August 14th, 2012
03:07 PM ET

Obama links Seamus to windmills

Oskaloosa, Iowa (CNN) - Kicking off the second day of his three-day bus tour across Iowa, President Obama shifted his message from drought relief to renewable energy, and even found a way to connect wind power to Mitt Romney's now-infamous dog Seamus.

Speaking in a state that gets 20 percent of its electricity from wind power, Obama on Tuesday criticized his Republican rival Mitt Romney for opposing tax credits for renewable energy companies.

"During a speech a few months ago Governor Romney even explained his new energy policy this way, I'm quoting here: 'You can't drive a car with a windmill on it,'" Obama said. "That's what he said about wind power: 'You can't drive a car with a windmill on it.' I don't know if he's actually tried that. I know he's had other things on his car."

The story of Romney lashing his dog's cage to the roof of his car for a cross-country trip has become popular amongst the governor's detractors, and the president's veiled reference drew laughter from the crowd of more than 800 gathered to hear him speak.

The not-so-subtle dig at his opponent came while the president was ticking off a laundry list of the wind industry's bona fides, most often followed by criticisms of Romney's stance on renewable energy.

"Homegrown energy, like wind energy, is creating new jobs all across Iowa and all across the country, and guess what, Governor Romney said let’s end the tax credits for wind energy production, let's get rid of them," Obama said. "He said that new sources of energy like wind are imaginary. His running mate calls them a fad."

The Romney campaign disputed the president's claims, pointing to job losses in the wind industry under Obama as one example of how the president's policies have hurt the expansion of renewable energy.

"Mitt Romney is a strong supporter of wind power and appreciates the industry's extraordinary technological progress and its important contributions to America's energy supply," Romney campaign spokesman Ryan Williams said. "Unfortunately, under President Obama's approach, the industry has lost 10,000 jobs while growth in wind power nationally has slowed every single year of his term. Mitt Romney will instead set the industry on a course for success and growth by promoting policies that remove regulatory barriers, support free enterprise and market-based competition, and reward technological innovation."

Representatives for the industry argue that any shrinkage in domestic wind-related employment is due largely to the recent economic slowdown and believe the overall picture is of an industry that continues to grow dramatically.

Topics: 2012 Election • Energy • Mitt Romney • President Obama

soundoff (43 Responses)
  1. Scott Crider

    Dog abuse is a character-illuminating issue. Join the Dogs Against Romney "super pack" here:

    August 14, 2012 at 3:29 pm |
    • bb

      This comming from another brainwashed DEMOCRAP never had an original thought in your life??? stay with mr empty shoes and continue to sink America or move ahead go with MR NEXT PRES ROMNEY!!!

      August 15, 2012 at 10:26 am |
      • CA Liberal

        Romney = Bush lite

        August 15, 2012 at 2:52 pm |
    • Howard

      This idiot really shows the desperation in the Obama camp ... while always trying to direct the conversation away from the economy ... jobs ... and Obama's dismal failure for the last 3 1/2 years !!!

      August 15, 2012 at 3:33 pm |
    • Steveo

      Would you consider drug use a character-illuminating issue? Not so sure you really want to go dig up old history!

      August 15, 2012 at 3:55 pm |
  2. Howard

    RYAN has the courage to tell the truth ... unlike Obama and the democrats, who lie, in a desperate attempt to buy votes. We are spending more than we have. Our entitlement programs are unsustainable, However, the obama stooges continue to misinform, blame, demonize, and lie.

    August 14, 2012 at 3:50 pm |
    • Seamus

      Democrats are telling the truth about ryan – who is a mathematical retard. He does plan to end MEdicare, social security, medicaide, education funding. He says so himself.

      As to those things being unsustainable? they are unsustainable if the tax rates remain so unreasonably low. They were not unsustainable in the past because there was a balance between those programs and tax rates. republicons cut taxes too far, which ryan is not being honest about - he claims it is impossible to raise the revenue to support a decent humane society based on American values - but really it is impossible to have the rich pay a reasonable tax rate and have those things., ryan and thromney ad the republicon party just hope you are dumb enough to vote them into office and turn the United States into Haiti.

      August 15, 2012 at 2:40 pm |
  3. jeff tartt

    Obama is a FRAUD!

