Full Text Campaign Buzz August 14, 2012: President Barack Obama’s Speech at a Campaign Event in Waterloo, Iowa

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Remarks by the President at a Campaign Event — Waterloo, Iowa

Source: WH, 8-14-12

RiverLoop Amphitheatre
Waterloo Center for the Arts
Waterloo, Iowa

8:05 P.M. CDT

THE PRESIDENT:  Hello, Waterloo!  (Applause.)  What a beautiful evening here in Iowa!  (Applause.)

AUDIENCE MEMBER:  We love you!

THE PRESIDENT:  I love you back.  (Applause.)  This is spectacular!  It feels good to be back.  (Applause.)

A couple of acknowledgments I want to make — first of all, Mike is a pretty humble guy, but this is the Iowa Firefighter of the Year.  Give him a big round of applause for that great introduction.  (Applause.)   We are proud of him, and every single firefighter that puts their life at risk for us.  We are grateful to them.

A couple other outstanding folks here — you’ve got your own Attorney General, Tom Miller, in the house.  (Applause.)  Congressman Bruce Braley is here.  (Applause.) And Mayor Buck Clark is here.  (Applause.)  And all of you are here.  (Applause.)

Now, listen, if you’ve got a seat, feel free to sit down, because I’ve got some things to say.  I’ve got some things to say.  First of all, it is good to be back.  Some of you may remember that one of my first stops after I announced for the presidency was right here in Waterloo.  (Applause.)  Back — way back when in 2007.  I had no gray hair.  (Laughter.)  Maybe I had a little bit, but you couldn’t see it.  (Laughter.)  Now you can see it.

But the reason that’s important, it’s worth reminding people, is because it was on your front, it was in your backyards, where our movement for change began.  We spent a lot of time on bus tours like the one I’m taking right now — although the bus wasn’t as nice as it is now.  (Laughter.)  And we went to school gyms and family farms and small businesses across the state.  And so it was pretty good being back here — yesterday I went to the State Fair and I had a pork chop and a beer.  (Applause.)  And it was good.  (Laughter.)  Today I just had a beer.  (Laughter.)  I didn’t get the pork chop.  But the beer was good, too.

AUDIENCE MEMBER:  I’ll fry you a pork chop!

THE PRESIDENT:  You say you’ll fry me a pork chop, huh?  (Laughter.)

AUDIENCE MEMBER:  Four more beers?

THE PRESIDENT:  Somebody just said — it’s true, at the State Fair, instead of saying “four more years,” they were saying, “four more beers.”  (Laughter.)  So I bought him four more beers.  (Laughter.)  Told him he had to register to vote, though, to get one of the beers.  (Laughter.)

Now, here’s the thing.  The reason I’m back — other than I just love being in Iowa — (applause) — the reason I’m back is because that journey we started in 2008, we’re not finished yet. (Applause.)  So just like we did in 2007, we started over in Council Bluffs, and we are driving all the way to the Quads.  And we want to make sure that everybody understands the choice that you face in November.

And this choice could not be bigger, because it’s not just a choice between two candidates; it’s not just a choice between two parties.  More than any recent election, more than 2008, this is a choice between two fundamentally different visions of where we need to go as a country.

AUDIENCE:  Yes!

THE PRESIDENT:  And the direction that you choose when you walk into that voting booth in November, that’s going to have an impact not just on your lives, it will have an impact on your children and your grandchildren for decades to come.

Now, remember why we came together in 2008.  And it was Democrats and independents, but it was also some Republicans.  It was because we saw that the basic bargain that built this country, that created the most prosperous economy the world has ever known, that basic bargain wasn’t being met.  And let me tell you what that bargain is.  It says that if you work hard, your work should be rewarded.  (Applause.)  It says that if you act responsibly and you put in enough effort, you can find a job that pays the bills.  (Applause.)  You can have a home that you call your own.  You won’t go broke just because somebody in your family gets sick.  You can retire with dignity and respect.  (Applause.)  And most importantly, you can give your kids a great education so they can dream even bigger and do even better than you did.  (Applause.)

That is the American promise.  That is what made this country great.  But the problem was, for a decade we had seen that bargain wasn’t being met.  The promise wasn’t being kept.  So we had seen a decade in which jobs were being shipped overseas, and wages and incomes for working people were going down — even though folks at the very top were doing very well — and the costs of everything from health care to college were going up.  We ran two wars on a credit card.  We went from surplus to deficit.  So when I walked into office we already had a $1 trillion deficit.  And it all culminated in the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression.

That’s the track record of the other party the last time they were in charge.  And we knew that restoring the bargain that made this country great would not be easy.  It was going to take more than one year, or one term, or even more than one President, but we knew we had to get started.  And obviously it became that much harder when the middle class was hammered by this crisis, because a lot of folks lost jobs, lost homes, lost savings, and that American Dream seemed even further out of reach.

But I told you there wouldn’t be any quick fixes, there wouldn’t be any easy solutions, but what I also promised you — and I absolutely believe this — is we’ve got everything we need to meet our challenges.  (Applause.)  Waterloo, we’ve still got the best workers in the world.  (Applause.)  And the best entrepreneurs in the world.  We’ve got the best scientists, and the best researchers in the world.  We’ve got the best farmers in the world.  We’ve got the best colleges and universities in the world.  (Applause.)  We are still a young nation, full of promise, and we’ve got the greatest diversity of talent and ingenuity from every corner of the globe.

So no matter what the naysayers say, no matter how dark they try to paint things when they’re running against me in an election, there is not another country on Earth that wouldn’t trade places with the United States of America.  (Applause.)  Because people around the world still believe that America is the place where, if you work hard, no matter who you are, no matter what you look like, no matter where you come from, you can still make it.  (Applause.)

That’s the idea that we are running to rebuild.  That is the campaign.  That is what my presidency is about.  That’s why I’m running for a second term as President of the United States.  (Applause.)

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

THE PRESIDENT:  Now, Waterloo, there is one thing standing in our way, though.  It is strange politics in Washington.  You’ve got a party that says “compromise” is a dirty word.  Folks who want to go back to the same top-down economics that got us into this mess in the first place.

You may have heard my opponent chose as his running mate Congressman Ryan this weekend and —

AUDIENCE:  Booo —

THE PRESIDENT:  No, no, no, listen, I know Congressman Ryan. He is a decent man.  He is a family man.  He is the ideological leader of the Republicans in Congress.  And he’s an articulate spokesperson for Governor Romney’s vision.  The problem his vision is wrong.  (Applause.)  See, my opponent, Governor Romney, and his friends in Congress, they believe — this is their whole platform, this is their basic plan, as much detail as you get, this is what you get.  Their plan to grow the economy is to eliminate regulations, including on big banks and insurance companies — some of the regulations we put in place to make sure, for example, that we don’t have another taxpayer-funded bailout, so he wants to get rid of regulations, and then what he wants to do is give more tax breaks to the wealthiest Americans. And the idea, then, is that jobs and prosperity will trickle down on everybody.  That’s the centerpiece of his plan.  You can go on his website.

His economic plan is a new $5 trillion tax cut, a lot of it going to the wealthiest Americans.  Now, keep in mind, these are the same folks who say the deficit is our biggest problem, but they want to pass a new $5 trillion tax cut — $5 trillion, that’s with a “t” — (laughter.)  So just to give you some perspective, our annual defense budget, everything we spend on national security, is just a little over $500 billion.  So this would be, every year for 10 years, a tax cut as big as our defense spending.

And here’s the kicker, though — he says he’s going to pay for it.  So people asked, well, how are you going to pay for it? It turns out that he expects you to pay for it.

AUDIENCE:  Booo —

THE PRESIDENT:  He expects middle-class families to pick up the tab.  Governor Romney’s plan, according to independent analysts, would actually raise taxes on middle-class families with children by an average of $2,000.

AUDIENCE:  Booo —

THE PRESIDENT:  Now, keep in mind this is not $2,000 to reduce the deficit, or create jobs, or build new schools, or help kids go to college, or send a man to the moon.  This is $2,000 each that you’d have to pay to give another $250,000 tax cut to folks who are making $3 million a year or more.

AUDIENCE:  Booo —

AUDIENCE MEMBER:  That’s crazy!  (Laughter.)

THE PRESIDENT:  Now, I’m not making this stuff up.  You can look on their website.

Now, here’s the thing — we’ve tried this before.  We tried this trickle-down fairy dust before.  And guess what — it didn’t work then, it won’t work now.  It’s not a plan to create jobs.  It’s not a plan to lower the deficit.  It’s not a plan to move our economy forward.  It’s not a plan to revive the middle class.
We do not need more tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans.  We need to give tax relief to working families who are trying to raise their kids, keep them healthy, send them to college, keep a roof over their heads.  That’s the choice in this election.  That’s one of the reasons I’m running for a second term as President.  (Applause.)

So, Waterloo, I’ve got a different idea.  Four years ago, I came into office — I promised to cut taxes for middle-class families.  That’s exactly what I’ve done — by a total of about $3,600 for the typical family.  So if you talk to somebody who is feeling not convinced and undecided in the election, you tell them your taxes are lower — your federal taxes are lower now than when I came into office.  (Applause.)

Now, what I want to do is I want to keep everybody’s taxes right there where they are for the first $250,000 of everybody’s income.  (Applause.)  So if your family makes under $250,000 — like 98 percent of families do, and 97 percent of small businesses do — then you won’t see your income taxes go up by a single dime next year.  Not one dime.  (Applause.)

But if you’re fortunate enough to be in the other 2 percent — like I am — you’ll still get a tax break on your first $250,000.  But for the amount that you make over that, we’re asking you to contribute a little bit more so we can pay down our deficit without gutting education, without getting rid of transportation projects, without gutting all the things that help make America grow.

