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Romney seeks to introduce himself to voters

Published: Wed, August 1, 2012 @ 12:00 a.m.

Associated Press


Mitt Romney has been on the national political stage for nearly a decade — through two presidential bids, countless campaign events and millions spent on TV ads. But the likely Republican presidential nominee still isn’t well-known to most voters.

So now he’s trying to fix that.

With less than 100 days until the Nov. 6 election, Romney is starting to introduce himself to them in earnest — through a combination of carefully selected media appearances and biographical ads — before President Barack Obama’s efforts to define him in a negative light cripple his candidacy.

“I got the chance to start my own business. ... I went off to have the chance at running the Olympics in Salt Lake City in 2002. ... The real experience was in Massachusetts,” the former governor says in a new television commercial released Tuesday that features him on the campaign trail, in factories and with his wife, Ann, by his side. “I want to use those experiences to help Americans have a better future.”

Until now, Romney has emphasized his record at the private-equity firm Bain Capital, giving Obama and other Democrats the chance to portray him in their ads as an out-of-touch corporate raider and job killer. The new ad is an effort to deflect that barrage by letting him round out that biography by touching aspects of it that he hasn’t stressed in the past.

The ad marked the start of a new phase for the Republican presidential candidate as he looks to move from a seven-day, three-nation trip abroad and into a period where the media glare will shine even brighter as he prepares to announce his vice-presidential running mate in the run-up to the GOP convention where he’ll accept the party’s presidential nomination.

In what may be his most extensive series of national broadcast interviews this campaign, Romney and his wife spent much of the trip answering questions from TV anchors on everything from her part-ownership of a horse competing in the Olympics to whether they were each other’s true love (The answer? Yes.).

A CBS News/New York Times poll conducted in mid-July found that 31 percent of registered voters either were undecided or hadn’t heard enough about Romney when asked if they had a favorable or unfavorable opinion of him.

The new ad is meant to boost those numbers.


1cambridge(3104 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

Here is how a fellow republican views romney.


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2jojuggie(1478 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

Why don't you show the youtube where Obama said he has visited the 57 states? Or where he said that a mariage is between one man & one woman, than flip flopped, recently to change his mind.

You're very good at cutting & pasting.

By the way, what liberal outfit produced That?

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3AnotherAverageCitizen(1175 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

Maybe if Willard disclosed his tax records, we will get to know who he is. Maybe if he would disclose if he was or was not heading Bain while he was on the payroll, we would get to know him. Maybe if he disclosed how many companies he sold off and sold out, we would get to know him.

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4cambridge(3104 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

jojuggie....If you bothered to watch the video you would know it was from Ron Paul but the words were coming out of romney's mouth.

Still can't bring yourself to believe your lie'n eye's can you?

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5jojuggie(1478 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

Ron is a frustrated has been & you know it. Everyone knows it.
When that gang was running for the highest office deragatory remarks were made by everyone on the panel. Do you remember when the Dems were running, in 2007, when Hilary lambasted Obama? WOW. I thought they would never get along after that.
You still can't believe that Obama visited 57 states, can you? You still can't believe that he flipped flopped on homo marriages, can you?

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6jojuggie(1478 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

You know, I try not to demean President Obama. I always capitalize his name - sometimes I call him BO, because liberals, on this message board, have used those initals. But I saw a bumper sticker, this AM, that said "I would rather have a MORMON in the Whitehouse instead of a MORON.

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7greene(167 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

cambridge, I think this country is what it is because we have individual Liberty. What are your thoughts?

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8cambridge(3104 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

jojuggie.....Are you saying that because ron paul was "frustrated" it caused romney to contradict himself all those times? The video is right there in front of your eyes. The words are coming out of romney's mouth not pauls.

As far as Obama saying there are 57 states and Knightcap pointing out that Obama said he was a muslim. OK, I'll play along, I'll post both video's. In my opinion he simply misspoke, but if it makes you feel better to pretend Obama doesn't know how many states there are or he is actually a muslim go ahead but that says more about you than him. I guess you need something to grasp at.



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9jojuggie(1478 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

Fist of all I never said that Obama was a Muslim. I really don't know what he is. But I know what Romney is.

Today, in Mansfield, OH, Obama said this, "farmers, small businesses, and startups built this country."
Boy, that's not what he said a few weeks ago that started a furor that won't go away.
Here in FL, they are putting up billboards showing business men & women who built their businesses successfully from the ground up.
That was a real bo-bo on Obama's part.

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10cambridge(3104 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

You mean when he said this?


I never said you called Obama a muslim.

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11jojuggie(1478 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

As I said before, you're good at cutting & pasting. I'm just fair at that.

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12jojuggie(1478 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

In Mansfield today one business man has been so insulted by Obama's rhetoric that he put up a sign while Obama was trying to explain how the economy works: "I built this business without Govt help. Obama can kiss my A**. I'm Ray Gaster & I approve this message."
Gaster owns Gaster Lumber & Hdwe.

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13Karen59Cortland(4 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

Romney lied about his residency in Mass. when he ran for Gov. there. When he got caught, his excuse was he was "retroactively correcting his tax returns" to show that he was a resident of Mass, not Utah.

Makes you wonder why he won't release any more tax returns now.

In the meantime, in Congress, Republicans have voted NO on 19 individual pieces of legislation that would have created jobs in America.

So what have they been doing the past 17 months? The top 5 list, making up 61% of the legislation passed:

1st on the list is Renaming Federal Buildings – 23% of the bills passed; 2nd is short-term (under 1 year) extensions of existing laws; 3rd is transferring federal lands or the use of federal lands to individual states; 4th are Commemorative Issues; 5th is continuing existing appropriations.

Profit at companies in the Standard & Poor's 500 stock index rose 16 percent last year. The CEO of a typical public company made $9.6 million in 2011, up 6% from 2010.

Newly released IRS figures show that in 2009 U.S. nonfinancial companies held $4.8 trillion in liquid assets, “ie” cold hard cash.

Republicans are holding America hostage in their quest to take over the Presidency.

They don't care how this impacts the majority of American families or how it destroys our economy.

Is this really the party you want in power?

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14jojuggie(1478 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

Hey Karen, your statement "makes you wonder why he won't release any more tax returns now." Keep in mind that no one has died because Romney hasn't released his tax returns, but, in Fast & Furious, some one has died. Why won't Obama & his AG release those records?

In the last 6 months, Obama has held 106 fund raisers & no Job Council meetings. Why?

2 yrs ago, when the Jobs Council was formed, Immelt, the ceo of GE, was named to head this Council. GE, the company that has more foreign employees than American employees. In their 1st meeting, most of the attendees were Union officials. The US Chamber of Commerce was not even invited. Since when do Unions create jobs?

The reason most companies are withholding so much money is that they fear future taxes and Obamacare. Their money is not sitting on the sidelines. They are repurchasing outstanding shares & depositing them in their treasurey. When they do this their profit per share increases & investors are more likely to buy their shares. ATT just announced they are buying 300 million, of their outstanding shares, which makes ATT an outstanding purchase.

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