    August 14, 2012 at 5:19 pm |
    • Howard

      Obama is a BULLY and a COWARD. Inviting the supreme court to the State Of The Union speech, only to publicly insult them on national television ... when they couldn't talk back ... is only one of many examples.. Also, whenever Obama has the upper hand ... like when he bragged and boasted about how he would have a BILLION dollar war chest ... only to cry like a baby when his opponent raised more money. Or, when instead of taking responsibility for his failures, he always resorts to blaming others ... This is the sign of a small man, with no character or integrity.

      August 15, 2012 at 2:01 pm |
  4. Smit

    Though I always supported democrat but I am ashamed that a president can go so cheap. After this several act he has lost my support as well thousand of friend who always supported democrat.

    President promised several items which could not deliver. Instead working on ideas to get company back on track he has been busy in campaigning for how long.

    Now he passed another limit today in the speech IOWA. He has always been stating that I would get unemployment rate less than 8% in my first terms and bring more prosperity.

    Now because he knows he cannot do much as he does not have the right skills. Instead of promising like earlier that give one more term and I will turn the economy.. Today by mistake truth came out during his speech.. He told it is highly possible that I might not be able to do much in next term.. Problem which middle class is facing related to employment might take not only one more term but might take more one president terms to fix the issues i.e he does not want to be accountable but still wants to get the vote. He always keep on blaming earlier president. I feel teleprompter makes a huge difference when you might say which you might feel because of your capabilities but might not be right to say to win votes.

    Now it is up to us whether we want to vote for this guy or not.

    August 14, 2012 at 5:36 pm |
    • Seamus

      Unemployemtn would be well below 8% if republicon governors did not keep cutting the public sector teacher and cop jobs -

      And cmon – that was a good line. mittstain thought it was a good idea to tie a dog to the roof of a car and then drive hundreds of miles. He should be mocked relentlessly for such stupidity. Just like we should all remember what a heartless bully he has been since he was a teenage thug getting gangs to bully gay kids, and now is getting the gop thugs to bully the elderly and porr.

      August 15, 2012 at 2:35 pm |
  5. California

    Obama Super PAC calling Romney a murderer, Biden saying republicans will enslave black people again.

    Democrats have ZERO civility but then again that's obvious.

    August 14, 2012 at 5:38 pm |
    • Seamus

      A pro-PObama super pac did that. By law he has no influence over what they do. And they are right. If you outsourced jobs costing Americans their health insurance, then you are a killer. Not a murderer – which is not what the ad says - but responsible for those people's death. Sure. Just like the insurance company that denied my aunt's cancer treatments until the cancer had progressed to a fatal stage. They are directly responsible for her death, even if what they did was "legal" and driven solely by their desire to put money ahead of people.

      August 15, 2012 at 2:37 pm |
  6. jp

    wow the president gets ONLY 800 to listen to him bable on about more big government's gifts to 'failed clean energy'

    and Romney attracts 15,000 to his rally.....

    August 14, 2012 at 5:41 pm |
    • FLH

      President Obama was in Boone, Iowa, population $15,000. His rally drew more than 5% of the entire population of the town. What % did Romney draw?

      August 14, 2012 at 6:02 pm |
      • bb

        $15,000 is money, and its what Oblunder wants, your money if u cant see he is lying cheating scum than u r sucked into the mindless democrap vision of being a freeloader. Success is not a dirty word its what built this country. Do some fact checking and youll find Oblameo is nothing but empty shoes=FACT!!!

        August 15, 2012 at 10:20 am |
  7. Cynthia L

    Poor Seamus, guess the expensive luggage rode inside the car in case it rained or something.

    August 14, 2012 at 5:57 pm |
    • Howard

      Obama dissed Romney and his dog, in regards to wind energy, but neglected to mention how he broke wind after eating dog.

      August 14, 2012 at 6:58 pm |
    • bb

      Cindy still not employed r u??? No wonder u like Obummer keep those welfare checks a comming ???

      August 15, 2012 at 10:21 am |
      • Cynthia L.

        I run my own business. And, you just run your mouth.

        August 15, 2012 at 11:15 am |
    • Lizzie

      Apparently your employees run your business because your here blogging all the time. Maybe your in the wind farm business and get payed by the dep. of energy not to run them and create energy.

      August 15, 2012 at 11:36 am |
      • Cynthia L.

        Nope, I work as an independent professioal artist. Only working for someone else part-time when I have to have expensive repairs to my house. But, luckily that's only been 3 yrs out of the last fifteen that that's had to happen.
        Speaking of windmills, I don't have one but it would save on the electric bill and I would be able to sell back the extra electricity back to the Power Co. to ease the stress on their AGING GRID that uses dirty COAL to operate.
        P.S. I know the TV Commercials done by the Coal Companies like to make you think the nation is burning CLEAN COAL but, but that technology is not availible yet.

        August 16, 2012 at 10:47 am |
  8. California

    This coming from a guy (Obama) that eats dogs.

    Shouldn't go back to this one slick.

    August 14, 2012 at 6:00 pm |
  9. Frank Marshall Davis

    To Obama a dog is just a side dish.

    August 14, 2012 at 6:05 pm |
  10. California

    Whith the $700 Billion Obama Robbed out of Medicare It's no wonder many people think of it as Obama threw grandma under the bus.

    August 14, 2012 at 6:18 pm |
    • Seamus

      He didn't take a dime out of Medicare, just took away the taxpayers subsidies that was going to insurance companies and big pharma. Just like he did with student loans – he stopped pretending the private sector could do it better and paying them extravagant bonuses to get them to do it. Took the money that was lining the pockets of execs and used it for what it was intended for in the first place.

      August 15, 2012 at 2:32 pm |
  11. november2012

    hey obama or what ever your real name is...if this Romney dog incident (from 1983) is all you have...boy you are desperate. In fact this was a trumped up political attack of years ago...with no real meaning. Don't you have the brains (or integrity) to understand that comments like this just make you appear more small, ignorant, and desperate? I guess not. It will be nice to have an adult back in the White House and you back to the whatever house you slithered out of in Chicago.

    August 14, 2012 at 6:44 pm |
  12. Cynthia L

    YOU guys are blowing wind in yer pants, Obama didn't say the dogs name BUT HE DIDN"T HAVE TO and guess what, EVERYBODY KNOWS THAT STORY and they thought it was HYSTERICAL. And the BOY EATS DOG joke Obama gave about himself was a winner when he gave it so, basically your taunts fall off him, like a drunk off a stool.

    August 14, 2012 at 7:17 pm |
    • bb

      Eating a poor innocent animal is funny?? , oh yeah i forgot HOW SICK DEMOCRAPS ARE

      August 15, 2012 at 10:24 am |
      • Cynthia L.

        You don't eat beef, pork, chicken, turkey, fiish?? You might be a vegetarian – but, somehow it doesn't fit with my image of you being a warm-fuzzy-softy. Barack was a kid, his step-father (an adult) served it up.
        Mitt WAS an adult when he put his dog on the roof. Go woof about it to him.

        August 15, 2012 at 11:11 am |
    • november2012

      obama and his ilk will never tell you what they are really doing...your first hint would be his sealing of all his records in academia, health, and passport activity... if he were to fully disclose (in plain honest speak) you would not vote for him.

      August 15, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
  13. Frank Marshall Davis

    You can't make this stuff up: Biden says 'We can win North Carolina' - while campaigning in Virginia!!! -– This guy is a total moron yet lefties still worship the ground he walks on.

    August 14, 2012 at 8:36 pm |
    • Cynthia L.

      Yeah, those dumb comments like "Corporations are people".

      August 15, 2012 at 1:29 am |
      • Dottie Kolasz

        When he was asked about is taxes, he siad I am not a business,,,,,,,,,

        August 15, 2012 at 1:37 am |
      • Frank Marshall Davis

        Let's not forget the Biden classic', "We need to spend more money to keep from going broke".

        August 15, 2012 at 5:37 am |
      • bb

        Basically the body of any business is the people. Didnt study much did u?????

        August 15, 2012 at 10:22 am |
      • Cynthia L.

        @BBs for brains AND THAT AIN'T A COMPLIEMENT – Coming from the dumbest guy on here that's a hoot.

        August 15, 2012 at 11:13 am |
      • november2012

        I can see some of you apparently do not have a 401K where you worn stocks in a corporation...those non-people entities...if you are well fare queen like Cynthia L....this will go over your head.

        August 15, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
  14. Seamus

    That's pretty funny.

    And you can't put a windmill on your car, but you can drive an electric car powered by windmills. Dogs just do not generate enough output no matter what you do to them.

    August 15, 2012 at 2:30 pm |
  15. Capam

    Would like to se Obama on top of the car istaed. Talk about double standards. If Romney said "y'all" Kool aid obama followers will say he's with the Klan, but Joe gets a free pass

    August 16, 2012 at 8:02 am |
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  17. Katie

    Actually, I am driving a wind-powered car. I have a Nissan Leaf. Grid power where I live is mostly wind at night when I charge my car. Duh.

    September 24, 2012 at 5:30 pm |