Campaign Headlines October 17, 2012: Condoleezza Rice Joins Paul Ryan on the Campaign Trail at Baldwin Wallace University in Ohio

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Condoleezza Rice Joins Paul Ryan on the Campaign Trail

Source: ABC News Radio, 10-17-12

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Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice joined Paul Ryan on the campaign trail Wednesday, marking the first time she’s hit the trail for the Romney ticket since she fired up the crowd with a speech at the Republican National Convention in August.

“It doesn’t matter where you came from, it matters where you are going” was her message in this battleground state of Ohio, inferring that the president, whom she never mentioned by name, is not someone who’s offering the right direction for the country.

“As important as it is for us to pay our bills and not take on debt that we can’t afford, as important as it is to get people back to work, as important as it is to give people a sense of hope again, I want to make another argument to you,” Rice said, speaking to a crowd of over 1,000 at Baldwin Wallace University….READ MORE

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Full Text Campaign Buzz October 17, 2012: Mitt Romney’s Speech at a Campaign Event in Chesapeake, Virginia — President Obama Can’t Defend His Failed Record

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Romney: President Obama Has Failed America’s Women

Source: ABC News Radio, 10-17-12

Mitt Romney offered his own summary of Tuesday’s fiery presidential debate to voters in Virginia on Wednesday, saying President Obama has failed to present a plan for the next four years and has “failed America’s women.”

“Now, I have to be honest with you: I love these debates. You know, these things are great. And I think it’s interesting that the president still doesn’t have an agenda for a second term,” said Romney. “Don’t you think that it’s time for him to finally put together a vision of what he’d do in the next four years if he were elected? I mean, he’s gotta come up with that over this weekend because there’s only one debate left, on Monday.”…READ MORE

Mitt Romney: President Obama Can’t Defend His Failed Record

Source: Mitt Romney Press, 10-17-12

“I just think the American people had expected that the President of the United States would be able to describe what he’s going to do in the next four years, but he can’t. He can’t even explain what he’s done in the last four years.” – Mitt Romney

Remarks
Chesapeake, Virginia

October 17, 2012

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MITT ROMNEY: “Now, I have to be honest with you. I love these debates. You know, these things are great and I think it’s interesting that the President still doesn’t have an agenda for a second term. Don’t you think that it’s time for him to finally put together a vision of what he’d do in the next four years if he were elected? I mean, he’s got to come up with that over this weekend because there’s only one debate left on Monday. And I just think the American people had expected that the President of the United States would be able to describe what he’s going to do in the next four years, but he can’t. He can’t even explain what he’s done in the last four years. I mean, he’s spends most of his time trying to talk about how my plan won’t work. Well, what about his plan? We know his plan has not worked. And last night there were a lot of people asking questions, and I think they deserve some answers on a number of fronts.”

Full Text Campaign Buzz October 17, 2012: Paul Ryan’s Speech at a Campaign Event in Berea, Ohio — We Need Proactive, Pro-Growth Solutions To Get Our Economy Turned Around

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Paul Ryan: We Need Proactive, Pro-Growth Solutions To Get Our Economy Turned Around

Source: Mitt Romney Press, 10-17-12

“Twenty-six million women are trapped in poverty today. That’s the highest rate in 17 years. We need to get people back to work. We need to get this economy turned around.” – Paul Ryan

Remarks
Berea, OH
October 17, 2012

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PAUL RYAN: “And look at where we are right now: 23 million Americans struggling to find work.

You know, we had a discussion about how women are faring in this economy last night. Five-and-a-half million women are still struggling for work in this economy. A half-million women more are unemployed today than when President Obama was sworn in. Twenty-six million women are trapped in poverty today. That’s the highest rate in 17 years. We need to get people back to work. We need to get this economy turned around. The American idea is there. It hasn’t gone away. But we have the wrong people and the wrong policies in place, and if we clear the way and go forward with the proactive, pro-growth solutions in the agenda that Mitt Romney is talking about, we will get people back to work. We will get people out of poverty, back in the middle class, we’ll get back onto reaching their vision of the American dream.”

Full Text Campaign Buzz October 17, 2012: President Barack Obama’s Speech at a Campaign Event in Mt. Vernon, Iowa — Uses Debate Zingers in Iowa

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Obama Uses Debate Zingers in Iowa

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President Obama Wednesday took his presidential debate “zingers” on the road to battleground Iowa, using the catchy sound bites in an effort to appeal to independent voters and women voters.
“Governor Romney has been running around talking about his five-point plan for the economy for quite some time, and as I pointed out last night and you guys heard yourselves, it’s really a one-point plan,” Obama told a packed gymnasium at Cornell College less than 24 hours after their face-to-face showdown….READ MORE

Remarks by the President at a Campaign Event in Mt. Vernon, IA

Source: WH, 10-17-12 

Richard and Norma Small Multi-Sport Center
Mt. Vernon, Iowa

12:12 P.M. CDT

THE PRESIDENT:  Hello, Iowa!  (Applause.)  Thank you!  Are you fired up?  (Applause.)  Are you ready to go?  (Applause.)

Well, first of all, can everybody please give a big round of applause to Rachel for that great introduction?  (Applause.)  I want to thank the Rams for hosting us here today.  I appreciate you guys.  (Applause.)  Go, Rams!  (Applause.)

We’ve got your outstanding Senator, Tom Harkin.  (Applause.) Congressman Bruce Braley.  (Applause.)  Another Congressman who has — I guess it’s professor emeritus right here — Dave Loebsack.  (Applause.)  Two of my oldest friends in Iowa, my co-chairs back in 2008 — your Attorney General, Tom Miller — (applause) — and your Treasurer, Mike Fitzgerald.  (Applause.)

And I’m thrilled to see all of you.  And I hope you’re enjoying the warm weather.  (Laughter.)

AUDIENCE MEMBER:  I love you!

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

I just want to know — look, I’m from Chicago.  (Applause.) And I campaigned in Iowa in January.  (Laughter.)  So this is basically the warmest you will be for the next six months.  (Laughter.)

Now, I’ve come back to Cornell College today — (applause)  — come back to ask each of you for one big thing.  I’m asking for your vote.  (Applause.)  I’m asking for your vote.  In Iowa, you can vote today.  Today.  As long as you’re registered before October 27th, you can vote right up to Election Day.  In fact, you can go vote right after this event at the Cole Library.  (Applause.)  And anyone can find out how to register and where to vote at Vote.BarackObama.com.

So, Iowa, are you going to vote for me today if you haven’t already voted?  (Applause.)  I need you.  I need you.

Now, as many of you know, we had our second debate last night.  (Applause.)  I’m still trying to figure out how to get the hang of this thing — debating.  (Laughter.)  But we’re working on it.  We’ll keep on improving as time goes on.  I’ve got one left.  (Applause.)

But the interesting thing is that Governor Romney has been running around talking about his five-point plan for the economy for quite some time.  And as I pointed out last night, and you guys heard yourselves, it’s really a one-point plan.  It’s really a one-point plan.  It says folks at the very top can play by their own set of rules.

That’s why they can pay lower taxes than you do, or they can use offshore accounts.  Or they can invest in a company, bankrupt it, fire the workers, take away their pensions, ship the jobs overseas, and still make money doing it.

It’s the one-point plan that says it’s okay for Wall Street to keep engaging in the reckless behavior that got us into the mess we’ve been fighting back from for the last four years.  It’s the same philosophy that’s been squeezing middle-class families for more than a decade.  It’s the same philosophy that we saw in the previous administration.  And I have seen too much pain and too much struggle to let this country go down that same road again.  (Applause.)

So, Iowa, we can’t — I want you to know, folks here in Iowa understand this — you cannot grow this economy from the top down.  You grow this economy from the middle class out.  We’re not going to go back to what we were doing before.  We’re moving forward.  And that’s why I’m running for a second term as President of the United States.  (Applause.)

Now, Governor Romney also took another stab at trying to sell us his $5 trillion tax cut that favors the wealthy.  Once again, he refused to tell us how he’s going to pay for it.  He said he’d let you know after the election.  (Laughter.)  Now, here’s a tip:  Usually when a politician tells you he’s going to wait until after the election to explain a plan to you, they don’t have a pleasant surprise in store for you.  (Laughter.)  And in this case, it’s because just about everybody who’s looked at Governor Romney’s $5 trillion in tax cuts says he can’t pay for it without blowing a hole in the deficit or raising taxes on middle-class families.  It can’t be done.

Governor Romney says he has a plan to create 12 million new jobs in the next four years.  But when folks started crunching the numbers, it fell apart even faster than his tax plan. (Laughter.)  Turns out his jobs math isn’t any better than his tax math.  (Applause.)  The Washington Post called it a “bait and switch.”

So let’s recap what we learned last night.  His tax plan doesn’t add up; his jobs plan doesn’t create jobs; his deficit reduction plan adds to the deficit.  So, Iowa, everybody here has heard of the New Deal; you’ve heard of the fair deal; you’ve heard of the square deal.  Mitt Romney is trying to sell you a Sketchy Deal.  (Applause.)

We are not buying it.  We know better.  We’ve been there.  We’ve tried that.  We’re not going back.  We’re moving forward.  That’s why I need your vote.  We’ve got to finish what we started in 2008.  (Applause.)  You don’t want to invest in that sketchy deal.  Let me tell you —

AUDIENCE MEMBER:  Etch-a-Sketch.

THE PRESIDENT:  That, too.  (Laughter.)

Four years ago, I told you we’d end the war in Iraq — and I did.  (Applause.)  I said we’d end the war in Afghanistan — and we are.  (Applause.)  I said we’d focus on the terrorists who actually attacked us on 9/11 — and we have, and bin Laden is dead.  (Applause.)

