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Romney: '...the first victim of an Obama campaign is the truth'

By Philip Elliott

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney accused President Barack Obama on Monday of distorting the GOP ticket's tax policies, continuing the presidential campaign's sharply personal tone.

"It seems that the first victim of an Obama campaign is the truth,"Romney told about 3,000 people at an outdoor rally in Manchester, N.H.

Asked by a woman about Obama campaign "lies" that claim the GOP ticket would raise taxes, Romney said, "All we've heard so far is one attack after another." He said perhaps only one of the Democrats' many TV ads is "honest."

"I will not raise taxes on anyone," Romney said. "Mr. President, stop saying something that's not the truth."

Obama says Romney's bid to cut taxes on capital gains and other means of income would shift the overall tax burden toward middle-income Americans.

Romney and his running mate, Paul Ryan, also blasted Obama'sMedicare plan, even though a central element of that plan once was embraced by Ryan.

"Medicare should not be a piggy bank for Obamacare," Ryan told crowd, where he joined Romney for the first time in a week.

The two men criticized Obama's plan to reduce Medicare's projected growth by $716 billion over 10 years. Obama says the savings would come from reduced payments to -- and greater efficiency by -- health care providers.

Romney and Ryan denounced the plan as a cut to necessary Medicare benefits, even though Ryan also backed the $716 billion reduction before joining the GOP ticket.

Romney says his proposal to offer a private alternative to Medicare would not affect anyone over age 55. Some 14 percent of New Hampshire residents are over the age of 65, and this state, which holds the nation's first presidential primary, is known for its voters' sharp questioning of candidates during such town hall-style events.

A crowd of about 3,000 — many waving Romney-Ryan signs and American flags — greeted the Republican duo for the outdoor event on the quad at St. Anselm College. Romney said the event was his 100th town hall since beginning his run for the White House more than a year ago.

Obama spent Saturday in New Hampshire, casting doubts on what the GOP ticket would do for older voters.

"You would think they would avoid talking about Medicare, given the fact that both of them have proposed to voucherize the Medicare system," he said Saturday in Windham. "But I guess they figure the best defense is to try to go on offense.

"So, New Hampshire, here is what you need to know: Since I have been in office, I have strengthened Medicare."

Obama's top aides spent Sunday repeating the claim in television interviews that the GOP would gut Medicare, while Romney's aides spent their day trying to convince voters of the opposite.

Ryan's proposal in Congress worries some seniors. His Medicare plan would encourage future retirees to consider private coverage that the government would help pay for through a voucher-like system, while keeping the traditional program as an option. A main concern that has been raised about that approach is that the government payment for health insurance won't keep pace with health care inflation, shifting an ever-growing share of costs to people on fixed incomes.

A deficit hawk and the House Republicans' chief budget writer, Ryan has stood out in Washington for laying out tough spending choices that many lawmakers in both parties avoid.

So it was almost inevitable that his selection as Romney's running mate would vault Medicare to the top of the campaign debate, even though any talk about changing the popular but costly program is typically avoided by presidential candidates.

Obama's campaign on Monday released a series of new radio advertisements that target aspects of Ryan's budget. Among the ads are spots in Florida that focus on Ryan's Medicare proposals and ads in North Carolina that accuse Ryan of wanting to cut funding for veterans' care.

Romney's campaign, meanwhile, is renewing its criticism of Obama's changes to welfare, launching a new television advertisement accusing the president of "gutting welfare reform." The ad says Romney would "put work back in welfare." The Romney campaign did not say which states the ad would run in, but said Romney will press the welfare issue during Monday's town hall in New Hampshire.

Romney has accused Obama of lifting a provision that required people receiving welfare to work. Obama's campaign says Romney's assertions are false.

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  1. BillzillaComment by Billzilla
    August 20, 2012 @ 3:14 pm

    Obama’s really good at keeping a straight face when he lies… then of course he’s had a lot of practice. And as we all know, practie makes perfect.

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    • cxComment by genesal
      August 20, 2012 @ 3:33 pm

      Sociopaths don’t even know that they’re lying

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  2. bna42Comment by bna42
    August 20, 2012 @ 3:18 pm

    “Obama says the savings would come from reduced payments to — and greater efficiency by — health care providers.”

    WHY do Republicans allow these remarks to go unchallenged? Obama should have been questioned about “reduced payments to health care providers” and how that is going to affect the number of providers who will refuse to accept Medicare patients. Every year we watch Congress squabble over extending the current payments to providers rather than allowing the 25%-30% cuts the Democrats have already voted for from going into effect. How can anyone reasonably think that cutting payments to providers is going to solve anything?

    There are reports even now that one-third of the providers are refusing to accept any new Medicare patients, so where are these people going to find health care? Instead of all the ambiguous promises and flowery speeches, why not ask direct questions and demand straight answers?

