Bus Tour Re-Energizes Romney–And His Case Against Obama

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Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney looks on as his running mate Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan speaks to an overflow crowd outside of a campaign rally at the NASCAR Technical Institute in Mooresville, North Carolina on August 12, 2012.

Chillicothe, Ohio

Main Street in Chillocothe looked like a movie set on Tuesday night. Fading light glinted off faded brick buildings, and floodlights bathed the steps of the picturesque Ross County courthouse where Mitt Romney spoke to 5,000 people. Romney’s bus rolled in to the soaring score from Rudy. If the comparison between a fabulously well-funded presidential candidate and an undersized walk-on linebacker wasn’t immediately apparent, it made more sense when Romney began lighting into his opponent. At the final stop of his four-day bus tour through a quintet of battleground states, Romney painted his campaign as the heroic attempt to topple a powerful and divisive President.

It was the most searing speech of Romney’s entire presidential campaign, a head-snapping amalgam of high-minded rhetoric and blistering take-downs. “This is election is about restoring the promise of America,” Romney said. “It’s a choice between two visions for our nation’s future.” Moments later, he was assailing Obama for running a campaign of cynicism designed to mask his alleged failures. “He demonizes some. He panders to others,” Romney said. “His campaign strategy is to smash American apart and then to try to cobble together 51% of the pieces.”

(PHOTOS: On the Trail with Romney)

Campaigning across Ohio on Tuesday, Romney tried to cushion devastating criticism of Obama with the promise to wage a campaign of ideas. It’s a promise he’s made to every audience since Paul Ryan, the trademarked idea man, joined the GOP ticket Saturday morning. But the five proposals Romney touts as a way to grow the economy and, he says, create 12 million by the end of his first term are already taking a backseat to easy applause lines.

At a Beallsville mine tucked into the lush rolling hills of western Appalachia, Romney on Tuesday morning accused Obama of lying to mask his contempt for the coal industry. By nightfall, he was castigating his opponent for slander, making an oblique reference to Vice President Joe Biden’s own over-the-top rhetoric. “This is what an angry and desperate presidency looks like. He won’t win that way,” Romney said in Chillicothe.

At other points the presumptive GOP nominee cranked up the charm. Romney hobnobbed with Ohioans as he ate “White House”-flavored ice cream – vanilla with cherries – in a Zanesville ice-cream shop. He mingled with locals outside the First Church of God in rural Pickaway County and bought pizza for the press during an unscheduled stop at a Little Caesars.

(MORE: Romney and Obama’s Weak Spots)

Cast as a chance to pitch his plan to strengthen the middle class, the bus tour quickly gave way to the theatrics and elaborate staging befitting a veep rollout. Romney’s crowds were bigger and louder. They even chanted his name as he whipped them into frenzies. For a moment, the selection of Ryan seemed like a sign that the two parties’ petty squabbles might be subsumed by an important debate over Medicare. The endless expanse of the presidential race finally seemed to be headed somewhere.

Nope. The fight over Medicare is underway, but it’s not going to be a sober and nuanced one. Romney tried to turn the tables on Obama Tuesday, telling audiences that the President had sliced $716 billion from Medicare to pay for a health-care law Republicans hate, then accused him of debasing American politics.

“He’s intellectually exchausted, out of ideas, and out of energy,” Romney said in Chillicothe. “And so his campaign has resorted to diversions and distractions, to demagoguing and defaming others. This is an old game in politics; what’s different this year is that the President is taking things to a new low.” And: “Mr. President, take your campaign of division and anger and hate back to Chicago,” Romney said. “Let us get about rebuilding and reuniting America.”

The tail end of the line – the uplifting part – was drowned out by the roars of the crowd. It was a sign, perhaps, that hope and change are bygone themes. In this battered country, optimism is no match for bitterness.

MORE: A Big Ideas Campaign, With Few Specifics On a Key Issue

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paulejb
paulejb

http://www.washingtonpost.com/...

"Romney’s right: Obamacare cuts Medicare by $716 billion. Here’s how."

http://www.washingtonpost.com/...

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®©
ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®©

It’s worth noting that there’s one area these cuts don’t touch: Medicare

benefits. The Affordable Care Act rolls back payment rates for

hospitals and insurers. It does not, however, change the basket of

benefits that patients have access to. And, as Ezra pointed out earlier today, the Ryan budget would keep these cuts in place.

As usual, spambot's link does not support his conclusion.

Because he's a moron.

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paulejb
paulejb

ChowT,

"A legacy from GW."

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We might as well have kept Dubya since Barry Soetoro aka Barack Hussein Obama is just a cipher even in his supporters' estimation. 

ChowT
ChowT

Oh, I see you like Dubya. Good for you.

Must have made money from I raq.

politathiest
politathiest

Bla blah blah paulebj, blah blah blah Liberallies, blah, blah blah, 3xfire. My parties poo don't stink, ya, ya ya , we know. Sad

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®©
ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®©

The wingnuts are going to accuse you of liberal bias anyways, Alex.

There's no point in squandering your reputation on a Rmoney-Granny Starver toungue bath.

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Pollopa
Pollopa

You would think that given the opportunity in front of the crowd that would most care, R squared would talk about his ideas on how to help the drought stricken midwest. Or maybe he is out of ideas.

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/ti...

ChowT
ChowT

thinking about himself only.

paulejb
paulejb

ChowT,

Oh?

"Obama Has Attended, On Average, One Fundraiser Every 60 Hours While Running for Reelection"

http://www.motherjones.com/moj... 

The only rainmaking Barry is involved in is raising bushels of cash to buy his way back into the White House.

ChowT
ChowT

Not like the 100 million promised upfront by Sidney.

La_Randy
La_Randy

I thought he was clear about burning more coal.

A sure way to help solve their climate problem permanently.

3xfire3
3xfire3

“He’s intellectually exchausted, out of ideas, and out of energy,” Romney said in Chillicothe. “And so his campaign has resorted to diversions and distractions, to demagoguing and defaming others. This is an old game in politics; what’s different this year is that the President is taking things to a new low.” And: “Mr. President, take your campaign of division and anger and hate back to Chicago,” Romney said. “Let us get about rebuilding and reuniting America.”

100% accurate comments. America needs to hear the truth about the Obama campaign and Romney and Ryan are finally telling it to the American people.

I total agree with this truthful approach.

ChowT
ChowT

How to rebuild America?

The Mitt Romney way = more jobs to China.

3xfire3
3xfire3

The Mitt Romney way = more jobs to China."

No that's "The Obama's Way".

He holds a patent on it.

LiberalLies2012
LiberalLies2012

Don't forget the new, great green energy economy Barry created.  Spending nearly a trillion dollars he has put money into the Chinese dominated "green energy economy".  

I know so many people employed now with green jobs.  Let me see.  Jim over the hill, oh he's still unemployed.

Jack down the road, he's.....oh he's applied for Social Security Disability. 

Sally, she went in and applied for a job as a fracker in the natural gas  boom we are seeing now in PA,  but I don't think that can be credited to "green jobs".  

Little Tommy did get a green job.  He's mowing lawns for the summer.

MrObvious
MrObvious

Really? More then Bush, Clinton, Reagan and Bush II?

paulejb
paulejb

ChowT,

The Barack Obama way = Mortgage America's future with China.

Barry's borrowing 42 cents of every dollar he spends.

ChowT
ChowT

A legacy from GW.

paulejb
paulejb

"Baker feels heat for denying EBT users from buying her sweets"

http://www.bostonherald.com/ne... 

The New Normal in the land of Barry Soetoro aka Barack Hussein Obama. Obama's Food Stampers NEED their sweets!

3xfire3
3xfire3

“This is election is about restoring the promise of America,” Romney said. “It’s a choice between two visions for our nation’s future.” Moments later, he was assailing Obama for running a campaign of cynicism designed to mask his alleged failures. “He demonizes some. He panders to others,” Romney said. “His campaign strategy is to smash American apart and then to try to cobble together 51% of the pieces.”

Nice to hear Romney stating the true choice we have in November. These are the facts that Americans need to hear.

paulejb
paulejb

"A Romney first: over 40% of youth vote back him"

http://washingtonexaminer.com/... 

Looks like the youth vote has caught on to the generational theft of Barack Obama and his merry band of Democrat looters and pillagers.

paulejb
paulejb

“Mr. President, take your campaign of division and anger and hate back to Chicago,” Romney said.

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An outcome much to be desired.

http://www.jammiewf.com/assets...

Benevolent Lawyer
Benevolent Lawyer

Romney really needs a conversation change and so this is what he is hoping for.

I am quite tired of both campaigns not focusing on the main issues and embarking on minutiae.

I researched Ryan for the past few days and have concluded that he is a well meaning but unhinged ideologue. A very wealthy unhinged advocate of a financial model that mirrors a plutocracy.

