Full Text Campaign Buzz 2016 October 13, 2016: First Lady Michelle Obama’s Speech on Donald Trump tape and allegations in Manchester, New Hampshire Transcript

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First Lady Michelle Obama’s Speech on Donald Trump tape and allegations in Manchester, New Hampshire

Source: BBC, 10-13-16

So I’m going to get a little serious here, because I think we can all agree that this has been a rough week in an already rough election. This week has been particularly interesting for me personally because it has been a week of profound contrast.
See, on Tuesday, at the White House, we celebrated the International Day of the Girl and Let Girls Learn. And it was a wonderful celebration. It was the last event that I’m going to be doing as First Lady for Let Girls Learn. And I had the pleasure of spending hours talking to some of the most amazing young women you will ever meet, young girls here in the US and all around the world.

And we talked about their hopes and their dreams. We talked about their aspirations. See, because many of these girls have faced unthinkable obstacles just to attend school, jeopardizing their personal safety, their freedom, risking the rejection of their families and communities.
So I thought it would be important to remind these young women how valuable and precious they are. I wanted them to understand that the measure of any society is how it treats its women and girls. And I told them that they deserve to be treated with dignity and respect, and I told them that they should disregard anyone who demeans or devalues them, and that they should make their voices heard in the world.
And I walked away feeling so inspired, just like I’m inspired by all the young people here and I was so uplifted by these girls. That was Tuesday.

And now, here I am, out on the campaign trail in an election where we have consistently been hearing hurtful, hateful language about women – language that has been painful for so many of us, not just as women, but as parents trying to protect our children and raise them to be caring, respectful adults, and as citizens who think that our nation’s leaders should meet basic standards of human decency.

The fact is that in this election, we have a candidate for president of the United States who, over the course of his lifetime and the course of this campaign, has said things about women that are so shocking, so demeaning that I simply will not repeat anything here today. And last week, we saw this candidate actually bragging about sexually assaulting women. And I can’t believe that I’m saying that a candidate for president of the United States has bragged about sexually assaulting women.

And I have to tell you that I can’t stop thinking about this. It has shaken me to my core in a way that I couldn’t have predicted. So while I’d love nothing more than to pretend like this isn’t happening, and to come out here and do my normal campaign speech, it would be dishonest and disingenuous to me to just move on to the next thing like this was all just a bad dream.

This is not something that we can ignore. It’s not something we can just sweep under the rug as just another disturbing footnote in a sad election season. Because this was not just a “lewd conversation”. This wasn’t just locker-room banter. This was a powerful individual speaking freely and openly about sexually predatory behavior, and actually bragging about kissing and groping women, using language so obscene that many of us were worried about our children hearing it when we turn on the TV.

And to make matters worse, it now seems very clear that this isn’t an isolated incident. It’s one of countless examples of how he has treated women his whole life. And I have to tell you that I listen to all of this and I feel it so personally, and I’m sure that many of you do too, particularly the women. The shameful comments about our bodies. The disrespect of our ambitions and intellect. The belief that you can do anything you want to a woman.

It is cruel. It’s frightening. And the truth is, it hurts. It hurts. It’s like that sick, sinking feeling you get when you’re walking down the street minding your own business and some guy yells out vulgar words about your body. Or when you see that guy at work that stands just a little too close, stares a little too long, and makes you feel uncomfortable in your own skin.

It’s that feeling of terror and violation that too many women have felt when someone has grabbed them, or forced himself on them and they’ve said no but he didn’t listen – something that we know happens on college campuses and countless other places every single day. It reminds us of stories we heard from our mothers and grandmothers about how, back in their day, the boss could say and do whatever he pleased to the women in the office, and even though they worked so hard, jumped over every hurdle to prove themselves, it was never enough.

We thought all of that was ancient history, didn’t we? And so many have worked for so many years to end this kind of violence and abuse and disrespect, but here we are, in 2016, and we’re hearing these exact same things every day on the campaign trail. We are drowning in it. And all of us are doing what women have always done: We’re trying to keep our heads above water, just trying to get through it, trying to pretend like this doesn’t really bother us maybe because we think that admitting how much it hurts makes us as women look weak.

Maybe we’re afraid to be that vulnerable. Maybe we’ve grown accustomed to swallowing these emotions and staying quiet, because we’ve seen that people often won’t take our word over his. Or maybe we don’t want to believe that there are still people out there who think so little of us as women. Too many are treating this as just another day’s headline, as if our outrage is overblown or unwarranted, as if this is normal, just politics as usual.

But, New Hampshire, be clear. This is not normal. This is not politics as usual. This is disgraceful. It is intolerable. And it doesn’t matter what party you belong to – Democrat, Republican, independent – no woman deserves to be treated this way. None of us deserves this kind of abuse.

And I know it’s a campaign, but this isn’t about politics. It’s about basic human decency. It’s about right and wrong. And we simply cannot endure this, or expose our children to this any longer – not for another minute, and let alone for four years. Now is the time for all of us to stand up and say enough is enough. This has got to stop right now.

Because consider this. If all of this is painful to us as grown women, what do you think this is doing to our children? What message are our little girls hearing about who they should look like, how they should act? What lessons are they learning about their value as professionals, as human beings, about their dreams and aspirations?

And how is this affecting men and boys in this country? Because I can tell you that the men in my life do not talk about women like this. And I know that my family is not unusual. And to dismiss this as everyday locker-room talk is an insult to decent men everywhere.

The men that you and I know don’t treat women this way. They are loving fathers who are sickened by the thought of their daughters being exposed to this kind of vicious language about women. They are husbands and brothers and sons who don’t tolerate women being treated and demeaned and disrespected. And like us, these men are worried about the impact this election is having on our boys who are looking for role models of what it means to be a man.

In fact, someone recently told me a story about their six-year-old son who one day was watching the news- they were watching the news together. And the little boy, out of the blue, said: “I think Hillary Clinton will be president.” And his mom said: “Well, why do you say that?” And this little six-year-old said: “Because the other guy called someone a piggy, and you cannot be president if you call someone a piggy.”

So even a six-year-old knows better. A six-year-old knows that this is not how adults behave. This is not how decent human beings behave. And this is certainly not how someone who wants to be president of the United States behaves.

Because let’s be very clear. Strong men – men who are truly role models – don’t need to put down women to make themselves feel powerful. People who are truly strong lift others up. People who are truly powerful bring others together. And that is what we need in our next president. We need someone who is a uniting force in this country. We need someone who will heal the wounds that divide us, someone who truly cares about us and our children, someone with strength and compassion to lead this country forward.

And let me tell you, I’m here today because I believe with all of my heart that Hillary Clinton will be that president.

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Political Musings November 1, 2014: Geography test fail liberal media lie attack Scott Brown in New Hampshire debate

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Political Musings March 16, 2014: Scott Brown decides on New Hampshire Senate run announces exploratory committee

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Scott Brown decides on New Hampshire Senate run announces exploratory committee

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After months of speculation former Republican senator from Massachusetts Scott Brown has decided to run for the Senate from New Hampshire, where he will try to unseat one-term Democratic incumbent Jeanne Shaheen. At the Northeast Republican Leadership Conference in…READ MORE

Political Headlines May 11, 2013: Rand Paul & Bobby Jindal Visit Early Primary States Iowa & New Hampshire

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Rand Paul and Bobby Jindal Visit Early Primary States

Source: ABC News Radio, 5-11-13

It may seem like the 2012 presidential race just ended, but two Republicans stoked speculation that they could be in the running in 2016 when they addressed groups Friday evening in the two earliest of early states: Iowa and New Hampshire.

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., addressed the Iowa Republican Party’s Lincoln Day Dinner in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, while Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal headlined a fundraiser for the Republican Senate Majority Committee in Manchester, the campaign committee for the 13-member GOP caucus in the New Hampshire state Senate….READ MORE

Political Headlines April 4, 2013: Scott Brown Won’t Rule Out New Hampshire Senate Bid in 2014 Midterm Elections

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Scott Brown Won’t Rule Out New Hampshire Senate Bid

Source: ABC News Radio, 4-4-13

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Former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown told reporters Thursday night that he is not ruling out a run for Senate in the neighboring state of New Hampshire in 2014.

Asked whether he is considering a challenge to Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, Brown said he is still “recharging the batteries” but noted, “I’m not going to rule out anything right now,” according to an audio recording of the former senator’s remarks to reporters….READ MORE

Campaign Headlines November 6, 2012: Mitt Romney Closes Out Campaign with Final Rally in New Hampshire

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Romney Closes Out Campaign with Final Rally in New Hampshire

Source: ABC News Radio, 11-6-12

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Mitt Romney held his final rally of his campaign Monday just before midnight struck, telling a thunderous crowd in Manchester, N.H., that it will be the Granite State that helps him win the White House.

“That is quite a welcome!” Romney told the crowd of more than 12,000 slapping noisemakers and waving signs.  “This is a special moment for Ann and for me because this is where our campaign began.  You got this campaign started a year and a half ago at the Scammon Farm.”

“And then your primary vote put me on the path to win the republican nomination,” he said.  “And tomorrow your votes and your work right here in New Hampshire will help me become the next president of the United States!”…READ MORE

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

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

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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

 

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

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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

Remarks
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.”

Campaign Headlines October 31, 2012: Mitt Romney Chooses New Hampshire for Site of Final Rally Before Election Day

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Romney Chooses NH for Site of Final Rally Before Election Day

Source: ABC News Radio, 10-31-12

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Mitt Romney will hold his final campaign rally in New Hampshire, the very state in which he launched his bid for the White House 16 months ago.

The “Victory Rally” will be held in Manchester, N.H., at 9:30 p.m. on Monday night, Election Day eve.  Campaign-theme song artist Kid Rock will be the special guest….READ MORE

Full Text Campaign Buzz October 28, 2012: President Barack Obama’s Speech at a Campaign Event in Nashua, New Hampshire — Hits Mitt Romney for ‘Cradle to Grave Tax Hikes, Fees’

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President Obama Hits Mitt Romney for ‘Cradle to Grave Tax Hikes, Fees’

Source: ABC News Radio, 10-28-12

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President Obama delivered his final pitch to voters Saturday in the Live Free or Die state, accusing rival Mitt Romney of being untrustworthy, and slamming his record of “cradle to grave tax hikes and fees” as governor of neighboring Massachusetts.

“During Gov. Romney’s campaign for governor down there, he promised the same thing he’s promising now, said he’d fight for jobs and middle class families,” Obama said. “But once he took office, he pushed through a tax cut that overwhelmingly benefited 278 of the wealthiest families in the state and then he raised taxes and fees on middle class families to the tune of $750 million. Does that sound familiar to you?…READ MORE

Remarks by the President at a Campaign Event in Nashua, NH

Source: WH, 10-28-12

Elm Street Middle School

Nashua, New Hampshire

1:59 P.M. EDT

THE PRESIDENT:  How’s it going, Nashua?  (Applause.)  Are you fired up?

AUDIENCE:  Yes!

THE PRESIDENT:  Are you ready to go?

AUDIENCE:  Yes!

THE PRESIDENT:  This is an unbelievable crowd!  (Applause.) And this is what the weather is always like in late October in New Hampshire — 70 degrees and sunny.  (Applause.)

Can everybody please give it up for your outstanding United States Senator, Jeanne Shaheen?  (Applause.)  Your next governor, Maggie Hassan.  (Applause.)  Your next congresswoman, Annie Kuster.  (Applause.)

And I’ve just got to say something special about one of the most talented singers and songwriters that America has ever had. He has just been a great friend.  This guy has been working his tail off on behalf of this campaign.  I couldn’t be prouder that he’s working with us — James Taylor.  Give him a big round of applause.  (Applause.)

AUDIENCE MEMBER:  We love you!

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

Ten days, New Hampshire.  (Applause.)  Ten days.  Ten days and you’ll be stepping into a voting booth and making a defining choice about the future of our country.  Not just a choice between two candidates or two political parties, it is a choice between two fundamentally different visions for America.

We believe in the values that built the largest middle class, the strongest economy the world has ever known; the promise that hard work will pay off; the promise that responsibility will be rewarded; the idea at the core of this nation that no matter who you are, no matter where you come from, no matter what you look like, this is a country where everybody gets a fair shot and everybody does their fair share, everybody plays by the same rules.  (Applause.)  That’s what we believe here in America.  (Applause.)

We believe that we are endowed by our Creator with certain inalienable rights.  We insist on personal responsibility.  We don’t believe anybody is entitled to success — we know we all have to earn it.  We honor the strivers, the dreamers, the risk-takers, everybody who has been the driving force behind our free enterprise system, the greatest engine of growth and prosperity the world has ever known.

But we also believe that the true measure of prosperity is more than just a running tally of corporate balance sheets, quarterly profit reports.  We measure prosperity not just by how many millionaires and billionaires we produce; we measure prosperity by how well a typical family is doing — (applause) — by whether our kids are getting a great education and can go as far as their dreams and hard work will take us.  (Applause.)

We understand that in this country people succeed when they’ve got a chance at a decent education, when they can learn new skills.  And by the way, so do the businesses that hire them or the companies that they start.  We believe our economy grows when we support research into medical breakthroughs — (applause) — or new technologies like clean energy and fuel-efficient cars. (Applause.)

We know that our country is stronger when we can count on affordable health insurance and Medicare and Social Security — (applause) — when we protect our kids from toxic dumping and mercury pollution; when there are rules in place to make sure that we aren’t taken advantage of by credit card companies or mortgage lenders or unscrupulous financial institutions.  (Applause.)

We know we’re better off when politicians in Washington aren’t allowed to make decisions about health care that women are perfectly capable of making for themselves.  (Applause.)

That’s what we believe.  That’s the vision that we embrace.

AUDIENCE MEMBER:  We believe in you!

THE PRESIDENT:  I appreciate that.  (Laughter.)

Governor Romney, now, he’s got an entirely different view about what this country is about.

AUDIENCE:  Booo —

THE PRESIDENT:  Don’t boo —

AUDIENCE:  Vote!

THE PRESIDENT:  — vote.  Vote.  (Applause.)

He’s been running around saying he’s got a five-point plan for the economy — turns out it’s a one-point plan.  (Laughter.) Folks at the very top get to play by a different set of rules than you do.  They get to pay lower tax rates, outsource jobs.  They want to let Wall Street run wild and make reckless bets with other folks’ money.  That was his philosophy when he was a CEO.  That was his philosophy as governor.  And as President Clinton said, he does have a lot of brass because he’s not talking about big change, but all he’s offering is a big rerun of the same policies that created so much hardship for so many Americans.

And Governor Romney has been out here making a lot of last-minute promises lately — said he’s all about fighting for the middle class; says he’d cut taxes for everybody, and ask something from nobody.  But the problem is we’ve heard those promises before.

Now keep in mind, Governor Romney lives just a few miles south of here in the state of Massachusetts.  (Applause.)  Love Massachusetts.  (Applause.)  But during Governor Romney’s campaign for governor down there, he promised the same thing he’s promising now — said he’d fight for jobs and middle-class families.  But once he took office, he pushed through a tax cut that overwhelmingly benefitted 278 of the wealthiest families in the state, and then he raised taxes and fees on middle-class families to the tune of $750 million.  Does that sound familiar to you?

AUDIENCE:  Yes!

THE PRESIDENT:  Now, when he’s asked about this, he says, no these weren’t taxes, these were fees.  (Laughter.)  But keep in mind there were higher fees to be a barber, higher fees to become a nurse.  There were higher fees for gas.  There were higher fees for milk.  There were higher fees for blind people who needed to get a certificate that they were blind.  He raised fees to get a birth certificate — which would have been expensive for me.  (Laughter and applause.)

He raised fees for marriage certificates and fees for funeral homes — so there were literally cradle-to-grave tax hikes and fees.  (Laughter.)  And when he left office, there were only three states in the country that had created fewer jobs than Massachusetts.  And by the way, one of them was Louisiana that had been hit by Hurricane Katrina.  (Laughter.)

He talked a lot about small businesses — still talks about it.  Says, I’m a business guy, I know about small businesses.  Massachusetts, when he was governor, ranked 48th in small business creation.  And one of the two states that ranked lower was Louisiana that had gotten hit by Hurricane Katrina.  So this is a guy who has a track record of saying one thing and doing something else.

On the other hand, when I ran four years ago, I made promises, too.  I promised to cut taxes for middle-class families — and I did, by $3,600.  (Applause.)  I promised to cut taxes for small business owners — and I did, 18 times.  (Applause.)  I promised to end taxpayer-funded Wall Street bailouts — and we have.  And by the way, we got every dime worth of money that we used for the bank rescue, and we got interest with it, too.  (Applause.)  I promised to take on those financial institutions that were charging too much for student loans — and we, as a consequence, were able to make college more affordable for millions of Americans.  (Applause.)

I promised I’d never walk away from the millions of jobs that were in jeopardy when the auto industry was on the brink of collapse.  We decided to ignore Governor Romney’s business advice when he said Detroit should go bankrupt — and now, America, we are building the best cars on Earth.  (Applause.)

Four years ago, I promised to end the war in Iraq — and we did.  (Applause.)  I promised that we would begin the transition in Afghanistan — and we are.  (Applause.)  I said we’d go after the terrorists who attacked us on 9/11 — and thanks to the brave men and women in uniform, the courage of our Navy SEALs, al Qaeda is on the path to defeat, and Osama bin Laden is dead.  (Applause.)

After losing 9 million jobs under the theories that Governor Romney is now promoting, our businesses under the ideas we’ve been working with have added more than 5 million new jobs over the last two-and-a-half years.  (Applause.)  Manufacturing — highest job growth in manufacturing since the 1990s.  The unemployment rate is falling.  Manufacturing is coming back to our shores.  Our assembly lines are humming again.  Housing prices are starting to pick up.  Housing starts are all on the move.

We’ve got a lot of work to do.  But, New Hampshire, the country has come too far for us to turn back now.  (Applause.)  We can’t afford to go back to the policies that got us into this mess.  We’ve got to continue with the policies that are getting out of the mess.  We’ve got to move forward.  And that’s why I am running for second term as President of the United States.  (Applause.)

AUDIENCE:  Four more years!  Four more years!

AUDIENCE MEMBER:  You can do it, Mr. President!

THE PRESIDENT:  Well, I’m going to do it with you.  We can do it together.  (Applause.)

Unlike Governor Romney’s plan — he doesn’t like to talk about it too much — I have a plan that will actually create jobs; that will actually lower our deficit; and will actually provide the middle class with a greater sense of security.  And the good news is my plan — the math actually adds up.  (Applause.)

If you want to check it out, you can go to BarackObama.com/plans.  And I want you to share it with your friends and your neighbors and your coworkers.  There are still people out there who are trying to make up their minds.  Some of you who are here may be trying to make up your mind.  Maybe your girlfriend dragged you out here.  (Laughter.)  No, no, maybe Grandma said, you’ve got to go to the Obama rally — (laughter)  — and you’re still trying to figure it out.  So I’m asking you to compare my plan with Governor Romney’s.  I want you to know what we’re proposing, each of us, and see which plan is better for you and what is better for the future of America.

So, number one, I want to end tax breaks for companies that are shipping jobs overseas.  (Applause.)  I want to reward small businesses and manufacturers who are putting down roots here, hiring American workers, creating American products stamped with three proud words:  Made in America.  We can bring those jobs back to our shores.  (Applause.)

Number two, I want to cut our oil imports in half by 2020 so we control more of our own energy.  Because of the work we’ve already done — increasing oil production, increasing natural gas production, but also emphasizing renewables like solar and wind and biofuels — today we are less dependent on foreign oil than in any time in the last two decades.  (Applause.)  That’s good for your pocketbook.  That’s good for our national security.  It’s good for the environment.

And one reason we’ve been able — we have confidence we can keep on making progress is we’ve doubled the fuel-efficiency standards for cars and trucks.  So in the middle of the next decade, you’ll go twice as far on a gallon of gas. (Applause.)   I want us now to build on that progress.  We’ve got to keep making those investments.  I don’t want fuel-efficient cars and long-lasting batteries and wind turbines and solar panels produced in China.  I want them produced right here in New Hampshire.  (Applause.)  I want them made right here in America. And we can do that.

Number three, we have to make it a nation mission to educate our kids and train our workers better than anybody else in the world.  (Applause.)  I want to recruit 100,000 new math and science teachers because we know that’s an area where we can’t afford to fall behind.  I want to train 2 million workers at our community colleges for the skills that businesses are hiring for right now.  And I want to work with colleges and universities to make sure that tuition does not keep on going up — because our young people can’t afford the debt that they are taking on, and that’s something we can do.  (Applause.)

Number four, my plan will reduce the deficit by $4 trillion over the next 10 years in a balanced way.  We’re going to cut out spending we don’t need — we’ve already cut out a trillion dollars’ worth of spending.  We can do more, but I’m also going to ask the wealthiest Americans to pay a little bit more so we can invest in the research and technology and education that will keep new jobs and businesses coming to America.

And under the guise of reducing the deficit, I will never turn Medicare into a voucher system — (applause) — because no American should have to spend their golden years at the mercy of an insurance company.

And by the way — I think we saw just this past week — we don’t need a whole bunch of politicians in Washington, most of whom are male, making health care decisions for women.  (Applause.)  I don’t think your boss or your insurance company should be making those decisions either.  I believe women should be making their own health care decisions for themselves.  (Applause.)

That’s why the health care law we passed put those choices in your hands, where they belong, and that’s where they’ll stay as long as I’m President of the United States.  (Applause.)

