Friday, November 25, 2011

Mitt Romney Defends Ad Quoting Obama Out Of Context

The ad which began airing in New Hampshire Tuesday uses audio of then-Sen. Obama campaigning in the state in 2008, saying: "If we keep talking about the economy, we're going to lose.

The ad omits any acknowledgement that Obama was quoting the campaign of his opponent, 2008 GOP nominee John McCain. Instead, the ad leaves the impression that it is Obama who does not want to discuss the economy.

Romney told reporters in Des Moines his campaign distributed the ad with a press release noting the words were originally from Obama's opponent.

"There was no hidden effort on the part of our campaign. It was instead to point out that what's sauce for the goose is now sauce for the gander," Romney said, after addressing more than 300 employees of a downtown insurance company. "This ad points out, now, guess what, it's your turn. The same lines used on John McCain are now going to be used on you, which is that this economy is going to be your albatross."

It's a more aggressive tone for Romney, who all along in his second bid for the GOP nomination has cast himself as the field's most prepared candidate to tackle the economy. Now, he is signaling that he'll pull no punches with Obama.

source:http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/23/mitt-romney-obama-ad_n_1110884.html?ref=politics

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Newt Gingrich is done on arrival

In his first debate as the Republican frontrunner, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich took a political gamble Tuesday by wading into the volatile issue of limited amnesty for long-time illegal immigrants.

"If you've been here 25 years and you got three kids and two grandkids, you've been paying taxes and obeying the law, you belong to a local church, I don't think we're going to separate you from your family, uproot you forcefully and kick you out," Gingrich said near the end of the CNN debate on national security.

source: http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2011/11/22/gingrich-shows-humane-side-on-immigration/

Monday, November 21, 2011

Obama: Unemployment and Re-Election

Obama: Unemplyment and Re-Election
So long as the unemployment rate is stuck at 9%, President Obama's reelection chances are in doubt.

Obama isn't likely to produce nearly enough jobs before the 2012 election to greatly improve his prospects. What he can do in the absence of an unexpected burst of economic growth is demonstrate that the jobless rate is a special focus.

That's no easy feat on a tour of the Asian-Pacific, which Obama wrapped up on Saturday. The trip was a blur of summits, state dinners, arrival ceremonies, bilateral meetings, speeches and news conferences — many held in gorgeous tropical settings.

How would Obama persuade voters that his week away was connected to their everyday concerns?

Through image and message.

For starters, Obama ditched a tradition dating back two decades in which leaders at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit donned silly-looking shirts and paraded before the cameras.

read the rest: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/politicsnow/la-pn-obama-trip-20111120,0,595674.story

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Newt Gingrich all over the place

The GOP’s latest presidential frontrunner Newt Gingrich drew a stark contrast between the Tea Party and Occupy movements at a campaign stop in Jacksonville, Florida yesterday. “I would like everyone in the news media to look at the difference between the destructive, hostile, anti-civilization behaviors of the so-called Occupy Wall Street crowd and the serious studying of the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, the federalist papers, and all the things the Tea Party is doing which are constructive, designed to get America back on track,” he declared. “They want to tear down our country, we love our country and we want to rebuild our country. That’s the difference.”
GINGRICH: There is a strain of hostile people on the left organized across the country who believe in trashing things, believe in destroying things. Who do they think paid for the park they are sleeping in? Who do they thing paid for the bathroom they want to use? Who do they think paid for the food they’re eating? America wasn’t created by people who woke up every morning saying, ‘You owe me.’ America was created who woke up every morning and said ‘I’m going to go to work and I’m going to do something positive, and I’m going to contribute.’ I think we ought to confront them head on. [...]

PROTESTER: Mic-Check!

PROTESTERS: Mic-Check!

PROTESTER: The 99 percent…

GINGRICH: Hold On. I want to answer you very directly. There is no such thing in America as 99 percent! We are 100 percent Americans! We are all part of America!”

Weekly Address: Creating an Economy Built to Last



Remarks of President Barack Obama
Weekly Address
Bali, Indonesia
Saturday, November 19, 2011


Today, I’m speaking to you from Indonesia as I finish up my trip to the Asia Pacific – the region where we do most of our trade and sell most of our exports. And over the past week, the progress we’ve made in opening markets and boosting exports here will help create more jobs and more growth in the United States.

Here in Indonesia, I was proud to join leaders from some of our nation’s top companies as they announced trade deals that will support nearly 130,000 American jobs and potentially increase U.S. exports by up to $39 billion. Boeing, for example, will sell more than 200 planes to Indonesia that are built with parts from suppliers in more than 40 states. And a deal to export GE engines will support jobs at plants in Ohio and North Carolina.

