Romney: Obama's 'running on fumes'
October 17th, 2012
02:46 PM ET
10 years ago

Romney: Obama's 'running on fumes'

Chesapeake, Virginia (CNN) - Mitt Romney renewed his criticism of President Obama in his first appearance after Tuesday's contentious presidential debate, and accused his rival of not having a plan for a second term in office.

But the GOP presidential nominee did not mention Tuesday night's skirmish over Libya that has dominated much of the coverage of the debate.

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On a sunny afternoon in Chesapeake, Virginia, Romney told an audience of several thousand the president was focused on attacking him instead of offering his own agenda.

"Don't you think that it's time for him to finally put together a vision of what he'd do in the next four years if he were elected?" Romney said, the day after the two men clashed in the second presidential debate at Hofstra University in New York. "I mean, he's got to come up with that over this weekend because there's only one debate left, on Monday."

Romney ticked through questions he said the president had avoided answering during the debate, including on immigration reform, the jobs market, and gas prices.

"I think it's pretty clear that when it comes to his policies and his answers and his agenda, he's pretty much running on fumes," Romney quipped, telling voters they had 20 days left to make a choice about America's future.

However, the Republican candidate did not address the foreign policy issue that became a flashpoint Tuesday night, when Obama and Romney clashed over the administration's handling of the attack on the US Consulate in Benghazi last month.

During the debate, Romney charged Obama had fumbled the response to the killings of four Americans in Libya. Obama fired back at Romney and accused him of politicizing the issue.

And after a night in which Democrats felt they had scored on women's issues, in Virginia Romney made a concerted effort to reach out to independent female voters.

"This president has failed America's women," Romney told the audience. "As I go across the country and ask women what can I do to help, what they speak about day in and day out is help me find a good job, or a good job for my spouse. And help my kid, make sure my children have a bright future, better schools and better job opportunities."

"That's what the women of America are concerned about and the answers are coming from us and not from Barack Obama," Romney said.

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • President Obama • Presidential Debates • Virginia
soundoff (130 Responses)
  1. rob

    According to CNN the President is picking up on the "Binder full of Women" line now. The liberals are giddy about it but Romney is right again, THE PRESIDENT HAS NO PLAN FOR THE FUTURE. He and his Chicago Thug campaign can only try to drag Romney into the gutter with them. Smearing, lying and taking advantage of the lifelines the liberal media continues to throw him is all he has.

    Nov 6th can't come fast enough.

    October 17, 2012 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  2. hal

    Obama is running on fumes!!

    October 17, 2012 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  3. wraithapps

    I really wish Romney would stop attacking the President on his plan for the next four years. At least the President SAID what he was planning to do in last night's debate. I guess Romney wasn't listening to Obama even after he demanded for Obama to answer his questions. How about this Romney: Stop accusing the President for not having a plan when you REFUSE to share the details about YOUR plans! How do you expect any american to vote for you're recipe for "hope and change" without facts to back up your claims? You've obviously forgotten that we elected the President four years ago on "Hope and Change" and we will not make the same mistake twice! (Vote on a candidate that proves his promises by saying "Trust me, it works.") If you do not start giving the public details to actually HOW you plan to keep your promises if you're elected, you WILL NOT get elected by MY VOTE! The American people deserve SPECIFIC DETAILS and that goes for BOTH campaigns!!

    October 17, 2012 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  4. mb2010a

    Grasping at straws blowing in the wind...unless he can manage to bribe the electoral college to vote his way instead of for Obama, Mittens has already lost this election...Obama – 345; Romney – 193. Take it to the bank, lose.

    October 17, 2012 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  5. Joe

    Willard you are not one of us. The rich can't buy the presidency.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012

    October 17, 2012 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
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