Video: New Romney ad hits Obama on economy, the poor, and middle class erosion

posted at 2:01 pm on September 26, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Team Romney and the RNC have begun taking up Barack Obama’s challenge about the poor and middle class — and are unrolling a new effort to point out Obama’s failure to improve the economy as needed for both to progress.  Romney talks directly into the camera in this new 60-second spot, telling voters that while both candidates care about the poor and middle class, one of them has failed in four years to do anything significant to help either.  More Americans now live in poverty than when the Obama recovery began, Romney says, and 15 million more people have become dependent on food stamps.  “We shouldn’t measure compassion by how many people are on welfare,” Romney says.  “We should measure compassion by how many people get off welfare and get a good-paying job.”

“Too many Americans are struggling to find work in today’s economy. Too many of those that are working are living paycheck to paycheck, trying to make falling incomes meeting rising prices for food and gas,” says Romney in the ad. “More Americans are living in poverty than when President Obama took office, and 15 million more are on food stamps.”

“President Obama and I both care about poor and middle class families, the difference is my policies will make things better for them,” Romney continues. …

In his new ad, Romney concludes by touting his economic policies.

“My plan will create 12 million new jobs over the next four years, helping to lift families out of poverty and strengthening the middle class,” he says. “I’m Mitt Romney and I approve this message because we can’t afford another four years like the last four years.”

Meanwhile, Barack Obama visits Kent State University in Ohio today, the first time in four years.  The RNC sent out an e-mail that highlighted Obama’s speech in 2008 complaining about the decline in median household income and other indicators for the middle class — and compared it to Obama’s performance as President, especially in Ohio:

FLASHBACK: When Obama Last Visited Kent State University As A Candidate, He Lamented The Fact That Incomes Had Declined By $2,000 And The National Debt Had Increased By $4 Trillion. OBAMA: “When Bill Clinton was president, the average family income went up $7,500; $7,500. Since George Bush has been president, you know what it’s done? It’s gone down $2,000. Think about that. That’s a $9,500 swing; $9,500. That’s money out of your pocket. That’s money going out of this country because we’re borrowing it from China to send to Saudi Arabia to buy oil. That’s what’s added $4 trillion to our deficit. I mean, think about that. You know, so we’ve created a mountain of debt for the next generation that they’re going to have to pay off. This little guy, he’s not too worried about it right now, but, you know, we’ve created $30,000 worth of debt for every man, woman and child in America. That’s going to have to be paid back.” (President Barack Obama, Remarks At Kent State University, New Philadelphia, OH, 9/3/08)

Under Obama, Median Household Income In Ohio Has Declined By $4,387, From $50,136 To $45,749. (U.S. Census Bureau, Accessed 9/26/12)

In 2010, Ohio Households Were “Poorer” Than They Had Been In More Than 25 Years. “Ohio households were poorer last year than they’ve been in more than 25 years, and the number of people living in poverty is higher than it’s been in more than 30 years, according to a census report released yesterday.” (Bill Bush, “Median Income In Ohio Hits 27-Year Low,” Columbus Dispatch, 9/14/12)

“The Inflation-Adjusted Figure Hasn’t Been Lower For Ohio Since Officials Began Keeping That Record In 1984, Census Officials Said.” (Bill Bush, “Median Income In Ohio Hits 27-Year Low,” Columbus Dispatch, 9/14/12)

The Republican campaign really needs to hammer on these data points, especially in Ohio and Florida, but also throughout the Rust Belt.  We’re going to hear a lot of soft-hearted — and soft-headed — arguments about Romney’s wealth and his lack of connection to the poor and middle class from media analysts.  Voters need to see the direction in which Obama has taken both the poor and middle class in three-plus years of recovery.  This ad is a good start, especially with Romney speaking directly to voters about these issues.  He needs to do more talking over the heads of the media and spend that cash advantage to get his message across.


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There’s no proof of that.

newtopia on September 26, 2012 at 2:53 PM

Rasmussen was the most accurate pollester in 2008 (search it online) and Romney is tied with Obama in Rasmussen today 46-46…

The question is do you want to vote for Romney or No?…

mnjg on September 26, 2012 at 2:55 PM

Steveangell on September 26, 2012 at 2:48 PM

Just vote for Romney and ask your family and friends to do the same… And stop the f***ing whining…

mnjg on September 26, 2012 at 2:53 PM

He can’t do that, Romney might win then, and as Steve will proudly tell you Romney is even more evil than Obama.

SWalker on September 26, 2012 at 2:56 PM

Amen. Why settle for Obama-lite and permanately destroy the conservative brand while you’re at it?

It’s the Mittbots that don’t get it.

newtopia on September 26, 2012 at 2:51 PM

OK, I got you now, so you do not want to vote for Romney… Now you can go and f*** yourself…

mnjg on September 26, 2012 at 2:56 PM

I want Obama out badly but Romney was the wrong choice to do that.

Steveangell on September 26, 2012 at 2:48 PM

Translation: I say I want Obama out badly but instead I help the opposition by endlessly trying to demoralize fellow conservatives.

jazzmo on September 26, 2012 at 2:56 PM

The question is do you want to vote for Romney or No?…

mnjg on September 26, 2012 at 2:55 PM

Hell no, he’s a Obama TROLL.

SWalker on September 26, 2012 at 2:57 PM

For those who are wondering why Romney would repeatedly say ‘something nice’ about Obama, I’d ask you when was the last time you saw anyone Democrat in any real substantive position level a charge of ‘racism’ against Romney?

By throwing in a one-liner saying that Obama isn’t a complete creep, Romney defangs those on the left who toss around that ‘racist’ term as a weapon to try and discredit EVERYTHING that the GOP candidate…or anyone with whom they disagree, really… has to say.

Little clearly racist morons like ‘Toure’ don’t count, and someone who’s so biased that his charges of racism aren’t just expected, their now considered trite, EVEN BY THE LEFT, like Chris Matthews, don’t count…even to the left. No one who is even remotely credible uses that line of attack now. Its useless for them to attempt in the face of a candidate who consistently acknowledges that his opponent is a ‘nice guy’.

This is a strategy that counters all those charges that Romney is attacking Obama as ‘the other’ or that Romney is attacking Obama simply because of ‘race’. They first had to resort to trying to say virtually every word Romney uttered was a ‘dog whistle’ to racism, and now even that charge has worn itself threadbare and shown itself for what it is… ridiculous.

That entire line of offense, by the Democrats, has effectively been rendered useless to them, as it should be.

Finally, I think of another GOP candidate who did the same thing, although for different reasons, in his campaigns for the Presidency. Ronald Reagan…but then people called it part of his ‘sunny optimism.’

thatsafactjack on September 26, 2012 at 2:57 PM

I want Obama out badly but Romney was the wrong choice to do that.

Steveangell on September 26, 2012 at 2:48 PM

Translation: I want Obama out, but not if it means Romney getting elected.

SWalker on September 26, 2012 at 2:50 PM

No. Translation.

Mitt Romney does not have a chance of wining this. Never has.

I simply accepted reality much sooner than most here.

I got sick towards the end of the 2008 debacle when these boards will still saying McCain would win. Not this time. This time I am realistic.

Ed Rendell was right today. Ed a democrat loved the 2002 version of Mitt the Moderate Liberal. Said Mitts Romney Care plan was wonderful. Sorry but if that is the real Mitt I want nothing to do with him. That is Obama to a tee on Health Care.

Steveangell on September 26, 2012 at 2:58 PM

The price of bubble gum went up 15%. Why the hell isn’t Romney talking about that!! eleventy!!!!!!!!!! Why isn’t Romney calling Obama a Kenyan, communist, muslim who eats kittens for breakfast!!!

A whole lot of panty-wringing girly men and unemployed political strategist…on board today it appears.

And to the clown who thinks Obama is going to win by 10-15…just LOL.

HumpBot Salvation on September 26, 2012 at 2:59 PM

Steveangell on September 26, 2012 at 2:58 PM

I told u before u need intervention and hospitalization for what ails u. seek help.

gracie on September 26, 2012 at 3:01 PM

Translation: I want Obama out, but not if it means Romney getting elected.

SWalker on September 26, 2012 at 2:50 PM

No. Translation.

Mitt Romney does not have a chance of wining this.

Steveangell on September 26, 2012 at 2:58 PM

Man, shooting fish in a barrel was never this easy…

SWalker on September 26, 2012 at 3:03 PM

Steveangell on September 26, 2012 at 2:58 PM

I told u before u need intervention and hospitalization for what ails u. seek help.

gracie on September 26, 2012 at 3:01 PM

Should I turn you in for practicing without a license or consultation?

Steveangell on September 26, 2012 at 3:04 PM

“If you are an Eeyore, or suspect you might be, today’s the day you need to understand how much damage you’re doing and how Barack Obama loves everything you do to demoralize, depress, and dispirit others in conservative ranks.”

Eeyore >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Steveangell

jazzmo on September 26, 2012 at 3:04 PM

I got sick towards the end of the 2008 debacle when these boards will still saying McCain would win. Not this time. This time I am realistic.

Steveangell on September 26, 2012 at 2:58 PM

I remember people saying they hoped he would win and that Sarah Palin might pull him over the finish line. I heard people like Rush pushing for people to vote. I don’t recall anybody vociferously saying he would win. We knew he was a very flawed candidate who ran a completely self-defeatist campaign.

There may have been a feeling of long odds, but people weren’t giving up. Americans don’t do that, they don’t look out and say, “yep, we’re gonna lose” and then curl up in fetal position sucking their thumbs.

This is different right now, we see what the pollsters are doing, same as they’ve always done, skewed the polls to shape opinion until right up before the election and start trending to measuring opinion to maintain a shred of respectability for the next election. It’s not time to throw in the towel

AZfederalist on September 26, 2012 at 3:05 PM

Mitt also needs to hammer Obama mercilessly on the assignation of a United States Ambassador by Al Qaeda on the 11th Anniversary of 9/11 which was 100 percent made possible because of the incompetency of the Obamanation Administration.

SWalker on September 26, 2012 at 2:15 PM

He shouldn’t ignore it the issue, but Romney can’t lead with that. If the election becomes an issue of foreign policy we’ll loose. This should be pointed out as the incompetence of O, but keep shifting back to the economy. No matter how you see it O will not win on economic issues, reason why he would love to shift the debate entirely to foreign policy (and distractions like gay marriage, abortions, student loans, and such).

ptcamn on September 26, 2012 at 3:05 PM

Man, shooting fish in a barrel was never this easy…

SWalker on September 26, 2012 at 3:03 PM

Proof you are a troll.

At least in this instance.

Steveangell on September 26, 2012 at 3:05 PM

Obama is a chimera, a fiction, a non-person. You can’t fight that, it is like trying to nail jello to the wall. Being aggressive and addressing Obama’s personal failings would only make Mitt look crazy and full of sour grapes.

Romney is speaking directly to voters and to the concerns of independents and uncommitteds. I don’t think those voters really care if Obama is a liar or anything else. ‘How will you make things better?” is all they care about at this point

Undecided voters need to trust Mitt more than Obama, and I think this ad supports that strategy.

Mitsouko on September 26, 2012 at 3:05 PM

Spot on azfederalist

cmsinaz on September 26, 2012 at 3:05 PM

This is different right now, we see what the pollsters are doing, same as they’ve always done, skewed the polls to shape opinion until right up before the election and start trending to measuring opinion to maintain a shred of respectability for the next election. It’s not time to throw in the towel

AZfederalist on September 26, 2012 at 3:05 PM

No this is exactly the same as 2008.

That poll that only 54% like either candidate down from 72% in 2008 is deadly to Mitt’s chances.

Steveangell on September 26, 2012 at 3:07 PM

Guess you’ve missed every stump speech about taxation and ever-increasing regulatory constraint. Of course that happens when you keep your hands over your ears and loudly chant “La, la, la, la…”.

M240H on September 26, 2012 at 2:22 PM

The undecided voters aren’t going to Romney’s stump speeches, are they? The press isn’t covering them, are they? And if they do, it is only for the parts that they “select.” Romney needs to make his case to the movable voters. Preaching to the choir isn’t going to cut it.

besser tot als rot on September 26, 2012 at 2:27 PM

Its not only on the stump speeches that Romney has listed his “five point plan” to bring around the economy. He does it in EVERY chance he gets…stump…speeches…interviews with news networks, etc. Its always been there, but its just not good enough for some. What people don’t seem to realize is that these TV ad spots are NOT for specifics. There just isn’t enough time for it in a 30/60 second spot! These are for generics and attacks, which Romney does do. And I think he does them well. And you know what? I think the “five point plan” of Romney is working. Today Rush spoke about a new Obama announcement. Guess what The One is doing now? He’s releasing a five point plan on how to change the economy! If Romney’s marketing of his five point plan isn’t working, why would Obama be duplicating the strategy?

Highlar on September 26, 2012 at 3:10 PM

I agree with you, GG.

Its embarrassing, too.

Trolls and libs love to see people engage in all this hand wringing and pearl clutching.

thatsafactjack on September 26, 2012 at 2:44 PM

It’s getting to the point where I just want to yell – shut up, shut up, shut up.

Romney is far from perfect but I’ll crawl over broken glass in a blizzard to vote for him.

gophergirl on September 26, 2012 at 3:11 PM

No this is exactly the same as 2008.

That poll that only 54% like either candidate down from 72% in 2008 is deadly to Mitt’s chances.

Steveangell on September 26, 2012 at 3:07 PM

Well I can see there is no convincing you. I wonder why you bother coming here at all? Doesn’t our optimism ruin your negative “buzz?”

sandee on September 26, 2012 at 3:12 PM

‘How will you make things better?” is all they care about at this point

Undecided voters need to trust Mitt more than Obama, and I think this ad supports that strategy.

Mitsouko on September 26, 2012 at 3:05 PM

How exactly?

What is Mitts plan to create 12 million jobs when we are most likely going into another recession?

I know lower taxes on all but the top 1% who will pay more because of deductions done away with. How is that supposed to work? Those people are the ones that hire people. Mitt is raising their tax bill?

Steveangell on September 26, 2012 at 3:12 PM

He can’t do that, Romney might win then, and as Steve will proudly tell you Romney is even more evil than Obama.

SWalker on September 26, 2012 at 2:56 PM

Clearly Steveangell is an idiot…

mnjg on September 26, 2012 at 3:14 PM

gophergirl on September 26, 2012 at 3:11 PM

My sentiments, exactly. Well said, GG.

thatsafactjack on September 26, 2012 at 3:15 PM

he’s a nice guy = Bless his lil’o heart. He means well, but he is to dumb and incompetent to actually do the job. Everything he does is the wrong choice.

PrettyD_Vicious on September 26, 2012 at 3:16 PM

Well I can see there is no convincing you. I wonder why you bother coming here at all? Doesn’t our optimism ruin your negative “buzz?”

sandee on September 26, 2012 at 3:12 PM

Been coming here since Ed did the blog Captains Quarters. Will remain after many of Mitts supporters leave starting Nov 7th.

The GOP is the best chance to actually defeat Obama and his policies. Mitt is just not the answer. I will vote straight Republican. Some of my votes will count as some of the races are close.

Truth be told I will most likely vote for Mitt at least if I can vote straight Republican. Just easier.

Andy Harris is a strong Republican I really look forward to voting for.

Steveangell on September 26, 2012 at 3:17 PM

Why settle for Obama-lite and permanately destroy the conservative brand while you’re at it?

Yeah, why do that when you can vote for Obama and destroy the entire freaking nation and never have the chance again to get the candidate YOU want?

Eren on September 26, 2012 at 3:17 PM

We need “Eeyore Free” threads. GG and others are right.

jazzmo on September 26, 2012 at 3:17 PM

Romney is far from perfect but I’ll crawl over broken glass in a blizzard to vote for him.

gophergirl on September 26, 2012 at 3:11 PM

The broken glass would hurt less under the snow!

Steve Z on September 26, 2012 at 3:17 PM

“If you are an Eeyore, or suspect you might be, today’s the day you need to understand how much damage you’re doing and how Barack Obama loves everything you do to demoralize, depress, and dispirit others in conservative ranks.”

Eeyore >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Steveangell

jazzmo on September 26, 2012 at 3:04 PM

There are going to be two entertaining days in the future:

1 – the day we get to drink the sweet, sweet tears of the Obamabots when they lose the election.

2 – the day we get to drink the bitter, bitter tears of the Mittbots who are shocked – shocked, never saw it coming despite all evidence to the contrary – to find that their guy is a liberal.

Yeah, I want Mitt to win because I hate Obama so very, very much, and because the GOP liberal establishment and you early primary bastards foisted Romney on the rest of us, leaving us with zero alternatives.

I have a simple dream; someday, the GOP will offer up a conservative as a candidate instead of a lib-lite milquetoast with a proven liberal track record. What a crazy friggin idea.

Excuse the hell outta me for an insufficient lack of enthusiasm, m’kay?

Midas on September 26, 2012 at 3:20 PM

Is this a web ad? Every time I see the “Donate” button at the end, I wonder if Romney is only preaching to the choir hoping more people will “Donate”, instead of talking into people’s living rooms while swing-state voters are watching sports or sitcoms–the voters Romney really needs to reach.

Steve Z on September 26, 2012 at 3:21 PM

He can’t do that, Romney might win then, and as Steve will proudly tell you Romney is even more evil than Obama.

SWalker on September 26, 2012 at 2:56 PM

Clearly Steveangell is an idiot…

mnjg on September 26, 2012 at 3:14 PM

Why did the crowds cheer Ryan and not Romney.

Is Joe Scarborro also an idiot?

Steveangell on September 26, 2012 at 3:21 PM

“If you are an Eeyore, or suspect you might be, today’s the day you need to understand how much damage you’re doing and how Barack Obama loves everything you do to demoralize, depress, and dispirit others in conservative ranks.”

