Politics November 27, 2016: Election 2016 redux Trump calls Clinton a hypocrite for recount support




By Bonnie K. Goodman

US President-elect Donald Trump leaves after a meeting at the New York Times on November 22, 2016 in New York. US President-elect Trump on Tuesday disavowed the white nationalist "alt-right" movement that has cheered his election, saying he did not want to "energize" them."I condemn them. I disavow, and I condemn," Trump was quoted as saying in an interview with The New York Times, when pressed to comment on a conference at which his victory was celebrated with rousing Nazi salutes. / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

US President-elect Donald Trump leaves after a meeting at the New York Times on November 22, 2016 in New York.
US President-elect Trump on Tuesday disavowed the white nationalist “alt-right” movement that has cheered his election, saying he did not want to “energize” them.”I condemn them. I disavow, and I condemn,” Trump was quoted as saying in an interview with The New York Times, when pressed to comment on a conference at which his victory was celebrated with rousing Nazi salutes.
/ AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

The harsh 2016 campaign is never ending. President-elect Donald Trump has a good reason to call his former opponent and 2016 Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, a hypocrite. On Saturday evening, Nov. 26, 2016, and Sunday morning, Nov. 27, Trump went after Clinton supporting Green Party nominee Jill Stein’s filing for a recount in three battleground states. The president-elect criticized Clinton on Twitter for not wanting to accept the election results when she spent nearly two months attacking him that he would not concede and accept the election results.

On Saturday evening, Trump criticized just the Democratic Party, writing, “The Democrats, when they incorrectly thought they were going to win, asked that the election night tabulation be accepted. Not so anymore! Then Trump went after Clinton specifically, writing, “Hillary Clinton conceded the election when she called me just prior to the victory speech and after the results were in. Nothing will change.”

Clinton heavily criticized Trump for refusing to agree that he would accept the election results in a response to one of the questions during the third presidential debate. Trump repeatedly said the elections were rigged against him, because of the now proved bias against him and for Clinton by both the media and the polls.

On Sunday, Trump reminded Clinton of her response attacking him for his position on election concession. On Twitter, the president-elect posted Clinton’s comments from the campaign,  “That is horrifying. That is not the way our democracy works. Been around for 240 years. We’ve had free and fair elections. We’ve accepted the outcomes when we may not have liked them, and that is what must be expected of anyone standing on a – during a general election. I, for one, am appalled that somebody that is the nominee of one of our two major parties would take that kind of position.”

In another post, Trump wrote Clinton called his position, “a direct threat to our democracy.” Trump also reposted a quote from Clinton’s concession speech, where she declared, “We must accept this result and then look to the future. Donald Trump is going to be our president. We owe him an open mind and the chance to lead.”

This was the first time Trump specifically blamed Clinton for the recount effort. On Saturday, Trump disparaged just Stein and the Green Party for their “scam,” before the Clinton campaign announced they supported Stein’s efforts. President-elect said in an official Trump Transition statement, “This recount is just a way for Jill Stein, who received less than one percent of the vote overall and wasn’t even on the ballot in many states, to fill her coffers with money, most of which she will never even spend on this ridiculous recount.”

Continuing, Trump condemned the recount, “This is a scam by the Green Party for an election that has already been conceded, and the results of this election should be respected instead of being challenged and abused, which is exactly what Jill Stein is doing.” On Saturday, Trump praised Clinton for her classy concession of the election, “The people have spoken and the election is over, and as Hillary Clinton herself said on election night, in addition to her conceding by congratulating me, ‘We must accept this result and then look to the future.'” Later when Trump found out about the Democratic support, he tweeted, “The Green Party scam to fill up their coffers by asking for impossible recounts is now being joined by the badly defeated & demoralized Dems.”

On Friday afternoon, Nov. 25, just before the 5 p.m. deadline Grenn Party nominee Stein raised $4 million, enough money to file in Wisconsin for a recount of the votes. In Wisconsin, she requested a “reconciliation of paper records.” Stein promised to the same in Michigan and Pennsylvania, three battleground states that Trump turned red but usually voted Democrat. Stein claimed the voting systems in those states were hacked.

Clinton campaign general counsel Marc Elias announced on Medium that the Clinton campaign would support the recount. Elias said they were doing this because of the “the heartbreak felt by so many who worked so hard to elect Hillary Clinton” And the “hundreds of messages, emails and calls” from supporters requesting an investigation. Elias admitted, the Clinton campaign “quietly taken a number of steps” to investigate the results. In contradiction, New York Magazine reported this weekend, that cyber security experts convinced the Clinton campaign they had “persuasive evidence” that the votes had “manipulated or hacked.”

Elias continued, “Because we had not uncovered any actionable evidence of hacking or outside attempts to alter the voting technology, we had not planned to exercise this option ourselves, but now that a recount has been initiated in Wisconsin, we intend to participate in order to ensure the process proceeds in a manner that is fair to all sides.” Still, the Clinton campaign intends to support all the recounts, “If Jill Stein follows through as she has promised and pursues recounts in Pennsylvania and Michigan, we will take the same approach in those states as well.”

Stein maintains, she was not doing the recount to benefit, Clinton and even criticized her as a hypocrite as well on Twitter, “Why would Hillary Clinton-who conceded the election to Donald Trump-want #Recount2016? You cannot be on-again, off-again about democracy.”

The Obama White House does not believe any hacking occurred and dismissed the recount. A senior administration official told the press, “We stand behind our election results, which accurately reflect the will of the American people. The federal government did not observe any increased level of malicious cyber activity aimed at disrupting our electoral process on election day. We believe our elections were free and fair from a cybersecurity perspective.”

The recount needs to be completed by Dec. 13, while the deadlines to apply for recounts in Michigan and Pennsylvania is this upcoming week. Clinton won the popular vote, but Trump beat her in the Electoral College, she would need all three states to flip back to beat him, and that is not going to happen. The margin of victory was close but in the double digit thousands. In total Trump won 107,000 more votes in those three states than Clinton, winning by a margin of 22,000 in Wisconsin alone, “Trump won 1.404 million votes to Clinton’s 1.382 million.”

Clinton has a lead of 2.2 million votes, “64,637,140 votes nationally, compared to Trump’s 62,408,908, according to a count curated by Dave Wasserman of the nonpartisan Cook Political Report.” Elias touted those numbers in his post, writing, “And most importantly, we have monitored and staffed the post-election canvasses…  During that process, we have seen Secretary Clinton’s vote total grow, so that, today, her national popular vote lead now exceeds more than 2 million votes.”

