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.

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  1. truth hurts

    rs - Mr. Obama made something of himself
    hahaha... yes, it is truly amazing how far a teleprompter and a speech get somebody these days! Problem is, he has ACOOMPLISHED NOTHING.

    – Mr. Romney was simply born into wealth.
    Yes, how dare he choose a rich family to be born into. Don't forget to tell people he GAVE AWAY his entire inheritance. What he has, he made on his own.

    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
    AMC was taken over by Chryler I believe. That sometimes happens to companies, just like Obaam sold Chrsler to Fiat, an Italian company. And there is Government-dependent Motors that Obama took over, violating numerous law and giving the company to the unions, his largest campaign contributors. And in the process screwing over 401K owners and retirees that held an interest in the company. Political corruption at its finest. But what do you expect from a corrupt union puppet like Obama?

    October 29, 2012 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  2. lsu5

    Mitt low in the polls in both MA & MI where they know him and some track record
    Mitt dodged the Vietnam War
    and is still doging all the issues
    Says one thing and then the complete opposite
    Endoresed Pres Obama
    Has a hard time smiling, looks like he is eating something filthy
    Thinks he knows how to turn things around
    The economy set to add 12 million jobs over the next 4 years
    With nothing to do with Mitt
    We don't see his tax returns
    He has Ryan as running mate, Rowe VS Wade overturned
    No abortions, even for rape
    Best not to talk for the next week, he might make himself dizzy
    No bipartisan record
    No women's rights record
    He is an investor
    That is a far cry from running a country
    Why is this race even close??

    Horrifying image of Romney in the Oval Office

    Read up on all his dealings!

    October 29, 2012 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  3. Bob

    We only have to look at Romney's "business experience" at Bain Capital. He's following the same pattern. 1. Use money and political connections to get in good with the management 2. Promise to be the savior of the their sagging business 3. Get control from the inside 4. Systematically and purposely make bad decisions that bring debts and reduce income. 5. Pretend to be shocked and then say "Well we gave it a good try, but we'll have to shut this company down" 6. Ship the jobs to China and sell off the remaining parts for scrap 7. Collect a huge payday for running the company into the ground. 8. Collect another payday from the IRS by inventing tens of millions in phony losses that can't be traced because the company no longer exists.
    Romney has already completed steps 1 and 2. Let's not let him get to step 3 and beyond.

    October 29, 2012 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  4. layla17729

    Desperation is kicking in for the Repubs. This guy will say anything to get elected and that's very scary!

    October 29, 2012 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  5. Craig from Pa.

    If Romney wins, we have signed our own death warrant...How can this guy be trusted? He changes like a chameleon on plaid!!

    October 29, 2012 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  6. Bob

    Why trust Romney on tax reform? Here's a guy running for office and knows he has to release his current year tax returns. Yet he still takes a $77,000 tax deduction for a dancing horse! That deduction is one only rich people can take (you have to be able to afford to buy and stable a horse which non-rich people can't do) and yet Romney could easily afford to not take that deduction. I'm sure he did in all those years he won't show us (and much more he's too embarrassed by to let the public see), but the fact he didn't think "I'll eat that refund this year since I'm running for President" shows how out of touch he is. He doesn't enough know enough to PRETEND to care about average folks. He doesn't even get why people might be upset that he takes a tax deduction for a show horse. The same way he doesn't get why people think he's a pompous jerk when he talks about how "average" he is and rattles off all the cars that he has to pick between. "Poor me. I have to decide whether to drive the Cadillac or the Explorer or the Lexus or the BMV in the morning. I have it SO tough."

    October 29, 2012 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  7. JASON

    The funniest argument after queen anne's eat cake in lieu of bread is Bush kept us Safe.....the hillariou part,,, all the rethugs believe it.
    Simple math
    GOP president + economy = depression
    It was true in 1919 aND ITS STILL TRUE IN 2012
    Save America from depression vote Obama/Biden

    October 29, 2012 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  8. JASON

    Romney has three digit leads over Obama in ....Caymans and China

    October 29, 2012 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  9. Harsh Times

    While Romney focuses on the economy, Obama focuses on dodging questions about Benghazi, making creative insults and put-downs (Romnesia) and Big Bird.

    October 29, 2012 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  10. TimeToChange

    How refreshing to have a man with a plan – way to go Mitt Romney, looking forward to your day one!

    Obama doesn't have a prayer – why else would a sitting president who won by a landslide in 2008 need to spend $280 Million on ads to Romney's $130 Million? Answer -> because he hasn't accomplished anything and his only hope of even making it a race has been to flood advertising and act unpresidential in his negative ads, name-calling and joking around. Its time for a serious, decent, dedicated man to run this country, and Barack Obama has proven it isn't him!

    October 29, 2012 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  11. DW

    @RIkodi – the only desperation in quotes is coming from you conservatives, the worst president will be George W Bush. He botched Katrina, and he sunk the economy. It was on his watch the economy tanked. Obama had to get us out of this mess. It must really irk you that he did, or your desperation would not be so visible.

    October 29, 2012 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  12. under the radar

    Next GOP line will be they lost because Obama's administration didn't clean up from Sandy fast enough. And of course the admin has nothin to do with the weather. But ask Ole Mitt, he thinks he can control that to.
    I can't trust anything thats coming out of his mouth. Like most CEO they only see the bottom line. And if they make profit from something It's what they want. CEO's of medical insurance companies see the AHA as cutting their profit. So of course it's bad. AHA is based on Mitt's bill he put in place in Mass.

    October 29, 2012 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  13. Foreverwar

    MItt has made it clear, he said he doesn't care about 47% of the nation. The only thing anyone in GOP seems to care about now, is waging war on women's rights.

