Romney, GOP try to shift focus to deficit
May 15th, 2012
05:35 PM ET
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Romney, GOP try to shift focus to deficit

(CNN) – Mitt Romney continued his blitz against President Barack Obama over the federal deficit on Tuesday, signaling a GOP shift away from social issues and back to what Republicans consider the president's Achilles' heel: the economy.

The presumptive GOP presidential nominee gave a speech on government spending in the battleground state of Iowa, the same day as House Speaker John Boehner cautioned of another battle brewing in Congress over the national debt ceiling.

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  1. Another Day in the RW Idiot Mines

    Thanks for proving your another of the GOBP cult followers who lacks basic reading comprehension skills. Read this again and stop lying:

    "Romney, however, will emphasize the more than $5 trillion increase in the debt since Obama took office in 2009, and take a shot at Republicans for contributing to the problem, as well."

    That increase during President's Obama is not all due to his actions. In fact, more than $4 trillion is because of the GOBP wars, the GOBP tax cuts and lost revenues due to the GOBP economic meltdown. Stop trying to hide from the results of the ridiculous Ayn Rand policies your GOBP cult has followed for the last 30 years. Stand up and be proud in your idiocy, don't pretend it didn't happen. Intelligent Americans know better. Maybe you should consider joining that club instead of falling like a sucker for your cult's lies and propaganda.

    May 15, 2012 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  2. jk in MN

    The deficit that in a very large part was caused by having Republicans holding the White House from 2001 – 2008 and both houses of Congress 6 of those 8 years? There's nothing to be proud of there – especially since a Romney aide mentioned the Romney Economic plan is an updated version of the Bush plan. NO THANKS! the country's seen it once and is still trying to recover!

    May 15, 2012 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  3. Another Day in the RW Idiot Mines

    "RE: Wire Palladin, S.F. I think you had better check your facts. According to CNN, this is totally incorrect. Democrats think if they state something, that makes it true, and people will not verify the truths. Yep, Democrats."

    Thanks for proving your another of the GOBP cult followers who lacks basic reading comprehension skills. Read this again and stop lying:

    "Romney, however, will emphasize the more than $5 trillion increase in the debt since Obama took office in 2009, and take a shot at Republicans for contributing to the problem, as well."

    That increase during President's Obama is not all due to his actions. In fact, more than $4 trillion is because of the GOBP wars, the GOBP tax cuts and lost revenues due to the GOBP economic meltdown. Stop trying to hide from the results of the ridiculous Ayn Rand policies your GOBP cult has followed for the last 30 years. Stand up and be proud in your idiocy, don't pretend it didn't happen. Intelligent Americans know better. Maybe you should consider joining that club instead of falling like a sucker for your cult's lies and propaganda.

    May 15, 2012 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  4. bc runner

    I see.. He is shifting away from jobs, because the moment he starts to talk about jobs, he gets barraged with ads showing how many jobs he killed when he worked at Bain and how many people he left without jobs... Poor Mitt!! He can' get a break....

    May 15, 2012 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  5. The REAL Truth...

    @Gale – "Democrats think if they state something, that makes it true, and people will not verify the truths. Yep, Democrats."
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    Gale – this is typical right wing spoutrage.. I see it all the time, and NO, I'm not a Dem or Liberal... despite what you may believe from my posts. I'm center-right, and I RESEARCH the FACTS BEFORE I speak – hence my name.. Given what I read here from the rightwing faithful, what you stated is EXACTLY what comes out of the mouths of the likes of BEND Forward, Fair, Sue and others. It it first and foremost NOT FACTUAL. It's OPINION, pure and simple.
    I could care less what these people think of the POTUS, but the haters need (at a minimum) to back it up with FACTS and TRUTH, not some regurgitated Faux Noise propaganda...

    May 15, 2012 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  6. Thomas

    @WiredweirdinSF
    It continues to amaze me how much demcorat liberals lie and how much they hate people that tell the truth. Hateful, racist, anti feminist democrat liberals. They still blame Bush as you can see !

    Aug 8, 2007 – President Bush on Wednesday said the U.S. economy is thriving and he is doing what it takes to keep it strong.