Four years ago, I promised to cut taxes for middle-class families — and we have, by $3,600.  I promised to cut taxes for small business owners — and we have, 18 times.  We got back every dime used to rescue the banks, and we passed a law to make sure that taxpayer-funded bailouts are over for good.

We passed health care reform so your insurance company can’t jerk you around anymore.  (Applause.)  We made sure insurance companies have to let parents keep their children on their parents’ plan until they’re 26 years old if they don’t have health insurance.  (Applause.)  We said to insurance companies, you’ve got to charge women the same as men because being a woman is not a preexisting condition.  (Applause.)

We repealed “don’t ask, don’t tell” so no one is ever kicked out of the military because of who they love.  (Applause.)

When Governor Romney said we should just let Detroit go bankrupt, we said thanks but no thanks, and we reinvented a dying auto industry that’s come roaring back to the top of the world.  (Applause.)

Last time I was here, I said to students, we’ve going to help you make sure you can afford a college education — and we took $60 billion that was going to banks and middlemen in the student loan program, we said let’s cut out the middleman, let’s give that money directly to students.  And as a consequence, millions of students have benefited from lower interest rates and Pell grants.  (Applause.)

Today, four years after the worst economic crisis of our lifetimes, we’re moving forward again.  After losing 800,000 jobs a month when I took office, our businesses have now added more than 5 million new jobs over the past two and a half years.  (Applause.)

Unemployment has fallen from a peak of 10 percent to 7.8 percent.  The stock market has nearly doubled, which means your 401(k)s have started to recover.  Foreclosures are at their lowest point in five years.  Home values are back on the rise.  Manufacturing is coming home to America.  Our assembly lines are starting to hum again.  (Applause.)

Look, we’ve got a lot more work to do, but we’ve got to build on that progress.  And I’ve got a plan to grow the economy and create jobs and build more security for middle-class families.  I talked about it last night.  I want to export more products, outsource fewer jobs.  We can keep giving tax breaks to companies that are shipping jobs overseas, or we can give those tax breaks to companies that are investing right here in Iowa, right here in the United States of America rebuilding our manufacturing base.  (Applause.)

I want to control more of our own energy.  You heard last night oil production is up.  Natural gas production is up.  But what we’ve also said is we’ve got to develop new sources of energy, and we’ve got to be more efficient with our economy.  And so we raised fuel-efficiency standards on cars so by the middle of the next decade, your car will go twice as far on a gallon of gas.  (Applause.)

We have doubled the amount of renewable energy that we generate from wind and solar and biofuels.  Today the United States of America is less dependent on foreign oil than any time in the last two decades.  (Applause.)

And so the question — so the choice you have, you heard last night, it’s not a choice between oil versus solar, or natural gas versus wind.  Look, we all agree we got to increase oil production.  We all agree we got to increase natural gas production.  But the question is whether we build on the progress for the new energy sources of the future.  I’m not going to keep on giving corporate taxpayer-funded welfare to oil companies, $4 billion a year, when we could be using that money to continue to promote wind and solar and long-lasting batteries, and put Americans back to work right now — (applause) — seeing that technology develop here in the United States instead of China or Germany, or some other country.  (Applause.)

And I’ve got to tell you, Iowa, this is not a pipedream; there are nearly 7,000 jobs in Iowa right now depending on wind  energy.  Last night, Governor Romney claimed he didn’t have a plan to end wind jobs in Iowa, but he called these jobs “imaginary.”  His plan would end tax credits for wind energy producers.  That is a fact.  My plan will keep these investments, and we’ll keep reducing the carbon pollution that’s also heating the planet — (applause) — because climate change isn’t a hoax. The droughts we’ve seen, the floods, the wildfires — those aren’t a joke.  They’re a threat to our children’s future.  And we can do something about it.  That’s part of what’s at stake in this election.

I want to give more Americans the chance to get a great education and get the skills they need to compete in the 21st century.  (Applause.)  I tried to talk about education last night.  We kept on getting waylaid.  But if you’re talking about jobs and economic growth, what’s more important than making sure everybody has got the skills they need?

I’m only here because of a great education.  All the young people who are making an investment in their college education right now, you guys understand you’ve got to be equipped.  Michelle, her gateway into opportunity was her education system. Her dad was a blue-collar worker, her mom was a secretary.  And right now, as I said, because of the actions we already took, millions of young people are paying less for college because we finally took on that system that was wasting taxpayer dollars, gave it directly to students.

Rachel, by the way — I took a photo with her parents backstage, and she talked about how — the fact that we put in place a tax credit for middle-income families to send their kids to college is helping her attend school right now.  (Applause.)

But what you saw last night, even though we weren’t able to talk about it as much as I would have liked, is a fundamental difference.  Governor Romney says hiring more teachers won’t grow our economy over the next four years.  Well, you know what, yes, it will.  But more importantly, what about our kids over the next 40 years?  What about our economy for the next 40 years?

