Mitt Romney: It’s time for real change, America

posted at 4:01 pm on October 26, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

I hardly even know what to add to this. In a well-framed, critical yet optimistic, to the point, and refreshingly presidential speech in Iowa on Friday afternoon, Mitt Romney simply and clearly laid out his economic vision for his presidency. He touched on all the major domestic spheres of our economy and our society — our budget, education, energy, health care, regulations, you name it — without shying away or making excuses. It was a remarkable difference from the petty tone and shrinking subject matter we’ve heard from President Obama of late, and as Romney points out, the president so often likes to blame his predecessor for the problems he “inherited” — but Obama also “inherited” the greatest, most productive country on the planet, and just look at what he’s done with it.

If there was any newly receptive post-debate audience paying attention, he definitely struck just the right tone on this one. Listen and weep, Team Obama (full prepared remarks below):

Thank you all.  It’s great to be back in Iowa. And don’t think that this is the last time you are going to see Paul Ryan and me, because you Iowans may well be the ones who decide what kind of America we will have, what kind of life our families will have.

The choice you make this November will shape great things, historic things, and those things will determine the most intimate and important aspects of every American life and every American family. This is an election about America, and it is an election about the American family.

All elections matter. This one matters a great deal. Over the years of our nation’s history, choices our fellow citizens have made have changed the country’s course–they were turning points of defining consequence.

We are at a turning point today. Our national debt and liabilities threaten to crush our future, our economy struggles under the weight of government and fails to create essential growth and employment.

At the same time, emerging powers seek to shape the world in their image–China with its model of authoritarianism and, in a very different way, Jihadists with Sharia, repression, and terror for the world.

This is an election of consequence.  Our campaign is about big things, because we happen to believe that America faces big challenges.  We recognize this is a year with a big choice, and the American people want to see big changes.  And together we can bring real change to this country.

Four years ago, candidate Obama spoke to the scale of the times. Today, he shrinks from it, trying instead to distract our attention from the biggest issues to the smallest–from characters on Sesame Street and silly word games to misdirected personal attacks he knows are false.

The President’s campaign falls far short of the magnitude of the times. And the presidency of the last four years has fallen far short of the promises of his last campaign. Four years ago, America voted for a post-partisan president, but they have seen the most political of presidents, and a Washington in gridlock because of it.

President Obama promised to bring us together, but at every turn, he has sought to divide and demonize. He promised to cut the deficit in half, but he doubled it. And his budget?  It failed to win a single vote, Republican or Democrat, in either the House or the Senate. He said he would reform Medicare and Social Security and save them from pending insolvency, but he shrunk from proposing any solution at all.

And then, where are the jobs?  Where are the 9 million more jobs that President Obama promised his stimulus would have created by now?  They are in China, Mexico, and Canada and in countries that have made themselves more attractive for entrepreneurs and business and investment, even as President Obama’s policies have made it less attractive for them here.

And so today, his campaign tries to deflect and detract, to minimize the failures, and to make this election about small shiny objects.

But this election matters more than that. It matters to your family.

It matters to the senior who needs to get an appointment with a medical specialist but is told by one receptionist after another that the doctor isn’t taking any new Medicare patients, because Medicare has been slashed to pay for Obamacare.

It matters to the man from Waukesha, Wisconsin I spoke with several days ago.  In what were supposed to be his best work years, he used to have a job at $25 an hour with benefits and now has one at $8 an hour, without benefits.

It matters to the college student, graduating this spring, with 10 to 20 thousand dollars in student debt, who now learns that she also will be paying for 50 thousand dollars in government debt, a burden that will put the American Dream beyond her reach.

It matters for the child in a failing school, unable to go to the school of his parent’s choosing, because the teacher’s union that funds the President’s campaign opposes school choice.

The President’s campaign has a slogan: it is “forward.” But to the 23 million Americans struggling to find a good job, these last four years feel a lot more like “backward.” We cannot afford four more years like the last four years.

This election is about big things–like the education of our children, the value of our homes, the take home pay from our jobs, the price of the gasoline we buy, and the choices we have in our healthcare. It is also about the big things that determine these things–like the growth of the economy, the strength of our military, our dependence on foreign oil, and America’s leadership in the world.

President Obama frequently reminds us that he inherited a troubled economy. But a troubled economy is not all that President Obama inherited. He inherited the greatest nation in the history of the earth. He inherited the most productive and innovative nation in history. He inherited the largest economy in the world. And he inherited a people who have always risen to the occasion, regardless of the challenges they faced, so long as we have been led by men and women who have brought us together, called on our patriotism, and guided the nation with vision and conviction.

Despite all that he inherited, President Obama did not repair our economy, he did not save Medicare and Social Security, he did not tame the spending and borrowing, he did not reach across the aisle to bring us together. Nor did he stand up to China’s trade practices, or deliver on his promise to re-make our relations with the Muslim world, where anti-American extremism is on the rise.

What he inherited wasn’t the only problem; what he did with what he inherited made the problem worse.

In just four short years, he borrowed nearly $6 trillion, adding almost as much debt held by the public as all prior American presidents in history.

He forced through Obamacare, frightening small business from hiring new employees and adding thousands of dollars to every family’s healthcare bill.