    Can you say GW Bush three times real fast ?
    Romney / GW Bush
    Economy "Mission Accomplished"

    May 15, 2012 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  7. rs

    Let them. The GOP has never cared about deficts. "Deficits don't matter" chirped Cheney. The Ryan plan enshrines and grows the deficit. Vote Republican- you'll the defict will still be there and grow.

    May 15, 2012 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  8. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of FAILURE

    cali girl - Yawn. For the umpteenth time tell me what you plan to do for America
    ==========================================================
    Get the country back on a sound fiscal footing and keep the Democrats from bankrupting the country like they have your state of California.

    May 15, 2012 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  9. B

    Cut taxes for the rich, cut public jobs, cut pensions, cut Medicare, cut Social Security, cut benefits for veterans, cut public programs, cut education spending, blah, blah, blah. Europe has done the same. They call it austerity. And, look how well that's working out.

    May 15, 2012 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  10. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of FAILURE

    bill
    Wire P: What is an unfunded tax cut? Is it the same as an unfunded pay cut? You either have the money or you don't. Tax cuts are a reduction in income for the government, not an outgoing expense
    =====================================================================================
    You're very unprogressive like in your thought patterns. That is know as being normal.

    The fact is that progressives believe all of your paycheck belongs to the government. An "unfunded tax cut" is money what you have earned, and that they have already spent, but just haven't gotten around to stealing from you yet.

    May 15, 2012 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  11. once upon a horse

    hey now "deficits DON'T matter" that is unless you're a Democrat in the White House. If you are anywhere making less than 200 grand a year with a family of 4 if Mitt gets into office get ready to pony up because under the Ryan Budget the middle and lower class get to balance it will the upper class get more tax breaks. Don't worry though it will trickle down sooner or later. Meanwhile those of you that depend on "meals on wheels" or food stamps better do what Hannity said and buy more beans and rice...it can go a long way and cost not too much.

    May 15, 2012 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  12. ST

    This why I do think Romney can not win: For whole his preparations for the past 6 years, he doesn't look he was preparing himself for something. Where is the message? where is the beef? What are you standing for Mitt? Without any message which can stick or which people can take from you, I am afraid Romney you have to count yourself out as you did in 2008.

    May 15, 2012 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  13. The Real Tom Paine

    By all means, lets talk about the economy. Let's reveiw the 3 decades of wishful thinking the GOP inflicted on, and resulting chaos that hit us 3-4 years ago. Lets review what their response has been: more of the same, only on a bigger scale. Austerity programs that dwarf anything that European governments have inflicted on us, with the result that their economies are dropping into a hole. What will Mitt do that will allow us to improve our lives? Pay for more tax cuts for people who won't invest in American companies? Does that sound like improving things for the rest of us?

    May 15, 2012 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  14. The Real Tom Paine

    -Obama 2012 – BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of FAILURE

    cali girl – Yawn. For the umpteenth time tell me what you plan to do for America
    ==========================================================
    Get the country back on a sound fiscal footing and keep the Democrats from bankrupting the country like they have your state of California.

    May 15, 2012 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
    ******************************************************
    Tell me, who has occupied the Governor Mansion in CA most of the last 3 decades? The GOP. Who began the tax-cutting mania that robbed CA of Billions in revenue, forcing local governments to tax everything in sight? The GOP, in Orange County to be precise. Who sent the GOP on its reacist kamikaze mission with regards to immigration? The CA GOP, and Pete Wilson. You've got no one to blame but yourself if CA is financially in the hole.

    May 15, 2012 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  15. noel

    This IS the thing thast will get Romney elected no matter what happens in the campaign. Doubl digit unemployment and double digit inflation will toast Obama this fall. It's already over, he just doesn't know it yet.
    OBAMANOS!!!

    May 15, 2012 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  16. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of FAILURE

    The Real Tom Paine
    By all means, lets talk about the economy. Let's reveiw the 3 decades
    ===================================================
    What's wrong with reviewing the last 3 years of Obama failures???? Enough Obama smoke, mirrors and snake oil and talk to the current state of the country and the future. We already know you re-write history so what's the point?

    So if Obama adds another $5-6 TRILLION to the national debt, do you think the country will be bankrupt? Can we afford the trillion dollar interest cost?

    May 15, 2012 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  17. The Real Tom Paine

    -Obama 2012 – BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of FAILURE

    bill
    Wire P: What is an unfunded tax cut? Is it the same as an unfunded pay cut? You either have the money or you don't. Tax cuts are a reduction in income for the government, not an outgoing expense
    =====================================================================================
    You're very unprogressive like in your thought patterns. That is know as being normal.

