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. Dan Bishop

    Mitt Romney is 10 times the leader that Obama will ever bee. He is a do nothing president.

    October 29, 2012 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  2. cbr

    Oh dear, People believe that Mr. Romney will actually help the middle class. No one has looked at the results in MA after he was governor. The last two years he ran for President and the Lt. Gov. had many more responsibilities. He chose not to run for a second term so no one really saw the big changes he talks about. He left the state and went to NH where he indicated he wanted to reside. His Lt. Governor lost the election in November. She did much of the heavy lifting and he was not around to help her.
    Oh wow! Day one would be interesting. He believes he can make all these changes by raising his hand. It is a little more difficult than that. If he cuts the health care bill he will bring about a panic. His tax plans will not balance the budget but will cost the middle class more. Those int he higher brackets will not see a change. Please tell us how that will work and how we will bring the deficit down. We will not be bringing in enough income.

    His legacy from Massachusetts is the health care bill. However, even that was underfunded and was in trouble. Thankfully those in charge made sure that the health care initiative continued.

    The schools were going to be number one anyways. He has three of the best school systems in the country and that did not change. The initiatives he wanted cost a lot of money and the state was not providing any funding. He handed programs over tot he cities and towns but did not send any member.

    October 29, 2012 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  3. Jeffrey

    Romney has spoken! I've told all the lies I can! Please vote for me!

    October 29, 2012 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  4. PJ

    @Zin: "When he came into office we had over 5000 nukes, now we have nearly 1500............
    How many "nukes" do you think it takes to obliterate the world? Some of us think a "symbol of weakness" is a
    refusal to work for peace. I'm glad we have a cool head minding the store, and not some reactionary that
    starts yelling before knowing the facts.

    October 29, 2012 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  5. Jeetu.

    Mitt Romney will be disaster as POTUS. He has no regard for the fate of the middle class and the poor. He has no convictions of his own. He has changes his positions as it suits the occasion just to win the election. He lies and let you hear what you want to hear. Ask the people in MA and also those hurt by hos actions at Bain Capital. He keeps his secret plan to cut taxes by $5 trillion, raise defense budget by $2 trillion and still balance the budget without hurting the middle class. All economists say that this cannot be done. All this to make his rich friends richer.

    Why would you trust such a slick salesman who will rob you of your shirt and some more? Vote for Obama in November electiions and also for other democrats who care for the middle class and the poor. I know I will.

    October 29, 2012 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  6. Tim

    bombastus wrote:

    Mitt might actually be OK but we'll never know. Do we get the Neocon severely conservative guy of the primaries or the now moderate Mitt? He may actually have core principles but we don't know. This is going to be a real problem for the GOP since they have to run to the right to get nominated and then make a sharp turn left to get back to center to run in the election. Romney's problem is that the GOP has been kidnapped by the tea baggers. A crushing loss for Romney would actually be good for the GOP. Might start a little house cleaning and get back to something more similar to Reagan (thought I'd never say that) or maybe even Rockefeller neither of whom could not get nominated today.

    bombastus you're right.

    The sad part about this is the fact that he felt like he had to lie to appease the extremist to win his party's nomination. If you can't get elected by your own party based on your core principles then you don't need to be your party's nominee. Don't act like a wolf for 18 months and then try to convince the American people that you're actually a sheep 35 days before the election. It doesn't work that way. We need to know the real Mitt Romney from day 1. Right now, he is nothing more than a used car salesman trying to sale a lemon to the American people.

    October 29, 2012 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  7. CryBabies

    You looked the American people in the eye and lied abot Benghazi to save your job Mr President.

    October 29, 2012 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  8. Thomas

    @Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    Where are the WMDs? Not four Americans but rather four thousand Americans lost their lives in an illegitimate Iraqi war and GWB, Dick Cheyney and Donald Rumsfeld lied to the American people, the United Nations and the world community about bogus WMDs. Furthermore, we continue to suffer casualties in Afghanistan in a war that was deliberately and recklessly abandoned and prolonged for the invasion of Iraq. And by the way, where was GWB and the GOP when our Twin Towers in NYC were attacked and our Pentagon was breached by al Qaeda???

    Wow after further investigation of your post .

    I agree 100 % , you have changed my mind not to vote for Romney and Ryan , they sounds so much like GW Bush. I can't trust them.

    Thank you

    October 29, 2012 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  9. frank

    Obamacare is the law of the land
    . We don t want a president starting off by repealing laws! So after obamacare what next?

