Romney raps Obama over growing debt, food stamp record

Wed Sep 5, 2012 6:09pm EDT

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WEST LEBANON, N.H., Sept 5 (Reuters) - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney blasted U.S. President Barack Obama over the size of the national debt and the record number of Americans on food stamps, in a jab on the eve of a major speech by the Democrat.

Romney said "two big numbers out this week" prove that Americans are not better off than when Obama took office in 2009.

"We've gone from $10 trillion that the president inherited from all prior presidents to $16 trillion," Romney told reporters in the swing state of New Hampshire. The Treasury Department this week announced that the public debt had surpassed $16 trillion.

"The other number's forty-seven. Forty-seven million now on food stamps. When he came to office there were 32 million. He's added 15 million people," Romney said.

He was referring to an Agriculture Department report on Tuesday that showed the number of people on food stamps jumped to a record high of 46.7 million in June.

Romney has stayed mostly off the campaign trail this week, preparing for presidential debates while the Democrats hold their national convention in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The former Massachusetts governor said he did not watch first lady Michelle Obama's speech to the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday night, but said he thinks, "She's done a fine job as our first lady."

"I'm certainly not going to make any comments about the first lady's speech other than I respect her and she's a lovely person and a fine mom," Romney said.

Michelle Obama asked voters to give her husband four more years to fix the U.S. economy in an impassioned speech. Obama himself makes an address to the convention on Thursday night to accept the Democratic presidential nomination.

When asked how the debate preparation is going, Romney joked that Ohio Republican Senator Rob Portman, who is standing in as Obama during the mock debates, was a tough opponent.

"I'm just glad I won't be debating Rob Portman in the final debates. He's good," Romney said.

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AmericanLady wrote:
The Republicans have been trying to cut programs that help Americans in this struggling economy. I’m not happy to see more people needing food stamps, needing to go to food pantries or needing their unemployment benefits extended. But I’m also mad that the GOP doesn’t seem to care that people really need these things. At least President Obama, along with working to get the country back on its feet, isn’t kicking the people while they are down!

Sep 05, 2012 7:09pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
cj_james wrote:
@Americanlady….. Wow you really think Obama is trying to get the country on its feet?? Do you know how to spell gullible?

Obama is INTENTIONALLY and DELIBERATLEY trying to force as many people onto government dependence as possible. The more people addicted to govenment the more democrat voters are created. A radical Marxist like Obama, despises the middle class with every fiber of his being. After the last 4 years I figured that was about as crystal clear as a conclusion as one can come to after watching Obama pile on 1.4 trillion dollar deficits every year as president while burying the next several generations under 6 trillion in new debt…. His stimulus package? It didn’t stimulate diddly while funneling 1 trillion dollars to his bundlers, donors, cronies, and special interest.

Nobody who pays attention to what has been going on in Washington over the last couple years can make the case that Obama deserves re-election….. Toughen up buttercup, he’s a lousy president, throwing him out will b the best thing to happen to this country in a decade.

Sep 05, 2012 10:30pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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