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.

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  1. Larry L

    He'd need a Secretary of B.S. to manage his lies, distortions of the truth, and flip-flops. If he was such a business whiz why won't Massachusetts vote for him? Why did business do so poorly during his tenure? He was good at vulture capitalism – using the money from his daddy's fortune to form a company designed to prey upon smaller companies – stripping them clean and cashing out. That's what he and the fat cats would do to our middle class. Remember, Romney told those folks in the smaller companies to "trust him"... Bad idea...

    November 1, 2012 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  2. FedUpWithRomnesia1%

    Woodson donated $100K to Red Cross...
    How much of his multi-millions $$ did Romney contribute??
    "Undisclosed" just like his tax returns. More lies...

    November 1, 2012 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  3. FactCheck

    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.

    George W. Bush was a very successful businessman. He was the Chairman of a couple of oil companies. He brought a share of the Texas Rangers for less than a million and sold it for $15 million.

    How did all of that work out for you?

    November 1, 2012 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  4. mariaallen

    Go Mitt, you have all my family and neighborhood votes. Mitt Romney will be the next president of the UNited States for 8 years, two terms!

    November 1, 2012 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  5. W.G.

    Romney´s back to lying and flip flopping and Mr. Obama is doing his job . I´m Voting Obama again .

    November 1, 2012 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  6. mariaallen

    The business man can get the job done! Go Mitt Romney!

    November 1, 2012 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  7. lolo

    This picture of him above looks like he is Satan himself. This man is a false prophet. His followers are so called Christians, but are believing every lie that comes out of this mans mouth. Romney is as sneaky as they come. He lies so openly and does not care whether you believe him or not as long as he can count on your vote. That is his arrogance and entitlement showing. I will stick with President Obama, at least he cares and works hard for other people. Romney is nothing but the GOP/TP puppet. They have already stated that they do not need a president just someone to sign the bills and Mitt the wimp is their man.

    November 1, 2012 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  8. Tony

    As proof that Romney likes outsourcing, this is what Romney said at the first Republican primary debate in 2011:

    "Every time you have an occasion to take something from the federal government and send it back to the states, that's the right direction....And if you can go even further, and send it back to the private sector, that's even better. Instead of thinking, in the federal budget, what we should cut, we should ask the opposite question, what should we keep?"

    Romney was talking about the federal government and its role in disaster relief. Romney would like to outsource disaster relief to the states, or even better, the private sector. Do people think that disaster relief is the only thing that Romney will outsource? Do people know what is the biggest area of spending in the federal budget? Hint: Romney really needs the votes of these people in Florida.

    November 1, 2012 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  9. truth hurts

    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.
    George W. Bush was a very successful businessman. He was the Chairman of a couple of oil companies. He brought a share of the Texas Rangers for less than a million and sold it for $15 million.
    How did all of that work out for you?
    GREAT!! 50 consecutive months of excellent economic growth and very low unemployment! The exact OPPOSITE of what Obama has given us. And then the Democrats took over the House and Senate and within a year the country was heading down the tubes because of their free houses for those that can't afford them program. Obama, Reid & Pelosi.... the master of destruction of our economy.

    November 1, 2012 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  10. lolo

    Romney is a liar,liar pants on fire guy. I have never in my life seen a presidential candidate tell so many lies. The picture of Romney above speaks for itself. He looks like the Cheshire Cat. Romney is a sneaky, lying rich businessman who cares about no one or nothing but himself. As for the donations the wingnuts don't care that he bought the supplies from Wal-mart for $5,000.00 for a photo-op, because they are so full of hate.

    November 1, 2012 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  11. REGinAZ

    One thing we can know for sure about Romney and Ryan is that they are bold and aggressive liars. I’m not just talking about exaggerations, enhancements or simple twisting of the facts which is so common in politics, these two literally say whatever they think will impress and then totally change it, even flip-flop, for the next audience. GWBush was a consummate liar but once he told his lie he would stick to it, while these two, especially Romney, change with the wind of people’s emotions. It is as if honesty is beneath them, something to be expected from others but not for them to be bothered with. They totally depend on deception and the power of “the money” supporting them. Stubborn and obnoxious lying seems to have become a Republican standard, maybe solidified by Karl Rove with his strategy to “say it loudly, say it often and keep saying it”, as we see it totally prevalent throughout their ranks.

    It is so obvious yet people, many people seem to accept it, maybe rationalizing that all politicians do it and then possibly that they are simply hearing what they want to hear. There is the old saying, “fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me”, but this goes well beyond that and is in the category that you literally can’t trust anything they say – they are going to tell the lie they think impresses and then just do whatever they want (remember Bush-Cheney). Consider that the truth with it’s problems is actually reality that can be dealt with; while when with deception disguising the problems, it just adds to the problem and doesn’t address what is needed – in this case, it only serves the interests of the few. And it is best to realize that a con artist is successful because the lies they tell are attractive. We may want to hear everything upscale but when it is based on lies, it is only a house of cards.

