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. Vincent

    I don't know about that Mittens. And tell your hair stylist you no longer want to look like Paulie Walnuts. You have enough money. Dye that thing.

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

    Wait, other than an economic plan that no economist in the world thinks will work, what has Mitt Romney planned for the next 4 years?

    October 17, 2012 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  3. bbrooker88

    Romney's "plan" is to pull 12 million jobs out of his behind. How he does that we many never know.

    October 17, 2012 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  4. Joetox

    Note To Romney : You think Obama is running on "Fumes" Romney you are "Fumes" BAD ONES !!!!!!
    Romney never has the same view or agenda , Romney changes with whom ever he is in the
    company of, their values, agenda and bank account.
    No more needs to be said 47% !!!!!!

    October 17, 2012 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  5. Khaleeshi

    Keep dreaming Willard. President Obama called him out on every lie last night – looks like Willard is running on fumes.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    October 17, 2012 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  6. plain&simple

    It's funny how Romney plays the I'm rubber your glue game he must have fell in love with in first grade. He takes whatever charge is thrown at him, never answers it ,then tries to stick it on the other guy. If that is the best he can do, save us from him being our image projected to the rest of the world. For Gods sake grow up.

    October 17, 2012 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  7. Paul in NH

    Amazing what comes from the mouth of the man who sees himself as King versus POTUS – while we chastise our kids in school for bullying behavior here's the man who wants to be President showing total disrespect for the President, moderator, women, and the American people – arrogant, condenscending, rude and not adhering to the agreed-upon debate rules – we're not back on the private school playground cutting someone's hair off this time – Mitty.

    The Repubs showed us in the Bush years how willing they were to 'work across the aisle' when they're in power – secret committee meetings drafting legislation without hearings or Dem input – then when the Dems are in power they block and hold and filibuster like a spoiled kid who will take his ball and go home.

    When you say government is the problem, then why should we trust you to actually govern? State governors giving tax cuts to the rich while squashing collective bargaining and laying off teachers and other public employees, then blaming Obama for the unemployment rate. What hypocrisy! Wealth creation does not necessarily lead to job creation – his experience at Bain should have told him that.

    Housing starts up, Dow up, consumer confidence up, unemployment down, annual deficits going down – we were in a deep ditch from the debacle left behind from the last time we tried trickle-down economics and Obama's been cleaning it up digging with only one shovel . Can things be better? Absoulutely. Happening fast enough? No one said this would turn around overnight, especially with all the obstruction going on, but you really can't say with a straight face that we're not going in the right direction.

    October 17, 2012 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  8. bencoates57

    Yeah, come to think of it, Obama has not said one word all season about what he wants to do in the nexty 4 years. Loser.

    October 17, 2012 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  9. ryche

    Hmmm.. lets see.. Obamas big revelation on how he will heal the economy and fix the defecit; tax millionaires and billionaires... Ugh.. is this 2008 all over again... Obama had NOTHING... He has NOTHING.. He has NO PLAN to fix the defecit or the debt... and he made that perfectly clear last night when the only thing he could come up with was the same talking point that he had in 2008.. and people will think the next 4 years will be better... one sec.. HAHHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAH

    October 17, 2012 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  10. xirume

    Willard is the last person who should talk about fumes. His plan to save America is nothing but smoke and mirrors.

    October 17, 2012 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  11. Kent

    Romney is DRIPPING WITH ARROGANCE. I would not trust him to baby sit my dog or 401K.

    October 17, 2012 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  12. Paul in NH

    And by the way, unless you can guarantee that all the oll from your Drill Baby Drill and Keystone pipeline strategy stays in the US to reduce gas prices, then your vision of energy independence in 8 years is a bunch of hooey. The market will dictate how much will be produced and when and where it's sold and at what price – and who controls that?? Your biggest campaign contributors. Hmmm. – I wonder if the reduction in off-shore oil leases had anything to do with one of the largest oil spills in the Gulf of Mexico.

    Gee with your business experience I would have thought you would have known that.

