June 14th, 2012
04:25 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama, Romney give dueling speeches on economy

(CNN) – In dueling speeches that sought to frame the economic debate for their election showdown in November, President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney on Thursday offered differing visions for how to restore strong growth while telling separate Ohio crowds that the other's policies have failed.

The president and the former Massachusetts governor both emphasized particular themes of community in their campaign speeches in a battleground state hit hard by the 2008 recession and its aftermath.

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  1. GROVER NORQUIST IS A ENEMY OF THE STATE/ConservaFASCISTS

    I wonder what Willard thinks of "The Teacher of the Year" being laid off. What plan does he have to put her back to work?

    June 14, 2012 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  2. Fair is Fair

    As usual, Obama will take 20 minutes to say "It's Bush's fault". Why don't you put your big-boy pants on... for JUST ONCE, Obama? Because I'll tell you what... after almost 4 years without results, people are tuning out on your blame game.

    June 14, 2012 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  3. Marie MD

    Let's see. Our president is fighting for all. The bishop from Kolob (I see another little crowd out for him) wants everyone to have a mansion, a pool and a golf course for a backyard. Unfortunately, those who might have had a chance were fire, he likes to fire people, by bain capital and I doubt theynpay the people in India the same they would have paid American workers. Oops, forgot, he ado bankrupted a fees companies so no jobs no place to work here in the US.

    June 14, 2012 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  4. IVOTE

    Willard should be filing his income taxes for 2011 instead of following President Obama around. I am very curious to know exactly what he does not want the voters to see.

    June 14, 2012 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  5. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of FAILURE

    President Barack Obama seeks to re-energize his economic message
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    Ok, just what economic message is he trying to re-energize??? That 8-10% unemployment is the new normal??? That we are going to continue to try and borrow and spend our way to prosperity, we just need to borrow and spend 4 times as much as we did last time??? Save your breath and start packing your bags. The American people are not fools.

    June 14, 2012 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  6. cali girl

    8 years of driving the country to disaster, and only 3 years doing what is necessary, with no help from the GOP. I blame congress. Jobs bills, where are they? Ahh, again, sitting on a desk because the party of NO is at it again. NO to jobs bills means a middle finger to the American people. Infrastructure, needed now, get off your tush's and do something about it! The country is not stupid and will remember who did what when re-election time comes around. Tbaggers and GOnowayP better beware.

    June 14, 2012 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  7. Yonni

    Fair is Fair

    "As usual, Obama will take 20 minutes to say "It's Bush's fault". Why don't you put your big-boy pants on... for JUST ONCE, Obama? Because I'll tell you what... after almost 4 years without results, people are tuning out on your blame game."
    If you cannot see that it is your fault. Where do you find the evidence that says "after almost 4 years without results,..." you just made it up or you got it from faux news?

    June 14, 2012 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  8. Romney is not My Hero

    Everyone would be wise to take note of the differences between the crowds. Mr. Plastic's crowd will be all one race (with a few splashes of "color" here or there – just to look good), while the President's crowd will have people of every race.

    June 14, 2012 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  9. Myviewis

    So we have to listen to Obama who doesn't even have a BS in Finance, Management, Accounting give a speech on our economy and who has never been in charge of a state or a city. Right.

    June 14, 2012 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  10. Bill

    Events that are scripted, consist of hand-selected audiences, and no media coverage (except in rare instances) He will never be president. And I am always amazed how his crowds consist of at least 30 people.

    June 14, 2012 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  11. once upon a horse

    @ Fair is Fair...

    LOL I guess you failed to read an early article here where Gallup polls show many Americans still DO say it's Bush's fault. But I doubt if the president will go down that road so sorry to dissapoint you. But then again what's Fair IS FAIR, right?

    June 14, 2012 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  12. Rudy NYC

    @Fair is Fair – Republicans have been blaming Pres. Obama since sunset on his Inauguration Day. The narrative had been that the economy tanked because he won, and it would get worse because he "didn't understand" how it works.

    June 14, 2012 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  13. g

    whats mitt going to do-teach people how to play the off shore banking scam–or how to sucker people out of money on wall street to fill there off shore accounts–mitt has a empty box full of goods for the middle class–the little people as there called in his world

    June 14, 2012 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  14. The REAL Truth...

    @BEND – The American people are not fools.
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    I wish I could agree with you, but unfortunately they are. If the GOBP candidate happens to be victorious in Nov, then my comment will have proven true. Anyone voting to go back to having a captain from the party that ran the country aground in the first place indicates prime idiocy. The Grand Obstructionist Party has refused to work with the POTUS for the last 3.5 yrs. They have not produced any jobs bills, but DID manage to come up with a feel-good budget that added $1.5T to the deficit in the first year (remember.. deficits don't matter when you are the party creating them) and gave the 1% a free ride on taxes (meaning ZERO tax burden) with a 20% across the board tax cut. The same Party of NO has tried to brainwash the gullibles by blaming the POTUS for everything from spending to the Bush tax cuts.
    Check out the FACTS people. Most Independent voters can see thru the GOBP smoke and mirrors, and will do the right thing in Nov.

    June 14, 2012 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  15. Vote the Tea Party OUT in 2012

    I sure hope Romney goes after Obama on gas prices...oops wait a minute gas prices have gone DOWN quite a bit since the GOP attack blaming the president for their rise. Well maybe he'll give Obama credit for that........LOL FAT CHANCE!!

    June 14, 2012 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  16. maf

    @ myviewis, thank goodness it's only your view. Quite naive though. President Obama has the best and brightest economic minds to assist in the development of strategy. I'm sure his learning curve about the economy was immense and difficult, but I would rather he be in charge of this turn around than a GOP hopeful who has a propensity to "hide" his money.
    Transparency became a reality when two unfunded wars were exposed and added to the books!

    June 14, 2012 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  17. Nuihc

    Rudy NYC
    @Fair is Fair – Republicans have been blaming Pres. Obama since sunset on his Inauguration Day. The narrative had been that the economy tanked because he won, and it would get worse because he "didn't understand" how it works.
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    And they were right. I will use the simple method to cast my vote. Am I better off now than I was 4 years ago? The answer is no. For some reason, I always do better financially, when there is a republican in the white house. Coincedence? I know some people are just the opposite, so each must vote his own way.

    June 14, 2012 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  18. Fair is Fair

    "But I doubt if the president will go down that road so sorry to dissapoint you."
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    The president has ALREADY gone down that road. In fact, it's the only road he has. He tried attacking Bain. Failed. He tried attacking his record in MA. Failed. He tried a contrived "war on women". Failed. So he's going back to 2008 and trying the "blame Bush" tack. Ain't gonna work.

    June 14, 2012 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  19. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of FAILURE

    Bill - And I am always amazed how his crowds consist of at least 30 people.
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    And yet the polls show Romney even or leading in most states. It is because Romney's supporters are busy working to pay for the massive government, debt and entitlements Obama has created and have little time to go to rallies, unlike Obama's government entitlement supporters, But Romney's supporters WILL be sure to come out and vote for him in November. THAT"S what counts.

    June 14, 2012 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  20. GB

    I'm listening to Romney's side now....
    I love that he brings up coal, natural gas and off-shore drilling as the businesses that he supports!
    It just goes to show the type of business person he is, in support of socially and environmentally ravenous industries
    These are the types of business models that create their profit by exploiting environmental and human health
    Other options are available for energy and he did not mention 1.... not wind, not solar, not geo-thermal
    ...and no, natural gas is not a clean energy nor sustainable b/c just like oil and coal, the supply is limited
    I just heard a commercial touting enough coal for 100 years and that's good for our children
    What!!?!!?
    Are they trying to push that 100yrs is far-sighted for generational justice??
    It is 2012!!
    We need to evolve from business concepts that look only to solely gain and profit to models that add value to society
    ...that operate from a triple bottom line; people, profit and the planet
    Obviously Romney will always side with profit end of that equation, even if it is at the cost of the people and the planet

    June 14, 2012 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  21. Oh yes I did

    I'm an independent voter and i think if the economy was as bad as people who just hate the president just because of all the spoon fed propaganda they've ingested from the modern 24hour news cycle , we would be in a nation wide depression. When in fact its a recession that we're going through. From personal experience Ivery seen many people are not working now because of refusing to be flexible with the jobs they are willing to do or unwilling to go back to school or acquire new skills for the jobs in the industries that are hiring. To constantly blame others for my own choices and situation would be to see myself a victim which is a counter productive attitude towards accomplishing anything worthwhile in life. Just an opinion.

    June 14, 2012 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  22. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Clinton left Bush a "surplus", Bush left Obama a deficit of unpaid medicare, wars and remember it was Bush who created the FIRST stimulous and bailout of the Banks and Wall Street at the end of his term and the Republicans stood with him. Bush spent 8 years talking about war and not once did he address the economy during those 8 years and nobody questioned him, therefore he kept doing what he was doing, NOTHING.

    June 14, 2012 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  23. difoderit

    Fair is Fair

    As usual, Obama will take 20 minutes to say "It's Bush's fault". Why don't you put your big-boy pants on... for JUST ONCE, Obama? Because I'll tell you what... after almost 4 years without results, people are tuning out on your blame game.

    Actually what will really happen "fair" is that Robme will wait until 20 minutes after President Obama's speech of course criticizing President Obama but have no solutuion or plans himself

    June 14, 2012 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  24. The REAL Truth...

    @Fair is Fair – The president has ALREADY gone down that road. In fact, it's the only road he has. He tried attacking Bain. Failed. He tried attacking his record in MA. Failed. He tried a contrived "war on women". Failed. So he's going back to 2008 and trying the "blame Bush" tack. Ain't gonna work.
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    I guess you didn't read the earlier CNN atricle showing 60% of the country STILL believes our current fiscal and economic woes are a direct result of Dubya's FAILED 8 yrs, multiple unfunded WARS and LARGEST DEFICITS in history. That should give Obama a landslide in Nov, despite the usual Repug vitriolic commentary like "fail", "blame" and "contrived".. mirror, mirror on the wall...

    June 14, 2012 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  25. Frankie

    There is a problem with Romneys points about us ending up like Europe. For the past several years, Europe has used austerity (policy of deficit-cutting by lowering spending often via a reduction in the amount of benefits and public services provided) which is what the republicans live by and they are in trouble because of it. Anyone paying attention to that would pick that up right away. So his argument is actually about Europe is totally off. He thinks American people are stupid, I think not.

    June 14, 2012 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |