Romney message this week: 'A clear choice on debt and deficits'
October 14th, 2012
07:05 PM ET
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Romney message this week: 'A clear choice on debt and deficits'

Richmond, Virginia (CNN) - Aside from Tuesday's pivotal town hall debate in New York, Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney will use the upcoming week to focus on the issues of debt and deficits.

Polls show voters trust Romney over President Barack Obama on the question of who would better handle the national debt, one reason the Romney campaign has launched a new television ad attacking the president on the issue. Romney will also deliver a speech on government spending this Friday.

The Romney campaign circulated talking points to campaign surrogates and allies on Sunday evening, which were provided to CNN by a GOP source who did not want to be identified providing confidential campaign material to the media.

Read the message points below:

Surrogate Message Points: A Clear Choice on Debt and Deficits

Top-Line Message:

- This election is a choice between two very different visions for our nation’s future – and that choice will again be on display at Tuesday’s town hall debate.

- 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.

- Nowhere is this choice more clear than on the issue of government spending and the historic levels of debt and deficits we’ve seen over the last four years.

- President Obama has racked up more than $5.5 trillion in debt over the past four years, putting our national debt above $16 trillion – and in a second term he’ll let it climb to $20 trillion.

- He also broke his promise to cut the deficit in half by the end of his first term, instead presiding over four straight trillion-dollar deficits.

- Middle-class families are facing a $4,000-a-year tax increase just to service the debt President Obama has already racked up and the new spending he has proposed.

- Getting our fiscal house in order is more than an economic imperative – it’s a moral imperative. Americans deserve a president who will secure a future for our children that doesn’t leave them buried in debt.

- When Mitt Romney is president, he will cut spending, restore our AAA credit rating, and set us on a path to a balanced budget.

- On day one of his presidency, Mitt Romney will announce deficit-reduction measures that end the era of big government ushered in by President Obama. He will:

- Immediately reduce non-security discretionary spending by 5%

- Move to cap federal spending at 20% of the economy

- Give states responsibility for programs that they can implement more effectively

- Consolidate agencies and align compensation of federal workers with their private-sector counterparts

- Repeal and replace Obamacare with real health care reform that controls costs and improves care

- Mitt Romney’s Plan for a Stronger Middle Class will lead to a recovery that creates 12 million jobs and grows the economy on average by 4 percent per year.

- When Mitt Romney is president, our nation will have pro-growth policies that foster upward mobility and lift people out of poverty so that the next four years will be better than the last.

Filed under: 2012 • Debt • Mitt Romney
soundoff (57 Responses)
  1. BCInNV

    You are correct sir! And it will not be you

    October 14, 2012 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  2. clb2012now

    What I want from the next debate is civility and upfront answers to the American posing the questions. I don't want rhetoric that is spouted from the campaigns. I don't want inflammatory remarks directed at the other candidate. I want a short explanation of what caused the "question" and how the candidate thinks it should be resolved.

    What I feared with Obama's "Hope & Change", each person interpreted it in their own way has happened. Obama never said what that change would be in 2008. It is why we are so driven for specifics this go round We need to be looking at skills, abilities, and experience right now.

    The media is not helping us get answers either. Report the facts and leave the opinion out of it. Then when you spout opinion, make sure it is obvious that it is opinion. Be fair to both candidates in every way possible. That means reporting everything not deciding what is worth reporting.

    Americans need to learn how to debate with civility not political correctness. It is okay to differ or disagree. It doesn't mean the other person is a LIAR just that they see it differently. It doesn't mean that the person is not concerned or looking at both sides. Take the name calling out of politics and put respect back in.

    Statistics are a tool and often they are right but they may not mean what you think they mean. The opinion part of statistics is what they are defined to mean. The opinion part is also the assumptions that have to be made to calculate the statistics. The only statistic that matters is the election results on November 6th.

    October 14, 2012 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  3. John, PA

    Obama; Can’t talk about debt or how he wastes the American taxpayer dollars, On a completely different subject …….. PLEASE Arlen Specter the WORST PA Senator EVER!!!!!

