Mitt Romney introduced criticism of President Obama’s record on illegal immigration into his standard campaign speech on Monday as he wrapped up a swing across eastern Iowa.
Romney had avoided bringing up the topic in remarks to supporters at the eight other rallies he has held since Obama announced Friday that the administration would halt deportations of many young illegal immigrants who came to the United States as children.
Romney, who declared the overhaul a "bad law" after the court ruled, has become less aggressive and less expansive in his discussion of health care.
At some recent events, Romney hasn't talked about the issue at all. On Friday, while campaigning in Las Vegas, he made one brief mention of "Obamacare", pledging to get rid of it and return health care "to a setting of personal responsibility."
Hayes has kept a low profile throughout her career, preferring to stay completely behind the scenes eschewing press, interview requests, even social media. All in an effort, it would seem, to be that principal’s voice.
The speechwriting operation, up until this point largely a joint effort between Mr. Romney himself and Mr. Stevens, will also get a face lift, with Lindsay Hayes becoming the director of speech writing. Ms. Hayes worked on the McCain-Palin speechwriting team in 2008, and was the senior writer for the Republican National Convention that year.
Romney, speaking at a factory in the Cincinnati area minutes before Obama's speech in Cleveland, focused on what he called the president's failure to deliver promised economic growth so far in his first term.
"Talk is cheap," Romney, the certain Republican nominee, said of the incumbent Democratic president. "Action speaks very loud, and if you want to see the results of his economic policies, look around Ohio and the country."
Israel and America are in many respects reflections of one another. We both believe in democracy, in the right of every people to select their leaders, and choose their nation's course. We both believe in the rule of law, knowing that in its absence, willful men may incline to oppress the weak. We both believe that our rights are universal, granted not by government but by our creator. We both believe in free enterprise because it is the only economic system that has lifted people from poverty, created a large and enduring middle class and that has inaugurated incomparable achievements in human flourishing.
In the America I see, character and choices matter. And education, hard work, and living within our means are valued and rewarded. And poverty will be defeated, not with a government check, but with respect and achievement that is taught by parents, learned in school, and practiced in the workplace.
This has already been a long campaign, but many Americans are just now beginning to focus on the choice before the country. In the days ahead, I look forward to spending time with many of you personally. I want to hear what’s on your mind, hear about your concerns, and learn about your families. I want to know what you think we can do to make this country better…and what you expect from your next President.
For this administration, the unemployment number is just another inconvenient statistic standing in the way of a second term. But those numbers are more than data on a spreadsheet; they are worried families and anxious faces. And tonight, I’d like to say to each of them: You have not been forgotten. We will not leave you behind. Our campaign is on the move. And real change is finally on the way.
President Obama seems to believe he is unchecked by our Constitution. He is unresponsive to the will of our people; he operates by command instead of by consensus. In a second term, he would be unrestrained by the demands of re-election. And if there is one thing we can’t afford, it is four years of a Barack Obama with no one to answer to.
In advance excerpts from remarks that he will deliver on Thursday night, Mr. Romney expresses sadness for what he says was Mr. Obama’s inability to confront the nation’s economic problems. And he urges voters to reflect on whether they remain as excited by Mr. Obama’s ascension to the presidency as they were when they elected him almost four years ago.
“If you felt that excitement when you voted for Barack Obama, shouldn’t you feel that way now that he’s President Obama?” Mr. Romney will ask, according to the excerpts, which were released to reporters. “You know there’s something wrong with the kind of job he’s done as president when the best feeling you had was the day you voted for him.”
The Republican presidential nominee made a clear effort on the closing night of the GOP national convention to let voters know a little more about Romney the man -- not just Romney the businessman or former governor. He flashed his humorous side, at one moment an emotional side, as he told the story of his parents, his children, his wife and his early days in business.
And before the balloons and confetti rained down, he drew the address back to the message that has driven his campaign: Obama has not lived up to the lofty promise of his 2008 run, he said, and does not have what it takes to fix the economy.