GOP2012: Republican debate, January 8th, 2012
October 11, 2011 at 9:17 P.M.
Romney Affirms He’s Against Auto Industry Recovery He Claimed He Was For
Romney Tonight: No Federal Assistance To Auto Companies. “Should they have used the funds to bail out General Motors and Chrysler? No, that was the wrong source for that funding.” [Bloomberg Debate, 10/11/11]
Romney: An Auto Bailout Would “Kiss The Automotive Industry Goodbye.” “If General Motors, Ford and Chrysler get the bailout that their chief executives asked for yesterday, you can kiss the American automotive industry goodbye. It won’t go overnight, but its demise will be virtually guaranteed. Without that bailout, Detroit will need to drastically restructure itself. With it, the automakers will stay the course — the suicidal course of declining market shares, insurmountable labor and retiree burdens, technology atrophy, product inferiority and never-ending job losses. Detroit needs a turnaround, not a check.” [Romney Op-Ed, New York Times, 11/19/08]
- ROMNEY OP-ED HEADLINE: “Let Detroit Go Bankrupt” [Romney Op-Ed, New York Times, 11/19/08]
ROMNEY IN 2008 WHILE RUNNING IN MICHIGAN PRIMARY
- Romney Said He’s Got Cars In His Bloodstream And Would Develop A Plan To Rebuild The Auto Industry If President. Romney said, “I`ve got Michigan in my DNA. I got it in my heart and I`ve got cars in my bloodstream. If I`m president of this country, I will roll up my sleeves in the first 100 days I`m in office and I will personally bring together industry, labor, congressional and state leaders. And together we will develop a plan to rebuild America`s automotive leadership.” [MSNBC, Tucker, 1/16/08]
- Romney: I’m Not Willing To Say “Too Bad For Michigan, Too Bad For The Car Industry.” I'm not willing to sit back and say, `Too bad for Michigan, too bad for the--bad for car industry, too bad for the people who've lost their jobs. They're gone forever.' [NBC News, Today, 1/15/08]
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In tonight’s Iowa Debate Mitt Romney casually offered a $10,000 bet, after calling a $1,500 tax break for the middle class a band-aid. Mitt Romney may not know what $10,000 means to middle class families, but here’s what the average American family can buy with $10,000:
December 11, 2011 at 9:34 PM
While both Romney and Gingrich claim they’d support and defend Israel, they’ve both advocated for starting foreign aid at zero, including Israel. And a fundraiser for Romney served as a lobbyist for the Arab Bank, which was investigated by the Treasury Department for funneling money to Palestinian terrorists. Their records stand in stark contrast to President Obama, who has constantly demonstrated his unshakeable commitment to Israel’s security and well-being, strengthening the unbreakable bond between our two nations. In both word and deed, the President has signaled to the world that the US‐Israel relationship is stronger than ever.
December 11, 2011 at 9:19 PM
On immigration, Mitt Romney’s position is the most far-right of the Republican field. Tonight, he once again highlighted his extreme plan and said, “My own view is, those 11 million should register the fact they're here in the country. They should give some transition period of time, allow them settle their affairs and then return home and get in line at the back of the line with everybody else that wants to come here.” With plans like this, it’s clear that Romney is continuing his race to the right and taking his place as one of the most extreme presidential candidates in American history on immigration.
December 11, 2011 at 9:13 PM
First, Romney said his health care plan in Massachusetts would be a model for the nation. Then, he flip flopped and said it shouldn’t. In reality, the national health reform law that Romney has vowed to repeal was based on Romney’s plan in Massachusetts.
December 10, 2011 at 9:00 PM
Both Romney and Gingrich claim their policies are good for the American middle class. But the reality is the economic plans they’ve embraced slash taxes on corporations and the wealthiest Americans and do nearly nothing for the middle class.
December 10, 2011 at 8:52 PM
In 2007, Gingrich Praised The Freddie Mac Business Model And Warned Against Changing It, In Direct Contrast With His Current Assertion That He Warned The Mortgage Company Of Its “Insane” Business Practices.
