Romney demands accountability
August 31st, 2012
11:43 AM ET
9 years ago

Romney demands accountability

Lakeland, Fla. (CNN) - The morning after the triumphal culmination of the Republican convention, Mitt Romney asked a Florida audience to hold him and his running mate Paul Ryan accountable for their campaign promises once they do the same for President Obama.

"We want to be held accountable for the promises we made last night, and the night before," Romney exhorted the audience again and again at a steamy outdoor rally in Lakeland, Florida, and added of President Obama: "You listened to the last guy running for president, he laid out what he wanted to do, he was unable to do it. It's time to give someone new a chance."

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The GOP nominee was embarking on a stepped-up campaign schedule in the days following his party's nominating convention. Romney's campaign announced a surprise visit to Louisiana Friday afternoon, where the nominee planned to survey damage from Hurricane Isaac with the state's governor, before flying on to Ohio that night.

Ryan was headed to Virginia for a Friday afternoon rally, where Romney had also been slated to speak before the Louisiana trip was announced.

In Lakeland, both Romney and Ryan re-lived the pomp, circumstance, and personal touches that helped define the carefully-choreographed gathering of party officials and delegates in Tampa this week.

"Last night you got to know me a little better with some friends that talked about my life, the things that have been part of my life in the past," Romney said of the parade of church officials, business leaders and Massachusetts leaders who spoke about him on-stage Thursday night. "I was embarrassed from time to time with the nice things that were said. Some people were overly generous but I appreciated it."

Ryan, standing beside his wife Janna, chimed in with his approval of Romney's speech.

"This country needs leadership and you know what we saw last night?" he asked. "We saw a man introduce himself to them, he brought us into his family. We saw a man of faith, of integrity, of achievement."

After giving their prime time convention speeches, both men faced criticism for repeating claims that have been debunked by independent fact-checkers.

Friday, Ryan stayed on the broad theme of Obama's "laundry list of broken promises" from his convention speech earlier in the week.

"The unemployment here in Florida is 8.8 percent. Foreclosures, houses under water, the highest poverty rates in a generation. Half of all the college graduates are either unemployed or are not working in a field that they studied for. College graduates do not spend their 20s in their childhood bedrooms looking up at fading Obama posters wondering when they can move on and get on with their lives," he said at the outdoor rally.

The vice presidential hopeful did not however mention the story about Obama and the GM plant closing in Janesville that the campaign and Ryan himself spent the following day defending and clarifying.

Filed under: 2012 • Florida • Mitt Romney • Paul Ryan
soundoff (51 Responses)
  1. rs

    He's firing Ryan Already!!!???

    Yeah, I thought not.

    August 31, 2012 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  2. Jim

    And yet he won't show us his tax returns and his VP running mate twists even the text of Standard & Poor's very clearly written reasoning behind the credit rating drop. Two very frightening people. I've voted Republican for the last fifty years, but I can't bring myself to vote for these two.

    August 31, 2012 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  3. Rudy NYC

    The only promise I remember is that they want to defeat Pres. Obama. Did I miss something?

    August 31, 2012 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  4. truth hurts

    Yeah, inexperience and incompetence has been delivered by Obama. No Hope & Change as promised. The country has barely survived 4 years of Obama. Another 4 years of this nightmare and we are toast. Time for some competent leadership in the WHitehouse. Romney/Ryan – The ONLY ones with SOLUTIONS.

    August 31, 2012 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  5. California Gary

    Oh sure Mitt.......and if we give you a chance, 4 years from now we'll be talking about all of the broken promises you made. And you made some doozies.

    August 31, 2012 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  6. CBR

    Mr Romney demands accountability but he has never demanded that from those in Washington who have not been held accountable namely, the Republican leadership in the House and Senate, the Congressmen and women of both parties who brought their own agendas and refused to collaborate or compromise.

    Sen. McConnell made it very clear on January 20, 2009 that he would do nothing to help this administration to succeed. Speaker Boehner did not disagree. Not one speaker admitted that Congress must share the blame because they did not do the work they were sent to Washington to accomplish. They did not respect each other or those who work in the Administration. Not one can hold a candle to speakers and majority leaders in the past who found common ground so that legislation could go forward. It is widely accepted that Speaker Tip O'Neill and Ronald Reagan clearly understood the role each needed to play for the administration to be successful. The egos of too many got in the way and will continue to get in the way if we do not hold them accountable and elect folks who will work for the country and not just for the party.

    August 31, 2012 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  7. Vic of New York

    Gee Mr Romney..... We'd like to hold you accountable for income tax evasion. When can we see your income tax filings for the past 10 years?

