In Sandy's shadow, Romney back to politics
November 1st, 2012
11:40 AM ET
8 years ago

In Sandy's shadow, Romney back to politics

Roanoke, Virginia (CNN) - Mitt Romney effectively ended a two-day truce on the campaign trail Thursday, picking up again his attacks on the president after two days of less partisan rhetoric in the wake of the devastation caused by Superstorm Sandy.

At his first stop on a three-rally swing through Virginia, the GOP presidential nominee launched into a new criticism of Barack Obama, knocking the president's idea of streamlining his cabinet by installing a "Secretary of Business" who could handle a variety of tasks currently handled by different departments.

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"I don't think adding a new chair in his cabinet will help add millions of jobs on Main Street," Romney said, as he renewed his attacks on the president for attacking instead of offering an agenda. "We don't need a secretary of business to understand business. We need a president who understands business, and I do."

Speaking at a window manufacturing company in Roanoke where the owner boasted he had not laid off any employees during the recession, Romney warned a victory for Obama would mean "high levels of unemployment continue and stalled wage growth."

"I know we've had a glorious past as a nation. I know we're going through tough times right now," Romney said. "Sometimes we tend to think what we're in is going to always be the way it'll be. But you know what, it's going to change. We need real change."

In three events across Florida a day earlier, Romney avoided mention of Obama's name altogether and aimed for a "positive tone" in deference to the storm's victims, a senior adviser said.

At the top of his remarks, Romney did again state his concerns for the loss of life and those otherwise affected by the storm calling on those gathered to give whatever they could to relief efforts.

Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Virginia
soundoff (52 Responses)
  1. BinaryTooth

    In Sandy's Shadow Obama continue his failure laden presidency.

    November 1, 2012 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  2. Bruce

    Now there is something wrong with consolidating duplicate services? I thought Mittens was for smaller government? How confused is he?

    November 1, 2012 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  3. Buckeye Joe

    Romney's grand tour of lies continues. One lie after another. The man has no shame. He came to Ohio, and insulted us with blatant lies and false facts. Ohio deserves better. Go Obama.

    November 1, 2012 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  4. GI Joe

    Come on Virginia – do you really believe a capitol vulture is better for you? And what about those voucher plans Ryan has in plans for you or your older kids?

    Vote ALL republicans out of the House - Cantor cares more for Israel and Wall st. than he does for YOU.

    Vote straight Dem. Stop the obstructionists that were put in there in 2010.

    November 1, 2012 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  5. Enough of Romney.

    I'm voting for Obama.

    November 1, 2012 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  6. FedUpWithRomnesia1%

    For shame, CNN!! Buying into the lies...
    Romney never stopped campaigning – he parked his team in Ohio for the duration & bought props in an attempt to claim participation in relief efforts!
    Romney back-pedaling on his plans to cut FEMA...
    For shame, CNN!! For biased reporting...
    Airing Romney's PAC attack ads in the aftermath of Sandy!
    Substantially more air time for Romney's campaign than Pres. Obama's efforts to get aid to people in dire straits!
    Spinning Romney's lies for him...

    November 1, 2012 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  7. Bill from GA

    AS if his fake Sandy Relief effort wasn't politics.
    Buy a bunch of stuff (in Ohio ), pretend his supporters brought it in, then have the Red Cross ship it somewhere.
    Great Show, mitts.

    November 1, 2012 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  8. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Mr. Romney tells us what "Bishop" or which of your sons will be the Secretary of Business.

    November 1, 2012 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  9. Expat American

    Romney understands business. He understands how to line his own pockets by ruining the lives of middle class workers who he considers to be lesser human beings and nothing more than '47% victims'.

    This, on the heels of his trip to Ohio in the closing days of his campaign where he tried to sell his big Jeep LIE; to the very people who would know more than anyone that it is nothing more than a LIE.


    November 1, 2012 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  10. FactCheck

    Back to politics? When did he ever leave? Even his so-called "hurricane relief" event (in Ohio!) was nothing more than another stump event book-ended by Romney volunteers having to buy supplies to show that "donations" were made.

    November 1, 2012 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  11. rs

    Be real CNN, Romney never stopped politicing. He is way too self-centered for that!

    November 1, 2012 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  12. harry

    Why does Romney lie continually? What is missing in his character?

