Obama attacks critics head-on in New Hampshire
June 25th, 2012
05:38 PM ET

Obama attacks critics head-on in New Hampshire

Durham, NH – President Barack Obama confronted his critics head-on during an address at Oyster River High School here on Monday, redirecting attack lines most often aimed at him and turning them against his opponents instead.

“This is going to be a close election, and from now until November the other side will spend more money then at any time in American history,” Obama said. “And almost all of it will be on ads that tell you the economy’s bad. It’s all Obama’s fault. He can’t fix it because he thinks government’s always the answer, because he doesn’t have the experience of making a lot of money in the private sector, and because he’s in over his head.”

Pointing specifically to presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney as one likely source of these kinds of attacks, Obama commended his opponents for their message discipline but derided them for their objectives.

“That may be a plan to win the election,” the president said of the Republican’s messaging strategy. “It’s sure not a plan to create jobs. It’s not a plan to grow the economy. It’s not a plan to pay down our debt. It’s not a plan to revive the middle class and restore the American dream.”

Addressing a crowd of over one thousand supporters in the high school’s gymnasium – and 700 more in an overflow room nearby – Obama drew a strong connection between Romney, Republicans in Congress and conservative third party groups, arguing that their collective economic proposals consist solely of tax cuts that would necessarily result in drastic reductions in government services.

“When Mr. Romney tells us he’s some sort of financial wizard who can fix our economy that’s exactly how he intends to do it,” Obama said.

The president also picked up on a recent Washington Post article claiming that Romney’s former financial firm Bain Capital was an early proponent of offshore call centers for companies it acquired. Romney advisors have disputed this claim in recent days, but the president summarily dismissed their defenses.

“Yesterday his advisors were asked about this and they tried to clear this up by telling us there’s actually a difference between outsourcing and off-shoring,” Obama said to laughs from the sympathetic crowd. “That’s what they said. You cannot make this stuff up.”

Rather than someone who argues semantics between “outsourcing” and “off-shoring,” the president argued that voters give him a second term because he was someone “who’s going to wake up every single day and fight for American jobs and investment here in the United States.”

Speaking just hours after the Supreme Court overturned key portions of Arizona’s controversial immigration law, Obama almost entirely avoided the issue making only a passing reference to his recent directive to halt the deportations of certain children of undocumented immigrants. This proposal, he argued, was just one example of the stark choice voters had in November.

In an email to reporters, the Romney campaign quickly responded to the president’s speech.

“President Obama’s plans for post-election tax hikes on entrepreneurs and the disastrous effect of Obamacare on small-business hiring speak louder than any campaign speech,” Romney campaign spokesman Ryan Williams said in the statement. “He may want to pretend that he hasn’t been president for the last three-and-a-half years, but he can’t hide from his record. Mitt Romney has a decades-long record of job creation that President Obama simply can’t match, and he will get our economy back on the right track.”

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  1. Obama 2012 - MOVE Forward America, NOT another round of DUBYA's FAILURES

    And we can clearly thank the right-leaning SCOTUS for their Citizens United ruling and giving Corporations "individual" status as to the root cause of the MASSIVE campaign spending. I wonder how much foreign funding is supporting the Super PAC's.. ???

    June 25, 2012 at 5:40 pm |
  2. Vets2Work

    Let's stop blaming and start creating jobs in the USA one call at a time.

    On average most people believe a call center worker in the Philippines is making only $8.00 dollars per day. In most cases this is correct but what you don’t know is USA companies are paying upwards of $14.00 to 26.00 per hour for these employees. We are creating millionaires offshore from jobs lost in the USA. In some cases the companies themselves own and operate the offshore call center therefore moving these profits offshore.

    We all need to do our part in moving these jobs back to the USA and we can do so one call at a time. The next time you either make/receive a call into a customer support, tech support or billing ask the person on the other end what country they are working from. If it is anything else but the USA politely ask for a USA person. You may be placed on hold and or transferred to a supervisor for they don’t want to lose the revenue but be persistent. By spending an additional 5 minutes doing this you will be creating demand for the call center located in the USA and they will add more people.

    Please share this with you friends and family and let's bring these jobs back to the USA.

    Let's create jobs in the USA one call at a time.

    June 25, 2012 at 5:59 pm |
  3. Michael B.

    At least he knows why he fails as a POTUS

    June 25, 2012 at 6:01 pm |
  4. DougB

    can someone please tell us what decades long record of job creation the spokesman is speaking of? Also, when Mitt was working at Bain Capital, he never would have considered a company to acquire for one second if he wasn't allowed to see at least the last 3 years of tax returns and financials. How can he expect the U.S. public to buy him without at least the same.

    June 25, 2012 at 6:06 pm |
  5. mary ellen stevens

    Does Obama ever address crowds of adults, or does he only go do high schools and colleges where the audience has no real world experience?

