Romney Campaign and Republican
Reactions to the
PAUL RYAN: MITT ROMNEY ARTICULATED HIS POSITIVE
VISION FOR A BETTER AMERICA
– Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan made the following statement on
tonight’s presidential debate:
deserve a clear choice about what kind of future we’re going to have,
and Governor Romney provided that contrast tonight. Mitt won this
debate by effectively articulating his positive vision for a better
America and the specific solutions needed to achieve it. The President,
meanwhile, offered only more of the same failed ideas that have left
those in the middle class – as Joe Biden put it – ‘buried.’ As we
continue to sharpen the focus on the big choice in this election,
Americans will see that we cannot afford four more years like the last.
We need a real recovery, and Mitt Romney can get the job done.”
MARCO RUBIO: TONIGHT, MITT ROMNEY OUTLINED HIS BOLD AGENDA
Boston, MA –
Senator Marco Rubio made the following statement on tonight’s
watching tonight’s debate, the choice this November could not be
clearer. A vote for Barack Obama is a vote for four more years of
economic stagnation and weak foreign policy; as well as higher taxes,
debt, and healthcare costs. A
vote for Mitt Romney is a vote for real reforms that will bring a real
recovery, including 12 million new jobs, tax relief for the middle
class, better healthcare at lower costs, a
balanced budget, and leadership for an American century. That’s the
kind of bold agenda Americans expect and deserve – and that’s exactly
what Mitt Romney outlined tonight.”
GOV. BOB MCDONNELL: MITT ROMNEY
CRYSTALLIZED THE CHOICE VOTERS FACE
– Virginia Governor
Bob McDonnell made the following statement on tonight’s presidential
Romney’s debate performance tonight crystallized the choice voters face
this November. When he is president, Romney’s Plan for a Stronger
Middle Class will deliver more jobs and more take-home pay. He will
also implement real healthcare reform, restore fiscal sanity, deliver
tax cuts for middle-class Americans and ensure peace through strength
around the globe. That’s a winning argument that will surely resonate
with the millions of Americans who know they can’t afford another four
years like the last four years.”
SEN. KELLY AYOTTE: A MITT ROMNEY PRESIDENCY
WILL FOSTER UPWARD MOBILITY
– New Hampshire Senator Kelly Ayotte made the following statement on
tonight’s presidential debate:
Romney’s confident, articulate performance tonight laid out the big
choice this November in the clearest terms yet. President Obama has an
abysmal record and no second-term agenda – meaning voters can only
expect another four years of job-killing policies, budget-busting
spending, and government-centered health care funded by our hard-earned
tax dollars if he is re-elected. A Mitt Romney presidency, on the other
hand, will foster upward mobility and success by championing job
creation, implementing market-based health care reforms, reining in
federal spending, cutting taxes for middle-class families, and
protecting American interests abroad.”
RUDY GIULIANI: A CLEAR WIN FOR MITT ROMNEY
– Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani made the following statement
on tonight’s presidential debate:
Romney came away with a clear win tonight. That he was successful in
communicating his message of a real recovery in a debate against one of
the best orators in a generation speaks not only to Gov. Romney’s
preparation, but also to the veracity of his argument. The choice
voters face this November is between another four years of economic
stagnation that fosters government dependency versus an agenda based on
free enterprise that will create 12 million jobs, jumpstart our
economy, and restore an opportunity society that fosters success and
wealth for all Americans.”
SEN. ROB PORTMAN: MITT ROMNEY’S PRO-GROWTH
POLICIES ARE A STARK CONTRAST TO PRESIDENT OBAMA
– Ohio Senator Rob
Portman made the following statement on tonight’s presidential debate:
Romney was the clear winner of tonight’s debate. The pro-growth
policies he discussed stand in stark contrast to President Obama’s
failed policies. During the last four years in the Obama economy,
middle-class families have struggled with less take-home pay, higher
health care costs, unemployment above 8 percent for 43 months in a row,
and sky-high debt that our children and grandchildren will have to pay.
