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Tampa, FL - Republicans Paints A Nation On Brink, Dems See Rebound

Published on: September 1, 2012 11:06 PM
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President Barack Obama speaks at a campaign event at the Living History Farms, Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012, in Urbandale, Iowa. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)President Barack Obama speaks at a campaign event at the Living History Farms, Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012, in Urbandale, Iowa. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Tampa, FL - Listening to Republicans, a vote for Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan is imperative to save the nation.

“The republic of Washington and Jefferson is now in danger of becoming the democracy of debt and despair,” Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul told delegates at the GOP convention delegates this past week. “Our great nation is coming apart at the seams.”

He was one of many Republican speakers who tried to tap into the public’s unease about the country’s future.

In just days, Democrats will present a starkly different vision at their three-day convention in Charlotte, N.C., sketching out a portrait of a nation on the rebound after the worst financial crisis since the Depression. They will try to play a consistent theme in America’s history — optimism.

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As Republicans convened in Tampa, President Barack Obama gave a preview of his pitch, telling a crowd in Charlottesville, Va., “We knew that solving our biggest challenges would take more than one year, or one term, or one president. We know we’ve still got a lot of work to do, but we are determined to get it done. We are determined to finish the job.”

The November election offers the political parties’ sharply different visions of the state of America, as well as of the government’s role and reach. Republicans envision a smaller government, with fewer social safety net programs, increased defense spending, less regulations and additional tax cuts. Democrats see a government able to lift those who need help and a nation where the wealthier pay more of their share.

In the 10 weeks to the vote, the campaigns will present their competing views of the United States, a country plunged into the darkness of joblessness and debt versus one emerging into the light of recovery. Which vision stays with the electorate on Nov. 6 will determine whether Obama wins a second term or Romney captures the presidency.

“To the majority of Americans who now believe that the future will not be better than the past, I can guarantee you this: If Barack Obama is re-elected, you will be right,” Romney told the convention.

Obama, in his Virginia speech last week, pleaded for more time.

“We’ve got more jobs to create and more good schools to build,” he said. “We’ve got more homegrown energy to generate. We’ve got more troops to bring home. We’ve got more young people to send to college. We’ve got more doors of opportunity to open to everybody who is willing to work hard and walk through them. And it all depends on you.”

Polling suggests the public sees little reason for optimism. Associated Press-GfK polls have found the share of the public who think the nation is headed in the right direction has been below 40 percent for more than a year, and has been below half for Obama’s entire presidency. AP polling has not found a majority saying the nation is moving in the right direction since 2003.

Republicans determined to oust Obama made it personal and dramatic during three days of speeches at their convention, assailing the Democrat’s leadership as a failure while using apocalyptic terms to describe a nation teetering on the financial precipice.

Mike Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor and onetime presidential candidate, said the clock is ticking. “Our great republic is almost out of time,” he said.

The GOP pointed to an unemployment rate of 8.3 percent, tens of millions out of work, a sluggish economic recovery and a growing debt as the nation spends more than it has. This image of doom and gloom, bolstered by financial numbers, is the GOP’s best-case argument that change is necessary in November.

“America is suffering through an economic calamity of truly historic dimensions,” said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said voters should be able to tell their children and grandchildren that “we helped elect Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan to save America.”

The images were bold at the Republican convention of the present and future.

Ryan, the vice presidential candidate, described college graduates, jobless and forced to return home, staring at the faded Obama posters in their bedrooms.

“None of us have to settle for the best this administration offers — a dull, adventureless journey from one entitlement to the next, a government-planned life, a country where everything is free but us,” said the Wisconsin congressman.

Starting Tuesday in Charlotte, Democrats will argue that Obama inherited a financial crisis that was the product of eight years of Republican George W. Bush.

Count on Obama’s party faithful to emphasize the following: The housing market has shown signs of life after a deep downturn, retail spending had its best performance since March and the Dow Jones industrial average stands above 13,000, good news for those checking their quarterly statements on their retirement accounts.

In remarks last week, Obama described a more promising outlook for the next few years, thanks to his health care overhaul and an end to the Iraq war.

The president said 7 million young people can remain on their parents’ health insurance due to his overhaul law that Romney wants to repeal while seniors will save money on prescription drugs.

He acknowledged that Republicans would paint a dire picture of the nation.

“They will tell you how bad things are over and over again, and they’ll helpfully add that it’s all Obama’s fault,” the president said.


