July 9th, 2012
03:29 PM ET

Obama renews call for holding down middle class tax rates


Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama revitalized his push for holding down middle class tax rates Monday, calling on Congress to pass a one-year extension of the Bush-era tax cuts for people earning less than $250,000 a year.

In a White House statement delivered while people described as working Americans stood behind him, Obama said his proposal would provide the certainty of no tax increase next year for 98% of Americans.

Noting that Republicans seek to maintain all of the Bush tax cuts enacted in 2001 and 2003, Obama said both sides therefore agree on extending the lower rates for middle class families.

"Let's agree to do what we agree on, right?" Obama said to laughter and applause in the East Room. "That's what compromise is all about."

Facing a tough re-election fight in November against Republican challenger Mitt Romney, the Obama campaign seeks to frame the contest as a debate between the president's goal of restoring middle class opportunity versus GOP policies that it says would primarily benefit corporations and wealthy Americans.


Topics: 2012 Election • President Obama • Tax cuts

soundoff (56 Responses)
  1. Vancouver, WA resident

    This Obama guy is killing me. First, he penalize my family for Obamacare and now another tax hike on our income. Our family are legal immigrants to this country 15 years ago and we all went to school to get our bachelors and masters degree in technology. just when we are about to enjoy the fruit of our hard work and sacrifices to collectively earn 250K, then this Obama guy taxes us for our sweats.. We are not millionaires like Soros or Buffet... Our family are mere paycheck to paycheck hardworking couple..and another tax to pay for entitlement.. This time I truly starting to hate this guy.. sorry 6 votes from our family is gone and we are voting for the other candidate..

    July 9, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
    • Cynthai L.

      Penelties haven't even started yet. If you have insurance you won't pay the tax. If you don't have insurance of some sort for a family of six because you can't afford it you will get help from the government to find an affordable way to do it. Plus, if you have insurance now, your children can stay on your policy until age 26 and the companies cannot deny coverage to any of your children for pre-existing conditions.
      People start complaining when they don't know the details. You are one. Go online to Gov.org.

      July 10, 2012 at 9:40 am |
      • Ray E. (Georgia)

        We know the details Cynthia. From History. Lyndon Johnson sain Medicare would only cost about 9 Billion a year.Now 16 Trillion Dollars later what part of the details don't you understand???

        July 10, 2012 at 10:23 am |
      • Cynthai L.

        The details I don't understand – Not allowing oversight of doctors and hospitals for fraud. I know, I know, it's all about the money, even if you have to cheat to get it.

        July 10, 2012 at 12:06 pm |
      • Cynthia L.

        So, RAY, if the Repulicans take away the Affordable HealthCare Act I EXPECT to see you and other Americans PROTESTING on the steps of the Capitol to TAKE AWAY THE HEALTHCARE that TAXPAYERS ARE FOOTING THE BILL FOR from Congress and the Senate. I WILL PROTEST AGAINST anyone who PROTESTS AGAINST US!

        July 11, 2012 at 12:19 pm |
    • Howard

      All this Obama talk of outsourcing, and having taxes go up for the rich, is a dishonest attempt to divert attention away from his dismal performance and failed policies. All, just more slippery political tricks to get himself reelected. Obama panders to Hispanics with one hand, while he systematically destroys all the opportunities which made them want to come here, with his other hand. If Obama gets reelected, America is doomed.

      July 10, 2012 at 6:45 pm |
    • jean2009

      And if you are a free-rider who can afford insurance but would rather ride through life freeloading on my premium and make me carry your cost...sorry either buy a policy and have something to show for your money...or pay the idiot tax.

      July 10, 2012 at 7:57 pm |
      • RealityBites

        The majority of which are middle class families, you know, those that are actually paying federal taxes, the ones living paycheck to paycheck. Soon to be hit with a new tax.., ie., penalty.

        July 11, 2012 at 7:58 am |
      • Jay in NC

        So Liberals are now concerned about people not paying their fair share? Freeloaders?