Now, finally, number five, we’re going to use the savings from ending the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to put our people back to work.  Let’s do some nation-building here at home.  Let’s rebuild our roads, our bridges, our schools.  Let’s lay broadband lines into rural communities all across the country.  And as we’re doing that, we’re going to be putting our veterans back to work.  We’ve got to serve them as well as they’ve served us — because nobody who fights for this country should have to fight for a job, or a roof over their heads, or the care that they’ve earned when they come home.  (Applause.)

So that’s the plan we need, New Hampshire.  That’s how you build a strong, sustainable economy.  That’s how you make sure that middle-class jobs that pay a good wage are out there.  That’s how you encourage new businesses to start here and stay here in America.  That’s how you increase take-home pay — not just by talking about it.  That’s how you build an economy where everybody who works hard can get ahead.  And that’s what we can do together.

But here’s the thing, New Hampshire, it’s now up to you.  It’s your choice.  It’s up to the young people who are here to choose — (applause) — a future that is worthy of all your dreams.  It’s up to the not-so-young people here, including me — I’m included in that category — (laughter) — to make sure we’re leaving the kind of America we want for future generations.

You can choose the top-down policy that got us into this mess, but I think we need to build on the policies that are helping us to make real progress all across this country.  You can choose a foreign policy that’s reckless and wrong, or you can choose the kinds of leadership that I’ve provided that’s steady and strong.  (Applause.)

You can choose to turn back the clock 50 years for women and immigrants and gays — or in this election, you can stand up for that basic principle enshrined in our founding documents that all of us are created equal — black, white, Hispanic, Asian, Native American, young, old, rich, poor, gay, straight, abled, disabled. No matter who you are, no matter what you look like, no matter where you come from, you’ve got a place in America.  You can make it here if you try.  That’s what we believe.  (Applause.)

New Hampshire, we’ve been through tough times, but we’ve been through tough times before and we are tougher.  We always come out on top.  We always bounce back because we pull together. Because we look after one another.  Because we don’t leave anybody behind.  Because when we succeed, we prop that door open and bring those who are following behind us — we pull them through.  That’s who we are.  (Applause.)

Our destiny is not written for us; it’s written by us.  We don’t go backward.  We look forward to that distant horizon, to that new frontier.  We imagine a better America and then we work hard to make it happen.  That’s who we are.

That’s why I’m asking for your vote.  And if you give me your vote, I promise you, you will always have a President who hears your voices, who will fight for your families, who will spend every waking moment thinking about how to make your lives a little bit better.  (Applause.)

New Hampshire, I still believe in you.  I need you to keep believing in me.  (Applause.)  And if you’re willing to work with me, and roll up your sleeves with me, knock on some doors with me, make some phone calls for me, we’ll win Hillsborough County again.  (Applause.)  We’ll win New Hampshire again.  (Applause.) 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 the United States of America.  (Applause.)

Full Text Campaign Buzz October 18, 2012: President Barack Obama’s Speech at a Campaign Event at Veterans Memorial Park in Manchester, New Hampshire — Warns Women of Losing ‘Health Care Choices’

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Obama Warns Women of Losing ‘Health Care Choices’

Source: ABC News Radio, 10-18-12

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As the battle for undecided women voters intensifies, President Obama on Thursday warned that Republican nominee Mitt Romney would give more control over women’s “health care choices” to their employers and politicians if he becomes president.

“You’ve got a state legislature up here that sometimes acts like it knows better than women when it comes to women’s own health care decisions. You know, my opponent’s got the same approach,” Obama told a crowd of 6,000 supporters at an outdoor rally in Veteran’s Park….READ MORE

Remarks by the President at a Campaign Event in Manchester, NH

Source: WH, 10-18-12

Veterans Memorial Park
Manchester, New Hampshire

12:02 P.M. EDT

THE PRESIDENT:  Hello, New Hampshire!  (Applause.)  Are you fired up?

AUDIENCE:  Yes!

THE PRESIDENT:  Are you ready to go?

AUDIENCE:  Yes!

THE PRESIDENT:  I’m fired up.  (Applause.)  First of all, I’m fired up about this weather.  (Applause.)  I mean, I’ve got to say that generally when I look at a trip to New Hampshire in October, I’m not thinking it’s going to look like this.  (Applause.)  But this is spectacular.  (Applause.)

It’s good to be back.  And it’s good to be with a great friend and an outstanding governor — Governor Lynch.  Please give him a big round of applause.  (Applause.)

AUDIENCE MEMBER:  I love you!

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

And I love your outstanding Senator, Jeanne Shaheen.  (Applause.)  Jeanne was especially happy because it was her granddaughter, Ellie, who sang the National Anthem today.  Give Ellie a big round of applause.  (Applause.)

Nineteen days, New Hampshire.  Nineteen days.  (Applause.)  In nineteen days, you’re going to step into a voting booth, and you’ve got a big choice to make.  It’s not just a choice between two candidates or parties — it’s about two different visions for this country that we love.

Governor Romney’s got his sales pitch.  He’s been running around talking about his five-point PowerPoint plan for the economy.  (Laughter.)  But as we saw the other night — (applause) — what he’s selling is not a five-point plan.  It’s really just a one-point plan:  Folks at the top get to play with a different set of rules than you do.

AUDIENCE:  Booo —

THE PRESIDENT:  Don’t boo, now — vote.  (Applause.)

They can pay lower taxes; they can keep their money offshore; they can buy companies, load it up with debt, lay off workers, strip their pensions, send their jobs overseas — they can still make money doing it, turning a big profit.  It’s the same philosophy that’s been squeezing middle-class families for more than a decade.  It’s the same philosophy that got us into this mess.

For the last four years, I’ve watched the American people, with their resilience and resolve, overcoming the pain and struggle and dealing with the consequences of the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression.  We’ve worked too hard to let this country go down that path again.  (Applause.)

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

THE PRESIDENT:  New Hampshire, we cannot grow this economy from the top down.  This economy grows from the middle out, when everybody has ladders of opportunity; if they work hard they can succeed, they can get ahead.  That’s how we move ahead.  When workers have a decent living, have a little money in their pockets — that means they’re out there as customers buying goods, and that means businesses do better, and that means businesses make more profits, then they hire more workers.  That’s how you grow an economy.  (Applause.)

That’s why we can’t go backward.  That’s why we’ve got to move forward.  That’s why I’m running for a second term as President of the United States.  (Applause.)

On Tuesday, Governor Romney took another stab at trying to sell us this $5 trillion tax cut that favors the wealthy.  He took another swing at it, and he whiffed.  (Applause.)  Instead of telling us how he’d pay for it, he said, I’ll let you know after the election.

AUDIENCE:  Booo —

THE PRESIDENT:  And then when I asked him about it, he said, I’m a businessman, I know the numbers will work — take my word for it.

Now, I’m going to let you in on a little tip:  When a politician tells you he’s going to wait until after the election, it’s not because their plan is so good that they don’t want to spoil the secret.  (Laughter.)  That’s usually not what’s going on.  (Applause.)  And in this case, just about everybody who’s looked at his tax plan says he can’t pay for it without blowing a hole in the deficit, or raising your taxes — raising taxes on the middle class.

AUDIENCE:  Booo —

THE PRESIDENT:  Don’t boo —

AUDIENCE:  Vote!

THE PRESIDENT:  —  vote.

So then Governor Romney says he’s got another plan to create 12 million jobs in the next four years.  But when folks started crunching the numbers, his jobs plan fell apart even faster than his tax plan.  The Washington Post called it a “bait and switch.” A bait and switch.

So let’s recap.  He’s got a tax plan that doesn’t add up.  He’s got a jobs plan that doesn’t create jobs.  He’s got a deficit plan that doesn’t reduce the deficit.  Listen, New Hampshire, you’ve heard of the New Deal; you’ve heard of the Square Deal and the Fair Deal.  Mitt Romney is trying to sell you a Sketchy Deal.  (Applause.)

We don’t need a sketchy deal.  We know better, because the last time this sketchy deal was tried was in the previous administration — made the same sales pitch; told you the same stuff:  Look, if we cut these taxes, the economy is going to grow so much, the deficit is going to come down, don’t worry about it. Just like they said we didn’t have to pay for two wars.  It didn’t work, and that’s why you’re not buying.  We have been there.  We’ve tried it.  We’re not going back.  We’re moving forward.  I need your help to finish what we started in 2008.  (Applause.)

Now, I made some commitments four years ago.  I told you I’d end the war in Iraq — and we did.  (Applause.)  I said we’d end 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.  (Applause.)  And today, a new tower rises above the New York skyline, and al Qaeda is on the path to defeat, and Osama bin Laden is dead.  (Applause.)

Four years ago, I promised to cut middle-class taxes — and we have, by $3,600.  (Applause.)  I promised to cut taxes for small business owners — and we have, 18 times.  (Applause.)  And by the way, you’ll hear Governor Romney talk about small businesses.  What he doesn’t tell you is his definition of small businesses includes Donald Trump — (laughter) — includes hedge fund managers.

AUDIENCE:  Booo —

THE PRESIDENT:  Don’t boo —

AUDIENCE:  Vote!

THE PRESIDENT:  — vote.

We got back every dime used to rescue the banks.  And then we passed a law to end taxpayer-funded Wall Street bailouts for good.  We put that in place.  (Applause.)

Four years ago, I said in this great country of ours, nobody should go bankrupt when they get sick, and so we passed health reform — yes, I like the name “Obamacare” — (applause) — so your insurance companies can’t jerk you around anymore.  (Applause.)  So young people can stay on their parent’s plans till they’re 26.  (Applause.)  So women can’t be charged more than men for their insurance — being a woman is not a preexisting condition.  (Applause.)

We repealed “don’t ask, don’t tell” — (applause) — because anybody who is willing to sacrifice and serve this country we love shouldn’t be prevented because of who they love.  (Applause.)

When Governor Romney said we should let Detroit go bankrupt, we said, no, thanks; we’re not going to take that business advice.  (Laughter.)  We reinvented a dying auto industry that’s come roaring back to the top of the world.  (Applause.)

And you may have heard, by the way, Governor Romney trying to claim that I did what he advised.  Did you hear that?

AUDIENCE:  Yes!

THE PRESIDENT:  Unbelievable.  (Laughter.)

AUDIENCE MEMBER:  Malarkey!

THE PRESIDENT:  Everybody in the auto industry knows that’s not what he said.  He just went ahead and said it.

Today, four years after the worst economic crisis of our lifetimes, we’re moving forward again.  (Applause.)  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.  Unemployment has fallen from 10 percent to 7.8 percent.  Home values are back on the rise.  The stock market has nearly doubled.  Manufacturing is coming home.  Our assembly lines are getting back to work.  (Applause.)

We need to keep moving forward.  (Applause.)  We’ve got more work to do.  That’s why I’m running for a second term. (Applause.)

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

THE PRESIDENT:  Look, we have more work to do, though.  I will not be satisfied until everybody who wants to work hard can find a job.  (Applause.)  And that means we’ve got to have a plan to grow not just the economy and create jobs, but create good jobs, and provide security for the middle class.

So, number one, I want to send fewer jobs overseas, sell more products overseas.  (Applause.)  Governor Romney has no problem giving tax breaks to companies that are shipping jobs overseas, or outsourcing.  I want to reward companies that are investing right here — investing in New Hampshire, investing in Manchester, insourcing, opening new plants, hiring new workers — creating new jobs right here in America.  (Applause.)  That’s what we need to do.

I want to control more of our own energy and how we use energy.  After 30 years of doing nothing, we raised fuel standards, so by the middle of the next decade your cars and trucks will go twice as far on a gallon of gas.  (Applause.)  We’ve doubled the amount of renewable energy we generate from sources like wind and solar, even as we’ve increased the production of oil and natural gas.  So today, America is less dependent on foreign oil than at any time in the last two decades.  (Applause.)  Think about that.  Our oil imports are going down.

So now you’ve got a choice between a plan that reverses this progress, or one that builds on it.  Governor Romney feels comfortable with taxpayers providing oil companies $4 billion a year in taxpayer-funded corporate welfare.

AUDIENCE:  Booo —

THE PRESIDENT:  Don’t —

AUDIENCE:  Vote!  Vote!

THE PRESIDENT:  We’re not going to boo!  We’re going to vote!  (Applause.)

But you know what, I understand why you wouldn’t be happy with that idea, because we should be taking that $4 billion and investing it in the energy sources of tomorrow.  (Applause.)  We don’t want China to win the race for clean energy technology.  We want that technology developed here in the United States of America.  (Applause.)

And, by the way, those investments not only create good jobs here at home, create new industries here at home, but it also reduces the carbon pollution that’s heating our planet.  Climate change is not a hoax.  Droughts and floods and fires, they’re not a joke.  They are a threat to our children’s future and we’ve got to deal with it in a serious way that also grows our economy.  We can do that.  (Applause.)

Number three, I want the best education system in the world right in the United States.  (Applause.)  Michelle and I are only where we are because of the chance an education gave us.  And today, because of the actions my administration took, millions of students all across the country are paying less for college.  (Applause.)  We took a system that was wasting tens of billions of dollars on banks and lenders — we said let’s cut out the middleman, give money directly to the students.  And as a consequence, young people are getting a better deal.  (Applause.)

Now, Governor Romney wants to reverse some of these choices. He wants to gut some of our investment in education to help pay for this $5 trillion tax cut.  I think we should make sure that we are doing more in education:  Hiring new math and science teachers so that they can get the lead in the technology that’s going to shape our economy in the future.  (Applause.)  Provide job training for 2 million workers at our community colleges.  Work with colleges and universities to keep tuition low.  (Applause.)

That’s my agenda for change.  That’s what we need to do.  We can have that future, but you’ve got to vote.  That’s why I’m running for a second term.  (Applause.)

I suspect we’ve got some teachers in the audience.  Governor Romney said hiring more teachers won’t grow our economy.  Then he said class size doesn’t matter.  He said class size doesn’t matter.  There’s not a teacher or a parent who doesn’t believe this.  Making sure that our kids are thriving in math and science — where we know there are going to be more jobs — that will grow our economy.  Having them be able to get a job as an engineer — maybe start the next Apple or the next Intel — that will create jobs.  That should be a national mission.  That’s what we’re fighting for.  (Applause.)

And, by the way, we want our sons to thrive in math and science and engineering, but we also want our daughters to thrive in those fields, too.  (Applause.)  See, we don’t have to order up some binders to find qualified, talented, driven young women who can learn and excel in these fields right now.  (Applause.)  And when these young women graduate, I want them to receive equal pay for equal work.  (Applause.)

I don’t know why this is so complicated.  (Laughter.)  Governor Romney still won’t say whether or not he supported a law to protect that right, no matter how many times he’s asked.  This is not — this is not that hard.  I’ve got two daughters.  I want to make sure they get paid the same as somebody’s sons for doing the same job.  (Applause.)  Pretty straightforward.  Any confusion there?

AUDIENCE:  No!

THE PRESIDENT:  You know where I stand.  Look, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, this was the first bill I signed into law.  (Applause.)  And I know you want the same thing for your daughters, or sisters, or moms, or grandmas as I do.  (Applause.) And this is not — as I said in the debate, this is not just a women’s issue, this is a family issue, this is an economic issue.
I also believe women should make their own health care decisions.  (Applause.)  I know you’ve got — and it’s not just Washington that sometimes deals with this issue.  You’ve got a state legislature up here that sometimes acts like it knows better than women when it comes to women’s own health care decisions.  My opponent has got the same approach.  Governor Romney said he’d end funding for Planned Parenthood, despite all the work it does to provide women with mammograms and breast cancer screenings.

AUDIENCE:  Vote!

THE PRESIDENT:  Vote!

AUDIENCE:  Vote!  Vote!  Vote!  Vote!

THE PRESIDENT:  All right, you guys are getting it.  You guys are getting it.  (Laughter.)

We made sure that insurance companies are providing women with contraception.  He supported legislation that would turn those decisions over to a woman’s employer.  Think about that.  Do you think, like, your boss, or your insurance company, or some politician in Concord or Washington should get control of your health care choices?

AUDIENCE:  No!

THE PRESIDENT:  The health care law we passed puts those choices in your hands where they belong.  That’s where they’re going to stay as long as I’m President of the United States, as long — (applause) — as long as you vote.

AUDIENCE:  Vote!  Vote!  Vote!

THE PRESIDENT:  All right.  Now, we also have to make sure that we’re using the money we’re saving from ending the war in Iraq, winding down the war in Afghanistan, to put our people back to work here doing some nation-building here at home.  (Applause.)

We’ve got a debate on Monday on foreign policy, and I’m very interested in seeing what Governor Romney has to say about that. (Laughter.)  You know, he said that it was “tragic” the way I ended the war in Iraq.  Last week he said we should still have troops in Iraq.

AUDIENCE:  Booo —

THE PRESIDENT:  Vote.  Vote.  (Laughter.)

AUDIENCE:  Vote!  Vote!  Vote!

THE PRESIDENT:  Look, one of the great honors of my job is serving as Commander-In-Chief, and meeting the amazing men and women in our Armed Services who serve us every single day.  I think bringing our troops home after doing the job they did in Iraq was the right thing to do.  (Applause.)  Reuniting them with their families was the right thing to do.  (Applause.)  The 33,000 troops that we’ve brought home this year from Afghanistan — that was the right thing to do.  (Applause.)

And every brave American who wears this country’s uniform should know this:  As long as I’m your Commander-In-Chief, I will sustain the strongest military the world has ever known.  And when you take off that uniform, we’re going to serve you as well as you’ve served us — because nobody who has fought for us should ever have to fight for a job when they come home, or a roof over their heads when they come home, or the benefits they’ve earned when they come home.  (Applause.)

And finally, we’ve got to cut the deficit by $4 trillion over the next 10 years.  I’ve put forward a plan to do it, and I’ve worked with Republicans and Democrats already to cut spending that we didn’t need or we could afford, and I’m ready to do more.  But I’m not going to cut things like education.  (Applause.)  I’m not going to cut research that helps grow our economy.

We can’t get this done unless we also ask the wealthiest households to pay higher taxes on their incomes above $250,000 — pay the same rate we had when Bill Clinton was President.  We created 23 million new jobs, and we went from a deficit to surplus.  That’s how you do it.  (Applause.)

Governor Romney said he thinks it’s fair that he pays a lower tax rate than a teacher who makes $50,000.

AUDIENCE:  Booo — vote!  Vote!  Vote!  Vote!

THE PRESIDENT:  Vote!

He is wrong.  I’m not going to ask middle-class families to give up your deductions on a home mortgage, or your deductions for raising a kid, just to pay for another millionaire’s tax cut. I’m not going to ask students who are here to pay more for college, or kick kids out of Head Start, or eliminate health insurance for millions of Americans just to pay for a tax cut we don’t need — tax cut we don’t need.  That’s not who we are.  That’s not what we’re about.  (Applause.)

Governor Romney and, frankly, his allies in Congress, they have banked on this idea that somehow in America everybody is on their own.  If you get — if you don’t have health insurance, hope you don’t get sick.  If you can’t afford to start a business or go to college, he says, borrow money from your parents.  You know what, that’s not who we are.  That’s not what we’re about.

We believe in self-reliance, we believe in individual initiative — but we also believe we’re all in this together.  We understand America is not just what can be done for us, but what can be done by us, together, as one nation, as one people — (applause) — black, white, Hispanic, Asian, Native American, gay, straight, abled, disabled, everybody coming together.  That’s what we’re fighting for.  That’s our vision of America.  (Applause.)

That’s the vision we fought for in 2008.  And because of you we were able to make amazing things happen.  You’re the reason there’s a little girl with a heart disorder who needs surgery but now has the security of knowing she’s going to get that surgery because there aren’t any lifetime limits on her insurance coverage.  You made that happen.  (Applause.)

You’re the reason a young man who’ll never — who thought he’d never be able to afford his dream to go to medical school now is going to have that chance.  You made that possible.  (Applause.)

You’re the reason a young immigrant who grew up here and went to school here and pledged allegiance to our flag will no longer be deported from the only country she’s ever called home. (Applause.)

You’re the reason folks who served us so bravely are now embracing their family again and hearing those words:  “Welcome home.”  Welcome home.  Welcome home.   That happened because of you.  (Applause.)

So in 19 days, New Hampshire, you can keep moving this country forward.  In 19 days, you get to choose between the top-down policies that got us into this mess, or the policies that are getting us out of this mess.  In 19 days, you can choose a foreign policy that takes us into wars without a plan to get us out, or turning the page and ending wars responsibly, and bringing our troops home and focusing on building America.  (Applause.)

In 19 days, you can choose to turn back the clock 50 years for immigrants, or gays, or women — or you can stand up and say we are going to move forward — (applause) — that we’re a country that will continue to be one that treats everybody with dignity and fairness; a country where no matter 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, New Hampshire.  That’s why I’m asking for your vote.  I believe in you.  I need you to keep believing in me.
I’m asking for your help to finish the job.  And if you’ll stand with me, and work with me, and knock on some doors for me, make some phone calls with me, if you’ll vote for me in New Hampshire, we’ll win New Hampshire again.  (Applause.)  We’ll win this election.  We’ll finish what we started, and remind the world why the United States of America is the greatest nation on Earth.  (Applause.)

