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. Ed FL

    The more Romney speaks and makles public remarks the more distasteful he is. This is one boring individual that wants to be President yet he keeps his fortune in other countries and venues.All President Obama needs to do in their next debate is just laugh at Romney during his speaking or question time. He comes off as a boring rich guy that wants to tell the poor people how great he is . As an ELITE draft dodger like so many other GOP politicians he won't know anyting about the system and defending of this country . Ryan is a younger Romney except with less money.

    October 14, 2012 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  2. pkrbkr

    What a joke! obama/Biden 2012

    October 14, 2012 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  3. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    There is so much wrong with those statements. The first assumption is that there will be growth with these tax cuts. That can't be proven to happen and can't be guaranteed. The second assumption that I see is that Romney assumes that the Congress is going to support him and pass things as he wants. No president, even with their party in control, can get done everything they want. I don't see these goals as anything more than just wishful thinking.

    October 14, 2012 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  4. beevee

    The problem with Romney is that he is an untested phenomenon at the national level and he is making all kinds of promises like he has a magic wand to transform the country overnight into some paradise. The reality iis that this guy would do the same things that G.W. Bush did and set us back into financial crisis. I will not trust this guy offering all these empty promises until he get into the WH and then we will see the real Romney. He will run over the 47% of the americans and make their life miserable. Voters beware of Romney.

    October 14, 2012 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  5. etesot obe

    Which Romney? Does anyone really which Romney we are talking about? In all my lifetime, I have never seen a human being hold multiple stances or change positions multiple times on the same issue as a whore changes bedsheets in a brothel. Never! For that reason, we are voting for President Obama. As republicans, we don't agree with him on most issues, but he is consistent. And in uncertain times, you need to predict a leader–and Obama is predictable whether you like him or not.
    Anyone who knows or thinks he or she knows Romney must arrange for an appointment with both a psychologist and psychiatrist.

    October 14, 2012 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  6. MaryM

    Romneyhood, take from the poor and middle class and give to the rich like mitt. That is the clear choice

    October 14, 2012 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  7. fernace

    If Romney becomes president we can look forward to everything that has been done by other republican administrations & worse! Education budget will be decimated, womens health clinics will be shut down, Roe v. Wade will be repealed, male & female contraception will become illegal due to "personhood" measures, legistation to block/ban gay civil rights will become legal, SS & Medicare will be decimated, other programs that benefit the poor, ill, elderly & veterans will disappear, religion will have ability to influence policy, war will be imminent & the 1% will still have all their GW taxcuts in place! That's what I'm reading & hearing between the lines of everything Romney & Ryan say! They simly don't care about us "little people" because we have a surplus of us! If some or many fall thru the cracks, so what, there are 100 to take our place! The GOTP want to take the country back! Back to 1912, that is! Forward w/Obama Nov 6!!

    October 14, 2012 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  8. Ike

    Trickle down economics don't work. Reagan raised Taxes. He will increased government pay if he aligns it with the private sector. If he cuts Social Security, he better the Military the same. He is going to increase Defense spending, while its at a all-time high. Bush couldn't to get out in 2008.

    October 14, 2012 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  9. Larry L

    Romney offers absolutely nothing specific about his "debt-reducing" economic plan except promises of things that cost big money – a 20% tax cut for all, Romneycare (essentially Obamacare w/o any way to pay for it), a huge increase in the Defense Budget, no taxes on investment income, technology training (w/o specifics), and even a shiny new embassy for Israel! Romney's promises can only be kept by trashing interest deductions on home mortgages and charities, and every other deduction enjoyed by the middle class. He'd need to trash Medicare and Social Security – already a part of Lyin' Ryan's plan (regardless of what the pathological liar says). That's the only way the math could work – and he knows it!

    October 14, 2012 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  10. helenecha

    When Republican Convention, former Secretary Of State Condoleezza Rice had made it clear that to borrow money from China is dangerous. So Barack Obama is the dangerous President. We're looking forward to seeing Mitt Romney the upcoming President of America as well as the next Presidents of America will lead American people and the people all over the world to a better future.

    October 14, 2012 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    Something tells me providing this "confidential campaign material" may have been intentional. This is an outline of a detailed plan, something we haven't gotten from the current administration. Perhaps team Obama can review these ideas and come up with something similar to show that they too have a plan for the next 4 years.

    October 14, 2012 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  12. Mike in Texas

    MItts debt and deficit plans are based on best case scenario situations. In a vacuum they might work but one fly in the ointment and they fall apart. Mitt is giving goals not plans.

    October 14, 2012 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  13. Jeremy Rossman

    Wow! This guy continues to amaze me, he wont show his tax returns, he wont say how he's paying for a 5 trillion dollar tax cut. He is trying to muddy the waters by just giving us the good part of his plans and leaving the rest for us to figure out.