    So what can you really expect from Romney and Ryan? Their past actions, history and loyalty tell the story that they are literally “puppets” for “the money”, their strong supporters and masters. Romney’s history with Bain, his personal history and his solicited support, as well as Ryan’s budget, his actions and his support all clearly identify their commitment and concentration, with their subterfuge put aside, on serving only “the money” – and that is everything you can expect from them. Their campaign and that of the Republican / Tea Party are very obvious in aggressively pushing to win these elections without having any conscience for honesty. Their objective is to return to “more of the same”, Bush-Cheney style, which can only result in “more of the same”, that again would greatly benefit the few and insultingly take the majority for granted. To think that “the money”, with individuals giving up to $100 million, would tolerate anything less is simply self-delusional ... to think otherwise “shame on you”.

    November 1, 2012 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  12. cnn loud mouth

    Under the dictatorship of Republican rule, the state of Texas just sent it's first $32 million back to the federal government, shutting down women's health clinics across the state. Texas is a glimpse of what the nation will look like under Romney. What Texas is really doing is dumping its women's healthcare responsibilities on the bordering states - SUCKERS!

    November 1, 2012 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  13. BILL, NY

    The mere fact that Romney could win has reduced this country to third world status.

    November 1, 2012 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  14. Recovering republican voter: Never again!

    I will not vote for a proven liar (time and time again) Fear mongering may have worked in 2004, but I will not be fooled again. Instead of terrorism, it's now jobs being shipped to China. I've seen posts where some people claim they will not buy Jeeps now. I wonder if these companies could take further action due to false statements that may cause economic damage due to this big misleading lie? Imagine hearing that your job is in jeopardy. Mitt said he "read" this information "somewhere". Really?

    His last campaign stop is in Ohio talking to the very people he lied to and tripled down on. I really wish they'd run him out.

    November 1, 2012 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  15. cnn loud mouth

    Mitt Romney will lead the human race to its end. He is the herald to the apocalypse, the harbinger of death. We must not follow him to the planet of Kolob as it is written in the Book of Mormon. The first catholic inspired a nation to put a man on the moon. The first Mormon will challenge a nation to put a man on Kolob. Really, we're going to mainstream Mormonism?

    November 1, 2012 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  16. Guest AGAIN

    I'm voting conservative again, I'm not willing to give up the priciples and values our nation was founded upon.

    ROMNEY/RYAN 2012!

    November 1, 2012 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  17. Where's the beef?

    So the window company did not have to lay off anyone while Obama was president. Does that mean he needs Romney in office so he can finally start laying people off?

    November 1, 2012 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  18. KTP

    Romney's tax returns- after all the pressure he released them showing that he gives a large portion of his income to charitable organiztions and thus why his tax rate is so low. I applaud him for taking the money that he has earned through his hard work and allocating that money to organizations that he believes benefit those beliefs that he has and not just hand it over to the government so they can turn his Benjamin Franklin's into Obamabucks for those takers in this Country who believe they can sit at home and collect while the rest of us work for a living. I vote for Mitt to increase not only jobs but pay and when this happens, the tax broadens, more taxes are collected, and less is paid out so long as the takers turn into contributors.

    November 1, 2012 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  19. jkane sfl a vote for lady parts romney the tax cheat and lyin lady parts ryan willcut your moms medicare and soc sec . .can you afford to pay for them???

    Who cares what the incompetent failed one term govenor and romney the tax cheat says ,he's done . Voted for Obama yesterday in Florida .

    November 1, 2012 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  20. KTP

    What happened to the 4 dead in Benghazi????? I guess Sandy saved Obama from having to continue to deal with the web of lies they have around this one and present himself as the President he should have been when American's working for him asked for help.

    November 1, 2012 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  21. The Situation

    Like Mitts really cared about the hurricane. He just pissed that one of his biggest surrogates was highly praising the President in a time of crisis. He probably upset that Christie didn't invited him to NJ to ride around in the helicopter. Sandy show how when you have an effective communication, from the WH to the State House, things can get done, unlike the previous GOP President, who was full of crap 7 years ago in the wake of Katrina. Also, didn't Mitts own campaign bought of the stuff then gave them to their supporters to make believe that they were donating to the relief effort.

    Mitts, time is running out on you and your dreams of grandeur! You can tell Ann to send back all those $50K dress she planned on wearing to the inaugural balls in January.

    I don't think the Obama's will be inviting both of you not for all the money in the world!

    November 1, 2012 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  22. loud mouth

    A vote for Romney is a vote to "mainstream" Mormonism. Is that really what we want to do?

    November 1, 2012 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  23. robert Jay

    more Romeny stupidity -standing in front of a truck whose maker wants a gov. exemotion to the 2010 EPA clean air mandates by paying for credits instead of cleaning up its act like all other oem's did ata tremendous expense – typical Romney / Republican crap -anything as long thye benefit and someone else pays – BS! And I dare Romeney to directly confront me on this -course he won't cause he's CS!

    November 1, 2012 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  24. Kareen

    Unbelievable how many folks like a LIAR as a President.
    Romney is insane by all accounts. No one can lie like he does even so videos are avalaible to show his earlier words.

    November 1, 2012 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  25. Anonymous

    Romney cracks me up. He continues to say "Obama is attacking me". President Obama isn't attacking Romney. The President is trying to keep Romney honest, and that isn’t easy! Romney thinks he is being attacked when someone calls him out on his flip flops. Oh boohoo! Mr. Romney, stop pretending like you are a victim. You are not a victim of President Obama. You are a victim of your own lies!

    November 1, 2012 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
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