Romney riding high post-debate
October 7th, 2012
05:43 PM ET
9 years ago

Romney riding high post-debate

Port St. Lucie, Florida (CNN) – Mitt Romney used a well-received debate performance to power his way through a three-day swing this weekend in Florida, where audiences seemed newly energized after his perceived victory over President Barack Obama.

Speaking to large crowds in St. Petersburg, Apopka and Port St. Lucie, Romney opened up his stump speeches by recapping his match-up against the president.

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"We had a little debate earlier this week and I enjoyed myself," Romney told a roaring audience of roughly 10,000 in Port St. Lucie Sunday afternoon.

"You all had the chance to hear his answers - or his non-answers," he continued. "Now of course, days later we are hearing his excuses, and next January we'll be watching him leave the White House for the last time."

Another new staple of his stump speech: the stories of three Americans whose deaths touched Romney. The candidate spent time each day telling audiences about helping write a will for a 14-year-old with leukemia, as well as the death of a disabled friend.

"I know something about great human beings in this country," he said. "It's that that gives me the confidence that our future will be so bright, because I've seen how Americans respond to challenge, and even to tragedy."

On Monday Romney will give a foreign policy speech in Virginia, where he is expected to criticize Obama's handling of tumult in the Middle East.

"I commit to you I will be a leader," Romney told his supporters in Port St. Lucie Sunday. "When I'm president I will take the care that it takes to rebuild our principles and restore the principles that made America so strong."

Ann Romney also worked to humanize her husband when she introduced him Sunday.

The candidate's wife said the debate gave Americans a chance to see Romney "as I see him: a good and decent person, that throughout his life has exhibited his care for others. And now we're going to get a chance for him to really care for others because we're going to have the chance to see him get people back to work again."

Filed under: 2012 • Florida • Mitt Romney • Presidential Debates
soundoff (192 Responses)
  1. jinx88

    What I dont understand about Mittens is, where was this Mittens in the primaries? I believe this is all show to get the vote because he knew he couldnt win with his current campaign ideas. I hope people are smarter than this and realize Mittens will go back to what he has been running on for the past year. At least Obama has been consistent with his ideas, you may not agree with them, but at least they are not flip flopping.

    October 7, 2012 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  2. Poetic Justice

    Romney is like a blowfish about to implode. Enough to turn your stomach.

    October 7, 2012 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  3. Desi

    I have NEVER hated a candidate for president. I even think that Gingrich has had some good things about him that people don't seem to appreciate (his education initiatives for one thing). But I can't like: I HATE Mitt Romney. I thought about voting for him but that died after the primaries when the moderate whom I knew turned into this caricature of a conservative. And then I had to get used to that only to see him change back into a moderate and lie about his plan covering pre-existing conditions when it does not. And the 47% he said and didn't back down on, well, now he's backed down on it. I just don't believe a word he says and I don't like him as a person. I hope he does not win because I think a rubber tire would be a more moral leader than this devil.

    October 7, 2012 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  4. Ricksta

    Romney makes me want to puke.

    October 7, 2012 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  5. Liar Liar Pants on Fire

    And we should believe anything this tool says?

    October 7, 2012 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  6. Slightly Left of Center

    He should enjoy his post-debate high while it lasts. Do you think he can do as well in the next two debates? The first one may have been a bulls eye. He might be shooting blanks in the next two.

    And I doubt that President Obama put all his cards on the table in debate #1. I think he is wisely pacing himself and will end on a very strong and memorable note. While he is being presidential, Mittens is expending a lot of energy trying to "appear" presidential.

    October 7, 2012 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  7. Gabbo

    And finally, a President we can all look up to, and be proud of – Mitt Romney !

    October 7, 2012 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  8. Yolie Scott

    Well one thing that Romney did live up to was his remark "I like to fire people" well he did that when he told Jim Leher that he was going to get rid of PBS – that was a heck of a way to find out you will not be around if he becomes president. And of course, Ann Romney is going to say how great her husband is especially when she wants to be the First Lady. He might have done some compassionate things by helping a a 14 year old make out a will, saying he loves 100% of the people but that doesn't necessarily make him Presidential material. If I could believe one thing that he has said without flip-flopping on it, I might listen to him – but that is never going to happen. And what's really galling is the candidates that he beat to be come the candidate, to call him a liar, saying that he could never be a good President and now they are all praising him – I would call that being a bunch of two-face people.

    October 7, 2012 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  9. shawm

    He is a liar! Also, his running mate is a liar./

    At least Bush had spine this one does not. He is sold to oil, finance and defence lobby. He does not care about 99% of the people.

    October 7, 2012 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  10. pwmcgill

    Etch-A-Sketch Romney has cleared the screen – again! He has again changed what he says he believes in terms of his policies. He "won" the debate because he said what would possibly gain the favor of potential voters – not necessarily what he really believed. Who really knows what he believes, and he's not telling. In psychological circles it is suggested that business leaders such a Romney often score high on questions related to lying on personality inventories and such. Well, I would say that he would max out the lie scale! This guy has flip-flopped, changed his opinion, and outright misrepresented himself on many, many occasions. Even Newt Gingrich called Romney a liar during the nomination debates. So, instead of riding high on the debate, perhaps he should be losing sleep at night!

