Back on stump after Sandy, Obama says Romney's 'bet is on cynicism'
November 1st, 2012
01:23 PM ET
9 years ago

Back on stump after Sandy, Obama says Romney's 'bet is on cynicism'

Green Bay, Wisconsin (CNN) – President Obama kicked off the final push towards Election Day with what sounded like a closing argument meant to reassure voters that by voting for him, they know what they're getting.

After four days away from the campaign trail spent overseeing the federal government's response to Hurricane Sandy, the president began his remarks here at Austin Straubel Airport on Thursday morning with a small taste of the nonpartisan tone that has dominated the week. First he thanked one of his introducers, Green Bay Packers safety Charles Woodson, for announcing a $100,000 donation to the American Red Cross.

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"When disaster strikes we see America at its best," the president said. "All the petty differences that consume us in normal times all seem to melt away. There are no Democrats or Republicans during a storm. There are just fellow Americans, leaders of different parties working to fix what's broken. Neighbors helping neighbors cope with tragedy."

But the campaign rhetoric was soon back in full force, as Obama sought to convince Wisconsin voters that while he continues to fight for the change he promised in 2008, his opponent would reverse it. Calling Mitt Romney a talented "salesman," the president said that Romney is trying to "dress up" the policies of the Bush administration and is "offering them up as change."

"He is saying he is the candidate of change," Obama said of Romney. "Well, let me tell you Wisconsin – we know what change looks like and what the governor is offering sure ain't change."

In an attempt to portray Romney as a risky bet for voters looking for something different, Obama reassured the crowd of 2,600 gathered in the Wisconsin cold that he was the real safe choice in this election.

"After four years as president you know me by now," Obama said. "You may not agree with every decision I have made. You may be frustrated at the pace of change, but you know what I believe. You know where I stand. You know I am willing to make tough decisions even when they are not politically convenient, and you know I will fight for you and your families every single day as hard as I know how. You know that."

While his opponents' "bet is on cynicism," the president said, his bet "is on the decency and good sense of the American people because despite all the resistance, despite all the setbacks we have won some great fights."

From here, Obama goes onto to Nevada and Colorado, beginning a whirlwind tour of swing states with at least 17 stops in the final five days before polls close on Tuesday. More than half of those stops will be in states often considered part of the Obama campaign's Midwestern firewall, and more than one third will be in the crucial state of Ohio.

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soundoff (60 Responses)
  1. Just an observation..

    POTUS is a cool dude.

    November 1, 2012 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  2. samsneed

    Go Mr President...already voted for you

    November 1, 2012 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  3. Critical Thinking

    "After four years as president you know me by now," Obama said.


    Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice shame on me.

    It's time : BO MUST GO !

    November 1, 2012 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  4. Expat American

    ...a bet on Romney is a plea for disaster......

    November 1, 2012 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  5. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Cynicism, isn't that what the GOP Congress has been doing for the last 4 years against Obama and the American people. It didn't work then and voters need to tell Romney it won't work now.

    November 1, 2012 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  6. pburkart

    Chris Christie has shown something very interesting this week:

    The ability to work across the aisle with the president, and showing that the President knows how to work across the aisle. Also, that it is ok for a Republican to show recognition of a great job being done by the president.

    Message to ALL Moderate Republicans:

    To take back the Republican party, you should vote for Obama.

    The FAR Right Wing of the party has domonated the politics for the past 2 years.

    The result...gridlock in Washington.

    We need politicians to work together to get this country moving again.

    The Ryan's, Murdock's and Atkin's out there will not move our country forward.

    The Governors like Chris Christie and the President will move this country forward with bi-partisanship.

    Vote for Moderation 2012! Let's get our country moving again!

    November 1, 2012 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  7. ezduzit757

    Obama working with Christie this past week has proven that he can work across the aisle, but you can’t work with people who ABSOLUTELY REFUSE to work with you. Despite that, during his presidency Obama has accomplished more than most: health care reform, the death of our number one enemy Bin Laden, ending one war and getting us out of another, saving the auto industry, pulling us out of the worst recession this country has ever seen, Wall Street reform, bringing down the unemployment rate, even the housing market is beginning to recover. All that with a Congress who blocked him at every turn. Imagine what he could have accomplished if Congress had actually done THEIR jobs.

    November 1, 2012 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |

    A President for all Americans. Mitt the twit is bought and paid for.

    November 1, 2012 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  9. American Embarrassed by Romney

    Romney = BULLY = he assaulted a classmate in private school, LIAR = recent adds lying about Obama's welfare policy, Obamas "relationship" with certain hispanics, and the automobile industry, HYPOCRITE = Not enough space here to describe the dozens of disgusting flip-flops he makes on a daily basis.

    Romney = unfit for ANY office.

    November 1, 2012 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  10. Got your back

    Already voted for you Mr. President in the state of North Carolina.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    November 1, 2012 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  11. Tom W.

    WI will most likely fall into Obama's "win" column on election day but if he had kept his promise and stood with the teachers of Wisconsin when their rights were being trampled on by our rotten Governor the race wouldn't even be close here. He'd be up in the polls by 15-20 points.

    November 1, 2012 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  12. Thomas

    I'd say Romney will do or say anything at this point.

    He wants power so badly

    November 1, 2012 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  13. james

    Yea, a cool dude. That's what I want, not a leader who can fix All of the countries problems, and not just the last weeks worth. How much you wanna bet he's gonna wear that presidential jacket everyday till the election for image.

