Romney's closing argument a picture of 'day one'
October 29th, 2012
08:23 AM ET
9 years ago

Romney's closing argument a picture of 'day one'

(CNN) – Mitt Romney's final message will focus on tasks he hopes to take on his first day in office if elected president, according to an outline of the themes that was provided by a senior Romney adviser.

"Throughout this campaign, Governor Romney talked about his 'Day One, Job One' approach to fixing the American economy. Now, as we close out the final days of this campaign, Governor Romney will return to this theme and use each day to talk about specific steps in his plan that will bring about 'real change on day one' in a Romney presidency," the plan reads, leading into bullet points on specific issues Romney will hit in the eight days before November 6.

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All of the points relate to the economy, which has been Romney's theme since the beginning of his candidacy. Many of the points hark back to the GOP nominee's five point economic plan, which he unveiled at the beginning of August and has been using in nearly every speech since.

"The governor's message in these final days will be an optimistic one, focused on building a brighter future and focused on the big issues that Americans want their president to confront and develop solutions for," the note from the senior Romney adviser read.

The points Romney will hit are:

-Make the case for fundamental tax reform designed to help boost the middle-class and American competitiveness in the global marketplace.

-Talk about his plan to put the country back on track towards a balanced budget.

-Once again lay out his plan to reverse President Obama's cuts to our nation's military through sequestration.

-Describe his plan to expand trade and increase U.S. exports and also level the playing field with China by declaring them a currency manipulator.

-Explain his plan to achieve energy independence for North America.

-Focus attention on a comprehensive effort to fix our nation's schools and raise performance levels.

-Talk about his effort to halt the layers of new regulations, starting with Obamacare, introduced by President Obama that have burdened America's job creators.

Speaking on CNN's "State of the Union" Sunday, senior Obama adviser David Axelrod said the president's closing message was focused on telling voters why he needs four more years in the Oval Office.

"The president's closing message is exactly what I said before, which is we've made some progress," Axelrod told chief political correspondent Candy Crowley. "We have to build on that progress, and we have to move forward in a way that builds an economy that works for the middle class. What we can't do is go back to the failed policies of the past."

CNN's Jim Acosta contributed to this report.

Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney
soundoff (376 Responses)
  1. cicName

    If romney was a successful governor in massachusetts, why is he trailing
    in the poll there? The same in michigan, he was born there.
    These two states know him better than any other states.
    He didn't go for the second term as governor just because he knew the voters were waiting for him.
    Everybody hated him.

    October 29, 2012 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  2. Dave Jaipersaud

    Do not fall for the crap Romney and the Republicans are selling. They will lie, cheat and steal to get into the White House. The Republican idea to make things better is to do the same things that caused the problem. I am sure they would have no problem rehiring a financial advisor whose investment policies almost wiped out most Americans life savings. Basically that is what the Republicans are proposing. They are saying lets fire the guy that stabilized your investments and grow it to almost what it was prior to 2007 and let’s rehire the guy whose policies almost wiped it out. Do they think most Americans are stupid?

    Here is the real hoax. The Republican idea to make things better is to do the same things that caused the problem. Here is something to think about. Republicans would have no problem rehiring a financial advisor whose investment policies almost wiped out their life savings. Basically that is what they are proposing. Republicans are telling us to fire the guy that stabilized and grow our investments to almost what it was worth prior to 2007 and rehire the guy whose policies almost wiped it out. We have to be really stupid to listen to them and rehire a guy whose policies wiped out investment in the first place. I would hope that Americans are smarter than that.

    Here is a simple way of looking at who is best for the economy. Would you invest with a guy whose investment policies wiped out your investment portfolio or would you invest with a guy whose investment policies stabilized your investment portfolio and is currently growing your portfolio. Even Romney wouldn't invest his own money with the guy whose policies wiped out everyone’s investment and now he wants us to do it. So why would anyone even consider voting for any Republican.

    How can any Americans think that Romney/Ryan policies would be better for the Economy. The only way for anyone to think that is if they are suffering from total amnesia. Have people forgotten what happened in 2007/2008 and the years leading up to the Great Recession. It was the exact same policies that Romney is advocating now that caused the Great Recession. Are we that dumb to think that these same policies that caused the Great Recession will somehow magically make the economy better.

    I guess Romney/Ryan think we are all stupid and don’t know the truth and can’t remember the dark days of the great recession of 2007 and 2008 and the years leading up to it.