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

END
12:30 P.M. EDT

Full Text Campaign Buzz August 20, 2012: Mitt Romney’s Speech on the Burden of Debt on Future Generations in Manchester, New Hampshire

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MITT ROMNEY: IT IS IMMORAL TO PASS ON THE BURDEN OF DEBT TO FUTURE GENERATIONS

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“In my view, it’s not just bad economics; it is immoral for us to pass these burdens on to coming generations.”– Mitt Romney

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Manchester, NH
August 20, 2012

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MITT ROMNEY: “In my view, it’s not just bad economics; it is immoral for us to pass these burdens on to coming generations. So what do I do? First, you have got to end the deficit and then start accumulating reserves and growing. That is what we did. Most states figure out how to do this. They balance their budget. And in my state, I came in, we had about a $3 billion budget gap. We balanced the budget and then we began building a rainy day fund. It was over $2 billion when I left. That is how you do it. So what do we do here? I have three things I’d do. To one, get rid of the deficit, and then, let me tell you how we’re also going to go on to start pulling down the debt. Three approaches: Number one, we are going to get rid of programs we do not need. My test is this: I’ll look at every program and say is this so critical it’s worth borrowing money from China to pay for it? And on that basis we will get rid of some programs like Obamacare and some others. Number two, we’re going to take a lot of programs and send them back to states where they can be run more efficiently and with less fraud and abuse. And number three, we’re going to skinny down the size of the federal workforce that remains, with attrition, to make sure it’s more productive.”

Full Text Campaign Buzz August 18, 2012: President Barack Obama’s Speech at a Campaign Event in Rochester, New Hampshire

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Remarks by the President at a Campaign Event — Rochester, NH

Source: WH, 8-18-12

Rochester Commons
Rochester, New Hampshire

3:55 P.M. EDT

THE PRESIDENT:  Hello, New Hampshire!  (Applause.)  Thank you!

AUDIENCE:  Four more years!  Four more years!

THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you!  (Applause.)  Thank you so much.  What a beautiful day in New Hampshire.  (Applause.)

A couple people I want to acknowledge.  First of all, thanks to your outstanding young mayor, T.J. Jean — (applause) — and his folks, who are standing right next to him.  They’re pretty proud of him.  He’s doing a great job.

Please give Amy a great big round of applause for the wonderful introduction.  (Applause.)  One of the national co-chairs of our campaign and your outstanding senator, Jeanne Shaheen, is here.  (Applause.)  And congressional candidate Carol Shea-Porter is here.  (Applause.)  And all of you are here — (applause) — on a beautiful Saturday.

Now, first of all, I’ve got to just say thanks to all of you for looking after Malia and Sasha while they were up here.  They were here for a month at camp, and they did a great — they just had a great time, and enjoyed all the water sports, playing basketball and tennis, and arts and crafts.  And, most importantly, there was some ice cream involved in the thing.  (Laughter.)  They were quite pleased about that.  So we missed them, though.  Parents, it’s tough when your kids are away, isn’t it?  (Laughter.)  We’ve missed them so much.  And they promised they’d write — and they did — and they’d just say, “We’re doing fine.  Bye.”  (Laughter.)  It’s tough.

But, anyway, I can see why they enjoyed themselves because New Hampshire is one of the most beautiful states in the country and we are just so pleased to be here.  (Applause.)

Now, they didn’t — Malia and Sasha didn’t get any TV when they were at camp, but —

AUDIENCE:  Awww —

THE PRESIDENT:  — no, there’s nothing wrong with that.  That’s good.  (Laughter.)  But unless you’ve been able to hide your television set, you may be aware that there’s a pretty intense campaign going on right now.

Now, the reason it is so hotly contested is because the choice that we face this November couldn’t be bigger.  It’s not just a choice between two candidates or two political parties.  This is a choice between two fundamentally different visions for our country; two fundamentally different ideas about the direction that we should be going in.  And the direction that we choose, the direction you choose when you walk into that voting booth in November is going to have an impact not just on your lives, it’s going to have an impact on your children, your grandchildren, and generations to come.

Now, four years ago, we came together as Democrats, but also independents and some Republicans, because we knew we had to restore the basic bargain that built America — what made us an economic superpower, what created the greatest middle class we’ve ever seen.  And it’s a pretty simple bargain.  It’s the idea that if you work hard, you should be able to get ahead.  It’s a deal that says if you put in enough effort and you act responsibly, that you can find a job that pays the bills; you can afford a home that you call your own; you can count on health care when you get sick; you can retire with dignity and respect; and, most importantly, you can give your kids the kind of education and opportunity that allows them to dream even bigger and do even better than you ever did.  (Applause.)  That’s the American idea.  That’s what we came together to fight for in 2008.

It’s a simple American promise.  And we knew it wouldn’t be easy restoring that promise.  We knew it would take more than one year or one term, or even one President, because we had gone through a decade in which that promise wasn’t being kept.

AUDIENCE MEMBER:  I love you, Mr. President!

THE PRESIDENT:  I love you, too, sweetie.  (Applause.)  We had seen a decade, before I came into office, in which jobs were being shipped overseas.  We had run two wars on a credit card, gone from surplus to deficits.  Wages and incomes actually went down during this period, even as the costs of everything from health care and college were going up.  A few folks at the top were doing really, really well, but for a lot of middle-class families, folks were working harder and harder, and seems like if you were lucky you were just treading water.  And that was before the economic crisis, which hammered so many families all across this state and all across this country — people losing their jobs, their homes, their savings — making the American Dream even further out of reach.

So when I ran four years ago, when we talked about how we were going to restore that basic bargain four years ago, I told you there were no quick fixes, there were no simple solutions.  But what I said was, if we were willing to work hard, and we were willing to come together, I had no doubt we could meet every single challenge, because we’ve got so many things going for us.  We’ve got the best workers in the world.  We’ve got the best entrepreneurs and small businesspeople in the world.  We’ve got the best scientists and researchers, the best colleges and universities in the world.  (Applause.)

Compared to other developed countries, we’re a young nation.  And part of it is because we’ve got the greatest diversity of talent and ingenuity.  People still want to come here from every corner of the globe because they understand what America means.  And so no matter what the naysayers say, no matter how dark the other side tries to paint things around election time, there is not another country on Earth that would not gladly trade places with the United States of America.  (Applause.)

They understand, we understand that here in America, if you’re willing to work hard, no matter what you look like, no matter where you come from, you can make it if you try.  That’s what the last four years has been about — whether it’s been saving the auto industry, or getting health care passed, or creating 4.5 million new jobs, or making sure that young people have an easier time affording college.  It’s all about that idea of making sure hard work is rewarded.  That’s what my presidency has been about.  That is what this campaign is about.  That is why I’m running for a second term as President of the United States.  (Applause.)

Now, my opponent and his new running mate, they just have a different view of things.  They’ve got wonderful families, they’re good people, but they believe in a different vision.  They think the best way forward is the kind of top-down economics that got us into this mess in the first place.  They truly believe that if you roll back regulations that we put in place to control Wall Street, or if you get rid of regulations we put in place to avoid our air getting dirtier and our water getting dirtier, and then if you combine that with more tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans, then somehow prosperity will come raining down on all of you.  (Laughter.)

AUDIENCE MEMBER:  That’s why we’re in a drought!  (Laughter.)

THE PRESIDENT:  I’m not exaggerating here.  You can go on their website, look at Congressman Ryan’s budget.  The centerpiece of Governor Romney’s entire economic plan is a new $5 trillion tax cut, a lot of it going to folks like me, a lot of it going to the wealthiest Americans.  His new running mate, Congressman Ryan, put forward a plan that would let Governor Romney pay less than 1 percent in taxes each year.

AUDIENCE:  Booo —

THE PRESIDENT:  That’s a pretty good deal, just paying 1 percent in taxes.  You’re making millions of dollars.

Now, here’s the kicker — they expect you to pick up the tab.  Governor Romney’s tax plan would actually raise taxes on middle-class families with children by an average of $2,000.  Now, this is not my analysis.  This is the analysis of independent economists whose job it is to analyze these plans.  Every media outlet has checked on the numbers here, and their estimate is that it would cost you an extra $2,000 — not to grow the economy, not to reduce the deficit, not to make sure that our schools are working well or we’re building roads or we’re strengthening the middle class.  All this would be just to give another tax cut to folks like Governor Romney.  It would give the average person who is making more than $3 million a year another $250,000 in tax cuts.

AUDIENCE:  Booo —

THE PRESIDENT:  Now, Governor Romney and Congressman Ryan will be here in New Hampshire on Monday, so you can tell them if you think this is fair.  (Laughter.)  And you should ask them, how do you think that’s going to grow the economy again?  How is that going to strengthen the middle class?

Look, we have tried this kind of trickle-down snake oil before.  (Laughter.)  It didn’t work then.  It won’t work now.  It’s not a plan to create jobs.  It’s not a plan to reduce our deficit.  It’s not a plan to strengthen our economy.  It’s not a plan to strengthen the middle class.  (Applause.)

It won’t work.  We’re moving forward.  They want to take us backwards.  That’s the choice in this election.  And that’s why I’m running for a second term.  (Applause.)

AUDIENCE:  Four more years!  Four more years!

THE PRESIDENT:  Now, the truth is, if you ask them or you ask their consultants, I think they know their economic plan isn’t really popular.  (Laughter.)  And that’s why they’ve got to be dishonest about my plan.  They are just throwing everything they can at the wall to see if it sticks.

Their latest approach is to try to challenge me on Medicare.  Now, let’s just think about this for a second — Governor Romney wants to turn Medicare into a voucher system.  Congressman Ryan wants to turn Medicare into a voucher system.

AUDIENCE:  No!

THE PRESIDENT:  I, on the other hand, have strengthened Medicare.  (Applause.)  We made reforms that extended the life of the program, saved millions of seniors with Medicare hundreds of dollars on their prescription drugs; we’re closing the doughnut hole.  (Applause.)  The only changes to benefits that we made was to make the benefits better by making sure that Medicare now covers new preventive services like cancer screenings and wellness visits for free.  (Applause.)

Meanwhile, Governor Romney and Congressman Ryan want to give seniors a voucher to buy insurance on their own, which — again, somebody did the analysis; not us, somebody else — and they estimate that this could force seniors to pay as much as an extra $6,400 a year for their health care.

AUDIENCE:  Booo —

THE PRESIDENT:  How many people think that’s a good deal?

AUDIENCE:  No!

THE PRESIDENT:  That doesn’t strengthen Medicare.  It undoes the very guarantee of Medicare.  But that’s the core of the plan that was written by Congressman Ryan and endorsed by Governor Romney.

And if they want to talk about benefits, they should be straight with you.  Those new cancer screenings and prescription drug discounts, all those things we put into place with the Affordable Care Act, those things would be eliminated if Governor Romney had his way.  So it would take something away from seniors and it wouldn’t replace it with something better.

So here’s the bottom line, New Hampshire — my plan saves money in Medicare by cracking down on fraud and waste, and making sure insurance companies aren’t getting unfair subsidies.  (Applause.)  Their plan makes seniors pay more so they can give another tax cut to rich folks who don’t need a tax cut.

AUDIENCE:  Booo —

THE PRESIDENT:  My plan has extended the life of Medicare by nearly a decade.  Their plan would shorten the life of Medicare and end Medicare as we know it, because they’d turn it into a voucher system.

So those are the differences between our plans on Medicare.  But that’s just one example of the choice in this election.  That’s what’s at stake.  That’s why I’m running.  And you can see it on every issue.

When it comes to taxes, four years ago, I came before you and I said middle-class families need relief, especially during this crisis; I’m going to lower taxes on middle-class families.  Guess what?  I kept that promise.  (Applause.)  So if you start getting into an argument with your Republican cousin or friend or what have you — (laughter) — you just tell them, look, the typical family is paying $3,600 less in federal taxes since President Obama came into office.  (Applause.)  And right now, what I want to do is I want to keep taxes right where they are for your first $250,000 of income.  Now, that means — 98 percent of Americans make less than $250,000; 97 percent of small businesses make less than $250,000.  So under my plan, you wouldn’t see your taxes — your income taxes go up a single dime next year.  (Applause.)  That’s a contrast with Governor Romney’s plan.

But in the interest of full disclosure here, if you’re fortunate enough to be in the other 2 percent, you’re still going to get a tax cut on the first $250,000 of income.  You get to keep that.  All we’re asking is that you contribute a little bit more so that we can pay down our deficit in a responsible way and invest in things like education that help us grow.  (Applause.)  And you’ll hear some people say, well, just taxing the top 2 percent, that won’t eliminate the deficit.  It’s true.  Government is still going to have to do its part in cutting away spending we don’t need.  And we’ve already cut a trillion dollars’ worth of spending, and we’re slated to do another trillion and a half under my budget plan.

But we’re not going to do it all on the backs of middle-class families, and gutting education, and gutting science and research, and no longer investing in our infrastructure.  All we’re asking is that folks like me go back to the rates we paid under Bill Clinton — which, by the way, worked out pretty good.  (Applause.)  We created 23 million new jobs, we had a surplus instead of a deficit, and we created a whole bunch of new millionaires to boot.  (Applause.)

And part of the reason it worked out pretty well — when a teacher or a construction worker or a nurse or a receptionist, when they’ve got a little extra money in their pockets, what do they do?

AUDIENCE:  They spend it!

THE PRESIDENT:  They spend it on basic necessities.  And that means maybe that old beat up car you’ve been hanging on to for the last 12 years, you decide, all right, it’s time to get a new one.  Or maybe you decide, you know what, our kids are going to college, let’s make sure they’ve got a new computer.  And that means, then, business has more customers, which means business gets more profit, which means they then hire more workers, which means those workers then have a little more money in their pockets.  Everybody does better.

That’s how you grow an economy — not from the top down, but from the middle out and the bottom up.  When everybody is doing well, we all prosper.  (Applause.)  That’s the choice in this election.  And that’s why I’m running for a second term as President of the United States.  (Applause.)

On issue after issue, the choice could not be clearer.  When the auto industry was on the brink of collapse, Governor Romney said, let’s “let Detroit go bankrupt.”  I said, let’s bet on American workers.  And three and a half years later, the American auto industry is back.  (Applause.)

Governor Romney likes to tout his private sector experience, except a lot of that experience is investing in companies that have been called “pioneers” of outsourcing.  We don’t need more outsourcing, we need some insourcing.  (Applause.)  I want to stop giving tax breaks to companies that ship jobs overseas, like Governor Romney is promoting.  I want to give those tax breaks to companies that are investing right here in Rochester, right here in New Hampshire, right here in the United States of America, with American workers making American products, selling them around the world, stamped with three proud words: Made in America.  That’s what I’m fighting for.  (Applause.)

My opponent thinks new sources of clean, homegrown energy like wind energy are “imaginary.”  That’s what he called them.  (Laughter.)  Congressman Ryan said they were a “fad.”  Listen, since I took office, America has doubled the use of renewable energy.  (Applause.)  Thousands of good American jobs have been created.  It’s helping us to reduce our dependence on foreign oil.  That’s not imaginary, that’s real.

We need to stop giving $4 billion of taxpayer subsidies to oil companies that are making money every time you go to the pump.  (Applause.)  Let’s give those tax breaks to producers of clean, renewable energy right here in the United States of America.  That’s a choice in this election.  (Applause.)

I’m running because I made a promise to you in 2008, we’d end the war in Iraq — and we did.  (Applause.)  I said we’d go after al Qaeda and bin Laden — and we did.  (Applause.)  We’re transitioning in Afghanistan so we can begin to bring our troops home.  (Applause.)  All of this was accomplished only because of the incredible service and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform — (applause) — which is why we’ve already passed tax breaks for companies that hire veterans, and we’ve made historic investments in the VA — because my attitude is anybody who has fought for our country shouldn’t have to fight for a job when they come home.  (Applause.)

So now, New Hampshire, after a decade of war, I want to take some of those savings and let’s do some nation-building here at home.  (Applause.)  Let’s take about half the money we’re no longer spending on war and let’s put it to use putting people back to work rebuilding roads and runways and ports, and wireless networks and broadband lines into rural communities, and creating a Veterans Jobs Corps that can help returning heroes get back to work as cops and firefighters in communities that need them.  That’s the America we want to build.  That’s the choice in this election.  (Applause.)

I want to make sure we’ve got the best education system in the world.  (Applause.)  So I want to help local school districts hire and retain the very best teachers — especially in math and science –- (applause) — create 2 million more slots for Americans to go to community colleges to learn the skills that businesses are looking for right now.  And I want to keep working to reduce the cost of tuition for colleges and universities — (applause) — because a higher education is not a luxury, it’s an economic necessity in the 21st century.  That’s a choice we’ve got to make in this election.  (Applause.)

And yes, New Hampshire, I’m running because I believe in this nation.  I still believe you shouldn’t go bankrupt when you get sick.  (Applause.)  I’m actually kind of fond of the term “Obamacare.”  (Applause.)  I fought for that bill because I cared, because I cared about the 6.5 million young people who can now get insurance by staying on their parent’s plan.  (Applause.)

I care about the millions of seniors who are now getting discounts on their prescription drugs and free preventive care because of what we did.  (Applause.)  I care about all those folks here in New Hampshire and around the country with preexisting conditions who can now get health insurance because of what we did.  (Applause.)  The Supreme Court has spoken.  This law is here to stay.  We don’t need to refight this battle for another three and a half years.  We’re not going backwards, we’re moving forward.  (Applause.)

We’re not going to put — we’re not going to go back to the days when serving the country you love depended on who you love.  We ended “don’t ask, don’t tell.”  It was the right thing to do.  (Applause.)  We’re not going backwards, we’re going forward.

I believe women should be in charge of their own health care decisions.  (Applause.)  We’re not going backward, we’re going forward.  (Applause.)

On issue after issue, there is a clear choice.  Now, over the next three months, the other side is going to spend more money than we have ever seen.  I mean, they are writing $10 million checks — individuals — just to run the same ad over and over again.  It’s variations on the same theme, which is, the economy is not where it needs to be and it’s Obama’s fault.  They’ll just say that over and over again.  (Laughter.)  And the reason they’ve got to say that — that’s their only message — is because they know their economic plan won’t sell.

They may have a plan to win the election, but they don’t have a plan to create jobs.  They don’t have a plan to grow the economy.  They don’t have a plan to help the middle class.  I do.  (Applause.)

But here’s the thing — I’ve been outspent before.  I’ve been counted out before.  But what gives me hope, what gives me confidence is you.  (Applause.)  Because I know when the American people start paying attention after all the ads have been done and they cut through all the nonsense, and they start remembering the story of their families — their parents, their grandparents — all the struggles they went through, what it means to work hard and get ahead, and overcome obstacles — the same kind of story I’ve got in my life as a son of a single mom; the same kind of story that Michelle has in her life — her parents, dad a blue-collar worker, mom a secretary — we know what it’s been like to go through hard times.  But we also know what it’s like to have hope and determination and resilience, and to watch the next generation do better.  And when you guys are focused on that idea, which is the essence of who we are, then all that other money, all that other stuff doesn’t matter.  (Applause.)

So, New Hampshire, I’m going to need your help.  We’ve come too far to turn back now.  (Applause.)  We’ve still got more good jobs to create, more good teachers to hire, more students to help to go to college, more troops to bring home, more homegrown energy to generate, more doors of opportunity to open for everybody who is willing to walk through them and work hard and put in the effort.  (Applause.)

And if you’re willing to stand with me one more time — (applause) — if you’re willing to knock on some doors and make some phone calls, talk to your friends and talk to your neighbors — we will finish what we started, we will win New Hampshire, we will win this election.  And we’ll remind the world why the United States of America is the greatest nation on Earth.  (Applause.)

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

END
4:22 P.M. EDT

Full Text Campaign Buzz August 18, 2012: President Barack Obama’s Speech at a Campaign Event in Windham, New Hampshire

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Remarks by the President at a Campaign Event — Windham, NH

Source: WH, 8-18-12 

Windham High School
Windham, New Hampshire

1:06 P.M. EDT

THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you!  (Applause.)  It’s good to be back!  (Applause.)  It is good to be back in New Hampshire.  (Applause.)

Well, first all, thank you guys all for being here.  I know it’s a little bit warm.

AUDIENCE MEMBER:  We love you!

THE PRESIDENT:  I love you back.  (Laughter.)  So for those of you, everybody who is standing, I want you to kind of bend your knees a little bit.  (Laughter.)  We usually see a few folks kind of dropping out a little bit when it’s this warm.  If you’ve got a seat, feel free to sit down and relax.

I want everybody to give a big round of applause to Beth Talbot — (applause) — not only for the great introduction, but for being an outstanding teacher.  I love teachers.  (Applause.)  Love them.

Two other people I want to acknowledge — first of all, congressional candidate, Annie Kuster is here.  Give Annie a big round of applause.  (Applause.)  And my national co-chair back in 2008, one of my earliest supporters in New Hampshire, great guy — Paul Hodes is here.  Give Paul a big round of applause.  (Applause.)  And all of you are here, and I’m very happy about that.  (Applause.)

Let me also say, by the way, thank you for returning Malia and Sasha safe and sound.  They were up here for camp for a month.  They had a wonderful time, but their parents missed them a lot.  (Laughter.)  So we were glad to get them back.  But you guys took good care of them while they were up here, so I appreciate that.  (Applause.)

Now, while they were at camp — there are no TVs at camp — but unless you’ve been able to hide your TV set or your cable is broke, you may be aware that there is a campaign going on right now.  (Laughter and applause.)  And part of the reason the campaign is so intense is because the choice we face in November could not be bigger.  It’s not just a choice between two candidates or two political parties, it is a choice between two fundamentally different visions about where to take the country; two fundamentally paths for America.

