New Obama Campaign Memo Hits Romney Spending Cuts Plan
GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney Friday will unveil his plan to slash federal spending but read the White House's take on Romney's speech.
November 4th, 2011
06:24 AM ET

New Obama Campaign Memo Hits Romney Spending Cuts Plan

Ahead of Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s speech on plans to cut the government budget, a new memo from the Obama re-election campaign accuses the Republican of “echoing the Tea Party agenda and undermining bipartisan efforts to seek common ground”. It even suggests “the timing of these proposals may also set back the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction’s efforts to agree on a deficit reduction plan”. By some estimates that so-called Super Committee must agree on a plan by late this weekend or early next week for it to be resolved in time to meet its deadline.

The memo, by Obama campaign policy director James Kvaal, echoes one of the campaign’s central attacks on its presumed opponent:  that Romney’s proposals would “devastate key middle class programs to pay for tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy.”

Today inWashington, Romney will deliver a speech outlining his plans to slash federal spending. He previewed his ideas in a USA Today op-ed. Among them: repeal health care reform, eliminate federal support for Amtrak and for Title X family planning including Planned Parenthood, exact deep cuts to National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, Corporation for Public Broadcasting, block grant Medicaid, raise the retirement age for social security and reduce benefits for younger recipients among other ideas. Romney writes, “What I propose will not be easy.Washingtonis full of sacred cows that supposedly can't be slaughtered….But if we do not act now, the irresistible mathematics of debt will soon lead to unimaginable peril.”

In this memo the Obama campaign argues that Romney “operates under the false assumption that we can just cut our way to prosperity” and “his plan requires deep spending cuts across government, everywhere outside of defense spending.’ The memo ties Romney’s to House Budget Committee Chair Paul Ryan’s arguably controversial views. Ryan proposed a plan to drastically refashion Medicare in ways that might not play well with older voters and Democrats plan to make Ryan’s proposals a major campaign issue. For example, Kvaal writes, “While Romney has not yet released his own Medicare plan, Romney supported the far-right budget plan drafted by Rep. Paul Ryan in March. That plan could increase out-of-pocket costs for seniors, a cost that will reach $6,000 in 2022. “

The memo makes no mention of the candidate who is polling as well or ahead of Romney, Herman Cain. Another sign team Obama has firmly set its sights on defining Mitt Romney, their presumed opponent, as early as possible. Their message, under Romney voters would see: “Tax breaks for corporations and millionaires, forcing the middle class to pay a higher share.”

The Romney campaign is hitting back. In response to the Obama team's memo, Romney spokesperson Andrea Saul told CNN, "The middle class won't see an improvement in their situation until Barack Obama is defeated and gone. President Obama has utterly failed to control the excessive spending in Washington. In fact, he has added to the problem. On his watch, America suffered its first ever credit rating downgrade - which humiliated us in the eyes of the world. I am not surprised that President Obama is now attacking Mitt Romney for putting forward his ideas on how to get spending and debt under control. The fact that they don’t recognize that we are in a fiscal crisis is just another reason why President Obama doesn’t deserve another term in office.”


Topics: 2012 Election • President Obama • The News

soundoff (45 Responses)
  1. Anthony

    Interesting, the general media is attacking Bachmann, Perry and Cain who were all elevated in the polls at some point, but not really Romney. Now we find out that Obama is setting his attack on Romney. So, if you connect the dots, the media picks off the smaller candidates to clear the way for the main target. Hmmm... conspiracy?

    November 4, 2011 at 6:54 am |
    • Howard

      Barack obama is a shameless, self-serving, con man ...
      The mainstream media are his shills ...
      and, the American people are his marks !!!

      November 4, 2011 at 2:55 pm |
      • Russell Brown

        society in every state is a blessing ,but government even in its
        best state,is but a necessary evil,in its worst state an intolerable
        one,for when we suffer or are exposed to the same mineries by a
        government which we might expect in a country without government
        our ,calaminty is heightened by reflecting that we furnish the means
        by which we suffer.

        November 5, 2011 at 7:50 pm |
      • Raj

        Obama is the best US president ever. He and his ideas rock.

        November 6, 2011 at 9:08 am |
      • Joann

        I find it very interesting that those who "bash" Obama for the most part merely make ad hominem attacks on him, without addressing the issues in a specific and logical manner. For those who actually do address the issues, there seems to be agreement with his supporters - we've got to cut the "fat". If commentors can please start focusing on exactly what constitutes "fat" and why with real facts, statistics and support, we might really be able to get to a point of useful dialogue and get Congress (who, as the "legislature," have been conveniently left out of this discussion, but who are primarily responsible for making "law") moving on these issues before we face another debacle that will cause another catastrophic effect on our economy. While on the issue of cuts - I urge you all to look to somewhere other than to our seniors, who have served the country so long and well and now are barely getting by except for their medicare and social security benefits, to bear the burden of these cuts.

        November 8, 2011 at 10:34 am |
      • steveo

        @Joann

        I find it very interesting that those who "bash" Obama for the most part merely make ad hominem attacks on him, without addressing the issues in a specific and logical manner
        -------------
        Agreed with one caveat! I read the same thing from supporters/cheerleaders.

        Both sides need to stick with issues but Nope! Wives and children are attacked, race is tossed in! It goes on and on!

        November 8, 2011 at 10:49 am |
  2. Thelookingglass

    Get at em, right out the gate, before Mittens, get a chance to flip-flop!. A one sided America will never fly. These Republican candidates are clueless and spineless wessels.

    November 4, 2011 at 9:06 am |
    • SL 65 AMG

      Same thing can be said about Obama.

      November 4, 2011 at 10:20 am |
  3. Ray E. Georgia

    The Obama Plan. WHEN IN DOUBT, RUN IN CIRCLES, SCREAM AND SHOUT. And lie as much as possible.

    November 4, 2011 at 10:31 am |
    • jean2009

      @Ray in looking at what is actually going on, I would say that is the Rethugliklan playbook.

      November 4, 2011 at 10:36 am |
    • silent no more

      The republicans are the ones with the lies. Why is Obamacare so bad? It's bad to help all of those recent jobless graduates be able to still have health care, or all those that have a pre-existing health conditions not be excluded, or the seniors that have added benefits ? It's amazing that they scream about it since Nixon wanted this type of plan. It's a 70's comservative plan.

      November 4, 2011 at 10:43 am |
    • Howard

      Obama has become such an arrogant demagogue, he doesn't even try to give the appearance of propriety anymore. He just blatantly disregards the law ... and encourages his supporters to disregard the law. And, with the lamestream media excusing his corruption ... and, his brain dead stooges/followers rubber stamping his every move ... obama's obscene actions show that he now believes he can get away with anything !!!

      November 6, 2011 at 1:27 pm |
      • MaryM

        Howard, all you have is personal attacks and you align yourself with a pack of simpletons

        November 7, 2011 at 3:02 am |
    • akulsp

      Dear Obama-bashers,
      At least bring some facts to the table to back-up your rants. Listening to all this rhetoric is like being locked in a middle school hallway at passing time and debating with twelve-year-olds. Okay, so you don't like the guy– he's too black, or too light, too smart, too skinny, whatever. But if you’re going to rip the guy, at least have a clue about the issues and bring some substantiated arguments to the table.

      November 7, 2011 at 4:15 pm |
  4. steveo

    "In this memo the Obama campaign argues that Romney “operates under the false assumption that we can just cut our way to prosperity”

    I find this statement odd considering the admistration's assumption is we can spend our way out! I said before, There may come a time when raising taxes will be required BUT FIRST we need to prioritize spending, cut waste, and get GE and others to pay their taxes and the way to do that is to close loop holes! Let's start there, first.

    November 4, 2011 at 12:25 pm |
    • jean2009

      Cut loopholes and cut military waste, and raise taxes.

      November 4, 2011 at 7:13 pm |
      • Trace

        Thank You jean....every now and again steveo starts with his GOP misspeak.

        steveo....Remember the Grand Bargain $4 trillion in cuts and revenue increases, that Boener had to tuck tail and run from because of the Tea Party intransigence?

        I may not comment on every post, but I am watching. Confident jean will keep you in line. If you are going to be the voice of reason (you and C-Lo) start with the facts. Otherwise you two go to the little kids table with the GOP/Tea-Tards

        November 5, 2011 at 9:33 am |
      • Steveo

        That is what I said! When across the board, to include entitlement fraud! Raising taxes last!

        November 5, 2011 at 4:41 pm |
      • Steveo

        Trace,

        What lack of facts? Can we spend spend our way out of this? We need to pay down the debt, we need to stop the waste, we need to close loop holes, FIRST! I did not say I am against raising taxes if necessary! I said it should be the LAST resort! There is no GOP misspeak here! Clean your computer screen because you are commenting on something I did not say!

        While you are here, please explain how we can spend out way out of this! How can we pay down the debt by borrowing more? Do that at home and you will have MAJOR issues!

        November 5, 2011 at 4:53 pm |
      • Steveo

        Jean2009,

        Did you happen to notice we have agreement here? Are you seeing my name and automatically getting those defenses up or what? Waste is waste! Stop the waste! Prioritize spending, get corporations and others to pay their taxes by cutting out loop holes. Raise taxes LAST!

        November 5, 2011 at 4:57 pm |
      • Steveo

        Trace,

        "Otherwise you two go to the little kids table with the GOP/Tea-Tards".

        Really Trace? is this your best attempt at adult conversation?

        November 5, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
      • Trace

        Steveo,

        I had resigned to ALWAYS speak to you as an adult but you're not acting like it. Whether you'll admit it or not, but after the last administration tanked the economy, this current administration asked and received from congress stimulus funding. If you want to PRETEND it didn't save us from a second great depression, that's up to you. However, economists both progressive and conservative would disagree.

        2ndly this administration, just three months ago, tried to get spending under control. ARE YOU IGNORING THAT? also, CONGRESS CONTROLS THE PURSE STRINGS AND IT IS NOT CONTROLLED BY THE PRESIDENT? ISN'T THAT TRUE? So stop blaming this president for not wanting to bring spending under control. As I said before, The president tried to cut a deal to reduce spending and raising tax revenues....remember...????? Those are facts, which you are conveniently trying to ignore.

        And if you just want to lean GOP/Tea Tard and lean to mistruths, and exclude the obvious (i.e. the president, boener and reid on the tv ever day trying to work out a debt reduction plan), but still say this president hasnt gotten spending under control, you are misrepresenting the facts, and you are misrepresenting the constitution. Remember the GOP/Tea-Tards won the house of representatives in 2010 and we have had zero bills for jobs get passed through that body since. We have the lowest attendance of congress in the history of that body during this session.

        So yeah, I proudly send you to the "little kids table if you want to continuing spinning crap and mistruths, half speak, disenginous GOP Tea-Party slogans."

        November 6, 2011 at 9:39 am |
      • steveo

        @Trace,

        1. I had resigned to ALWAYS speak to you as an adult but you're not acting like it.

        You gonna send me to my room without dinner? Your issue with me is I don't agree with you and vice verse, yet not on everything!

        2. Whether you'll admit it or not, but after the last administration tanked the economy

        Whether you like it or not.. The housing bubble started bursting under Clinton (Freddy and Fannie). I admit to growth under Clinton, some of which came from the dot.coms, you know, companies with no products and no cash, of couse that all of them but enough of them!

        3. Remember the GOP/Tea-Tards won the house of representatives in 2010 and we have had zero bills for jobs get passed through that body since

        Oh yeah, Trace, the Dems in the Senate had NOTHING to do with that, right? How many bills did the house push forward and Reid never allowed to the floor.

        4. And if you just want to lean GOP/Tea Tard and lean to mistruths, and exclude the obvious (i.e. the president, boener and reid on the tv ever day trying to work out a debt reduction plan), but still say this president hasnt gotten spending under control, you are misrepresenting the facts, and you are misrepresenting the constitution

        I know full well who controls the pocketbook and I also know full well the bills passed in the House move to the Senate. Again, How many bills that past the House did not even make it for an up or down vote in the Senate? I wonder who the majority is in the Senate, the GOP, right?

        I will say again, BOTH parties have enough mud on their hands and yes the that would include the Dem/lib party!

        5. So yeah, I proudly send you to the "little kids table if you want to continuing spinning crap and mistruths, half speak, disenginous GOP Tea-Party slogans

        Really? I did not realize you had that kind of authority over me! Dude, this is America! You have every right to cheerlead anyone at anytime and i have the right not cheerlead anyone but rather hold them accountable!

        We will never fully agree on this Trace! When was the last time you scolded the Dems for anything? I just wonder!

        BTW, I asked a simple question, I will repeat it here... Can we spend our way out of this?

        November 7, 2011 at 1:22 pm |
    • Neil IL

      Obama is not spending the way out of this debt only. More public sector jobs have been terminated under his presidency than in 8 years of Bush.

      In 3 years Obama has presided over more private sector job growth than Bush did in 8. GDP is closer to balance now than when it was under Bush.. Democrats have placed entitlement reform on the table under Obama. Tax rates today are lower than what they were under Bush.

      Now I'm getting confused, which one's the Republican?

      November 6, 2011 at 1:06 pm |
  5. kramer

    The Republicans continue to worship the Wealthiest and funnel wealth only to the top 1% by exploiting the 99%..!
    But somehow the Republicans manage almost HALF the Votes in Elections
    – So what is radically Wrong with about 49% of Americans..!??

    November 4, 2011 at 1:44 pm |
  6. Carolyn Hansen

    RE: Romney Medicare Privatization
    Tell me where you can find a health insurace policy for less than $100.00 that will replace Medicare in November, 2011.
    Politicians all should save we, taxpayers, from their public welfare health premiums, we pay for them. How much will that save the budget? Any answers from our politicians? This is America. Represent America, not politics, for a REAL CHANGE.

    November 4, 2011 at 3:02 pm |
  7. Bob in Kansas City

    Cut defense spending in half or this is a nonstarter........Pentagon spending makes the post office & Amtrak look like models of efficiency. $40 billion for Stealth Bombers to do flyovers for Nascar & the NFL–LOL.

    November 4, 2011 at 6:37 pm |
    • jean2009

      Basically much of what the military spends money on is obsolete before it is off the drawing board...and then they set it out in the desert or dry dock it. When looking for the ways to cut waste and spending on unnecessary item this should be the first place for cuts.

      November 4, 2011 at 7:11 pm |
  8. JPNAmerican

    I'm surprised with all the polls showing Mitt Romney as the only one that could take on the President, he isn't saying "Common guys it's either me or 4 more years with Obama"

    November 5, 2011 at 5:24 am |
    • Russell Brown

      The cause of america is in a great measure the cause of all,
      ,mankind. many circumstance have andwill araise which are not
      local ,but universal ,and through which the principles of all lovers
      ;of mankind are affected,and in the event of which,their affections,
      are interested.

      November 5, 2011 at 8:02 pm |
  9. george of the jungle

    flip flop flip flop next week mittens will have a new idea if the tea party doen't like his one. the obama staffs job is to debunk mittens stupid ideas and they are doing a good job.

    November 5, 2011 at 4:11 pm |
  10. no on Romney

    His plan is a direct attack on the middle class and seniors. SO FAR Republicans have know real candidates worth voting for. I'm sticking with Obama 2012. I don't know why the praise Reagan when he part of the reason why we have such a massive. (Him and Bush). And Hermans Canes a joke.

