Romney: All in for the family
October 24th, 2012
04:50 PM ET
8 years ago

Romney: All in for the family

Reno, Nevada (CNN) - Mitt Romney made an appeal to struggling families at his second Nevada rally in as many days, telling voters he understood their troubles and could help.

The candidate's retooled stump speech, featuring a series of empathetic stories about down-on-their-luck Americans – a senior on Medicare, a daughter working to pay off her college loans, a middle-aged homeowner whose property lost value - came as the GOP presidential nominee sought to capitalize on a surge in the polls this month that has fueled new optimism about his election effort.

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"This election [is] about your family and families across this country, and the choice we make will have an enormous impact on your family,"

Romney told an audience of roughly 2,500 people Wednesday in Reno – a smaller audience than the candidate had drawn at several joint rallies with his running mate Paul Ryan over the past week. "And I understand what it's going to take to get this country strong again and to provide the answers that your families need."

Romney's stop in Nevada underlined his renewed confidence following a series of debates with the president this month.

"We've had four debates and he hasn't been able to describe what his plan is to get this economy going," Romney said at a Reno events center across the state from where he spoke a day earlier. "You can boil what he's saying down to four simple words, and that is: 'more of the same.'"

President Obama enjoys support from Latinos and unions in Nevada, and has generally edged ahead of Romney in polls. But with two stops in two days and polls that show the race here is tightening, the Romney campaign is forcing Obama to defend a state he easily won in 2008.

The president will rally supporters in Las Vegas Wednesday night.

Hours in advance of that visit, Romney tied Obama to the housing crisis that has hit Nevada particularly hard.

"If he's re-elected I'm convinced you're going to see the values of your homes continue to bump along in the basement," Romney told supporters.

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Nevada
soundoff (106 Responses)
  1. FactCheck

    "the choice we make will have an enormous impact on your family"
    Cuts in education, basic science research, turning Medicare into a voucher program, trillions in deficit spending, etc. etc.

    Hey, what do you know, Mitt actually got it right.

    October 24, 2012 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  2. Tabeth

    Yes Sir,
    we agree that you will try to help. But all your advisers are of Bush time...How will you over power them?
    And what about the video writing off 47% of American.....why change all the time!!
    I would rather stick with Obama! A good bird in the hand is better than 100 on the line.

    October 24, 2012 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  3. a in austin

    What about the families in Freeport, Illinois – you won't even go speak to them after bing invited.

    October 24, 2012 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  4. Four and The Door

    Obama's idea of bringing families together is an economy where half of the college graduates can't find a job and have to move back in with mom & dad. Ahhhhhh, together again. Thank you President Obama.

    October 24, 2012 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  5. v_mag

    Rob-money promises "more of Bush". That's his plan, and that will lead us back to the same economy-wreaking results that Bush gave us.

    BTW, whatever happened to old W? Did he fall off the wagon and go back on the sauce? Nobody has seen or heard from him in ages. I know he's an embarrassment to the Repugnant party, and a reminder of dark days to come if Rob-money wins, but is he even still alive?

    October 24, 2012 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  6. I Voted Early In NC

    The election is about our families. Yes Romney will have a enormous (negative) impact on our families. Romney cares about himself and his rich buddies. I already voted for President Obama and will never vote republican again.
    Just think 2 weeks from today Romney will call his voters the 47% again.

    October 24, 2012 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    Vote for New America. Vote for Obama. Vote for your future. Vote for Obama.

    October 24, 2012 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  8. ladyspencer

    Had a conversation with my co-workers this morning....Q: Are you better of today than 4 years ago? A: HELL YEAH.
    * I was able to get my house refinanced at a good rate
    * My daughter was able to get the grants needed to go to college.
    * I was able to find affordable housing
    * Got a new car with the cash for clunkers program.

    Think this could happen wit Romney....LORD I pray that that man do not get into office, this county will go all the way back to the 1930's

    Conclusion: You must be deaf dumb or blind to not know how much was accomplished inb 4 years , we need 4 more to finish

    October 24, 2012 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  9. Bill

    If Romney wins, I cash in my 401K and move to my farm in Brasil. At least, I will not see my future destroyed by the reckless clown. Clearly, 8 years of George Bush was not enough for some folks. The suckers here who vote for him will deserve everything that happens to them. And that includes the end of Medicare, slashed education funding, tax breaks for the wealthy, a falling stock market and a recession that will make the one we just edured look like a day in the park.

    October 24, 2012 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  10. Paul

    HA!!! LIAR!!!!! It's not about my family, who's gay. If Mitt has his way, he's going to take away the right to have me visit my dying partner in the hospital. Yeah, Obama fixed it, but Mitt has NO problem with taking that away, do you Mitt? Since it's a "privledge" and not a right as you mentioned the other day in the news. You don't care about 100% of America.

