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.”

Steve October 06, 2012 at 01:02 PM
If it was the "real" Mitt Romney that we saw during the debate, who was the guy--with all those opposing views to the ones he put forth on Thursday--running all over the country for the past 18 months? The guy who is going to get "touch" on China from the guy with heavy investments in China. From a "20 % across-the-board tax cut for everybody," to "I won't lower taxes on the upper income" group. And, if elected, which one of the two Mitt Romney's would get sworn in on January 20? Can anybody say, "Etch-a-Sketch?"
rcarol October 06, 2012 at 01:39 PM
Ann Romney, who introduced her husband Friday, said the debates gave Americans the chance to “see the real Mitt Romney.” .... Yes. Ann, we already know who the REAL Mitt Romney is, and he isn't getting my vote. In 20 years, when I'm gone, he can run again, it wont matter to me then how he destroys America.
Lynda October 06, 2012 at 02:40 PM
You are such a good representative for the Romney campaign and its supporters, CGal. Mean snarky comments about "democraps" & "get a job" surely will persuade the undecided voters Romney cares about them and certainly persuade Democratic voters to switch. Keep up with the negative comments, have your fun, others will actually try to use these posts for reasonable discussions with our neighbors.
scot October 06, 2012 at 02:53 PM
I think at this point, Romney or Micky Mouse would be better than OBAMA ! I like what Romney is saying but, we can't be for certain that he can do any of this yet. On the other hand, how can Obama fix anything with another 4 years? We know who he is and his policies are terrible. He is bringing this country down even farther than Bush's policies !! I think it all boils down to one thing- if you can honestly look yourself in the mirror and ask one question " AM I BETTER THAN I WAS 4 YEARS AGO??? " If you can say yes to that then Romney may not be your candidate. As a REGISTERED DEMOCRAT FOR OVER 20 YEARS I CANNOT SAY I'M BETTER OFF NOW THAN 4 YEARS AGO !! Everybody I talk to either is or knows someone who's on the verge of DISASTER !!! I will be voting for Romney in November not because I like him but because I'm voting against Obama. I will be holding Romney to the fire on his words and commitments to this country the same way I have held Obama to it. These politicians must be true to their words or WE THE PEOPLE and all generations to come will LOSE!!! I really wish the people in this country would quit the whole Democrat/ Republican smoke screen and start really focusing on where we are headed and how to stop us from DRIVING OFF THE CLIFF !!! We are the largest debtor nation in the HISTORY OF MAN which should be alarming to everyone in this country." SOMETIMES YOU CAN'T FIX STUPID I JUST HOPE WE STILL CAN " Scot Johnson - St. Pete
Peter J Dunlay October 06, 2012 at 04:17 PM
Yes, It's true and many Republicants are as well. The evolution of a multi-Party System in America. Long overdue! Gary Johnson 2016
linda October 06, 2012 at 04:45 PM
Amen sister,,yeah people thing Obama is so great ,if he gets in there and Obamacare takes place,lets see how good they like him then when they'll be paying over 600 dollars a year if we dont have health care.He sucks,is nothing but a liar,and we dont need someone like him in there for the next 4 years......
jasminetea October 06, 2012 at 05:48 PM
Lynda - you are the queen of snarky remarks. I suggest you go back and re-read some of your post.
Carolo October 06, 2012 at 06:19 PM
Too important to just ignore people. Paul Ryan said he will get rid of Medicare as we know it. But even worse is that Romney lied at the debate stating "pre-existing conditions will be covered under his plan." THIS IS A LIE. His plan does NOT cover pre-existing conditions and will leave 86 million without coverage, many of them seniors and children. Check out the facts yourself and don't listen to the spin! This is NOT THE TIME to walk around with your head in the clouds. Out of the last 6 Presidents, every one of them except Bill Clinton lost their first debate. Obama didn't do great but he also has not debated since 2008. He will get his wings back.
Carolo October 06, 2012 at 06:23 PM
I was stunned and think Obama was too. Romney said nothing of what he has said the whole year. FLIP FLOPS are one thing but he FLIPPED on everything! Romney stated he was going to make cuts of 20% for everyone and still keep the tax cuts for the top dogs. That comes to 5 Trillion. At the debate, he denied saying that. Two weeks ago at AARP, Ryan stated Medicare would end. At the debate, Romney denied it, and said he would make Medicare stronger. LIE, LIE, LIE Romney said no school budgets would be cut but he was on TV telling teachers 4 months ago there would be numerous cuts. Romney said he would remove those regulations for the banks that got us in this mess. At the debate he said he would keep regulations. At the debate, he said he worked with Democrats to get the healthcare through in his State. What he showed there is that a Republican can work with Democrats and get things done. Romney did NOT have to work with the TEA PARTY. Totally different scenario’s. Another debate lie is that Romney’s healthcare plan covers pre-existing conditions. A member of this staff said AFTER the debate that simply was not true. LIE, LIE, LIE And he has not bothered to correct any of them.
Trekky October 06, 2012 at 06:30 PM
I would agree with you Scott if things weren't at least going in the right direction. It is a slow moving train, but at least we're back on track. I really don't see any difference between what Romney wants to do and Bush's policies that got us into this mess. If you look back at Reagonomic, you will remember that those policies really hurt the poor and middle class and homelessness increased. Thanks to government assistance when my dad died and federal financial aid, I was able to finish school and get a degree. I have a great career now and I'm also one of the "1%", but I know that trickle down economics doesn't work.
Jacque Mioff October 06, 2012 at 06:58 PM
Get his wings back?? I don't think they'll allow Red Bull on the stage.
