An upbeat Mitt Romney delivered his closing campaign speech to enthusiastic supporters this morning in West Allis, Wis., signaling a strong finish for his campaign.
It comes at exactly the right time as pundits are already pointing to Romney’s weakening crowd sizes and fading messaging suggesting that after Hurricane Sandy, President Obama would remain in the spotlight until the election.
But with the focus back on the economy, particularly with the release of new unemployment numbers this morning, Romney reminded voters that it was time for a change.
Speaking from a podium with a blue sign promising “real change” on “day one” Romney’s speech was different, peppered with new lines that thrilled the crowd.
As he has successfully throughout his campaign, Romney focused his speech solely on increasing jobs and growing the economy.
“We have almost forgotten what a real recovery looks like – what Americans can achieve when we limit government instead of limiting the dreams of our fellow Americans,” he explained. “You can choose your future. You know what you need to know. You can stay on the path of the last four years, or you can choose real change.”
Romney’s attacks on President Obama were the most damaging, needling the supposedly “post-partisan” president for failing to lead.
“You know that if the President is re-elected, he will still be unable to work with the people in Congress. He has ignored them, attacked them, blamed them,” he said, warning of the upcoming “fiscal cliff” battle looming in Washington and the fight over the debt ceiling.
“This is not a time to settle!” Romney added. “The only thing that stands between us and some of the best years we have known is lack of leadership. And that’s why we have elections.”
Romney teased further details of his agenda as president, promising a Retraining Reform Act for workers lacking skills. He also promised to send Congress a “Payment on Fiscal Sanity Act,” which he vowed would “immediately cut” non-security discretionary spending by 5 percent. What’s more, Romney vowed to issue an executive order for state-waivers for Obamacare.
“I won’t waste any time complaining about my predecessor,” Romney said. “I won’t spend my effort trying to pass partisan legislation unrelated to economic growth. From Day One, I will go to work to help Americans get back to work.”
President Obama’s closing argument, delivered in speeches yesterday and today, features an argument against the “status quo” in Washington, as if he had nothing to do with the current political atmosphere.
Romney’s argument reminds voters that Obama is the status quo, and his record on the economy is not good enough for four more years.
In the four remaining days of the campaign, Romney travels with scores of Republican leaders throughout the country to make his case. It’s almost as if he is holding a second Republican convention and giving a second convention speech.
That closing argument might resonate in these final four days, giving him a boost for next Tuesday.