Romney Focuses on Debate, Not Jobs Report in St. Pete

Gov. Mitt Romney and his supporters continued to tout his strong debate performance from Wednesday night, in hopes to build momentum before the November election.

Off the heels of a strong debate performance Wednesday, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney hammered home his plan Friday at St. Pete Pier Park in front of thousands of supporters.

“I enjoyed that debate a couple nights ago,” Romney said with a big smile. He said he was able to ask the president directly about his "failed" jobs and economic policies.

He said if Obama is re-elected and the current debt rate continues, “That would be $20 trillion, if he would be re-elected,” Romney said. “That would put in jeopardy the American Dream. I’m going to make sure we cut and cap federal (spending)."

Ann Romney, who introduced her husband Friday, said the debates gave Americans the chance to “see the real Mitt Romney.”

“I was so thrilled at the debate for people to see my husband unfiltered, without any negative ads and any media (spin),” she said. “The next four weeks are so important that all of us understand how critical this election is.”

Congressman C.W. Bill Young echoed Ann Romney’s sentiments prior to Romney's speech Friday.

“Thanks to the nature of TV media, a lot of you saw the real Mitt Romney for the first time during the debate because it wasn’t censored by a quote unquote journalist,” Young said. “We heard the truth Wednesday night (and) Thursday morning the pundits could not say enough about the good job Mitt Romney did.”

According Reuters, in the latest polls, Romney has received a slight jump since the debate.

“President Barack Obama's lead over challenger Mitt Romney has narrowed to just two percentage points since the Republican's strong performance in their first debate, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Friday.”

Romney said Florida is crucial for him to win the election. Friday marked the second time this year he has visited St. Petersburg. On Saturday he will head to Apopka and Sunday Port St. Lucie.

The importance of Florida was repeated by several guest speakers who took the stage before Gov. Romney. For former St. Pete Mayor Rick Baker, the key to the election is in St. Petersburg and Pinellas County.

“Welcome to St. Petersburg,” Baker said. “Welcome to Pinellas County, the anchor of the I-4 corridor and the epicenter of the American presidential campaign this year.

“(History says) when you win Pinellas County, you win the I-4 corridor,” Baker added. “History will also tell you that when you win the I-4 corridor, you win the state of Florida.”

Baker said if Romney wins Florida, he will win the presidency.

One thing Romney did not mention Friday in St. Petersburg, was the unexpected positive September jobs report.

According to the jobs report released Friday morning, the unemployment rate fell to 7.8 percent after the U.S. economy added 114,000 new jobs in September. The rate represents a 44-month low for unemployment.

Shortly after the Romney event, Lis Smith with the Obama for American campaign released a response to Gov. Romney’s speech in St. Petersburg.

“There was one very telling omission from Mitt Romney’s event in Florida tonight: today’s jobs news. That’s because he doesn’t want to acknowledge how businesses have added 5.2 million jobs over the past two and a half years, and that the unemployment rate is now at its lowest level since January 2009. Nor does he want to tell the truth about how he’d bring back the same policies that got us into the mess in the first place. Americans want to move forward, not back.”

Joseph Robert October 07, 2012 at 02:15 PM
MORE MITT ROMNEY DEBATE INACCURACIES 5. Romney disagreed with Obama saying that Romney planned a $5 trillion tax cut over the next decade.” HALF TRUE. Romney does plan such a cut, and Politifact said Romney hasn’t explained how he will fully make it revenue neutral. http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2012/oct/04/barack-obama/obama-says-romneys-plan-5-trillion-tax-cut/ http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-pn-fact-check-debate-romney-tax-20121003,0,3813713.story 6. Romney accused Obama of double the Federal deficit. FALSE. http://factcheck.org/2012/10/dubious-denver-debate-declarations/ 7. Romney said incomes are down $4300 since Obama took office. FALSE. http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2012/10/03/fact-checking-the-debate/1612241/ 8. Romney said he “…will not reduce the share (of taxes)” paid by high-income individuals.” FALSE. Romney wants to cut personal taxes by 20 percent for everyone, including the wealthy, as the Romney campaign website states. http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2012/10/03/fact-checking-the-debate/1612241/ http://www.mittromney.com/issues/tax 9. Romney said that Obama “...provided $90 billion in breaks to the green energy world” and that that figure amounts to 50 years’ worth of what oil and gas receives (in tax breaks).” FALSE http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/election-2012/wp/2012/10/03/fact-check-romneys-green-math/
Rider October 07, 2012 at 07:01 PM
Romney is like a sneaky lawyer who knows what he is about to say will be struck down by the judge....and the jury will be instructed to disregard what the lawyer had just said........tricky Mitt.......spewing lies and misperceptions and dodging the questions about his inconsistencies......
Joseph Robert October 08, 2012 at 02:16 PM
Republican Leaders Agree that Mitt Romney Cannot Be Trusted “We are going to cut taxes on everyone across the country by 20 percent, including the top 1 percent. “ (This is contrary to what Romney said in his first debate.) – Mitt Romney, Republican politician and presidential candidate http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJzUQwJFW7k “This is someone (Romney) who doesn’t have a core. He has been on both sides of almost every single issue in the past 10 years. “ –Rick Santorum, Republican leader and former Republican Senator http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=av3q7-a-ayc&feature=player_embedded#! “He’s certainly beings dishonest about his own record? When he says that he had the endorsement of the NRA, he did not. When he says he didn’t raise taxes, and in fact, there were $500 million in fees raised during this time. When he talks about my record or John McCain’s. “He’s making up stuff, it’s just incredible. In Arkansas, we call it DISHONESTY.” - Mike Huckabee, Fox News commentator and former Governor http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=av3q7-a-ayc&feature=player_embedded#! (P.S - Sound familiar with Romney’s dishonest tactics in his first debate?) “This is someone (Romney) who will say anything to get elected.”- Rick Santorum –Rick Santorum, Republican leader and former Republican Senator http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=av3q7-a-ayc&feature=player_embedded#! Republican leaders agree – Romney Can't Be Trusted! Most voters agree!
Marina November 30, 2012 at 06:42 AM
Marina November 30, 2012 at 06:42 AM


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