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. herrick9

    Myth I really don't think you are in woman's plans moving forward unless of course you want to include your wife's.

    October 17, 2012 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  2. Randy, San Francisco

    Romney came across as an angry bully boy on a playground. Like Palin or Bachmann, he never let facts get in the way of what he is trying to sell to the audience.

    October 17, 2012 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  3. Lando

    Just saving the nation from a Romney administration is more than enough...people do not want to return to the
    mess that got us into this situation....Vote straight Democrats and Obama's job plans and lower taxes for the middle
    class will be realized...

    October 17, 2012 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  4. Guest

    I'm undecided too. I cant decide if liberals are ignorant or simply stupid, likely a little of both. Repeatedly perpetuating this administrations lies and distortions doesnt make it true in the end..... and the end is near!

    ROMNEY/RYAN 2012

    October 17, 2012 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  5. Wondering Wanda

    Copied from a writer answering the question of why Republicans Hate Obama so Much?
    I am sorry, the author’s id did not transfer with this information. I am impressed with this list.
    Could it be that they hate him because he has been able to do what they failed to do:
    1. Affordable Care Act
    2. $789B economic stimulus package
    3. U.S. auto industry bail out (GM and Chrysler)
    4. Cash for clunkers
    5. Incentives for buyers of hybrid automobiles
    6. Housing rescue plan and incentives for first time home buyers
    7. Credits for purchasers of energy efficient appliances
    8. Equal pay for women
    9. $716B MEDICARE savings over next 10 years to keep program solvent
    10. Lower drug costs for seniors and elimination of donut hole
    11. Ended policy forbidding Medicare from negotiating for cheaper drugs.
    12. Limited lobbyist’s access to the White House
    13. Ended the war in Iraq
    14. Closed secret detention facilities in Eastern Europe and ended renditions
    15. Removed restrictions on embryonic stem-cell and biomedical research
    16. Increased infrastructure spending (roads, bridges, power plants) after years of neglect
    17. Funded high-speed, broadband Internet access to K-12 schools
    18. Expanded the SCHIP program to cover health care for 4 million more children
    19. Expanded Pell grant program and implemented easier loan repayment policy
    20. Phased out the expensive F-22 war plane and other outdated weapons systems
    21. The Guantanamo prison camp is being phased out
    22. Torture banned. U.S. now in compliance with the Geneva Convention
    23. Better body armor provided to our troops
    24. Restarted the nuclear nonproliferation and nuclear inspection talks
    25. Increased pay and benefits for military personnel
    26. Improved housing for military personnel and veterans benefits
    27. Proposed a Veterans Jobs Act (filibustered by the GOP 3 weeks ago)
    28. Ended no-bid defense contract policy
    29. Closed offshore tax havens (sorry Mitt)
    30. Negotiated deal with Swiss banks to allow US government access to records of tax evaders and criminals
    31. Ended tax benefits to corporations that outsource American jobs
    32. Championed credit card consumer protection legislation
    33. Expanded loans and tax credits to small businesses
    34. Appointed the first Latina to the Supreme Court
    35. Limited salaries of senior White House aides to $100,000
    36. Renewed loan guarantees for Israel
    Ordered the raid that killed Osama bin Laden and authorized drone strikes against Al Qaeda targets in Pakistan,

    October 17, 2012 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  6. cw

    No, Mitt... It's time for YOU to tell us what you'd do if given 4 years.

    October 17, 2012 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  7. Critical Thinking

    Americans need to wake and pay attention the things that really matter. We nned to grow our economy, which will provide more jobs, which in turn will provide more tax dollars which will inturn help us get some kind of traction to the current deficit. The President has had his chance and has not delivered.

    Elections have consequences, if we re-elect Obama, we will definately go into recession when the economic crisis of Europe occurs. Economic independence translates to personal independence.

    October 17, 2012 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  8. Buckeye

    Although Willard did not mention anything at all about Libya today, the voters have not forgotten that he once again showed how ill-equipped he is to be C-i-C.
    We haven't forgotten about that major gaffe last night....nor have we forgotten that you have not released tax returns prior to 2010, obviously hiding something very damaging.

    October 17, 2012 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  9. Wondering Wanda

    Mitt is so rude and disrespectful–however, most of the CNN panel did not call him on that. I want to hear one Republican say something about Mitt's plans without saying the President's name.
    When so many rich powerful people start getting invloved–all the other 92-97% should be AWARE

    October 17, 2012 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  10. Borderless

    Those fumes, the stench of failure, are fueling the most cynical and pointless character attacks on his opponent. President Hollywood continues to take the low road, "making a big election about small things". He will say anything. He will do anything. Here is how bad his presidency is. Even with all the free publicity his campaign gets from the entertainment industry, even with the biased filtering of the main stream press, even with Crowley's aid in the last debate, Obama is still only just squeaking by. Why? It's hard to sell a president that has nothing to offer. No leadership. No competence. No strength. No accountability. And certainly no courage.

    I think Obama will win the electoral vote while losing the popular vote, but my conscience is clear. I mailed in my ballot for Romney yesterday.

    Romney/Ryan 2012

    October 17, 2012 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  11. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    @Wondering Wanda – Obama also appointed 2 female Judges, one of which is Hispanic.