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    • nickster99Comment by nickster99
      August 21, 2012 @ 10:49 am

      They have to cut the payments to medicare so the medicaide people and those wonderful citizens on welfare can be covered. The elderly do not count anymore because THEY ARE ELDERLY AND HAVE LIVED THEIR LIVES. The sooner the elderly are gone the more money they will save for the younger people This is the future people! Wake up. The bureaucrats will tell you when you are going to live and when you are going to die! It is already happening in Europe! And there will be nothing you can do about it! They’ll just say ” take the pill”

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  3. JDZComment by JDZ
    August 20, 2012 @ 6:35 pm

    Arguments against diehard liberals cannot be won using logic and facts or past experience. It is like talking to a wall, it just does not work because, THEY ARE NOT LISTENING. They have almost a psychotic mentality that is driven by emotions and are turned off, by contradictory statements or facts to what they believe. It is almost a childlike approach to life in which reality is ignored until it eventually catches up with them. Our country has moved so far left toward socialism over the last 50 years driven by a socialist vision of some fantasy world where everyone is treated identically and shares equally in the wealth or production of the workers in the country regardless of contributed value. This liberal vision is SOCIALISt/Marxist model of government and culture which has never, ever, achieved the success of the American experiment. Our country…the USA was designed around the INDIVIDUAL…not the “collective”. We are a country whose economy and culture is focused on individual freedom to be whatever we have the capability, intelligence, and energy to create. This value added to our country at large is to be rewarded directly proportionally to the worth of that contributed value. We are a country based on CAPITALISM not socialism.

    The American people have allowed the politicians in our government to create more and more forms of government entitlement programs over the last 60 years to the point that they are no longer financially sustainable. So, not only has our government created programs, like welfare, which now has 100 million Americans participating, but has no chance of paying for them as currently being implemented. One out of three Americans are on welfare which is a sad state of affairs and unAmerican.

    We have 23 million Americans unemployed or underemployed with no relief in sight. More and more “baby boomers” are going on Social Security and Medicare which are two huge entitlement programs that are in deep financial trouble. ETC.

    So, here it is…the reality of these socialist “dreamers” has finally hit our country bigtime as it is now time to pay for all of these “charitable” programs and we cannot pay for them even if the government confiscated all of the assets of every American. This is what happens when there is no pragmatic and rational thinking in play. No adult supervision.

    So, either we elect someone like Romney, who is an experienced problem solver to attempt to stop the bleeding, or we re-elect the most inexperienced and incompetent President in our history who wants America to be brought down to its knees and forced to give up our exceptionalism and become another “me too” mediocre socialist country. Socialism or Capitalism?

    Here is the kicker…we may have just let it go too far. Too many “takers” and a diminishing number of “makers” which is making it even harder to find a way out. Our government leaders have let us down and created basically an addiction to entitlements that cannot be easily solved even if there was an agreement to do so, which we do not have. Maybe the country has to “hit bottom” like a drug addict before it can find the wherewithal (and courageous politicians) to actually turn around a disaster that cannot be avoided.

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  4. middlegroundComment by middleground
    August 20, 2012 @ 6:58 pm

    The interesting aspect of Romneycare for the state of Massachusetts that no one mentions is that as a program for an individual state, it is similar to Canada’s healthcare plans where BC, Alberta and other provinces maintain their own healthcare programs, but private doctors and patients can opt out. Obamacare, however, seemingly takes over our nation’s entire healthcare system and plans to run it from Washington. If you thought the EPA was bad, hold your nose and wait till all the Obamacare provisions kick in. A province or a state can go under financially if they promise too much, but a nation just prints more money and hides the consequences. Get smart, get patriotic and face the reality we can’t afford to do everything for everyone on this planet.

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  5. cxComment by genesal
    August 21, 2012 @ 1:14 am

    Duhbama also lies just as well through omission, especially with help from the leftist news syndicate.

    Here’s a good one they don’t want to get out!

    Iran Will Have a Nuclear-bomb by October 1
    DEBKAfile Exclusive Report – August 13, 2012

    At its present rate of enrichment, Iran will have 250 kilograms of 20-percent grade uranium, exactly enough to build its first nuclear bomb, in roughly six weeks, and two-to- four bombs by early 2013, debkafile’s military and intelligence sources report. Hence the leak by an unnamed Israeli security source Sunday, Aug. 12, disclosing Iran’s progress in developing the detonator and fuses for a nuclear warhead which can be fitted onto Shehab-3 ballistic missiles capable of reaching Israel.
    Since 20 percent refined uranium is a short jump to weapons grade fuel, Iran will have the capability and materials for building an operational nuclear bomb by approximately October 1.

    This knowledge is not news to US President Barack Obama, Saudi King Abdullah, Syrian ruler Bashar Assad, or Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu – and certainly not to Iran’s Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Netanyahu’s comment at the opening of the weekly cabinet meeting Sunday: “All threats against the home front are dwarfed by one – Iran must not be allowed to have nuclear arms!” – was prompted by that deadline.

    Here’s the last paragraph:
    The exceptional talents of Netanyahu and Barak to put off strategic decisions until they are overtaken by events has landed Israel in an especially perilous plight, surrounded now by a soon-to-be nuclear-armed Iran from the east; threatened Syrian chemical warfare from the north and the Muslim Brotherhood takeover of Egypt to its south.

    (see the above web address for the rest of the article) courtesy of Act for America

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  6. cxComment by genesal
    August 21, 2012 @ 3:48 pm

    Netanyahu Wants to Attack Iran ‘Before US Elections’

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is determined to launch an attack to prevent Iran obtaining nuclear weapons before the presidential election in November.

    He believes President Barack Obama would have no choice but to back the Israeli decision in the weeks before he has to face the nation at the polls, according to a report in the Times of Israel.

    I’m pretty sure that will change the dynamics of the campaign and the election!

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