Obama Talks Out of Both Sides of Mouth, Continues Dishonest, Shameful Smear Campaign

Note: Rather than list in this article all the lies from Obama, Romney supporters are invited to leave comments exposing the outsourcing Obama has done and the many lies coming from him, his administration, and his campaign.

“President Obama continues to talk out of both sides of his mouth. While lamenting negative ads and calling for a debate on the issues, his campaign is running a dishonest, shameful smear campaign with no plans to get Americans back to work. The American people deserve the truth and they certainly deserve better from their president.”
– Andrea Saul, Romney Campaign Spokesperson


Obama continued his unrelenting lying today…

On the campaign trail the President still unabashedly proclaimed “Mr. Romney” as an outsourcer - that he, Obama, is an insourcer. When one is in the deceit business, saying preposterous things seem normal. He’s the emperor with no clothes - a preposterous President whose lies roll so easily off his tongue.

Here’s the latest today from Mitt Romney Press:

Days After Accusing Governor Romney Of Being A Felon, The Obama Campaign Now Professes To Want A Real Debate On The Issues:

Obama Campaign Spokesperson Jen Psaki: “Of Course The President Wants To Have A Highbrow Debate About These Policy Issues And What The American People Actually Care About.” (Politico, 7/14/12)

How Can President Obama Have The “Highbrow Debate” He Allegedly Wants? Don’t Spend $100 Million On Overwhelmingly Negative Ads…

The Associated Press: “A Sustained Early Barrage Designed To Create Lasting, Negative Impressions” Of Governor Romney. “President Barack Obama’s campaign has spent nearly $100 million on television commercials in selected battleground states so far, unleashing a sustained early barrage designed to create lasting, negative impressions of Republican Mitt Romney before he and his allies ramp up for the fall.” (“Obama Spending On Attack Ads Soars,” The Associated Press, 7/14/12)

Don’t Allow Your Campaign To Accuse Your Opponent Of Being A Felon…

FactCheck.org: “No Basis For The Obama Campaign’s Claim That Romney Committed A Felony.” “But we see little new in any of these SEC filings, and a University of Pennsylvania Law School professor we spoke to sees no basis for the Obama campaign’s claim that Romney committed a felony.” (Brooks Jackson, “Romney’s Bain Years: New Evidence, Same Conclusion,” FactCheck.org, 7/12/12)

CNN’s Wolf Blitzer: “Before You Make An Accusation, Shouldn’t There Be More Investigation When You Start Raising The Possibility, In [The Obama Campaign’s] Words, Of Committing Felony…?” BLITZER: “So, the question is: why would Stephanie Cutter jump to this felony accusation? No one has ever suggested Mitt Romney did anything ever criminally wrong. … The question is, before you make an accusation, shouldn’t there be more investigation when you start raising the possibility, in her words, of committing felony – potentially this is a felony? That’s a serious accusation.” (CNN’s “The Situation Room,” 7/12/12)

Former Governor And DNC Chair Ed Rendell: The Obama Campaign “Went A Little Bit Too Far With The Felony Business.” RENDELL: “I think Carol also made a very good point about all this attack may be hurting the President’s brand a little bit, too. I think our supporters went a little bit too far with the felony business.” (MSNBC’s “NOW With Alex Wagner,” 7/13/12)

Syndicated Columnist Charles Krauthammer: “When You Get The Obama Campaign Accusing Him Of Being A Felon, You Have Jumped The Shark.” KRAUTHAMMER: “But when you get the Obama campaign accusing him of being a felon, you have jumped the shark. … So when they accuse him of deliberately lying to the SEC and committing a felony, they are then retroactively questioning all the series of charges up to then. That’s jumping the shark. That is a mistake.” (Fox News’ “Special Report,” 7/12/12)

Don’t Repeat Baseless Attacks That Have Been Thoroughly Debunked And Discredited…

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Sununu, Krauthammer, Rendell: Obama Goes Too Far, Romney NO Felon (VIDEOS)

The fallout from the Obama machine’s serious mis-step of implying Governor Mitt Romney is a felon continues…

Obama appeared on CBS today and doubled-down on the Bain/Romney/felony smokescreen. He also released two more ads today on the same topic. (Obama is outspending Romney 3-1 on ads in battleground states. Revealing a bit of stratagem, FOX News’ Carl Cameron today said Team Romney will hit back with targeted ads in a couple of weeks.)

