On Thursday, President Obama and Mitt Romney delivered remarks on the economy in the crucial swing state of Ohio. The speeches were significant since they occurred on the same day and were based on the same topic. A mini-debate of economic policies in some respects.

First, Mitt Romney delivered his remarks from Cincinnati at 1:30pm ET:

Followed by President Obama speaking from Cleveland at 1:45pm ET:

Report from the LA Times:

CINCINNATI — President Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney dueled Thursday from opposite ends of a state vital to their November chances, framing the election as a choice between failure and economic progress — and differing sharply on who was to blame for years of disappointing job growth.

The two had been scheduled to speak simultaneously, but Romney pushed up his speech at a Cincinnati manufacturing plant to get a jump on Obama. He said the president had had 31/2 years to spur recovery after the economy tanked in 2008 and had little to show and not much to offer beyond high-flown rhetoric.

“Talk is cheap,” said the former Massachusetts governor, speaking before a banner that read “Putting jobs first,” a recent mantra of his campaign. Then, seizing on Obama’s own slogan — “Forward” — Romney cited the huge run-up in the federal debt and asked, “You want four more years of that? You call that forward? That’s forward over a cliff. That’s forward on the way to Greece.”

Obama, addressing rowdy supporters at a community college outside Cleveland, yoked Romney to President George W. Bushand Republicans in Congress, saying they were pursuing an economic agenda — deregulation, tax cuts for the rich — that caused nearly a decade of job losses from which the country is still recovering.

There must be a reason President Obama continues to run against President Bush. The focus groups, polling, something must indicate they think this is a winning strategy. For his part, Romney appears to be settling into a strong message and finding some traction on the economy.


  1. Neither Obama nor Romney have ever been “businessmen.” Gambling with other people’s lives and money, destroying their dreams, and selling off what they accomplished in their lifetime is not “business.” It’s speculation and gambling. And when it’s other people’s lives and money, it ought to be a crime. I don’t see ANYTHING in Willard’s background that I would consider “business.” He was governor–one term–of the most liberal state, and fit right in. He has spent a LOT of years running for senator and president.

    I don’t know why this wasn’t brought up during the primaries. You can be sure that Obama will save it until Rmoney brags just a little too much about his “business experience,” and then he’ll blast him. Without his “business” argument, what else does Willard have?

    Once again, Republicans have picked the weakest candidate with the fewest scruples.

    • But the real joke, for want of a better word, here is that Romney had all that business experience before he ran as governor of Ma and we all know what a mess he made. 47 out of 50? ? ? And taxed (aka fees) the hell out of the people who elected him. Then there was the Big Dig fiasco.

  2. Romney holds a better future for America – both my parents came to this Country(America) for the hope and promise of giving their children and their children and so on, a better life.
    I know that I have a goodlife — much better that than parents that came over on a ship. I don’t want food stamps or handouts I want to be free to make my own future. With that said, I am voting for Mitt Romney and his speech June 14 was so on the mark my heart crys out for his leadership.

    • Yeah, well just keep in mind he didn’t write the speech you heard. I would suggest you look at what the man has done rather then what he (the speech writer) says he will do. Any resemblance to what he (the speech writer) says and what he (Romney) does is purely coincidental.

  3. I went into this expecting neither candidate to say anything of substance besides maybe a couple of points they’ve been repeating for many months now (Romney will repeal Obamacare, ok). Romney did not disappoint. He spent 20 some minutes explaining how terrible Obama has performed without giving us anything concrete about what he will do.

    Obama was a different story. I got 18 minutes into the speech and I had stop. For the last several minutes he’s been telling a horror about what Republicans might cut, while making it clear they never said they would cut those things. I don’t know that you can really go much lower than that in a debate.

    I guess politics has been like this for a long time: ad hominems, spinning statistics, mischaracterizations, distraction from the real issues, etc. Why do the American people put up with this?

    • Forget these two wastes of protoplasm!

      My take on the Ron Paul message 6-15-2012:

      Get a million+ supporters in Tampa — so they can hear us roar!

      Delegates, remember that none of you are bound — so let’s get that Climatic End done …where Ron Paul wins!

      Thank you Ron Paul for FINALLY saying what we’ve been waiting to hear from you only…for an anxiously long time!

      Ron Paul to WIN — Or America to END 2012!
      (there are no other options!)


  4. There’s a new winner of the Iowa Caucus and it’s Ron Paul!

    Today, delegates duly elected to represent the GOP at their state convention, gave the Texas congressman 21 of the 25 contestable delegates to the RNC in Tampa. They will all be unbound, able and willing to vote for Ron Paul for president.

    Tremendous win — since not only being a swing state, Iowa is the first-in-nation voting state! And that gives the 5 states needed for Ron Paul to be on the ballot in Tampa!

    Bye, bye Rmoney — the only way you can win at the RNC Convention is for your Storm Troopers to do what was showcased in Tampa (see THEIR WARNING — which makes us even more DETERMINED)!


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