December 10, 2011 at 8:40 PM
First, Romney was against extending the payroll tax cut because it was a “temporary little Band-Aid.” Then, he said he’d “like to see the payroll tax cut extended” because it helps American families. And tonight, he again called the payroll tax cut a “little Band-Aid.” His flip-flopping on the payroll tax cut - and his economic plan - shows middle-class Americans whose side he’s really on. And if $1500 for the average American family is a “little Band-Aid,” then why does his plan only give them $54?
December 10, 2011 at 8:18 PM
Tonight, Mitt Romney said that we need to have trade policies that make sense for America, not just for the people with whom we trade. This President has not done that. And China, who has been cheating, has to be cracked down on.
November 22, 2011 at 10:17 PM
Romney can’t make up his mind on what his strategy would be in Afghanistan. First, he wouldn’t say what he’d do. Then in January, he said it was his “desire” not to leave Afghanistan. Five months later, he claimed he wanted the troops to come home as soon as possible.
November 22, 2011 at 10:17 PM
Romney and the rest of the Republican field support zeroing out foreign aid, even with our closest allies – including Israel. But in true Romney fashion, after he supported zeroing out aid to Israel, he flip flopped and said he wanted to increase it instead. And at tonight’s debate, he said his first foreign trip as president would be to Israel to demonstrate our strong relationship.
November 22, 2011 at 10:10 PM
President Obama has launched a series of trailblazing initiatives to protect the health and safety of the American people, reduce our dependence on imported oil and promote responsible use of domestic energy and new, clean energy technologies
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Mitt Romney might claim he's looking out for the middle class, but his proposals slash taxes on corporations and the wealthiest Americans, not the middle class.
October 11, 2011 at 10:33 PM
The latest GOP debate proved that none of the Republican candidates have a plan to create jobs. But we did hear from Rick Perry about Mitt Romney’s record on jobs, and from Romney on Perry’s record on children’s health care.
October 11, 2011 at 10:01 PM
Mitt Romney’s Massachusetts health care law was strikingly similar to the Affordable Care Act – but while he got his wish that the law go national, he now wishes to dismantle Medicare.
October 11, 2011 at 9:23 PM
When the President stood up for American workers and enforced trade laws against China, Romney said those very laws were “bad for the nation and our workers.”
October 11, 2011 at 9:17 PM
While a presidential candidate in 2008, Mitt Romney said he would bail out the auto industry. But tonight, he reaffirmed his belief that Detroit should be allowed to go bankrupt.
October 11, 2011 at 9:08 PM
The Republican candidates support repealing Wall Street reform and other important regulations that protect American consumers. Instead, they want to let Wall Street write its own rules.
September 23, 2011 at 9:59 AM
At last night's GOP presidential debate, instead of offering a plan to improve the lives of middle-class Americans, the Republican candidates fought over which one of them has changed their position the most since their books came out. None of them managed to offered a single new idea.
September 22, 2011 at 10:53 PM
Rick Perry can try to blame others for the state of health care in Texas, but middle-class Texans know the reality: Under Governor Perry’s policies, health insurance premiums have risen 105 percent, nearly 6.5 million Texans are uninsured, and the state has spent as little as possible on health care.
September 22, 2011 at 10:11 PM
Mitt Romney can run from his record, but the fact is that the health care bill he signed into law in Massachusetts has many similarities to the health care law signed by President Obama.
September 22, 2011 at 10:01 PM
If there’s one thing debate watchers could count on, it’s a full-fledged attack on Social Security from the Republican candidates. These are the same candidates who have previously called for privatizing Social Security and even labeled it a “Ponzi scheme” – and we heard more of the same tonight.
September 22, 2011 at 9:35 PM
Mitt Romney claims he’ll lower taxes for the middle class, but his plan will actually let special interests write their own rules, provide more tax cuts to large corporations and wealthy Americans, and cost $2.1 trillion.
September 12, 2011 at 11:27 PM
Tonight’s debate confirmed that the Republican candidates are more interested in saying what the Tea Party wants to hear than in doing what the American people are demanding: -- more interested in arguing if Social Security is a "fraud" or a "Ponzi scheme" than in creating jobs.
September 12, 2011 at 9:44 PM
Despite Republican opposition, President Obama remains committed to fixing our broken immigration system and working to pass comprehensive immigration reform.
