General Election 2012 Thread - page 137

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    mr. santorum made his "values", including his anti-gay stance, weapons and lost. i'm not sure mr. romney should listen to this man.

    rick santorum is urging mitt romney to "step up" and weaponize the issue of same-sex marriage."this is a very potent weapon, if you will, for governor romney if he's willing to step up and take advantage of a president who is very much out of touch with the values of america," santorum said in an eye-opening live interview with arkansas tv station kark, a cnn affiliate.
    santorum to romney: ‘step up’ and use ‘potent weapon’ of same sex marriage – cnn political ticker - blogs

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    Last edit by Tweety on May 13, '12
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    Either Santorum didn't get the latest GOP memo or if he did, he refuses to believe it because it's against his "values." Click on link to read the memo.

    Top GOP Pollster to GOP: Reverse On Gay Issues | The Daily Beast
    Below is a remarkable document. It's a memo circulated by Jan van Lohuizen, a highly respected Republican pollster, (he polled for George W. Bush in 2004), to various leading Republican operatives, candidates and insiders. It's on the fast-shifting poll data on marriage equality and gay rights in general, and how that should affect Republican policy and language. And the pollster's conclusion is clear: if the GOP keeps up its current rhetoric and positions on gays and lesbians, it is in danger of marginalizing itself to irrelevance or worse.

    Read the bluntness of this. This is the GOP establishment talking to itself. And the Republican pollster who arguably knows more about the politics of the gay issue than anyone else (how else to explain the Ohio campaign of 2004?) is advising them in no uncertain terms that they need to evolve and fast, if they're not going to damage their brand for an entire generation.
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    Whip up the fears of the religious right on the issues of gay marriage and contraceptive health.
    Make public threats of another expensive war in the middle east.
    Shake your head vigorously and apply ice.
    Now try to get the independent vote...
    Good job.
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    [color=#333333]chart: spending, taxes, and deficits are all lower today than when obama took office

    ... in january 2009, before president obama had even taken the oath of office, annual spending was set to total 24.9 percent of gross domestic product. total spending this year, fiscal year 2012, is expected to top out at 23.4 percent of gdp. ...

    cbo | the budget and economic outlook: fiscal years 2009 to 2019

    cbo | updated budget projections: fiscal years 2012 to 2022

    ... taxes today are lower than they were on inauguration day 2009. back in january 2009, the cbo projected that total federal tax revenue that year would amount to 16.5 percent of gdp. this year? 15.8 percent. ...

    the deficit this year is going to be lower than what it was on the day president obama took office. back then, the cbo said the 2009 deficit would be 8.3 percent of gdp. this year’s deficit is expected to come in at 7.6 percent …

    chart: spending, taxes, and deficits are all lower today than when obama took office | thinkprogress
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    the trevor project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and
    suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth

    ... “today, president barack obama set himself apart as a role model for all americans to support the freedom to marry, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. validating that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people are fully and equally deserving of love and the commitment of marriage sends a message to vulnerable youth that they have value and can dream for the future.

    “at the trevor project, we know that family, community and religious acceptance all play a very strong role in the safety and well-being of lgbtq young people.
    thank you, mr. president for speaking out as an accepting ally.” ...
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    At least these guys are honest with themselves, if not with us, that it's all about hate-mongering:
    WASHINGTON — A group of high-profile Republican strategists is working with a conservative billionaire on a proposal to mount one of the most provocative campaigns of the “super PAC” era and attack President Obama in ways that Republicans have so far shied away from.
    A line quoted directly from the proposal:
    Lamenting that voters “still aren’t ready to hate this president,” the document concludes that the campaign should “explain how forces out of Obama’s control, that shaped the man, have made him completely the wrong choice as president in these days and times.”
    (bolded italics added by me)

    And now Rickets is claiming that "it's just a suggestion from consultants". Yeah, right!
    The 54-page proposal was professionally bound and illustrated with color photographs, indicating that it is far beyond a mere discussion. The strategists have already contacted Larry Elder, a black conservative radio host in Los Angeles, about serving as a spokesman, and the plan calls for a group of black business leaders to endorse the effort. The strategists have also registered a domain name, Character Matters.
    Last edit by heron on May 17, '12 : Reason: new development
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    In the "you just can't win public opinion" category...Obama has been criticized by his base for being too of course it's the other extreme in that he's being too negative.

    The New, Nasty Obama Campaign - Molly Ball - Politics - The Atlantic
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    well, obama couldn't get to 8%, so perhaps we can hope romney will change things.

    [color=#333333]mitt romney, in a sit-down interview withtime's mark halperin, said that by the end of his first term as president he would get the unemployment rate down to or below 6 percent from its current rate of just over 8 percent.[color=#333333]"i can't possibly predict precisely what the unemployment rate would be at the end of one year. i can tell you that over a period of four years, by virtue of the policies that we put in place, we get the unemployment rate down to 6 percent, or perhaps a little lower," he said. "it depends in part upon the rate of growth for the globe, as well as what we are seeing here in the united states. but we get the rate down quite substantially. and frankly, the key is, we are going to show such job growth that there is going to be competition for employees again and wages will see the end of this decline."

    mitt romney: unemployment rate will be 6 percent or lower after my first term
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    romney rakes in campaign cash, calls obama 'big disappointment'

    on the day he clinched the gop presidential nomination, mitt romney campaigned in must-win nevada, raised more than $2 million with the help of gaming moguls and suggested president barack obama isn't qualified to fix the economy because he has never run a business. …

    … romney also thanked donald trump, who helped him raise at least $2 million at the fundraiser at the trump international hotel, although the new york developer overshadowed romney's celebratory day by renewing questions about whether obama was born in the united states.
    in an interview with the las vegas review-journal, the hotel-casino mogul and reality tv star said he knows romney doesn't agree with him. but trump said he believes he has struck a chord with americans who want more proof that obama was born in hawaii and not kenya. …

    romney said that if he won the white house, he would use his experience running bain capital and turning around the salt lake city olympics to create jobs, promote energy and cut u.s. spending and the deficit. ...

    romney rakes in campaign cash, calls obama 'big disappointment' - news -
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    [color=#333333]this week, president obama didn't just celebrate memorial day. he [color=#336699]spoke at the vietnam memorial to commemorate the 50th anniversary of that war and those who served in it.

    i tries in 1995 and 1996 to look for the names of my cousin and schoolmates on the viet nam memorial. i just sat down and couldn't go any closer.
    i truly pray we humans find a way to stop war and killing.
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