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October 17, 2012

ThinkProgress - Leaked Audio Catches Romney (essentially) Asking Employers To Threaten Jobs ...

If Obama Wins

Newly-discovered audio from a conference call in June captures Mitt Romney asking business owners to urge their employees to vote for him.

Romney, speaking on a call to the very conservative National Federation of Independent Business, tells a group of business owners that they should “make it very clear” how they feel about the candidates. He also tells the business owners to “pass… along to your employees” how their jobs might be effected by who wins in November:

"I hope you make it very clear to your employees what you believe is in the best interest of your enterprise and therefore their job and their future in the upcoming elections. And whether you agree with me or you agree with President Obama, or whatever your political view, I hope — I hope you pass those along to your employees. Nothing illegal about you talking to your employees about what you believe is best for the business, because I think that will figure into their election decision, their voting decision and of course doing that with your family and your kids as well."

Listen at 26:44:


That's my interpretation. And, apparently the interpretation of employers who have recently bullied their employees about the coming election.
October 17, 2012

Candy Crowley: I Didn't 'Backtrack' On Romney Libya Fact Check

Candy Crowley responded on Wednesday to conservative claims that she had "backtracked" on her fact-check of Mitt Romney during Tuesday night's presidential debate.

Crowley challenged Romney during a discussion of the attacks in Libya. When the GOP candidate told President Obama that he had not called the attacks terrorism for weeks, Obama protested, and Crowley intervened to back him up.

"He did in fact call it an 'act of terror,'" she said, referring to Obama's comments on Sept. 12 that "no acts of terror will ever shake the resolve of this great nation."

Crowley quickly added that Romney was "correct" to say that it took Obama weeks "for the whole idea of there being a riot out there about this tape to come out."

More at link: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/17/candy-crowley-libya-fact-check-backtrack_n_1973431.html?utm_hp_ref=media
October 17, 2012

Second Presidential debate delivered massive ratings ~ Mediabistro


The second Presidential debate between Pres. Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney delivered massive ratings last night.

As it did for the first two debates, Fox News led the way among the cable news channels garnering 11.1 million viewers, on par with its most-watched telecast ever, the Sarah Palin-Joe Biden debate in 2008. CNN’s Candy Crowley was the moderator of the debate, but it did not appear to give a significant ratings boost to the channel. It was the only cabler to lose viewers compared to the first Presidential debate, and was down significantly from the second Presidential debate in 2008. MSNBC was third in cable news, but was able to improve its viewership compared to both 2008 and the first debate two weeks ago.

Among the broadcasters, preliminarily ABC and NBC are up compared to the first debate, with CBS down. The numbers will adjust when finals are released.

Sadly less people tuned into MSNBC, - more tuned into Fox and CNN. But, good news overall.
October 17, 2012

Rethinking the first debate.

Today, I've been pondering the President's nodding and taking notes at the first Presidential debate. At the time, I thought perhaps he was allowing Romney to put as much on the table as possible, gathering information about his latest positions so he could come back hard in the second debate. Some call it rope a dope. Others poke fun, suggesting that Obama supporters liken him to a Jedi Master.

Upon further consideration, I believe we simply have a President who listens and gathers information before acting on it. He researches and carefully plans his course. ... Today, when I think about his first performance, I hear the words “Please continue, Governor,” ringing in my ears.

Anyone else putting the first debate into greater context, today?

October 17, 2012

George Will: ‘This Was Immeasurably The Best Debate’ I Have Ever Seen

“I think there was a winner in the sense that Barack Obama not only gained ground he lost but he cauterized some wounds that he inflicted on himself by seeming too diffident and disengaged.”

“It was a very good fight,” he added. “I have seen every presidential debate in American history since the floor of Nixon and Kennedy in 1960. This was immeasurably the best.”

“I think as a tactical measure tonight, the president did very well,” he concluded.

Wow! To win "the best debate in American history" is uh, quite impressive.

Video here: > http://www.mediaite.com/tv/george-will-this-was-immeasurably-the-best-debate-i-have-ever-seen/
October 15, 2012

Romney Chameleon ~ Video

I think a Liberal PAC should run a version of this. It's a catchy song that will resonate with voters, IMHO.
October 13, 2012

Pew - American's believe that Romney is stronger on the economy/budget and taxes? Time for truth!

Polling dates (10/4-10/7) 2012

"Regardless of who you support, which one of the presidential candidates -- Mitt Romney or Barack Obama -- do you think would do the better job of [see below]?" Options rotated. 9/12 & earlier: "... would do the best job of ..."

"Improving the job situation"

Romney 49 %
Obama 41 %

Truth: During Governor Romney’s term, Massachusetts fell to 47th out of 50 states in job creation, while the overall U.S. economy grew.

By the end of Governor Romney’s term, Massachusetts had lost more than 40,000 manufacturing jobs—a rate twice the national average.

"Reducing the federal budget deficit"

Romney 51%
Obama 36%

Truth: Long-term debt increased by 16% in just four years, leaving Massachusetts with the highest debt per person in the nation.

"Dealing with taxes"

Romney 47%
Obama 43%

Truth: During his first year in office, Governor Romney proposed higher fees for hospitals, nursing homes, motor vehicles, buying a house, the blind, and disabled people. During that first year, Massachusetts increased fees more than any other state in the nation.

After increasing fees and taxes for middle-class families and businesses, Governor Romney pushed through a tax cut that overwhelmingly benefited 278 of the state’s wealthiest individuals, costing taxpayers more than $75 million.

Granted - "PU" Changed their party ID percentages, dramatically from September to October, according to the Obama camp...

An Obama campaign official pointed to a shift in the party identification percentages used in Pew's mid-September poll compared to the poll released Monday.

The earlier comprised 39% Democrats, 29% Republicans and 30% independents, while Monday's poll included 31% Democrats, 36% Republicans and 30% independents.

"This is far bigger than any one-month change in party ID ever reported by Pew in the past," the Obama campaign official said.

Regardless, I hope the Obama camp leaves no stone unturned, in swing states. I hope they hit Rmoney hard on each and every one of these issues, and then some.

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