Romney on GDP: “I want to get us back to being America”

posted at 2:41 pm on September 27, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

As I already said this morning, I find this “new economic patriotism” theme of President Obama’s to be more than a little disquieting — especially in light of this morning’s pretty pitiful economic growth numbers. It’s weirdly Animal-Farmish to me, as if I’m just supposed to keep my head down and keep working and resign myself to our currently lackluster economic performance as the new normal. Uhm, no thanks — I’ll just stick with American exceptionalism and prosperity, if you don’t mind. I find it vastly preferable to Obama’s odd Soviet-esque messaging, which is why I thought Mitt Romney was hitting the right notes during some campaign stops in Virginia earlier today in response to the GDP numbers.

“This is a real challenge for us,” Romney told a group of veterans at a rally in Springfield, Virginia. “And this is not just one quarter. This has been going on now for years.” …

“Russia tried for a while, the old Soviet Union, tried for a while to maintain a grade A, if you will, military. But they had a Grade B economy and they couldn’t keep up,” Romney said. “They finally had to – well they collapsed.”

Adding that the economies in both Russia and China are growing at several times the pace of the U.S. economy, Romney faulted the president for using the “same series of policies” over the last four years that “have not worked.”

“I know what it takes to get us working. He’s put us on a road to Europe,” Romney said. “Europe doesn’t work in Europe, all right? I want to get us back to being America.”

With such distinct differences between messaging tones from these two campaigns, I’m getting pretty pumped for the presidential debates starting next week. I know the media is trying to downplay expectations on President Obama’s performance and preemptively demoralize everyone on Mitt Romney’s, but Team Obama’s campaign relies so heavily on falsehoods and weaksauce themes like “new economic patriotism” (not to mention, some of the absolute gems Obama has come up with when he goes off the ‘prompter), there’s going to be a real opportunity for Mitt Romney to hit him where it hurts using little more than simple economics. Let’s hope he takes it!


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As we’ve seen in the past, Obama throws around the word “Patriotism” loosely. To him, patriotism is just a cynical election year ploy, nothing else.

OxyCon on September 27, 2012 at 3:36 PM

He only uses it when he needs to pander to a crowd, or use “guilt” to convince you to do something you know is wrong.

ptcamn on September 27, 2012 at 4:01 PM

What are you talking about? What is your problem with video showing the Obama parasite voter who wants a free Cell Phone?

mnjg on September 27, 2012 at 3:42 PM

Anyone that dare question Romney on this site gets bombarded.

I think you actually think you are helping Romney. That is simply not the case though. You just make this site one they no longer consider a valid one for information at least from the comment part of it. They just then ignore the comment section perhaps checking back from time to time to see if sanity has returned.

The people who are open to voting for Romney by definition now have problems with Romney. Your only chance to get them to vote for Romney is to help them understand that Romney is a valid choice.

Chasing them off the site just assures them that not voting for Romney is the correct choice.

If you were not doing that then fine. I am sorry I used your post for this comment.

Steveangell on September 27, 2012 at 4:04 PM

Many of them are hard at work and raising a family and have been convinced, I think a reasonable conviction, that there is barely a dime’s worth of difference between the two parties. So, they figure work work work and get as far as they can ignoring politics.

The parasites are actively voting. As evidenced by our government policies that feed them.

astonerii on September 27, 2012 at 3:57 PM

Yes many of the 45% who do not vote are hard working producers but most of them are not… Notice when the poll is only Adults Obama and the democrats always win big… There is a reason for that…

mnjg on September 27, 2012 at 4:05 PM

As we’ve seen in the past, Obama throws around the word “Patriotism” loosely. To him, patriotism is just a cynical election year ploy, nothing else.

OxyCon on September 27, 2012 at 3:36 PM

He only uses it when he needs to pander to a crowd, or use “guilt” to convince you to do something you know is wrong.

ptcamn on September 27, 2012 at 4:01 PM

Yes he just uses it as another weapon in his arsenal of anti-Colonialism that defines his core.