Now, government — I’ll make sure government still does its part to reduce our debt and our deficits.  We’ve cut out already a trillion dollars’ worth of spending we don’t need.  And we can do more.  I want to make government efficient.  We’ve got to make sure that your tax dollars are being well spent.  But we can’t bring down our deficit and our debt just by asking us to get rid of the things that help open up opportunity to Americans.  (Applause.)

So instead, we’re asking folks like me to go back to the rates we paid under Bill Clinton — which, by the way, was a time when we created 23 million new jobs, went from deficit to surplus, and we created a whole lot of millionaires to boot.  (Applause.)

See, Waterloo, this comes down to your basic philosophy, but also, when you look at the evidence of our economic history — when teachers and nurses and firefighters and receptionists and construction workers, when you’ve got a little more money in your pocket, what do you do?  You spend it.  Because times are tight, right?  So if you’ve got a little extra money, now maybe you finally trade in that 10-year-old car you’ve been driving.  Maybe you buy a computer for your kid who is about to go to college.  So suddenly businesses have more customers, which means they’re making more profits, which means they’re hiring more workers, who then spend more money, and suddenly the economy gets better for everybody — including folks at the top.

I don’t believe in top-down economics.  I believe in middle-class-out economics.  I believe in bottom-up economics.  I believe in making sure everybody has got a fair shot.  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!

THE PRESIDENT:  But you know what?  That’s not the only difference between me and Mr. Romney.  When the auto industry was on the brink of collapse — you remember that — more than a million jobs at stake, Governor Romney said, let’s “let Detroit go bankrupt.”  I said, let’s bet on American workers.  (Applause.)  And management and workers got together in a great, iconic American industry, and you know what?  Three years later, the American auto industry is roaring back.  (Applause.)

I want to see high-tech, advanced manufacturing come back all across America in other industries.  I don’t want those jobs in China or Germany.  I want them here in Iowa.  (Applause.)  Governor Romney says, well, no, look, I understand the economy because I’ve been in the private sector.  Well, a lot of that experience was investing in companies, including those that were called “pioneers” in the business of outsourcing.  He wants to keep giving tax breaks to companies that ship jobs overseas.  I want to end those tax breaks once and for all and start rewarding companies that are investing right here in the United States of America, hiring American workers, making American products.  That’s the choice in this election.  (Applause.)

That’s not the only difference.  Right now, we’re seeing homegrown energy, new sources of energy creating jobs right here in Iowa.  So what does Governor Romney want to do?  He wants to end the tax credit for wind energy producers.  He said these new sources of energy are “imaginary.”  Congressman Ryan, his running mate, calls them a “fad.”  During a speech a few months ago, Governor Romney even explained his energy policy.  This is what he said — he said, “You can’t drive a car with a windmill on it.”  (Laughter.)  That’s what he said about wind power — you can’t drive a car with a windmill on it.  (Laughter.)  I mean, maybe he’s tried it; he’s put other things on the roof.  (Laughter and applause.)

But if he really wants to learn something about wind energy, he should come to Iowa.  (Applause.)  Then he’d know that 7,000 Iowa jobs depend on the wind industry — more than any other state in America.  (Applause.)  These jobs aren’t a “fad.”  They’re our future.  He’d know that the parts for making these high-tech wind turbines, they’re now made in Iowa.  They’re made in America.  That’s not “imaginary.”  (Applause.)  I’ve been to the places in Newton, Iowa where some of this stuff is being made.  (Applause.)

I understand he may not have figured out how to drive a car with a windmill on it, but if he came to Iowa, he’d know that 20 percent of Iowa’s electricity now comes from wind energy.  America has doubled the amount of electricity we get from wind over the last four years, enough power for nearly 13 million homes — clean, renewable energy.  That’s something you leave behind for the next generation.  That is worth fighting for.  There are 37,000 American jobs at stake in this wind energy tax credit.  We should support it.  I support it.  (Applause.)

And instead of giving $4 billion in taxpayer subsidies to oil companies that are making plenty of money every time you go to the pump, we should be investing in homegrown energy that’s never been more promising.  That’s the choice in this election.  That’s why I’m running for a second term.  (Applause.)

I’m not done yet.  In 2008, I promised to end the war in Iraq — I ended it.  (Applause.)  Governor Romney said the way I ended it was “tragic”.  I said I’d go after al Qaeda and bin Laden — I went after them.  (Applause.)  We’re now beginning a transition out of Afghanistan.  And so all of this is possible only because of the extraordinary service of our men and women in uniform.  And that’s why I’ve made sure to make historic investments in the VA — because somebody who has fought for us shouldn’t have to fight for a job when they come home.  (Applause.)

But if we’re serious about them coming home to a strong economy, then we’ve got to do some building here at home, some nation-building — take half of the money that we’ve been spending over a decade of war and let’s start doing some rebuilding here in America.  (Applause.)  Let’s put Americans back to work rebuilding roads and bridges and ports and airports, laying broadband lines in rural communities.  (Applause.)  Let’s create a Veterans Jobs Corp so returning heroes can get jobs as firefighters and cops in communities that need them.

There’s a lot of work to be done right here in America, and I’m running to rebuild America.  That’s a choice in this election.  (Applause.)

And I’m running make sure America once again has the best education system in the world and the best training system for workers in the world.  (Applause.)  I want to help our schools hire and reward the best teachers, especially in math and science.  I want to give 2 million more Americans the chance to go to community colleges to train for the jobs that businesses are hiring for right now.  (Applause.)  I want to get colleges and universities to bring down the cost of tuition, so that every young person can get the kind of education that they need to succeed in the 21st century.  (Applause.)

I want to help homeowners refinance their homes, save $3,000 at these historically low rates.  Governor Romney thinks we should just let the housing market bottom out.  That’s a difference in this election.

I believe that you should have some health care security.  That’s why I passed Obamacare.  And I like Obamacare.  (Applause.)  I like the phrase “Obamacare”, because you know what, I do care.  (Applause.)  I care about all those folks with preexisting conditions who now are going to be able to get coverage.  (Applause.)  I care about folks who already have insurance, making sure insurance companies don’t jerk them around right when they need that insurance the most.  (Applause.)

I care about the 6.5 million young people who are now able to stay on their parent’s plan and don’t have to go without insurance.  (Applause.)  I care about the seniors who now have more discounts on their prescriptions drugs — and we’re closing the doughnut hole.  (Applause.)

So, Waterloo, we don’t need another two years of arguing about health care.  The Supreme Court has spoken.  We are implementing this law.  We are moving forward.  We’re not moving backwards.  (Applause.)

All these things — health care security, American manufacturing, rebuilding America and putting construction workers back to work, making sure our kids are getting a great education and can afford college — all these things that make up a middle-class life, they all tie together.  It goes back to that central idea of America, that here in this country everybody gets a fair shot, everybody does their fair share, everybody plays by the same set of rules.  It’s the same promise our parents and grandparents passed on to us.  And now, our job is to pass it on to our kids.  (Applause.)

Now, over the next three months, the other side will spend more money than we have ever seen.  Now, you noticed their ads generally don’t tell you what it is that they’re going to do, because they know their plans won’t sell.  You haven’t forgotten. You didn’t get amnesia.  (Laughter.)  You didn’t forget the last time they tried what they’re selling.

So basically, the argument that they’re going to make over and over again is just the same one, which is the economy is still not where it needs to be and it’s Obama’s fault.

AUDIENCE:  Booo —

THE PRESIDENT:  And you know what?  Listen, the economy is not where it needs to be.  We’ve still got too many folks out of work and too many homes underwater.  And we haven’t brought back all the jobs that need to be brought back.  But you know what, what they’re offering — it’s not a plan to create jobs.  It’s not a plan to reduce the deficit.  They don’t have a plan to grow the economy.  They don’t have a plan to revive the middle class.

The plan I’ve put forward can do that.  But I need your help.  I need your help.  (Applause.)  Your friends have to be registered.  Your family has to be registered.  You can get a voter registration form online.  Just go to GottaRegister.com.  This is not GotToRegister.com — this is g-o-t-t-a register, GottaRegister.com — (applause) — because we’ve come too far to turn back now.

We’ve been outspent before.  I’ve been counted out before.  But here’s what I know.  When all of you decide to mobilize and organize, and when you focus on those values that are best in America, when you remember the stories of your family and your parents, your grandparents — the hard work, the sacrifice — recognizing sometimes times are tough and sometimes we get knocked down but we get back up, we are determined, we are tougher than any tough times — and most importantly, that reminder that when we do things together, when we’re focused on how we build this country together, we can’t be stopped — that’s more powerful than any money.  (Applause.)  That’s more powerful than any TV commercials.

So we’ve got to keep on going, because we’ve got too many schools we still need to build; too many teachers we still need to hire; too many kids we still need to send to college.  We’ve got too many roads we still need to build; too much energy we’ve still got to generate right here at home; too many troops we’ve got to bring home; too many doors of opportunity that we’ve got to open up for every young person who’s willing to make the effort.  That’s what’s at stake right now.  (Applause.)

And if you’re willing to stand with me, and work with me, and vote for me, we will win Iowa.  (Applause.)  We will win in November.  (Applause.)  And we will finish what we started and remind the world why America is the greatest nation on Earth.

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

END
8:35 P.M. CDT

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Full Text Campaign Buzz August 14, 2012: Mitt Romney’s Speech at Close of Battleground Bus Tour Slams ‘Angry and Desperate’ Barack Obama in Chillicothe, Ohio

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At Close of Battleground Bus Tour, Romney Slams ‘Angry and Desperate’ Obama

Source: ABC News Radio, 8-14-12
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Closing out his four-day bus tour, Mitt Romney stood on the steps of the courthouse in Chillicothe, Ohio and ripped apart President Obama’s campaign strategy as one of the “diversions” that have taken the nation’s highest office to a “new low” that appears “angry and desperate.”

