Mitt Romney: It’s time for real change, America

posted at 4:01 pm on October 26, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

I hardly even know what to add to this. In a well-framed, critical yet optimistic, to the point, and refreshingly presidential speech in Iowa on Friday afternoon, Mitt Romney simply and clearly laid out his economic vision for his presidency. He touched on all the major domestic spheres of our economy and our society — our budget, education, energy, health care, regulations, you name it — without shying away or making excuses. It was a remarkable difference from the petty tone and shrinking subject matter we’ve heard from President Obama of late, and as Romney points out, the president so often likes to blame his predecessor for the problems he “inherited” — but Obama also “inherited” the greatest, most productive country on the planet, and just look at what he’s done with it.

If there was any newly receptive post-debate audience paying attention, he definitely struck just the right tone on this one. Listen and weep, Team Obama (full prepared remarks below):

Thank you all.  It’s great to be back in Iowa. And don’t think that this is the last time you are going to see Paul Ryan and me, because you Iowans may well be the ones who decide what kind of America we will have, what kind of life our families will have.

The choice you make this November will shape great things, historic things, and those things will determine the most intimate and important aspects of every American life and every American family. This is an election about America, and it is an election about the American family.

All elections matter. This one matters a great deal. Over the years of our nation’s history, choices our fellow citizens have made have changed the country’s course–they were turning points of defining consequence.

We are at a turning point today. Our national debt and liabilities threaten to crush our future, our economy struggles under the weight of government and fails to create essential growth and employment.

At the same time, emerging powers seek to shape the world in their image–China with its model of authoritarianism and, in a very different way, Jihadists with Sharia, repression, and terror for the world.

This is an election of consequence.  Our campaign is about big things, because we happen to believe that America faces big challenges.  We recognize this is a year with a big choice, and the American people want to see big changes.  And together we can bring real change to this country.

Four years ago, candidate Obama spoke to the scale of the times. Today, he shrinks from it, trying instead to distract our attention from the biggest issues to the smallest–from characters on Sesame Street and silly word games to misdirected personal attacks he knows are false.

The President’s campaign falls far short of the magnitude of the times. And the presidency of the last four years has fallen far short of the promises of his last campaign. Four years ago, America voted for a post-partisan president, but they have seen the most political of presidents, and a Washington in gridlock because of it.

President Obama promised to bring us together, but at every turn, he has sought to divide and demonize. He promised to cut the deficit in half, but he doubled it. And his budget?  It failed to win a single vote, Republican or Democrat, in either the House or the Senate. He said he would reform Medicare and Social Security and save them from pending insolvency, but he shrunk from proposing any solution at all.

And then, where are the jobs?  Where are the 9 million more jobs that President Obama promised his stimulus would have created by now?  They are in China, Mexico, and Canada and in countries that have made themselves more attractive for entrepreneurs and business and investment, even as President Obama’s policies have made it less attractive for them here.

And so today, his campaign tries to deflect and detract, to minimize the failures, and to make this election about small shiny objects.

But this election matters more than that. It matters to your family.

It matters to the senior who needs to get an appointment with a medical specialist but is told by one receptionist after another that the doctor isn’t taking any new Medicare patients, because Medicare has been slashed to pay for Obamacare.

It matters to the man from Waukesha, Wisconsin I spoke with several days ago.  In what were supposed to be his best work years, he used to have a job at $25 an hour with benefits and now has one at $8 an hour, without benefits.

It matters to the college student, graduating this spring, with 10 to 20 thousand dollars in student debt, who now learns that she also will be paying for 50 thousand dollars in government debt, a burden that will put the American Dream beyond her reach.

It matters for the child in a failing school, unable to go to the school of his parent’s choosing, because the teacher’s union that funds the President’s campaign opposes school choice.

The President’s campaign has a slogan: it is “forward.” But to the 23 million Americans struggling to find a good job, these last four years feel a lot more like “backward.” We cannot afford four more years like the last four years.

This election is about big things–like the education of our children, the value of our homes, the take home pay from our jobs, the price of the gasoline we buy, and the choices we have in our healthcare. It is also about the big things that determine these things–like the growth of the economy, the strength of our military, our dependence on foreign oil, and America’s leadership in the world.

President Obama frequently reminds us that he inherited a troubled economy. But a troubled economy is not all that President Obama inherited. He inherited the greatest nation in the history of the earth. He inherited the most productive and innovative nation in history. He inherited the largest economy in the world. And he inherited a people who have always risen to the occasion, regardless of the challenges they faced, so long as we have been led by men and women who have brought us together, called on our patriotism, and guided the nation with vision and conviction.

Despite all that he inherited, President Obama did not repair our economy, he did not save Medicare and Social Security, he did not tame the spending and borrowing, he did not reach across the aisle to bring us together. Nor did he stand up to China’s trade practices, or deliver on his promise to re-make our relations with the Muslim world, where anti-American extremism is on the rise.

What he inherited wasn’t the only problem; what he did with what he inherited made the problem worse.

In just four short years, he borrowed nearly $6 trillion, adding almost as much debt held by the public as all prior American presidents in history.

He forced through Obamacare, frightening small business from hiring new employees and adding thousands of dollars to every family’s healthcare bill.

He launched an onslaught of new regulations, often to the delight of the biggest banks and corporations, but to the detriment of the small, growing businesses that create two-thirds of our jobs.

New business starts are at a 30-year low because entrepreneurs and investors are sitting on the sidelines, weary from the President’s staggering new regulations and proposed massive tax increases.

Many families can’t get mortgages and many entrepreneurs can’t get loans because of Dodd-Frank regulations that make it harder for banks to lend.

The president invested taxpayer money–your money–in green companies, now failed, that met his fancy, and sometimes were owned by his largest campaign contributors. He spent billions of taxpayer dollars on investments like Solyndra, Tesla, Fisker, and Ener1, which only added to our mounting federal debt.

Energy prices are up in part because energy production on federal lands is down.  He rejected the Keystone Pipeline from Canada, and cut in half drilling permits and leases, even as gasoline prices soared to new highs.

No, the problem with the Obama economy is not what he inherited; it is with the misguided policies that slowed the recovery, and caused millions of Americans to endure lengthy unemployment and poverty. That is why 15 million more of our fellow citizens are on food stamps than when President Obama was sworn into office. That is why 3 million more women are now living in poverty. That is why nearly 1 in 6 Americans today is poor.  That is why the economy is stagnant.

Today, we received the latest round of discouraging economic news:  Last quarter, our economy grew at just 2%.  After the stimulus was passed, the White House promised the economy would now be growing at 4.3%, over twice as fast.  Slow economic growth means slow job growth and declining take home pay. This is what four years of President Obama’s policies have produced. Americans are ready for change–for growth, for jobs, for more take home pay.

We have had four presidential and vice-presidential debates. And there is nothing in what the President proposed or defended that has any prospect of meeting the challenges of the times. Raising taxes will not grow jobs or ignite the economy–in fact, his tax plan has been calculated to destroy 700,000 jobs. A new stimulus, three years after the recession officially ended, may spare government, but it will not stimulate the private sector any better than did the stimulus of four years ago. And cutting one trillion dollars from the military will kill jobs and devastate our national defense.

This is not the time to double down on the trickle-down government policies that have failed us; it is time for new bold changes that measure up to the moment, that can bring America’s families the certainty that the future will be better than the past.

If Paul Ryan and I are elected as your president and vice president, we will endeavor with all our hearts and energy to restore America. Instead of more spending, more borrowing from China and higher taxes from Washington, we’ll renew our faith in the power of free people pursuing their dreams.  We’ll start with our plan for a stronger middle class, which has five elements:

One, we will act to put America on track to a balanced budget by eliminating unnecessary programs, by sending programs back to states where they can be managed with less abuse and less cost, and by shrinking the bureaucracy of Washington.

Two, we’ll produce more of the energy we need to heat our homes, fill our cars, and make our economy grow.  We will stop the Obama war on coal, the disdain for oil, and the effort to crimp natural gas by federal regulation of the very technology that produces it. We will support nuclear and renewables, but phase out subsidies once an industry is on its feet. And rather than investing in new electric auto and solar companies, we will invest in energy science and research to make discoveries that can actually change our energy world. And by 2020, we will achieve North American energy independence.

Three, we will make trade work for America.  We’ll open more markets to American agriculture, products, and services. And we will finally hold accountable any nation that doesn’t play by the rules.  I will stand up for the rights and interests of American workers and employers.

Four, we will grow jobs by making America the best possible place for job creators, for entrepreneurs, for small business, for innovators, for manufacturers. This we will do by updating and reshaping regulations to encourage growth, by lowering tax rates while lowering deductions and closing loopholes, and by making it clear from day one that unlike the current administration, we actually like business and the jobs business creates.

Finally, as we create more opportunity, we also will make sure that our citizens have the skills to succeed. Training programs will be shaped by the states where people live, and schools will put the interests of our kids, their parents, and their teachers above the interests of the teachers’ unions.

If we do those five things, our economy will come roaring back. We will create 12 million new jobs in just four years, raise take-home pay, and get the American economy growing at four percent a year—more than double this year’s rate. After all the false promises of recovery and all the waiting, we will finally see help for America’s middle class.

Paul and I won’t stop there. When we take office, we will take responsibility to solve the big problems that everyone agrees can’t wait any longer.

We will save and secure Medicare and Social Security, both for current and near retirees, and for the generation to come. We will restore the $716 billion President Obama has taken from Medicare to pay for his vaunted Obamacare.

We will reform healthcare to tame the growth in its cost, to provide for those with pre-existing conditions, and to assure that every American has access to healthcare. We will replace government choice with consumer choice, bringing the dynamics of the marketplace to a sector of our lives that has long been dominated by government.

These things among others we can only do if we work tirelessly to bridge the divide between the political parties. We will meet with Democrat and Republican leadership regularly, we will look for common ground and shared principles, and we will put the interests of the American people above the interests of the politicians.

I know something about leading because I’ve led before.  In business, at the Olympics, and in Massachusetts, I’ve brought people together to achieve real change.

I was elected as a Republican governor in a state with a legislature that was 85% Democrat. We were looking at a multi-billion dollar budget gap. But instead of fighting with one another, we came together to solve our problems. We actually cut spending–reduced it. We lowered taxes 19 times. We defended school choice. And we worked to make our state business friendly.

Our state moved up 20 places in job growth. Our schools were ranked number one in the nation.  And we turned a $3 billion budget deficit into a $2 billion rainy day fund.

I know it because I have seen it: Good Democrats can come together with good Republicans to solve big problems. What we need is leadership.

America is ready for that kind of leadership. Paul Ryan and I will provide it. Our plan for a stronger middle class will create jobs, stop the decline in take home pay, and put America back on the path of prosperity and opportunity. And this will enable us to fulfill our responsibility as the leader of the free world, to promote the principles of peace. We will help the Muslim world combat the spread of extremism; we will dissuade Iran from building a nuclear bomb; we will build enduring relationships throughout Latin America; and we will partner with China and other great nations to build a more stable and peaceful world.

We face big challenges. But we also have big opportunities. New doors are open for us to sell our ideas and our products to the entire world. New technologies offer the promise of unbounded information and limitless innovation. New ideas are changing lives and hearts in diverse nations and among diverse peoples. If we seize the moment and rise to the occasion, the century ahead will be an American Century.

Our children will graduate into jobs that are waiting for them. Our seniors will be confident that their retirement is secure. Our men and women will have good jobs and good pay and good benefits. And we will have every confidence that our lives are safe, and that our livelihoods are secure.

What this requires is change, change from the course of the last four years. It requires that we put aside the small and the petty, and demand the scale of change we deserve: we need real change, big change.

Our campaign is about that kind of change–confronting the problems that politicians have avoided for over a decade, revitalizing our competitive economy, modernizing our education, restoring our founding principles.

This is the kind of change that promises a better future, one shaped by men and women pursuing their dreams in their own unique ways.

This election is a choice between the status quo — going forward with the same policies of the last four years — or instead, choosing real change, change that offers promise, promise that the future will be better than the past.

If you are ready for that kind of change, if you want this to be a turning point in America’s course, join Paul Ryan and me, get your family and friends to join us, and vote now for the kind of leadership that these times demand.

God bless you. And God bless America.


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“Romney seems a little too white for me.”

-average lib

Bishop on October 26, 2012 at 4:04 PM

Quoooooooooooooote.

Abby Adams on October 26, 2012 at 4:04 PM

Thanks for posting this, Erica. Awesome speech, awesome victory-at-hand.

jwehman on October 26, 2012 at 4:05 PM

It was awesome

Libs are bashing because there was no new ideas in his speech
Waaaaaaaa

cmsinaz on October 26, 2012 at 4:05 PM

Great speech and message. It’s too bad only a small portion of voters will have the opportunity to see/hear it. I’m not holding my breath waiting for it to appear anywhere in the MSM.

cajunpatriot on October 26, 2012 at 4:05 PM

He’s winning!

mrscullen on October 26, 2012 at 4:05 PM

i hope potus romney turns into RG3, and not heath shuler

t8stlikchkn on October 26, 2012 at 4:05 PM

Bang! Bang! Bang! Yep. There’s the final nail.

Gingotts on October 26, 2012 at 4:05 PM

Great speech, I just wish it wasn’t part of a Friday news cycle.

alchemist19 on October 26, 2012 at 4:05 PM

The real Hope & Change.

Bitter Clinger on October 26, 2012 at 4:06 PM

“Romney seems a little too white rich for me.”

-average lib

Bishop on October 26, 2012 at 4:04 PM

This works, too.

Bitter Clinger on October 26, 2012 at 4:07 PM

Bad news alert: CNN/ORC OH O 50 / R 46.

andy85719 on October 26, 2012 at 4:08 PM

Also, CNN/ORC OH (Indys) O 49/ R 44

andy85719 on October 26, 2012 at 4:09 PM

The adult vs. the child.

Why the race should be even close is what’s scary.

ICanSeeNovFromMyHouse on October 26, 2012 at 4:11 PM

andy85719 on October 26, 2012 at 4:09 PM

Right…when the vast majority of polls showing O losing Indys by huge margins? Not going to happen.

wargamer6 on October 26, 2012 at 4:11 PM

“Romney seems a little too white rich for me.”

-average white lib

Bishop on October 26, 2012 at 4:04 PM

fixed it’

jimver on October 26, 2012 at 4:12 PM

tl;dr :P

lorien1973 on October 26, 2012 at 4:12 PM

Best speech of Mitt’s campaign so far. He’s hit his stride at the perfect time.

JPeterman on October 26, 2012 at 4:13 PM

Ames is a college town (Iowa State) but Mitt spoke at a construction business site on the east side, near I35. Still, there were college kids there.

Last week Obama surrogate Bruce Springsteen played a FREE fundraiser/fire-up-the-kids concert at the basketball arena on the ISU campus.

Seats 14000; drew under 4000.

The Boss- FREE on a college campus…

Make of that what you will….

Bruno Strozek on October 26, 2012 at 4:13 PM

The Boss- FREE on a college campus…

Make of that what you will….

Bruno Strozek on October 26, 2012 at 4:13 PM

That kids have no taste in music these days?

alchemist19 on October 26, 2012 at 4:15 PM

Also, CNN/ORC OH (Indys) O 49/ R 44
andy85719 on October 26, 2012 at 4:09 PM

He might not need Ohio.

mrscullen on October 26, 2012 at 4:16 PM

It was great in person! I was there 3 row back in the center. I was listening to my next President, no doubt about it. We endured 35-40 degree temps, high winds and cloudy most of the time. The event was ‘sold-out’ standing room only. I am soooo glad I stuck it out, What a speech!

IowaWoman on October 26, 2012 at 4:17 PM

I wish he would do a 30 minute infomercial – I think people would tune in.

djl130 on October 26, 2012 at 4:17 PM

Does anyone know the name of the musical piece that played before and right after Mitt’s speech? It was also played when he announced Paul Ryan as VP, I think.

Paddington on October 26, 2012 at 4:17 PM

Bad news alert: CNN/ORC OH O 50 / R 46.

andy85719 on October 26, 2012 at 4:08 PM

What’s the sample? CNN’s been one of the worst pollsters this election in terms of oversampling Dems.

Doughboy on October 26, 2012 at 4:18 PM

Also, CNN/ORC OH (Indys) O 49/ R 44

andy85719 on October 26, 2012 at 4:09 PM

Also, 23% of conservatives are voting for Obama? o_0 I am not so sure about that.

Abby Adams on October 26, 2012 at 4:19 PM

Right…when the vast majority of polls showing O losing Indys by huge margins? Not going to happen.

wargamer6 on October 26, 2012 at 4:11 PM

Doesn’t make sense to me how he’s up with indies nationally by a healthy margin (20, if you believe ABC), yet DOWN by 5 with indies in OH. Could be that the early Obama onslaught did the job, but I don’t know.

I do think he’s got to make a bigger push for WI and NH, just in case OH remains stubborn on election day.

changer1701 on October 26, 2012 at 4:19 PM

You know something … I’m sorta starting to like this Willard fellow.

Lost in Jersey on October 26, 2012 at 4:19 PM

Notice how many times he says “we” and “us” and how few times he says “I” and “me” — BIG change from what we’ve got in office now.

Dark Star on October 26, 2012 at 4:20 PM

Abby Adams on October 26, 2012 at 4:19 PM

Yeah that’s bull.

wargamer6 on October 26, 2012 at 4:20 PM

It was great in person! I was there 3 row back in the center. I was listening to my next President, no doubt about it. We endured 35-40 degree temps, high winds and cloudy most of the time. The event was ‘sold-out’ standing room only. I am soooo glad I stuck it out, What a speech!

IowaWoman on October 26, 2012 at 4:17 PM

*3rd row

IowaWoman on October 26, 2012 at 4:20 PM

That was one great speech Mitt! I hope millions heard and will hear it? But with the bhopress, not one word me thinks?

Have y’all seen Drudge where bho has Mitt in a ‘dunce hat’?

http://barackobama.tumblr.com/post/34165736532/sums-it-up
L

letget on October 26, 2012 at 4:21 PM

Make of that what you will….

Bruno Strozek on October 26, 2012 at 4:13 PM

That the younger generations agree that Springsteen’s grating-croak style of music is awful?

Bishop on October 26, 2012 at 4:21 PM

Mitt Romney: It’s time for real change, America

lol.

Back in the real world outside of this HA bubble, prominent statisticians like:

538.com are showing Obama with a 73% chance of winning.

Princeton electorate consortium is showing Obama with close to a 90% chance of winning.

All the betting sites are all showing O with a more than 65% chance of winning with less than 2 weeks to go.

I wish you all the best of luck. I will probably be banned here Nov 7th after unleashing my can of whoopa$$ on you all.

HotAirLib on October 26, 2012 at 4:22 PM

It was great in person! I was there 3 row back in the center. I was listening to my next President, no doubt about it. We endured 35-40 degree temps, high winds and cloudy most of the time. The event was ‘sold-out’ standing room only. I am soooo glad I stuck it out, What a speech!

IowaWoman on October 26, 2012 at 4:17 PM

I heard they were expecting 2,000 and 4,000 showed up.

Awesome

gophergirl on October 26, 2012 at 4:23 PM

Real change???

There isn’t a single policy that Romney will have that will be any different from Obama, Bush, McCain, Gore, Kerry, Clinton, Dole, Bush, Reagan, Mondale, etc.

Not a single one.

Dante on October 26, 2012 at 4:23 PM

HAL — sing DAISY.

Dark Star on October 26, 2012 at 4:23 PM

HotAirLib on October 26, 2012 at 4:22 PM

Oh God bless you. I’ve been just a crabby bitch today and your post just made me bust out laughing.

I needed that.

gophergirl on October 26, 2012 at 4:24 PM

Dante on October 26, 2012 at 4:23 PM

Nuking Israel going to happen. Sorry.

wargamer6 on October 26, 2012 at 4:24 PM

Also, CNN/ORC OH (Indys) O 49/ R 44
andy85719 on October 26, 2012 at 4:09 PM

.
Commie Propaganda in FULL swing in Oiho !!!!!!!!!!

This is it for them- THEIR LAST LINE of DEFENSE – and they know it..and the Pravda Media will assist them as best they can… But don’t you believe or trust those suckers for a NY minute !

FlaMurph on October 26, 2012 at 4:25 PM

HotAirLib on October 26, 2012 at 4:22 PM

If you keep humping Nate and those betting sites, you’ll catch something .

How old are you? You sound like a teenager.

wargamer6 on October 26, 2012 at 4:25 PM

HotAirLib on October 26, 2012 at 4:22 PM

Have you got some links to all that crap you spewed?

I’ll wait.

JPeterman on October 26, 2012 at 4:25 PM

HotAirLib on October 26, 2012 at 4:22 PM

God Bless You. I’ve been a cranky witch today and your post just made me laugh out loud.

Thanks – I needed that.

gophergirl on October 26, 2012 at 4:25 PM

I will probably be banned here Nov 7th after unleashing my can of whoopa$$ on you all.

HotAirLib on October 26, 2012 at 4:22 PM

Will you be here if Romney wins and accept all the cans of whoopa$$ you will receive?
Didn’t think so~

IowaWoman on October 26, 2012 at 4:25 PM

Great speech and message. It’s too bad only a small portion of voters will have the opportunity to see/hear it. I’m not holding my breath waiting for it to appear anywhere in the MSM.

cajunpatriot on October 26, 2012 at 4:05 PM

The Romney campaign will most likely use excerpts for future campaign ads during the home stretch. The local news will also air little sound bytes here and there when reporting on the speech.

Daemonocracy on October 26, 2012 at 4:25 PM

Nuking Israel going to happen. Sorry.

wargamer6 on October 26, 2012 at 4:24 PM

NOT going to happen.

wargamer6 on October 26, 2012 at 4:25 PM

Is he still airing that 30min special?

NickelAndDime on October 26, 2012 at 4:25 PM

IowaWoman on October 26, 2012 at 4:25 PM

He won’t be here.

wargamer6 on October 26, 2012 at 4:25 PM

” This is an election about America, and it is an election about the American family.”

IOW: “Vote for me if you don’t want the Supreme Court to impose gay marriage on all the US.” Relevant because this election Iowa voters will be removing a 4th “justice” from their Supreme Court for imposing SSM on them.

Yes, it’s a “dog whistle.” Yes, I’s a “dog” and I approve of that “whistle.”

Greg Q on October 26, 2012 at 4:26 PM

Was that with or without a teleprompter? I’m hoping/betting it was without.

AubieJon on October 26, 2012 at 4:27 PM

andy85719 on October 26, 2012 at 4:09 PM

The ARG poll of Ohio has Romney +21 among independents, and has Mitt down just -2 with a D+9 sample and 43% Democrats being polled. The latter two numbers are off-the-charts implausible and tells me Mitt’s leading in Ohio, but no pollster wants to be the first to have Mitt ahead there.
Once a poll has Romney up in Ohio (and, with a realistic sample in the ARG poll, it might be Mitt +4 right now), and another poll or two follows, the “all-comes-down-to-Ohio” narrative is over, and so is the election.

Right Mover on October 26, 2012 at 4:27 PM

Haha! CNN trying to give the libs a straw to grasp on to for the weekend. I think people will be surprised at how much Mitt wins by on election day in Ohio and elsewhere. I think Mitt takes Ohio,Iowa,Wisconsin, Colorado, New Hampshire along with Florida and Virginia, and makes it close in Michigan. Icing on the cake would be Nevada.

Rockshine on October 26, 2012 at 4:31 PM

I will probably be banned here Nov 7th after unleashing my can of whoopa$$ on you all.

HotAirLib on October 26, 2012 at 4:22 PM

Sore losers usually do that. It’s why you’re called sore losers.

Bishop on October 26, 2012 at 4:32 PM

538.com are showing Obama with a 73% chance of winning.

Princeton electorate consortium is showing Obama with close to a 90% chance of winning.

All the betting sites are all showing O with a more than 65% chance of winning with less than 2 weeks to go.

I wish you all the best of luck. I will probably be banned here Nov 7th after unleashing my can of whoopa$$ on you all.

HotAirLib on October 26, 2012 at 4:22 PM

Ahahahahahahahaha and this person is seriously talking about a bubble. Forget him not being here on the 7th, we may have to make sure he hasn’t committed suicide.

MobileVideoEngineer on October 26, 2012 at 4:32 PM

Romney doesn’t want to win. He’s just wasting the last of his cash so that he can say he tried. Winners are not 4 pts behind in Ohio with just over one week to go.

andy85719 on October 26, 2012 at 4:32 PM

Bishop on October 26, 2012 at 4:32 PM

Again, he won’t be here. Look at his username. His sole purpose of being here is to troll.

wargamer6 on October 26, 2012 at 4:32 PM

andy85719 on October 26, 2012 at 4:32 PM

You’re an idiot.

wargamer6 on October 26, 2012 at 4:33 PM

Real change???

There isn’t a single policy that Romney will have that will be any different from Obama, Bush, McCain, Gore, Kerry, Clinton, Dole, Bush, Reagan, Mondale, etc.

Not a single one.

Dante on October 26, 2012 at 4:23 PM

I believe Romney has already said that he will outlaw fences so that we can’t be enslaved by the federal government, that’s different.

Bishop on October 26, 2012 at 4:34 PM

HotAirLib on October 26, 2012 at 4:22 PM

Snork. We’ll see you on November 7.

Or maybe not. Liberals aren’t known for their bravery.

kim roy on October 26, 2012 at 4:35 PM

Right…when the vast majority of polls showing O losing Indys by huge margins? Not going to happen.

wargamer6 on October 26, 2012 at 4:11 PM

Doesn’t make sense to me how he’s up with indies nationally by a healthy margin (20, if you believe ABC), yet DOWN by 5 with indies in OH. Could be that the early Obama onslaught did the job, but I don’t know.

I do think he’s got to make a bigger push for WI and NH, just in case OH remains stubborn on election day.

changer1701 on October 26, 2012 at 4:19 PM

It’s a small poll for one. It also doesn’t show any change from their poll 4 weeks ago. But it is very odd, it’s D +3, looking good, Obama up 4 which would make it the first poll in a while to have Obama up more than the partisan spread, and Obama is winning indies by 5. I’m guessing it’s either a straight outlier or the “early voters” have skewed it like other polls since going by the MoE “early voters” are 37% of the respondants and have gone Obama by 21 points which early voting numbers seem to indicate is a stretch.

jarodea on October 26, 2012 at 4:35 PM

Back in the real world outside of this HA bubble, prominent statisticians like:

538.com are showing Obama with a 73% chance of winning.

Nate Silver, prominent statistician. LOL.

Missy on October 26, 2012 at 4:35 PM

Was that with or without a TelePrompTer? I’m hoping/betting it was without.

AubieJon on October 26, 2012 at 4:27 PM

Nothing wrong with using a TelePrompter when you are giving a major speech.

Now, when you are addressing a room of elementary school kids….

Barred on October 26, 2012 at 4:35 PM

Romney doesn’t want to win. He’s just wasting the last of his cash so that he can say he tried. Winners are not 4 pts behind in Ohio with just over one week to go.

andy85719 on October 26, 2012 at 4:32 PM

The idea he doesn’t want to win after running the last 6 years for the office is utter nonsense. “Winners” are behind at this stage all the time, and he has other routes to 270 just in case.

changer1701 on October 26, 2012 at 4:35 PM

You call voting for statist instead of STATIST “real change”?

paulsur on October 26, 2012 at 4:35 PM

” This is an election about America, and it is an election about the American family.”

IOW: “Vote for me if you don’t want the Supreme Court to impose gay marriage on all the US.” Relevant because this election Iowa voters will be removing a 4th “justice” from their Supreme Court for imposing SSM on them.

Yes, it’s a “dog whistle.” Yes, I’s a “dog” and I approve of that “whistle.”

Greg Q on October 26, 2012 at 4:26 PM

If he is removed it will be for legislating from the bench. Iowans would accept SSM if it went thru the legislature and signed by the Governor or voting on by the citizens of Iowa. Iowans do not like the Judaical branch making law.

IowaWoman on October 26, 2012 at 4:36 PM

Romney doesn’t want to win. He’s just wasting the last of his cash so that he can say he tried. Winners are not 4 pts behind in Ohio with just over one week to go.

andy85719 on October 26, 2012 at 4:32 PM

OMG go away if you believe that.

gophergirl on October 26, 2012 at 4:36 PM

Real change???

There isn’t a single policy that Romney will have that will be any different from Obama, Bush, McCain, Gore, Kerry, Clinton, Dole, Bush, Reagan, Mondale, etc.

Not a single one.

Dante on October 26, 2012 at 4:23 PM

OH LOOK EVERYONE!!!1!! SOMETHING WE HAVEN’T HEARD BEFORE FROM DANTE. RUN AND GRAB THE WIMMINS AND CHILLINS FOR THIS ONE!!1!!!11

kim roy on October 26, 2012 at 4:36 PM

That speech has kind of a JFK elegance to it.

Scopper on October 26, 2012 at 4:36 PM

Great Speech by Romney…Party like it’s 1980

workingclass artist on October 26, 2012 at 4:36 PM

wargamer6 on October 26, 2012 at 4:33 PM

I’m not an idiot. I’m just pointing out that unless every single poll is wrong, Romney is going to lose Ohio. Now he is placing ads in Minnesota, a state where he def won’t win in order to cover part of media market in Wisconsin, another state he is highly unlikely to win.

andy85719 on October 26, 2012 at 4:37 PM

I’m guessing it’s either a straight outlier or the “early voters” have skewed it like other polls since going by the MoE “early voters” are 37% of the respondants and have gone Obama by 21 points which early voting numbers seem to indicate is a stretch.

jarodea on October 26, 2012 at 4:35 PM

But nothing like 37% of OH registered voters have already voted. So since early voters skew Dem, and there are way too many early voters in this sample, you would expect the results to skew Dem.

Early voting really messes with polling.

Missy on October 26, 2012 at 4:37 PM

paulsur on October 26, 2012 at 4:35 PM

Ron Paul lost. Move on.

wargamer6 on October 26, 2012 at 4:37 PM

Romney doesn’t want to win. He’s just wasting the last of his cash so that he can say he tried. Winners are not 4 pts behind in Ohio with just over one week to go.

andy85719 on October 26, 2012 at 4:32 PM

Oh jeez, what an idiot. And you should have read the entire poll article over there at CNN before getting your shorts in a wad.

The CNN poll was conducted by ORC International from October 23-25, with 1,009 Ohio adults, including 896 registered voters and 741 likely voters, questioned by telephone. The survey’s overall sampling error is plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

American Research Group also released a live operator, non-partisan poll of likely voters in Ohio on Friday. It was also conducted entirely after the final debate. It indicates Obama with a 49%-47% edge over Romney, which is within the survey’s sampling error.

JPeterman on October 26, 2012 at 4:38 PM

It’s a small poll for one. It also doesn’t show any change from their poll 4 weeks ago. But it is very odd, it’s D +3, looking good, Obama up 4 which would make it the first poll in a while to have Obama up more than the partisan spread, and Obama is winning indies by 5. I’m guessing it’s either a straight outlier or the “early voters” have skewed it like other polls since going by the MoE “early voters” are 37% of the respondants and have gone Obama by 21 points which early voting numbers seem to indicate is a stretch.

jarodea on October 26, 2012 at 4:35 PM

You’re right about the early voters…2/5 said they’ve early voted in the poll, when only 1/5 have.

changer1701 on October 26, 2012 at 4:38 PM

Snork. We’ll see you on November 7.

Or maybe not. Liberals aren’t known for their bravery.

kim roy on October 26, 2012 at 4:35 PM

This!!

Bitter Clinger on October 26, 2012 at 4:38 PM

There is this though:

In 2004: ARG Kerry 49 Bush 47 (OH) CNN Kerry 50 Bush 46 (OH).

andy85719 on October 26, 2012 at 4:39 PM

I’m not an idiot. I’m just pointing out that unless every single poll is wrong, Romney is going to lose Ohio. Now he is placing ads in Minnesota, a state where he def won’t win in order to cover part of media market in Wisconsin, another state he is highly unlikely to win.

andy85719 on October 26, 2012 at 4:37 PM

Maybe their campaign knows something we don’t. *shrug* They have to try, don’t they?

kim roy on October 26, 2012 at 4:39 PM

JPeterman on October 26, 2012 at 4:38 PM

He’s one of “those people” that hand wring over every poll.

wargamer6 on October 26, 2012 at 4:39 PM

Now he is placing ads in Minnesota, a state where he def won’t win

andy85719 on October 26, 2012 at 4:37 PM

Don’t be so sure about that.

Winners fight for all of it, not just a piece.

Bishop on October 26, 2012 at 4:39 PM

andy85719 on October 26, 2012 at 4:39 PM

What’s your point? Both polls showed Kerry winning OH. Both were wrong.

wargamer6 on October 26, 2012 at 4:39 PM

Romney doesn’t want to win. He’s just wasting the last of his cash so that he can say he tried. Winners are not 4 pts behind in Ohio with just over one week to go.

andy85719 on October 26, 2012 at 4:32 PM

You forgot your sarc tag.

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Bitter Clinger on October 26, 2012 at 4:40 PM

I’m not an idiot. I’m just pointing out that unless every single poll is wrong, Romney is going to lose Ohio. Now he is placing ads in Minnesota, a state where he def won’t win in order to cover part of media market in Wisconsin, another state he is highly unlikely to win.

andy85719 on October 26, 2012 at 4:37 PM

A lot of the polls in O-I-H-O that show Obama leading are predicting D+9 turnout which will never happen. Also, why is Romney highly unlikely to win Wisconsin? He’s tied there according to today’s Ras poll.

Doughboy on October 26, 2012 at 4:40 PM

Romney doesn’t want to win. He’s just wasting the last of his cash so that he can say he tried. Winners are not 4 pts behind in Ohio with just over one week to go.

andy85719 on October 26, 2012 at 4:32 PM

4 points based on one poll. Other polls have it tighter. And Obama had a much bigger lead in OH three weeks ago. 11 days to go.

Meanwhile Gallup has Romney at 50% or over among likely voters for TEN STRAIGHT DAYS. In mid-late October. That doesn’t happen to losers.

Obama has never been at 50% in Gallup LV.

Ohio will fall in line.

Missy on October 26, 2012 at 4:40 PM

Mitt did use teleprompters, I don’t know how he read them with gusting winds moving them back and forth.

IowaWoman on October 26, 2012 at 4:41 PM

andy85719 on October 26, 2012 at 4:37 PM

You do realize that both Gallup and Ras now show Rs in the lead on party ID? Stop crying.

wargamer6 on October 26, 2012 at 4:41 PM

I sure hope Team Romney is currently double checking the facts…

… and has a question for Obowma?

