Obama, Romney sprint to unpredictable campaign finish

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SteveOSmith wrote:

This economic recovery is occurring in spite of 271 republican filibusters. Obama should be president. Since the beginning of the Recovery Act over 5 million jobs have been created, unemployment has steadily decreased from over 10% to 7.8%, the stock market is up 75% from almost 8000 to over 13000, and both deficit causing Bush wars are ending. And all Romney wants to do is turn back the clock so he can wreck the economy again.

Nov 03, 2012 11:56pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
SteveOSmith wrote:

This economic recovery is occurring in spite of 271 republican filibusters. Obama should be president. Since the beginning of the Recovery Act over 5 million jobs have been created, unemployment has steadily decreased from over 10% to 7.8%, the stock market is up 75% from almost 8000 to over 13000, and both deficit causing Bush wars are ending. And all Romney wants to do is turn back the clock so he can wreck the economy again.

Nov 03, 2012 11:56pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Levendi wrote:

Romney is a pragmatic business man. In business you must work to gain the cooperation of others to accomplish a common goal. Obama has a 4 year track record of not reaching out and being a divisive ideologue. Obama’s ideals are socialistic, Romney’s ideals are founded in the American dream. This is a cross road in American history. Do we change course and become like Greece and Europe on the road to bankruptcy or do we put someone in the white house that knows how to take care of business?

Nov 03, 2012 12:21am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Levendi wrote:

SteveOSmith says Since the beginning of the Recovery Act over 5 million jobs have been created. Really, how so? look up the bill and read it. Follow the money, if you can. $22 million goes just for oversight of the bill, $24 million for the Agriculture department building maintenance, and it goes on and on to feed the beast. In other words, more tax payer money to feed the overhead of the government. If you look at any and all programs and departments run by the government you will take back everything you ever thought or typed about the government creating jobs. All it does is waste the heck out of money. One specific example is $1.2 million spent each year for one county to provide part time jobs to youth in trouble. 40 part time jobs for $1.2 million. That’s one program in one county. Multiply the madness times all the departments and programs that sound nice like the recovery act. Look a little deeper and follow the money on any of them. They all sound nice and all they do is bury us in debt.

Nov 03, 2012 12:31am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Spruce wrote:

Romney/Ryan will force the middle class to pay for two wars, the deficit, and the economy run into a ditch by the previous Republican administration. In addition, he will give tax breaks to the rich. Medicare and Medicaid will be gutted. A vote for Romney is a vote to destroy the middle class.

Nov 04, 2012 8:13am EST  --  Report as abuse
KDupre wrote:

Pres. Obama had full control of both houses of congress for 2 years and yet he didn’t pass any of the bills needed to fulfill any of his campaign promises which of course means the promises meant nothing to him. Why should I believe him this time around?

Fool me once shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on ME!

Nov 04, 2012 9:32am EST  --  Report as abuse
JoeObserver wrote:

No president deserves a second term in office, unless exceptionally performed in the first term. The question needs to be asked, How did Obama perform in the first term? Voters should judge on performance rather than believing all those negative ads.

Nov 04, 2012 11:53am EST  --  Report as abuse
Kuji wrote:

“Romney is a pragmatic business man. In business you must work to gain the cooperation of others to accomplish a common goal.”

This is a nice platitude, but the reality is that government is controlled by two parties that have zero tolerance for each other’s position on range of issues. Partisan divide became greater on the national level during the 2000′s under George Bush who claimed to be a great uniter on the campaign trail, and how he brought GOP and Dems together in the Texas legislature. It might have been an easier to do in Texas where you have a more homogenous legislature backing the governor, but on the national level you have a much greater divide by region, and George Bush failed miserably as a partisan uniter at the national level.

Your claim is that Romney is “good at business” therefore “good at fostering cooperation” via your platitude as your main thesis. I think this is false logic, but let’s take a closer look. Fact of the matter is that Romney was governor of another politically homogenous state. Massachusetts state legislature also had enough opposition to override a majority of (707 out of 800)Romney’s vetoes as Governor – including GOP that helped override line item vetoes. That doesn’t seem like much political synergy or cooperation to me. He’s also been able to claim that as governor he presided over all this great stuff, but he probably wasn’t for it at the time. I think you can’t compare apples to oranges, being successful at private equity leveraged buyouts (let’s be specific, ‘business’ is a catch-all term) does not equivocate to being successful at bridging partisan divide on the national level in the Senate and House, nor the people of the US. The two have little in common.

http://www.factcheck.org/2012/02/romney-vs-santorum-a-misleading-contrast/

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“For example, the claim that Romney issued 800 vetoes as governor of Massachusetts fails to mention that more than 700 of them were overturned by the Massachusetts Legislature. Back in 2007, when Romney made a similar claim, FactCheck.org independently obtained a complete list of veto overrides covering all four of Romney’s budgets and found that the overrides for fiscal years 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007 totaled 707 of the more than 800 line-item vetoes that Romney had issued. Massachusetts’ Legislature, the General Court, was overwhelmingly Democratic while Romney was governor. But in some cases, even the Republicans went against Romney. A minimum wage bill that Romney vetoed in 2006 was overridden unanimously, for example.”

Nov 04, 2012 12:43pm EST  --  Report as abuse
smsreuters wrote:

Mitt: ” IOWA I NEED YOU TO WIN THE ELECTIONS ” ….. Mitt we need you in the East coast after Sandys hurricane, and the best you can do is set up a Photo Op so you can show hoe much you care for us…!!! That is not going to do it for us. We are VOTING OBAMA/BIDEN

Nov 04, 2012 12:50pm EST  --  Report as abuse

Mitt, why don’t you complain publicly and vociferously about the early voter suppression in Florida.

Nov 04, 2012 8:03pm EST  --  Report as abuse
TheNewWorld wrote:

@smsreuters

Taking a campaign to a natural disaster helps absolutely no one out. You certainly are not complaining about Obama’s campaigning are you? I seriously doubt this had anything to do with your decision on who you are going to vote for.

Nov 04, 2012 8:52pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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