2 days left: Obama and Romney stress their differences while supporting bipartisanship

  • Article by: DAVID ESPO and JULIE PACE , Associated Press
  • Updated: November 5, 2012 - 12:37 AM
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localguyNov. 4, 12 8:36 AM

Romney says "I've got a plan.", but he won't give us specifics. That speaks volumes. And what positions he takes, change on a daily basis. It's not flip-flopping, because that implies that you actually end up in a new position. He's simply being evasive because a firm position might cost him votes. He can't be trusted.

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evergreenst8Nov. 4, 12 8:55 AM

Here is why I am voting for Romney and why I believe the majority of Minnesotans will also: O It is still about the economy and jobs. Minnesotans are hard-working, educated people with great skill sets. This is the weakest recovery ever and many people are under-employed and feeling the bite of increasing fuel and food costs. Friend Carmen recently lost her high-paying job with a local medical device company; she is now doing part-time retail with no benefits. This is the real “war on women”. Romney has a plan; the current president simply gives excuses and any changes over the last four years have been for the worst. O For my entire professional life, I have been a doer and an innovator as a small business owner. I want federal government out of the way, certainly providing us with strong defense and infrastructure assist but please NO more burdensome regulations and additional bureaucratic agencies. Because of uncertainty and the looming sequestration policy that came right out of the White House, I have NOT hired anyone in the last two years. And as was recently recommended by President Obama, can someone describe to me how a Secretary of Business will help our Economy? O I and other Minnesotans want a good future for our children and grandchildren. We try to pay our bills and stay out of debt and are appalled by the excesses of a bloated federal government that shows no signs of solving its spending problem. The fiscal cliff is real. Romney is a problem solver; he will work with Congress . Obama simply has failed miserably here. His own budget plan was unanimously rejected by every member of the Senate, whose majority is Democrat. O Finally, I want America to be able to return to its Christian values. Obama care is a frontal attack on my religious freedom and I abhor being required to fund abortions with my hard-earned tax dollars.

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nopensionNov. 4, 12 9:03 AM

The ten guiding principles of Romneyism are: 1. Corporations are the basic units of society. Corporations are people, and the overriding purpose of an economy is to maximize corporate profits. When profits are maximized, the economy grows fastest. This growth benefits everyone in the form greater output, better products and services, and higher share prices. 2. Workers are a means to the goal of maximizing corporate profits. If workers do not contribute to that goal, they should be fired. If they cannot then find other work that helps maximize profits in another company, their wages must be too high, and they must therefore accept steadily lower wages until they find a job. 3. All factors of production -- capital, physical plant and equipment, workers -- are fungible and should be treated the same. Any that fail to deliver high competitive returns should be replaced or discarded. This keeps an economy efficient. Fairness is and should be irrelevant. 4. Pollution, unsafe products, unsafe working conditions, financial fraud, and other negative side effects of the pursuit of profits are the price society pays for profit-driven growth. They should not be used as excuses to constrain the pursuit of profits through regulation. 5. Individual worth depends on net worth -- how much money one has made, and the value of the assets that money has been invested in. Any person with enough intelligence and ambition can make a fortune. Failure to do so is sign of moral and intellectual inferiority. 6. People who fail in the economy should not be coddled. They should not receive food stamps, Medicaid, or any other form of social subsidy. Coddling leads to a weaker society and a weaker economy. 7. Taxes are inherently bad because they constrain profit-making. It is the right and responsibility of individuals and corporations to exploit every tax loophole they (and their tax attorneys) can find in order to pay the lowest taxes possible. 8. Politics is a game whose only purpose is to win. Any means used to win the game is legitimate even if it involves lying and cheating, as long as it gains more supporters than it loses. 9. Democracy is dangerous because it is forever vulnerable to the votes of a majority intent on capturing the wealth of the successful minority, on whom the economy depends. The rich must therefore do whatever is necessary to prevent the majority from exercising its will, including spending large sums of money on lobbyists and political campaigns. The most virtuous among the rich will go a step further and run for president. 10. The three most important aspects of life are family, religion, and money. Patriotism is a matter of guarding our economy from unfair traders and undocumented immigrants, rather than joining together for the common good. We owe nothing to one another as citizens of the same society. On Tuesday we'll decide whether these should be the guiding principles of America.

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theagonybhoNov. 4, 12 9:08 AM

Obama has only 1 campaign message, please please please come out and vote, he has no record to run on, problem is, people will not come to the polls for him like they did in 2008.

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badgerfan2Nov. 4, 12 9:10 AM

Romney is in Pennsylvania because he can't win Ohio and without Ohio his path is almost nonexistent. Obama has narrow leads in nearly every swing state except Florida but Romney campaign is acting as if they are ahead and right wing media is spinning the same lies. Please remember that Romney would govern the same way he has campaigned----untruthfully. He makes Richard Nixon look like a saint.

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drichmnNov. 4, 12 9:29 AM

Romney is using a teleprompter to give his campaign speeches? Oh, the horror!!

The Economist said it best when they endorsed President Obama: "Mr Romney has an economic plan that works only if you don’t believe most of what he says. That is not a convincing pitch for a chief executive."

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star1009Nov. 4, 12 9:45 AM

More bad news for Obama. The Pennsylvania Trib's new poll shows a dead heat. Without PA Obama's cooked.

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theagonybhoNov. 4, 12 9:55 AM

drichmn, That is not a convincing pitch for a chief executive, neither is 43 months of unemployment over 8%, 47 million on foodstamps, 2% GDP and Benghazi.

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louie73Nov. 4, 1210:01 AM

Well we know he's not focusing on the hurricane ravage people out east. I don't like the guy, but would give him a ton of credit if he would have said campaigning is over I need to focus on this disaster that is in dangering thousands of Americans. That statement might of put him over the top , a few more rallies will not!

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drichmnNov. 4, 1210:19 AM

theagonybho, all attributable to the financial crisis he inherited. Economy moving in the right direction. It is definitely better than 4 years ago. And as another story indicates, Benghazi conspiracy theories are false.

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