Eeyore >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Steveangell

jazzmo on September 26, 2012 at 3:04 PM

Give me a break.

I am but one voice on a blog.

I attack Obama with full venom all the time.

I just do not worship Mitt Romney. I an not deluded thinking he will win now when all the evidence says he will lose.

Steveangell on September 26, 2012 at 3:24 PM

Excuse the hell outta me for an insufficient lack of enthusiasm, m’kay?

Midas on September 26, 2012 at 3:20 PM

When you find the perfect candidate, get back to us.

Until then, GFY

NapaConservative on September 26, 2012 at 3:25 PM

Is Joe Scarborro also an idiot?

Steveangell on September 26, 2012 at 3:21 PM

Rhetorical question, right?

AZfederalist on September 26, 2012 at 3:25 PM

Excuse the hell outta me for an insufficient lack of enthusiasm, m’kay?

Midas on September 26, 2012 at 3:20 PM

But why don’t you take it your lack of enthusiasm elsewhere? All you and a few others do is demoralize others. To what end? Nothing can be changed at this point. There is only one choice and it is what it is.

jazzmo on September 26, 2012 at 3:28 PM

Steveangell on September 26, 2012 at 2:48 PM

Just vote for Romney and ask your family and friends to do the same… And stop the f***ing whining…

mnjg on September 26, 2012 at 2:53 PM

He can’t do that, Romney might win then, and as Steve will proudly tell you Romney is even more evil than Obama.

SWalker on September 26, 2012 at 2:56 PM

This just shows how idiotic and short sighted Stevie is. Wouldn’t you think he’d *want* Romney to win in order to have four years of possible gloating when Romney goes full RINO?

If Romney loses then we’ll never know and all that possible gloating gone. *single tear*

kim roy on September 26, 2012 at 3:31 PM

I just do not worship Mitt Romney. I an not deluded thinking he will win now when all the evidence says he will lose.

Steveangell on September 26, 2012 at 3:24 PM

I don’t think anyone worships Romney. But most of us are practical and make a reasoned decision. Most of us realize not voting for Romney helps Obama.

All the evidence? You mean like the fact that any incumbent under 50% has never won re-election? Like the latest Rasmussen numbers that show the race with Romney leading or within 2% or better in the swing states? Okay. Just keep it up Eeyore.

jazzmo on September 26, 2012 at 3:32 PM

Dor those who still doubt tthat the polls are skewed, here’s from Battleground Watch on voter registration:

In Ohio, voters are not required to give a party affiliation when they register to vote.

In 2008 according to Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted’s website, Democrats out numbered Republicans by 174,000, 1.48 million to 1.30 million. The unaffiliated voters totaled 5.1 million.

In 2012, Democrats went from 1.48 million down to 827,000. That is a loss of 653,000. Republicans went from 1.3 million down to 894,000. That is a loss of 412,000.

The most dramatic change however was in unaffiliated voters. This segment of voters rose from 5.1 million to 6.3 million. That is an increase of 1.2 million more unaffiliated voters in the Buckeye state.

This was a cataclysmic shift away from the two major parties, although a larger shift away from the Democrats.

This gives Republicans the advantage in two distinct ways. First, their are now 67,000 more registered Republicans than their are Democrats. Second, more voters decided to leave the Democrat Party in favor of being unaffiliated/undeclared or Independent.

jimver on September 26, 2012 at 3:35 PM

‘For those’, that is…

jimver on September 26, 2012 at 3:35 PM

There are going to be two entertaining days in the future:

1 – the day we get to drink the sweet, sweet tears of the Obamabots when they lose the election.

2 – the day we get to drink the bitter, bitter tears of the Mittbots who are shocked – shocked, never saw it coming despite all evidence to the contrary – to find that their guy is a liberal.

Yeah, I want Mitt to win because I hate Obama so very, very much, and because the GOP liberal establishment and you early primary bastards foisted Romney on the rest of us, leaving us with zero alternatives.

I have a simple dream; someday, the GOP will offer up a conservative as a candidate instead of a lib-lite milquetoast with a proven liberal track record. What a crazy friggin idea.

Excuse the hell outta me for an insufficient lack of enthusiasm, m’kay?

Midas on September 26, 2012 at 3:20 PM

There are maybe four posters here (and I’m probably being generous) that are actual Mittbots.

As usual, I have to perform the PSA and advise the clueless that most of us had other people on our list and Romney was at the bottom of it, if even on the list.

****HOWEVER**** being the practical conservatives that we are, we know that another four years of Obama will bring chaos that might not be survivable (and I’m sorry to say that my ramblings about this not being only about the economy had to be so tragic).

So hence we are reluctant, but practical people who are going to gladly go and vote for who will probably continue the status quo and possibly do some good. Who knows? But we’re not *expecting* it.

Sorry (not really) to ruin your perfectly good misrepresentation of about 90% of the posters here.

kim roy on September 26, 2012 at 3:35 PM

But why don’t you take it your lack of enthusiasm elsewhere? All you and a few others do is demoralize others. To what end? Nothing can be changed at this point. There is only one choice and it is what it is.

jazzmo on September 26, 2012 at 3:28 PM

Oh, I’m so sorry. I missed the banner that said this was for pom-pom-romney cheerleaders only! I hope I didn’t damage any frail quivering waifs in danger of fainting at the sound of something less than full-on Romneyism.

Would this be better?

Romney, Romney, he’s our man!
If he can’t do it… well, he said Obama’s a nice guy, so maybe *he* can, but…

Wait, wait – GIMME AN ‘R’! GIMME AN ‘O’! No, scratch that – don’t like “O”… GIMME AN ‘M’! (is ‘M’ alright?)

Midas on September 26, 2012 at 3:36 PM

Been coming here since Ed did the blog Captains Quarters.

Steveangell on September 26, 2012 at 3:17 PM

Wow, got me beat by a country mile, I’ve only been here since Michelle opened the place…

SWalker on September 26, 2012 at 3:37 PM

Sorry (not really) to ruin your perfectly good misrepresentation of about 90% of the posters here.

kim roy on September 26, 2012 at 3:35 PM

Hey, no problem. But thanks for a) largely agreeing with me, yet b) mischaracterizing a single point as though it was the entire thing.

You’ll note I didn’t say 90% of the posters here are Mittbots. So… who is mischaracterizing whom?

Midas on September 26, 2012 at 3:39 PM

This just shows how idiotic and short sighted Stevie is. Wouldn’t you think he’d *want* Romney to win in order to have four years of possible gloating when Romney goes full RINO?
kim roy on September 26, 2012 at 3:31 PM

I will be so glad come Nov 7 when all these people that only know how to attack with the f word and such are gone. Man get a grip someone uses the f word when they lose an argument.

All the evidence? You mean like the fact that any incumbent under 50% has never won re-election? Like the latest Rasmussen numbers that show the race with Romney leading or within 2% or better in the swing states?

2% right? 2% after someone corrects the polls assuming that the polls are all fixed.

Did it ever occur to you that perhaps a lot of conservatives will be so discouraged by the choice of a Democrat or a Liberal Moderate that they might just not vote? That pulling the lever for Obama Care or Romney Care is simply not acceptable to them. That the pollsters just might be right about low Republican voting for Romney.

Of course not. You worship Romney and see none of his flaws even when they are pointed out to you.

I remember 2008 crowds doing the same thing. They cheered loudly and showed up in droves for Pallin. But they did neither for McCain. Come November they also did not vote for McCain. This is no different.

Never in an American Election did only 54% prefer either of the two main candidates. 42% do not want Obama or Romney. But I will bet that most of that 42% are Republicans.

Steveangell on September 26, 2012 at 3:41 PM

Would this be better?

Romney, Romney, he’s our man!
If he can’t do it… well, he said Obama’s a nice guy, so maybe *he* can, but…

Wait, wait – GIMME AN ‘R’! GIMME AN ‘O’! No, scratch that – don’t like “O”… GIMME AN ‘M’! (is ‘M’ alright?)

Midas on September 26, 2012 at 3:36 PM

Much better.
Thanks

OTTO on September 26, 2012 at 3:41 PM

Oh, I’m so sorry. I missed the banner that said this was for pom-pom-romney cheerleaders only! I hope I didn’t damage any frail quivering waifs in danger of fainting at the sound of something less than full-on Romneyism.

Would this be better?

Romney, Romney, he’s our man!
If he can’t do it… well, he said Obama’s a nice guy, so maybe *he* can, but…

Wait, wait – GIMME AN ‘R’! GIMME AN ‘O’! No, scratch that – don’t like “O”… GIMME AN ‘M’! (is ‘M’ alright?)

Midas on September 26, 2012 at 3:36 PM

*facepalm*

NapaConservative on September 26, 2012 at 3:41 PM

Midas on September 26, 2012 at 3:36 PM

So funny and clever. Not going on endlessly about how Romney sucks means we are mindless cheerleaders. Got it.

Eeyore >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Midas

jazzmo on September 26, 2012 at 3:42 PM

Did it ever occur to you that perhaps a lot of conservatives will be so discouraged by the choice of a Democrat or a Liberal Moderate that they might just not vote? That pulling the lever for Obama Care or Romney Care is simply not acceptable to them.

Steveangell on September 26, 2012 at 3:41 PM

Sounds like wishful thinking on your part Steve.

NapaConservative on September 26, 2012 at 3:45 PM

Of course not. You worship Romney and see none of his flaws even when they are pointed out to you.

Steveangell on September 26, 2012 at 3:41 PM

This is what you don’t get, we are aware of his flaws. We have certainly heard them from you about a million +1 times for Chr!st sake.

The difference between me and you is that despite his flaws, I realize removing Obama is the objective of this election.

jazzmo on September 26, 2012 at 3:46 PM

Wow, got me beat by a country mile, I’ve only been here since Michelle opened the place…

SWalker on September 26, 2012 at 3:37 PM

Yes I think I came on to him fairly early in his career. Before that it was Free Republic.

You know after Nov 6 we will most likely agree 99% of the time.

Steveangell on September 26, 2012 at 3:46 PM

-You worship Romney and see none of his flaws even when they are pointed out to you.-
Steveangell on September 26, 2012 at 3:41 PM

Romney is not perfect, we get it, but please leave your worship bull for O.
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OTTO on September 26, 2012 at 3:47 PM

While the ad is okay, there are easier ways to hammer Obama.

Romney’s people are making this too complex, and forgetting, as Bill Maher accurately stated, that most of the undecideds and people in the middle are low-info voters, and will not go do any indepedent research.

The ad should be simple.

Show Obama golfing and drinking, and have a voice over say..

“While Obama lives the good life on your dime, (1) gas prices have doubled in 4 years, (2)unemployment has risen, (3) healthcare has been ruined, (4) and the debt has risen by over 35% percent. Do you want gas prices to go up again, jobs to keep going overseas, healthcare to become less affordable as Obamacare gets implemented, and the debt to go over 20 billion, endangering Social Security and Medicare? If not, you have a choice. I am Mitt Romney, and i approved this message.”

Quick, easy, and effective. Give low-info voters 4 bad things to remember about Obama, and Romney can get their votes. Make things complex, and like most things, it gets lost on them.

milcus on September 26, 2012 at 3:47 PM

No the red meat crowd simply wants Mitt to grow a pair and stop saying anything nice about Obama. No one’s saying call him a commie(although he is one). Tell the truth over and over again about what he has done to the country and what he will end up doing to the country unless he is defeated. This nice guy crap isn’t working, repeat it isn’t working, repeat again it isn’t working.
bgibbs1000 on September 26, 2012 at 2:47 PM

He’s been doing that throughout. And everyone knows he’s been doing it. The public is aware of the damge done by Obama. They want to know whether Mitt can fix it.

Our side blew it yesterday with the failure to report on and praise Mitt’s brilliant speech to the Clinton Global Initiative. Your constant attacks are merely annoying. The failure of our pundits to stand up for Mitt is disturbing.

Basilsbest on September 26, 2012 at 3:48 PM

jazzmo on September 26, 2012 at 3:46 PM

Beat me to it.