    October 14, 2012 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  14. Former Republican, now an Independent

    It is a very clear choice. If Romney is elected he will steal from the money American workers have paid into social security and medicare to pay on the national debt. This was part of the GOP plan when they had the Bush administration burn through the Clinton surplus in 9 months and run the deficit to record levels. By stealing the money from the American worker, Romney will be able to protect the 5%,who now owns his soul.

    October 14, 2012 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  15. Jeff white

    Romney's plan for our country sounds much more likely to improve the lives of all Americans compared to what I hear Obama say.

    October 15, 2012 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  16. Anonymous

    Romney,still bluntly refuses to come clean with his detailed tax returns which more than 60% of Americans want to see;still bluntly refuses to come clean on the specifics of his tax plan.You know what?Because the specifics would reveal the middle class as those who would bear the burden of the deficit,& Romney's tax cuts to the top 1%. ROMNEY IS A USED CAR SALESMAN!.

    October 15, 2012 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  17. bj

    There goes the mortgage deduction, Medicare and Social Security and all of the jobs that can go over seas will and very quickly. Those who are forced to steal bread to eat will do so and end up in the privatized prisons or go off to war in hopes of learning a trade and continuing their education while the Corporate world will be rolling in dough as a result of winning contracts they do not have to bid. Our sons and daughters will do their American duty during war time while the privileged class and family of Mr. Romney play with their car's elevators and ski. And just think this was made possible by folks who are literally dumb as rock.

    October 15, 2012 12:30 am at 12:30 am |
  18. Francisco DeCastro

    Yes, a clear choice that Romney's camoaign have no specifics. We all saw the moderator asking Ryan and he did NOT give any. Incredibally embarassing.

    October 15, 2012 12:39 am at 12:39 am |
  19. J.V.Hodgson

    This day one list is a farce it could only be done all on day one if he were a dictator, many of these fall outside executive order doable. This list is just a stronger version of the Republican mantra of the last 4 years of our way or the highway.
    On the debt matter he really needs to check his arithmetic and current projections of deficits and also the Deficit that the Obama budget ( rejected by Republicans out of hand) planned for 2011/2012 which was much less than $1trillion
    From memory the CBO said $600bn.
    What Romney has to remember is any budgetary cuts he wants to make have to go thru the House and Senate and his first budget due for publication in March will if he is lucky be passed in September 2013 assuming Democrats dont take the same filibuster approach that Republicans did to Obama. On that score dont hold your breath.
    By the way repealing a law ( PPACA) validated in the supreme court cannot be entirely repealed via the house and Senate without a 2/3rds majority.
    Too many promises he just has no chance of living up to. If there was a magic or silver bullet policy to create 12m jobs in the US during this global recesiion it would have been done by China Brazil and all the European countries facing high unemployment and austerity alone as the IMF points out leads to job losses, and is a drag on GDP growth.

    October 15, 2012 01:00 am at 1:00 am |
  20. Thomas

    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.

    NOT TRUE !
    Since when has the Middle – class benefited from a GOP administration ?

    NEVER look it up !

    October 15, 2012 01:01 am at 1:01 am |
  21. Jesus C

    Romeny/Ryan in one word: WEINERS.

    And thats the nicest and most honest thing you can say about them. This is just a huge game to them. YUCK...Obama all the way!! Like it or not, its the only rational choice to make.

    October 15, 2012 01:53 am at 1:53 am |
  22. 200 TON HAMMER

    mitt romney no matter what you say your NOT winning the ELECTORIAL VOTES.your vp ryan health care voucher is RIGGED and it does not cover past health problems,your JOBS plans is not gonna work at all mitt as a navy army vet yes I served in both mitt your plan is no plan at all

    October 15, 2012 04:14 am at 4:14 am |
  23. Joey

    "On day one" Huh! Really I mean really, why pander with more pandering lies, because no way in the darkest place on Earth is all that going to pass Congress on the first year, let alone ever, The House has made up and passed more useless bills than any House to date, none of these will ever pass the Senate! #IJS

    October 15, 2012 04:38 am at 4:38 am |
  24. Griff.

    "Obama to be more Agressive? Is this true? Boo!!! What does it matter if Obama tries to think tough. when he can't put no more than two words together. Obama has no Logic!!! You need to be able to process your mind, before you even start thinking, then you need to have enough data in your head, before you start speaking. How do you do that after four years of being a puppet??"

    October 15, 2012 05:39 am at 5:39 am |

    No more fuzzy math. Mitt the twit needs to tell the truth.

    October 15, 2012 05:45 am at 5:45 am |
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