Mitt Romney doesn’t care about poor people? WRONG!

In the 24 hour news cycle, the story of the day has been Mitt’s comments to CNN in the early morning after his Florida win. While I think even the most ardent Romney fan would admit that this could and should have (and will be) phrased more adeptly, the liberals have taken and run with the partial quote that he’s “not concerned with the very poor” … It looks worse in print that in the context of the interview:

Mitt cares deeply about the poor, and his actions speak louder than words. How many “journalists” have bothered to mention that Mitt has given over $7,000,000 (SEVEN FREAKING MILLION!) to charitable organizations in just the last two years? Records from before then show the Romney’s consistent giving millions upon millions to organizations that care for the poor. By contrast, Joe Biden gave only $3690 to charity in an entire decade … that’s PROOF of someone that doesn’t care about the poor. From 2001-4, the Obamas made nearly a million dollars, but donated LESS THAN 1% of that income to charity.

Or what about when Mitt gave cash out of his pocket to the lady in South Carolina who said God guided her to follow Romney’s campaign bus to find help to keep her lights on? The EXACT SAME CNN REPORTER (Soledad) even reported about that a couple of weeks ago … does she have no memory?

Mitt doesn’t care about poor people? Demonstrably false and easy to debunk (and this is without even delving into fact that Mitt, as a Mormon Bishop for several years, dedicated much of his time to caring for the poor in a very “hands on” fashion). If Obama and team push this theme it will come back to bite them. Mitt’s done more to care for the poor than any snarky reporter or any of his political rivals.

Recall Vic’s post from a couple days back that highlighted Romney’s life of service and included the following YouTube:

Additionally, Brit Hume on Fox News today adroitly argued that anyone who wants to “make hay” or be offended by this out-of-context quote wouldn’t be voting for a GOP candidate anyways. I’d have to agree.

Obama’s Magical Misery Tour: Sell Tax ‘n Jobs Bill Piece-by-Piece in North Carolina




President Obama’s next stop on his Magical Misery Tour is North Carolina. He plans to “engage in a little retail politics’ amid our nation’s jobs crisis (translation: campaign for himself while trying to sell his failed jobs-and-tax bill by breaking it into bite-sized pieces).

Since President Obama’s visit to North Carolina last month, the state’s jobless rate has climbed to 10.4% and another 12,000 workers received pink slips:

The effect is a campaign-style trip that allows the President to engage in a little retail politics…” (Julie Pace, “Obama Gets Back On The Bus For Trip To NC, Va.,” The Associated Press, 10/16/11)

Under President Obama, North Carolina Has Shed More Than 125,000 Jobs And Is Suffering From Double-Digit Unemployment:

Unemployment in North Carolina has climbed to 10.4%. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate in North Carolina climbed from 9.7% in May to 10.4% in August. The jobless rate has increased in each of the last three months on record. (Bureau of Labor Statistics, www.bls.gov, 10/16/11)

Nearly 470,000 people in North Carolina are out of work.. In August, there were an estimated 468,140 unemployed North Carolinians – an increase of more than 32,000 since March of this year and an increase of 11,747 since July. (Bureau of Labor Statistics, www.bls.gov, 10/16/11)

North Carolina has lost more than 125,000 jobs since President Obama took office. According to Labor Department estimates, nonfarm payroll employment in North Carolina was 4,009,700 in January 2009 and 3,882,500 in August 2011. (Bureau of Labor Statistics, www.bls.gov, 10/16/11)

The Magical Misery Tour hits North Carolina and Virginia this week:

President Barack Obama is targeting vital North Carolina and Virginia this week, as he kicks off a three-day bus tour that is as much about campaigning for his jobs bill as it is shoring up support in two southern states he wrested from Republican control four years ago.

Obama’s 2008 victories in North Carolina and Virginia were due in large part to the states’ changing demographics and his campaign’s ability to boost voter turnout among young people and African-Americans. But nearly three years after his historic election, the president’s approval ratings in both states are sagging, in line with the national trend.

A Quinnipiac University poll out earlier this month put Obama’s approval rating in Virginia at 45 percent, with 52 percent disapproving. The same poll showed 83 percent of Virginians were dissatisfied with the direction of the country. In North Carolina, Obama has a 42 percent approval rating, according to an Elon University poll conducted this month. Most national polls put Obama’s approval rating in the mid-to low-forties.

