Mitt Romney Speech in Chillicothe, Ohio, August 14, 2012
Via Business Insider
For the first time, most Americans believe that our best days are behind us. This is an election in which we should be talking about the path ahead, but you don't hear any answers coming from President Obama’s re-election campaign. That’s because he's intellectually exhausted, out of ideas, and out of energy. And so his campaign has resorted to diversions and distractions, to demagoguing and defaming others. This is an old game in politics; what’s different this year is that the president is taking things to a new low.
It wasn’t supposed to be this way.
In 2008, Candidate Obama said, “if you don't have any fresh ideas, then you use stale tactics to scare voters.” He said, “if you don't have a record to run on, then you paint your opponent as someone people should run from.” And that, he told us, is how, “You make a big election about small things.”
That was Candidate Obama describing the strategy that is the now the heart of his campaign.
His campaign and his surrogates have made wild and reckless accusations that disgrace the office of the Presidency. Another outrageous charge came a few hours ago in Virginia. And the White House sinks a little bit lower.
This is what an angry and desperate Presidency looks like.
President Obama knows better, promised better and America deserves better.
Over the last four years, this President has pushed Republicans and Democrats as far apart as they can go. And now he and his allies are pushing us all even further apart by dividing us into groups. He demonizes some. He panders to others. His campaign strategy is to smash America apart and then cobble together 51 percent of the pieces.
If an American president wins that way, we all lose.
But he won’t win that way. America is one Nation under God. American history has been a story of the many becoming one - uniting to preserve liberty, uniting to build the greatest economy in the world, uniting to save the world from unspeakable darkness. Everywhere I go in America there are monuments that list those who have given their lives. There is no mention of their race, their party affiliation or what they did for a living. They lived and died under a single flag fighting for a single purpose. They pledged allegiance to the UNITED States of America. So, Mr. President, take your campaign of division and anger and hate back to Chicago and let us get about rebuilding and reuniting America. …
Governor Romney's comments tonight seemed unhinged, and particularly strange coming at a time when he's pouring tens of millions of dollars into negative ads that are demonstrably false.
~ Obama Press Secretary Ben LaBolt
Death of a High-Minded Campaign
~ Headline on Politico
Politico was all wet on that "death of the high-minded campaign" story. Three days?! As if. On Saturday, the story was "Ryan attacks Obama." That high-minded, number-driven campaign never existed outside of their imagination.
~ comment by mhwood on Atlantic Wire
"Desperate" Obama is leading in the polls. LOL Romney seems incapable of political spin 101. Calling the kettle black never works.
comment by FactualThinking on Business Insider
Romney seems to be projecting his maladies onto Obama. This is getting weird.
comment by TE on Business Insider
So Romney called Obama "intellectually exhausted." One thing I can say w/o hesitation about Romney is that he's intellectually well-rested.
— Bob Benenson (@bbenenson) August 15, 2012
Mitt Romney in Ohio: WAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!
— LOLGOP (@LOLGOP) August 15, 2012
Romney tells CBS "of course" he himself wrote the intense anti-Obama remarks he spoke on the trail yesterday.
— Eddie Scarry (@eScarry) August 15, 2012
Mitt Romney: CBS This Morning Interview 8-15-12
The President's campaign is all about division, attack, and hatred. My campaign is about getting America back to work and creating greater unity in this country, which of course has always been the source of America's vitality and strength.
...I think "unhinged" would be what we have seen from the President's campaign.
... I think if you look at the ads that have been described and the divisiveness based upon income, age, ethnicity and so forth, it's designed to bring a sense of enmity, and jealousy, and anger. And this in my view is not what the American people want to see.
...The President seems to be running just to hang on to power. I think he'll do anything in his power to try and get reelected. I want to get this country going again. That’s what brought me to the race and hopefully we can have a debate about issues and our differences on issues and contrast in that area. But these personal attacks, I think, are demeaning to the office of the White House and the comments yesterday by the Vice President, I think, just diminish the White House that much more…. I think the comments of this nature sink the White House just a little lower. The American people expect something better from the President than these kind of divisive comments.
CBS News: Romney on Ryan
Congressman Ryan has joined my campaign, and his campaign is my campaign now," the presumptive Republican presidential candidate told "CBS This Morning." "We're on exactly the same page."
"Are you running on his budget or on your budget?" asked CBS News' Anthony Mason.
"My budget, of course," said Romney, with a laugh. "I'm the one running for president."
Asked for specific examples of how Romney's budget differed from Ryan's proposal, Romney reiterated that the two are on the "same page" but noted that under his plan, "I'd get us to a balanced budget faster than the plan [Ryan] originally put forward" and that Ryan's proposed highest tax rate, at 25 percent, is lower than that of Romney, which is 28 percent.
"There are some differences, but they're very similar," he said.
Romney tells CBS that he stands behind his speech attacking Obama's attacks
— Holly Bailey (@hollybdc) August 15, 2012
Shorter Romney, to CBS: E pluribus unum, y'all.
— Meredith Shiner (@meredithshiner) August 15, 2012
Romney on CBS This Morn says Ryan "in pretty darn good shape"; says he may ask Ryan him to teach him PX90 workout.
— Michael Barbaro (@mikiebarb) August 15, 2012
If Obama camp's use of "unhinged" sounds familiar it's bc that's what the Romney camp called Gingrich during primaries.— Jim Acosta (@jimacostacnn) August 15, 2012
Wait--Wait--Romney is claiming the Obama campaign is pushing hate? Pardon me. I have to go over here and HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHA— Elon James White (@elonjames) August 15, 2012
So far the Romney-Ryan plan is for Romney to distance himself from the Ryan Plan while Ryan fully supports the plan Romney won't reveal.— James Morrison (@JamesPMorrison) August 15, 2012
Romney on CBS: "no one is talking about deregulating Wall Street." So what's with repealing Dodd-Frank?— Domenico Montanaro (@DomenicoNBC) August 15, 2012
Pulling the Angry Black Man card on President Obama makes Romney the one demagoguing -- and -- wow clearly Romney is one desperate dude.
The sickest part is, Romney was reading those words from a teleprompter which is pretty effing scary if you ask me. Either Romney wrote that angry black man mantra himself - or - he is a puppet for some other bigot ... a mindless, classless, bigoted puppet.
Mitt Romney not only are you a pathological liar, you are a classless bigot, a hatemonger and, yes, a divider.
Mitt Romney is proof that money cannot buy you class. Mitt has no class.
~ Keepemhonest on Daily Kos
You only get so many chances to go off like that before the unwanted label of "unhinged" and "can't handle it" starts to stick.
President Obama will just glance sideways at Upset Mitt, raise a hand casually, and get. that. dirt off his shoulder. And keep going.
~ comment by Torta on Daily Kos