Romney: 'My team' will work across the aisle
October 27th, 2012
07:36 PM ET
10 years ago

Romney: 'My team' will work across the aisle

Kissimmee, Florida (CNN) - Mitt Romney pushed through Florida on Saturday, assuring energetic audiences his campaign was on the upswing and promising to usher in a new era of bipartisanship.

Romney opened his three-stop bus tour by sounding a confident note in Pensacola, where he told an audience of roughly 10,000 that the end of President Barack Obama's term in office was in sight.

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"You know the supporters of the president's have this chant. They do: 'Four more years, four more years,'" Romney said. "I like '10 more days' a lot better."

Faulting Obama for being "divisive" and demonizing those that opposed him, the GOP presidential nominee underscored a pledge he's been making increasingly on the campaign trail - to bring together opposing factions in Washington and tackle the heated partisan divide.

"In your life, if you've got someone you've got to work with and you disagree, why, you find some way to work together," he told an audience at an airport hangar in Kissimmee. "We're going to have to have an administration in Washington, my team in Washington, that's willing to work with people across the aisle."

Even as he promised to bring together politicians of all parties, Republican officials who traveled with Romney underscored the difficulty of achieving that goal.

Senate candidate and current Rep. Connie Mack told the Kissimmee audience that, if elected, he would go about dismantling Democrats' signature achievements.

"With your help, we'll turn this country around," Mack said to big cheers as he explained he would vote to repeal the president's health care plan and the Dodd-Frank financial regulation legislation, as well as vote to cut taxes.

Earlier in the day, Sen. Marco Rubio dismissed a policy booklet released by the Obama administration last week as a "picture book" full of wrong-headed ideas.

"Unfortunately, there's nothing really innovative in that picture book," he said. "They're the ideas that have failed every time they've ever been tried. They're expensive ideas. They're the ideas of countries that people come here to get away from."

An Obama campaign spokeswoman issued a statement scoffing at Romney's bipartisan rhetoric.

"The American people shouldn't trust a word Mitt Romney says on his promise of bipartisanship," said spokeswoman Lis Smith. "Over the last six years he's been running for president, he hasn't stood up once to the most extreme voices in the Republican Party - in fact, he catered to them."

Romney's visit to the state came on the first day of in-person early voting in Florida, and the candidate encouraged his supporters to head to the polls in a state his campaign sees as a potential win Nov. 6.

"The earlier you vote, the more help you can give us getting other people to the polls," he said in Kissimmee. "Because we're going to have to turn out our people."

After his campaign announced it would scrap Sunday's events in Virginia, Romney offered his sympathies to those in the path of Hurricane Sandy.

"I hope you'll keep the folks in Virginia and New Jersey and New York and all along the coast in your minds and in your hearts," he said. "You know how tough these hurricanes can be and our hearts go out to them."

Rubio was to campaign with Romney at a third stop in Land O'Lakes, but left the trail after his daughter was airlifted to a Miami hospital after a vehicle accident unrelated to Rubio's campaign activities. She was in stable condition, Rubio's office said in a statement.

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soundoff (65 Responses)
  1. don h

    Romney is full of crap. Look at his team, it's the same neo con's the led Bush down his rosy path.

    October 27, 2012 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  2. Amskeptic

    I think Romney is naive in the extreme to think that he will bridge the aisle after his mendacious and false campaign. Ask Massachusetts what they think of that guy. . .

    October 27, 2012 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  3. Pete

    Romney quit BSing the voters,you know as well as the people of Massachusetts you didn't do such a thing as be bipartisan,just another lie from the pathelogical liar..Republican voters watch the polls in three states Massachusetts,Michigan and New York and tell me why with a rating of 36% as exiting governor and now behind Pres.Obama by over 20 points in those states he's the Mormon moron for you..They do know something that you don't that Romney stunk in his time as governor and Duval Patrick the governor of Massachusetts had to clean up his mess so ask him,he definitly won't lie!!!

    October 27, 2012 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  4. 333maxwell

    Oh sure,after running one of the nastiest and icky campaigns I have seen in my 50 plus years of paying attention, suddenly he is preaching 'cooperation'.

    This guy.. a few days until election and he still doesn't know what he is running on.. or against.

    What I struggle with most about Governor Romney and these men he
    endorses for high office. Is that they want to end ALL abortion for ALL
    women and say things like if you are raped they don't want you to
    terminate the pregnancy because it is 'God's will'.