Clinton is not the first candidate to lose the election but win the popular vote. Again, there are calls to change the system from Electoral votes to a popular vote, and some electors are even trying to defect from voting for Trump. Looking at the electoral map, it hard not to notice that Trump won the most regions and states, and the map is red compared to Clinton’s blue in just some major cities.

Clinton is acting like a hypocrite; she could criticize Trump all she liked when she was positive she would win, Clinton never imagined how it would feel to lose and how much of a sore loser she would be. The American public should not be surprised, Clinton did not want to concede in the 2008 Democratic primary against now President Barack Obama, and even this year, she balked at conceding election night although Obama asked her to, Clintons just hate losing.

Election 2012 November 6, 2012: First Votes Are In and The Race for Electoral Votes Is On





First Votes Are In and The Race for Electoral Votes Is On

Source: ABC News Radio, 11-6-12

President Obama and Mitt Romney matched each other state for state in early returns as attention turned to a trio of swing states where polls had closed but results were so close a winner had yet to emerge.

The electoral votes of Ohio, Virginia and Florida are vital to each candidate’s success. In Virginia and Florida, lines stretched from some polling places even after they had officially closed.

In the initial flurry of early returns, there were no major surprises, as tensions and excitement rose in a race so close it remained a statistical tie in many places.

As expected Obama won his home state of Illinois and also won Romney’s home state of Massachusetts.

Early on Romney picked up much of the deep South and Oklahoma, while Obama picked up the New England states.

Obama also won New Jersey, the state most affected by last week’s superstorm Sandy, in which some affected voters cast paper ballots or voted via email.

The state projections give Obama 173 electoral votes while Romney has collected 174. The candidates are vying to reach the goal of 270 electoral votes needed to win the presidency.

Election 2012 November 6, 2012: POLITICO / George Washington University Battleground Tracking Poll: Dead heat between Barack Obama & Mitt Romney





Battleground Tracking Poll: Dead heat

Source: Politico, 11-6-12

People are pictured voting in Maryland. | AP Photo

The candidates have stayed within the margin of error since the spring. | AP Photo

The presidential race is tied going into Election Day.

The final POLITICO/George Washington University Battleground Tracking Poll of 1,000 likely voters — conducted Sunday and Monday — shows Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama each claiming 47 percent nationally.

Our previous poll, conducted Monday through Thursday of last week, found the race tied at 48 percent. Although Romney and Obama have each led at times, the two candidates have stayed within the margin of error since the spring.

Independents break for Romney by 15 points, 47 percent to 32 percent.

Across the 10 states identified by POLITICO as competitive, Obama leads 49 percent to 43 percent.

On the generic congressional ballot, Republicans edge Democrats by 47 percent to 46 percent. It was tied last week….READ MORE

Full Text Campaign Buzz November 5, 2012: Mitt Romney’s Speech in Sanford, Florida on last day of 2012 presidential campaign




Mitt Romney’s remarks in Florida on last day of 2012 presidential campaign (Full transcript)

Source: WaPo, 11-5-12

Here is a complete transcript of Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s remarks at a campaign event in Sanford, Fla., on the last day of the presidential campaign, Nov. 5, 2012.

MITT ROMNEY: That is quite an Orlando welcome. Thank you so very much. What a way to start a day. This is fabulous; what a way to start an election. (APPLAUSE)

And I am — I am so looking forward to getting the chance to work with Senator Connie Mack, you’ve got to make that happen.


And I also appreciate the — the great leadership of Jeb Bush — Governor Jeb Bush, one of the best this country’s ever known.


Thank you to Governor Scott for welcoming us here and Lieutenant Governor Carroll.

Thank you also to Jeff Atwater. As you know, Jeff is the Chief Financial Officer of the state, but he’s been the Co-Chair of my effort here along with Adam Putnam, who as you know, is the Commissioner of Agriculture. I appreciate their work.

Will Weatherford, the Speaker of the House has addressed you and I appreciate his support.

Senator Mel Martinez and I appreciate Mel being here.


I think I’ve — oh, I didn’t mention Congressman John Mica. Where’s John hanging out here?


He’s over here, hi there.

It’s quite a gathering today.


This is — it’s quite a welcome that you provided me. You’re — you’re…


… you’re voices — your voices are not just heard in this hanger, they’re being heard all over the nation.


And even though — even though Ann is at a different city this morning, they are being felt your voices in both of our hearts and I — I want you to know how much we appreciate all that you’ve done, all the doors you’ve knocked on, all the phone calls you’ve made and the fact that you voted early. I saw how many hands went up when you were asked. That was very good.

(APPLAUSE) And some of you put signs in your yard.


Some you have put signs in your neighbor’s yard.


And — and I just — I — I know — I know how many as well have talked to coworkers and tried to convince people to vote for Paul Ryan and me.

Look, we — we have one job left and that’s to make sure that on Election Day, we get — make certain that everybody who’s qualified to vote gets out to vote. We need every single vote in Florida.


Now what makes this rally and your work so inspiring, is that you’re here because you care about America.


This is — this is a campaign about America and about the future we’re going to leave our children. We thank you, we ask you to stay at it all the way — all the way to victory on Tuesday night.


Tomorrow, we begin a new tomorrow. Tomorrow we begin a better tomorrow. This nation is going to begin to change for the better tomorrow. Your work is making a difference, the people of the world are watching, the people of America are watching. We can begin a better tomorrow tomorrow and with the help of the people in Florida, that’s exactly what’s going to happen.


Now there may be some of your friends and family members who haven’t made up their mind yet who they’re going to vote for. So I’d ask them to look beyond the speeches and beyond the attacks and even beyond all the ads, look to the record. You see talk is cheap, but a record, that’s real and it’s earned with real effort.

And so…


I mean the president promised a lot of change but change can’t be measured in speeches. It has to be measured in achievements and four years ago, candidate Obama promised to do oh so very much but he’s fallen also very short.

I mean you know some of these things. I mean he said he’d said he’d be a post-partisan president, but he’s been most partisan, attacking, dividing, blaming, it’s not only Republicans he’s refused to listen to, he’s also refused to listen to Independent voices.

He was going to focus on creating jobs, instead he focused on Obamacare and that killed jobs.