        July 11, 2012 at 3:40 pm |
      • C-Lo

        How about instead, if you are able to pay for insurance and choose not to, you watch the front doors of the hospital lock as you walk up, then sit on the sidewalk and bleed to death, or at a minimum watch your broken arm heal in an awkard position. There are consequences for personal actions/inactions, and, in my opinion, it is a leftist mentality that wants the Gov't to help us make our own decisions and leftist who want the gov't to save them from their own poor judgement. When the heck are you and your counterparts ever going to grow up and learn to fend for yourselves and take responsibility for your own doings, rather than forcing the rest of us to pad your fall?

        And before you start in on the ***whine whine whine, this is what the GOP does for big business, whine whine whine***I will reitterate my stance that this practice needs to end as well. Strap on a pair, make your own choices and live with your own consequences. I don't need you, Obama, Pelosi Sebelius, Gingrich, Romney, Cantor, Holder, or anyone else telling me what is good for me, whether it's what I eat in the kitchen or bedroom. Do away with all gov't backed "spousal benefits." If you want to keep social insecurity, and you want your spouse/significant other to receive the benefits without them working, then double up your contributions. If I want my wife to benefit from my 401k contributions, I have to supply more to it...why not do the same with SIS? Drop the, as you would put it, marriage penalty and have everyone file individual tax returns...then we may have something to give the 11,000 newly hired IRS agents to do rather than sitting in front of hospitals collecting taxes when you show up without your health insurance card.

        July 11, 2012 at 3:56 pm |
      • Steveo

        @ C-Lo,

        Man, that was strong!

        July 11, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
      • C-Lo

        Thanks Steveo...hope you're doing well. As you can see, I'm P;ssed. It is so aggravating to see these people lacking foresight or the concept of long term ramifications. It's all about the here and now. I won't even go so far as to accuse all of them as "it's all about me," as I do believe that many of them think these policies help out the downtrodden. It is just so darn unfortunate that they don't see the forest for the trees and understand that DC is corrupt on all sides. The deals with the devil come from both ends and libs are so touchy feely that when a smooth talker stands up, they drool over the message and ingore the action. Truly sad.

        July 11, 2012 at 5:09 pm |
      • C-Lo

        make that ignore–Ingore is what the owners of Tesla motors were.

        July 11, 2012 at 5:12 pm |
  2. Frank Marshall Davis

    Does anyone really believe that if he raises taxes on those that earn $250,000 or more that he'll take the money and pay down the debt?

    July 9, 2012 at 5:16 pm |
  3. jerry

    Isn't it about time we got a real leader as President, A man with an actual resume' with no blackout periods in his life, a real birth cert and social security number and draft card. The time for radical leftist community organizing politics is decades past... Mr Romney graduated cum laude from Harvard Business School and Harvard Law School in the same year..in the top 5% of his class, co-founded a very very successful business and did a wonderful job as govenor of Mass., and this is just a snap shot of his acomplished life. You are presented with an oportunity to select a real leader and patriot..the last time voters had such an oportunity was in Texas when LBJ ran for state rep against a man much like Romney, LBJ used every trick in the book to win that election: lies, ballet stuffing, and strong arming...just think how many Americanlives were lost and squandered wealth this man (LBJ) perpetuated upon us. The only new knowledge is the history you know nothing of.

    July 9, 2012 at 5:58 pm |
    • Cynthai L.

      Gee, Jerry, in today's news, Mitt states he doesn't know where his money is kept. It's his money,...right? It's like John McCain saying he didn't know how many houses he owned.
      The secret of how Mitt got richer, HET BET AGAINST THE U.S. DOLLAR AND OUTSOURCED YOUR JOB!

      GO RON PAUL!!!

      July 10, 2012 at 9:45 am |
      • C-Lo

        Two things Cynthia:
        1. can you please clarify how you can defend Obamacare so strongly, then root for Ron Paul? RP abhors Obamacare.
        2. My omission of "wall street" is simple, ifwe had a smaller central gov't the influence of wall street would be moot. For instance, if I had money at JPM I'd have pulled it immediately after the revelation of the trading fiasco, if I determined that it was a poor business decision. I wouldn't be sitting around watching the circus open its tents in DC for the side show.

        In my honest opinion–and I hope you don't take this as a slight now that I THINK I am starting to understand you a little more, if you are a true RP supporter, you should be looking back at the GOP and holding their feet to the fire in promoting a smaller gov't rather than spending your time defending Obama and his policies. I would like to know (beyond auditing the FED–which by the way you should read Web of Debt, if you haven't already) what your interest in RP is when you appear to be such an Obama supporter–they are worlds apart IMHO.

        July 10, 2012 at 1:12 pm |
      • C-Lo

        Alright, I just went back and re-read your posts on Obama Bus Tour where you claimed that if Powell ran on the GOP ticket you might be swayed, here you yell "GO RON PAUL" (who IS vying for the GOP nominiation) while defending Obamacare. So one of two things is going on here, either there are two Cynthia/Cynthai L's, or your schizophrenic.

        July 10, 2012 at 1:22 pm |
      • Cynthai L.

        I support the health of the American people. I do NOT think Obamacare went far enough. After working in the so called 'medical billing side of things' I saw alot of waste and shady ifs coming from doctors and the insurance companies. The insurance companies would hold up claims, while paying people to stall. Some doctors thought nothing of extending unnescessary care if they could bill it to the gov.. All the while shafting the people who actually needed treatment, extending so-called care to those that didn't and shag the government. I don't care one whit about where Ron Paul stands on healthcare because he, in my opinion, has a sack over his head on this issue, as well as a sack over his head about Social Security. I do support his idea of Auditing the Federal Reserve which is run not by our government but by a consortium of banking industry heads that are in it for themselves. Much like Mitt. And, because it's the people hungry for money when they already have plenty but, blame their woes on us, I will make hay over it. They ARE the untreated cancer.

        July 10, 2012 at 3:49 pm |
      • jerry

        Romney out sourced jobs? The last jobs report indicated we are still LOSING JOBS for the 3rd year in a row. I would say obama is probably the biggest outsourcer of jobs in history. Staples began as one store and grew to 2,000 with 90,000 employees as a rest of Bain Capital and their CEO's leadership...oh, and the CEO was MIT ROMNEY the guy with an MBA and an Juris Doctorate both from Harvard schools earned at the same time...a smart and hard hard working man. obama has spent his career at the breast of the American taxpayer...never created a job (even for himself) in his life and never will.

        July 10, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
      • C-Lo

        You say, and I quote, "Some doctors thought nothing of extending unnescessary care if they could bill it to the gov.. All the while shafting the people who actually needed treatment, extending so-called care to those that didn't and shag the government."

        And YOU THINK THIS WILL SUBSIDE UNDER OBAMACARE??? You don't "give one whit where Ron Paul stands on health care" one of the BIGGEST issues of this election, but yell "Go Ron Paul." Wow, take off the technicolor dreamcoat and come into the world of reality because you have missed the bus. But this is apparent from your observation that the current H/C system fleeces the american taxpayer through the providing side and yet you want to give full control of the payment side to those who's programs allow us to be fleeced. If the health insurance industry is so evil and profitable, which according to your ilk are one and the same, then why don't all those bleeding heart liberals open up their own non-profit insurance company and provide these magically low rates to all the pre-existing condition patients as well as their own hospitals, doctors offices, etc to control those costs? Soros and Buffet can bankroll it, right? NOTHING is stopping you all from setting up your own healthcare network to feed these needs. Oh yeah there is, all the red tape legislation enacted that prevents this kind of open market competition.

        July 10, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
      • Cynthia L.

        When I say GO RON PAUL- I mean that he should take the RNC to task for being disorganized and down-right shady in the handling of the Republican Caucus' and Primaries where they couldn't even get the counting done right in the states that have already participated, calling other people winners when they weren't before some districts hadn't even been counted then, taking WEEKS to annouce the actual winner. Even now, the RNC is trying to steamroll the delegates Ron Paul earned in Mass. by asking them to sign an agreement that they will support Mitt Romney no matter what when there hasn't even been a convention. There are so many things that could happen between now and then. When the delegates agreed only to follow the normal rules of the RNC, the RNC disqualified them. What happened to Democracy? I am following what happens because it is what you are supposed to do as an American. The Republicans spout off about voter-fraud but, seem ready to fudge when it suits them and surprisingly, they don't even hold the highest of standards in their own elections. It bothers me and it should bother you.

        July 10, 2012 at 7:02 pm |
      • Cynthia L.

        I have to give you kuddos, C Lo, I didn't catch that I had mis-spelled my own name !! HA!! I'd pick you to be on my softball team anyday.

        July 10, 2012 at 7:43 pm |
  4. SafeJourney3

    Republicans will not do anything unless their wealthy buddies benifit from it.

    July 9, 2012 at 9:27 pm |
    • Howard

      When Romney realized that Romney care was not the answer, he changed course ... but, Obama has decided to double down on his failed policies. While Democrats point out similarities between the federal health care law and the one Romney implemented in Massachusetts, others note Obama's raises 21 taxes, Romney's raised none.

      July 10, 2012 at 1:47 am |
    • John

      More talking points.
      According to Obama the Bush tax cuts were bad for America. Now he wants to keep the tax cut in place for those under 250K?? and raise taxes on those over 50 K. So what is this administration doing? They appear to not have a clue. Raising taxes on anyone several months ago was bad for the economy because it is fragine, according to Obama. Now raising taxes is ok?
      These people are cluless – why can't you libs see this?

      July 10, 2012 at 8:41 am |
    • C-Lo

      And Dem's are blameless????
      http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/car-company-us-loan-builds-cars-finland/story?id=14770875 (take a look at who's walking up here)

      Open your eyes, your "safe journey" is filled with traps and hidden agendas where the Dem's steal your money to prop up pseudo-companies that their 1%'s are invested in...Ever heard of George Soros?

      July 10, 2012 at 12:05 pm |
      • Cynthai L.

        How about Wall Street? You never diss those guys for ruining the economies of the WORLD and many retirement funds of ordinary people. How about your support for Ron Paul – he wants to have the Fed audited.

        GO RON PAUL!!!

        July 10, 2012 at 12:14 pm |
      • jean2009

        Well C-Lo Obviously economist were not agreeing with Bush back in February, 2003 when he wanted to pass that big tax break for his friends....basically it was tiered so those further down the food chan picked up the bigger percentage of the tab.


        July 10, 2012 at 7:43 pm |
      • C-Lo

        Typical liberal deflection...Safe Journey indicts the GOP for doing nothing unless it benefits their friends, I show 3 high profile (but obviously not high profile enough) cases where Dems are just as culpable and am asked:
        1. If I'd ever heard of Wall Street–Cynthia, yes I've heard of Wall Street, and you know what? Without big gov't intervention in "helping" them make these bets, many of these firms would not have survived long enough to do the damage they have done. When investors are playing with their own money, their decisions affect only them. When the gov't intervenes or becomes the investor, they don't give a darn about the outcome because they are doing it with other people's money, and when it fails, hey raise taxes to cover the losses. By the way, don't you find it the least bit ironic that the VP shouted from the rooftops (or more precisely in a shuttered GM plant) the grandness of the loans provided to Fisker who sent the production to Finland?! But the GOP are the ones being lambasted?
        2. Jean talks about economists in 2003 not signing on to GWB's tax rate–what in the H-E-double hockystick does that have to do with the lying cheats from both sides of the isle being discussed here??? There will always be economists who differ in opinion on how to best handle policy. If you get 100 economists in a room you will end up with 300 opinions on what to do.

        July 11, 2012 at 1:08 pm |
      • Veca

        a cartoon chatacrer is more competent than any Republican candidate, which includes Romney. Incompetence is not a charge that can accurately be brought against Mitt Romney. As for abortion, it is one of the key divisive issues between Republicans and Democrats. That is why I used it as an example. As a Democrat, you can make a reasoned argument against Romney's pro-life stance based on the issue itself. Given the evidence to the contrary, on the other hand, it is difficult to argue that Romney would not be a competent and successful head of the Executive Branch or that Mickey Mouse would be more competent. An argument exists, however, based on the evidence of his career, that Mitt Romney is the most competent to fill an executive role of any of the candidates, Republican or Democrat.

