Full Text Campaign Buzz July 17, 2012: President Barack Obama’s Speech at Campaign Event, Private Residence, Austin, Texas

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THE HEADLINES….

Remarks by the President at a Campaign Event

Source: WH, 7-17-12 

Private Residence
Austin, Texas

7:14 P.M. CDT

THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you, everybody!  (Applause.)  Thank you.  Everybody, please have a seat.  Let me begin by just reemphasizing — in case you haven’t heard me say it before — I love Austin, Texas.  (Applause.)  Love Austin!  And some of it is the music, and some of it is all the extraordinary businesses that are being started here and UT and all that.  The main reason I love Austin is because I’ve got so many good friends in Austin.  And I am so grateful to all of you for taking the time to be here.

Now, I have to confess, I told Tom I was really interested in just seeing the bats fly out.  (Laughter.)  But apparently Secret Service has decided we got to keep all the screens down.  I may still try to take a peek later.  (Laughter.)

But there are a couple of people I want to acknowledge.  First of all, obviously, Tom and Lynn — these guys have been there since the beginning.  (Applause.)  They were there in some of my first events in Texas, first events of my presidential campaign.  They have been stalwart friends for many years now.  And their entire family have just been wonderful.  I appreciate every single one of you.  And I can’t thank you enough, not just for opening your home up today, but also for opening up your hearts to me for so many years.  Please give them a big round of applause.  I’m grateful.  (Applause.)

A couple other people I just want to mention.  Kirk Rudy has been just as tireless.  (Applause.)  He was at the same first luncheon that I met Tom at, and has been our Deputy Finance Chair.  So we are grateful to him.  I’ve got a number of other National Finance Committee members who are here.  You know who you are, and I just want to say thank you to all of you.

And finally, you’ve got a hometown boy who has been doing great work promoting American business all around the world.  I’m a little annoyed at him because we played golf on Sunday.  He was my partner and we were up, and on the 18th hole he hit it into the sand trap and couldn’t get out.  (Laughter.)  And I lost money as a consequence.  But despite that fact, I am so grateful that Texas sent Washington Ron Kirk, because he doing a great job.  (Applause.)  He’s doing a great job.

So in a relatively intimate setting like this, I want to spend most of my time answering questions and having conversation as opposed to making a long speech.  So let me just say a few things at the top and then we’ll open it up.

First of all, when I think about some of those early events that we had here in Austin and around the country back in 2007, 2008, the reason I ran and the reason I think so many of you supported me was because we had a certain vision of what makes America great.  And it doesn’t just have to do with the height of our skyscrapers or the power of our military, but it has to do with this basic idea that here in this country, if you work hard, you can make it.  It doesn’t matter what you look like, where you come from, what your last name is, that if you apply yourself and take responsibility for not just yourself but your family and your community and your country, that you can succeed.  And we felt as if that basic bargain that built the largest middle class in history and made us an economic superpower, that that was fading away for too many people.  And this was before the financial crisis hit.

For the last three and half years, obviously, we’ve been occupied with trying to restore what had been lost during that crisis — millions of people who had lost jobs, people whose homes were underwater, businesses that had had to shut down.  And we made progress — 4.5 million jobs; 500,000 new manufacturing jobs, the most since the 1990s; the financial system.  We were able to right the ship.  But our goal wasn’t just to recover from the crisis.  Our goal was to deal with these longstanding problems that had been holding us back for too long.

We have made progress, but we still got a lot more work to do.  And what we’re seeing in this election, I think, is in some ways a culmination of a debate that’s been going on now for a decade about how this country grows and how it succeeds.  And the vision — the contrast in visions between the two candidates could not be more stark in this election; in some ways, more stark than it was in 2008.  I mean, John McCain believed in campaign finance reform.  He believed in climate change.  He believed in science.  (Laughter.)  No — I mean, when I speak about climate change, I mean, I think that’s — I pay attention to scientists.  He believed in immigration reform.

And right now, what we’ve seen is just a much more sharp division in terms of how we should move this country forward.  And so, in some ways, this election I think is more important than in 2008, and it’s going to be a very close election.

The good news is that the vision that we share for the country — one in which we’re investing in education and building our transportation networks and our infrastructure; and investing in science and research; and balancing our budget, and reducing our debt and deficits in ways that are balanced so that we are thinking about future generations and we’re asking everybody to do their fair share, including those of us who have been incredibly blessed by this nation — it turns out that that vision is one that a lot of Americans believe in.  And I have confidence that it’s the right vision for the country.

The challenge is, is that we’re still recovering from this enormous, catastrophic economic crisis, and so people feel — even if they may prefer our vision — frustrated with the fact that the economy hasn’t grown as fast and not everybody has gotten their jobs back that were lost during that recession.  And so that creates noise and it allows the other side not to present anything new, but rather to simply argue over and over again that the economy is not where it needs to be and it’s Obama’s fault.  And if you summarize all the negative ads that are being run, that’s essentially the message.  It’s not that there’s particular persuasive power in the other side’s arguments about how they’d fix the economy.  It’s simply they want to make this a referendum on the current state of affairs.

So we’re going to have to fight hard.  We’re going to have to work hard.  Now, I have to admit to you that Texas is not yet a battleground state.  (Laughter.)  I believe it will be.  I have confidence in that.  (Applause.)  But I think that it is going to take a little bit of time.

In the meantime, there is still an awful lot of people here in this room, and a lot of people here in Texas, who care about making sure that people don’t go bankrupt when they get sick, and care about keeping women’s health in the hands of women — (applause) — and care about having a smart foreign policy, and care about having comprehensive immigration reform.  And you can make an enormous difference in this campaign.

I note that as I was taking photos, some of you have dispatched your children to work in Pennsylvania, in Virginia, in some of the battleground states.  All of you are making enormous contributions to the campaign.  I just want you guys to know that if we stay with this and we work hard, we’re going to win this thing — because I have confidence in the American people and their core decency and their good instincts.  And if we stay on this, then we’re going to succeed not just over the next four years, but I think we’ll set the tone and the track for America’s success for the next several decades.

So thank you very much for all that you do.  (Applause.)  I appreciate it.  Thank you.

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7:25 7:25 P.M. CDT

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Full Text Campaign Buzz July 17, 2012: President Barack Obama’s Speech at a Campaign Event at Austin Music Hall Austin, Texas

CAMPAIGN 2012

CAMPAIGN BUZZ 2012

THE HEADLINES….

Remarks by the President at a Campaign Event

Source: WH, 7-17-12

Austin Music Hall
Austin, Texas

5:20 P.M. CDT

THE PRESIDENT:  Hello, Texas!  (Applause.)  It is good to be back in Austin, Texas!  (Applause.)  It’s good to be back.  Love Austin, Texas.  (Applause.)  How is everybody doing today?  (Applause.)

