- The unemployment rate is at a four-year low. And it’s going to keep going lower.
- I’ve ended one war and am ending another. You want to keep growing the military. Tell us, Mitt: why do we need to increase already record military spending when we are ending or have ended combat operations abroad?
- I know you said your 47 percent remarks were “a big mistake.” I happen not to believe you. That’s all.
- Why do you want to take Medicare away from senior citizens and replace it with a pre-set voucher system?
- Why do you want to take away essential healthcare services from the poor and women?
- Why do you want to give tax cuts to the richest Americans and not to the middle class?
- Just where do you keep your massive wealth? You keep talking about jobs going overseas so I assume your money isn’t doing the same.
- Speaking of going overseas, tell us about your foreign policy experience. Besides running the Salt Lake City Olympics and insulting England.
- Obamacare called for you. It said it wants to meet its baby’s daddy.
- I’m gonna stop you right there, Mitt. Now you’re just lying. (Describe lie here.)
STEPHEN COLBERT, The Colbert Report (via inothernews)
Quinnipiac says that Romney’s choice of Ryan resulted in a “micro-bump” in two of three swing states. I’m guessing that they’d hoped for a little more impact — and I still say it’s mostly bounce. No change in Ohio, which is bad news for Mitt.
Meanwhile, a local poll finds no change in Pennsylvania, either. Mitt’s down 9 there.
Speaking of bounces, expect one after the Republican convention — and try not to get too excited about it. Obama will see one too.
Mitt Romney expects us to believe that he won’t release his tax records, because they show he loves his church too much. No, really.
Mike Huckabee sides with Akin. This is nothing new for Huckabee.
In a major setback in the Republican War on Voting, California approves same-day registration. And the GOP had been enjoying such success wiping out democracy, too.
Donald Trump is a clown.
Finally, Todd Akin’s comments have spurred “threats of rape of staff, the congressman’s family, and suggestions that people die.” An investigation is underway, but you’ve got to believe that these are coming from both sides of the aisle. The man’s managed to bridge the ideological divide and create a bipartisan consensus against him. Unlike a certain other Republican who made the claim, Akin really is a uniter, not a divider.
- The state of Texas can cut off funding for Planned Parenthood, pending a court case to decide whether state funds can be used to pay for abortions; Planned Parenthood in Texas currently does NOT provide abortions, but DOES provide other health services to low-income women and others.
- A Republican Senate candidate — who is currently a Congressman — uses the word “legitimate” to describe rape and says that the body possesses a biological capacity for preventing pregnancies resulting from rape, while yet another GOP representative essentially claims that pregnancies never result from rape or incest. Moreover, the Republican Party is (apparently) less disturbed by Todd Akin’s rape comment and more that they’re going to lose the majority in the Senate.
- The GOP is taking unprecedented steps to suppress voters — in most if not all cases, among constituents likely to vote Democratic — under the guise of combating the non-existent plague of voter fraud.
- The Republican Party’s presidential candidate won’t release tax returns that will likely prove that he has tens if not hundreds of millions in assets that he’s hiding in off-shore bank accounts — despite his own father setting a precedent that’s been followed by every presidential candidate since.
Remember that John Doe investigation into Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker? Yeah, that’s still going on — and it’s expanded from his days as Milwaukee County Exec to his time as Governor.
Ed Kilgore says the Romney campaign has gone full-bore racist because they’ve burned their bridges with everyone other than white conservatives.
Oh sure, now the right gives a fuck about nuts with guns.
There seems to be an outbreak of something similar to journalism lately — on the TV yet. Here’s hoping for a plague.
Although on the other hand, Paul Ryan just handed the media a huge story and hardly anyone even blinked.
Look, I know Fox News is just super-excited about this whole Paul Ryan thing, but I really wish they’d at least try to hide their collective boner.
Mitt Romney is an unconvincing liar — which makes you wonder about his supporters.
Paul Ryan could dash the GOP’s hopes of taking the Senate.
It’s pretty clear that Romney chose Ryan to change the subject and get everyone talking about Paul Ryan and not Bain or tax returns. Be careful what you wish for.
Finally, Wisconsin Republicans nominated this guy to be their senatorial candidate last night. Good luck with that.
Ann Romney said that releasing more details on the family’s taxes would merely give the Obama campaign “more ammunition.”
In an interview with NBC set to air Thursday, Ann Romney, wife of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, said her husband’s campaign will not release any additional tax returns to the public ahead of the election.
“We have been very transparent to what’s legally required of us,” Romney told reporter Natalie Morales, according to excerpts from NBC News. “There’s going to be no more tax releases given.”
Defying a longstanding trend among presidential candidates, the Romney campaign has only released a single — and likely incomplete — tax return. Politicians and pundits from both sides of the aisle have been pressuring Romney for weeks to disclose more of his tax history, culminating with a claim from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) two weeks ago that he’d heard from an early investor in Bain Capital that Romney didn’t pay any taxes for a decade. Romney has denied that claim.
Ann Romney said that releasing more details on the family’s taxes would merely give the Obama campaign “more ammunition.” The Romneys’ wealth is rumored to be as much as $250 million, and since much of Mitt Romney’s earnings come from investments, he would pay a lower effective tax rate than many lesser-off Americans. But as for whether the campaign is trying to withhold embarrassing information, Ann Romney told NBC “there’s nothing we’re hiding.”