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. The112

    Prediction: The flavor-of-the-week catch phrase "upward mobility" will fall flat or backfire for Romney: many middle class families that are struggling just want to provide security and a good life for their families, not a lifestyles-of-the-rich-and-famous with new friends who look down their nose at 47%-ers.

    September 30, 2012 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  2. b

    The Big Choice?...I'll choose to keep my Medicare as is!

    Forward Obama 2012!

    September 30, 2012 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  3. ColoradoJoe

    J. McCain says "Americans probably feel better than they did before about jobs and the economy". Why would I vote for someone who runs on a business platform but won't put forth a business plan to view the details? Romney and Ryan are still plagiarizing information. The 12million he keeps talking about came from Moody's analysts and he has not given credit to them. Ryan plagiarized Obama's health care plan and has not given Obama's team credit. An awful lot of Ryan's plan was already in Obama's plan. Also don't go looking up the topic of "Son of Boss", you will be disapointed in what you find.

    September 30, 2012 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  4. Larry L

    Romney's points are distorted and typical of his campaign. He is correct is saying this about choice. Romney represents an America where only the rich get to live a good life. He believes war is a way to boost the economy, of course his boys won't fight and die. He believes 47% of Americans are parasites – undeserving of his support. He believes Medicare is just a welfare program. He plans to trash Social Security. It's most definitely a choice.

    September 30, 2012 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  5. Thero

    Obama is a man with a lot of Ideas about "Change", and he has done so -for Muslims , for Illegals, For "new" Citizens , who will in my eyes never be citizens after being confronted by several over the last few years....illegals that is, altho they will tell you they are immigrants. I am talking about Americans....where is the change for the better for all Of US??? I have seen a lot of illegals getting help, more foreigners here , and more foreigners DOING WEL...while we Americans are not doing well, out of jobs, overtaxed....our payrolls, our government falling short....We deserve to have someone who is really after helping us all....who care s about our values and the American way-not a new way-

    September 30, 2012 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  6. Thero

    Obamas best bet hasn't been good enough.

    September 30, 2012 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  7. Pete/Ark

    The simple way to get off surrogate talking points and into the meat of the subject to give a detailed explanation of each claim...beginning with such trivial points as "why" and "how". Mr. Romney,explain yourself.

    September 30, 2012 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  8. TheTraveler

    Meh, again, not a shred of substance, not a bit of detail ...President Obama did that, that and that but Mitt Romney will do, this, this, and this ... Sorry Mitt, you can make all the promises you want, but until you divulge some details, release your tax returns and apologize for the 47% comment ... you can suck eggs.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    September 30, 2012 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  9. Jeetu

    So, all the points for the wek by Romney/Ryan team are lies and they have nothing concrete to offer of their own. The fact is that President Obama's plans have been working for four years and have made the recovery from recession, though at a very slow pace. The recovery has been slow because of the worse nature of recession and the republicans bent on defeating Obama rather than helping the economy. They have blocked every constructive legislation to help the economy, reduce the deficit and hence help the middle class and the poor.

    Thus, we cannot vote for Romney/Ryan and their republican friends and hence must vote democratic all the way to capture both houses in Congress and also retain the WH for Obama. This is what the November election is all about.

    September 30, 2012 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  10. Craig from Pa.

    So....Romney has a magic wand hidden somewhere??

    September 30, 2012 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  11. ivan bial

    Balancing the budget is all about "math" as President Clinton so eloquently summed it up during the Democratic convention.

    Shared responsibility is how the U.S was built, that is until G.W. Bush took office.

    Never in the history of our great country has so much financial burden been placed on woman, middle class and the poor.

    When we talk about paying for a piece of legislation it means if you give something to one group that gift must be balanced by cutting programs or by raising taxes. When you don't the spending becomes part of the deficit.

    G.W. Bush signed legislation to provide the top 1% with an enormous tax break, a prescription drug program under Medicare and committed our troops to two wars.
    Since nothing was done to offset the lost dollars to our economy, it increased the debit by trillions and continues to do so today.

    Since it's a proven fact trickledown economics don't work, the only way to make up trillions of dollars are to, cut programs, raise taxes and or eliminate major deductions.

    Candidate Romney plans another round of tax breaks for the wealthy, increases to the military and NASA budget. Yet no specifics on how they will be paid for. The few hints he gave on cuts are insignificant and account for a few billion dollars. Those few hints will impact the woman, poor and middle class.

    The question Candidate Romney will not answer is will we lose charitable, mortgage deductions, Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security as we know it? Candidate Romney is trying to placate the seniors by promising if your 55 or older nothing will change. The rest of you good luck finding a good deal on insurance with a voucher, particularly with existing conditions. Imagine an 80 year old in poor health trying to find health insurance?

    The road Candidate Romney plans is a mystery. His only explanation is trust me? The fact is his numbers don't add up.
    The deficit can be reduced with thoughtful implementation of tax increases, cuts in spending, an increase in our manufacturing base to cut imports and rapid increase in the use of natural gas, solar and wind.

    Will we have a country furthered separated by money. The coming election will determine the direction our country takes for decades to come.

    I for one do not trust Romney, Ryan and a Tea Party infested congress.