        October 8, 2012 at 5:57 pm |
  5. Mike

    • The Big lie, “Raising Taxes on corporations hurts the job market”. History has proven the opposite, in the 1960's we had the largest corporate tax rate in history. The result was the lowest unemployment rate in history and businesses grew faster and bigger than ever, also we had the lowest bankruptcy rate, and #1 in Education, #1 Healthcare, #1 wage increases. The 1960’s was America’s most prosperous time in US history. Today we have the lowest corporate tax rate in history and it is a failure. Instead of giving the profits to Uncle Sam businesses invested in their companies as a write-off, businesses grew, better wages, benefits and companies expanded creating jobs. High taxes created this. The policies of the 1960’s were a proven success. The policies of the GOP have been a failure and a lie. History has proven what works, higher taxes on wealth and corporations. The wealth believed they should be in control of their money. Well after 30 years of Reaganomics and the GOP/ Bush deregulation and more tax breaks to the wealthy, the only place it trickled down was to the 1%ers bank accounts.

    July 10, 2012 at 1:05 am |
    • Jay in NC

      You say "The wealth believed they should be in control of their money", Well it is THEIR money isn't it? Or is it yours?

      You also mentioned GOP/ Bush deregulation. So you think that we should go back to the transportation laws of the 1960's. Trucks paid fees for each state entered / exited. Or how about the phone company. Deregulation is the only reason we now have the internet and cell phones. What about energy. Now small companies can create wind farms and solar electric companies.

      It is interesting that you say that we were #1 in Healthcare, during the 1960's most people did not have health insurance.

      In the 1960's women were second class citizens, and blacks found it difficult to vote, not to mention segregation. Are these the good old times you are wishing for?

      July 10, 2012 at 1:43 am |
    • John

      This administration is lost. They up taxes by billions with Obamacare and now they want more money? How can this make sense to anyone?

      July 10, 2012 at 8:44 am |
      • 2020

        John, you are the lost soul.

        The Bush tax cut expires on Dec 31, this year. Middle class marginal tax increased by 50% while top marginal tax increased by 13%. It is ONE SIDE BURDEN on the middle class. IT IS SIMPLE MATH.

        DON'T MIX IT UP WITH HEALTH CARE. Health care is about you, your mother, and your kids. one way or the other, any and all of you need emergency care, death....... You may have a job today, no guarantee tomorrow. You will fall through the crack, and the rest of the country has to pick up the tap for you. I watched people lost their home, bank savings at the State dept of Health under Reagan. Today, the situation across the nation got much much worse.


        The country had enough partisan non sense.

        July 10, 2012 at 9:50 am |
      • jean2009

        John never deals with facts or truth...those are minor incoveniences that he never takes into account...along with historical dates, graphs or piecharts.

        July 10, 2012 at 7:05 pm |
      • jean2009

        John What you don't understand is that Justice John Roberts looked long and hard at himself, in the mirror, and decided he would rather over the long view of history be in future history books standing with those on the right side of the issue...and not as a partisan hacks like the others.

        July 10, 2012 at 7:13 pm |
    • Ray E. (Georgia)

      That's a treffic story you tell. So, if thing were so good, what went wrong? Why are we now in a huge downturn. When Bush was President unemployment was about 4.5 percent. When the democrats took Congress in 2006 the unemployment went up to about 9.2 Percent. What happened? The Democrats had the Congress for 40 years. Everything should have been fixed by now. So, what happened??

      July 10, 2012 at 10:32 am |
      • Cynthai L.

        Stupid people like you vote against your own best interests. Duh.

        July 10, 2012 at 12:16 pm |
      • Jay in NC

        I have heard Liberals say this phrase before "vote against your own best interests." Sometimes people do vote and do other things for other reasons than their own interest. A soldier puts them self in harms way, a fireman runs into a burning building. They do it because it is the right thing. Liberals can not understand this concept. They only think of me, me, me, give me give me give me.

        July 10, 2012 at 6:20 pm |
      • jean2009

        Ray...People don't get a redo of historical dates...and don't try it here.

        Job losses: October 2008-240,000
        Job losses November 2008-533,000
        Job losses December 2008-632,000
        Jobs were being lost for several months at the rate of 11,000 per day
        2.6 million jobs lost in 2008 and from March 2007 4.4 million jobs lost.
        The melt down of jobs started in March 2007 with Lehman Brothers and never let up for 21 straight months.