These agreements will help us reach my goal of doubling American exports by 2014 – a goal we’re on pace to meet. And they’re powerful examples of how we can rebuild an economy that’s focused on what our country has always done best – making and selling products all over the world that are stamped with three proud words: “Made In America.”

This is important, because over the last decade, we became a country that relied too much on what we bought and consumed. We racked up a lot of debt, but we didn’t create many jobs at all.

If we want an economy that’s built to last and built to compete, we have to change that. We have to restore America’s manufacturing might, which is what helped us build the largest middle-class in history. That’s why we chose to pull the auto industry back from the brink, saving hundreds of thousands of jobs in the process. And that’s why we’re investing in the next generation of high-tech, American manufacturing.

But building an economy that lasts isn’t just about making things – it’s about opening new markets for people to buy them. After all, 95% of the world’s consumers live outside our borders. And as the fastest-growing region in the world, no market is more important to our economic future than the Asia Pacific – a region where our exports already support five million American jobs.

This is why we recently signed a landmark trade agreement with South Korea that will support tens of thousands of American jobs. And it’s why I traveled here this week. In Hawaii, I hosted leaders from across the Asia Pacific, and we agreed to make it easier for American companies to do business overseas. I also worked with President Medvedev of Russia to pursue trade that would increase exports and jobs for American manufacturers and farmers. And working with other leaders, we made progress toward our most ambitious trade agreement yet – a partnership with Pacific nations that holds the potential for more exports and more jobs in a region of nearly three billion consumers.

We may be going through tough times, but as I’ve said time and time again, the United States still has the world’s most dynamic economy, the finest universities, the most innovative companies, and the hardest-working people on Earth. We can compete against anybody – and we can win. As President, I intend to make sure that happens by doing everything I can to give American workers and businesses the chance to succeed.

Michele Bachmann: 'I Haven't Had A Gaffe'

Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann said Thursday that her campaign is helped by the fact that she hasn't "had a gaffe," an interesting -- though perhaps not surprising -- claim considering her knack for making misstatements.

"As people are looking at the candidate that is the most conservative and the most consistent candidate, I've been that candidate. I haven't had a gaffe or something that I've done that has caused me to fall in the polls," Bachmann told Greta van Susteren in a Fox News interview. "People see in me someone who's genuinely a social conservative, a fiscal conservative, a national security conservative and a Tea Partier. I'm the whole package."

While Bachmann may be correct that she hasn't suffered from a substantive stumble on the main stage of late, like her rivals Texas Governor Rick Perry or former Godfather's Pizza CEO Herman Cain, her comments nonetheless appear to gloss over a past that is rife with controversial distortions and slip-ups.

Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/18/michele-bachmann-i-havent_n_1101362.html#s483186&title=Obama_Very_AntiAmerican

Occupy Wall Street Two Month Anniversary

Occupy Wall Street Movement celebrates its two month anniversary yesterday. 23 people have been arrested yesterday as well.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Rick Perry Attacks Obama, Says He's "Privileged"

Rick Perry Attacks Obama, Says He's Privileged
Ok, here we go again with Rick Perry. He's latest attempt to bump his poll numbers was to call President Obama a "privileged" person.

"This president has never felt that angst that [the nation's 14 million unemployed] have in their heart," Perry told Fox News host Sean Hannity. "And I think he's always, when he has had problems, he's always pointed to somebody else and said it's their fault, not mine."

"His thinking that he's the smartest guy in the room has hurt America around the world, particularly when it comes to foreign policy. And I think that mentality of 'I'm the smartest guy in the room and therefore it couldn't be my fault' is really hurting America. And we need a president who has been through their ups and downs in life, and understands what it's like to have to deal with the issues in our economy that we have today in America."

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Michele Bachmann Says She's a Man!

Michele Bachmann Says She's a Man!
Bachmann: am I a man or a woman? I don't know, you tell me!
This is Michele Bachmann's latest attempt to climb back up the poll numbers. "If we want to change this country up…I'm your man," Bachmann said in Webster City, Iowa, on Wednesday. "When people think of the president, they think of who is that individual. And I'm willing to 'man up,' so to speak, for the job and do what needs to be done… I'm a very strong woman."