He launched an onslaught of new regulations, often to the delight of the biggest banks and corporations, but to the detriment of the small, growing businesses that create two-thirds of our jobs.

New business starts are at a 30-year low because entrepreneurs and investors are sitting on the sidelines, weary from the President’s staggering new regulations and proposed massive tax increases.

Many families can’t get mortgages and many entrepreneurs can’t get loans because of Dodd-Frank regulations that make it harder for banks to lend.

The president invested taxpayer money–your money–in green companies, now failed, that met his fancy, and sometimes were owned by his largest campaign contributors. He spent billions of taxpayer dollars on investments like Solyndra, Tesla, Fisker, and Ener1, which only added to our mounting federal debt.

Energy prices are up in part because energy production on federal lands is down.  He rejected the Keystone Pipeline from Canada, and cut in half drilling permits and leases, even as gasoline prices soared to new highs.

No, the problem with the Obama economy is not what he inherited; it is with the misguided policies that slowed the recovery, and caused millions of Americans to endure lengthy unemployment and poverty. That is why 15 million more of our fellow citizens are on food stamps than when President Obama was sworn into office. That is why 3 million more women are now living in poverty. That is why nearly 1 in 6 Americans today is poor.  That is why the economy is stagnant.

Today, we received the latest round of discouraging economic news:  Last quarter, our economy grew at just 2%.  After the stimulus was passed, the White House promised the economy would now be growing at 4.3%, over twice as fast.  Slow economic growth means slow job growth and declining take home pay. This is what four years of President Obama’s policies have produced. Americans are ready for change–for growth, for jobs, for more take home pay.

We have had four presidential and vice-presidential debates. And there is nothing in what the President proposed or defended that has any prospect of meeting the challenges of the times. Raising taxes will not grow jobs or ignite the economy–in fact, his tax plan has been calculated to destroy 700,000 jobs. A new stimulus, three years after the recession officially ended, may spare government, but it will not stimulate the private sector any better than did the stimulus of four years ago. And cutting one trillion dollars from the military will kill jobs and devastate our national defense.

This is not the time to double down on the trickle-down government policies that have failed us; it is time for new bold changes that measure up to the moment, that can bring America’s families the certainty that the future will be better than the past.

If Paul Ryan and I are elected as your president and vice president, we will endeavor with all our hearts and energy to restore America. Instead of more spending, more borrowing from China and higher taxes from Washington, we’ll renew our faith in the power of free people pursuing their dreams.  We’ll start with our plan for a stronger middle class, which has five elements:

One, we will act to put America on track to a balanced budget by eliminating unnecessary programs, by sending programs back to states where they can be managed with less abuse and less cost, and by shrinking the bureaucracy of Washington.

Two, we’ll produce more of the energy we need to heat our homes, fill our cars, and make our economy grow.  We will stop the Obama war on coal, the disdain for oil, and the effort to crimp natural gas by federal regulation of the very technology that produces it. We will support nuclear and renewables, but phase out subsidies once an industry is on its feet. And rather than investing in new electric auto and solar companies, we will invest in energy science and research to make discoveries that can actually change our energy world. And by 2020, we will achieve North American energy independence.

Three, we will make trade work for America.  We’ll open more markets to American agriculture, products, and services. And we will finally hold accountable any nation that doesn’t play by the rules.  I will stand up for the rights and interests of American workers and employers.

Four, we will grow jobs by making America the best possible place for job creators, for entrepreneurs, for small business, for innovators, for manufacturers. This we will do by updating and reshaping regulations to encourage growth, by lowering tax rates while lowering deductions and closing loopholes, and by making it clear from day one that unlike the current administration, we actually like business and the jobs business creates.

Finally, as we create more opportunity, we also will make sure that our citizens have the skills to succeed. Training programs will be shaped by the states where people live, and schools will put the interests of our kids, their parents, and their teachers above the interests of the teachers’ unions.

If we do those five things, our economy will come roaring back. We will create 12 million new jobs in just four years, raise take-home pay, and get the American economy growing at four percent a year—more than double this year’s rate. After all the false promises of recovery and all the waiting, we will finally see help for America’s middle class.

Paul and I won’t stop there. When we take office, we will take responsibility to solve the big problems that everyone agrees can’t wait any longer.

We will save and secure Medicare and Social Security, both for current and near retirees, and for the generation to come. We will restore the $716 billion President Obama has taken from Medicare to pay for his vaunted Obamacare.

We will reform healthcare to tame the growth in its cost, to provide for those with pre-existing conditions, and to assure that every American has access to healthcare. We will replace government choice with consumer choice, bringing the dynamics of the marketplace to a sector of our lives that has long been dominated by government.

These things among others we can only do if we work tirelessly to bridge the divide between the political parties. We will meet with Democrat and Republican leadership regularly, we will look for common ground and shared principles, and we will put the interests of the American people above the interests of the politicians.

I know something about leading because I’ve led before.  In business, at the Olympics, and in Massachusetts, I’ve brought people together to achieve real change.