A couple of people I want to acknowledge.  First of all, your fine mayor of this fine city, Lee Leffingwell is here.  (Applause.)  We’ve got an out-of-town guest who is doing outstanding work in another part of Texas — the mayor of Houston, Annise Parker is here.  (Applause.)  Somebody who is fighting on behalf of working people every single day — Congressman Lloyd Doggett is here.  (Applause.)  And give it up for the outstanding entertainment provided by Jerry Jeff Walker. (Applause.)

And thanks to all of you for being here.  (Applause.)  I am excited to be back.

AUDIENCE MEMBER:  I love you!

THE PRESIDENT:  I love you back.  (Applause.)  I do.

Now, Texas, let me tell you, this is my last campaign.

AUDIENCE:  Awww —

THE PRESIDENT:  No, it’s true.  Unless I move down here to Austin — maybe I — (applause) — run for dogcatcher down here or something.  (Laughter.)  This is most likely my last campaign, win or lose.  And it makes —

AUDIENCE:  Nooo —

THE PRESIDENT:  And it makes you nostalgic about your first campaign, and the first few campaigns I ran back in my home state of Illinois — (audience member screams) — Illinois in the house!  (Applause.)

Now, back then, understand, I did not have Air Force One.  (Laughter.)  I didn’t have Marine One.  I didn’t have the Beast driving me around.  I drove myself around.  And Illinois is a big state, so I’d go up and down — I’d usually have one staff person with me; a lot of times I’d be the one driving.  And we didn’t even have MapQuest back then, so you had to unfold the map — (laughter) — and try to figure out how to fold it back, and we’d get lost.

But when I think back to those times, those early campaigns, we’d travel to inner-city communities and rural communities and suburban communities, and you’d meet folks from every walk of life — black, white, Hispanic, Asian, Native American, wealthy, low income.

And what was fascinating was that everywhere you went, there was a common theme, a common thread.  I’d see an elderly couple and I’d think about my grandparents — my grandfather who fought in World War II, and my grandmother who worked on a bomber assembly line while he was gone.  And when he came back, he was able to get a college education on the GI Bill — (applause) — and they were able to buy a home with the help of an FHA loan.  And I’d think about the journey they traveled and how remarkable that was and how that represented all that the Greatest Generation had done.

And then I’d meet a single mom somewhere and I’d think about my mom, who basically raised me and my sister on her own because my father left — (applause) — and how she had to struggle to work while she was putting herself through school and still keep us on track.  And yet she was — because of the help of scholarships and grants — able to get her education and then give me and my sister the best education in the world.  And I thought about how that couldn’t happen probably in most places around the world.

And then I’d meet a working couple somewhere and I’d think about Michelle’s parents.  Michelle’s dad had MS, so by the time I met him, he could barely walk.  He had to use two canes.  And he had to wake up an hour early every morning, earlier than everybody else, to get — just to get dressed.  And he worked at a water filtration plant, a blue-collar job, and Michelle’s mom stayed at home until they were a little older and then she went to work as a secretary.  And they never had a lot, and yet because of the love and the values that were in that household, Michelle and her brother were able to get an unbelievable education and go as far as their dreams would take them.

And I’d hear these same kinds of stories everywhere I went. And it reminded me that what makes America so exceptional, what makes us so special, is this basic bargain, this basic idea that in this country, no matter what you look like, no matter where you come from, no matter what your last name is, no matter what setbacks you may experience, in this country if you work hard, if you are willing to take responsibility, then you can make it.  You can get ahead.  (Applause.)

That, for the overwhelming majority of Americans, that effort means that you can find a job that supports a family and it means that you could maybe get a home that you call your own, and you can send your kids to a good school and not go bankrupt when you get sick — (applause) — take a vacation once in a while — nothing fancy.  I was telling some folks up in Ohio about my favorite vacation when I was a kid was when I was 11, driving around the country and traveling around the country with my mom and my sister and my grandma.  And most of the time we took Greyhound buses and stayed at Howard Johnsons.  And if there was any kind of little swimming pool anywhere, I was happy.  (Laughter.)  And a big event was going to the vending machine and buying a soda and then filling the ice bucket and carrying it back.  (Laughter.)  That was a big deal.  But the point was you didn’t do it — it wasn’t a luxury, it was just the chance to have a little adventure with your family.

And then part of that bargain was that you could retire with dignity and respect and the end of a life, and that you knew that your kids could achieve more than you did, that their lives would offer opportunities you couldn’t even imagine.  And that bargain, that idea of who we are as a people, that’s what built this country.  That’s what made us into an economic superpower, this idea that anybody could make it.  And being middle class didn’t have anything to do necessarily with just the money in your bank account, but it had to do with a set of values and a set of beliefs about what was important.  (Applause.)

And it’s those values that propelled me to get into politics in the first place, because I saw the blessings in my life, and I wanted to make sure everybody in this country had those same blessings.  (Applause.)

And when we came together in 2008 — Democrats, but also some Republicans and independents — it was because we shared that belief, that bargain, and we had a sense that it was slipping away from us.  We had gone through a decade where hard work didn’t always translate into higher wages or higher incomes, and folks acting responsibly didn’t always get ahead.  And that was before the worst financial crisis and the worst economic crisis of our lifetimes, which left millions more unemployed, and it looked like they were going to lose their homes, and struggling that much more to keep up with the rising cost of health care or a college education.

But for the last three and a half years, I have not forgotten why I got into politics, and I have not forgotten those values.  (Applause.)  And I haven’t forgotten why we came together — because we wanted to put this country back on a track where everybody had a fair shot and everybody did their fair share and everybody played by the same set of rules.  (Applause.)
And what has kept me going, for all the progress we’ve made — 4.5 million new jobs, and half a million new manufacturing jobs, and us stabilizing the financial system and averting a Great Depression, and investing in advanced manufacturing — for all the progress that we’ve made, what has kept me going every single day is remembering that thing that ties us together, that binds us as a people, and understanding that no matter what we went through, no matter how many times we get knocked down, that basic character of America does not change.  Who we are does not change.  (Applause.)  What we believe, the values we hold dear, the importance we place on hard work and that work being rewarded whether you are starting a small business or punching a clock — that idea that you can make it if you try here in America, that’s what we’ve been fighting for.

Yes, we’ve been trying to put people back to work, but our goal has not been to just get us back to where we were in 2007.  Our goal has been to rebuild an economy that lasts for everybody, for all people.  (Applause.)  And I am absolutely convinced that we are on that path.  And we are not going backwards.  And that’s why I’m running for a second term as President of the United States of America.  (Applause.)

Now, I have to tell you, there are some who say, well, this is part of America’s fate as it enters into the 21st century — that other countries are rising and we’re declining.  And I just don’t buy that.

AUDIENCE:  No!

THE PRESIDENT:  What’s holding us back is not — it’s not the lack of new ideas or big ideas, or policy prescriptions that could make a difference in education or housing or health care, or you name it.  What’s been holding us back is a stalemate in Washington.  And this is not just about two candidates or two political parties.  This is about two fundamentally different visions for where we take our country.  (Applause.)

