Republicans gear up publicity for Democrats' convention party

WOLFEBORO, New Hampshire Mon Sep 3, 2012 12:09am EDT

Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney speaks at a campaign rally in Cincinnati, Ohio September 1, 2012. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney speaks at a campaign rally in Cincinnati, Ohio September 1, 2012.

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WOLFEBORO, New Hampshire (Reuters) - Republicans are preparing to unleash an aggressive publicity effort at the Democratic convention in Charlotte, North Carolina this week.

While Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney rests in New Hampshire on Monday, his running mate Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan and other Republican officials will invade the Democratic gathering where President Barack Obama will kick off the home stretch of the race for the White House.

The Romney campaign indicated in a press release that the Republicans would "bracket" the convention with a new emphasis on the question: "Are you better off than you were four years ago?"

In the release, a Romney campaign official kicked off the week's counter-messaging with a blistering attack, saying that at the Democratic convention, Obama "is going to give us a series of excuses, alibis and scapegoats."

"Every president since the Great Depression, except Jimmy Carter and President Obama, who asked for a second term could look back at the last four years and say: "you are better off than you were four years ago," the official said.

Ryan, the Republican nominee to be vice president, will hold a campaign event in the same state in Greenville.

Reince Priebus and Congressman Jason Chaffetz of Utah on Monday will open a "'Obama isn't working' Rapid Response Center."

Romney will spend much of the week in Vermont, using the time preparing for his three debates against Obama, a campaign official said Saturday.

(Reporting By Sam Youngman)

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Comments (4)
Vis_Viva wrote:
It’s going to take a lot more time than Romney has to prepare for the debates. Couple of lifetimes. Maybe a few spent as some sort of lower animal. Maybe a few more as a laborer or some other menial type Romney won’t acknowledge the existence of. Then, maybe, just maybe, he would have a chance of not getting eaten alive in the debates. Samsara is a you-know-what.

Sep 03, 2012 1:51am EDT  --  Report as abuse
xyz2055 wrote:
What if we had asked that question of Bush..had he been able to run for one more term..are you better off than you were 4 years ago? That’s a silly question. The right question is…what are you going to do to fix the problems. Romney would spend $50B more a year on Defense and give a 20% across the board tax break. Mr. Romney..don’t know if your staff has clued you in yet..but we have a huge deficit problem. Romney’s plan on tax breaks would be good for Romney. If he could get Congress to cut taxes 20% across the board..rather than paying the 13.5% Romney has been paying. He’d only have to pay 11.8% under his plan. If Obama had his way on taxes, Obama would be paying more.

I’ll be voting for Obama;Biden in Nov..thank you very much!

Sep 03, 2012 5:17am EDT  --  Report as abuse
JamesChirico wrote:
A country that had to save banks from collapse, lost 8 million jobs in the last budget year signed by Dubya, Dow at 8000 going to a low of 6547 Mar.9 2009, GM going bankrupt, a 1.3 trillion deficit being 977 billion in 2013, a losing scenario in Afghanistan with troops not equipped for war, OBL still on the loose makes this country far better off today than 4 years ago.

Sep 03, 2012 6:41am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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