I was elected as a Republican governor in a state with a legislature that was 85% Democrat. We were looking at a multi-billion dollar budget gap. But instead of fighting with one another, we came together to solve our problems. We actually cut spending–reduced it. We lowered taxes 19 times. We defended school choice. And we worked to make our state business friendly.

Our state moved up 20 places in job growth. Our schools were ranked number one in the nation.  And we turned a $3 billion budget deficit into a $2 billion rainy day fund.

I know it because I have seen it: Good Democrats can come together with good Republicans to solve big problems. What we need is leadership.

America is ready for that kind of leadership. Paul Ryan and I will provide it. Our plan for a stronger middle class will create jobs, stop the decline in take home pay, and put America back on the path of prosperity and opportunity. And this will enable us to fulfill our responsibility as the leader of the free world, to promote the principles of peace. We will help the Muslim world combat the spread of extremism; we will dissuade Iran from building a nuclear bomb; we will build enduring relationships throughout Latin America; and we will partner with China and other great nations to build a more stable and peaceful world.

We face big challenges. But we also have big opportunities. New doors are open for us to sell our ideas and our products to the entire world. New technologies offer the promise of unbounded information and limitless innovation. New ideas are changing lives and hearts in diverse nations and among diverse peoples. If we seize the moment and rise to the occasion, the century ahead will be an American Century.

Our children will graduate into jobs that are waiting for them. Our seniors will be confident that their retirement is secure. Our men and women will have good jobs and good pay and good benefits. And we will have every confidence that our lives are safe, and that our livelihoods are secure.

What this requires is change, change from the course of the last four years. It requires that we put aside the small and the petty, and demand the scale of change we deserve: we need real change, big change.

Our campaign is about that kind of change–confronting the problems that politicians have avoided for over a decade, revitalizing our competitive economy, modernizing our education, restoring our founding principles.

This is the kind of change that promises a better future, one shaped by men and women pursuing their dreams in their own unique ways.

This election is a choice between the status quo — going forward with the same policies of the last four years — or instead, choosing real change, change that offers promise, promise that the future will be better than the past.

If you are ready for that kind of change, if you want this to be a turning point in America’s course, join Paul Ryan and me, get your family and friends to join us, and vote now for the kind of leadership that these times demand.

God bless you. And God bless America.


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4 points based on one poll. Other polls have it tighter. And Obama had a much bigger lead in OH three weeks ago. 11 days to go.

Meanwhile Gallup has Romney at 50% or over among likely voters for TEN STRAIGHT DAYS. In mid-late October. That doesn’t happen to losers.

Obama has never been at 50% in Gallup LV.

Ohio will fall in line.

Missy on October 26, 2012 at 4:40 PM

You are right on Gallup predicting Romney might win the popular vote. Good for him. Unfortunately everyone that has cared to put their money where their mouth is has conceeded O is the winner.

HotAirLib on October 26, 2012 at 4:45 PM

andy85719 on October 26, 2012 at 4:44 PM

So go lock yourself in the closet and eat ice cream. The rest of us are trying to work.

wargamer6 on October 26, 2012 at 4:45 PM

wargamer6 on October 26, 2012 at 4:37 PM

I already voted.

paulsur on October 26, 2012 at 4:45 PM

lol. Show me any statistician or any betting website that has Romney winning this election with 2 weeks to go. I dont care whether its a Rush Limbaugh sponsored analysis or a Romney owned statistician.

We all know this whole horse race is an intellectual exercise for everyone. O is going to win it fair and square. You all will blame Romney for not being conservative enough and continue your perpectual bitC#n# on HA.

HotAirLib on October 26, 2012 at 4:42 PM

I know that percentages of you showing up here on Nov.7th if Romney wins are about 5-10% and that is a optimistic view.

IowaWoman on October 26, 2012 at 4:45 PM

HotAirLib on October 26, 2012 at 4:45 PM

Is it election day? Nope.

wargamer6 on October 26, 2012 at 4:46 PM

paulsur on October 26, 2012 at 4:45 PM

For Paul?

wargamer6 on October 26, 2012 at 4:46 PM

I’m not an idiot. I’m just pointing out that unless every single poll is wrong, Romney is going to lose Ohio. Now he is placing ads in Minnesota, a state where he def won’t win in order to cover part of media market in Wisconsin, another state he is highly unlikely to win.

andy85719 on October 26, 2012 at 4:37 PM

If all that’s true then the election is over. He might as well head to Boston or Michigan or Utah and put his feet up. With his age he’s unlikely to ever seek office again and if this is over then Mitt’s got no reason to keep on wasting his time.

alchemist19 on October 26, 2012 at 4:46 PM

ORC International – headquarters London, England.

oldroy on October 26, 2012 at 4:47 PM

Oh and andy: Romney’s tied in Wisc. Highly unlikely?

wargamer6 on October 26, 2012 at 4:47 PM

I will probably be banned here Nov 7th after unleashing my can of whoopa$$ on you all.

HotAirLib on October 26, 2012 at 4:22 PM

And you won’t show your face if/when Obama has his a$$ handed to him…so really it’s a win-win for us.

Left Coast Right Mind on October 26, 2012 at 4:47 PM

You are right on Gallup predicting Romney might win the popular vote. Good for him. Unfortunately everyone that has cared to put their money where their mouth is has conceeded O is the winner.

