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Friday, June 21, 2024

Obama steps up attacks on Romney, calls opponent a ‘tax and spend’ candidate

President Barack Obama speaking in New Hampshire (Reuters)

As a contentious and extremely-close Presidential race enters its final week — battling not only for votes but also to cope with massive scheduling changes from the “Frankenstorm” — the surreal nature of a campaign run amok is highlighted by the Democratic incumbent accusing his Republican challenger of non-stop taxes and big government.

President Barack Obama zeroed in on Mitt Romney‘s vow of “big change,” saying the former Massachusetts government will bring “cradle-to-grave” taxes and and government out of control if he wins.

Said Obama at a campaign stop in Nashua, New Hampshire:

He’s been running around saying he’s got a five-point plan for the economy. Turns out it’s a one-point plan: Folks at the very top get to play by a different set of rules than you do. They get to pay lower tax rates, outsource jobs. They want to let Wall Street run wild and make reckless bets with other folks’ money. That was his philosophy when he was a CEO.  That was his philosophy as governor.

And as President Clinton said, he does have a lot of brass because he’s not talking about big change, but all he’s offering is a big rerun of the same policies that created so much hardship for so many American.

For Obama, who has spent most of his first term as President blaming his failures on his predecessor — former President George W. Bush — the heightened campaign rhetoric has a familiar ring:  Romney is just another Bush, another big-government Republican.

Romney’s campaign responded to the President’s latest rhetoric as “desperate attacks.”  Said Romney spokesman Ryan Williams:

The desperate attacks are laughable coming from a president whose only plan for a second term is to recycle the failed policies of the last four years while raising taxes by $2 trillion.

Democratic strategists tell Capitol Hill Blue that Obama’s increasingly heated rhetoric is based — at least in part — on desperation.  The president is behind in some polls, uncomfortably close in others and both he and Romney know that the race could go down to the wire and be decided by the all-too-important independent voters in swing states.

Increasingly, the polls suggest those voters are taking a second look at Romney and feeling that he — not the incumbent — may be a better leader in dealing with the economic crisis that has gripped the nation for the last several years.

4 thoughts on “Obama steps up attacks on Romney, calls opponent a ‘tax and spend’ candidate”

  1. Sandy I can’t wait for Romney to win so he can start tearing down what it has taken 200 years to build. As you say the women and the people of color will be second class citizens. I have told my parents (89&86) that their generation will be the best when it is looked back in history.

  2. In 2008,I was hardly working,it was real scarry, in 18 month after Obama took office we stated working overtime & over 300 workers were hired at the factory where I work in NW Ohio.
    I’m definitive better off.than 4 years ago.
    If Obama was white he wouldn’t even have to campaigh against this sleeze.
    I hear all the time, I.E. Buckwheat,No birth cert.,Muslum,even from a preacher.
    Small town,Small ideas. Thanks

  3. If Gov. Romney wins this race, we are in for some huge changes in the federal laws. They will pursue the “personhood” change absolutely prohibiting any abortion for any reason. Women will lose their equality status and people of color will have to get used to being second class citizens again. Latinos will take the biggest hit under this new Administration and we had better get used to it.

    In my wandering around with the voters, these issues are not of interest. People want jobs and if it means a war with Iran, sobeit.

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