“You don’t hear any answers coming from President Obama’s re-election campaign,” said Romney, speaking at his third and final event in Ohio, the last stop on his bus tour that weaved in and out of four battleground states, dramatically opening with the announcement of his running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan.

“That’s because he’s intellectually exhausted, out of ideas, and out of energy,” said Romney of Obama in what was one of his most strongly worded speeches to date. “And so his campaign has resorted to diversions and distractions, to demagoguing and defaming others. It’s an old game in politics; what’s different this year is that the president is taking things to a new low.”…READ MORE

Romney unleashes on Obama, accuses rival of running campaign of ‘anger and hate’

Source: Fox News, 8-15-12

Mitt Romney, capping off a five-state bus tour in Ohio Tuesday night, delivered the most aggressive and fiery speech of his bid for the presidency — accusing President Obama of running a “campaign of division and anger and hate.”….READ MORE

Mitt Romney Delivers Remarks In Chillicothe, Ohio

Source: Mitt Romney Press, 8-14-12 

Mitt Romney today delivered remarks in Chillicothe, Ohio. The following remarks were prepared for delivery:

Thank you, Ohio.  It’s good to be back in the Buckeye State.  And it’s a privilege to be here with two good friends – your great governor, John Kasich and your outstanding senator, Rob Portman.  Governor Kasich is doing a great job despite the head winds from Washington. As President, I can’t wait to work with Senator Portman to turn those Obama headwinds into pro-job policies that will help working families all across Ohio.

Tonight, we’re wrapping up our five-state bus tour to towns big and small. That trip reconfirmed to me just how important this election is – and why we need to change the direction of the country by changing the current occupant of the Oval Office.

We started out on the decks of a battleship in Norfolk, Virginia, where arbitrary and reckless defense cuts threaten our national security and 150,000 jobs.  From there it was on to North Carolina, through towns that have lost thousands and thousands of manufacturing jobs.  And yesterday we were in Florida, where families are still struggling with the Obama Economy.

The people I met on this tour – and the thousands of Americans I’ve visited in break rooms and lunch rooms, in school gymnasiums and on factory floors – are worried about their children, their jobs, their mortgages, and their future. And they are right to be worried.

All across the country, I’ve met people who are hurting. Some have lost their jobs; others work two jobs just to get by. Some have fallen out of the middle class and now they’re struggling to get back to where they started. The cost of living keeps going up, and they’re living paycheck to paycheck.

They are tired of being tired.

And tonight, I’d like to say to each of them:  You have not been forgotten. We will not leave you behind. This is America. We are Americans. It doesn’t have to be this way!

Unemployment has been above 8 percent for 42 straight months. We will put Americans back to work!

Half of recent college graduates can’t find work or a job that matches their skills.  We’ll get good jobs for our kids.

Nearly one out of six Americans are in poverty today. This is a disgrace we will end.

And President Obama has amassed five trillion dollars of debt – nearly as much debt held by the public as all other Presidents combined. We will end this moral failure.

After four years, it’s clear that President Obama’s policies aren’t fixing these problems, they’re making them worse. That is why Ohio will lead the way by electing a new President on November 6th.

For the first time, most Americans believe that our best days are behind us. This is an election in which we should be talking about the path ahead, but you don’t hear any answers coming from President Obama’s re-election campaign. That’s because he’s intellectually exhausted, out of ideas, and out of energy. And so his campaign has resorted to diversions and distractions, to demagoguing and defaming others. This is an old game in politics; what’s different this year is that the president is taking things to a new low.

It wasn’t supposed to be this way.

In 2008, Candidate Obama said, “if you don’t have any fresh ideas, then you use stale tactics to scare voters.”  He said, “if you don’t have a record to run on, then you paint your opponent as someone people should run from.”  And that, he told us, is how, “You make a big election about small things.”

That was Candidate Obama describing the strategy that is the now the heart of his campaign.

His campaign and his surrogates have made wild and reckless accusations that disgrace the office of the Presidency.  Another outrageous charge came a few hours ago in Virginia. And the White House sinks a little bit lower.

This is what an angry and desperate Presidency looks like.

President Obama knows better, promised better and America deserves better.

Over the last four years, this President has pushed Republicans and Democrats as far apart as they can go.  And now he and his allies are pushing us all even further apart by dividing us into groups. He demonizes some. He panders to others. His campaign strategy is to smash America apart and then cobble together 51 percent of the pieces.

If an American president wins that way, we all lose.

But he won’t win that way. America is one Nation under God. American history has been a story of the many becoming one – uniting to preserve liberty, uniting to build the greatest economy in the world, uniting to save the world from unspeakable darkness. Everywhere I go in America there are monuments that list those who have given their lives. There is no mention of their race, their party affiliation or what they did for a living. They lived and died under a single flag fighting for a single purpose. They pledged allegiance to the United States of America. So, Mr. President, take your campaign of division and anger and hate back to Chicago and let us get about rebuilding and reuniting America.

This election is about restoring the promise of America. It’s a choice between two visions for our nation’s future. It’s about the challenges America faces. It is about a better tomorrow and a better future.

We don’t need more excuses. We don’t need more blame. We don’t need more small-minded attacks.

What we really need is a new president.

Voters deserve an honest debate. And that’s what Paul Ryan and I will give them.

Paul and I have a positive agenda that will lead to economic growth, to widespread and shared prosperity that will improve the lives of our fellow citizens. Our Plan For A Stronger Middle Class will get America back to work and get our country back on track.

We are offering solutions that are bold, specific, and achievable. We’re committed to helping create 12 million new jobs and to bring better take-home pay to middle class families.

My plan focuses on five things.

First, energy independence. We will achieve North America energy independence by 2020, by taking full advantage of our oil, our gas, our coal, our renewables and our nuclear power.  Abundant, inexpensive, domestic energy will not only create energy jobs, it will bring back manufacturing jobs.

Second, we must give our workers and our children the skills they need to succeed. Our nation cannot continue to fail in public education. For too long, we have let the agenda of union bosses steer the agenda of our schools. It is time to put our kids and their parents and their teachers first, and the union bosses behind.

Third, trade must work for America. We are one of the world’s most productive nations. Trade creates jobs and raises take-home pay for American workers. We must open more doors for trade in Latin America, where there is a growing middle class. But when any nation cheats, as China has cheated, we must make sure that there are clear and compelling consequences.

Fourth, we will do what politicians in both parties have been promising for years, but have failed to do. We will cut spending, shrink deficits, and put America on track to a balanced budget.

Fifth, we will champion small business. Unlike President Obama, I won’t raise taxes on small business. I’ll make sure regulators protect the public, but that they stop killing our jobs. I will remove the crippling uncertainty that is preventing businesses from hiring.

That begins by repealing Obamacare.  It’s bad for jobs and it’s bad for seniors. If the President is re-elected, he will succeed in raiding $716 billion from Medicare — from the trust fund you have paid into all your lives – to pay for Obamacare. He is taking your money to finance his risky and unproven takeover of the health-care system. He is putting Medicare at greater risk. He is putting health care at greater risk. He is putting your jobs at greater risk.  We must not let Obamacare happen.

If we focus on these five areas – energy, education, trade, deficits, and championing small business – America’s economy will come roaring back to life.  And we will finally see a comeback for America’s middle class.

My plan is based on proven principles that will produce real results.  I spent 25 years in business, and I know what it takes for the private sector to create jobs.  I know why jobs go away, what it takes to bring them back, and what we must do to make America the best place in the world for entrepreneurs and innovators and job creators. My five-point plan will bring more jobs and more take-home pay for middle-class Americans.

People ask me why I think the President’s policies have been such a disappointment. I just don’t think President Obama understands what it is that drives our economy.

America runs on freedom. Free men and women, pursuing their dreams, working hard to build a better future for their families. This is what propels our economy. When an American succeeds, when she wins a promotion, when he creates a business, it is that individual, that American that has earned it, that has built it. Government does not build our businesses, the American people do.

The American people also build the government. We pay for it with our taxes. We choose who will lead us with our votes.

Do you want a president who believes that your rights come from God, not from government?

Do you want a president who honors your right to pursue happiness, not as government commands, but as you choose?

Do you want a president who will work every day to bring us together, not tear us apart?

Do you want a president who will celebrate success, not attack it?

Do you want a president who will never, ever apologize for the greatest nation on earth?

With your support, I will be that President.

We are 84 days away from the start of the better future we deserve.

We need new leadership, and new ideas, and a new approach – because four years of failure is enough.

Paul Ryan and I believe in America – and in this election, we’re offering Americans a clear and honest choice. Every single day we’re going to do our part. And we need you to do yours.

I commit to you that I will be the President that this moment demands. I will work to strengthen our families, to rebuild our economy and to keep our military second to none in the world.

I ask you to commit like never before over the next 84 days. This election can come down to just one more vote. I ask you find that vote. Ask one more person to join our campaign. Ask one more person to join us who supported President Obama four years ago and didn’t get the change they deserved. One more vote can make the difference in Ohio. And Ohio will make the difference for America.

Thank you.  God bless you.  And God bless the United States of America.

Full Text Campaign Buzz August 14, 2012: President Barack Obama’s Speech at a Campaign Event in Marshalltown, Iowa

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Remarks by the President at Campaign Event — Marshalltown, IA

Source: WH, 8-14-12 

B.R. Miller Middle School
Marshalltown, Iowa

4:00 P.M. CDT

THE PRESIDENT:  Hello, Marshalltown!  (Applause.)  Hello, Bobcats!  (Applause.)  Now, I was just told that school, at least for the teachers, starts tomorrow.  (Laughter.)  Teachers in the house?  (Applause.)

So I want to start off by saying thank you to our teachers for the outstanding job that they do each and every day.  (Applause.)  Your principal, your superintendent, your assistant principal, they’re all doing a great job — which means, students, you’re going to have to hit the books, all right?  (Laughter.)  Going to have to hit the books.

