Obama, Romney take aim at key Midwestern swing states

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speaker12 wrote:

So, Obama’s photo op in Jersey lasted a day. Now it’s back to Vegas and his cronie Harry Reid. You know another four years of this guy will mean the end of everything America stands for. Time for a change all right.

Nov 01, 2012 10:54pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
JBPoliti wrote:

If Obama was that bad don’t you think things should be a lot worse right now? Wouldn’t the stats show a real decline in employment and market confidence? If you just don’t personally like him that’s fine but why let it cloud everything else? Mitt is probably not a bad, I personally cannot connect with him but that doesn’t mean I whine and complain about him all the time.

Nov 01, 2012 12:47am EDT  --  Report as abuse
justmeinohio wrote:

@Speaker12 I just saw Obama an hour ago in Ohio. That’s a long way from Vegas, baby! But there is good news about your guy Romney. I head just today that he sent replacement yard signs to all republicans who lost theirs in Sandy. Great guy, huh? Your guy is a liar, a cheat and an egotistical maniac! You ought to be worried if he does win this election.

Nov 02, 2012 4:44pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
eddietheblur wrote:

Time for the Mittster to strap the dog to the roof and head off to one of his mansions, where he can start planning for his 2016 comeback. This time he should select John McCain for his VP – I hear McCain was able to find Libya on a map yesterday, all by himself.

Nov 02, 2012 4:48pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
zenthrop2 wrote:

ROMNEY BUDGETS BALANCED:
private sector 50 to 60
Olympics 1
MA 1

OBAMA BUDGETS BALANCED:
US 2009 0
US 2010 0
US 2011 0
US 2012 0

TOTAL
Romney 57
Obama 0

Nov 02, 2012 4:50pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
zenthrop2 wrote:

ROMNEY: “The turn around artist.”

OBAMA: “The food stamp president.”

Nov 02, 2012 4:51pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
misterjag wrote:

Romney’s top ten contributors list is dominated by Wall Street bankers.
http://www.opensecrets.org/pres12/contrib.php?id=N00000286

Nov 02, 2012 4:54pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
akcoins wrote:

Bart Starr? Isn’t he one of them celebrities that the Repubs are always putting down?
senthrop2:
ROMNEY PRIVATE SECTOR SCORE:
1,000S OF JOBS MOVED TO CHINA
MILLIONS IN IRA (HOW IS THAT DONE LEGALLY?)
BANK ACCOUNTS IN THE CAYMAN ISLANDS AND SWITZERLAND

TOTAL
ROMNEY -100

Nov 02, 2012 5:26pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
RCharles wrote:

speaker12 wrote: So, Obama’s photo op in Jersey lasted a day. Now it’s back to Vegas and his cronie Harry Reid. You know another four years of this guy will mean the end of everything America stands for. Time for a change all right.

Actually, Mr. Bush came damn close to causing “the end of everything America stands for.” President Obama has pulled us through a recession, nearly a world-wide depression, due to Bush’s failure to manage the financial markets and his waging two wars with no plan to pay for them. Time to wake up.
RCharles

Nov 02, 2012 5:29pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
RCharles wrote:

speaker12 wrote: So, Obama’s photo op in Jersey lasted a day. Now it’s back to Vegas and his cronie Harry Reid. You know another four years of this guy will mean the end of everything America stands for. Time for a change all right.

Actually, Mr. Bush came damn close to causing “the end of everything America stands for.” President Obama has pulled us through a recession, nearly a world-wide depression, due to Bush’s failure to manage the financial markets and his waging two wars with no plan to pay for them. Time to wake up.
RCharles

Nov 02, 2012 5:29pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Chuckterzella wrote:

You know Gov. Rmoney, I’ll take 4 more years of the same, because although it’s been slow and hard, I’m one of those Americans who aren’t afraid of hard. Yes, I’m personally poorer than I was and no, it’s not my President’s fault.In fact, it’s no one’s fault but my own.

Cuting FEMA, education, healthcare and all the other stuff you and the Conservatives you’ve aligned yourslf with won’t make me any richer. It certainly won’t make our children better educated or healthier or my country stronger in the long run.

Your plan isn’t to help the Middle Class reach the Upper Class (and certainly not get anywhere near YOUR class), nor is it designed to help the poor reach even the lower Middle Class…your plan isn’t even to help the stockholders of corporations get richer. Your plan is to help the CEO’S and board members, the people who control the corporations get richer. They’ll do that by sometimes causing their shares to drop so they can buy more and to rise so they can sell em at a profit and on and on.

