In speech, Romney promises to revitalize economy

Mitt Romney is promising to revitalize the nation's economy with "bold ideas" and a senior aide said the Republican presidential candidate would not cut ties with an Indiana Senate candidate who said pregnancy resulting from rape is "something God intended."
Associated Press
Oct 26, 2012

As President Barack Obama took a break from the campaign trail, Romney delivered what his campaign billed as a major economic address in swing state Iowa on Friday to help win the dwindling number of voters yet to make up their minds. While the speech did not break new ground, it was designed to help crystalize the differences between his and Obama's economic approaches less than two weeks before Election Day.

"If Paul Ryan and I are elected as your president and vice president, we will endeavor with all our hearts and energy to restore America," Romney said. "Instead of more spending, more borrowing from China and higher taxes from Washington, we'll renew our faith in the power of free people pursuing their dreams."

Minutes before the speech, senior strategist Eric Fehrnstrom said Romney would not call on Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock to remove TV ads featuring Romney's endorsement. Fehrnstrom said Romney disagrees with the Indiana Republican's recent comment about rape, but would not interfere with Mourdock's advertising.

"That's his decision," Fehrnstrom said when asked whether the campaign wants Mourdock to remove the ads. He added that Romney feels he has addressed the matter and doesn't plan to discuss it further.

Romney has not spoken about Mourdock's comments directly, despite repeated questions from reporters about it in recent days.

The candidate was focused on the economy as he addressed several hundred supporters on a cold autumn day outside a local construction company.

Romney argued that Obama has no proposals that can meet "the challenges of the times." He dismissed the president's signature legislative achievement, a health care law, as "his vaunted Obamacare" and said he would instead focus on saving Medicare and Social Security.

He repeated many of his standard campaign themes: that Obama is focusing on small issues like "characters on Sesame Street and silly word games" and that Romney will improve kitchen-table concerns like health care, job creation and school choice. His signature refrain is that America can't afford another four years like the last four years.

The speech came hours after the government reported a slight pickup in economic growth in the final such report before the Nov. 6 election.

The pickup to 2 percent from July to September from the 1.3 percent in the second quarter may help Obama's message that the economy is improving. Still, growth remains too weak to rapidly boost hiring. And the 1.74 percent rate for 2012 trails last year's 1.8 percent growth. Romney called the news "discouraging."

"Slow economic growth means slow job growth and declining take-home pay," Romney said in a statement. "This is what four years of President Obama's policies have produced."

The White House had a more positive take on the news in a blog post by Alan Krueger, chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers. "While we have more work to do, together with other economic indicators, this report provides further evidence that the economy is moving in the right direction," he wrote. Obama got better news from a survey out of the University of Michigan showing consumer confidence rising to its highest level in five years.

An Associated Press-GfK poll out this week shows Romney overtaking Obama as the candidate that likely voters trust more to handle the economy. The poll found 51 percent of those voters surveyed Oct. 19-23 picking Romney, compared to 44 percent for Obama. The two candidates were tied among likely voters on that issue in the previous poll in mid-September.

Still, the two are locked in a dead heat in the nationwide poll. Other surveys show a tight race in the swing states that will decide the election, with the winning candidate needing 270 Electoral College votes. With Hurricane Sandy threatening the East Coast during the final full week of the campaign, Romney canceled a rally in Virginia scheduled for Sunday. Obama aides said they were watching the storm's path before deciding whether to call off any of his events.

Obama was pushing back on Romney's criticism on another front — relations with Israel, which could have an impact particularly with Jewish voters in swing state Florida. The Republican has repeatedly criticized Obama for not traveling to Israel as president. Obama visited as a candidate in 2008.

A new ad shows images of Obama's trip and video of his pledge during his final debate with Romney that Iran will not get a nuclear weapon while he's president and that "our bond with Israel will be unbreakable."

Romney spokeswoman Amanda Henneberg responded that Obama's Middle East policy "has been a failure."

"As president, Mitt Romney's first overseas trip will be to Jerusalem, and under a Romney Administration, the world will never question America's solidarity with Israel," she said in a statement.

Romney was expanding his TV advertising into Minnesota, where President Richard Nixon was the last Republican to carry the state 40 years ago. The investment is described as a small buy that Democrats suggest is simply intended to generate media coverage and force the incumbent campaign to spend money there as well. And Obama's campaign followed suit, going up with what it described as a small buy meant to reach voters in neighboring Wisconsin.

Romney's running mate Paul Ryan also spent time in states not expected to affect the race's outcome, with fundraisers in South Carolina and Alabama. Ryan was scheduled to join Romney for a rally Friday evening in North Canton, Ohio, before the vice presidential candidate embarks on a two-day, 400-mile bus tour of the state.

At a midday luncheon in Huntsville, Ala., that raised more than $1 million for Romney's campaign, Ryan told donors they were helping pay for television ads in battleground states and staff to get voters to their polling locations. "Historically, Republicans have not been as good at that," Ryan said. "We're getting a lot better."

Vice President Joe Biden, campaigning Friday in Wisconsin, said Romney "meant what he said" when he was caught on tape saying that 47 percent of the nation considers themselves victims.

"Romney talks about victims. I don't know where the hell he lives," Biden told about 1,000 people at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. "I don't recognize the country he's talking about." The Obama campaign has a radio ad playing heavily in Wisconsin keying off of Romney's 47 percent line and using it to question the Republican's priorities. Both Romney and Ryan plan to campaign in Wisconsin early next week.