We could gut education, pay for Governor Romney’s $5 trillion tax cut — or we can recruit 100,000 new math and science teachers over the next decade — (applause) — helping our young people refocus on science and technology, engineering, math.  We should make sure all our young people — our daughters as well as our sons — are thriving in these fields.  (Applause.) This should be a national mission.

I’ve got to tell you, we don’t have to collect a bunch of binders to find qualified, talented — (applause) — driven young women ready to learn and teach in these fields right now.  (Applause.)

And when young women graduate, they should get equal pay for equal work.  (Applause.)  That should be a simple question to answer.  When Governor Romney was asked about it, his campaign said, “We’ll get back to you.”  That shouldn’t be a complicated question: equal pay for equal work.  I want my daughters paid just like somebody else’s sons are paid for the same job.  That’s straightforward.  (Applause.)

Now, I’ve got to say, last night, Governor Romney’s top advisor finally admitted, no, the Governor didn’t really support that bill.  You don’t have to wait for an answer from me.  The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act was the first bill I signed into law as President — the first bill.  (Applause.)

Governor Romney didn’t want to talk much last night about how he wants to end funding for Planned Parenthood, how he supports legislation that would turn certain decisions about a woman’s health care over to their employers.  He didn’t want to talk about it because he knows he can’t sell it.  I don’t think your boss should control the health care you get.  (Applause.)  I don’t think insurers should control the health care you get.  (Applause.)  I certainly don’t think politicians should control the health care that you get.  (Applause.)

We passed Obamacare — yes, I like the term — we passed it — (laughter) — because I do care, and I want to put these choices in your hands where they belong.  (Applause.)

Fourth plan — fourth part of the plan to create jobs right here is use some of the money we’re saving from ending those wars in Iraq, winding down the war in Afghanistan, to pay down our deficit, put our people back to work, including our veterans, rebuilding roads and bridges and schools all across America.  (Applause.)

Governor Romney and I just have a different theory on this. He said it was “tragic” the way we ended the war in Iraq; doubled down on the belief in a speech just last week, said we should have kept troops on the ground in Iraq.  I disagree.  I know these troops.  I know their families.  I know how dedicated they are and the sacrifices they and their families make.  And it was time to bring those troops home to their families.  It was the right thing to do.  (Applause.)

And every brave American who wears the uniform of this country, they need to know as long as I’m Commander-in-Chief, we’re going to maintain the strongest military in the world.  And when those troops take off the uniform, we’re going to serve them as well as they served us — because nobody should have to fight for a job after they fought for our country.  Nobody should have to fight for a roof over their heads or the health care they need after they fought for America.  (Applause.)

And finally, I want to cut the deficit by $4 trillion over the next 10 years, and I’ve worked with Republicans and Democrats already to cut a trillion dollars’ worth of spending.  I’m ready to cut more spending that is not contributing to our growth.  But we can’t just cut our way to prosperity.

We’ve got to make investments in science and research and infrastructure.  And we can’t do all that and reduce our deficit unless we ask the wealthiest households to pay a little bit more — pay higher taxes on incomes over $250,000.  So keep in mind, somebody making $500,000, they’re still keeping the tax break for the first $250,000, but after that, let’s go back to the same rate we had when Bill Clinton was President — (applause) — our economy created 23 million new jobs, we went from deficit to surplus.  (Applause.)

Governor Romney was asked, is it fair that he pays a lower tax rate than a teacher who makes $50,000.  He said, yes, I think it’s fair; I think that’s how you grow an economy.  He’s wrong.  You look at our economic history — that’s not how we grew an economy, by just having a few folks at the top paying even less than folks in the middle.  I’m not going to ask middle-class families to give up their deductions for owning a home, or raising their kids, or sending their kids to college just to pay for another millionaire’s tax cut.  (Applause.)

I’m not going to ask the students here to pay more for college so I have a little more money in my pocket.  I don’t need it.  (Applause.)  I’m not going to kick children out of Head Start programs, or eliminate health insurance for millions of Americans who are poor, or elderly, or disabled.

And Governor Romney again last night, over and over again, he says, I can cut taxes for everybody; I can increase military spending by $2 trillion; I will lower taxes for middle-class families and I’m going to close the deficit.  He keeps on saying it.  And when people ask, well, what are you going to cut — because I don’t know about you guys, but if I’m looking at my budget and I’m trying to shrink my debt, I’ve got to cut something out.  So, so far, what he’s offered is eliminating funding for Planned Parenthood and getting rid of Big Bird —

AUDIENCE:  Booo —

THE PRESIDENT:  — and ending wind tax credits.

AUDIENCE:  Booo —

THE PRESIDENT:  It adds up to less than 1/100th of 1 percent of the federal budget.  So he claims his — now, that was an estimate, by the way.  I was doing that off the top of my head.  (Laughter.)

He claims his $5 trillion tax cut will create millions of new jobs and pay for themselves.  We have heard this pitch before.  You know where we heard it?  In the previous administration.  We know it doesn’t work.  We know what we’re talking about does create jobs.