    October 14, 2012 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  4. BCInNV

    47% of us will definitely remember this

    October 14, 2012 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  5. enuff

    Fluff and nonsense from a wanna-be. He still really thinks he can get ALL of this done on day one without having to deal with congress? That in itself is a dictorship. Speaking of congress... does he not also realize that it was congress's refusal to work with president that destroyed the AAA rating? Or that the budget originates with congress? I guess he was too busy cutting class to bully another kid instead of taking his civics class seriously.

    October 14, 2012 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  6. incredulous

    Does Romney ever mention how he'll pay for war with Iran? Have American voters forgotten that we're still paying for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan?

    October 14, 2012 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  7. Rick McDaniel

    Someone has to get the debt under control!

    October 14, 2012 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  8. NameQuintin Barnes

    I hear Mitt Romney and He has good talk game.He talked about the 47per cent you don't see Romney in no black community,colleges,or surroundings,He is for upscales whites and blacks see that,we don't need a new President we need to get those out that's hindering The President,remeber dealing with an ex used car salesman fast talking and ain't saying nothing,Romney is saying what every. The peoples want to here,

    October 14, 2012 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  9. bb

    The clear choice is vote for Romney or get fired!
    – The Koch Brothers

    October 14, 2012 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  10. 1608

    No thanks to u mitt we now have a state of the art mental health center.

    October 14, 2012 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  11. NameMarieCA

    12 million job? Sure, Romney can create low paying jobs without benefits Staple high paying job? He will replace Obamacare with "just go to the Emergency Room". With his tax plan, he will make sure he will pay 14%.

    October 14, 2012 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  12. Anthony

    Yeah, it is a clear choice all right. We already have a trillion dollar deficit; don't add to the deficit with a 20% tax cuts. Hint to Republicans: cutting taxes does not make the expenses go away. If you think that it does, try quitting your job and see whether it is easier to make mortgage payments. We should not give more tax cuts to rich people like Romney, who will just stash the money in their Swiss bank accounts or overseas tax havens, then refuse to release their tax returns when they run for president. If the house is on fire, stop pouring gasoline on it.

    October 14, 2012 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  13. Phil Thomas

    This clown was waiting for a Crisis to make a big deal, He's surrounded by the Bush Neo Con Cronies that started this entire Mess we are in. if you vote for this guy you deserve what get, bottom line

    October 14, 2012 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  14. Morning1Su,

    There they go again promises, promises, promises which are a bunch of malarkey. Anyone who believes Mitt Romney is going to keep his promises deserve him as President. How may times did this man switch his views. The only thing he did not switch is his bank accounts in the Caymen Islands to American Banks. Americans especially; women, college students, blacks, latinoes, vets, senior citizens everyone except the old white rich men who is his cronies will benefit. A vote for Mitt Romney is a wasted vote. He will not help you. He already said he did not care about the 47% Mitt Romney does not share his loot with the ordinary people. Remember folks he refuses to show his tax documents that will tell the story of what kind of man he is. Mitt Romney will put us in another war and we still did not pay for the two other wars the Republicans put us in in the first place. Why doesn't he speak about how he is going to pay for the big mouth that he has. Remember other nations do not care for Mitt Romney and we have to get along with our global neighbors. God help us if Mitt Romney becomes our president. US will not be the same. I fear there will be KAOS and corruption everywhere.

    October 14, 2012 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  15. Romney Makes Me Dizzy

    Tell us what you plan to cut Romney. Do we need to plan on grandma being thrown on the street. Will we see the middle class and their families begging on the street for food and shelter. Will you shove more on the states so they will have to raise taxes. Tell Americans what you plan on cutting. We are human and you can't outsource us to China.

    October 14, 2012 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  16. Don't Vote For A Snake Oil Salesman

    Will the 12 million jobs be minimum wage or 6 figure salaries. We know Romney wants to abolish our minimum wage. We are not third world and do not want to work for 50 cents a hour.