September 12, 2011 at 9:34 PM
In Rick Perry’s Texas, the state has the highest rate of uninsured people in the country, and rising health care costs have priced middle class families who currently have insurance out of the market.
September 12, 2011 at 9:14 PM
The Republican candidates reiterated their desire to repeal Wall Street reform and allow bankers to write their own rules – just like they were able to in the lead-up to the financial crisis.
September 12, 2011 at 8:31 PM
Whether calling it a “Ponzi scheme” or supporting privatization, the Republicans candidates are continuing their attacks on Social Security.
September 08, 2011 at 10:23 AM
From Rick Perry criticizing Mitt Romney's record on jobs to Jon Huntsman's charge that his fellow Republicans are running from science, the Republican candidates took the gloves off and attacked each other at last night's debate.
September 07, 2011 at 9:50 PM
As governor, Rick Perry cut $4 billion from Texas schools, might still lay off thousands of teachers, and has seen the states’ education ranking plummet.
September 07, 2011 at 9:42 PM
The Republican candidates attacked President Obama on border security, but his record is clear: unprecedented resources for securing our border and a smart and effective approach to enforcing immigration laws.
September 07, 2011 at 9:30 PM
President Obama has been pursuing all forms of responsible domestic energy production -- including a record investment in clean technology and the approval of the first new nuclear plant in 30 years. The Republican candidates, however, would all protect special tax breaks for oil companies at the expense of middle class families.
September 07, 2011 at 9:17 PM
Though the Republican candidates rail against health care reform now, their criticism ignores the reality of their records. Two candidates implemented similar health reforms in their states and another’s has the highest rate of uninsured people in the nation.
September 07, 2011 at 9:17 PM
As recently as 2007, Mitt Romney supported George W. Bush’s plan to privatize Social Security.
September 07, 2011 at 8:22 PM
While Mitt Romney might like to claim that he’s the Republican candidate with the economic experience needed to be president, his record – from ranking 47th in job creation to raising taxes on individuals and businesses – tells a very different story.
September 07, 2011 at 8:09 PM
While Perry might like to talk about the "Texas miracle," the reality is it’s just another Texas Tall Tale – just remember that growth has been driven by factors he didn’t control, like rising oil prices and increased military spending.
August 11, 2011 at 10:40 PM
As governor, Mitt Romney bragged to the S&P that he had cut spending and raised taxes in Massachusetts. But at tonight’s debate, he flip flopped on the balanced approach he once took, even rejecting a compromise proposal of 10 spending cuts to every one revenue increase.
August 11, 2011 at 9:31 PM
During tonight's debate, Tim Pawlenty touted his economic plan, which would explode the deficit and provide massive tax cuts to millionaires and billionaires.
August 11, 2011 at 9:16 PM
In tonight’s debate, Mitt Romney and Michele Bachmann reiterated that they opposed the compromise debt agreement. They in fact are following the extreme wing of their party that would have allowed our nation to default for the first time in history, which would have had disastrous effects for our economy.
June 13, 2011 at 10:21 PM
Despite Tim Pawlenty’s attempt to backtrack, he and the other candidates support Paul Ryan’s plan to end Medicare as we know it.
June 13, 2011 at 9:03 PM
The auto industry intervention saved over a million jobs, but the 2012 Republicans opposed it.
June 13, 2011 at 8:10 PM
After claiming that RomneyCare would be a “model for the nation” and supporting an individual mandate, Mitt Romney now opposes both.
June 13, 2011 at 7:59 PM
Mitt Romney’s job creation record as Governor was one of the worst in the country – ranking 47th out of 50.
June 13, 2011 at 7:43 PM
Minnesota’s Unemployment Rate Grew From 4.6 Percent To 7.1 Percent Under the Pawlenty administration's Jobs Plan
June 13, 2011 at 7:32 PM
Despite Rick Santorum's claims, domestic oil production has increased during the Obama administration.
June 13, 2011 at 6:58 PM
Tim Pawlenty says he would cut taxes, but his plan amounts to a huge tax cut for millionaires, costing billions and adding to the deficit.
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