Analysis: Race tightening amid jobs report, debate

  • Article by: PAUL WEST , Tribune Washington Bureau
  • Updated: October 5, 2012 - 9:59 PM

The two events combined put the squeeze on the candidates in the final weeks.

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wplettfanOct. 5, 12 8:35 PM

When Obama took office the unemployment rate was 10%. It is now 7.8% (CBS news) Seems to me this is pretty good considering we went through the worst recession in our history. I see no reason to change horses midstream.

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drichmnOct. 5, 12 8:37 PM

"But with relatively few voters truly undecided, Romney also has to convert Obama supporters, a much tougher task." .... no, that's an impossible task.

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jstanthrnbrOct. 5, 12 8:44 PM

It all boils down to the direction you want to see this country go. If you want a large central power that has full ability to dictate your everyday life, vote Obama. If you want a state's rights limited government that follows the will of the electorate, vote Romney. The media wants the former.

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jstanthrnbrOct. 5, 12 9:17 PM

"When Obama took office the unemployment rate was 10%" No, it was 7.8%. The labor force was also larger. Play in facts please, they are all available on .gov websites.

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elle2008Oct. 5, 12 9:32 PM

jstanthrnbr: I really have to tell you what I think. The left is not telling me to have vaginal exams; the left is not telling me about my rights as a woman; the left is not telling me how to live. That is your party. The party that refuses to believe that people can love one another and be the same sex. Oh, it will marriage. Are your nuts? They have nothing to do with each other. From where I am sitting, I can tell you that when a Republican is controlling this Gov't, it has costed lives of the non wealthy, and I am quite frankly tired of this. They care less about us, the 70%, than their friends. I refuse to vote for any party that is not truly for every blasted person in these United States.

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nshockeyOct. 5, 12 9:33 PM

Actually 7.8 % unemployment is still bad news. That's because it doesn't count the increasing number of those that have given up looking for a job. The number to watch is the number of people with jobs- that number has decreased each year since 2009 and it is lower than when Obama took office! We may have created some jobs since 2008 but we've lost more! Obama is not getting the job, doesn't have a plan and keeps recycling failed ideas and rhetoric. He's not getting the job done and its time for a new president.

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nshockeyOct. 5, 12 9:40 PM

Just for the sake of accuracy the unemployment rate when Obama took office was 7.8% - the same as it is now. No progress after almost 4 years unfortunately.

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vanvaderOct. 5, 1210:04 PM

Republicans hate when Democrats bring up Bush 43. Sorry but you can't deny reality. Reality #1:In Bush's last term the country was losing 750,000 a month. Reality #2: Under President Bush our country saw the worst domestic job creation since President Hoover. Reality #3: The Bush tax cuts was suppose to create jobs, these tax cuts have been in place since 2001, where are all of the jobs???

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nicebiscuitsOct. 5, 1210:21 PM

It really comes down to if you beleive you deserve other peoples hard earned money for sitting on your backside or if you beleive you should be able to keep the proceeds of your sweat equity.

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nicebiscuitsOct. 5, 1210:24 PM

Best quote I heard lately. "Obama is lazy and disengaged". I think he's play acting in the role of president. he knows it and an increasing number of citizens are realizing it. How can you lead a country when you have zero, zip, nada experience in leading anything in your life?

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