    October 14, 2012 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  17. Craig RB

    Romney would put us deeper into debt like all Republican Presidents and then the Democratic administrations have to dig us out ie: Hoover then Roosevelt; Reagan & Bush Sr. then Clinton; Bush Jr. and now Obama. Be careful moderate Republicans and the very few 'undecideds' we're on the right track now and we need another four years to get us out of the mess Bush & his "ill-advisors" got us into.

    October 14, 2012 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  18. Pete

    Romney on debt,deficets much like as Massachusetts governor entering his first term with a state surplus and leaving 4 years later with not only a huge deficet but a 38% job rating,pretty good ha.Or how he claims unemployement dropped but didn't tell you how he lost 220,000 residents because of companies closing down because of his taxes,fees.Out sourcing his state call center to India.How he destroyed all his state government files,harddrives before leaving,anything illegal,incriminating Romney,cat got your lying tongue..How bout his part ownership in Chinese National Offshore Oil Company that tried to get drilling permits in the Gulf of Mexico after buying a Canadian oil firm to mask the Chinese company and got caught by the permitting department in Washington red handed..And how bout his changing over investments to his wife before the presidencial primaries,some hiding there Romney,it'll come out soon..Romney tell your minions how you're going on a Cayman Island investment seminar at $40,000 a person,Bush will be guest speaker and it'll be held one week before the elections,Romneys wants to be there because he's got millions invested there,is that what you want in a president someone who's so patriotic he invests elsewhere outside America...There's an old saying Romney yah don't crap where yah eat and if you work in America for Americans you invest here or get the hell out!!

    October 14, 2012 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  19. Rick

    Romney to OHIO, I was going to let your jobs go to the curb, let the auto industry go bankrupt. But vote for me NOW. I need your votes, I can create jobs. Who is Romney/Ryan kidding. I hope the people of OH understand what Romney was going to do with their jobs and defeat this monster.

    October 14, 2012 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  20. marty

    Mitt Romney promises a lot but doesn't say who or what specifically. Example: he "will consolidate agencies and align compensation of federal workers with their private sector counterparts". Which agencies, which federal workers and what level of compensation" Mitt Romney's talking points are quite vague and not particularly accurate.

    October 14, 2012 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  21. Squigman

    Yes, he's correct. Vote for Obama, and enjoy the possibility of more progress being made and jobs returning. Vote for Romney, and risk halting progress, and sending what jobs are made to foreign countries. Another risk, is having all tax cheats revered as patriots, while those looking for work. being reviled as parasites. Your choice. Obama, 2012.

    October 14, 2012 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  22. Dior

    We want a president that will come to the table with his sleeves rolled up working for real Reform. Not a Campaigner In Chief as the one we have.

    October 14, 2012 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  23. LegalizeReason

    And if you choose Romney/Ryan, the deficit will increase when he lowers taxes, does not close tax loopholes, does not eliminate corporate welfare and increases the defense budget when he takes us to war in Iran. Vote Obama/Biden unnless you want a repeat of the Bush/Cheney debacle that put us where we are today.

    October 14, 2012 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  24. GI Joe

    Most people don't even know the difference - they talk about deficits like it's just a bill. They talk about deficits like it just happened the last 2 years.

    Most people know they want jobs jobs jobs (which got the House loaded with baggers in 2010 that promised that and then switched to women's issues).

    Vote the baggers out to get moderate, intellgent people back in the House of Representatives. They've voted against every jobs bill, even the one to help veterans get jobs. VOTE THEM OUT.

    October 14, 2012 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  25. sara

    No one can say Mitt doesn't have a plan to deal with the deficits and reduce the national debt. Obama has made a mess of both and our country is on the road to an even tougher return. Obama has no plan other than the same old stuff from the last 4 years, which clearly haven't helped us a bit. We cannot afford 4 more years of Obama's so called "plan." In the first debate, Obama showed the real Obama...the one the media shields us is out of the bag...Obama has no record and he has no plan. Mitt is right, it's a clear choice and a clear answer for me.

    October 14, 2012 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
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