Romney camp ending where they began
November 3rd, 2012
12:14 PM ET
9 years ago

Romney camp ending where they began

Portsmouth, New Hampshire (CNN) - Mitt and Ann Romney made a sentimental return to New Hampshire Saturday during a campaign swing so tightly scheduled the couple did not even sleep at their nearby home.

Running short on sleep but with the end of the campaign three days away, the Romneys thanked an audience of roughly 1,000 supporters who braved chilly temperatures to hear the GOP presidential candidate speak.

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"New Hampshire got me the Republican nomination and New Hampshire is going to get me the White House!" Romney said.

The former Massachusetts governor won New Hampshire's primary in January before going on to wage a lengthy battle against resurgent Republican opponents to become the party's standard-bearer.

Now, in the closing weeks of the campaign, Romney has focused much of his time on visits to Ohio, Florida, Virginia, Colorado and Iowa. Before Saturday, his last rally in New Hampshire was a town hall forum with Paul Ryan in early August, but the Portsmouth rally was one of two stops Romney will make in the swing state in the last three days of the campaign.

On Saturday, he cast his election effort in lofty terms.

"We've journeyed far and wide in this great campaign. We've had some long days, and some very short nights, but we are almost there," Romney told the audience. "And the door, the door to opportunity, is open and we're going to walk through it. Come walk with me. Walk together to a better place."

Urging the crowd to woo disaffected Obama supporters, Romney charged his rival "came into office with so many promises and he's fallen so fall short."

"Talk is cheap," he continued. "A record is real and takes hard work and he has not been able to accomplish it and I actually have a record of accomplishment and that's why I'm running."

Later on her husband's campaign plane, Mrs. Romney told reporters the campaign had been "an extraordinary experience."

"It's really humbling. It's very touching for me," she said. "I hear the voices and the passion of the people out there that are really hurting, and they are etched in my mind and my heart, as they are with Mitt."

Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • New Hampshire
soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. Expat American

    Romney looks tired. His obvious fatigue must be the result of his constant lying for the past 6 years of his campaign.

    November 3, 2012 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  2. B.

    Romney is ending where he began this fiasco, with lies and flip flopping that have become his trademark.

    He is an exploiter of people and will stop at nothing to gain the Presidency.

    Obama is going to win because he is about the Truth and Americans know it.

    November 3, 2012 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  3. James

    Mitt is wearing a North Face jacket which is made in China and three other countries that are not the USA (look it up on wikipedia). I think Mitt would be aware of this on the campaign trail. I don't feel confident in his support for U.S. manufacturing after this display of ignorance.

    November 3, 2012 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  4. PJ

    Not one word about the people suffering at the hands of Sandy.
    "We have had long days and short nights"??? That is of their choosing. Not so for the long days and longer nights
    for those who have no "nearby home" to go to.
    Cry me a river, MItt.

    November 3, 2012 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  5. sparks2000

    Romney camp ending where it began:with no chance of

    November 3, 2012 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  6. ddblah

    Talk is cheap, indeed.

    November 3, 2012 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  7. SEAL Team Alpha and Omega

    Dear God in Heaven,

    Please cause Rimney's car to fall of of a cliff into a rivine and make his brains splatter through the windshield and his guts be thrown through the door.

    In JESUS name, AMEN!

    November 3, 2012 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  8. GI Joe

    Yep – they're ending alright. Good Riddance. Look at that snooty nose of Queenie - YUCK.

    November 3, 2012 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  9. Phil Thomas

    Love the take America back comment, given the condition George bush gave the country to Obama 800k job losss a month, housing, financial, and auto sector on life support. I think it's more apt for Obama to say don't give the country back to them because things are getting better. I hope in 72 or so hours we can good riddance to Mr. Romney and all his citizens united cronies that tried to purchase a president

    November 3, 2012 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  10. Thomas

    "Talk is cheap," he continued , and lies are expensive .

    And he kept on talking .

    How much has he spent on his campaign 2 billion ?

    November 3, 2012 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  11. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    Ending where they began... Yep. Unemployed!

    November 3, 2012 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  12. Mike in Texas

    My opinion is that Romney's campaign will end where it began as well.......he will still be unemployed and not the President elect of the United States of America.

    November 3, 2012 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  13. jane

    Yep, they're ending where they began – which is as far away from a successful run as is humanly possible. If he and Evita want to see the inside of the White House, there are some lovely tours available.

    November 3, 2012 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  14. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    New Hampshire did get Romney this far and they haven't forgotten how he used them to get this far and that's why Romney can't even carry his own State.

    November 3, 2012 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |