(VIDEO) New Obama for America Share: “The Road to November 6”

Posted on October 31, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , |

This video was created by the President’s re-election team from footage gathered over a 48 hour period of intensive campaign stops across the country last week. It should be noted that these trips were all scheduled and completed prior to Hurricane Sandy making landfall, which prompted President Obama to immediately suspend his campaign. He is in New Jersey today with Governor Chris Christie, surveying the damage first-hand, and will resume the campaign trail later this week.

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    President Obama went on a two-day, non-stop “America Forward!” tour with grassroots events in Iowa, Colorado, Nevada, Florida, Virginia and Ohio. The President talked about the critical choice in this election — moving America forward toward an economy built to last with a strong middle class versus going back to the same policies that crashed our economy in the first place.

This past Saturday, President Obama took one last trip to New Hampshire. I went down to Manchester and got some footage myself; photos are all available here. Here are a few of my clips.

Air Force One touches down at Manchester-Boston Airport.

President Obama emerges from Air Force One.

President Obama meets with NH officials, well wishers at Manchester-Boston Airport.

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Mitt Romney in 2011 GOP Primary Debate: Federal Disaster Relief For Tornado And Flood Victims Is ‘Immoral,’ ‘Makes No Sense At All’

Posted on October 28, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , |

Watch for yourself (h/t Think Progress).

    KING: Governor Romney? You’ve been a chief executive of a state. I was just in Joplin, Missouri. I’ve been in Mississippi and Louisiana and Tennessee and other communities dealing with whether it’s the tornadoes, the flooding, and worse. FEMA is about to run out of money, and there are some people who say do it on a case-by-case basis and some people who say, you know, maybe we’re learning a lesson here that the states should take on more of this role. How do you deal with something like that?

    ROMNEY: Absolutely. Every time you have an occasion to take something from the federal government and send it back to the states, that’s the right direction. And if you can go even further and send it back to the private sector, that’s even better.

    Instead of thinking in the federal budget, what we should cut — we should ask ourselves the opposite question. What should we keep? We should take all of what we’re doing at the federal level and say, what are the things we’re doing that we don’t have to do? And those things we’ve got to stop doing, because we’re borrowing $1.6 trillion more this year than we’re taking in. We cannot…

    KING: Including disaster relief, though?

    ROMNEY: We cannot — we cannot afford to do those things without jeopardizing the future for our kids. It is simply immoral, in my view, for us to continue to rack up larger and larger debts and pass them on to our kids, knowing full well that we’ll all be dead and gone before it’s paid off. It makes no sense at all.

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BREAKING: President Obama Supports Question 1 in Maine

Posted on October 25, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Via Mainers United press release:

    President Obama Supports Question 1 in Maine

    PORTLAND – President Obama today announced his support for Question 1, which would allow same-sex couples to receive a marriage license while also protecting religious freedom.

    In a statement, Michael Czin, northeast regional press secretary for the president, said: “While the president does not weigh in on every single ballot measure in every state, the president believes in treating everyone fairly and equally, with dignity and respect. The president believes same-sex couples should be treated equally and supports Question 1.

    President Obama first announced his support for allowing same-sex couples to marry during an interview with ABC News in May.

    “I have to tell you that over the course of several years as I have talked to friends and family and neighbors, when I think about members of my own staff who are in incredibly committed monogamous relationships, same-sex relationships, who are raising kids together; when I think about those soldiers or airmen or marines or sailors who are out there fighting on my behalf and yet feel constrained, even now that ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ is gone, because they are not able to commit themselves in a marriage, at a certain point I’ve just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same sex couples should be able to get married,” Obama told ABC’s Good Morning America.

    “President Obama made history earlier this year when he became the first sitting president to endorse same-sex marriage. Today, he spoke out in support of the thousands of loving, committed same-sex couples in Maine who want to accept the responsibility and joy that go along with marriage,” said Matt McTighe, the campaign manager for Mainers United for Marriage. “We are grateful for his support.”

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Former Secretary of State Colin Powell Endorses President Obama

Posted on October 25, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Via Obama for America press release:

    Former Secretary of State, National Security Adviser, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Colin Powell endorsed President Obama for re-election today. Powell cited the President’s leadership in bringing us back from the brink of economic collapse, ending the war in Iraq, his plan to end the war in Afghanistan, and his strong record of fighting terrorism as reasons for his endorsement.

ROSE: Will you endorse President Obama this race?

POWELL: Well, you know I voted for him in 2008 and I plan to stick with him in 2012, and I’ll be voting for he and for Vice President Joe Biden next month.

ROSE: That’s an endorsement for President Obama for re-election?

POWELL: Yes. And let me say why. When he took over the country was in very, very difficult straits, we were in one of the worst recessions we had seen in recent times, close to a depression. The fiscal system was collapsing. Wall Street was in chaos. We had 800,000 jobs lost in that first month of the Obama administration and unemployment would peak a few months later at 10%. So we were in real trouble. The auto industry was collapsing. The housing industry was starting to collapse, and we were in very difficult straits. And I saw over the next several years stabilization come back in the financial community, housing is now starting to pick up after four years, it’s starting to pick up. Consumer confidence is rising. So I think generally we’ve come out of the dive and we’re starting to gain altitude. It doesn’t mean we are problem solved, there are lots of problems still out there. The unemployment rate is too high. People are still hurting in housing. But I see that we are starting to rise up. I also saw the President get us out of one war, start to get us out of a second war and did not get us into any new wars. And finally, I think that the actions he’s taken with respect to protecting us from terrorism have been very, very solid. And so I think we ought to keep on the track that we are on. With respect to Governor Romney, I have the utmost respect to him but as I listen to what his proposals are especially with respect to dealing with our most significant issue, the economy, it’s essentially let’s cut taxes and compensate for that with other things. But that compensation does not cover all of the cuts intended or the new expenses associated with defense.

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Third and Final 2012 Presidential Debate (Video and Transcript)

Posted on October 23, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , |

Watch here:

Transcript via New York Times. Here are the opening statements:

BOB SCHIEFFER: Good evening from the campus of Lynn University here in Boca Raton, Florida. This is the fourth and last debate of the 2012 campaign, brought to you by the Commission on Presidential Debates. This one’s on foreign policy. I’m Bob Schieffer of CBS News. The questions are mine, and I have not shared them with the candidates or their aides.

The audience has taken a vow of silence — no applause, no reaction of any kind except right now when we welcome President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney. (Sustained cheers, applause.) Gentlemen, your campaigns have agreed to certain rules and they are simple. They have asked me to divide the evening into segments. I’ll pose a question at the beginning of each segment. You will each have two minutes to respond, and then we will have a general discussion until we move to the next segment.

Tonight’s debate, as both of your know, comes on the 50th anniversary of the night that President Kennedy told the world that the Soviet Union had installed nuclear missiles in Cuba — perhaps the closest we’ve ever come to nuclear war. And it is a sobering reminder that every president faces at some point an unexpected threat to our national security from abroad. So let’s begin.

The first segment is the challenge of a changing Middle East and the new face of terrorism. I’m going to put this into two segments, so you’ll have two topic questions within this one segment on that subject. The first question, and it concerns Libya, the controversy over what happened there continues. Four Americans are dead, including an American ambassador. Questions remain. What happened? What caused it? Was it spontaneous?

Was it an intelligence failure? Was it a policy failure? Was there an attempt to mislead people about what really happened?

Governor Romney, you said this was an example of an American policy in the Middle East that is unraveling before our very eyes. I’d like to hear each of you give your thoughts on that.

Governor Romney, you won the toss. You go first.

MITT ROMNEY: Thank you, Bob, and thank you for agreeing to moderate this debate this evening. Thank you to Lynn University for welcoming us here, and Mr. President, it’s good to be with you again. We were together at a humorous event a little earlier, and it’s nice to maybe be funny this time not on purpose. We’ll see what happens. (Laughter.)

This is obviously an area of great concern to the entire world and to America in particular, which is to see a — a complete change in the — the — the structure and the — the environment in the Middle East. With the Arab Spring came a great deal of hope that there would be a change towards more moderation and opportunity for greater participation on the part of women and — and public life and in economic life in the Middle East. But instead we’ve seen in nation after nation a number of disturbing events. Of course, we see in Syria 30,000 civilians having been killed by the military there. We see in — in — in Libya an attack apparently by — well, I think we know now by terrorists of some kind against — against our people there, four people dead. Our hearts and minds go to them. Mali has been taken over, the northern part of Mali, by al-Qaida-type individuals. We have in — in Egypt a Muslim Brotherhood president.

And so what we’re seeing is a — a — a pretty dramatic reversal in the kind of hopes we had for that region. Of course, the greatest threat of all is Iran, four years closer to a nuclear weapon. And — and we’re going to have to recognize that we have to do as the president has done. I congratulate him on — on taking out Osama bin Laden and going after the leadership in al-Qaida. But we can’t kill our way out of this mess. We’re — we’re going to have to put in place a very comprehensive and robust strategy to help the — the world of Islam and — and other parts of the world reject this radical violent extremism which is — it’s really not on the run. It’s certainly not hiding. This is a group that is now involved in 10 or 12 countries, and it presents an enormous threat to our friends, to the world, to America long term, and we must have a comprehensive strategy to help reject this kind of extremism.

MR. SCHIEFFER: Mr. President.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Well, my first job as commander in chief, Bob, is to keep the American people safe, and that’s what we’ve done over the last four years. We ended the war in Iraq, refocused our attention on those who actually killed us on 9/11. And as a consequence, al-Qaida’s core leadership has been decimated.

In addition, we’re now able to transition out of Afghanistan in a responsible way, making sure that Afghans take responsibility for their own security, and that allows us also to rebuild alliances and make friends around the world to combat future threats. Now, with respect to Libya, as I indicated in the last debate, when we received that phone call, I immediately made sure that, number one, we did everything we could to secure those Americans who were still in harm’s way; number two, that we would investigate exactly what happened; and number three, most importantly, that we would go after those who killed Americans, and we would bring them to justice, and that’s exactly what we’re going to do.

But I think it’s important to step back and think about what happened in Libya. Now, keep in mind that I and Americans took leadership in organizing an international coalition that made sure that we were able to — without putting troops on the ground, at the cost of less than what we spent in two weeks in Iraq — liberate a country that had been under the yoke of dictatorship for 40 years, got rid of a despot who had killed Americans.

And as a consequence, despite this tragedy, you had tens of thousands of Libyans after the events in Benghazi marching and saying, America’s our friend. We stand with them. Now that represents the opportunity we have to take advantage of. And you know, Governor Romney, I’m glad that you agree that we have been successful in going after al-Qaida, but I have to tell you that, you know, your strategy previously has been one that has been all over the map and is not designed to keep Americans safe or to build on the opportunities that exist in the Middle East.

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President Obama Speech at George Mason (VIDEO; Transcript): “Romnesia”

Posted on October 20, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , |

Romnesia. To steal from VP Joe Biden, this has become a BFD for Team Obama.

(via press release)



George Mason University

Fairfax, Virginia

11:55 A.M. EDT

THE PRESIDENT: Hello, Virginia! (Applause.) Are you fired up? (Applause.) Are you ready to go? (Applause.) I can’t hear you! (Applause.) Well, it’s good to be back. Thank you.

AUDIENCE: Four more years! Four more years!

THE PRESIDENT: Can everybody please give Cecile a big round of applause for the great introduction and the work she does. (Applause.) We’ve got your Congressman here — Gerry Connolly in the house. (Applause.)

Eighteen days. Eighteen days, Virginia. Eighteen days and you’re going to step into a voting booth. And you’re going to have a very big choice to make — not just a choice between two candidates or two parties, but between two fundamentally different visions for this country that we love.

Governor Romney has got his sales pitch. We heard it the other night at the debate. He’s been running around talking about his five-point plan for the economy.


THE PRESIDENT: Don’t boo — vote. Vote! (Applause.)

He wants you to believe that somehow he’ll create 12 million jobs, cut taxes by $5 trillion, even though it favors the wealthiest Americans. None of this will add to the deficit.

When folks who don’t actually work for Governor Romney start crunching the numbers, it turns out the tax plan doesn’t add up, jobs plan doesn’t create jobs, deficit plan doesn’t reduce the deficit. An economist at the New York Times put it this morning, “There’s no jobs plan — there’s just a snow job on the American people.” (Applause.) A snow job.

Virginia, you’ve heard of the New Deal, you’ve heard of the Square Deal, the Fair Deal. Mitt Romney is trying to give you a Sketchy Deal. (Laughter.) A sketchy deal.

And it’s really just a one-point plan, not a five-point plan. One point — folks at the very top play by a different set of rules than all of you.


THE PRESIDENT: Listen, don’t boo — vote. (Laughter.)

If he offered you that deal when he was in corporate finance, you wouldn’t give him a dime. So why would you give him his vote?

This same philosophy that’s been squeezing the middle-class family for more than a decade — the same philosophy that got us into this mess. We can’t go back to that.


THE PRESIDENT: I’ve met too many good Americans who work so hard, show so much resilience, so much resolve — we have been fighting our way back from some of the same policies he’s advocating. We have been there. We have tried it. We can’t go back. (Applause.) We are moving forward. And that’s why I’m running for a second term as President of the United States. (Applause.)

Now, I believe that the biggest issue in this election is how do we rebuild a strong middle class and provide ladders for opportunity — all those who want to get into the middle class, who are willing to work hard, willing to take responsibility. Are we going to make sure that we’re a country where everybody gets a fair shot, and everybody is doing their fair share, and everybody is playing by the same rules? (Applause.)

So the economy is the dominant issue. But I want everybody to understand that that’s not the only place where Governor Romney is offering you a sketchy deal. It’s bad enough that my opponent wants to take us back to the failed economic policies of the past. But when it comes to issues critical to women — the right to make your own decision about your health — (applause) — the right to be treated fairly and equally in the workplace. (Applause.) Governor Romney wants to take us to policies more suited to the 1950s. Even his own running mate said he’s “kind of a throwback to the ‘50s.” That’s one thing we agree on. (Laughter.)

He may not have noticed, we’re in the 21st century. (Applause.) And in the 21st century, a woman deserves equal pay for equal work. (Applause.) This should be a no-brainer. But no matter how many times Governor Romney is asked whether or not he supports a law upholding that idea, he refuses to say. Why should this be hard? Are you for equal pay for equal work? Are you for making sure that laws enforce that basic principle?

He can’t tell you. I can. (Applause.) I support that law. In fact, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act was the first law that I signed into office. (Applause.) And this isn’t just a women’s issue. No man should want his wife, or his daughters paid less than a man for doing the same job. (Applause.) This is a family issue. This is an economic issue. It’s one that we’ve got to fight for.

When Governor Romney says he’s going to get rid of funding for Planned Parenthood –


THE PRESIDENT: Don’t boo –



What he apparently doesn’t understand is that there are millions of women all across the country who rely on Planned Parenthood not just for contraceptive care, but for preventive care. That’s not just a health issue, it’s an economic issue.

When Governor Romney said he’d have supported an extreme measure in Massachusetts that could have outlawed some forms of contraception, when he joined the far right of his party to support a bill that would have allowed any employer to deny contraceptive care to their employees –


THE PRESIDENT: Don’t boo –


THE PRESIDENT: — vote. (Laughter.)

What he didn’t get is that making sure your insurance policy covers contraceptive care is an economic issue also. I don’t think your boss should decide what’s best for your health and safety.


THE PRESIDENT: I don’t think your insurance company gets to decide what care you should get.


THE PRESIDENT: And I sure don’t think any politician should decide. (Applause.) The only person who should decide about your health care is you. (Applause.)

And, by the way, that’s why we fought so hard to pass health care reform, a.k.a. Obamacare. That’s why we pushed for it. (Applause.)

This law has secured new access to preventive care like mammograms and other cancer screenings for more than 20 million women, with no co-pay, no deductible, no out-of-pocket cost, because I do not believe a working mother should have to put off a mammogram just because money is tight. (Applause.)

This law means that most health plans are now beginning to cover the cost of contraceptive care because I don’t think a college student in Charlottesville or Blacksburg or Fairfax should have to choose between textbooks or the preventive care that she needs. (Applause.)

And, by the way for all the young people out here, Obamacare has already allowed nearly 7 million young adults under the age of 26 to sign up to stay on their parent’s plans. (Applause.)

For all those who are young at heart but not young in years, it’s already saved millions of seniors on Medicare hundreds of dollars on their prescription medicine. (Applause.)

Insurance companies can no longer put lifetime limits on your care or discriminate against children with preexisting conditions. (Applause.) And soon, they’ll no longer be able to charge women more for the same care just because they’re women. That’s what change looks like. (Applause.)

AUDIENCE MEMBER: We love you, Obama!

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you. (Applause.)

Now, anybody who thinks that this election doesn’t matter, know this: My opponent has promised to repeal all of the things we just talked about as soon as he takes office, says he’d do it on day one. We know full well that if he gets the chance, he’ll rubber-stamp the agenda of this Republican Congress the second he takes office. Virginia, we can’t give him that chance.


THE PRESIDENT: I know he’s called him severely — he’s called himself “severely conservative,” but there’s nothing conservative about a government that prevents a woman from making her own health care decisions.

He talks about freedom, but freedom is the ability to choose the care you need when you need it. Freedom is the ability to change jobs or start your own business without the fear of losing your health insurance. Freedom is the knowledge that you’ll no longer be charged more than men for the same health care, or denied affordable coverage just because you beat cancer.

When the next President and Congress could tip the balance of the highest court in the land in a way that turns back the clock for women and families for decades to come, you don’t want someone who needs to ask for binders of women. (Applause.) You don’t want that guy. You want a President who has already appointed two unbelievable women to the Supreme Court of the United States. (Applause.)

So, Virginia, the choice –

AUDIENCE: Obama! Obama! Obama!

THE PRESIDENT: The choice between going backward and moving forward has never been so clear. But now that we’re 18 days out from the election, Mr. “Severely Conservative” — (laughter) — wants you to think he was severely kidding about everything he said over the last year. (Laughter.) He told folks he was “the ideal candidate” for the Tea Party. Now suddenly he’s saying, “what, who, me?” (Laughter.) He’s forgetting what his own positions are, and he’s betting that you will, too.

I mean, he’s changing up so much and backtracking and sidestepping — (laughter) — we’ve got to name this condition that he’s going through. I think it’s called “Romnesia.” (Laughter and applause.) That’s what it’s called. I think that’s what he’s going through.

Now, I’m not a medical doctor, but I do want to go over some of the symptoms with you — because I want to make sure nobody else catches it. (Laughter and applause.) If you say you’re for equal pay for equal work, but you keep refusing to say whether or not you’d sign a bill that protects equal pay for equal work — you might have Romnesia. (Laughter and applause.)

If you say women should have access to contraceptive care, but you support legislation that would let your employer deny you contraceptive care –- you might have a case of Romnesia. (Applause.)

If you say you’ll protect a woman’s right to choose, but you stand up at a primary debate and said that you’d be delighted to sign a law outlying — outlawing that right to choose in all cases -– man, you’ve definitely got Romnesia. (Applause.)

Now, this extends to other issues. If you say earlier in the year, I’m going to give a tax cut to the top 1 percent and then in a debate you say, I don’t know anything about giving tax cuts to rich folks — you need to get a thermometer, take your temperature, because you’ve probably got Romnesia. (Applause.)

If you say that you’re a champion of the coal industry when, while you were governor you stood in front of a coal plant and said, this plant will kill you — (laughter) –

AUDIENCE: Romnesia!

THE PRESIDENT: — that’s some Romnesia. (Applause.)

So I think you’re being able — you’re beginning to be able to identify these symptoms. And if you come down with a case of Romnesia, and you can’t seem to remember the policies that are still on your website — (laughter) — or the promises you’ve made over the six years you’ve been running for President, here’s the good news: Obamacare covers preexisting conditions. (Laughter and applause.) We can fix you up. We’ve got a cure. We can make you well, Virginia. (Applause.) This is a curable disease. (Laughter.)

Women, men — all of you — these are family issues. These are economic issues. I want my daughters to have the same opportunities as anybody’s sons. I believe America does better — the economy grows more, we create more jobs — when everybody participates, when everyone is getting a fair shot, everybody is getting a fair shake, everybody is playing by the same rules, everybody is doing their fair share. That’s why I’m running for a second term for President of the United States. (Applause.) I need you to help me finish the job. (Applause.)

AUDIENCE: Four more years! Four more years!

THE PRESIDENT: Four years ago, I told you we’d end the war in Iraq, and we did. (Applause.) I said we’d end the war in Afghanistan — we are. I said we’d refocus on the terrorists who actually attacked us on 9/11, and we have. (Applause.) Al Qaeda is on the path to defeat. Osama bin Laden is dead. (Applause.)

Four years ago, I promised to cut taxes for middle-class families, and I have. (Applause.) I promised to cut taxes for small business owners — we have, 18 times. (Applause.)

We got every dime back from the banks that we used to rescue those banks. We passed laws to end taxpayer-funded Wall Street bailouts for good.

We repealed “don’t ask, don’t tell,” to make sure that nobody who wants to serve our country gets kicked out because of who they love. (Applause.)

When Governor Romney said we’d let — he’d let Detroit go bankrupt, we said, we’re not going to take your advice. We reinvented a dying auto industry that’s come roaring back to the top of the world. (Applause.)

Four years after the worst economic crisis of our lifetime, we’re moving. After losing 800,000 jobs a month when I took office, businesses have now added over 5 million new jobs. Unemployment has fallen from 10 percent to 7.8 percent. Home values are back on the rise. (Applause.) The stock market has nearly doubled — 401(k)s are starting to recover. Manufacturing is coming home. Assembly lines are humming again. We’ve got to keep moving forward. We’ve got to keep moving forward. (Applause.)

We’ve got more work to do. I’ve got a plan — and it’s a real plan, not a sales pitch — to grow the economy and create jobs and build more security for the middle class.

I want to send fewer jobs overseas and sell more products overseas. (Applause.) I want to invest in manufacturers and small businesses that create jobs right here in Virginia, right here in America.

I want us to control more of our own energy, cut oil imports in half, create thousands of clean energy jobs.

I want every child to have the same chance at a great education that Michelle and I received. (Applause.) I want to hire more teachers in math and science, train 2 million workers at community colleges, bring down the cost of college tuition. (Applause.)

I want to use the savings from ending the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to pay down our deficit, put our people back to work right here, doing some nation-building here at home. (Applause.)

That’s the agenda you need. That’s the agenda we need. That’s how we strengthen the middle class. That’s how we’ll keep moving forward. And in 18 days, you’re going to have a chance to say whether we keep moving forward.

In 18 days, you can choose between top-down economic policies that got us into this mess, or the middle class-out policies that are getting us out of this mess. (Applause.)

In 18 days, you can choose a foreign policy that gets us into wars with no plan to get out, or you can say let’s end the Afghan war responsibly; let’s bring our troops home. (Applause.) Let’s focus on making sure that we’re building America.

In 18 days, you can let them turn back the clock 50 years for immigrants, and gays, and women, or we can stand up and say we are a country in which everybody has a place. (Applause.) A country where no matter where you are, no matter what you look like, no matter where you come from — black, white, Hispanic, Asian, Native American, young, old, gay, straight, abled, disabled — we have a place for everybody. (Applause.) Everybody has got a chance to make it if you try.

That’s what’s at stake, Virginia. That’s why I’m asking for your vote. I believe in you. I need you to keep believing in me. I want to finish the job. And if you’re willing to stand with me, and make some phone calls with me, and knock on some doors with, get your friends to vote for me — we will win Fairfax County again. We will win Virginia again. (Applause.) We’ll finish what we started. And we’ll remind the world why the United States of America is the greatest nation on Earth.

God bless you. God bless the United States of America. (Applause.)

END 12:18 P.M. EDT

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Weekly Address of Governor Paul LePage: Criticism of Federal Gov’t WARN Act Waivers, Sequestration

Posted on October 20, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , |

(Note: The links within are not from the Governor’s office, but rather provided for clarification of the weekly address’ assertions. Problems with the WARN Act have been reported for years; here is a 2007 article– well within the Bush Administration years- on some of the problems with a link to Congressional efforts (Forewarn Act of 2007).

It is worth noting that FoxNews has been hyping similar charges for awhile now. ~AP)

Audio link here.

Hello. This is Governor Paul LePage.

During the past several months Americans have watched Congress and the Obama Administration avoid making the tough choices that our country needs. Many people might believe that the poor choices made by Washington do not affect them much here at home. However, this is not the case, and some decisions hurt Mainers more than others.

The deficit-ceiling agreement made in the summer of 2011 to make across the board cuts if the Administration and Congress could not reach agreement on budget cuts is a particularly bad decision. It’s a decision that will impact not only state government, but also Maine people and communities. This law forces automatic and significant cuts, what is called sequestration, in defense and discretionary spending on January 2, 2013.

These cuts impact state government and that’s a problem we are working on; however, the cuts to defense means that businesses that have military contracts will be cut. Many programs may be shut down temporarily or permanently. In Maine, about 3,500 people who work for businesses that hold defense contracts may be laid off as a result of this bad deal. This could increase the number of people on Maine’s unemployment system by more than 20 percent and badly hurt our economy.

What makes this problem even worse is that the federal government has a law, called the WARN Act, that requires these larger employers to give 60 days’ notice to workers when there will be layoffs, and President Obama has directed the U.S. Department of Labor to waive the WARN Act. The Obama Administration will not require defense contractors to give workers notice that they might be laid off; calling sequestration an “unforeseen event,” even though they have known this problem has existed for nearly 2 years.

Here in Maine, we have a similar law that requires workers to receive notification from their employer if significant layoffs were to occur.

Why doesn’t the Obama Administration want to require the notice? Because 60 days’ notice means workers would have to be notified that they might be laid off by November 2, just days before the election.

The president has also directed the Office of Management and Budget to waste taxpayer funds to pay for fines or lawsuits levied against businesses for not complying with the WARN Act.

Maine’s workers deserve to know whether their jobs are in jeopardy because of poor decision-making in Washington. They need notice so that they can make plans for the future of their families.

What’s most concerning is that we are poised to send the same people back to Washington. What we must do is hold our elected officials’ feet to the fire because our country’s future depends on it.

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Second Presidential Debate, 10/16/12- Complete Video and Transcript

Posted on October 17, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , |

Video via New York Times:

Washington Post has provided a full transcript. Here is a portion:

    MODERATOR CANDY CROWLEY: … the candidates will oblige by keeping their answers concise and on point.

    Each candidate has as much as two minutes to respond to a common question, and there will be a two-minute follow-up. The audience here in the hall has agreed to be polite and attentive — no cheering or booing or outbursts of any sort.

    We will set aside that agreement just this once to welcome President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney.


    Gentlemen, thank you both for joining us here tonight. We have a lot of folks who’ve been waiting all day to talk to you, so I want to get right to it.

    Governor Romney, as you know, you won the coin toss, so the first question will go to you. And I want to turn to a first-time voter, Jeremy Epstein, who has a question for you.

    QUESTION: Mr. President, Governor Romney, as a 20-year-old college student, all I hear from professors, neighbors and others is that when I graduate, I will have little chance to get employment. What can you say to reassure me, but more importantly my parents, that I will be able to sufficiently support myself after I graduate?

Click on the above links to watch and read the answers, as well as the rest of the debate.

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Weekly Address of President Obama: One Million American Jobs Saved and a Stronger American Auto Industry

Posted on October 13, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , |

Hi, everybody.

Every year around this time, American car companies start rolling out their newest, shiniest models, hoping to entice you into buying one. It’s Detroit’s chance to show you what they’ve been working on – the latest and greatest. And this year is no exception. They’ve got some pretty good-looking cars coming out.

But something is different this time around – and it starts with the auto companies themselves.

Just a few years ago, the auto industry wasn’t just struggling – it was flatlining. GM and Chrysler were on the verge of collapse. Suppliers and distributors were at risk of going under. More than a million jobs across the country were on the line – and not just auto jobs, but the jobs of teachers, small business owners, and everyone in communities that depend on this great American industry.

But we refused to throw in the towel and do nothing. We refused to let Detroit go bankrupt. We bet on American workers and American ingenuity, and three years later, that bet is paying off in a big way.

Today, auto sales are the highest they’ve been in more than four years. GM is back. Ford and Chrysler are growing again. Together, our auto industry has created nearly a quarter of a million new jobs right here in America.

And we’re not just making more cars and trucks – we’re making better ones.

After 30 years of inaction, we raised fuel standards so that by the middle of the next decade, cars and light trucks will average almost 55 miles per gallon – nearly double what they get today. That means you’ll only have to fill up every two weeks instead of every week. It’s good for your wallet, it’s good for our economy, and it’s good for the environment.

The technology that makes it happen will also help America stay on the cutting edge for decades to come. Just this week, GM announced they plan to hire 1,500 workers for a new research center in Michigan to help make sure the high-tech cars of tomorrow are designed and built right here in America.

I’ve also signed new bipartisan trade agreements into law, because I want to see more cars on the road in places like South Korea imported from Detroit and Toledo and Chicago.

All of this is something the American people can and should be proud of. It’s a reminder that when the American people put their mind to something, there’s nothing we can’t do.

So next time you see one of those brand new 2013 models on TV or on the lot, think about how far we’ve come together. Think about how – thanks to the hard work and can-do spirit of the American people – more of those cars and trucks are being manufactured by American workers at American companies in communities all across the country. And they’re going to save you more money at the pump.

That’s what America is all about. When we get knocked down, we get back up. We come back stronger. And as long as I’m President, that’s what we’ll keep doing.

Thanks, and have a great weekend.

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Bill Clinton Out-Zings Romney: ‘Wow, here’s old moderate Mitt. Where ya been, boy?

Posted on October 10, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , |

Watch this:

Speaking to a crowd of 2,000 at a rally in Las Vegas, Nevada, former President Bill Clinton used his folksy orator skills to recharge the Democratic base and poke fun at Romney’s habitual flip-flopping. He pointed out that the views Romney expressed at the debate were much more centered than the far-right campaign he’s been pushing over the last year.

    “I had a different reaction to that first debate than a lot of people did,”
    Clinton told nearly 2,000 supporters at a campaign rally for Obama and other Democrats. “I thought, ‘Wow, here’s old moderate Mitt. Where ya been, boy?'”

    “It was like one of these Bain Capital deals, you know, where he’s the closer. So he shows up, doesn’t really know much about the deal and says, ‘Tell me what I’m supposed to say to close.’ The problem with this deal is the deal was made by severe conservative Mitt,” alluding to Romney’s description of himself in February as having been a “severely conservative” governor in Massachusetts.

The crowd fed right into Clinton’s funny attacks. Clinton also impersonated Romney, saying:

    “I don’t have that tax plan I had for the last two years. Are you going to believe me or your lyin’ eyes here?”
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