Romney to Obama: 'Get out of the way'

2012-02-01 13:00

Tampa - Republican White House hopeful Mitt Romney, the big winner of the Florida primary, on Tuesday turned his guns on President Barack Obama, telling the Democrat to "get out of the way".

Romney crushed his nearest rival for the Republican presidential nomination, former House speaker Newt Gingrich, by a double-digit margin in the Sunshine State, according to US media projections.

The victory puts Romney, an investment mogul and former Massachusetts governor, in a commanding position to win the right to take on Obama in the November 6 presidential election.

"Mr President, you were elected to lead. You chose to follow. And now it's time for you to get out of the way," Romney said, earning cheers from the crowd of supporters and family members gathered in Tampa.

Romney congratulated his three rivals - Gingrich, former senator Rick Santorum and Texas congressman Ron Paul - for what he called a "hard-fought contest".

"Our opponents in the other party... like to comfort themselves with the thought that a competitive campaign will leave us divided and weak," he said.

Blaming Obama

"But I've got news for them: A competitive primary does not divide us. It prepares us, and we will win."

Romney said that come August, when the Republican party holds its nominating convention in Tampa, "ours will be a united party with a winning ticket for America".

The former Massachusetts governor then blamed Obama for a series of ills, including the country's high unemployment rate and soaring home foreclosure rate.

Leadership "is about taking responsibility, not making excuses", he said, adding that this year's presidential race is "about saving the soul of America".

As president, Romney said he would cut government spending, balance the budget without raising taxes, and "insist on a military so powerful no one would ever think of challenging it".

  • Jason - 2012-02-01 13:21

    Romney is an idiot, democrats have nothing to fear...

  • Cracker - 2012-02-01 13:31

    Romney is a BIG idiot and for that reason probably ALL Americans should fear him.

  • Brett - 2012-02-01 13:39

    Go Mitt!!!!!

      modo - 2012-02-01 14:02

      Go Obama!!!

      Brett - 2012-02-01 14:47

      @modo yeah...back to Kenya.

      modo - 2012-02-01 14:56

      That actually made me chuckle :). Hope it was intended as a joke.

      Brett - 2012-02-01 15:06


      modo - 2012-02-01 15:14

      Ah so you're a looney birther?? Now I'm chuckling at your idiocy.

      wesleywt - 2012-02-01 15:30

      Brett the typical republican...brainless.

  • ivan.coetzee2 - 2012-02-01 14:09

    Some brains and balls at last, go Romney!

      modo - 2012-02-01 14:24

      Balls?? He's pretty much distanced himself from any policy he introduced in Massachusetts that the Republicans have labelled as liberal or moderate. He changes his views constantly depending on the audience he is trying to win over. Out of the remaining Republican candidates he is the least ballsy!! Ron Paul, now that man has balls. He will express his views in the debates to overwhelming boos from the deluded right-wing masses. If I absolutely had to vote for a Republican he would be the man.

      modo - 2012-02-01 14:41

      And brains?? Anyone gullible enough to fall for Joseph Smith's blatant, laughable lies and profess to be a devout Mormon has very little in the brains department as far as I am concerned.

      wesleywt - 2012-02-01 15:31

      Balls is one thing Mitt does not have. He changes his tune according to who is talking to. Just like Jacob Zuma.

  • Ben - 2012-02-01 14:28

    Romney...president...That'll be a first for the bible psychos to vote in a mormon...

  • John - 2012-02-01 14:40

    Romney is WAY better than that buffoon Obama - all Obama can do really well, is public speaking. Romney has proven himself in business, he will turn the USA's financial problems around. That is what we need in SA - a president that has a business brain....after all, running a country is like running a HUGE business. The ANC is incapable of running a tavern, let alone a country. My first choice would have been Ron Paul, with Mitt Romney as a second choice. But Romney will do good and see.

      modo - 2012-02-01 14:53

      I'm afraid running a country is NOT like running a business. Running a business has to be a selfish endeavour focused on profits and making money. Running a country is primarily about ensuring the well-being of the people. They are completely different goals, and although they may overlap when it comes to financial prosperity the fact that Republicans favour ruling a country according to Ayn Rand-esque capitalism is what has led to the massive economic disparity chasm they are experiencing between the rich and poor in the country. A richer country does not necessarily mean a better quality of life for its inhabitants.

      wesleywt - 2012-02-01 15:33

      lol, Romney is an Obama clone. All their policies are the same. Just shows how much iPixel knows.

  • Greg - 2012-02-01 14:51

    Strong in the arm and thick in the head is Romney!! What an under cover racist with his psuedo house niger language. The Republicans used war to stimulate economic activity and when someone wants to bring positive not normative economic activities to the USA the very same Republicans offer stumbling blocks at every turn. Romney and his ilk should hang their collective heads in shame for selling their souls to the devil and wanting to take the great USA with them. In the words of the great James Brown "War .... good God".

      Brett - 2012-02-01 15:08

      "house niger"? Is that someone from Nigeria? Or Niger? Or is it someone who lives in a house in Niger? Are there houses in Niger or only shacks?

  • Patrick - 2012-02-01 16:17

    What a choice America will have......Romney or Obama. It's like the choice between AIDS or CANCER

  • Jaba - 2012-02-01 19:07

    Romney is good @ business Obama is good @ talking Obama = one term

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