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Romney visiting Raleigh, Charlotte

Posted April 18, 2012

— Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney visited North Carolina Wednesday to deliver a speech near Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, where President Obama will accept the Democratic Party's nomination later this year.

Romney's campaign called the visit a "prebuttal" to Obama's acceptance speech in September.

"Obama is over his head and swimming in the wrong direction" when it comes to the economy, the former Massachusetts governor said in a scorching speech.

"Even if you like Barack Obama, we can't afford Barack Obama," he declared in an evident reference to the president's ability to transcend at least some of the public's dissatisfaction with the pace of the recovery.

Romney quoted liberally – and mockingly – from Obama's 2008 campaign pledges to repair the economy.

"We're a trusting people. We're a hopeful people. But we are not dumb, and we are not going to fall for the same lines from the same person just because it's a different place," he said.

Polls consistently show the economy is the top issue for the nation's voters, who will decide whether to accept Romney's indictment or Obama's reassurances.

"You're not going to see President Obama standing alongside Greek columns," Romney said, referring to props used at the 2008 Democratic convention. "He's not going to want to remind anyone of Greece, because he's put us on a road to become more like Greece," where crushing debt has led to an austerity plan and public protests.

Romney also was raising money in both Charlotte and Raleigh.

He stopped in Raleigh Wednesday morning for a fundraising luncheon at the Angus Barn restaurant.

Republican Party officials estimate he could raise about $1 million at the two North Carolina events.

The appearances come one day before early voting opens at sites statewide.

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  • barbstillkickin Apr 19, 2012

    When will they come to Raleigh the Capital of North Carolina. All I ever see is this or that politician going to Charlotte. Well all except the one who can not even keep his marriages together let alone a country.

  • Coretta Scott Thing Apr 19, 2012

    Funny how the very same posters who were bad mouthing Mitt as "not being a real christian" "too moderate" etc. while Santorum was in the race have now turned into loyal Romney supporters in the blink of an eye! Not surprising as " Psychologists have found that racism and general prejudice as well as social conservatism are linked to low IQ levels." According to Live Science, the claim is not a Colbertian “reality has a well-known liberal bias” claim, but one that those with low IQ levels tend to gravitate to simpler worldviews, that can lead to prejudice and adherence to a rigid mindset." Rigid mindset is right!

  • forautumn Apr 19, 2012

    "what a bunch of criminals"

    LOL...a nugent wannabe.

    As classless and silly as they come. Enjoy the company.

  • Guesswho121 Apr 19, 2012

    LOL "true Americans" dont advise children to go to a judge and get permission for an abortion. Check and mate.

    So true...Love it!!!

  • Guesswho121 Apr 19, 2012

    You are going to find out in early November 'who cares' . Alot of people who made the tragic mistake of electing the lazy President we have today, all so you could feel 'good' about yourself, will start to undue that fatal mistake for this country. Not feeling so good unemployed, gas prices going thru the roof, home loans unobtainable to most now, the racial divide larger than ever, which has been flamed by our first black president. Give me a break who cares---probably some 55-57 million people will care come November and boot this lazy socialist President to the curb or golf course, four years too late, $5 trillion in debt later....who cares....yeah right! wmp8396 April 18, 2012 4:36 p.m. Report abuse

    again...WHO CARES...you may care but I don't....The Mistake was made with the 43rd president and some of the 41st.... The 44th president is trying to clear up this mess that the 43rd created for 8years... You have your opinion and I have mine. So he can stay home...

  • DIVERDOWN Apr 19, 2012

    go get him mitt. stay on topic,it's the economy . let them talk about the war on...women,immigrants, and even now,,,dogs??? what a bunch of criminals, thanks lefties for throwing all these softballs. nov. is looking good. bam bam needs to start scouting a retirement place for him and meeechell.

  • jjordan231179 Apr 19, 2012

    Romney, a true American. Not like our current president who accepted applied to college in this country as a foreign exchange student and received foreign student money. What was his declared country of origin????? He won't say...
    whatusay
    April 18, 2012 7:58 p.m.
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    LOL "true Americans" dont advise children to go to a judge and get permission for an abortion. Check and mate.

  • jjordan231179 Apr 19, 2012

    "ANYBODY BUT OBAMA!!! GO MITT!!!!" - Ambygirl

    Care to elaborate? Why anybody but Obama? Have some social and political insight?
    monaccount
    April 18, 2012 7:18 p.m.
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    They are like little programmed robots. They dont want to do research or think for themselves. This is why they are like little cheerleaders with a new slogan. If you vote by "anybody but (name)" you are near braindead. You except WHOEVER your TV or media poll says will beat Obama. Why dont you believe in something and find a candidates that best represents what you think is best for America. You are constantly picking between the lesser or 2 evils. Obama and Romney are funded by the SAME PEOPLE. The funders want Obama vs Romney. How can they lose. Especially when sheep like you are voting "anybody but".

  • forautumn Apr 19, 2012

    "Romney, a true American. Not like our current president who accepted applied to college in this country as a foreign exchange student and received foreign student money. What was his declared country of origin????? He won't say..."

    LOL at the paranoia at the wing nuts...

    got your foil helmet on today in case the space station falls?

    LOL

  • whatusay Apr 18, 2012

    Romney, a true American. Not like our current president who accepted applied to college in this country as a foreign exchange student and received foreign student money. What was his declared country of origin????? He won't say...

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