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. kate

    Romney wants to arm the Syrian rebels. That is the first step of getting into a war with Iran. Go ahead Mr. Romney start another that is what Republicans do. You have your hands into so many "money' making deals for yourself and defense is one of them. Well.....will you sons be fighting when we go to another war. There were many sons of middle class families that felt the patriotic duty to go to war after 9/11. None of you five sons were that patriotic. Oh well...they don't have to...they have a rich daddy.

    October 8, 2012 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  2. Mark

    Lets see what Romney really said, NOTHING. He continues not to give specifics as to how to resolve issues. He wants to be elected as a big SECRET President. No details, so he can tell us he didn't give us any promises. This is what several Republican Governors did that have now trash their states.

    October 8, 2012 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  3. rh

    It's pretty clear that CNN doesn't want anyone to comment on the "neck-and-neck" poll results this week.

    Because the most obvious point is that BEFORE the debate, they were "neck-and-neck" according to some polls, so there really was NO bump for Romney to speak of.

    October 8, 2012 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  4. sameeker

    Romney wants to arm the Syrian rebels. Both sides of that conflict hate us. Why should we get involved unless it is just a scheme for Romney to put more money into eh hands of his military contractors.

    October 8, 2012 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  5. AZDem

    Great! With Romeny we are head to another war! Did we not learn from Bush?

    October 8, 2012 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  6. Kilroy1111

    All this criticism of Romney would have more effect if he wasn't the only candidate with a proposal. You might be leery of the proposal, but it has worked before.

    The president's "solution" is to raise taxes and hope. "Hope and change" is a nice campaign slogan, but it isn't policy. And someone, anyone, try to explain how raising taxes creates jobs... He already has a big tax increase on the poor and middle class set to kick in next year (individual mandate).

    October 8, 2012 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  7. john2655

    Romney does not need to tell the president to pack his packs. Romney does not need to pack his bags because he will not be going to the white house

    October 8, 2012 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  8. beevee

    Romeny behavedlike a bully at the debate and showed no civility and pundits called he won the drbate. Sure if you call a bully a winner. He is also political chameleon with constantly changing his stance on issues from day-to-day and depending on who is speaking to. Pundits may call it smart politics but it is pandering and lying and twisting facts. No one knows what he is telling his rich friends behind closed doors about the 47% of the not so economically well off people but openly he is lying the he cares for them. No one should believe that. Is he th ekind of president the americans want. Reminds us of Nixon.

    October 8, 2012 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  9. Saboth

    This new Moderate Romney *almost* makes me want to forget the right-wing, anti-women's rights, anti-choice, pro-rich, Romney. Then I remember the core of his campaign. More tax cuts on the rich. More wars. Deregulate banks again. Gee, where have I heard all of that? Why, it's the policies that lead to our financial collapse and multi-trillion dollar deficit. We are really going to try those policies again after they failed completely? I mean...really?

    October 8, 2012 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  10. Leftcoastrocky

    "Probably the best way to understand Obama’s listless performance [in the debates] is that he was prepared to debate the claims Romney has been making for the entire campaign, and Romney switched up and started making different and utterly BOGUS ones. Obama, perhaps, was not prepared for that, and he certainly didn’t think quickly enough on his feet to adjust to it."

    October 8, 2012 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  11. Anonymous

    "All this criticism of Romney would have more effect if he wasn't the only candidate with a proposal. You might be leery of the proposal, but it has worked before."

    Another Republican president, another war? Not sure that's going to play well with an already war wearing America. Not unless Congress re-enacts the draft. It's time the 1%ers did their fair share all across the board, don't you think? Including serving during war. And not just supporting our "troops" with words and flags, mind you.

    October 8, 2012 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  12. steve-0

    More tax cuts for rich people...suck the life out of the middle romney

    October 8, 2012 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  13. Fair is Fair


    Romneyhood ...... Give to the Rich take from the poor
    Do you have ANYTHING besides the same old tired post day after day after day? Go take a class at community college.

    October 8, 2012 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  14. Gary

    Look, putting all silliness aside on he said he said, do not vote for Romney. Bad things will follow. There said that without getting into specifics. Hey, just like the rich dude Romney .. wonder if Romney would share going to war jazz with us in next debate. If he get's in we will be at yet another war (oh by the way the other two are still going)

    October 8, 2012 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  15. AZDem

    All Romney did in the debate was "yell" to get his point across. At times he seemed to be very "panicked". Will he behave this way when addressing leaders of other nations? Romney did win the debate based on this approach. However he is still an empty suit. He has nothing in common with me!

    Planet Romeny..this is Houston...comin in!

    October 8, 2012 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  16. Another Huge Obama Failure

    I see the Leftist Pro-Obama machine known as the CNN "News" Network is at it again...

    It's amusing to watch the hope and change crowd panic after the Savior utterly tanked in the debates. It's scary thought to see how utterly incapable of processing how much of a letdown this President has been. Remarkable. Scary. Short-sighted.

    Hopefully Americans who are capable of being honest with themselves can see the "hope and change" vote doesn't equal results. Hope and change are a nice precursor to action, but when the wrong course has been charted, tying oneself blindly to it leads to failure.

    October 8, 2012 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  17. Susan in AR

    Guess I watched a different debate than the media. I saw a rude, hyper Romney, who continually argued with the moderator and interrupted the President. According to Persuasion 101 that I took in college, Romney's behavior would have been graded as boorish and negative. Apparently, after such a long period of "preparation," he felt the need to get in every comment he could without adhering to the rules of civility. He also lied! I can't believe he said he didn't know about tax laws that give breaks to corporations who move their factories to foreign countries. REALLY???? Has he not heard of Whirlpool and Electrolux? Come on media, quit trying to make up your own October Surprises.

    October 8, 2012 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  18. Chris in NY

    The President is still ahead. That's good enough for me. That Romney is still at 46% after such a good performance as per people who love theartrics and bullying, shows Americans haven't bought in to this guy yet and may probably not.

    October 8, 2012 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  19. Tyrone Banks

    Well yeah blacks are not likin on Obama as much after that sorryaysssed debate the other night. Me an my peeps was watchin it and like one dude said "niygggga looks like he stupid or somethin!" He was just hangin his head lookin at the floor like he was high. He aint as smart as people was thinkin.

    October 8, 2012 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  20. Simple

    A mad man can sometimes slip and say something sensible, but give him more time because he will add something to it that shows he is still a lunat.

    October 8, 2012 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  21. tstorm92

    I don't trust Romney as far as I could throw him.

    October 8, 2012 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  22. martin

    fareed zakaria is on now voicing his he still a plagerist? its hard to tell by looking

    October 8, 2012 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  23. Dean

    Clint Eastwood's empty chair routine at the RNC seems prophetic, considering Obama's debate performance.

    October 8, 2012 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  24. Tom

    Message: lying is an effective tool.

    October 8, 2012 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  25. ru serious

    ah it is just too much fun reading these posts, the Lefties are beside themselves, imploding. Sorry guys all the venom is not going to change the fact that Obama is an empty suit. America got a real good look at Mr. Cool Celebrity. These are serious times folks, we don't need cool we need competence.

    October 8, 2012 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
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