OTTO on September 26, 2012 at 3:48 PM

Ponder this true conservative Eeyores:

A president Romney restrained by running for re-election in four years > Obama unrestrained for four years.

Simple. Logical. Get it?

jazzmo on September 26, 2012 at 3:49 PM

The difference between me and you is that despite his flaws, I realize removing Obama is the objective of this election.

jazzmo on September 26, 2012 at 3:46 PM

No the difference is I am quite Conservative. You are more moderate. Thus Mitt is not that big a jump for you.

I simply could never stomach someone that could sign Cap and Trade into law, sign Mass Care into law etc.

I could go on but it would just be piling on.

I am far more worried about 2016 than 2012 is the other difference. I look at what it would be like in 2016 were Mitt to win. I can not imagine it would be anything but far worse than it was in 2008 for the Republican Party. I can not imagine that Romney with the world against him and with political leanings not that different than Obama could possibly be successful. The Press would to a hundred times worse to him than they did to GW Bush. No one will even talk about him they destroyed him so effectively. Thus electing Romney 2012 would very likely mean Obama in 2016 with all three branches.

Steveangell on September 26, 2012 at 3:53 PM

You know after Nov 6 we will most likely agree 99% of the time.

Steveangell on September 26, 2012 at 3:46 PM

I somehow find that difficult to believe.

SWalker on September 26, 2012 at 3:54 PM

he’s a nice guy = Bless his lil’o heart. He means well, but he is to dumb and incompetent to actually do the job. Everything he does is the wrong choice.

PrettyD_Vicious on September 26, 2012 at 3:16 PM

It’s not working!!!!!!!!!!

bgibbs1000 on September 26, 2012 at 3:55 PM

Obama should be the last straw for all the democrat victim groups. The democrat victim groups that have utterly whored themselves to this corrupt and cynical den of thieves and liars. There is not one democrat victim group that is better off today than they were 60 years ago. They gave up their liberty to enrich democrat politicians, the ‘intellectual elite’, and the lawyers.

May they all burn in hades forever and ever.

tom daschle concerned on September 26, 2012 at 3:57 PM

Steveangell on September 26, 2012 at 3:53 PM

Obama 2012 will mean the end of this country. Go ahead and vote for Obama. Idiot.

Decoski on September 26, 2012 at 3:58 PM

You know after Nov 6 we will most likely agree 99% of the time.

Steveangell on September 26, 2012 at 3:46 PM

That would make SWalker crazy by association (or by agreement with you :)…and he’s not…

jimver on September 26, 2012 at 4:00 PM

Meanwhile, Romney hits Romney on Romney.

Constantine on September 26, 2012 at 4:01 PM

Our side blew it yesterday with the failure to report on and praise Mitt’s brilliant speech to the Clinton Global Initiative. Your constant attacks are merely annoying. The failure of our pundits to stand up for Mitt is disturbing.

Basilsbest on September 26, 2012 at 3:48 PM

I listened to that entire speech. You are right that Mitt Romney gave a great speech there. He praised hugely this program. You know the Clinton Program. You remember Clinton the impeached Democrat President.

But Mitt gave a great speech because that is where Mitt is. Mitt is very Moderate far more in line with Clinton than the base. He always speaks with ease among moderate to very Democratic crowds. That is where he is comfortable.

Mitt is just in the wrong Party. We are NOT the party that gives billions to dictatorships (354 million to Haiti alone) to make them successful. Most likely why this was not highlighted.

Steveangell on September 26, 2012 at 4:02 PM

You know after Nov 6 we will most likely agree 99% of the time.

Steveangell on September 26, 2012 at 3:46 PM

I somehow find that difficult to believe.

SWalker on September 26, 2012 at 3:54 PM

Could not count the times I have come on this blog and just left. You already said what needed to be said.

I am sorry we disagree on Mitt. I really am. But on almost anything else we are in agreement.

Steveangell on September 26, 2012 at 4:08 PM

I listened to that entire speech. You are right that Mitt Romney gave a great speech there. He praised hugely this program. You know the Clinton Program. You remember Clinton the impeached Democrat President.

But Mitt gave a great speech because that is where Mitt is. Mitt is very Moderate far more in line with Clinton than the base. He always speaks with ease among moderate to very Democratic crowds. That is where he is comfortable.

Mitt is just in the wrong Party. We are NOT the party that gives billions to dictatorships (354 million to Haiti alone) to make them successful. Most likely why this was not highlighted.

Steveangell on September 26, 2012 at 4:02 PM

You are correct Mr. Angell. We have no other choice but to reelect Barack Hussein Obama if we want that chance to remove him from office. Time is too short now to impeach him. He must be reelected.

Please stop by your local Organizing For America office and hand your donation check directly to patriot Steve Angell TODAY!

tom daschle concerned on September 26, 2012 at 4:10 PM

Hell no, he’s a Obama TROLL.

SWalker on September 26, 2012 at 2:57 PM

Yeah everybody’s an Obama troll unless they fall in line with the progressive squish RINO crowd.

bgibbs1000 on September 26, 2012 at 4:16 PM

Good ad. Nice speech yesterday, too.

LASue on September 26, 2012 at 4:17 PM

Yeah everybody’s an Obama troll unless they fall in line with the progressive squish RINO crowd. Only candidate on the ballot that can beat the gay commie scum.

bgibbs1000 on September 26, 2012 at 4:16 PM

You people are sickening.

tom daschle concerned on September 26, 2012 at 4:18 PM

I’m convinced! If you can’t beat ‘em, vote for ‘em and your side will win!

jazzmo on September 26, 2012 at 4:20 PM

I am far more worried about 2016 than 2012 is the other difference. I look at what it would be like in 2016 were Mitt to win. I can not imagine it would be anything but far worse than it was in 2008 for the Republican Party. I can not imagine that Romney with the world against him and with political leanings not that different than Obama could possibly be successful. The Press would to a hundred times worse to him than they did to GW Bush. No one will even talk about him they destroyed him so effectively. Thus electing Romney 2012 would very likely mean Obama in 2016 with all three branches.

