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In Tampa, Mitt Romney prebuts Obama's state of the union speech

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January

Mitt Romney used a shuttered drywall plant in south Tampa today to launch into Barack Obama in advance of his state of the union speech tonight:

It breaks my heart to visit plants like this one. In 2008, this plant closed because of the economic downturn.  In a normal recovery under strong leadership, it could now be full of workers. 

Here in Florida, people used to wake up and look forward to a hard day’s work and a good, honest wage.  The money they earned helped support families and build communities.  Today too many factory floors are silent, warehouses are deserted, corporate offices are empty, and real estate endeavors are abandoned.  Floridians are struggling to find a job, keep a home, and raise a family. 

As I’ve traveled across America, I’ve heard similar stories in virtually every corner of this country.  High unemployment and record home foreclosures.  Debt that’s too high and opportunities that are too few.  This is the real state of our union.  But you won’t hear stories like these in President Obama’s address tonight.  The unemployed don’t get invitations to sit with the First Lady.

Instead, tonight, the President will do what he does best.  He will give a nice speech with a lot of memorable phrases.  But he won’t give you the hard numbers.

Like 9.9 – that’s the unemployment rate in this state.

Or 25 percent – that’s the percentage of foreclosed homes in America that are right here in Florida.

Or $15 trillion – that’s the size of our national debt.

Instead, tonight, President Obama will make the opening argument in his campaign against a “Do Nothing Congress.”  But, we shouldn’t forget that for two years, this President had a Congress that could do everything he wanted.

With huge Democratic majorities in the House and Senate, President Obama was free to pursue any policy he pleased. 

Did he fix the economy?

Did he tackle the housing crisis?

Did he get Americans back to work?

No.

He spent $787 billion on a stimulus bill and put us on track to borrow and spend $5 trillion in just his first term...

[Last modified: Tuesday, January 24, 2012 11:44am]

    

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