Romney Begins Final Campaign Swing with Big Promises in Florida

At the outset of a final, frantic cross-country sprint that will take him to four battleground states on Monday, Romney sought to wrap himself in the mantle of change.

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Christopher Morris / VII for TIME

Presidential candidate Mitt Romney campaigns in Pataskala, Ohio on Nov. 2, 2012

Sanford, Florida

Mitt Romney’s last day on the campaign trail began like any other. Before the sun burned off the thick Florida fog, his motorcade snaked away from a cookie-cutter Marriott, through the Orlando suburbs to an airport in Sanford, where a modest but boisterous crowd greeted the Republican nominee inside a humid hangar.

Romney’s advance team cranked up the pageantry for his last event in Florida, bedecking the cavernous space with signs promising victory and “Real Change on Day One.” A giant American flag hung from a cherry-picker parked near Romney’s plane; supporters pinned tiny flags in their hair. A lengthy roster of local luminaries, including Florida Governor Rick Scott and one of his predecessors, Jeb Bush, were brought in to whip up the crowd. Romney’s supporters roared at all the right moments, calling Obama a “loser” and urging fellow citizens to “fire” him.  But some seemed nervous all the same.

Perhaps that’s because Republicans know Romney wouldn’t be here if his campaign weren’t teetering on a knife’s edge with 24 hours to go. Florida is the foundation of any plausible path Romney has to an Electoral College victory, but polls have pegged the state as a tossup. So here was Romney, bidding to shore up support at the eastern end of the state’s pivotal I-4 corridor at the outset of this final, frantic cross-country sprint that will take him to four battleground states on Monday, the last full day of campaigning. (According to an Associated Press report, Romney is now mulling a Tuesday trip to Ohio in a last-ditch effort to win the state’s 18 electoral votes.)

In the closing stages of a tight race, Romney has sought to wrap himself in the mantle of change, adopting a mantra that vaulted Barack Obama to the White House four years ago. “The President promised change but couldn’t deliver it. I not only promise change; I have a record of achieving it,” Romney said. “If you’re tired of being tired, then I ask you to vote for real change.”

“This is an election about big things,” Romney said. Big was the watchword of his 20-minute speech – Romney promised “big change,” “big ideas” fit for a “big election” that holds “big challenges and big opportunities.” But you wouldn’t know it from a small and contentious campaign that both sides waged in tired platitudes, with the same inspirational anecdotes and canned attack lines. Even the new stuff sounds focus-grouped to a high gloss. “Tomorrow, we begin a new tomorrow,” Romney said. “The door to a brighter future is open.”

At the fringe of the crowd, Stuart Stevens, Romney’s rumpled svengali and speechwriter, leaned against a table arrayed with donuts and coffee, assuring reporters that Romney would win the I-4 corridor, and with it the state. “He’s eager to lead the country,” Stevens says. In a day’s time, Romney will either have won that responsibility or be heading home for good.

All there is left to do, Romney told the crowd here, is to get to the polls. “Look, we have one job left,” he said. “We need every single vote in Florida.”

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73yearoldVet
73yearoldVet

President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney are within one percentage point of each other in Gallup's final pre-election survey of likely voters, with Romney holding 49% of the vote and Obama 48%. 

Read more at GALLUP.com.

73yearoldVet
73yearoldVet

The fat lady is about to sing her song for Obama.

"Born to Lose".

outsider
outsider

So is Romney going to finally stop campaigning after this, and go quietly into the night - or will he be around for another 4 years??

MrObvious
MrObvious

 Romney Begins Final Campaign Swing with Big Promises in Florida

He still have the opportunity to present another version of Romney.

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

He brought Lurch??  Guess there's nothing left to lose....

yrag46
yrag46

BIG PROMISES from a small man....

The Washington Post headline published on the day Romney released his tax returns was exactly what Romney wanted it to be: "Mitt Romney releases tax return for 2011, showing he paid 14.1 percent tax rate." It is also, for all real intents and purposes, deeply misleading. As Romney's tax return shows, his real tax rate was going to be 10.5% until he voluntarily increased his taxes by more than one third to bump up the rate temporarily to 14.1% This was probably done to obscur his incredibly low 10.5 % actual tax rate.

So.....The ROMNEY’S TRUE TAX RATE FOR 2011 WAS 10.5%......That is the SAME tax rate paid by a married couple filing jointly with an income of $19,000.

So.....Willard Romney and his wife Anne, (whose horse gets them a $77,000 yearly tax deduction), pay income taxes at a rate designed for married couples just slightly above the National Poverty Level.

Now that is downright Disgusting...

LiberalLies2012
LiberalLies2012

http://www.washingtontimes.com/blog/inside-politics/2012/nov/4/retired-top-military-brass-push-romney/

Five hundred retired generals and admirals are running an ad in Monday's editions of The Washington Times calling on the country to elect Republican Mitt Romney on Tuesday.

In plain terms the officers, who paid for the ad themselves, said they support Mr. Romney: "We, the undersigned, proudly support Governor Mitt Romney as our nation's next president and commander-in-chief."

HudsonValleyTim
HudsonValleyTim

I'm really starting to believe that LiberalLies and 73Year are a couple of sociology grad students whose thesis is "How stupid and/or offensive does a person need to act in order to elicit a hostile response". These trolls just cannot possibly be for-real.