        Ray these are facts and dates you can't change.Like any train that has been wrecked and off the tracks it will keep plowing ahead for several months...until a new conductor slows it down....yes things are not perfect but they are slowly and surely improving.

        July 10, 2012 at 7:27 pm |
      • Jay in NC

        Jean will you ever look at the official government number for unemployment? Or do you only get your news from lefty land?


        President Bush's unemployment numbers
        4.0 – 4.9 = 34 months
        5.0 – 5.9 = 49 months
        6.0 – 6.9 = 12 months
        7.0 – 7.9 = 1 months

        Obama's unemployment numbers
        7.9 – 7.9 = 1 months
        8.0 – 8.9 = 13 months
        9.0 – 9.9 = 27 months
        10.0 – 10.9 = 1 months

        Clearly President Bush has the better record.

        July 11, 2012 at 4:08 pm |
      • C-Lo

        Right your are Jean...and you notice those jobless rates shot up during the DEMOCRAT REIGN IN CONGRESS. You say "Like any train that has been wrecked and off the tracks it will keep plowing ahead for several months...until a new conductor slows it down....yes things are not perfect but they are slowly and surely improving." Yes they are, with the GOP in the House, being obstructed from any strong progress for a better economy by a stalling Senate and veto threatening POTUS, not to mention the constraints placed by the soon to be realized Obamacare spending. Speaking of which, I find it outrageous that the left "bashes" the Bush accounting for the wars, which may not have been realized in the annual deficit numbers but was realized in the annual increases in Debt. Obamacare collects taxes for 4 years before the actual spending kicks in, which means that HIS ghost accounting makes things even worse when it comes to the national budget because he cannot even reduce the deficit/debt with this huge influx of additional taxation, but it actually INCREASES.
        But of course you will not hold him accountable for the spending nor take your head out of the sand long enough to see exactly what kind of spending monster was created by Obamacare. If conservatives hate their grandmothers, as you are all so fond of accusing, then it is apparent that Libs hate their grandchildren because they want to saddle them with huge debts and bankrupt the country.

        July 11, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
    • jean2009

      And we had a much better employment record under Bill Clinton which is the rate we would return to....Trickle down economics have proven time and time again that they do not produce jobs, and in fact produce just the opoosite...When is the GOP going to get that fact through their head. If it worked where are the jobs!

      Harding Fail;
      Hoover Fail;
      Nixon Fail;
      Reagan Fail;
      Bush Fail;...and if Goldwater had won that would have been another Fail.

      July 10, 2012 at 7:50 pm |
      • jerry

        you idiot...if not for President Regan and the unprecedented economic expansion following his policy and leadership clinton would not have had near the economically successful presidency. He was a little busy with all the sex affairs (many not widely reported) and the graff and corruption that followed him from Arkansas to have done much of anything. Our military and foreign affairs were left in tatters after the clinton period.

        If you want to report stats you should at least get into the Carter mess and the God awful mess LBJ and that idiot freak JFK left the country in....I guess the loss of 58,000 A,erican lives in Vietnam means nothing to you as well. Another fact is Nixon had to take us off the gold standard because of the war and societal spending enacted before his presidency...idiot!

        July 10, 2012 at 10:23 pm |
  6. Kool-Aid Police

    Leftys lie like fish swim, it's totally natural to them.

    July 10, 2012 at 1:13 pm |
    • Nina

      Nick, it may be a mix of good and bad I don't know whether there would be a prenpnderaoce of good or a prenpnderaoce of bad but being optimistic I see it as an opportunity more than I see it as a threat. I don't think a realistic person can deny that it the campaign itself (whether or not he wins), since Romney is taken seriously as a candidate, means there is far more attention on both the national and international stage in regards to Mormonism.How many articles, in regards to Romney, have we already seen, that had the word Mormon in the title? How many more like that will be written?That kind of attention can't possibly have zero net effect.

      October 8, 2012 at 9:07 pm |
  7. California

    Obamacare raised middle class taxes. What's with the hypocrisy Hussein?