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 Sep 02, 2012 at 05:49 AM Farbisine Friedman Says:

.......And now we will go on to the Democrat Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina beginning with a Muslim "Jumah" prayer service at Marshall Park. Followed by Islamic Leadership Banquet, Color Me Muslim Cultural Fun Fest, Islamic Issues Conference, and on and on the entire week of Obama's Convention.

Look it up yourself.

It's listed right on the DNC Official Convention Schedule.

Do you want 4 more years of this???

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 Sep 02, 2012 at 10:56 AM ShutUp Says:

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Farbisine Friedman Says:

.......And now we will go on to the Democrat Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina beginning with a Muslim "Jumah" prayer service at Marshall Park. Followed by Islamic Leadership Banquet, Color Me Muslim Cultural Fun Fest, Islamic Issues Conference, and on and on the entire week of Obama's Convention.

Look it up yourself.

It's listed right on the DNC Official Convention Schedule.

Do you want 4 more years of this???

I looked it up and failed to see anything you mentioned above. Are you really as gullible as you come off ?

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 Sep 02, 2012 at 01:06 PM Farbisine Friedman Says:

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ShutUp Says:

I looked it up and failed to see anything you mentioned above. Are you really as gullible as you come off ?

You probably did see it scheduled on your DNC schedule but the liberal "shut-off" switch in your head had you erase it and forget about it as all liberals do when they encounter facts or articles that don't agree with their left wingnut mindset.

Here is a link to only one of many YouTubes on this subject:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ejf3G-pPBQ&feature=player_embedded#!

(You may have to cut and past it into your browser to view it)

If you can force yourself to really look you could find many more videos and print articles on this issue. (if your liberal switch will allow)

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 Sep 02, 2012 at 04:02 PM Ronald Reagan Rewritten Says:

A recession is when your neighbor loses his job.

A depression is when you lose your job.

And recovery is when Barack HusseinObama loses his.

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 Sep 02, 2012 at 04:30 PM Butterfly Says:

We went to RNC and saw the Tin Man or the straw man who gave a speech but no substance!! All we heard was hate and we do not need that in this country!! We have enough of it!! We need unity!! Where was his substance?? What did Romney talk about?? 000000000?

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 Sep 02, 2012 at 06:13 PM Brain Gemach Says:

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Butterfly Says:

We went to RNC and saw the Tin Man or the straw man who gave a speech but no substance!! All we heard was hate and we do not need that in this country!! We have enough of it!! We need unity!! Where was his substance?? What did Romney talk about?? 000000000?

.........and from obummer you hear love and healing and leadership and truth and ...................

Put your hearing aids in and/or listen with your ears and use your brain not your liberalism.

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 Sep 03, 2012 at 12:56 AM RachelJD Says:

ya know, those of you who might love to throw the word liberal around like it is the ultimate insult, stop to think, that had not liberals fought for American Independence from the British, there would not be an United States. The righteous gentiles who risked their lives and and save Jews from the Nazis were liberals, Conservatives were the collaborators who turned their neighbors in.

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 Sep 03, 2012 at 01:03 AM Anonymous Says:

I cannot understand how anyone the same people who for eight years dragged us into two unfunded wars, made imposing one specific religious point of view as a matter of law on everyone a central part of the political campaing, and cater to religious fanatics are now seen as the ones who can solve our problems. So many posters criticize the President's attempt to insure that more americans can access basic health care and other social welfare programs yet why don't these same posters yell and scream about the millions of dollars of state and federal money that pour into Kiryas Joel. HMMM.

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 Sep 03, 2012 at 09:29 AM MidwesternGuy Says:

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Anonymous Says:

I cannot understand how anyone the same people who for eight years dragged us into two unfunded wars, made imposing one specific religious point of view as a matter of law on everyone a central part of the political campaing, and cater to religious fanatics are now seen as the ones who can solve our problems. So many posters criticize the President's attempt to insure that more americans can access basic health care and other social welfare programs yet why don't these same posters yell and scream about the millions of dollars of state and federal money that pour into Kiryas Joel. HMMM.

The first part of your Anonymous comment reads as follows: "Blame Bush".

The second part of your Anonymous comment talks about the relative merits of the government taking money away from a certain group of people and giving it to others. There is a lot to be said about it, but it has precious little to do with the article posted.

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