HotAirLib on October 26, 2012 at 4:45 PM

Obama to win shares are trading at 100 on Intrade and Romney is at 0? That’s news to me.

alchemist19 on October 26, 2012 at 4:47 PM

alchemist19 on October 26, 2012 at 4:46 PM

andy’s just being a moby. Ignore him.

wargamer6 on October 26, 2012 at 4:48 PM

You are right on Gallup predicting Romney might win the popular vote. Good for him. Unfortunately everyone that has cared to put their money where their mouth is has conceeded O is the winner.

HotAirLib on October 26, 2012 at 4:45 PM

Hahahahahahahaha, they better be prepared to lose that money then.

MobileVideoEngineer on October 26, 2012 at 4:48 PM

You are right on Gallup predicting Romney might win the popular vote. Good for him. Unfortunately everyone that has cared to put their money where their mouth is has conceeded O is the winner.

HotAirLib on October 26, 2012 at 4:45 PM

Hahahahahahahaha, they better be prepared to lose that money then.

I don’t know how the above happened.

MobileVideoEngineer on October 26, 2012 at 4:49 PM

andy’s just being a moby. Ignore him.

wargamer6 on October 26, 2012 at 4:48 PM

Advice taken. :-)

alchemist19 on October 26, 2012 at 4:49 PM

You are right on Gallup predicting Romney might win the popular vote. Good for him. Unfortunately everyone that has cared to put their money where their mouth is has conceeded O is the winner.

HotAirLib on October 26, 2012 at 4:45 PM

Right, so simply placing a bet means you have a crystal ball and know the outcome ahead of time? Lotta failed gamblers and stock market traders say otherwise.

Missy on October 26, 2012 at 4:51 PM

Seats 14000; drew under 4000.

The Boss- FREE on a college campus…

Make of that what you will….

Bruno Strozek on October 26, 2012 at 4:13 PM

Maybe they are smart enough to see the irony of “We Take Care Of Our Own” after Benghazi.

Christien on October 26, 2012 at 4:53 PM

ight, so simply placing a bet means you have a crystal ball and know the outcome ahead of time? Lotta failed gamblers and stock market traders say otherwise.

Missy on October 26, 2012 at 4:51 PM

Everything else looks glum for them so they have to go to the gamblers. When you have nothing else you have to hold onto whatever you’ve got.

MobileVideoEngineer on October 26, 2012 at 4:53 PM

Romney will lose Wisconsin because Scott Walker lost the recall vote by eleventy points.

John the Libertarian on October 26, 2012 at 4:54 PM

I’m not an idiot. I’m just pointing out that unless every single poll is wrong, Romney is going to lose Ohio. Now he is placing ads in Minnesota, a state where he def won’t win in order to cover part of media market in Wisconsin, another state he is highly unlikely to win.

andy85719 on October 26, 2012 at 4:37 PM

Um, if you think Obama going down from 2008 14 point wins in states like WI & Romney forcing him to have to defend those states = Romney “losing” than yes, you kind of are an idiot.

Dark Star on October 26, 2012 at 4:54 PM

HotAirLib on October 26, 2012 at 4:45 PM

Come on HAL — sing DAISY

Dark Star on October 26, 2012 at 4:56 PM

All liberals have left is Intrade? This is getting bad.

Obama better hurry up and have someone whacked and claim he “got the guys” who did the Benghazi attack.

forest on October 26, 2012 at 4:56 PM

I want to see Romney do a “forward” ad of its own.

The video would start off with some men and women happy in the spring time. The audio would talk about the promises of Obama’s 2008 campaign.

Then, video with some data on unemployment, the deficit, etc. Audio mentions these, then says “But Obama says we must continue forward.”

The spot would end with video of men trudging along in the snow, and the narrator would say “Forward isn’t always a solution. Sometimes it’s a recipe for disaster.”

hawksruleva on October 26, 2012 at 4:57 PM

He’s one of “those people” that hand wring over every poll.
wargamer6 on October 26, 2012 at 4:39 PM

A true concern troll. Takes a while to figure him out. I disregard everything he posts.

a capella on October 26, 2012 at 4:58 PM

CNN/ORC Ohio poll breakdown:
D/R/I = 35/32/33

Sampling error +- 3.5

Sampling error on crosstabs +- 8.5

AubieJon on October 26, 2012 at 4:58 PM

HotAirLib on October 26, 2012 at 4:22 PM

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I for one “Hope” you don’t get banned. You embody the failure of the liberal mentality, and that’s good to have around to contrat with the awesome Optimism President Super Mitt Romney will restore in this country.

You don’t have to settle for this.
It’s time for President Mitt Romney.

It’s now the time for all of us to act a little nicer. For us to smile a little easier. We share a little more. Now, we don’t have to “HOPE” for it anymore, for now we can be the people we always hoped we would be.

It’s really a miracle that Super Mitt Romney has chosen to lead this nation. And if you waste his miracle, you’re gonna regret it for a very long time.

