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Obama, Romney head into final stretch of the election

Published: Sat, September 8, 2012 @ 12:00 a.m.

In the next eight weeks, President Barack Obama and his Republican challenger, Mitt Romney, will be battling for the relatively small number of voters who say they are undecided about the Nov. 6 election. Given that the presidential race is a dead heat, the candidates can be expected to go all out to win over a majority of those undecideds.

In so doing, Obama and Romney, a former governor of Massachusetts, will be expected to show the American people they can rise above the mindless partisan bickering and political sound bites by answering the following important question: What will you do in the next four years to ensure that all citizens of this country have the opportunity to better their lives.

Although the Republicans during their political convention in Tampa last week sought to make this election a referendum on Obama’s first term in office, it is more than that. Romney must fill in the blanks about his vision, blanks that were glaringly evident when he spoke to his party’s faithful.

Even with his signature issues of balancing the budget, slashing the deficit and creating 12 million new jobs, he was short on specifics.

The worst is over

By contrast, President Obama, in accepting his party’s nomination Thursday evening in Charlotte, made it clear that his second term will be a continuation of the first. The foundation has been laid, and the building blocks for the economic recovery from the worst recession the nation has faced since the Great Depression are in place — and are beginning to provide much needed stability.

The president acknowledged that the recovery will not be quick or easy, because the problems confronting the country “have built up for years.”

But just as Romney and his running mate, Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan, sought to frame the election in terms of Obama’s failed policies, the president and Vice President Joe Biden made it clear to the American people that the election is about the future.

“You can choose leadership that’s tested and proven,” Obama told enthusiastic crowd, seeking to distinguish his experience from that of Romney’s.

In detailing the actions taken from the time he took office in January 2009 to halt the economic slide that began in 2008 under Republican President George W. Bush, Obama, like other speakers durinh the three-day convention, paid special attention to the federal bailout of the auto industry.

Strong recovery

While Romney is standing firm on his position that General Motors and Chrysler should have been allowed to undergo a managed bankruptcy, the Democrats are celebrating the fact that federal intervention has made the two companies stronger than they have been in many years.

“After a decade of decline, this country created over a half million manufacturing jobs in the last two and a half years,” the president said.

On national security, Obama sought to draw a clear line between him and his GOP challenger.

“Four years ago I promised to end the war in Iraq. We did. I promised to refocus on the terrorists who actually attacked us on 9/11, and we have. We’ve blunted the Taliban’s momentum in Afghanistan and in 2014, our longest war will be over. A new tower rises above the New York skyline, al-Qaida is on the path to defeat and Osama bin Laden is dead,” the president said.

There are clear differences between the Democratic and Republican visions for the nation, and over the next two months, the American people will “face the clearest choice any time in a generation,” as the president put it.

This is too important an election for anyone to sit it out.


1NoBS(2311 comments)posted 3 years ago

You mean we have 8 more weeks to endure the incessant noise and negativity of this election?


Both candidates need to ask themselves why there are so many undecided voters. I'd bet most of the undecided can't make up their mind which candidate they dislike the most. Can't we have a do-over?

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2mgourley(32 comments)posted 3 years ago

"Tax cuts for the wealthy at expense of the middle class is no solution"
Which tax cuts are these? Oh, you mean the "Bush" tax cuts? You mean the same tax rates that we
have had for over 10 years?
"The problem with the President's program isn't the program itself. It is the obstructionist Party of No republicans whose only goal in governing over the last 3 years has been the defeat of Obama"
Oh, you mean the obstructionist party that was in the minority in the House for the first two years
and has never been in the majority in the Senate in the last four years? That obstructionist party?

Some of you people really need to stop listening to and mindlessly parroting talking points and do
some homework. I realize it might take a little work, but intellectual laziness is not exactly
a virtue.

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3mgourley(32 comments)posted 3 years ago

I'm certainly not wealthy. I just don't believe you have a right to someones earnings just because you have a problem with them having a dollar more than you do. If your neighbor made a dollar more than you, and that put them in a higher tax bracket, how would that improve your life?