Meanwhile, in response to Stephanie Cutter, Romney campaign manager Matt Rhoades issued a blistering statement yesterday and called for an apology:

President Obama’s campaign hit a new low today when one of its senior advisers made a reckless and unsubstantiated charge to reporters about Mitt Romney that was so over the top that it calls into question the integrity of their entire campaign,” Rhoades said. “President Obama ought to apologize for the out-of-control behavior of his staff, which demeans the office he holds. Campaigns are supposed to be hard fought, but statements like those made by Stephanie Cutter belittle the process and the candidate on whose behalf she works.

Bulldog John Sununu appeared on Hannity yesterday and had this to say:

Charles Krauthammer weighed in yesterday, as well:

Even Obama surrogate Ed Rendell disapproves of Obama’s latest over-the-top smear. Here he is on MSNBC’s’Now’program with Alex Wagner:

Romney spokesman Ryan Williams issued this statement: “Earlier today, former Governor Ed Rendell had the courage to do what President Obama would not: admit the Obama campaign’s baseless and unsubstantiated attacks on Mitt Romney went too far. President Obama may talk about a different kind of politics and bringing people together, but it’s just another broken promise from a president who has failed to keep so many.”

Governor Romney today released this fantastic ad using Obama’s OWN WORDS:

CNN’s John King wrote this yesterday regarding Team Obama’s declaring 1999 as the birth year of ‘the big Bain Lie’:

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Romney on Hannity Radio: “Obama Attacks Deflect From Issues Nation Faces” / Five-Step Jobs Plan

Sean Hannity welcomed Governor Mitt Romney to his radio program yesterday to talk about an article released yesterday by the Romney press team titled The Truth Hurts. For weeks Obama and surrogates have been telling lies about Romney’s record; this fact-filled article debunks Team Obama’s despicable distortions and fabrications.

Romney called in from Grand Junction, Colorado; you don’t want to miss this excellent interview:

A few highlights from Romney…

@ 2:19 - The challenge for this president is in a lot of respects he’s an old-style Democrat; the old liberals were always in favor of more government programs, more spending, more borrowing when things were difficult. And, we’ve found that has not worked. The right course for America is not to raise taxes on people, not to go out and borrow excessively, but instead to live within our means and to have tax policies that encourage job creators and small businesses to grow their business and add employees.

@7:30 - I have a five-step plan to see jobs recover in this country.
1. Take advantage of our energy resources – oil, coal, gas, renewables.
2. Open trade – particularly in Latin America and crack down on China when they cheat.
3. Put us on track to have a balanced budget.
4. Make sure we have schools and training programs that prepare us for the jobs of today and tomorrow.
5. Restore economic freedom in this country. The taxes, the regulations, the burdens applied by government are crushing economic freedom, are crushing entrepreneurs. That has to end. We have to restore the American dream or our economy will stay in the doldrums.

@9:45 – …I would make the Bush tax cuts permanent, but then go to work to reform our tax code altogether

@11:28 – Isn’t it amazing that the President of the United States – who by the way, called me and congratulated me when I got a pretty good lock on the nomination – he called me and said, “The country is going to benefit by an honest and important debate on the future direction of the country.“ That’s what he said. And yet, what he has done has been one attack after the other on items that deflect interest from a real debate on the issues the nation faces. This most recent one suggesting that I would engage in something that is illegal, that is criminal, that I would hide assets and not pay fair taxes, not pay the taxes that are owed - I mean it’s unbelievable. He said, “Well, it’s a matter of transparency.” Well, how about the transparency of a president who through executive privilege is preventing the American people from finding out what happened in the Fast & Furious program? If there is transparency that needs to be condemned here it’s the lack of transparency in his administration to let the American people know what has happened in a scandalous activity known as Fast & Furious. So Sean, I can assure you of this – I have followed the law, I have paid my taxes as due, I have also disclosed through all the requirements of the government every asset which I own – fairly and honestly – recognizing, of course, not to do so would be not only wrong, but illegal and criminal. It is this president however, that must explain why he has resorted to executive privilege to hide from the American people the truth about Fast & Furious.