He was going to cut the federal deficit in half, instead he doubled it.

He said that by now, unemployment would be at 5.2 percent and last Friday, we learned that it’s 7.9 percent.

Now that’s…


… that’s — that’s — that’s nine million jobs short of what he promised. Unemployment today is higher than when Barack Obama was elected president. Think of that.

He promised that he would propose a plan to save Social Security and Medicare. He didn’t, never even proposed a plan. Instead, he took $716 billion out of Medicare and used it to pay for Obamacare, that we didn’t want.


He also said he would lower the health insurance premiums of the average family in America this year, we’d be down $2,500 a year. Anybody see that yet?


ROMNEY: Actually, they’re up $3,000 a year. Think of what impact that has on a middle-income family in America.

And of course the average American family now pays about $2,000 a year more for gasoline than they did when the president was elected.


One more thing, let me mention, he said he would reach across the aisle on the most important issues that the country faced. Do you realize he has not met on the economy or on the budget, sequestration or on jobs with either the Republican leader or the Republican — of the House or the Republican leader of the Senate since July. That is not working across the aisle. That’s not bridging the divide, it’s making the divide wider.

So now we’ve had a lot of debates in this country and not as Republican or as Democrats, but as Americans that look at the — the issues that are before them and you’ve watched what’s happened in the country over the last four years with a — with an independent voice.

You hoped that President Obama would live up to his promise to bring people together and to solve problems. He hasn’t; I will.

(APPLAUSE) And you know why he fell so short — you know why he fell so short of what he promised. He cared more — he cared more about a liberal agenda than about repairing the economy.

Did Obamacare create new jobs?


ROMNEY: Did his war on coal and gas and oil put new jobs in the — in the marketplace?


ROMNEY: Did the Dodd-Frank regulations help banks make more loans to people?


ROMNEY: Does raising taxes create more jobs?


ROMNEY: Does an avalanche of new regulations help small business build new jobs?


ROMNEY: You passed the test.


I mean I’ll…


Look, I’m — I’m happy to sit down and discuss this with anybody who likes you but almost every measure the president took made it harder for the economy to recover and it hurt our fellow Americans.

And — and we’re not just talking about a handful of people. We’re talking 23 million Americans are struggling to find a good job. One in six Americans are poor and the middle class, even those that have jobs, the middle class is being squeezed with lower incomes every year and higher prices from everything to health insurance to gasoline and electricity bills. It’s been tough for middle-income Americans, even those that are employed.

This — this weekend, I spoke with a wife of a 60-year-old man; he — he’s worked as a welder for 40 years but he just got laid off. And she said, what’s he going to do? She asked what I could do to help them and she made it very clear, they’re not looking for a government check, he wants a job.

The president thinks — the president thinks more government is the answer. No, Mr. President, more jobs, that’s that answer for America. (APPLAUSE)

I mean the question of this election — the question of this election really comes down to this, do the people of America want four more years like the last four years or…


ROMNEY: … or do you want real change, finally?


Now I think you know that the president promised change, but he couldn’t deliver change. I not only promise change, I have a record of achieving it, I actually…


I actually built a business, I helped turn around another business, I helped get the Olympics back on track. And then with a Democrat legislature, 85 percent Democrat, I helped turn my state from deficit to surplus, from job losses to job growth and from lower take- home pay to higher take-home pay. That’s…


… that’s why I’m running for president. I know how to change the course the nation is on. I know how to get us to a balanced budget and how to build jobs and — and make rising take-home pay happen again.

See, accomplishing real change is not just something I talk about, it is something I have done and it is something I will do as the president of the United States.


If you believe we can do better, if you believe America should be on a better course, if you’re tired of being tired, then I ask you to vote for real change; Paul Ryan and I will bring real change to America from day one.

When I’m elected, of course, the economy and the American job market will continue to be stagnant, but I won’t waste any time complaining about my predecessor.


And I won’t spend my effort trying to pass partisan legislation unrelated to jobs and growth.

From day one, I’m going to go to work to help Americans get back to work.

(APPLAUSE) And, you know, people all over the country are responding to Paul Ryan and my five part plan to create more jobs and rising take-home pay.

Part one of that is taking full advantages of our energy resources, our oil, our coal, our gas, our nuclear, renewables…


On day one — on day one, I’ll act to increase the number of leases and permits to drill on federal lands.


And I’ll act to speed the approval of the Keystone Pipeline from Canada.


Number two, I will move to boost trade, particularly with Latin America. It’s an enormous opportunity for us. We need to take advantage of it.


And I will finally designate China as a currency manipulator, we all have to play by the same rules.


Now third, I’m going to send to Congress a retraining reform act to make sure every worker can get the skills they need for a good job.

And number four, I’m going to tackle out of control spending. I’m going to send Congress the first of several fundamental reforms. This first one will be called the Down Payment on Fiscal Sanity Act.


And it is going to do something that’s been spoken of but never done and that is we’re not going to — just — just going to slow down the rate of federal spending, we’re actually going to cut federal spending and get ourselves on track to a balanced budget.


I’m not just going to take office on January 20, I’m going to take responsibility for that office as well.


And number five, I’m going act to boost small business and all business by the way. I’m going to issue Executive Orders aimed at straightening out the problems that are holding the economy back.

The first is going to grant waivers from Obamacare to help begin its repeal.


The second, we’ll launch a sweeping review of all Obama era regulations with an eye to eliminating or repairing those that are killing jobs.


And by the way, for the first time — for the first time in four years, every entrepreneur, every small business person, every job creator is going to know that the president of the United States and our government likes them and likes the jobs they help bring to America’s…


See, Paul Ryan and I believe in limiting government instead of limiting the dreams of our fellow Americans.


Now our choice tomorrow is going to lead to one of two very different outcomes and people across the country, I think have the information they need to — to know where those outcomes would be. They can judge what kind of America we’ll have based upon who they vote for.

If for instance, they were able to reelect President Obama, he will still be unable to work with Congress and the people there, because he’s ignored them in the past, he’s attacked them, he’s blamed them. The debt ceiling that comes up from time to time, it’s going to come up again. There’ll be threats of shutdown and default and of course, that scares the heck out of the economy, freezes job growth.

I think the president was right the other day when he said he can’t change Washington from the inside, only from the outside. We’re going to give him that chance.


