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.

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soundoff (134 Responses)
  1. NoKidding

    Yeah Romney can do anything! He can be pro-choice and pro-life at the same time, and he can be a republican and his heart can ache for people who suffer at the same time. He can slam people who get government help and tell them he will help them at the same time. He can slam people who "degrade" women by treating them as if they can't help themselves, but he can also promise he will help women because a lot of business people are women... Yeah, blah blah blah mister etch a sketch.

    September 30, 2012 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  2. carlos

    of course the stench will keep on lying..........disgusting and nauseating.

    September 30, 2012 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  3. Thomas

    Unfortunately , Romney is a bad choice.

    I'm not voting for a leader that responds with the word " KINDA '.

    September 30, 2012 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  4. rmiddle

    Yes, its a big choice. Electing romney will send us back to the Bush administration polices of abandonment of the middle class, offshoring of more jobs and out of control war and defense spending...Ugh! How dumb do they think we are! No thanks, Ill pass!

    September 30, 2012 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  5. ShiWms AZ

    I believe in and trust President Obama. He's an honest man!

    September 30, 2012 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  6. Liz the First

    Sounds good, too bad none of it is true. if the rethugs ever came out with criticism of Obama that's based on facts, not their wild fantasies, i might pay it some attention. but most of their campaign is mad ravings about a fictional Obama that have no basis in reality. it's sad how folks who claim to be Christian can be so maddened by hate that they will say anything to defeat this good man who is doing a great job for the American people in the face of intractible opposition.

    September 30, 2012 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  7. vic , nashville ,tn

    Where is his plan ?

    September 30, 2012 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  8. itsuptome

    There is so much wrong with this Obama administration. The lack of openess and integrity is astounding. Romney and his team are so much more capable of handling what is currently distressing our nation. It's too bad that the mass media have sucked up so much to this current administration that they can't see their nose in front of their faces.

    September 30, 2012 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  9. Jini

    Sounds great Mr. Romney. Some details please..... and btw... if the 47% aren't paying taxes and the rich aren't paying very much in taxes, businesses won't be paying any new taxes ... just who IS going to be paying taxes?

    September 30, 2012 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  10. seeingitself

    Voting for Romney is just a vote for the wealthy to keep them wealthy & a vote declaring their total disregard for the poor & middle class. It's just a vote to keep the rich rich, so the fat cat republicans can continue lining their pockets & to attempt to continue their raping of the United States for their own gain. Vote OBAMA in November for real change in this country, not the Fascist regime that the repugnants want to establish! VOTE OBAMA IN NOVEMBER!!!

    September 30, 2012 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  11. jan

    Wow!!! Another list of the same "LACK OF SUBSTANCE/DETAILS ON WHAT EXACTLY HIS PLANS ARE" and 'CONTINUED CRITISM OF PRESIDENT OBAMA". It just isn't going to get any better, no matter how plain his advisors and others try to make it for him on what he has to do to win a debate...NOT UNLESS HE'S GOING TO USE THE DEBATE TIME TO SHOUT HIS CRITISMS IN PRESIDENT OBAMA'S FACE...YES, THERE A STRATEGY FOR YOU!!!! I HOPE PRESIDENT OBAMA IS PREPARED FOR THAT...BECAUSE THAT IS ALL MITT HAS!!!!

    September 30, 2012 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  12. Mike

    The problem is that, while many of the lines sound good, they simply aren't true.

    September 30, 2012 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  13. beevee

    The choice is between two different visions. One (president Obama) envisions helping the middle class and the poor and rebuilding the economy. The other (Romeny) envisions giving more tax breaks to the rich, sending jobs overseas to help his rich friends more and dump the 47% of americans wihtout any plans to ehlp them rebuild. The choice for many is very clear. Obama.

    September 30, 2012 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  14. Michael Q

    Got it! But, how? Even if the republicans were to have a complete sweep, will they not get a taste of their own medicine back of obstruction and filibusters? Just asking, as all is fair in love and war, and of course, politics.

    September 30, 2012 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  15. Martin Walters Seattle

    Debate Question: George W Bush is going to be keynote speaker to promote Cayman Island tax 'shelters' to avoid paying taxes in a couple weeks. Mr. Romney, are you going to fly to Cayman Islands and attend Mr. Bush's event?

    September 30, 2012 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  16. dave

    Already made my big choice. I choose the United States of America. Romney and his goons can take a flying jump.

    September 30, 2012 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  17. John316

    It Obama wins I'll be happy. If Romney wins I'll also be happy. One of these two men will continue to lead the US as the greatest nation in the history of the world. However, I would feel safer with Romney as president in regards to national security. He is reassuring and protective like a father. Good luck to both of these awesome candidates in November.

    September 30, 2012 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  18. biggeorge23

    Mitt the Twit is toast if he plays this weak hand. Trikle down never, ever worked! Obama will wipe the florr with this nonsense if he even tries it! Most people blame GWB for these issue and Obama for getting us back on a square footing. is it perfect, no! Is it better than where the GOP left us? Heck yes it is!!!!

    September 30, 2012 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  19. b

    The Romney campaign is sending out a bunch of talking points that have already been debunked, exposed, and ridiculed for their falseness. Romney's surrogates will look like complete idiots when parroting these lies.

    September 30, 2012 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  20. Blinded by the republican lie

    What a bunch of bullpuckey!!

    September 30, 2012 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  21. SafeJourney

    You bet its a big choice. Mitt would give tax cuts to the rich like Mitt. And the middle class and poor Americans would pay more taxes to pay for Mitts tax cuts for his buddies

    September 30, 2012 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  22. Devona Phx AZ

    This isn't telling me anything more than I already know. Something is just not right about Mitt. SomeThings OFF! He acts like he just don't get it, he can't do the job required as POTUS. Somethings really weird about him.

    September 30, 2012 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  23. LesPaul23

    If that's all you got Mitt, it's not nearly enough. Pretty soon it will be car elevator time.

    September 30, 2012 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  24. NameMarieCA

    The choice has been decided when you insulted the 47%.

    September 30, 2012 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  25. JMorcan

    Obama gives trillions to the crooks on Wall street, then makes it a crime not to buy health insurance. Now Romney wants to send aid to developing countries that use $0.50/hr workers to send more junk here. This isn't a choice, it's a disaster.

    September 30, 2012 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
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