    November 1, 2012 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  14. Mike from Calgary

    Romney ... there he goes again! Listening to Romney just highlights the impartance of education and just how important it is to learn to read and write, and to learn basic math. Those basics never were a forte of Romney (and Bush)!

    November 1, 2012 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  15. California Gary

    You must be someone that likes living on the edge, huh critical thinking? You like taking big risks, not knowing what you're gonna get from one day to the next? That's the only kind of person that could be supporting Romney at this point. President Obama provides cool, calm, and thoughtful leadership.......just what we need in troubled times such as these. That's why he will be returned for another term on next Tuesday.

    November 1, 2012 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  16. Dean

    That's the problem...we know what we're getting with Obama, and it's not good.

    November 1, 2012 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  17. Frank Torres

    On the road to victory for our great President! Mitt will be conceding before the clock strikes 12 on election night!

    November 1, 2012 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |

    As a Republican, I must admit that President Obama is doing an outstanding job cleaning up after the storm. New Yorkers have every reason to admire him more than even Governor Andrew Cuomo. Mayor Bloomberg would present the POTUS with another Noble Prize if he could. All New Yorkers and those in New Jersey all are smiles at the sight of our amazing POTUS. He is climbing high in the polls and everyone loves him, even a growing number of Republicans like myself. President Obama never hid anything regarding Benghazi. His willingness to work on a bi-partisan basis with Governor Christie to produce fast immediate results have nothing short of stellar. POTUS even makes all the women smile (wink) What a he-man! OBAMA 2012 - 4 MORE YEARS!

    November 1, 2012 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  19. amphiox

    It is imperative that a campaign as blatantly dishonest as Romney's has been not be rewarded with electoral success. At this point it doesn't matter if Obama is a cardboard box, the only moral vote is a vote for him, and against Romney.

    Not Romney/Not Ryan 2012.

    November 1, 2012 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  20. Kianasmum

    @Critical Thinking

    As a Canadian, I ask you, and all other people that feel the same way as you, to take all the numbers – unemployment rate, job numbers, 401K, etc. numbers and tell me that you rather see these numbers move in the opposite direction of where they're going now. Tell me one number that you rather see reversed because a reversal is what you'll get with Romney as your President.

    Why do I care? Because my government – the Harper Conservative government, reduced our corporate tax rate to 15% and now our economy has shrunk and our unemployment rate has ticked higher. Our evironmental policies have been shred to pieces allowing certain oil/gas/mining/etc. company projects to go forward even if they pollute our water, air, etc. I don't want the same to happen to your country. I may want to move there one day.

    November 1, 2012 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  21. I'm voting Obama, because...

    Hurricane Sandy reminded US of President Obama's character, as OBAMA PUT THE NATION AHEAD OF HIS CAMPAIGN (THIS IS LEADERSHIP) and showed what's in his heart: The Nation, People's safety, Bipartisanship (with Governor Chris Christie). Sandy also showed what is Romney's heart. Romney kept scrambling for a photo op to be relevant (evidence: he only organized a food drive in swing states and made sure the press captured him doing this). Romney also release ads that were so bad, GM had to come out refute Romney's claims, because Romney threw GM under the bus.

    Thank you President Obama and Chris Christie for reminding us how we should operate.

    I'm voting for Obama.

    November 1, 2012 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  22. Rhonda GA Girl

    Mr. President, You are a man of character, style and substance. I am so happy I made the right choice and push that button for you and Biden! The rush of gracefulness I felt when I voted yesterday is priceless. I will continue to pray that you win and you stay our President for the next four years!! I love my President!!! OBAMA/BIDEN 2012

    November 1, 2012 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  23. truth hurts

    "After four years as president you know me by now," Obama said. "You may not agree with every decision I have made. You may be frustrated at the pace of change, but you know what I believe. You know where I stand.
    Yes, yes, ALL TOO WELL. Had you been honest with the American people in 2008, you NEVER would have been elected. You masqueraded as a uniter, and gave us nothing but 4 years of being a divider, an attacker, a demonizer.

    Your great teleprompter speeches led us to believe you were a leader, but in reality you possess ZERO leadership skills.

    You have proven you do not understand our economy, and frankyl don't seem interested in learning it. All you want to do is TAKE existing wealth and give it to people that support you. That does NOTHING to help our economy, it only helps destroy it.

    So it is time for proven, successful ADULT leadership in the Whitehouse. Romney/Ryan – the only sane choice to get this country truly moving forward again.

    November 1, 2012 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  24. Name Rod

    Romney said it would take him until his second term. So why not stick with Obama we are four years closer. Not to mention you cant believe Romney

    November 1, 2012 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  25. cali girl

    Let's review what we know about Robmey and what he plans to do when elected:
    Cut PBS, which includes children s educational shows like Sesame Street
    Cut Arts and Education, which $7 dollars is spent by every Americans (do you have cable, ever go to the movies?)
    Medicare will become a voucher, good luck finding a doctor that will accept it.
    Cuts to education, police, fire, teachers, Head Start and free lunch programs.
    Planned Parenthood funding and cuts to the UN that fund AIDS education.
    Abortions will be illegal, have a miscarriage you could face jail time for not protecting the "person" you have inside you.
    Women in the workplace? no way, back to the kitchens and barefoot with all of you.
    The 47% of Americans don't matter at all. They are all moochers

    November 1, 2012 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
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