    The choice is clear. Do we want to go back to the exact same policies (Romney/Ryan current policies) that brought America (this great Nation) to its knees or do we want to continue to build on the recovery.

    October 29, 2012 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  3. Larry L

    @Jesus knows better

    Republicans hate the Poor, Old, Sick, Non-white, Non-christian, Unemployed, and Gay people. Jesus likes all of them. And yet Republicans think they vote for Christian values. Jesus knows better.
    I've always wondered how Karl Rove sells the GOP to true Christians. You are absolutely correct in identifying the enormous flaw in the logic of those who think Republicans represent the teachings of Jesus – just the opposite!

    October 29, 2012 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  4. knklhead

    – His Plan and balanced budget is 20% tax cuts across-the-board – let congress figure out how that happens. (No details)

    -President Obama's cuts to our nation's military through sequestration – not President Obama's cuts, the "do-nothing" congress obstructionism. He won't be President in time to fix this, Obama will.

    – ... China by declaring them a currency manipulator. Wow. Then he's going to see if he can somehow make money on China manipulating this currency. (There's got to be some business upside for him - including his overseas investments)

    -Explain his plan to achieve energy independence for North America – keep doing what Obama is doing, all the above .. oil, coal but yes, wind and solar.

    – fx our nation's schools and raise performance levels and teaching kids to lie better.

    -Talk about his effort to halt the layers of new regulations – exactly what this country doesn't need! let's let wall street take over again!

    – Obamacare – he'd be nuts to do anything to Obamacare, and I'd bet Mitt's $10,000 that he will NOT repeal this.

    October 29, 2012 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  5. jacksays

    economists have stated (non-partisan ones, at that) that 12 million jobs will be created over the next four years if neither Obama or Romney touches the economy as it now stands. Changes already made will take care of this. So what is it that Romney is actually going to do? Is he creating ANOTHER 12 million jobs over and above the 12 million that the economy is now poised to create itself? Or is he just planning to take credit for that 12 million and do nothing at all?

    October 29, 2012 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  6. ghostriter

    Four and the Door, economists have stated that if we do absolutely nothing different that what we are doing now, we will have created 12 million jobs in the next four years. Hate to break it to you( actually, I don't), but Romney has pretty much admitted that himself.

    So his "plan" to create 12 million jobs is really a nice forecast used to say that it would probably happen, no matter who's in charge.

    October 29, 2012 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  7. FactCheck

    Economic recovery driven by tax reform and private sector growth.
    Name one single Romney policy that would result in private sector growth. Or as Mitt himself likes to say over and over during the second debate "The government does not create jobs".

    October 29, 2012 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  8. WVGuy

    Really luke,AZ. Hate to see what you thought of Obama in 2008 then since he had no experience what so ever to be president. The last four years have proven that.

    October 29, 2012 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  9. Paul

    You can tell Romney thinks he will be CEO of America. He doesn't realize that all these "day one" items must also go through Congress. A president just can't force his will. Obama found that out when the Republicans blocked, stalled, and filibustered many agenda items of Obama. Mitt will find out that he can't just "bully" the Congress as he did when CEO of Bain.

    October 29, 2012 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  10. ghostriter

    And why are the military cuts Obama's cuts when republicans signed off on it, stating that they got 98% of what they wanted in the deal? How is it now his fault that congress couldn't figure out how to make it all happen?

    October 29, 2012 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  11. Anthony

    Truth hurt, Romney can't compare to his own father. George Romney released 12 years of his tax returns when he ran for president in 1968. Mitt, if you want to honor your father, release your tax returns.

    October 29, 2012 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  12. Kirk in michigan

    Wow, i never knew saving money by outsourcing jobs would leave you to be considered a great businessman, where are ttheese companies now if he is such a turrn around man, truth, your a pathetic liar, you really think 12 million jobs? if you honestly believe that, then that explains alot. delusional at best. mitt is a draft dodging tax evading POS. period. how his policies add up to jobs is beyond me.

    October 29, 2012 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  13. rs


    FERPA sealed Obama's (and everyone elses education records). So, you just believe Romney paid taxes? Every President since Eisenhower has released multiple years, why not Mr. Romney?

    October 29, 2012 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  14. rs

    Four and The Door
    Tax and spend vs. Cut taxes and spend. THINK! which one leads to a deficit!