Your plan has nothing to do with us, except to get rid of any unions that might cause your friends trouble, even if it means getting rid of their jobs by sending them overseas. The way you’ll get us to help yo do these things is to tell us anything that you and your advisors think we want to hear. No one knows what you believe because the only thing you believe, I mean deep down in your heart believe, is that you’re destined to be president. That’s a really bad reason to want the job.

So yes, I’ll stick with slow and steady and not your get rich quick scheme. I’ll stick with a man who, even though they’ve fought him nearly every step of the way, hasn’t given up on what he believes, or us either for that matter.And although you’d never know it from listening to you and your conies, in spite of all the (blank) you’ve thrown in front of him and the outright lies you’ve told about him, has actually gotten quite a bit done that, in hindsight, is amazing.

Nov 02, 2012 5:59pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
BurnerJack wrote:

One could argue that the beginning of the Obama years was remembered for “Hope and Change”. The end of the Obama Years will be remembered for “Hope for Spare Change”.
Of all the issues I have with this president, the most disturbing is the Bengazi attack. With Drones overhead, direct Email communications in real time and an airbase 480 miles away, close enough to bring critical help, in time to turn back the attackers, yet no help is issued. While Our Own die.
Equally disturbing is lack of News Media coverage even after these facts have come to light.
Where is the couragous reporting that was so ubiquitous during Watergate? Why the absence? If the MSM is afraid to fulfill it’s intrinsic obligations, what value is there? What is Freedom of Speech if no one speaks? What does that say about the state of the Republic?
I am astounded by ALL of it and even MORE so by the lack of interest by the Romney camp to bring this scandal some deem ‘treasonous’ to the forefront. I’m am truly stumped by this.

Nov 02, 2012 6:07pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Carmi wrote:

speaker12: What the heck is it you think Obama is destroying. If anyone is destroying what it is America stands for, the conservative agenda certainly has a hand in it. After all, they’ve bellyached for almost 4 years now about Obama, who incidentally was elected by the people for the people. Conservatives couldn’t stand behind Obama to help this country, thus showing they were not for America; they’ve been fixated on the imagined evils of Obama since he was elected. Conservatives always claim to be patriotic; they are anything but.

Nov 02, 2012 6:20pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
yubamary wrote:

I amreally praying that Romney wins but i know with the electrol college it’s proably impossible. ihope you Obama people feel the same way you do now after 4 more years of nothing. But I still have high hopes for Romney or at least the Senate to change. But then that proably wouldn’t make any difference because when things don’t pass the congress we get an executive order. I hope you know how many executive orders have been created and what they mean. If not you will probably be surprised one of these days.

Nov 02, 2012 6:51pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
yubamary wrote:

I amreally praying that Romney wins but i know with the electrol college it’s proably impossible. ihope you Obama people feel the same way you do now after 4 more years of nothing. But I still have high hopes for Romney or at least the Senate to change. But then that proably wouldn’t make any difference because when things don’t pass the congress we get an executive order. I hope you know how many executive orders have been created and what they mean. If not you will probably be surprised one of these days.

Nov 02, 2012 6:51pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
notnow wrote:

Here’s a new wrinkle–How about turning all these campaign funds on BOTH sides towards helping all those unfortunately folks on the East coast!!! I for one am really sick of all this campaign bee-ess–stop antagonizing us and put the money towards something good–the change would be wonderful. I’m from the Midwest and social responsibility is important to us. How ’bout this–the first candidate to do so, I vote for them!

Nov 02, 2012 6:53pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
notnow wrote:

Carmi–if this site had a “like”, I would do so. Right on!

Nov 02, 2012 6:54pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
lindaka wrote:

Isn’t it an American value to help the poor, the oppressed and to value equality? I am So tired of hearing Republicans calling the poor lazy, un-motivated and a “drain” on society. Romney, according to Romney, really BELIEVES that these people don’t matter to him. His allegiance is to big corporations and private industry. He wants to dismantle and destroy the principles that this country has been founded upon by destroying Social Security and creating a voucher system, dismantling Medicare and handing it over to private insurers. He doesn’t believe in global warming and spurns the middle class. Now, WHO is un-American??? WHY are Christians voting for him when he believes in greed and handing over power to the rich?? The Bible says “The poor shall inherit the earth” and I would rather go with someone who acts like a Christian rather than one who’s actions refudiate Christian principles. How can value voters vote for him? I believe that Christians have been deceived by this “wolf in sheep’s clothing.” What does he really believe? It seems to be changing minute by minute. I don’t trust anything he says nor do I believe he has this country’s
best interests at heart. I see the recent hurricane as a warning that
Americans are turning away from the truth that “we are our brother’s keeper.”