That’s his way. My way is quite different. When I’m elected, I’m going to work with Republicans and Democrats in Congress. I’m going to meet regularly with leaders in both parties and I’m going to endeavor to find good men and good women on both sides of the aisle that care more about the country than they do about politics and they’re there and we can make that happen.


Now, there’s no question, but you know that regardless of what he says, if the president gets reelected, he’s going to continue his war on coal and oil and natural gas.

I have a very different path. When I’m elected, we’re going to change course on energy to build jobs, to help with the price at the pump. We’re going to achieve North American energy independence in eight years.


If the president were to be reelected, I’m convinced he will continue to crush small business with his plan to raise taxes on them, to force employees to join unions whether they want to or not, to expand regulations and to impose Obamacare, which also kills jobs.

I care about small business. I see it as a means for people to fulfill their dreams.

Last week, I met a — a woman in Richmond, Virginia named Rhoda Elliott (ph). She — she’s been running her family restaurant for a number of years, Bill’s Barbecue, a business that’s been in her family for some 82 years. At the high point, she had 200 employees. She just closed it down and she told me that it was the Obama era taxes and regulation, Obamacare and the Obama era economy that put her out of business.

And she teared up as she was talking about it. This wasn’t about money, this is about the future for her family and the future for the families of the employees that worked there.

I want to help the hundreds of thousands of dreamers like Rhoda and I will.


You know that if the president were to be reelected, he’s going to say he’s going to improve our schools, but he’ll do what his largest campaign supporters, the public sector unions insist on. And your kids will have the same schools with the same results.

When I’m president, having learned lessons from Jeb Bush in the experience of Florida…


… I’m going to be the voice of the children and the parents across the nation because there’s no union for the PTA.


I want to make sure the kids of the nation get what your kids here get. I want to make sure they — they receive the information about the school their kids are going to to know whether it’s succeeding or failing and I want every child to have the choice they need to pick the school where their child can succeed.


Now I’m proud of the fact that in my state, we took our schools to the top of the nation, number one of all 50 states. But we did that by working together, Republicans and Democrats, by listening to the good advice of our best teachers who’ve dedicated their lives to helping others; listened to parents and always putting the students and their education first and I’ll do the same thing as president.

Now these last — these last few months of the campaign, you’ve noted that we’ve gathered strength. It’s become a movement across the country.


You see it — you see it, not just in the — in the size of the crowds that gather and the energy and passion, but also in the — the shared conviction we have. It’s made me strive even more to be worthy of your support and to campaign as I was governor to speak for the aspirations of — of all Americans.

I learned that as governor of Massachusetts, that the best achievements are shared achievements. I learned that respect and good will go a long way and are usually returned in kind. That’s how I’ll conduct myself as your president.

I’ll bring people together, I won’t just represent one party, I’ll represent one nation.


Throughout the campaign, using every argument he can think of, President Obama has tried to convince you that the last four years have been a success.


And so his plan for the next four years is take all the ideas from his first four years, you know the stimulus, the tax increase, the borrowing, Obamacare, and do them all over again.


He calls this plan “Forward,” I call it forewarned.


That same path means $20 trillion in debt. It means continuing crippling unemployment. It means depressed home values, stagnant take-home pay and a deficit in military.

Unless we change course, we may be looking at another recession as well.

And his closing argument, did you hear this? Just the other day, President Obama asked his supporters to vote for revenge.


For revenge. Instead I ask the American people to vote for love of country.

(APPLAUSE) We have — we have got to lead America back to a better place. Our — our motto, united we stand, this is — this is — this is — out of one many — excuse me — out of many one, this — this unity is a — is a fundamental principle of America. We’ve got to restore it.

And so we’re one day way from a fresh start.


One day away for the first day of a new beginning. My conviction is that better days are ahead and it’s not based on — it’s not based on promises or rhetoric, but it’s based on solid plans and proven results and an unshakable faith in the American people.


Now if there’s anybody — if there’s anybody who’s worried that the last four years are the best we can do or if there’s anyone who’s fearing that the American Dream is fading away or if there’s anyone who wonders whether better jobs and better paychecks are things of the past, I have a clear and unequivocal message. With the right leadership, America is about to come roaring back.


We’re Americans, we can do anything. The only thing that stands between us and some of the best years we’ve — we’ve ever imagined is lack of leadership and that’s why we have elections.

Tomorrow is a moment to look into the future and imagine what we can do to put the past four years behind us and start building a new future.

And you saw the differences when President Obama and I were side by side at the debates.


He says it has to be this way. I say it can’t stay this way. He’s offering excuses, I’ve got a plan. I can’t wait to get started. He’s hoping we’ll settle. But Americans don’t settle, we build, we aspire, we listen to the voice inside that says we can do better — a better job, a better life, a bigger, better country. That is what’s in store with new leadership.


That better life is out there. It’s waiting for us. Our destiny, it’s in your hands. Tomorrow we get to work rebuilding our country. Tomorrow we restore our confidence and renew our conviction. Tomorrow that confidence that we’re on a solid path to steady improvement begins. Confidence in college grads will be able to find a good a good job at the end of four years.


Confidence that moms and dads that are working two jobs will have a shot at a better job.

Tomorrow on November 6, we come together for a better future and on November 7, we’ll get to work.


Now I’d like you to reach across the street to that neighbor with the other campaign’s yard sign and we’ll reach across the aisle in Washington to people of good faith in the other party.

This — this is such a critical time. It’s so much more than just our moment, it’s America’s moment of renewal and purpose and optimism. We’ve journeyed far and wide in this campaign. And now we’re almost home. One final push is going to get us there.

We’ve known — we’ve known many long days and some short nights and now we’re close. The door to a brighter future is open. It’s waiting for us. I need your vote. I need your help. Walk with me. Tomorrow we begin a new tomorrow.


God bless you all. God bless Florida. God bless Orlando. We’re going to take back this country and make it strong and proud and prosperous.

Thank you so very much. Thanks you guys. Thank you.


Campaign Headlines November 5, 2012: Barack Obama, Mitt Romney Blitz Battleground States on Last Day of Campaign




Obama, Romney Blitz Battleground States on Last Day of Campaign

Source: ABC News Radio, 11-5-12

William Thomas Cain/Bill Pugliano/Getty Images

The candidates will spend the final 24 hours of this long presidential race bouncing around the country, rallying supporters at 14 scheduled events across nine battleground states.