My opponent, and his allies in Congress, they’ve got a particular view about how you grow the economy — top-down economics.

AUDIENCE:  Booo —

THE PRESIDENT:  Their basic view is that if you take the Bush tax cuts and on top of that you then layer on $5 trillion more of tax cuts, mostly for the wealthy, and you eliminate regulations on polluters or the regulations we put in place to prevent another meltdown on Wall Street, or regulations to make sure that folks aren’t being taken advantage of by unscrupulous lenders — that if you just eliminate government intrusion into the market and let folks at the very top maximize their profits, that we’ll all do better, we’ll all be better off.

AUDIENCE:  Booo —

THE PRESIDENT:  I mean, that’s their theory — and it is a theory.  (Laughter.)  And you know, it would be okay for them to make that argument if we hadn’t just spent close to a decade trying their theory — (applause) — which resulted in the most sluggish job growth in decades, income and wages for ordinary folks going down, rising inequality, surpluses turned into deficits, culminating in the worst economic crisis in our lifetimes.

Now, I don’t know about how you guys operate in your lives, but my general rule is if I do something and it just really doesn’t work out — (laughter) — then I try to do something different the next time.  (Applause.)

So I’ve got a different idea.

AUDIENCE:  We love you!

THE PRESIDENT:  I love you back.  (Applause.)

But let me tell you how I think about it.  See, I don’t believe in top-down economics.  I believe in middle-out economics. I believe in bottom-up economics.  I believe that when you give everybody a shot and everybody is able to work hard and look after their families, everybody does better — (applause) — including, by the way, folks at the top.  Small businesses and large businesses — suddenly they’ve got customers because those customers got some money in their pockets.  (Applause.)  The history of how we built this country was everybody having a chance to pursue their dreams and, together, us building opportunity that made us the envy of the world.

And so, I don’t believe that we should try once again something that didn’t work.  I think what we need to do is keep pursuing a strategy that says, let’s make the investments in the American people that will help us grow but will also create ladders of opportunity for everybody.  (Applause.)

So let me be specific.  When my opponent wanted to “let Detroit go bankrupt” —

AUDIENCE:  Booo —

THE PRESIDENT:  — I said, first of all, it’s going to cost us a million jobs.  Second of all, I believe in the American worker and I believe in American ingenuity.  (Applause.)  And so we got management and workers together, and guess what — three and a half years later G.M. is the number-one automaker again.  (Applause.)  The auto industry is roaring back and they’re building better cars and more fuel-efficient cars than ever.  That’s an example of what America can do when we work together.  (Applause.)

But it’s not just the auto industry.  Whether we’re talking about advanced manufacturing of batteries that will help us run electric cars, or wind turbines, or solar panels — I believe in making things here in America.  And I believe in inventing things here in America.  (Applause.)

And Governor Romney, his main calling card for running for office is his business experience, and so, understandably, the American people have been asking, well, let’s find out what you’ve been doing.  (Laughter.)  And if your main experience is investing in companies that are called “pioneers” of outsourcing, then that indicates that we’ve got a different vision, because I don’t want to be a pioneer of outsourcing. I want to be a pioneer of insourcing.  (Applause.)  I want to stop giving tax breaks to companies that are shipping jobs overseas.  I want to give tax breaks to companies that are investing right here in Austin — (applause) — investing right here in the United States of America, betting on American workers, making American products that we sell, stamped with three proud words:  Made in America.  That’s why I’m running for President of the United States again. (Applause.)

AUDIENCE:  Four more years!  Four more years!  Four more years!

THE PRESIDENT:  In 2008, I said I’d end the war in Iraq.  (Applause.)  Thanks to the brave men and women in uniform that serve us with such valor, I was able to keep that promise.  (Applause.)  I said we’d go after bin Laden.  (Applause.)  Thanks to our men and women in uniform, I kept that promise.  (Applause.)  We are now winding down the war in Afghanistan and starting to bring our troops home.  (Applause.)

And so, after a decade of war, what I’ve said is let’s take some of the savings, use half of it to help pay down our deficit; let’s use the other half to do some nation-building here at home. (Applause.)  Let’s rebuild our roads and our bridges.  Let’s build broadband lines into rural communities.  Let’s build high-speed rail that helps move people and services all across this country.  Let’s invest in basic research and innovation that has made places like Austin a hotbed of entrepreneurship and invention.  (Applause.)

We’ve got tens of thousands of folks who lost their jobs in the construction industry after the housing bubble went burst.  Let’s put them to work rebuilding America.  That’s what we do best.  (Applause.)  And by making those investments, we’re not just putting people back to work right now, we’re laying the foundation for economic growth for decades to come.  That’s my vision for America.  (Applause.)

Now, Mr. Romney disagrees.  He said ending the war in Iraq as I did was “tragic.”

AUDIENCE:  Booo —

THE PRESIDENT:  He said he wouldn’t set a timeline in Afghanistan.

AUDIENCE:  Booo —

THE PRESIDENT:  I’ve got a different approach.  And ultimately, you’re the ones who are going to be able to settle this dispute — with your vote.  That’s what our democracy is all about.  (Applause.)

I’m running again because we’ve done some great work reforming our education system, but we’ve got more work to do.  (Applause.)  I want to hire outstanding new teachers, especially in math and science.  We succeeded in preventing student loan rates from doubling.  (Applause.)  But we’ve got more work to do to bring down college tuition costs to make it affordable for every young person.  (Applause.)

I want to expand access to community colleges for 2 million more Americans so they get trained for the jobs that people are hiring for right now.  A higher education is no longer a luxury. It is an economic imperative in the 21st century.  It is part of what we need to succeed in this global economy.  And I’m going to fight for every young person who is willing to work hard to get an education.  (Applause.)  That’s why I’m running for a second term as President of the United States.

So on issue after issue, there is a fundamental difference. On housing, Mr. Romney says let’s just let foreclosures happen and the market will bottom out.  I want to make sure that every American who right now owns a home can refinance their homes at historically low rates — put $3,000 in the pocket of every American.  Not only will you spend that and create more customers for businesses, but it can also help stabilize the housing market.

And when it comes to immigration, Mr. Romney thinks that the Arizona law should be “a model for the nation.”

AUDIENCE:  Booo —

THE PRESIDENT:  I believe we’re a nation of laws and a nation of immigrants.  (Applause.)  We’ve worked hard on border security.  But I’ve also said that when you’ve got young people in this country who have been raised as Americans, who believe in America, then I want to give them a chance to succeed here in America.  (Applause.)  It’s the right thing to do.  (Applause.)

I don’t want to go back to the days when fighting for the country you love depended on who you love.  We ended “don’t ask, don’t tell”.  We’re not going to go back there.  (Applause.)

We’re not going to roll back Wall Street reform.  We know the costs when you’ve got lax regulation — everybody is affected, everybody pays a price.

