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. maf

    Easy to say now, much easier to etch-a-sketch later!!! Difficult to do in practice. All it needs is a group of partisan congressmen & women to make obstruction and filibustering an art form. Oh wait, the GOP congress have done just that!!

    Get out and vote Democrats!! Unseat incumbent Republicans!!!

    October 27, 2012 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  2. roro

    Exactly who are that team? Romney is so non-specific about everything that I have no idea what his actual policies are. Especially so, since he keeps vacillating and changing what he says. And Obama DID try to work across the aisle, but all he got was total obstructionism. He gave the congress a jobs plan a year ago and the Republicans have filibustered it into oblivion – that's not working across the aisle. It's amazing he's gotten anything done with that complete lack of compromise and cooperation. It seems to me that the Republicans are only interested in getting back into power at whatever cost. Sadly, the cost has been dumped on the citizens of this country – except of course for the wealthy.

    October 27, 2012 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  3. Jean

    Dismantle health care, dismantle financial regulation legislation and vote to cut taxes? So: make sure fewer people get health care, make sure the people whose reckless and sometimes criminal acts wrecked the economy can get back to it, and make sure the deficit can't be brought under control. This is what he's promising to do. And people are lapping it up.

    He's promising the wealthy and the financial pirates that they have his support.

    And ordinary people, the people who will be harmed, are lapping it up.

    October 27, 2012 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  4. jen

    why haven't you done that when president obama was trying to pass the jobs bill???? American people, he will say what you want to hear and then change his mind later.

    October 27, 2012 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  5. Reggie from LA

    Romney's team will also work across the pond. You know. Where the jobs will be continually shipped off to.

    October 27, 2012 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  6. incredulous

    Right, after lying about them and insulting them and promising to undo the few things that managed to get passed that actually help the country he's going to come over all warm and fuzzy and reach out to them. I've got a really nice bridge to sell to anyone who is willing to buy this garbage.

    October 27, 2012 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  7. Neutral Observer

    One real advantage Romney has over Obama. If you look at two past Presidents who were able to move their agenda, you'd see that both Reagan and Clintin were able to work with a congress controlled by other party. Obama totally shoes he's no leader given his 4 years. He got nothing done with a super majority (pretty rare) and in the process alienated the other party. So when the Dems lost control of one house of congress, he could get nothing done. Romney was gov in a state absolutely controlled by other party and did quite well.

    October 27, 2012 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  8. enuff

    So Obama didn't work across the aisle? It was the republican CONGRESS that refused to work with the President. Look at the crap Boehner and Cantor pulled – they would appear to reach an agreement, then jerk the rug out from under it. ROMNEY needs to be truthful on who carries the blame. It's his own party.

    October 27, 2012 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  9. OP

    More lies!! He is promising the world hoping that people will be foolish to beleive. He is nothing more than a pitch man for the GOP whom he will bend like a reed in the wind to pass all their bills. If America elects this liar then unfortunately for all we will be in for a terrible future

    October 27, 2012 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  10. AqChicago

    Yes Gov. Romney, your team will definitely work across the aisle with your GOP Congress, simply by being a RUBBER STAMP PRESIDENT!

    October 27, 2012 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  11. Lisa

    If Romney wins, i wonder if the Dems will have the same "country be damned, we just want to see the country fail so we can blame the sitting President" attitude. A part of me says I hope not...yet the other part, the one that is just dumbfounded that half this country would put a flip-flopping liar (two liars if you count sidekick lyin' Ryan) in the White House. It makes no rational sense.

    October 27, 2012 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  12. Dan5404

    Romney's party will work across the aisle as soon as they are able to dump Ryan,Norquist, the Tea Party and all the old Bush neo-cons. But then, the party won't have anyone left. What's a fake moderate Mitt to do?

    October 27, 2012 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  13. Mary Ann

    President Obama tried to work with the GOP but the only thing the GOP wanted was for the country and the president to fail.

    October 27, 2012 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  14. el rob o

    This is why Romney must win. If Obama wins, there will be more gridlock. Listen to the vindictive tone of Obama, how can Obama possibly work with Republicans after all the things he's said during this campaign. In addition, Obama has never worked with Republicans, he mocks them. Our country cannot operate with divisiveness.

    Please vote for Romney!

    Oh yes, and I am a democrat. I'm just worried about the sequester that will take place in 2 months and this time around, I'm voting Republican. I have to!

    October 27, 2012 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  15. aguila3

    Romney can never be my president. The day after GW Bush was elected, I accepted it. I told all my friends that the world was now a much more dangerous place which proved prophetic; however, I came to terms with Bush as President. I could never do that for Romney if he is (God forbid) successful in lying his way to the White House. Look, it's just silly. With the present situation if he attempts to 'reach across the aisle' in any meaningful way the right wing of his own party will obstruct him. Think about it.

    October 27, 2012 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  16. wgf

    " 'My team' will work across the aisle"

    I guess they'll be handing out programs at the local community theater.

    October 27, 2012 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  17. carlos

    the meatloaf team???????

    October 27, 2012 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  18. carlos

    not such an intelligent comment, willard

    October 27, 2012 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  19. NikoEsquire

    This from the man who constantly says that he will work with "good Democrats. What is a "good Democrat" to him? One who will bend to the will of the Republicans out of fear that the Karl Rove money machine will outspend them in the next election? It definitely isn't one like Harry Reid or Nancy Pelosi who will stand firm and fight for what they believe in. This man is a charlatan who cannot and should not be trusted. The only reason he was able to work with the Democrats in Massachusetts was because they controlled 87 percent of the government and he bent to their wishes (or moderated his positions accordingly)–when he wasn't out vacationing or starting his campaign for president.

    October 27, 2012 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  20. Republican supporter of President Obama

    Total BS! What happened over the past 4 years tells me otherwise.

    October 27, 2012 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  21. JG-Texas

    Work across the aisle? Yeah right Romney sure you will.

    October 27, 2012 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  22. Ricardo

    U can't trust this guy, he lies in everything. U have 10 more days to the election day, not to occupied the white house, moron. U got to wait only january 20, 2013.

    October 27, 2012 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  23. Wyobob

    Like they worked across the isle the last 4 years? LOL

    October 27, 2012 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  24. RogueRobots

    If by some unlikely, miniscule chance Romneyhood is actually elected, I hope the Democrats use the same tactics of gridlock and filibustering against him to make sure he is a one term President just like the TP wingnuts have inflicted on President Obama. If this country falls for Romneyhood's lies and flip flops, then gridlock is what we will all deserve. Romney should not get credit for the groundwork that Obama put in place to put this country back on it's feet despite the Republican's expressions of glee over unemployment, high gas prices, and the slow pace of the recovery from the deep hole that the Repugs buried us in. Their happiness over every setback has been repulsive, disgusting, and un-patriotic.

    October 28, 2012 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  25. politicianquestion

    If your agenda is to dismantle what was done in the last 4 years then how can you "to bring together opposing factions in Washington and tackle the heated partisan divide". Confused.

    October 28, 2012 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
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