LiberalLies2012
LiberalLies2012

Former Gov. L. Douglas Wilder, who backed Democrat Barack Obama for president in 2008, did not endorse Obama or Republican Mitt Romney in an opinion column released days before the election.

"I have campaigned for and supported the president in the past and many people now want to discuss his job performance with me," Wilder writes in a column for Reuters.

"They often note that Obama ran as a moderate — and that is the man they threw their support behind in 2008. But some look back and say that he has governed as a left-of-center liberal who did not keep the focus squarely on jobs and economic recovery."Is that group of independent-minded voters enough to swing Virginia's 13 electoral votes away from Obama on Tuesday? The race is so close, we will have to wait until November 6 for a definitive answer. But for a state Obama may need to win, that uncertainty after almost four years on the job cannot be a great comfort to his campaign operatives."

Wilder does not expressly back Romney, but he says the Republican has met the test to be president.

"The Republicans endured a bad nominating process. Yet in the end, they seem to have chosen a credible candidate that many Virginians tell me they would feel fairly comfortable with in the Oval Office.

"Democrats counted on using ad hominem attacks to make Romney seem too unworthy and too unsteady to be the country's chief executive because of the rough nominating process. But that has not been 100 percent effective.

Will it be effective enough? We'll find out on Tuesday."

Wilder, who served as governor from 1990-94 and as mayor of Richmond from 2005-09 has a long history of breaking with fellow Democrats.

http://www2.timesdispatch.com/news/2012/nov/04/wilder-chooses-not-endorse-president-ar-2335331/

DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

@outsider2011 

I have a hunch he'll run in 2016.  Romney seems to think he was destined to be President or something since this is his third time at bat.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@nflfoghorn  

He's still about 725,000 jobs short of his promise to create 700,000 new jobs, isn't he?

bobell
bobell

@yrag46 Don't forget that Romney said a few months ago that anyone who paid one more dollar in taxes than absolutely necessary was unqualified to be president.

Mitt needs a four-sided mouth to have enought sides to talk out of.

CerebralSmartie
CerebralSmartie

@yrag46 Yes, but the dressage industry just experienced a huge gain, and more jobs are now opening in the horse dancing industry, all because of the Romney influence.

HudsonValleyTim
HudsonValleyTim

@yrag46 Don't worry, I'm sure Mitty will file an amended 2011 return to collect his extra loot.

Pollopa
Pollopa

If they were enlisted it would represent 0.1% of the enlisted officers.  Now lets throw in the retired and percentage diminishes further.  Here's what some other retired military leaders think, and this was before he led us and built an even larger CIC following in the military.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FdN8XpL36Pk

DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

@LiberalLies2012 

Since most of them are probably lobbyists for the defense industry, why wouldn't the support the guy that would give them a blank check?

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

InsiderAdvantage is run by Matt Towery, a Georgia-based Blush/Boortz acolyte.  'Bout the same impact as Razzmussen.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@KevinGroenhagen Yes because the home town newspaper for the "Mullet Capital" of Florida is the final authority on what happens in the rest of the state.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@LiberalLies2012 I'm sorry who did Charlie Crist the former Republican Governor of Florida endorse this year? Oh yeah that would be Obama.

outsider
outsider

I like you 3x, but we both know you're. Wrong. So are you going to pop in wed to say goodbye for a year, or just go off into the night after Romney is defeated?

@73yearoldVet @outsider2011

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

@53_3 @nflfoghorn Noticed that Nate now shows BO with a 53.1% chance of taking Florida.  For the last month his map has shown Ritt with the better odds of winning.  

So I conclude: Lurch is playing Badluck Schleprock for Momney.

fitty_three
fitty_three

^ ^ ^ ^ -> ()))-----------------()))

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@DonQuixotic @LiberalLies2012 That is exactly correct. If you go down the list and Google the guys endorsing Romney I would bet money that better than 70% of them have ties to the Defense Industry.

HudsonValleyTim
HudsonValleyTim

@yrag46 @HudsonValleyTim Are you saying that LiberalLies and 73Year are the functional ones?

Wow...that's a stretch.

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

Hey!  I resemble that mull--er, remark!

shepherdwong
shepherdwong

@mantisdragon91 I wonder why a former Florida governor would think that electing the guy who wants to dismantle FEMA would be a bad thing.

tommyudo
tommyudo

Actually Hillary would hammer either one of them.

All the GOP voting shenanigans  today and tomorrow aside. How about in presidential years we have a national 5 day  voting weekend where voting begins on Friday  and runs through Tuesday from 7am  to 10pm. Paper ballots only, dispense with voting machines altogether. As for voter ID - photo IDs, SS card, Medicare card, utility bill, check book, or any doc that has your name and/or address

You wingnuts fine with that? If  not, then you show yourselves for the anti democratic dishonest hypocrits that you are. You guys can't ever win on a level playing field.

Sue_N
Sue_N

@shepherdwong @CerebralSmartie Exactly. I remember the summer of 2011, when hell opened its mouth and breathed on Texas, and people here were desperate for FEMA money. Why? Because the idiots in the Texas lege had slashed the budget for volunteer firefighters (which make up 75 percent or more of Texas firefighters) by 25 percent. In a drought year. Volunteer companies were exhausting their equipment (and their members), towns were running out of water (which, oddly enough, you need to put out fires), people were losing homes and businesses … and the State of Texas had no money to deal with the disaster.

Oh, guess who was hollering the loudest for that money? Our own gubmint-hating God. Goodhair.