And the decisions that you make, the direction you choose for us to walk in when you walk into that voting booth in November, it’s going to have an impact not just on your lives but it’s going to have an impact on your kids and your grandkids and generations to come.

Some of you were involved in 2008 when we came together.  (Applause.)  And it wasn’t just Democrats — we had independents, we had even some Republicans.

AUDIENCE MEMBER:  Yes!

THE PRESIDENT:  There you go.  (Laughter.)  And the idea was that we needed to restore the basic bargain that made this country great; the basic bargain that created the most prosperous economy that the world has even known.

And it’s a simple bargain.  It says, if you work hard, that work should be rewarded.  It says that if you put in enough effort and you take seriously your responsibilities, you should be able to find a job that pays the bills, you should be able to afford a home you can call your own, you should count on health care if you get sick — (applause) — you should be able to retire with some dignity and some respect after a lifetime of labor — (applause) — and most important, you should be able to give your kids the kind of education and opportunity that allows them to dream bigger and do better than you ever did.  (Applause.)

That’s the American promise.  That’s the American Dream.  And we knew restoring it wouldn’t be easy; that it would take more than one year or one term or even one President, because we had gone through a decade in which that promise was not being kept.  We had seen a decade in which incomes and wages were going down even as the cost of everything from health care to college were going up.

AUDIENCE MEMBER:  Say it again, Mr. President, so we can hear it again!

THE PRESIDENT:  We had seen a decade — (laughter and applause) — in which jobs were being shipped overseas, in which we took a surplus and turned it into a deficit, ran two wars on a credit card — all culminating in the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression.  And middle-class families who were already getting hammered lost their jobs, lost their savings, some lost their homes.  And the American Dream seemed even further out of reach.

So when I ran for office, I told you there are no quick fixes, there are no easy solutions.  But what I also insisted was that if we pull together, we have everything we need to meet our challenges.  (Applause.)

AUDIENCE MEMBER:  Yes, we can!

THE PRESIDENT:  Yes, we can.  We still have the best workers in the world, the best entrepreneurs and small businesspeople in the world, the best scientists, the best researchers, the best universities, the best colleges in the world.  (Applause.)

We’re still a young nation, and we’ve got the greatest diversity of talent and ingenuity.  There’s a reason why people still want to come here — because no matter what the naysayers say and no matter how stark the other side tries to paint the situation during election time, there is not another country on Earth that wouldn’t gladly change places with the United States of America.  (Applause.)

Most of all, the American character has not changed.  In fact, we saw during this crisis how people may have gotten knocked down, but they got right back up.  (Applause.)  Folks — people in their 50s, 60s losing their jobs, go back to school, they get retrained and find a new one.  Small business people keeping their doors open even if it meant them not taking a salary, because they understood their workers had families that were depending on them.

We may have gone through tough times, but it turns out we’re tougher than tough times.  (Applause.)  And that’s how we saved an auto industry on the brink of collapse.  That’s how we created 4.5 million new jobs, half a million in manufacturing.

We are not there yet.  We’ve still got a long way to go, because we’ve got to make sure that here in America, no matter what you look like, no matter where you come from, no matter what your last name is, here in America, you can make it if you try.  That’s what this campaign is about.  And that’s why I’m running for a second term as President of the United States.  (Applause.)

AUDIENCE:  Four more years!  Four more years!

THE PRESIDENT:  Now, I’ve got to say — remember, I said this is a choice in this election.  We’ve got a particular vision about how to move the country forward.  My opponent and his running mate have a very different view.  They believe the best way forward is to go right back to the old top-down economics that got us into this mess in the first place.

AUDIENCE:  Booo —

THE PRESIDENT:  Their ideas are pretty simple; they’re not hard to explain.  They think that if we get rid of more regulations on big corporations and big banks — some of which we put in place to prevent another taxpayer-funded bailout — and if we do more tax cuts for the very wealthiest Americans, then somehow prosperity is going to rain down on all of you.  (Laughter.)

That’s their theory.  In fact, the centerpiece of my opponent’s entire economic plan is a new $5 trillion tax cut, a lot of it going to the wealthiest Americans.  His new running mate, Congressman Ryan —

AUDIENCE:  Booo —

THE PRESIDENT:  — he put forward a plan that would let Governor Romney pay less than 1 percent in taxes each year.  And here’s the kicker — he expects you to pick up the tab.

AUDIENCE:  Booo —

THE PRESIDENT:  Governor Romney’s tax plan — this is not my analysis now; this is the analysis of independent folks who analyze tax plans for a living — (laughter) — that’s what they do — (laughter.)  Their analysis showed that Governor Romney’s tax plan would actually raise taxes on middle-class families with children by an average of $2,000 —

AUDIENCE:  Booo —

THE PRESIDENT:  — not to reduce the deficit, not to grow jobs, not to invest in education, but to give another tax cut to folks like him.

Now, ask Governor Romney and his running mate when they’re here in New Hampshire on Monday — they’re going to be coming here on Monday — ask them if that’s fair.  Ask them how it will grow the economy.  Ask them how it will strengthen the middle class.

They have been trying to sell this trickle-down snake oil before.  (Laughter.)  It did not work then.  It will not work now.  It’s not a plan to create jobs.  It will not reduce the deficit.  It will not move the economy forward.  It’s the wrong direction for America.  (Applause.)

Now, the truth is I think they know it’s not a very popular idea.  You can tell that because now they’re being dishonest about my plans, since they can’t sell their plans.  (Laughter.)  I mean, they are trying to throw everything at the wall just to see what will stick.

The latest thing they’ve been trying is to talk about Medicare.  Now, you would think they would avoid talking about Medicare, given the fact that both of them have proposed to voucherize the Medicare system.

AUDIENCE:  Booo —

THE PRESIDENT:  But I guess they figure the best defense is to try to go on offense.  So, New Hampshire, here is what you need to know:  Since I have been in office, I have strengthened Medicare.  (Applause.)  I have made reforms that have extended the life of the program, that have saved millions of seniors with Medicare hundreds of dollars on their prescription drugs.  (Applause.)  The only changes to your benefits that I’ve made on Medicare is that Medicare now covers new preventive services like cancer screenings and wellness visits for free.  (Applause.)

Governor Romney and Congressman Ryan have a very different plan.  What they want to do is they want seniors to get a voucher to buy their own insurance, which could force seniors to pay an extra $6,400 a year for their health care.

AUDIENCE:  Booo —

THE PRESIDENT:  Again, this is not my estimate.  Remember those guys who analyze these things for a living?  That’s their assessment.  That doesn’t strengthen Medicare.  That undoes the very guarantee of Medicare.  That’s the core of the plan written by Congressman Ryan and endorsed by Governor Romney.

So here is the bottom line:  My plan saves money in Medicare by cracking down on fraud and waste and insurance company subsidies.  (Applause.)  And their plan makes seniors pay more so they can give another tax cut to millionaires and billionaires.

AUDIENCE:  Booo —

THE PRESIDENT:  My plan has already extended the life of Medicare by nearly a decade.  (Applause.)  Their plan would put Medicare on track to be ended as we know it.  It would be an entirely different plan — a plan in which you could not count on health care because it would have to be coming out of your pocket.  That’s the real difference between our plans on Medicare.

That’s the choice in this election.  And that’s why I’m running for a second term as President of the United States.  And I need your help.  (Applause.)

Now, four years ago I promised to cut middle-class taxes.  That’s exactly what I’ve done — by a total of about $3,600 for the typical family.  (Applause.)

AUDIENCE MEMBER:  Thank you, Mr. President!

THE PRESIDENT:  So just like we’ve got a difference on Medicare, we’ve got a difference on taxes.  Right now, what I want to do is keep taxes right where they are for the first $250,000 of everybody’s income.  So if your family makes under $250,000 — which — that includes 98 percent of Americans —

AUDIENCE MEMBER:  That’s me!

THE PRESIDENT:  — that’s you — (laughter) — 97 percent of small businesses — you won’t see your income taxes increase by a single dime next year.  (Applause.)

Now, if you’re fortunate enough to be in the other 2 percent, you’ll still keep your tax cut on the first $250,000 you make.  That’s a pretty good deal.  But all we’re asking is for folks like me who make more than $250,000, we’re asking that you contribute a little bit more above $250,000 so we can pay down this deficit and invest in things like making college more affordable — (applause) — making sure our teachers aren’t laid off, making sure our firefighters are there to respond to emergencies, making sure our economy grows.

And, keep in mind, asking the wealthy to pay a little bit more, that doesn’t eliminate our deficit.  We’re still going to have to make sure that government does its part by cutting away all the spending we don’t need.  And I’ve already cut a trillion dollars in spending, and we’ve slated another trillion more.

But we can’t just reduce our deficit and our debt by gutting education, and gutting research and development, and gutting infrastructure.  And all we’re asking folks like me to do is go back to the rates we paid under Bill Clinton — which, by the way, was a time when we created nearly 23 million new jobs, the biggest budget surplus in history, and a bunch of millionaires to boot.  (Applause.)

See, I’m getting all fired up.  (Applause.)  And I want to explain that this is not just good for middle-class families and working families, it’s good for everybody.  Because what happens when a police officer or a firefighter or a teacher or a construction worker or a receptionist — what happens when they’ve got a little more money in their pocket?

AUDIENCE:  Spend it!

THE PRESIDENT:  They spend it on basic necessities.  So maybe they go out and finally, after 10 years, buy a new car.  Or maybe they buy a new computer for their kid who’s going off to college.  And that means business suddenly has more customers.  And that means businesses are making more profits.  And that means businesses are hiring more workers, who in turn have more money to spend, which makes businesses do even better.  That’s how you grow an economy — not from the top down, but from the middle out and from the bottom up.  (Applause.)  That’s the choice in this election.  And that’s why I’m running for a second term as President.  (Applause.)

On issue after issue, the choice could not be clearer.  When the auto industry was on the verge of collapse, Governor Romney said let’s “let Detroit go bankrupt.”  I said, a million jobs are at stake — let’s bet on American workers and American manufacturing.  (Applause.)  And three and a half years later, the American auto industry has come roaring back.  That’s the choice in this election.  (Applause.)

Governor Romney likes to tout his private sector experience, even though a lot of that experience was investing in companies that were called “pioneers” in the business of outsourcing manufacturing jobs.

AUDIENCE:  Booo —

THE PRESIDENT:  He wants to keep on giving tax breaks to companies that ship jobs overseas.  I want to give tax breaks to companies that are investing here in New Hampshire — (applause) — here in the United States, hiring American workers to make American products to sell around the world.  That’s the difference in this election.  (Applause.)

Governor Romney thinks new sources of clean energy are “imaginary.”  Since I took office, we have in fact doubled the use of renewable energy like wind and solar.  Thousands of Americans have good jobs because of it.  It’s not imaginary, it’s real.

New Hampshire, we’ve got to stop giving $4 billion a year in taxpayer subsidies to big oil companies that are making plenty of profits, and use that money to help American homegrown energy that has never been more promising.  (Applause.)  That’s a choice in this election.  (Applause.)

In 2008 I promised I would end the war in Iraq — we did.  (Applause.)  I said we’d go after al Qaeda and bin Laden — we did.  (Applause.)  We now are transitioning so that Afghans take more responsibility for their security and we can start bringing our troops home from there.  (Applause.)  All of these things we did only because of the incredible courage and dedication and patriotism of our men and women in uniform.  (Applause.)  And that’s why we’ve made historic investments in the VA — because I believe that anybody who has fought for America in uniform should not have to fight for a job when they come home — (applause) — shouldn’t have to fight for the benefits they’ve earned.

AUDIENCE:  USA!  USA!  USA!

THE PRESIDENT:  So we could not be prouder of them.  But we want them to return to a strong economy, which means that after a decade of war, it’s time to do some nation-building here at home.  (Applause.)

Let’s create a Veterans Jobs Corps that can help returning heroes get jobs as firefighters and cops in communities that need them the most.  (Applause.)  Let’s take some of the savings from war to rebuild our roads and our bridges and our schools all across America — (applause) — to lay broadband lines and wireless networks that can make us more competitive.  Let’s put some construction workers back to work.  That helps everybody, and that will help America be strong for decades to come.  That’s the choice in this election.  That’s what’s at stake.  (Applause.)

I want to make sure that we’ve got the best education in the world.  I want to help school districts like this one hire and reward the best teachers, especially in math and science.  (Applause.)  I want to give 2 million more Americans the chance to go to community colleges and learn the skills that businesses are hiring for right now.  And I want college and universities to bring their tuitions down, because in the 21st century, our young people have to be able to get a college education, a higher education.  (Applause.)  It’s not a luxury, it is a necessity.  That’s the choice in this election.  (Applause.)

And, yes, New Hampshire, I’m running again because I still believe, in America, nobody should go broke because they get sick.  (Applause.)  I’m kind of fond of the term “Obamacare,” because I do care.  That’s why we passed the law.  That’s why 6.5 million young people can stay on their parent’s plan now.  That’s why seniors are seeing discounts on their prescription drugs.  (Applause.)  That’s why families who have got somebody with a preexisting condition can now get health care.  (Applause.)  It was the right thing to do.  The Supreme Court has spoken.  We are not going backwards, we are going forward.  (Applause.)

We’re not going back to the day when serving the country you love depended on who you love.  We ended “don’t ask, don’t tell.”  It was the right thing to do.  (Applause.)  We’re not going back.  We’re not going back to the day when women didn’t have control of their own health care choices.  We’re going forward, we’re not going back.  (Applause.)

On issue after issue, there is a choice.  And all these issues — manufacturing and health care and education — all these things tie together because it’s part of what not only makes up a middle-class life, but also creates rungs of opportunity for people to get into the middle class.  That’s what we believe in.  That’s what we’re fighting for.  That’s how the economy grows.  And that’s what we learned from our parents and our grandparents and our great-grandparents — some who came here as immigrants — folks working hard, overcoming obstacles, understanding that in America, not only could you do better but your future generations could do better.  That’s what’s at stake in this election, and that’s why I’m running for a second term as President.  (Applause.)

Now, let me say this — let me close up by saying this.   Over the next three months, you will see more negative ads than you have ever seen in your life.  These folks on the other side, they’re writing $10 million checks.  And basically, their argument is going to be the same one over and over again:  The economy is not where it should be, and it’s Obama’s fault.  They’ll just keep on repeating it because they know their own plans don’t sell.

So all they’ll try to do is just hope that if they can tap into people’s frustration and anxiety, that somehow they’re going to win, even though what they’re selling won’t work.  It’s not — what they’re selling is not a plan to create jobs, it’s not a plan to reduce the deficit, it certainly is not a plan to revive the middle class.  But they are counting on just outspending us to win.

But here is the good news.  Here is the good news, New Hampshire — I’ve been counted out before and I’ve been outspent before.  But what I’ve learned — and you guys helped teach this to me — is that when the American people, when they cut through the nonsense, when you focus on what’s important, when you’re reminded of what values built this country, when you remember that we are all in this together, and you affirm the basic American notion that everybody in this country gets a fair shot and everybody should do their fair share, and everybody should play by the same set of rules — when you are focused on the things that make us a great country, we don’t lose.  (Applause.) You will help get us there.

We’ve got too many more jobs we’ve got to create, too many more teachers we’ve got to hire, too many young people who need to go to college, too many troops we’ve got to come home — (applause) — more energy we’ve got to generate, more opportunity that we’ve got to open up to everybody.  (Applause.)

So if you’re willing to stand with me and fight with me, and make phone calls with me, and knock on doors with me — (applause) — if you’re willing to vote for me, we will win New Hampshire.  We will win this election.  And we will finish what we started and remind the world why the United States of America is the greatest nation on Earth.  (Applause.)

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

END
1:36 P.M. EDT

Full Text Campaign Buzz June 15, 2012: Mitt Romney Kicks Off 5-Day Bus Tour with New Hampshire Speech on President Barack Obama’s Economic Policy & the Middle Class

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IN FOCUS: ROMNEY KICKS OFF 5-DAY BUS TOUR WITH NEW HAMPSHIRE SPEECH ON OBAMA’S ECONOMIC POLICIES

Romney Kicks Off Bus Tour, Says Obama Fails Middle Class

Source: ABC News Radio, 6-15-12

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Mitt Romney officially kicked off his five-day, six-state bus tour in New Hampshire Friday, on the very farm where he launched his presidential bid last June, telling supporters that there has been no president who has failed middle-class Americans more than President Obama and that if elected, he will “hear” the voices of the American people.

“Let us make today the beginning of the end of disappointments of the Obama years,” Romney said to a crowd of hundreds, standing on the back of a flat-bed trailer parked in a field on Scamman Farm. “Let us make today the start of a new and better chapter that we’re going to write together.”

“If there has ever been a president who has failed to give the middle class of America a fair shot, it is Barack Obama,” Romney said….READ MORE

Romney’s Bus Tour of New Hampshire Lets In a Bit of the Outside World

Source: NYT, 6-15-12

Mitt Romney was supposed to depart from his usual campaign approach on Friday, and he did — though not the way his strategists had envisioned.

The candidate kicked off a five-day bus tour, an ambitious barnstormer through small-town America that was billed as an effort to introduce Mr. Romney to a new set of voters. And the first two events, including an ice cream social on the village green here, kept him solidly in his comfort zone….READ MORE

 

Mitt Romney Delivers Remarks In New Hampshire

Source: Mitt Romney Press, 6-15-12
Mitt Romney today delivered remarks in Stratham, New Hampshire. The following remarks were prepared for delivery:

Thank you for that warm welcome.  It’s great to be back in Stratham.  And I’d like to thank Doug and Stella for welcoming us once again to their beautiful farm.

Ann and I visited this farm a year ago when we launched our campaign for the Republican nomination.  It was a beautiful day, and the start of a remarkable journey.

Over the past year, it’s become clear that good things begin here, so today we’re back, with a few more friends and closer to the goal.  Every day our campaign grows as more and more Americans realize that we don’t have to settle for these years of disappointment and decline.

America can do better – and with your help, we will.  Together, we’re going to take this campaign all way to the White House.

Since last June, we’ve been to towns, big and small.  We’ve visited businesses – some generations old, others quite new, every one of them trying to make the best of a bad economy.  Across the country, people have welcomed us into their homes.  We’ve enjoyed long talks about family and country in break rooms and backyards, in diners and on factory floors.

Everywhere I go, I meet people who represent the best of America.  They are hopeful, hard-working, determined and proud.  But they are also worried and anxious.  They are tired of being tired.

And they are tired of a detached and distant President who never seems to hear their voices.

When Americans rose up and demanded, “Stop borrowing money and sticking our kids with the bill,” the President wasn’t listening.  He was on the line with China, taking out another loan.

When Americans went to town halls and said, “We don’t want Obamacare,” the President ignored us, and spent fifteen months ramming his health-care bill through Congress on a party-line vote.

And when we asked, “Where is the recovery we were promised?” this President lectured us saying “The private sector is doing fine.”

For so many Americans the distance between their town and the city of Washington has never seemed so far.  The federal establishment has never seemed so hostile or remote – so disconnected from economic reality, and yet so willing to use restrictions and regulations, taxes and fines, commissions and czars to direct our daily lives.

The President’s plans have Americans wondering whether our future can be as bright as our past.  But that lack of faith in our future is a bridge to despair that we cannot cross.

That’s why, from now until November, our campaign will carry a simple message: America’s greatest days are ahead!

Washington’s big government agenda should not smother small-town dreams. In the America we love, every town counts. Every job counts. And every American counts!

We’re here today to launch a campaign bus tour that will take us from New Hampshire to Pennsylvania, then to Ohio and on to Iowa, Wisconsin and, finally, Michigan.

In the days ahead, we’ll be traveling on what are often called the “backroads of America.” But I think our tour takes us along much of the “backbone of America.”

This is the America known for thriving farms and factories. For prosperous towns and cities and great colleges and universities.  For solid communities and churches.  All of them born out of American optimism; nourished and sustained by hard work and a belief that the American future is one of limitless possibilities and that opportunity is an American birthright.

We will travel through the industrial heartland of America. This was once a model to the world for mining, manufacturing, and innovation.  Many of the greatest commercial enterprises in the history of the world were born here. They gave birth to an extraordinary middle class which never questioned their ability to build a better life for their children.

But in these past few years, too many of these Americans have been struggling and in distress.

But even where factories have closed and jobs are too few, the spirit of enterprise — the spirit that powered the engines of America’s remarkable economic growth and prosperity — that spirit still lives strong.  And it is the goal of this campaign — and will be the mission of my presidency — to nurture that spirit and to see it flourish once again.

The world knows the names of great cities like Pittsburgh, Detroit, Chicago and Cleveland. These were the arsenals of democracy, the forges of freedom, the melting pots of America. Their resilience and indomitable energy are a cornerstone of America’s future.

But we should never forget that some of America’s biggest dreams were also born in our smallest communities.  Our small towns have given us great writers, great thinkers, and great leaders.

Before they were literary giants who dazzled the world, great American writers like Mark Twain and John Steinbeck were kids playing in wide-open spaces, dreaming up the stories they would tell.

Before they were pioneers, Thomas Edison and the Wright Brothers looked out into the dark night and up at the clear blue sky, imagining great inventions that would someday change the world. And, no, Mr. President, they were not dreaming of a government loan.

And small towns gave us Lincoln and Truman, Eisenhower and Reagan – and so many sons and daughters who have sacrificed to defend our freedom on battlefields far away.

The vision and the values, the character and the can-do spirit that you find in our small towns have made America great.  In these places, you also find a special sense of community and a deep commitment to our country.

