Romney drives economic message on bus tour
June 16th, 2012
02:21 PM ET
11 years ago

Romney drives economic message on bus tour

Weatherly, Pennsylvania (CNN) - Mitt Romney shared anecdotes from a meeting with business owners Saturday morning to continue portraying President Barack Obama as out of touch with the American people.

On the second day of his six-state "Every Town Counts" bus tour in Pennsylvania, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee referred to the private meeting he held with business leaders in his remarks, which occurred before he toured Weatherly Casting & Machine Company.

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"And, I must admit, what I heard from talking to them was very different than listening to the president the other day," said Romney, referring to the president's speech in Ohio where the 2012 contenders were both campaigning on Thursday.

"A couple of days ago, he was laying out what he would do to make the economy better and somehow from what I heard from people who actually create jobs is different than a guy who wants to hang onto his job," he said, speaking to hundreds gathered at the alloy foundry.

Like most of his encounters with business owners, the meeting was private but Romney shared a story about an optometrist he met who shared a story that involved Medicaid and an address change form that was 33 pages long.

"This kind of government, regulatory and bureaucratic maze that small businesses encounter in this country is making it harder for them to grow and hire people,” he said.

Romney continued to hammer down on the economy. The White House hopeful alluded to the White House shifting the focus away from the economy by announcing an immigration policy change yesterday.

"I know the president wants to talk about the economy, a little. Not as much as I want to talk about the economy," said Romney. "Last time around as you recall his campaign slogan was hope and change. Now I think he’d like to change it to 'hoping to change the subject.'"

First-term U.S. Congressman Lou Barletta from Pennsylvania, who spoke briefly at the Weatherly campaign stop with another Romney surrogate, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, told Romney after the event that he was going to help him win here in Eastern Pennsylvania.

Romney signaled the challenging road ahead.

"It's going to be a battle. I'd love to get the whole state. We'll see," he said.

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Pennsylvania
soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. Errm

    That's funny, Mitt, b/c ACTUALLY the President has been talking about the economy all along. You are the one who refuses to discuss your failed term in MA!

    June 16, 2012 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  2. joepawlak

    Mitt sounds maybe you have victory but what do think of a governer that wants a bridge that 2million that none can afford whats your ideal on this? and if you get into the white house what other things do plan to do i'am one those that got laid off for no reason! like to get back to work! and no hotdoging like toget read of some of these people that have been there to long thoughts?

    June 16, 2012 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  3. MaryM

    If you want to know what type of leader/president robmey would be, just ask the good people of Massachuetts about their corrupt Governor Mitt

    June 16, 2012 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  4. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Who are you Mr. Romney, what's your plan or is it the Paul Ryan budget plan you signed onto that Americans wouldn't buy because you too believe "Corporations are people" and the Paul Ryan budget plans sells people like commodities on Wall Street to the highest bidder in the World. Mr. Romney is a liar and he and his family have profited off the blood and lives of those who have died for this country while he hides his vast profits in the Cayman Island. I have no respect for this man now that I know who he really is.

    June 16, 2012 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  5. Rupert Murdoch = Josef Goebbels

    The "business-leader-job-creators" are playing the Republicans, including Romney, for fools.

    "If you want us to create more jobs, then we need lower taxes, less regulations, no unions, and bigger government subsidies so we can compete."

    I call BS. The only thing that will make them create jobs is if they can jusify it, because more customers are spending more money. But since the "job creators" are tricking the Republicans into destroying the middle class, there will be fewer and fewer money-spenders.

    June 16, 2012 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  6. Larry L

    What has Romney actually offered as a vision? Cheap gas and no taxes? Since he's changed his position on every subject how could anybody feel confident about anything he says?

    June 16, 2012 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  7. n

    Old slick Romney thinks what he say is relevant and that he still has a real chance. That's the difference between the republican, democrats and independents . . . republicans are part of the collective, one mind assimilation "We Are Borg" resistance is futile empty mind set while the Democrats and independents are individuals who base their decisions on wisdom while discerning real time information, based on facts and projected conditions while taking under consideration the ramification of such actions. Republicans are the blind leading the hopelessly lost to the slaughter.

    June 16, 2012 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |