(CBS News) Mitt Romney held up the waiters and waitresses serving donors at a fundraising event Monday night as examples of people who aren't doing well under President Obama.
Addressing 300 contributors at a Jackson, Miss., fundraiser who paid $2,500, $10,000 or $50,000 to hear him speak, Romney acknowledged that the people in the room were well-off compared to many Americans. It was the middle class that had been let down by Obama, Romney said, and he pointed to the wait staff serving finger foods as an example.
"It's tough being middle class in America right now," Romney said. "The waiters and waitresses that come in and out of this room and offer us refreshments, they're not having a good year. The people of the middle class of America are really struggling. And they're struggling I think in a way because they're surprised because when they voted for Barack Obama...he promised them that things were going to get a heck a lot of better. He promised hope and change and they're still waiting."Continue »
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - Mitt Romney went on the offensive Tuesday against President Obama and other Democrats who have been hammering him as an outsourcing pioneer. Turning Obama's phrase against him, Romney argued that it's Obama who is an "outsourcer-in-chief" sending American jobs overseas.
The Obama campaign and its allies have been attacking Romney for more than two weeks over a Washington Post report that Bain Capital, with Romney at the helm, invested in companies that outsourced U.S. jobs. Responding to the claims for the first time at a public event, Romney pointed to a FactCheck.org analysis that found the Obama campaign's claims "false and misleading."
Then he turned the argument back on Obama himself.Watch Romney's remarks in the video to the left.
"It's interesting that when it comes to outsourcing that this president has been outsourcing a good deal of American jobs himself by putting money into energy companies, solar and wind energy companies that end up making their products outside the United States," Romney told a crowded gymnasium of several hundred in western Colorado, an area that's friendly territory for Republicans. "If there's an outsourcer in chief, it's the president of the United States, not the guy that's running to replace him."Continue »
In an interview with nationally syndicated conservative talk show host Michael Medved, Romney said, "It would be a very different lineup than the president has assembled. His team is almost entirely void of anyone with any experience in the business sector, (who) understands how the economy works. I will assuredly have members of my team who will have experience in the real world, in the private sector. My Cabinet will not be filled with academics and politicians alone."
Romney indicated he already has people in mind but offered no names, saying a number of them are currently employed and "they wouldn't appreciate having their employers think they're going."Continue »
(CBS News) HOLLAND, Mich. -- Florida Sen. Marco Rubio abruptly returned to Mitt Romney's vice presidential short list Tuesday when the presumptive nominee himself said Rubio is being vetted.
Speculation about Rubio's fortunes dominated the punditocracy throughout the day after ABC News, and later The Washington Post, reported that the young GOP star was not in the mix at this point. By early evening, Romney had decided to weigh in.
"There are only two people in this country who know who are being vetted and who are not, and that's Beth Myers and myself, " he told reporters, referring to the close aide in charge of his vice presidential search. "I know Beth well. She doesn't talk to anybody. The story was entirely false. Marco Rubio is being thoroughly vetted as part of our process."Continue »
FRANKENMUTH, Mich. - When Mitt Romney travels to Wisconsin, people tell him to choose the Badger State's Rep. Paul Ryan as his vice presidential running mate. In Ohio, they urge him to pick their senator, Rob Portman.
"I get a very biased audience depending on the state I'm in," the presumptive Republican presidential nominee told reporters on a flight from Iowa to Michigan on the eve of the last day of his six-state "Every Town Counts" bus tour through key battleground states.
The tour -- a quest for exposure and votes in New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Wisconsin, Iowa and Michigan -- has showcased no less than four Republican leaders often mentioned as prospective running mates for Romney. In addition to Ryan and Portman, Romney has appeared with New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte and former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty in what amount to auditions for the second most powerful position in the United States government.Continue »
Raising the issue on the stump for the first time since Obama's executive action Friday to let some undocumented young immigrants stay in the United States and work, Romney said Obama "said one thing and he's done a very different one," Romney told more than 400 people who turned out to hear him at Le Claire Park & Bandshell.
"He said, for instance, to the question of illegal immigration, that he was going to deal with immigration -- his first year he was going to focus on that," Romney said. "Did he do anything on immigration when he had a Democratic House and Senate? No. This is a president who has said one thing and done another."Continue »
BRUNSWICK, Ohio - It was pouring rain at the outdoor pancake breakfast in this northern Ohio town just moments before Mitt Romney arrived to address the crowd on Father's Day. But moments after taking the stage, the sun began to shine on the nearly 1,000 breakfast-goers, leading the presumptive GOP nominee to compare the improving weather to the state of the country -- as long as Barack Obama is voted out of office.
"Boy, that sun feels good, you know that?" Romney said to the crowd as people began putting away their umbrellas and removing plastic garbage bags that acted as rain ponchos. "Things are drying out here. This feels great! And I can tell you something else - the sun is coming out in this country. Our brightest days are ahead. Things are getting better in America as long as we get off the course he's put us on."
Romney continued the weather metaphors throughout his speech, telling the Ohioans that "three and a half years of dark clouds are about to part." He even found a weather-related way to attack the president's signature piece of legislation, the Affordable Care Act, which he called "a great cloud that's been raining over small business."Continue »
(CBS News) QUAKERTOWN, Penn. - Presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney's "Every Town Counts" bus tour made a slight detour from its planned route through eastern Pennsylvania after over 100 protestors affiliated with the Obama campaign and MoveOn.org showed up at a gas station where he was scheduled to stop.Continue »
"I believe the status of young people who come here through no fault of their own is an important matter to be considered and should be solved on a long term basis so they know what their future would be in this country," Romney said after an ice cream social on the first day of a five-day, six-state bus tour. "I think the action the president took today makes it more difficult to reach that long-term solution because an executive order is of course just a short term matter. It can be reversed by subsequent presidents." He was asked if he would overturn the order if he's elected, but he did not answer the question.
Romney's sentiments echoed those expressed Friday by a number of Republicans, including Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, who has proposed a law similar to what Obama put in place by executive order; Arizona Sen. John McCain, who once led a drive for comprehensive bipartisan reform dealing with all undocumented immigrants, and Ohio Sen. Rob Portman, who told CBS and National Journal at an appearance in North Carolina, "I wish the president would work with us in Congress."Continue »
Attempting to stay a step ahead of President Obama, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney gave a "pre-buttal" to a speech Obama plans in Cleveland on Thursday, saying he expected him to speak "eloquently," but that "words are cheap" and the president should be denied a second term based on his track record on the economy.
"I think you're gonna see him change course when he speaks tomorrow, where he will acknowledge that it isn't going so well, and he'll be asking for four more years." Romney told a group of more than 100 business leaders at a meeting of the Business Roundtable Association. "My own view is that he will speak eloquently, but that words are cheap ... If you look at his record over the last three and a half years, you will conclude as I have that it is the most anti-investment, anti-business, anti-jobs series of policies in modern American history."
Obama also can't take credit for the economy's modest growth, Romney said, because "he's responsible for the fact that it's taken so long to see this recovery and the recovery's been so tepid."
Obama is scheduled to campaign at Cleveland's Cuyahoga Community College on Thursday. While Obama makes his case to Northern Ohio voters, Romney will be campaigning in the southwest part of the state, speaking at a Cincinnati business that makes precision metal parts. It will be the first time the two have held public campaign events in the same state on the same day.Continue »
(CBS News) ORLANDO -- Mitt Romney used President Obama's new health care law Tuesday to hammer him as out of touch with the economy, arguing that Obama is naively unaware of the impact of the Affordable Care Act on small businesses.
"Now just yesterday the president said something else that shows just how much out of touch he is. He said he didn't understand that Obamacare was hurting small business, he doesn't understand that Obamacare impacts small business, and you have to scratch your head about that," Romney told an audience of about 300 at Con Air Industries, an HVAC product manufacturer and distributor.
"The president needs to get in touch with what's happening in the private sector, what's happening with middle income families and the damage that's being done by the specter of Obamacare and the taxes that it already charges to businesses in the health care sector."Continue »
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Monday announced a five-day bus tour through six battleground states, beginning with New Hampshire on Friday. The likely Republican nominee will meet with families and business owners in small towns in New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Wisconsin, Iowa and Michigan, where he will focus on what he calls President Obama's failed economic policies.
"For three and a half years, President Obama has paid little attention to the everyday concerns of the American people," Romney said in a statement announcing his "Every Town Counts" tour. "President Obama has offered no hope for the future, and he has left American families to bear the burden of his failed policies."
It will be Romney's first multi-state campaign swing since he became the presumptive nominee in late April. It will also put renewed emphasis on Wisconsin, where Republican Gov. Scott Walker survived a recall election last week, prompting several prominent Republicans, including Walker, to say they believe Romney has a shot at winning the state in the fall.Continue »
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(CBS News) COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa - Mitt Romney jumped Friday on President Obama's statement that "the private sector is doing fine," calling the comment an "extraordinary miscalculation and misunderstanding by a president who is out of touch."
Romney, back in Iowa for the second time since the state's January caucuses, opened his event at Bayliss Park in downtown Council Bluffs by expressing amazement at Obama's statement.
"He said the private sector is doing fine. Is he really that out of touch?" Romney asked the crowd of more than 300 seated on the park lawn as they voiced their disapproval of the president. "I think he's defining what it means to be detached and out of touch with the American people."
Romney ticked off a list of statistics that run counter to Mr. Obama's claim: 23 million Americans out of work, no longer looking for work, or able to find only part-time work; the economy growing at only 1.9 percent in the first quarter of the year; median income dropping by 10 percent over the last four years; and a record number of home foreclosures.Continue »
(CBS News) SAN ANTONIO, Texas - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney called Scott Walker's solid victory in Tuesday's Wisconsin gubernatorial recall election a vote in favor of conservative principles that will "echo throughout the country."
Speaking at a fundraiser Wednesday at the San Antonio Marriott Hotel that was estimated to have raised nearly $3.5 million, Romney noted that Walker is the first governor to survive a recall election. He said the results showed that some Democrats and independents are as interested as Republicans in reducing the size of government.
"What happened yesterday was, people looked at a Republican governor, a conservative, and even though they may have been Democrat or independent, they looked at the record of a conservative who cut back on the size of government, who held down taxes, who said we had to reform - in this case public sector unions that asked for too much - and then (they) went to the polls," Romney told the crowd of over 380 people who paid a minimum of $2,500 apiece.Continue »
Romney took his campaign to Southwest Office Systems in Fort Worth, described on its website as the largest minority-owned, independent office equipment dealer in the Southwest. Romney told an audience of roughly 400 that one out of three people currently living in poverty in the United States is Hispanic, and said the president's policies had made it more difficult for Hispanic entrepreneurs and small business owners to expand their payrolls.
Southwest Office Systems owner Victor Puente told him that the company is down to 50 employees, after once employing 75, due to the "uncertainty" and "change" brought about by Mr. Obama's policies, Romney said.Continue »