Patriotism to Obama is freedom fighting against the USA.

Steveangell on September 27, 2012 at 4:08 PM

Whatever. Mitt is just a rich man. Obama you know is trying.

mrscullen on September 27, 2012 at 2:47 PM
Your statement makes absolutely no sense…

PatriotRider on September 27, 2012 at 3:00 PM

Little Bammie is doing his best, like the replacement NFL refs were “doing their best”. What more can one ask for from a politician?

slickwillie2001 on September 27, 2012 at 4:08 PM

verbaluce on September 27, 2012 at 2:57 PM
Hey troll, you ignored my challenge in the other thread, so I’ll try here.

Why Obama? Here’s your chance to make an articulate, coherent defense of why anybody should want four more years of your racist, sociopathic, America-hating president.

What has he accomplished that has in any way helped this nation?

What’s his vision for the future of our nation?

Go ahead, tell us.

You trolls are never able to defend your messiah of a president. What’s wrong? That’s not in the talking-points cheat-sheet you got from your dispatcher this morning?

Nothing but crickets.

What a surprise.

Right Mover on September 27, 2012 at 4:09 PM

Many of them are hard at work and raising a family and have been convinced, I think a reasonable conviction, that there is barely a dime’s worth of difference between the two parties. So, they figure work work work and get as far as they can ignoring politics.

The parasites are actively voting. As evidenced by our government policies that feed them.

astonerii on September 27, 2012 at 3:57 PM

Why we should have chosen a candidate that was clearly different than Obama.

Now that we did not it will take a herculean effort to beat the most beatable President in decades.

So far it seems to me Romney thought he could just damage Obama and win. He is finally waking up to the fact that was always a plan to lose.

Obamas ad was far superior to Romneys today. Romneys Coal Ad made promises but gave no indication of his solution. He did not say I will replace the people at the EPA with others that will consider the economic effect of their decisions. But unless he does that nothing will change at the EPA and Coal will still bankrupt any company that dare use it.

Steveangell on September 27, 2012 at 4:14 PM

mrscullen on September 27, 2012 at 2:47 PM
Your statement makes absolutely no sense…

PatriotRider on September 27, 2012 at 3:00 PM

Little Bammie is doing his best, like the replacement NFL refs were “doing their best”. What more can one ask for from a politician?

slickwillie2001 on September 27, 2012 at 4:08 PM

Wow he trolled in 5 responses to his troll statement.

you should have just ignored his ignorance or pointed it out once.

He just trolled and left anyway.

Steveangell on September 27, 2012 at 4:22 PM

Steveangell on September 27, 2012 at 4:14 PM

Romney could do it.

Get a positive message. Get a policy proposal similar to a contract with America. Get everyone on the same page. Tell Americans what he is really fighting to give them.

I say the Cut, Cap and Balance would be the easiest sell.

Right now, I really have no idea what he is going to do…

I read his 87 page PDF thing, and the reality is there is no policy there, just goals!

More workers to pay for the government cheese.
Less regulation than Obama, but we might keep some of Obama’s regulations. More energy production. More home loans! Get rid of Obamacare and replace it with something, no clue what, but something. I want to know! I bet many Americans want to know. They are sick and tired of the government by fiat we have had for at least the last 8 years.

Am I ensured he is not going to try and force feed amnesty down my throat?
Am I ensured there will not be an individual mandate?
Just how much money are you planning to spend on my daughter’s credit card?
What legal precedent do you have in order to fire a sitting Federal Chairman before his term in office is up?
Do you stand by your Judge Roberts statement that he is someone you would put on the bench knowing what we know now?

astonerii on September 27, 2012 at 4:23 PM

“I know what it takes to get us working. He’s put us on a road to Europe,” Romney said. “Europe doesn’t work in Europe, all right? I want to get us back to being America.”

Romney and some of his audience knew that “a road to Europe” meant a road to economic decline and failure, but how many of the swing voters know that?

Romney needs to be more specific, that Obama has imposed socialized health care and draconian regulations and failed to develop America’s resources, that have put us on the road to European SOCIALISM, which has caused the more socialist countries in Europe (Greece, Spain, Portugal) to face massive debt and insolvency, temporarily bailed out by more capitalist countries such as Germany.

Besides, not all of Europe is socialist, or failing. Some of the Eastern European countries formerly under the Soviet Union, particularly the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and Lithuania, have low-tax, thriving economies.

Steve Z on September 27, 2012 at 4:23 PM

astonerii on September 27, 2012 at 4:23 PM

I thought his attack on Coal was spot on just very badly delivered.

Coal will make everyones Electricity Bill skyrocket.

But Mitt needs to make clear he will shake up the EPA such that CO2 will no longer be considered pollution. It is not we would die without it and the earth has had a thousand times more than now and did just fine. He also needs to appoint people that care deeply about the economic impact of their regulations.

Steveangell on September 27, 2012 at 4:27 PM

Would love to know how many successful campaigns all you armchair quarterbacks have run.

rockmom on September 27, 2012 at 4:33 PM

But Mitt needs to make clear he will shake up the EPA such that CO2 will no longer be considered pollution. It is not we would die without it and the earth has had a thousand times more than now and did just fine. He also needs to appoint people that care deeply about the economic impact of their regulations.

Steveangell on September 27, 2012 at 4:27 PM

Give me a 30 second script with all that in it, understandable by low-information voters.

You know what people understand? Coal = Jobs. No coal = no jobs.

rockmom on September 27, 2012 at 4:34 PM

Give me a 30 second script with all that in it, understandable by low-information voters.

You know what people understand? Coal = Jobs. No coal = no jobs.

rockmom on September 27, 2012 at 4:34 PM

Start with a view of a pristine farm. Zoom in to show working flow inside a leaf. Then show the path of the CO2 the leave uses to grow an ear of corn with going back to a coal powered generation plant. Then say, Obama’s EPA people think CO2 is a pollutant, our plants know it is a food!

Problem being. Romney agrees with the EPA guys and thinks CO2 is a pollutant :/

astonerii on September 27, 2012 at 4:41 PM

Steveangell on September 27, 2012 at 4:14 PM

Are you the one that fell for the satire piece the other day with Paul Ryan supposedly having finger sandwiches with Peggy Noonan?

Mitsouko on September 27, 2012 at 4:43 PM

Give me a 30 second script with all that in it, understandable by low-information voters.

You know what people understand? Coal = Jobs. No coal = no jobs.

rockmom on September 27, 2012 at 4:34 PM

Easy. First half fine. Second half say. I will revamp the EPA and replace the people there with people that care about the environment and the economic impact and job impact of their decisions. This will save and create perhaps a million jobs.

Steveangell on September 27, 2012 at 4:46 PM

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So sick of this.
Obama needs to …. GO !!
Nothing else matters !!

pambi on September 27, 2012 at 4:47 PM

Obamas ad was far superior to Romneys today. Romneys Coal Ad made promises but gave no indication of his solution. He did not say I will replace the people at the EPA with others that will consider the economic effect of their decisions. But unless he does that nothing will change at the EPA and Coal will still bankrupt any company that dare use it.

Steveangell on September 27, 2012 at 4:14 PM

Excellent point. Romney needs to promise to rescind all “rules” imposed by the Obama EPA (as opposed to “laws” voted by Congress, which must stand) until an appropriate determination of the effect of any rule can be debated based on sound economics and science.

One rule that MUST be rescinded is the rule requiring Best Available Control Technology to cut CO2 emissions on plants emitting more than 250,000 tons per year. Since no one knows how to absorb that much gas economically, potential power-plant builders are waiting on the sidelines, hoping that a new President rescinds the rule, instead of investing hundreds of millions in equipment that may not be needed later.

