Romney message for debate week: 'The Big Choice'
September 30th, 2012
09:00 PM ET
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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. judy

    romney has been practicing for this for the last year. He should be good by now. hear he has practiced some zingers that he hope he gets to say. The problem is no one likes him listening to him talk is like watching an old vaudville show, He has no personality and You can tell he is lying by the way his eyes shift around and he stammers. This is one boring old dude. He is out of touch and us 47% kbow it. Forward,

    September 30, 2012 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  2. jaimie

    Romneyhood ....... Give to the Rice take from the poor

    September 30, 2012 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  3. jaimie

    Romney ...... No honesty no integrity

    September 30, 2012 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  4. Do-WHAT?

    All these complaints from Paul Ryan and Romney about Obama, but no answers. All they do is bash Obama(most of the time with skewed comments or big fat lies with numbers), then have no answer. What deductions will you get rid of Mr. Romney? His answer..."just you wait and see members of the 47%" Well Mr. Ryan, how will you balance the budget and ensure everyone will be ok..? His answer "You see....Obama sucks and Mitt Romney and I are not in that 47%, so we'll wing it when we get there."

    September 30, 2012 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |

    Mitt romney's policies are well&critical planned. A president of comming term is indeed republican romney, no any choice

    September 30, 2012 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  6. Namedavid williams

    What a crock, all he will do is tax cuts for the rich and corperations! Then he will put us back in 1950 on social issues, end social security, and medicare, reduce unemployment insurance, gut the middle class, and put America into a deep recession, or depression.

    September 30, 2012 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  7. robert aguirre

    It's just talk, his stances change according to who his listeners are, even if he disagrees with what he says in order to get backing and votes he won't be able to backtrack. He's a dangerous man, beware America.

    September 30, 2012 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  8. enuff

    I WISH Romney would quit saying he has a plan and actually GIVE us DETAILS of what he wants to do. This "just trust me" crap is not going to continue to fly.

    September 30, 2012 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  9. eleanor

    Romney/Ryan message is full of what makes the grass grow green. The only thing they are offering to America is the final termination of Democracy. Backed by the Koch brothers, Grover Norquist and his no new tax pledge, Karl Rove, Mitch McConnell and the rest of the corporatist oligarchy, they present a nightmare vision for the future of this country. There are no polite words to describe what will trickle down to the rest of us.

    September 30, 2012 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  10. Donkey Party

    CNN, wouldn't it be smart journalism to point out that every Romney "talking point" is a blatant lie? What a sad day for journalism.

    September 30, 2012 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  11. john

    It's amazing how well Romney can twist facts or outright lie so convincingly. But then he has a history of doing just that as CEO of Bain. Outsourcing jobs to other countries or just firing folk and sitting down the factory and selling the remains all for profit . People don't matter to a CEO only profits. Peoples welfare and health don't concern him, only the bottom line, money.Where are his tax returns? why has he put most of his bain money in off shore accounts. to cheat the tax codes. He is not a man to be trusted with high office and never will be. His Idea is and will be what we've gone through with the GW years. Deregulation, less taxes for his have mores. put all the heavy burdens on the middle class while taking apart the safety nets that have helped everyone. Disaster for sure. Back to the good old days of low wages and squalor for the masses. keep them down. NO Thank you Mitt.

    September 30, 2012 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  12. David Kuklinski

    Very, very poor choices. In a political sense they may seem right but good luck connecting with the average American skipping over all the issues the GOP has come up short in recently.

    September 30, 2012 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  13. Joshua Ludd

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

    An outright lie. Its based on calling things that aren't actually taxes a tax. Oh, and don't forget.. Obama's supposed tax increases would be on the extremely wealthy. Romney's would be on the non-wealthy.. while the wealthiest get a huge tax cut.

    September 30, 2012 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  14. babooph

    Simple choice,do you want the benefits you worked & paid for,or do you want them used for Romney & his ilk,to transfer to overseas trust funds accounts for never working heirs of the rich.

    October 1, 2012 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  15. TomCom

    You ever wonder what the federal debt would be if Bush followed he same course as Clinton? If he didn't cut taxes or get us into pointless wars.

    October 1, 2012 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  16. Jared

    Here are 3 great quotes that I think are very relavant for our time and this election:

    1: "We don’t have a trillion-dollar debt because we haven’t taxed enough; we have a trillion-dollar debt because we spend too much." — Ronald Reagan.

    2: "The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries." — Winston Churchill.

    3: "I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it. In my youth I travelled much, and I observed in different countries, that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer." — Ben Franklin.

    President Obama is leading us toward more spending and a bigger government. This is not healthy for America and leads to poverty and imbalance. Romney is right, the choice is clear. I hope we think about the policies these 2 different men believe in before we cast our vote.

    October 1, 2012 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  17. Yeahona

    Nothing like spreading a few lies here and there (or at minimum, half truths). but hey – this is politics and truth is what you can get people to believe. I'm still trying to figure out what Romney's going to do... real reform doesn't mean much unless it is backed up with a plan.

    October 1, 2012 12:05 am at 12:05 am |

    Yes this election is a choice between two different visions for our nation's future. Romney/Ryan have a vision while Obama/Biden have a plan. Sorry Mitt, it's not a big choice for me..... it's any easy one. My family is in the 47%. We are not victims and we take responsibility for our lives. That being said, we are proudly casting our votes for President Obama.

    October 1, 2012 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  19. scottf

    I think it is significant that Romney picks the number of 12 million new jobs. That is the number forecast by the CBO if Obama is reelected. Way to go out on a limb Mitt!!

    October 1, 2012 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  20. Tee Phan

    The only thing Romney does is for middle class, what about lower class who has been suffered also?
    I personally can't just Romney since he invested big money to China yet said he wont let any bad qualities goods from China imported to US. When political mix with personal desire (money), nothing good will come out for citizens

    October 1, 2012 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  21. Pkm

    Mitt will cut programs that help the poor will put millions of people with out food i an a viet nam veternan mitt saids i will take help from the goverment if i get a hearing aid and a pair of glasses sorry mitt but the army does not give us ear plugs i can hear with out them i pay my taxes

    October 1, 2012 12:26 am at 12:26 am |
  22. Name

    How about letting us see your tax returns!

    October 1, 2012 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  23. MashaSobaka

    Someone ask Mr. Romney precisely *how* he plans to do these things – particularly in the area of foreign policy, where his businessman skills won't help him one bit – and then sit back and watch him revert to whining about Obama. Yeah. The guy has no plan. And the facts don't line up with what he's saying about Obama anyway. Let's just hope and pray that enough of our citizens will know this come November.

    October 1, 2012 12:29 am at 12:29 am |
  24. georgethegreat28

    And don't forget the promise to do this all on the first day in office and he will because he's willard the wizard ....... And then we wake up on nov 7 and realize that it was just a nightmare.
    OBAMA 2012

    October 1, 2012 12:38 am at 12:38 am |
  25. dm nash

    I wanna know, these 12,000 jobs he keeps referring to – are they the same ones we're already predicted to be on track for in next few years OR are these 12,000 -MORE -jobs that Romney will actually explain? If they are one in the same that hardly counts for doing anything that isn't already done.

    October 1, 2012 12:39 am at 12:39 am |
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