And we are not rolling back health care reform.  (Applause.) The Supreme Court has spoken.  We are moving forward.  (Applause.)  If you’ve got health care, the only thing that now happens to you — you’re not paying a tax — the only thing that’s happening to you is that you have more security, because insurance companies can’t jerk you around.  Young people can stay on their parent’s plan until they’re 26 years old.  (Applause.)
Seniors are going to see lower prescription drug prices.  Everybody is going to get free preventive care, including women. (Applause.)

And by the way, insurance companies can’t charge women more than men now.  (Applause.)  Which reminds me, we’re not ending funding for Planned Parenthood.  I think women should have control of their own health care choices just like men.  (Applause.)  We’re not going backwards.

If you don’t have health care, then we’re going to help you get it.  And the only people who may have a problem with this law are folks who can afford health care but aren’t buying it, wait until they get sick and then going to the emergency room and expecting everybody else to pick up the tab.  That’s not responsibility.  That’s not consistent with who we are.

So we’re going to move forward on health care — (applause) — which brings me to one last issue, this whole issue of deficits and debt.  Now, the other side says this is the most important issue, we’re concerned for future generations.  Now, if you are truly concerned about deficits and debt, it’s puzzling that you would then propose a $5 trillion tax cut that would give the average millionaire a $250,000 tax break, and to pay for it you would then have to gut education, gut investments in science and research, gut our transportation spending, voucherize Medicare, oh, and in the process, eventually, you’re probably going to have to raise taxes on middle-class families.

AUDIENCE:  No!

THE PRESIDENT:  Now, we’ve already cut a trillion dollars.  And I don’t believe every government program works.  I don’t believe that government can help folks who don’t want to help themselves.  So we’ve got to continue to make government more efficient and more effective and more customer-friendly, but we’re not going to turn back the clock to the days when seniors had to fend for themselves, where poor children are on their own, where we’re not making investments in education and falling further and further behind other countries.

AUDIENCE:  No!

THE PRESIDENT:  So what I said is let’s ask folks like me, who have been incredibly blessed by this country, to do a little bit more.

AUDIENCE:  Yes!

THE PRESIDENT:  What I’ve said is — I told Congress last week, let’s go ahead and say everybody who’s making $250,000 a year or less, your income taxes will not go up one dime, period. (Applause.)  That includes 98 percent of Americans, 97 percent of small businesses.  (Applause.)  But for folks like me, we can afford to do a little bit more to make sure we are investing in America’s future.

And by the way, we tried that too, Austin.  A guy named Bill Clinton tried it, and we took deficits and turned them into surpluses, created 23 million new jobs.  (Applause.)  And by the way, wealthy people did really well also — because, again, if folks in the middle class are doing well, everybody does well.

It’s that basic principle.  Abraham Lincoln said that there are some things we do better together.  We are entrepreneurs, we are risk-takers, we’re rugged individualists, but there are some things we do better together.  That’s how we financed the GI Bill that created the largest middle class in history.  (Applause.)  That’s how we built the Hoover Dam and the Golden Gate Bridge.  That’s how we sent a man to the moon.  (Applause.)  That’s how the Internet came to happen — because we recognized there are some things we do well together and we rise or fall as one nation, as one people.  (Applause.)

And so here’s the good news, is that in this election, you will have an opportunity to choose between these two visions, and that’s the way democracy should work.  Now, I will say that there’s going to be about — well, who knows how much money is going to be spent.  We’ve got folks writing $10 million checks —

AUDIENCE:  Booo —

THE PRESIDENT:  — running negative ads with scary voices.  (Laughter.)  And it’s basically the same message every time.  You know, they’ve got variations on a theme, but basically these folks know they can’t sell those tired economic theories that didn’t work last time.  So what they’re going to do is just to say, the economy is not where it needs to be, and it’s Obama’s fault.  That’s what they’ll say over and over again, and they’ll just keep repeating it and they hope it works.

Now, this is a plan to win an election, but it’s not a plan to create jobs.  It’s not a plan to grow the middle class.

AUDIENCE:  No!

THE PRESIDENT:  And I’ve got to say, I’d be pretty concerned about it except for what you taught me.  What you taught me in ’08, what I learned in those early campaigns traveling around the state and going to VFW halls and diners, and sitting in people’s living rooms, listening to their stories — what you taught me was that when the American people focus and recognize the stakes, and when they think back to the values that propelled their parents and their grandparents and their great-grandparents forward in the face of very difficult times — those folks, those generations who came here — some as immigrants, some not of their own accord, working in farms or ranches or factories or mills or mines — when the American people tap into what is true and good, that grit and determination and just neighborliness that built this country — you guys can’t be stopped.  It doesn’t matter how much money the other side spends — you can’t be stopped.  (Applause.)

And so the question is going to be how bad do we want it?  How bad are we willing to work for it?  How committed are we to making sure that our kids get a great education?  How committed are we to making sure that Social Security and Medicare are there for folks in the future?  How committed are we to making sure that our veterans, who have served us valiantly, that we’re serving them as well as they’ve served us?  How committed are we to bringing down our deficit in a balanced way?  (Applause.)  How committed are we to continuing to invest in science and research? How committed are we to that basic American bargain that says if you work hard, you can get ahead?

In 2008, I tried to just make promises that I could keep.  And one of those promises, I said to you I’m not a perfect man — I promised — talk to Michelle now — (laughter) — not a perfect man.  I said I wouldn’t be a perfect President.  But what I said was that I would always tell you where I stood, I’d always tell you what I thought, and I would spend every single waking hour, as long as I had the privilege of being your President, fighting for you, thinking about you.  (Applause.)  Because in you, I saw me. In you, I saw my family.  In your grandparents, I saw my grandparents.  And in your kids, I see my kids.

Because of you, because of my faith in you — through all the ups and downs — I can say I have kept that promise.  (Applause.)  And if you still believe in me, if you are willing to stand up with me — (applause) — if you’re willing to knock on doors for me and make phone calls for me and talk to your friends and neighbors for me, and mobilize and organize — then we will finish what we started in 2008.  (Applause.)  And we will build this middle class and grow this economy so it works for everybody.  And we will remind the world why the United States of America is the greatest nation on Earth.  (Applause.)

God bless you.  God bless the United States of America.  (Applause.)