    October 17, 2012 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  12. Keith

    Isn't it amazing how Ms. Crowley wanted to move things along whenever the subject became something that Obama didn't want to talk about. It leaves no doubt where her loyalties lie.

    October 17, 2012 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  13. GonzoinHouston

    None of us really know what Romney would do as president, assuming congress allows him to do anything. He has been strongly for and against almost everything during this campaign. He ignores his own party platform on abortion, at least at the moment. About the only thing he has never promised is a tax hike on the wealthy. He has mentioned "closing tax loopholes", but never said what would or would not be on the table. I'll have to pass on this candidate and hope the GOP regains touch with reality by 2016.

    October 17, 2012 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  14. WiredweirdinSF

    Gee, Wanda, where did all that money come from that Obozo gave to the dope addicts, welfare frauds and corrupt unons come from. My tax on my 401K will have risen 57% to pay for Obozocare. Crowley, that paragon of elite, liberally biased journalism, interrupted Romney 28 times during the debate and Obama 9. So much for CNN not being liberally biased huh. Get a clue, we have the most corrupt, inept, incompetent president in history.

    October 17, 2012 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  15. kica

    Soooooo he's going to grow american jobs by sending them to China like he did Bain?? Tell us just where will those 12million jobs come from...........still waiting to hear.........still waiting......*crickets*

    October 17, 2012 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  16. OCCaVoter

    When your presidential candidate's "solution" to the automatic_weapons_problem is for "kids to get married sooner" , you have absolutely no business talking about Obama or anyone else............That has to be one of the most_monumentallyStupid things anyone has EVER SAID , much less a presidential candidate

    October 17, 2012 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  17. jim

    I loved how Romney said trickle down doesn't work, but his policies are actually that. Romney must of forgot he took two bailout/stimlus for his companies when he made the remark about letting GM go bankrupt. I like how he takes credit for the schools in Mass. Maybe someone should tell him the schools there have always been rated at the top.

    October 17, 2012 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  18. NC Mom

    As an Independent woman, I came away feeling that Romney was really sleazy. I have a pretty good memory and it really bothers me that he changes his positions from day to day on virtually every issue. He won't answer questions on how his tax plan won't affect the deficit, or what deductions will be made. No growth is instantaneous so cuts of the magnitude he is discussing won’t be instantly offset. I think he's leaving it to Congress so that he can't say anything is his fault if he were to win and have bad results. I’m worried about federal spending just being pushed back onto the states many of which are in a financial mess already. He may reduce taxes at the Federal level, but they could be forced to go up at the State level. He didn’t mention it last night but privatizing Social Security would be a windfall for the rich as un-ending money flows into the Stock Market, and when the market is overvalued the rich will know when get out, but the average person will have his retirement account decimated. Thinking this through, I’ll most likely vote for Obama.

    October 17, 2012 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  19. Tiz

    Obama is clearly in trouble of losing his job..... and rightly so. He is so inept as a leader and is in way over his head. Time to let someone else give it a shot becuase Obama has failed to get this train rolling again.... if Mitt doesn't do it then he gets fired in 4 years too...

    it's really that simple...

    October 17, 2012 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  20. Marcia Greenwood, IN

    Romney just got his butt kicked last night-so he does't even have fumes left-he did not look Presidential he just looked like a bully-and that is the way he would rule by decree-only interested in the 1% not the 47%-last night he repeatedly violeted agreed on rules-being rich. they did not apply to him–.LOSER!!!!!

    October 17, 2012 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  21. Richard

    Critical Thinking –Your thinking is neither critical nor thinking. What you are doing is spewing the same posion as the teatards and their ilk. Rethuglicans got us into this recession, and they have stopped us from getting out of it. You better get your head on straight because if your dunces get elected this country is going into the dumper, faster that you can say flipflop robme!

    October 17, 2012 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  22. independent

    Running on Fumes (which I'd dispute) is better than running on empty – GOP promises.

    October 17, 2012 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  23. Sniffit

    "Copied from a writer answering the question of why Republicans Hate Obama so Much?"

    Good list, and a great way to highlight the GOP/Teatrolls' doubelthink here:

    Obama "did nothing", but there's a whole list of things they hate him for accomplishing.

    October 17, 2012 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  24. ObjectiveGuy

    The stink of desperation is heavy in the air today, and it's coming straight from Obama campaign headquarters. Sure, BO can get scrappy in a debate–no one ever questioned that. But it's what he didn't say that speaks the loudest. Namely, NO new plans for improving the economy–just a bunch of "we need to..." rhetoric. OK, so where's the plan? NO new plans for reducing unemployment–just a lot of sad looks for that unfortunate lot. Again, so where's the plan? NO new plans to reduce the deficit, in fact quote the opposite–he plans to continue to raise the debt at a record pace! Where's the plan for reducing it? NO new plans from Obama, so if reelected, count on another four years of the same. He claims that he's got everything poised to explode, but he just needs another four years. BS–he's got NOTHING planned except more of the same. No thanks–time for a new prez, and Mitt Romney will be it!

    October 17, 2012 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  25. Dean

    Please vote for Obama. I'm looking forward to the riots.

    October 17, 2012 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
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