Ames, IA – Mitt Romney borrowed another phrase for a campaign speech in Iowa Friday, only this time the GOP candidate cribbed from his opponent, President Obama.
Romney highlighted the chance voters are taking this election season, calling his platform a “big change” from the status quo of the Obama administration, reports USA Today.
“This is an election of consequence. Our campaign is about big things, because we happen to believe that America faces big challenges. We recognize this is a year with a big choice, and the American people want to see big changes. And together we can bring that kind of change, real change to our country,” Romney said.
“Four years ago, candidate Obama spoke to the scale of the times,” Romney continued. “Today, he shrinks from it, trying instead to distract our attention from the biggest issues to the smallest — from characters on Sesame Street and silly word games to misdirected personal attacks he knows are false.”
ABC News notes that Romney’s Iowa speech was a tighter version of the “big change” argument he began to lay out in Ohio on Thursday. In it, the Republican candidate contrasted himself from the incumbent president, and laid out a hopeful glimpse for a Romney/Ryan presidency. He said that he would take on “big problems that everyone agrees can’t wait any longer” like reforming entitlements, curbing health care costs, and breaking the partisan climate in Washington.
“The president’s campaign falls far short of the magnitude of these times. And the presidency of the last four years has fallen far short of the promises of his last campaign,” Romney said. “Four years ago, America voted for a post-partisan president, but they have seen the most partisan of political of presidents, and a Washington in gridlock because of it.”
Romney’s final stretch seems to be tracking well, according to his campaign analysts. “All the trendlines are positive, both in the national polls and the battleground states,” senior adviser Eric Fehrnstrom told reporters before the 20-minute speech.
Still, the Obama Administration has disputed the GOP candidate’s claims.
“Romney has started promising ‘big change,’ but the only change Romney’s offering is to take us back to the same failed policies that crashed our economy in the first place,” Obama campaign spokesperson Lis Smith said in a statement responding to Romney’s Iowa speech. “That’s not the change we need, and with every ‘major speech,’ Mitt Romney just reminds voters that’s all he’s got to offer.”
It’s none of my business, but I’m asking anyway. Who are you voting for on Election Day?