These Americans are quiet heroes. They raise strong families, run our factories, and grow our food.  They coach Little League and soccer.  They serve on the PTA.  They volunteer to help their neighbors.  And they dream big dreams – sometimes for themselves, but mostly for their kids.

Every town counts because the families who have lost a job, faced a foreclosure, or been forced to spend the money they were saving for college just to make ends meet are not statistics – they are our fellow Americans.

In recent years, they have shown great determination and real bravery. These men and women do the hard things that others say aren’t worth trying.  They keep pressing on, even when government bureaucrats and regulations keep getting in their way.  They have talent and creativity – and they aren’t about to let their family or our country down by letting their dreams go. They are the backbone of America.

Yesterday the President gave a speech. A Very. Long. Speech.

You might have thought that it would be a moment when he would acknowledge his policy mistakes and suggest a new course. But no. He promised four more years, of more of the same. Four. More. Very. Long. Years.

That’s really the divide in this race. The President thinks we’re on the right track and his policies are working.

And I…I believe with all my heart that we can — that we must — do better!

So let me ask where you stand. Do you believe America can do better? Do you believe that with new leadership and a new president our greatest days are still ahead? Do you believe we can take back the White House and reclaim the greatness of America?

Somewhere in that long speech, President Obama spoke of giving people a “fair shot.” I couldn’t agree more.

President Obama isn’t giving our students a fair shot when they graduate and only half of them can find jobs or work that matches their skills.

And he isn’t giving the middle class a fair shot when wages keep going down and prices keep going up. Under Barack Obama, more Americans are living in poverty than under any President in history. That’s a tragedy, not a fair shot!

He didn’t give the children of Washington, DC a fair shot when he proposed to end their scholarships to go to better schools.

And when he bows to the demands of the teacher’s unions, he isn’t giving a fair shot to kids across America.

He isn’t giving entrepreneurs and job creators a fair shot when he picks winners and losers, rewarding campaign donors with tax dollars in scandals like Solyndra.

Barack Obama isn’t giving a fair shot to our children and grandchildren when he saddles them with trillions of dollars of debts.

If there has ever been a president who has failed to give the middle class of America a fair shot, it is Barack Obama.

I have a very different vision for America, and of our future. And I know what we must do to truly give our fellow Americans a fair shot…and a better chance.

I see an America where free enterprise is nurtured and celebrated, not attacked, because freedom and free enterprise is what creates jobs, not government.  I see an America with a growing middle class, with rising standards of living. I see children even more successful than their parents — some successful beyond their wildest dreams — and others congratulating them for their achievement, not attacking them for it. We must not allow the desperation of a failing Presidency to divide this great country.

I see an America that is fundamentally fair, that cares for those who cannot care for themselves, that never wavers from our commitment to our seniors, and that gives our veterans the respect and care they richly deserve.

In the America I see, character and choices matter.  And education, hard work, and living within our means are valued and rewarded.  And poverty will be defeated, not with a government check, but with respect and achievement that is taught by parents, learned in school, and practiced in the workplace.

This is the America that was won for us by the nation’s Founders, and earned for us by the Greatest Generation. It is the America that has produced the most innovative, most productive, and most powerful economy in the world.

As I look around at the millions of Americans without work, the graduates who can’t get a job, the soldiers who return home to an unemployment line, it breaks my heart. This does not have to be. It is the result of failed leadership and of a faulty vision.

I am running for President because I have the experience and the vision to get us out of this mess. I am offering a real choice and a new beginning.

We can’t afford four more years of failed policies and weak leadership.

Starting on Day One, I will do what it takes to get America back to work.

Obamacare will end.

We’ll open markets around the world, and make sure that countries like China finally play by the rules.

We’ll get the Keystone Pipeline built and we’ll send a message to the world that a new era of energy independence has begun right here on our continent.

We’ll replace the Obama job killing tax policies with sweeping tax reform to jumpstart job creation.

The government regulators who are strangling small business will finally learn that job creators are our friends, not our enemies.

And once again, the Era of Big Government will be over!

No wonder Bill Clinton and so many other mainstream Democrats are revolting against the backward direction President Obama is taking his Party and our country!

Let us make today the beginning of the end of the disappointments of the Obama years.

Let us make today the start of a new and better chapter that we will write together.

For every single mom who feels heartbroken when she has to explain to her kids that she needs to take a second job … for every grandparent who can’t afford the gas to visit the grandkids… for the mom and dad who never thought they’d be on food stamps … for the small business owner desperately cutting back just to keep the doors open one more month…

To all of the thousands of good and decent Americans I’ve met who want nothing more than a better chance, a fighting chance, to all of you, I have a simple message: Hold on a little longer.  A better America begins today!

Today the hill before us is a little steep but we have always been a nation of big steppers.

Many Americans have given up on this President but they haven’t ever thought about giving up. Not on themselves. Not on each other. And not on America.

In the days ahead, join me in the next step toward that destination of November 6th, when across America we can give a sigh of relief and know that the Promise of America has been kept. The dreamers can dream a little bigger, the help wanted signs can be dusted off, and we can start again.

And this time we’ll get it right. We’ll stop the days of apologizing for success at home and never again apologize for America abroad.

There was a time – not so long ago – when each of us could walk a little taller and stand a little straighter because we had a gift that no one else in the world shared. We were Americans. That meant something different to each of us but it meant something special to all of us. We knew it without question. And so did the world.

Those days are coming back. That’s our destiny. Join me. Let’s walk together, every day until November 6th.

We believe in America. We believe in ourselves. Our greatest days are still ahead. We are, after all, Americans!

God bless you, and God bless the United States of America.

Campaign Headlines May 18, 2012: Mitt Romney Speaking at Abandoned New Hampshire Bridge Criticizes President Obama’s Spending

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Romney, at Abandoned N.H. Bridge, Hits Obama Spending

Source: ABC News Radio, 5-18-12

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Mitt Romney ventured to the Granite State Friday to stand in front of an abandoned 19th century stone bridge to highlight what he considers to be President Obama’s “wasteful” spending.

“You all know the story of this bridge, this is part of the president’s stimulus plan,” said Romney. “He went out and borrowed $787 billion and said that if we’re allowing him as Congress allowed him to borrow that kind of money, that he would hold unemployment below eight percent and it hasn’t been below eight percent since.”…READ MORE

Full Text Obama Presidency March 1, 2012: President Barack Obama’s Speech on American Energy, Gas Prices, Oil Subsidies, Dependence on Foreign Oil and the Economy at Nashua Community College, New Hampshire

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OBAMA PRESIDENCY & THE 112TH CONGRESS:

President Obama on Gas Prices and Oil Subsidies

Source: WH, 3-1-12

President Obama delivers remarks on energy from Nashua, New Hampshire (March 1, 2012)
President Barack Obama delivers remarks on the economy at Nashua Community College in Nashua, N.H., March 1, 2012. The president used a diagram to illustrate the decline in U.S. dependence on foreign oil. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Today in New Hampshire, President Obama renewed his call to repeal the $4 billion in subsidies that taxpayers provide the oil industry each year and said there’s only one real path forward for America’s future — an all of the above approach that develops every source of energy available to us.

He also addressed the idea that we’ll be able to drill our way to lower gas prices and energy independence:

So when it comes to oil production, under my administration, America is producing more oil today than at any time in the last eight years. That is a fact … Under my administration, we have a near-record number of oil rigs operating right now — more working oil and gas rigs than the rest of the world combined. Think about that.

The President is directing the federal government to address a range of issues that are having a real impact on what each of us pays at the pump. For starters, he’s working to prevent speculators from taking advantage of uncertainties in the commodities market and trying to reduce bottlenecks in the supply chain.

And the President is making a real push to eliminate the tax breaks that we provide to one of the most profitable industries in the world:

[Oil] companies are making record profits right now — tens of billions of dollars a year. Every time you go to the gas tank or fill up your gas tank, they’re making money.  Every time. Now, does anyone really think that Congress should give them another $4 billion this year? Of course not. It’s outrageous. It’s inexcusable. And I am asking Congress — eliminate this oil industry giveaway right away. I want them to vote on this in the next few weeks.

For more information about America’s decreasing dependence on foreign oil, check out our post from earlier today.

U.S. Dependence on Foreign Oil Is Declining

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Related Topics: Blueprint for an America Built to Last, Economy, Energy and Environment

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Remarks by the President on American Energy

Nashua Community College
Nashua, New Hampshire

1:28 P.M. EST

THE PRESIDENT:  Hello, Nashua!  (Applause.)  It is good to be back in New Hampshire!  (Applause.)

Thank you, Mike, for that wonderful introduction and for your service to our country.  I want to thank the president of Nashua Community College, Lucille Jordan, for hosting us here today.  Give Lucille a big round of applause.  (Applause.)  We’ve got Professor Paul Wunderlich, who gave me a great tour.  Where’s Paul?  Where is he?  He’s got a beard — you can see him.  (Laughter.)  There he is.  And I want to thank your Mayor, Donnalee Lozeau, for joining us here today.  (Applause.)  Where’s Donnalee?  Right over there — there.  Right in there.

AUDIENCE MEMBER:  We love you!

THE PRESIDENT:  I love you back.  It is good to be back in New Hampshire.

AUDIENCE MEMBER:  (Inaudible) 911! 911!  Somebody’s down!

THE PRESIDENT:  Okay, we’ll be all right.  They probably were just standing too long.  Just give them a little space.  Where’s our EMS folks?  They’ll be okay.  Just give him a little space.  This happens sometimes.  You guys been here a while after the magging?

AUDIENCE:  Yes.

THE PRESIDENT:  Well, no, you have to eat ahead of time.  (Laughter.)  Keep your blood sugar high.  We got somebody over there?  Jordan, right in the middle.  There we go.  Here’s our guy.  Make a little room, everybody.  All right, let’s make sure everybody is okay.  You all right?  All good?  Okay.  I think you’re going to be all right.  Okay.  (Applause.)  So remember, eat before you come to a presidential event.  (Laughter.)

Now, I am from Chicago, so you know a little snow was not going to keep me away — (applause) — which is why I can relate to New Hampshireites, because this is just like a dusting.  (Laughter.)  What’s the big deal?  There’s no big deal.  When Air Force One landed there were like 50 people waiting to shake my hand — they got icicles on their eyebrows.  (Laughter.)  I was like, hey, great weather.  (Laughter.)  So I want to thank all of you for making the trek out here. I really appreciate it.

I just had a chance to look at some of the cutting-edge work that’s being done here at the auto shop.  Earlier this week, I gave a speech to American autoworkers where I said that one reason this country has an auto industry today is because we’re not just building cars again — (applause) — we’re building cars that use less oil, cars that go further on a gallon of gas.  And in part, that’s because of what’s happening in places like this community college.  It’s because of so many of you.

I don’t need to tell you why fuel efficiency is so important, especially right now.  Most of you filled up your gas tanks in the last week or two, am I right?

AUDIENCE:  Yes.

THE PRESIDENT:  It hasn’t been a happy experience.  You’ve see the prices go up almost every day and you’ve already felt the pinch, whether you own a car or maybe you own a small business that uses energy.  Some of you have no choice but to drive a long way to work.  And higher gas prices are like a tax straight out of your paycheck.  And in the winter, the rising price of oil is also making it more expensive to heat your homes.

Now, I know this is hard to believe, but some politicians are seeing higher gas prices as a political opportunity.  You’re shocked, I know.  (Laughter.)  But it’s true — right in the middle of an election year.  Who would have thought?  (Laughter.) So recently, the lead in one news story said — and I’m quoting here — “Gasoline prices are on the rise and Republicans are licking their chops.”  Licking their chops.  Now, let me tell you, only in politics do people respond to bad news with such enthusiasm.  (Laughter.)  That doesn’t happen anywhere else.

And so, as a consequence, you can anticipate we’re going to be hearing a lot about how people have these magic 3-point plans to make sure that you’re only paying $2-a-gallon gas.  Just like we heard about it in the last election, just like we’ve heard about it for the last 30 years.  And you know what the essence of their plan is going to be, which is:  Step one, drill.  Step two, drill.  Step three, keep drilling.  And by the way, we’ll drill in your backyard.  Wherever it is, we’re just going to put up more rigs.

Now, if there’s one thing I know about New Hampshire, it’s that your political bull detector is pretty keen.  It’s pretty sharp.  (Applause.)  You know that we can’t just drill our way to lower gas prices.  There are no quick fixes or silver bullets.  If somebody tells you there are, they’re not telling you the truth.

If we’re going to take control of our energy future — which we have to do — if we’re going to avoid high gas prices every single year, with a lot of politicians talking every single year but nothing happening — if we’re going to avoid that, then we’ve got to have an all-of-the-above strategy that develops every single source of American energy.  Not just oil and gas, but also wind and solar and biofuels.  (Applause.)  We’ve got to keep developing the technology that allows us to use less oil in our cars and trucks, less oil in our buildings and our factories.  And that’s the strategy we’ve been pursuing for the last three years, and it’s the only real solution to this challenge.

Now, here’s the good news.  We’re making progress.  And you can see it in this chart.  There’s a chart behind me right here  — we’re using visual aids today.  (Laughter.)  The bar on the left shows that six years ago, 60 percent of the oil we used was imported.  Since I took office, America’s dependence on foreign oil has gone down every single year.  Every single year.  (Applause.)  In fact, in 2010, it was under 50 percent for the first time in 13 years — for the first time.  (Applause.)

And we gave one of these handy charts to everybody who came today, so you can impress your family and friends with your knowledge.  (Laughter.)  It makes a great conversation piece at parties.  (Laughter.)

Now, one of the reasons our oil — our dependence on foreign oil is down is because of policies put in place by our administration, but also our predecessor’s administration.  And whoever succeeds me is going to have to keep it up.  This is not going to be solved by one party; it’s not going to be solved by one administration; it’s not going to be solved by slogans; it’s not going to be solved by phony rhetoric.  It’s going to be solved by a sustained, all-of-the-above energy strategy.

And no matter what you hear from some folks in an election year, the key part of this strategy over the last three years has been to increase safe, responsible oil production here at home while also pursuing clean energy for the future.  We don’t have to choose between one or the other, we’ve got to do both.  (Applause.)

So when it comes to oil production, under my administration, America is producing more oil today than at any time in the last eight years.  That is a fact.  That’s a fact.  (Applause.)    Under my administration, we have a near-record number of oil rigs operating right now — more working oil and gas rigs than the rest of the world combined.  Think about that.  That’s a fact.  (Applause.)

We’ve opened up millions of new acres for oil and gas exploration where appropriate and where it is done safely, and we’ve approved more than 400 drilling permits since we put in place new safety standards to make sure that we don’t have the same kind of spill that we had down in the Gulf a couple of years ago.  (Applause.)

And we’ve approved dozens of new pipelines to move oil around, including from Canada.  Just this week, we announced that we’ll do whatever we can to help speed the construction of a pipeline in Oklahoma that will relieve a bottleneck for oil that needs to get to the Gulf.  And that’s going to help create jobs and encourage production.

So we’re focused on American oil production.  We are doing all that we can in a safe, responsible way to make sure that American oil production and gas production is high.  But here’s the thing.  The amount of oil that we drill at home doesn’t set the price of gas on its own.  And the reason is, is because oil is bought and sold on the world energy market.  And just like last year, the biggest thing that’s causing the price of oil to rise right now is instability in the Middle East.  This time it’s Iran.  But a lot of folks are nervous about what might happen there, and so they’re anticipating there might be a big disruption in terms of flow.  And when uncertainty increases, speculation on Wall Street can drive up prices even more.  Those are the short-term factors at work here.

So when you start hearing a bunch of folks saying somehow that there’s some simple solution, you can turn a nozzle and suddenly we’re going to be getting a lot more oil, that’s not just how it works.  Over the long term, the biggest reason oil prices will rise is because of growing demand in countries like China and India and Brazil.

Just think about this.  In five years, the number of cars on the road in China more than tripled.  Over the last five years, the number of cars tripled.  Nearly 10 million cars were added in China alone in 2010 — 10 million cars just in one country in one year.  So that’s using up a lot of oil.  And those numbers are only going to get bigger over time.  As places like China and India get wealthier, they’re going to want to buy cars like we do, and they’re going to want to fill them up like we do, and that’s going to drive up demand.

So what does this mean for us?  What does this mean for America?  It means that anybody who tells you that we can just drill our way out of this problem does not know what they’re talking about or they’re not telling you the truth.  (Applause.) One or the other.

Here’s another way to think about it.  The United States consumes more than 20 percent of the world’s oil, but we only have 2 percent of the world’s oil reserves — 20 percent we use; we only produce 2 percent.  And no matter what we do, it’s not going to get much above 3 percent.  So we’re still going to have this huge shortfall.  That’s why if we really want energy security and energy independence, we’ve got to start looking at how we use less oil, and use other energy sources that we can renew and that we can control, so we are not subject to the whims of what’s happening in other countries.  (Applause.)

We have to keep developing new technology that helps us use less energy.  We’ve got to keep relying on American know-how and ingenuity that comes from places like this one, Nashua Community College.  That’s our future.  (Applause.)  And that’s exactly the path that we’ve been taking these last three years.  Because of the investments we’ve made, the use of clean, renewable energy in this country has nearly doubled — and thousands of Americans have jobs because of it.

We’re taking every possible action to develop a near 100-year supply of natural gas, which releases fewer carbons.  Now that’s something that experts believe will support more than 600,000 jobs by the end of the decade.  Our cooperation with the private sector has positioned this country to be the world’s leading manufacturer of high-tech batteries that will power the next generation of American cars.  (Applause.)

And after three decades of doing nothing, we put in place fuel economy standards that will make sure our cars average nearly 55 miles per gallon by the middle of the next decade.  That’s nearly double what we have today.  (Applause.)  And that, by the way, applies not just to cars — it applies to light trucks, and now it’s going to apply to heavy trucks as well.

So that means that every time you fill up, you can think to yourself, you know what, I won’t have to fill up again for two weeks instead of one week.  That’s worth applauding.  (Applause.) Because what that means is that will save the typical family more than $8,000 at the pump.  And it means that this country will reduce our oil consumption by more than 2 million barrels a day, which means we can continue to see a decline in how much imported oil we need.  (Applause.)  And that’s good for our national security, that’s good for our economy, and it’s good for our environment.  (Applause.)

So that’s the strategy we’ve got to pursue.  But we’ve got to do more, and we’ve got to do more even faster.  We’ve got to keep investing in developing every available type of American-made energy.  And this means that we’ve got to set some priorities.  We’ve got to make some choices.

First, while there are no short-term silver bullets when it comes to gas prices, I’ve directed my administration to look for every single area where we can make an impact and help consumers — from helping to relieve bottlenecks in the places like the one we’ve got in Oklahoma, to making sure speculators aren’t taking advantage of what’s going on in the oil markets.  And we’re just going to keep on announcing steps in the coming weeks; every time we find something that can provide a little bit of relief right now, we’re going to do it.  (Applause.)

But over the long term, an all-of-the-above strategy requires the right incentives.  And here’s one of the best examples.  Right now, $4 billion of your tax dollars — $4 billion — subsidizes the oil industry every year.

AUDIENCE:  Booo —

THE PRESIDENT:  Four billion dollars.  Now, these companies are making record profits right now — tens of billions of dollars a year.  Every time you go to the gas tank or fill up your gas tank, they’re making money.  Every time.  Now, does anyone really think that Congress should give them another $4 billion this year?

AUDIENCE:  No!

THE PRESIDENT:  Of course not.  It’s outrageous.  It’s inexcusable.  And I am asking Congress — eliminate this oil industry giveaway right away.  I want them to vote on this in the next few weeks.  (Applause.)  Let’s put every single member of Congress on record:  You can stand with the oil companies, or you can stand up for the American people.  You can keep subsidizing a fossil fuel that’s been getting taxpayer dollars for a century, or you can place your bets on a clean-energy future.

So I’m asking everybody here today, anybody who is watching at home, let your member of Congress know where you stand.  Will you do that?  (Applause.)  Because I know where I stand, New Hampshire.  I know where I stand on this.  We want to have successful oil companies that are able to get the oil that we have in our country, but we also understand that our future requires us to make investments in clean, renewable energies.  And that has to start now.  We can’t wait.  We can’t wait until gas has skyrocketed more and people are desperate.  We need to start making those investments now.

And most of you guys agree.  (Applause.)  That’s why you’re putting your time — that’s why folks here at this community college are learning about building cars and repairing cars that use less oil — cars that are powered with alternative fuels, like natural gas.  That’s why the city of Nashua is purchasing a new fleet of trash trucks that run on natural gas.  (Applause.)  They’re going to go cleaner; they’re going to last longer; they’re going to be cheaper to fill up.  (Applause.)

I saw one of them.  It was a good-looking truck.  And it put a smile on the Mayor’s face, because she knows she’s saving money — she’s saving taxpayer money.  Good job, Mayor.  (Applause.)

So that’s part of what that $4 billion is going to the oil companies right now, that’s where it could be going — to help cities like this one convert their fleets to fuel-efficient cars and trucks, to help private sector companies — big companies like UPS or Federal Express — convert their fleets.  That can save us money.  In fact, since we announced the National Clean Fleets Partnership last year, the companies interested in transitioning their fleets have tripled.  And that’s part of why this chart is going down.

And I’m proud to say that the federal government is leading by example.  One thing the federal government has a lot of is cars.  I don’t know if you guys are aware of this, but we have a lot of cars.  (Laughter.)  And I’ve directed every department, every agency — every single one — to make sure that by 2015, 100 percent of the vehicles that the federal government buys are fuel-efficient cars and trucks.  (Applause.)  Let’s save us money.