Its time. You have to do something. You have to take a chance and get reacquainted with decency and the awesome values of being an American. There are people that don’t have jobs and can’t pay their bills. You can go and help these people, and stop the self centered liberal path you are on. Its time to work hard again in your job, follow God’s law, teach your children morals, go to church, live a life of values and commitment…..and then you will say…

“I get it now.”

And if you live that decent and value based life, then it will happen to you, the miracle of what Mitt Romney will bring you. And not just for the misguided liberals, but the disenchanted people who feel an emptiness in their life, mis-informed Union workers who are duped into supporting a lifestyle that is antithetical to what they want deep down inside for their families and their neighbors. Everyone.
Everybody’s gotta have this miracle of Decency that Mitt Romney brings to us!

It can happen now for all of you, come November 6th!

If you believe in this pure thing, this Mitt Romney America, then the miracle will happen to you and you’ll want it again tomorrow, and the day after! Over and over.

You won’t say, “Mitt Romney is just all talk and he can’t help me, or help me help myself and my family ” You won’t say that because HE CAN!

It will happen every day for you! You’ve just got to want that feeling of decency Mitt Romney will bring to your life!
You’ll want it every day and let it come into your life! It can happen to you!

You can say, without fear, “I believe in Mitt Romney now”.
I believe in his miracle of a decent and a proud America- it’s gonna happen to me, now. I’m ready for it!

And it’s great. It’s a good feeling. A very good feeling.
It’s better than I’ve felt in a long time, definitely for the last 4 years.

I’m ready for decency.

FlaMurph on October 26, 2012 at 4:59 PM

“Chicago is…OUT? CHICAGO IS OUT?!”

0bots totally saw that one coming, too.

Christien on October 26, 2012 at 5:01 PM

gophergirl on October 26, 2012 at 4:24 PM

gophergirl on October 26, 2012 at 4:25 PM

LOL – Were you a crabby b***** and a cranky witch? Either way, I’m glad somebody cheered you up, even if it was a troll! :-)

KS Rex on October 26, 2012 at 5:03 PM

alchemist19 on October 26, 2012 at 4:46 PM

andy’s just being a moby. Ignore him.

wargamer6 on October 26, 2012 at 4:48 PM

Agreed. The first thing I noticed is that DNC plant needs more fertilizer.

viking01 on October 26, 2012 at 5:09 PM

CNN/ORC Ohio poll breakdown:
D/R/I = 35/32/33

Sampling error +- 3.5

Sampling error on crosstabs +- 8.5

AubieJon on October 26, 2012 at 4:58 PM

Complaining about the sample size and sampling error are we? lol. Don’t worry, we did the same in 2004 when we could have sworn Kerry was going to win after GWB and Cheney lied us into Iraq.

We accepted it when GWB won and you too will accept it when O wins.

HotAirLib on October 26, 2012 at 5:10 PM

We accepted it when GWB won and you too will accept it when O wins.

HotAirLib on October 26, 2012 at 5:10 PM

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When GWB won- who accepted it ? The liberals? The Democrites ?
Seriously.

Decency.
Its time.

FlaMurph on October 26, 2012 at 5:12 PM

HotAirLib on October 26, 2012 at 5:10 PM

I understand that math is difficult for liberals. You’re forgiven.

AubieJon on October 26, 2012 at 5:14 PM

OT

Has anyone read anything suggesting an AC 130 gunship was over the consulate and one of the seals had a laser on the morter position but request for authorization for support was denied.?

I]n fact, at least one member of the team was on the roof of the annex manning a heavy machine gun when mortars were fired at the CIA compound. The security officer had a laser on the target that was firing and repeatedly requested back-up support from a Specter gunship, which is commonly used by U.S. Special Operations forces to provide support to Special Operations teams on the ground involved in intense firefights.

Weasel zippers is suggesting the gunship was over head.

filetandrelease on October 26, 2012 at 5:14 PM

HotAirLib on October 26, 2012 at 5:10 PM

…whose going to change HotLips diapers on November 7th?
…Sing DAISEY…!!!

KOOLAID2 on October 26, 2012 at 5:14 PM

Complaining about the sample size and sampling error are we? lol. Don’t worry, we did the same in 2004 when we could have sworn Kerry was going to win after GWB and Cheney lied us into Iraq.

We accepted it when GWB won and you too will accept it when O wins.

HotAirLib on October 26, 2012 at 5:10 PM

I want to give you points for the first remotely intelligent thing you’ve said. Yes, if Obama wins the Electoral College but loses the popular vote then he will have been legitimately elected under the rules set forth by the Constitution and I will accept that. Now quit while you’re only this far behind and stop talking.

alchemist19 on October 26, 2012 at 5:14 PM

I distinctly remember a jilted blustering Al Gore demanding some lapdogs on the Florida Supreme Court count whatever constituted a “dimpled chad” as a vote for him then recount and recount and recount all the while gaining mystery votes out of thin air.

Obama is no less vain as Al Gore and equally stupid so a similar tantrum by Obama would by no means surprise.

viking01 on October 26, 2012 at 5:19 PM

Yeah? Real change, Mitt?

Good. Let’s start with actually cutting spending to something we can afford, and getting government out of our lives and our faces.

How about gutting EPA…and closing some of these pointless bureaucracies — Commerce, Education, Energy, Agriculture.

That would be real change.

Jaibones on October 26, 2012 at 5:19 PM

I don’t care if Reagan is reincarnated, I don’t want to hear the C word again.

jangle12 on October 26, 2012 at 5:23 PM

HotAirLib on October 26, 2012 at 5:10 PM

If you think that there’s going to be a huge D surge in OH, you’re an idiot.

wargamer6 on October 26, 2012 at 5:28 PM

It was great in person! I was there 3 row back in the center. I was listening to my next President, no doubt about it. We endured 35-40 degree temps, high winds and cloudy most of the time. The event was ‘sold-out’ standing room only. I am soooo glad I stuck it out, What a speech!

IowaWoman on October 26, 2012 at 4:17 PM

..sincere thanks for the “boots on the ground report”; it MATTERS to us not able to attend and is good intel — along with Bruno’s revelation about the previous Obama tour.

Sure says a lot that Mitt can get SRO OUTSIDE in a field on a cold, windy Midwestern day and Obama can’t fill THE INSIDE of a modest-sized round ball venue with an aging rock star giving it away for free ON A COLLEGE CAMPUS.

♫♪ “..something’s happening here..what it is ain’t exactly clear..” ♪♫

The War Planner on October 26, 2012 at 5:31 PM

HotAirLib on October 26, 2012 at 5:10 PM

If you think that there’s going to be a huge D surge in OH, you’re an idiot.

wargamer6 on October 26, 2012 at 5:28 PM

..fixed for you, wargamer. Remember, brevity is the soul of wit!

The War Planner on October 26, 2012 at 5:33 PM

Complaining about the sample size and sampling error are we? lol. Don’t worry, we did the same in 2004 when we could have sworn Kerry was going to win after GWB and Cheney lied us into Iraq.

We accepted it when GWB won and you too will accept it when O wins.

HotAirLib on October 26, 2012 at 5:10 PM

Interesting how Colin Powell “lieing to the UN” is no longer mentioned in the Bush-Cheney lied about WMDs meme any more by the left. I wonder why that is? How soon the left forgets.

This is one small example of the left “accepting” Bush as the winner. How soon you forget.

Yes, if Obama wins conservatives will accept it. He will not win.

How “accepting” are Democrats going to be when Romney wins? You can stop by Nov 7th on this website and tell us how accepting you are of the Romney victory.

weaselyone on October 26, 2012 at 5:36 PM

I’m ready for decency.

FlaMurph on October 26, 2012 at 4:59 PM

You’re not going to get it from liberals Murph. They’re all nasty, bitter, self-loathing, dependent and down right stupid. The decency will come from conservatives and moderates.

cajunpatriot on October 26, 2012 at 5:37 PM

Fox News: -Obama asked today about the lousy 2% growth rate and he blamed it on President George W. Bush.

slickwillie2001 on October 26, 2012 at 5:39 PM

I watched the speech, and it was very good. This story about Mitt Romney warmed my heart.

Naturally Curly on October 26, 2012 at 5:40 PM

He mentioned “Jihad” and “sharia”. I certainly like that.

rrpjr on October 26, 2012 at 5:49 PM

I watched the speech, and it was very good. This story about Mitt Romney warmed my heart.

Naturally Curly on October 26, 2012 at 5:40 PM

..tears welling up, etc. for me!

The War Planner on October 26, 2012 at 5:51 PM

let’s get Obama re-elected already so we can have http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=51kAw4OTlA0&feature=relatedanother great celebrity motivational video!

akaniku on October 26, 2012 at 6:02 PM

Wouldn’t telling Americans on Day 1 all czars would be sent packing help him pick up a few more votes? I pray that is what he has in store.

sdbatboy on October 26, 2012 at 6:03 PM

We accepted it when GWB won and you too will accept it when O wins.

HotAirLib on October 26, 2012 at 5:10 PM

No you didn’t. You vandalized and rioted and destroyed other people’s stuff. You packed your bags to supposedly move to other nations. You cried “CONSPIRACY!” and frothed at the mouth over every syllable Dubya uttered in his acceptance speech. You went on for days and weeks and months and years that Cheney had imprisoned minorities to keep them from voting. In essence, you went stark raving apeshit crazy.

Bishop on October 26, 2012 at 6:04 PM

How about gutting EPA…and closing some of these pointless bureaucracies — Commerce, Education, Energy, Agriculture.

That would be real change.

Jaibones on October 26, 2012 at 5:19 PM

Music to my ears. If only….

sdbatboy on October 26, 2012 at 6:05 PM

i finally figured out the music that mitt uses…

the score to AIR FORCE ONE

that was a good movie…we will NOT negotiate

cmsinaz on October 26, 2012 at 6:11 PM

with terrorists

cmsinaz on October 26, 2012 at 6:11 PM

akaniku on October 26, 2012 at 6:02 PM

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They should call that video “drinking the Koolaid in Jonestown”.

Mrs. Kutcher indeed.

FlaMurph on October 26, 2012 at 6:15 PM

No you didn’t. You vandalized and rioted and destroyed other people’s stuff. You packed your bags to supposedly move to other nations. You cried “CONSPIRACY!” and frothed at the mouth over every syllable Dubya uttered in his acceptance speech. You went on for days and weeks and months and years that Cheney had imprisoned minorities to keep them from voting. In essence, you went stark raving apeshit crazy.Bishop on October 26, 2012 at 6:04 PM

Wow man, u need a hug from someone. That said, I take it those are all the things your crew will do before accepting O has actually won his second term as president.

HotAirLib on October 26, 2012 at 6:19 PM

I will probably be banned here Nov 7th after unleashing my can of whoopa$$ on you all.

HotAirLib on October 26, 2012 at 4:22 PM

Give us another way to contact you then because we want to check on your well being after the dem train wreck of 2012.

arnold ziffel on October 26, 2012 at 6:20 PM

Excellent, substantive speech (I read it, so can’t comment on Romney’s delivery or audience reception). Prompted my third donation. In as deep a blue state as this, donating is about all I can do (in addition to annoying my liberal friends by declining to drink their Kool-Aid). ;-)

ugottabekiddingme on October 26, 2012 at 6:22 PM

Wow man, u need a hug from someone. That said, I take it those are all the things your crew will do before accepting O has actually won his second term as president.

HotAirLib on October 26, 2012 at 6:19 PM

Hahahaha, now you don’t need anymore proof people. They have completely lost it and they are now delusional.

MobileVideoEngineer on October 26, 2012 at 6:22 PM

I take it those are all the things your crew will do before accepting O has actually won his second term as president.

HotAirLib on October 26, 2012 at 6:19 PM

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Decency and a proud America will be returned, with Pres. Romney

FlaMurph on October 26, 2012 at 6:27 PM

Wow man, u need a hug from someone. That said, I take it those are all the things your crew will do before accepting O has actually won his second term as president.

HotAirLib on October 26, 2012 at 6:19 PM

Everything I said actually happened. I know you want to blame everything on the right, that’s what liberals do, and yeah I fully expect history to repeat itself when Dog Eater finds his free ride has been revoked.

Soooo….which nation will you tearfully seek to emigrate to before Ryan unleashes his Stasi upon all liberals? WAIT! Don’t say anything….Romney has special satellites that hone-in on liberals and pinpoint your location.

Bishop on October 26, 2012 at 6:33 PM

It was great in person! I was there 3 row back in the center. I was listening to my next President, no doubt about it. We endured 35-40 degree temps, high winds and cloudy most of the time. The event was ‘sold-out’ standing room only. I am soooo glad I stuck it out, What a speech!

IowaWoman

I’m so happy for you to have been there…I’m so envious.
You were up close and personal…3rd row…WOWZA.

Tell me what I want to know…is Mitt as handsome as the night I fell in love with him?…after the 1st debate…when he transformed from “Mittens” to “Rombo”.

When Mitt donned the white tie and tails, well, that was a cherry on top…adoration in that JFK Camelot way.

Typicalwhitewoman on October 26, 2012 at 6:42 PM

538.com are showing Obama with a 73% chance of winning.

HotAirLib on October 26, 2012 at 4:22 PM

Same odds he showed in 2010 of Republicans winning less than 55 seats. Huh.

Mitsouko on October 26, 2012 at 6:54 PM

Haha!

I enjoy the flailing of a dying democrat campaign. Wonderful.

Good cheer one and all – all that is left is the final margin – I still wish Nevada looked better, just so I could watch Reid’s network fail.

Zomcon JEM on October 26, 2012 at 7:21 PM

oh and Mits, pretty sure Silver didn’t move that high on seats until very close to the bitter end.

He got lucky once with access to insider polls – he isn’t getting that info anymore.

Zomcon JEM on October 26, 2012 at 7:22 PM

Good for him. Unfortunately everyone that has cared to put their money where their mouth is has conceeded O is the winner.

HotAirLib

Right…that’s why Romney raised $111 million in the first two weeks of October.

xblade on October 26, 2012 at 8:27 PM

Has anyone read anything suggesting an AC 130 gunship was over the consulate and one of the seals had a laser on the morter position but request for authorization for support was denied.?

Weasel zippers is suggesting the gunship was over head.

filetandrelease

I think a lot of people are assuming one was overhead, but there’s no confirmation one way or the other at this point. Personally, I think it’s more likely they were expecting a response from one of the predator drones that were in the area. There have been assumptions that one of them was armed, but again, no confirmation on that yet.

xblade on October 26, 2012 at 8:42 PM

Like Paul Atreides not needing the weirding module, Mittens is….

the….

THREE-DIMENSIONAL MAN!

Your are now…President “Above it” Romney.

KirknBurker on October 26, 2012 at 10:28 PM

Anyone that thinks the Ohio polls are accurate has not studied them.

For the polls that provide the by-region cross tabs, they are obviosly biased wrong.

Time: page 12, south/cincinnati region is 28% of poll which is effectively the south half of the state. They have this region going for Obama 52/41. In fact in 2008 this same region went for McCain almost polar opposite of that. Anyone that thinks south Ohio is going Obama +11 this year is a complete idiot.

SurveyUSA: tab 1, Cincinnati region is 14%, equivalent to Hamilton county and it’s 3 adjacent counties. They have this region going for Obama 45/40. 2008 it was McCain 54/44. More idiocy if anyone thinks Cincy area has swung +15 FOR Obama since then.

In summary, the Ohio polls are wrongly biased and are easily proven to be wrong.

Carnac on October 26, 2012 at 11:55 PM

It’s time for a real AMERICAN president.
That’s what it’s time for.

Yephora on October 27, 2012 at 2:06 AM

You are right on Gallup predicting Romney might win the popular vote. Good for him. Unfortunately everyone that has cared to put their money where their mouth is has conceeded O is the winner.

HotAirLib on October 26, 2012 at 4:45 PM

Really? Where are these guys? I would love to make a wager on this election. Mitt Romney will win. :)

I am willing to put my money where my mouth is and I am not conceding that O is the winner; he will lose.

Theophile on October 27, 2012 at 5:13 AM

refreshingly presidential speech

He reset “change” 17 times but Romney never once said “Constitution”.

“Change” is not refreshing since that word has become revolting, over used, misused, abused. “Change” means DECEIT. Even Romney’s “Believe in America” is an equivalent to “Change we can believe in.” Neither means anything specific; both mean nothing beyond “promise them anything, just get their votes.”

Mitt Romney’s primary campaign was “restore America” …

– it’s general election NOW and he still won’t campaign pledge to renew our Constitutional Government.

refreshingly presidential speech

pfft

maverick muse on October 27, 2012 at 6:12 AM

Just don’t serve “Change” and tell me it’s “refreshing”.

maverick muse on October 27, 2012 at 6:13 AM

Real change means getting rid of corrupt Rockefeller Republicans like you too Etch-a-sketch. You are just as corrupt as Obama and profited in the Bain bankruptcy at the tax payers expense.

Romney’s past Republicans who accept GOP propaganda so conveniently choose to ignore.

The behavior Romney exhibited at the convention of telling the grass roots to pound sand he has exhibited before. He is a corrupt thug!

The FDIC documents on the Bain bankruptcy.

Romney had inserted a poison pill in its loan agreement with the banks:
Instead of being required to use its cash to pay back the firm’s creditors, the money could be pocketed by Bain executives in the form of large bonuses.

The bonus loophole gave Romney a perverse form of leverage: If the banks and the FDIC didn’t give in to his demands and forgive much of Bain’s debts, Romney would raid the firm’s coffers, pushing it into the very bankruptcy that the loan agreement had been intended to avert. The losers in this game would not only be Bain’s creditors – including the federal government – but the firm’s nearly 1,000 employees worldwide.
In March 1992, according to the FDIC documents, Romney approached the banks and played the bonus card. Allow Bain to pay off its debt at a deep discount, he demanded – just 35 cents on the dollar. Otherwise, the “majority” of the firm’s “excess cash” would “be available for the bonus pool to its officers at a vice president level and above.”
When the banks balked Romney now demanded that the banks and the government agree to a deal that was even less favorable than the last – to retire Bain’s debts “at a price up to but not exceeding 30 cents on the dollar.”
The loan agreement engineered by Romney had left the FDIC “virtually unsecured” on the $30.6 million it was owed by Bain.

How had Romney scored such a favorable deal at the FDIC’s expense? It didn’t hurt that he had close ties to the agency – the kind of “crony capitalism” he now decries. A month before he closed the 1991 loan agreement, Romney promoted a former FDIC bank examiner to become a senior executive at Bain. He also had pull at the top: FDIC chairman Bill Seidman, who had served as finance chair for Romney’s father when he ran for president in 1968.

It was a raw deal – but Romney’s threat to loot his own firm had left the government with no other choice. If the FDIC had pushed Bain into bankruptcy, the records reveal, the agency would have recouped just $3.56 million from the firm.
It’s the same raw deal he has expects the grassroots to accept at the convention after they gave him the House in 2010.

Etch-a-sketch is just as corrupt as Obama and he has just as much of a CULT that surrounds him as Obama.

Take your GOP propaganda some here else.

FDIC DOCUMENTS are facts! Romney is corrupt just like Obama!

Jayrae on October 27, 2012 at 7:56 AM

Did HA post this brilliant analogy?

Barack Obama, like Eddie Haskell, is slick, charming, deceitful, and devious; he constantly blames others for his own conduct; he vanishes or gets nasty when the going gets rough; he despises adults.

Mitt Romney, like Ward Cleaver, is the essence of calm maturity, responsibility, and problem-solving skills.

http://pjmedia.com/lifestyle/2012/10/25/5-reasons-this-election-is-ward-cleaver-vs-eddie-haskell/?singlepage=true

itsnotaboutme on October 27, 2012 at 8:30 AM

You are right on Gallup predicting Romney might win the popular vote. Good for him. Unfortunately everyone that has cared to put their money where their mouth is has conceeded O is the winner.

HotAirLib on October 26, 2012 at 4:45 PM

Obama had better get down on his knees and pray instead of what he usually does while on his knees. He should pray that he doesn’t get elected because if he does, the American people will want him to stand trial for treason in the murder of 4 Americans.

Either way, by election or trial, we will be rid of him.

Amjean on October 27, 2012 at 4:47 PM

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