UPDATE - After delivering his speech today to the NAACP, Romney was interviewed by Neil Cavuto (FOX News). The Hill reports:

Romney also discussed the state of the campaign, downplaying concerns voiced by some Republicans that his campaign had not been aggressive enough in combating attacks from Democrats. But Romney said his campaign was better served by trying to focus on issues they saw as relevant to voters.

“I respond to the attacks that come, but they say in politics if you are responding, you are losing,” Romney said. “I think the better course for our campaign is to respond to the attacks as being completely off-base. People are tired of this petty attack that comes from politicians and they want to see someone who talks about the issues they care about.”

Romney also dismissed calls from the Obama campaign to release additional years of tax returns, calling the issue a distraction. The Obama campaign issued a new commercial Wednesday calling on Romney to disclose more information about his financial holdings.

The Democrats are always going to be critics,” Romney said. “We have released all of the financial statements required by law and two years of tax returns. The most recent year we will be releasing as soon as that’s prepared. Tax information is there, other financial disclosure is there; the same level of information that [Sens.] John McCain [(R-Ariz.)] and John Kerry [(D-Mass.)] for that matter released when they were running for president.


Let’s get the truth out there! Share far and wide The Truth Hurts and this interview.

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Romney’s ‘Every Town Counts’ Bus Tour / FOX & Friends: “Obama Out of Touch”

A look at Governor Mitt Romney's campaign bus last week in Iowa.
Romney is kicking off a six state bus tour this Friday. (Photo Jennifer Jacobs/The Register)


Check the oil and gas ‘er up! Road trip!

Governor Mitt Romney will be back in his campaign bus this Friday to begin a six state Believe in America: Every Town Counts five-day bus tour.

The kick-off takes place where it all began for him last June - at beautiful Scamman Farm in Stratham, New Hampshire. It’s where Mitt and wife, Ann, served up crock-pots full of her homemade chili to a large crowd of supporters. It’s also where the Governor, under blue skies and a blustery breeze, stood on a crop harvester bed, surrounded with hay bales, and announced his presidential candidacy.

Besides New Hampshire, Romney’s bus tour will carry him over highways and byways in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Michigan, giving him the opportunity to meet with and listen to families and business owners in small towns.

Romney’s press release hit the unemployment nail on the head:

“For three and a half years, President Obama has paid little attention to the everyday concerns of the American people,” Mitt Romney said. “President Obama has offered no hope for the future, and he has left American families to bear the burden of his failed policies. Too many American families have experienced a lost job, faced foreclosure, or been forced to spend their kids’ college savings just to make ends meet. These are not statistics – these are our fellow Americans. In America’s small towns, you don’t find despair — you find boundless optimism. We know we can make America better, and that is why I am running for president.”

Henry Gomez from Cleveland.com points out how Romney is aggressively making his presence felt on turf where Obama has recently been:

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Republican Mitt Romney will sandwich President Barack Obama’s campaign appearance in Cleveland this week with Ohio events of his own, the latest example of cutthroat “bracketing” in this year’s race for the White House.

Romney will attend a private fundraiser Wednesday in Cincinnati, the evening before Obama’s speech at Cuyahoga Community College.

Romney previously bracketed an Obama trip by sending his campaign bus to Lorain County Community College in April, when the president delivered a speech at the Elyria campus. The following day, Romney campaigned miles away at a hollowed-out drywall factory in Lorain. The Republican challenger also came to Euclid last month, two days after Obama officially kicked off his re-election bid in Columbus.