    November 1, 2012 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |

    For many years, we the American people lamented that good business people, who knew how the real world worked, would not get into politics to fix the country. We were told they did not want to be dragged thru the mud, and make their family endure the lies and garbage that the slimy political class would heap upon them.
    We ought to applaud Romney for getting into politics to apply real world principles to the government. He is squeaky clean and is the poster child for "the American Way". Hopefully his win will encourage more non-political real world business leaders to step up and fix this country before it is too late.

    November 1, 2012 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  14. freedom

    What's with this headline?? Our president has been on a four year long political campaign !! Screaming angrily from microphones at podiums, with crowds cheering. He can't function unless he has an agreeable audience excessively adoring him. That is not leadership material. Romney will be a steadfast, intelligent, level-headed leader, who knows how to work across the political aisle, and not bring division – which Obama is now famous for. He will also, very importantly, support our brave troops and ambassadors, and take our nation's security and our place in the world very seriously, as Commander-in-Chief.

    November 1, 2012 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  15. Bill "the dem" Phillips

    If the Romney ad accused President Obama of being somehow tied to all Jeep production being moved to China, that would be flat-out untrue.

    However, this is what the ad states: “Obama took GM and Chrysler into bankruptcy, and sold Chrysler to Italians who are going to build Jeeps in China. Mitt Romney will fight for every American job.”

    Technically, none of this is inaccurate. President Obama did take GM and Chrysler into bankruptcy, the U.S. Treasury Department ​did ​sell its stake in Chrysler to Fiat, and Fiat is considering adding production jobs in China.

    November 1, 2012 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  16. Wake up People!

    Come on cnn, your bias is showing. He NEVER stopped campaigning and you know it. He wasn't helping with relief efforts, he was still trying to pretend he is humane. He went out and bought a bunch of stuff that the red cross didn't even want, gathered a bunch of his white bread supporters together and took pictures. While running his campaign video. The saddest thing about this is his blatant pandering, he didn't even go to the areas that really need help. The best thing he could have done was write the Red Cross a check, but that wouldn't have been as good a photo op as actually picking up some canned goods, pretending to work. This guy is the biggest phony to ever run for office.

    OBAMA 2012!

    November 1, 2012 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  17. St. James Place

    Willard I understand Bain Capital is looking for an outsourcer in chief.
    Maybe you should put a resume together, because the American people
    are going to kick you to the curb


    November 1, 2012 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  18. Tony

    Romney will like to have a Secretary of Outsourcing instead. This assumes, of course, that Romney does not outsource the business of outsourcing to Bain.

    November 1, 2012 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  19. luke,az

    Gov. Romney has absolutely no character or convictions. He will say anything to anybody at anytime. His lies concerning Jeep were outrageous. The 1% are doing whatever they can to try and win this election. IT WON'T HAPPEN.

    November 1, 2012 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  20. Sorensen

    It's all over for Romney.He should just go home and shut up. Nobody sain believes a word he is saying.

    November 1, 2012 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  21. Curt

    Mittens never stopped campaigning, he just wanted some photo ops pretending he cared. If he really cared, how much of his $250,000,000.00 did he donate to Red Cross efforts? Maybe someone from the press should ask him that question.

    November 1, 2012 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  22. Travis

    So Romney goes back into campaign mode and everyone jumps down his throat. What's President Obama doing? Oh yeah, he's campaigning too.

    Personally, I find it disingenuous that both men felt it was more important to be out campaigning in the wake of hurricane Sandy. They both claim to be fighting for the middle class, but their focus is quickly shifted away to making speaches. That's ok though, I'm sure those that have lost so much understand that they just had to go on campaigning...

    November 1, 2012 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  23. Outsider.92

    Mitt, so remind us again which company it was that you worked at where you added jobs?

    November 1, 2012 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  24. NC Mom

    Romney would hire a company like Halliburton to take care of our natural disasters. Who needs FEMA...there's a buck to be made.

    November 1, 2012 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  25. A Bit Askew

    @Axl – squeaky clean as a mud puddle in a dirt field... Sorry, put your Kool-Aid down. The man bought supplies to donate for hurricane relief, then took a huge photo op of collecting it from people... all. in. OHIO!! He's never visited our state (New York) save for the city, because, like everything else, if he doesn't think he can win our votes, he doesn't want to see us...

    November 1, 2012 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
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