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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soundoff (376 Responses)
  1. FactCheck

    Yes, it tells me he is a highly realistic and intelligent guy that knows Massachusetts is as far left as California or New York, MAYBE EVEN MORE, and that any money spent is better used in batteground states.
    Remind me again how big a lead Mitt has in his HOME STATE of Michigan? Nice try, indeed.

    October 29, 2012 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  2. Hogan's Goat

    Yeah, I suspect a lot of Romney voters will just stay home instead of voting against the Christian because he's a black man.

    October 29, 2012 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  3. The REAL Truth...

    @truth hurts – The federal government has NO CONSTITUTIONAL power to force people to buy healthcare and fine them if they do not. Obama and the Democrats passed this disaster on a MOUNTAIN of lies and sleazy back room deals. If the government can use the tax code to force people to buy things then there is literally NOTHING the federal government cannot force on people as long as they call it a "tax". It might be time to repeal the federal governmnents taxing authority if this is allowed to stand.
    For once, you are correct.. the Govt has no constitutional power to force people to buy healthcare and fine them if they do not. However, Obama did NOT pass ACA "on a MOUNTAIN of lies and sleazy back room deals." How quickly you spin things to favor your viewpoint. The GOP was invited.. they refused to be involved. Besides, the ACA is Romney's MA care plan. It's REPUBLICAN healthcare plan.. so it's amazing that folks like TX AG Greg Abbott filed suit that went to the SCOTUS. If the SCOTUS had repealed or declared the "individual mandate" null and void (something the GOP wanted to add to Clinton's healthcare plan BTW, which caused it's failure), the ANY taxes the Federal Govt levy would be subject to examination/review and repeal. At least THEY had the intelligence to see that a rule appropriately. You seemingly are unaware of that.

    October 29, 2012 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  4. California Gary

    How many hours does Romney think there are in day one? Seems like he thinks he is going to be able to fix everything with a snap of his fingers. If he actually gets there, he's going to find the president doesn't have nearly as much power to make things happen as a CEO does. It takes months and sometimes years to get a policy into place and then start seeing the benefit of it. Romney is just talking a bunch of BS.

    October 29, 2012 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  5. Thomas

    @smoking gun
    romney is business man with a idea thatmakes sense now whether if it gets passed thru legislation is another thing what has obama done.NOTHING hes proven himself to be a liar and incompetent and the sad part is i like obama better the romney but as far as a leader he totally sucks.


    I love your name , Smoking Gun or Mushroom Cloud .

    It reminds me of the same rhetoric GW Bush used regarding WMDs leading us into war with Iraq ,

    You reconfirmed to me that Romney and those such as yourself are the same as GW Bush.

    October 29, 2012 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  6. Jim

    President Obama intentionally ran for office with a limited Senate voting record on the advice of Tom Daschle. Lat year the government averted a shutdown 5 times in the final hours due to the lack of a federal budget, April 2009 was the last time one was passed. The President's promise to work together with both parties was broken when he rammed through the ACA on solely Democratic votes. He said it himself in his first 90 days in office "I am sobered by the fact that change in Washington comes slow. That there is still a certain quotient of political posturing and bickering that takes place even when we're in the middle of really big crises. I would like to think that everybody would say, you know what, let's take a time-out on some of the political games, focus our attention for at least this year, and then we can start running for something next year. And that hasn't happened as much as I would have liked."

    October 29, 2012 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  7. Expat American

    On Day 1, Romney will puff out his chest, and defer the war in Iran to the Bush loyalists who have been waiting in the wings to start it.

    October 29, 2012 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  8. IVOTE

    News Flash....Willard Ronmey cannot believe the female voters are going to turn over the care of their bodies to his republican agenda. I urge voters to dig into Romney's record in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and find the truth of his 2 yrs of attempted destruction and 2 yrs of saying goodbye.

    October 29, 2012 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  9. Tony G

    Obama - "Stay the course"... "Wouldn't be prudent to change".... Hmm... sounds like the Bush's all over again!
    but then he tells us "Forward" with more of the same, and $5 TRILLION more debt and hopefully things will get better. And I'm supposed to vote for that? No thanks. Voted to "Hope & Change" in 2009 and got neither. Time to move on. Only an idiot would stay this course.

    October 29, 2012 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  10. rrinbr

    If mitt wins, I hope the democrats in the senate treat him the same way the republicans in the senate treat Obama.

    October 29, 2012 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  11. allens

    will he explain why he has not shown americans his tqxreturns? this is important and it is not being addressed. he is a liar and a crook. if he is elected, lets hope he at least uses a con–m when he helps the middle class

    October 29, 2012 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  12. Dave

    Day One : Mitt Romney. Roll over and look at the clock to see what time it is. Drink morning liquid brought in by Esquealla, a Dominican illegal. Shower, adjust the wig with the stylist, dress, and go to the garage. Ride the Automobile elevator all day plotting a way to run for the GOP nomination in 2016.

    October 29, 2012 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  13. under the radar

    Good ole Mitt. Thinking that he is already in the white house and that he has magical powers to make the country the way it was 50 years ago when the US was the only real economic powerhouse in the world. Funny how in the past few months he has said tax reform for the "job creators" to reform for the middle class. He is only worried about the pockets of the rich. And the bottom line of the largest corporations.