Tea Party? Sure, sure. Boehner and Cantor et all are card carrying members. I think not. The Republican establishment would rather the Tea Party (which, I'm sure you know is not a party at all, but a group of concerned citizens) just shut the hell up.

I do not believe there has been a time in recent memory when the two political parties have been so diametrically opposed when it comes to ideology. There is no possible way for compromise. That leaves defeat at the polls as the only resolution. Just like the founders envisioned.

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4mgourley(32 comments)posted 3 years ago

The only rational thing theotherside has said is "The United States belongs to the American People". I certainly hope you still feel the same way if the American people decide that they desire a change in the Presidency. Somehow, I think he will not.
The upshot is that theotherside is free to work to change that in the next election, or flee to another country that better fits his world view.
Diversity of opinion and tolerance are mainstays of the left, unless your opinion does not agree with theirs. In that case you need to be gotten rid of. Dabble in hypocrisy much?

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5mgourley(32 comments)posted 3 years ago

I don't bemoan the lack of compromise at all. I welcome it. You need to let go of the bugaboo of the Tea Party.. the majority of the Republican Party will still try to get along. You might try that throwing stones analogy again, somehow it did not work.
So you are admitting you are an extremist? You don't seem to think my position has any merit. So using your own logic...

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6mgourley(32 comments)posted 3 years ago

So, basically, you refuse to look inward and continue to attack straw men. How brave of you. You apparently think the Tea Party is a "thing". That just shows your ignorance. For argument sake, I'll give you your premise. Why is a "thing" that you disagree with "extremist"?
Can you actually say that limited government and lower taxes are extremist? If so, why?
Is big government and more spending good? If so, why?
You have the choice of personal liberty or state sponsored equality. Which would you choose and why?

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7mgourley(32 comments)posted 3 years ago

Oh, and another thing, why do you assume my party affiliation based upon what I have written? Have I said anywhere that I am a member of any party? You know what they say about assuming.
I'm all about principle, not what party spews the "correct" rhetoric.
Something you, who obviously have a high school education, should realize.

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8mgourley(32 comments)posted 3 years ago

You brought up education in your first post, as a shot, I suppose. You might want to re-read your post to see who is name calling or making assumptions.
Why can't you simply answer the questions? Is it too hard or are there no "correct" answers on your flash cards?

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9mgourley(32 comments)posted 3 years ago

I'm still waiting to hear what this "extreme" is all about. Just because you say something over and over does not make it factual. Please cite for me what you consider "extreme" in the party that you oppose.

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10cambridge(3451 comments)posted 3 years ago

mgourley....this is what "extreme" is all about.



There are thousands more where those came from if you're not convinced.

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11mgourley(32 comments)posted 3 years ago

youtube does not count..have the balls to spell it out here.
Unless of course you are incapable of original thought, or too lazy to type.

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12mgourley(32 comments)posted 3 years ago

I could compile a list of youtube clips of people on the left saying stupid things and acting badly. There are thousands of them out there.
And that proves what?
Some people act badly and are stupid.
OK...so get back to the original topic.

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13cambridge(3451 comments)posted 3 years ago

mgourley....You're the one that asked what "extreme" is all about. I posted extreme comments from extremely defective people that think and vote the same way you do. You should have the balls to own your views.

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14mgourley(32 comments)posted 3 years ago

How do you know how I think or vote?
Perhaps you need to dial back your extreme hatred and get into the diversity and tolerance game.

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15mgourley(32 comments)posted 3 years ago

Easy to say done when you have nothing to say. Why are you so worked up about tax deductions? Is that the reason you vote? Because someone is for or against what they give you? Dude.. try personal responsibility on for a change.

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16doubled(210 comments)posted 3 years ago

hey "thinker" - let me give you a tip. No one reads your posts. You talk too much. And you're sort of boring. After reading the first few lines, i once again realize that your screen name should really be "theliar" instead of "thethinker". You've got some serious problems.

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