AUDIENCE MEMBER:  Four more years!

THE PRESIDENT:  Well, they’ll have to hit the books maybe for longer than four more years.  (Laughter.)  We’ll be talking about that.

A couple of other people I want to acknowledge.  First of all, thank Kirk for the wonderful introduction.  Please give him a big round of applause.  (Applause.)  I want to acknowledge Mayor Pro-Tem Bethany Wirin is here.  Where’s Bethany?  There she is, right here.  (Applause.)

And I want to offer my condolences to the family of the Mayor who just passed — Mayor Gene Beach.  (Applause.)

I’ve got to tell you, it’s good to be back in Iowa, and it’s good to be back in Marshalltown.  (Applause.)  I started in Council Bluffs, and we are driving to the Quads, and we are stopping off a whole bunch of different places.  Yesterday I got to the State Fair and had a pork chop and a beer.  (Applause.)  It was good.  I might have another beer today.  (Laughter.)  Just one.  Just one.

But the reason it’s so good to be back is because this is really where our movement began — here in Iowa.  (Applause.)  In people’s backyards, on family farms and school gyms, on people’s porches all across this state, we had a conversation about how we move our country in a direction where everybody has opportunity, where everybody has got a shot.  And we know that journey is not done yet.  We’ve still got a lot of work to do.  So we are now spending another three days driving through the state.

And the reason it’s so important is because in some ways this election may be more consequential than the last election.  You’ve got a choice not just between two candidates or two political parties, but between two fundamentally different visions for where we should take our country.

AUDIENCE MEMBER:  You’re preaching to the choir.

THE PRESIDENT:  It’s true, I am.  (Laughter.)  But you’re going to have to go then preach to the folks who aren’t converted yet.  More than any other election, when you go into the voting booth in November, you’re going to be making a decision about the kind of America that we have not just for yourselves but for your children and your grandchildren for decades to come.

Four years ago, we came together — and it wasn’t just Democrats, we had independents, we had some Republicans — because we understood that the basic bargain that built this country was at stake.  We had gone through a decade where jobs were being shipped overseas, where incomes were going down even while the costs of health care and a college education and groceries were going up, and it all culminated in the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression.  And what we understood then was we had to work hard to get back to that basic bargain, that basic deal that built this country.

And it’s a very simple promise.  It’s a promise that says if you work hard in this country, you’ll get ahead.  If you are responsible, then you can meet your obligations — to yourself, to your family, to your community.  You can find a job that pays the bills.  You can have a home that you can call your own.  You can be assured that you won’t go bankrupt if you get sick.  You can retire with some dignity and some respect.  And most importantly, you can make sure that your kids get the kind of education and opportunities so they can dream even bigger and do even better than you did.  That is what the American promise is all about.  (Applause.)  That’s what we’ve been fighting for.  That’s what we’ve been fighting for.

And we knew it wasn’t going to happen overnight.  We knew it was going to take more than one term, maybe even one President, to get this country back to the place where everybody has got a fair shot.  But we started.  And three and a half years ago, we saved ourselves from going into a Great Depression.  And 4.5 million jobs have been created, and half a million manufacturing jobs.  And the auto industry got saved.  (Applause.)  We’re now at a point where a lot of folks are still struggling.  And so we’ve got to move forward and not backwards.  We’ve got to move forward.

Now, the good news is we’ve got everything we need to succeed.  We’ve still got the best workers in the world.  (Applause.)  We’ve still got the best universities and colleges in the world.  (Applause.)  We’ve got the best researchers and scientists in the world.  We’ve got the best entrepreneurs, small businessmen and women, and large businesses that are the best in the world, making some of the best products.  We’ve got everything that we need.

AUDIENCE MEMBER:  Best President.  (Applause.)

THE PRESIDENT:  And we’re a young nation.  We’re a young nation, in part because we’ve got this incredible diversity — people are willing to come here from all corners of the globe because they understand there’s something special about this place.

And so, for all the naysayers out there and the folks who try to paint things as dark as they can, especially during election time, the fact of the matter is there’s no nation on Earth that wouldn’t trade places with us.  (Applause.)  So we’ve got the tools to make sure that we are living up to this country’s promise — a country where you can make it if you try, no matter what you look like, no matter where you come from, no matter what faith you are, no matter what race you are, no matter what your last name is, here in America you can make it.  That’s what we have the opportunity to make sure continues for the next generation.  (Applause.)

That’s what we’re fighting for.  That’s the choice in this election.  That’s why I’m running for a second term as President of the United States of America.  (Applause.)

Now, there is one thing holding back, though, and that is the politics in Washington.  We’ve got — the other side has decided that “compromise” is a dirty word.  And they spend a lot of time trying to beat me instead of moving the country forward. (Applause.)  But part of it is just an honest disagreement about how we move the country forward.

Governor Romney chose a running mate this weekend, and I know Congressman Ryan.  He’s a good man — he’s a good family man.  But he’s got a fundamentally different view about how we move this country forward.  He’s an articulate spokesperson for Governor Romney’s views.  He’s the ideological leader of the Republicans in Congress.  But that vision is wrong.

Look, let me tell you, you can sum up Governor Romney’s plans pretty simply.  He wants to eliminate —

AUDIENCE MEMBER:  Everything.  (Laughter.)

THE PRESIDENT:  He wants to eliminate regulations on big banks and corporations, some of which we put in place in the wake of the disaster on Wall Street.  And he wants to institute even more tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans.

AUDIENCE:  Booo —

THE PRESIDENT:  The centerpiece of his plan is a new $5 trillion tax cut, a lot of it which would go to folks like me who don’t need it.  And here’s the kicker.  He expects all of you to pick up the tab.

AUDIENCE:  Booo —

THE PRESIDENT:  No, no, don’t take my word for it.  Independent analysis shows that if his plan was instituted, the only way you could pay for it would be to have the average middle-class family with children pay an extra $2,000 in taxes.  How many people think that’s a good idea?

AUDIENCE:  No!

THE PRESIDENT:  How many people think that would actually grow the economy?

AUDIENCE:  No!

THE PRESIDENT:  But that’s his theory.  The theory is, is that if folks up here are doing really well, then all the benefits are going to trickle down.  The extra $2,000 you’d be paying wouldn’t be used to pay down the deficit or the debt that we’ve already got.  It wouldn’t be to invest in more teachers or a better school system, or making college more affordable, or rebuilding our roads and bridges, and finding new ways to create cheap energy.  No, this $2,000 would be to help finance an average $250,000 tax break for folks making $3 million a year or more.

AUDIENCE:  Booo —

THE PRESIDENT:  I got to tell you, we have heard this sales pitch from these folks before.  We’ve heard this trickle-down fairy dust before.  It didn’t work then; it will not work now.  (Applause.)  We don’t think it’s a plan to reduce the deficit.  It’s certainly not a plan to create jobs and to help families right now.

See, I believe in a different theory.  When it comes to taxes, I said in 2008 I was going to lower middle-class taxes.  And guess what — I did.  (Applause.)  So the average family — the typical family is paying $3,600 less in taxes than they were when I came into office.  (Applause.)  So what I believe now is I want to keep your income taxes right where they are for everybody making $250,000 or less — which is 98 percent of Americans, 97 percent of small businesses.  And folks who are in the other 2 percent, who are fortunate enough to be in the top 2 percent, they still get a tax cut for the first $250,000.  But after that, we’re asking them to pay a little bit more so we can finance things like education and reduce our deficit in a balanced, responsible way.  (Applause.)

Now, I still want to make sure that government does its part by being good stewards of taxpayer dollars.  So we’ve cut a trillion dollars out of federal spending — a trillion dollars that I’ve already signed into law.  We’ve got an additional trillion that’s slated.  So we’re prepared to make some tough choices on things we can’t afford.  But we’re not going to reduce the deficit by gutting education investments, gutting investments that we make in our infrastructure, gutting our investments in basic science and research that can lead to discoveries in clean energy or lead to discoveries in curing cancer.  That’s not how we’re going to grow this economy and make sure that the middle class is strong.

And, by the way, when I say asking folks like me to do a little bit more — we’ve tried that before, too, under Bill Clinton.  And we created 23 million new jobs, went from a deficit to a surplus.  (Applause.)  And guess what, Marshalltown, here’s the thing — it actually was good for rich people, too.  Because what happens is, look, when a teacher or a construction worker or a receptionist or a nurse, when they’ve got a little more money in their pocket, what do they do?

AUDIENCE:  Spend it.

THE PRESIDENT:  They spend it on necessities.  And so, maybe you’ve got a 10-year-old car and you go out and buy a new one.  Or maybe you need a new appliance and you go out and you get a new appliance.  Or maybe you buy a computer for your kid as they’re going off to college.  And suddenly, business has more customers, and those businesses get more profits and they hire more workers.

We don’t believe in top-down economics.  The history of this country has been a middle class-out economics, a bottom-up economics.  When everybody is doing well, when everybody has opportunity, then we all succeed and the country moves forward.  That’s what’s at stake in this election.  That’s why I’m running for a second term as President of the United States.  (Applause.)
You see the difference in philosophies on almost every issue.  When the automakers were on the brink of collapse, a million jobs at stake, Governor Romney said let’s “let Detroit go bankrupt.”  I said let’s bet on American workers.  And three and a half years later, the American auto industry has come roaring back.  (Applause.)

So we know American manufacturing can succeed in this country — high-tech manufacturing, advanced manufacturing — but we’ve got to make sure we’ve got a tax code that encourages it.  I want to stop giving tax breaks to companies that are shipping jobs overseas.  Let’s give tax breaks to companies that are investing here in the United States of America, hiring American workers, making American products.  (Applause.)

