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. cherry stevens

    Working accross what isle...? The isle at the local Mercedes Benz dealership??? Romney exited the Governors mansion in Mass with a 34% approval rating, left the state 2,000,000,000.00 in debt, and shipped more jobs overseas than any other Governor ever... Hardly a telling sign of someone capable of reaching the isle in Washington. The only place he should be reaching is into his file cabinet to show America his tax returns for the past 8-10 years. Shady, sneaky, business tycoons are the worst. They play by a different set of rules. Not ready to go back to those days... Obama 2012 is where we are trying to go.

    October 28, 2012 12:09 am at 12:09 am |
  2. Larry L

    The only people who refused to "work across the aisle" were Republicans who swore an oath to Grover Norquist. Republicans in the Senate filibustered over 130 times to create failure in our government. That failure was sought so they could make political gains like those in 2010 and help them win the campaign of Mitt Romney in 2012. They did not care about Americans suffering from the recession – the 47% Romney considers useless waste. Do you want to reward the party who held America hostage for their own benefit? Romney says "vote for me and my party we will quit screwing you!". How's that feel?

    October 28, 2012 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  3. Porter

    My only hope in the event of a Romney victory is that the Dems give him a taste of his own medicine, and filibuster every damn thing he tries to get shoved down our throats. It may be petty, but it certainly feels good.

    October 28, 2012 12:38 am at 12:38 am |
  4. Woman In California

    Who will win in November, I wish I knew, but I do know this: should Willard strong-arm and somehow steal this election, and the senate remain in the democrats control, IF they work with Willard (the way the republicans never worked with the president), I will NEVER vote democrat again, NEVER. If they should call me, I will hang up in their faces, if they should advertise, I will change channels, if they send anything to my house, I will toss it in the garbage. I will never consider or think about the democratic party again, and I will also try to talk as many of my family members and friends out of doing the same. The republicans have treated the president with absolutely no respect and no regard whatsover, and I will never forget that as long as I live.

    Obama 2012

    October 28, 2012 12:46 am at 12:46 am |
  5. mk1

    One part of me hopes that the Democrats work as well with Romney should he win as Republicans have worked with President Obama. That being said, Democrats have always put the best interest of America above politics unlike Republicans and will more than likely work with Romney as I said should he win. I am not really concerned about that though. My concern is will Republicans work with President Obama when he wins a second term or will they be so bent out of shape that they continue to keep America on the edge with their typical childlike behavior.

    October 28, 2012 01:08 am at 1:08 am |
  6. J.V.Hodgson

    He has to be kidding. His re-election campaign heads were old bush advisors or in positions of power. he pandered to tea partiers who have said loud and clear they dont want moderation or compromise.
    Obama tried the same thing and got so many resounding NO's it was untrue. with a campaign as vitriolic as this the gridlock will continue whoever wins face facts America or change the system of when and where checks and balances are or can be reasonably modified like filibusters and reducing the numbers of appointments requiring approval. There are far to many and it is totally unecessary.
    then get rid of citizens United in so far as any political donation has to source identified at least, none of these peculiar exceptions. If you dont think PAC's give huge encouragement to divisive politics let this simpleton know why!? Just look at the negative ads!! The most used remote control button for our TV is "MUTE"

    October 28, 2012 01:09 am at 1:09 am |
  7. Marty, FL

    Not buying it when Romney divisively derided Democratic leaders just this week in his Mourdock endorsing ad.

    October 28, 2012 04:07 am at 4:07 am |
  8. John

    If Romney thinks Obama has been divisive and demonizing, that tells me he really doesn't have a clue. What does the Karl Rove play book say, attack your opponents strengths and accuse him of what you and your surrogates are guilty of... Shame on Romney, shame on the Republicans.

    October 28, 2012 04:29 am at 4:29 am |
  9. Sue

    Anyone that believes Romney's "team" will work across the aisle is deluding themselves! GOP's motto is "Our way or the highway"! If this election has taught me anything, it's that 1)it's the nastiest republican campaign I have seen in my lifetime, 2) republicans such as Donald Trump, Ann Coulter, John Sununu, and Sarah Palin are nothing more than moronic publicity hounds, and 3) I'm proud to be a Democrat.

    October 28, 2012 04:42 am at 4:42 am |
  10. Hindsight 20/20

    Another one of Mitt Romney's fantasies. If all these Republicans do is obstruct now, what makes you think they'll compromise on anything if they take the white house? They'll think it's a mandate to obstruct.

    October 28, 2012 06:07 am at 6:07 am |
  11. carl pinson

    Has the whole world gone blind Romney is lying. Through his teeth and Mormon is not Christian they are cult. Even NRA is dumb enough to think if he gave his word on guns whatwould stop him from removing on deal never seen a honest politician yet God help us

    October 28, 2012 06:54 am at 6:54 am |
  12. clarke

    Mitt will not do any better that President Obama, Well, let me correct that. Mitt is not a person of color so maybe he will do better. It is shameful but true. IMO, if Mitt is elected we are in deep trouble.

    October 28, 2012 07:30 am at 7:30 am |

    You mean bushes team that got us in this mess.

    October 28, 2012 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  14. Marry

    My team will work across the aisle? He is kidding, right? Listen to the people of Massachusetts how well Mitt worked for them! The GOP would have to learn something completely new because they most certainly did not know what an aisle is – never mind working across it in the last 4 years! Remember the party of "NO"?

    YOU vote! IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to decide if we have the GOP in a position of influence and power and a third Bush administration or President Obama continued steady and fair way forward out of this crises!
    President Obama 2012! Don’t boo, VOTE!

    October 28, 2012 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  15. CanadaONE

    Romney: 'My team' will work across the Mormon church aisle

    October 28, 2012 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
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