPer, and that's what they do.

    June 14, 2012 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  16. AM

    Republicans are such liars. They lie everytime they open their mouths. They caused this bad economy, and now they love it. The worse it gets, the more they love it. If people can't see that then you're blind. I'm a lifelong Republican; my parents were lifelong Republicans. I can see what they're doing. It's so obvious, it's funny really.

    June 14, 2012 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  17. nilla

    "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."

    Did you know that inner city gangs cut down on the number of people on welfare? They also make money through the drug trade, which then trickles down to small businesses in their communities.

    Way to sugar-coat things, Gov. Romney. We know the real story. No one is looking to punish the good guys.

    June 14, 2012 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  18. FedUp

    I don't think Obama's words are "cheap" by any stretch of the imagination. The tapayers are paying for every one of those words, and we are paying too much for what we are getting.

    June 14, 2012 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  19. johnh77

    Returning programs to states, bravo let's have less central government. Less government employees through not replacing those that leave mainly via retirement, bravo. Link government pay to private sector, bravo. Let's hope congress will see the wisdom in this. Let's also push for term limits and an amendment that congress can not pass laws that they do not have to live by and that congress has no special health plan or retirement but are dependent on same programs we all are suppose to depend on such as social security. They will take care of those things they are directly impacted by. NO MORE OBAMA!!

    June 14, 2012 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  20. quinLee

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

    Where is Joe "YOU LIE" Wilson when you need him.

    June 14, 2012 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  21. Don

    Mltt will bet you $10,000 that he's the best candidate! Translation: He is spending $10,000 per vote.

    June 14, 2012 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  22. Mikel Walker

    Do we want someone that will fight for the Middle Class, Seniors, the Poor, 99% and derversity t
    han vote for President Barack Obama. But if we want someone that calls Corporations people, that has shown weak leadership by signing a tax pledge. Someone who wants to destroy the middle class and drive the economy off the cliff with more irresponible tax cuts then vote for Mitt Romney.

    June 14, 2012 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  23. drp146

    We know the Romney/GOP platform. They have made it very clear. It boils down to this: "Just get rich and we will take very good care of you. And we will pay for even more tax cut for the wealthy by cutting help to those among us who need it the most." How very Christian of them.

    June 14, 2012 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  24. jcl

    Obama, three+ years into his term and he continues to blame his predecessor. Who could possibly define this as leadership?

    June 14, 2012 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  25. ST

    Words are cheap Mitt??? and still you are selling them???? Anyone who is thinking will go for someone who is honest and trustworthy and that is Pres. Obama. Who on earth can a marry a person they don't trust?

    June 14, 2012 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
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