And now the choice is up to you.  The election now is up to you.  It comes down to this.  Over and over again, our opponents tell us that because government can’t do everything, it should do almost nothing.  If you can’t afford health insurance, hope you don’t get sick.  If you can’t afford to start a business or go to college, borrow money from your parents.  If a company releases harmful pollution into the air, you know what, that’s the price of progress.  That’s not who we are.  That’s not what America is about.

We are in this thing together.  (Applause.)  That’s what this country is about.  Here in America, we believe that we’re all in this together — everybody.  We understand America is not just about what can be done for us, but what can be done by us, as one people, as one nation.

Iowa, you’re the reason that we’ve got shuttered factories in places like Newton that are now humming again with workers manufacturing components for amazing wind turbines.  You made that happen because you believed we could do this together.  You’re the reason a mother in Cedar Rapids — actually, a mother right here in this audience — doesn’t have to worry about surgery for her daughter because the insurance company can’t limit her coverage.

You’re the reason a student in Ames, or Iowa City, or Cornell College can get help paying for a college education, and we’ve got a New GI Bill for our returning veterans to get the education they need.  (Applause.)  That all happened because of you.  And we’ve got to do it again.

You’re the reason a young immigrant is not going to be sent away from the only country she’s ever called home.  (Applause.)  You’re the reason that we were able to bring our troops home, and those families are reunited with their loved ones.  You made that happen.

So if we don’t fight as hard as we can over the next three weeks, all that could be set aside.  That’s what we’re fighting for.  That’s what we’re fighting for.  That’s what we’re fighting for.  You cannot turn away.  And if your voices aren’t heard, then the lobbyists and the special interests, they’ll fill the void — the folks who are writing the $10 million checks to try to buy this election; the folks who are trying to make it harder for people to vote in this election.  And you can’t let that happen.  I’m not going to let that happen.  (Applause.)  We’ve worked too hard together over the last four years to let that happen.  (Applause.)

Back in 2008, it started here in Iowa.  (Applause.)  You’re the ones who first showed America that change was possible.  And everything we fought for is now at stake.  And we can choose to go back to the same top-down policies that got us into this mess, or you can choose to move us forward with the policies that have been getting us out of this mess.

You can choose to go back to a foreign policy that gets us into wars with no plan for getting out, or you can help move us forward and end the Afghan war responsibly and bring our troops home, and focus on the terrorists who were going to attack us.  (Applause.)

You can choose to turn back the clock 50 years for women and for immigrants and for gays and for lesbians — or you can stand up and say, we want to move forward.  We believe in the country where no matter who you are, or what you look like, or where you come from, or who you love, you can make it if you try.  (Applause.)

That’s what’s at stake in this election.  That’s what I still believe in.  And if that’s what you still believe in, then we’ve got to fight as hard as we can for the next three weeks.  And I promise you, if you are willing to stand with me, and knock on doors with me, and work as hard as you can, and talk to your friends and your neighbors and your classmates, and if you will vote for me, we will win Linn County again.  We will win Iowa again.  (Applause.)  We will win this election again.  We’ll finish what we started, and we’ll remind the world why the United States of America is the greatest nation on Earth.  (Applause.)

God bless you and God bless America.  (Applause.)

END
12:40 P.M. CDT

Campaign Headlines October 17, 2012: Barack Obama and Mitt Romney Campaign in Swing States After Second Presidential Debate

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Obama and Romney Hit Swing States After Debate

Source: ABC News Radio, 10-17-12

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President Obama, Mitt Romney, and their surrogates are back on the road Wednesday, fanning out across battleground states, following Tuesday night’s debate in New York.

Obama is in Iowa for an afternoon rally before flying into the Buckeye state to speak with supporters at Ohio University in Athens.

Romney will spend the day in Virginia, making stops in Chesapeake and Leesburg….READ MORE

Campaign Headlines October 17, 2012: Candy Crowley Defends Her Libya Comment in Presidential Debate

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Candy Crowley Defends Her Libya Comment

Source: ABC News Radio, 10-17-12

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Debate moderator Candy Crowley defended her decision to interject in a heated moment about Libya during last night’s presidential debate, saying she was not trying to “fact check,” but just trying to move the debate along.

“It didn’t come to me as I’m going to fact check that. It came to me as let’s get passed this. To me I was really trying to move the conversation along. This is a semantic thing,” Crowley told the hosts of The View.

Her comments angered some debate watchers, particularly Mitt Romney supporters….READ MORE

Campaign Headlines October 17, 2012: Peter Roff: Mitt Romney Won the Second Presidential Debate

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Mitt Romney Won the Second Debate

Source: US News & World Report, 10-17-12
Mitt Romney and Barack Obama debate on Oct. 16, 2012, during the second of three presidential debates at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y.
Having had a night’s sleep to reflect on things, Tuesday night’s debate between President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is starting to feel more like the challenger scored a narrow victory.The instant analysis, which I helped provide as part of the U.S. News & World Report opinion team’s live blogging of the event, lends itself to snap judgments made in the heat of the moment. What matters more is what people remember the next day, even as everything both candidates said and everything both candidates did is analyzed to death.