    June 25, 2012 at 6:08 pm |
    • Cynthia L.

      He's hoping that at least those people haven't forgotten how to read and write yet.

      June 26, 2012 at 4:05 pm |
  6. Randy Grener

    When Romney left office as governor of Massachusetts, he had all of the hard disks in the executive offices erased. People in Massachusetts know this because it was in the local news media, but nationally people don't. Why doesn't CNN look into that?

    June 25, 2012 at 6:08 pm |
    • Cynthia L.

      Because the GOP is letting Darrell Issa suck all the air out the room.

      June 26, 2012 at 4:02 pm |
  7. Tubby the Tuba Texas

    Mitt can't hide from his, although he is trying!! Not much talk about his experience as Gov. of Mass., but he failed to deliver on his "I'm the new jobs guy, I can bring in the job makets for the workers of Mass." He in up almost last out of the 50 states, at #47! He also had about a 10% higer unemployment than the rest of the United States. We had not had two wars and the Great Recession either, may I add. Now he is saying exactly what he said when he ran for Gov. of Mass., but it never happened. So be ware! Austerity didn't work in Europe, and it won't work here....which is the Republican plan. Lower taxes for the rich, and higher taxes for the Middle Class and Poor. They are against women, blacks, hispanics, Middle Class, Poor, and the influx of Asians, which is much higher than the hispanic illegal immigrents.

    June 25, 2012 at 6:14 pm |
    • Alex

      Despite being near last in job creation, Mitt did manage to create job which no one has been able to do in the past decade in MA he's created a total of 60k more jobs than lost which is more than obama can say, he's lost 110k jobs despite spending twice as much as bush a year- and yes i can compare him to bush, because the economy is not bush's fault, its the democrats for deregulating fannie and freddie in order to provide low income housing. time and time again when you aim at equality you hurt everyone, aim at freedom first you dolts

      June 25, 2012 at 6:24 pm |
    • big john

      You might want to look into how organized Chicago communities are...

      June 25, 2012 at 6:39 pm |
    • Getting Realer

      I lived the Romney solution. I am from Massachusetts. I was laid off from my job in 2003 in Massachusetts due to downsizing. From 2003 until 2007, the only place I could find work was in another state.

      June 25, 2012 at 7:04 pm |
    • Howard

      Obama's failed policies have torn down America ... that's why he can't run on his record ... that's why Obama and the Obama stooges keep trying to campaign by demonizing his opponents. Mr. Obama ... fool me once, shame on you ... fool me twice ... shame on me. Save America ... DUMP OBAMA ASAP !!!

      June 26, 2012 at 10:38 am |
      • whiteoilman

        Let me guess, you voted for Bush twice.

        June 26, 2012 at 12:38 pm |
    • ORB

      Tubby Tubby

      The unemployment rate in Mass, was about 4.5% under Romney. BO wasted $800,000,000,000 and increased the national debt by 50% and you suck up to him?

      June 26, 2012 at 5:36 pm |
  8. Lookwhoistalking

    Romney campaign spokesman said and is forever saying "Mitt Romney has a decades-long record of job creation that President Obama simply can’t match, and he will get our economy back on the right track.” but never telling us how. Please tell us how Romney is going to do this great magic feat, when he isn't wearing any clothes. Romney, talking points, "this president can't but I can, this president didn't but I will, I can do this, I can do that, trust me, I will do a million things on day one. Pitiful, Romney is a bagger, which is a sign of weakness. One more thing, please tell me, what businesses did Romney start, other then Bain Pirates Inc., that provided jobs for people? Please, I am not talking about the ones that escaped from the pirate hands of his corporate raiders. Thank you.

    June 25, 2012 at 6:19 pm |
    • griffbos

      you just need to look at his record as Governor in whioch he raised taxes and fees, cost shifted to local governments that resulted in job lost, higher property taxes and service cuts, used medcaid for an additional 500 mill a year to fund his healthcare plan which is the blue print of the federal health care plan , interesting the courts might throw it all out. if it does not only is it a defeat for Obama but also for Romney. one can also look at his yers at Bain in which yes they helped turn around some companies while also gutting others which resulte din job lost ie unemployement benifits paid out, he coested shofted reitres pensions onto federal taxpayers which resulted in reduced monthly pension in one case Bain while doing so pocketed 12 mill while sticking it to you and I the tax payer

      June 25, 2012 at 10:19 pm |
  9. Anthony78

    President Obama goes with the Jedi mind trick of taking and owning the attacks on him while the Republican response was to prop up Mitt to be some sort of job creator while blaming the Prez for Aaforfable Health Care and leveling the playing feild between middle class and rich. Repubs still haven't told us a SINGLE thing Mitt would do to fix the economy.

