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. pkbkr

    Obama/Biden 2012.....Let's get fired up, people! Let's "fire" the R who "likes to fire people!" and makes up lies about what our President has done and is doing! Give credit to Obama!

    June 14, 2012 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  2. Gurgyl

    Blame congress, Bush for the mess. Yes, Pres. Obama did right things this nation needed, here are some of the crucial things, passing HealthCare Reform, yes, this is dire need, Financial Regulation Reform, STOCK ACT, DADt, killing Bin Laden, & others, stopping 20 billion dollar aide to Pakistan, putting sanctions to Iran, Syria etc., ok. He needs to do stricter immigration, too. Blame GOP if you have guts, not Obama. Yes, on OBAMA12.

    June 14, 2012 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  3. 1zb1

    Guess what Mr. Romney, they are the bad guy. In cas you hadn't noticed there was a Bank Bailout.

    June 14, 2012 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  4. Lynda/Minnesota

    Oops. Looks like it's going to be another Romney attacks Obama day on CNN.

    Get back to me when Romney grows up, starts taking this election seriously, and begins to sound like a future President - not just some rich kid acting out for his own amusement.

    The guy is 65 years old after all.

    June 14, 2012 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  5. Regressive

    wRongmney speaking to those he knows best. After all, he knows what it's like to struggle. Didn't he say something about not making much money one year cause he had a few speaking engagements's? I think he made a mere pittance of $375,000. He doesn't worry about the poor, there is a safety net there (one that he will take away when he gets in office). I think wRongmney's experience will allow him as prez to inact policies that will allow businesses to make more money perhaps, but more money for business does not always = more jobs it = accumulating more wealth. Consumers create jobs! That whole job creator bs is just that bs. Don't see it working out for us now. Having said that I do think some government jobs and pay need to be cut we can start with congressional staffers, cut those jobs, we don't that! We need teachers, firefighters and police mitt and we def don't need some wealthy narcissitic prep school bully in the white house. I don,t trust this guy!

    June 14, 2012 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  6. KCRick

    The real issue here is not cutting Federal or state employees but bringing their benefits and pay in-line with private industry. States are going broke over Pension and healthcare obligations to current and retired state workers. It is plan and simple. Why do you think Wisconsin voted for Scott Walker. It is because they sawy the positive results of his actions which, by the way, resulted in teachers retaining their jobs, not losing them!

    June 14, 2012 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  7. mike

    well thats news we know Romneys words are usually lies! In todays economy i will take cheap over lies!

    June 14, 2012 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  8. Gurgyl

    I truly certify that Willard is nonsense to USA.

    June 14, 2012 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  9. mike

    this guy has got to start putting some things on the line we know almost nothing that he will do if he is elected. All we know is how much he hates and blames Obama..thats easy Willard now put your own ideas on the line and tell us how you are going to pay for everything..thats the hard part!

    June 14, 2012 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  10. GI Joe

    Mitt is a liar and he wants private talks to promise his wealthy buddies everything. Mighty transparent of him?

    June 14, 2012 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  11. FLIndpendent

    "If tax cut for the wealthy create jobs, why does unemployment remains over 8%? Also why are they called "job creators", when they have not created jobs? And since the self labeled job creator have record profits why are they laying off workers? Will a Romney supporter please answer these questions. "
    You'll never get any answers to these common sense questions because Romney supporters don't have any common sense. They tow the party line and believe everything fed to them by Faux News. They can't or won't see the forest through the trees. It's funny that they made fun of President Obama in that his supporters thought he could perform magic but they are now believing the same about Romney. Face it folks – this is a global economy and no President is going to change that or get us back to very low employment...there are way too many factors and variables in today's world that effect the economy and also too many people having to work longer thus not allowing the newcomers to enter the workforce. Also, if it wasn't for President Obama's policies we would most likely be in a Depression. One has to look at Europe's unemployment rates which are much higher than ours and realize that we haven't reached double digits and that is a very good thing in my opinion. It's going to rise & fall for a while and Romney isn't going to perform any magic – he will make things worse!!

    June 14, 2012 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  12. Gary Owen 2/7

    Well, Obama disn't destroy the economy and he wasn't asleep at the wheel on 9/11. Who is the cheap talker?

    June 14, 2012 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  13. stew

    I thought he would promise a donkey and four virgin wifes to pull a plow and sow the crops. But oh boy was I ever out of touch.

    June 14, 2012 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  14. Lucky18

    How can you believe anything Romney says? He's full of it!!!

    June 14, 2012 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  15. lolol

    I wonder how angry Republicans are that they just nominated another Kerry.

    June 14, 2012 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  16. sqeptiq

    If Romney and the republicans win this election, it is simply proof that Americans don't care if their government is bought and paid for by a few mega rich men and women.

    June 14, 2012 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  17. Peace

    What I can say to Romney is: Start unpacking your bags. You are not going anywhere.

    June 14, 2012 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  18. Socrates

    Romney is a joke and Obama is in the hands of the Jewish Lobby as the rest of the politicians. From both of them you don't make one.

    June 14, 2012 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  19. Will

    President Obama's words are CHEAP, unlike mine. Heck, I charge people $150,000 to listen to them!

    June 14, 2012 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  20. Thinkergal

    And on day 2 Ann will break the news to him that he didn't actually win the election.

    June 14, 2012 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  21. John

    Let's see – the DJA has gone up about 6,000 points since just after Obama took office. I'd say the private sector is doing pretty well. And who is reaping the benefit? Mostly the fat cats who created the whole mess in the first place. Meanwhile the average family has seen its net worth drop 40% since 2007. So go ahead Mitt, don't ask the people who are making all the money to pay a single dime more. Don't get rid of loop holes in the tax code or subsidies for oil companies. We wouldn't want you to lose all your friends.

    June 14, 2012 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  22. gotowork

    So we should do the following:
    1) Elect Obama...for another 4 years
    2) Keep blaming Bush for everything that is wrong
    3) Praise Obama for what he has done.....some of you keep referring to this...but I do nto know what he has done that was so great
    4) Keep government workers working and getting paid 30-40% then the private sector...sounds real fair if you are a govt worker....
    5) Keep increasing the tax rate on the people who work long days to make a profit and keep their businesses alive....they do not need money...they have no free time...they work long hours....let’s give that money to people who do not work....or let’s give the govt employees a they can make more that is fair.
    6) When things do not change...we can blame Bush again...."well we really did know that it was as bad as it is"......"maybe all those steak dinners that I was expected pay"....
    7) And the liberal elite keep getting more power and control over the people that are getting the government cheese.....


    June 14, 2012 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  23. Bob B

    They should give these dopes $100,000,000 milliom each and 90 days to run their elections. They also should let other parties into the debates, so we can hear other ideas. The two party system doesn't work.

    June 14, 2012 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  24. Joseph Smith

    Romney is a complete liar and has a proven track record of not saying what he really means or believes. Interesting behavior for a Mormon who is supposed to know better. Loser.

    June 14, 2012 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  25. annie s

    Whatta guy! Just like at Bain Capital, he'll lay off workers, cut essential benefits (for citizens), and make sure the rich get richer. Vote Republican so that only the strong survive.

    June 14, 2012 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
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