Is Romney's campaign stalled?
August 10th, 2012
02:16 PM ET
9 years ago

Is Romney's campaign stalled?

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is trying to shift into high gear, but elections experts say his campaign seems to be stuck in second.

With just weeks before the nominating conventions and his national debut before a broader electorate, Romney's struggles to make the case that he is best equipped to pull the nation out of the economic doldrums could derail his quest for the presidency.


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  1. Canuck

    @u laby
    Perhaps you could explain how the left wing media simply rolled over and took it whan George Bush was feeding the United States his WMD lies , surely a liberal leaning media would have questioned what he was doing???

    August 10, 2012 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  2. R H

    You smell burnt toast? George Romney, I mean Mitt Bush. Big oil snuck the last dullard Repub in, Koch Brothers thought they could buy theirs. It's the fool me once, but not twice. What about the no work free welfare checks to big oil and corps that take jobs out of the country. We haven't even started talking about the bank accounts off shore by George Romney. A President that banks off shore, I don't think so. America love it or leave it. But don't marginalize it. Pay your taxes or leave. Romneycare got a nice ring to it. Ring around Mitt Bushs neck.

    August 10, 2012 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  3. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    This is so boring.
    Bring on the freaking debates so that I can see our President go to town on this bought and paid for dilettante.

    Obama 2012. Seriously America.

    August 10, 2012 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  4. Babyboomer

    @ Has Mittens "RETROACTIVELY RETIRED" as the GOVERNOR of MA back to before he signed ROMNEYCARE???

    You are so right. We do have to show at least 3 years of taxes to qualify to get a mortgage. How can we possible accept a person in the White House who refuses to show us at least that much. MITT IS TOAST...

    August 10, 2012 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    It appears the clown car's timing belt has snapped.

    August 10, 2012 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  6. 89 Days until Obama is RE-ELECTED

    @Liam – No they are just in limbo trying to respond to the unprecedented classlessness of our current President.
    Sure they are.. keep telling yourself that all the way back to MA. Nitwit Mitt has yet to produce any concrete plans for anything and as he did during the primaries relied solely on attack ads, conjecture, innuendo, half-truths and flat out misdirection. It's how the GOP operates. If that's your idea of class, then you need to go back to charm school.

    August 10, 2012 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  7. Liam

    Wire Palladin, S. F.

    The choice is between a moderate president Obama, and a liberal conservative weathervane, Romneycare helps fund abortions in MA, there goes the catholic vote. Mittens father was born in Mexico to one of his grandfather's 5 wives, there goes the teavangelical vote. Mittens pays no taxes and has an illegal amount, $100 million, in his IRA, there goes the middle class vote. Mittens has promised to change social security and medicare, so there goes the senior vote. There's more, but you get the point.
    You are way off. First, evangelicals will turn out in massive numbers for Romney partly due to Obama. Romney and Mormonism will not deflect any of the Evangelical vote. Second, we are in America and if you amass large amounts of money in your IRA or elsewhere most of us CAPITALISTS say all power to you. Only liberals and the Obama mafia demonize and hate success. Middle class families, and I came from one want a better life for their children and the opportunity to be wealthy if they so choose.

    August 10, 2012 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  8. glen71

    Stalled??? Did it ever start??? What a joke! OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOObamaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!!!

    August 10, 2012 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  9. R H

    Fox Blues the President of the United States 49% George Romney resident of the three countries he keeps his ill gotten money in. 40% Wahhhhhh Wahhhhhhh. Goodbye Mitt Bush your three bank accounts are calling.

    August 10, 2012 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  10. Lisa P

    Expect to see negative campaigning like you have never seen before after the Republican convention. Because the Republicans have no plan (not one they can admit to, at least) and the have an empty suit for a candidate. Their only option will be to tear down President Obama, which will also mean tearing down America's economic recovery and creating as much fear, uncertainty and division as possible. Because in the Republican book anything is justified as long as you win, and SuperPACs are the perfect tool for avoiding responsibility for destructive campaigning. Hey, do you think if those donors had wanted to pour millions into solving problems and building America they would be anonymously funding a bunch of low-info, highly aggressive conservative propaganda machines? It's win at any price. Caveat emptor, and too bad for the rest of us.

    August 10, 2012 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  11. Canuck

    "Are they ready for the tough questions such as Palin with Katie Couric?"

    Such as 'what newspapers do you read' ??? Hopefully they will be able to handle the pressure....

    August 10, 2012 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  12. deltapa

    We really don't need another Republican president who will end up resigning in disgrace the same way Richard Nixon did.

    Romney agrees with Everything and Nothing.


    “abortion should be safe and legal”
    “I will preserve and protect a woman’s right to choose”
    ”I am pro-life"


    Health care law with personal mandates:
    “If Massachusetts succeeds in implementing it, then that will be a model for the nation. I Like mandates”
    “I will repeal Obamacare."


    Minimum wage:
    “I think the minimum wage ought to keep pace with inflation.”
    “There’s no question raising the minimum wage excessively causes a loss of jobs.”


    Campaign finance limits:
    “I would like to have campaign spending limits.”
    “The American people should be free to advocate for their candidates and their positions without burdensome limitations.”