    October 17, 2012 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  13. joan

    Just turned to CNN and Wolf Blister came on. He just barely mentioned the Obama win the debate. Yet, when Romney won the debate they were all blown it up big time. They play it up really good and thats what give him the bump in the polls. But the race is not for the weak but for the endurace. Endure Mr. President you will win because the people of American knows that you have their backs. Especially the middleclass. Romney is very fake and false. He just want to be President.

    October 17, 2012 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  14. Romney is Such a Wanna Be

    If Obama is running on fumes, then Romney is the guy trailing behind him and breathing it all in saying over and over: Obama bad. Me good.

    October 17, 2012 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  15. Melody Fontenot

    Thanks for the nicely done town hall debate last night, Mr. President. You demonstrated command and exuberated integrity, sincerity, respect and honesty to the people of the world! After having witnessed your first debate (on Sept. 25th) and last night’s debate, it was quite clear to me that you were many times, actually stunned and lost for words during that first debate due to your opponent’s obvious and continuous “flip-flopping” on key issues. Or, was it “flop-flipping”? How could anyone prepare a response to that? Anyway, please give us more of what you gave us last night, stay the course.

    I am particularly impressed with your accomplishments on uncovering billions of $$ of fraud in the medical industry; improving the employment percentages; and support of educational programs and benefits for both teachers and students. Oh, not to mention, putting Osama ben Laden to rest. Also, anyone who watches “American Greed” should realize that many of those cases that are aired, actually happened during the years of the Bush Administration. I struggle to believe the American people would really want more of that type of financial abuse. We want “integrity, sincerity respect and honesty”; and, it is on the premises of these basic morals that our economy and the conditions of this nation will improve. So, I say, Mr. President “stay the course, you’re doing just fine”. By the way, please tell our First Lady that she looked absolutely gorgeous in pink last night while representing breast cancer awareness. :=)

    October 17, 2012 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  16. The REAL Truth...

    Willard.. who's running on fumes ??

    October 17, 2012 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  17. Sherlock

    Lets take a look at Romney's record as Governor?? He didn't raise taxes – just raised fees on everything else from marriage licenses & drivers licenses to even charging Blind Individuals for ID cards. He cut state aide to cities & towns causing an average 20+% increase in property taxes. He cut aid to education causing public colleges & universities to raise mandatory fees by 63%. When he left office his approval rating was 48th out of the 50 governors. Only 2 other governors were rated lower.

    October 17, 2012 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  18. david

    Obama "running on fomes" thats coming from a guy that has ran on nothing more than BS from the begianing! what a joke Romney is !

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

    Mitt got his clock cleaned.

    October 17, 2012 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  20. adam

    Romney reminds me with the SHIFTER in X-MEN movie, he is never the same person on the same subject for 2 contradicting questions.

    October 17, 2012 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  21. Kentucky Windage

    ...WILLARD IS RUNNING ON BINDERS OF WOMEN, a serious case of understanding what TERROR and TERRORISM means, as well as a STIFF, OLD MAN's walk across the stage contrasted by a VIBRANT, INTELLIGENT, and ALERT PRESIDENT OBAMA......
    .....The fumes that ARISE FROM LYING are STUCK ON YOU, WILLARD !

    October 17, 2012 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  22. MaryM

    I saw the used car salesman in romney last night. Mitt the twit got caught in a lie last night and attacked Candy. Oh yea, dont forget all those women in binders romney., Mitt, you are a jerk and you did not answer the question.

    October 17, 2012 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  23. The REAL Truth...

    @Borderless – 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.
    Good for you. Congrats. I guess we won't be reading any more of your regurgitated drivel here. Have a nice life.

    October 17, 2012 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  24. LIP

    Candy Crowley, the only moderator in history to take sides and tell one of the candidates they are wrong and went on to insist Romney was wrong. The really interesting part is after all the people have switched off the program, Candy comes back out and tells the audience, not the millions that watched, that she was wrong and that Romney was right and that the PRESIDENT WAS THE ONE THAT WAS WRONG.
    Did CNN post that on their web site...not

    October 17, 2012 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  25. Sherri

    I was going t vote Romney until last night. Changed my mind going with Obama. I am female hear me ROAR!

    October 17, 2012 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
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