    November 5, 2011 at 6:10 pm |
  11. sbk

    It's funny that Romney's aid mentions the credit rating downgrade. That was 100% the fault of congress, because the Tea Party refused to allow borrowing to pay for government spending THAT WAS ALREADY VOTED FOR AND APPROVED BY CONGRESS.

    The blame for the downgrade lies solely with congress. Obama did everything in his power to prevent it, even offering steep cuts to medicare and medicaid in return for tax increases (3:1 ratio if I remember correctly). Any Republican would have taken that as a huge victory in past years.

    November 5, 2011 at 8:49 pm |
  12. TexDem

    Yes the way to financial stability in this country is on the backs of disabled, seniors, and families in financial crisis. I have never been impressed with any republican candidate/president.What sickens me even more is that you have republicans in above said categories who vote republican hoping that they're situation will change. On the other hand I have yet to see any of these supposed changes from Barrack that had been promised. Both parties are really for the same thing if you ask me. What they stand for is a front, sure they support it a little but its really about the bottom dollar. Mostly in their pockets or their beloved corporate friends.

    November 6, 2011 at 4:59 am |
  13. Ray E. Georgia

    So how much more do you want taken out of your paycheck, if you have a paycheck? Taxing the so called rich won't cut it. Everybody needs to pay his fair share, not just people making $200,000.00 or more. Business isn't going to hire because of the huge burdens placed on them by Obama-care. Many people have now lost their un employment benefits. Now it's on to food stamps. You voted for it, now you got it. You like it?

    November 6, 2011 at 9:00 am |
    • Trace

      Ray,

      Save us from all the Fox speak! ....Obamacare will stop businesses from hire". HA HA. Regulations have very little do with a businesses hiring practices. In fact if you were paying attention, countless surveys have proven regulations are THE LEAST REASONS businesses are unable to hire. But honestly, those of us with business degrees already knew that. A business simply puts all expenses in bringing the cost of the product to market. If that means health insurance for the working, you include that in your unit cost. DUH! its really very simply. Besides most business have already gotten around the "Affordable Care Act" by simply hiring as part-time.

      Hey, head on back over to fox...they've been working on a new load of crap to have the lemmings start spreading around and frankly you need to some new material, because what you are using is unusually stale.

      November 6, 2011 at 9:49 am |
      • Ray E. Georgia

        Sorry Trace. I don't make the News, I just Report the News. Harry Truman, bless his worthless hide, used to say, I don't give Them Hell, I just Speak the Truth, They think it's Hell. Still 9 Percent Offical Unemployment. 15 Trillion dollar Federal Debt. 46 Million on Food Stamps. Millions under water on their home morgages. Those are to Cold Hard Facts. Government Figures. Stick your head in the sand. Maybe it will all go away.

        November 6, 2011 at 10:09 am |
      • Trace

        @Ray,

        You must feel really estute to actually be able to read the statistics of what the last administration's failures have proven this country. Well, I'm an american, full blooded, and I don't revel in it. Its disappointing to know plenty of blood and trillions of dollars went into Iraq to rebuild their country, from which my fellow americans are now suffering. And as of last week your GOP/Tea People were able to vote down the jobs bill to help veterans get jobs. I mean that was very disappointing. Of course, blaming Obama is in the faux noise chamber. WOO HOO

        So, as a matter of perspective, you appear to be one of those people that would throw spit wads at the fireman trying to save your house from burning down. Well, enjoy reading your facts about how bad it is. Meanwhile... Others who care and want to do something about it are putting out the fire. Standby, we'll let you know how it turns out.

        November 7, 2011 at 12:17 am |
  14. mary

    Hey, republicans the health care bill helps the budget by 216 billion dollarsin ten years according to the CBO!!! The cost thats are killing the Usa is military spending and health care cost. The president and the democtrats tried to help the middle class and the country by controlling heath care cost . The very people that need health insurance and filling up emergency rooms are the ones screaming the most. People with insurance pay for the uninsured. The health care bill gives more people acess to heath care and its not free, we have 54 million uninsured people in american , are we going to let them die?

