Romney message for debate week: 'The Big Choice'
September 30th, 2012
09:00 PM ET
8 years ago

Romney message for debate week: 'The Big Choice'

Washington (CNN) - Mitt Romney officials distributed talking points to Republican allies and surrogates late Sunday night outlining the campaign's message heading into Wednesday's debate in Denver.

Read the list of Romney "message points," provided to CNN by a Republican source outside the campaign, below.

Surrogate Message Points: The Big Choice

Top-Line Message:

· This election is a choice between two very different visions for our nation's future – and that choice will be on full display at the debate this Wednesday.

· Barack Obama doesn't have a record to run on or a plan for the future.

· Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are offering exactly what our nation needs – real reforms for a real recovery.

· Whether we're talking about jobs, health care, debt, taxes, or foreign policy, the choice this election is clear.

· Under President Obama, we will have four more years of the last four years, with a stagnant economy that fosters government dependency and a foreign policy that makes the world less safe.

· When Mitt Romney is president, our nation will have pro-growth policies that foster upward mobility – and lift people out of poverty – and we will ensure peace through American leadership and strength.


· In a second term, President Obama will keep piling on the taxes, regulations, and debt that have ground our recovery to a halt.

o America has lost 582,000 manufacturing jobs on President Obama's watch.

o President Obama continues to push for devastating tax increases that will kill more than 700,000 jobs.

· Mitt Romney's Plan for a Stronger Middle Class will create 12 million new jobs and deliver rising incomes.

o Mitt Romney will champion manufacturing jobs and bring them back to our shores.

o He will also reform the tax code to create millions of new jobs.

Health Care:

· If President Obama is re-elected, up to 20 million Americans could lose their employer health insurance that they like, $716 billion will be raided from Medicare to pay for Obamacare, and health premiums will continue to skyrocket.

· Mitt Romney will ensure Americans can keep their insurance and protect Medicare by repealing Obamacare and replacing it with health care reform that provides better care at lower costs.


· President Obama has racked up more than $5 trillion in debt over the past four years; in a second term he'll let our debt climb to $20 trillion.

· Mitt Romney will cut spending, get the United States on the path to a balanced budget, and get our country's AAA credit rating back.


· President Obama has already raised taxes 19 times. In a second term, he will raise taxes by another $2 trillion.

· As governor of Massachusetts, Mitt Romney cut taxes 19 times. When he is president, Mitt Romney will not raise taxes on anyone, and he'll deliver tax cuts for the middle class.

Foreign Policy:

· President Obama's foreign policy has placed America and our allies at the mercy of events and those who mean to do us harm.

o He has downgraded our relationship with Israel, failed to develop a strategy that protects and advances our interests in the Middle East, and put our nation on track for massive cuts to the defense budget.

· Mitt Romney will provide the leadership needed to shape world events and protect our interests and our ideals.

o Mitt Romney will reverse the President's defense cuts, and he will never apologize for America.

Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Presidential Debates
soundoff (134 Responses)
  1. crazeelegs

    Mitt is a legend in his own mind. Serial flip-flopper. Thinks he will be a "God" in the hereafter and be given his own planet. (He really does) Does that sound logical?

    October 1, 2012 07:33 am at 7:33 am |
  2. Jimm

    Looks more like the standard GOP talking points.

    October 1, 2012 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
  3. TheZogNJ

    Surrogates can say whatever they want. I will only evaluate the candidate's direct statements. Surrogates lie more than candidates do. They plant the toxic seeds.

    October 1, 2012 07:58 am at 7:58 am |
  4. tomnikoly

    "Whether we're talking about jobs, health care, debt, taxes, or foreign policy, the choice this election is clear."

    Correct; and Mitt Romney is the wrong choice.

    October 1, 2012 07:58 am at 7:58 am |
  5. samC

    in 2008 the Republicans set house on fire and ran to the hills. it took Obama's team 9 months nine months just to put the fire out and stop the bleeding of the inherited economic mess. they have been re-building the economic house for three years..

    meanwhile. the Republics refused to lend hand in the building process, and all they had to offer is criticism that they are not doing their job fast enough or good enough.

    Shame on the Republicans for putting politics before their country.

    October 1, 2012 08:00 am at 8:00 am |
  6. 40 acres

    But the real question is Will Romney give us all an apple pie?

    October 1, 2012 08:05 am at 8:05 am |
  7. Fronc

    I'm sorry, but if we reverse what's in motion, we're all going to sink. Policies take time to take effect. Let's stop being hasty and wait it out, it'll be better in the end. Everything is showing signs of improving. Wake up! Let's keep climbing.

    Obama 2012

    October 1, 2012 08:06 am at 8:06 am |
  8. seter16

    "The Big Choice" – Something Romney wants to take away...

    October 1, 2012 08:07 am at 8:07 am |
  9. Marry

    People are not stupid! They know by now: R+R and the GOP/TP are THE BIG BAD CHOICE!!! It is painful enough to have found that out. A none functioning, obstructionist GOP Congress and a filibuster GOP minority Senate! Can you say “AKIN” just as one of MANY GOP/TP "values"? And they want you to suport that?
    What do you think about what the GOP has "done" in the last 10 years to you and the country? You can tell them you know – get registered, have your voter ID ready and then – go out and VOTE!

    October 1, 2012 08:08 am at 8:08 am |
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