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Obama rips 'backwards' RNC



President Obama, campainging in Iowa yesterday, offered an early rebuttal to the Republican National Convention, describing a "backwards" agenda.

Now, last week, the other party, they gave their pitch at the convention in Florida.

AUDIENCE:  Booo --

THE PRESIDENT:  Don't boo -- vote.  (Applause.)

I've got to say, that convention, it was something.  (Laughter.)  Despite all the challenges that we face in this new century, what they offered over their three days was an agenda that was probably a little better suited for the last century.  (Applause.)  They were going so far backwards you might as well have watched it on black-and-white TV.  (Laughter and applause.) Put some rabbit ears on the convention hall.  (Applause.)

Now, in case you didn’t DVR it, let me give you a simple recap:  The economy is not where it needs to be, and it’s Obama’s fault, and only Mitt Romney knows the secret to creating jobs and growing the economy.

AUDIENCE:  Booo --

THE PRESIDENT:  And there was a lot of talk about speaking "hard truths" and making "bold choices," but the interesting thing was nobody ever bothered throughout the three days to tell you what these tough choices were going to be.  They didn’t really explain what they were going to do.

When Governor Romney had his chance to let you in on his secret sauce -- (laughter) -- he didn’t offer you a single new idea.  It was just a retread of the same old policies that have been sticking it to the middle class for years.  (Applause.) 

So you heard them talk a lot about me.  You heard them talk a lot about Mitt.  They didn’t talk a lot about you.  They didn’t talk about the challenges you face and how we could actually solve some of these challenges.  They spent less time talking about their plan than just about anything else.  Not just because they know you don’t like it -- now, the truth is if I had their plan I probably wouldn't talk about it a lot either.  (Laughter and applause.)  And they know you're not going to buy it because we’ve tried it, you saw what happened, you lived through it and you don't want to repeat it.  (Applause.)


[Last modified: Sunday, September 2, 2012 12:05pm]


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