    And these
    SAME people say the will repeal Obamacare because they don't want
    Government in 'their' (tax payer paid for) health care.

    It truly is maddening ignorance.

    October 27, 2012 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  5. Becky

    If you believe that there is another bridge for sale. Mr. Romney will not work with those who do not agree with him. He did not work with the Democrats in MA. He left that up to his Lt. Governor. He left to run for President.

    Which Mitt Romney will be there? He has changed his positions so many times that it will be hard to know what he wants to do.

    October 27, 2012 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  6. Mike M

    Please -I believe this about as much as I believe in the tooth fairy

    October 27, 2012 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  7. GOP = Greed Over People!

    Your "team" includes the House baggers and we have the result of their interpretation of "working across the aisle", to thank for this great country's first ever credit rating downgrade and the impending fiscal cliff.

    We are working, on your team being an integral part of "smaller" government after the election.

    October 27, 2012 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  8. Suzanne

    OMGosh! Richy Rich Romney is full of "Let's Go Backwards" baloney!

    October 27, 2012 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  9. If you are undecided, Just ask Massachusetts

    Just ask Massachusetts. Would Massachusetts re-elect Romney as Governor. Why or Why not? This simple act can help inform your decision.

    October 27, 2012 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  10. L

    THE RIGHT WOULD NOT WORK ACROSS THE AISLE WITH PRES. OBAMA. We all saw them trash our Democracy. Now they want to play nice? Give us a break. Americans can not be stupid enough to be tricked by the Republicans.

    October 27, 2012 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  11. Cat Bistransin

    Reach across the aisle? Such an amiable chap ya are, Mittens. Two problems: you have a Democratic majority, you won't be reaching anywhere. Second problem: you're not going to win, so don't bother to twist the thing around. Our President didn't cause the belligerent 'no-prisoners' aisle war - you reds did.

    October 27, 2012 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  12. Really

    This guy will Say Anything. Next he might say he'll vote for President Obama's policies, or that he'll fly back to Boston to vote early for President Obama.

    October 27, 2012 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  13. Frank

    yeah, across the isle and to the bathroom.

    October 27, 2012 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  14. independent

    The GOP has already demonstrated that it is their way or the highway. If you vote for his ideas, then he claims he is working across the aisle. Don't count MA, they worked with him – not the other way around.

    October 27, 2012 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  15. jinx88

    Right, to bad your team consist of Murdock, Akin, Trump, Rush, Coulter, Glen Beck and every other Repuke nut job. Funny how Rasmussen has Romney winning in every swing state. Where do these people get their numbers? I would rather take the #'s from the individual states.

    October 27, 2012 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  16. Morning1Su,

    I feel sorry for all the innocent folks in the picture shaking Romney's hands. Don't they know his pulling a fast one on them. He is so dishonest that his promises are just empty words. He has no intention of keeping it. He said he was a servere conservative and now he don't even remember he said. Instead he steals our President's ideas. I fear if Romney becomes our President it would corrupt our society because he has not an honest bone in his body. He will not make you rich. He is going to sneeze on the poor, and middle class. Mitt and Paul Ryan do not have any foreigh policy credentials, I fear our children and grand children will have to fight another war and our country will be so in debt because of it. Please Florida Americans vote early and vote President Obama. You can trust him for doing what is right and honorable for us.

    October 27, 2012 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  17. Sharon

    No, Mitt, 'your' team will only work across the aisle when they want to. IF you win, I hope you are blessed with a Democratic House and Senate so none of your plans can take place – I can still hear McConnell and his statement that the GOP's major goal was to make Obama a one term president. Same back at you, buddy.

    October 27, 2012 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  18. Really

    Their is no conspiracy against Romney. Romney just changes his mind on everything, and when people don't like it, Romney copies President Obama. For example, remember $5Trillion tax break for the wealthy people said Romney was planning. First Romney said, "it's not true," then Romney said "it's revenue neutral by closing loop holes," then Ryan said the plan is "too complicated to explain," then Romney gives an economic speech with no details on how he wants to do anything. Romney/Ryan must think the American public are idiots!