‘Believe In America: Every Town Counts’ bus tour

• Friday, June 15 – New Hampshire

• Saturday, June 16 – Pennsylvania

• Sunday, June 17 – Ohio

• Monday, June 18 – Wisconsin and Iowa

• Tuesday, June 19 – Michigan

Residents in these six states will get to experience how much Governor Romney cares about the plight of ordinary everyday Americans and how much he wants to help.

If you missed it, The Gov was on FOX & Friends this morning to talk with hosts Gretchen Carlson, Steve Doocy, and Brian Kilmeade. It was a quick, great interview :


When Carlson asked Romney about Obama’s press tour, which was a ‘clean-up’ response to his “private sector is fine gaffe”, he mentioned Obama’s ignoring the effect Obamacare is having on small businesses, Obama’s outlandish characterization of the state of the private sector, and the fact that 15% of Americans are unemployed, under-employed, or stopped working.

Romney: “The President is really out of touch with what’s happening in America.

Kilmeade: “He says that you’re out of touch. He says that you want to cut firefighters, and teachers - that you don’t understand what’s going on in these communities. What do you say to that, Governor?

Romney: “Well, that’s a very strange accusation. Of course, teachers, and firemen, and policemen are hired at the local level and also by states. The federal government doesn’t pay for teachers, firefighters, or policemen. So, obviously, that’s completely absurd. He’s got a new idea, though, and that is another stimulus - and, to have the federal government send money to bail out cities and states. Didn’t work the first time; it certainly won’t work the second time.”

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Romney Releases New TV Ad: ‘Strong Leadership’

Today, Romney for President released a new television advertisement. Here is ‘Strong Leadership‘ (something sorely lacking with our current out-of-touch president):


As Governor of Massachusetts, Mitt Romney demonstrated strong leadership—reducing the unemployment rate and balancing budgets without raising taxes. As president, Mitt Romney will do the same to help create jobs and get our country back on track.

Ad facts:

Under Governor Romney, Massachusetts Added Tens Of Thousands Of Net New Jobs – The Best Jobs Record Of Any Massachusetts Governor In The Last Decade. (Bureau of Labor Statistics, www.bls.gov, Accessed 5/31/12)

Massachusetts’ Unemployment Rate Fell From 5.6% To 4.7% During The Romney Administration. (Bureau of Labor Statistics, www.bls.gov, 5/30/12)

Governor Romney Closed A Nearly $3 Billion Shortfall Without Raising Taxes And Balanced Four Budgets. (Pam Belluck, “Romney Candidacy Puts Massachusetts Economy In Spotlight,” The New York Times, 3/16/07)

From day one as president, Mitt Romney’s strong leadership will make all the difference on jobs.”

Yesterday Obama released his own ad, which will run on national cable and air on television in nine battleground states. It features Obama pushing his “wealthiest Americans should pay a bit more” class warfare meme and a blaming narrative - “Congress refuses to act.”

Yes, America. Strong leadership will make all the difference.


GOP Presidential Nominee Mitt Romney is pictured at one of the many round table meetings he held during the primaries for voters to share concerns. Time and time again, fixing the economy and reining in America's massive debt was uppermost on their minds.


The Romney Record Vs. The Obama Record: A Side-by-Side Comparison

Obama Vs. Romney

Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul sets the tone for the below graphic:

Having abandoned ‘Hope and Change,’ the Obama campaign only ‘Hopes To Change The Subject’ from an abysmal jobs report. We’re happy to compare the 4.7% unemployment rate Mitt Romney achieved in Massachusetts to President Obama’s weak record any day.

President Obama’s policies have failed to get Americans back to work – it’s time for a president who has worked in the real world economy and understands how to get this economy moving again.

We’ve added this graphic to our Pinterest page, and tweeted it to all our followers — hope you’ll do the same!


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Romney Ad: “Obama Gives Taxpayer $$ to Big Donors, Watches Them Lose It”

In an unprecedented action from a sitting president, President Obama lurched straight out of the campaign gate a few weeks ago with a barrage of negative ads against Mitt Romney. At every opportunity, he headbutts private equity/venture capitalists and Romney’s 80% success rate at Bain Capital. Obama says this is his reelection focus. (Don’t look America… Obama raised funds from a private equity group he previously attacked.) The once-resounding Obama message of hope and change isn’t even whispered anymore.

