Big Moment in the Romney Campaign Today: Romney to Release Jobs Plan UPDATE: A 160 PAGE BOOK!


Mitt Romney - the Man with a Plan (Image by Andrew Redford Young)

UPDATE: From the Washington Post: The plan is detailed in a 160-page book published by the Romney campaign titled “Believe in America: Mitt Romney’s Plan for Jobs and Economic Growth.”

I have a feeling this is going to be epic.

When Romney criticizes Obama for having no tangible jobs plan (ie. not hope and change), liberals favorite response is “all I hear from Mitt is how Obama is doing it wrong, but Romney has no plan whatsoever.” Well, today that all changes. And what I find ironic is that Romney is releasing his jobs plan a year and half before his tentative term, Obama is giving his 2 and a half years after the beginning of his term – relatives to the start of each of their terms that is a 4 year difference!

Granted, Obama had made an effort earlier spur the economy, but I’d hardly consider throwing hundreds of billions of dollars wantonly at pet projects a real jobs plan. Yet Obama promised that if the stimulus was approved that unemployment would never go above 8%. IT HASN’T BEEN UNDER 8% SINCE! In fact the number of consecutive months that unemployment has been above 8% is now at 31 – something that has not happened since the great depression.

Yesterday Governor Romney released an op/ed entitled My Plan to Turn Around the U.S. Economy that was published by USA Today as well as on his campaign website. Previously I had no idea what might be entailed in Romney’s plan, but after reading Mitt’s preview op/ed I am guessing that this is going to be HUGE. Matt Coulter of shares my sentiment:

Folks, tomorrow when Romney rolls out his plan, we will witness what is likely to be the most comprehensive plan in recent primary campaign history — on any subject. Back at the beginning of 2007, I was searching for a candidate to support when I heard Romney’s speech to the Detroit Economic Club. As I wrote here on Race back then, I got goosebumps listening to his speech. The level of detail in his proposals and the understanding of the economy he displayed are the reasons I originally became a Romney supporter. For fiscal/economic nerds like me, the unveiling of his plan tomorrow promises to be a similar experience.

Here is short excerpt from the op/ed: (be sure to read the whole thing)

Tomorrow, I will introduce a plan consisting of 59 specific proposals — including 10 concrete actions I will take on my first day in office — to turn around America’s economy. Each proposal is rooted in the conservative premise that government itself cannot create jobs. At best, government can provide a framework in which economic growth can occur. All too often, however, government gets in the way. The past three years of unparalleled government expansion have retaught that lesson all too well.

(emphasis mine)

I didn’t realize until last night that Romney was giving a speech today in Las Vegas where he would be unveiling his plan. But my feeling is there has to be more than just the speech. With 59 specific proposals there will have to be some sort of press release to accompany it. It may have only bullet-points, or it may expound on each of them. I am hoping for the latter since that is what would be necessary for proposals to be “specific”. Either way, my guess is that it will be the most comprehensive plan laid out by any candidate, including the sitting President. It will be dissected and analyzed, the talking-heads will start turning their heads, and Romney will slowly and surely be elevated up above the rest of the field. This will be an inflection point in Mitt Romney’s campaign.


Governor Romney will be introducing his plan at McCandless International Trucks, a business in North Las Vegas. His remarks will be at 3:30 Eastern (12:30 local). The event is open to the press, but we don’t know yet if it will be live on TV or online. We will update this post as soon as we hear anything.

I am overly anxious with excitement to see this new plan, to compare it with the others of the GOP field, to compare it with Obama’s speech on Thursday (will his plan be any more than a speech?), and to see and hear what the media reaction will be. The timing of the release could not be more perfect – one day before the GOP at the Reagan library, and two days before Obama’s jobs speech before a joint session of congress. Of course we will post all the reactions and links we can find here on our site.

Good luck today Governor!

~Nate Gunderson

UPDATE – Viewing options for Mitt’s jobs plan speech:


C-Span 3:40 PM EST and then replayed at 8:00 PM EST



FOX News livestream 3:30 PM EST

Fox News has been promoting Mitt’s appearance with Greta On the Record (vote for Mitt in her poll) tonight after his big jobs speech in Nevada. Mitt was on CNBC at 4:45 EST to talk about his jobs speech and will be on with Larry Kudlow on CNBC at 7:00 PM EST.

