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. Marie MD

    Go ahead and shift all you want. This is the deficit which the village idiot #43 was responsible for and this teapublikan congress has continued as we are reminded who put us in this mess and almost flushed the toilet (even though the rethugs are still trying).

    May 15, 2012 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  2. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    The deficit under President Obama is $977 billion, compared to Bush's last budget deficit of $1.37 trillion. If Mittens was a businessman, he would know that the lower number is better than the higher number.

    May 15, 2012 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  3. cali girl

    Yawn. For the umpteenth time tell me what you plan to do for America.

    May 15, 2012 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  4. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    If we could get out of unfunded republican wars, unfunded tax cuts and unfunded tax breaks for big oil and big business.

    May 15, 2012 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  5. gg

    republicans spent trillions sinking the ship–it will take time and a few billion to keep it afloat as it makes its way to drydock to finish the repairs, democrats 2012

    May 15, 2012 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  6. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Mittens likes to fire prairies.

    May 15, 2012 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  7. Gale

    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.

    May 15, 2012 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  8. 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, and they seem to hang out at CNN Political Ticker, the home of the "Truth Squad" which only reports on Republicans, and they want more money from the 50% of us that actually work to pay for their drugs, housing, utilities,food and all of the other things they can't pay for themselves because they can't pass a drug test and get a job.

    May 15, 2012 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  9. Sniffit

    "House Speaker John Boehner cautioned of another battle brewing in Congress over the national debt ceiling. "

    House Speaker John Boehner THREATENED another HOSTAGE INCIDENT AND MANUFACTURED CRISIS in Congress over the national debt ceiling IF THE GOP/TEATROLLS' DEMANDS ARE NOT MET.


    May 15, 2012 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  10. Fair is Fair

    "The deficit under President Obama is $977 billion."
    I call BS, Wire. You have to be working under a budget to measure deficit (or surplus). Obama has no budget. Mmmmkay?

    May 15, 2012 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  11. Fair is Fair

    Atta Boy, Mitt. Keep the focus of the discussion on the economy and Obama comes up a loser. Don't allow "Operation Change The Subject".

    May 15, 2012 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  12. Sniffit

    "They still blame Bush as you can see"

    To this day, the MATH shows that the Bush atx cuts, the unfunded nature of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and the unfunded nature of the Medicare perscription drug expansion ARE THE LARGEST CONTRIBUTING FACTORS...BY FAR...MORE THAN ANYTHING ELSE AND MORE THAN THE REST COMBINED...TO THE NATIONAL DEBT AND DEFICITS.

    The numbers do not lie. They are the TRUTH. They are not a lie. Whether you like it or not, your party and your guy signed that crap into law and used Reconciliation to get a lot of it done so that they could not be stopped. They have since opposed any and all attempts to undo those things in order to stop them from continuing to cause massive deficits and debt. You may not like may rankle and give yo a tummy ache and make it hard to go to sleep at night, but the FACT is: BUSH AND THE GOP ARE AT FAULT FOR THE LION'S SHARE OF THE BUDGETARY PROBLEMS THEY ARE TRYING TO BLAME ON OBAMA. There is no arguing this, only irrational, borderline psychotic denial.

    May 15, 2012 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  13. Malory Archer

    Fair is fair, it isn't the President's job to create and present a budget – it's Congress' job. The reichwing congress has no budget. Mmmmmmay?

    May 15, 2012 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  14. Sniffit

    "I call BS, Wire. You have to be working under a budget to measure deficit (or surplus). Obama has no budget. Mmmmkay?"

    Until a new one gets enacted, both the last one and periodic appropriations bills control. Trying to pretend there is "no budget" is essentailly a lie when you get down to brass tacks. There is one or no spending could take place whatsoever. There just isn't a new and comprehensive one. Grow up, mmmmmmmkay?