You know it’s bad when even left-leaning ‘Face the Nation’s’ Bob Schieffer notices Obama’s negativity.

Romney’s new web ad, released today, shows he’s noticed, too. It targets the real cause of Obama’s headaches - his borrow-and-tax policies which have lead to… nowhere: Solyndra, First Solar, ECOtality, and SunPower.

Not Even Half

The facts, Ma’am:

The Obama Administration Loaned Over Half A Billion Dollars To Solyndra – Which Later Went Bankrupt And Laid Off 1,100 Employees.

“In a blow to the Obama administration’s efforts to create green jobs, solar-cell maker Solyndra announced Wednesday that it will close its remaining Fremont factory, layoff its 1,100 employees and file for bankruptcy. The news marked an abrupt end for a company once considered among the most innovative in a fast-changing industry. The bankruptcy also represents a high-profile failure for a federal stimulus program that gives loan guarantees to green-tech manufacturers. Solyndra was the first company to win one of the guarantees, receiving $535 million in 2009 to build its second factory in Fremont less than a mile from the company’s original plant.” (David R. Baker and Carolyn Said, “Solyndra Closes Fremont Plant - Stimulus Hopes Dim,” San Francisco Chronicle, 9/1/11)

The Obama Administration Provided More Than $3 Billion In Loan Guarantees That Benefitted First Solar – A Company That Recently Announced Layoffs And Hit Record Lows In Stock Value.

“First Solar. The Obama administration provided First Solar with more than $3 billion in loan guarantees for power plants in Arizona and California. According to a Bloomberg Businessweek report last week, the company ‘fell to a record low in Nasdaq Stock Market trading May 4 after reporting $401 million in restructuring costs tied to firing 30 percent of its workforce.’” (Marc A. Thiessen, “Forget Bain — Obama’s Public-Equity Record Is The Real Scandal,” The Washington Post, 5/24/12)

After Receiving Approximately $126 Million In Taxpayer Money, ECOtality Has “Incurred More Than $45 Million In Losses.”

The Obama administration gave ECOtality $126.2 million in taxpayer money in 2009 for, among other things, the installation of 14,000 electric car chargers in five states. Obama even hosted the company’s president, Don Karner, in the first lady’s box during the 2010 State of the Union address as an example of a stimulus success story. According to ECOtality’s own SEC filings, the company has since incurred more than $45 million in losses and has told the federal government, ‘We may not achieve or sustain profitability on a quarterly or annual basis in the future.’” (Marc A. Thiessen, “Forget Bain — Obama’s Public-Equity Record Is The Real Scandal,” The Washington Post, 5/24/12)

ECOtality Is Currently “Under Investigation For Insider Trading.” “Worse, according to CBS News the company is ‘under investigation for insider trading,’ and Karner has been subpoenaed ‘for any and all documentation surrounding the public announcement of the first Department of Energy grant to the company.’” (Marc A. Thiessen, “Forget Bain — Obama’s Public-Equity Record Is The Real Scandal,” The Washington Post, 5/24/12)

“A Company Called SunPower Got A $1.2 Billion Loan Guarantee From The Obama Administration…”

“This is just the tip of the iceberg. A company called SunPower got a $1.2 billion loan guarantee from the Obama administration, and as of January, the company owed more than it was worth.” (Marc A. Thiessen, “Forget Bain — Obama’s Public-Equity Record Is The Real Scandal,” The Washington Post, 5/24/12)

In 2011, SunPower Lost More Than Half A Billion Dollars And Announced Layoffs.

