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Obama, Romney pass Sunday in church, with families

By Charles Babington

WOLFEBORO, N.H. (AP) - President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney spent a quiet Sunday attending church with their families, resting up for the campaign's final 11 weeks and the approaching party nominating conventions.

While the Romneys enjoyed beautiful sunshine in New Hampshire, and the Obamas endured rain in Washington, both men sent top advisers to the Sunday talk shows. These surrogates sparred mainly over Medicare and taxes, just as the candidates themselves have done for days.

Obama and Romney plunge back into heavy campaigning and fundraising this week. Targeted states include Ohio, Nevada and New Hampshire.

The debate's dominant topic remains how to tame Medicare's explosive growth without hurting the millions of elderly Americans, and future retirees, who count on it to pay for health care.

TV interviewers pressed Romney aides to explain how the GOP ticket can restore a proposed $716 billion cut in Medicare spending's growth over 10 years without worsening the program's projected shortfall in funding. Moderators also noted that Romney's running mate, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, originally joined Obama in backing the proposed $716 billion, 10-year reduction.

Romney adviser Eric Fehrnstrom told CNN's "State of the Union" that Ryan and Romney are now in accord. The $716 billion can safely remain in the program, he said, because Romney will "introduce choice and competition through more private plans."

Romney also would trim benefits for wealthier people and gradually raise the eligibility age. None of his proposed changes would affect Americans now 55 or older.

Obama aide Stephanie Cutter, also on CNN, said Romney's plan to keep the $716 billion in Medicare over 10 years would do nothing to shore up the program.

"They're going to use taxpayer dollars to give subsidies to insurance companies," she said.

Obama's proposed reductions would not hurt Medicare recipients, Cutter said, because he would create incentives for health providers to be more efficient.

On "Fox News Sunday," Republican adviser Ed Gillespie was asked about a nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office finding that under Romney's "premium support" proposals, "Medicare beneficiaries will bear a much larger share of their health care cost."

"We reject that in our analysis," Gillespie said. He said Romney's overall plans, including a higher eligibility age, eventually would slow the program's growth.

On another front, Gillespie disputed Obama's claim that Romney's call for deeper tax cuts will unfairly benefit the wealthy and worsen the deficit.

Romney's plan, Gillespie said, "would allow for households with incomes less than $200,000 to not pay on capital gains and dividends, because we believe that would help foster job creation."

Obama, his wife and their two daughters attended services at St. John's Episcopal Church, across the street from the White House.

The president plans to campaign Tuesday in Ohio, and Wednesday in Nevada and New York.

Romney attended the Mormon church in Wolfeboro, N.H. — where he has a summer home — with his wife, Ann, and six of their grandchildren. The children's parents, Tagg and Jennifer Romney, also attended.

One grandson, Johnny, spent much of service seated on his grandmother's lap — and a briefer time on his grandfather's lap — quietly paging through children's picture books.

The churchgoers, accustomed to seeing the Romneys here in summer months, paid no special attention to the family. No one from the pulpit mentioned their presence.

Romney and Ryan plan to talk with voters Monday in Manchester, N.H. Romney then will fly to New Orleans for a fundraiser.

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  1. bna42Comment by bna42
    August 20, 2012 @ 10:39 am

    “President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney spent a quiet Sunday attending church with their families. . .”

    With the main stream media reporting every time Obama goes to the restroom, it is obvious that he doesn’t normally attend church. This is the second time that it has been covered, and he even made the comment that he has not joined any church in Washington because he didn’t want to be disruptive in their services.

    How can one tell that the election is near? Obama can be seen going to church with his family. That should answer two questions for inquiring minds–he really is a “Christian”, and he has not attacked religion in the U.S. with his contraceptive demands on the church.

    Those stories should be on the evening news today, and if Katie Couric was still around we could be certain they were.

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      August 20, 2012 @ 2:06 pm


      In addition to your post, Obummer wants to be seen in church, so nobody will see him quietly facing east and bowing to Mecca. The Muslim imposter will do anything to direct attention away from the fact that he is an illegal alien Muslim.

      If only half of the background information on him, that Obummer and his henchmen have paid to cover up, were made public, he could be tried and executed for treason. You can’t deport this guy, because he knows too much about our national secrets and security measures to be let loose.