President Obama is set to hit urban centers in Wisconsin, Ohio and Iowa on Monday, with Bruce Springsteen tagging along as his opening act.  Jay-Z is scheduled to join the campaign at a mid-afternoon gathering in the Buckeye State.

Like the president, Mitt Romney will make one last play for Ohio, arriving in Columbus four hours after Obama leaves for Iowa.  It will be the Republican’s third stop in a day that sees him track north from Florida — where the wait to register an early vote this weekend lasted as long as six hours — to Virginia, ending the night with one last rally in New Hampshire….READ MORE

Campaign Headlines November 4, 2012: Mitt Romney Makes Last Push in Pennsylvania, Tries to Turn State Red




Romney Makes Last Push in Pennsylvania, Tries to Turn State Red


With just more than 24 hours until voters can head to the polls in Pennsylvania, Mitt Romney made a last minute stop there on Sunday, drawing tens of thousands to a rally that his campaign hopes will push him to a win in a state they now see as an opportunity this Tuesday.

“This audience and your voices are being heard all over the nation,” said Romney.  “They’re being heard in my heart.  The people of America understand we’re taking back the White House because we’re going to win Pennsylvania!”…READ MORE

Campaign Headlines November 4, 2012: Obama on Final Campaign Swing, Jokes He’s Just a ‘Prop’ for Voters




Obama on Final Campaign Swing, Jokes He’s Just a ‘Prop’ for Voters


President Obama kicked off his final 48-hour push to the finish line Sunday morning in New Hampshire, telling a crowd of 14,000 that at this stage in the campaign he’s just “sort of a prop in the campaign.”

“It’s now up to you,” he said at his last rally in the Granite State, where he was once again joined by former President Bill Clinton.  “That’s how a democracy works, right?  That ultimately, it’s up to you.  You have the power.  You are shaping the decisions for this country for decades to come.  Right now.  In the next two days.”

The president departed the White House for the last time before Election Day Sunday morning and spent close to 11 hours in the air Sunday as he flew from New Hampshire to rallies in Florida, Ohio and Colorado….READ MORE


Campaign Headlines November 4, 2012: Romney Kicks Off Whirlwind Tour of Battleground States in Iowa




Romney Kicks Off Whirlwind Tour of Battleground States in Iowa

Source: ABC News Radio, 11-5-12

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Mitt Romney made his final stop in the battleground state of Iowa on Sunday, on a day that took him to Ohio, Virginia and Pennsylvania before midnight.

He had visited Iowa even before announcing his candidacy last June, and this was his 21st campaign event in Iowa this year alone.  Romney made his final argument for voters to come to the polls for him, stressing the importance of the state on Election Day.

“This is much more than our moment.  It’s America’s moment of renewal and purpose and optimism,” he said.  “We’ve journeyed far and wide in this great campaign for America’s future, and now we’re almost home.  One final push will get us there.  We’ve known many long days and short nights, and now we’re close.”…READ MORE

Full Text Campaign Buzz November 4, 2012: Mitt Romney’s Speech at a Campaign Event in Morrisville, Pennsylvania




Mitt Romney: We Will Bring Real Change To America On Day One

Source: Mitt Romney Press, 11-4-12

“If you believe we can do better, if you believe America should be on a better course, if you are tired of being tired, then I ask you to vote for real change. Paul Ryan and I will bring real change to America on Day One.” – Mitt Romney


Morrisville, Pennsylvania

November 4, 2012

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MITT ROMNEY: “The question of this election comes down to this: Do you want four more years like the last four years or do you want real change? President Obama promised change, but he couldn’t deliver. He could not deliver the change he promised. But I not only promised change, I have a record of achieving change. I built a business. I helped turn around another one. I helped put an Olympics that was off track back on track. With the Democrat legislature, I helped my state turned from deficit to surplus, from job losses to job growth, and from higher taxes to higher take-home pay. And that is why I am running for president. I know how to change the course the nation is on, how to get to a balanced budget, how to build jobs and see, once again, rising take-home pay. Accomplishing real change is not something I just talk about. It is something I have done and it is something I will do as President of the United States. If you believe we can do better, if you believe America should be on a better course, if you are tired of being tired, then I ask you to vote for real change. Paul Ryan and I will bring real change to America on Day One.”

Campaign Headlines November 4, 2012: President Barack Obama’s Campaign Trumpets Massive Ground Game on Election Eve




Obama Camp Trumpets Massive Ground Game on Election Eve

Source: ABC News Radio, 11-4-12

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

With less than two days until voters begin heading to the polls, the Obama campaign is heralding the mobilization of a massive battleground organizing operation – unprecedented in size and scope — that it says will be a decisive factor in the outcome on Nov. 6.

It is a “ground game unlike any that American politics has ever seen and much bigger than we did in 2008,” Obama campaign manager Jim Messina told reporters on an evening conference call Saturday.

“Our get-out-the-vote effort – built over years and running at full speed today – is the reason President Obama will be re-elected to a second term,” said Obama national field director Jeremy Bird….READ MORE

Campaign Headlines November 3, 2012: President Barack Obama Closes Out Campaign with Star-Studded Blitz




Obama Closes Out Campaign with Star-Studded Blitz

ABC News Radio, 11-3-12

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After thousands of ads, hundreds of stump speeches and a record war chest of campaign cash, President Obama is banking on a final burst of star power to boost his get-out-the-vote effort in the final 72 hours of the 2012 presidential campaign.

As Obama and his top surrogates – Vice President Joe Biden, first lady Michelle Obama and former President Clinton – barnstorm the battlegrounds this weekend, they will have a cast of Hollywood stars and music icons at their sides.

The pairings are aimed at driving turnout, particularly among young and minority voters, while bolstering enthusiasm in a handful of key states where polls show the presidential race very close….READ MORE

Full Text Campaign Buzz November 3, 2012: Mitt Romney’s Speech at a Campaign Event in Newington, New Hampshire — Urges Votes for Love Not Revenge




Romney Starts Whirlwind Day in New Hampshire, Urges Votes for Love Not Revenge

Source: ABC News Radio, 11-3-12

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Kicking off the day filled with four campaign events spread across three crucial swing states, Mitt Romney said on Saturday morning that unlike the president, he is urging Americans to vote for love, not revenge.

Romney drew on remarks made by President Obama on Friday at an event in Ohio, during which the President urged supporters to head to the polls saying, “Voting is the best revenge.”