    October 24, 2012 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  11. Mungstu Teshome

    I feel like American people are like Robat every time he tells huge lies, he recharge the peoples brain so they can forget about what he said. PEOPLE, PEOPLE wake up words can't be taken away. When he said the F-word to the 47% he means it, he does not care for the people of United State. These guy is a none sense, stupid CEO that have no Commander in chief grace. He is not the answer for this country. United and we win, that is the answer.

    October 24, 2012 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  12. ConsiderThis, FL

    It's a sad day in America when a known, proven, undeniable, uneqivocal, blatant, unashamed, LIAR gets 40+ percent of the vote in a presidental election. I'll bet the whole world is wondering, "Are Americans THAT stupid?" I'll say it plainly; if you don't make $1m per year or more in income, you'll be sorry you ever voted for this character-less individual. But, if you do vote for him, don't cry when he makes you and your children pay for his $5 trillion tax cuts for the wealthy. Hell, he won't even show you his tax returns but he wants you to vote for him. Go ahead. Vote for him and remove all doubt that you're a fool.

    October 24, 2012 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  13. Marty, FL

    Romney would go backwards to middleman costs for student loans, reinstate the donut hole in seniors' prescriptions, and sadly showed he is not ready for presidential foreign policy from the debate.

    President Obama improved student loans, pell grants, seniors' healthcare, foreign relations, and recovering real estate market.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    October 24, 2012 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  14. Four and The Door

    ConsiderThis, FL
    It's a sad day in America when a known, proven, undeniable, uneqivocal, blatant, unashamed, LIAR gets 40+ percent of the vote in a presidental election.
    Where's your proof? Because Obama/ Biden 2012 said it was so?!?!? David Axelrod told Obama there would be people just like you. Amazing do exist.

    October 24, 2012 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  15. jj

    That man will say anything. How do you know Mitt Rmoney is lying? His lips are moving.

    October 24, 2012 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  16. Mungstu Teshome

    And if one republican say some crazy stuff about abortion, it should reflect on all the republican because they all have the same idea and policy. If one feel that Pregnancy due to rape is God's Will they all feel the same. Also Mitt Robme indorse Republican Murdock, which means he indorse his idea and thought. Deal with it Robme supporter, if there is one out thier. I believe at this moment if their is any one supporting his idea is dead to the united state or he or she is MENTALLY SICK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 24, 2012 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  17. Gurgyl

    I voted for Obama and direct Dem. ticket. Period.

    October 24, 2012 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  18. Lynda/Minnesota

    Throw up in my mouth. I remember the 47% tape if Romney and others don't - no matter what his "focus" groups suggest.

    This man panders, yes. But that is all it is .... pandering.

    October 24, 2012 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  19. PJ

    Romney trustworthy? Not by a long shot, and he proves it every day.

    October 24, 2012 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  20. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Where's your proof?"

    One full year of Romney campaigning. And video feed after video feed showing his lies from one year, one month, one week, one minute to the next. Romney's lies are out there for all to google. Interview after interview. Statements after statements. Many go back as far as the 1990s.

    October 24, 2012 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  21. a disgrace but you voted for him

    obama's hiding the details of the embassy killings to try and save his failed presidency has brought growing demands that he be impeached immediately!

    October 24, 2012 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  22. beevee

    McCain was at least honest and stood on his prinicples. Romeny throught the campaign flip-floppped on every issue so often that he himself does not know what he stands for. Now he is lieing again that he understands the struggles of the poor and the middleclass. This is the same guy who said a few months ago that he does not care for 47% of the americans because he does not think that they will support him in the election. Now all of a sudden he is born again and says he understands what the struggles of the less fortunate are. If he wins the election he will say aha! I fooled you did'nt I? This guy is another Nixon beware.

    October 24, 2012 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  23. Tabeth

    How can you help us if you do not show strength in this:
    Your position should have been clear. Is this what will happen when you take office?
    The Romney team quickly backed the candidate away from the remarks, but not from Mourdock himself, for whom Romney had recently taped campaign advertisements.

    October 24, 2012 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  24. cbr

    Perhaps he is willing to help them get jobs or to start companies like he did for his children. Mr. Romney has never had to find a job because his name opened every door for him. I am not sure he would know how to get a job.

    If you believe that he feels your pain then you had best think again. He did not feel anyone's pain when he was governor of MA. in fact he made sure that as many programs as possible was transferred to the cities and towns so that the state would not have to pay for them. Our property taxes went sky high just to pay for these programs. It was all a shell game.

    October 24, 2012 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  25. Jrdz

    Go ahead and vote for Mittens The Anti Christ and see what you get. Taken America back 150 years to the promise land of the Great White Male watch out Women your about to become chattel better get home and make super-dinner remember also to be barefoot and pregnant. Just for the record Mittens we need to move forwards not back wards but you don't get it do you!

    October 24, 2012 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
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