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Obama warns GOP could reverse progress

Published: Sat, October 30, 2010 @ 5:39 p.m.

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) -- President Barack Obama implored voters on Saturday to resist a Republican tide, warning that if the GOP prevails in Tuesday's midterm elections all the progress of his first two years in office "can be rolled back."

That would be just fine, said Rep. John Boehner, in line to become the new speaker if Republicans take the House, as expected. He declared, "Americans are demanding a new way forward in Washington."

Embarking on a four-state weekend campaign dash, Obama acknowledged the difficulties Democrats face. All four stops are in states Obama carried in 2008 - Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Illinois and Ohio. But Democratic candidates for the Senate, House and governorships are struggling in these places and elsewhere, and Obama is making a last-ditch plea for the party's core supporters not to abandon them.

Obama's sagging popularity has limited his ability to save Democratic candidates, and his legislative agenda may be deeply complicated if the GOP takes over the House, as many expect.

Unless Democratic voters turn out in big numbers, Obama said in a seven-minute talk, all the progress made in the past two years "can be rolled back."


1TylerDurden(367 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

"progress" being perhaps the most contextually subjective term in the history of the planet.

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2Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

The seniors are just estatic over Obama's cutting of five hundred billion from medicare . This should help the liberals to redistribute the savings as the seniors die faster from lack of medical care .

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3aljimi(47 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

When will people educate themselves on the "cutting" of medicare,instead of listening to republican rhetoric.It's the republicans who would like to cut these programs and do people forget the last administration and their cronies wanted to privatize Social Security.

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4Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

Using healthcare as the trojan horse Obama blessed the seniors with forced euthanasia by cutting five hundred billion out of medicare . This wasn't done by the Republicans it was done by the liberal Democrats . OBAMACARE because Obama cares .

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5ytownoh330(14 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

progress? what more people on foodstamps? this guy is a flippin clown.

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6SkyKing310B(315 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

@aljimi- The idea of partially privitizing SS is far better than what Obama and company want to do- Roll all retirement plans (401(k)'s, 403(b)'s and IRA's) into the SS system to shore up the financial mess that Congress has gotten us into. They can't keep their hands out of the damn cookie jar.

Look how many people are currently receiving SS benefits that never paid into it. And we wonder why the system is going broke. Maybe we should roll all the gov't pensions into SS and let them have the same amount of retirement benefits the rest of us will receive after working 48 years, not 30 or 35 like they do and get 60- 80% of their salaries.

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7mrblue(1175 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

Read and say what you want, but in my opinion, both parties are at fault for the mess this country is in financially. The politicians here and in Washington need to start listening to the people and do what we elected them to do. If they don't, then they have to go!

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8aljimi(47 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

Skyking,is this the same Congress that passed budgets with the two wars being off-budget.Or somehow managed to increase our national debt astronomically by funding these wars by cutting taxes.Sure there are many people who have no right to collect social security and these people need to be removed.As for Rudy56 the plain dealer just showed how healthcare premiums were increased by only 1% by this plan recently while costs increased by 25% to 30%.Maybe we should just keep letting these companies do want they want since my healthcare plan has only tripled in cost over the last 10 years.Funny that was even before Obama.

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9walter_sobchak(2672 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

You have hit the nail on the head. Both parties are equally guilty. Banking "reform" of the '90s was a license to steal. It didn't take a rocket scientist to see that. Clinton refused to properly address terrorism as a global war threat in the way he responded to the first WTC bombing and the Cole debacle. After 9/11, Bush was correct in establishing a Dept. of Homeland Security as a way to tie all of the loose ends together, but he and Congress failed to eliminate those govt. programs and jobs that were no longer necessary. Then, Bush got us into two battlefronts using bad intelligence, spending too many lives and too much of our treasure. Bush provides seniors with prescription drug coverage but never came up with the money to pay for it. I don't even want to get into Barney Fwank and the mortgage debacle he encouraged. Then, Congress gets taken over by Pelosi and Reid, Bamster becomes president and they have worn out the magnetic strip on the govt credit card. Not to mention, they will destroy the health care system inless Obamacare is reformed.

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10aljimi(47 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

mrblue I totally agree with your comment.Following the same path we did for 8yrs. got us into this mess.I don't totally agree with the new policies but something has to be done .To let companies who shipped jobs overseas and still do business here should not be allowed.Tariffs should be placed on these corp.Giving huge tax breaks to the wealthy and to big businesses doesn't work.David Stockman who started this program conceded that companies do not reinvest all this money back into the company but into their own pockets .The Republicans had control for 6 yrs. and it didn't work.Try something new ,instead of fighting to keep your old policies in place.

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11cambridge(4055 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

The two keys in the headline of this commentary are GOP and Reverse.

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12Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

Energy costs spiraled from a domestic no drill policy by the liberals . Remember the four dollar a gallon gas and the domino effect ? The impact on the economy was devastating . Money making ventures all over the nation became losers and went out of business . We have been stripped of our wealth ! The next step is for government to go after savings . How ? Printing more money which will result in inflation . Very soon today may be looked at as the good old days . We haven't bottomed out yet !

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13aljimi(47 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

Energy costs went goofy because of speculators.It was a proven fact that they drove up the price of oil,which in turn hurt businesses.

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14Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

The libs allowed the price of oil to go up by not drilling so they could go with so called green energy . Obama is still bent on devastating the coal industry which generates most of our electricity .

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15cambridge(4055 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

Stan.....You made that same claim a number of times. There are almost 5000 active oil and gas wells in the Gulf of Mexico alone.


There are 27000 abandoned wells in the Gulf of Mexico alone.


There are 3109 oil and gas drilling COMPANIES in the United States. I couldn't even find a count on wells. I doubt if anyone knows, they are too many to count. Scroll down in the link below and the COMPANIES are listed by state.


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