“Now, San Jose’s SunPower, another solar panel maker, has hit rough waters — a $370 million quarterly loss — which will trigger layoffs and the exit of two top executives. SunPower CEO [Werner] thinks a turn-around won’t happen overnight. ‘We see this as a year to maybe two years, and then we see significant demand, a resumption in significant demand growth,’ Werner said. But the slowdown in sales and a flood of low-cost panels coming in from China have extended SunPower’s losses this year past a half-billion dollars.” (David Louie, “CA’s Solar Industry Continues To Show Signs Of Distress,” KGO-TV [San Francisco, CA], 11/4/11)

► Does Fisker ring a bell? (updated)

Does the Fisker investment seem like a terrible investment? Absolutely. Is this a clear cut case of “crony capitalism” as Romney says it is? Let’s investigate.

Read about it here.

“$16.4 Billion Of The $20.5 Billion In Loans Granted As Of Sept. 15 Went To Companies Either Run By Or Primarily Owned By Obama Financial Backers.”

“In the 1705 government-backed-loan program, for example, $16.4 billion of the $20.5 billion in loans granted as of Sept. 15 went to companies either run by or primarily owned by Obama financial backers-individuals who were bundlers, members of Obama’s National Finance Committee, or large donors to the Democratic Party.” (Peter Schweizer, “Obama Campaign Backers And Bundlers Rewarded With Green Grants And Loans,” Newsweek, 11/12/11)

The Energy Department’s Inspector General Found That Contracts Were Steered To “Friends And Family.”

“The Department of Energy’s inspector general, Gregory Friedman, who was not a political appointee, chastised the alternative-energy loan and grant programs for their absence of ‘sufficient transparency and accountability.’ He has testified that contracts have been steered to ‘friends and family.’” (Peter Schweizer, “Obama Campaign Backers And Bundlers Rewarded With Green Grants And Loans,” Newsweek, 11/12/11)


See the new ad from American Crossroads below the fold.

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Obama: “Since I’ve Been President, Federal Spending Has Risen at Lowest Pace in Nearly 60 Years”


I confess - I thought this headline was a joke when I first saw it.

Nope - Obama really made that outlandish claim this week in Denver, Colorado.

Once again - anyone can fact-check him at www.gao.gov/financial.html…but spending was $3.4 trillion in 2009, $4.3 trillion in 2010, and $3.6 trillion in 2011. That’s an average of $3.7 trillion/year under Obama.

Even the unprecedented spending of George W. Bush (which averaged $2.7 trillion/year) pales in comparison to the Obama administration. This isn’t funny anymore - it is pathetic. I can’t believe I’ve even dignified such an outrageous Obama lie by responding. Americans should be livid.

I don’t even think someone as capable and qualified as Mitt Romney can fix the problems America will have if an Obama administration gets another four years of outrageous, reckless, and immoral spending.

What is Mitt’s approach? First of all, Mitt doesn’t lie about a dire situation. Here’s Mitt’s approach (straight from the horse’s mouth):

Getting our fiscal house in order has become more than just an economic issue; it’s a moral imperative. Every dollar of deficit spending must be borrowed, with the bill sent to our children to pay back. As president, Mitt Romney will ask a simple question about every federal program: Is it so important, so critical, that it is worth borrowing money from China to pay for it?” See more here.

This country cannot afford 4 more years with Obama at the helm.

UPDATE
Some are defending Obama’s remarks with the claim that 2009 is a “baseline” year from which we should measure Obama’s annual spending increases…and that because 2009 is such an inflated baseline year, Obama’s remarks ‘technically’ aren’t inaccurate. Those arguments are still a very misleading way to pass blame away from Obama for some of the most significant spending increases ever. There is a very good analysis by Dan Mitchell of the Cato Institute, which further analyzes this from multiple angles. I disagree with Mitchell’s exclusion of spending items such as interest, TARP, defense spending, etc. from a president’s spending record - I think these are all part of the hand a president is dealt…but Dan ultimately agrees that Obama’s tugboat is still pulling America in the wrong direction.

Cory Booker, Obama’s ‘Attack Private Enterprise’ Strategy, Romney’s Response

Governor Mitt Romney is pictured at one of the many round table meetings he's hosted across America for worried voters. Time and time again, major concerns revealed at these meetings are fixing our pitiful economy and ending America's massive debt spending.
(Photo taken at Galley Hatch in Hampton, New Hampshire on July 5, 2011.)