The president’s bus tour comes as the battle in Washington over his jobs plan enters a new phase. While Obama had demanded lawmakers pass the $447 billion jobs measure in its entirety, Senate Republicans have blocked those efforts, leaving the president and his Democratic allies to fight for the bill’s proposals piece by piece.

As he embarks on the second leg of the Magical Misery Tour, will President Obama listen to jobless Americans or lecture them?

President Obama, in North Carolina on September 14th:

OBAMA: “The time for hand-wringing is over. The time for moping around – we’ve got to kick off our bedroom slippers and put on our marching shoes. We’ve got to get to work.” (President Barack Obama, Remarks in Raleigh, NC, 9/14/11)

(emphasis added)

Last month, Obama explained his failed economic record by saying America had gotten a little soft:

“President Barack Obama on Thursday said the U.S. has lost some of its competitive edge and gotten a ‘little soft.’ … ‘This is a great, great country that had gotten a little soft and we didn’t have that same competitive edge that we needed over the last couple of decades,’ Mr. Obama said in response to a question about the country’s economic future. ‘We need to get back on track.’” (Jared Favole, “Obama: U.S. Has Become A ‘Little Soft,’ ” The Wall Street Journal, 9/29/11)



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N. Carolina Reps Coble, Foxx, McHenry Support Mitt Romney

Mountain bikers enjoy untouched woods while riding in the Beech Mountain Adventure Trail Park in western North Carolina. Today, three Representatives from the Tar Heel State, Howard Coble, Virginia Foxx, and Patrick McHenry, have announced their support for Mitt Romney.

While Obama packs his bags to head to North Carolina to shore up his waning support (NC, a traditionally red state, went for Obama in 2008), three Representatives from the great Tar Heel state have announced their support for Mitt Romney:

Boston, MA – Mitt Romney today announced the support of North Carolina Congressman Howard Coble, Congresswoman Virginia Foxx and Congressman Patrick McHenry.

It is an honor to have the support of these North Carolina public servants,” said Mitt Romney. “North Carolina will be a critical state in the contest to defeat President Obama. In the three years since President Obama’s election, North Carolina has faced more hardship than many other states. I will work with these leaders from the state to help revitalize the economy and make North Carolina a leader in our economic recovery.”

Mitt Romney has been a successful leader his entire life,” said Congressman Coble. “Whether it was business, the Winter Olympics, or as governor, Mitt Romney has proven that he can turn around troubled enterprises. Right now, North Carolina and the country need a leader to engineer an economic turnaround.”

Announcing her support, Congresswoman Foxx said, “North Carolina has suffered under President Obama’s policies. Burdensome regulations have slowed the industries that turned North Carolina into a job-creating machine. Mitt Romney has put forth a plan to get North Carolina and the country on a path to prosperity once again. As a conservative businessman, Mitt Romney has the economic know-how to change our economy fundamentally. I am proud to support him.”

“After three years, President Obama has failed to deliver on his promise to fix our economy,” said Congressman McHenry. “It is clear that his overtaxing, overregulating and overspending are not the prescription for our failing economy. Mitt Romney has an economic plan that puts conservative principles in place to restart the economy and put North Carolinians back to work. Mitt Romney is also Republicans’ best chance to defeat President Obama so that we can repeal Obamacare. I look forward to working with him in his campaign to bring back jobs to North Carolina and make our state a leader in job growth once again.”

(emphasis added)

Background On North Carolina Representatives Endorsing Mitt Romney:

Congressman Howard Coble Is The Longest Serving Republican Congressman In North Carolina History. In the House, Coble serves on the Judiciary Committee. Prior to serving in the U.S. House, Coble served in the North Carolina House of Representatives and was the North Carolina Secretary of Revenue under Governor James Holshouser.

Congresswoman Virginia Foxx Has Served North Carolina’s 5th District Since 2004. Foxx is the Chairwoman of the House Subcommittee on Higher Education. She also serves on the House Committee on Rules.

Congressman Patrick McHenry Was Elected In 2004. McHenry serves as the Deputy Republican Whip and is a member of the Financial Services Committee and Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. Prior to his election to Congress, McHenry served in the North Carolina House Of Representatives.

Thank you, North Carolina!