“Who ordered the “Stand Down”? in Benghazi?”

Seven Percent Solution on October 26, 2012 at 4:41 PM

Ahahahahahahahaha and this person is seriously talking about a bubble. Forget him not being here on the 7th, we may have to make sure he hasn’t committed suicide.

MobileVideoEngineer on October 26, 2012 at 4:32 PM

lol. Show me any statistician or any betting website that has Romney winning this election with 2 weeks to go. I dont care whether its a Rush Limbaugh sponsored analysis or a Romney owned statistician.

We all know this whole horse race is an intellectual exercise for everyone. O is going to win it fair and square. You all will blame Romney for not being conservative enough and continue your perpectual bitC#n# on HA.

HotAirLib on October 26, 2012 at 4:42 PM

Missy on October 26, 2012 at 4:40 PM

Everyone is entitled to be vocally eeyorish now and then.

andy85719 on October 26, 2012 at 4:42 PM

CNN – Among those who have voted early or plan to vote before Election Day, Obama holds a 59%-38% lead, with Romney up 51%-44% among those who say they’ll vote on Election Day.

Plus – According to CNN – Obama holds indies 49-44, women 56-42, loses men 50-44.

The CNN poll was conducted by ORC International from October 23-25, with 1,009 Ohio adults, including 896 registered voters and 741 likely voters, questioned by telephone. The survey’s overall sampling error is plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

So it’s a sample that mixes adults, registered voters, and likely voters all together. 117 are not even registered, only 741 are “likely voters” whatever that means to CNN.

oldroy on October 26, 2012 at 4:42 PM

BTW, back on topic, this is a fantastic speech.

I only wish it didn’t happen on a Friday morning with so much else going on. MSM will decline to cover it, I’m afraid.

Missy on October 26, 2012 at 4:42 PM

There is this though:

In 2004: ARG Kerry 49 Bush 47 (OH) CNN Kerry 50 Bush 46 (OH).

andy85719 on October 26, 2012 at 4:39 PM

News Flash! This is not 2004!

JPeterman on October 26, 2012 at 4:43 PM

HotAirLib on October 26, 2012 at 4:42 PM

Betting websites are useless. 2004 they had Kerry winning. What happened then? 2012 they had Obamacare being repealed. What happened then?

For a troll, you’re pretty stupid.

wargamer6 on October 26, 2012 at 4:43 PM

That kids have no taste in music these days?

alchemist19 on October 26, 2012 at 4:15 PM

I was a fan of Springsteen in Texas before anybody heard him here I think. I worked as a bus boy in a new Italian restaurant named Antonio’s Flying Pizza. The La Rosa brothers and a couple of their cousins arrived fresh from New York City and brought 5 or 6 waiters and other staff. I became fast friends with one of the guys and he introduced me to him in 1971/1972. He had a home recorded 8-track tape of him and I thought he was a rockin’ Bob Dylan that could really play and sing. I made every show in Houston for years and bought every album until sometime around Nebraska. And then he dumped his wife for Patty Scialfa. And then his politics made my skin crawl before I even knew I cared.

To hear a 60 year old millionaire howl about his shtruggles to get by in this cruel world got old about the time he was 40.

DanMan on October 26, 2012 at 4:43 PM

I’m not an idiot.

andy85719 on October 26, 2012 at 4:37 PM

You are too idiotic to recognize that you are an idiot.

bayview on October 26, 2012 at 4:43 PM

andy85719 on October 26, 2012 at 4:42 PM

Making claims about Romney not wanting to win isn’t eeyorish. It’s stupid.

wargamer6 on October 26, 2012 at 4:43 PM

I’m not an idiot. I’m just pointing out that unless every single poll is wrong, Romney is going to lose Ohio. Now he is placing ads in Minnesota, a state where he def won’t win in order to cover part of media market in Wisconsin, another state he is highly unlikely to win.

andy85719 on October 26, 2012 at 4:37 PM

You said he wasn’t trying to win, but here you point out he’s buying ads in MN of all places, to possibly make a play there as well as in WI. Doesn’t sound like someone operating just to say they tried to me.

If I remember right, you also didn’t think Walker was winning the recall.

changer1701 on October 26, 2012 at 4:44 PM

Nate Silver ran over eleventybillion election simulations with the model he just made up and Obama won more often than he didn’t. The election is over!

/libtard troll who doesn’t understand modeling or probabilities.

Note for the libtards, it doesn’t matter how many simulations you run with a model if the model is flawed. I guessed 49 out of 50 correct in 2004, give me a New York Times blog and way too much credibility.

alchemist19 on October 26, 2012 at 4:44 PM

JPeterman on October 26, 2012 at 4:43 PM

I know, that is why I think R is going to lose Ohio.

andy85719 on October 26, 2012 at 4:44 PM

Also, 23% of conservatives are voting for Obama? o_0 I am not so sure about that.

Abby Adams on October 26, 2012 at 4:19 PM

Must be a typo: “conservationists” maybe.

Laura in Maryland on October 26, 2012 at 4:44 PM

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