Steveangell on September 26, 2012 at 3:53 PM

And you think that the demographics favor the cons in 2016 or past 2016.???? Then you are not only delusional, but dumb too….the demographics shift + people enjoying 4 years of free health care and other entitlements will ensure that the cons stand no chance in heck to ever win an election for decades…so, yeah, Greece, baby…or Spain…make your pick :) (or shall I say pick your poison)…personally I have choices, I won’t stay and wait for the big shite to hit the fan here, but you will still be here spouting the same inanities while the moochers will have dragged the country into third world territory for many generations to come….enjoy, idiot!!!

jimver on September 26, 2012 at 4:28 PM

The poverty rate in one of the cities in my state jumped from 20 to over 24% in 2011. 24%. I wonder how many other cities are seeing that kind of increase. “More people living in poverty” is probably stating the facts mildly.

lynncgb on September 26, 2012 at 4:28 PM

You people are sickening.

tom daschle concerned on September 26, 2012 at 4:18 PM

The only sickening thing is I’m forced to choose between two very bad candidates. One that will complete the move to marxism, the other will simply manage the status quo. The one that will complete the move to marxism is fighting harder for his cause than the one that will manage the status quo. It’s the lessor of two evils and it’s sickening.

bgibbs1000 on September 26, 2012 at 4:28 PM

Throw out all the polls except the ones where Romney is winning!

Yeah, he may have the personality of skim milk but he should have his face on ads!

Flapjackmaka on September 26, 2012 at 4:35 PM

Hell no, he’s a Obama TROLL not an unthinking Mittbot, like me.

FIFY.

newtopia on September 26, 2012 at 4:35 PM

And you think that the demographics favor the cons in 2016 or past 2016.???? Then you are not only delusional, but dumb too….the demographics shift + people enjoying 4 years of free health care and other entitlements will ensure that the cons stand no chance in heck to ever win an election for decades…so, yeah, Greece, baby…or Spain…make your pick :) (or shall I say pick your poison)…personally I have choices, I won’t stay and wait for the big shite to hit the fan here, but you will still be here spouting the same inanities while the moochers will have dragged the country into third world territory for many generations to come….enjoy, idiot!!!

jimver on September 26, 2012 at 4:28 PM

And just who enabled this shift in demographics? The RINO’s in the republican party that’s who, like McLame, Grahamnesty, the Maine stepsisters just to name a few and now their guy can’t even beat a marxist for the presidency. And we’re suppose to shutup and fall in line…no thanks.

bgibbs1000 on September 26, 2012 at 4:35 PM

Is Joe Scarborro also an idiot?

Steveangell on September 26, 2012 at 3:21 PM

Absolutely yes he is…

mnjg on September 26, 2012 at 4:36 PM

The only sickening thing is I’m forced to choose between two very bad candidates. One that will complete the move to marxism, the other will simply manage the status quo. The one that will complete the move to marxism is fighting harder for his cause than the one that will manage the status quo. It’s the lessor of two evils and it’s sickening.

Thread winner. What we needed was a strong candidate to challenge a sitting President who is extremely vulnerable on economic issues, what we got instead was Mitt Romney.

newtopia on September 26, 2012 at 4:37 PM

The only sickening thing is I’m forced to choose between two very bad candidates. One that will complete the move to marxism, the other will simply manage the status quo. The one that will complete the move to marxism is fighting harder for his cause than the one that will manage the status quo. It’s the lessor of two evils and it’s sickening.

bgibbs1000 on September 26, 2012 at 4:28 PM

The “Status Quo” will seem like paradise compared to what four more years of a more “flexible” Obama will wrought.

OTTO on September 26, 2012 at 4:38 PM

And we’re suppose to shutup and fall in line…no thanks.

bgibbs1000 on September 26, 2012 at 4:35 PM

At least we are fighting. Go ahead and give up “true con”.

Eeyore >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> bgibbs1000

jazzmo on September 26, 2012 at 4:40 PM

The only sickening thing is I’m forced to choose between two very bad candidates.
bgibbs1000 on September 26, 2012 at 4:28 PM

Take a stand and just don’t vote, then.

Forgive us if we don’t join your pity party.

Mitsouko on September 26, 2012 at 4:41 PM

The “Status Quo” will seem like paradise compared to what four more years of a more “flexible” Obama will wrought.

A Romney win is a pyrrhic victory…do you know what that is? Trust me, you don’t want it. If losing a battle means winning a war, I’ll take it.

newtopia on September 26, 2012 at 4:42 PM

Good Ad by Team Romney…It will appeal to independents.

workingclass artist on September 26, 2012 at 4:42 PM

What we needed was a strong candidate to challenge a sitting President who is extremely vulnerable on economic issues, what we got instead was Mitt Romney.

newtopia on September 26, 2012 at 4:37 PM

Just a little over one month to go. What is your solution? You are the mirror image of the enlightened extreme leftist who knows better than everyone else. Exactly what should be done NOW? In the real world.

jazzmo on September 26, 2012 at 4:43 PM

Take a stand and just don’t vote, then.

Challenge accepted!

newtopia on September 26, 2012 at 4:44 PM

Challenge accepted!

newtopia on September 26, 2012 at 4:44 PM

That is because you are weak minded and a simple anonymous comment on a blog can get you to make a decision that you have been kvetching about forever.

Mitsouko on September 26, 2012 at 4:48 PM

getting better.

need to sharpen the tone…cite obumbles major failures and lies….slam home economic realities.

It’s time.

Tim_CA on September 26, 2012 at 4:48 PM

A Romney win is a pyrrhic victory…do you know what that is? Trust me, you don’t want it. If losing a battle means winning a war, I’ll take it.

newtopia on September 26, 2012 at 4:42 PM

Yes, want to see what complete and utter destruction looks like?

OTTO on September 26, 2012 at 4:50 PM

That is because you are weak minded and a simple anonymous comment on a blog can get you to make a decision that you have been kvetching about forever.

Mitsouko on September 26, 2012 at 4:48 PM

enjoy the meaningless vote for romney

Flapjackmaka on September 26, 2012 at 4:50 PM

That is because you are weak minded and a simple anonymous comment on a blog can get you to make a decision that you have been kvetching about forever.

