Mitt Romney continued to hammer away on Sunday on what the Romney-Ryan ticket hopes will become their bumper sticker for the remaining weeks of the campaign:
“It’s basically ‘You want more jobs? You want higher income? Then vote for Romney and Ryan,” Romney said on NBC's Meet the Press.
In an effort to neutralize the Obama campaign’s narrative that their candidate is the champion of the middle class, Romney went further than in the past to stress that his across-the-board tax cuts are not designed to benefit the wealthy, though a number of independent studies have concluded as much.
Romney also argued that his opponent’s reelection would mean four more years of chronic high unemployment, low wage growth, and a snowballing debt crisis. He contrasted that with his own tax cuts and pro-jobs policies, which he argues will cause the economy to come “roaring back.”
As in the past, however, Romney refused to offer specifics about where he would cut spending other than limiting some unnamed deductions for wealthy tax payers and offering Americans a less-expensive form of Medicare. Until he does, the Romney-Ryan plan will fail to pass the debt reduction test posed by former president Bill Clinton in his speech last week: he called it arithmetic. Read more
NATIONAL JOURNAL’S PRESIDENTIAL RACE REPORT
Five Crucial Factors to Watch, Just 58 Days From the Election
[New York Times, 9/9/12] The Romney and Obama campaigns do have one thing in common: they’re competing in the same swing states. The Times outlines what each campaign is facing just two months from the general election.
Obama Convention Bounce Continues to Grow
[Chicago Tribune, 9/8/12] President Obama saw a five-point swing in polling, according to a Gallup survey, leading the presidential race 49 percent to 45 percent. The New York Times’ Nate Silver writes that the convention could put Obama in the front-runner position.
Two Parties, Two Prisms on Jobs Numbers
[National Journal, 9/9/12] Following Friday’s lackluster jobs numbers, Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace asked economists close to the Romney campaign and the Obama administration what those numbers meant, and which candidate has the best plan for revitalizing a slow recovery. Predictably, their answers suggest that numbers matter less in economics than the prism through which they are viewed.
Paul Ryan: U.S. is on a ‘Path to Decline’
[National Journal, 9/9/12] Rep. Paul Ryan said that the U.S. is “on a path to decline,” criticizing President Obama for the mediocre jobs numbers released on Friday, but continued to remain mute on some important details about his budget plan -- including which tax loopholes he would close.
Obama Says He’s Willing to Compromise on Debt Deal
[National Journal, 9/9/12] President Obama said he is willing to compromise with Congressional Republicans over the budget if he were to get a second term, but said they must be willing to meet him half way. Ryan attacked Obama, however, for blocking compromise on budget deals.
Gingrich: Clinton ‘Shrinks Obama’
[National Journal, 9/9/12] Newt Gingrich took a different approach to Bill Clinton’s widely acclaimed convention speech last week, saying on Sunday that it showed the many ways Obama has failed as a president. He even went so far as to say that Clinton "shrinks Obama."
Romney: GOP Involvement in Debt Deal Was ‘Big Mistake’
[National Journal, 9/9/12] Mitt Romney told NBC’s Meet the Press that Republican involvement in the 2011 bipartisan deal to extend the nation’s debt ceiling was “a big mistake,” even though it averted a government default and possible chaos in the financial markets.
Booker Explains ‘God’ Omission in Democratic Platform
[National Journal, 9/9/12] Newark Mayor Cory Booker, who served as the co-chair of the Democratic platform committee, said on Sunday that leaving the word “God” out of the party’s platform was merely “an error of omission.” Dismissing claims that Democrats are anti-religion, Booker said criticizing the party for the omission was a “cheap shot.”
Obama Makes Birth Certificate Joke in Orlando
[Washington Post, 9/8/12] At a campaign stop in Orlando on Saturday, Obama was introduced to a six-year-old boy who someone said was born in the president’s native state. “You were born in Hawaii? You have a birth certificate?” Obama joked.
Ryan Attacks Obama on Defense Spending
[National Journal, 9/9/12] Ryan criticized Obama on defense spending, attacking him for his role in creating automatic cuts that will take a big chunk out of the Pentagon's budget early next year unless Congress acts.
Kal Penn Asks Voters to Commit
[Politico, 9/8/12] Actor and former White House aide Kal Penn emailed supporters on Saturday asking them to support Obama using a new Web tool, Commit to Vote. The portal allows people to check voter registration status and promise to vote for the president, while also connecting to Facebook.
Romney Campaign Launches New Ad in Wisconsin
[YouTube, 8/9/12] Following the “Better Future” theme laid out in an eight-state ad buy on Friday, the Romney campaign released another ad in Wisconsin, showing the Republican nominee feels he can compete in his running mate’s home state.
Priorities Ad Hammers Romney’s Tax Plan
[CNN, 9/9/12] Priorities USA Action, a pro-Obama super PAC, released a new ad on Saturday that attacks Romney’s tax plan as harmful to the middle class. The ad will run in six key battleground states: Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Ohio, Virginia and Wisconsin.
Obama Jokes Bill Clinton Should be Named ‘Secretary of Explaining Stuff’
[The Hill, 9/8/12] At a rally in St. Petersburg, Fla., Obama praised Bill Clinton’s role at the convention, joking he should be the “secretary of explaining stuff.” On NBC’s Meet the Press, even Romney said Clinton “did elevate” the Democratic Convention, according to the Washington Post.
Biden to Media: ‘Fact Check Me’
[CNN, 9/9/12] At a campaign event in Ohio, Vice President Joe Biden attacked the Republican ticket for saying the U.S. is in decline. He also challenged the GOP to fact-check his claims on Medicare—which several fact-checkers have already said were slightly misleading.
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