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.

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soundoff (134 Responses)
  1. Prosperity

    The message for the debate is


    Make your choice !!

    October 1, 2012 12:52 am at 12:52 am |

    I may have been willing to vote for John McCain four years ago. However, these guys are racist and do not desrve to sit anywhere near the Oval office. The tone of their entire campaign has been bigotry!

    Mitt the Twitt is a name that definitely FITS!

    October 1, 2012 12:54 am at 12:54 am |
  3. TNPatriot

    Of course, NONE of Romney's talking points include any FACTS about what he really plans to do IF elected. 18 months ago I planned to vote for Romney and told folks that he was the most electable candidate that the GOP had. Watching the debates I kept that opinion, as the rest of the field, with the exception of Ron Paul proved that they were the most inept bunch EVER to seek the presidency. As the debates progressed and after, it became painfully obvious that Romney was the biggest flip flopper ever to run for the office, and he proved time and again that he had no actual plan but he seemed to excel at telling Lies. Ron Paul was clearly the best and most trustworthy candidate, but we all learned in 2008 that the GOP, FoxNews and the Koch brothers would never allow Paul to be the parties candidate.
    At the RNC Convention, Romney sealed the deal as his VP choice took to the stage and gave the most LIE filled speech ever heard at a national convention by a VP candidate. Even the Fact Checkers were amazed at the number of outright LIES he told. Obviously the most telling event of this campaign came with the Mother Jones release of Romney's now famous 47% speech at a fundraiser. For the first time in the campaign America saw the REAL Mitt Romney and his disdain for those not among the 1%. The real test will be election day when America learns how many of that 47% actually votes for the guy who promises to step all over them and steal their life savings to support the 1%.

    October 1, 2012 12:55 am at 12:55 am |
  4. barbarianofgor

    Yeah, right...

    Let's consider all the blockage/mud thrown by the right as proof Obama isn't doing anything good...
    -Even though he's about at Clinton end of 1st term...

    Then use it to elect a guy who's a big part of America's PROBLEMS...

    October 1, 2012 12:56 am at 12:56 am |
  5. Steve S

    The last Republican President who promised us foreign policy leadership, ending up getting our soldiers slaughtered by the thousands.

    October 1, 2012 01:00 am at 1:00 am |
  6. A.P Finley

    Romney seems to have displayed his ability and stratagies as govenor Obama made several promises and few if any have been kept...

    October 1, 2012 01:10 am at 1:10 am |
  7. Lisa

    As a member of the LGBT community, the choice is pretty clear...has been for quite some time now.

    October 1, 2012 01:16 am at 1:16 am |
  8. arosel

    Romney's plan:

    Tax breaks for the rich.
    end medicare
    start a war
    cause a depression
    go to France

    October 1, 2012 01:18 am at 1:18 am |
  9. oldbikerbeatch

    This election is indeed the big choice – whether we want America to be the home of the brave and the land of the free – or a nation in decline, a failed socialist experiment where big government is pervasive and intrusive into all aspects of our lives while defenseless and open to foreign invaders.... Ba-rack wants to see America defeated and brought down to the level of third world nations, plain and simple. Mr Romney wants us to take America back and work togetrher to restore The American Dream...

    October 1, 2012 01:25 am at 1:25 am |
  10. Jim Roberts

    If you liked what George Bush did to this country then you will love what Mit Romney is planning to do if elected.

    October 1, 2012 01:41 am at 1:41 am |
  11. Namaz az teacher

    Romney / Ryan are liars and should not be trusted!

    October 1, 2012 01:43 am at 1:43 am |
  12. Republican grandma

    Vote for Romney will be a 3rd times of GW BUSH!!

    October 1, 2012 02:01 am at 2:01 am |
  13. Sue

    President Obama DID NOT apologize for America. And romney and ryan should apologize for their own behavior. But it's nice to see they cam FINALLY let the country know what they're planning to do, it's a nice change after months of 'We'll get back to you.' But their list of what they will isn't quite matched by what they have done in the past. Sounds to me like thay just got themselves some new advisors to tell what they think the voters want to hear. If you want to know what they WILL do (as opposed to what they SAY), look at what they have done in the's a much truer test.

    October 1, 2012 02:06 am at 2:06 am |
  14. OB83

    Talking points. RIGHT!!! All i read, all i hear is what Romney will do. I Find myself wondering how will you do this. The answer, ill tell you after im elected!(in other words, i dont have one) This whoole thing is a very scary joke on america.

    October 1, 2012 02:10 am at 2:10 am |
  15. Sirned

    What a load of garbage....

    October 1, 2012 02:19 am at 2:19 am |
  16. joe

    Former Gov. Willard "Mitt" Romney will – – – NEVER have the chance to try and do any of that. Thank you for voting Democratic.

    October 1, 2012 02:29 am at 2:29 am |
  17. Name

    Lol. who wrote this a kindergarden students

    October 1, 2012 02:47 am at 2:47 am |
  18. packerfans

    Come on Vote for Mitt Romney!!!

    October 1, 2012 02:56 am at 2:56 am |
  19. Anonymous

    OK Romney and Ryan, my question is HOW are you going to make things better and WHAT are your PLANS? PLEASE GIVE US DETAILS.

    October 1, 2012 03:03 am at 3:03 am |
  20. charles

    Oh GOP so you've still not realised that the American people are not buying this crap anymore? Keep on lying. We are wise now. We are not going back to George Bush era. Come up with something new because these lies are not resonating anymore except to your uneducated fox news audience.

    October 1, 2012 03:15 am at 3:15 am |
  21. Chris

    If this is the best Willard has got, I might have to vote Democrat for the first time in my life. C'mon Mitt, give us specifics.

    October 1, 2012 03:21 am at 3:21 am |
  22. Mike

    Yeah. I'll take the blue pill. Picking the red pill with Romney will lead to a horrific dystopia of wealthy elite feeding off the middle class and the poor.

    October 1, 2012 03:21 am at 3:21 am |
  23. John

    Even if all robmes ideas were sound... Which they aren't, the man definitely is not! He is all sorts of looney toons! Thus extremely dangerous!

    October 1, 2012 03:29 am at 3:29 am |
  24. Name

    Mitt Romney Americans people knows you what you stands for, 47% of the American people you don't care about them. Mitt stop lying.

    October 1, 2012 03:41 am at 3:41 am |
  25. just wondering

    Republicans screwed up period.... and then deny the past ever happened.
    GOP is the Party of IGNORANCE and more than a few BIGOT'S and RACIST'S
    It's time to take back our county from these people,,,,
    Wheres your TAX'S

    October 1, 2012 03:52 am at 3:52 am |
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