This rule is not only affecting coal-fired plants, but also natural-gas plants, since the limit corresponds to about 85 megawatts (MW) of generated power, and most commercial gas-fired turbines produce 200 MW or more.

Gas-fired turbines are much cleaner than coal-fired power plants in terms of real pollutants such as particulates and sulfur dioxide, and the recent Marcellus Shale discoveries have greatly reduced the price of natural gas, which should encourage construction of gas-fired power plants. But Obama’s “rule” basically stopped construction of ALL power plants, both coal- and gas-fired, and as permits come up for renewal, many will be shut down unless the rule is rescinded, leading to blackouts in a country where both coal and natural gas are plentiful.

Steve Z on September 27, 2012 at 4:47 PM

Are you the one that fell for the satire piece the other day with Paul Ryan supposedly having finger sandwiches with Peggy Noonan?

Mitsouko on September 27, 2012 at 4:43 PM

No I am the one that pointed out the story that debunked it on The Blaze.

Steveangell on September 27, 2012 at 4:49 PM

Gas-fired turbines are much cleaner than coal-fired power plants in terms of real pollutants such as particulates and sulfur dioxide, and the recent Marcellus Shale discoveries have greatly reduced the price of natural gas, which should encourage construction of gas-fired power plants. But Obama’s “rule” basically stopped construction of ALL power plants, both coal- and gas-fired, and as permits come up for renewal, many will be shut down unless the rule is rescinded, leading to blackouts in a country where both coal and natural gas are plentiful.

Steve Z on September 27, 2012 at 4:47 PM

As is Nuclear.

Trinium Nuclear plants are a thousand times cleaner than current plants they can now possibly melt down. They also use spent fuel from the current plants reducing it by a huge factor.

That should be his second Energy Promise we should work to replace all Power Plants that use Coal or Gas to Nuclear in the next 30 years. We should abandon Green Energy till it is economically feasible if ever.

Steveangell on September 27, 2012 at 5:03 PM

Trinium Nuclear plants are a thousand times cleaner than current plants they can NOT possibly melt down. They also use spent fuel from the current plants reducing it by a huge factor.

Correction.

Steveangell on September 27, 2012 at 5:09 PM

Mitt could promise us the moon, but as long as the lsm treats us to headlines screaming Dingy Harry calling him a tax scofflaw, it won’t matter. Oh and did you know Mitt was way behind in all the polls. Might as well give up right now, don’t bother voting, never mind that thousands have died to give us that privilege. Get off the couch and leave the pity party. If you have early voting, go now.

Kissmygrits on September 27, 2012 at 5:10 PM

Trinium Nuclear plants are a thousand times cleaner than current plants they can NOT possibly melt down. They also use spent fuel from the current plants reducing it by a huge factor.

Correction.

Steveangell on September 27, 2012 at 5:09 PM

Tritium
Correction

OTTO on September 27, 2012 at 5:13 PM

Tritium
Correction

OTTO on September 27, 2012 at 5:13 PM

What about thorium?

astonerii on September 27, 2012 at 5:39 PM

What about thorium?

astonerii on September 27, 2012 at 5:39 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VlcM9pcR0Zk

OTTO on September 27, 2012 at 5:49 PM

Tritium
Correction

OTTO on September 27, 2012 at 5:13 PM

Thank you wondered if I got that right. I am no nuclear scientist.

Steveangell on September 27, 2012 at 5:52 PM

Easy. First half fine. Second half say. I will revamp the EPA and replace the people there with people that care about the environment and the economic impact and job impact of their decisions. This will save and create perhaps a million jobs.

Steveangell on September 27, 2012 at 4:46 PM

Right answer, and the only right answer is: I will close EPA.

Quickly followed by: I will close Education Dept.

riddick on September 27, 2012 at 6:33 PM

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