So this is our future.  This is the ultimate solution to our energy challenge.  It’s not going to be a smooth, easy ride.  Some of the clean-energy technologies that are discovered, they won’t pan out.  Some companies will fail.  There’s going to be experiments and research that take time.  But as long as I’m President, I will not walk away from the promise of clean energy, because our future depends on it.  (Applause.)  I’m not going to cede the wind or the solar or the battery industry to China or Germany because some politicians in Washington refused to make the same commitment here in the United States of America.  (Applause.)

With or without this Congress, I’m going to continue to do whatever I can to develop every source of American energy — to make sure that three years from now our dependence on foreign oil is even lower, to make sure that our future is not controlled by events on the other side of the world.

We may not have a silver bullet to bring down gas prices tomorrow, or reduce our dependence on foreign oil overnight.  But what we do have in this country are limitless sources of energy, and a boundless supply of ingenuity and imagination and talent that we can put to work to develop the energy of the future.  (Applause.)  We’ve got you. We’ve got you.  (Applause.)

The easiest thing in the world is to make phony election-year promises about lowering gas prices.  But what’s harder is to make a serious, sustained commitment to tackle a problem that we’ve been talking about for 30 years and has not been tackled, has not been solved.  It’s not going to be solved in one year or one term — maybe not completely even in one decade.  But that’s the kind of commitment that we need right now.  That’s what this moment requires.

And so when I see all the young people who are here today — or the young at heart — (laughter) — we need you guys to keep at it.  This is your future at stake.  We need you to work hard. We need you to dream big.  We need you to summon the same spirit of unbridled optimism, that bold willingness to tackle tough problems that led previous generations to meet the challenges of their time — to power a nation from coast to coast, to touch the moon, to connect an entire world with our own science and imagination.  That’s what America is capable of doing.

And it’s that history that teaches us that all of our challenges — all of them — are within our power, within our grasp to solve.  (Applause.)  This one is no different.  This one is no different.  It will require our brightest scientists, our most creative companies, but it’s also going to require all of us — Democrats, Republicans, everybody in between -– to do our part.  That’s what this moment requires.

And I know we can do it.  And when we do, we’ll remind the world once again just why it is that the United States of America is the greatest nation on Earth.

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

END
1:55 P.M. EST

Campaign Buzz January 4, 2012: Senator & 2008 GOP Presidential Nominee John McCain Endorses Mitt Romney for 2012 GOP Republican Presidential Nomination

CAMPAIGN 2012

By Bonnie K. Goodman

Ms. Goodman is the Editor of History Musings. She has a BA in History & Art History & a Masters in Library and Information Studies from McGill University, and has done graduate work in history at Concordia University. Ms. Goodman has also contributed the overviews, and chronologies in History of American Presidential Elections, 1789-2008, 4th edition, edited by Gil Troy, Fred L. Israel, and Arthur Meier Schlesinger to be published by Facts on File, Inc. in late 2011.

CAMPAIGN BUZZ 2012

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Senator John McCain endorsed Mitt Romney in Manchester, N.H. on Wednesday. More Photos »

IN FOCUS: JOHN MCCAIN ENDORSES MITT ROMNEY FOR 2012 GOP PRESIDENTIAL NOMINATION

McCain endorses Romney for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination: Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), the 2008 GOP presidential nominee, endorsed former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney for the 2012 Republican nomination in New Hampshire on Wednesday.
“It’s with some nostalgia that I return to this place that I love so well, but I am really here for one reason and one reason only and that is to make sure that we make Mitt Romney the next president of the United States of America,” said McCain, who won the New Hampshire primary in 2000 and 2008. “And New Hampshire is the state that will catapult him to victory in a very short period of time.”

  • John McCain to endorse Mitt Romney in New Hampshire: John McCain, the Republican presidential nominee in 2008 and a two-time winner of the New Hampshire primary, plans to endorse Mitt Romney today in the nation’s first primary state, sources close to the Arizona … – LAT, 1-4-12
  • GOP official: John McCain to endorse Mitt Romney for Republican presidential nomination: A Republican official says that 2008 GOP nominee John McCain is endorsing Mitt Romney for the party’s 2012 nomination. The official was not authorized to speak publicly about the endorsement and requested anonymity to discuss it. … – WaPo, 1-4-12
  • McCain Expected to Endorse Romney in New Hampshire: Senator John McCain of Arizona is expected to endorse Mitt Romney on Wednesday in New Hampshire, giving the former Massachusetts governor a boost at a critical moment in the campaign…. – NYT, 1-4-12
  • Santorum says ‘moderate’ McCain’s endorsement of Romney not a surprise: In an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer early Wednesday morning, former senator Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) said he has “nothing but respect” for Sen. John McCain and congratulated former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney (R) on winning … – WaPo, 1-4-12
  • McCain to Endorse Romney: Sen. John McCain, the 2008 Republican presidential nominee, will endorse Mitt Romney for the party’s 2012 nomination, a GOP official said. Mr. McCain’s endorsement is scheduled to be announced Wednesday, the official said. … – AP, WSJ, 1-4-12
  • McCain to endorse Romney in NH: Arizona Sen. John McCain is expected to endorse Mitt Romney on Wednesday according to reports. McCain, the GOP’s 2008 presidential nominee will travel to New Hampshire to endorse Romney… – The Hill, 1-4-12

Campaign Buzz December 12, 2011: Gingrich-Huntsman Debate on Foreign Policy & National Security at St Anselm College, New Hampshire Emulates Lincoln-Douglas Style — Candidates Agree on Issues — Transcript Excerpts

CAMPAIGN 2012

By Bonnie K. Goodman

Ms. Goodman is the Editor of History Musings. She has a BA in History & Art History & a Masters in Library and Information Studies from McGill University, and has done graduate work in history at Concordia University. Ms. Goodman has also contributed the overviews, and chronologies in History of American Presidential Elections, 1789-2008, 4th edition, edited by Gil Troy, Fred L. Israel, and Arthur Meier Schlesinger to be published by Facts on File, Inc. in late 2011.

CAMPAIGN BUZZ 2012

Jon M. Huntsman Jr., center, and Newt Gingrich covered only half of the 10 topics they planned to discuss during their 90 minute Lincoln-Douglas-style debate.
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Jon M. Huntsman Jr., center, and Newt Gingrich covered only half of the 10 topics they planned to discuss during their 90 minute Lincoln-Douglas-style debate.

IN FOCUS: GINGRICH-HUNTSMAN DEBATE ON FOREIGN POLICY POLICY & NATIONAL SECURITY AT ST ANSELM COLLEGE EMULATES LINCOLN-DOUGLAS STYLE — CANDIDATES AGREE ON ISSUES

Live-blogging the Gingrich-Huntsman debate: Get updates from the Fix’s Aaron Blake and watch the Lincoln-Douglas style debate live…. WaPo, 12-12-11

“This is what we should have a lot more of. This is substantive. We’re a country in enormous trouble, and we need leaders who are willing to talk to citizens … We’re not going to solve things with, you know, what’s your solution on Libya in 30 seconds. This is not a Hollywood game, this is not a reality show. This is reality.” — Newt Gingrich

“We’re always looking for winners and losers in these things, but I think the winners might well be the American people.” — Jon Huntsman

Huntsman and Gingrich Square Off in Unmoderated Debate: In New Hampshire, Newt Gingrich and Jon M. Huntsman Jr. participated in a two-man unmoderated debate devoted to foreign policy and national security…. – NYT, 12-12-11

  • Newt Gingrich, Jon Huntsman agree on seriousness at debate in New Hampshire: The meeting of two presidential candidates here today was billed as a successor to the Lincoln Douglas debates, but turned out to be a festival of self-congratulation intended less to tease out differences between Newt Gingrich and Jon Huntsman than simply signal their status as serious men.
    The 90-minute talk at St. Anselm College, moderated by local Republican operative Patrick Griffin, centered on national security and foreign policy, and the two men ranged widely across Asia and the Middle East. The debate showed a few of their differences – Huntsman, notably, favors a rapid withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan – but it lacked the animating point of the 1858 debates on which it was modeled: a core disagreement…. – Politico, 12-12-11
  • Newt Gingrich, Jon Huntsman square off in friendly debate: Republican presidential front-runner Newt Gingrich and rival Jon Huntsman Jr. squared off Monday afternoon at a Lincoln-Douglas-style debate on national security and foreign policy.
    The event, sponsored by the St. Anselm College Republicans and hosted by the New Hampshire Institute of Politics and Political Library, was modeled after a series of seven debates that took place between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas during their 1858 campaign for a U.S. Senate seat from Illinios, in which one candidate spoke for the first 60 minutes, the second candidate followed with a 90-minute rebuttal, and then the first speaker had 30 minutes to respond.
    Monday’s debate lasted half as long and focused on half a dozen predetermined questions, but the candidates were allowed to answer without strict time constraints, which made for 90 minutes of what felt like a college seminar…. – LAT, 12-12-11
  • The Huntsman-Gingrich Debate That Wasn’t: The so-called “Lincoln-Douglas debate” between the GOP candidates at the top and bottom of the polls turned out to be an unenlightening lovefest
    Republican front-runner Newt Gingrich took a break from the campaign trail Monday to give a wide-ranging foreign-policy lecture at a New Hampshire university, where he was joined on the panel by a former ambassador to China, one Jon Huntsman.
    That’s what Monday afternoon’s supposed “Lincoln-Douglas debate” between Gingrich and Huntsman really felt like. The two flattered each other, recited a number of views that they mostly agreed upon, and filled the balance of the time with uncontroversial blather about the importance of foreign policy, the glories of the present event and, of course, the greatness of America…. – The Atlantic, 12-12-11
  • Gingrich, Huntsman Agree: Iran Is Scary GOP candidates exchange foreign policy views in New Hampshire debate: Newt Gingrich and Jon Huntsman engaged in a friendly, rather academic foreign policy debate today that saw more agreement than fireworks, the Los Angeles Times reports. Modeled on the Abraham Lincoln- Stephen Douglas debates of 1858—in which candidates spoke for long uninterrupted stretches—the two Republican contenders discussed issues including Iran, China, and Afghanistan at a college in New Hampshire. “I can see my daughter nodding off over there,” quipped Huntsman…. – Newser, 12-12-11

 

Republican presidential candidates Jon Huntsman Jr., left, and Newt Gingrich during a Lincoln-Douglas-style debate at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at St. Anselm College in Manchester.

Republican presidential candidates Jon Huntsman Jr., left, and Newt Gingrich during a Lincoln-Douglas-style debate at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at St. Anselm College in Manchester. (EPA/CJ GUNTHER / December 12, 2011)

Gingrich-Huntsman debate live blog (VIDEO)

Debate over (5:27 p.m.)

The debate has concluded.

We got through five of 10 planned topics in 90 minutes.

And the time-keeper closed with a zing for Mitt Romney, who is not there to defend himself.

Of Gingrich’s plan to challenge President Obama to similar Lincoln-Douglas style debates, the time-keeper, Pat Griffin, said: “I’ll bet you $10,000 he doesn’t show up.”

Huntsman digs at Trump (5:26 p.m)

“I can’t wait to compare and contrast this format with the Donald Trump debate,” Huntsman said.

Huntsman has passed on participating in the Trump-moderated debate, but Gingrich is taking part.

Gingrich says Chinese relationship most important (5:16 p.m.)

Gingrich said the Chinese will be the United States’ most important relationship for decades to come.

“The most important relationship of the next 50 years is the American people and the Chinese people,” Gingrich said, differentiating that from the relationship between the governments.

“If you don’t fundamentally rethink what we’re doing here, you cannot compete with China,” Gingrich added. “If we do the right thing here, China can’t compete with us.”

Huntsman says U.S. has interest in Syria, not Libya (4:52 p.m.)

Huntsman said he disagrees with the intervention in Libya because there was no national security interest there.

As for Syria, he suggested more should have been done.

“I couldn’t see a definable national security interest” in Libya, he said. “With Syria, I see it a little differently, because it is a conduit, a pipeline for Iran.”

Huntsman calls Iran the “transcendant threat” (4:44 p.m)

Huntsman says Iran poses a bigger problem than any other country right now, calling it the “transcendant threat” and saying all options are on the table in dealing with the regime there.

Huntsman said a nuclear Iran would lead Turkey and other nations to build nuclear programs.

“I think all options are on the table, and I do believe we’re going to have a conversation with Israel” when Iran goes nuclear, Huntsman said.

He also said the Obama Administration missed an opportunity to get a foothold in the region with the Arab Spring.

“We missed a huge opportunity with the Arab Spring,” Huntsman said. “Huge missed opportunity.”

Gingrich largely agreed on Iran. He has previously said the United States needs to be ready to join Israel against Iran and called Iran the “biggest national security threat of the next 10 years.”

Gingrich says United States not safer than 10 years ago (4:29 p.m.)

Gingrich said the United States might not be any safer than it was in 2001 when the war in Afghanistan began and before the war in Iraq began.

“It’s hard for me to argue that we’re any safer than we were 10 years ago,” Gingrich said, pointing to potential nuclear capabilities in Iran and Pakistan.

Huntsman says bring Afghanistan troops home (4:22 p.m.)

Huntsman said the United States has had success in Afghanistan, and that it should bring the troops home.

“I think we’ve done the best that we could do, but I think we’ve done all we could do,” he said, repeating his past statements on the topic, which differ from his GOP opponents. Huntsman said the time has passed for nation-building and counter-insurgency, and that the new mission should be focused on counter-terrorism.

Huntsman went on to say that the United States’ relationship with Pakistan is too “transactional.”

“Pakistan, sadly, is nothing more than a transactional relationship with the United States,” Huntsman said. “For all the money we put into Pakistan, are we in a better situation? The answer is no.”

Original post (3:44 p.m.)

Starting at 4 p.m. eastern time, The Fix will be doing a modified live blog of the one-on-one, Lincoln-Douglas style debate in New Hampshire between Newt Gingrich and Jon Huntsman.

Check back on this post for regular updates on the key moments from the debate and everything you need to know about what’s said.

For now, see piece previewing the debate.

Full Text November 22, 2011: President Barack Obama’s New Hampshire Speech on the American Jobs Act at Manchester Central High School, Manchester, NH

POLITICAL SPEECHES & DOCUMENTS

OBAMA PRESIDENCY & THE 112TH CONGRESS:

President Obama Talks Taxes

Source: WH, 11-22-11
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President Barack Obama delivers remarks on the American Jobs Act at Manchester Central High School, Manchester, New Hampshire, Nov. 22, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

In 40 days, our taxes will go up — unless Congress steps in to change that. And speaking from New Hampshire today, President Obama talked about that situation:

[Last] year, both parties came together to cut payroll taxes for the typical household by $1,000 this year. That’s been showing up in your paychecks each week. You may not know it, but it’s been showing up because of the action that we took. Which reminds me, by the way, the next time you hear one of these folks from the other side coming in talking about raising your taxes, you just remind them that ever since I’ve gotten into office, I’ve lowered your taxes, haven’t raised them. That’s worth reminding them. But this payroll tax is set to expire at the end of next month. End of next month, end of the year, this tax cut ends. And if we allow that to happen -– if Congress refuses to act -– then middle-class families are going to get hit with a tax increase at the worst possible time. For the average family, your taxes will go up $1,000 if Congress does not act by the end of the month.

Now, we can’t let that happen. Not right now. It would be bad for the economy. It would be bad for employment.

The American Jobs Act, the President said, actually does one better. It expands expands the tax cut for individuals and cuts payroll taxes for small business owners:

Instead of a $1,000-a-year tax cut next year, the average working family would get a tax cut of more than $1,500. And that’s $1,500 that would have been taken out of your paycheck, would instead be going into your pocket. And that means you’d be spending in small businesses, and that would increase their business, which means they would potentially hire more people.

The American Jobs Act would also cut payroll taxes in half for small business owners.  Say you have 50 employees making $50,000 apiece. You’d get a tax cut of nearly $80,000. That is real money that you can use to hire new workers or buy new equipment.

When Congress takes up this issue after the holiday, the President said, lawmakers have a choice:

Do you want to cut taxes for the middle class and those who are trying to get into the middle class?  Or do you want to protect massive tax breaks for millionaires and billionaires, many of whom want to actually help?  Do you want to help working families get back on solid ground and grow this economy for all of us?  Or do you really want to vote to raise taxes on nearly 160 million Americans during the holidays?  When push comes to shove, are you willing to fight as hard for working families as you are for the wealthiest Americans?  What’s it going to be?  That’s the choice.

Read the full remarks here.

POLITICAL QUOTES & SPEECHES

Remarks by the President on the American Jobs Act

Manchester Central High School
Manchester, New Hampshire

12:20 P.M. EST

THE PRESIDENT:  Hello, New Hampshire!  (Applause.)  It is good to be back.  Hello, Little Green!  (Applause.)  It is good to be back in New Hampshire, although I have to say that I feel a little winter coming on around here.  (Laughter.)  This is what happens when you fly north.

It is wonderful to be here.  I had a chance to see backstage Principal Mailhot, and he reminded me of what I said to him four years ago almost to the day that I was here.  It was snowing that day; we were — surprising enough, there was a snowstorm in New Hampshire.  (Laughter.)  And we ended up having to leave a little bit early.  And we weren’t able to do everything that we wanted, talking to some of the students.  And we were worried that folks were going to be disappointed, and I promised him that I would be back.  I just want to point out, we’re keeping our promise — we are back.  (Applause.)  We are back.

In addition to Principal Mailhot, I want to acknowledge the Superintendent, Tom Brennan, who is here with his lovely wife Wendy.  Please give them a big round of applause.  (Applause.)

Happy Thanksgiving a little bit early, everybody.  To the — I understand we got the senior class here at Central High.  (Applause.)

STUDENTS:  Seniors!  Seniors!  Seniors!  (Applause.)

THE PRESIDENT:  All right.  You guys are pretty excited about being seniors, aren’t you?  (Applause.)  I want to thank also somebody who is doing outstanding work each and every day, was doing it up here as a wonderful governor, is now one of your most outstanding senators in the country — Jeanne Shaheen is in the house.  (Applause.)

So before I came to school today, I had coffee —

(Audience interruption.)

THE PRESIDENT:  That’s okay.  All right, okay, guys.

STUDENTS:  Obama!  Obama!  Obama!

THE PRESIDENT:  Okay, it’s okay.  That’s all right.  Listen, I’m going to be talking about a whole range of things today, and I appreciate you guys making your point.  Let me go ahead and make mine, all right?  And I’ll listen to you, you listen to me.  All right?

Now, what I was saying was, I was having some coffee with some of your neighbors.  And one of them was the Corkerys.  You may know, as Mr. Corkery just said, that he’s a math teacher here at Central High.  And even though a visit from me tends to disrupt things a little bit — (laughter) — he did want me to remind all his students you still have homework to do.  (Laughter.)

But as Chris said, he’s also a colonel, recently retired after 26 years in the military; tours of duty in Iraq, in Kuwait, in Haiti.  And I couldn’t thank him enough for his service, because obviously we know our service members, our veterans, they’re the ones who keep us safe, they’re the ones who are preserving our freedom — at enormous sacrifice to themselves and their families.  (Applause.)  And in fact, this holiday season is going to be a season of homecomings for folks all across America, because by the end of next month, all of our troops will be out of Iraq.  (Applause.)

Now, over coffee, we were joined by Chris’s wife of 16 years, Kathy, who owns part of a local business.  And they’ve got two sons; they’re trying to save for their sons’ college education.  And like millions of families all across the country, they’re doing the best that they can in some tough times.

And families like the Corkerys, families like yours, young people like the ones here today, including the ones who were just chanting at me, you’re the reason I ran for office in the first place.  (Applause.)  Because it’s folks like you who are why I spent so much time up here in the dead of winter four years ago.  Because even then, we were going through a difficult decade for the middle class — more good jobs in manufacturing that was leaving our shores.  More of our prosperity was built on risky financial deals and homes that weren’t properly financed.  And families watched their incomes fall, and wages flatline, and the cost of everything from college to health care kept on going up.  And then the financial crisis hit in the closing weeks of the campaign — and that made things even tougher.

Today, many Americans have spent months looking for work, and others are doing the best they can to get by.  There are a lot of folks out there who are giving nights up — nights out, they just can’t do that anymore because they’ve got to save on gas or make the mortgage.  There are families who are putting off retirement to make sure their kids can go to college.  And then there are young people who have gone to college, gotten a whole bunch of debt, and find themselves unable to find opportunity.

So a lot of the folks who have been down in New York and all across the country, in the Occupy movement, there is a profound sense of frustration — (applause) — there is a profound sense of frustration about the fact that the essence of the American Dream — which is if you work hard, if you stick to it, that you can make it — feels like that’s slipping away.  And it’s not the way things are supposed to be.  Not here.  Not in America.  (Applause.)

This is a place where your hard work and your responsibility is supposed to pay off.  It’s supposed to be a big, compassionate country where everybody who works hard should have a chance to get ahead -– not just the person who owns the factory, but the men and women who work on the factory floor.  (Applause.)

This is a place that’s always prospered most when we stay fundamental — we stay true to a fundamental idea -– the idea that we’re all in this together.

That’s what we’re fighting for.  That’s what is at stake right now.

So we’ve been weathering some hard years.  We’ve been taking some tough punches.  But one thing I know about folks in Manchester and folks in New Hampshire and folks all across the country is we’re tough.  We’re fighting back.  We are moving forward.  And we are going to get this right so that every single American has opportunity in this country.  (Applause.)  We are not going to have an America in which only a sliver of folks have opportunity.  We’re going to have an America where everybody has opportunity.  And that’s going to take some time, because our economic problems weren’t caused overnight and they won’t be solved overnight.

