Romney has spent the last few days intensively preparing for October's presidential debates with his advisers and Ohio Sen. Rob Portman, who is serving as the stand-in for Obama (as he did for 2008 Republican nominee John McCain). The sessions took place at the home of Romney's former lieutenant governor in Massachusetts, Kerry Healey, at a secluded estate near Woodstock, Vt. Aides said they selected the spot so that Romney would be able to escape the distractions of the campaign trail - including his rival's convention.
The Republican nominee was headed past Concord on the way to his lakeside vacation home in Wolfeboro, N.H. The campaign had scheduled a news conference with veterans and their families at a legislative building near the New Hampshire statehouse. Romney's campaign bus rolled up as that event was wrapping up. Romney jumped out of his SUV to meet briefly with veterans who had been ushered on to the campaign bus to make calls for his campaign.
Though he told reporters he did not plan to watch Obama's speech, he turned back just before getting in his van to say that he had heard the president would report on the promises that he had made and how he had kept them.
"I have no interest in seeing him, because I saw the promises last time. Those are promises he did not keep, and the American people deserve to know why he did not keep his promises," Romney said. A few minutes earlier Romney had said that Americans deserved an explanation of why 47 million people were now on food stamps and how the national debt had climbed to $16 trillion.
"I think this is the time not for him to start restating new promises, but to report on the promises he made," Romney said. "I think he wants a promises reset. We want a report on the promises he made."