    Did you take a TAX AMNESTY before the IRS indicted you for tax evasion? Is that why you refuse to show us your tax return. That would not look too good for your Presidential campaign, would it? So let's have REAL ACCOUNTABILITY – show us your income taxes ! ! !

    August 31, 2012 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  8. v4865

    Listen up mit ..starting NOW YOUR TAX RETURNS. HOW ABOUT THAT FOR STARTUP ..

    August 31, 2012 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  9. Yonni

    We didn't anything about your plan there is nothing to hold you accountable for except the 12 million jobs you promised that will happen regardless of you because this was forecasted by economist. You know you cannot be trust worthy for what you said yesterday or an hour ago from our experience how we can trust you for a year from now that will be lond time?

    August 31, 2012 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  10. hjlutrds


    August 31, 2012 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  11. cali girl

    I guess that will be a tough sell. Sheriff of Nothingham and his sidekick Eddie Munster have neither confirmed nor denied any plans that are concrete.
    Ryan's speech was filled with lies, and yet Robmey's team said there was nothing wrong. Yet Jeb Bush came out and said Ryan's statements were completely misleading.
    So far they are not holding onto their promise to be held accountable.

    August 31, 2012 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  12. American People

    The American People demand accountability!! Show us your past 20 years worth of tax returns!!!!!!!!!!

    August 31, 2012 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  13. JPNAmerican

    A part of me would like Romney to win but at the same time have the Senate remain with the Democrats so when they block EVERYTHING he tries to do. We can quote him saying hes accountable for not making good on his campaign promises.

    August 31, 2012 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  14. Thomas

    Shouldn't that start with his campaign ?

    August 31, 2012 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  15. The Other Dale

    Accountability ... only after I win and you've forgotten.

    August 31, 2012 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  16. Khaleeshi

    Romney demands accountability – too funny. He won't even be accountable for his own taxes, his offshoring jobs at Bain, pretty much his stand on anything. The American people demand accountability too Willard.

    August 31, 2012 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  17. linda

    The only reason Obama didnt get eveything doen that he wanted to was because of the DO NOTHING REPUBLICANS that put up stone walls, blockaded eveything he tried to do to get this contry back on it's feet and trying to run this President down every chance they could.....just stop and many of us in America would have jobs or still be in their homes if the GOP would have put their hearts into THEIR jobs that we voted them into office to do....if you think they are going to be able to make jobs just come back because they say so, or put you back in a home of your own.....dont hold your breath. It will be another administration of the passed BUSH era and more wars and if you think that is the way to get this country back on it's are living in a fairy tale world.....and they don't care if our children are saddled with all this debt as long as the rich and big corporations can continue to have their tax cuts and loop holes so they can get richer and their kids will be taken care of...... the hell with the middle class and the poor and their children.......

    August 31, 2012 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  18. John

    I know why Mitt Romney is the Republican candidate. He has hypocricy down pat. It was Mitch McConnell that said his number one job was to see to it that Obama was a one term President. The GOP in the Senate have blocked everything Obama has tried to do to improve the economy. The GOP wanted a faltering economy and did everything in the first four years to guarantee a faltering economy. The GOP fought jobs bills for infrastuture repair. The GOP fought the Democrats attempt to stop the Federal government give aways to Big Oil. The GOP blocked the bills in the Senate.

    August 31, 2012 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  19. sonny chapman

    So Mitt, what's your solution? Tax cuts for the wealthy, more deregulation & another War in the Mideast ? We tried that already. It was called George W. Bush.

    August 31, 2012 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  20. John

    The speaker to pitty at the RNC convention is Newt Gingrich. For the first time in history, a husband and wife team have a speech. While Newt may like the painted hussy look, I doubt the GOP religious right would like it.

    August 31, 2012 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  21. Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair wrote:

    This guy just oozes class.
    Only slime oozes, Fair.

    August 31, 2012 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  22. Facts don't Lie

    If President Obama had a better Congress, not one with a 10% approval rating perhaps we would have had MORE Hope and Change. Truth is once elected the GOP made a pact NOT to work with him and their main goal was to make him a one term over country so to speak.

    August 31, 2012 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  23. Meka

    Romney FAILED to take responsibility for BAIN OUTSOURCING JOBS . . .
    Romney FAILED to takd responsibility for OUTSOURCING HIS MONEY . . .


    August 31, 2012 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  24. We the PEOPLE

    How about on Mit and Barry shoe their tax returns AND their collage transcripts at the same time. If Barry is so smart, why is he hiding them?

    August 31, 2012 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  25. prtyofstupid

    You cant demand something for which you have not lead by example...SHOW YOUR TAXES!!! Then come back and discuss accountability!!

    August 31, 2012 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
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