On Tuesday, Bachmann announced the release of a hard-hitting Web ad, specifically for Iowa, which strikes at her GOP opponents. Among other things: the video uses old clips of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney defending abortion rights, reminds viewers that Texas Gov. Rick Perry supports in-state tuition rates for children of illegal immigrants, shows former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Nancy Pelosi together for a "global warming campaign," and swipes at Ron Paul and Herman Cain on foreign policy.

Romney Criticizes Obama, Calls 'Lazy'

This is Mitt Romney's latest stupid remark: Sometimes I just don't think that President Obama understands America
This is Mitt Romney's latest stupid remark: "Sometimes I just don't think that President Obama understands America," Romney told spectators at a South Carolina factory that produces corporate signs. "Now I say that because this week, or was it last week, he said that Americans are lazy. I don’t think that describes America."

Obama delivered his "lazy" remark on Saturday to a group of CEOs at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meetings in Hawaii, where he labeled America as lacking the necessary fire to promote itself in the global arena.

"We've been a little bit lazy over the last couple of decades," Obama said. "We've kind of taken for granted -- 'Well, people would want to come here' -- and we aren't out there hungry, selling America and trying to attract new businesses into America."

Breaking: Newt Gingrich Works For Freddie Mac

Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich said during a Nov. 9 debate that he earned a $300,000 fee to advise Freddie Mac as a “historian” who warned that the mortgage company’s business model was “insane.”

More: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-11-15/gingrich-said-to-be-paid-by-freddie-mac-to-win-republican-allies.html

Perry's New Plan: "uproot, tear down and rebuild" Washington

Now he's trying to rediscover his thunder by launching a new wave of attacks against Washington - after all, if you don't have new plans, then attack Washington. This always works. 'Uproot, tear down and rebuild' Washington is the way Rick Perry's going to change Washington.
Rick Perry is desperate to get traction. He debuted at the top of the polls past summer when entered into the Republican presidential race to challenge Pres. Obama in 2012 general election. THEN, he started to speak, in doing so, he opened up his big can whoopas$. He said stuff like Social Security is a Ponzi-scheme. This stuff even concerned the Republican primary voters.

Now he's trying to rediscover his thunder by launching a new wave of attacks against Washington - after all, if you don't have new plans, then attack Washington. This always works. "Uproot, tear down and rebuild" Washington is the way Rick Perry's going to change Washington.

"It is time to tear down the monuments to bureaucratic failure, and in their place build a smaller, more efficient federal government that puts the American people first," Perry said at a manufacturing facility in Bettendorf. "The Washington insiders won't address Beltway decay, they won't try a totally new way, because they like things as they are."

"It is time to tear down the monuments to bureaucratic failure, and in their place build a smaller, more efficient federal government that puts the American People first," Perry said, declaring himself the only true outsider in the Republican presidential field.

Democrats on the Congressional super committee are willing to continue Bush tax cuts

Democrats on the Congressional super committee are willing to continue Bush tax cuts

Middle class again gets hammered by both the Republicans and Democrats.

So good luck folks - whoever voted for the Republicans or Democrats. Keep up for good work America!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Scott Walker Recall Effort Begins

Opponents of Republican Gov. Scott Walker, spurred by anger over his successful push to take away nearly all public worker collective bargaining rights, blanketed the state Tuesday to launch an unprecedented effort to gather 540,000 signatures and force a recall election.

The petition drive began in the early morning hours with rallies and pajama parties. More than 100 events were planned across Wisconsin as supporters tried to collect an average of 9,000 signatures a day to meet the target.

Lisa Tareski of Milwaukee, who voted for Walker, was one of eight people who won a contest sponsored by the Democratic Party to be the first to sign the petitions.

"I want to fix my mistake and be one of the first to tell Scott Walker that he did not have my full support in 2010 and he never will," Tareski said in a statement.

Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/15/scott-walker-recall-wisconsin_n_1094469.html

Obama ranks low among recent incumbents

President Barack Obama's overall approval rating remains in the mid-40s, where it has been since July, and he continues to receive much higher marks for foreign policy than for domestic issues, according to a new national survey out one year before he is up for re-election.