    November 6, 2011 at 10:05 am |
  15. Spike_dawg

    'Biden said it is "totally legitimate" for the 2012 presidential election to be "a referendum on Obama and Biden and the nature and state of the economy." – cbs news September 29, 2011

    November 6, 2011 at 10:22 am |
  16. Trace amount of grey matter

    Trace,

    Let me venture a guess. There is a 99% probability that you fall into one of the below categories:
    1. Unemployed
    2. Under employed
    3. Teacher or "educator" (which are both loose terms these days)
    4. Union worker
    You claim to have a business degree, but have you ever actually worked at one, at a high level that is?
    Please spare us from your theoretical opinions as you have clearly never worked hard for anything in yor life.

    November 6, 2011 at 10:48 am |
  17. Andrew

    ROMNEY has my vote. Mr. Obama's class warfare strategy is a farse. Obama has no idea how to fix the nightmare he has created... and he doesn't care. He is intent on destroying this nation. Romney 2012.

    November 6, 2011 at 10:05 pm |
  18. MaryM

    To The Central Scrutinizer: You are just a scared little man and the teapublicans will always be remembered as saying
    Let America Default on it debts.

    November 7, 2011 at 3:09 am |
  19. steveo

    @Trace,

    1. I had resigned to ALWAYS speak to you as an adult but you're not acting like it.

    You gonna send me to my room without dinner? Your issue with me is I don't agree with you and vice verse, yet not on everything!

    2. Whether you'll admit it or not, but after the last administration tanked the economy

    Whether you like it or not.. The housing bubble started bursting under Clinton (Freddy and Fannie). I admit to growth under Clinton, some of which came from the dot.coms, you know, companies with no products and no cash, no all of them of course but enough of them!

    3. Remember the GOP/Tea-Tards won the house of representatives in 2010 and we have had zero bills for jobs get passed through that body since

    Oh yeah, Trace, the Dems in the Senate had NOTHING to do with that, right? How many bills did the House push forward and Reid never allowed to the floor?

    4. And if you just want to lean GOP/Tea Tard and lean to mistruths, and exclude the obvious (i.e. the president, boener and reid on the tv ever day trying to work out a debt reduction plan), but still say this president hasnt gotten spending under control, you are misrepresenting the facts, and you are misrepresenting the consti-tution

    I know full well who controls the pocketbook and I also know full well the bills passed in the House move to the Senate. Again, How many bills that past the House did not even make it for an up or down vote in the Senate? I wonder who the majority is in the Senate, the GOP, right?

    I will say again, BOTH parties have enough mud on their hands and yes the that would include the Dem/lib party!

    5. So yeah, I proudly send you to the "little kids table if you want to continuing spinning crap and mistruths, half speak, disenginous GOP Tea-Party slogans

    Really? I did not realize you had that kind of authority over me! Dude, this is America! You have every right to cheerlead anyone at anytime and i have the right not to cheerlead anyone but rather hold them accountable!

    We will never fully agree on this Trace! When was the last time you scolded the Dems for anything? I just wonder!

    BTW, I asked a simple question, I will repeat it here... Can we spend our way out of this?

    November 7, 2011 at 1:35 pm |
  20. Aaron

    Apparently, Romney has been hijacted by the highway lobby with its double standards. The lobby is trying to make us believe that Amtrak subsidies have brought the country to the current fiscal troubles more than highway subsidies did. He's ignoring the fact that Amtrak subsidies have been somewhat steady for the past 40 years (accounting for roughly 1.5 to 2 billion), while highway subsidies have grown exponentially. This guy – Mitt Romney – has completely discredited himself in my eyes. Now I believe that Herman Cain is the best Republican candidate.

    November 12, 2011 at 10:58 pm |