Certainly, President Obama turned in a much more polished, much more comfortable performance. The format was better suited to him than to Romney, who at times seem uncomfortable fighting for the chance to be heard over both the president and the moderator, CNN’s Candy Crowley. But in looking at what each candidate said, give the points to Romney for this simple reason: Both candidates spent more time talking about what Romney would do or wanted to do or had done than was spent on Obama’s record….READ MORE

Campaign Headlines October 16, 2012: Barack Obama v. Mitt Romney: Mitt Romney’s Quotes from the Second Presidential Debate

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Mitt Romney: “The President Has Tried, But His Policies Haven’t Worked”

Source: Mitt Romney Press, 10-16-12

“I can tell you that if you were to elect President Obama, you know what you’re going to get. You’re going to get a repeat of the last four years. We just can’t afford four more years like the last four years.” – Mitt Romney

Presidential Debate
Hempstead, NY
October 16, 2012

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MITT ROMNEY: “I think you know better. I think you know that these last four years haven’t been so good as the President just described and that you don’t feel like you’re confident that the next four years are going to be much better either.

“I can tell you that if you were to elect President Obama, you know what you’re going to get. You’re going to get a repeat of the last four years. We just can’t afford four more years like the last four years.

“He said that by now we’d have unemployment at 5.4 percent. The difference between where it is and 5.4 percent is 9 million Americans without work.

“I wasn’t the one that said 5.4 percent. This was the President’s plan. Didn’t get there.

“He said he would have by now put forward a plan to reform Medicare and Social Security, because he pointed out they’re on the road to bankruptcy. He would reform them. He’d get that done. He hasn’t even made a proposal on either one.

“He said in his first year he’d put out an immigration plan that would deal with our immigration challenges. Didn’t even file it.

“This is a president who has not been able to do what he said he’d do. He said that he’d cut in half the deficit. He hasn’t done that either. In fact, he doubled it. He said that by now middle-income families would have a reduction in their health insurance premiums by $2,500 a year. It’s gone up by $2,500 a year. And if Obamacare is passed, or implemented — it’s already been passed — if it’s implemented fully, it’ll be another $2,500 on top.

“The middle class is getting crushed under the policies of a president who has not understood what it takes to get the economy working again. He keeps saying, ‘Look, I’ve created 5 million jobs.’ That’s after losing 5 million jobs. The entire record is such that the unemployment has not been reduced in this country. The unemployment, the number of people who are still looking for work, is still 23 million Americans.

“There are more people in poverty, one out of six people in poverty.

“How about food stamps? When he took office, 32 million people were on food stamps. Today, 47 million people are on food stamps. How about the growth of the economy? It’s growing more slowly this year than last year, and more slowly last year than the year before.

“The President wants to do well. I understand. But the policies he’s put in place from Obamacare to Dodd-Frank to his tax policies to his regulatory policies, these policies combined have not let this economy take off and grow like it could have.

“You might say, ‘Well, you got an example of one that worked better?’ Yeah, in the Reagan recession where unemployment hit 10.8 percent, between that period — the end of that recession and the equivalent period of time to today, Ronald Reagan’s recovery created twice as many jobs as this president’s recovery. Five million jobs doesn’t even keep up with our population growth. And the only reason the unemployment rate seems a little lower today is because of all the people that have dropped out of the workforce.

“The President has tried, but his policies haven’t worked. He’s great as a speaker and describing his plans and his vision. That’s wonderful, except we have a record to look at. And that record shows he just hasn’t been able to cut the deficit, to put in place reforms for Medicare and Social Security to preserve them, to get us the rising incomes we need. Median income is down $4,300 a family and 23 million Americans out of work. That’s what this election is about. It’s about who can get the middle class in this country a bright and prosperous future and assure our kids the kind of hope and optimism they deserve.”

Campaign Buzz October 16, 2012: Barack Obama v. Mitt Romney: Who Won? Draw in Second Presidential Debate

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THE HEADLINES….

IN FOCUS: SECOND PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE

Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are shown. | AP Photo

‘Gov. Romney doesn’t have a five-point plan; he has a one-point plan,’ Obama said. | AP Photo

Mitt Romney, left, addresses President Barack Obama during the second presidential debate at Hofstra University. | AP Photo

Romney has closed on Obama in swing-state polling in recent days. | AP Photo

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IN THE NEWS

Rivals Bring Bare Fists to Rematch

Source: NYT, 10-17-12

Doug Mills/The New York Times

Mitt Romney and President Obama during the debate, their second, Tuesday night at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y. More Photos »

President Obama and Mitt Romney engaged Tuesday in one of the most intensive clashes in a televised presidential debate, with tensions between them spilling out in interruptions, personal rebukes and accusations of lying as they parried over the last four years under Mr. Obama and what the next four would look like under a President Romney.