    The fact is that progressives believe all of your paycheck belongs to the government. An "unfunded tax cut" is money what you have earned, and that they have already spent, but just haven't gotten around to stealing from you yet.
    **********************************
    Really? I guess I missed that part of the lefty briefings where they told me all of my money belonged to the government. The GOP perfected unfunded tax cuts, and tried to pass financial irresponsibility as a good thing. Nothing like kicking the can down the road.

    May 15, 2012 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  18. The Real Tom Paine

    -Obama 2012 – BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of FAILURE

    The Real Tom Paine
    By all means, lets talk about the economy. Let's reveiw the 3 decades
    ===================================================
    What's wrong with reviewing the last 3 years of Obama failures???? Enough Obama smoke, mirrors and snake oil and talk to the current state of the country and the future. We already know you re-write history so what's the point?

    So if Obama adds another $5-6 TRILLION to the national debt, do you think the country will be bankrupt? Can we afford the trillion dollar interest cost?
    *********************
    And trillions of dollars in tax cuts is the answer? That will blow an even bigger hole in the debt. When will you righties realizer that your srewups have resulted in at least a decade of tough decisions. None of you want to admit you'vwe operated with a flawed premise from the beginning, and you offer nother in return.

    May 15, 2012 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  19. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of FAILURE

    The Real Tom Paine - Tell me, who has occupied the Governor Mansion in CA most of the last 3 decades
    =============================================================================
    So are you claiming the Governor has dictatorial powers in California??? He can do whatever he wants and the elected reps and senators do nothing???? You mean the Democrat controlled statehouse doesn't pass laws that the governor signs???

    Why do you bother posting such blatant lies like you do Pain? California ha sbeen a liberal bastion of Democrat controlled insanity for decades. The Governor is powerless to do anything on his own. The Democrat controlled legislature plays the music that the Governor is forced to dance to. You know that. Why do you deny it?

    May 15, 2012 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  20. Rudy NYC

    ...BEND... wrote:

    So if Obama adds another $5-6 TRILLION to the national debt, do you think the country will be bankrupt? Can we afford the trillion dollar interest cost?
    --------------------
    The annual deficit has decreased every Pres. Obama has been in office. It is down from the record high, what was set in Bush's final fiscal year, $1.5 trillion, to a a projected under $1 trillion FY2013.

    The Romney/Ryan budget plan would add an annual $1 trillion to the deficit. Why would we want that? It's not going to create any middle class jobs, which we already know. It's not going to open up opportunity for most Americans, which we already know.

    A Romney administration is going to be more of the same "deficits don't matter" from Republicans, which we already know from past Republican administrations. They create the deficits, and then Democrats allow themselves to be blamed for the mess.

    May 15, 2012 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  21. Dan

    Admit it Romney, America can't afford the tax cut you want to give yourself and mega millionaires like you.

    May 15, 2012 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  22. Thomas

    @Romney 2012 – BEND Over America, take another GW Bush !

    Romney = GWB

    $ Good With Banks $

    May 15, 2012 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  23. Wake up people

    Mitt is standing for nothing. Why should he? He knows the people that want him want him for one reason and one reason only. He has no platform because he feels he is owed the Presidency. While he may be an idiot, the voters are even worse. Mittens knows he doesn't have to stand for ANYTHING, all he has to do is lie, lie, lie and be WHITE.

    OBAMA 2012!

    May 15, 2012 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  24. B.

    If the Debt is -the issue- then why is it that all the Republicans talk about are SOCIAL ISSUES that have nothing to do with the Debt?

    May 15, 2012 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  25. Larry L

    @Gale – "Democrats think if they state something, that makes it true, and people will not verify the truths. Yep, Democrats."
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    You are giving us Karl Rove's strategy for the last ten years! I understand about 20% of Republicans believe the President was not born in the U.S. – the "birthers". You still try to sell "trickle-down economics" even though the statistics clearly show the concept to never work. Your "swift-boat" effort agains John Kerry was effective in your population even though it was absolutely a lie and most of the people making the comment didn't even serve with Senator Kerry – a bonifide war hero. You are absolutely delusional.

    May 15, 2012 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
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