Maybe I would not have been so alarmed if tax documents and financial statements did not reveal that Ryan is worth over 50 million dollars. Well compared to Romney, that seems "normal". But Paul Ryan is super rich and has been a tireless advocate for the wealthiest. When a super rich man starts making policy statements and sponsoring bills aimed at further enriching the wealthiest, it is more troubling.

For example in 2010 -- the only year we have seen a full return from Romney, Romney would have paid an effective tax rate of around 0.82 percent under the Ryan plan, rather than the 13.9 percent he actually did. Most Americans pay an average  of 25%.

Among Ryan's  many extreme views solely based on a purist capitalist system that is guaranteed to further eviscerate the middle class and annihilate the poor, Ryan, has been consistent in his view that the Fed should stop trying to fret over the

unemployment rate. In 2008, Ryan sponsored a bill that would repeal the Federal Reserve’s “dual mandate” to tackle both inflation and high unemployment. Instead, under his bill, the Fed would focus only on “price stability.”  A radical view eschewed by most economists.

His views as expounded in some videos and interviews are available on the candidates webpage although based on comments I read about that information, it might not be there by the close  of business today.

I am not clear what the selection of Ryan brings to Romney. He has resurrected the Medicare, Medicaid debate and the elderly are very worried. He is an advocate for the richest and the undercurrent of his assertions appear to be that he favors a strictly stratified society divided between the "rich class" and the "peasant" class (middle class and poor).  He is an unapologetic ideologue who has only passed 2 bills in his entire career in Congress. But has sponsored some bills that make you wonder about Ryan's views about the other 99% in this country.

LiberalLies2012
LiberalLies2012

You should check out this link, Benevolent or should I call you Benevolent LIAR?

http://seattletimes.nwsource.c...

Benevolent stated above "I researched Ryan for the past few days and have concluded that he is a well meaning but unhinged ideologue. A very wealthy unhinged advocate of a financial model that mirrors a plutocracy.

Maybe I would not have been so alarmed if tax documents and financial statements did not reveal that Ryan is worth over 50 million dollars."

For the truth....

MILWAUKEE — The past decade has been very good financially for Paul Ryan — the Janesville, Wis., congressman's net worth increased at least 75 percent, and he purchased a historic home once owned by the top executive of Parker Pen.Federal financial disclosure forms show that last year Ryan, 42, had assets of between $2.1 million and $7.8 million — figures that include a trust valued at between $1 million and $5 million inherited by his wife, Janna, after her mother died in 2010. A disclosure form said Ryan had assets of $479,000 to $1.6 million in 2001.

LiberalLies2012
LiberalLies2012

Obama's "Truth Squad" must be in hyperactive mode today with the lies coming forth from their fake team members posing as "conservatives".

In your research, did you happen to copy and past the links you got the information from?  I would love to read the source that told you he was "worth over 50 million dollars".  That's impressive for him with only 14 years so far in the House, if true.

And "most Americans DO NOT pay 35%" in taxes.  As a matter of fact, "most Americans" pay no taxes what-so-ever.  

http://blog.heritage.org/2012/...

In regards to the Humphrey - Hawkins Full Employment Act  passed in 1970 and signed into law by James Earl Carter Jr gave the FED even more power to effect monetary policy by including not only inflationary data, but also employment data as well.  This opened the door to monetizing of national debt.  

The Act set specific numerical goals for the President to attain. By 1983, unemployment rates should be not more than 3% for persons aged 20 or over and not more than 4% for persons aged 16 or over, and inflation rates should not be over 4%.

By 1988, inflation rates should be 0%. The Act allows Congress to revise these goals over time.If private enterprise appears not to be meeting these goals, the Act expressly allows the government to create a "reservoir of public employment." These jobs are required to be in the lower ranges of skill and pay to minimize competition with the private sector.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H...

But those goals have not been met in this Recession.  Not only is unemployment at 8.3%, interest rates are at historical lows with little to no room to go any lower.  

The question is, does the FEDS role in all of this by QEI and QEII have a direct cause and effect that unemployment is not getting any better, and savings for those who do such have bottomed out completely leaving many people totally dependent on wages as their sole source of income?  

Many historical records have been shattered as a result over the past 3 years with the combined responsibility falling directly on the shoulders of the FED and Barack Obama's policies.  

The longest run of unemployment above the Humphrey Hawkins mandate of 4 % in this nations history.  

Food stamp use at all time highs.  

Disability Social Security at an all time high.  

The most people either unemployed or in jobs that are far below their level of qualification currently at 29,000,000 million.  

A Real Estate market that is in a full blown depression.  