    October 29, 2012 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  10. Marie MD

    Let me try this again because cnn most of the times cannot handle the truth.
    The twit wants to do away with FEMA. His idea is to move it to the states then move it to private companies so that when we have a natural disaster a private company, like bain?, takes care of the folks impacted by the disaster.
    See how easy that is? As a matter of fact, big tooth cantor thought the same because how dare American citizens in the mniddle of a tornado or a hurricane ask for Federal assistance without the Democrats giving up money on some other silly agency or program for the poor. cantor tried to blakmail the country until his VA district was hit by an earthquake on August 23, 2011. All of the sudden he wanted/needed Federal money which he received. If it had been me he could have taken the money out of the bank and pony it up himself!

    October 29, 2012 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  11. Thomas

    That above photo of the Fantastic Four looks so real !

    Is that Paul Ryan's lobbyist wife there looking like wonder woman .Her outfit looks like the standard female uniform worn on star trek

    October 29, 2012 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  12. Seven gartner

    Won't win! And thank god! Conservatives are soooooo 1989!

    October 29, 2012 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  13. becky

    Why would any wife say she is worried about her husband's mental health? Perhaps Mrs. Romney would like to elaborate on that statement. What does she know that we should know?

    October 29, 2012 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  14. Seven gartner

    just exactly what is "real rape"? hahahha

    October 29, 2012 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  15. knklhead

    Gotta love Mitt .. move everything like FEMA and Healthcare to the States. Sounds to me like he's a responsibility dodger. Just like the 20% tax cuts across the board ($5trillion) that aren't going to be balanced with loophole cuts. Riiiiight. Ryan and Romney's answer? Let the Congress figure it out.

    October 29, 2012 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  16. odis hall

    Romney's closing argument should be: 1) Tell the American people that he has lied or mistated his position on all issues in this election. 2) He really doesn't know what his stance is on any of the issues. It is really all about how he is feeling when he gets up in the morning. 3) He is suffering from having a multiple personality dosirder and he is now seeking treatment.

    October 29, 2012 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  17. Thomas

    Mr.Flip Flop , The Hulk , Lier Lier Pants on Fire , and Wonder Woman

    October 29, 2012 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  18. Tim

    frank wrote:

    Obamacare is the law of the land
    . We don t want a president starting off by repealing laws! So after obamacare what next?

    Roe vs Wade

    October 29, 2012 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  19. Tim

    becky wrote:

    Why would any wife say she is worried about her husband's mental health? Perhaps Mrs. Romney would like to elaborate on that statement. What does she know that we should know?
    We don't need a President with mental health problems close to the nuke botton....he's likely to start a nuclear war. 😉

    October 29, 2012 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  20. modesto jim

    What a bunch of malarky – 1. tax reform means more money for billionaire "job creators" who create jobs in the electioneering industry by funding super PACs. 2. Balanced budget – impossible without cuts to the military, as in ending the wars in the middle east. 3. Sequestration cuts – these are Ryans doing not Obamas – Ryan pulled the plug on legislation that would have prevented the sequestration cuts. 4. Expand trade – lots of luck since our biggest trading partner the EU is worse off than we are. 5. Energy independance – actually great strides have been made under Obama, we are actually exporting crude – but complete independence not possible without a lot more solar and wind which he wants to cut. 6. China – will look much different once in office and big business leaders tell him not to get into a fight with China. 7. School performance – this is very much linked to income/poverty so he will have to care more about the 47% and raise their standard of living, something that is not on his agenda. 8. American job creators – this is the biggest joke of all since the job creators are making the same outrageous salaries but unemployment is still high – and just where were all these job creators when the spit hit the fan in 2008? They had none of the regulatory "burdens" but the country went down the tubes anyway, so this arguement defies logic. What it means is that he wants to allow business to rip us all off any time they feel like it without fear of getting their wrists slapped.
    Let's face it, no matter who gets elected, the economy is going to improve over the next four years. Everyone in politics knows this and the Republicans are pulling out all the stops to prevent Obams re-election, because if Obama wins and the economy improves, they will probably not get the whitehouse in the next election either.

    October 29, 2012 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  21. Mo Fo

    Shouldn't Mitt Romney as a Bishop of the Mormon Church lead by example and follow the Ten Commandments instead of breaking them in the pursuit of power and fortune.

    Thou shalt have no other gods before me…Romney’s true God is Mammon.