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5:57 P.M. CDT

Full Text Campaign Buzz July 17, 2012: Mitt Romney’s Speech on President Barack Obama & the Economy in Irwin, Pennsylvania — Obama Believes Government Creates Jobs, Not People

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Romney Swings at Obama Over Business Philosophy

Source: ABC News Radio, 7-17-12

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Reeling from broadsides on his private background, Mitt Romney rebounded Tuesday by indicting President Obama for what he said was the president’s misunderstanding of the country and how business works.
Romney’s offensive returned the presidential campaign to a debate about policy, and not about tax records, offshore accounts and Bain Capital, the slings that Democrats have hurled at Romney for weeks while the economy sputters….READ MORE

Romney: Obama Believes Government Creates Jobs, Not People

Source: Mitt Romney, 7-17-12

“President Obama exposed what he really thinks about free people and the American vision and government, what he really thinks about America itself. He probably wants to understand why his policies failed. If you want to understand why his policies have failed, why what he has done has not created jobs or rising incomes in America, you can look at what he said.  … He said this: ‘If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.’ That somebody else is government in his view.”  – Mitt Romney

Remarks
Irwin, PA

July 17, 2012

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MITT ROMNEY: “Something happened on Friday. President Obama exposed what he really thinks about free people and the American vision and government, what he really thinks about America itself. He probably wants to understand why his policies failed. If you want to understand why his policies have failed, why what he has done has not created jobs or rising incomes in America, you can look at what he said. And what he said was this, he said, and I quote, and he’s speaking by the way of businesses, like this one, small businesses, big businesses, middle-size businesses, mining businesses, manufacturing, service businesses of all kinds. He said this: ‘If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.’ That somebody else is government, in his view. He goes on to describe the people who deserve the credit for building this business. And, of course, he describes people who we care very deeply about, who make a difference in our lives: our schoolteachers, firefighters, people who build roads. We need those things. We value schoolteachers, firefighters, people who build roads. You really couldn’t have a business if you didn’t have those things. But, you know, we pay for those things. Alright? The taxpayers pay for government. It’s not like government just provides those to all of us and we say, ‘Oh, thank you government for doing those things.’ No, in fact, we pay for them and we benefit from them and we appreciate the work that they do and the sacrifices that are done by people who work in government. But they did not build this business.”

Full Text Campaign Buzz July 17, 2012: President Barack Obama’s Speech at Campaign Event, Private Residence, San Antonio, TX

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Remarks by the President at Campaign Event — Private Residence, San Antonio, TX

Source: WH, 7-17-12

Private Residence
San Antonio, Texas

2:19 P.M. CDT

THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you.  (Applause.)  Thank you, everybody.  Please, have a seat.  Have a seat.  Well, look, it is wonderful to see you all of you.  Obviously, I want to start off
by thanking the whole Watts family for their incredible hospitality.  It’s Mikal’s birthday, so I hope everybody has wished him a happy birthday.  And, Tammy, congratulations for putting up with him for this long.  (Laughter and applause.)

A couple of other people I have to acknowledge — first of all, one of our great public servants, somebody who is battling on behalf of selling American products and American goods all across the country, but who lost some money this weekend because I partnered with him in golf — (laughter) — Ron Kirk is here.  (Applause.)

In addition, obviously your outstanding Mayor, Julian Castro is here.  (Applause.)  Congressman Charlie Gonzalez is in the house.  (Applause.)  Former HUD Secretary and all around good guy, Henry Cisneros is here.  (Applause.)  Texas Democratic Party
Chair Gilberto Hinojosa is in the house.  (Applause.)  And one of our national co-chairs and a dear friend, Eva Longoria is here.  (Applause.)

So in settings like this I usually don’t like to give a long speech.  I just had a terrific event over at the Convention Center.  What I’d like to do is spend most of my time just having a conversation with all of you and answering questions, taking suggestions.

But I will tell you that although Texas is not quite a battleground state, the issues that face the country are obviously as relevant here as they are anywhere.  And right now we’ve got two stark choices, two fundamentally different visions about where to take the country.

You’ve got my opponent, his allies in Congress, allies here in the Lone Star State, who believe that the way you grow an economy, the way to achieve prosperity is from the top down, and a recipe of more tax cuts that benefit a lot of folks in this room, including myself, and elimination of rules and regulations that protect consumers — from polluters and unscrupulous lenders or reckless behavior on Wall Street — that that’s the recipe for success, that’s where we need to go.

I’ve got a different vision.  It’s a vision that I fought for in 2008, and some of you joined me — a vision we’re still fighting for, that I’ve been fighting for since I got into office.  It’s a vision that says the government can’t solve every problem and shouldn’t try, but it is a vision that says what
makes this country great is the fact that anybody, anywhere, if they work hard enough and are willing to take responsibility, they can make it.

And there are some ingredients that we invest in as a country and as a community to make sure that the ladders of opportunity exist — a great education system, a great transportation and infrastructure system, investments in basic science and research, investments in the kind of safety net that encourages work but also says that if you have a string of bad luck, or if somebody in your family is disabled, or when you finally, after lifelong work, retire, that you can live a life of dignity and respect, and an approach to our deficits and debt that says everybody does their fair share.

And that was my commitment even before I ran for office and that we’ve fought for the last three and half years — we’ve got a long way to go.  There are still way too many people who are out of work, too many homes that are still underwater across the country, too many small businesses that are
struggling.

But in addition to making sure that we didn’t fall into a Great Depression, we’ve tried to systematically — whether it’s the health care bill, whether it’s our approach to expanding access to college education for young people, whether it is putting in place rules and regulations to protect from the kind of chaos of Wall Street that we saw in 2007, 2008 — everything we’ve done has been designed to fulfill that goal of making sure that we’re building a strong middle class and we’re continuing to create avenues of opportunity for those who are working hard to get into the middle class.

Now, this is going to be a close election.  I don’t think there’s any doubt about that — not because the other side has particularly new or interesting ideas, but because the economy is still struggling for a lot of folks.  And as a consequence, your help, your support is going to be critical.  But I’m optimistic about our prospects of being able to finish what we started in 2008.  And the reason I’m optimistic is because what the American people showed me in 2008 is that when they determine what is true and what is right and they come together, it doesn’t matter how much money the special interests spend, it doesn’t matter how many television ads are run — ultimately (inaudible.)

And I think one of the great privileges of being President is as I travel around the country and meet people from all walks of life — every race, every region, every faith — there’s a core decency to the American people, a basic goodness and grit and determination of the American people that gives me great confidence about our future.

So I just want to say to all of you — thank you for your extraordinary support.  Again, thanks to the Watts family for hosting us.  And I guarantee if all of you stay with
me and keep on working hard for the next four months, then I’m going to have the next — another four years to do the work that needs to be done.

Thank you.  (Applause.)

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Full Text Campaign Buzz July 17, 2012: President Barack Obama’s Speech at Texas Campaign Event at the Henry Gonzalez Convention Center San Antonio, Texas

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Remarks by the President at Campaign Event in San Antonio, TX

Source: WH, 7-17-12

Henry Gonzalez Convention Center
San Antonio, Texas

12:45 P.M. CDT

THE PRESIDENT:  Hello, San Antone!  (Applause.)  Hello, Texas!  (Applause.)  Well, thank you so much.  Everybody have a seat.  Have a seat.  It is good to be with all of you, good to be back in San Antonio.  (Applause.)