It’s going to take time to rebuild an economy where hard work is valued and responsibility is rewarded.  It’s going to take time to rebuild an economy that restores security for the middle class and renews opportunity for folks trying to reach the middle class.  It’s going to take time to rebuild an economy that’s not based on outsourcing or tax loopholes or risky financial deals, but one that is built to last, where we invest in education and small business and manufacturing and making things that the rest of the world is willing to buy.  (Applause.)

And we’re going to get it done.  We’re going to get there.  And right now, we’ve got to do everything we can to put our friends and neighbors back to work and help families like the Corkerys get ahead and give the economy the jolt that it needs.

And that’s why two months ago I sent Congress the American Jobs Act.  It’s a jobs bill that will put more Americans to work, put more money back into the pockets of working Americans.  It’s full of the kinds of ideas that in the past have been supported by Democrats and Republicans.  And it’s paid for by asking our wealthiest citizens to pay their fair share.  (Applause.)  Independent economists said it would create nearly 2 million jobs, grow the economy by an extra 2 percent.  That’s not my opinion, that’s not my team’s opinion; that’s the opinion of folks who evaluate these things for a living.  But you know what?  Some folks in Washington don’t seem to get the message that people care right now about putting folks back to work and giving young people opportunity.

So when this bill came up for a vote, Republicans in the Senate got together and blocked it.  They refused to even debate it.  A hundred percent of Republicans opposed it, even though almost two-thirds of Americans supported the ideas in this bill -– Democrats, Republicans and independents alike.  Not one Republican in Washington was willing to say it was the right thing to do.  Not one.

Now, what we’ve done is we’ve refused to quit.  So I said I will do everything in my power to act on behalf of the American people –- with or without Congress.  (Applause.)  So over the past several weeks, we’ve taken steps on our own to give working Americans a leg up in a tough economy.

We announced — on our own — a new policy that will help families refinance their mortgages and save thousands of dollars.  A lot of the young people who are in New York and around the country, they’re worrying about student loans.  On our own, without Congress, we reformed the student loan process to make it easier for more young people to pay off their debt.  (Applause.)  By the way, that was building on top of legislation we passed a year ago that said instead of sending $60 billion to banks to manage the student loan program, let’s give it directly to students so that millions more young people can afford a college education.  (Applause.)

We enacted several new initiatives to help our returning veterans find new jobs and get trained for those jobs.  (Applause.)  The kind of outstanding young men and women that Chris was talking about, who come home — I was up in Minnesota, met a young man who had been an emergency medic Iraq, saving lives under the most severe circumstances.  He came home and he was having to take nursing classes all over again, even though for the last two years he had been saving lives in the field.  Didn’t get any credit for it.  So we’re starting to make changes to say if you’re qualified to save a life on the battlefield, you can save a life in an ambulance.  (Applause.)

And yesterday, I signed into law two new tax breaks for businesses that hire America’s vets –- because nobody who fights for America overseas should have to fight for a job when they come home.  (Applause.)  Now, I proposed these tax breaks back in September as part of my jobs bill, and thanks to folks like Jeanne Shaheen — and some Republicans — we actually got this part of the bill passed.  We finally got them to say “yes” to taking action that will create jobs and boost this economy.

But there is a lot more that we’ve got to do if we’re going to get folks back to work and rebuild an economy that works for everybody.  And next week, Congress is going to have another chance to do the right thing.  Congress is going to have another chance to say “yes” to helping working families like the Corkerys.

You see, last year, both parties came together to cut payroll taxes for the typical household by $1,000 this year.  That’s been showing up in your paychecks each week.  You may not know it, but it’s been showing up because of the action that we took.  Which reminds me, by the way, the next time you hear one of these folks from the other side coming in talking about raising your taxes, you just remind them that ever since I’ve gotten into office, I’ve lowered your taxes, haven’t raised them.  That’s worth reminding them.  (Applause.)  But this payroll tax is set to expire at the end of next month.  End of next month, end of the year, this tax cut ends.  And if we allow that to happen -– if Congress refuses to act -– then middle-class families are going to get hit with a tax increase at the worst possible time.  For the average family, your taxes will go up $1,000 if Congress does not act by the end of the month.

Now, we can’t let that happen.  Not right now.  It would be bad for the economy.  It would be bad for employment.  That’s why my jobs bill extends that tax cut.  In fact, it does it one better -– it expands the tax cut.  Instead of a $1,000-a-year tax cut next year, the average working family would get a tax cut of more than $1,500.  (Applause.)  And that’s $1,500 that would have been taken out of your paycheck, would instead be going into your pocket.  And that means you’d be spending in small businesses, and that would increase their business, which means they would potentially hire more people.

The American Jobs Act would also cut payroll taxes in half for small business owners.  Say you have 50 employees making $50,000 apiece.  You’d get a tax cut of nearly $80,000.  That is real money that you can use to hire new workers or buy new equipment.

Now, the Republicans in the Senate voted “no” on my jobs bill and those tax cuts.  But in the spirit of Thanksgiving — (laughter) — we are going to give them another chance.  (Laughter and applause.)  Absolutely.  Next week, they’re going to get to take a simple vote.

If they vote “no” again, the typical family’s taxes will go up $1,000 next year.  If they vote “yes,” the typical working family will get a $1,500 tax cut.  All right?  So I just wanted to be clear for everybody:  “No” –- your taxes go up.  “Yes” -– you get a tax cut.  Which way do you think Congress should vote?

AUDIENCE:  Yes!

THE PRESIDENT:  Pretty simple.  And we set up a straightforward tax calculator on whitehouse.gov — that’s our website — so you can see what each vote would mean for your bottom line.

Now, I know Republicans like to talk about we’re the party of tax cuts.  A lot of them have sworn an oath — we’re never going to raise taxes on anybody for as long as we live –- even though they have already voted against these middle-class tax cuts once.  But the question they’ll have to answer when they get back from Thanksgiving is this:  Are they really willing to break their oath to never raise taxes, and raise taxes on the middle class just to play politics?

I sure hope not.  This isn’t about who wins or loses in Washington.  This is about delivering a win for the American people.  (Applause.)  Now, a $1,500 tax cut for middle-class families — that isn’t a Band-Aid.  That is a big deal for people.  How many business owners could stand to see their customers taking $1,000 less next year?   That’s $1,000 less that they can spend at a small business.

Now, how many of you could use an extra $1,000?  (Applause.)  An extra $1,500 in your pocket?  It makes a big difference for families here in New Hampshire and all across America.  And keep in mind, we’re going to do it responsibly — because unlike several tax cuts that were instituted over the past several years, we’re going to make sure that it doesn’t add to our deficit.  We’re asking the wealthiest Americans -– the folks who got the biggest tax cuts over the past decade, the folks who made it through the recession better than most, folks who have seen their incomes go up much more quickly than anybody else over the last three decades, exponentially -– we’re asking them to contribute a little bit more to get our economy working for everybody.  (Applause.)  We’re asking people like me to pay our fair share so middle-class families can get a tax cut.  And I believe that most Americans are willing to do their part.

The truth of the matter is, I can’t tell you how many well-to-do Americans that I meet say to me, look, I want to do more because I know that the only reason I’m doing well is because somewhere along the line, somebody gave me a good education; somewhere along the line, somebody gave me a college scholarship; somewhere along the line, somebody gave me a chance.  And I want to do the same thing for the young people who are coming up now.  (Applause.)  That is what America is all about.  (Applause.)

So Congress has a very simple choice next week:  Do you want to cut taxes for the middle class and those who are trying to get into the middle class?  Or do you want to protect massive tax breaks for millionaires and billionaires, many of whom want to actually help?  Do you want to help working families get back on solid ground and grow this economy for all of us?  Or do you really want to vote to raise taxes on nearly 160 million Americans during the holidays?  When push comes to shove, are you willing to fight as hard for working families as you are for the wealthiest Americans?  What’s it going to be?  That’s the choice.

As I look around this room and I see these young people, but I also see their parents, I’m thinking, folks in Manchester, you guys work hard.  You play by the rules.  You’re meeting your responsibilities.  (Applause.)  And if you’re working hard and you’re meeting your responsibilities, at the very least you should expect Congress to do the same.  They should be doing everything in their power to make our economy stronger, not weaker.  They should be doing everything they can to protect the middle class from tax hikes — not hike your taxes.

And this is where you can help.  Now, your members of Congress, they work for you.  You’ve got an outstanding senator here.  She’s already on the program.  (Applause.)  But to everyone who’s here or watching at home or online — if your members of Congress aren’t delivering, you’ve got to send them a message.  Make sure they’re listening.

Tell them, “Don’t be a Grinch.”  (Laughter.)  Don’t vote to raise taxes on working Americans during the holidays.  Put the country before party.  Put money back in the pockets of working families.  Do your job.  Pass our jobs bill.

The American people are with us on this.  And it’s time for the folks who are running around spending all their time talking about what’s wrong with America to spend some time rolling up their sleeves to help us rebuild America and rebuild our middle class and give young people opportunity.  (Applause.)  There is nothing wrong with this country that we can’t fix.

I was just traveling in Asia over the last week, and let me tell you, this is the fastest-growing region in the world.  But what was amazing was how everybody still looked to America.  They did a poll in Asia.  They said, what do you think about America compared to China?  Eight out of nine countries in Asia, they said, America is the country that we look to.

They understand that this experiment in democracy — this belief that everybody can make it if they try; this belief in a broad middle class that lifts everybody up, not just some — they know that that idea of America is more powerful than anything else.

But we’ve got to have folks in Washington who have that same belief; that same sense that when this economy is going well it’s going well because it’s going well for everybody, and when it goes well for everybody, it’s good for folks at the top as well as folks at the bottom.  And it’s certainly good for folks in the middle. (Applause.)

So those values that built this country, those values that all of you represent, that’s what we’re fighting for.  That’s what the American Jobs Act is all about, that’s what the debates in Washington are all about.  And we’ve got to constantly remind ourselves of who we are and what we believe in.

We are Americans.  And our story has never been about doing things easy.  It’s been about rising to the moment when the moment is hard.  It’s about doing what’s right.  It’s about making sure that everybody has a chance, not just a few.

So let’s do the right thing.  Let’s meet the moment.  Let’s prove once again that the best days of the United States of America are still ahead of us.

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

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12:46 P.M. EST

Full Text Campaign 2012 August 13, 2011: Texas Governor Rick Perry’s Speech Announcing Run for the Republican Presidential Nomination

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Rick Perry speaks during the RedState Gathering, a meeting of conservative activists, where he announced his run for president in Charleston, S.C., Saturday, Aug. 13, 2011. | AP Photo
Perry blasted President Obama’s economic performance and touted his job-creation record. | AP Photo

Text of Gov. Rick Perry’s Presidential Announcement Remarks

Posted on August 13th, 2011

RedState Gathering 2011- Charleston, S.C.

Text of Gov. Perry’s remarks as delivered:

Howdy. Thank you, Erick (Erickson, editor of RedState). It is great to be at RedState. And I’ll tell you what, it’s even better to be governor of the largest red state in America.

It’s sure good to be back in the Palmetto State, in South Carolina. I enjoy coming to places where people elect folks like Nikki Haley, true conservatives. And also where they love the greatest fighting force on the face of the earth…the United States Military.

And I want to take a moment and ask you to just take a silence, think about those young Navy SEALs and the other special operators who gave it all in the service of their country. Just take a moment to say Thank you, Lord, that we have those kind of selfless, sacrificial men and women. Their sacrifice was immeasurable, their dedication profound, and we will never, ever forget them.

I stand before you today as the governor of Texas. But I also stand before you the son of two tenant farmers, Ray Perry, who came home after 35 bombing missions over Europe to work his little corner of land out there, and Amelia who made sure my sister Milla and I had everything that we needed, including hand-sewing my clothes until I went off to college.

I am also the product of a place called Paint Creek. Doesn’t have a zip code. It’s too small to be called a town along the rolling plains of Texas. We grew dryland cotton and wheat, and when I wasn’t farming or attending Paint Creek Rural School, I was generally over at Troop 48 working on my Eagle Scout award.

Around the age of 8, I was blessed – didn’t realize it, but I was blessed to meet my future wife, Anita Thigpen, at a piano recital. We had our first date eight years later. And she finally agreed to marry me 16 years after that. Nobody says I am not persistent.

There is no greater way to live life than with someone you love, and my first love is with us today, my lovely wife Anita. We’re also blessed to have two incredible children, Griffin and Sydney, and they are also with us today, and our wonderful daughter-in-law Meredith. I’d just like to introduce those two. Thank you.

What I learned growing up on the farm was a way of life that was centered on hard work, and on faith and on thrift. Those values have stuck with me my whole life. But it wasn’t until I graduated from Texas A&M University and joined the United States Air Force, flying C-130’s all around the globe, that I truly appreciated the blessings of freedom.

To paraphrase Abraham Lincoln and Ronald Reagan, I realized that the United States of America really is the last great hope of mankind. What I saw was systems of government that elevated rulers at the expense of the people. Socialist systems cloaked maybe in good intentions but were delivering misery and stagnation. And I learned that not everyone values life like we do in America, or the rights that are endowed to every human being by a loving God.

You see, as Americans we’re not defined by class, and we will never be told our place. What makes our nation exceptional is that anyone, from any background, can climb the highest of heights. As Americans, we don’t see the role of government as guaranteeing outcomes, but allowing free men and women to flourish based on their own vision, their hard work and their personal responsibility. And as Americans, we realize there is no taxpayer money that wasn’t first earned by the sweat and toil of one of our citizens.

That’s why we reject this President’s unbridled fixation on taking more money out of the wallets and pocketbooks of American families and employers and giving it to a central government. “Spreading the wealth” punishes success while setting America on course to greater dependency on government. Washington’s insatiable desire to spend our children’s inheritance on failed “stimulus” plans and other misguided economic theories have given us record debt and left us with far too many unemployed.

But of course, now we’re told we are in recovery. Yeah.

But this sure doesn’t feel like a recovery to more than nine percent of Americans out there who are unemployed, or the sixteen percent of African Americans and 11 percent of Hispanics in the same position, or the millions more who can only find part-time work, or those who have stopped even looking for a job.

One in six work-eligible Americans cannot find a full-time job. That is not a recovery. That is an economic disaster.

If you think about it, for those Americans who do have full-time jobs, they aren’t experiencing economic recovery with the rising fuel costs and the food prices that are going up. Recovery is a meaningless word if the bank has foreclosed on your home, if you are under water on your mortgage, or if you are up to the max on your credit card debt. Those Americans know that this President and his big-spending, big-government policies have prolonged our national misery, not alleviated it.

And what do we say to our children? Y’all figure it out? Don’t worry, Washington’s created 17 debt and entitlement commissions in 30 years, but the fact of the matter is they just didn’t have the courage to make the decisions to allow you to have the future that you actually deserve? That Washington wouldn’t even make modest entitlement program reforms in this last debate? And the President even refused to lay out a plan, for fear of the next election? How can the wealthiest nation in the history of civilization fail so miserably to pay its bills? How does that happen?

Well, Mr. President, let us tell you something: you can’t win the future by selling America off to foreign creditors.

We cannot afford four more years of this rudderless leadership. Last week, that leadership failed, and the tax and spend and borrow agenda of this President led to the first ever downgrade of the credit rating of the United States of America.

In reality though, this is just the most recent downgrade. The fact is for nearly three years President Obama has been downgrading American jobs. He’s been downgrading our standing in the world. He’s been downgrading our financial stability. He’s been downgrading our confidence, and downgrading the hope for a better future for our children. That’s a fact.

His policies are not only a threat to this economy, so are his appointees – a threat. You see he stacked the National Labor Relations Board with anti-business cronies who want to dictate to a private company, Boeing, where they can build a plant. No president, no president should kill jobs in South Carolina, or any other state for that matter, simply because they choose to go to a right-to-work state.

You see, when the Obama Administration is not stifling economic growth with over-regulation, they are achieving the same through their reckless spending. Debt is not only a threat to our economy, but also to our security.

America’s standing in the world is in peril, not only because of disastrous economic policies, but from the incoherent muddle that they call foreign policy. Our president has insulted our friends and he’s encouraged our enemies, thumbing his nose at traditional allies like Israel. He seeks to dictate new borders for the Middle East and the oldest democracy there, Israel, while he is an abject failure in his constitutional duty to protect our borders in the United States.

His foreign policy seems to be based on alienating our traditional allies, while basing our domestic agenda on importing those failed Western European social values. We don’t need a president who apologizes for America. We need a president who protects and projects those values.

Look, it’s pretty simple: we’re going to stand with those who stand with us, and we will vigorously defend our interests. And those who threaten our interests, harm our citizens – we will simply not be scolding you, we will defeat you.

Our nation cannot and it must not endure four more years of aimless foreign policy. We cannot and must not endure four more years of rising unemployment, rising taxes, rising debt, rising energy dependence on nations that intend us harm.

It is time to get America working again.  To get citizens – to get our citizens working in good jobs and getting the government to working for the people again.

Page one of any economic plan to get America working is to give a pink slip to the current resident in the White House.

Listen, we just got to get back to the basic truths of economic success.  As Governor, I’ve had to deal with the consequences of this national recession.  In 2003, and again this year, my state faced billions of dollars in budget shortfalls. But we worked hard, we made tough decisions, we balanced our budget. Not by raising taxes, but by setting priorities and cutting government spending.  It can and it must be done in Washington, DC.

Dr. Schwertner (State Representative, R-Williamson County, TX), we have led Texas based on some just really pretty simple guiding principles. One is don’t spend all of the money. Two is keeping the taxes low and under control. Three is you have your regulatory climate fair and predictable. Four is reform the legal system so frivolous lawsuits don’t paralyze employers that are trying to create jobs.

Over the years, we have followed this recipe to produce the strongest economy in the nation. Since June of 2009, Texas is responsible for more than 40 percent of all of the new jobs created in America.

Now think about that. We’re home to less than 10 percent of the population in America, but forty percent of all the new jobs were created in that state.

I’ve cut taxes. I have delivered historic property tax reductions. I was the first governor since World War II to cut general revenue spending in our state budget. We passed lawsuit reform, including just this last session a “loser pays” law to stop the frivolous lawsuits that were happening.

And I know I’ve talked a lot about Texas here in the last little bit. I’m a Texan and proud of it. But first, and foremost, I’m an incredibly proud American.

And I know something: America is not broken. Washington, D.C., is broken!

We need balanced budgets. We need lower taxes. We need less regulation. And we need civil justice reform – those same four principles. Our country’s most urgent need is to revitalize our economy, stop the generational theft that is going on with this record debt.

I come to South Carolina because I will not sit back and accept the path that America is on. Because a great country requires a better direction. Because a renewed nation needs a new president.

It is time to get America working again. And that’s why, with the support of my family, and an unwavering belief in the goodness of America, I declare to you today as a candidate for President of the United States.

It’s time for America to believe again. It’s time to believe that the promise of our future is far greater than even our best days behind us. It’s time to believe again in the potential of private enterprise, set free from the shackles of overbearing federal government. And it’s time to truly restore our standing in the world, and renew our faith in freedom as the best hope for peace in this world that’s beset with strife.

The change we seek will never emanate out of Washington, D.C. It will come from the windswept prairies of Middle America, the farms and factories across this great land, from the hearts and minds of the goodhearted Americans who will accept not a future that is less than our past, patriots – patriots who will not be consigned to a fate of less freedom in exchange for more government.

We do not have to accept our current circumstances. We will change them. We are Americans. That’s what we do.  We roll up our sleeves. We go to work. We fix things.

We stand up and proudly proclaim that Washington is not our caretaker and we reject the state that, in Margaret Thatcher’s words, she said a state that takes too much from us in order to do too much for us.  We will not stand for that any longer.

We’re dismayed at the injustice that nearly half of all Americans don’t even pay any income tax. And you know the liberals out there are saying that we need to pay more. We are indignant about leaders who do not listen and spend money faster than they can print it.

In America, the people are not subjects of government. The government is subject to the people. And it is up to us, to this present generation of Americans, to take a stand for freedom, to send a message to Washington that we’re taking our future back from the grips of central planners who would control our healthcare, who would spend our treasure, who downgrade our future and micro-manage our lives.

It is time to limit and simplify the taxes in this country. We have to quit spending money we don’t have. We need to get our fiscal house in order and restore our good credit. And we will repeal this President’s misguided, one-size-fits-all government healthcare plan immediately.

We’ll create jobs. We’ll get America working again. We’ll create jobs and we’ll build wealth, we’ll truly educate and innovate in science, and in technology, engineering and math. We’ll create the jobs and the progress needed to get America working again.

And I’ll promise you this: I’ll work every day to make Washington, D.C. as inconsequential in your life as I can. And at the same time, we’ll be freeing our families and small businesses and states from the burdensome and costly federal government so those groups can create, innovate and succeed.

I believe in America. I believe in Her purpose and Her promise. I believe Her best days have not yet been lived. I believe Her greatest deeds are reserved for the generations to come. With the help and the courage of the American people, we will get our country working again. God bless you and God bless the United States of America.

Campaign Buzz 2012 August 13, 2011: Texas Governor Rick Perry Officially Launches 2012 Presidential Bid

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Gov. Rick Perry of Texas announced his candidacy for president at the RedState Gathering, a meeting of conservative activists, in Charleston, S.C., on Saturday.

