Romney on 'the incredible shrinking campaign'
October 19th, 2012
10:50 PM ET
10 years ago

Romney on 'the incredible shrinking campaign'

Daytona Beach, Florida (CNN) - Mitt Romney sought to blunt a new attack by President Obama during an energetic Florida rally Friday, and accused his rival’s team of running “the incredible shrinking campaign.”

“They have absolutely no agenda for the future. No agenda for America. No agenda for a second term,” Romney told an audience in a sprawling outdoor shopping complex in Daytona Beach. “It's a good thing they won't have a second term.”

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The attack, which Romney delivered at the top of his 11-minute-long remarks, was an apparent response to Obama’s diagnosis of the GOP presidential nominee with “Romnesia” at a morning rally.

After an introduction from his running mate Paul Ryan in Florida, Romney wasted no time before launching immediately into the new charge.

“They've been reduced to petty attacks and silly word games. Just watch it,” Romney said. “The Obama campaign has become the incredible shrinking campaign. This is a big country with big opportunities and great challenges, and they keep on talking about smaller and smaller things.”

Earlier in the day, Obama had coined a new term to portray his rival as a flip-flopper.

“He told folks he was the ideal candidate for the tea party. Now suddenly he is saying, ‘what, who, me?’” Obama told a Virginia audience. “We have got to name this condition he is going through. I think it is called Romnesia.”

Democrats immediately seized on the line, trumpeting the so-called diagnosis across social media.

Romney’s Florida event came during the city’s annual celebration of Biketoberfest in Daytona Beach, where motorcycles rumbled through town late into the night.

A new CNN poll showed the two candidates running neck to neck in the crucial swing state.

“We can endure 18 more days of the agenda of President Obama, but we cannot endure four more years,” Romney told his sprawling audience Friday night. “And that's why we're going to replace him in 18 days.”

- CNN Political Producer Shawna Shepherd contributed to this report.

Filed under: 2012 • Florida • Mitt Romney
soundoff (28 Responses)
  1. onlyfacts

    He says they have been reduced to petty attacks and silly word games, then uses silly words for a petty attack. Wow, he should make a great president!

    October 19, 2012 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  2. Eric

    For the sake of my over regulated business and for the sake of the economy I hope romney is elected.

    October 19, 2012 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  3. Anthony

    Romney is the next president, Thank GOD! Obama is a pure failure and worst president ever.

    October 19, 2012 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  4. TNT

    We can hardly wait for this race to end. Hope Romney goes back to what he was doing 8 yrs before hes been running for President. He was a jerk in the last debate and I hope America will send him a clear message that we dont want a President who changes like the wind. Vote for Obama 2012

    October 19, 2012 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  5. JPMinNC

    Mr. Romney, the CEO without numbers? Mr. Romney, the man who knows so little about foreign policy he has to rely on the failed advisors of the failed Bush presidency? Mr. Romney, the man who can't decide for himself whether rape can cause pregnancy? There is no "there" to this man - he is the very paradigm of an empty suit.

    October 19, 2012 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  6. Clouds Across The Moon

    Start winning all of the battle states and you'll go just fine.

    October 19, 2012 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  7. BrianCK

    “the incredible shrinking campaign.” Whew I assumed you were talking about Romney's campaign for a second...It makes all the more sense now that you were referring to Obama's campaign.

    October 19, 2012 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  8. truth will out

    it's true.......Obama will only have "more flexibility" if he wins......Russian prime minister can vouch for that......aside from that, his plan is to allow government to take over business in this country. Romney's is to start WW3........Gary Johnson 2012!!!!

    October 20, 2012 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  9. donna

    You have to admit Romnley has a point. I would like for Obama to address his vision for the next 4 years in his final debate, instead of more Big Bird, etc.

    This campaign has been without Hope, just give us something to look forward to, it's bad times we're living in.

    October 20, 2012 12:09 am at 12:09 am |

    Desperate Romney. Got such a good laugh when I heard his "bipartisan" commercial. Apparently Mittens has forgotten who his running mate is and that they both signed the Grover Norquest pledge. Romney/Ryan do not play well with others.

    October 20, 2012 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  11. Craig RB

    Yes, there's an agenda and Romney is not on it.

    October 20, 2012 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
  12. John Oboho

    All Mitt Romney talks about is replace,yet he would not state the specifics of his tax plan,has bluntly refused to release his detailed tax returns,so as not to let the cat out of the bag that he benefited from the tax amnesty,& hopelessly try to shield himself from being known by America for the crook that he is.

    October 20, 2012 01:10 am at 1:10 am |

    obama offers small solutions for big problems growing even bigger - both here and abroad

    October 20, 2012 01:12 am at 1:12 am |
  14. Yonni

    The incredibly shifted man and a can artist running for the president? Priceless.

    October 20, 2012 01:18 am at 1:18 am |
  15. Alvin

    I think Obamas advisers need to get him back on track. The campaign is starting to seem silly. Maybe it's a strategy to appeal to college age kids but I think women are looking for more substantive material. Where is Obama of 2008? Time is running out!

    October 20, 2012 01:28 am at 1:28 am |
  16. eavesdrop

    I believe Romney was very discourteous when he tried to respond to Obamas remark about Romnesia , saying it was small talk but displayed and angry demeanor demonstrates , as he puts it that small talk easily ruffles his feathers.
    If this is the case is this man Presidential? ... You be the judge.

    October 20, 2012 03:31 am at 3:31 am |
  17. emeka

    what obama is looking for white house we need a man that will put iran to sleep that man is romney

    October 20, 2012 05:42 am at 5:42 am |
  18. joey

    I got a solid advice for Mr flip flopping Romney! You can start consider painting one of your mansions white because thats the only White House you will ever occupy.

    October 20, 2012 06:47 am at 6:47 am |
  19. n

    And Romney's agenda and plans, one will never know, until it's too late. Period.

    October 20, 2012 07:29 am at 7:29 am |
  20. Anonymous

    Hey now. Romney is reduced to campaigning at shopping centers and we are to believe he is going to win the election? Give it up, pollsters. Reputations are on the line and America is fast losing faith in coporate owned media. This is why.

    October 20, 2012 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  21. john2655

    Dear Mr Romney, You will not even get a first term. You take take that to the bank in the caymans.

    October 20, 2012 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  22. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Sure Obama has a plan for the next 4 years. He is practicing what he learned in Vaudville. WITH YOUR MONEY AND MY BRAINS WE WILL GO PLACES. Now where is that party I am supposed to attend. Thr Rich ain't paying their fair share. We saved the Auto industry. Don't you people konw nothing.

    October 20, 2012 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  23. Rick McDaniel

    Obama's only agenda, is to keep doing what he has been doing, and that would simply lead the country into total insolvency.

    October 20, 2012 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  24. Romney > obama

    Any voter can see that obama out of ideas. He spend the last year lying and slandering Romney and said NOTHING new in the first two debates.

    Romney is obviously the best choice we've had in 3 elections.

    October 20, 2012 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  25. Indy

    Speaking of small ideas and small campaigns did you hear about the guy that ran on one idea and only one idea ? Lower taxes for the wealthy creates jobs is Mitts only answer to job creation, even though it has been proven beyond a shadow of doubt that it does NOT create jobs. If lower taxes for the wealthy created jobs why has Mitt Romney not created thousands of jobs with his millions of dollars ?

    October 20, 2012 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
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