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. patricia

    is this the same Mltt Romney,that only last week was recorded expressing how much he does not care at all about the 47 percent of the American people that he couldn't care less if they can afford their medicine,food or even a roof over their head. Shame on u. His wife says hes always been such a caring person.REALLY?LOL.

    October 7, 2012 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  2. Ditto

    I can't believe how polite a person can be when he lies. Romney is the best example of it.

    October 7, 2012 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  3. 2020

    Romney flying high as a ghost drome will be shot down just like the one did today.

    This pathetic liar Romney is a disgrace of this great nation. Not even kintergarden kids can forgive him killing big bird.

    October 7, 2012 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  4. Valar Morghulis

    Romney's debate performance will only raise Obama's game and fortify the president's base to win re-election on 11-6.

    October 8, 2012 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  5. Merle McClung

    You let me get up there and lie like a dog, painting this rosy picture about how everything is going to be great if you elect me, and I will get a positive reaction, too.

    This is still the man who will not reveal his tax returns, who takes a $70,000 write-off for a horse, and tells those financing his campaign that 47 percent of this country not just don't matter, but will never matter, nor will their children matter or their children either.

    Rmoney will tell you what you want to hear, but if he gets into the White House, 98 percent of Americans will have no say, just the way the GOP is running Congress now.

    October 8, 2012 12:09 am at 12:09 am |
  6. JimB

    Romney is trying to run from his far right positions. Hopefully the Democrats will not allow him to do so. Still his crowds do not compare to Obama crowds. It seems CNN is trying to make more of his success in the debate than the public. He is still the Mitt Romney who cares about the rich and who says anything to win. What happened to the questions about his taxes, off shore tax schemes, and his refusal to share more than two years of tax returns? The man lacks integrity. His lies are outrageous and CNN seems to "try to be balanced".

    October 8, 2012 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  7. Beth

    So Ann thinks good and decent is lying.

    October 8, 2012 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  8. Anonymous

    Riding high!On blatant lies?

    October 8, 2012 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  9. penny wright

    "This is a man without a core, a man without substance, a man that will say anything to become president of the United States."

    Republican Rudy Giuliani on Romney

    October 8, 2012 12:39 am at 12:39 am |
  10. enough

    You have to be human first to humanize him. Just because Romney knew people who were sick, doesn't mean he actually cared. In fact, if he really did care, he wouldn't be having to use them now to try and convince people that he did.

    October 8, 2012 01:25 am at 1:25 am |
  11. Jo

    I think Pres. Obama did well during the debate. Romney certainly did great. I hope Romney will be able to provide enough specifics, but I certainly liked how he pointedly said that he has good principles that he will use to work with Congress to make the specifics. This is much better than going in and telling Congress what laws it will pass. I think this was a problem with Obama. He got his health care and some other liberal laws, but at a price where the other side no longer wants to work with him. Congress has some blame, but I think Obama also bears a lot of burden, too, with his misuse of the political capital us Americans gave him in the early start of his presidency. I don't see us progressing much if he were to be re-elected.

    October 8, 2012 01:26 am at 1:26 am |
  12. D

    Nice Debate!! Congrats Gov. Romney!!! Get Barack outta WH. Enough of BO!!!! The one timer should've been a part timer. LOL!!!

    October 8, 2012 01:27 am at 1:27 am |
  13. NameGhost

    This guy is a phony and a fraud. Beware. you will be so much worse off in four years if he wins. Health care will be less available and unaffordable, there will be a new war, unemployment numbers will be worse because he will shrink government and throw people out of work, there will be food riots, energy costs will be through the roof, and the economy will be ruined. And the rich folks will be richer. This is a candidate of the rich, an insincere man, a chronic liar, a leader only of the elite. He will destroy the middle class, and he and his buddies will be laughing from the 19th hole. Don't fall for it

    October 8, 2012 01:28 am at 1:28 am |
  14. rb

    Is there any chance at all that Mitt will ever actually say what he would do instead of speaking in broad general-isms. He always says that his policy will be better than Obama's, or that he will elevate the US position in the world, or maybe fix the economy. He just never says how !

    October 8, 2012 01:47 am at 1:47 am |
  15. SM McMahon

    Old people aren't foolish. Most of them aren't all that healthy, either.