From The Weekly Standard:

Next door, meanwhile, South Carolina senator Jim DeMint may be looking to endorse Romney, reports David Drucker of Roll Call:

Mitt Romney is the favorite to receive Sen. Jim DeMint’s (R-S.C.) much-sought-after endorsement in the race for the Republican presidential nomination, according to knowledgeable GOP sources.

DeMint, who endorsed the former Massachusetts governor in 2008, made clear in an interview late last week that he has made no decisions on whom he will support in the 2012 primary. But Republican operatives familiar with the DeMint-Romney relationship and privy to the conservative Senator’s private assessment of the GOP field believe Romney is the most likely candidate to receive the backing of the tea party favorite.


► Jayde Wyatt

Obama in NC: ‘Pass This Bill’ Tour, Disagreeing Democrats

President Obama gestures while touting his $447 billion jobs plan at N. Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC today. It was his third road trip since unveiling his jobs plan last week. 9/14/11 (photo/AP)


“Pass this bill now… pass this bill now… pass this bill now…”

While President Obama visited North Carolina today on his re-elect me ‘pass this bill’ tour – where unemployment is over 10% and hundreds of thousands are out of work – some of his fellow Democrats confirm his ‘Jobs Plan’ won’t help the economy.

President Obama’s failed policies have not worked for North Carolina:

• In July, The Unemployment Rate In North Carolina Climbed To 10.1%. (Bureau of Labor Statistics, www.bls.gov, 9/14/11)

• Over 450,000 North Carolinians Were Unemployed In July. (Bureau of Labor Statistics, www.bls.gov, 9/14/11)

• North Carolina Has Lost More Than 140,000 Nonfarm Payroll Jobs Since President Obama Took Office – Including 22,000 Jobs Since April. (Bureau of Labor Statistics, www.bls.gov, 9/14/11)

As Obama leaves Washington for the day, Senate Democrats reveal their feelings about his Jobs Plan:

Sen. Jim Webb (D-VA):

“Terrible … We shouldn’t increase taxe on ordinary income. … There are other ways to get there.” (Manu Raju, “Hill Dems Pick Apart Obama Jobs Plan,” Politico, 9/14/11)

Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA):

“Maybe it’s just for his election, which I hope isn’t the case.” (Manu Raju, “Hill Dems Pick Apart Obama Jobs Plan,” Politico, 9/14/11)

Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE):

“I think the best jobs bill that can be passed is a comprehensive long-term deficit reduction plan… That’s better than everything else the President is talking about – combine.” (Manu Raju, “Hill Dems Pick Apart Obama Jobs Plan,” Politico, 9/14/11)

Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE):

“I’ve made it clear I’m looking for [tax] cuts, so I’m very hopeful there will be cuts.” (Manu Raju, “Hill Dems Pick Apart Obama Jobs Plan,” Politico, 9/14/11)

Sen. Mark Begich (D-AK):

“On The pay-fors, I have a problem.” (Manu Raju, “Hill Dems Pick Apart Obama Jobs Plan,” Politico, 9/14/11)

As President Obama campaigns for a jobs plan that some Democrats openly disagree with, nearly eight in ten Americans believe the economy is getting worse:

Gallup’s Economic Confidence Index released on September 14th is at its lowest point since February 2009.

“Americans’ confidence in the U.S. economy is now at its lowest point since February 2009 – near the conclusion of the recession that officially ended in June 2009. Gallup’s Economic Confidence Index was -52 in August, above its financial crisis lows, but much lower than the -21 to -35 range measured from June 2009 to June 2011.” (Lymari Morales and Elizabeth Mendes, “Three Years After Crisis, Little Sign Of Economic Relief In U.S.,” Gallup.com, 9/14/11)

77 % of Americans polled by Gallup in August said the economy is getting worse.

“Americans’ current level of economic confidence – which represents their views on the current state and future direction of the nation’s economy – is decidedly negative. Seventy-seven percent said the economy was getting worse in August, the highest – by far – since February 2009, the month in which Congress passed a $787 billion stimulus bill in hopes of lifting the U.S. economy out the depths of the recession.” (Lymari Morales and Elizabeth Mendes, “Three Years After Crisis, Little Sign Of Economic Relief In U.S.,” Gallup.com, 9/14/11)



► Jayde Wyatt