    June 25, 2012 at 6:23 pm |
  10. AriesMatt

    It's nice to see comments that actually poke through all the B.S. coming from Romney's campaign. Romney and his GOP cronies will run this country into the ground at the expense of middle and low class Americans (i.e. the 99%).

    June 25, 2012 at 6:27 pm |
  11. Robert

    Funny that Obama brings up his shortcoming(and they are many) and then tries to use them as strong points. The truth has caught up to this smooth talker. Bho is an empty suit ideologist whose vast experience in community organizing is no match for what the presidency requires . He's voted "present " one too many times to remain in the shadows.

    June 25, 2012 at 6:30 pm |
  12. MaryM

    Mitt has nothing to say because he DOES NOT KNOW WHAT TO SAY. Mitt Hired BUSH advisors. Americans DO NOT WANT to go back to the Bush era policies.

    June 25, 2012 at 6:35 pm |
    • big john

      Yes, 6% unemployment and affordable gas was terrible.

      June 25, 2012 at 6:41 pm |
    • Cynthia L.

      Mary, you are right. Mitt doesn't know what to say and is hoping and praying his "magic underwear' will help. I'm waiting for him to say he can levitate or,....something. Maybe, he'll say he's become kind to animals and will stop giving them painkillers so they don't have to look cool dancing. Maybe, he'll say he will put his luggage on the roof of the car instead of his dog. Maybe, he'll say he will close his Offshore bank accounts and pay taxes on the money he made in this country. We are waiting for him to say.....he is just like 'us'. Oh, wait, he already said that he was while riding up and down in his very own personal car elevator.

      June 25, 2012 at 10:32 pm |
  13. carlos

    the cultist bishop, that's mittsy the poosy for you idiots, was a disaster in Mass. and he didn't even serve his full term, he was 50% outside the state.....sara palin anyone????

    June 25, 2012 at 6:35 pm |
  14. Padraig

    Some have noticed but maybe not all. When speaking to an audience or specifically politcal stumping he rolls up his sleeves and the same when he used the shovel as his prop.

    Tubby's comment is very interesting and he is correct. I don't think Romney was a good governor and he brought forward the state wide health care plan that they deal with. But, Tubby what about the "Great Dig", Romney was part of this. I not a Romney fan but I dislike Obama more for what he has not done for this country. Our economy is horrible, unemployment is really double what the President promised it would never exceed (8.2%), in 3 years he took us 5 trillion more in debt, our country borrows 40 cents on the dollar, Tarp II, misrepresenting the cost of the Affordable Health Care Act, and so on.

    Finally, Tubby from Texas moving our nation into a European socialist setup where everyone is dependent upon the government does not work either. Look at Greece, Spain, Italy, Ireland, Iceland, and soon to follow all other European nations but probably one which is Germany.

    June 25, 2012 at 6:38 pm |
    • annie s

      But what would the economy be without the actions Obama & the Dems took? Would the auto industry have failed, as economists expected? Would we still be shedding jobs at the rate we were – 750,000 per month – before the Recovery Act kicked in? Would the long term unemployed have become homeless if they'd been limited to 26 weeks of benefits? Would the Dow still be under 7000? I could go on but my point is this – the economy isn't robust and jobs are sorely needed, but we are all much better off than we were before Obama took office. He has my vote in 2012 and the hope that the Republicans will stop obstructing and start compromising.

      June 25, 2012 at 6:50 pm |
      • andi

        right on Annie S. TY Obama!

        June 25, 2012 at 7:01 pm |
      • Jo

        Good Luck, Annie...You are going to need it if Obama and his Thugs get in again.

        June 25, 2012 at 11:37 pm |
      • ORB

        IIf you would take time to check you would see that employment started to tank AFTER BHO wan the election. Business understood that there was going to be a Marxist/Fascist in the White House. Of course Joe the plumber who was much smarter than those who voted for BHO tried to warn people that BHO was a Marxist/Fascist. BHO really wants the country to be like Europe, dead broke, and is doing his best to see that happens!

        June 26, 2012 at 5:41 pm |
      • Cynthia L.

        @ORB – You lost me at 'Joe the Plummer'. Psst,...Do you always wear your shoes on the wrong feet or, is that a style choice?

        June 27, 2012 at 7:55 pm |
    • Nitro

      At what point do the blame game people relize that the problem lay with Congress and not the POTUS. He cant do anything without Congress but yet the blame game people cant see this. You keep voting these Senators and Congressmen in office that have no reason being in any office at their age and all they do is hold up progress but you blame the president. When will congress take responsibility for what this nation is in?

      June 25, 2012 at 6:59 pm |
    • the Duker

      Please provide a direct quote where Obama said unemployment would not go above 8%
      Just one

      There never was one. The CBO said that and some one else repeated it

      June 25, 2012 at 7:22 pm |
    • GuyMon

      Pad- a couple fact checks...1) Google US Debt and one of the things you will find is that 4 years into this President's term there are still debts arriving from the previous President. It is not switched on when a President takes office, nor off when he leaves. There is always legacy, I think you are smart enough to know that. One of the legacy's the current President will not leave behind is an unfunded $600 Billion per year war coupled with a $100 Billion per year tax cuts. That is insanity. 2) As I watch my insurance premiums go up every single year in double digits...... 10%,15%,12%,17%... those SOCIALISTS in Europe are paying 1/2 to 1/3 what we are, with lower infant mortality,longer life span, higher health index.... is it NOT possible they have got it right, and WE have it wrong....??? ...so how much % of your total income are you ready to pay for Good Ol' American Healthcare...25%-50%...? Your choice.

      June 25, 2012 at 8:53 pm |
    • Reggie from LA

      Uhm, Padraig, if you (and a bunch of sorry democrats) hadn't noticed, the man has had to fight AND GOVERN every day of his presidency. The Right pledged on Day One to fight Obama tooth and nail for eternity or something. He can't even play a round of golf without it turning into an "elitist goof-off" fest on Fox. They have not relented. A lot of people forgot that or believe they haven't followed thru. Who would have anticipated such kamikaze politics. They're flooding America so Obama will drown. Romney has no stellar record. No military record. No jobs creation record. The Olympics was a ripoff. You shouldn't like him. He's always been a bully and a showman. "decades-long record of job creation"? Right... He even claims to have started Bain. Wonder why he didn't call "his" company Rmoney Capital...

      June 25, 2012 at 9:34 pm |
    • ny_york_observer

      8yrs before obama, the republican were handed the best economy in american history, $6 trillion in surplus, and an economy on track to payoff the debt by 2010.
      bush burnt thru $6 trillion added another $5 trillion to the deficit, passed a $1 trillion bailout (tarp) that was implemented by obama, left a $3.3 trillion bush tax cut that is unpaid for. medicare part d (a socialist program) that will cost $1 trillion over 10yrs, 2 mega wars that cost btw $3 and 4 trillion.
      The bailout obama passed which cost almost a $1 trillion, obamacare will cost a $1 trillion over 10yrs.
      The rest of the spending has been on sustaining the entitlement programs which pay for themselves when enough people are in the workforce, the huge defense spending and the wars, the bush tax cut, the food stamps that cost about $76 billion the largest reciepient are the red states, in mississippi alone one fifth of the residents are on it, at it is better than spending billions on fighter jets and explosives while people literally starve and turn to robbery.

      June 25, 2012 at 10:18 pm |
    • jean2009

      You dislike the president who has against a very strong headwind managed to accomplished in 3.5 years all the items on this impressive short list of 50? A list that doesn't mention the fact that he took an economy that was in ruin, losing 750,000 jobs per month, made sure the unemployed did not lose desperately needed benefits, and put in place measures that has put over 4.5 million people back to work...plus measures that saved one of the backbones of the American economy the automotive business.

      Really...what is your day job, working for a foreign country out to destroy us?


      June 26, 2012 at 9:28 am |
    • jean2009

      You know Paddy. We have had prime examples of your Right-Wing trickle-down theory of give tax cuts to the rich job creators, and they will provide jobs... with good wages...a chicken in every pot.... an automobile in every carport. We as a country have eperienced that in nauseam, and each time it has proven to be a massive failure. Harding, Hoover, Reagan, and Bush 2...How many more times should we run this losing experiment before we have certifiable results that lame theory has been tested and it doesn't work? All it has proven so far is the rich get richer and the middle class disappears into peasants and serfs.

      June 26, 2012 at 9:43 am |
      • Cynthia L.

        Wait a minute,...we were supposed to get a chicken??

        June 26, 2012 at 3:57 pm |
    • meyuns

      The recovery have been slow but it is moving forward not backwards, gaining few jobs are better then loosing few. For 8 yrs. of Republican Controls of the Government we spend, borrowed and went to the Iraq war and lost a lot of lives there that was preventable. And after all that we can see that we have to spend even more to get the Country moving again. Yes some spendings are debatable but for the past 3 and half years no taxas have been raised, and from top to bottom. Wall Street is up and they are opperating under laws rather then none at all for those 8 yrs. of Republican control. So stop listening to missleading informations from your side.

      June 26, 2012 at 9:47 am |
  15. sayer

    "I got nuthin" –Mitt Romney

    June 25, 2012 at 6:39 pm |
  16. andi

    American ignorance kept Bush 8 yrs in office. i am afraid the same ignorance will be our downfall in Nov. Check why WW2 was the catalyst for American dream. i am afraid for WW3, which is imminent with china, will be a demise for all of us if we continue undermining innovation and education which is intertwined with the health and hope of the popn and above all our sovereignty. Repubs. are short sighted as they ate filled with capitalist whose main concern is tomorrow's profit rather that a decade down the road. we all will get burned if we choose the "trickle down" ideology because the rich are rich because the don't 'trickle down'.