A CNN/ORC International Poll released Tuesday indicates that 52% of all Americans approve of how the president is handling the situation in Iraq, an indication that Americans tend to favor Obama's decision to withdraw all U.S. troops from that country by year's end. Forty-eight percent of those questioned approve of how he is handling the war in Afghanistan. By contrast, only 35% have a positive view of his economic track record, and just 38% approve of how he is handling health care policy.
- CNN: http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2011/11/15/cnn-poll-obama-ranks-low-among-recent-incumbents/

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Rick Perry's OOPS Moment at the Republican Debate

Going into the Republican Debate, all eyes were on Herman Cain as he was in this lewd sexual harassment scandal, but Rick Perry stole the spotlight away from Cain with a verbal-gaffe of his own.
Going into the Republican Debate, all eyes were on Herman Cain as he was in this lewd sexual harassment scandal, but Rick Perry stole the spotlight away from Cain with a verbal-gaffe of his own. LOL.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry unwittingly stole the spotlight from his rival with a potentially fatal verbal fumble that he punctuated with a feeble “oops,” neatly making Mr. Cain's woes look minuscule in comparison in a debate that was already paying them short shrift.

Perry, whose past debate performances raised questions about his readiness for the national stage, stumbled badly in the course of naming three federal agencies he would eliminate.

In the course of promising to repeal job-crushing government regulations, Perry said he would eliminate three government agencies. But in an excruciating minute-long answer full of pauses, he could not remember the third.

"Commerce, Education, and the -- what's the third one there? Let's see," Perry said, looking puzzled and searching his notes.

When he finally named the Environmental Protection Agency after another candidate mentioned it as a possibility, Harwood followed up.

"Seriously, is the EPA the one you were talking about?" he asked.

"No sir, no sir. We were talking about the agencies of government -- the EPA needs to be rebuilt," Perry responded. "There's no doubt about that."

"But you can't name the third one?" Harwood pressed.

Finally, Perry gave up.

"Commerce and, let's see," he said. "I can't. The third one, I can't. Sorry. Oops."

The moment was so problematic that the Perry campaign made the rare decision to bring the candidate himself into the spin room to explain himself. It turned out the agency he was searching for was the Department of Energy

"I'm sure glad I had my boots on because I sure stepped in it out there," Perry told a pack of reporters. "The bottom line is, I may have forgotten Energy, but I didn't forget my conservative principles."

Romney adviser Eric Fehrnstrom let the moment speak for itself.

"There is nothing I could say that could darken the night that Rick Perry had," he told reporters. "I would prefer to talk about Gov. Romney's performance."

- CNN http://www.cnn.com/2011/11/09/politics/gop-debate/index.html

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Herman Cain Says NO - Team Obama'12 Reports

Herman Cain Says NO, Obama'12 Reports
Obama, Barack Obama 2012, Republican presidential candidate and front runner Herman continues to say no to all the allegations. "They simply didn't happen. They simply did not happen," Cain insisted of the accusations of inappropriate sexual behavior, and at least one incident of alleged sexual groping, when he was head of the National Restaurant Association from 1996 to 1999.

But Karen Kraushaar, one of the women who have made allegations, told CNN Tuesday night that Cain is a "serial denier." She declined direct comment on Cain's Tuesday remarks, but said she wanted to meet with the other accusers about their cases.

At a news conference he held to respond to the latest accusation, made Monday by Sharon Bialek, a Chicago woman who once worked at the restaurant group, Cain described her as a "troubled" woman put up to making false allegations by forces trying to derail his presidential bid.

Cain said it could be the "Democrat machine" behind the allegations but added that he didn't know for sure. He also said he expected further attempts to smear his name and reputation, and vowed that he would not be deterred.

"As far as these accusations causing me to back off and maybe withdraw from this presidential primary race? Ain't going to happen," Cain said.

partial source: http://www.cnn.com/2011/11/08/politics/cain-allegations/index.html

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Joe Biden: We Have to Act Now

Speaking from the University of Pittsburgh, Vice President Biden argues that this month's jobs numbers demonstrate that Congress should pass the American Jobs Act to strengthen our economy and create jobs right away.



Remarks of Vice President Joe Biden
Weekly Address
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Saturday, November 5, 2011


Hi, this is Joe Biden. I’m speaking to you from the University of Pittsburgh, where I just spoke to students here about what we’ve done to help ease the burden on them when it comes to the rising cost of tuition and the accumulating student debt and what we’re going to do to help create jobs when they graduate.

Today we found out we’ve had the 20th month in a row where we’ve increased private sector jobs -- 104,000 this month, 104,000 private sector jobs. And as all you know, that's not nearly enough. We have to increase the pace. We have to act now to do everything in our power to keep this economy moving and to grow jobs.

President Obama is on his way back from France where he just met with the leaders of the 20 largest economies in the world, where he urged our European friends to step up and stabilize their own economies because if they fail, it will affect the whole world.