Update2: The entire 160 page publication is available online at Mitt Romney’s website now. You can download the Kindle version for free as well! Write a 5-star review and “like” the plan here.

Update3: The TwitPics are rolling in. Here are 3 showing the set-up for the announcement that show banners with some of the points of his plan:

Update4: You can watch the event again here. How about Mitt giving this performance without a teleprompter or even prepared remarks? Could President Obama even dream of doing that?

Nate owns and manages a small souvenir manufacturing business. He and his wife of 12 years have 2 children. Nate has been blogging for Mitt Romney since late 2006 and is co-founder and editor of
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11 Responses to Big Moment in the Romney Campaign Today: Romney to Release Jobs Plan UPDATE: A 160 PAGE BOOK!

  1. I got the update about the 160 page book, no less than 3 minutes after I published this. Kind of wish I had it a little earlier :)

  2. Katrina says:

    I’m very excited about this! Mitt is proving over and over again that he’s the candidate of SUBSTANCE. Nobody else compares.

  3. Jayde Wyatt says:

    A plan and a book about it! This is exhilarating news!

    I remember Glenn Beck continually hammering home the notion that we need a POTUS that thinks outside of the BOX. Well, Mitt is outside of the box, is standing on it, and has a new plan that eliminates the ‘boxing in’ of the American economy!

    The fact that he has written a 160 page book on his plan is awesome. That he wrote the book and comprehends everything contained therein is phenomenal. The reality that he knows HOW to to implement his plan and will OVERSEE its implementation is America’s great, good fortune!

    Obama must be shaking in his golf shoes.

  4. Elazar says:

    This is truly incredible, but the sad truth is:
    In business you get far by being the best. Romney’s professionalism and managerial skills enabled Bain Capital to become as successful as it has.
    In politics, it’s demagoguery and schmoozing that counts. Career politicians win time after time, only to bring mediocrity to public institutions.

    I can only hope this election will prove me wrong.

  5. colleen says:

    Here’s HOPE and CHANGE we can believe in: Mitt has a turn key, turn-America-around economic plan, all 160 pages worth, that we don’t have to pass (Ms Speaker) in order to read it.

  6. ccr says:

    Elazar…….I understand your feelings, especially when now, the supposed “fed up” Tea Party is buying the schmoozing of the likes of Perry with his resume of crony capitalism.

    We need to stand up for Mitt in any place we can and help with “vetting” of Perry with facts. And……we need to remember to ask for the help of a higher power in this process.

  7. VegasMike says:

    I was very disappointed that main news channels didn’t do very good coverage of Mitts Jobs speech from Las Vegas. CNN had the most coverage. After it was over Neil Cavoto had a guest on that wasn’t very complimentary of Mitts talk. Soon after the speech some stations shows Perry ahead of Mitt 39 percent to 17 percent. Boy, that was depressing.
    I can’t wait to see what talents Perry has in a debate. I’ll bet he doesn’t show up for Wed. Night.
    I know, he’s being a good little governor and staying in Texas.

  8. stuntman says:

    Vegas don’t fret about some poll numbers.

    It’s all good!

  9. Brian says:

    Does anyone know how it’s possible to get a physical copy of the book from the campaign, and not the PDF?

  10. K.G. says:

    I heard today that Perry is going to the debate. All I can say is good. Let’s see what he’s got. His numbers are up because he’s been running a ghost compaign with FOX singing the praises of TX 24-7. I don’t know what FOX has against Mitt but it ain’t good. Let’s hope his impressive performance in SC Sunday, this jobs tome and a good performance tomorrow night will bring people to their senses.

  11. ChuckP says:

    VegasMike, it is ironic that only a few days ago they were complaining about Romney’s lack of a detailed plan and his vague general statements that meant nothing. Now Cavuto’s guest is complaining about the plan being complex and verbose, and therefore impossible for the average person to understand. These people can’t make up their minds.

    With respect to the plan, this is great. Being an unintelligent member of the unwashed masses, I suppose I should complain about it being too complex for me to understand. Instead I will praise the detailed proposals and know that if elected Mitt will follow through with implementing them. Maybe the unwashed masses aren’t as stupid as the talking heads think we are.