After Obama’s presser today in Chicago, wherein he clearly revealed his campaign’s focus is to attack private equity, free enterprise, and Mitt Romney’s results-oriented capacities, Governor Mitt Romney issued the following statement:

PRESIDENT OBAMA FAILS TO ACCEPT MORAL RESPONSIBILITY FOR HIS FAILED POLICIES

President Obama confirmed today that he will continue his attacks on the free enterprise system, which Mayor Booker and other leading Democrats have spoken out against. What this election is about is the 23 million Americans who are still struggling to find work and the millions who have lost their homes and have fallen into poverty. President Obama refuses to accept moral responsibility for his failed policies. My campaign is offering a positive agenda to help America get back to work.

CNN’s Gut Check:

4:28 p.m. ET: The Obama Campaign Tweets:

Barack Obama (‏@BarackObama)
“Mitt Romney takes from the poor … and gives to the rich. He’s just the opposite of Robin Hood.” http://OFA.BO/j6FZcR #RomneyEconomics

Obama’s false, class warfare tweet deafeningly chirps “I’M DESPERATE.”

4:37 p.m. ET: President Obama, at the NATO summit press conference, pits POLITICAL EQUITY against PRIVATE EQUITY: “My view of private equity is that it is, it is set up to maximize profits and that is a healthy part of the free market, of course. That’s part of the role of a lot of business people. That is not unique to private equity. … But understand their priority is to maximize profits, and that is not always going to be good for communities or businesses or workers. And the reason this is relevant to the campaign is that because my opponent, Gov. Romney, the main calling card for why he should be president is his business experience. He is not going out there touting his experience in Massachusetts, he is saying, ‘I am a business guy and I know how to fix it,’ and this is his business. And when you are president as opposed to the head of a private equity firm, then your job is not simply to maximize profits. Your job is to figure out how everybody in the country has a fair shot. … And so if your main argument for how to grow the economy is, ‘I knew how to make a lot of money for investors,’ then you are missing what this job is about.”

Obama’s argument is silly. Governor Romney’s leadership at Bain Capital focused on people… how to save dying businesses, create jobs for people, and turn failure into personal success for them.

In spite of Obama’s eye-rolling rhetoric, attention today was on Obama supporter New Jersey Mayor Cory Booker (see Luke’s post):

It is never a good day for a candidate when a prominent surrogate becomes the story and sucks all of the political oxygen out of the room. Cue Newark, New Jersey Mayor Cory Booker, whose comments Sunday on “Meet the Press” about negative campaigning has overshadowed all other political stories in the past 24 hours.

“This kind of stuff is nauseating to me on both sides,” Booker said Sunday on “Meet the Press.”
“It’s nauseating to the American public. Enough is enough. Stop attacking private equity […] This stuff has got to stop because what it does is it undermines, to me, what this country should be focused on. It’s a distraction from the real issues. It’s either going to be a small campaign about this crap, or it’s going to be a big campaign, in my opinion, about the issues that the American public cares about.

It wasn’t long until Booker was taken to the Obama wood shed:

It took only a matter of hours after his “Meet the Press” appearance before Booker put out a three-minute, 42-second You Tube video clarifying his remarks and endorsing the Obama campaign strategy to criticize Romney’s business record.

Booker said he decided to make the video because he “got so much feedback…” I’ll bet. Heads in the White House and Chicago must have exploded.

“Let me be clear, Mitt Romney has made his business record a centerpiece of his campaign,” Booker said in the straight to camera explanation. “He’s talked about himself as a job creator, and therefore it is reasonable, and therefore I encourage it, for the Obama campaign to examine that record and discuss it. I have no problem with that.”

Obama campaign spokesman Ben LaBolt claims Booker wasn’t asked to make the video and the views Booker expressed in the video are his own. (The Obama Machine is depending on American gullibility and ignorance to pass off that bit of balderdash.)

[Y]ou could see from Obama’s comments at the NATO press conference, that his campaign used the “Booker news cycle” to double down on their attacks on Romney and Bain.

