On today’s Sunday shows, Democrats were vocal in advance of their convention, accusing the Romney campaign and Republicans of lying but also struggling with the question: Are Americans better off than they were four years ago? In addition, a Romney aide addressed why the GOP nominee did not mention Afghanistan in his convention speech and Newt Gingrich appeared to support embattled Senate candidate Todd Akin of Missouri.
Democrats Struggle With a Tough Question
Democrats were out in force ahead of this week’s Democratic National Convention, many using sharp language that accused the Romney campaign and Republicans of lying. Yet several prominent Obama advisers wound up playing defense when asked the age-old question: Are Americans better off today than they were four years ago?
Obama Team Punts Three Times on ‘Better Off Now?’ Questions
Senior Obama adviser David Plouffe had few answers for the question, “Are you better off now than you were four years ago?” On three occasions, he declined to answer the question with a definitive yes or no.
O’Malley: We Are Not Better Off
Democratic Gov. Martin O’Malley of Maryland, who is considered a possible contender for president in 2016, bucked other Obama surrogates, saying that the country was not better off now than it was four years ago.
Romney Camp Explains Lack of War Talk in Convention Speech
A senior aide for Mitt Romney declined to say whether it was an oversight that the former Massachusetts governor declined to discuss the war in Afghanistan or make a mention of the troops fighting overseas in his convention speech. The Associated Press noted this weekend that Romney was the first Republican nominee since 1952 to accept his party’s nomination without mentioning war.
Axelrod: GOP Platform 'Locked Up in the Same Vault as Mitt Romney's Tax Returns'
Top Obama adviser David Axelrod criticized the Republican presidential nominee's policies on taxes and Medicare, arguing that Romney has not said how he would put the country back on track. “Their platform was locked up in the same vault as Mitt Romney’s tax returns,” he said.
Gibbs: Voters Aren’t Disappointed in Obama
A major theme of the Republican convention was disappointment in President Obama, a soft-touch approach meant to woo disaffected voters who supported Obama four years ago. But on Sunday, a senior Obama campaign adviser argued that such disappointment does not exist.
Villaraigosa: GOP Platform ‘Looks Like the Platform of 1812’
Antonio Villaraigosa, chairman of the Democratic National Convention, argued that the Republican platform seeking to repeal Obama’s health care law, “self-deport” illegal immigrants, and ban abortions even in cases of rape and incest “looks like the platform of 1812.”
Villariagosa: Parties at a Standstill Over Medicare
The chairman of the Democratic National Convention said on Sunday that Republicans have fought Democrats to a standstill over Medicare, with voters still not yet clear on each campaign's approach.
Gingrich Appears to Support Akin
Former Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich appeared to defend Republican Senate candidate Todd Akin of Missouri, who has been pressured by Republicans to bow out of the race after controversial remarks about rape and pregnancy.
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