A couple of people I want to acknowledge who helped to make this day possible.  First of all, your outstanding Mayor, Julian Castro.  (Applause.)  Somebody whose name I know you’re familiar with because we are in the Henry Gonzalez Convention Center — a great friend, outstanding leader, great Congressman — Charlie Gonzalez is in the house. (Applause.)  Another fighter for working people — Lloyd Doggett is here.  (Applause.)  One of my national co-chairs and just a great friend and a great advocate  — and a really good actress, too — Eva Longoria.  (Applause.)  And finally, our FuturoFund co-chair and a wonderful friend and supporter — Henry Muñoz.  (Applause.)

Now, this is my last campaign.  It’s true, I’m term-limited up.  (Laughter.)  And that got me thinking about some of my first campaigns.  I know that Charlie and Julian and others, they think back to your first campaigns.  And back then, I didn’t have Air Force One.  (Laughter.)  Didn’t have a motorcade, no helicopter. I did the driving myself, and we didn’t even have MapQuest — (laughter) — I’d have to unfold the maps.  And Illinois, like Texas, is a big state, so I’d have to travel all across the state, and you’d go from urban neighborhoods to rural communities, suburbs.  You’d meet folks from every walk of life  — black, white, Latino, Asian, Native American.

And wherever I traveled, what I discovered was that there was a common theme to everyone’s story.  If I met an elderly couple, I’d think back to my grandparents, and how my grandfather fought in Patton’s Army in World War II, and my grandmother worked on a bomber assembly line.  And when my grandfather came back home, he was able to attend college on the GI Bill, and they were able to buy their first home with an FHA loan.  And I’d think about the distance they’d traveled from the small towns in Kansas, where they had been born.

And if I met a single mom I’d think about my mother, who had to raise me and my sister basically by herself, with some help from my grandparents, because my father had left, so that I didn’t even know him, and how she had to work and go to school and look after her kids.  But with the help of grants and scholarships, she was able to get an outstanding education and, more importantly from her perspective, give me and my sister a great education.  And I thought about how much that would be possible in some other place.

And if I met a working family, I’d think about Michelle’s family.  Her dad had multiple sclerosis, so by the time I met him, he could barely walk, had to use two canes, and had to wake up an hour earlier than everybody else to get dressed before going to work.  He worked at a water filtration plant, blue-collar worker.  And Michelle’s mom stayed at home when the kids were young, and then worked as a secretary.  But Michelle’s dad, despite his disability, never missed a day of work, and went to every dance recital and every basketball game, and had just a great joy about him.

And so all across the state of Illinois, I would be traveling and I’d meet people, and I’d say, you know what, their story is my story.  And then when I began to run for President I traveled all across the country, including here in Texas — I’d realize, well, the stories I’ve been hearing in Illinois, those are America’s story.  And at the heart of that story was a basic idea, which is, in this country, unlike any other, the basic bargain that binds us together is the idea that if we work hard, if we’re responsible, then you can get ahead; that you’re endowed by our Creator with certain inalienable rights like liberty, but also the pursuit of happiness — not a guarantee, but the chance to get ahead if you work hard.

And so generation after generation, parents, grandparents, great-grandparents toiling against all odds, understanding that at some point this hard work would pay off and they could climb their way into a middle class.  And that middle class didn’t just have to do with how much money you had in your bank account.  It had to do with the idea that you could always find a job that supported a family, and you wouldn’t go bankrupt when you got sick, and you could buy a home to call your own, and you could make sure your kids had a good education.  Maybe you take a vacation once in a while — nothing fancy, but time to spend with those you love.  And you could retire with dignity and respect.  And most of all, you could expect that your children could aspire to things that you never even imagined.

That was the heart — that is the heart of the American idea. This basic idea that no matter what you look like, no matter where you come from, no matter what your last name is, here in America, you can make it if you try.

And in 2008, when I ran for President and so many of you supported me, we ran because we believed in that idea and we believed that that basic bargain had been fraying.  We had seen a decade in which hard work wasn’t paying off for too many people. So people were working harder than ever, but the cost of living, gas, college, health care, all were going up; incomes, wages flat-lining.  We’d gone from surplus to record deficits, job growth stagnant.

And so what compelled us together to make this effort was specific issues, but it was also, how do we get that idea back for the vast majority of Americans?  And what we didn’t know at the time was, is that we were looking at the worst financial crisis in a generation — the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.  And so millions of people were losing their jobs even as I was wrapping up the campaign.  And people lost their homes, and more and more folks struggled, and it felt as if that dream was slipping even further away.

But we have not been deterred.  As much work as we still have to do, over the last three and a half years that focus on how do we build a middle class that is strong and secure and growing, that has remained my central focus.  (Applause.)  And even as we’ve created 4.5 million new jobs and 500,000 jobs in manufacturing, and stabilized the financial system — all the steps we’ve taken without much cooperation from the other side — that’s still been our North Star.

And what’s always helped me every single day move forward is the recognition and the belief and the understanding that although the times have been tough, the American people have been tougher — (applause) — and that for everything that happened during that financial crisis and the recession that followed, America’s fundamental character did not change.  (Applause.)  People’s willingness to work hard did not change.  People’s ability to bounce back from adversity had not changed.  (Applause.)

And now, as we look out at the future, the question is, how do we best fulfill that goal, that aim that we set for ourselves in 2008?  For all the progress we’ve made, we did not embark on this journey just to get back to where we were in 2007.  We worked hard because we want a country where everybody gets a fair shot and everybody is doing their fair share and everybody is playing by the same set of rules.  (Applause.)  That’s why I ran for President in 2008.  That’s why I’m running for a second term as President of the United States of America.  (Applause.)

AUDIENCE:  Four more years!  Four more years!  Four more years!  Four more years!

THE PRESIDENT:  Now, as we think about this election, understand that the challenges we face are solvable.  Sometimes it’s fashionable among the pundits to say, well, America is in decline, or our best days are behind us.  You hear that periodically.  This isn’t the first time we’ve heard that about America.  And I could not disagree more, because there’s not a problem out there that we can’t solve.  The problem is not that we don’t have technical solutions or big ideas to tackle these challenges.  The problem is we’ve got a stalemate in Washington right now.  And it’s more than just a difference between two candidates, more than just a difference between two political parties.  It is two fundamentally different visions about how to move America forward.

My opponent and his allies in Congress, they believe that prosperity comes from the top down.  They believe that if we keep in place the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans and then we add on top of that another $5 trillion of tax cuts — most of which would go to people who don’t need tax cuts and, frankly, aren’t even asking for them — if we do all that, even if it means gutting education investments, even if it means slashing transportation, even if it means that we’re not able to take care of our veterans as effectively, even if it means that we’re not investing in basic science and research, even if it means that Medicare we’ve got to voucherize — even if we do all those things, they still believe that those tax cuts that benefit folks at the top will result in everybody being better off.  That’s their basic economic theory.  It’s not complicated.

They’ve got one other element to it, in fairness.  They also say they want to eliminate regulations on insurance companies and Wall Street banks — regulations we put in place to protect consumers from unscrupulous mortgage practices, and that take regulations off of polluters.  If we do those things along with the tax cuts, the market will be freed up, government is out of the way, and happy days are here again.  That’s their theory.

