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DNC Kicks Off “Romney Economics: The Middle Class Under the Bus” Tour

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The DNC announced a bus tour advancing the route Mitt Romney will travel over the coming days through New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Wisconsin, Iowa and Michigan. The “Romney Economics: The Middle Class Under the Bus” tour began in Exeter, NH today and will visit all of the states on Romney’s bus tour through the weekend and into early next week.

The “Romney Economics: The Middle Class Under the Bus” tour will take the message of Mitt Romney’s real economic record to communities across those six states, highlighting the broken promises Romney made while running for governor of Massachusetts for more jobs, less debt, and smaller government – the same promises he is making today. Once in office, Romney failed to keep those promises: he sank Massachusetts to 47th out of 50 in job creation, hiked taxes and fees by $750 million a year, and left taxpayers with the highest debt per person in the country. The tour will feature representatives from Massachusetts who will speak from firsthand knowledge about what Romney Economics meant for economic growth and the middle class.

While the President has outlined a clear plan to grow the economy, create middle-class jobs and pay down our debt in a balanced way, Mitt Romney has provided no real plan to help the middle class. Instead he has promised economic policies that are familiar and troubling: more budget-busting tax cuts for the wealthy and fewer rules for Wall Street, the same formula that benefited a few, but crashed our economy and devastated the middle class. Romney Economics didn’t work then, and it won’t work now.

The four-day DNC bus tour will make at least ten stops across the six states Romney is visiting. The DNC bus will also stop in: Scranton, PA on Friday afternoon; Cleveland, Columbus and Dayton, OH on Saturday; Madison, WI and Davenport, IA on Sunday; and Grand Rapids, Lansing and Detroit, MI on Monday. Massachusetts and local elected officials and other prominent surrogates will appear on the tour along with the DNC’s Brad Woodhouse.

Brad Woodhouse

“This bus tour is called the Romney Economics: Middle Class Under the Bus Tour. It’s a fitting name because that’s exactly what Romney Economics would do for the middle-class and the hardworking people across this country. He’d actually throw the middle class under the bus to advance his trickle-down economics agenda to protect the very wealthy people like him in this country at the expense of the hard-working people in New Hampshire.”

“To make matters worse, Romney is completely out of touch with middle-class Americans and he doesn’t get how to create jobs for them either. His job creation plan is to fire teachers, firefighters, and police officers – the people who are the backbone of our communities. No matter what Mitt Romney thinks, the people of America want cops on the beat, firefighters at the ready, and teachers in the classroom.”

State Rep. Linsky

“For the past decade Romney has distorted his record as a businessman and governor of Massachusetts. But as a Massachusetts State Representative, I am tired of his distortions. Setting the record straight about Mitt Romney’s record is so important to me and my fellow colleagues that we have followed him here to do it.”

“On a national scale, Mitt Romney says he’ll enact a tax plan that gives millionaires and billionaires a tax cut of 25 percent, and actually raises taxes on 18 million hardworking Americans. It’s absurd and it’s unfair to continue to make the middle-class sacrifice.”

Jen Hollis

“Teachers were among the many victims of Romney Economics in Massachusetts. In his first year in office, Romney slashed local aid, costing about 14,500 Massachusetts teachers, cops, librarians and others their jobs.”

“While President Obama believes that our children’s education is the best economic investment we can make, Mitt Romney wants to cut jobs for teachers and first responders and gut the Department of Education to pay for tax breaks for big corporations and millionaires and billionaires.”

Terie Norelli

“Mitt Romney would cut programs critical to middle-class economic security, including education, medical research and clean energy in order to pay for a $5 trillion tax cut geared towards millionaires and billionaires. And he would create more incentives for companies to ship jobs overseas.”

“These cuts would devastate our local communities. When teachers are pulled from the classroom and first responders are pulled off their beat, it weakens our communities.”

Laura Hainey

“As the President of AFT-New Hampshire, it’s my job to make sure our children are getting all the help they need to succeed. I believe we need strong teachers who can provide kids with the attention they need to grow and learn. President Obama wants to reward good teachers with higher pay and that’s why he wants to train more teachers.”

“I feel blessed to be an educator and I take great pride in my work. I believe, like President Obama, each and every child in our country deserves a world class public education. One that gives them the skills they need to find a job. That’s why I’m standing with President Obama.”

Rhonda Wesolowski

“Our NEA New Hampshire mission is a society made stronger through a world-class public education. Mitt Romney’s proposals likely mean there would be fewer teachers in our classrooms. I don’t know a single educator, not one single educator, that believes larger class sizes will benefit any child.We have to look no further than Massachusetts to see what happened when Mitt Romney enacted his policies as Governor there. Classroom sizes grew and educators felt like the system was working against them. Mitt Romney clearly doesn’t get it. That’s not a system that benefits our children or strengthens American’s middle class.”

Dave Lang

“Firefighters get very frustrated when we get on the scene of any incident and we say to ourselves this person would have lived, we would have had success if we just had that one tool, if we just had that one more hour of education. What you see before you is a vision to this country. A vision of Mitt Romney which says less fire fighters and less police officers and less teachers which means lower education and unsafe communities. That’s what it means plain and simple.”