Nov 02, 2012 7:11pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
RSaltyDog wrote:

It’s not really about swing states as its about money. At this point people have really already made their decision. For me I was a Republican for 35 years, now an Independent. I am a Christian and I in no way believe Romney is a Christian. You cannot be a Christian and have the Book of Mormon. It is impossible. Romney is a good CEO and a very so so Governor. I do not trust him or the GOP anymore. They’ve moved so far right they are religious fanantics, not following Christ but serving the god of $$ and the GOP has become facist and should have dumped the TEA when they had the chance.

Nov 02, 2012 7:53pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
An_observer wrote:

Obama is an unlucky president. Since he became president, we had seen huge blizzards, earth quakes that even felt Washington DC, drought, heat waves, joblessness, recession sitting same, hurricanes on the North East one after the other. What do all these say:

Obama is an unlucky president.

Nov 02, 2012 8:11pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
An_observer wrote:

Make no mistage in voting. Obama is an unlucky president. VOTE HIM OUT.

Nov 02, 2012 8:12pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Foyle wrote:

Carmi – The Democrates had control of the Senate, The House and the President for the first two years of the President Obama’s term. One of the major issues I have is that for those two years They only managed to get “Obamacare” passed. The line used by then Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi still haunts me. “We dont have time to read this bill. We must get it passed to find out whats in it.” Now, gas is starting to come down, now, unemployment is starting to come down, now, he wants to open the drilling and start using OUR energy. Where was this 2 years ago… 3 years ago. Didnt his Energy Czar go on record as saying he wants to see gas prices like Europes? Didnt he spend Billions on Green Energy Companies that failed? I voted for The President last time… for Hope and Change. This time I just cant

Nov 02, 2012 8:12pm EDT  --  Report as abuse

Romney’s business experience:
His parents give him millions of dollars to play with. he and his friends start a “company”. They buy controlling interest in real companies that actually produce things. they use that control to force those companies to borrow more money than they can ever hope to pay back, sell off most of their assets, relocate factories overseas. They then use all that money, borrowed and from sales of equipment, to pay themselves huge dividends. Then they sell the stock. 50% of the companies they invested in went bankrupt within 8 years. over 20% of them went bankrupt while Bain was running them. CEOs and other ranking officers of these companies quit their jobs in disgust. Thousands of workers were laid off or fired, and their jobs shipped overseas.

His parents paid for everything: his home, his education, his family’s medical expenses, and his startup money. He is just a spoiled son of a better man who has never worked a real day in his life.

That is the typical GOP candidate, apparently, very similar to GW Bush.

His business experience is the main argument the GOP has for him, but look at it objectively! his experience is in robbing companies and workers to line his own pockets. he didnt do any real work at all!

Romney has been loudly pro-choice, anti-choice, pro-environment, anti-environment, pro-gun control, anti-gun control, for money in politics, against it…in fact, he has been on both sides of almost every issue we ever talk about in this country. he is inconsistent, and a demonstrated liar.

Romney’s budget truly does not work. he will take away tax credits that the middle class relies upon in order to pay for tax cuts for the wealthiest – his friends and family.

There is no argument in favor of Mitt Romney. I believe he is the single worst candidate for President to make it to the general election in the last 50 years.

And there is a reason for that. 2 reasons in fact. 1st, the supreme court decision in Citizens United opened the way for the ultimate corporate purchase: the Presidency – and romney is the ultimate whore. it is no surprise that he won the bidding contest that the GOP primary became. 2nd, all the serious leaders in the GOP know that Obama is a great President. Chris Christy, Jeb Bush, and a couple of others who make up the first string of GOP leaders stayed out of this race. Why did they do that? If you republicans that gurgle your pablum about Obama is a communist, a racist, a weak leader, and on and on with the baseless insults, are so right, then why did your best men stay out of the race? they stayed out because they knew Obama would win, and more importantly, they actually care about the country and they know he is a a good leader and a great President.

