Romney Vows to Deliver Country From Economic Travails

 New York Times

August 30, 2012

Romney Vows to Deliver Country From Economic Travails

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TAMPA, Fla. — Mitt Romney accepted the Republican presidential nomination on Thursday by making a direct appeal to Americans who were captivated by President Obama’s hopeful promises of change, pledging that he could deliver what the president did not and move the country from its worst economic downturn since the Great Depression.

The speech by Mr. Romney, delivered on the closing night of the Republican convention, signaled an attempt to redefine the race around his business background, which Democrats have spent the summer attacking. He urged voters not to feel guilty about giving up on Mr. Obama, even if they were proud to support him as the nation’s first black president. Continue reading “Romney Vows to Deliver Country From Economic Travails”

RNC Speech: Romney Can’t Avoid Poor Record for Working Families

08/30/2012; Jackie Tortora

Tonight Mitt Romney tried to reinvent himself, appealing to Americans’ aspirations and hunger to come together while trying to show his personal side. But his policy proposals or record do not reflect the kind of America where working families get a fair shake. Whether it’s proposing to cut back severely on Medicaid, forcing seniors on fixed incomes to pay more out of pocket for their health care or cutting taxes for the wealthiest Americans, the Romney-Ryan budget doubles down on the failed economic policies that brought on the economic crisis in the first place.

He touted his business experience, despite his business record as an outsourcer. He called out divisiveness, despite proposals that would provide bigger income disparities and ignored Republican obstructionism for the past two years.  Continue reading “RNC Speech: Romney Can’t Avoid Poor Record for Working Families”

Romney Vows to Deliver Country From Economic Travails

 New York Times
August 30, 2012

Romney Vows to Deliver Country From Economic Travails

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TAMPA, Fla. — Mitt Romney accepted the Republican presidential nomination on Thursday by making a direct appeal to Americans who were captivated by President Obama’s hopeful promises of change, pledging that he could deliver what the president did not and move the country from its worst economic downturn since the Great Depression.

In his address on the closing night of the Republican National Convention, Mr. Romney asked voters to consider whether their lives had improved over the last four years and urged them not to feel guilty about giving up on Mr. Obama. He left little doubt about his chief argument against Mr. Obama in the fall, saying: “What America needs is jobs.”

But Mr. Romney not only delivered a forceful critique of Mr. Obama, he also used the marquee speech of his presidential campaign to make a case for himself, summoning people from each chapter of his life to paint a humanizing portrait in hopes of helping voters see him with a trusting eye. The effort underscored how Mr. Romney’s path to winning the White House reached well beyond Republican activists gathered here. Continue reading “Romney Vows to Deliver Country From Economic Travails”

Media Calls Out Paul Ryan Acceptance Speech For Falsehoods

Media Calls Out Paul Ryan Acceptance Speech For Falsehoods

The Huffington Post  |  By Posted: 08/29/2012 11:03 pm Updated: 08/29/2012 11:57 pm

Paul Ryan’s vice presidential acceptance speechran into a lot of trouble with fact-checkers and journalists.

It seemed like some reporters’ heads were going to explode on Twitter as Ryan spoke. For instance, he blasted President Obama for not doing more to keep a GM plant in his hometown open. The problem was that the plant closed before Obama took office. He also criticized Obama for rejecting recommendations from a debt commission that he himself sat on, and whose findings he also rejected.

ABC’s Jake Tapper was one of a nearly infinite amount of reporters tweeting these points: Continue reading “Media Calls Out Paul Ryan Acceptance Speech For Falsehoods”

G.O.P. Platform Seeks to Weaken Powers of Unions

 

New York Times
August 30, 2012, 10:58 am

G.O.P. Platform Seeks to Weaken Powers of Unions

By STEVEN GREENHOUSE

 

Unlike in the past, this year’s Republican platform in Tampa, Fla., does not contain any sympathetic nods to the nation’s labor unions, which have become among the Republicans’ most formidable political foes. Instead, the platform calls for numerous steps that could significantly weaken America’s labor unions — public-sector and private-sector ones — and help speed organized labor’s overall decline.

The 2012 platform urges elected officials across the country to change their laws regarding public-sector unions and follow the lead of Wisconsin’s governor, Scott Walker, who spearheaded an effort to curb the ability of his state’s public employees to bargain collectively. The platform states, “We salute Republican governors and state legislators who have saved their states from fiscal disaster by reforming their laws governing public employee unions.” Mr. Walker said that that legislation was needed to weaken overly powerful unions and balance Wisconsin’s budget, while labor leaders said the legislation aimed to destroy public-sector unions and cripple them politically. Continue reading “G.O.P. Platform Seeks to Weaken Powers of Unions”

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