January 10th, 2012
08:34 PM ET

Who Said It: Republicans Take a Page from DNC Playbook


“He's deliberately bankrupted companies, dismantled them, shipped jobs overseas, fired people for profit.” Can you guess who lodged that attack against Mitt Romney? Was it DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz or Republican Presidential Candidate Newt Gingrich?

Maybe this one’s easier. “We know of one case for sure where they put in $30 million, they took out $180 million, six times as much, and the company went broke. Now what was the judgment and the character?….I think that is a legitimate question to ask somebody who wants to be President of the United States.”

Hard to tell? The first is indeed from Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the head of the Democratic National Committee. The DNC, which expects Mitt Romney to become the Republican nominee, is working overtime to define him as a job killing Wall Street downsizer.

The second is from free market Republican Newt Gingrich appearing on John King USA.

When Democrats make such an attack they’re often accused by the GOP of being anti-business. But now it looks like they’ll have ground cover from the GOP – because Gingrich isn’t alone.

Topics: 2012 Election • DNC • Mitt Romney • The News
October 3rd, 2011
05:49 PM ET

Underdog Obama

President Obama said he is the “underdog” in the 2012 campaign, given the tough economic conditions facing the country.  Despite his position as the incumbent, the president said in an interview with ABC News that he is “used to being the underdog,” referring to the beginning of his 2008 run for president. “But at the end of the day people are going to ask who's got a vision for the future,” he said.

The high unemployment rate and struggling economy also led President Obama to say that the American people are “not better off” than they were four years ago.  The comment was in response to a question that referenced the famous question Ronald Reagan used in his campaign against Jimmy Carter in 1980.  "They're not better off than they were before Lehman's collapse, before the financial crisis, before this extraordinary recession that we're going through. I think that what we've seen is that we've been able to make steady progress to stabilize the economy but the unemployment rate is still way too high," he said. 

Topics: 2010 Elections