Food prices which are increasing at alarming rates for the past 3 years at a cost of 10% increase per year or more.  

Wages that have been stagnant.  

Yea, I can see why Ryan is proposing to get rid of Humphrey - Hawkins and go to a commodity based dollar.

LiberalLies2012
LiberalLies2012

"Federal financial disclosure forms show that last year Ryan, 42, had assets of between $2.1 million and $7.8 million — figures that include a trust valued at between $1 million and $5 million inherited by his wife, Janna, after her mother died in 2010. A disclosure form said Ryan had assets of $479,000 to $1.6 million in 2001."

http://seattletimes.nwsource.c...

Just in case anyone was wondering where Benevolent was getting her facts from...."Maybe I would not have been so alarmed if tax documents and financial statements did not reveal that Ryan is worth over 50 million dollars"No Benevolent, you are lying yet again.  Is that all you have Benevolent, lies?  I would be ashamed if I were you.

LiberalLies2012
LiberalLies2012

Just in case anyone is interested in what Paul Ryan is really worth.

http://seattletimes.nwsource.c...

Federal financial disclosure forms show that last year Ryan, 42, had assets of between $2.1 million and $7.8 million — figures that include a trust valued at between $1 million and $5 million inherited by his wife, Janna, after her mother died in 2010. A disclosure form said Ryan had assets of $479,000 to $1.6 million in 2001.
Now we can confirm, Benevolent is nothing more than a cheap LIAR as well as an Obama shill in sheep's clothing.

Benevolent Lawyer
Benevolent Lawyer

Liberal Liar, YES. I have posted an update and explanation of the tax rate. I have clarified my averment.

By Romney’s last year in office, Massachusetts was ranked by the Public policy Institute of New York on its Cost of Doing Business Index, as the 4th most expensive state in which to do business in.  Data compiled by the Tax Foundation reveals that during Romney’s term, the per capita tax burden increased from 9.3% to 9.9%, a .6% increase.  In real dollars, the per capita tax burden increased 1175.71 dollars during Romney’s term.

As for your repeated talking points, as I have always told you, you have no basis for  your baseless claims that a Romney administration will be better than an Obama administration because Romney had an abysmal record in the state of MA!!!!!!!!!!!! It is his record. Romney could not manage the small state of MA, yet you continue to claim that he will be great at the national level. 

Out of the 25 freshmen Republican Governors rated by the Cato Institute on fiscal issues, Romney had the 2nd worst score.

Romney didn’t “turn a 3 billion dollar deficit into a nearly $1 billion

surplus.” Rather, the deficit was 1.3 billion according to Factcheck.org and he balanced the budget with mostly tax and fee increases with very little spending cuts.

According to the Massachusetts Taxpayer Foundation, Romney “proposed four budgets while in office…each budget increased spending over the previous year.”

As Club for Growth echoed, Romney’s last budget “was a whopping 10.12% larger than the preceding fiscal year.”

According to job creation experts Andrew Sum and Joseph McLaughlin of Northeastern University, manufacturing employment during the Romney years declined by 14%, the third worse record in the country.” 

The same scholars wrote that “from 2001 to 2006, Massachusetts ranked 49th in the nation in job creation…”

The Boston Globe business columnist Steve Baily wrote

that “there are 40,000 fewer people in the workforce than when Romney took over.”

“During the four years Mitt Romney was governor of Massachusetts, it had the second worst jobs record of any state in

America…it wasn’t a regional issue. The rest of New England created

nearly 200,000 jobs.”

____Job growth was devastated by Romney’s policies. The Massachusetts

Taxpayer Foundation says that under Romney, “job growth has been anemic.”.

According to the Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate was

5.2% when he assumed the governorship and 5.3% by the end of his term, a figure significantly higher than the national average at the time of 4.6% (AND THOSE FIGURES WERE FROM A GOOD ECONOMIC TIME, NATIONALLY).

But Romney’s unemployment figures are, in reality, 2-3 points higher than what they appear because Massachusetts was RANKED SECOND IN THE NATION FOR THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE GOING TO

LOOK FOR WORK ELSEWHERE. Since they’re no longer residents, they weren’t counted in the employment statistics.

bobell
bobell

A couple of points:

First, the effective federal income tax rate for an American family with median income is 5.6%  http://www.cbpp.org/cms/index....  (I recommend the entire document as worthwhile; it summarizes a lot of useful recent tax data.)  That 5.6% rate is calculated on all income, not just "taxable"; the percentage of taxable income would be higher.