    You know there was a republican blogger who said during the Republican primary that he "Can't see himself voting for the guy (Romney) who lost to the guy (McCain) that lost to President Obama." I certainly hope this blogger stands by his word. If people vote for Romney, just because he is white, or just because the Republican leadership's only goal was to try to defeat President Obama (instead if putting the United States of America first), or just because...(well you get the point), then we have much bigger problems to solve as we are truly a house divided. Remember, the good of the nation comes first, not rhetoric. Which candidates (Federal and Local).

    October 27, 2012 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  19. pat

    why would the republicans work across the aisle if Romney is elected when they haven't the past 4 years. With the Romney/Ryan agenda what Democrat is going to end his/her career for him!

    October 27, 2012 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  20. NotFooledByDistractions

    Oh yeah? Like when you were governor and you issued 800 vetos, 707+ of which were overturned? That's how you'll work across the aisle?

    October 27, 2012 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  21. marty

    Apparently, Mitt Romney could have given Mitch McConnell, Eric Cantor and their party peers lessons on 'how to work across the aisle' if he was so adept at compromise during his govenorship in Massachusetts. In fact, the Republican party, which was once the party of means and has become the mean party, continues its quest for power and money using any and all questionable inferences and downright lies. We need something akin to the Nuerenburg trials to determine the validity of some of these "supporters" who have practiced calumny ad nauseam.

    October 27, 2012 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  22. Proud Independent !

    Found out why Romney is losing MA . so badly ! After all he was Governor there and they know him very well ! I Found out that Romney only created about 135, 000 jobs and more than 230, 000 people left because jobs were getting harder to find under him . He also vetoed over 700 bills just to stick it to the Dem's in the state ! So much for his Bi-Partisan lie ! Property taxes and fees doubled on his watch and he cut education by 4 percent . Here's his example of job creation , He brought a company to MA and gave them 100 million dollars in tax cuts but they only created 400 jobs and Romney´╗┐ left the state with a 1.2 billion dollar debt ! That is why MA. is overwhelmingly against Romney becoming President ! They Prefer President Obama by roughly a twenty percent margin !

    October 27, 2012 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  23. Vikki

    Does Romney really think the people across the isle is going to work with him. I don't think so. Why should they after republicans refused to work with the president. Jerks. I would never vote for a corporate person. They moved my job to Mexico and China in 2005. OBAMA 2012.

    October 27, 2012 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  24. Steve

    To balance the Budget, each american worker need to pay $8000 more in taxes.

    IF you entirely cut both Defense and Health & Human Services (Medicare..) we still would have a deficit.

    The only way Romney can salvage the situation, and I suppose its his plan, is to send the country into bankruptcy, sell off its assets.. and emerge stronger than ever. Losing a third of our budget , the deficit, with default on our loans probably will require a stronger , more funding for defense. I can understand that.

    And cutting our regs to grow business, those useless environmental laws, and those health & safety, minimum wage laws prevent full employment as well. We could employ a lot a people on Chinese wages & benefits here.. everyone could be working and since cutting off SS, medicare etc. would require them to do so. Industry would move back here if the wages and working conditions are as in China and you wouldn't need education for that m either. Just how much schooling does a menial laborer need anyhow?

    Romney's vision for America.. Not Made in China, but Made in the USA.

    Sounds good, but who buys the stuff? that's the question we that need an answer.

    Ask any Republican challenger iu their primary..They all SAID Romney is a liar.

    But they are stuck with him, he deceived them too.

    October 27, 2012 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  25. Steve

    To balance the Budget, each american worker need to pay $8000 more in taxes.

    IF you entirely cut both Defense and Health & Human Services (Medicare..) we still would have a deficit.

    The only way Romney can salvage the situation, and I suppose its his plan, is to send the country into bankruptcy, sell off its assets.. and emerge stronger than ever. Losing a third of our budget , the deficit, with default on our loans probably will require a stronger , more funding for defense. I can understand that.

    And cutting our regs to grow business, those useless environmental laws, and those health & safety, minimum wage laws prevent full employment as well. We could employ a lot a people on Chinese wages & benefits here.. everyone could be working and since cutting off SS, medicare etc. would require them to do so. Industry would move back here if the wages and working conditions are as in China and you wouldn't need education for that m either. Just how much schooling does a menial laborer need anyhow?

    Romney;s vision for America.. Not Made in China, but Made in the USA. Sounds good, but who buys the stuff? that's the question we need an answer to.

    October 27, 2012 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
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