    October 29, 2012 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  14. pkrbkr

    PLEASE, do not let these self-centered Republicans into the White House......Obama/Biden 2012

    October 29, 2012 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  15. just sayin

    isn't it time for obama to give us another weather report? is he blaming this storm on bush or a video?

    October 29, 2012 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  16. hjfarmer

    So many posts about trusting Romney. Yet for those who care, we are finding out on a daily basis new twists and turns as the administration tries to squirm out of their 9/11/12 actions and reactions. Of course, again today, CNN has not heard about this story.

    October 29, 2012 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  17. tam

    Don't need no FEMA help, that just wastes taxpayers' money. Everyone look out for him/herself. The hell with the infirm and elderly. They take up too much taxpayers' money already. The states can pay. Hurricanes and tornadoes don't cross state lines. We don't need no FEMA. Yeah, thanks.

    October 29, 2012 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  18. rs


    You aren't defending Romney because you can't. The man is a walking sack of lies- who will sell you and and me and anybody else down the river if he can turn a profit off of it.
    The laws of economics haven't been suspended. What Romney says he'll do will have the same effect as they did under Bush.

    October 29, 2012 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  19. Joan

    Those are plans??? sounds like taking points to me. Romney has no better PLANS or idea to fix the economny... Obama and his team as he always do with every sitaution checked with all the expert as to how to fix the economy and them use his intelligent to select the best options. Becasue of that all the jobs are co,ming back, housing are coming back. Energy is
    on it wasy to be independent in the next few years. !2 millions jobs are ,more will be added before the next few years. Romney is just going to piggy back on what Obama has worked so hard without the help of the GOP house to put in place. This is reason why he endorse Obama. You guys gave them the HOUSE in 2012 because you thought they could do better. But they continue to punish us the American people because they want to get rid of Obama. If you guys give them the White HOuse now they will be laughing so hard at the stupidity of the American people. Romney just thrown out anything he think will work to get him into the Presidency. This man has no commitmment to country nor the people. Wise up America.. It is simple Maths....

    October 29, 2012 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  20. rs

    truth hurts-
    1. Stock Market- up 100%
    2. 5.5 million new jobs
    3. Housing starts and prices-up
    4. 34 months of economic growth
    5. Osama bin Laden- dead
    6. War in Iraq-over
    7. ACA-passed.

    Can anyone in the GOP match that? Yeah, I thought not.

    October 29, 2012 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  21. knklhead

    Percentage of bankruptcies under the Department of Energy Grants (including Solyndra): 8%. 92% are doing fine.
    Percentage of bankruptcies for companies in which Bain Capital managed: 22%

    Obama's version of saving GM and Chrysler (which HELPED Ford!): Bankruptcy with Gov Loan (>50% paid back w/interest already) = jobs saved and gained!

    Romney's version "Let Detroit go Bankrupt" version at a time when there was NO private capital? (Remember the Bush legacy, people?) - let private capital pick them up. It would have dessimated the US car industry. Compare this type of bankruptcy with all the others = OVERSEAS JOBS!

    October 29, 2012 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  22. Tim

    Closing argument?? What closing argument!? You mean the speach on the art of lying?!!! I didn't know Joe Isuzu was running for president of the U.S.A.

    You have to be very rich and selfish to even consider voting for Romney. Anyone else that votes for a candidate that blatantly lies about his position, and who has an agenda that focus on helping mainly the top 2% of the country is voting against their own interest. Where I'm from we call people like that idiots.....

    Romney says whatever he needs to say to win. He has no integrity,,,,. How can anyone that supported him during the Repulican primary support him in the general election when he is doing a complete 180. He essentially told Republicans what they wanted to hear so he could win the Republiican nomination. Now he is running as a moderate? Totally abandoning the entire platform he ran on to win the Republican nomination? What intelligent person would alllow any politician to get away with something like this? What intelligent person would vote for some slick talking used car salseman as their president? Heck, you might as well vote for Joe Isuzu as president....if you don't know who he is do an internet search.

    If you allow a politician to get away with this type of behavior you'll encourage more of the same.....this country will then be no better than some of those extremist countries and their corrupt politician that creates laws to oppress its people.... I think you better think long and hard before voting for this guy.

    October 29, 2012 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  23. hjfarmer

    To Jason who must be too young to remember the late 1970"s. We had a president named Carter(D). His administration is most notably known for the misery index. Everything was high – unemployment, interest rates, inflation, fuel prices, failing companies; everything except morale. A president named Reagan (R) was elected (in a landslide) and brought us through that and into the longest peace-time era of economic growth in the nations history. Actually, and few choose to remember this, Bush 43 inherited a recession. His policies along with those of two democatic houses of Congress got us to where we were in 2008.

    October 29, 2012 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  24. Kathleen Farrell

    I thought Day 1 was all about wiping out health care so we insured folks can continue paying exorbitant ER costs for people who can afford insurance but won't buy it. Yeah, you're paying for it in your premiums and, yeah, Mitt loved the idea for his own state – you know, the one that's not supporting him. I have faith in America to read his lack of character.

    October 29, 2012 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  25. works4me

    Mitt Romney 2012
    Believe in America
    But... bank in Switzerland, the Caymans and Bahamas
    Invest in China, Iran, Russia, etc.
    AND... how I screwed the American taxpayer for 8 of 10 years until I figured I'd better clean up my act in case I get the nomination. AND... I'm getting a pass on it to boot!! heh, heh, heh
    Wake up America!! This guy is a slime ball used car salesman!

    October 29, 2012 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
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