Obama and Romney: Middle class promises will be hard to keep
October 9th, 2012
10:55 AM ET
2 years ago

Obama and Romney: Middle class promises will be hard to keep

New York (CNNMoney) – For all that divides President Obama and Mitt Romney, both candidates swear they'll protect the middle class from higher taxes.

But that's a promise that will be hard to keep given their other stated aims - to reduce deficits, reform entitlement programs and make what they call critical investments.

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  1. Borderless

    The difference? Obama has proven he can't keep promises. But if you vote for him he will give your demographic a nice memorial.

    October 9, 2012 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  2. CBR

    Of course it will be hard to keep the middle class. Unless the 1% will be willing to up their share either by changing the present tax "law" or by a maneuver by the 1% to voluntarily paying more. I am willing to pay more but not if Mr. Romney wins the election. He does not agree with the 1% paying more and would not push the idea. He represents those in the 1% who would not pay more. They are all giving to the PACS where their anonymity is allowed.

    Please someone ask Mr. Romney how much money he has invested or in the banks in the Caribbean or in Swiss banks. Someone who does not invest in the country should be willing to tell us why. Just think of others who have dual investments and who committed they were to their countries. Unfortunately they do not rank at the top of the list og benevolent rulers.

    October 9, 2012 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  3. Name HOLY TIGHTY WHITIES WILLARD

    The President has already been fighting for the middle class and we know what Willard thinks about 4z% of us. Going ahead, sacrifices will have to be made. I trust the President with making sure those sacrifices are fair on everyone. Willard on. The other hand wants the middle class to flip the bill with out raising revenue from the top 1%.

    October 9, 2012 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  4. Four and The Door

    Bottom line is that the middle class needs to see the economy grow. It is clear that economic growth is something Mitt Romney's economic strategy encourages. Obama obviously has no ideas for how to grow the economy. He has taken almost 4 years to prove this point conclusively. His policies and strategies work against economic growth.

    October 9, 2012 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  5. Kirk in michigan

    I would consider romneys positions if he would stay on one long enough

    October 9, 2012 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  6. ExRepublican

    Romney hate 47% of american he took 17 days to say he was wrong.
    Romney is a liar and flip flop.
    I dont trust Romney.

    October 9, 2012 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  7. al in memphis

    Promises and more promises. We all should know by now that they all favor the special interest and the rich donors. You will hear the rich get bashed by both parties over the next month. Why, because this is the only time canidates need you and I for the vote. Once they have the positions, then they are back in the meetings with the special interest and rich donors – speaking the truth to them about what they really think ( 47% victims that won't take responsibility)

    October 9, 2012 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  8. Borderless

    Let's evaluate Obama's technique for fighting for the middle class:

    Pushes through a complicated and ineffective health care reform law that will decrease coverage, impose fines on middle class in reduce hiring from small businesses.
    Offers big business hush money to keep them from notifying workers that they may be laid off so it doesn't impact his campaign.
    Dumps billions of taxpayer dollars into failing business because they funded his campaign.

    Keep fighting the good fight, Obama. We're starting to feel the "change"?

    October 9, 2012 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  9. rs

    Well, Mr. Obama is stymied by a GOP House, and a Senate without a filibuster-proof majority. Mr. Romney has made no promises to the middle class that he ever intends to keep. Mr. Romney's real problem is how can he continue the policies of G. W. Bush, and not wind up with the same train wreck Bush left our nation in. He can't.

    October 9, 2012 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  10. rs

    Kirk- Excellent point. Mr. Romney's position changes are so wide and varied, that calling them "flip-flopping" doesn't do them justice!

    October 9, 2012 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  11. Armed Liberal

    Debt problem will be easily solved by de-funding the military. Fact: he can draw out one trillion from the military with no change to troop readiness. The only change will be to close un-used or underused bases around the world. That is a fact not an opinion.

    October 9, 2012 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  12. Marty, FL

    Romney got 3 Pinocchio's for his lies on the middle class.

    The truth is Romney would disproportionately give more unaffordable tax cuts to the rich off the backs of middle-class Americans.

    October 9, 2012 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  13. Four and The Door

    Borderless
    Let's evaluate Obama's technique for fighting for the middle class:
    Pushes through a complicated and ineffective health care reform law that will decrease coverage, impose fines on middle class in reduce hiring from small businesses.
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    ObamaCare's imposed fines have been reclassified as a tax so that they are now considered constitutional. Apparently.

    October 9, 2012 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  14. Marty, FL

    Four,
    Similar kind of tax in Romneycare, even if Team Romney tried to flip-flop on that one, too.

    October 9, 2012 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  15. Borderless

    If Obama's reason for his failed term is that he can't work with congress, what do we need him for?

    October 9, 2012 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  16. eric

    I personally thought that Obama won the debate. I thought that Romney was a desperate, rich, liar politician
    whose personality is agitated and snide and all he cares about is the tax breaks for the rich. Obama during the
    debate was more relaxed and calm. One thing is, when a person is telling a lie, they are excitable and attackingsuch as Romney. When some one is not a liar they are more calm and communicative such as Obama.

    October 9, 2012 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  17. Four and The Door

    Marty, FL
    Four,
    Similar kind of tax in Romneycare, even if Team Romney tried to flip-flop on that one, too.
    ______________________________________________________________________________________
    State, not federal rights. For a good book on the subject, I recommend James Madison and the future of Limited Government by John Samples.

    October 9, 2012 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  18. eric

    Yes Mitt Romney. I am one of the 47% of Americans. I am not dependent on the government, but I am one the the 47%
    and possibly more that do not want a politician such as you for president. You are one of the most nasty, snide
    dishonest politicians I have seen since Richard Nixon. A Romney presidency would be absolute chaos.

    October 9, 2012 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |