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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soundoff (130 Responses)
  1. Paul " Look at ME!!! I'm working in a soup kitchen!!" Ryan

    Show us your tax returns for the last 20 years Willard!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 17, 2012 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  2. Ancient Texan

    Romney is right! Obama keeps babbling about Romney not giving details of his plan (which he done numerous times) and Obama has NO plan...PERIOD.

    October 17, 2012 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  3. Woman In California

    You're finished-overaged frat boy and so is your thirsty sidekick.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    October 17, 2012 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |

    "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?"

    He outlined it during the debate last night. Weren't you there, Mitt?

    October 17, 2012 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  5. Wire Palladin, S. F

    Those fumes that Mittens smells is his own flatulence.

    October 17, 2012 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  6. V

    The picture syas alot. Mitt looks defeated. As for the answers for women coming from him, then why didn't he answer whether or not he believes women deserve equal pay? The whole "binder full of women" story just goes to show you that he has no clue about women's issues. I can't believe in all his years in business he didn't run across one woman who he considered qualified to be in his Cabinet. Sorry Mitt, but your losing and you can double talk, flip flop or whatever it is you do (lie, mostly), but the real leader last night and for the next four years was and will be President Obama.

    October 17, 2012 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  7. Gurgyl

    This idiot is running on severe LIES. This jerk is nonsense to USA and world. Don't we know his Bain-Capital shipped jobs to CHINA for greed. What nonsense he is talking in this electronic era. Yes, on Obama12.

    October 17, 2012 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  8. Wake up People!

    If the POTUS is running on fumes, you Willard, are running on stank, hot air. You are a born liar and the worst presidential candidate that I have ever seen in my life. You lie so much, you make Tricky Dick look honest. And you shouldn't be allowed within 500 feet of the White House. You nor that pinched face, botoxed wife of yours.

    OBAMA 2012!

    October 17, 2012 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |

    Get out of Hampton Roads you lying sack of manure. You're running on a bunch of distortions and LIES. We don't need your hate and division in Hampton Roads and we certainly don't need it in the White House.

    October 17, 2012 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  10. California Gary

    Ok Mr. Coal did you like that shot last night about you saying the coal plant was killing people and taking great delight in closing it down? I notice you didn't have a response for that........caught in another flip flop were you? What a shocker.....

    October 17, 2012 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  11. Luke,AZ

    Gov. Romney had his behind chewed off last night. President Obama was prepared,poised and on the offense. After the first few minutes were over Gov. Romney lost all of the color in his face and was on the defensive for the remainder of the evening.

    October 17, 2012 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |

    Romney is in denial. He looked like a punch drunk boxer last night,..unsteady on his feet, weak quivering voice, and wobbly knees. The President is built to go the distance,..Romney is the sprinter, who is folding like a cheap suitcase.

    October 17, 2012 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  13. kayla

    and you running on empty

    October 17, 2012 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  14. n

    Look in you dirty big black book, oops, I mean black binder for women who can bring home the bacon fry it up in a pan and never, ever will make more then a man as long as Romney is running things, because they have to be home by five to take care of the kids and wash their husband dirty magic underwear.

    October 17, 2012 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  15. truth hurts

    Obama has been nothing BUT smoke, mirrors and fumes for 4 years. He's only in it for the celebrity. He loves the attention, the perks, hob knobbing with the Hollywood elite and working on his golf game. He never had an original idea in his life. Pelosi and Reid led him around by the nose for 2 years. Now a lot of what he spews is stolen right from the Romney campaign. Seriously America, Obama couldn't lead himself out of a wet paper bag if he had a machette! The Dmeocrat Party and LSM sold this country a scammer in 2008. Don't let them do it again.

    October 17, 2012 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  16. ThinkAgain: Hey, networks, fact-check the debates in real-time and put it in the crawl!

    Repub playbook: When in doubt, accuse your opponent of your own bad behavior/mindset.

    Obama/Biden 2012 = The only sane choice

    October 17, 2012 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  17. Laverne

    Well aint that the pot calling the kettle black! This man is something else and I don't mean that in a good way!

    October 17, 2012 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  18. Four and The Door

    Obama said. "That's not what we do. That's not what I do as president, that's not what I do as commander in chief."
    Given a choice of not having a clue what went on in Benghazi or intentionally misleading Americans with bad data, Obama is saying he didn't have a clue. He couldn't find a way to claim Executive Privilege so he claimed Executive Incompetence?

    October 17, 2012 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  19. Buckeye

    Correction for WIllard: Obama and Biden are now running circles around him and his dishwashing boy blunder. Last night was the capper. 14 days, 47%, binders full of's no wonder Ann said she'd worry about his mental state should he become POTUS. Willard came across as the angry out of touch elitist that thinks it's still the 1950s that he is last night.
    Good news is that he'll have nothing but time to visit his money in the Cayman's after 11/6.

    October 17, 2012 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  20. Core republican Values

    Big talk for a candidate who hasn't yet explained points 2-5 (after point #1, lowering taxes on the rich. How'd that work our for your pal GWB?) of his "5 point plan to create jobs."

    Point #1 will double employment in stables, pool houses, at shoe shine benches, and in private homes (maids and dishwashers). What else you got?

    October 17, 2012 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  21. Name w.bullock

    I said no excuse to presdient obama so he had lots problems for past 4 yrs so I don't understand y obama are trying keep hide his attuddies more blame to mitten
    Warning warning warning
    Fraud check scam from afrcian amercian

    October 17, 2012 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  22. Joey

    Why do you stat there are 7 thousand people there, but never show a picture of the crowd for Romney, but when Obama has over 7 thousand there's a whole view??? Is it because no ones at Romney boring stump speeches that even look like anything over 100, stop gasing this lose up!

    October 17, 2012 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  23. Pat Wade

    Of all of the things Romney said, this was one of the most notable?? Really?

    Candy Crowley had no RIGHT as moderator to inject herself into the conversation about Libya and should apologize very publicly for her bias.

    October 17, 2012 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  24. Fay

    This man amazes me every day and not in a good way. Is he serious about the words he speaks? No Mr. Romney you are running on fumes. You have totally turned me away from your campaign. I am a single mother who works hard just like the next person and does not receive "government handouts" I am personally pro life but as the President I do not believe government has the right to tell a woman what to do with her body. I hope and pray that the people voting for you wise up and see you for the opportunist that you are. This man irritates me to the core!

    Obama/Biden 2012!!

    October 17, 2012 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  25. Bill

    Romney looked doped up last night. Running on fumes? I think not, Mittens, and you know it.

    October 17, 2012 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
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