There’s no doubt we can’t afford another four years of President
Obama’s failed policies, and Mitt Romney presented himself as a clear
alternative with the plan and the experience to get our country back on
GOV. CHRIS CHRISTIE: MITT ROMNEY WILL BRING
THE REAL RECOVERY AMERICANS NEED
– New Jersey
Governor Chris Christie made the following statement on tonight’s
Romney was the clear winner tonight. He talked about his record of
bringing people together to solve problems and his plan to create jobs
and foster economic opportunity for all Americans. President Obama, on
the other hand, was unable to articulate any plan for the future except
another four years of the same failed, tax-hiking, government-growing
policies that have resulted in 23 million Americans struggling for
work, 47 million Americans on food stamps, and countless struggling
small businesses. The candidates presented two very different visions
for our country's future, and it's clear Mitt Romney is the one who
will bring the real recovery Americans need.”
October 5, 2012
FROM: RNC Communications Director Sean
TO: Interested Parties
RE: Weekend Messaging Memo - Why
I don't have to tell you Mitt Romney won Wednesday's debate. Reporters
and commentators across this country have done that job. But let's
reflect on exactly why Gov. Romney won--and why President Obama lost.
Governor Romney won because he was strong, substantive, and specific.
Gov. Romney began the debate by highlighting the most obvious
difference between him and President Obama: the governor has a plan.
He outlined a clear plan for job creation, which is also highlighted in
a new ad released Thursday by the Romney campaign.
He discussed his plans for North American energy independence, for tax
reform (including middle class tax relief), for saving Medicare, for
making trade work for America, for reducing the deficit, for improving
education, for smarter regulations, for improving Medicaid, and much
more. Throughout, he offered stats and specifics--while holding the
president accountable for his record on the respective issues.
He made clear the choice voters face in November. With Gov. Romney, we
have a plan for real recovery. With President Obama, we'll get four
more years like the last four years.
It is a choice between policies based on the belief that greatness
comes from free people and free enterprise and President Obama's
policies of trickle-down government.
Those trickle-down government policies of the last four years have
buried the middle class--a fact even the vice president admitted this
week and was again made clear by this morning's jobs report.
Governor Romney has a plan and a vision for a better future, and unlike
President Obama, he is able to point to a record of success and
accomplishment to prove he can get the job done.
President Obama lost because he was defenseless, distorting, and
Debating is difficult when you have nothing to run on. While Gov.
Romney brought facts, President Obama offered only empty rhetoric--and
of course, higher taxes.
He distorted his record and the policies of Gov. Romney on a range of
He falsely claimed he has a "specific $4 trillion deficit reduction
He claimed he wants to go back to Clinton tax rates, even though
Obamacare means Americans will pay more.
He said the Romney plan raises taxes on the middle class, even as Gov.
Romney explicitly said he would do no such thing.
He said health premiums are becoming more affordable, contrary to the
reality facing most families.
He said Gov. Romney wants a $5 trillion tax cut, which even his
campaign has admitted is false.
He claimed his plan is balanced like Simpson-Bowles, which it's not.
He said he made adjustments to Simpson-Bowles for his plan, which
Simpson and Bowles would deny.
He bragged about war savings, which has been called "fiscal fiction."
He called Social Security "structurally sound," but the CBO disagrees.
For the full fact-check run down, see our research piece.
The only policy proposal the president offered (repeatedly) is higher
taxes. But these taxes are estimated to cost America 710,000 jobs. So
much for "Forward."
Four years ago, President Obama said he knew the challenges facing the
country and that he had the solutions to our problems. He's had four
years in office, but the problems persist. If he had the solutions,
there was nothing standing in his way to implement them. Democrats
controlled all of Congress for two years and the Senate for all four.
His policies were the problem. And that's why he found himself, four
years later, defenseless on a debate stage. He has no record to run on,
and he has no credible excuse. Hope and change have been buried along
with the middle class.
P.S. Don't miss our post-debate web video, "Smirk."
Contact: Shari Hillman
RJC: Americans Saw the
Real Romney Last Night
Washington, D.C. (October 4,
2012) -- The
Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC) responded today to the first
presidential debate of 2012. RJC Executive Director Matt Brooks said:
"Mitt Romney took control of the first debate and won it handily on
both substance and style.
night Americans saw the real Mitt Romney - not the caricature of the
attack ads and biased media reports. They saw Romney in command of the
facts, secure in his principles, and demonstrating the leadership and
competence that have been missing in the White House for nearly four
"Romney made his case effectively on taxes, jobs,
protecting the middle class, and health care. But he also gave voice to
the enduring values of America, showed how far we have strayed from
them under the Obama administration, and pledged to turn America back
onto the path of economic growth and opportunity for all."
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