    May 15, 2012 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  15. Governor 47th in Job Growth

    Let's. Willard please give specific details on how you will do that: what cuts will be made and by how much, how much will defense spending increase, and how will that be paid for. Let's also talk about 2 unfunded wars that were NOT put on the books until POTUS Obama did so, and how the Bush TARP and tax cuts led to a shortfall. Let's discuss that in great detail Willard.

    May 15, 2012 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  16. Namejkane fl live from teapublican moon base no taxes, no regulation no health care, free gas.


    May 15, 2012 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  17. Anthony

    You can't cut deficits by cutting taxes. Anyone who thinks he can flunked math. You need to cut spending by an even greater amount than tax cuts. Tell us, Romney, what spending do you want to cut if you plan to cut taxes by 20%?

    May 15, 2012 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  18. kate

    When Fascism comes to America it will be wrapped in the flag and caring a cross.
    Sinclair Lewis

    May 15, 2012 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  19. Sniffit

    "The reichwing congress has no budget. Mmmmmmay?"

    That's not true...the House passed Ryan's Pathology of Plutocracy Budget with it's repeal and replace of Medicare with the Couponcare Crapshoot. NEVER LET THEM CLAIM OTHERWISE. They need to eat that thing page by page. It was resoundingly rejected by the majority of the public because of what it does to Medicare, and not only did the Dems successfully leverage that rejection, but the GOP has also essentially admitted it was rejected by abandoning it as a constant talking point and running away from talking about it in local elections. They poisoned the well so no final budget could possbly get enacted. No budget negotiations can or would be successful with them.

    May 15, 2012 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  20. CB FL

    Its time for the middle class to been over once again!

    May 15, 2012 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  21. 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.

    May 15, 2012 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  22. Sniffit

    "Atta Boy, Mitt. Keep the focus of the discussion on the economy and Obama comes up a loser. Don't allow "Operation Change The Subject"."

    Do you ahve any idea what kind of damage can be done to Mittens and the GOP/Teatrolls with simple charts showing how much they are lying? Why do you think you don't see those charts on the MSM on a daily basis whenever these jackholes start babbling about how it's all Obama's fault? Simple: it kills their arguments. In fact, when you look at the numbers, comparing the portions of the debt and deficits that Obama is responsible for and those that are the fault of Bush/GOP policies and their continuation during Obama's term BECAUSE THE GOP BLOCKS GETTING RID OF THEM...that kind of objective, mathematical proof that the GOP/TEatrolls are not only at fault, but are lying AND want to keep doing what got us here would destroy the horse race the MSM is so desperately trying to create.

    Do you really want to invite that part of Obama's campaign to be put into effect earlier rather than later? Mittens is trying to change the subject away from things that are important to people as though they don't matter...women's rights, gay rights, etc., and trying to lump it all in with the economy. That insults everyone to whom those issues are important and who are not so stupid that only one issue matters to them. I say let him continue with the insult and his attempt to focus everything on the one thing he thinks he can win on: in the end it's a liability for him and the GOP if responded to correctly.

    May 15, 2012 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  23. Bill

    What else can you say? The weakest general election candidate in more than a generation. It will be 2020 before the GOP has a real shot at the White House.

    May 15, 2012 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  24. Flipper Rmoney Failure Ahead

    Atta girl, Mittens. Shift voter attention back the very same deficit your GOBP cult created and your deficit increase plan (along with Paul "The Undertaker" Ryan's) will make worse. Yeah, that's the ticket!

    May 15, 2012 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  25. Thomas

    @Obama 2012 – BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of FAILURE
    Debt is like 'prairie fire'
    Or in Greece's case, fire and riots in the street. Look at California and Gerry Brown, now $16 BILLION in the hole after raising taxes. Result, less tax revenues and people and businesses fleeing the state, making the situation even worse.

    Democrat's simply do not have a clue about fiscal responsibility, spending limits and tax limits. They think you can just continue to spend more and more and take more and more. It DOES NOT work!!!



    May 15, 2012 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
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