Romney said on Saturday that the remark likely “surprised a lot of people.”….READ MORE

Mitt Romney: Vote For Love Of Country

Source: Mitt Romney Press, 11-3-12
“Yesterday, the President said something you may have heard by now, that I think surprised a lot of people. Speaking to an audience, he said voting is the best revenge. He told his supporters, voting for ‘revenge.’ Vote for ‘revenge’? Let me tell you what I’d like to tell you: vote for love of country. It is time we lead America to a better place.” – Mitt Romney

Newington, New Hampshire
November 3, 2012

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MITT ROMNEY: “Yesterday, the President said something you may have heard by now, that I think surprised a lot of people. Speaking to an audience, he said voting is the best revenge. He told his supporters, voting for ‘revenge.’ Vote for ‘revenge’? Let me tell you what I’d like to tell you: vote for love of country. It is time we lead America to a better place. Now, if there’s anybody there who’s worried about the last four years and wondered if they’re the best we can do, who fears that the American dream is fading away, if anyone wonders whether good jobs and better take-home pay are out there, I’ve got a clear and unequivocal message for you and that is that America is about to come roaring back. And you saw the differences, you saw the differences between Barack Obama and me in those debates. I like those debates, I’ve got to be honest. I mean, he says it has to be this way. I say it can’t stay this way. He’s offering excuses. I’m offering a plan. I can’t wait to get started. He wants to convince you to settle, but Americans don’t settle, we dream, we aspire, we reach for greater things and we will achieve greater things with new leadership.”

Full Text Campaign Buzz October 23, 24, 25, 2012: President Barack Obama’s Speeches During 9 State Campaign Tour




President Obama Wraps Blitz With Air Force One Rally in Ohio


After 37 hours, 6,500 flight miles and six grassroots rallies that drew tens of thousands of supporters, President Obama’s frenetic battleground-state blitz came to a close Thursday night with a rally on a small airport tarmac overlooking Lake Erie.

“This is the final stop on our 48-hour fly-around all across America. We’ve been going for two days straight,” a visibly tired but spirited Obama told a crowd of 12,000 after taking the stage under starry skies….READ MORE


Full Text Campaign Buzz October 25, 2012: Mitt Romney’s Speech at a Campaign Event in Cincinnati, Ohio — President Obama Can’t Define What He Will Do To Make America Strong




Mitt Romney: President Obama Can’t Define What He Will Do To Make America Strong

Source: Mitt Romney Press, 10-25-12

“For the last year, and four debates, three presidential debates and one vice presidential debate, the President’s been looking for a plan. He’s been looking for some way to help the gentleman I spoke about, some way to help the 23 million people that are out of work. He hasn’t been able to find a plan. He hasn’t been able to define what he’s going to do to make America strong going forward. I have.” – Mitt Romney

Cincinnati, Ohio
October 25, 2012

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MITT ROMNEY: “Now, for those of you in your 40s and 50s, who have always anticipated that these would be the high earning years, the most productive years, the years that you’d be able to put a little away for retirement or perhaps help your kids with college, and yet you’re finding that’s harder and harder to do because incomes have been going down at the same time prices have been going up for things like gasoline and health care and food. I was speaking with a gentleman just the other day, and he said that he used to have a job at $25 an hour plus benefits, and now he’s only able to get a job at $9 an hour, and he wonders what’s going to become of him, what’s going to happen to his future. The President’s campaign slogan is ‘Forward.’ To this gentleman, things don’t feel like they’re going forward; it feels more like backward. To 23 million Americans, it feels like backward, those that can’t find good work. And so for the last — for the last year, and four debates, three presidential debates and one vice presidential debate, the President’s been looking for a plan. He’s been looking for some way to help the gentleman I spoke about, some way to help the 23 million people that are out of work. He hasn’t been able to find a plan. He hasn’t been able to define what he’s going to do to make America strong going forward. I have. I have a plan that will create 12 million jobs and rising take-home pay, and I’m going to help that man who needs that good job.”

Full Text Campaign Buzz October 24, 2012: President Barack Obama’s Speech at a Campaign Event in Davenport, Iowa — Kicks Off 48-Hour ‘Marathon Extravaganza’




Obama Kicks Off 48-Hour ‘Marathon Extravaganza’

Source: ABC News Radio, 10-24-12

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President Obama kicked off a two-day campaign sprint through the 2012 battlegrounds in the state where his historic first bid for the presidency all began.

“This is the first stop on our 48-hour fly-around campaign marathon extravaganza. We’re going to pull an all-nighter — no sleep,” Obama told a crowd of 3500 gathered under cloudy skies at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds.

“We’re starting here in Iowa; we’re going to Colorado, then we’re going to go Nevada, then we’re going to Florida, Virginia, Ohio. I am going to stop in Chicago to vote. We’ve got early vote in Illinois just like we’ve got early vote here in Iowa,” he said….READ MORE

Remarks by the President at a Campaign Event in Davenport, Iowa

Source: WH, 10-24-12 

Davenport, Iowa

10:01 A.M. CDT

THE PRESIDENT:  Hello, Iowa!  (Applause.)  Hello Quads!  It’s good to be back.  This is about as close as I get to home these days, so it is good to be back.  Are you fired up?  (Applause.)  Are you ready to go?  (Applause.)

At the outset, let’s give Cassandra a huge round of applause for her service to our country and a great introduction.  (Applause.)  We’ve got your congressman here, Dave Loebsack; your mayor, Bill Gluba.  (Applause.)  And we’ve got all of you, and I’m really excited to see you.  (Applause.)

Now, this is the first stop on our 48-hour fly-around-campaign marathon extravaganza.  (Applause.)  We’re going to pull an all-nighter.  No sleep.  We’re starting here in Iowa, we’re going to Colorado, then we’re going to go to Nevada, then we’re going to Florida, Virginia, Ohio.  (Applause.)  I am going to stop in Chicago to vote.  (Applause.)  We’ve got early vote in Illinois just like we’ve got early vote here in Iowa.

But I had to start in Iowa to ask you for your vote, to ask you for your support so we can finish what we started.  (Applause.)  Because this is where it all began 4 years ago — on your front porches, in your backyards.  This is where the movement for change began.  And Iowa, you will once again choose the path that we take from here.

I know at this point — because you guys have seen a lot of TV commercials — you’ve heard Governor Romney’s sales pitch.