    October 7, 2012 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  11. Thomas

    The crowd says it all , America in the 1950s .

    Romney , you are no Reagan !

    October 7, 2012 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  12. Yikes

    Still a liar, still a flip flopper, still an elitist thumbing his nose at anyone beneath his "wealth"

    October 7, 2012 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  13. CBR

    It is obvious that he is more energized and felling more upbeat. He finally apologized for the comments he made about the 47%. Probably thought it was safe to do so. If you have followed Mr. Romney for any length of time you know that his words he spoke were exactly how he feels. There was nothing "inelegant" because the whole statement was ludicrous and very much attributable to anyone in the right wing. They truly believe that these people are to lame for their own problems and we are wrong to help them at all. Until some of them find themselves jobless and homeless, nothing will change.

    Try going to a few shelters and sitting down and talking with people. Learn more about them and what they need to get out of poverty. Visit with a few families where the head of the household is working and is trying to provide for the family. Ask about his salary and if he is working more than one job. Does the salary allow him to provide food, housing, heat and transportation? Do they have health insurance for themselves and for the family? What will the insurance cover? Look about the home and I am sure you would not find the amenities that those who make more demand before they sign on the dotted line.

    When Mr. Romney does this I will be much more impressed. His apology does not resonate well because he did say who he would change his remarks or why he made the remarks in the first place.

    October 7, 2012 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  14. Ed

    so ann romney sees her husband as a lier like the rest of the country did.

    October 7, 2012 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  15. tstorm92

    Romney, considering over 70% of what you spewed in the presidential debate has now been discounted as lies, I trust you LESS than even before!

    October 7, 2012 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  16. stranger in an increasingly strange land

    Romney claimed for three years that he would cut taxes on the richest Americans so he could win the nomination. Republican fundraisers are almost always geared to the top 5% of Americas richest. Since Reagan, Republicans have pandered to those folks because they will donate a lot as long as they know that a Republican, once bought–stays bought. So the rich buy the candidate that fits what the rich think will appeal to the sordid masses of lesser people.

    Now we are nearing election time and Romney has trotted out an old Republican trick. Change everything the candidate has been campigning on and pretend to care about the poor and middle class. The rich know, bought is bought, but the poor and desperate and the more gullible middle classers will see poll swings towards the current Republican talking head, because he is MODERATE. The Republican candidates are never, ever, moderate. When and if they achieve office they will start, from day one,,paying back the ultra-rich. They will cut taxes by a small amount for the middle class, cut deductions that the rich don't need but will end up costing the middle class more than any tax raises they might have gotten and add deductions that are phrased in such a way as to appear for everyone but end up being used mainly by the ultra-rich for huge tax breaks.

    Sorry, but it historically accurate.

    October 7, 2012 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  17. T'sah From Virginia

    ►Ann Romney also worked to humanize her husband when she introduced him Sunday.◄
    Yep, the 47% of Romney that is NOT human and the other half that's a robot that is told what to say...
    even if it is a LIE!!

    Obama/Biden 2012 – The Only Trusted Way Forward!!

    October 7, 2012 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  18. Eci'Am

    A leader who hides his taxable income in another country!

    October 7, 2012 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  19. Eci'Am

    In there own words nice little "sugar high"
    Telling America that we need to Fact Check
    Obamas 5 trillion dollar statement, LOL,
    LOL, LOL!

    October 7, 2012 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  20. Liz the First

    Enjoy it while you can, Mittens. now that Obama is over the shock of the brazenness with which you lie during debates, he'll be ready for it. Someone said today that we saw 'the real Mitt Romney.' ROTFLMAO!!! there is no real Mitt Romney. he says whatever he thinks is expiditious at the moment. but the American people can count on one thing. if he gets in, we'll be heading back to the ditch Obama has been pulling us out of for the past 4 years. voting republican is like committing national suicide. did we learn nothing from the Bush debacle?

    October 7, 2012 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  21. Donkey Party

    Sick,pandering, morally corrupt liar. Romney will never be President.

    October 7, 2012 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  22. Blondshagg

    ROMNEY is very much a human being and a person that is concern about every individual in AMERICA.

    President Obama failed to achieve what he promised and individuals are unable to provide for their families because they do not have jobs, jobs, jobs, jobs.

    President Obama let AMERICA fail and it will take GOVERNOR ROMNEY as President to get AMERICA back up with all her glory!



    October 7, 2012 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  23. Beth

    Too bad Sunday's polls show his bump already leveling..

    October 7, 2012 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  24. Beth

    Yeah..all several hundred of them..since debate, Obama's had rallies of 12,000 in CO and 30,000 in WI..see it was one debate and no Obama supporter is jumping ship.

    October 7, 2012 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  25. conrad

    It really seems that Romney in seeing that Obama was winning decided that Obama's ideas and hopeful demeanor was a better approach and now at the 11th hour has decided to try to beat Obama by BEING Obama.

    October 7, 2012 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
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