Governor Romney has got a different view.  He talks about how he has been in the private sector, so he knows how to put folks back to work.  But it turns out most of his business was investing on behalf of folks like him and investing in some cases in what has been called “pioneers” of outsourcing.  We don’t need pioneers of outsourcing.  We need folks who are interested in insourcing and bringing some jobs back to Marshalltown, back to Iowa, and back to the United States of America.  (Applause.)

Let me give you another example.  Kirk was just talking about wind power.  I was just visiting a wind farm close by.  It’s a working farm.  It has about five windmills on one property, 52 in this area — 52 wind farms generating incredible amounts of energy and, by the way, helping family farmers with a little bit of extra income.

Now, Governor Romney has decided that we should end the tax credit that we provide for wind power once and for all.  That’s his idea.  He wants to get rid of it.  At a moment when homegrown energy is creating new jobs here in states like Iowa, he wants to bring an end to it.  He said — and I’m quoting here — he said new sources of energy like these are “imaginary.”

AUDIENCE:  Booo —

THE PRESIDENT:  His running mate, Congressman Ryan, calls them a “fad.”  Then during a speech a few months ago, Governor Romney explained his energy policy this way — “You can’t drive a car with a windmill on it.”  That’s what he said about wind power.  Now, I know he’s tried some other things on top of a car. (Laughter and applause.)  I didn’t know he had tried windmills on top of a car.  (Applause.)  But maybe he tried it.  I would have liked to have seen that.  (Laughter.)

But maybe he needs to come to Iowa to learn something about wind power.  He’d know if he came here that 7,000 jobs have been created here in Iowa by the wind industry — more than any other state in America.  These jobs aren’t a “fad,” they’re the future, and we’ve got to be investing in them.  (Applause.)

If he came to Iowa, he might know that not only are we putting out these windmills, but, increasingly, they’re made right here in Iowa, made here in America.  That’s not “imaginary” — that’s real.  (Applause.)

If he came here to Iowa, he might know that 20 percent of Iowa’s electricity now comes from wind energy.  (Applause.)  Over the past 4 years, America has doubled its — the amount of electricity that is produced from wind, and this is enough to power 13 million homes with clean and renewable energy.  Think about that.  It’s the equivalent of 12 Hoover Dams’ worth of electricity is being generated by wind power in this country.  (Applause.)  That’s something that’s worth investing in.  That’s something we’re doing for the next generation.  And so are the 37,000 American jobs that are on the line if we let this wind tax credit expire.

So this is a difference between me and Governor Romney.  I want to stop giving $4 billion in taxpayer subsidies every single year to the oil companies that are doing just great, and let’s take some of that money and continue to invest in homegrown, renewable energy right here in Iowa and all across America that can put people back to work.  (Applause.)

I’ll give you another example of a difference.  I said in 2008 I’d end the war in Iraq — and I did.  (Applause.)  I said we’d refocus and go after al Qaeda and bin Laden — we did.  (Applause.)  We’re bringing our troops home from Afghanistan.  All this is possible because of the extraordinary service and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform.  (Applause.)  So we’ve made some historic investments in the VA.  My attitude is anybody who has fought for America, they shouldn’t have to fight for a job or a roof over their heads when they come home.  (Applause.) We’ve got to serve them as well as they serve us.

But we also need to make sure that folks coming home, they’re coming back to a vibrant economy.  So what I’ve said is let’s take half of the money that we’re saving after a decade of war and let’s put people back to work.  Let’s create a Veterans Jobs Corps that can hire police officers and firefighters in communities that need them.  (Applause.)  Let’s get a whole bunch of construction workers to rebuild our roads and our bridges, our ports and our airports.  (Applause.)  Let’s rebuild our schools. Let’s lay broadband lines into rural communities.  Those investments are good now because they put people back to work, and that means folks have got more money in their pockets.  And what do they do when they’ve got more money in their pockets?

AUDIENCE:  Spend it!

THE PRESIDENT:  They spend it.  And suddenly, businesses have more customers.  But it’s also good for the long run, because if we’ve got the best roads, the best bridges, the best airports, the fastest broadband lines, the best wireless networks, the best transmission lines — all that makes us more productive, and it means our economy is going to grow in the future.  So why wouldn’t we start now?  That’s what we need to be investing in.

So, look — one more difference.  When it comes to education, I believe that nothing is more important than making our kids competitive in the 21st century economy.  Our young people, they’re not just competing against folks in North Carolina or New Hampshire; they’re now competing against folks in India and China.

So I want to make sure that we’re helping school districts hire and retain the best teachers — especially in math and science.  I want to make sure that we’re creating 2 million more slots in community colleges so folks can get trained in the jobs that businesses are hiring for right now.  And I want to make college more affordable for young people.  We have already made progress on this front.  (Applause.)  And I’m not just talking about four-year colleges, I’m talking about two-year community colleges, getting advanced training.

But the point is that some form of higher education, it is no longer a luxury, it is an economic necessity in the 21st century.  And I want to make sure every young person in America and every young person in Marshalltown can take advantage of those opportunities.  That’s part of what this election is all about.  (Applause.)

Governor Romney wants to repeal Obamacare.

AUDIENCE:  No!

THE PRESIDENT:  First of all, I don’t mind the term Obamacare.  I like it, because I do care.  That’s why we passed the bill.

AUDIENCE MEMBER:  Yes!

THE PRESIDENT:  And because of it, 6.5 million young people can stay on their parent’s plan.  (Applause.)  Because of it, we’ve got millions of seniors out there who are seeing more discounts on their prescription drugs, and we’re closing the doughnut hole.  Because of what we’re doing, more people are getting preventive care.  Because of what we’re doing, insurance companies can’t drop you right when you need insurance most just because of some fine print.  (Applause.)

So maybe Governor Romney wants to spend the next three years rearguing what we’ve been arguing about for the last three years, but the Supreme Court has spoken — we are implementing this law. We are moving forward.  We are not going backwards.  That is a choice in this election.  That’s why I’m running for a second term as President.  (Applause.)

We’re not going to undo the reforms we’ve put into place to make sure Wall Street doesn’t ask for another taxpayer-funded bailout.  We’re not going to go back to the days when folks, to serve this country, it depended on who they loved.  If they love this country, they should be able to serve this country — period.  (Applause.)

We’re going to make sure that young people who are brought to this country when they were very young and have grown up as Americans, that they have an opportunity to contribute here in America, the country that they love.  (Applause.)  We’re not going backwards.  We’re going forward.  (Applause.)

Now, I have to tell you that over the course of the next three months, though, you will see more money spent by the other side than we’ve ever seen in history.  And I don’t want to lie.  I mean, we’re raising money — but these folks are writing $10 million checks.  I mean, they’ve got some friends in — with a lot of money.  And we are seeing all these ads — and you notice they don’t really have a plan?  I mean, you don’t see these ads saying what they’re going to do, because they know that their plan would not sell.

So instead, what they’re going to do is just repeat over and over again the same things that they’ve been saying for the last three and a half years, and that is, the economy is not doing as well as it should and it’s Obama’s fault.  I mean, that’s their  — basically, they’ll do different ads, but it’s the same theme.

And you know, I might be a little worried about it except — what you taught me, Iowa, in 2008.  We have been outspent before; we have been counted out before.  But what I’ve learned is that when the American people cut through the nonsense, when they’re paying attention and they’re focused, and they think back to their own families and their parents and their grandparents and everything that’s made this country great, when they decide we’re going to make sure that we’ve got a government that is not just representing the powerful and the wealthy but just looking after ordinary folks, and recognizing government can’t solve every problem, and nobody expects a handout or a bailout, but we do expect to make sure that together we are doing things that help the next generation — when the American people start focusing on those core values that have made this country great, I tell you what, you can’t be stopped.  You can’t be stopped.  (Applause.)  You’re the most powerful force in this democracy.

So, Marshalltown, I’m going to need your help.  I’m going to need you fired up again.  I’m going to need you ready to go.  We’re going to have to make sure everybody is registered.  If you’re not registered, by the way, you can get forms online, going to gottaregister.com.  (Laughter.)  That’s g-o-t-t-a.  I’m sorry, teachers, but it’s “gotta.”  (Laughter.)  It’s not “got to,” it’s “gotta.”  Gottaregister.com.

But if you guys are ready to work, we’ll get this done.  Because we’ve got more work to do.  We’ve got more schools to build.  We’ve got more teachers to hire.  We’ve got more troops to bring home.  We’ve got more roads to build.  We’ve got more opportunity to create for our young people to make college more affordable.  We’ve got a lot of unfinished business.

And I tell you what, back in 2008, I used to say to folks, look, I’m not a perfect man — you can ask Michelle.  (Laughter.) And I tell folks, I’m not — I won’t be a perfect President.  Nobody is.  But what I did say is I’ll wake up every single day fighting as hard as I know how for you; that I will think about you, and I will represent you, and I will fight for you.  (Applause.)  And I have kept that promise, Iowa.  I have kept that promise.  (Applause.)

So if you’re willing to stand with me and work with me and organize with me, and knock on some doors and make some phone calls with me, we will finish what we started.  We will get folks back to work.  We will revive the middle-class dream of America. And we will remind the world why this is the greatest nation on Earth.

Thank you, everybody.  God bless you.  God bless America.  Thank you.

END
4:27 P.M. CDT

Full Text Obama Presidency August 14, 2012: President Barack Obama’s Speech Shows Support for Alternative Energy at Iowa Wind Farm

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Obama Shows Support for Alternative Energy at Iowa Wind Farm

Source: ABC News Radio, 8-14-12
President Obama made a surprise detour to a wind farm Tuesday, part of his ongoing effort to tout his support for one of this swing state’s top industries.

