- Albania bank loses $7M in theft; police arrest 2
- Gov. Mike Pence irked as Obama sends illegals to Indiana on sly
- Israel, White House say Obama phone call to demand cease-fire was fake
- Nancy Pelosi: Deporting kids un-Christian, sends them ‘into a burning building’
- Islamist militants seize special forces base in Benghazi, Libya
- Feds sue Pennsylvania State Police over women’s fitness tests
- Israel accused of striking U.N. school, killing at least 15
- Israel hits symbols of Hamas rule; scores killed
- Mississippi abortion law can’t be enforced
- Teacher who survived Sandy Hook has book deal
Ex-presidents factor into Romney’s campaign
Gets Bush 43’s backing, contrasts Obama, Clinton
Question of the Day
The endorsement promises to inject the 43rd president into this year’s campaign, nearly four years after Mr. Bush left office amidst a financial collapse and two wars.
Mr. Bush wasn’t the only former president emerging as an issue on the campaign trail, with Mr. Romney arguing on the stump that President Obama lacks the economic acumen of his Democratic predecessor.
Standing beneath a “Cut the Spending” banner at a campaign event at a downtown hotel in Des Moines, Mr. Romney said Mr. Obama has ditched Bill Clinton’s vow in his 1996 State of the Union that the “era of big government is over.”
“President Obama tucked away the Clinton doctrine in his large drawer of discarded ideas, along with transparency and bipartisanship. It’s enough to make you wonder if maybe it was a personal beef with the Clintons, but really it runs much deeper,” Mr. Romney said.
“President Obama is an old-school liberal whose first instinct is to see free enterprise as the villain and government as the hero. America counted on President Obama to rescue the economy, tame the deficit and help create jobs,” the presumptive Republican presidential nominee said. “Instead, he bailed out the public sector, gave billions of dollars to the companies of his friends, and added almost as much debt as all the prior presidents combined.”
Mr. Carney said that when Mr. Obama took office the economy was headed south and the nation was shedding about 800,000 jobs losses per month. Now, he said, the economy has grown for 11 straight months and more than 4 million private sector jobs have been created over the last 26 months.
The back-and-forth coincided with a new New York Times poll that shows Mr. Romney has opened up a 3-point — 46 percent to 43 percent — lead over Mr. Obama. The poll also has Mr. Romney, despite the so-called “war on women,” leading Mr. Obama among women voters.
Other polls, including a Washington Times/JZ Analytics survey released this week, show a large gender gap still exists, but the improving numbers for the former Massachusetts governor come as the Obama campaign and its super PAC allies ratchet up efforts to cast Mr. Romney and his former venture capital firm, Bain Capital, as a heartless job-killers.
The Republican National Committee helped the Romney camp counter that message Tuesday as part of a joint offensive aimed at turning the conversation back to economy, just days after Mr. Obama re-ignited the national debate over same-sex marriage by saying that he thinks gay couples should be able to wed.
The RNC effort included seven separate conference calls targeting media outlets in seven swing states, and an op-ed by RNC Chairman Reince Priebus that appeared in the New Hampshire Union Leader.
“We cannot afford four more years of this president, because our children cannot afford to spend their lives paying off his debts,” Mr. Priebus wrote, pointing out that on the Obama administration’s watch the national debt has increased $5 trillion to $15. 6 trillion.
© Copyright 2014 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.
About the Author
- Democrats may win at fundraising but still lose to GOP at polls
- Impeachment talks revving up Democratic base: DCCC
- Boehner says impeachment talk is Democratic fundraising ploy
- Achin' for Akin: Democrats praying for GOP Gaffes in midterms
- GOP 2014: Republican governors cite their economic stewardship
Latest Blog Entries
TWT Video Picks
- Patent workers paid to exercise, shop, do chores: report
- Obama thanks Muslims for 'building the very fabric of our nation'
- Boehner rules out impeachment: 'Scam started by Democrats'
- CARSON: Rudderless U.S. foreign policy
- Ticket me Elmo? NYC mulls law for impersonators
- Smugglers, rainstorm combine to poke holes in border fence
- Obama mum on where illegal immigrant children are sheltered
- Federal judge grants 90-day stay in D.C. gun case
- Obama's brother wears Hamas scarf bearing anti-Israel slogans in photo
- Government OKs Arab-owned company Gulftainer to operate U.S. cargo port
Obama's biggest White House 'fails'
Celebrities turned politicians
Athletes turned actors
20 gadgets that changed the world