Hulk Smash live: Romney scores first points in Ohio speech duel with Obama

As Twitchy reported earlier, candidates Romney and Obama have competing speeches and events planned today.

So the Romney/Obama speech timing hopscotch today is basically Ham House Showdown II, but on cable TV.

— Reid J. Epstein (@reidepstein) June 14, 2012

Point one went to Team Romney when the campaign bus made the rounds, honking, at the Obama event. Point two also goes to Team Romney:

#Bracketing 3.0: Romney moves his speech to 1:30, getting ahead of Obama's 1:45 speech

— Joe Vardon (@joevardon) June 14, 2012

Slick move!

As if Obama would be on time. MT @mpoindc: RT @joevardon: Romney moves his speech to 1:30, getting ahead of Obama's 1:45

— J.P. Freire (@JPFreire) June 14, 2012


Reports from on the ground, while waiting for Romney to take the stage.

@emrwilkins Get used to this. Much hurrying up and waiting in political reporting #yellfreebird

— Joe Vardon (@joevardon) June 14, 2012

Team Obama immediately starts whining. Put on your big boy pants, fellas.

The Obama campaign says they first had the idea for today's visit to Ohio… and that Romney then tacked on his visit.

— Jim Acosta (@JimAcostaCNN) June 14, 2012

Romney’s press secretary scores another one against Team Obama.

@GarrettNBCNews We'd rather beat him on job creation. More new jobs in MA w/Romney than in the whole country under Obama. #doingfine

— Rick Gorka (@Rick_Gorka) June 14, 2012

CNN will provide live coverage.

ONN has live team coverage of Obama & Romney beginning @ 1:30. Major economic speeches from both. How will it play in Ohio? #teamcoverage

— Jim Heath (@JimHeath10TV) June 14, 2012

Twitchy will monitor the speech and provide updates.

Update: Romney takes the stage, more live video.

#Romney starts by thanking #Kasich & #Portman for their help in Ohio primary

— Jennifer Grove (@GAJenniferG) June 14, 2012

Romney just takes the stage in Cincinnati at Seilkop Industries. #ohiopolitics

— Ohio_Politics (@Ohio_Politics) June 14, 2012

Watch live: Mitt Romney speaks about the economy from Cincinnati, Ohio

— Reuters Politics (@ReutersPolitics) June 14, 2012

Romney, before Obama in Ohio: "Talk is cheap. Actions speak very loud."

— Steven Portnoy (@stevenportnoy) June 14, 2012


The zingers are flying!

RT @hollybdc: Romney on Obama: "What he says and what he does are not always the exact same thing"

— WhiteHousePressCorps (@whpresscorps) June 14, 2012

@BarackObama is "looking at a one term proposition." #mitt2012

— Rick Gorka (@Rick_Gorka) June 14, 2012

Romney needs to follow his "talk is cheap line" with its natural conclusion — "mother f—er!"

— Sam Stein (@samsteinhp) June 14, 2012

Heh. Then throw down microphone and yell “Romney OUT.”

Romney hitting President Obama on the Keystone pipeline. Good.

First round of applause comes from Romney declaring that he'll build Keystone XL himself if he has to. #ohel

— Emily Wilkins (@emrwilkins) June 14, 2012

Wow. Nice “unbiased” journalism, toots.

15 minutes in – still haven't heard exactly what Romney will do. Mostly criticism of Obama administration. #ohel

— Emily Wilkins (@emrwilkins) June 14, 2012

Romney keeps jousting.

Romney: Obama's giving an economic speech because "he hasn't delivered a recovery for the economy."

— Juana Summers (@jmsummers) June 14, 2012

Hits Obamacare next; good move.

"I'm going to get rid of Obamacare." @MittRomney (a popular line in OH)

— David M. Drucker (@DavidMDrucker) June 14, 2012

Most enthusiastic response comes from #Romney denouncing Obamacare.

— Emily Wilkins (@emrwilkins) June 14, 2012

Not such a good move?

Romney: "I love America!" Later: "I love jobs!" #HardHitting

— Guy Benson (@guypbenson) June 14, 2012

RT @TheFix: "I love jobs." — Mitt Romney. I love lamp.

— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) June 14, 2012

Get back to hitting Obama, please.

Ask, and ye shall receive.

Romney says "I want to help the middle class of America and I’m going to do it."

— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) June 14, 2012

Romney, I think, is going to fire the deficit.

— James Pethokoukis (@JimPethokoukis) June 14, 2012

.@MittRomney: Isn't great to live in a country where risk-taking & success are rewarded. .. A BIG part of his mssg

— David M. Drucker (@DavidMDrucker) June 14, 2012

Oh, my! No more Mr. Nice Guy? Please say yes.

In his half of Ohio duel, Romney says Obama is "is long on words and short on actions that have created jobs."

— Garrett Haake (@GarrettHaake) June 14, 2012

Romney says Pres Obama has run up so much public debt: "that's 'forward' over a cliff. that's 'forward' on the way to Greece."

— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) June 14, 2012

Fueling Vice President pick speculations, Rubio is mentioned several times.

Romney: "I saw Marco Rubio the other day…" #drink

— Ethan Klapper (@ethanklapper) June 14, 2012

Ohioans rooting for the other guy.

Ohioans must be rooting for Portman. Two Rubio mentions in two days and no applause. That is unusual.

— Sam Youngman (@samyoungman) June 14, 2012

Another bad sign for Team Obama:

I am pretty sure Team Obama does not want to run against this Romney. Very good speech

— James Pethokoukis (@JimPethokoukis) June 14, 2012

Will Obama take up this challenge?

Pleasepleaseplease let Obama ad lib against Romney's speech. #gaffemachine

— Cuffé (@CuffyMeh) June 14, 2012

Oh, please. Make it happen.

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