Either way, that rate is definitely not the rate on the middle class,which is higher.  But because there's no official definition of "middle class," there's no way to come up with an actual figure.  On the other hand, it's not hard to find lots of middle class families paying more than Romney.  Mrs. bobell and I are middle class (still), and our effective rate is about 20%.   That's bad enough, especially compared to Romney.  (No one pays a 35% effective rate. It's a mathematical impossibility at current rates.)

As for Paul Ryan as a "well-meaning but unhinged ideologue," I think you're on to something. Unlike the snake in the Garden of Eden, he offers the poisoned fruit on the premise, which he truly believes, that it's good for the American people.  And anyone who thinks that is, if not unhinged, highly imaginative.  It might be useful to think of Ryan's plan as a flight from reality.  He's sincere, not cynical.  Just incredibly deluded.

We need to return him to oblivion, where he can peddle his poisoned fruit only in his dreams.

Benevolent Lawyer
Benevolent Lawyer

I just posted a lengthy document for you, and it was sent to moderation. It is actually an average of  about 20-25% as is reflected and explained in my updated post and hopefully, after it is moderated, it will be posted.

Gretchen Carlson, the Fox News host, said last year “47

percent of Americans don’t pay any taxes.” Actually, they pay lots of taxes—just not lots of federal income taxes. Data from the Tax Foundation show that in 2008, the average income for the bottom half of taxpayers was 15,300 dollars.

According to available data, when it comes to state and local taxes, the poor bear a heavier burden than the rich in every state except Vermont, the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy calculated from official data. In Alabama, for example, the burden on the poor is more than twice that of the top 1 percent. The one-fifth of Alabama families making less than 13,000 dollars pay almost 11

percent of their income in state and local taxes, compared with less

than 4 percent for those who make 229,000 or more.

bobell
bobell

Yes, I see now we were talking about different things, which is so easy to do when discussing taxation.  Overall, my opinion is that our tax system as a whole is far less progressive than it needs to be, and the ridiculously low rate applied to Mitt Romney's federal income tax is one indication that that is so.  I'm hardly alone in that.

I fear we're just going to have to agree.

Benevolent Lawyer
Benevolent Lawyer

 Gretchen Carlson, the Fox News host, said last year “47

percent of Americans don’t pay any taxes.”Actually, they pay lots of taxes—just not lots of federal income taxes. Data from the Tax Foundation show that in 2008, the average income for the bottom half of taxpayers was $15,300.

When

it comes to state and local taxes, the poor bear a heavier burden than

the rich in every state except Vermont, the Institute on Taxation and

Economic Policy calculated from official data. In Alabama, for example,

the burden on the poor is more than twice that of the top 1 percent. The

one-fifth of Alabama families making less than $13,000 pay almost 11

percent of their income in state and local taxes, compared with less

than 4 percent for those who make $229,000 or more.

ChowT
ChowT

R and R, a rich man club.

LiberalLies2012
LiberalLies2012

Another "energizer" for the Romney campaign.  Pennsylvania Judge, Robert Simpson refused to stop a new voter identification law from going into effect.  

This will hurt Barry's chances big time at least in Pennsylvania to steal the election.  

Can we now move Pennsylvania back into the "Toss Up" column?  Or, would you rather put it into the "Leans Romney"?

http://www.wfmz.com/news/Judge...

LiberalLies2012
LiberalLies2012

According to Zogby, the message is coming through LOUD AND CLEAR.

For the first time since he began running for president, Republican Mitt Romney has the support of over 40 percent of America's youth vote, a troubling sign for President Obama who built his 2008 victory with the overwhelming support of younger, idealistic voters.

Pollster John Zogby of JZ Analytics told Secrets Tuesday that Romney received 41 percent in his weekend poll of 1,117 likely voters, for the first time crossing the 40 percent mark. What's more, he said that Romney is the only Republican of those who competed in the primaries to score so high among 18-29 year olds."

This is the first time I am seeing Romney's numbers this high among 18-29 year olds," said Zogby. "This could be trouble for Obama who needs every young voter he can get."

http://washingtonexaminer.com/...

The base of support which put Obama over the top has collapsed.  When you sell "hope and change", but you only deliver LIES you will not be re-elected.

ChowT
ChowT

Nobody can lie as well as Mitt Romney. I must admit Mitt Romney has taken the art of lying to PHD level.

paulejb
paulejb

ChowT.

Au contraire. Barry Soetoro aka Barack Hussein Obama has the title of biggest liar locked up.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?f... 

ChowT
ChowT

I see that you 'seem' to know 'a little' bit of history.

But applied it wrongly.