Obama singlehandedly solved our health care crisis. it will take a few more years to be fully implemented, but already it is saving people money. you dont have to pay a copay for preventative care in most cases, this means more people will go in for preventative care, and they wont need as much critical treatment. that lowers costs overall. premiums are up a little, but that is to be expected, since the insurance companies have to cover their costs that way until the mandate kicks in. insurers are covering more people now because they cant reject people who have preexisting conditions. once the mandate turns on, all the slackers who are using our emergency rooms as their private free health clinics will be required to start paying for their own health care, and that will save us money, and allow the insurers to lower premiums. the insurers will have to lower premiums because of the medical loss ratio. Obamacare requires insurance companies to keep the amount of money they spend on things other than providing health care down to 20% of their income from premiums. if they dont, they have to pay a rebate to their customers. even the people who really cant afford to buy insurance, and for whom we will continue (NOT BEGIN) to pay for, will cost us less. these people will finally have access to primary care and preventative care and those have been shown to reduce the cost to taxpayers in countries where they are provided free of charge. lets restate that for the stupid people; we already pay for the health care of very poor people, we are going to keep doing it, but with Obamacare, they get better care, cheaper, and cost us far less in the long run.

Obama also spent a large portion of his political capital on getting the Lilly Ledbetter legislation through congress, against the opposition of the GOP. that law ensures that over time, women will see equal pay for equal work more and more, and should eventually end the practice of underppaying women in America.

he has used his powers as President to give 6 different tax breaks to small businesses. he has lowered taxes on the middle class. he has provided more funding and increased services for veterans than any President since the end of world war 2. he has ended DADT. he has ended the war in Iraq. he has ended osama bin laden, and all of the top leadership of al-quaeda. no, he did not go into battle, but he did go meet and personally thank each and every SEAL on that mission before they left. he asked them each if they were ready for it, and he thanked them for their service and willingness to sacrifice.

Obama reached out to Iran, offering them a way out of their predicament with honor and dignity in exchange for ending their nuclear ambitions. when Iran slapped his hand away, he gathered the world behind him and imposed the most crippling sanctions ever imposed on any nation in history. Iran is reeling from that and the regime there is on its heels. Obama told Qaddafi to leave Libya when the people rose up against him. Qaddafi chose not too, and tried to send an army to slaughter Benghazi. Obama made a highly risky choice, last spring, to stop Qaddafi from killing tens of thousands of people in Benghazi. he did so against the advice of the EU and his own political advisers. he did so without losing a single american life. he then made sure that the rebels had the training, equipment, and international recognition and legitimacy they needed to kill Qaddafi.

the Obama administration has deported more illegals from America than any other President in history, and at the same time, he has directed the INS to focus on criminals, not just illegals in general. He has enacted rules that allow productive members of our society who were brought here illegally as children to find a path to citizenship through the military or other productive means.

the GOP has obstructed everything he has tried to do. they have said they would do so starting before he was even inaugurated as President. Never before in then history of this nation has a President seen such concerted opposition from the first moment of his term. the GOP has acted in an unpatriotic fashion in this, and should be repudiated. the GOP have also consistently used racial epithets (tar-baby, boy, and worse) and disrespected the office of the President (Arizona governor shaking her finger in the Presidents face in public) while Obama has been in office, to our nation’s shame.

The GOP has done this unprecedented level of obstruction and disrespect because they know that their base is made up of people who find it proper and energizing to see a black man disrespected. the GOP has made this Presidency all about race. if you look at the number of times that race is mentioned in the media, it is vastly more often mentioned by republicans than by democrats. the GOP has doubled down on a strategy of racism and obstruction, and they did it coldly, based on a mathematical analysis of their base. however, they appear to be falling short, although by just a few points. i believe that is because Obama has been such an amazing President that every person in this country who has both the capacity and the willingness to examine the facts objectively cannot help but see.

Obama is perhaps our greatest president in several generations. he has been incredibly productive. he has prevented a second great depression. he has restored the respect for our nation in the world. he has ended, not begun, war, and he has still managed to drive our enemies into oblivion.

Nov 02, 2012 8:18pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
JohnTownsend wrote:

6 more days and we can stop having to listen to this pandering grinning lying a–hole who never worked an honest day in his life and ran away to France instead of going to Vietnam after protesting in favor of the war. I never thought I would live to see a politician more repugnant than Nixon. Romney turns my stomach

Nov 02, 2012 8:32pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
JohnTownsend wrote:

6 more days and we can stop having to listen to this pandering grinning lying a–hole who never worked an honest day in his life and ran away to France instead of going to Vietnam after protesting in favor of the war. I never thought I would live to see a politician more repugnant than Nixon. Romney turns my stomach

Nov 02, 2012 8:32pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
tassadarr wrote:

Some people need to just relax. The President has not destroyed anything in this country. People need to step away from all the vitriol on the radio and blogs. They’re in the business of making you come back again and again. What have they done for you other than pitting you up against friends and neighbors? I know for a fact life will go on after Tuesday no matter who wins.