Or it’s just garden variety sarcasm.

newtopia on September 26, 2012 at 4:51 PM

I like these attacks on Obama, and in response we just made another contribution to Romney, our largest political contribution ever.

GaltBlvnAtty on September 26, 2012 at 4:52 PM

enjoy the meaningless vote for romney

Flapjackmaka on September 26, 2012 at 4:50 PM

Sorry, I live way north and so not am eligible to vote in this election. But I sure will enjoy watching PM Harper and President Romney in their first official meeting next year.

Mitsouko on September 26, 2012 at 4:52 PM

And you think that the demographics favor the cons in 2016 or past 2016.???? Then you are not only delusional, but dumb too….the demographics shift + people enjoying 4 years of free health care and other entitlements will ensure that the cons stand no chance in heck to ever win an election for decades…so, yeah, Greece, baby…or Spain…make your pick :) (or shall I say pick your poison)…personally I have choices, I won’t stay and wait for the big shite to hit the fan here, but you will still be here spouting the same inanities while the moochers will have dragged the country into third world territory for many generations to come….enjoy, idiot!!!

jimver on September 26, 2012 at 4:28 PM

And just who enabled this shift in demographics? The RINO’s in the republican party that’s who, like McLame, Grahamnesty, the Maine stepsisters just to name a few and now their guy can’t even beat a marxist for the presidency. And we’re suppose to shutup and fall in line…no thanks.

bgibbs1000 on September 26, 2012 at 4:35 PM

No, you’re supposed to eat your own shite for four more years and enjoy your next ten marxist presidents, and the status of zimbabwe :)…I just realize now that you are part of that brain dead electorate that I was mentioning in my post…and yes, Schade is right, imbeciles like you deserve Obama…I am only sorry for those amazingly hard working people who will be reduced to pauperity for no fault of their own…they will have you, idiots, to thank….

jimver on September 26, 2012 at 4:53 PM

Or it’s just garden variety sarcasm.

newtopia on September 26, 2012 at 4:51 PM

So you still haven’t made up your mind? Darn, I’m losing my touch.

Mitsouko on September 26, 2012 at 4:53 PM

What people don’t seem to realize is that these TV ad spots are NOT for specifics. There just isn’t enough time for it in a 30/60 second spot! These are for generics and attacks, which Romney does do. And I think he does them well. And you know what? I think the “five point plan” of Romney is working. Today Rush spoke about a new Obama announcement. Guess what The One is doing now? He’s releasing a five point plan on how to change the economy! If Romney’s marketing of his five point plan isn’t working, why would Obama be duplicating the strategy?

Highlar on September 26, 2012 at 3:10 PM

The five point plan is not specifics. That is pretty high level. You know that the points are quite short and can be articulated in mere seconds, right? Instead, whenever you see him in an ad or on TV, he is referring merely to “my plan.” And how it will create 12 million jobs. The details are never presented.

And, quite frankly, I don’t know what in the five point plan is an easy sell to garner enthusiasm unless he further links it to how it is going to bring success. None of the points in the five point plan is articulated in a way that will create a bandwagon effect – which is what he needs. If any of the points were going to gain traction, they would have penetrated into the public consciousness by now. They haven’t.

The media isn’t going to help him. He needs to do it himself.

besser tot als rot on September 26, 2012 at 4:54 PM

Our side blew it yesterday with the failure to report on and praise Mitt’s brilliant speech to the Clinton Global Initiative. Your constant attacks are merely annoying. The failure of our pundits to stand up for Mitt is disturbing.

Basilsbest on September 26, 2012 at 3:48 PM

I listened to that entire speech. You are right that Mitt Romney gave a great speech there. He praised hugely this program. You know the Clinton Program. You remember Clinton the impeached Democrat President.

Steveangell on September 26, 2012 at 4:02 PM

I’d like to see Romney put together a “Romney Initiative” and give a brilliant speech on that. And maybe make an ad or two about it.

besser tot als rot on September 26, 2012 at 4:56 PM

Sorry, I live way north and so not am eligible to vote in this election. But I sure will enjoy watching PM Harper and President Romney in their first official meeting next year.

Mitsouko on September 26, 2012 at 4:52 PM

lol, ok. I’m sure romney can turn the polls around./sarc

what’ll he be president of? the loser club?

Flapjackmaka on September 26, 2012 at 4:57 PM

It’s getting to the point where I just want to yell – shut up, shut up, shut up.

Romney is far from perfect but I’ll crawl over broken glass in a blizzard to vote for him.

gophergirl on September 26, 2012 at 3:11 PM

I’m with you 100%!! Let’s have an election!! If we lose (and we won’t) we can sort it out then!! I’m not going to be bluffed or psyched out of voting and I know millions of others won’t be either!! Enough of this whiny BS of defeatism!!

Marco on September 26, 2012 at 5:02 PM

He’s been doing that throughout. And everyone knows he’s been doing it. The public is aware of the damge done by Obama. They want to know whether Mitt can fix it.

Basilsbest on September 26, 2012 at 3:48 PM

Wrong. The public thinks that the damage was done by Bush. Romney has done little to point to Obama’s policies and identify how they, separate from the Bush policies (or as a continuation of the Bush policies), have been disastrous themselves.

You are right about the public wanting to know that Romney can, and has a plan to, fix it. Romney needs to make this case directly to the people. He can’t rely on one-off speeches to get it done, either. The press is not on his side and will not cast anything he does in a favorable light. I was in the airport the other day and they had CNN on there and cut to a Romney speech. He looked awful, and I’m pretty sure that was by design. His speeches will be covered only to the extent that they can hurt him, not in any way that they can help him. Romney needs to go around the press and appeal directly to the people.

besser tot als rot on September 26, 2012 at 5:03 PM

lol, ok. I’m sure romney can turn the polls around./sarc

what’ll he be president of? the loser club?

Flapjackmaka on September 26, 2012 at 4:57 PM

Go back to school, please. Consider it a public service.

Mitsouko on September 26, 2012 at 5:03 PM

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