Skip to comments.'Car guy' Romney takes pitch to near empty stadium (Stadium debacle ridiculed overseas...)
Posted on 02/25/2012 5:15:43 AM PST by jimbo123
White House hopeful Mitt Romney styled himself as a Michigan-bred "car guy" whose wife drives "a couple of Cadillacs" as he tried to woo Motor City voters ahead of a key primary.
Giving what was billed as a major economic policy speech days before state Republicans choose their presidential nominee, Romney presented a plan to lower taxes and cut spending -- and insisted that he was the only candidate capable of beating Democrat Barack Obama in the November 6 presidential election.
But the speech may be remembered more for its setting and Romney's off-hand remarks rather than its substance.
Before 1,200 guests of the Detroit Economic Club, Romney took to the podium on the 30 yard line of Ford Field stadium -- home of the NFL's Detroit Lions -- surrounded by 65,000 empty seats.
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Hopefully this ends the campaign. Optics are a powerful thing.
What on earth were his handlers thinking; booking Ford Field. What a debacle.
“Optics are a powerful thing.”
You are correct now look at the crowd at ORU at the 40 sec mark :) http://electad.com/videos/newt-gingrich-town-hall-at-oru-tulsa-oklahoma-february-20-2012/
Romney’s campaign staff needs to be fired for that alone. Who would stage a campaign appearance in an empty stadium? At least Santorum’s people have the sense to rent a small section of the ballroom at a Ramada Inn. You know, those rooms that you can make even smaller by dragging those wall partitions across the middle of it. The resulting space is no bigger than my basement but at least cramming a couple hundred people into it makes it seem like Santorum has a highly energetic crowd - especially after an hour or so of open bar beforehand at that little place tucked between the indoor pool and the exercise room just off the lobby.
when this broke the romnbots were raking the messengers over the coals
buying american autos is patriotic, attacking mitt only because hes lds etc
but it gave a pretty good pic of a candidate not just with a silver spoon in his mouth but living in a silver bubble his whole life
(and you can always tell the magic underwear brigade because they cry victim from the beginning)
id love to see a reporter pull that trick they did years ago w bush sr. ithink it was? (not sure) where they asked him how much a loaf of bread cost, how much a doz eggs or a gal of milk cost, and he didnt have a clue
mitts never stood in checkout he hires illegal immigrants for that
Where was that town hall ears had a while back (Pittsburgh I think it was) where the place was empty except for a few rows of chairs yet the media pictures made it look like the place was full??
I’ll see if I can find them but my web searching skills leave something to be desired.
Let’s get real people, there is a ton of things to bash Romney about, but this is a closed invitation only speech. Not a public rally, not a townhall meeting.
Molehill meet Mountain.
[...but this is a closed invitation only speech]
Then they should have held it in a mobile home.
Excuses, excuses, excuses.
So he didn’t have 50,000 people to invite and yet, he still held it at the stadium? Smart. Very smart!
It all depends.
Mitt’s $10,000 bet comment during the debate brought him a well deserved beating. Saying his wife drives American cars doesn’t deserve a lot of attention. (He’d be a fool to say otherwise in Michigan) Saying he liked firing people was a dumb way of saying something correct but it was still dumb to use those words.
The stadium stunt was a really dumb move and he deserves the beating he gets over it. Not to mention giving the perfect trees speech again.
Nah, he doesn't think too highly of himself.
and thats the way you’d like it to play, huh?
so...are you thinking of censoring the images, dictating what peoples reactions to the images, should be, or both?
this the real world not the mormon world where lds romnbots can bring obedience by fatwa
(i know youre not mormon nobody is)
We knew Romney ( General Cornwallis ) was a empty suit, but, now we see for ourselves that his supporters are empty too.
Sarah would have filled the stadium. Just sayin’.
I don’t think that is what Romney said after the debacle when the mics and cameras were off behind the scenes... sometime Que up that tape with what’s his name in the bunker getting bad news from his generals ?
With his wife with a Cadillac comment, he sure is not doing a good job of getting rid of that “ CAR GUY “ image.
