On today’s Sunday shows, economic arguments dominated across the dial. Mitt Romney spoke on taxes and defense spending in an effort to bat down President Obama’s narrative; Obama said he is willing to compromise with Republicans moving forward (though Republicans were skeptical); and Rep. Paul Ryan said the U.S. is on a “path to decline.”
Romney Aims to Neutralize Obama’s Narrative
Mitt Romney continued to hammer away 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.
Obama Says He’s Willing to Compromise on Debt Deal
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. Republicans say that’s not how he has acted.
Romney: GOP Involvement in Debt Deal was a Mistake
Romney said 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.
Ryan: U.S. is on a ‘Path to Decline’
Rep. Paul Ryan said the U.S. is “on a path to decline,” criticizing Obama for the mediocre jobs numbers released on Friday. But he continued to remain mute on some important details about his budget plan – including which tax loopholes he would close.
Ryan Attacks Obama on Defense Spending
Ryan also criticized the president 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.
Two Parties, Two Prisms on Jobs Numbers
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.
Booker Explains ‘God’ Omission in Democratic Platform
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.”
Gingrich: Clinton ‘Shrinks Obama’
Newt Gingrich took a different approach to Bill Clinton’s widely acclaimed convention speech last week, saying it showed the many ways Obama has failed as a president. He even went so far as to say that Clinton "shrinks Obama."
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