And what seems to have been lost in the shuffle was that Booker would not back off his criticism of the negative tone of the campaign.

I used the word nauseating on ‘Meet the Press,’ because that’s really how I feel when I see people in my city struggling with real issues and still feeling the challenges of this economy, and still looking for hope and opportunity and real specific plans,” Booker said. “I get very upset when I see such a level of dialogue.”

Gut Check conclusion:

The dialogue Booker bemoans had a presidential podium at an international news conference moments ago.

All this from a President who presides over the most onerous economic stagnation since the Great Depression, who has racked up nearly more debt than all other presidents combined, who hasn’t passed a federal budget since he’s been in office, and, at the same NATO summit, had the audacity to counsel struggling European nations to forget austerity measures and spend more money they don’t have.

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Romney: “Prairie Fire of Debt Sweeping Our Nation”


Speaking to voters at Hotel Fort Des Moines in Des Moines, Iowa today, Governor Mitt Romney treated listeners to a powerful, plain-spoken speech on America’s federal spending addiction and our nearly incomprehensible national debt.

Prior to his appearance in Des Moines, the Romney campaign released a thought-provoking web video focusing on Iowans - “a few of the 23 million” - who are struggling under the oppressive Obama economy:

A Few of the 23 Million:

Before The Gov delivered his remarks, the Des Moines Register published an article by Jennifer Jacobs highlighting some of Romney’s remarks:

Romney speech: Prairie fire of debt doesn’t care if it’s a donkey or elephant in your lawn

A prairie fire of debt is sweeping across Iowa and our nation, and GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney will tell Iowans today he can douse the flames.

“That fire could care less if you have a donkey or an elephant in your front lawn, it’s still coming for your house,” Romney’s prepared remarks say, according to his campaign. “There’s plenty of blame to go around for both parties.

“But in my years leading businesses, an Olympics and a state, I’ve learned one simple principle of leadership that never falters: Leaders lead. I will lead us out of this debt and spending crisis.”

While Romney deftly blocks Obama’s fiery darts and keeps bringing the campaign dialogue back to the economy, Jacobs writes that the Obama re-election campaign is trying to “pierce” Romney’s message by running Iowa TV attack ads against the governor.

Romney intends to steer the conversation toward government spending and debt.

“President Obama started his days in office with the trillion-dollar stimulus package – the biggest, most careless one-time expenditure by the federal government in history. And remember this: the stimulus wasn’t just wasted – it was borrowed and wasted. We still owe the money, we’re still paying interest on it, and it’ll be that way long after this presidency ends in January,” Romney’s prepared remarks say.

VIDEO of Romney’s excellent speech may be viewed here.

Transcript of Romney’s remarks from Des Moines:

Thank you all very much.

It’s good to be back in Iowa. So many friends here hold a special place in my heart.

I’ve come here today to talk to you about an issue that affects the very heart of America.

Of course, Iowa is much more than a collection of beautiful farms and small towns and cities bounded by two of America’s great rivers. Iowa is a collection of the values that built America and that have sustained us through good times and bad. You know them well: hard work, taking care of our neighbors, family, faith in God and country. Common sense, kitchen table values. Not fancy, but enduring.

These aren’t the values that lead to out-of-control spending sprees, or to piling up massive amounts of debt you know your children – and grandchildren – will have to work all their lives to pay off. These aren’t the values of putting off difficult decisions with the hope that maybe someone else will solve them.

Today America faces a financial crisis of debt and spending that threatens what it means to be an American. Here in the heartland you know in your hearts that it’s wrong.

We can’t spend another four years talking about solving a problem that we know we are making worse every single day.

When the men and women who settled the Iowa prairie saw a fire in the distance, they didn’t look around for someone else to save them or go back to sleep hoping the wind might blow another direction. They knew that their survival was up to them.

A prairie fire of debt is sweeping across Iowa and our nation and every day we fail to act that fire gets closer to the homes and children we love.

This is not solely a Democrat or a Republican problem. The issue isn’t who deserves the most blame, it’s who is going to do what it takes to put out the fire.

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