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GOP MEDICARE Plan Revealed

"We will win this election. We will finish what we started."

OBAMA: "We will win this election. We will finish what we started."

A couple of things of awesomeness:

The ABC Poll out late last night: 49-46

The new Politico/GWU Battleground poll released this morning: 48-47

And the new Newsmax/Zogby poll: 47-44

AND - the RAND POLL is almost over 50 again at 49.56-44.94. I LOVE THE SLOPE OF THAT POLL!!!!


Top Romney Surrogate Admits GOP Is Exploiting Libya Incident For Political Gain

Source: Think Progress

During an appearance on CNN’s Starting Point on Monday, the former New York City mayor argued that the administration is purposely delaying investigations into the incident until after the election to “cover up” its own failures. But asked to substantiate the claim, Giuliani became agitated. He announced that he did not have to give Obama the benefit of the doubt or withhold judgment about the incident until a full investigation is complete because the president is a Democrat:

SOLEDAD O’BRIEN (HOST): The one thing I’m debating with you is just specifics. When you quote
someone or you paraphrase them the only thing I ask is that you get that accurate. That’s all I ask.

GIULIANI: We’re also entitled to interpret what the president is saying without this, like, massive defense of everything he says.

Q: Do you think, foreign policy, including Benghazi is going to play a significant role in the election? Because my bias would be to think — it’s really interesting for us to talk about – but I think people are essentially going to vote on the economy.

GIULIANI: I think if, in fact, this becomes a question of the president’s lack of leadership, then it cuts into the economy as well. It’s beginning to become like that. The White house — the White House has been remarkably — The White House has fumbled this — whether it’s a deliberate cover-up or they’re making it look like a cover-up they have fumbled the ball four or five times here. Several contradictions. Excuse me if being the fact that I’m a Republican, I don’t give them as you do, all the benefit of the doubt.

Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/security/2012/10/15/1010951/top-romney-surrogate-admits-gop-is-exploiting-libya-incident-for-political-gain/

MITT: “I’ve got these fools thinking I don’t talk to my ‘accountant'-What can’t I say?”

LOL Of The Week: Mitt Doesn’t Talk To His Wife?

During the first debate in Denver, Mitt Romney became very offended when the president suggested that—get this!—Mitt Romney might have missed out on a tax deduction he could have taken.

“…you said you get a deduction for taking a plant overseas. Look, I’ve been in business for 25 years,” the GOP nominee for president and longtime CEO of Bain Capital said. “I have no idea what you’re talking about. I maybe need to get a new accountant.”


Romney used deception to excuse his life’s work of cheapening the value of American labor and avoiding taxes while casting the president as ignorant about business. In a visual medium where appearance is everything, Romney galloped half-truths and blatant falsehoods like this over and over in a confident yet cool manner. And though the media knew that he disregarded the facts, they said he’d won. And the polls agreed.

Now Romney must feel as if he can get away with anything. “I’ve got these fools thinking I don’t talk to my ‘accountant,’” he must be saying to himself. “What can’t I say?” Nothing, apparently.


Interesting contrast between Obama & Romney

A commentor to the NY Times story
made this remark

Romney has been a smart investor and it doesn't appear that his investments in China have violated any laws or regulations. But he cannot claim that Obama has been soft on China while Romney is deriving substantial financial benefits from investments in China. The trustee of Romney's so-called blind trust isn't independent. He's Romney's lawyer and Bain's lawyer. Romney's investments in China are a matter of public record so Romney cannot claim to know nothing about them.


back in July Vanity Fair reported
An Age-Old Ruse

But just how blind are such trusts, anyway? In Romney’s case, apparently not quite blinkered enough to keep his trustee—who is also his personal lawyer and longtime friend Bradford Malt—from investing more than $10 million of Romney’s money in an investment fund managed by Romney’s son Tagg.

Interesting contrast:

As a freshman senator, Barack Obama—whose wealth comes almost entirely from his book royalties—set up a blind trust but later that same year sold all of his stocks and closed the trust because he decided that even such an arrangement could not protect him from the appearance of a conflict. Most of his wealth is now invested in U.S. Treasury bonds and diversified funds—about the most transparent option available. What’s good for the country is good for Obama, and vice versa, to coin a phrase.
Glad to see that TM is reporting this - finally.


Obama camp tips hand on debate, hints president will attack Romney on Bain

Source: Fox

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – As President Obama began to hunker down at a plush resort here for three full days of debate prep, his campaign team signaled the incumbent may steal a page from Vice President Joe Biden and show a more aggressive tone in Tuesday's second face-to-face showdown with Republican Mitt Romney.

"Gov. Romney has been making pitches all of his life and he knows how to say what people want to hear whether that was during his time at Bain or during the dozens of town halls he did during the primary," Obama campaign spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Saturday. "His running mate also left him vulnerable on a number of issues -- admitting there was a $5 trillion tax cut, after he denied it, but again failing to explain how they would pay for it, leaving women worried about their ability to make choices about their own health care and failing to articulate their plan for winding down our presence in Afghanistan."

It's significant that Psaki previewed the president's next clash with Romney with an immediate mention of his time at Bain, a word Obama never mentioned during the first presidential debate, in Denver.

Senior campaign adviser David Axelrod said on "Fox News Sunday" that Obama is making “adjustments” before the debate and plans to be more aggressive.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/10/14/obama-camp-tips-hand-hints-president-will-attack-romney-on-bain/#ixzz29Kgq3Amz

...should have laughed more

KRUGMAN: "Mr. Romney has no idea what life (& death) are like for those less fortunate than himself"

Death By Ideology
Published: October 14, 2012

Mitt Romney doesn’t see dead people. But that’s only because he doesn’t want to see them; if he did, he’d have to acknowledge the ugly reality of what will happen if he and Paul Ryan get their way on health care.

Last week, speaking to The Columbus Dispatch, Mr. Romney declared that nobody in America dies because he or she is uninsured: “We don’t have people that become ill, who die in their apartment because they don’t have insurance.” This followed on an earlier remark by Mr. Romney — echoing an infamous statement by none other than George W. Bush — in which he insisted that emergency rooms provide essential health care to the uninsured.

These are remarkable statements. They clearly demonstrate that Mr. Romney has no idea what life (and death) are like for those less fortunate than himself.



Rupert Murdoch labels hacking victims 'scumbag celebrities'

Rupert Murdoch has labelled victims of phone hacking "scumbag celebrities" after they met the British Prime Minister, David Cameron, during the Conservative party conference.

Mr Murdoch took to Twitter to criticise the talks in Birmingham between Mr Cameron and members of the Hacked Off campaign, the singer Charlotte Church, actor Hugh Grant and a former TV presenter, Jacqui Hames.

Murdoch tweeted: "Told UK's Cameron receiving scumbag celebrities pushing for even more privacy laws. Trust the toffs! Transparency under attack. Bad."

The comments sparked a storm of disapproval, with Mr Murdoch repeatedly asked to apologise for the remarks and remove the tweets. Hames hit back at the head of News Corporation, tweeting: "Never let the facts get in the way of a good story eh Rupert. Happy to discuss our concerns with you sometime?" She added: "I've been called worse, but admittedly not by CEO of large multinational corp." Mr Murdoch replied to Hames: "Not referring to these ladies".

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/world/rupert-murdoch-labels-hacking-victims-scumbag-celebrities-20121015-27lqz.html#ixzz29KIHBhtx

He jumped. He landed. All went well. It was quite thrilling.

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