Videos: Romney on the attack after Obama’s “You didn’t build that” remark

posted at 8:01 pm on July 17, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Mitt Romney delivered an impressive rebuttal to Barack Obama’s ill-considered remarks in a Roanoke, Virginia speech on small business owners this past Sunday.  In a dramatic change of subject, Romney blasted Obama for suggesting that Steve Jobs didn’t build Apple, Bill Gates didn’t build Microsoft, and (with a chuckle) that Papa John didn’t build his pizzeria powerhouse.  Calling Obama’s remarks “both startling and revealing,” Romney’s rhetoric peaked when he argued that the American economy hasn’t seen success because Obama has spent the last three yearsattacking success.  This is the meat of Romney’s remarks:

The idea to say that Steve Jobs didn’t build Apple, that Henry Ford didn’t build Ford Motor, that Papa John didn’t build Papa John Pizza, that Ray Kroc didn’t build McDonald’s, that Bill Gates didn’t build Microsoft, you go on the list, that Joe and his colleagues didn’t build this enterprise, to say something like that is not just foolishness, it is insulting to every entrepreneur, every innovator in America and it’s wrong. [Applause]

And by the way, the President’s logic doesn’t just extend to the entrepreneurs that start a barber shop or a taxi operation or an oil field service business like this and a gas service business like this, it also extends to everybody in America that wants to lift themself up a little further, that goes back to school to get a degree and see if they can get a little better job, to somebody who wants to get some new skills and get a little higher income, to somebody who have, may have dropped out that decides to get back in school and go for it. People who reach to try and lift themself up. The President would say, well you didn’t do that. You couldn’t have gotten to school without the roads that government built for you. You couldn’t have gone to school without teachers. So you didn’t, you are not responsible for that success. President Obama attacks success and therefore under President Obama we have less success and I will change that. [Applause]

I’ve got to be honest, I don’t think anyone could have said what he said who had actually started a business or been in a business. And my own view is that what the President said was both startling and revealing. I find it extraordinary that a philosophy of that nature would be spoken by a President of the United States.  It goes to something that I have spoken about from the beginning of the campaign.  That this election is, to a great degree, about the soul ofAmerica. Do we believe in an America that is great because of government or do we believe in an America that is great because of free people allowed to pursue their dreams and build our future?

This is just about pitch perfect. In the midst of all these attacks on Bain Capital and private equity, conservatives have urged Romney to start fighting back with full-throated defenses of capitalism and private property. Obama’s weird statement gave Romney the perfect opening, and Romney did not let it go to waste. He also correctly diagnosed why Obama made that argument and why Obama’s prescription is exactly what we don’t need in the next four years, which he addresses in the part of the speech that immediately follows this excerpt.

Here’s the full speech, courtesy of The Right Scoop, along with the transcript below:

Thank you. Thank you so much. Boy, Pennsylvania knows how to welcome somebody, I’ll tell you that. You guys. You know it is that enthusiasm and that optimism that I am convinced is going to drive America to an economic rebound, is going to create jobs, a brighter future for our kids. I am not someone who is looking to America to decline, I am looking to America to take off and it’s going to happen with new leadership. But we’re going to have to take a very different direction than thiscountry has been on in the last three and half years if we’re going to see the kind of bright future we’d like to see for ourselves, for our friends and neighbors, and for our children. Because the President came into office and recognized things were in trouble and he went on The Today Show after being inaugurated and he said “look if I can’t turn around the economy in three years, I’d be looking at a one-term proposition.” Well, he’s right. Now I think he’s got the message that there are 23 million Americans that are out of work, or that have stopped looking for work, or can only get part time jobs. I think he has heard that about half of thisyears college graduates can’t find work or find work that’s consistent withtheir college degree. I think he’s heard the message that the median income in America has dropped by 10% in the last four years. I think he’s seen the record number of foreclosures and so he has to recognize his policies have failed to get America working again. And my guess is that he wonders why that is and I have the answer for him: liberal policies don’t make good jobs. [Applause]

You look at them one by one. Everybody knows that our healthcare system has all sorts of problems and things that need to be corrected, most important of which, or one of the most important is it’s very expensive, health insurance is extraordinarily expensive. There are a lot of things that need to be done to improve healthcare but Obamacare is not the answer. We’ve got to replace it and get rid of it. [Applause] He has other policies that haven’t helped create jobs. Obamacare, you know, I hope you know the Obamacare, by the way, I hope you know the numbers on that and the impact it’s had on job creation. The Chamber of Commerce went out to their members and surveyed them and said what’s been the impact of Obamacare and three quarters, three quarters said they are less likely to hire people because of Obamacare. You see, his policies did not help create jobs, they depressed job creation andthat’s why we’re still struggling with so many people out of work. And by the way, let me just note, this number, 8.2% unemployment, we have gone 41 months with unemployment above 8%. And why’s that number, why do we keep ontalking about 8%? Because that’s the bogey the President himself set. He said look if we let him borrow $787 billion in his first year, which Congress let him do, that he would hold unemployment below 8%, and it has not been below 8% since. And that’s a number but it represents real people, people facing some real tough times, people out of work, and stopped looking for work, as I said, but also people who are actually working in jobs, a lot of them facing tough times. A lot of people employed wonder whether they’re going to be able to afford retirement. There are a number of folks who, I don’t know whether you read the story over the weekend, there was a story in The New York Times, which described a couple of women that are working in a day care center, one of whom is a single mom. She has three kids. One full-time job, three kids does not make a real comfortable life. She’s had tougher and tougher times. Being middle class in America is getting tougher and tougher and a lot of people in the middle class have fallen into poverty. This President’s economy is not working for the American people, even for those that are employed. [Applause]

So I mentioned Obamacare as something that kills iobs. There’s another one. When you increase the number of regulations at a rate three times that of his predecessor, with a bill likeDodd-Frank that makes it harder for small banks to grow and thrive and makeloans, you don’t add jobs. When you have energy policies that say no to fracking and no to drilling offshore and no to drilling in Alaska, no to taking advantage of our resources here, when you say no to coal, when you put in place regulations that don’t allow coal to be able to be mined or to be used, these things kill jobs and that’s got to stop.

There’s, there’s something else that’s got to stop and I believe you know about this but you know the history of our country is a country where individuals with their dreams go out and begin an enterprise like this one here that Joe and his colleagues built, and they go out and talk to friends and family and say “would you loan us the money to start the business” and people scrape together the cash and build, or buy a building like they bought this one here and get started in business, sometimes successfully, sometimes not, that’s sort of how we have done it in this country. And that’s very different than the way they’ve done it in other countries, where the government comes in, and based on who you know in government, whose a friend in government, you get money from them, you get tax payer dollars. That’s happening in this country today. I am ashamed to say that we’re seeing our President hand out money to the businesses of campaign contributors, when he gave money, $500 million in loans to a company called Fisker that makes high-end electric cars, and they make the cars now in Finland. That is wrong and it’s got to stop. That kind of cronycapitalism does not create jobs and it does not create jobs here. I believe in free people and free markets and I want government to get out ofinvesting in individual businesses. [Applause]

So, so the President’s looking around for someone to blame, and recently, I became the reason for all our problems here. I was as surprised, my family and me, but he’s always looking for someone out there: ATM machines, tsunamis, China, Europe. I mean it’s always something, Congress. We won’t forget, by the way, that Congress was in his party for two years with a super majority. He takes responsibility for what happened while he was President and he had his Congress. But so he’s looking around, he can’tfind someone to blame effectively. He’s out of ideas. He’s got no new ideas for getting the economy going. He’s got no one new to blame. He’s out of touch with what’s happening in the country and that’s why in November we are going to put him out of office. [Applause]

You know, thank you, you know something happened, something happened on Friday. President Obama exposed what he really thinks about free people and the American vision, and government, what he really thinks about America itself. He probably wants to understand why hispolicies failed. If you want to understand why his policies have failed, why what he has done has not created jobs, or rising incomes in America, you can look at what he said. And what he said was this, I quote, and he was speaking about businesses like this one, small businesses, big businesses, mid-sized businesses, mining businesses, manufacturing service businesses of all kinds. He said this: “If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that, somebody else made that happen.” That somebody else is government in his view. He goes on to describe the people who deserve the credit for building this business. And, of course, he describes people who we care very deeply about, who make a difference in our lives, our schoolteachers, fire fighters, people who build roads. We need those things, we value schoolteachers, fire fighters, people who build roads, you really couldn’t have a business if you didn’t have those things. But, you know, we pay for those things. The taxpayers pay for government. It’s not like government just provides those to all of us and we say oh thank you government for doing those things. In fact we pay for them and we benefit from them and we appreciate the work that they do and the sacrifices that are done by people who work in government. But they did not build this business.

The idea to say that Steve Jobs didn’t build Apple, that Henry Ford didn’t build Ford Motor, that Papa John didn’t build Papa John Pizza, that Ray Kroc didn’t build McDonald’s, that Bill Gates didn’t build Microsoft, you go on the list, that Joe and his colleagues didn’t build this enterprise, to say something like that is not just foolishness, it is insulting to every entrepreneur, every innovator in America and it’s wrong. [Applause] And by the way, the President’s logic doesn’t just extend to the entrepreneurs that start a barber shop or a taxi operation or an oil field service business like this and a gas service business like this, it also extends to everybody in America that wants to lift themself up a little further, that goes back to school to get a degree and see if they can get a little better job, to somebody who wants to get some new skills and get a little higher income, to somebody who have, may have dropped out that decides to get back in school and go for it. People who reach to try and lift themself up. The President would say, well you didn’t do that. You couldn’t have gotten to school without the roads that government built for you. You couldn’t have gone to school without teachers. So you didn’t, you are not responsible for that success. President Obama attacks success and therefore under President Obama we have less success and I will change that. [Applause]I’ve got to be honest, I don’t think anyone could have said what he said who had actually started a business or been in a business. And my own view is that what the President said was both startling and revealing. I find it extraordinary that a philosophy of that nature would be spoken by a President of the United States. It goes to something that I have spoken about from the beginning of the campaign. That this election is, to a great degree, about the soul ofAmerica. Do we believe in an America that is great because of government or do we believe in an America that is great because of free people allowed to pursue their dreams and build our future? [Applause]

You understand, of course, what’s going on. What he is saying is his justification for raising taxes higher and higher, because government needs more. What he is saying is his justification for Obamacare, which says that we need 2,300 pages of legislation to have government more intrusive in your life. What he is saying is his justification for a larger and larger government. This is very different, by the way, than the Democratic Party of Bill Clinton that said that the era of big-government was over, that reformed welfare. You heard that story by the way, he is trying to take work out of welfare requirement. It is changing the nature ofAmerica, changing the nature of what the Democrats have fought for, and Republicans have fought for. In the past, people of both parties understood that encouraging achievement, encouraging success, encouraging people to lift themselves as high as they can, encouraging entrepreneurs, celebrating success instead of attacking it and denigrating, makes America strong. That’s the right course for this country. His course isextraordinarily foreign. [Applause]

Now, Joe, Joe got it right. Where did Joe go? He, there he is right here. Joe got it right. He said somethingabout what would happen if President Obama were reelected. And I don’t think that’s going to happen. But if he were reelected, I want you to know that what you’ve see for the last three and a half years, you’d be seeing for the next four and a half years. And what that means is: chronic high levels of unemployment, it means low wage growth to negative wage growth, declining median incomes in this country, and it means putting America on the door to fiscal calamity. We have seen what Obama’s political philosophy brings, and we don’t want any more of it. [Applause] I have a very different view than the President’s. You see, I happen to believe that the kid who studies hard and works hard and gets an ‘A,’ that he achieved that or she achieved that and I give them credit it for doing so. [Applause] I believed the person who worked hard and did a good job and got a promotion deserves credit for having achieved that. I believe that the young person who came up with a new idea that changed the world on the internet deserves credit for having done that. [Applause] And, by theway, I believe that Joe and people around him and all these businesses I met around the country that have grown and thrived, I believe that they and thepeople who work there, built those enterprises, it is their responsibility,their achievement, and they deserve credit for it. [Applause]

The President justifies taking more of what people earn by saying:“look it’s also our system of government that makes things possible for entrepreneurs and innovators and that’s true, but let’s stop and think about the government and what it tells us in its founding document, the Declaration of Independence. It does not say that the government gave us our rights; it said that God gave us our rights—they come with us, not with government. It said that among our rights given to us by God, by our creator, were life and liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Our capacity to build and lift ourselves and reach for the stars is not thanks to a government that says “fine.” It is instead thanks to a God who loves us and gives us those rights and those opportunities. [Applause]

I’m convinced that President Obama’s efforts to denigrate and diminish success and individual achievement would diminish us all, and that’s one reason why he’s not going to get reelected. I’ll tell you this: I’m convinced he wants Americans to be ashamed of success. I want Americans to welcome it, to celebrate success, to encourage people to reach as high as they can and in some cases to build enterprises. I don’t want government to take credit for what the individuals of America accomplish. Whether they work in government or work in the private sector, it’s the people of America that make America the unique nation, the exceptional nation that it is. [Applause]

I believe that if you have a philosophy and an approach as a nation which celebrates risk-takers and celebrates achievement and says go out there and do whatever you can and welcomes dreamers from all over the world that that will make us more prosperous and create more jobs. We know what his philosophy brings. We’ve seen it the last three and a half years. We’ve seen the numbers. We’ve seen the suffering. His philosophy of big government, government intrusive in our lives, higher taxes keeps us from achieving what we can achieve. I’ve got five steps to get this economy going again, five things I’m going to do. And I want you to know those five things, if we do them—and I’ll do them—if we do them these things are going to cause a resurgence in America’s economy that’s going to surprise the world, is going to convince moms and dads that the future’s brighter for them and the future’s brighter for their kids. And I’ll tell you what those five things are:

Number one: I want to take advantage of our oil and our gas and our coal and our renewables and our nuclear. [Applause] Seems to me you agree with that point.

Let me mention another one, and that is one that this President has really not pursued, and that is trade. You see, we’re a highly productive nation. We make more goods and services per person than any other major nation in the world. And so it helps us to trade with other nations. By the way: China and Europe figured that out. Over the last four years, three and a half years rather, they’ve put together some forty-four different trade agreements with other nations to sell goodsback and forth because they know that helps them. Do you know how many this President has put in place? Zero. If I’m President, I want to open up new trade with places particularly in Latin America, right next door: a lot of people, a growing middle class, huge opportunity for us. That’s my number two is trade.

Number three: when you have a government that consistently borrows massively more than it takes in and you create larger and larger debt, as that debt gets so large relative to the size of the total economy, you slow down economic growth. Slow growth means fewer jobs. And that is why as President of the United States I will get America on track to have a balanced budget. [Applause] So number one energy, number two trade, number three a balanced budget—let me mention another one.

I want to make sure our people have the skills for the jobs of today and tomorrow. And I’m not going to thank government for giving them those skills I’m going to make sure the people have the opportunity to reach for those capabilities. I want people to have good training opportunities in the workplace and in our colleges and universities. I also want people to get the best schools in the world. We’re not providing our kids the education they need. I want more choice in education. I will put our kids first and our unions behind, give the kids the best schools in the world. [Applause]

And my fifth, in addition to skills and education, is this: I want to encourage economic freedom. Our economy is driven by free people pursuing their ideas and their dreams. It is not driven by government. And what the President’s doing is crushing economic freedom. This philosophy of his, least him saying we’re going to take the tax on investment from 15% to 25% so government’s bigger, I want people to be freer. That’s why, in my view, anybody making $250,000 a year and less should pay no taxes on capital gains, interest, or dividends at all. Be able to invest. [Applause] He’s crushing economic freedom, crushing economic freedom with taxes and an overwhelming regulatory burden, with high costs in healthcare, with labor rules that are not favorable to the employee or to the employer but only to the bosses of the unions. Look, we have to restore economic freedom in this country, and when we do those five things—energy, trade, balancing our budget, improving our schools giving people the skills they need, and restoring economic freedom in a major way—we do those things you’re going to see us come roaring back.

I have seen it in the people of America. I have witnessed it as I’ve gone across the campaign trail. I was in San Diego, and I met with a guy named Alex Lukianov, Russian immigrant. Came over here, had some backproblems, looked at how we do surgery and had some ideas about how to come up with something better. He had this idea of instead of operating by going in through the middle of your backbone he goes in through the side and he puts in a little device to fuse the backbone vertebrae—I’m getting complicated here… [Laughter] But the long story short is he starts a business, trains doctors in how to provide this surgery, sells them the device that they put in their back, and, by the way, now he has 1,300 employees working in that business and $900 million in revenues. [Applause] And Mr. President: Mr. Lukianov and the other founders and the workers there built that business. Government did not build that business. [Applause]

I met a guy named Jim Leotold, and Jim didn’t do real well in school: he graduated second from the bottom in his class in high school. And his dad said to him: either go into the military or to college. And college didn’t look like it was the right place for him and he wanted to do something different so he asked his dad if he could get a loan to start a business. He wanted to start a restaurant. He wanted to make hot dogs and hamburgers, I believe, and his dad gave him a loan, but when he got the money he realized: there’s not enough money here to actually start a restaurant that has the cooking grills for hot dogs and hamburgers and the big hoods that vent the smoke and so-forth so all he could do with the money he had was to makesandwiches. So he went into a garage, made sandwiches, and he delivered the sandwiches to people at work. Today, Jim Leotold—or, you know him better as Jimmy John—has 1,200 restaurants and employs tens of thousands of people. [Applause] And you see, I happen to believe that Jim Leotold, JimmyJohn, built that business with the help of people around him, his friends, the people who worked there in that enterprise. I do not give government credit for having built that, I give free people credit for having built that business. [Applause]

And so I see that entrepreneurial spirit and that innovativeness of the American people and our willingness to work hard in whatever role we have and to lift and to improve our lot and to improve the lot of the enterprises we work in—I see that as driving this economy to be the most powerful in the history of the Earth. It has already; it will again. The coursewe’re on right now is foreign to us. It changes America. This is a vote for what kind of America we’re going to have, and for me I vote for freedom and free people. [Applause]

Let me just end with this thought: this is an important choice. This is a defining choice. This is a choice about what America’s going to be. Not just for the next few years but for a century. This is a choice which will determine what kind of future our kids are going to have. And, in fact, it also determines what kind of future the world’s going to have. America plays an unusual role in the world—I think we understand that. Some in some circles tend to brush that aside. But those that have fought in world wars and other conflicts recognize the greatness of America and our unique role in the history of the earth. [Applause]

We call them heroes. I want to express appreciation to heroes proved in liberating strife who more than self their country loved and mercy more than life. Could our veterans please raise their hands and members of the active duty armed services? Thank you. [Applause]

I was in Great Britain some months ago and met with Tony Blair andthen with David Cameron and with other leaders of the government there, and one said this to me: he said, you know Mitt if you’re lucky enough to be elected President of the United States and you travel around from country to country and to their capitals, you will undoubtedly have rehearsed for you all the things they think America is doing wrong. But please don’t ever forget this: the one thing we all fear the most is a weak America. American strength, strength in our values, strength in our homes, strength in our economy, strength in our military is essential to the world it is the best ally for peace. [Applause]

And let me assure you that dividing America and attacking success and minimizing the achievement and accomplishment of entrepreneurs of all kinds—that does not make a stronger America. Believing in America mean believing in those principles upon which this nation was founded. And I do. I will keep those principles aloft. We will fight for them. We will keep America the hope of the earth. Together we will bring back the strength that provides a bright future for us and for our children. Thank you so very much. [Applause]

 

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Go Mitt!!!

RealMc on July 17, 2012 at 8:03 PM

excellent….

Keep this up Mitt…

J U G U L A R

cmsinaz on July 17, 2012 at 8:04 PM

Nicely done, sir.

RedNewEnglander on July 17, 2012 at 8:05 PM

Some people go around praising and thanking God for everything and saying they could not even have begun to have got it or done it without Him. His Royal Majesty, King Insane Hussein Obama, feels that he should have no less position and worship for himself and from everybody. This is Obama’s pathology. The man is nuts.

To Insane Hussein everything comes from the state, which is now him, and without it, and him, individuals would be nothing and have nothing, when in fact the state gets everything it has from individuals and would be nothing, and have nothing, without them. Obama is quite mad – on the level of a rabid dog. He should be locked up in a mental institution.

VorDaj on July 17, 2012 at 8:06 PM

Good on Romney!

Republicans need to go after Obama on his statement again and again. When Americans think of Obama they need to think of “If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.”

WannabeAnglican on July 17, 2012 at 8:07 PM

Do not give up on PA, Mitt. Fight the statists. I don’t want to live in a welfare state. We’re almost there now.

Philly on July 17, 2012 at 8:07 PM

Without a teleprompter, really, is that possible?

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hillsoftx on July 17, 2012 at 8:08 PM

I don’t care..

Obama is Awesome..

Electrongod on July 17, 2012 at 8:08 PM

It’s good to see Romney go on the attack and hit 0bama for his quasi-socialist rantings…but with the MSM working for 0bama Team Romney is going to have to work hard to get this criticism of 0bama out to the voters.

MidniteRambler on July 17, 2012 at 8:08 PM

I’m hoping this really grows legs.

I think it’s opening a lot of people’s eyes. The man is a communist.

This site could keep it going. I might have to create a few and submit them myself.

http://didntbuildthat.com/

ButterflyDragon on July 17, 2012 at 8:08 PM

Great, Mitt.

But unfortunately, thanks to the MSM, your missing tax returns are drowning out everything else you are saying. You need a better answer here.

How ’bout you agree to release your tax returns on the same day Obama releases his college transcripts, academic papers, and Holder’s Fast-and-Furious records?

VastRightWingConspirator on July 17, 2012 at 8:08 PM

Only watched the first clip. I liked it, but what’s up with the people behind him? No reaction at all.

KCB on July 17, 2012 at 8:09 PM

Great speech, with no teleprompter. The part that should get the most coverage, but will get none, is when he said that Obama’s type of small “d” democrat ideology wouldn’t even be sanctioned by Bill Clinton.

What he is saying is his justification for a larger and larger government. This is very different, by the way, than the Democratic Party of Bill Clinton that said that the era of big-government was over, that reformed welfare.

Brilliant.

dirtseller on July 17, 2012 at 8:09 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nM9sbQf9MQ4&feature=BFa&list=UUK7Jy7Dsb2bO1uhv8peZRUg

i think this nrcc thing is pretty good too

r keller on July 17, 2012 at 8:09 PM

“This is just about pitch perfect.”

I agree…

… now pour it on, from every angle, and start pounding Obowma to dust!

Seven Percent Solution on July 17, 2012 at 8:10 PM

How ’bout you agree to release your tax returns on the same day Obama releases his college transcripts, academic papers, and Holder’s Fast-and-Furious records?

VastRightWingConspirator on July 17, 2012 at 8:08 PM

This!!!!!!!!!

dirtseller on July 17, 2012 at 8:10 PM

Excellent,

in the Year 2012,

Where Fight’n Now!!!

canopfor on July 17, 2012 at 8:12 PM

A very good speech. Highly recommend.

El_Terrible on July 17, 2012 at 8:12 PM

Now that’s the Mitt we sing about around the campfire!

50sGuy on July 17, 2012 at 8:12 PM

That was a great speech.

ArmyAunt on July 17, 2012 at 8:13 PM

Is about time this was posted!

tbrickert on July 17, 2012 at 8:13 PM

yeah, very smart to do it w/out teleprompter…looks real, not fake

the two guys in the back that didn’t seem none too impressed were obviously put there represent blue collar men…but the others in this group (off to the right side) seemed to applaud as mitt left the stage

r keller on July 17, 2012 at 8:13 PM

Dispense with the “I’m outrageously outraged” routine and the important-sounding adjectives.

Start asking what business experience Obama has. Start pointing out the things Obama was saying in 2008 about halving the deficit, cutting the unemployment rate and increasing transparency in Washington. Start pointing out that immediately after he ‘banned lobbyists from serving as advisers,’ he immediately brought on lobbyists as advisers.

Point out his flip-flopping on SuperPACs. Point out his flipping on public financing for campaigns.

Point out that Obama was a coke user. Point out that Obama admitted to selling drugs. Point out that Obama has never held a private-sector job for any length of time worth mentioning, and the one time he worked as a legal consultant for a corporation, he called them the “enemy.”

Start lining up what candidate Obama promised and what he’s failed to deliver. Clip after clip. Over and over.

We don’t need to have lectures on “what makes America great” and “what we conservatives believe.” We already know what makes it great. Time to start swinging and landing some punches.

Get in the game.

Good Lt on July 17, 2012 at 8:13 PM

Hey Barry! Try doing that WITHOUT a teleprompter!

GarandFan on July 17, 2012 at 8:14 PM

I recommend listening to the full speech or a 9 minute excerpt, both are here:
http://www.therightscoop.com/soon-watch-romney-live-in-irwin-pennsylvania/
What is great is he’s back to saying that this election is about “the soul of the country,” and it comes off really well, and crowd really eats it up. Worth watching.

anotherJoe on July 17, 2012 at 8:15 PM

Obama started off,going after Joe the Plumber,then the CEO’s,
and their bonuses,and the have and have-nots,and it kept going,
and going….and going…..

and that was Obama’s last four years,

every company,individual,and Country was Demonized,
BeSmirched,and DeBaucherized

canopfor on July 17, 2012 at 8:15 PM

What the microphones didn’t catch after Obama’s speech……Part I

“Mrs O’Malley, may I call you Nita? I understand that you stayed in school, studied hard, didn’t act like a slut, didn’t get pregnant, and worked your way to college. You took a couple of jobs waiting tables and saved your pennies. When your girlfriends were off in Vegas partying it up with the guys, you stayed home, ate Ramen Noodles, and banked your money because you had a dream.

When you graduated with your degrees in HRT and Accounting, you took a job running a restaurant and baked pies — and, you know how I love me some pie — at night to sell to various restaurants and cafes. On the weekends, you cleaned houses and offices, scrubbing other people’s vomit and excrement off of their toilets. You never complained. I admire that.

I get that there came a day when you passed a ‘For Sale” sign on a building that had a nice storefront with a flat overhead. Yes, you went down to the bank, and because you didn’t qualify for any Federal loan assistance programme, you took out a mortgage with a slightly higher interest rate. You dreamed of opening a restaurant and bakery.

You celebrated the day that the bank handed you the keys and you opened the door to the dusty, rank, “has charm” building that you hoped would one day house your dream business, but you knew that there would need to be a lot of changes made. So, you asked around for some names of contractors and carpenters.

One day, John showed up raring to go. Before you could even ask about his previous work experience, your restaurant was already taking shape, as if he could read your mind….and, he could. It turns out that John came from a long line of contractors. He had also tried his hand at the restaurant business. He was a great chef, but a not-so-great manager.

Along with the long line of plumbers, electricians, painters, carpenters, deliverymen, etc., hordes of “inspectors” and other government “lookie-louies” descended upon the new meat on the block. With right hand extend to shake, their left hands were extended to shakedown. I understand that there is a lot of “waste, fraud and abuse” in government and, as I promised in my 2008 campaign, eliminating “waste, fraud and abuse” will be my #1 priority in my second term. Just keep in mind, that public officials do an indispensable job, make less than workers in the private sector, and have suffered the most in George Bush’s Great Recession and Recovery Summer That Never Seems To Arrive — ya know, just like his FEMA teams after Katrina…now, I’m not saying that because George Bush hates black people or anything…it’s just the facts…all economists of every ideological stripe agree with me — so, try to help them out with a little cash. In my hometown of Chicago, we have such a system and have noticed a definite decrease in wait times when residents cooperate.

Anyway, along the way, you and John fell in love and decided to get married. As a wedding gift, John took over the mortgage in his own name prior to the ceremony and gave you title to the building and restaurant. When the restaurant was finished, you guys invited your families and friends and threw a wedding. It was a fantastic day, a great test run of the kitchen, staff, menu, and fabulous way to get early feedback.

Instead of taking a honeymoon, you two went upstairs to your flat for a couple of days. Enjoyed. Recovered. Then, put the “Open” sign on the door.

The first year was tough. You paid your workers and hardly ever saw a penny for yourselves. You both laid in bed at night and wondered if this was going to end in disaster. Nita, you started baking and selling pies to other restaurants and cafes again. John even picked up some construction work on the side. But, you both persevered.

The next year got a better. The traffic increased, as did the size of your family. Although you provided health insurance for your employees, you couldn’t afford it for yourselves. So, you borrowed money from your families to pay the hospital bills and brought Jonathan home from the hospital — free and clear.

Resist We Much on July 17, 2012 at 8:15 PM

Good on ya, Mitt !
Passing this on, since the alphabets won’t give it much play.
Thanks, Ed.

pambi on July 17, 2012 at 8:15 PM

The best part of that speech was the mention that Obama has moved the Democratic Party away from their core ideals of the past.

He should just come right out and say it, Obama has turned the Democratic Party into the Communist Lite Party.

ButterflyDragon on July 17, 2012 at 8:16 PM

Do we believe in an America that is great because of government or do we believe in an America that is great because of free people allowed to pursue their dreams and build our future?

GOOD QUESTION. One that obamacommie can NOT answer without revealing his stalanist, racist roots.

When obamacommie loses, can we please deport his miserable communist ass? Please! This is America, we don’t need anymore stinking trash like him here.

Wolfmoon on July 17, 2012 at 8:16 PM

Great, Mitt.

But unfortunately, thanks to the MSM, your missing tax returns are drowning out everything else you are saying.
You need a better answer here.

How ’bout you agree to release your tax returns on the same day Obama releases his college transcripts, academic papers, and Holder’s Fast-and-Furious records?

VastRightWingConspirator on July 17, 2012 at 8:08 PM

Narrative.

He should just stop answering the tax returns question and just repeating this message today, OVER AND OVER AND OVER (just like Scott Walker has advised today).

Stay on OFFENSE (and it would be nice to schedule more than one event a day).

PappyD61 on July 17, 2012 at 8:16 PM

What the microphones didn’t catch after Obama’s speech……Part II

In your third year, the restaurant where all of the politicos used to have their 3 martini lunches was raided for gambling and dealing drugs. The mayor, Chief of Police, and half of the City Council were indicted. Decent people, who did not want to be thought to associate with such a place and those kind of people, stumbled upon your restaurant and reservations became hard to come by.

So successful did your restaurant become, you began hiring more and more people although I don’t understand what you meant by “People Unlike Us Need Not Apply.” I might need to have Eric Holder look into that because it sounds racist to me. Mrs O’Malley, you claim that you want people that are hard workers, who are willing to sacrifice the good times in the short run for the greater times in the long run, who believe that people make their own destinies, and who believe that life is about choices and choices have consequences. You claim that is what you mean by “People Unlike Us Need Not Apply,” but, Nita, you have to understand that signs like that have a different meaning to our people.

What would your grandmother have thought had she seen that sign? You have to remember all of the oppression and insults. As my spiritual mentor of 20 years taught me, “white folks’ greed rules a world in need.” So, just between you and me, girl, you be careful about that cracker husband of yours and all of those white people that smile and say “May I have some more water, please?” As my friend Maureen Dowd would tell you, “Girlfriend, you have to listen for the “girl” at the end of that…even if it isn’t said.” It’s true. It really, really is and don’t go listening to that libertarian nut that writes about “Dowderisation.” Joe Miller really did say “You lie, boy!” I was there. Who are you going to believe? My lying, Dumbo ears or my lying “George, it is NOT a tax” mouth?

You consider yourself a “winner” in life, but you are not. You put up a sign that, basically, says “Winners Only, Losers Need Not Apply.” Who are you to decide who is a winner and who is a loser? Just because you are successful? Just because you didn’t get “punished with a baby” when you were a teenager? Just because you had to work your way through college instead of getting Pell Grants? Just because you’d rather grow your own food out of coffee cans than look sexy by getting food stamps through SNAP? You are a loser. You just don’t know it. What’s more is that you are a snobby loser. You think that you arrived at your successful loserdom all on your lonesome. Well, you. did. not.

Look this is the deal, I know that you worked hard and became successful, Nita, but you didn’t get here on your own. You’ve got a wonderful, thriving business, but you didn’t build it. Neither did that cracker husband of yours — as an aside, do you think that John can give me some pointers with the white, blue collar vote? Man, my numbers with them are lower than Jimmy Carter’s! Anyhoo, Nita, you and John didn’t get here on your own. Somebody else made it all happen. In fact, in your case, several people made it happen and I want to introduce you to some of the kind of people that did it.

(see photos here)

Nita, there are only few true winners in life and I’m one of them. Very soon, a light will shine through that window, a beam of light will come down upon you, you will experience an epiphany … and you will suddenly realise that you must go to the polls and vote for me, Barack Obama, because I am the one you have been waiting for.”

- President Barack Obama, Friday the 13th, 2012

Resist We Much on July 17, 2012 at 8:17 PM

Good Lt on July 17, 2012 at 8:13 PM

If you find fault with this speech, there is nothing Romney can do you will like. Mark Levin even called it superb.

tbrickert on July 17, 2012 at 8:19 PM

Awesome!

This Obama message could not have come at a better time for me, personally.

I’ve been busting my a** for longer than you want to know to put together this start-up company. It’s ambitious – translation, not easy. Long nights, no sleep, pushing far past the point of no return. The point of no return was so long ago, I don’t even remember when I passed it.

Thank heavens Barack Obama came along.

Now all I have to do is forward my calls and e-mail to the White House and wait for my check.

I wish I’d known it was that easy. What a swell guy!

IndieDogg on July 17, 2012 at 8:19 PM

“This is just about pitch perfect.”

I agree…

… now pour it on, from every angle, and start pounding Obowma to dust!

Seven Percent Solution on July 17, 2012 at 8:10 PM

Seven Percent Solution:Oh I agree,ahem,I`m thinking the opening
day,of the Air War in Operation Desert
Storm!!(sarc):)

canopfor on July 17, 2012 at 8:19 PM

If you find fault with this speech, there is nothing Romney can do you will like. Mark Levin even called it superb.

tbrickert on July 17, 2012 at 8:19 PM

Oh, well if Mark Levin said it, then it must be true.

The speech was fine. We need more than this.

Good Lt on July 17, 2012 at 8:20 PM

I find it extraordinary that a philosophy of that nature would be spoken by a President of the United States.

Hammer him mitt. relentless.

do a followup–go to entrepreneurs—to to innovators—keep driving the point home. Reeducate America as to what those people do, who they are and what they can and have accomplished. That is your task.

ted c on July 17, 2012 at 8:21 PM

Today, Jim Leotold—or, you know him better as Jimmy John—has 1,200 restaurants and employs tens of thousands of people. [Applause] And you see, I happen to believe that Jim Leotold, JimmyJohn, built that business with the help of people around him, his friends, the people who worked there in that enterprise. I do not give government credit for having built that, I give free people credit for having built that business.

WTG Mitt. More of this.

ted c on July 17, 2012 at 8:22 PM

Good Lt on July 17, 2012 at 8:13 PM

If you find fault with this speech, there is nothing Romney can do you will like. Mark Levin even called it superb.

tbrickert on July 17, 2012 at 8:19 PM

++++++++

pambi on July 17, 2012 at 8:23 PM

Together we will bring back the strength that provides a bright future for us and for our children. Thank you so very much

Bravo.

ted c on July 17, 2012 at 8:23 PM

If you find fault with this speech, there is nothing Romney can do you will like. Mark Levin even called it superb.

tbrickert on July 17, 2012 at 8:19 PM

It was almost perfect, but at the end I was still waiting for a Kate Upton reference… ;)

beancounter on July 17, 2012 at 8:24 PM

He’ll get 6 seconds on the evening news in a story about how somehow both parties have gone negative.

tomas on July 17, 2012 at 8:24 PM

In honor of the vacationing Allahpundit, I’ll do a little reading of the tea leaves.

I note that Romney brought forth this insightful and direct criticism of Obama’s marginalizing and disdainful comment regarding those who try to ‘lift themselves up’, at almost precisely the same time that Paul Ryan made very similar remarks regarding how revealing of Obama’s personal ideology those same remarks were and how startling it was to hear them issue forth from a sitting president.

Obviously, both Romney and Ryan viewed these remarks similarly enough that their responses were based on the same observations and conclusions.

There has been a lot of buzz lately suggesting that Ryan is not only on the short list for VP, but that he should be Romney’s choice.

Ryan, for his part has said repeatedly that he didn’t wish to be the VP and he mentioned that his children are quite young, etc.

Still, given the timing of the remarks and the speculation surrounding Ryan as the VP pick, and the rumors swirling that Romney has made his choice and will soon announce that choice, could it be that Ryan really has already been chosen for VP?

Before we go any farther, I have to say that I believe we need Ryan in the House chairing powerful committees relevant to spending and the budget. It seems to me the perfect position from which he could launch his “Road Map For America”. Still… it is intriguing timing…

thatsafactjack on July 17, 2012 at 8:24 PM

It saddens me to say this…
But the Obama’s better get to finding cardboard boxes…

You are outta here!

Oh…

And have the carpet cleaned…

Electrongod on July 17, 2012 at 8:25 PM

Hey Barry! Try doing that WITHOUT a teleprompter!

GarandFan on July 17, 2012 at 8:14 PM

I understand that was the problem, Obozo did the speech without his beloved teleprompter and let slip out what he really believes.

jaydee_007 on July 17, 2012 at 8:25 PM

A good punch! Mitt makes ‘em pay for his mistake!

Keep fighting, Mitt!

thebrokenrattle on July 17, 2012 at 8:26 PM

Instead of inviting Sarah to speak at the convention, he let her write his stump speech?

mike_NC9 on July 17, 2012 at 8:27 PM

Rip him UP, MITT!

He ALSO tore him up today when OBAMA HIMSELF suggested Romney wouldn’t take care of America’s veterans:

In campaign remarks this afternoon in San Antonio, Texas, President Obama made a national security case for a strong economy and suggested that his opponent, Mitt Romney, won’t take proper care of veterans if he’s elected president.

Team Romney NAILED him:

UPDATE: The Romney campaign responds:

“Under President Obama, Americans have suffered from one of the worst job markets in recorded history – and our nation’s veterans have been among the hardest hit,” Amanda Henneberg, a Romney campaign spokesman, says. “With more than twelve percent of veterans struggling to find work and nearly a million veterans unemployed, the President signed a law that could force nearly a quarter million troops out of the service. It’s clear that we need to do more to grow our economy and ensure that our troops aren’t sent from the front lines to the unemployment lines.”

tree hugging sister on July 17, 2012 at 8:27 PM

Calling Obama’s remarks “both startling and revealing,”

Actually, they were neither. After all, the Dog-Eater had campaigned on “spread the wealth” and “punish your success” in 2008 and broke the law to steal money from America to waste on GM and Chrysler and give them to union thugs who think that the labor has as much right to own a company they work for as the people who actually own the company, not to mention his “profit AND earnings ratios” and “reduce premiums by 3000%” idiocy that showed that Barky has the brain power of a slow 8th grader, if that.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on July 17, 2012 at 8:28 PM

He needs to do this day after day

Conservative4ev on July 17, 2012 at 8:28 PM

That was an awesome speech, keep hitting him Mitt!

Hopefully some of the Super PACs will make sure O’s comments get the exposure they deserve in the battleground states. Apparently Mitt can’t use any donations for the general election campaign until after the conventions, so the PACs need to take up the slack until then.

Lawdawg86 on July 17, 2012 at 8:29 PM

President Obama attacks success and therefore under President Obama we have less success

The last 4 years in a nutshell.

Chuck Schick on July 17, 2012 at 8:29 PM

I understand that Obama has been practicing speaking WITHOUT a teleprompter….

… but he insisted that a NET be installed under the podium!:)

thatsafactjack on July 17, 2012 at 8:29 PM

I’m sorry, but this speech isn’t conservative enough for Dannojyd.

John the Libertarian on July 17, 2012 at 8:30 PM

Ugh,I`ll try a resend!!!

I agree…

… now pour it on, from every angle, and start pounding Obowma to dust!

Seven Percent Solution on July 17, 2012 at 8:10 PM

Seven Percent Solution:

You must of been Re-Mote Viewing thingy…INCOMING!!:)
=====================================================

Romney campaign expected to launch multipronged effort to rebut attacks

July 17 2012–15 Min.ago
*************************

Washington (CNN) – In the face of a barrage of negative ads about Bain Capital–as well as calls from Republicans for Mitt Romney to release more years of tax returns–expect the Romney campaign to launch a multipronged offensive to fight back.

There is some acknowledgement inside the campaign, according to sources, that the attacks by the Obama re-election team have begun to drive up Romney’s negative ratings. While the national horserace numbers have not moved, there is a sense that the underlying numbers are showing some changes–and not in a good way.

http://www.breakingnews.com/

canopfor on July 17, 2012 at 8:30 PM

Just release the tax returns already! An out of context remark won’t stop independent minded people from asking why you are so scared to release your tax returns.

It will come out sooner or later so you might as well release it now. You definitely don’t want the NY Times releasing it for you late October.

Uppereastside on July 17, 2012 at 8:30 PM

Good speech, except low information, deep thinking voters will not see it.

bayview on July 17, 2012 at 8:31 PM

This would play well in every state and he shouldn’t let up. He should perfect his speech every time, but stay on this subject. He’s got to be inspirational and specific from now until November. Also, political ads aren’t everything. I haven’t had cable or local stations for over a year now. I stream everything, so I am not bombarded with ads I don’t click on. I wouldn’t even know about the outsourcing ads if I hadn’t read them on HA or other websites.

The younger generation would jump onboard if they knew their degrees and college loans meant more than a government check, food stamps and a lower interest rate on their loan.

lea on July 17, 2012 at 8:32 PM

Just release the tax returns already! An out of context remark won’t stop independent minded people from asking why you are so scared to release your tax returns.

It will come out sooner or later so you might as well release it now. You definitely don’t want the NY Times releasing it for you late October.

Uppereastside on July 17, 2012 at 8:30 PM

Yawn.

Chuck Schick on July 17, 2012 at 8:32 PM

It will come out sooner or later so you might as well release it now. You definitely don’t want the NY Times releasing it for you late October.

Uppereastside on July 17, 2012 at 8:30 PM

Like they did with Barky’s pro-palestinian, anti-Israel hate-fest video that the LA Slimes has been holding onto …

Go slither back under your rock.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on July 17, 2012 at 8:33 PM

Just release the tax returns already!

Uppereastside on July 17, 2012 at 8:30 PM

Why?

Would you vote for him then?

Electrongod on July 17, 2012 at 8:33 PM

Much better.

Terrye on July 17, 2012 at 8:33 PM

Without a teleprompter, really, is that possible?

/

hillsoftx on July 17, 2012 at 8:08 PM

hillsoftx, you beat me to it! Now, why is it that people assume Obama’s going to beat him in the debates.

kscheuller on July 17, 2012 at 8:35 PM

For those poorly informed liberals who are still banging on about tax records:

Romney released a statement today that he will NOT be releasing any more tax records.

thatsafactjack on July 17, 2012 at 8:35 PM

thatsafactjack on July 17, 2012 at 8:24 PM

I thought the same exact thing today after watching this speech. He sounded very similar to what Ryan said yesterday.

Mark1971 on July 17, 2012 at 8:35 PM

Good Speech Mitt

workingclass artist on July 17, 2012 at 8:35 PM

Apparently Mitt can’t use any donations for the general election campaign until after the conventions, so the PACs need to take up the slack until then.
Lawdawg86 on July 17, 2012 at 8:29 PM

Poor Mit right? Stop the f$xking whining will ya? Then again it’s not Mut’s fault. He is used to servants and bodyguards fighting his battles for him on the playground.

Uppereastside on July 17, 2012 at 8:35 PM

I understand that Obama has been practicing speaking WITHOUT a teleprompter….

… but he insisted that a NET be installed under the podium!:)

thatsafactjack on July 17, 2012 at 8:29 PM

He hides the teleprompters behind a black arc
http://www.theblaze.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/Obama-Kellers.jpg
to appear intelligent in photos

burrata on July 17, 2012 at 8:36 PM

Bravo Mitt! Now keep at this day after day after day.

gophergirl on July 17, 2012 at 8:36 PM

It will come out sooner or later so you might as well release it now. You definitely don’t want the NY Times releasing it for you late October.

Uppereastside on July 17, 2012 at 8:30 PM

And, where would they get them? The IRS? Now, we would really be talking about felonies.

Resist We Much on July 17, 2012 at 8:36 PM

Mittens is lucky he has this non-mis-step to create some outrage over.

If he doesn’t release his tax returns, he’s f*cked.

If he does release them, he could be f*cked. but the sooner he does it, the more damage control he can do. Wait until the fall, and there’s no coming back from the jump it will give Obama so late in the race.

The choir isn’t going to change its mind about him if the returns show he paid no taxes during the downturn, or if he made tons of money during the downturn.

The independents and undecideds will give him a big f*ck you.

Dave Rywall on July 17, 2012 at 8:36 PM

Just release the tax returns already!

Uppereastside on July 17, 2012 at 8:30 PM

Screw em…to hell with Obama and his demands..he has not even released his medical records and his college transcripts and his administration is still hiding behind executive privilege when it comes to Fast and Furious.

BTW, John Kerry did not have to release his tax returns for years and years back…so why should Romney?

Just so Obama and his team of thugs can lie about what is in them?

Terrye on July 17, 2012 at 8:37 PM

Great speech – I like it!

Pork-Chop on July 17, 2012 at 8:37 PM

#youdidntprintthatfoodstamp

#youdidntwritethatwelfarecheck

#youdidntpavethatroad

#youdidntrefurbishthatbridge

#youdidntpayforHarvardLaw

#youdidntwriteDreams

#youdidntwaxyourCadillac

#youdidntflyAirForceOne

ted c on July 17, 2012 at 8:37 PM

Why doesn’t Obama just say “I’m a communist, vote for me!”? My God, we have fought communism my whole life and now we elect it!?!

Kaffa on July 17, 2012 at 8:37 PM

After listening to the speech 3X I have to say I’m really impressed. He hit the right notes, was fired up and inspiring – never thought I’d say that about Mitt.

All he has to do is keep this up, ignore the monkeys around him slinging pooh, and he can win this election. He really took it to the people – perhaps a lesson learned from Reagan.

Well, done!

Cody1991 on July 17, 2012 at 8:37 PM

He is used to servants and bodyguards fighting his battles for him on the playground.

Uppereastside on July 17, 2012 at 8:35 PM

Oh, so his servants and bodyguards cut the kids’ hair.

Can you guys get your stories straight or, at least, not Lucky Pierre ghey?

Resist We Much on July 17, 2012 at 8:38 PM

I understand that Obama has been practicing speaking WITHOUT a teleprompter….

… but he insisted that a NET be installed under the podium!:)

thatsafactjack on July 17, 2012 at 8:29 PM

It’s not a joke. He’s using cue cards with the speeches all written down, instead. He has to master the art of flipping the cue cards on his own, now. He’s in intensive training but I hear he’s scoring a solid B+ on it.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on July 17, 2012 at 8:38 PM

Just release the tax returns already!