“At a moment when we want to pursue every avenue for job creation, it’s homegrown energy like wind that’s creating good, new jobs in states like Iowa,” the president told reporters after touring the wind turbines on the Heil Family Farm, which harvests enough wind to power an estimated 30,000 Iowa homes….READ MORE

Remarks by the President on Wind Energy

Source: WH, 8-14-12 

Heil Family Farm
Haverhill, Iowa

2:55 P.M. CDT

THE PRESIDENT:  Well, I want to thank Jeff Heil and his father, Richard, for showing me around the farm.  And I think it’s remarkable to think that the Heil family has been farming this land since 1902, but they’ve got a relatively new addition in the wind turbines that you see in the background.  They’re part of the Laurel wind farm — 52 turbines that harvest enough wind power to power an estimated 30,000 Iowa homes in a way that’s clean and renewable.

And at a moment when we want to pursue every avenue for job creation, it’s homegrown energy like wind that’s creating good, new jobs in states like Iowa.  Let me give you an example.  Back when I was first running for this office and spending a lot of time in this state, I visited the town of Newton, about a half an hour down the road.  The local Maytag plant was closing its doors and nearly 2,000 jobs were on the line.  So you had a once-thriving factory that was going dark and going quiet and, understandably, folks were worried about what would happen to the community.

Then wind energy offered a new opportunity.  When I returned to Newton to visit that plant as President several months ago, some of the same folks who had lost their jobs at Maytag were back on the line building wind towers to support some of the most advanced wind turbines in the world.

Earlier this year, at a different plant about five minutes from there, I met workers building enormous blades for these wind turbines.  And I’m proud of the fact that, while we used to have to import parts like those, today they’re made in Newton, made in Iowa, made in America by American workers.

Unfortunately, what we thought was a bipartisan consensus in supporting wind power has been fraying a little bit during election season.  My opponent in this election says he wants to end tax credits for wind energy, wind energy producers that make all this possible.  He’s called these sources of energy “imaginary”; his new running mate has called them a “fad”.

I think a lot of folks in Iowa would disagree, because wind farms like this and the good jobs that are down in Newton, they’re not a “fad” and they’re not “imaginary.”  Seventy-five thousand jobs across this country depend on wind energy; 7,000 jobs in Iowa alone.  That’s more than in any other state.  These are good, American jobs.  And thanks to the hard work of the folks who have these jobs, Iowa generates about 20 percent of its electricity from wind — energy that powers homes and businesses and factories all across the state.

Over the past four years, we’ve doubled the amount of electricity America can generate from wind — from 25 gigawatts to 50 gigawatts.  And to put that in perspective, that’s like building 12 new Hoover Dams that are powering homes all across the country.  We doubled the amount of electricity we generate from solar energy, too.  And combined, these energy sources are enough power to make sure that 13 million homes have reliable power and support the paychecks that help more than 100,000 Americans provide for their families.

That’s not imaginary.  That is real.  And that’s what’s at stake in November.  Thirty-seven thousand American jobs are on the line if the wind energy tax credit is allowed to expire like my opponent thinks they should.  And unlike Governor Romney, I want to stop giving $4 billion in taxpayer subsidies to big oil companies that have rarely been more profitable so that we can keep investing in homegrown energy sources like wind that have never been more promising.  That’s part of the choice in this election.

We can listen to folks who want to take us backwards by doubling down on the same economic policies that got us into a fix several years ago and that we’re still fighting out of.  Or we can keep moving forward to a future with more good, American jobs, more sources of homegrown, American energy, greater energy independence, and cleaner, safer environments for our kids.

And I think it was interesting talking to Jeff.  He described how these wind farms got started, and what you had was all the neighboring farms coming together and essentially forming a cooperative.  And folks who had these windmills on their land, on their property, recognized that, look, that was going to have an impact on folks who might not.  And so everybody in this area, whether they’ve got a wind farm or not, helps benefit — or is benefiting from the economics of this wind energy.

And that’s an example of what America is about.  We believe in free enterprise, we believe in hard work.  The Heil family is an example of that.  But we also believe in neighborliness and working together for the common good.  And as a consequence of their foresight and their creativity, and with the help of these wind energy tax credits, every farmer, every landowner in this area, is benefiting.  And all of us are benefiting from clean, American energy.

So I hope we continue to promote this kind of energy.  I know the Heil family does, too.  And my expectation is, is that over the next several years, in the same way that we’ve doubled wind energy in the past, we’re going to keep on doubling it in the future.

Thanks very much, everybody.

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3:01 P.M. CDT

Campaign Headlines August 14, 2012: Paul Ryan Comes Out Swinging at Colorado Rally “We’ve Gone from…’Hope and Change’ to Attack and Blame”

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“We’ve Gone from…’Hope and Change’ to Attack and Blame” — Paul Ryan Comes Out Swinging at Colorado Rally

Source: ABC News Radio, 8-14-12

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Paul Ryan, on the stump as Mitt Romney‘s running mate Tuesday, aimed his fire directly at President Obama.  He said the Democratic campaign has to “distort, demagogue, to divide,” all to distract from the “real issues” of the campaign.

“He comes to change the tone and culture in Washington,” Ryan said to a boisterous crowd at a high school. “And so here’s where we’ve arrived. He can’t run on his record. He hasn’t changed his tune. So all that he has left is to distort, demagogue, to divide, to try and confuse, to distract you from the real issues of this election.”

Tuesday was Ryan’s second solo day of on the campaign trail.  The enthusiastic crowd at his speech here was in stark contrast to the small but vocal contingent of protesters Ryan saw Monday at the Iowa State Fair.

“We’ve gone from…hope and change to attack and blame,” said Ryan, stumbling a bit on a line sure to be heard in his regular stump speech. “But here’s what’s a little more concerting in my opinion about this. He’s speaking to people as if we’re divided from one another, not unified. He’s speaking to people as if we’re stuck in our station in life. Victims of circumstances beyond our control and that only the government is here to help us cope with it.”…READ MORE

Paul Ryan: We Must Become Energy Independent

Source: Mitt Romney Press, 8-14-12

“What Mitt Romney and I are offering, the Romney-Ryan plan for a stronger middle class, is designed to get people back to work. It is designed to create jobs. If we get this economy growing like we know we can, we can create 12 million jobs in four years. We’re offering solutions. And among those solutions we’re offering, our number one, make sure that we use our own energy because we have our own energy in this country. All of it.” – Paul Ryan

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PAUL RYAN: “What Mitt Romney and I are offering, the Romney-Ryan plan for a stronger middle class, is designed to get people back to work. It is designed to create jobs. If we get this economy growing like we know we can, we can create 12 million jobs in four years. We’re offering solutions. And among those solutions we’re offering, our number one, make sure that we use our own energy because we have our own energy in this country. All of it. You have it all here in Colorado. You know, last week when I was filling my truck up, which something tells me I’m not going to be putting gas in my truck for any time soon, but last week when I was filling my truck up, it cost $100, and the only reason it cost $100 is because the pump cut me off at $100 because of the gas tank. Enough. We have our own oil and gas. We have nuclear. We have all of the above, winds, solar, coal, let’s use it. Let’s make our energy independence. Let’s create jobs. Let’s stop sending jobs overseas by buying oil overseas.”

Full Text Campaign Buzz August 14, 2012: Paul Ryan on Fox News: President Barack Obama Is Damaging Medicare For Current Seniors

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Paul Ryan: President Obama Is Damaging Medicare For Current Seniors

Source: Mitt Romney Press, 8-14-12

“President Obama is actually damaging Medicare for current seniors. It’s irrefutable. And that’s why I think this is a debate we want to have and that’s a debate we’re going to win.”  –Paul Ryan

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PAUL RYAN: “[W]e’re the ones offering a plan to save Medicare; to protect Medicare; to strengthen Medicare. We are the ones who are not raiding Medicare to pay for Obamacare. We’re the ones who are repealing President Obama’s 15 person bureaucratic board that will put price controls on Medicare that will lead to denied care for current seniors. We’re the ones continuing the guarantee of Medicare for people in or near retirement. And you have to reform it for the younger generation, in order to make the commitment stick for the current generation. President Obama is actually damaging Medicare for current seniors. It’s irrefutable. And that’s why I think this is a debate we want to have and that’s a debate we’re going to win.”

Full Text Campaign Buzz August 14, 2012: President Barack Obama’s Speech at a Campaign Event at Nelson Pioneer Farm & Museum in Oskaloosa, Iowa

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Nelson Pioneer Farm & Museum
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11:33 A.M. CDT

THE PRESIDENT:  Hello, Iowa!  (Applause.)  It is good to be back in Oskaloosa.  (Applause.)  It is good to see all of you.  If you’ve got a chair, please feel free to take a seat.  I want everybody to feel relaxed out here.  It’s a beautiful summer day.

I’ve been talking to some kids; I guess school starts up in a couple of days, so they were looking a little depressed.  (Laughter.)  But it’s okay.  School is going to be great.  I know you guys have had a great summer.

Before I start, I just want to acknowledge an outstanding member of Congress who is fighting every day on behalf of the people of his district — Dave Loebsack is here.  Give Dave a big round of applause.  (Applause.)  There he is.  Thank you, Dave.

It has been great to be back in Iowa.  Back in 2007-2008, I was on your farms and in your backyards and on your porches.  And that’s where our movement for change really began, right here in Iowa.  (Applause.)  And we spent a lot of time on bus tours like this one all across the state.

And it was good also to be back at the Iowa State Fair, although when I was just a candidate, they let me go on the bumper cars.  (Laughter.)  And I went up on the Big Bend — you guys ever been on that, where they just shoot you up about 500 feet in the air?  I was with Malia and I started screaming, and she looked at me, saying, come on, Dad, get it under control.  (Laughter.)  But it was terrifying.  Anyway, Secret Service does not let me do that anymore.  But I was still able to get a beer and a pork chop — (applause) — so I was pretty happy about that.  I was pretty happy about that.

Here’s the thing — I’m back because our journey is not done.  We’re spending three days driving all the way across the state, just like we did in 2007 and 2008; we’re going from Council Bluffs all the way to the Quads, Quad Cities, because once again you face a critical choice in November.  In some ways, this is even more important an election than 2008, because this choice could not be bigger.

It’s not just a choice between two candidates.  It’s not just a choice between two political parties.  It is a choice between two fundamentally different visions of how America became great and how it’s going to stay great, two fundamentally different visions of the path we need to take for the future of our kids and our grandkids.  (Applause.)

And the direction that you choose when you walk into the voting booth in November, it’s going to determine not our lives next year or five years from now.  It’s going to determine the future for decades to come for our kids and our grandchildren.

Four years ago when we came together — and it wasn’t just Democrats, by the way; we had independents and we had some Republicans.  We came together because a lot of us realized that the core idea, the basic bargain that made this country, was under threat.  And it’s a basic bargain that says if you work hard in this country, you can get ahead; that if you take responsibility, than you can make it, and you can get into the middle class.  You can feel a sense of security.  That you can find a job that pays the bills and have a home you call your own.  That you won’t go bankrupt when you get sick.  That you can retire with dignity and respect.  And most importantly, that you can give your kids a great education and they can do even better and dream even bigger than you ever imagined.  That’s the American Promise.  That’s the American Dream.  That’s what we’ve been fighting for.  (Applause.)

Now, we knew restoring that basic idea wouldn’t be easy because we had just gone through a decade in which that bargain, that promise wasn’t being kept.  Jobs had gotten shipped overseas.  People were working harder, but making less, while the cost of everything from health care to college was going up.  We fought two wars on a credit card, adding enormously to our debt.  And all this culminated then in the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression.

And so, we knew this wasn’t going to be easy.  And when the crisis hit in 2008 and 2009, millions of people all across this country — some of our friends and neighbors and family members — lost their jobs, lost their homes, lost their savings.  And that made the American Dream even a little bit further out of reach.

Now, I told you when I ran the first time that this was not going to be easy, restoring that bargain; that there weren’t any quick fixes to our solutions.  But what I also insisted, and what I still believe, is we’ve got everything we need to solve these challenges.  (Applause.)  We have everything we need right here in America to make the middle class strong again.

We’ve got the best workers in the world.  (Applause.)  We’ve got the best entrepreneurs in the world.  (Applause.)  Everybody knows we’ve got the best farms in the world.  (Applause.)  We’ve got the best scientists, the best researchers.  We’ve got the best universities.  We’ve got the best colleges.  We are a young nation still, partly because we’re still a magnet for talent from all around the world.  We’ve got the greatest diversity of talent and ingenuity of any other country.

And so even though there are some people who like to talk about America in decline, or they try to paint things as dark as possible — especially during election season — there is no doubt in my mind that there’s not another country on Earth that wouldn’t gladly trade places with us.  We’ve got everything we need to succeed.  (Applause.)

And most of all, what we’ve got is the American character.  I’ve seen it over the last three and a half years.  I see it in folks who lose their jobs at the age of 50 or 55 and they go back to a community college, studying hard, sitting next to 20-year-olds, and retrain, and suddenly they go back and they get a job in a new industry.  Or the small business owner who could barely keep their doors open but decided, you know what, I’m not going to take a salary, I’m not going to take any pay, because I want to make sure my workers are taken care of because they’ve got families to support.

All across America, it turns out Americans are tougher than any tough times.  We are resilient, and we work hard, and we may get knocked down but we always get back up.  That has been the character of America, and that character has not changed.  (Applause.)

And it’s because of that character that over the last three and a half years we’ve made some progress.  We’re not all the way back to where we need to be, but we’ve created four and a half million new jobs — half a million new jobs in manufacturing.  (Applause.)  We have seen small businesses start to open back up.  We’ve seen workers getting retrained and getting rehired.  And so we’ve made progress.

But our goal in 2007-2008 wasn’t just getting back to where we were before the crisis.  Our goal was to make sure that we built an economy that lasts; where we built an economy where middle-class folks and folks aspiring to the middle class can succeed.  That has been our goal.  That’s what we’re still fighting for.  We are not yet done, and that’s why I’m running for a second term as President of the United States of America — because we’ve got more work to do.  (Applause.)

Now, I said we’ve got everything we need to solve our problems.  The main impediment we’ve got, the main roadblock we’ve got is politics in Washington.  (Applause.)  You’ve got another party that thinks compromise is a dirty word, and that believes the only way we can move forward is to go back to the same top-down economics that got us into this mess in the first place.

AUDIENCE MEMBER:  Yes.  You’re right!

THE PRESIDENT:  Now, you may have heard that Governor Romney just chose his running mate, Congressman Ryan.

AUDIENCE MEMBER:  Booo —

THE PRESIDENT:  He’s a good man, he’s a family man.  He’s the ideological leader of the Republicans in Congress, and he’s an articulate spokesperson for Governor Romney’s views.  The problem is those views are wrong.  I fundamentally disagree with their vision for America.  (Applause.)  Their basic prescription for America is to get rid of more regulations on big banks and big corporations, give more tax breaks to the very wealthiest Americans, and their belief is somehow that prosperity then will trickle down on everybody else.  That’s their view.

Look, the centerpiece of Governor Romney’s entire economic plan — the centerpiece of it, his main idea — his one big idea is to give another $5 trillion tax cut on top of the Bush tax cuts that he’s keeping — he wants to keep in place — $5 trillion.  To give you some sense of perspective, our entire defense budget is about half a trillion dollars a year.  So this tax cut would be the equivalent of what we spend on the national defense every single year for the next 10 years — $5 trillion.  Last week we found out that he expects you to pay the tab.  Governor Romney’s tax plan would actually raise taxes on middle-class families with children by an average of $2,000 to pay for this big tax break that’s going mostly to the wealthiest folks.

AUDIENCE:  Booo —

THE PRESIDENT:  Understand, this is not asking you to pay more taxes to reduce our deficit or to help kids get an education or to rebuild some roads and bridges and ports around the country.  This is asking you to pay more to give an average $250,000 tax break to folks making $3 million a year or more.  That is his big idea.

Now, they have tried to sell this kind of trickle-down fairy dust before.  (Laughter.)  And frankly, they tried it as recently as 2001, 2002, 2003.  And what did we get?  The most sluggish job growth in generations, incomes and wages going down, jobs going overseas, and a huge economic crisis — and, by the way, the deficits kept on going up so by the time I walked into office we had a trillion-dollar deficit.

Why would we want to try that again?  I don’t know about you, but my general rule is if I do something and it doesn’t work, and then I do it again and it doesn’t work again, I stop doing it.  (Laughter.)  I stop doing it.  I try something else.  (Applause.)

So they don’t have a plan to cut the deficit.  They don’t have a plan to create jobs.  They sure don’t have a plan to revive the middle class.  We don’t need more tax cuts for folks like me — folks who are doing fine.  We need tax relief for working Americans.  (Applause.)

So when I came into office, I had promised you that I would cut taxes for middle-class Americans.  And guess what?  I kept that promise.  (Applause.)  The Republicans like to call Democrats the big tax-and-spend folks, but it turns out that your tax rates are lower by about $3,600 for the typical family than they were when I came into office because I kept my promise.  (Applause.)

So now what I want to do is to keep your income tax rates exactly where they are.  I don’t want your taxes going up for the first $250,000 of income that you make — which, by the way, covers about 98 percent of all Americans and 97 percent of all small businesses.  Your taxes — your income taxes would not go up one single dime next year if Congress does what I’ve asked them to do.  (Applause.)

What I have said is, for those who are fortunate enough to be in the other 2 percent, you’d still get a tax cut for the first $250,000 you make, but after that we’re asking you to pay a little bit more to help pay down the deficit, and help to invest in making college affordable for young people, and making sure that we’ve got teachers on the job, and making sure that we’re investing in science to help cure cancer and Alzheimer’s.  (Applause.)  That’s how our economy can grow.  That’s how our economy will grow.

We’re going to make sure government does its part.  A lot of people don’t realize we’ve already cut a trillion dollars of government spending to lower our deficit — a trillion dollars.  And we can do more.  I think government has to make sure that it’s good stewards for your taxpayer dollars, that it’s not being wasted — and there’s still more waste that we can get out of there.  But we can’t close the deficit and invest in our future just by cutting taxes for the wealthiest Americans, cutting education, cutting the things that help us grow.  And by the way, the proposal that I’m putting forward that says folks like me and Governor Romney have to pay a little bit more — we actually have tried that, too.  We tried it under Bill Clinton, when we created 23 million new jobs, the biggest budget surplus in history.  (Applause.)

And guess what — folks at the top, they did good, too.  And the reason is, when you give a family farmer, or you give a construction worker, or you give a receptionist, or you give a nurse or a teacher a little bit more money in their pockets, what do they do?

AUDIENCE MEMBER:  Spend it.

THE PRESIDENT:  They spend it.  Maybe they can finally trade in that 10-year-old car and get a new car.  Maybe they get a new appliance because the dishwasher or the washing machine is broken.  Maybe they buy a new computer for their kids who are about to go to college.  Maybe they go to a restaurant or, heaven forbid, take a vacation once in a while.

And what that means is then businesses have more customers, and businesses hire more workers, and everybody does better.  You get what’s called a virtuous cycle of everybody feeling more confident about the economy because everybody has got a stake in the economy.

See, I don’t believe in an economy from the top down; I believe that the economy grows from the middle class out and from the bottom up.  (Applause.)  And when everybody is doing well and everybody has got a fair shot, everybody ends up doing better.  That’s how we grow this economy.  And that’s why I’m running for a second term as President of the United States of America.  (Applause.)

So there are differences in this election on almost every issue.  When the automakers were on the brink of collapse, Governor Romney said “let Detroit go bankrupt.”  I said, let’s bet on American workers.  (Applause.)  And three and a half years later, the auto industry has come roaring back.

So now, I want to make sure that American manufacturing, advanced hi-tech manufacturing, is taking root right here in America — not in China, not in Germany — right here in Iowa, right here in Oskaloosa, right here in the United States of America.  (Applause.)

AUDIENCE MEMBER:  Oscaloosa!

THE PRESIDENT:  You know, Governor Romney, he likes to brag about his private sector experience.  His main private sector experience — he did make a lot of money — was investing in companies, some of which were called “pioneers” of outsourcing.  I don’t want a pioneer of outsourcing.  I want somebody who is fighting for insourcing.  I want to bring business back to America.  (Applause.)

I want to stop giving tax breaks to companies that are shipping jobs overseas.  Let’s give them to companies that are investing right here in Iowa and right here in the United States of America, hiring American workers, making American products that we’re selling around the world stamped with three proud words:  Made in America.  That’s what I believe in.  That’s why I’m running.  (Applause.)

Let me give you another example.  We’re at a moment right now when homegrown energy, like wind energy, is creating new jobs all across Iowa and all across the country.  And guess what, Governor Romney said let’s end the tax credits for wind energy production.  Let’s get rid of them.

He said that new sources of energy like wind are “imaginary”.  His running mate calls them a “fad.”  During a speech a few months ago, Governor Romney even explained his energy policy this way — I’m quoting here — “You can’t drive a car with a windmill on it.”  (Laughter.)  That’s what he said about wind power.  “You can’t drive a car with a windmill on it.”  Now, I don’t know if he has actually tried that.  I know he has had other things on his car.  (Laughter and applause.)

But if he wants to learn something about wind, all he has got to do is pay attention to what you’ve been doing here in Iowa.  (Applause.)  If he saw what you’ve been doing, he’d see that there are places like Newton, where a few years ago the Maytag plant closed down, jobs dried up.  Folks are now back to work manufacturing these enormous new towers and blades for some of the most sophisticated, high-tech wind turbines on the planet.  The wind industry now supports 7,000 jobs here in Iowa — 75,000 jobs across the country.  (Applause.)  These jobs aren’t a “fad”.  These are good jobs, and they’re a source of pride that we need to fight for.

And if Governor Romney understood what you’ve been doing, he’d know that we used to have to import most of the parts were used for wind turbines — they’re now being made here in America, by American workers in American factories.  That’s not “imaginary” — that’s real.  (Applause.)  That’s part of what we’re fighting for in this election.

If he knew what you’ve been doing, he’d know that 20 percent of Iowa’s electricity now comes from wind, powering our homes and our factories and our businesses in a way that is clean and renewable.  In fact, over the past 4 years, we’ve doubled the amount of electricity America generates for wind.  Across America, we’ve built the equivalent of 12 new Hoover Dams’ worth of wind energy.  Think about that.  Think about that.  (Applause.)

So Governor Romney may have figured out that you can’t drive a car with a windmill on it, but he doesn’t seem to know that America now has enough wind turbines installed to generate enough electricity from wind to power nearly 13 million homes with clean energy.  That’s how we leave something better for the next generation.  That’s worth fighting for.  That’s what’s at stake right now.  (Applause.)

So I want to stop giving $4 billion in taxpayer subsidies that are going to oil companies that are making huge profits and have been subsidized for a hundred years, and let’s keep on investing in the new homegrown energy that’s creating jobs right here in Iowa.  That’s a difference in this election.  That’s why I’m running for President of the United States of America.  (Applause.)

We’ve got a whole lot of differences between me and Governor Romney.

AUDIENCE MEMBER:  You’re better!  You are better!  You are better!

THE PRESIDENT:  You know, I’ve got to say I agree with that.  (Laughter.)  My ideas are, at least.

Look, in 2008, I said we’d end the war in Iraq — we did.  (Applause.)  We said that we’d go after al Qaeda and bin Laden — we did.  (Applause.)  We are now bringing troops home from Afghanistan.  (Applause.)  America is safer and more secure than when I came into office, because of the extraordinary sacrifices of our men and women in uniform.  (Applause.)

That’s why we’ve invested so much in making sure that the VA is doing its job, making sure that our veterans get the benefits that they have earned.  Because they shouldn’t have to fight for a job or a roof over their heads after they’ve fought for us.  We’ve got to serve them as well as they’ve served us.  (Applause.)

But as they’re now coming home, I want to take about half the money that we’re saving after a decade of war and let’s help put veterans and Americans back to work rebuilding America, doing some nation-building here at home.  (Applause.)  Let’s rebuild our ports and our roads and our bridges and our airports.  We can put folks back to work right now.  It’s good for the economy now.  It will be good for the economy 10 years from now and 20 years from now.

I want to set up a Veterans Jobs Corps that helps local communities hire veterans for firefighters and cops in communities that need them most.  (Applause.)  Those are smart investments in the future.  Governor Romney may have a different idea.  I want to put folks back to work rebuilding America.  And now is the time to do it.

His other idea is, let’s get rid of Obamacare; he says, I’m going to “kill it.”  Well, let me tell you something, it’s true I do care.  So I don’t mind folks calling it Obamacare.  (Applause.)  And what I’ve said is that in a country as rich as ours, we should not see anybody going bankrupt when they get sick.  (Applause.)

The Supreme Court has now spoken.  We are moving forward with this law.  Six and a half million young people can now stay on their parent’s plan.  (Applause.)  Insurance companies can’t deny you coverage because of a preexisting condition.  (Applause.)  Insurance companies can’t drop your coverage when you need it the most.  (Applause.)  For a lot of rural communities, a lot of farmers, it’s hard buying health insurance on your own — you’re now going to be able to pool with other folks so you can get discounted rates just like people who work for big companies.  That will help a lot of communities all across Iowa.  (Applause.)

So we’re not going to go backwards and refight the same fights we had over the last three years.  We’re going forward.  We’re not going backwards.  We don’t need to have those same arguments in Washington.  What we need to do is go ahead and implement this law, and make sure it works.  And if anybody has got good ideas to help further lower health care costs, I’m happy to work with them.  But we’re not going backwards.  We’re going forwards.  That’s what America needs right now.  (Applause.)

I’m running to make sure that we’ve got the best education system in the world.  I want to help local communities hire the best teachers — especially in math and science — give 2 million more slots available in community colleges so people can get trained for the jobs that businesses are hiring for right now.  And I want to make college more affordable for every single young person in America.  (Applause.)  We’ve already done a lot of work making sure that they’re getting help, but I’m also going to work with the colleges and universities to lower tuition once and for all.  Because a higher education is not a luxury in this economy, it is an economic necessity and I want to make sure opportunities are open for everybody, not just for the few.  (Applause.)

All these issues — bringing manufacturing back, helping young people go to school, giving you more health care security — all these issues tie together.  It goes back to what made this country great.  And when I think about my own life, when I think about Michelle’s life — we didn’t come from wealth.  We didn’t come from fame.  But we were lucky enough to be born in a country where here, everybody gets a fair shot, everybody does their fair share, everybody plays by the same set of rules — no matter what you look like, no matter where you come from, no matter what your last name is, you can make it here if you try.  That’s the story of America.  That’s your story.

Your parents, your grandparents, your great-grandparents — they went through struggles.  They went through hardship.  Nothing was given to them.  But they did live in a country where you had a shot.  And we now have an obligation to pass that on to the next generation.  That’s what we have to fight for.

And over the next three months, you’re going to see more TV advertising than you’ve ever seen in your life.  And these folks are spending more money — they’ve got people writing $10 million checks.  And almost all the ads are the same; they basically say, the economy is not where it needs to be and it’s Obama’s fault.  They just kind of repeat that over and over and over again.

AUDIENCE MEMBER:  And it’s not!

THE PRESIDENT:  Well, you know what, let me tell you something.  That may be a plan to win an election, but it’s not a plan to create jobs.  It’s not a plan to make our future better.  It’s not a plan to revive the middle class.  They don’t have that plan.  I do have that plan.  (Applause.)

But I’m going to need your help.  I’m going to need everybody here registering to vote.  I’m going to need you to get your friends and neighbors to register to vote.  You can get forms online.  You can go to gottaregister.com — that’s gotta, g-o-t-t-a.  (Laughter.)

But what I learned from you here in Iowa in 2008 is other folks may outspend me, folks may write me off, but when you’ve got ordinary folks pulling together, cutting through the nonsense and focuses on what’s important — when you guys get involved — you can’t be stopped.  Nothing can stop you.  (Applause.)

You will decide the future of this country.  And I’m asking for your help.  Because we’ve got more schools to build, we’ve got more teachers to hire.  We’ve got more troops who have got to come home.  We’ve got more manufacturing plants that we’ve got to build.  We’ve got more Americans we need to put back to work, and we’ve got more doors of opportunity that we have to open for all Americans.

And if you’re willing to stand with me and work with me and make phone calls with me and knock on some doors with me, then we can finish what we started in 2008.  (Applause.)  We can make this middle class strong again.  We can make sure that the future is bright for our kids again.  And we can remind the world just why it is the United States of America is the greatest nation on Earth

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

END
12:04 P.M. CDT

History Buzz August 14, 2012: Bob Woodward: New Book, ‘The Price of Politics,’ to Take on President Barack Obama, Economy

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Next Bob Woodward book, ‘The Price of Politics,’ to take on President Barack Obama, economy

Source: AP, 8-14-12

The U.S. economy is about to get the Bob Woodward treatment.

The next book by the award-winning investigative reporter and best-selling author will document how President Barack Obama and congressional leaders responded to the economic crisis and where we stand now.

Publisher Simon & Schuster announced Tuesday the book will be called “The Price of Politics” and will come out Sept. 11….READ MORE

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