    June 25, 2012 at 6:57 pm |
  17. Steve-Illinois

    "The private sector is doing fine!" Barack Obama

    Any questions?

    June 25, 2012 at 6:58 pm |
  18. Indy in MN


    Really; your arguments are terrible. For example:
    1.Our economy is horrible == and our private businesses are recording record profits! Just ask big oil!
    2.unemployment is really double what the President promised it would never exceed (8.2%) == prove it. hard numbers from a reliable unbiased source please.
    3. in 3 years he took us 5 trillion more in debt == since we where bleeding money left and right prior to that (see the next point).
    4.our country borrows 40 cents on the dollar == Due to 2 unfunded wars, medicaid part D, and slashing taxes to the lowest point in 50 years.
    5. Tarp II == Continuation of a Pres. GW Bush policy so in effect you are saying Pres GW Bush was wrong with that one.
    6. misrepresenting the cost of the Affordable Health Care Act == Prove it with cited unbiased sources.
    7.and so on == so you don't have anything else.

    Lastly; the second anyone I know who is not a hard line republican hears the following words: "moving our nation into a European socialist"; you just lost the whole argument in our eyes. Sorry, but it is true. At that point people have heard this same garbage from the same talking heads before and we have just come to the conclusion you are not thinking for yourself.

    June 25, 2012 at 7:01 pm |
  19. ThinkAgain

    Funny how when Mittens passed Romneycare – the blueprint for Obamacare – he didn't say it would be disasterous.

    And what is it about tax cuts for the rich don't create jobs here in the US that Mittens doesn't get? How many more years of evidence does it take for that to get through his thick skull?

    Mittens is a joke ... and anyone voting for him is a fool.

    June 25, 2012 at 7:03 pm |
    • AntiRomnian


      June 25, 2012 at 9:00 pm |
    • Jo

      Tell that to your children when they can't afford to pay for your casket when you die because they are too cash-strapped still paying for this stupid President's Bad Choices.

      June 25, 2012 at 11:30 pm |
      • Cynthia L.

        It's okay, Jo. The kids were probably going to have you stuffed anyway.

        June 26, 2012 at 8:52 pm |
  20. Liz the First

    Sic, 'em, Mr. President! throw every lie of theirs back in their faces. the rethugs will say anything to get back in power and they don't care what they do to the country in the process. they campaign on creating jobs and the first words out of their mouths after they get elected is 'government can't create jobs.' that's what happened in Tennessee. RMoney won't be any different. give the rich more money and things will get better. that is totally bass-ackward thinking. why should they work harder and create more jobs if they're going to get richer by sitting on their butts??? the economy grew faster when the fat cats had to earn more in order to be richer! duh!!!!!

    June 25, 2012 at 7:13 pm |
    • Jo

      So you work for a Poor Guy or Gal do YOU?? Or. let me guess....You work for the Govt. and eat up my Tax Dollars....probably belong to a Union too....Hummm...just wondering if you might be one of those FreeLoaders...leaning on the Working People in this country.

      June 25, 2012 at 11:33 pm |
  21. mk1

    ThinkAgain, what I would like to know is what is it about tax cuts for the rich don't create jobs here in the US that Americans don't get? It has not worked before and is not working now. Corporate profits are at record levels and they are just sitting on their cash. Americans really really can be dumber than a tree stump at times in voting against their best interests.

    June 25, 2012 at 7:18 pm |
  22. donnie

    milk toast has no clue. His job creation rate can not begin to match the presidents, He was a job killer.He has been campaigning for the last 10 years. Go build your house in La jolla and raise your horses. Most moms with 5 kids wouldn't have time for horses.Not unless you have lots of help. Tell us again how you are just average people. Tired of the phoney romneys.

    June 25, 2012 at 9:21 pm |
    • Jo

      Wow, Donnie...You really are a bitter and angry person. What did Obama do for you...??? Give you a Union Job or something where you don't have to really work and get paid on the backs of the rest of us? Perhaps you should go to Europe and see how that system works for ya.

      June 25, 2012 at 11:35 pm |
      • Cynthia L.

        A little sweetner in that Lemonade you've been making might help with that Acid Reflux. Now, what was that about paying for Firefighters, Police, Veteran's Services and Soldier's pay?

        June 27, 2012 at 10:20 am |
  23. Mike S

    This campaign will be close because he has failed the American people and their rights to free and able to make their own decisions.

    June 25, 2012 at 9:38 pm |
  24. norma jean.


    June 25, 2012 at 9:38 pm |
  25. ironman666

    you sure dont want this moron for another four years we cant aford obummer no more if anything he be inpeach if he was white he would for all the mess he has got us in and all the spending and never going to get the tax money back and all thouse that went bank rubut like gm who never paid back the money and wont thank you so much obummer for nothing time for you to go and now

    June 25, 2012 at 9:46 pm |
    • Cynthia L.

      GM paid the money back. Now, start bitchin' about the Republicans giving the RICHEST COMPANY IN THE WORLD – that would be EXXON MOBILE – TAXPAYER SUBSIDIES!!
      Stop whinning and educate yourself!!

      June 25, 2012 at 10:09 pm |
    • J.V.Hodgson

      I have an observation sir for you. The man you refer to as "Obummer" is President of the USA duly elected by a substantial majority and his name is Barak Hussein Obama.
      The seond observation I have is that the level of civility in those supporting the Republican view is abysmally low and much higher volume wise than Democratic leaning bloggers.
      But then again to join your club it takes a BUM to know a BUM Iron(bummer)man666.

      June 25, 2012 at 10:43 pm |
      • jerry

        you are a dreamer.

        June 25, 2012 at 11:26 pm |
      • jean2009

        @jerry and you are delusional.

        June 26, 2012 at 9:31 am |
  26. norma jean.

    New Hampshire.,,,,,,. regarding Mitt Romney. .why not go next door and have a talk with Massachusetts????

    June 25, 2012 at 9:50 pm |
  27. Really?

    Reason enough for Obama to be defeated: he swore to uphold the Constitution and Obamacare is unconstitutional.

    June 25, 2012 at 10:03 pm |
  28. Really?

    Hey donnie – the fact that Mitt's wife has 5 kids and time for a horse just shows how successful her husband is. Obama sponged off of entitlements now he's trying to stay in power by convincing people he's da man.

    June 25, 2012 at 10:07 pm |
    • Cynthia L.

      Donnie, you do know that Mitt used his wife's horse as a $77,000.00 dollar TAX DEDUCTION, don't ya?? Why does a RICH, SUCCESFUL MAN NEED TO BILL AMERICAN TAXPAYERS FOR HER FRIGGIN" HORSE???

      June 26, 2012 at 4:11 pm |
  29. Really?

    BTW, donnie, if she had lots of help she was paying someone for their services, right? Are you just jealous or what?

    June 25, 2012 at 10:09 pm |
  30. For Freedom

    interesting, i didn't hear what Obama would do. he's trying to attack what he has failed to accomplish. he says he will wake up every day fighting, really? what has he been doing for the last three years, sleeping? I'm reading what is being posted here and can't see many people getting the point that Obama doesn't know what he is supposed to do. if he hasn't gotten it by now then there is little chance he will "Evolve" to what Americans had hoped. his campaign of attack and blame is starting to fracture his base and his base goes way beyond the bloggers here. have you noticed that, according to Obama, two out of the three branches of government are to blame for the country's woes? the Executive branch for some reason has not done anything wrong? are you kidding me????

    June 25, 2012 at 10:09 pm |
  31. Paul

    “This is going to be a close election, and from now until November the other side will spend more money then at any time in American history,". I'm used to seeing it from internet commentors, but I can't believe a CNN producer doesn't know the difference between then and than when writing a story. Looks like editing and proof reading was a cost cut at CNN. No pride in journalism quality in this day of bloggers.

    June 25, 2012 at 10:21 pm |
  32. J.V.Hodgson

    A Romney spokesman responds with again, that obama policies failed. I think they need to review the Cnn money presentation and his record on jobs legislation etc etc
    You have to bear in mind The severe unemployment rise continued until June 2009 ( its lagging indicator) and that everyone recognises that a deep financial recession = a slower recovery.
    Jobs, manufacturing activity and others all in the right direction. If The other ideas from Bowles Simpson along with AJA were implemented we go along way to a stronger recovery. The cliff coming up this year end can only be solved by some tax increases and of course spending cuts.
    What I really get upset about is the very unspecific Romney entourage of just precisely how they have a series of Day one magic bullets that fix everything ovenight ... it ignores Congress and Senate and sounds like a very strong Dictatorship to me... not what I want at any rate.

    June 25, 2012 at 10:22 pm |
    • jerry

      this is a replay of the end of carters administration....a president who was just goofy in terms of foreign policy and domestic/economic issues. Carter is and was an ideologue and that about sums it up. obama is the same but much more dangerous and he is ruthless.

      June 25, 2012 at 11:25 pm |
      • Cynthia L.

        Maybe you'll get invited to go hunting with Dick Cheney.

        June 25, 2012 at 11:43 pm |
      • Phil Thomas

        @Jerry not so fast spark plug, two wars and a tax cut thats a nice formula for economic issues, Bush celebrated the housing bubble and jumped ship as soon as it exploded. If you want to cheer the GOP like they are the NY Giants thats fine but its not as simple as your uninformed post. Obama is a man trying to plug holes the kangaroo court that gets reelected every year that is your Carter and they haven't done anything nor sadly are they done destroying what makes this country the best in the world. Stop being a Vidiot, Google some of these guys and thier policies and their net effect on your life. Take a very basic economic policy class, I wish there was a way to require this because people who think its as simple as one mans fault based on an AD or a some right wing hack are dangerous

        June 26, 2012 at 2:50 am |
      • quinLee

        Ok we get it. Obama scares you and threatens your false and antiquated perceptions. But tell us, if you can, how you think Romney would be any better for the majority of Americans. Not many people can because Romney isn’t saying much. He’s just shape-shifting his way through the election hoping to capitalize on fear and ignorance.

        June 26, 2012 at 9:22 am |
      • jean2009

        In Jerry he has found both.

        June 26, 2012 at 9:33 am |
  33. Mike In MO

    @ironman666–Judging from the grammar, spelling, punctuation, and the use of the word "moron," I'm guessing you don't know the meaning of "irony..."

    June 25, 2012 at 10:31 pm |
  34. mack

    Romnney never met a job that he couldn't outsource.

    June 25, 2012 at 11:00 pm |
  35. WIMPY38

    Here's what a POTUS is supposed to do: Keep American institutions like the Auto industry from going under or worse, going to China to be bailed out, provide a comprehensive Healthcare package for all Americans, looking at immigrate children born here as assets, not as detriments while earning there place here, Shutting down one war and bringing down another, taking care of our veterans, and slowly but surely, shoring up the economy. He doesn't need to be a "business" man to run the country, just take care of business.

    June 25, 2012 at 11:12 pm |
  36. Jo

    You should hold your head Mr. Headache...Time for you to take your radical left wing Wing-nuts along with you and Exit the Great Stage you have so terribly maligned. Take your hope...you already tried to take our hard earned death..so there is NO Change left for you to steal as you leave. So just Go now. You are a disgrace to this country and my children. I hope we can save them and this country once you leave.

    June 25, 2012 at 11:28 pm |
    • Cynthia L.

      Somehow, I can picture you singing "...don't cry for me Argentina."

      June 26, 2012 at 3:54 pm |
  37. GettingReal

    If you were not invited to share in the festivities at the Romney's fund raiser this past weekend, then you have no reasons, none whatsoever, to vote for him, you are just not his class of people. On the street, in everyday life, Romney will not give you the tme of day. Quit fooling yourselves. Romney thinks you are ignorant peasants not fit to mow his lawn, but fit enough to be fool and screwed...just saying.

    June 26, 2012 at 12:22 am |
  38. Subramanian Venkatraman

    Why Mitt is saying Obama has failed? Obama became a Senator, Mitt lost his election. Obama won the Democratic primary in 2008, Mitt lost it. Mitt is trying his level best to get elected to an office, which Obama is already holding. In spite of all this, if Obama is a failure, surely Mitt cannot be a winner. Besides, Mitt has been electioneering for more than six months now, but we are yet to hear from him anything substantial about job creation, budget, or policies he will change, though he has mentioned what he will revoke and fire. May be there are many who are more competent than Obama, but surely Mitt is not one of them.

    June 26, 2012 at 12:33 am |
  39. Phil Thomas

    @Jerry comments like yours are really uninformed, you continue to support the same people who have been in office for 20-30 years in congress and blame the president who has held office for 3. Use common sense, it takes longer than 3 years to fix this mess and were talking global economy did Obama create the mess in Europe that has been slowing our recovery, the two wars, the tons of money Bush spent his last year. Romney has no plan, he does not need one he can pay for the election and convince you to give him a shot by blaming 20-30 years of bad policy on a President that hasn't finished his term. What has the GOP done in the last two years ? Name something that they have done to help the economy ? These clowns cheer every bit of bad news and the reason I can't vote for Romney he celebrates any opportunity to get on TV when the numbers are bad or the economy is losing. This isn't some toy for the guy, this is our country, were talking about people suffering and he has no solutions only critiques.

    June 26, 2012 at 2:43 am |
  40. Michael

    Mitt Romney is as fake as they come as he has ZERO spine. I am never sure where he stands on anything because it all depends on where he's standing. When he's with THIS group he supports this, when he's with THAT group he supports that. He basically has no ideas of how to accomplish anything and he's just pandering to the American people. One can only hope that people will see this and allow their reason to dictate who they vote for. If people do that Obama is in great shape. My mindset is that if a couple of billionaires are willing to spend 400 million dollars of their own money to get rid of Obama then I have to believe that he's doing plenty right as best believe these billionaires aren't doing it to help the average middle class family, they are doing it to help their own interest as rich people like Mitt tend to do.

    June 26, 2012 at 3:41 am |
  41. Iamnotfooled

    So sick of Mitt Romney avoiding answers to questions. He is an empty suit. The only thing he says is Obama is bad and he can do better. Really ? People are you that gullible? If he had a plan he would be screaming it from the roof tops. On day one............ He can't do anything with out Congress. Just like President Obama can't without Congress. It's amazing how much President Obama has done with half the team not playing.

    June 26, 2012 at 5:11 am |
    • Andre

      It is isn't it? Like a quarterback whose line just decided they weren't going to block for him anymore.

      June 26, 2012 at 11:05 am |
  42. Lisa in Ga

    Mitt does not say what he would do, becasue he does not know what to do.... he clearly avoids answerign questions with talking points, have not laid out any specifics on how he would help with anything... all you hear him say si repeal Obama care.. Obamacare doesn't sart until 2014. The notion that businesses would suffer because of uncertainty is a load of b.s.... businesses have been getting tax breaks for years and hiring has not boomed..... so why do the republicans keep thinking that if they continue to give these breaks then they will start hiring again.... anyways.. with that being said.... businesses are continously forcing people to do more with less and pocketing the profits for themselves.. while enjoying the many tax breaks... not all businesses are selfish just most of them....

    June 26, 2012 at 8:41 am |
  43. Remmett70

    Did Obama, the biggest campaign spender of them all really say.

    from now until November the other side will spend more money then at any time in American history

    June 26, 2012 at 10:13 am |
  44. Joi Gibson

    Does Willard step in front of anything? All he does is attack after the fact. Sooner or later he is going to have to come up with concrete plans/proposals for the American people to judge. Anything but Obama is not a concrete plan (unless of course you believe the President was born in in Kenya). All I hear from Williard is tax cuts for the "job creators." What he means is tax cuts for him and his uber-rich friends which means the middle class will have to suck it up even more than we already do.


    June 26, 2012 at 11:25 am |
  45. BLKMANnAmerica

    GREAT, this is what my President should be doing voicing (to me) what he will do to help all America not just the people he likes and feel good about. Obama/Biden all way in 2012!

    June 26, 2012 at 11:55 am |
  46. NAM VET

    If you really listened to what the president said, you would have heard what he meant,. He actualy said what he was going to do to us in the usa,not for us but his plan to control all of us.

    June 26, 2012 at 2:28 pm |
    • Cynthia L.

      You have figured out that you can't drive a car with one foot on the gas and another on the brake at the same time, right? That's Mitt's version of recovery, as long as it pleases everyone, everybody, everyday in every way in the GOP. Some direction, any direction without a sudden back-up, left-turn, right-turn or, speeding forward down the wrong-way on-ramp-off-ramp.....Whew,.....Now, what was that you were saying about control?

      June 26, 2012 at 3:47 pm |
      • Bill in STL

        you also can't drive it pedal to the metal with no hands on the wheel either.... thats the Obama/liberal way,

        June 26, 2012 at 11:03 pm |
      • Cynthia L.

        Well, Bill, the way I see it, Republicans that have already been elected haven't even graduated from 'SKATEBOARDING'. Like right over the Jobs Bill and over a cliff.

        June 27, 2012 at 10:07 am |
  47. Bill in STL

    Well at last CNN admits.... re-direction... WOW.. as if we did not know that.... Its what you do with young children,,, So America ... what does the president think of people that don't think like he does???? What every other liberal thinks ... more and bigger government to keep tabs on the younr children...

    Sheesh Wake Up America

    June 26, 2012 at 11:02 pm |
  48. Cynthia L.

    @ Jo and your post about government workers taking advantage of you. Wow. I kinda llike the trash being picked up from the curb. Can't be a pleasant job to do everyday but, I am sure glad the folks are out there doing it.
    I like driving on the Interstate that takes me across country. Can't be a pleasant job for the folks to maintain on hot, rainy, snowy, freezing days not to mention kind of scary with cars whizzing by at high speed.
    I like that the government is doing a pretty good job at the Ports of this nation where hundreds upon thousands of ships from other countries are loaded and unloaded and manage to get in and out of the harbors that are maintained, run and protected by 'government workers'.
    I like having street lights at dangerous intersections with lights that work and the people who show up when they
    need repair after storms, accidents 24/7.
    I love our National Parks and the people who care for them. The parks where families play and picnic. Clean rivers and clean air.
    I could go on and on. I've travelled to other countries where they don't have these things. Maybe, you should really take a step back on dissing government workers. It's not all perfect but it sure as hell is nicer than the alternative. And, personally, I hope your house NEVER burns down.

    June 27, 2012 at 8:25 pm |