According to reports, the AFP forum-members present didn’t appreciate Mitt’s attacks on Santorum today.

(TROY) — Four days before Tuesday’s crucial Michigan primary, Mitt ROMNEY came out swinging — first against President Barack OBAMA and then against chief rival Rick SANTORUM.

The crowd of 1,250 people at the Americans for Prosperity (AFP) forum clapped and cheered when Romney kicked off his speech by tearing into Obama’s economic agenda, but they were mostly silent when he turned to Santorum at the end.

Romney said Obama had “no plans to cut deficit spending” or to address entitlements like Social Security and Medicare. Romney also talked about high unemployment.

“This president is out of excuses,” he said at the San Marino Club. “In 2012, he’s out of office.”

Romney said that as a former businessman, he was the one to take over, underscoring his campaign’s criticism of Santorum as a Washington insider. He talked about his economic plan that he outlined this week and talked about Friday at Ford Field in Detroit.

“I will cut spending, I will cap spending and I will finally balance the budget,” Romney said. “I have done that; I’m not just talking about it. . . . If you’re not a conservative fiscally in business, then you’re out of business.”

Romney then blasted Santorum, noting he endorsed him in the 2008 presidential race and said on The Laura INGRAHAM Show, “This is a guy who is really conservative and we can trust.”

Then he outlined a litany of Santorum’s anti-conservative sins, like voting for No Child Left Behind, raising the debt ceiling five times, voting for the Bridge to Nowhere, and supporting former U.S. Sen. Arlen SPECTER for president in 1996, noting he was the “only pro-choice candidate.”

Romney mocked Santorum’s excuse at the CNN debate in Mesa, Ariz., on Wednesday night.

“This taking one for the team is business as usual in Washington,” he said to a largely silent audience.

Attorney General Bill SCHUETTE made the rounds for Romney before the event. MIRS asked him how he thought Romney would fare with the crowd.
“I think that Mitt Romney speaks the language of Tea Party conservatives, economic conservatives, social conservatives and Republican activists,” Schuette said. “So Mitt Romney understands the importance of jobs and paychecks. And there’s nothing more important Tuesday or in November than jobs and paychecks. And this crew here, I think, wants to have someone as president who’s private-sector deep and has experience in building jobs.”

MIRS asked Schuette if he thinks the Michigan primary is turning around in Romney’s favor.
“I think it’s closing and closing fast,” he said. “We’re running a very aggressive, scappy campaign and Mitt’s a fighter and Michigan likes that. It’s kind of like father, like so. [former Michigan Gov.] George ROMNEY was a tough, scrappy fighter.”

Schuette was already focused on the general election, contrasting him with Obama. He also highlighted Ronmey’s experience and didn’t even speak in they hypothetical of his candidate winning.
“This is a president we don’t have to train,” he said.

MIRS News

This man is shameless. He will say anything to become President. But Bill Schuette is just talking out of his…I mean come on, Mitt is a scrappy fighter and speaks the language of the tea party? Lies.

What I don’t understand are the people planning to vote for him despite his constant lying and attacking.

The Hermanator, Michelle Malkin, Andrew Breitbart, and Santorum were other speakers. That’s a good list of conservatives….and then there was Romney.

Update:
It sounds like the house was no longer packed when Romney spoke. Since Romney was speaking last, many attendees of the forum had already left. A reporter caught this woman with the quote of the day,

“He’s a nice guy, but I don’t believe him,” Harper Woods resident Denise Nichols, 60, said as she carried a Santorum sign out the door. “And Rick speaks the truth every single time.”

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  • MinneMike

    Romney would be the Chameleon in Chief.

  • Jan

    Thanks, Mark Levin, for posting this article. I am one who will NOT be voting for Romney, only if he gets the nomination, and then I'll hold my nose to do so. I am with MIRS news. I don't understand how it is that people can see his obvious lying, his saying anything to make himself look better (even when it's lying) and saying any untruth or spin to knock down someone else. I'm beginning to think Romney is totally incorrigible. I don't trust him. Even though I don't like his policies, I trust Ron Paul more. I won't be voting for Paul, but I think he mostly tells the truth. Santorum tells the truth, and I believe Gingrich does also. Gingrich and then Santorum are my picks. Romney–I hope he loses Michigan!!!!