    October 29, 2012 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  15. papanez

    In the last days before the election, Gov Romney will do nothing more than continue to cloud his stances on everything, lie, flip-flop, confuse, and continue to tell Americans less and less about his plans for this country should, God forbid, he be elected President. He's not trustworthy. He's a liar. He's a CEO who only looks at the bottom line and if it makes sense to HIS bank account, then jobs shipped to China, India and wherever is simply fine with him.
    there's only one sane choice for America...
    Obama/Biden 2012

    October 29, 2012 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  16. Four and The Door

    @just sayin , Why don't you ask Osama bin Laden what he thinks.
    What Bin Laden thinks is not important. Ask Seal Team Six. They are not Obama's biggest fans. Imagine that.

    October 29, 2012 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  17. Laurie in Spokane

    Fine and dandy that Romney says what he WANTS to do. But HOW will he do it? Never spells that out does he.

    It seems most people don't realize, or conveniently forget that the President has no real legislitative powers. They are dependant on the Congress, and if they have a hostile congress like Obama's had the last 4 years, they can't get anything done.

    October 29, 2012 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  18. rs

    Precisiely Truth Hurts-

    Mr. Obama made something of himself- Mr. Romney was simply born into wealth. As to the relevancy of American Motors- it's gone. So much for the "Romney hard-wire" for the automotive industry- all mMr. Romney can do is joke about his Dad closing factories and lie about Jeep.

    October 29, 2012 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  19. The REAL TRUTH...

    @Four and The Door – 12 million jobs and deficit reduction are the goals. The plan? Economic recovery driven by tax reform and private sector growth.
    Sounds great four, dosen't it. The problem is that the so-called 12 million jobs number comes from the estimated 10 yr job growth report from the GAO (Govt. Acct. Office) based on no changes to current economic growth. Thats TEN yrs, not four like you and the Willard camp imply.
    Deficit reduction? Oh.. because Obama didn't reduce the deficit by the promised 50% ??? I guess 38% doesn't cut it. Remember that deficits don't matter accrording to the GOP, so how do they plan to reduce them ?? NOt like Dubya did I hope.
    And private sector growth is not caused by reducing taxes. That's as false as the GOP's need for VoterID's. Growth is caused by demand for product not reduced taxes. That's economics/finance 101 bab!.
    Kind of hard to drive growth when everyone is cutting costs, off-shoring to the cheapest source and sitting on a pile of cash. If no-one has jobs (as Romney implies), what will they spend what little DI they have on? I'm guessing basics..
    Please do yourself and us a favor, get educated and check the FACTS instead of parroting the party line. You're doing REAL conseratives a disservice.

    October 29, 2012 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  20. Armand Winter

    How does Mitt Romney get away with laundering billions of unreported income in the Caymans through a bank owned by his church?

    October 29, 2012 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  21. Rlkodi

    I hear the desperation in the posts by you liberals. This president will in fact go down as the worst in history. Beating Jimmy Carter!

    October 29, 2012 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  22. Darryl

    I am not going to defend Romney aginst this group .... but, nothing good for the Nation is coming out of 4 more years of Obama. Congress isn't going to work with him, because he doesn't want to work with them. He wants what he wants, just like when he had the House and the Senate. Well, that just isn't going to happen. So, I the very bright sidse for me .... at my age I have seen what happens when the gov't can't get anything done. The economy takes off because business figure out that Obama won't be able to pass anymore crippling regulations and laws. They'll know what the taxes are gonig to be and whether they are up or down, business just need to know how things are gonig to be to operate. If you want to freeze business in its tracks, just do what we've been doing ..... keep changing the rules and make them guess what's next. It makes it impossible to operate a business and forecast and costs.

    October 29, 2012 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  23. felix el gato

    Romney and his buddies have a proven track record of improving the economy – in China.

    October 29, 2012 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  24. ghostriter

    With any luck, on day 1, Romney will be watching on his flat screen.

    October 29, 2012 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  25. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    I wonder where Romney and his five boys, Ann and Rafalca are going to ride out the storm??? Perhaps in the south side of France. Its a non economic safe haven for the Willards whenever their is either a war or natural desaster.

    Has anyone heard of the HMS Bounty? It sank off the coast of NC. Well, expect Romney to take to a microphone in France soon to accuse President Obama of not getting the ship out of harms way before the hight tides take effect. Don't forget Romney is an oportunist and he likes to feed off tragedies and score political points when tragedy strikes.

    October 29, 2012 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
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