Obama rallies in Iowa on 'Road to Charlotte' tour
September 1st, 2012
04:34 PM ET
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Obama rallies in Iowa on 'Road to Charlotte' tour

Urbandale, Iowa (CNN) – President Obama began his "Road to Charlotte" tour before 10,000 people here on Saturday, kicking off a string of events that will bring him right up to his acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention on Thursday night.

"There's a reason for me to begin the journey here in Iowa, where it first began more than four years ago," Obama said, reminding Iowans that it was a victory at the state's caucuses in 2008 that set him on his path to the presidency. "And it will be you, Iowa, who choose the path we take from here."

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Beginning what will surely be several days spent rebutting the messages of last week's Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, the president took his opponent to task for offering "rerun" policies "better suited for the last century."

"If you didn't DVR it, let me recap it for you," Obama said of the Republican's convention. "Everything's bad. It's Obama's fault, and Governor Romney is the only one who knows the secret to creating jobs and growing the economy. That was the pitch. There was a lot of talk about hard truths and bold choices, but nobody ever actually bothered to tell you what they were."

As an alternative, Obama touted successes in cutting taxes, expanding health care, improving education, creating green energy jobs and saving the auto industry to lay out the choice facing voters in November.

"This Thursday night I'll offer you what I believe is a better path forward," Obama said. "A path that grows this economy, creates more good jobs, strengthens the middle class, and the good news is you get to choose which path we take."

Obama campaign press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters that the president was working on the speech aboard the morning flight to Iowa.

For the first time on the stump, the president also picked up a line of attack that his campaign began shortly after GOP nominee Mitt Romney finished his acceptance speech late Thursday night.

"This November you get to decide the future of this war in Afghanistan," Obama told the crowd. "Governor Romney had nothing to say about Afghanistan last week, let alone offer a plan for the 33,000 troops who will have come home from the war by the end of this month."

The Obama campaign pointed out this omission from Romney's speech in a statement released just hours after Romney left the stage in Tampa, and continued the attack in e-mails and a web video released Friday morning. Some conservative writers also criticized the GOP nominee for not mentioning U.S. troops fighting abroad in his acceptance speech Thursday night.

In a move reminiscent of the president's rock star status as an upstart candidate in 2008, Saturday's campaign event also featured performances by indie rock band The National and former Soundgarden and Audioslave frontman Chris Cornell before the president arrived.

Responding to the president's speech, Romney spokesman Ryan Williams said that Obama may have "dubbed this trip the 'Road to Charlotte' but his policies have taken us on a road to declining incomes, higher unemployment and more uncertainty for the middle class."

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  1. Ancient Texan

    Hopefully the people of Iowa have awakened and realize that BO must GO!

    September 1, 2012 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  2. Femi Ajiboye

    Politicians are really funny! How can you promise to create 12 million jobs in four years without giving the people the details, the how, the mechanism to do it. Why do politicians lie and we all fall for them

    September 1, 2012 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  3. the real ib

    More lies from Obama what else is new? His so called green energy is costing jobs in the thousands by using his cap and trade bill to put regulations on fossil fuels that can't be met while his green energy companies are costing the taxpayer billions that Obama gave them and then go under. Jobs to Fisher to build an electric car overseas are not American jobs Obama; jobs to build oil fields in Brazil with our tax dollars are not American jobs Obama. buying solar panels from China is not American jobs Obama. Higher energy costs due to cap and trade is not helping the middle class; poor and senior citizens Obama. You are hurting us and I hope you lose.

    September 1, 2012 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  4. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Mittens could not get enough support to run for a second term in MA. 47th in job creation, MA government jobs outsourced to India, 100s of new taxes that were called fees, led to a high disapproval rating.

    September 1, 2012 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  5. kathie frisch

    Why is it that nobody in this Country realizes people who the candidates are can say everything about what they are going to do, yet when they take office... Things change. DUH AMERICA! we do not know what the presidents know, and all promises are fake until they understand the "real" situation. None of us really "know" as an American how these candidates have to change there voting policies. It's really because we do not know the truth. Boo.. that's sad. Tell us the truth candidates and senate and house. WE THE PEOPLE!

    September 1, 2012 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |

    The Gop,with romney the tax cheat and Ryan akins ,BACHMANN and cantor ,not to mention ,mc connell the mummy ,Obama will be a one term president,on board ,if you want to support your mom and dad after they cut Medicare and soc sec below the age of 55yesrs vote for the Gop bafoons. If you can't like most of us ,except the one %, vote for president Obama. No brainer !!!!!!

    September 1, 2012 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  7. Gurgyl

    This president needs strong security.

    September 1, 2012 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  8. UpstateBarbara

    Looking forward to specifics–something Ryan failed to provide. I didn't expect them from Romney. He's had nothing of substance to offer yet.

    September 1, 2012 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  9. Mike S

    Finally the Convention of the people will start. Let's try to do this one without lies. Let's have ideas, policies, and promises of the better earned days to come. We can do this.

    September 1, 2012 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  10. Ramana7

    "Everything's bad. It's Obama's fault, and Governor Romney is the only one who knows the secret to creating jobs and growing the economy. That was the pitch. There was a lot of talk about hard truths and bold choices, but nobody ever actually bothered to tell you what they were."

    Yup. How true.

    September 1, 2012 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  11. onlyfacts61

    Just wait for the debates. Obama will make Romney look like a hollywood actor who is flubbing his lines. Obama should start every answer with, America wants to see 7 years of tax returns, what are you hiding? Then proceed with answering the moderators question. Romneys response can only be idiotic. He will have to ignore it or have some type of answer. Romney cannot win this issue, if Obama never let's up. Everytime Romney says Obama's policies have made America worse-off, Obama should respond, "I'll put CBO stats from the last 10 years on my website in 24 hours, I challenge you to put the CBO stats concerning the past 6 years on your website. Romney could not win this issue. Obama needs to play hardball with facts!