Too many Americans are still struggling. Too many college students here at the University of Pittsburgh and elsewhere are worrying about the rising cost of their tuition, and the increasing accumulation of debt. And too many of their parents are in stagnant jobs or out of work, wondering if they're going to be able to send their child back to college next semester.

My dad used to have a saying. He said, a job is about a lot more than a paycheck. It’s about dignity. It’s about respect.

And too many Americans have been stripped of their dignity through no fault of their own. So we can't wait to help them. The President and I believe we have to act now. That's why we’ve introduced the jobs bill which independent validators said would create 2 million new jobs.

Although 51 senators voted for that jobs bill, our Republican colleagues in the Senate used a procedural requirement that requires it to have 60 votes, so it failed.

And since then we’ve taken every important piece of the jobs bill and demanded that we have a separate vote. But our Republican colleagues in the Senate have voted unanimously to vote down each and every part so far: to restore 400,000 jobs for teachers, police officers, firefighters, putting them back in classrooms, on the streets and in the fire houses.

And then on Thursday, they unanimously voted down the second part of our program: to rebuild our crumbling roads and bridges, which would have created more than 400,000 good-paying jobs.

These are all programs that the Republicans in the past have supported, but once again, every Republican voted no -- blocking the majority will to put these folks back to work.

I think the assumption is that they're voting no because of the way we would pay for these jobs, and we do pay for them. We think everybody should pay their fair share, so that's why we put a small surtax on the first dollar after a person has already made $1 million. That seems fair to us, and it pays for the bill. It’s a small price to pay to put hundreds of thousands of people back to work.

So, look, we can't wait. We can't wait for the Congress to start acting responsibly, and that's why the President has used his executive power to announce that hundreds of thousands of people will be able to refinance their homes from 6 percent interest rates to 4 percent, saving them an average of $2,000 a year. That's why the President announced that beginning next year, no student will have to pay back more than 10 percent of their discretionary income toward their student debt. He also announced new regulations regarding prescription drugs to prevent price gouging. And there’s more to come.

If the Republican Congress won’t join us, we’re going to continue to act on our own to make the changes that we can to bring relief to middle-class families and those aspiring to get in the middle class.

Look, it’s simple: We refuse to take no for an answer. We know these steps taken alone are not going to solve all of our problems, but they will make a difference in the lives of millions of American families struggling to hold on. And you know and I know if the Republicans would just let the Congress do its job, let it step up and meet its responsibilities, we could do so much more, and we could do it immediately.

That's why the President and I need your help to tell your Republican congressmen and senators to step up. Tell them to stop worrying about their jobs and start worrying about yours because we’re all in this together, and together is the way we’re going to bring America back even stronger than it was before.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Obama'12 Opinions

You ideas regarding President Barack Obama and 2012 election cycle:

Michael Paul -
I want to join Barack Obama in retirement in 2013. However, I won't be able to do that. Four years are enough. We are not entitled to anything but those rights in the Bill of Rights, Health care is not a "right", it is a service provided by someone or an entity. Forget the birth certificate, I want to see his Passport from 25 years ago. I am a member of the top 5% and I worked hard and took responsibility for myself to get there.

Gilbert Lama -
Your back is to the wall, Boss. You need a home run in your upcoming address. We need a specific, concise and targeted course of action. Otherwise, I fear support for you within the base will continue to erode. We desperately need you to be reelected. The radical agenda of most in the republican field is frightening. O'B you're our only hope!

Seth Cohen -
Obama is doing the right thing. Cutting social security will screw people like teachers, and the economy wil be in worse shape. I don't want my mom to pay more in taxes but those entitlement programs is what keeps every american off the streets and into homes. If the republicans get into office, especially Bachman, then we are screwed cause she will put all her stupid ideas into effect and the economy will plummet. Keep the Democrats into office, republicans will economically kill everyone but the wealthy.

Rick Perry Drunk at New Hampsire Event

Rick Perry, Gov. of Texas, running for White House in 2012. Was he Rick Perry drunk or not drunk?

IF you look at his debate performance, you probably couldn't tell whether he was drunk or not.

"I can tell you unequivocally he wasn't drinking at the event and he hadn't been drinking prior to the event," said Kevin Smith, executive director of conservative group Cornerstone Action, which organized the event, told The Hill. "I was sitting with him, and I found him to be very engaging with all of the people he was talking with, he was very articulate."

According to Smith, Perry drank "only water" in the period leading up to his address. He also said that the general reaction by the Granite State audience had been, "wow, he hit it out of the park" with the speech.
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