    September 30, 2012 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  12. Thero

    Obama has turned on all of us. He doesn't favor any American child. " Do not serve two Gods."....Our Christian Biblical Teachings....which would you choose? Obama's favoring of Muslims because he thinks we should cower for following the love of laughter and comedy? Or choose the voice of God, Jesus, or as we know it, the voice of Freedom...and know that not one of our people would ever be harmed for their freedom of speech across the wolrd? Whose voice will you have there being??? The voice of death of Islam or the voice of Americans?...Should America shut up some other country believes in a God we do not think exists? Or should our policy on foreign policy be the ideals of Americans? Who are you going to choose? Obama, with his ever loving of pandering" I am sorry ' to the death wards of Ilsam, or choose Romney, the voice and the light, the truth and the sincere, the man you can bank on or the one who has sold us out all over the world and here at home? Consider OBama is far from finished in dismantling America, far from finished in doing Americans harm, far from finished in creating his new world order with others like him... yu may have nothing left to call home by the time Obama is finished. Whatever Obama could do, Romney can do better and has...Time to stop smoking the gun....

    September 30, 2012 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  13. Thero

    Time to stop smoking the gun Americans. Vote Romney. Let's look at what we are doing, not imagine that we are doing right.

    September 30, 2012 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  14. dottiek

    He is going to do all that???????????????????? All I have to ask is HOW??????????? Even his elite wife is worried about his mental health if he gets to the White House. I don't believe him.....12 million jobs in 4 years???? Oh please.
    Willard go back to where you came from.
    Obama/Biden 2012.

    September 30, 2012 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  15. Namejkane sfl a vote for the gop will cut your moms medicare and soc sec .can you afford to pay for them???

    Romney is such a loser with no credibility along with the rest of the gop goof party ,they think we have short memories and forgot all the damage they have done in,the last four years ,they are totally responsible for the credit downgrade and continued unemployment , but its geting better ,no thanks to the gop trash !!!!!

    September 30, 2012 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  16. Jeb

    Romney made his fortune shipping American jobs overseas and hiding his millions in offshore accounts to avoid paying taxes.

    Romney is no patriot and he will not be President either.

    September 30, 2012 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  17. Joey Isotta-Fraschini©™

    Really? Romney will bring jobs back to our shores?
    Why did Romney send them away in the first place?
    I don't believe anything Romney says.

    September 30, 2012 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  18. Jose

    Here's the real talking points:

    8 years of Republican policies brought the US and world economic system to it's knees resulting in the worst recession since the Great Depression. During this time, they behaved like fiscal baffoons turning a surplus left to them by democrats and turning it into a mind numbing and growing deficit (ironically, Ryan – the wde acclaimed conservative fiscal "hawk", actually voted for all of the unfunded adventures!). From an foreign policy perspective, Republican bluster and arrogance caused an unprecended erosion of respect for America from allies and enemies alike. Now that Obama has not been able to turn around this catastrophe – created by Rublicans – fast enough (despite the fierce obstructionism by Republicans), Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan now think that they are the leaders that the country now needs by returning America to the exact same failed policies of 2000 to 2008.

    Romney/Ryan, the end of the American Dream.

    September 30, 2012 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  19. Jose Oberholzer

    It is remarkable how this campaign is marked on either side by rather empty, broad statements, without providing any evidence to the voters whether any of the claims are true or proposed strategies might work. American citizens are intelligent enough to understand real arguments, and a data driven approach. It is unfair to voters to use unsubstantiated claims, distorted historical views, and to trash the opponent.
    Nobody in the real world can behave this way and actually succeed (at least it the world I live). What reflection of this great nation are two presidential candidates accusing each other of acts, they have mostly actually not done, attribute responsibility over events that they actually had not control over and lack decency in their communications. This great country should be able to produce better candidates .....

    September 30, 2012 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  20. Blossom89

    I've already made my choice for this election and Mr. Romney you are NOT it! You have made it very clear from what you have said and did that you would NOT be a president for ALL Americans!

    September 30, 2012 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  21. ImWEBSPY

    The problem once again Mitt will fix world problems, Mitt will fix the economy, Mitt promises to fix health care. How is Mitt going to do these things, shhh he's not telling!

    September 30, 2012 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  22. Crismn

    Yeah, yeah... Same lies and same lack of actual telling us how he will pay for the tax cuts for everybody and the big Christmas present of 12,000,000 jobs! They really must think that people are stupid! Is Mr. Romney going to talk about this during the debate?!?!

    September 30, 2012 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  23. Yonni

    “The big choice” would be between the above listed Mitten ideas which were stated multiple times before by the Mittster that and were debunked by multiple fact checkers and the vision for the 21st century based on facts and evidence

    September 30, 2012 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  24. mariner v

    I will be running for the Presidency shortly, I just haven't made the announcement yet. However, If you elect me President I promise that I will give you 33 1/3% more than whatever Romney promises you and................I will have all of our problems solved by the time he moves to the Caymen Islands after losing the election. I'll also throw in a pair of shoes owned by a former dictator from north america. Do I have any takers?

    September 30, 2012 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  25. Mittens

    What a bunch a utter untruths.

    September 30, 2012 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
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