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Obama: Romney locked into 'extreme positions' he'd implement

Published: Sat, August 25, 2012 @ 10:31 p.m.


President Barack Obama said Mitt Romney has locked himself into "extreme positions" on economic and social issues and would surely impose them if elected, trying to discredit his Republican rival at the biggest political moment of his life.

In an interview with The Associated Press, Obama said Romney lacks serious ideas, refuses to "own up" to the responsibilities of what it takes to be president, and deals in factually dishonest arguments that could soon haunt him in face-to-face debates.

Obama also offered a glimpse of how he would govern in a second term of divided government, insisting rosily that the forces of the election would help break Washington's stalemate. He said he would be willing to make a range of compromises with Republicans, confident there are some who would rather make deals than remain part of "one of the least productive Congresses in American history."

With the remarks, Obama set up a contrast between Romney, whom he cast as an extremist pushing staunchly conservative policies, and himself, by saying he would work across party lines. It was a seeming play for the independent voters who decide close elections and tell pollsters they want to see the often-gridlocked politicians in Washington solve the nation's problems.

Mainly, Obama was intent on countering Romney even before his challenger got to the Republican National Convention, which starts Monday in Tampa, Fla. In doing so, the president depicted his opponent as having accumulated ideas far outside the mainstream with no room to turn back.

"I can't speak to Gov. Romney's motivations," Obama said. "What I can say is that he has signed up for positions, extreme positions, that are very consistent with positions that a number of House Republicans have taken. And whether he actually believes in those or not, I have no doubt that he would carry forward some of the things that he's talked about."

Obama spoke to the AP on Thursday before heading off to a long weekend with his family at Camp David, the secluded presidential retreat in the Maryland mountains.


1IslandMike(757 comments)posted 3 years ago

Mitt-Flopper doesn't know where he stands on anything. Mitt -n- Paul, two clowns that'll be attending the circus in Tampa.

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2reallytired(84 comments)posted 3 years ago

Before heading off on a long family weekend at camp david?? How many vacations does this guy take?Who's not owning up to the responsiblies that the job takes?? Let's hope this bozo isout of here in January

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376Ytown(1318 comments)posted 3 years ago

So if you work from home it means that you are not working. Kinda like you didn't build that? LOL

Bush's ranch was commonly referred to as the Texas White House or Crawford White House. Business was conducted from there with little extra cost to the taxpayers. He typically spent holidays in D.C. so that the Secret Service agents could be with their families.

Reagan's ranch was referred to as the Western White House. Same as with President Bush, business was conducted at the Western White House with little extra cost to the taxpayers. Massive Secret Service protection was not needed.

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476Ytown(1318 comments)posted 3 years ago

Camp David is 62 miles NW of Washington, DC and considered a working vacation.

Obama & family have taken over 17 vacations all over the world. These are not working vacations but by his own admission family vacations. Hawaii alone cost taxpayers $4 million. Don't know about you, but I'm lucky if I get one vacation per year.

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5MLC75(630 comments)posted 3 years ago

We the American people are the true losers,Obama is a bad President and Romeny would be worse.I couldn't wait to get Obama out of office,but not now.It is the less of two evils and at this point it's Obama.

Romney and Ryan will make drastic cuts,that will hurt all middle class americans.

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6georgejeanie(1079 comments)posted 3 years ago

It seems we need some extreme measures to straighten this mess out. Trillions in debt , letting in illegal immigrants by the millions, an education system that is going down the tubes because of negligent parents and unionized school teachers, congress not willing to negotiate to get anything done for the people of this great country, more government workers who do next to nothing compared to private sector workers and get payed more for doing less.

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7southsidedave(5114 comments)posted 3 years ago

Obama & Romney: a couple of clowns in a 3-ring circus, and we the people, get to jump through the hoops. Ha ha ha.

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