    Thou shalt not bear false witness...or lie about thy past or another’s.

    Thou shalt not steal...from the poor and give to the rich.

    Thou shalt not covet...more than thy fair share.

    Thou shalt honor thy Father...and release thy tax returns

    Thou shalt not denying others healthcare.
    These all seem to be optional in the Church of Romneyism.

    October 29, 2012 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  22. odis hall

    People should see through Romney's B.S. The man will say anything at his rallies. Say anything he thinks will appease the people. Have you ever watched him speak. After each line of B.S. , he will have his head to one side, with that little look as though he is looking for any sign that, yeah they liked that line of B.S. Like he says stuff, then looks up with that look as though he is begging for approval. The guy is no different than a conman. Will say and do anything to reach his objective, then once he gets there, he does a totally different thing. Has anyone ever looked at the fact that he cn't even carry the state in which he was Gov. ???? That is telling, since he "supposedly" did that state a great service. Yrah right !!!!

    October 29, 2012 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  23. Tim

    GOP Obstructionism Hurts America! wrote:


    Wow know I know why CNN ratings are in the tank. All the liberal lies. Obama had full control for 2 years with a Democrat House and Senate
    The President didn't have a filibuster-proof Senate and the Republicans in the Senate filibustered 137 times – triple the previous record. They blocked everything and even filibustered their own recommendations from committee! Go take a government class and explain to us all how a bill is passed when the Senate refuses to even debate or vote. That vermin Mitch McConnell vowed to do nothing but prevent the president from getting reelected and the Republicans obstructed all progress. Everything from the House since 2010 had "personhood" riders or other toxic riders to prevent passage of all bills. The Tea Party House owed their election to Grover Norquist and that was their priority – not the American people.
    Amen! Some people can't handle the truth....they just like to pretend the truth doesn't exist.

    October 29, 2012 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  24. Jim R

    There is only one closing argument. Obama was never qualified to begin with. The state of his progress on the economy and Benghazi are just two examples. He is a socialist who will end capitalism, the system that made this country the greatest in which to live your life on planet Earth. Add to baseline, his personality disorder, high level narcissism and the only thing that remains as part of the equation to destroy our great nation, is the uneducated portion of the electorate that would even consider voting for such a disgraceful 1st term performance.

    October 29, 2012 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  25. nunya

    wow..... I only saw 1 comment here painting Romney as the reasonable candidate... Are there that many posters here so oblivious to the facts of what's going on right under their noses? Obamacare is the worst possible "law" this country could ever see! Don't you see how it works?

    Mandate that EVERY PERSON MUST PAY FOR INSURANCE.... so ok... now everyone is paying for everyone else's healthcare. Those of us who are healthy get to foot the bill for those who are unhealthy. This will create tension and strife... so then the next round of freedom-killing "legislation" will be based on how X, Y, and Z activities and habits have been "found to be unhealthy" ... so those'll be outlawed.... then round 2 .. then round 3, then round 4, then.....

    This one law is poised to undo ALL THE FREEDOMS AMERICANS HAVE EVER FOUGHT and DIED for...... and you're in favor of this why..? Are you that naive, or are you that stupid? (those are the only 2 possibilities)

    You want evidence this isn't a slippery slope fallacy? Medicare and Medicaid. There are restrictions on who can and who can not receive benefits. Of those who do receive benefits, the gov't gets to decide who, how much, and what kind of care various people get – partially based on their habits and life-choices. (smoking, alcohol consumption are the biggest two that come to mind ).

    Health Insurance companies do the exact same thing – it's called "pre-existing conditions" ... Thing is, at least for now, you can quit using an insurance company who doesn't work for you.

    And for all those idiots out there (or here) who think everyone NEEDS health care insurance, think about this:

    over 90% of ALL the Centenarians live in 3rd world countries - how much health care insurance do you wanna bet they DON'T have?

    Insurance of every form is a scam. 10 people with $10 dollars = $100 in the pool.
    "management costs / overhead" of $20 means there's only $80 in the pool.

    so now, everyone has an average stake in the pool of $8 - but they paid in $10 ....

    That SHOULD sound like a VERY BAD deal to you – unless you've had your brain removed.

    I'm not saying Romney is a saint (far from it – he's a politician) but at least he's Nobama – that means there's at least a chance worth voting on.

    wake up people. wake up. before it's too late.

    October 29, 2012 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
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