Looks like he couldn’t bus in his supporters fast enough.
Wonder if Drudge is going post this pic at the top of his site all weekend?? I’m guessing it will never show up there at all.
They should have given away $100 bills to the Detroit politicians, crooks, pimps, whores and welfare recipients, that would have filled the stadium. (I know there is redundancy there but that just means you need more $100 bills for the extra votes.)
Oh, yeah and provided free transportation from the city to the field house, that’s what Obama does.
Note that Ford Field is a regular venue for the Detroit Economic Club meetings:
Oh no! Europeans are laughing at someone. If that’s your gold standard on what’s appropriate - you must be supporting Obama. All Republicans are laughable in socialist Europe.
The only issue I have with this story is that nobody from Romney’s team is noting that how many people of Romney’s level of wealth:
1) Only have 4 cars? I know people with much less wealth (and I’m not talking lawn cars) that have more cars.
2) Have American cars. Really? Not one Porche, BMW, ... With near 200M USD in assets, you’d think there’d be a family Rolls in there or something. I suspect most Patriots here don’t have as good of a record on buying American.
It seems like ages ago but I once preferred Cain but oh well. Once he left, I settled for Romney since I have low trust for Gingrich or Santorum as campaigners or as executives. There are some serious flaws in Romney’s record and in his plans going forward (and I’m in the minority minority thinking that the primary has been good for Romney’s platform and the party). That said, there are times when it’s tough to promote the view that Romney’s good enough.
So Jimbo123 - I’d like to thank most magnanimously you for your focus on trivial and cosmetic matters vs. serious intellectual arguments. I’m sure you believe you’re helping whoever your candidate is but I view you as your own inner Rombot (I think that’s what you kids call it these days). Keep on keeping on.
Mitts “Dukakis” moment. It will stick, forever.
Quick! Send this pic to Drudge...he wouldn’t want to miss out on this...hit job, er, photo op. /s
Milt’s Dukakis Moment...spot on!
Oh, dear...that young lady in the blue dress behind Speaker Gingrich is cruising for a nasty note from one of the guys on campus...different university, same crowd.
Capital letters and punctuation are your friends.
Detroit Economic Club
‘With nearly 3,000 members, the DEC attracts high-profile individuals who engage in the great issues of our day. Membership is open to all who share a passion for business, a thirst for knowledge, and a desire to be on the forefront of the important business and political issues of our times. Our strength is in the diversity of our membership, which spans both genders and all races, religions and points-of-view.”
if thats all youve got less tedious conversations elsewhere
dont worry...there'll be plenty of opportunities...
Not the smartest comment to make at F.R. sick1.
Why would that be the case? I’ll stick with the truth in advertising view of the “Free” in FR and freely express my opinion. What’s the downside? A zot? Or the intellectual vacuum that is posters like jimbo123? I suspect most 2nd graders face more real consequence for their actions on the playground than what I’d get for expressing my thoughts here.
Oh my Jimbo - your intellect, your values - just astounding. Your contribution to the collective intelligence here is significant, albeit negative.
So, no thank you. This Romneybot (or whatever simple name you substitute for any type of thought and clarity) will stay right here on FR with fingers on the keyboard, a smile on my face, and a boot up the backside of the thoughtless and feeble minded. There are some serious arguments to be made against Romney and I understand them. For me, on balance, I’m still supporting him. You, however, seem ill prepared to make any argument of any kind against Romney or for any candidate.
[HINT: if all of the words above confuse you, just substitute “Begone Tardbot”. Just trying to be helpful.]
The Romneybot “sick1” is no longer sick, he be daid now.
That’s nice. Even a high school in an upscale suburb would have been a better venue for this than a football stadium, which had to use its lights, staff and others to put on this event. Very expensive cost to the campaign. Maybe there was a downtown hotel that could accommodate 300 participants. Just a waste of cash, not to mention the visuals just diminish the event’s importance.
My goodness, he/she got the ZOT!
That kinda thing happens when someone openly pushes a liberal on a privately owned, conservative web site. It's not exactly a secret that J.R. will not tolerate Romney pushing liberals here.
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