AUDIENCE:  Booo —

THE PRESIDENT:  And don’t take my word for it — go to their websites.  Look at the budget that was passed by the House Republicans.  That’s their theory.  That’s what it boils down to.

Now, it is a theory — (laughter) — and some of you might be persuaded by this theory if it hadn’t been for the fact that we just tried it.  (Laughter and applause.)  We spent almost a decade doing what they prescribed.  And how did it turn out?  We didn’t see greater job growth.  We didn’t see middle-class security.  We saw the opposite.  And it all culminated in the worst financial crisis in our lifetimes — precisely because there were no regulations that were adequate to the kinds of recklessness that was being carried out.

So I don’t know about you, I don’t know how you guys operate in your life, but my general rule is if I do something and it doesn’t work — (laughter) — I don’t go back to doing it.  (Applause.)  We don’t go backwards, we go forwards.

So I’ve got a different idea.  I don’t believe in top-down economics; I believe in middle-out economics.  I believe in bottom-up economics.  (Applause.)  I believe in fighting on behalf of working families and giving them opportunity and putting some money in their pockets — because when we do that, everybody does better, folks at the bottom, folks in the middle and folks at the top.

That’s not a Democratic idea.  That’s an American idea.  (Applause.)  That’s what built this country.  That’s what made us into an economic superpower.  (Applause.)

So let’s just be more specific about some contrasts here.  My opponent thought it was a good idea to “let Detroit go bankrupt.”  With a million jobs at stake, I disagreed.  I wanted to make a bet on America’s workers and American industry and American manufacturing.  And three and a half years later, the auto industry is back.  GM is number one; Ford and Chrysler are selling cars.  (Applause.)  That’s my vision for America.

And this is not unique to the auto industry.  I want advanced manufacturing locating here in San Antonio.  (Applause.) I want us to be making things here in the United States of America, so I want to end tax breaks to companies that are shipping jobs overseas.  Let’s give tax breaks to companies that are investing right here in Texas, right here in the United States of America.  (Applause.)  Let’s put American workers back to work selling goods stamped with three proud words:  Made in America.  That’s my vision for America.  (Applause.)

My opponent has a different idea.  His main calling card for wanting to be President is his private sector experience.  So we asked the voters to examine that experience.  He invested — made money investing in companies that had been called “pioneers” of outsourcing.  I don’t want pioneers of outsourcing in the White House; I want somebody who believes in insourcing.  Let’s bring those jobs back home.  That’s why I’m running for a second term as President of the United States.  (Applause.)

In 2008, I made a promise we’d end the war in Iraq — we ended it.  (Applause.)  I promised to go after bin Laden — we got him.  (Applause.)  We’re transitioning out of Afghanistan and starting to bring our troops home.  And what I’ve said is, as we wind down these wars, let’s take half the money that we spent on war to pay down the deficit; let’s use the other half to do some nation-building here at home.  (Applause.)

Now, Mr. Romney disagrees with me on this — said it was “tragic” the way I ended the war in Iraq — the way I ended the war in Iraq, doesn’t want to set a timetable for ending the war in Afghanistan.  But, you know, I’m looking around this country and I know from our history, from world history, that no nation has always been stronger than its economy.  That’s an issue of our national defense.

And so because of our outstanding men and women in uniform, we know that we’ve got the greatest military on Earth, but we also have to have the best economy on Earth to support those troops.  (Applause.)  And that means, let’s start investing, rebuilding roads and rebuilding bridges and laying broadband lines into rural communities.  Let’s rebuild schools that are overcrowded and give them state-of-the-art science labs.  (Applause.)  And let’s rebuild our ports and our runways.  (Applause.)

That’s what America is about, is rebuilding.  And we’ve got thousands of construction workers out there that are ready to get to work.  Let’s put them to work.  (Applause.)  That will be good for our economy, and over the long term will be good for our strength.  That’s a difference between myself and my opponent.

As long as I’m Commander-in-Chief, we’re going to make sure that our veterans are properly cared for.  (Applause.)  And we have expanded our funding and improved how we are working with our veterans.  But we’ve got more work to do and that requires resources.  We’re sure not going to spend that money better on tax cuts for me.  (Laughter.)  I want to make sure that a young man or woman who has served our country, who has fought for us, they shouldn’t have to fight for a job or a roof over their heads when they come home.  (Applause.)

I’m running to make sure that America has the best education system on Earth — (applause) — from pre-K all the way to post-graduate.  And that means hiring new teachers, especially in math and science.  And it means building on the work we’ve already done to make sure that student loan rates don’t double, to make sure that middle-class families are getting tuition tax credits. Now we’ve got to reduce the cost of college, make it more affordable to everybody.  (Applause.)  I want to expand opportunities for 2 million young people to go to community colleges so they can get trained on the jobs that businesses are hiring for right now.  (Applause.)  Because today education is not a luxury, today a higher education is an economic imperative for the 21st century.  And I want to make sure that the United States of America once again has the highest percentage of college graduates, because that is going to help determine who wins the race in this global economy in the 21st century.  (Applause.)  And I want America to be number one.  That’s why I’m running for President of the United States. (Applause.)

On almost every issue, there’s a stark contrast between my vision and my opponent’s.  When it comes to housing, he wants to just let foreclosure bottom out.  I don’t think that’s a solution; that’s part of the problem.  So I want to actually help families all across Texas and all across the country refinance — at these historically low rates, the average family could save $3,000 a year, in your pockets.  That will not just be good for you, that will not just be good for the housing market; that will be good for the economy.  But we need to get it done.  (Applause.)

I don’t want to go back to the days when whether you could serve your country or not depended on who you loved.  We ended “don’t ask, don’t tell,” and I want to make sure that it stays ended because it was a bad idea.  (Applause.)

I don’t want to go back to the day when women didn’t have control of their health care choices.  (Applause.)  I’ve got two daughters, and I want them to have the same control over their health care as anybody’s sons out there.  I believe that’s the right thing to do.  (Applause.)

And we don’t need another four years of arguments about health care.

AUDIENCE:  No!

THE PRESIDENT:  The Affordable Health Care Act — otherwise known as Obamacare — was the right thing to do.  (Applause.)  And you know what, they’re right, I do care.  I care about folks who get sick and go bankrupt.  I care about parents who don’t know whether or not they’re going to be able to get treatment for their kids.  It was the right thing to do.  (Applause.)

And for all the misinformation out there, it’s very simple to describe what’s going to happen.  If you already have health care, the only thing that you have to do is enjoy the fact that now insurance companies can’t jerk you around because of the small print.  (Applause.)  You have rights.  Your kids can stay on their parent’s plan until they’re 26 years old.  (Applause.)  Senior citizens are seeing reductions in prescription drug costs.