Obama arrived back in Washington late Thursday following a 40-hour battleground state blitz of eight states. He took a one-day break from the campaign trail Friday, spending much of the day at the White House, with a trip to Democratic Party headquarters to film a live appearance on MTV. Turning out young voters who tend to vote Democratic is a key strategy for the Obama campaign. He was scheduled to campaign in New Hampshire on Saturday.

The president also planned Oval Office interviews Friday with American Urban Radio Networks, which has a largely black audience, and Michael Smerconish, the conservative-leaning radio host who backed him in the 2008 election.

Obama also planned to talk to local television stations in swing states. And the campaign announced Friday that the president will travel next week to Colorado, Wisconsin and Ohio for a series of campaign rallies and events.




I sent this letter to over 20 people/organizations today. Gotta start somewhere and it only takes one person.

Mr. Obama,

I served ten years in the United States Marine Corps both as an enlisted Marine and then as a Marine officer. I served under many credible leaders that I trusted and believed in. Men such as Major General Mastin Robeson, General Jones, CW05 Frank W. Loomis, Captain Jon D. Toronto, and many other fine Marine leaders. One of the characteristics that these Marines had was integrity. Others were loyalty and or faithfulness. I know that Marines require their leaders to be filled with moral integrity and the above moral characteristics. Characteristics that you have lacked since taking your oath on January 1st, 2009 and through the events unfolding the last several weeks in Benghazi, Libya.

Yesterday, my family and I had the extreme pleasure of meeting soon to be President Mitt Romney in Worthington, Ohio. My wife and I were able to shake his hand. As he spoke, I was quickly reminded of the leaders mentioned above. I was inspired to be a better American. I felt that this was a man of his word and a man who would have America’s back when called upon.

Since the news of Libya began leaking out, there have been countless lies by your administration. You and your staff went before news cameras, daytime talk shows, UN delegations, and foreign apologetic commercials saying that this was an unorganized response to an extreme Islamist video on YouTube. Your Vice President personally said that “We did not know” what was going on… we were going off of Intelligence. Today, we have learned that emails confirm that the White House was notified minutes after the attack began. That there was a drone providing real time data. That three requests for back-up were denied. And four men died and at least two could have been saved had we called in the Marines and or other special forces in the area.

Instead, Mr. Obama, you and your staff chose to cover your political tails and mislead the American people. You chose to sacrifice the lives of those who served under you for the melioration of your own self agenda. America deserves better. I was absolutely disgusted and greatly saddened when I heard that lives could have been saved. Had it been your own sons or daughters in that compound – I highly doubt that you would have done nothing. I doubt that your daughters would sit and die alone inside the walls of a compound that they tried so hard to defend for over 5-7 hours. How dare you belittle the lives of these countrymen who represent the valor and esprit that our American women and men so proudly display and that you so easily mock. You quickly gloat about “killing Bin Laden”, yet you hide on the campaign trail about the death of four Americans and the first Ambassador in over 35 years.

I would ask that you apologize to the American people. To the families of the deceased. To the foreign countries and allies that you lied to and misled. But most importantly, to the military that sees your despicable inactions and anti-American views yet still defend your freedom to do such. While I would gladly lay my life down for any of the leaders I mentioned above – I can easily say that I’m glad I never served while you were “Commander-in-Chief”.

As well, Mr. Obama, I am hereby asking Congress to begin impeachment proceedings on behalf of the citizens of the United States on the grounds of TREASON and that you have proven that you are unfit to LEAD this country. Lying is not leading. And we are tired of it. Excuses are not free passes to get Americans killed. And Elections are not a reason to cover up events that might damage your foreign policy views and failures. Your incompetence has weakened a nation!

No response is necessary, as I have already cast my vote for Mitt Romney as well as handfuls of other votes from my family (In Ohio). We will do our part to ensure you are not re-elected and that a TRUE leader leads our great nation and America’s finest military.

Scott E. Gifford
USMC Officer (Former)

Copy to:

White House
House Leader Boehner
President Elect Mitt Romney
Nancy Pelosi
Senator John McCain
Senator Robert Portman, Ohio
Secretary of State Clinton
William G. Batchelder, Speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives
Governor John Kasich, Ohio
Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta
Commandant of the Marine Corps General James Amos
CNN News
Fox News
10tv, Columbus Ohio
Des Moines Register
New York Times
USA Today
Galion Inquirer
Marion Starr


Huh. It looks like even ABC is starting to wonder about the Benghazi "terrorist attack."

"The Benghazi Drip-Drip-Drip":

Hopefully, Mr. Obama can keep it covered up until Tues.


It seems odd to admit that Obama didn't find out about this attack in Lybia prior to the attack happening (unlike 9/11 for Bush), and the attack was very quick and they used some kind of fire spray or something like that - how long do you think this attack lasted??? Do you believe there may have been time to verify intelligence and then react by sending troops in? Do you think that would have helped anything? Why didn't the military leaders who were already there do something and take action? It isn't likely that they would have had to have permission from Obama to do this. Why were the marines who WERE at the complex not on guard and were shredding papers? Seems a lot of t his is being taken way out of context - AND that Obama really didn't have a lot that he could have done to prevent this or helped very much. How about some responsibility for the military leaders who were actually THERE when it happened??