Romney’s performance last night may have had style, but once again he lied to voters about his plans to hurt the middle class. As usual, Romney chose short-term gains despite the long-term consequences. Voters saw the clear difference between Romney’s dishonesty and the President’s clear and specific vision for an economy that grows from the middle out.
- Mitt Romney’s personal performance last night may have had style, but it was short on both substance and facts. Once again he lied to the American people about his positions because he’ll do anything to win in the short term, but that will have long-term consequences.
- Romney did what he thought he needed to do to get through last night, but he wasn’t honest with the American people. His dishonesty will hurt him in the long run.
- Taxes: He tried to deny that he has a $5 trillion tax plan favoring the wealthiest, but he hasn’t done the math. He’d cut income taxes by 20 percent, cut corporate taxes by almost a third, extend the Bush tax cuts and repeal the alternative minimum and estate taxes. That adds up to $5 trillion whether he likes it or not.
- Medicare: He claimed he wouldn’t hurt a single senior, but his plan to repeal Obamacare and turn Medicare into a voucher program would take away seniors’ guaranteed benefits and could raise their health costs by more than $6,000.
- Health Reform: He said he’d cover preexisting conditions, a lie so big his people had to immediately walk it back. He’d let insurers once again deny coverage to millions of Americans when they need it most. His continuous coverage idea is already law, and he has no plan to cover these people once he repeals Obamacare.
- Romney has always chosen short-term gain over thoughtful leadership for the long term. He used the same strategy in the business world and in the Republican primaries.
- As a corporate-buyout specialist at Bain Capital, Romney maximized profits when the long-term costs bankrupted companies and sent jobs overseas.
- In the Republican primary debates, he said and stood for anything he thought would get him to the next round despite the consequences. He was the most extreme on immigration and he’s losing Hispanics by 50 points. He vowed not to raise taxes on the wealthiest and now he’s trying to walk it back.
- President Obama knows we need a balance of short-term gains and long-term investments to grow our economy – that’s how he moved us from recession to recovery. And more than anything else, the President knows a leader is honest with the people he serves.
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