    September 1, 2012 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  12. Ramana7

    That's the whole story of the RNC and the rhetoric from the right.

    September 1, 2012 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  13. joan

    God speed Mr. President. Please tell your truths quietly and clearly. As you have being doing avoid the finger pointing and blaming. You have worked extremely had and have accomplished a lot on your own. With zero help from the congress as they promised in 2010... The GOP is banking that the people will forget and vote them back into power. From reading most of the blogs I can see that people are really reading the GOP, Romney/Ryan very well. They really don't have a clue on how to fix the economy so they tell lies, throw out all kinds of lies. Blame, Blame, Blame. Romney/Ryan, we are tired of the same old blame game. Give us your plans it is time. Romney has been running for President for many, many years he should have an clear and concise layout plan. But they all know that they cannot do any better than Obama. If they win they will be using his plans and ideas. Also the economy is slowly coming back because of all the fixes Obama put in place. As he said they are not quick fixes and if you all listen and learn you will see for yourself what Obama speaks about.

    Our prayers are with you Mr. Obama, for continued wisdom and protection from the dear Lord above over you and your family.

    September 1, 2012 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  14. NameCalvin VAUGHT

    Please don't let the lies that are being used by Romby stand let every know the truth

    September 1, 2012 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  15. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Forward Mr. President Forward, we know it won't take you 8 years to fix what Bush created in his 8 years. Forward.

    September 1, 2012 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  16. Iowa

    We're on a road of problems because of a lack of focus on the economy by Republican leaders. They will never admit in their stupid rush to so called security that they ruined the economy and didn't make a difference in foreign policy.

    Mitt will be the same way. Clueless and stumbling over buzzwords while doing nothing of any actual significance to help anyone

    September 1, 2012 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  17. g simms

    All you heard from those repos were nothing but lies. Obama will change this country around if we get out and vote.

    September 1, 2012 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  18. Dave

    Politics today should focus a large portion of time and attention to those who voluntarily fight, become injured, and die for U.S, they don't because we don't . Shame on us all!

    September 1, 2012 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  19. Anna

    TIME artice quoting President Obama:
    "So even in a pretty sour political circumstance, we’ve been able to get some things accomplished. And I believe that in a second term, where Mitch McConnell’s imperative of making me a one-term President is no longer relevant, they recognize that what the American people are looking for is for us to get things done. …

    So my expectation is that there will be some popping of the blister after this election, because it will have been such a stark choice. Where Republicans refuse to cooperate on things that I know are good for the American people, I will continue to look for ways to do it administratively and work around Congress. And a good example of that is, for example, making sure that homeowners around the country can take advantage of these historically low rates and refinance.

    There’s no reason Congress can’t move forward and at almost no cost to the federal government really boost the housing market and our economy. But if Congress won’t do it, we’ll keep on looking for ways to get that done without legislation

    Get things done without legislation????? If he gets in for a second term we will be condoning treason by a sitting president, so far Mr. President we are not a dictatorship and this is one reason why I and many others will not vote for you. Nothing personal but for a constitutional lawyer you haven't applied it to your life and administration.

    September 1, 2012 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  20. Anna

    Would someone please inform this constitutional lawyer and a sitting president, that this is a republic not a dictatorship. Constantly looking for ways to go around Congress instead of working together is hopeless. He had two years of a Dem lead House and a Dem lead Senate and still couldn't or wouldn't work for the American people, it was HIS way or no way. Congrats Obama for there being no way. He will try to put himself in Rock Star status again, becaus he is such a narcisisst he can not believe people have finally caught on to the suited wonder. So long, farewell and don't let the door hit ya where the good Lord split ya –

    September 1, 2012 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  21. sailbug

    The reason jobs are not flowing like they should is because the Republicans made sure by voting no to everything that was bipartisan. How is Romney going to create jobs? By going back and picking up what President Obama said would work by bipartisanship which is infrastructure of roads and bridges, etc. The republicans would release holding the jobs hostage.

    September 1, 2012 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  22. Mike Texoma

    It team Obama spends its opportunity rebutting the Republicans it will be a shame. The President needs to talk instead about his own plans for leading the nation out of this recession. He needes to go back through the Jobs for America plans he has submitted to Congress and put some meat on those bones. He needs to tell us what he plans to do about the fiscal cliff which yawns before us, and challenge the Republicans in regard to specific points. He needs to break down the deficit by tax cuts, wars, Part D, TARP, stimulus, etc, and show us what we need to do. This president has the courage. This president can lead, and if he does he wins..

    September 1, 2012 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  23. TheZogNJ

    The middle class pays most of the tax bill to run the country even though we earn less in aggregate than the one-percenters. The middle class has its kids killed in the wars that enrich the one percenters while their kids go to France to convert people or simply stay home and never go to war. So, middle class and lower class, you pay a lot of your earnings in taxes and you pay with your children's lives in war. In the meantime, the rich get richer and their children only die of drug overdoses or suicides. Vote Republican and continue this tradition.

    September 1, 2012 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  24. NameAlbert yabenny

    Leave no stone untune,match them wards with wards.Italian past pm was a bussiness man, what did we see?

    September 1, 2012 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  25. Gizmo

    The Republican'ts are gonna lose in November. Clint Eastwood made sure of that! lmao!!! OBAMA/BIDEN 2012 AND BEYOND!!

    September 1, 2012 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
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