Campaign Buzz April 18, 2012: Mitt Romney Battles President Barack Obama on the Economy in North Carolina Pre-buttal Speech New NYT CBS News Poll Finds Economy Helping Romney

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CAMPAIGN BUZZ 2012

Doubts on Economy May Give Romney Opening, Poll Finds

Source: NYT, 4-18-12

Mitt Romney spoke to supporters on Wednesday in Charlotte, N.C.

John Adkisson for The New York Times

Mitt Romney spoke to supporters on Wednesday in Charlotte, N.C.

Americans see improvement in the economy, but wariness about their own financial circumstances may help Mitt Romney’s campaign, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll.

Mitt Romney: President Obama “Has Failed By the measurements He Set”

Source: Mitt Romney Press, 4-18-12

Boston, MA, United States

“Virtually nothing the President has done, including his stimulus, which protected government but did not encourage the private sector, virtually nothing he has done has made it more likely for people to get jobs. And so, for three-and-a-half years, we’ve had unemployment above 8 percent. He set the measure; he has failed by the measurements he set. You won’t hear that at this convention, but you’re going to hear it at ours, I’ll tell you that.” – Mitt Romney

Remarks
Charlotte, North Carolina
April 18, 2012

Click Here To Watch To Mitt Romney Discuss President Obama’s Failures

MITT ROMNEY: “Virtually nothing the President has done, including his stimulus, which protected government but did not encourage the private sector, virtually nothing he has done has made it more likely for people to get jobs. And so, for three-and-a-half years, we’ve had unemployment above 8 percent. He set the measure; he has failed by the measurements he set. You won’t hear that at this convention, but you’re going to hear it at ours, I’ll tell you that. Now, you’re also not going to hear, at his convention, that he is on track to add almost as much public debt to this country as all the prior presidents combined. Even having been critical of President George W. Bush for the debt he added, which of course was far less than that which is being added by this president. You won’t hear that even though he’s been president for three-and-a-half years, he has yet to propose solutions to save Medicare and Social Security. You won’t hear that he’s the first president in modern history, in any history, to cut Medicare by $500 billion to pay for his vaunted Obamacare. You won’t hear him repeat an accurate statement. I have one… I actually have one in mind in particular, which was from his speech four years ago. I mean listen to this, this is what he said four years ago, and I wish he’d repeat this, and I’m going to change one name at the end. He says ‘Tonight, more Americans are out of work and more are working harder for less. More of you have lost your homes and even more are watching your home’s value plummet. More of you have cars you can’t afford to drive, credit cards, bills you can’t afford to pay and tuition that’s beyond your reach. These challenges are not all of the government’s making, but the failure to respond is a direct result of a broken politics in Washington and the failed policies of…’ Yeah, Barack Obama. I changed what word he had in there and put down Barack Obama. Those things he said about the prior administration are absolutely accurate about his administration and that’s why even if you like Barack Obama, we can’t afford Barack Obama. It’s time to get someone that’ll get this economy going and put the American people back to work with good jobs and rising incomes.”

IN FOCUS: MITT ROMNEY’S PRE-BUTTAL TO PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA IN NORTH CAROLINA — NEW POLL FAVORS ROMNEY ON THE ECONOMY

Scorching talk: Romney, Obama battle over economy: Their battle joined, challenger Mitt Romney savaged President Barack Obama’s handling of the economy on Wednesday while the commander in chief commiserated up close with victims of the recession and warned that Republicans would only make matters worse…. – AP, 4-18-12

  • Doubts on Economy Lending Appeal to Romney, Poll Finds: A rising number of Americans see improvement in the economy, but a persistent wariness about their own financial circumstances is allowing Mitt Romney to persuade voters that he could improve their economic prospects more than President Obama…. – NYT, 4-18-12
  • Romney ‘pre-buttal’ savages Obama on economy, Obama fights back: Romney delivered his scathing denunciation of the president’s policies. Aides dubbed his remarks a pre-buttal to the president’s own, and early-arriving partisans heard a recorded medley of rock music that included ‘It’s Still the Same…. – CS Monitor, 4-18-12
  • Romney hits Obama on economy; president says Republicans would make improving situation worse: Their battle joined, challenger Mitt Romney savaged President Barack Obama’s handling of the economy on Wednesday while the commander-in-chief commiserated up close with victims of the recession and warned that Republicans would only…. – WaPo, 4-18-12
  • Romney offers his pre-buttal to Obama: Stepping up his efforts to directly engage President Obama, Mitt Romney took his campaign to a rooftop in Charlotte on Wednesday overlooking the stadium where Obama will deliver his convention speech this summer…. – LAT, 4-18-12
  • Romney says Obama is ‘in over his head': Mitt Romney slammed President Obama’s handling of the economy in remarks from Charlotte, where Democrats will formally nominate Obama for a second term. Obama is “in over his head, and he’s swimming in the wrong direction”…. – USA Today, 4-18-12
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