Competing for a shrinking sliver of undecided voters, many of them women, their engagements at times bordered on physical as they circled each other or bounded out of their seats while the other was speaking, at times more intent to argue than to address the questions over jobs, taxes, energy, immigration and a range of other issues….READ MORE

Obama and Romney Get Fired Up in Heated Second Debate

Source: ABC News Radio, 10-16-12

Circling each other like boxers at times and looking one another in the eye, President Obama and Mitt Romney came out swinging as soon as Monday night’s debate began, sparring over Libya, energy production, and an assault weapons ban.

At one point during a particularly heated exchange, Romney snapped when Obama tried to interrupt, “I’m still speaking.”

An another point, Obama said Romney’s insinuation that his administration played politics with the deaths of four Americans in Libya was “offensive.”

Obama, whose performance at the first debate two weeks ago was roundly considered to be lackluster, tried to make up lost ground Monday night….READ MORE

Obama goes on attack against Romney in debate rematch

Source: Reuters, 10-16-12

President Barack Obama and Republican rival Mitt Romney clashed repeatedly on jobs, energy and Libya in their second debate on Tuesday, with Obama moving aggressively to challenge his opponent.

Obama was much sharper and more energetic than in their first encounter two weeks ago, when his listless performance was heavily criticized and gave Romney’s campaign a much-needed boost….READ MORE

Presidential debate 2012: Fight night on Long Island

Source: Politico, 10-16-12

Barack Obama and Mitt Romney confronted each other almost face to face on the debate stage here at Hofstra University Tuesday, as the president delivered an aggressive, prosecutorial critique of his Republican challenger for the first time in the 2012 debate season.

In one of the most combative presidential debates in recent memory, the two nominees circled each other in the town hall-style format, frequently interrupting each other and squabbling over the rules of engagement. “I want to make sure our timekeepers are working here,” Obama complained at one point, while Romney protested to an interjecting Obama: “You’ll get your chance in a second.” CNN anchor Candy Crowley, who moderated the debate, was at times powerless to keep the two candidates at more than arm’s length….READ MORE

QUOTES

FORMER MASSACHUSETTS GOVERNOR MITT ROMNEY

Answering question on women paid less than men:

“What we can do to help young women and women of all ages is to have a strong economy, so strong that employers that are looking to find good employees are bringing them into their workforce and adapting to a flexible work schedule that gives women opportunities that they would otherwise not be able to afford.”

On Obama’s record:

“The president has tried, but his policies haven’t worked. He’s great as a speaker and at describing his plans and his vision. That’s wonderful, except we have a record to look at and that record shows that he just hasn’t been able to cut the deficit, to put in place reforms for Medicare and Social Security to preserve them, to get us the rising incomes we need.”

On his own job plan:

“I want to make small businesses grow and thrive. I know how to make that happen. I spent my life in the private sector. I know why jobs come and why they go. And they’re going now because of the policies of this administration.”

On comparisons to President George W. Bush:

“President Bush and I are different people and these are different times. And that’s why my five-point plan is so different from what he would have done.”

On energy:

“I want to make sure we use our oil, our coal, our gas, our nuclear, our renewables… But what we don’t need is to have the president keeping us from taking advantage of oil, coal and gas. This has not been Mr Oil, or Mr Gas, or Mr Coal.”

On taxes:

“I will not under any circumstances reduce the share that’s being paid by the highest-income paying taxpayers and I will not under any circumstance increase taxes on the middle class. The president’s spending, the president’s borrowing will cause this nation to have to raise taxes on the American people, and not just at the high end.”

On unemployment:

“We have fewer people working today than we had when the president took office… We have not made the progress we need to make to put people back to work.”

On employment after college:

“The key thing is to make sure you’ve got a job when you get out of school. And what’s happened over the last four years has been very, very hard for America’s young people… Half of college kids graduating this year without a job, without a college level job, that’s just unacceptable…. When you come out in 2014, I presume I’m going to be president. I’m going to make sure you get a job.”

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA

On his response to Libya:

“Not everybody agrees with some of the decisions I’ve made, but when it comes to our national security I mean what I say… When I say that we’re going to find out exactly what happened, everybody will be held accountable and I am ultimately responsible for what’s taking place there, because these are my folks and I’m the one who has to greet those coffins when they come home – you know I mean what I say.

On Romney’s responses to Libya attack:

“While we were still dealing with our diplomats still being threatened, Governor Romney put out a press release, trying to make political points. And that’s not how a commander-in-chief operates. You don’t turn national security into a political issue, certainly not right when it’s happening.”

On women’s issues:

“These are not just women’s issues. These are family issues. These are economic issues… That’s been one of the hallmarks of my administration. I’m going to continue to push on this issue for the next four years.”

On Romney’s tax plan:

“What he says is he’s going to make sure that this doesn’t add to the deficit and he’s going to cut middle-class taxes. But when he’s asked, ‘how are you going to do it, which deductions, which loopholes are you going to close?’ he can’t tell you… We haven’t heard from the governor any specifics beyond Big Bird

and eliminating funding for Planned Parenthood in terms of how he pays for that.”