    July 10, 2012 at 3:12 pm |
  8. jerry

    folks, we have a president with no visible resume or skill for leadership in govt (or anything else) and the current state of affairs in our country domestically and foreign indicate this. We have a horrible mess. Time for a job change, it is our only chance for prosperity. Our children's futures are at risk...this IS important. They are digging deep to discredit Gov Romney, a man with an impecable resume' and history... please think before you support the lying manipulating obama.

    July 10, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
  9. California

    Hussein, you're already given the middle class the biggest tax raise in history. You're not fooling anyone TOOL.

    July 10, 2012 at 5:42 pm |
  10. Ray E. (Georgia)

    A lot of people still need a baby sitter. If you do, Obama's your man. If you can do it yourself, Romney is your man. I still believe in Personal Responsibility. You???

    July 10, 2012 at 9:10 pm |
  11. JOE

    Main thing here is, obama can't do the job. Time for him to hear "you're fired". Right On!!

    July 10, 2012 at 10:49 pm |
  12. JOE

    All the lies that spew from his lips, very appalling.

    July 10, 2012 at 10:50 pm |
    • Clarice

      As far as the original post, I've long areugd that bigotry and prejudice against Romney is just as much, if not more, likely to come from John Krakauer-style leftists than evangelical right-wingers.Don't get me wrong, there's no love lost between me and the Christian Right. I think it's an incredibly dumb political movement. I think its adherents often verge on idolatry, and I remain worried that they'll be coming after us the moment they've finished with homosexuals.But I don't think that they have much real political motive to oppose Romney. Whereas the Left has a LOT of political motive to oppose him.

      October 9, 2012 at 5:12 am |
  13. Azhar

    Actually in Colorado election day was lots of fun. And for me, one word debiecsrs the 2010 campaign: practice. The real battle for the heart and soul of our country began at 7:01 PM Tuesday when the voting ended for the midterms. 2010 was alive fire training exercise. We can now set our sights on President Obama’s re-election , the fight I found myself looking forward to during a long and often frustrating campaign season. While the election may have been a judgement on the Democratic Congress I think it is also important to see it in context of the effect of Citizens United and the ability of huge expenditure conservative black ops like Rove’s Cross Roads groups and the US Chamber to use negative advertising from secret sources to fan voters fears. These groups spent more in Colorado than any other state. But here they largely lost. We elected a new Democratic Governor, John Hickenlooper who didn’t run one attack ad. The Colorado Senate remains in Democratic control and the Colorado House will also, depending on the outcome of one of two as yet undecided races.Our US Senate race may point the way to how things can work here and elsewhere in 2012 for progressive candidates and the President. Michael Bennet kept the race close until election day. In most polls he was even with his opponent with registered voters but down a few points with likely voters, the enthusiasm gap. That’s where the Democrat’s field effort came in. In 2008 the Obama campaign made Colorado one of the top battlegrounds in the country, pouring hundreds of trained organizers into the state. Here in conservative El Paso County, “the Belly of the Beast”, those organizers recruited 2400 volunteers. I was involved from the start but by election day I’d walk through rooms of volunteers and recognize nary a face. It was great. In 2010 the Bennet campaign used a much smaller staff to tap into that volunteer base. Many of these volunteers had never made political phone calls or knocked on doors prior to 2008. In 2010 we did not have the numbers of volunteers we had in 08 but the group we had was ready to go. Some had become involved in the local Democratic Party or local campaigns over the last two years. Some had not been involved at all but when called upon they came out, phoned and knocked doors in the end. According to the Denver Post direct voter contact made the difference in a Senate race where the margin was less than 1%. This is the legacy of Howard Dean’s 50 state strategy and the amazing organizing efforts of the Obama campaign. If the President’s re-election campaign can tap into these volunteers using the same organizing efforts as in 2008 it may again be the difference. The good news is these volunteers will still be here in 2012, more ready to go than ever.

    July 30, 2012 at 10:44 pm |
  14. Thulani

    Republicans should be vocal about the fact that the President and the Democrats poiesnod the well with ObamaCare.If McCain wants to make good on his promise of shutting down work in Congress, this is the perfect opportunity.Embrace "No".

    August 1, 2012 at 11:29 pm |