Uppereastside on July 17, 2012 at 8:30 PM

Not until your King releases his grades, idiot.

JPeterman on July 17, 2012 at 8:38 PM

His best speech of the campaign. More please!

TarheelBen on July 17, 2012 at 8:38 PM

Good Lt on July 17, 2012 at 8:13 PM

Amen, brother, and to those of your detractors as to your comment, what GL’s saying is that Romney’s speech today was a great start but, with this crowd, you’ve got to step it up even more, every minute of every day until you decimate them.

In war (and this is war for the soul of our country), you may win a battle, as here, but that is precisely when you need to ratchet up and rain hell down on them the next day and the next day and the day after that.

Here, your enemy, Obama, has gifted you, so let all hell rain down.

If, GL, I have mistated your position in this matter, apologies.

TXUS on July 17, 2012 at 8:39 PM

Mittens is lucky he has this non-mis-step to create some outrage over.

If he doesn’t release his tax returns, he’s f*cked.

If he does release them, he could be f*cked. but the sooner he does it, the more damage control he can do. Wait until the fall, and there’s no coming back from the jump it will give Obama so late in the race.

The choir isn’t going to change its mind about him if the returns show he paid no taxes during the downturn, or if he made tons of money during the downturn.

The independents and undecideds will give him a big f*ck you.

Dave Rywall on July 17, 2012 at 8:36 PM

Notice my post above…John Kerry did not release his tax returns beyond what was necessary and that was just fine. I think that if Romney were dealing with honest people, it might be different..but considering the dishonest way in which the Obama administration has characterized his tenure at Bain…why should Romney meet their demands?To hell with them.

Terrye on July 17, 2012 at 8:40 PM

It will come out sooner or later so you might as well release it now. You definitely don’t want the NY Times releasing it for you late October.

Uppereastside on July 17, 2012 at 8:30 PM

You are off topic and trying to change the subject.

Ed?

JPeterman on July 17, 2012 at 8:40 PM

http://washingtonexaminer.com/obama-vows-to-make-texas-a-battleground-state/article/2502379

is this to be taken “literally”???

ted c on July 17, 2012 at 8:40 PM

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on July 17, 2012 at 8:33 PM

Lol. If we see 9% unemployment or if romni for some strange reason starts to lead in the polls, those tax returns will come out. I guarantee you that. Right now Barry got Mutins by the stones.

Uppereastside on July 17, 2012 at 8:40 PM

Just release the tax returns already!

Uppereastside on July 17, 2012 at 8:30 PM

Maybe you missed it – but he already did. Romney has released two years of returns, that’s TWO YEARS MORE than required – and he won’t be releasing any more.

Pork-Chop on July 17, 2012 at 8:41 PM

Mittens is lucky he has this non-mis-step to create some outrage over.

If he doesn’t release his tax returns, he’s f*cked.

Dave Rywall on July 17, 2012 at 8:36 PM

Dave Rywall:That is something,that will be denied,to the MSM/DNC
Proxy and Team Hopey-Dopey/Changey-Ragey!!

canopfor on July 17, 2012 at 8:41 PM

Then again it’s not Mut’s fault. He is used to servants and bodyguards fighting his battles for him on the playground.

Uppereastside on July 17, 2012 at 8:35 PM

Whereas your Dog-Eating Retard used to pick on girls, instead.

No wonder your father thought you were such a disappointment.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on July 17, 2012 at 8:41 PM

Speaking of pooh-slinging monkeys, they’re coming out of the woodwork tonight.

When Prince Punk screws up they hide like cockroaches under floodlights.

Can’t wait for the debates!

Cody1991 on July 17, 2012 at 8:41 PM

It will come out sooner or later so you might as well release it now. You definitely don’t want the NY Times releasing it for you late October.

Uppereastside on July 17, 2012 at 8:30 PM

Why does Obama want NYT to wait till late October ?

burrata on July 17, 2012 at 8:41 PM

Just release the tax returns already! An out of context remark won’t stop independent minded people from asking why you are so scared to release your tax returns.

It will come out sooner or later so you might as well release it now. You definitely don’t want the NY Times releasing it for you late October.

Uppereastside on July 17, 2012 at 8:30 PM

Can I ask you a serious question – why do you need to see more of his tax returns at all? You already know he’s rich. You already know he has some off-shore accounts. You already know he donated 12 million dollars to charity in one year. What else in there do you feel that your entitled to see?

gophergirl on July 17, 2012 at 8:41 PM

If he doesn’t release his tax returns, he’s f*cked.

8.2%, champ.

Defend it.

Good Lt on July 17, 2012 at 8:41 PM

Gotta say, I really appreciate watching Romney speak without a teleprompter, unlike Obama who looks like he’s watching a tennis tournament.

pjean on July 17, 2012 at 8:43 PM

JPeterman on July 17, 2012 at 8:40 PM

Why are conservatives all over of a sudden whining as of late? Very strange.

Uppereastside on July 17, 2012 at 8:43 PM

Amen, brother, and to those of your detractors as to your comment, what GL’s saying is that Romney’s speech today was a great start but, with this crowd, you’ve got to step it up even more, every minute of every day until you decimate them.

In war (and this is war for the soul of our country), you may win a battle, as here, but that is precisely when you need to ratchet up and rain hell down on them the next day and the next day and the day after that.

Here, your enemy, Obama, has gifted you, so let all hell rain down.

If, GL, I have mistated your position in this matter, apologies.

TXUS on July 17, 2012 at 8:39 PM

Nope, you got it.

Good Lt on July 17, 2012 at 8:43 PM

Mittens is lucky he has this non-mis-step to create some outrage over.

If he doesn’t release his tax returns, he’s f*cked.

If he does release them, he could be f*cked. but the sooner he does it, the more damage control he can do. Wait until the fall, and there’s no coming back from the jump it will give Obama so late in the race.

The choir isn’t going to change its mind about him if the returns show he paid no taxes during the downturn, or if he made tons of money during the downturn.

The independents and undecideds will give him a big f*ck you.

Dave Rywall on July 17, 2012 at 8:36 PM

Hahahhaha. I’ll bet you were biting a pillow as you furiously typed that!

Chuck Schick on July 17, 2012 at 8:43 PM

Right now Barry got Mutins by the stones.

Uppereastside on July 17, 2012 at 8:40 PM

Barky gets his mouth on everything, doesn’t he?

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on July 17, 2012 at 8:43 PM

Why are conservatives all over of a sudden whining as of late? Very strange.

Uppereastside on July 17, 2012 at 8:43 PM

Put your big boy pants on and start getting that unemployment rate down, Obot.

Oh, wait.

Your president is an epic failure and doesn’t know how to do it.

Oh well. Your problem.

Good Lt on July 17, 2012 at 8:44 PM

What a pleasure to watch someone speak without a scowl on his face. Every time Obama speaks he looks pissed.

And hey, this guy really likes this country.

More please.

bluealice on July 17, 2012 at 8:44 PM

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