    Everyone should realize that if Republicans repeal "Obamacare" and Romney/Ryan went ahead with the voucher system than about 90% of Medicare eligible folks would be totally BEREFT!

    Try going out at age 70 to buy yourself some health insurance with your stinking voucher. So you've got high blood pressure, prostate cancer, osteoporosis or heart disease. Sorry, that's a pre-existing condition which WOULD have been covered under Obamacare, but no longer. We're sorry, but your medications won't be covered, either. And be happy because you didn't have to go before any death panel to arrive at this sorry state.

    I think we have to live with a fact about the GOP. The party cannot ever tell people, even their supporters, at least the ones that aren't millionaires, what they will actually do if they have the chance. If they did, they would never elect another Republican to national office. They get away with it in some congressional districts – the ones gerrymandered to the point of idiocy. But, not with most Senate races and definitely not for President.

    Consequently the GOP must lie, obfuscate and demonize the opponent to elect a President. We get lies about them wanting to preserve Medicare. They can't tell the truth – they want to eliminate it, they always have. They can't tell the truth about lowering taxes for the wealthy – it's not about creating jobs, it's about taking care of their big donors. They can't tell the truth about global warming – they know it's happening, they don't care because any action to save the planet would hurt profits. They can't tell the truth about spending – they are not against spending, they just want to spend on the military and their corporate sponsors. The can't tell the truth about the size of government – they don't want a small government, they want a government so big it can police every womb.

    To elect a President, Republicans have to lie because no one in their right mind would buy what they are actually selling.

    And to the comment that their plan would only affect those under 55 (changed,as a "concession"), well, I'm under 55 (just) and after paying into the plan for the past 35 years, I object, and my parents are not that selfish to not object its effect on their children and grandchildren.

    October 8, 2012 02:02 am at 2:02 am |
  16. migeli

    Which Mit is the real Mit and is Mit a wit or a nitwit and which Mit are you wit,the right Mit,the left Mit or the nit-wit?

    October 8, 2012 04:36 am at 4:36 am |
  17. Mancrush

    Man, do I have a man-crush on Romney after the debate. And man did he crush the Prez or what?

    October 8, 2012 05:11 am at 5:11 am |
  18. Craig in Pa.

    You just never know who is gonna show up with Romney...a true chameleon...I wouldn't trust him as far as I could spit...

    October 8, 2012 06:14 am at 6:14 am |
  19. Concerned

    What a bunch of bunk. He couldn't lead his way out of a paper bag.

    October 8, 2012 06:25 am at 6:25 am |

    "You all had the chance to hear his answers – or his non-answers,"
    I had the chance to hear your repetitive lies.

    October 8, 2012 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  21. mb

    If you support this man and his policies...God HELP YOU....Obama 2012!!!

    October 8, 2012 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  22. Martha in CF

    To Blondshagg
    He may be a human being, yes, but he doesn't care for 47% of us human beings. He is a liar through and through. You never know who you are going to get with that one......
    Go Obama-you deserve another 4 years to finish cleaning up the mess.


    October 8, 2012 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  23. Gurgyl

    This guy is a total FRUDULENT. True.

    October 8, 2012 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  24. annette

    Romney was honest and clear, looks and speaks like a real leader something we have not seen or heard for the last 4 years under Obama. Wake up America! Obama proved he is nothing without someone else telling him what to say. He is taking us down a path to destruction. Vote Romney he is here to lead us out of this mess and free fall we are currently living. Obama is the phony,,,check out the real facts on the guy and what he is really about and you will know.

    October 8, 2012 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  25. Kay

    From my perspective, GOP-vast right conspiracists-anybodybutObama crowd pushing their candidate as a protest vote against the left side of the political spectrum. That is flawed logic using an equally flawed candidate. His anti-PBS-47%-offshoretaxhavens and persistent use of the phrase "the poor" characteristics make Obama a better choice. To be sure, Obama has his fair share of criticism, justified, however, when voting for President, need a guy that better represents ALL Americans. As an independent voter, I would like to see the Senate overturned to GOP majority, GOP House and Obama 2nd term.

    October 8, 2012 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
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