Nov 02, 2012 8:33pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Progression wrote:

Actually the country is much worse off after 4 years of Obama. The dollar is weaker, our credit rating has dropped, the debt has grown more in a 4 year period than it has ever grown before, the deficit is over $1 trillion dollars, more people are living in poverty than ever before, more people are on food stamps than ever before, the unemployment rate has stayed stead above 7.5% for longer than it ever has since the Great Depression.

None of this is directly 100% Obama’s fault. However he did not fix anything. Congress did not fix anything. The Senate did not fix anything. If we do not get the deficit under control first, our credit rating drops again. Do you know what that means? Interest rates on our debt increases. Do you know what that means? Less money for education, food, infrastructure, defense, etc. We are heading towards a full blown debt crisis. Do you think Greece is enjoying theirs right now?

The only thing Romney has going for him is he knows finances, and balancing budgets. On the campaign trail though, he has promised to do things that will push the deficit higher, and completely ignore the debt. Everyone in America with children or grand children needs to apologize to them and explain why they are leaving them more debt than they can pay back and a shattered economy. We had to have it all right now.

Nov 02, 2012 8:34pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
JohnTownsend wrote:

Romney has already lost the election. There is literally no electoral path for him to reach 270 at this point – he would literally have to win 7 out of 8 swing states, and that just isn’t going to happen.

Nov 02, 2012 8:34pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
JohnTownsend wrote:

Mormonism is a cult, a hodge-podge of dogmatic nonsense bordering on religious zealotry founded by an american, Joseph Smith, a self-styled prophet, a fake, a transparent charlatan, and a liar who wrote a book (Book of Mormon) full of ridiculous myths written in 17th century english. The cult has a history of thwarting the separation of church and state, espousing racism, and advancing weird notions about posthumous baptism and polygamy.
Romney actually believes this stuff.

Nov 02, 2012 8:36pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Progression wrote:

@lindaka

We are all poor. We have a $16 trillion dollar debt and a $1 trillion dollar budget deficit. Helping all the poor is making everyone poor. The US spends more and more money, and the poverty rate increases, and the number of people on food stamps goes up. You are helping people at the expense of your child’s future. Congratulations.

Nov 02, 2012 8:37pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
venturen wrote:

Obama $10 Trillion in deficits if you include the FED and Fannie! Where is your $60000 per family member of deficit coming from. Obama has run up the credit card to make this “recovery” How are we going to pay the bill?

Nov 02, 2012 8:38pm EDT  --  Report as abuse

Progression: you are incorrect on almost every point. i have to wonder if you know that, and you are just trying to lie your way to a point, or if you really are this ignorant.

Nov 02, 2012 8:39pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Progression wrote:

@Carmi

Obama had congress and senate for half of his term. He pushed policies that the majority of America did not want. The conservatives were elected by their constitutents to represent them. They did what they were elected to do. In 2010 the majority of America spoke that they did not like Obama’s policies. It was a heavy Republican win.

So lets use your logic.

If anyone is destroying what it is America stands for, the liberal agenda certainly has a hand in it. After all, they’ve bellyached for almost 12 years now about Republicans, who incidentally was elected by the people for the people. Liberals couldn’t stand behind Republicans to help this country, thus showing they were not for America; they’ve been fixated on the imagined evils of Republicans since they were elected. Liberals always claim to be patriotic; they are anything but.

Lesson to be learned: Until we stop the bipartisan madness, there will be no solutions for America.

Nov 02, 2012 8:44pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
tassadarr wrote:

The back and forth regarding those “evil” liberals or those “racist” conservatives gets nobody anywhere. People will always have different viewpoints on issues and we can have a civil debate without calling one another names or resorting to exaggerations about the current or future state of the country. I wish I had learned this very important lesson in high school as opposed to 4 years later.

Nov 02, 2012 10:04pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
RealMrTea wrote:

August Jobs revised UP from 142K to 192K
September jobs revised up from 114K to 192K

Now October jobs at 171K with 184K Private Sector Jobs and -13K Public Sector Jobs. That with a growing job force..

Wooo Hooo!!! Compared to loosing 800K jobs per month where we started, I will take that all day long!!!

Nov 02, 2012 11:47pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
StarLight wrote:

The current steps to recovery is painful and small.

At least, it is better than the 3 backward steps bush’s administration made.

Nov 03, 2012 4:59am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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