    October 29, 2012 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  14. al in memphis

    our and The Door

    The Romney Administration will not just be good, it will be great. I believe possibly one of the best ever. Mitt Romney is brilliant, dedicated to doing the right things for the future of the nation, and the kind of leader who will have people working together instead of against each other. Think about the things that are possible with serious bipartisan cooperation in Washington. It can be amazing. But we all know this will not happen in a second Obama term. It can only happen with Mitt Romney. And this is what we need. Romney/ Ryan 2012.

    I normally ready these comments for humor, but this one is really funny. I can only assume this person has worked for Romney or was his professor in college, or has done a autobiography of Romney that require a lifetime of research, or leads a committee of economic researchers that has pilot tested every possible iteration of Romney economic proposal in combination with the global economic policies, or - you get the point. He has more information about Romney/Ryan than they have about themselves

    Ryan himself said during the debate that they were going to point the direction and work with Congress to figure it out. Well this is the same Congress that could not agree to a $4 trillion plan to reduce the deficit and put in place automatic cuts. Now that the "late night comedy version of a bipartisan committee" could not agree to a proposal for legislation, Congress wants to back away from the automatic cuts that would have reduce the deficit by a measly $1.2 trillion.
    Its not about Romney or Obama, it about a bunch of legislators that are believe they work for their political parties and not the American People

    October 29, 2012 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  15. truth hurts

    Yes, it tells me he is a highly realistic and intelligent guy that knows Massachusetts is as far left as California or New York, MAYBE EVEN MORE, and that any money spent is better used in batteground states.
    Remind me again how big a lead Mitt has in his HOME STATE of Michigan? Nice try, indeed.

    Romney was born in Michigan but doesn't live there. It is also the largest union state in the country because of the auto industry., which Obama gave to the labor unions If Obama couldn't carry MI then he might as well just hang it up! Heck, Democrats in Michigan would vote for a drunk car theft as long as he was a Democrat! Nice try though!

    October 29, 2012 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  16. Jersey Girl

    Lawrence O'Donnell just explained on TV that the so-called Romneycare was really Massachusetts-Legislature Care, they wrote it & positioned it so all he had to do was sign it or veto. He was not in there creating that legislation. ALSO, Romney came out with a TOTALLY MISLEADING JEEP AD, the mendacity of this guy is incredible. There is nothing this guy won't do to steal the election, and that dear people, is downright scary.

    October 29, 2012 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  17. Jersey Guy

    OK let me get this woman's issue (which seems like a man issue also) straight. If your wife or mother gets raped and gets pregnant as a result, Romney and his friends would be in favor of laws that would force them to have those babies. Why is this just a womans issue. So the husband in this case would just go to work and bring home the bacon for that child resulting from the rape. All because Romney and his friends think so. And male voters in America are OK with this? Where have all the men gone? Men should be push away politics and delare that this is insanity, along with voting so Romney never see's any power to be able to dream of implementing these measures.

    October 29, 2012 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  18. Thomas

    @ truth hurts and smoking gun

    Ralph Reed and Karl Rove ,

    Romney = GW Bush

    October 29, 2012 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  19. Robert

    Obama's cuts to the military through sequestration?? This is something that has not yet happened, not to mention something BOTH parties agreed on. If they can't pull their heads from you-know-where and work together, sequestration will happen. This is not "President Obama's cuts to our nation's military." It's yet another crystal clear lie piled on top of the others in the name of politics. It's absolutely amazing to me that anyone would not see through this, but it's happening.

    October 29, 2012 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  20. Gotta Be Kiddin

    So, Romney says he will reach across the aisle to work with Democrats. Then can some one explain to me why he called the Republican governors in the states that will be affected by this monster storm but has not called the Democratic governors? Please show me where he ever worked across the aisle. Check his Mass. record. He not only did not work across the aisle but he didn't interact with legislators much at all. Check his record – read people!!!!

    October 29, 2012 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  21. FactCheck

    Romney was born in Michigan but doesn't live there.... Democrats in Michigan would vote for a drunk car theft

    Romney's father was the governor of the state. Was he drunk or a car thief?

    October 29, 2012 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  22. mb2010a

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

    If I'm not mistaken the sequestration was a bi-partisan idea, not just Obama's idea. Good luck getting anything through congress, Mittens. Your own party doesn't even agree with you...

    October 29, 2012 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  23. TamarS

    romney's active disease of arrogance is full blown now. he can think about his deleiberate deceptions when he loses next week.

    October 29, 2012 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  24. ohgran

    Why is it that the state Mitt was born in, the state he lives in and the state he is building a house in all are NOT going to be casting their electoral college votes for him? Is it because they all know firsthand that he's a lot of hot air? He talks about how he was able to work with Democrats while Gov in Massachusetts but he fails to give credit to the Democrats for working with him. Isn't it a shame that the Republicans couldn't work with the President for the benefit of the AMERICAN PEOPLE? But then we all know they had no intensions from day one to help the country. They had their own agenda and the American people were not on that list.

    October 29, 2012 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  25. demogoat

    In 2008, Mitt did a deal that moved thousands of Delco (GM) jobs to China, and closed all but one Delco plant in the USA. It is reported that he made 150 million off the deal and has put the money in an offshore account. That is why he wanted Detroit to go bankrupt and won't show his taxes.

    October 29, 2012 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
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