If you don’t have health insurance, we’re going to help you get it.  (Applause.)  And, yes, it’s true we expect everybody to act responsibly, so for the 1 percent or 2 percent of people who still don’t get health insurance even though they can afford it, we’re going to say to them, you can’t pass off those costs on to somebody else in the form of higher premiums.  (Applause.)  You’ve got to take responsibility, as well.

It was the right thing to do.  We are not going backwards, we’re going forwards.  And 30 million people are going to get health insurance because of it.  (Applause.)

We’re not going backwards when it comes to immigration.  My opponent says the Arizona law should be “a model for the nation.”
AUDIENCE:  Booo —

THE PRESIDENT:  I believe we are a nation of laws and a nation of immigrants.  (Applause.)  I believe we can secure our borders and give opportunities to people who are striving and working hard — especially young people who have been raised in this country and see themselves as Americans.  That was the right thing to do.  We’re not going backwards, we’re going forwards.  (Applause.)

And we’re going to get control of our deficit and debt, but not with the plan that these folks are promoting.  They say this is the most important issue, the thing they care about most, and then, they propose a $5 trillion tax cut that would mostly benefit folks who don’t need it, and would blow a hole a mile wide through our budget.

Now, I don’t believe government can solve every problem.  Not every government program works.  We’ve already cut a trillion dollars out of our federal budget, and we can do more.  But we’ve got to do it smartly and responsibly.  I don’t believe that government can help somebody that doesn’t want to help themselves, but for all those folks who are working hard every day, I want to make sure that we continue to invest so that young people can go to college; that we continue to take steps so that we’ve got a great transportation system to move people and goods and services across the country.  I want to make sure that we’re investing in basic research and science that has given us this technological lead that allowed us to grow and become the economic superpower that we are.

So what I’ve said is, yes, we’ll make some more cuts, but let’s ask folks who have been incredibly blessed to do a little bit more, to go back to the rates we had under Bill Clinton.  (Applause.)  And you know what, that theory has been tested as well — because when Bill Clinton did it, we had surpluses instead of deficits.  (Applause.)  We created 23 million new jobs — and people at the top did really well also.

Like I said, that’s been our history — when middle-class folks are doing well and those striving to get into the middle class are doing well, everybody does well.

And that maybe is what is at the heart of the difference in this debate.  See, I believe in individual initiative and entrepreneurship and risk-taking.  And I believe that the free market is the greatest system on Earth to create wealth and prosperity.  But just like Abraham Lincoln said, there are some things we do better together than we do on our own.  (Applause.)

When my grandfather came back home and that generation got the GI Bill that was great for everyone because it upgraded the skills of all of our workers, that wasn’t just good for some, that was good for all.  When we invested in the Hoover Dam or the Golden Gate Bridge or the Trans-Continental Rail System, or when we sent a man to the moon or invented the Internet, that was good for everybody.

There are some things we do better together.  And we rise or fall as one nation.  (Applause.)  That’s what I believe.  That’s what our history tells us.  That’s what our future demands.  That’s why I’m running for a second term as President of the United States.  (Applause.)

So let me just say this.  In the next four months — you guys won’t see them because you’re not considered one of the battleground states, although that’s going to be changing soon — (applause) — but there’s going to be more money spent than we’ve ever seen before.  Folks writing $10 million checks to try to beat me, running ads with scary voices — (laughter) — and basically one message.  I mean, it’s a very simple message.  Their message is:  The economy is not where it needs to be and it’s Obama’s fault.  So there will be various — there will be variations on the theme, but it will be the same message over and over and over again.

That’s what they’re banking on — because they can’t sell their actual economic plan, so their goal is to see if they can knock us down.  More money than we’ve ever seen before.  And it’s understandable that some folks get cynical about the political process as a result.

But what you taught me in 2008 is the same thing that I learned in my first campaigns, as I traveling around in my car, going from town to town, talking to people in their living rooms or VFW halls or diners, and trying to get their votes — and hearing stories about people’s parents and grandparents and great-grandparents, some who came as immigrants, some who were brought here not of their own accord, some who worked in mills or mines, some worked on farms, ranches.  The thing I learned was that there is a core decency and grit and faith in the American people.  And when the American people decide what’s true and what’s right, and they join together to bring about change, to make this country more responsive to the hopes and dreams of ordinary people — when that happens, it doesn’t matter how much money the other side spends, it can’t be stopped.  I cannot be stopped.  (Applause.)

You showed that in 2008, and I believe you’re going to show it again in 2012.  (Applause.)  I tried to make promises in 2008 that I knew I could keep, and one of those promises was that I wasn’t a perfect man and I wouldn’t be a perfect President, but I’d always tell you what I thought and I’d always tell you where I stood, and I’d spend every waking minute fighting as hard as I knew how for you — (applause) — making sure that every single day I was thinking about how to make your lives a little bit better.

And I knew I could keep that promise because I saw myself in you.  And when I saw your grandparents, I saw my grandparents.  And when I saw your kids, I saw my kids.  And I’ve kept that promise.  And I still believe in you.  (Applause.)

And if you still believe in me, and you’re willing to stand up, and knock on doors and make phone calls, and get out there and fight on behalf of a vision in which every Americans has opportunity to pursue their dreams — (applause) — I promise you, we will finish what we started in 2008.  We will not be going backwards, we will be going forwards.  We will win this election.  (Applause.)  And we will remind the world just why it is that the United States of America is the greatest nation on Earth.  (Applause.)

God bless you.  God bless the great state of Texas and God bless the United States of America.  (Applause.)

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Full Text Campaign Buzz July 17, 2012: Sen. Rob Portman’s Interview on Fox & Friends for Romney Campaign: President Obama Doesn’t Understand How Our Economy Works

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Sen. Rob Portman: President Obama Doesn’t Understand How Our Economy Works

Source: Mitt Romney, 7-17-12

“We need a President who, first, gets it, understands that the private sector is what creates jobs and not government.” – Sen. Rob Portman 

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July 17, 2012

Click Here To Watch To Sen. Rob Portman Discuss President Obama’s Misunderstanding of How Small Business Works

SEN. ROB PORTMAN: “Well, it’s no wonder that the President says ‘the private sector is doing fine’ and all we need to do is send more money from the taxpayers back to the states so the states can hire more public employees. That’s his answer to the economy. And, again, I think it shows that he doesn’t get it. He doesn’t understand how our economy works. With all due respect to Steve Jobs and all those other folks who make huge successes, there are also millions of Americans out there every day who work very hard in very small businesses just to kind of keep it afloat, to be able to meet payroll. And those folks feel like they’ve built it themselves, believe me. And, so, that’s my concern is that what this President is doing in terms of policies and has done for three and a half years—which is more regulations, higher taxes, more borrowing, more spending—policies that make it harder to create a job through his health care policies, his energy policies. This is the reason we’re falling behind and the reason that we have unemployment at levels we haven’t seen since the Great Depression. And the reason we’re not seeing the kind of economic growth that all of us hoped for. So, we need a change. We need a President who, first, gets it, understands that the private sector is what creates jobs and not government.”

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