  • http://DefeatTimKaine.com Thad Hunter

    I've noticed that reaction too. It reminds of me of this now famous video. Mitt is the guitar player and the audience is the Golden Retriever. He’s pleased (or perturbed) depending on whether Mitt is going after Obama or his conservative opponents. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KBluUZ4NnZg

  • http://DefeatTimKaine.com Thad Hunter

    I've noticed that reaction too. It reminds of me of this now famous video. Mitt is the guitar player and the audience is the Golden Retriever. He’s pleased (or perturbed) depending on whether Mitt is going after Obama or his conservative opponents. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KBluUZ4NnZg

  • ppinta

    It surprises me that Mitt's advisors don't use his experience at Bain and compare it to what needs to be done in government. There is no getting around it, he had to cut jobs to make companies more efficient, seems to me that can be turned into a positive by making the government more efficient – cutting jobs, cutting spending. They are letting everyone turn it into a negative instead of a positive.

  • http://www.jay-adler.blogspot.com Jay Adler Comment

    Santorum supporters by all accounts like him because he reminds them of their blue collar buddies and the manner in which they carry himself. I don't think that that reasoning is a neat expression of due diligence. From what America has seen of Santorum's emblematic way of expressing his views and the contencious vollying among citizens that follow his speeches. Is this the man you want to be Leader of the Free World. ? Do you want him as Commander and Chief?.Does he have the hands on credentials to assume these responsibilities? Most of the political people behind him want him to get the nomination so that Obama can make short work of him in the General. I have no doubt that Romney can beat Obama, Romney also speaks fluidly which is an attribute of a President.

    • Denis Curran

      Yes, Romney certainly does speak "fluidly". His public positions can flow in any direction you like, depending on who's listening, and when . The first post stating Mr. Romney's capabilities as a chameleon was spot on.

      • http://www.jay-adler.blogspot.com Jay Adler Comment

        There may be several definitions of expressing oneself in a fluid manner. I am not going to evaluate your understanding of what I meant when I referred to Romney as speaking fluidly as opposed to Santorum but we are not on the same page. Romney speaks to the voters in a straight, direct manner, his ideas understood clearly. His education, success and intellect his far superior. That his why pundits are jostling with the the idea of the nomination being finis after Super Tuesday. If you are running for President, you should not have to make a Mea Culpa or a frantic explanation after every stump speech.

  • denbren52

    What was Romney doing in a room with so many real conservatives?

  • Karen

    As someone who was there for the entire day —- 8:30 am until 4:00 PM — I personally felt that Santorum's talk was better, but the place had not cleared out for Romney. I don't know who said that but it was still packed so untrue. And after all of the talks, AFP hosted several workshops that were also full. I was surprised to see all of the press. I was very impressed with Ann McIlhenny who was actually the final speaker before the workshops. And I was not happy with Santorum's response about taking one for the team. If you can forsake your principles, then I can't really know when you will stick by those things that I truly support if your "team" is not where my heart and mind are. This trip to November is tough for a lot of us. I haven't even decided on my Michigan Primary vote for this Tuesday. But I do hate all of the negatives and Santorum's talk was filled with anti-Romney sentiments as well. So the blame game can go all around.

  • http://jenkuznicki.com Jen Kuznicki

    The above report suggested the place cleared out some before Romney spoke. I have been told there were pics online that I have yet to find that say so as well, but if you were there, your report is different than the Detroit News. McIlhenny is a great, passionate speaker, and I have purchased her documentaries at the TC AFP event.

    I find it strange when people suggest Santorum's honesty is more of a liability than Romney's lying.

  • Denis Curran

    Quote: "Conservatisum, as much as I would like to see it win again, like we had with Mr. Reagan, can't do it this time. "

    Yes, "conservatisum" (sic) is a failure. Nobody who stands up for it can win. Let's face it, we're all doomed to be socialists; it's like Mr. Romney, Inevitable. We might as well all give up now and just quietly settle for the Semi-Democrat candidate, because there's no chance of winning. I remember plenty of people saying that about a certain crazy right wing presidential candidate back in 1980. There was no way the American people would vote him into office, that was accepted knowledge. We had to settle for the establishment picked compromiser, or we were certainly going to lose. Conservatism can't win in America, so never take any chances, surrender early.

  • http://rightcal.wordpress.com Calvin Freiburger

    The nastiness of this primary is frustrating, and Romney's hands certainly aren't clean. Yet "constant lying and attacking" is a rather exaggerated assessment of his campaign. Newt's attacks on Romney have been far more vicious and dishonest, and while Santorum took the high road for a while, now even he's succumbing to temptation.