Romney unveils simplified campaign message
August 2nd, 2012
04:28 PM ET
10 years ago

Romney unveils simplified campaign message

(CNN) - President Barack Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney traded accusations on tax policy Thursday, with both claiming at campaign stops in battleground states that the other's strategies have failed.

Romney used a rally in Golden, Colorado, to unveil a simplified campaign message called for by some Republican strategists, laying out a five-point plan that he said would put the nation back on the correct economic path.


Filed under: 2012 • Colorado • Florida • Mitt Romney • President Obama • Virginia
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  1. GI Joe

    Romney is a lying sock puppet. Don't you see ?

    August 2, 2012 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  2. ThinkAgain

    Hey, all you Obama haters posting here, where's all your praise for reasonable gas prices this summer? I just got back from a 4,000+ mile road trip with the family through the Western and Southwestern states and the average we paid per gallon was $3.57.

    During the summer of 2008, we paid more than $5.00/gallon ... back then, you and Fox and all the GOP talking heads kept yammering on about how President Bush didn't control the price of gas ... when gas went up under President Obama, suddenly he was responsible for gas prices ...

    So, again, where's all the praise for reasonable gas prices?!?

    GOP = A ship of fools

    August 2, 2012 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  3. Tony

    Four and the Door,
    You have as much details about Romney's plan as the Romney campaign. And you have no details whatsoever.

    August 2, 2012 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  4. Four and The Door

    @truth hurts: If President Obama is "clueless about economic matters," then why did his economic policies keep our country from going into a Great Depression, result in 27 straight months of private sector job creation and facilitate the Dow going from 7,000 in 2008 to over 13,000 this year?
    3 million fewer Americans working than when Obama took office is your idea of success? I think it is pathetic.
    And the reason the Dow is up? Interest rates are essentially zero. Stock looks pretty good compared to 1% on a CD. But who is getting hammered with the Obama/ Bernanke artificially low interest rates? Seniors trying to survive retirement. It's wrong that they should have this done to them. It's just another failed policy based on Obamanomics.

    August 2, 2012 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  5. vic , nashville ,tn

    “he said would put the nation back on the correct economic path.” He meant G.W.Bush plan

    August 2, 2012 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  6. cali girl

    Four, Robmey is only in the race for himself and people like him. His supporters: Adleson and his 100 million; Rove and Cheney;Koch Bros; Trump; Freiss. It is not being against the rich. Just stating the facts that they are all rich and these people will all benefit from Robmey if he is president. Don't kid yourself if you think the middle class or the poor will have a chance when Robmey has stated all the programs he wants to ax, lots that help regular Americans. Like Planned Parenthood, Head Start, Medicare and many other benefits that help Americans.

    August 2, 2012 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  7. Myviewis

    I guess it doesn't occur to Justin Ruben that many people making a salary from the Romney's horse would disagree with him and would not want to find themselves unemployed.

    August 2, 2012 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  8. Wake up people

    Who cares Willard! We want to see those taxes !

    OBAMA 2012

    August 2, 2012 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  9. Ronda in Houston,TX

    Here we go again with Romney the Puppet Liar. His problem is "he" has no plan other then to create wealth for the top 2%. He could care less about hard working americans who really pay taxes. Come on Romney the Puppet the american people your TAX RETURNS.

    August 2, 2012 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  10. Lisa P

    truth hurts

    > "They have tried to sell us tax cut fairy dust before," Obama said.

    if it is fairy dust why has he been proposing all sorts of new tax cuts and extending the obama tax cuts? so he's attacking himself and his actions over the last 4 years with this statement. he's clueless, totally clueless. obama gump just has to go.... stupid is as stupid does just doesn't cut it anymore.
    August 2, 2012 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm

    Great! If you're willing to admit that extending the Bush tax cuts - at the insistence of the GOP-controlled House, if you recall - didn't work then we can agree on that, let them expire as intended and move on to some things that *did* work (like the payroll tax holiday and support to state local governments). Mindless opposition to proven successful economic policies - and your insistence on continuing the failed policies of the last decade - gets us nowhere but further downhill. Quit drinking the no taxes ever again for anyone kool-aid!

    August 2, 2012 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  11. 96 Days until Obama gets RE-ELECTED !

    @Four and The Door – 3 million fewer Americans working than when Obama took office is your idea of success? I think it is pathetic. And the reason the Dow is up? Interest rates are essentially zero. Stock looks pretty good compared to 1% on a CD.
    Four – you really ought to quit with the drivel, or feeces (as you commented on anothe topic). There are fewer Americans working than when Obama took office. It would have been a whole lot worse without the stimuls package – which ALL REAL economist (I'm not inlcuding the talking heads on Faux Noise in that lisst BTW) AGREE, sHOULD HAVE BEEN BIGGER !! That might have slowed the decline of 700,000+ jobs a month being lost – part of Dubya's abyssmal Presidency you so conveniently ignore.
    The POTUS does not control the DOW, Interest Rates NOR the price of gas, so take your spoutrage elsewhere pls.

    August 2, 2012 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  12. Sniffit

    Ummmm...What could be more simple than "I have no position on that"?

    August 2, 2012 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  13. dog1

    I was kinda wondering why Romney didn't stop over in Aurora since it's so close to Golden? Maybe an NRA rally!

    August 2, 2012 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  14. rs

    So, Mr. Romney is G.W. Bush-lite. Sorry, we've had 10 years of tax breaks for the very rich. It didn't work AND the country went broke. Look, we can't fix the debt and deficit off of the backs of the poor, middle class and the elderly. To think otherwise is insane (which in fact, most of the GOP seems to be). The only people not hurt in the great Bush crash of 2008 were the rich. If we want our country and our economy back, we need to build the middle class and get money flowing in the economy. We need a President working for the 99%, not Grover Norquist and the Koch brothers.

    August 2, 2012 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  15. Ken

    I am so glad that he made it simple. Only those people who would actually vote for Romney would really need that simplification.

    August 2, 2012 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  16. rs

    Four- You obviously forgot that during the Bush years at best America produces maybe 6 million jobs over 8 years. When you factor in that the Bush crash caused the loss of more than 8 million jobs, Mr. Obam's part in creating 4.2 million jobs over 4 years is actually a better rate than Bush ever achieved. I know, facts hurt, but you really need to remember we all weren't born 3 yeras ago.

    August 2, 2012 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  17. g

    i guess shipping all those manufacturing jobs overseas was not a good idea after all. americans that make money spend money and pay taxes.

    August 2, 2012 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  18. blue19

    I'm not sure how Romney could lay out a plan that is more simple than what he has already said. He rarely gives specifics on what actions he would take, using the fallback line " I won't get into specifics at this time". On occassion when he has talked specifics, he ouright lies and says that's not what he said, even though his speeach is recorded. He's a slithery chameleon that refuses to be tied down. He was for universal health care but doesn't support the Accordable care act. He didn't see why people need to own AK47s but isn't now in favour of gun control, he said funds managed in trust can still be influenced by the trustee but now says he has now control of his investment and the list goes on.

    August 2, 2012 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
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