THE PRESIDENT:  No, no, don’t boo — vote.  (Applause.)  He has been running around saying he’s got a five-point plan for the economy.  Let me tell you, it turns out it’s only a one-point plan.  (Laughter.)  Folks at the very top get to play by a very different set of rules than you do.  They can keep paying lower tax rates than you do, keep their money in off-shore accounts.  They can buy up a company, load it up with debt, lay off the workers, strip away their pensions, send the jobs overseas — and they still make a big profit while the middle class gets stuck with the bill.


THE PRESIDENT:  Don’t boo — vote.  That was his philosophy in the private sector, that was his philosophy as governor, that’s his philosophy now.  It’s not a very inspiring vision for our country.

So two weeks from the election — because he knows that if he actually told everybody what he wants to do he probably wouldn’t get any votes, so he’s doing everything he can to make sure that you don’t notice what he’s been saying.  And we’ve come up with a name for this condition — it’s called Romnesia.  (Laughter.)  Romnesia.  I want to go over the symptoms with you, then, for it, because I don’t want you to catch it.  I don’t want it to spread.

If you say you won’t give a big tax cut to the wealthy, but you’re caught on video promising your tax cut would include the top 1 percent, then you might have Romnesia.  (Laughter.)

If you talk about how much you love teachers during a debate, but just a few weeks ago you said we shouldn’t hire any more teachers because they won’t grow the economy, you probably have Romnesia.  (Laughter.)

If you sit on stage in a nationally televised debate saying how much you love cars — you’re a car guy — except you wrote an article titled “Let Detroit Go Bankrupt,” then you almost certainly have Romnesia.

If you can’t seem to remember the policies on your own website, or the promises you made over the last six years that you’ve been running for President, or the promises you made six days ago, you probably have Romnesia — but don’t worry, Obamacare covers preexisting conditions.  We can pick you up.  There’s a cure.  We can make you well.  (Applause.)  As long as you vote, Iowa, we can cure folks of this malady, of this disease.  (Applause.)

Listen, smart people who don’t have a dog in this fight — independent analysts, economists — they took out their pencils, they had their green eyeshades, they crunched the numbers.  Turns out Governor Romney’s economic plan is a sketchy deal.  The results are not what you’d want to write home about.  The Washington Post calls his jobs plan a “bait and switch.”  The bait is the promise that his plan creates 12 million jobs; the switch is the fact that his plan doesn’t create 12 million jobs.  (Laughter.)  That’s the bait and the switch.  In fact, it won’t even create jobs right now.

And then Governor Romney wants to spend $5 trillion on tax cuts that favor the wealthy, $2 trillion on defense spending that our military isn’t asking for, and he wants you to believe that he can do that without adding to the deficit or raising middle-class taxes.  The problem is you’d need to invent a new kind of math to actually make this true.


THE PRESIDENT:  The arithmetic does not work.

So we know Governor Romney’s jobs plan doesn’t create jobs.  His deficit plan doesn’t reduce the deficit.  And we joke about Romnesia, but all of this speaks to something that’s really important, and that is the issue of trust.  There’s no more serious issue on a presidential campaign than trust.  Trust matters.  (Applause.)

And here’s the thing:  Iowa, you know me.  You know that I say what I mean, and I mean what I say.  There are some folks in this crowd who have probably been following me since I was running for the United States Senate.  (Applause.)  And you know what?  You can — like this guy right here, who I served with in the United States Senate [sic], George Shadid.  And you could take a videotape of things I said 10 years ago, 12 years ago, and you’d say, man, this is the same guy — has the same values, cares about the same people, doesn’t forget where he came from, knows who he’s fighting for.  (Applause.)

And you know what?  I haven’t finished all the work that we set out to do in 2008, but I have fought for you every single day that I’ve held this office.  (Applause.)  And with your help, I’ve kept the commitments that I’ve made.

I told you we’d end the war in Iraq — we did.  (Applause.)  I said we’d begin the process of ending the war in Afghanistan — we are.  (Applause.)  I said we’d refocus on the terrorists who actually attacked us on 9/11 — and we have.  And a new tower rises over the New York skyline, al Qaeda is on the path to defeat, and Osama bin Laden is dead.  I kept that promise.  (Applause.)  I kept that promise.

I promised to cut taxes for middle-class families and small businesses — and we’ve done that.  I promised to end taxpayer-funded Wall Street bailouts for good — and we have.  (Applause.)  I promised to repeal “don’t ask, don’t tell” — and today you can’t be kicked out of the military because of who you are or who you love.  (Applause.)

I said I’d bet on American workers and American ingenuity, and while the other guy was saying “let Detroit go bankrupt,” I went in there and worked with the workers and the management, and we’ve saved a dying auto industry that’s back on top of the world.  (Applause.)

On issue after issue, we are moving forward.  After losing 9 million jobs in the Great Recession, our businesses have now added more than 5 million new jobs over the past two and a half years.  Manufacturing is at its highest level since the ‘90s.  Unemployment has fallen to its lowest level since I took office.  Home values and home sales are rising.  Our assembly lines are humming again.  We’ve got a long way to go, Iowa, but we’ve come too far to turn back now.  We can’t afford to go back to what got us into this mess.  We’ve got to stick with policies that are getting out of this mess.  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:  Now, the good news is I’ve got a plan that will actually create jobs, that will actually reduce the deficit, that will actually create middle-class security.  And unlike Mitt Romney, I’m proud to talk about what’s actually in my plan — (applause) — because my math actually adds up.

If you want to take a look at it, check it out at barackobama.com/plans.  I want you to share it with your friends, share it with your neighbors, share it with your co-workers.  There are still people out there who may be trying to make up their minds.  Maybe somebody here thought they were visiting the haunted house over there and just kind of wandered over, trying to figure out what’s going on — (laughter) — and they haven’t made up their mind yet.  I want them to know.

I want everybody out there to compare my plans to Governor Romney’s, have the information you need, see which plan is better for you and for America’s future.

First of all, I want to end tax breaks for companies that are shipping jobs overseas.  (Applause.)  I want to reward small businesses and manufacturers who are creating jobs right here in the United States of America.  That’s what I want to do.  (Applause.)

Second, I want to cut our oil imports in half by 2020 so we control more of our own energy.  Some of you may know we are today less dependent on foreign oil than at any time in the last two decades because of the steps we’ve taken — because we increased fuel standards on cars and trucks, so they’re going to go twice as far on a gallon of gas; because we’ve been producing clean energy, including right here in Iowa.