TEXAS GOV. RICK PERRY ANNOUNCES HE IS RUNNING FOR THE REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL NOMINATION

Rick Perry launches his 2012 presidential bid: Texas Gov. Rick Perry officially declared his presidential candidacy Saturday, telling a crowd in the key primary state of South Carolina that he will run for the nomination to challenge President Obama in 2012.
“I do not accept the path that America is on…Because a renewed nation needs a renewed president. It is time to get America working again,” Perry told the cheering crowd. “I declare to you today as a candidate for president of the United States of America.”
Perry formally announced his intentions to attendees of a conference run by the conservative blog RedState.
Perry’s speech, coming on the same day Republicans in Ames, Iowa cast the first votes of the GOP nomination contest, is the start of a campaign launch that includes a stop in New Hampshire later Saturday and then several days of events in the Hawkeye State starting Sunday.

“I came to South Carolina because I will not sit back and accept the path that America is on, because a great country requires a better direction, because a renewed nation needs a new president…. With the support of my family and unwavering belief in the goodness of America, I declare to you today as a candidate for president of the United States.” — Texas Gov. Rick Perry

“It’s time to get America working again…. Page one of any economic plan to get American working is to give a pink slip to the current residents in the White House….
This sure doesn’t feel like a recovery. Recovery is a meaningless word if the bank has foreclosed on your home….
America is not broken, Washington, D.C. is broken….
There is no taxpayer money that wasn’t first earned by the sweat and toil of one of our citizens.” — Texas Gov. Rick Perry

Transcript of Gov. Perry’s announcement of presidential campaign — RickPerry.org

Rick Perry Campaign Website: www.rickperry.org

    • Texas Gov. Perry jumps into 2012 Republican race: Texas Gov. Rick Perry joined the 2012 GOP race for president Saturday with an announcement sure to reverberate halfway across the country as his rivals competed in Iowa for the support of party activists. “I full well believe I’m going to win.”… – AP, 8-13-11
    • Texas Governor Perry launches 2012 presidential bid: Rick Perry, the conservative governor of Texas, declared himself a candidate for president on Saturday, shaking up the race for the Republican nomination to face Democratic President Barack Obama…. – Reuters, 8-13-11
    • Rick Perry Enters G.O.P. Race for President: Gov. Rick Perry of Texas announced Saturday that he was running for president, declaring it was “time to get America working again” as he sought to offer the Republican Party a well-rounded candidate who appeals to fiscal conservatives and can also rally the evangelical base.
      As many of his fellow candidates flooded Iowa over the weekend to woo voters at the Ames Straw Poll, Mr. Perry headed here to announce that he was seeking the nomination at the RedState Gathering, an annual convention of conservative bloggers….. Mr. Perry, 61, whose spectral presence has lingered over the Republican primary contest — he was even the topic of a question at Thursday night’s Republican debate in Iowa — officially became a candidate for the Republican nomination…. – NYT, 8-13-11
    • Election 101: 11 questions about Rick Perry and his White House bid: James Richard Perry wants to hang his cowboy hat in the White House. The Texas governor announced Saturday at a campaign stop in South Carolina that he was running for president. He was also traveling later in the day to New Hampshire, and planned a visit to Iowa…. – CS Monitor, 8-13-11
    • Rick Perry joins 2012 race: Texas Gov. Rick Perry launched his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination in Charleston, South Carolina Saturday, scrambling the GOP field from afar on the same day Iowans were casting ballots in the Ames Straw Poll…. – Politico, 8-13-11
    • Texas Gov. Rick Perry declares GOP presidential bid: Scrambling the field of Republican hopefuls vying to replace President Obama, Texas Gov. Rick Perry announced his bid for the White House Saturday, arguing that America could not afford four more years of Barack Obama…. – LAT, 8-13-11
    • Perry Says He’s Running for President: Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Saturday that he was running for president, a move that recasts the GOP nominating contest with the addition of a tough campaigner and proven fund-raiser to an unusually unsettled field. … – WSJ, 8-13-11
    • Texas Gov. Rick Perry announces presidential run: Texas Gov. Rick Perry, speaking Saturday to a conservative group meeting in South Carolina, officially launched his bid for the Republican presidential nomination. Perry stated, “It’s time to get America working again.”… – CNN, 8-13-11
    • Texas Governor announces bid for presidency: Opinion polls indicate Texas Governor Rick Perry enters the race close on the heels of former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, the early front-runner to win the 2012 Republican nomination…. – National Post, 8-13-11
    • Rick Perry officially announces presidential bid: Texas Governor Rick Perry has announced his bid for the 2012 Republican nomination…. – CBS News, 8-13-11
    • With broad attack on Obama, Texan Rick Perry enters GOP fray: After more than a decade as his state’s longest serving governor, Texan Rick Perry moved onto the national political stage Saturday by declaring his entry into the 2012 presidential race, immediately transforming the scramble for the Republican nomination…. – Kansas City Star, 8-13-11

“Governor Perry’s economic policies are a carbon copy of the economic policies of Washington Republicans. He pledged to support the cut cap and balance plan that would preserve subsidies for oil and gas companies and tax cuts for the wealthiest while ending Medicare as we know it, eroding Social Security, eliminating hundreds of thousands of jobs and erasing investments in education and research and development. That’s the same approach he took in Texas, where middle class families know his economic record is no miracle – it’s a tall tale. Governor Perry allowed special interests to write their own rules, hired corporate lobbyists to oversee corporations, and cut funding for programs that would create opportunity for middle class families. In a Republican field that has already pledged allegiance to the Tea Party and failed to present any plan that will benefit the middle class or create the jobs America needs to win the future, Governor Perry offers more of the same.” — Obama Campaign

  • Barack Obama camp blasts Rick Perry’s record as ‘tall tale’: The Obama campaign is out with a tough statement on Rick Perry’s campaign launch, accusing the Texas governor of telling a “tall tale” about his record on job growth and economic expansion, and previewing a line of attack on Perry’s close relationships…. – Politico, 8-13-11
  • Rick Perry’s entry sets up a clarifying contrast: Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s entry into the presidential race puts into especially sharp focus the clash of visions between Republicans and President Obama over the proper role of government.
    In Perry and the state he has led for more than a decade, Republican voters are being offered the Platonic ideal of the GOP model for economic growth — low taxes, scant regulation and limited public services…. – WaPo, 8-13-11

Campaign Buzz 2012 August 11, 2011: Campaign Game Changer — Texas Gov. Rick Perry Will Officially Announce He is Running for the Republican Presidential Nomination on Saturday in South Carolina

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TEXAS GOV. RICK PERRY WILL ANNOUNCE HE IS RUNNING FOR THE REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL NOMINATION ON SATURDAY

Texas Governor Rick Perry will officially announce that he is running for the Republican Presidential nomination on Saturday in South Carolina

“He said, ‘You’ll do what’s right.’ He said, you don’t want to wake up when you’re 70 and go, ‘I wish I had tried that. I wish I had done that.'” — Gov. Rick Perry Perry of a June conversation with former president George W. Bush

“I’ve got a record. And that record, particularly when it comes to the most important issues in this campaign, which is creating the climate of America that gives incentives to job creators to risk their capital and create jobs for our citizens, I will put that up against anybody who’s running and particularly against this President we have today, whose jobs record is abysmal.” — Gov. Rick Perry

“This country’s begging for someone to lay out a vision of hope–real hope–and get America back working again….
I’ll put that record up against anybody that’s running, either on the Republican side or the Democratic side…. If you just want to look at the track record of when Mitt was the governor of Massachusetts versus my years being the governor of Texas, mine doesn’t need any propping up….
My hope is that in four years, people can take a look at what we’ve done in Washington, D.C., and they know that I’ve made Washington, D.C. less consequential in their lives” — Rick Perry in an interview Thursday with New Hampshire television station WMUR

Q&A: Rick Perry Is Ready to Run: Rick Perry is primed to announce his bid for the Republican presidential nomination on Saturday in South Carolina. TIME’s Mark Halperin caught up with the Texas governor in Austin and asked him about his feelings on a White House run, his conservative credentials and his rumored rocky relationship with the Bushes. Lightly edited highlights from their conversation follow…. – Time, 8-11-11

Perry near top of pack in GOP nomination battle: According to a CNN/ORC International poll, 15 percent of Republicans and independents who lean towards the GOP pick Perry as their first choice for their party’s nomination, just two points behind former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who’s making his second bid for the White House. Romney’s two point margin over Perry is within the survey’s sampling error …
The survey indicates that former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, and Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, who is making his third bid for the White House, are at 12 percent apiece. CNN, 8-11-11

Rick Perry strong in primary, weak in general election, poll finds: Rick Perry is just 3 percentage points out of first place in the GOP presidential primary, according to a McClatchy-Marist poll released this week. The national survey found Perry with 18 percent support, versus 21 percent for current front-runner Mitt Romney…. – Politico, 8-11-11

Before Declaring Rick Perry Polls 2nd: A key reason for Perry being the weakest opponent is that he’s weakest among independents.
Obama led Romney among independents by 41-35, a 6-percentage-point lead. The president led Pawlenty among the pivotal voting bloc by 49-37, a 12-point edge. Obama led Bachmann among independents by 46-34, also a 12-point advantage, and Perry by 49-30, a 19-point lead…. – McClatchy Newspapers, 8-9-11

Rick Perry May Challenge Mitt Romney’s Frontrunner Status: Texas Governor Rick Perry will seek the Republican presidential nomination. Mark Miner, Perry’s spokesman, confirmed Perry’s presidential intentions. “He will make a definitive announcement on Saturday for the race,” Miner said. However, when Perry’s spokesman was pressed to confirm the Texas Governor’s entry into the 2012 presidential race, he said “yes.”… – The State Column, 8-11-11

  • Perry to announce WH bid Saturday, reports say: Sounds like Rick Perry is still trying to take some attention from the happenings in Iowa. Hours before the big Republican debate in Ames tonight, Perry’s people are putting out the word that the Texas governor will indeed announce he is seeking the presidency in a speech at the Red State gathering in South Carolina on Saturday…. – USA Today, 8-11-11
  • CNN: Texas Gov. Rick Perry running for president: Texas Gov. Rick Perry will announce Saturday in South Carolina that he is running for president a Republican familiar with the plans told CNN. Previous reports had indicated that Perry would use a speech at the conservative Red State Gathering in South Carolina… – CNN, 8-11-11
  • CNN Poll: Perry Among the GOP Frontrunners: He’s not yet an official candidate, but a new CNN/ORC poll indicates that Texas Gov. Rick Perry is among the frontrunners for the GOP nomination. The poll, coming as GOP hopefuls convene in Ames, Iowa for a pivotal debate ahead of the Iowa straw poll…. – U.S. News & World Report, 8-11-11
  • Rick Perry on running for president: ‘This is what I’m supposed to be doing’: On the same day many of his rivals for the Republican presidential nomination will compete in the Iowa Straw Poll, Texas Gov. Rick Perry will officially declare his candidacy Saturday, ending weeks of speculation…. – WaPo, 8-11-11
  • Texas Governor Perry to run for president: report: Texas Governor Rick Perry speaks during the 2011 Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana June 18, 2011. WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Texas Governor Rick Perry will announce on Saturday that he will run for the 2012 Republican nomination … – Reuters, 8-11-11
  • Its offical (sort of): Spokesman says Rick Perry is indeed running for president: We know this will shock you, but Rick Perry is running for president. After three months of deliberation, the Texas governor is a “go,” our Austin bureau colleague Peggy Fikac reports. Of course, it’s been the worst-kept secret in Texas for weeks. … – Houston Chronicle, 8-11-11
  • Exclusive: Gov. Rick Perry’s All In: Texas Gov. Rick Perry will make “a definitive announcement that he is in the 2012 race for the presidency Saturday,” aides told Fox News. The language is significant…. – Fox News, 8-11-11
  • Perry to announce presidential run Sat.: reports: Texas Gov. Rick Perry will announce on Saturday in South Carolina that he is running for president, reports said Thursday. Reports cited Perry’s spokesman saying the Republican governor will seek the Republican Presidential nomination…. – CBS MarketWatch, 8-11-11
  • Texas Gov. Rick Perry Jumps In Presidential Race: After months of speculation and prodding by Republicans, Texas Governor Rick Perry has officially entered the 2012 race. His spokesman, Mark Miner, told the Associated Press today that Perry is running for president. Perry will deliver a speech at the Red State gathering in South Carolina… — ABC News, 8-11-11
  • Bachmann, Perry to cross paths in Iowa as Texas governor makes debut trip in Iowa: Republican Michele Bachmann isn’t ceding ground in her Iowa birthplace to possible presidential rival Rick Perry. Bachmann announced Thursday that she will appear at a GOP fundraiser in Waterloo on Sunday, the same event that … – WaPo, 8-11-11
  • Iowa website adds Perry to campaign tracker: IowaPolitics.com keeps a handy tally of how much time Republican presidential hopefuls have spent in the state that opens the primary season, and there’s a new face on the list: Gov. Rick Perry…. – Austin American-Statesman, 8-11-11
  • Perry: I’m ‘supposed to’ run for president: Texas Gov. Rick Perry has decided he wants to be president and received advice from former President George W. Bush before reaching his conclusion, according to a new interview with TIME’s Mark Halperin…. – CNN, 8-11-11
  • Perry begins to fill in the blanks: Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) is about to take the plunge into the presidential race. There are, as with any candidate who’s not well known on the national stage, multiple questions. Can he debate? Does he have some policy chops? … – WaPo, 8-11-11
  • Texas Gov. Rick Perry banks on high-dollar donors: Texas Gov. Rick Perry, poised to enter the presidential race this weekend, is a fundraising powerhouse who has relied on a cadre of Republican mega-donors to collect more than $100 million for his three gubernatorial campaigns, state records show…. – USA Today, 8-11-11
  • Perry to focus on jobs: Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who’s set to announce his presidential bid Saturday, laid out his stance on one of the country’s top concerns: job creation. “This country’s begging for someone to lay out a vision of hope–real hope–and get … — CNN, 8-11-11
  • Perry prepares aggressive campaign in NH: While Texas Gov. Rick Perry prepares to declare his candidacy this weekend, behind the scenes his supporters are already planning an aggressive campaign schedule in the first-in-the-nation primary state. … – CNN, 8-11-11
  • Texas Governor Rick Perry to enter race for 2012 Republican nomination for President: Rick Perry’s entry into the GOP’s 2012 field is likely to reshape the contest for the nomination, experts say. Which GOP candidate would you like to see win the nomination? Texas Governor Rick Perry, a staunch conservative with a Washington outsider’s … – New York Daily News,8-11-11
  • Rick Perry’s path to the presidency: Ten steps on the road to 1600 Pennsylvania: After nearly three months of public posturing and private deliberation, Texas Gov. Rick Perry is finally a presidential candidate. A spokesman this afternoon confirmed the worst-kept secret in Texas: Perry will jump into a wide-open Republican race … – Houston Chronicle, 8-11-11
  • GOP insiders say Perry should do well in South Carolina: Texas Gov. Rick Perry will reshuffle the deck for Republican voters Saturday when he announces he is running for president during a visit to Charleston, SC “He’s the 800-pound gorilla who changes the whole makeup of the race,” said Dave Woodard, a Clemson University political scientist and sometimes Republican consultant. “There’s been such a ho-hum reaction to the (GOP) candidates so far. S.C. voters have been waiting for someone else to jump in.”… – Bellingham Herald, 8-11-11
  • 2012 campaign: Rick Perry, a Fred Thompson redux?: We all may remember (or, more likely, most of us don’t) Fred Thompson, the former senator from Tennessee who polled so well as a non-candidate that he belatedly jumped into the 2007-08 GOP primary race. Thompson’s campaign quickly stalled…. – LAT, 8-11-11

Campaign Buzz 2012 August 8, 2011: Texas Gov Rick Perry Plans to Make His Intentions for Running as a Republican Presidential Candidate Clear on Saturday

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Ms. Goodman is the Editor of History Musings. She has a BA in History & Art History & a Masters in Library and Information Studies from McGill University, and has done graduate work in history at Concordia University.

 

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Gov.  Rick Perry of Texas, who hosted a prayer rally in Houston Saturday, is expected to make his intentions for the 2012 presidential campaign clear this weekend.

Erika Rich/The Daily Texan, via Associated PressGov.  Rick Perry of Texas, who hosted a prayer rally in Houston on Saturday, plans an announcement on his 2012 presidential ambitions this weekend.

Rick Perry to Make Clear That He Intends to Run for President: Gov. Rick Perry of Texas is preparing to make clear his intentions to join the Republican presidential race on Saturday, two associates said, by visiting South Carolina and New Hampshire on the same day that several of his potential rivals are taking part in the Iowa Straw Poll.
Mr. Perry, who has been inching closer to declaring his candidacy for weeks, is expected to stop short of making a formal announcement. But appearing before Republican crowds in the two early-voting states was intended to clear up any lingering questions about his plans…. – NYT, 8-8-11

“With President Obama’s dismal economic record and Texas’ success in creating jobs and balancing our budget, Governor Perry continues to consider a potential run for The White House…. Stay tuned.” — Mark Miner, a spokesman for Gov. Rick Perry, who declined to elaborate on the timing of any announcement

“There is still a thirst for another voice to come in. They are looking for the kind of leadership he has shown in Texas, while the country has gone the other direction.” — Craig Schoenfeld, an Iowa Republican who is leading a group here called Americans for Perry, which has been signing up supporters for the governor.

  • Perry Signals Intent to Enter Race, Sending a Jolt to GOP Candidates: Gov. Rick Perry of Texas delivered a long-distance jolt to the Republican presidential campaign on Monday by signaling that he intends to join the race and visit South Carolina and New Hampshire on Saturday, the same day his rivals are battling for survival in the Iowa Straw Poll…. — NYT, 8-8-11
  • Rick Perry to make 2012 intentions clear Saturday: Rick Perry intends to use a speech in South Carolina on Saturday to make clear that he’s running for president, POLITICO has learned.
    According to two sources familiar with the plan, the Texas governor will remove any doubt about his White House intentions during his appearance at a RedState conference in Charleston.
    It’s uncertain whether Saturday will mark a formal declaration, but Perry’s decision to disclose his intentions the same day as the Ames straw poll — and then hours later make his first trip to New Hampshire — will send shock waves through the race and upend whatever results come out of the straw poll…. – Politico, 8-8-11
  • Rick Perry to affirm plans for presidential bid: Texas’ GOP governor will probably signal his intentions Saturday in South Carolina before heading to a party in New Hampshire, another primary state. His plans will coincide with Iowa’s straw poll…. – LAT, 8-8-11Perry expected to reveal White House plans Saturday: While a host of 2012 contenders slug it out in Ames, Iowa on Saturday, Texas Governor Rick Perry is expected to inch closer to a presidential run in another critical primary state. Perry expected to use his speech at the 2011 Red State Gathering in Charleston, SC to make it clear whether or not he will run for president, according to a report in Politico this afternoon. … – USA Today, 8-8-11
  • Busy schedule is clear sign of Perry’s political intentions, aides say: Gov. Rick Perry appears to be bounding toward a full-scale plunge into the 2012 presidential race with visits to two early battleground states later this week, where he is likely to tout Texas’ robust economic growth … – Fort Worth Star Telegram, 8-8-11
  • Perry prepares to launch campaign he promised wouldn’t happen: Gov. Rick Perry’s presidential campaign is now upon us. He’s going to the early primary states of South Carolina and New Hampshire on Saturday, and by the end of the day, it will be more obvious than ever that he will seek the presidency. … – Austin American-Statesman, 8-8-11
  • Politico: Perry to make clear hes running for president in S.C.: Gov. Rick Perry plans to “make clear” that he’s in the presidential race Saturday in Charleston, South Carolina, when he’s due to give a long-scheduled speech to the RedState conference, Politico is reporting. Perry’s office earlier confirmed… – Houston Chronicle, 8-8-11
  • As Rick Perry Nears 2012 Campaign, His Top Adviser Plots A ‘New Playbook’ Strategy: A top adviser to Texas Gov. Rick Perry was cagey about reports that Perry will make his intentions to run for president clear at a Saturday conference in South Carolina, but an organizer of the event said he expects an announcement … – Huffington Post
  • Santorum launches pre-emptive attack against Perry: With news trickling out Monday that Texas Gov. Rick Perry is poised to join the Republican presidential field, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum isn’t wasting any time attacking his soon-to-be rival. … – CNN, 8-8-11

Niall Ferguson: America’s Dumbest Budget Cut

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Source: Newsweek, 6-26-11

Why Republicans are wrong to put fiscal arithmetic ahead of global influence.

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Emmanuel Dunand / AFP-Getty ImagesPeople outside the 2012 Republican candidates debate in New Hampshire. Bring the troops home. Considering how polarized American politics is supposed to be, the consensus on this one point verges on the supernatural.

President Obama recently announced a new schedule for scaling down the U.S. military presence in Afghanistan. A total of 10,000 men will come home this year and a further 20,000 by the end of next summer. The surge is over.

This is not a declaration of victory. It is a declaration of bankruptcy. “From a fiscal standpoint, we’re spending too much money on Iraq and Afghanistan,” a senior administration official told The New York Times. “There’s a belief from a fiscal standpoint that this is cannibalizing too much of our spending.”

There was a time when Republicans—and not a few Democrats—would have been dismayed by such a retreat. Yet in their televised debate just a few days before the president’s announcement, the Republican presidential hopefuls vied with one another to out-dove him….READ MORE