Joseph Robert October 06, 2012 at 07:40 PM
I am surprised that some seniors and future seniors don't mind that if Romney is elected and repeals Obamacare as planned, Medicare will become insolvent by 2016. This is according to the esteemed Kaiser Family Foundation, http://www.kff.org/medicare/8354.cfm If that happens, seniors will have to cough up thousands of more dollars to cover health costs each year -- on their own! Too bad, if Romney gets in.
Joseph Robert October 06, 2012 at 07:43 PM
Read about the 27 lies, distortions and inaccuracies that Romney told at the first debate. http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2012/10/04/958801/at-last-nights-debate-romney-told-27-myths-in-38-minutes/ This guy will say anything in order to try to get elected! We simply can't trust him! Learn more about these Romney lies at the Washington Post's Fact Checker Blog, MediaMattrers.org and FactCheck.org.
JON FORD October 06, 2012 at 09:18 PM
Now I'm just a country boy here in Florida,but I don't understand how we can have additional tax cuts and still get a balanced budget(wishful thinking). The candidates are making promises that I doubt they can keep. It just sounds good to the voters who don't think about what they are saying. If Romney gets elected and medicare ends,I would be throughly pissed off after paying into it for over 40 years. Why would anyone who had an income for over 14 million dollars last year want a job that only pays 400,000 dollars?
Steven Janiszewski October 07, 2012 at 01:27 AM
During Wednesday night's debate, Mitt Romney's position on each topic was consistently the same, and it was simple: States' Rights. Romney is an agent of the Mormon Church, which idolizes states' rights. To gain an existential understanding of the cult that produced Mitt Romney, and to get your socks scared off, read The Assassination of Spiro Agnew, available in paperback and e-book at: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=The+Assassination+of+Spiro+Agnew Its unwilling, part-Mexican Mormon assassin dramatizes the Mormon superiority complex, manifesting it as racism, sexism, jingoism and an anti-federal government temperament. His research in the new library reveals ominous similarities between Islam and Mormonism. The spiritual power behind the cult, which is not the Holy Ghost, acts out. “With a clarity of language and vision unsurpassed in contemporary American prose, Steven Janiszewski's Assassination of Spiro Agnew takes us into a U.S. mazed with madness and Mormonism and all things Utah, a U.S. that was then and still is. Do we need a novel, even as brilliant as this one, about a young man on a divine mission to assassinate the Vice President because he is too liberal? Yes, now more than ever. Readers, welcome to a masterpiece.” Tom Whalen www.tomwhalen.com Read The Assassination of Spiro Agnew.
Pam B October 07, 2012 at 01:01 PM
I wouldn't have touted the jobs numbers either. I have yet to hear a rational explanation of how the unemployment rate can drop from 8.1 to 7.8 with only 114K jobs created when we need over 140K just to maintain the current rate. Me thinks there is some bookcooking going on, so that number is very suspicious to me. And while Romney was not my choice in the primarys, I was glad he brought in Paul Ryan, and I think our country will be much better off under Romney, than 4 more years of Obama. And I love Romney idea of cutting rates across the board and limited deductions to a cap of 25K or 30K, which means us middle class folks will get a substantial rate cut, still keep all of our deductions, For example, that means Romney could only deduct 30K of his 4.2 million in charitable giving. As far as deductions alone not meeting the current federal revenues, you need to consider all the new jobs that will be created. Once businesses know what their tax liabilities will be they will start hiring again, and energy jobs will boom (with private sector money, no more Solyndras) so that will make it revenue nuetral
Joseph Robert October 07, 2012 at 02:10 PM
Pam - Sorry that you missed a major part of the unemployment figure announcement. Maybe reading comprehension is not your strongest skill? Besides the 114K new jobs created in September, there were an addtiional 90K jobs added for July and August, after those months reports were re-evaluated. These re-calculations are customary from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. For further helpful information on these statistics, you may want to turn to reliable media outlets who cover business topics, such as Reuters, Associated Press, and Bloomberg News, because Faux (Fox) News, has given you an obviously very biased and inaccurate interpretation, to support "their" candidate, Mitt Romney.
Joseph Robert October 07, 2012 at 02:13 PM
MITT “LYING” ROMNEY’S TOP DEBATE INACCURACIES 1. Romney said Obama is “cutting $716 billion from Medicare.” FALSE http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/fact-checker/post/factchecking-the-first-presidential-debate-of-2012/2012/10/04/9d47934e-0d66-11e2-bb5e-492c0d30bff6_blog.html 2. Romney said there are 23 million Americans out of work. FALSE. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_PRESIDENTIAL_CAMPAIGN_FACT_CHECK?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2012-10-04-03-00-20 3. Romney said there is no tax provision that gives companies a tax deduction for moving jobs overseas. FALSE http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/fact-checker/post/factchecking-the-first-presidential-debate-of-2012/2012/10/04/9d47934e-0d66-11e2-bb5e-492c0d30bff6_blog.html 4. Romney said that Obamacare “puts in place an unelected board that's going to tell people ultimately what kind of treatments they can have.” FALSE. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_PRESIDENTIAL_CAMPAIGN_FACT_CHECK?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2012-10-04-03-00-20 This list shows just a few of the 25+ TOTAL LIES that Mitt told at the debate? Read more about his debate lies at: http://factcheck.org, http://mediamatters.org , http://thinkprogress.org and the Washington Post Fact Check Blog at: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/fact-checker
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!
Irina November 30, 2012 at 06:42 AM
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