      A fine fix, we’ve gotten ourselves into!

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  2. William WilsonComment by William Wilson
    August 20, 2012 @ 10:47 am

    Muslims go to church on Sunday???

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    • bna42Comment by bna42
      August 20, 2012 @ 10:57 am

      Only during campaign season when cameras are near!

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  3. BillzillaComment by Billzilla
    August 20, 2012 @ 12:02 pm

    “TV interviewers pressed Romney aides to explain how the GOP ticket can restore a proposed $716 billion cut in Medicare spending’s growth over 10 years without worsening the program’s projected shortfall in funding.”

    My guess would be… that Medicare would have $716 billion more in it. That would certainly help to fund the shortfall!

    Charles babington and the AP are so far left, it’s a wonder that they don’t topple over onto their left side! Talk about being in the tank for Obama, the Obama campaign should be paying the AP for political advertisement!

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  4. wedeyComment by wedey
    August 20, 2012 @ 1:37 pm

    We know already that Mitt Romney is a church-goes and has strong religious beliefs. What gives with Obama going which is far and few between. I just wonder why he didn’t attend the mosque of his choice.

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  5. prairelivingComment by praireliving
    August 20, 2012 @ 8:39 pm

    NOt only would Romney’s plan to not have people making under $200K not pay taxes on dividends and capital gains would do more than help foster job creation.

    EVEN MORE TO THE POINT…it would allow seniors who were using stock portfolios to supplement Social Security and pensions to keep their money to use for living. My parents are certainly middle class, my father before retirement was a blue collar worker and my mom a stay-at-home mother, before my mom got married she worked as an office worker for AT&T. She had the foresight to use part of each pay check to buy a fraction of a share of stock, eventually with the breakup of AT&T and all the different baby bells she’s got a fairly good portfolio which is enough to help out where my dad’s pension and Social Security don’t quite cover (he’s praise God living way beyond the “tables” so pensions and such are adjusted). When I worked at a credit union we had many seniors who had stock and lived off the dividends. It isn’t just the ‘fat cats’ and ‘Wall Street types’ or ‘rich’ who own stock.

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    • bna42Comment by bna42
      August 20, 2012 @ 10:42 pm

      “When I worked at a credit union we had many seniors who had stock and lived off the dividends. It isn’t just the ‘fat cats’ and ‘Wall Street types’ or ‘rich’ who own stock.”

      That’s the reason that people seem to be so ignorant about economics. They have listened to the politicians, especially Obama, attack corporations, Wall Street, and oil companies. But they don’t seem to understand that all those companies have stocks which are purchased by mutual funds and 401K’s. So when they attack these companies they are actually attacking their own investments. That is the stupidity of liberals–they will cut their own throats. They listen to people like Obama blame businesses for outsourcing jobs, but they never comprehend WHY it happens. A company is not in business to provide jobs, but is in business to produce a product and make a profit for their stockholders. So when unions demand higher wages and benefits, government cripples business with excessive regulations, and the U.S. has the highest corporate tax rate in the world, businesses are required to relocate to cut expenses.

      Maybe our own federal government should learn a lesson from business.

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    August 21, 2012 @ 4:32 pm

    In the sixties, President JFK, reduced corporate, business and personal income tax rates. The following occurred as a result:

    People had more net spendable income, which was used to purchase additional goods and services , which they could not afford before the tax reductions. Businesses/corporations increased production of said goods and services, to meet rising demand. The work force was increased and more taxes were paid by both the new hires and the businesses themselves. In the end, more tax was collected at the lower rates than before, at the higher rates.

    The short discription of the above is increasing the velocity of money/spending by lowering taxes. (Generating Commerce)

    JFK was a Democrat president, but today, the Democratic party bears no resemblance, to the Demos of the 50s and 60s.

    For more than two decades, the Democratic party has been hijacked by Socialists and Communists, who despise private enterprise in all its forms. Ergo “you didn’t build that, government did”, so famously quoted by the liar in chief, in the White House.

    The only reason Obummer should be in church, is to ask G-ds forgiveness, for the terrible sins he has committed, against our beloved country and then, he should resign as an act of contrition.

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