Answering why Americans should vote for him again:

“The commitments I’ve made, I’ve kept. And those that I haven’t been able to keep, it’s not for a lack of trying and we’re going to get it done in the second term.”

On Romney’s promise to crack down on China:

“When he talks about getting tough on China, keep in mind that Governor Romney invested in companies that were pioneers of outsourcing to China… Governor, you’re the last person to get tough on China.”

On energy:

“When I hear Governor Romney say he’s a big coal guy, I mean, keep in mind, Governor, when you were governor of Massachusetts, you stood in front of a coal plant and pointed at it and said, ‘This plant kills,’ and took great pride in shutting it down. And now suddenly, you’re a big champion of coal.”

On lower gas prices when he took office:

“The economy was on the verge of collapse because we were about to go through the worst recession since the Great Depression, as a consequence of some of the same policies that Governor Romney now promotes. So it’s conceivable that Governor Romney could bring down the gas prices, because with his policies we might be back in that same mess.”

On Romney’s energy plan:

“He’s got the oil and gas part, but he doesn’t have the clean energy part. And if we’re only thinking about tomorrow and the next day and not thinking about ten years from now, we’re not going to control our economic future. Because China, Germany, they’re making these investments, and I’m not going to cede those jobs in the future to those counties.”

On Romney’s economic plan:

“Governor Romney says he’s got a five-point plan. Governor Romney doesn’t have a five-point plan, he has a one-point plan. And that plan is to make sure that folks at the top play by a different set of rules. That’s been his philosophy in the private sector, that’s been his philosophy as a governor and that’s been his philosophy as a presidential candidate.”

HISTORIANS & ANALYSTS COMMENTS

Dr. Paul A. Rahe, professor of history, Hillsdale College, Michigan:

Source: One News Now, 10-17-12

“It seems to me that when you have a draw between a president of the United States and a challenger, the challenger wins; and when you have a president of the United States whose policies have obviously failed, that he’s trying to sell you a bill of goods for the future, he’s at a real disadvantage in the debate. So I think Romney did well enough that he will build upon what he achieved in the first debate when he throttled Obama…. You know, if you leave aside the Libya business where Candy Crowley sided with Obama and told an untruth – it’s as simple as that about what went on in the Rose Garden that day. What Obama said was that it was an act of senseless violence, not that it was a terrorist act. Now, an act of senseless violence is consistent with the line that they were peddling – that this was just a demonstration and a reaction to the movie.”

Michael Beschloss, presidential historian:

Source: PBS Newshour, 10-16-12

1984, Ronald Reagan as president was debating Walter Mondale, famously, bad for him, turned in a performance that thought that — many thought that President Reagan had lost it. He just wasn’t with the intensity that he had had before. People wondered whether he was up for a second term, a lot of the same things that were said about Barack Obama.

The thing is Reagan in the second debate, after the first one had caused him in some polls to be actually tied with Walter Mondale, reversed the damage, swept it away.

So I think — with this performance tonight, I think Barack Obama may very well do the same thing….

You know, this is the sixth town meeting debate. And the idea of this in the first place when it was started in 1992 was that it’s one way of making sure that at least you have got one debate where they’re kindly to each other because they’re not going to confront each other.

This was the iciest town meeting debate of all six. I used to think that 2000 between George W. Bush and Al Gore was an uncomfortable evening. Compared to this one, that was Valentine’s Day….

Well, and the other thing is that, in terms of degree of difficulty, it’s almost always harder for an incumbent president running for reelection because he’s got to defend the record. He’s done all sorts of things for four years.

The challenger can always say, I will do this and that, I will do better. It sounds better. So I think by that standard also, Barack Obama did very well tonight…..

But what he didn’t do is what we have seen with other incumbent presidents, which is they’re very heavy on rebutting what the challenger says, very light in terms of saying what they would do in the second term, Ronald Reagan especially.

Campaign Headlines October 17, 2012: Internet, Twitter Takes Off with Mitt Romney’s ‘Binders Full of Women’ Remark at Second Presidential Debate

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THE HEADLINES….

Internet Takes Off with Mitt Romney’s ‘Binders Full of Women’

Source: ABC News Radio, 10-17-12

Scott Eells/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Despite all the fireworks over taxes, oil and Libya, the most buzzworthy social media moment of Tuesday night’s presidential debate was Republican nominee Mitt Romney’s comment about “binders full of women.”

The inadvertently funny comment came in response to a question about pay equity for women from a member of the audience of the debate between Romney and President Obama at Hofstra University.

Romney was explaining that as the governor of Massachusetts searching for qualified women to fill cabinet posts, women’s groups brought him “binders full of women” who were good candidates.

“And I said, ‘Well, gosh, can’t we — can’t we find some — some women that are also qualified?” Romney said. “I went to a number of women’s groups and said, ‘Can you help us find folks,’ and they brought us whole binders full of women.”….READ MORE

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