    Auto industry bailout:
    “I’m going to take burdens off the back of the auto industry.”
    ”Let Detroit go bankrupt. Detroit needs a turnaround, not a check.”


    The bank bailout:
    “The TARP program… was nevertheless necessary to keep banks from collapsing in a cascade of failures.”
    “When government is… bailing out banks… we have every good reason to be alarmed.”


    Gingrich on Romney: Why nominate the 'guy who lost to the guy who lost to Obama?'

    August 10, 2012 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  13. Thomas

    Romney has no vision .

    Mitt Romney / Ann Coulter

    The way we were 2012 .

    August 10, 2012 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  14. John, PA

    LOL stalled, there is plenty of time to define how much worse off the country is, the American people are based on president Obama and the Obama administration.

    August 10, 2012 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  15. Malory Archer

    Is Romney's campaign stalled?

    In a word: Yes.

    Yes it is.

    August 10, 2012 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  16. Mikey

    @Liam – Sorry, but Mitt has given us very little to vote for. His finances are a big question mark and he won't release anything earlier than 2010. He has made international tour and managed to insult people in three different countries. He has made numerous clueless comments, like "I'm unemployed too", "I like to fire people", "I like sport", "I like NASCAR; I know several owners", "Who made these cookies, 7-11", and "Have a [looking at some donuts as if he'd never seen one before] er um one of these things with the frosting". He has changed positions on EVERY important issue of the day, always to match the electorate in the particular situation. He has changed his position of abortion several times, depending on if he was running in Massachusetts, Utah, or for President. He has given us almost no details about any of his policies. He's promised to add 12 million jobs, but didn't say one thing as how (unless you assume that cutting taxes and regulation will magically create jobs – which history doesn't bear out). He has promised to cut taxes $5T over 10 years, increase military spending, protect social security and medicare, AND balance the budget. Not possible. His tax plan (about the only thing he has provided details on) will increase taxes on the vast majority of taxpayers, while giving Mitt a huge tax break.

    He wants us to vote out the President because unempolyment is over 8% and the debt has gone up. Things are getting better, albeit slowly. Mitt is a poor alternative who will likely make things much worse.

    August 10, 2012 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  17. Xman

    Romney's piling on the gaffes alright: About the Sikh Temple shooting: "We obviously have challenges around the country. I was in Chicago earlier today. We had a moment of silence in honor of the people who lost their lives at that sheik temple.”

    What a mo ron. And you should see the even lamer response and excuse by his 1di0t monkey Rick Gorka: "It was the end of the day... [Romney] had been up since 7am". ROFL

    Are these imbeciles for real?

    August 10, 2012 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  18. Lisa P

    Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Bend – In an earlier post you said Walker (WI) did not cut pensions and health benefits. Actually he did. In order to make up for the huge tax cuts to big businesses, some public employees lost pension benefits and health benefits. Check it out. By the way, according to recent articles, Wisconsin had the worst jobs records last month with over 11,000 jobs lost.
    August 10, 2012 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm
    Actually, Walker did exempt police and fire from his draconian anti-labor and anti-union policies. On the other hand, he drastically cut the county and local government funds from which all public sector employees, including police and fire, are paid, as well as limiting the county and local governments' ability to make up for the loss through taxes. So, with a very real budget crunch at that level, and everybody else being cut 8-10%, there has naturally been a huge amount of pressure on the police and fire unions to give back increases and benefits as well.

    With Walker the devil is always in the details.

    August 10, 2012 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  19. Sorensen

    Succes and failure are self-accelerating. Old Romney is heaing for the cement wall faster and faster.

    August 10, 2012 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  20. Kenny K


    Wow, CNN. Not a mention that Harry Reid's source regarding his "no tax" accusation? The source has retracted his statement regarding his source and it doesn’t even get a mention?
    How do you konw the source has retracted his statement when everyone said Mr. Reid has not revealed his source? LOL.

    August 10, 2012 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  21. Bob

    Has anyone NOT noticed how successful Scott Walker (Total Class Act!!!) has been in Wis.? He NEVER cut 1st responder funds, he cut teachers salary's, and pensions and the world witness the power of UNION THUGS, that gathered from across the country to act like ANIMALS in the State house, and guess what? Look at just what happened trying to recall him, I'd say majority of Wisconsonites love the guy, he took them from a several million dollar deficit, to a few million dollar surplus, and that was WITHIN his 1st year of being Gov. All of these elections have been referendum AGAINST NOBAMA!!! The mans done, wow a nine poiunt lead for nobama, tea party guy in Texas was supposedly down 23 points to the Dem, but blew the Dem out of the water!! Remember Chic-fa-la, thats what next election will look like except they will all be out for Romney!!!

    August 10, 2012 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  22. Lynda/Minnesota


    It appears the clown car's timing belt has snapped

    Indeed it has. TeamRomney is e-mailing China for a replacement as I type.

    August 10, 2012 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  23. vic , nashville ,tn

    Ask conservatives they know better, conservatives pundits tired of defending Romney, GOP base still struggling to understand Romney
    Even FOX polls show Obama lead Romney by 9 points

    August 10, 2012 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
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