Today, there are factories in Iowa where once laid-off workers are back on the job building wind towers, building wind blades.  I want to build on that progress.  I don’t want fuel-efficient cars and long-lasting batteries and wind turbines manufactured in China — I want them manufactured here in Iowa.  I want them made in the United States of America, and we can do that.  (Applause.)

Number three, we are going to make it a national mission to educate our kids and train our workers better than anybody else in the world.  (Applause.)  I want to recruit a hundred thousand new math and science teachers, train 2 million workers at community colleges with the skills that businesses are looking for right now.  I want to work with colleges and universities to cut the growth of tuition so our young people can afford a higher education without getting loaded up with debt.  (Applause.)  We can do that.

Number four, my plan will cut the deficit by $4 trillion over the next 10 years, but we’re going to do it in a balanced way.  We’re going to cut out spending we don’t need, but we’re also going to ask the wealthiest Americans to pay a little bit more.  And we’re going to do that so we can invest in research and technology that keeps new jobs and businesses coming to America.  And I’ll never turn Medicare into a voucher.  (Applause.)  No American should spend their golden years at the mercy of insurance companies.

And finally, I’m going to use the savings from ending the war in Iraq and ending the war in Afghanistan to put our people back to work right here at home, do some nation-building here repairing roads, bridges, schools all across America.  (Applause.)  And when our veterans like Cassandra come home, we’re going to serve them as well as they’ve served us.  We’re going to make sure that they’ve got the support that they need — (applause) — because nobody who has fought for America should have to fight for a job when they come home.  (Applause.)

So, Iowa, that’s the plan that we need.  That’s how you build a strong, sustainable economy that creates good middle-class jobs; that makes sure that folks have the sense that not only are they doing well now but their future prospects are going to be bright.  That’s how you’re going to encourage new businesses to start here and stay here.  That’s how you actually increase take-home pay — not by talking about it and then wanting to cut taxes for folks at the very top.  This is how you build an economy where everyone who works hard has a chance to get ahead.  That’s what America is about.  That’s the basic bargain that we believe in.

And now it’s up to you, Iowa — right here, right now, today.  You’ve got a chance to choose the path that we’re going to take from here.  It’s up to the young people who are here today to choose the future that you want to see.  (Applause.)  You can choose the top-down policies that got us into this mess, or you can choose the policies that are helping us to get out of this mess.  You can choose a foreign policy that is reckless and wrong, or you can choose the kind of leadership that I’ve shown that’s steady and strong and clear — sends clear messages to our allies and to our enemies.  You can choose to turn back the clock 50 years on women and immigrants and gays.


THE PRESIDENT:  Or in this election, you can stand up for the kind of America that says, we embrace everybody.  We believe in giving everybody a fair shot, and everybody doing their fair share, everybody playing by the same rules.  It doesn’t matter whether you’re black or white or Hispanic or Asian or Native American; whether you’re young or old, able, disabled, gay straight — it doesn’t matter.  (Applause.)  No matter what you look like, no matter where you come from, no matter who you are — you can make it here if you try.  That’s the America we believe in.  (Applause.)

So listen, Iowa, we’ve been through tough times over these last four years, but we’ve been through tougher times before.  The good news is we always bounce back.  We always come out on top.  Because the American people are tougher than any tough times because we pull together, because we look after one another, because we leave nobody behind, because we don’t turn back, because we’re always look at the horizon in front of us, because we’re always moving forward — and that’s why I’m asking for your vote today.  (Applause.)  That’s why I’m asking for your vote in this election.

And if you give me that vote, I promise you I will always listen to your voices, I will always fight for your families, I’ll spend every waking day continuing to make sure that your lives are a little bit better.  (Applause.)  This is where it got started, Iowa.  I believe in you, and I’m asking you to keep believing in me.

And if you’ll roll up your sleeves, and if you’ll work with me and knock on some doors with me and make some calls with me, we’ll win Scott County again.  We’ll win Iowa again.  We’ll win this election again.  And we’ll finish what we started and remind the world why the United States of America is the greatest nation on Earth.

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

10:20 A.M. CDT

Full Text Campaign Buzz October 24, 2012: Mitt Romney & Paul Ryan’s Speeches at a Campaign Event in Henderson, Nevada — Romney Likens Obama Campaign to Sinking Ship




Romney Likens Obama Campaign to Sinking Ship

Source: ABC News Radio, 10-24-12

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In his first appearance since the final presidential debate, Mitt Romney stormed into the battleground state of Nevada and characterized President Obama’s campaign as a sinking ship.

“These debates have super-charged our campaign,” Romney said during the first of two joint appearances Tuesday with running mate Paul Ryan. “There’s no question about it, we’re seeing more and more enthusiasm, more and more support.”

“He’s been reduced to try to defend characters on Sesame Street and word games of various kinds, and then misfired attacks after one and another,” Romney said of Obama. “You know the truth is that attacks on me are not an agenda.”…READ MORE

Mitt Romney And Paul Ryan: We Can’t Afford Four More Years Of President Obama

Source: Mitt Romney Press, 10-23-12

Henderson, Nevada
October 23, 2012

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MITT ROMNEY: “I want you to know that, we can handle two more weeks of the attacks from Barack Obama, but we cannot handle four more years of what he is giving us. I mean, can you afford four more years with 23 million Americans looking for a good job? Can you afford four more years with housing prices going down and hit along the bottom? Can you afford four more years of doubling of the gasoline prices you’re paying? How about this instead, would you like to have four years where we create 12 million new jobs? How about four years where we are able to see rising take-home pay again? And, how about four years where at the end of which we get Nevada unemployment down to 6% or lower? Look, if we are going to see a real recovery and see that kind of direction, we are going to have to have real change.”

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PAUL RYAN: “The President has run out of ideas. That is why he is running a small campaign about small things and hoping that he can distract people from the reality in front of us. The reality is this: we can do better than this. We can get people back to work, we can get people back out of poverty back in the middle class. We can create jobs. We have so much energy in this state, in this country, let’s use that energy in this state and this country and get people back to work. We have a leader with a plan to create jobs. We have a leader who is a proven job creator. At a time when we have a jobs crisis in America wouldn’t it be nice to have a job creator in the White House? Ladies and gentlemen, we don’t have to wait for four more years of the same.”

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




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.

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