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Government and Politics

Romney surrogates slam President Obama on healthcare and the economy
Supporters get into a skirmish with protestors
Story by BILL RICE
This story is part of a special series.

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As President Obama made his way across northern Ohio, challenger Mitt Romney’s camp was busy keeping his base here engaged and energized. For Ohio Public Radio, WCPN’s Bill Rice has more.

RICE ON Romney surrogates

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Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and current Louisiana Gove. Bobby Jindal campaigned for Romney at a Parma shopping center.  Both have been discussed in the media as possible vice presidential running mates. And before a crowd of about 200, they accused the president of breaking promises and failing to solve the country’s economic woes.  Here’s Jindal. 

 “You look at median income, down $4,000 since this president took office, 500,000 fewer jobs, median household worth, lowest it’s been in over two decades.  I can’t think of a more incompetent president since Jimmy Carter was president of the United States.”

Pawlenty says the federal healthcare law, just upheld by the Supreme Court, amounts to tax hike, and pins that squarely on Mr. Obama. 

“He said, “You know what?  If I’m elected president we’re not going to raise taxes on anyone who makes $200,000 or below.” Now, he passed Obamacare, and the U.S. Supreme Court just said the individual mandate is a tax.  He broke his promise, didn’t he?”

The crowd cheered. But a group of hecklers tried to shout down Pawlenty, who was first at the microphone. 

“Pawlenty go home!  Pawlenty go home!”

The group was escorted from the scene after a brief altercation with Romney supporters.

Listener Comments:

"Anything to get the Christian guy out of office." - what a joke, although people don't care - they care about what affects them personally/the economy, and the economy stinks.
Obamacare tax will come out of everyone's check, just like Social Security, by the IRS - social justice the big gov. totalitarian design.
Romney is not a arrogant, narcissistic,man-child, and 100% better for the economy

Posted by: Know your daddy on July 15, 2012 11:07AM
OF course they are going to slam Obama.. I'm just surprised they are all on the same page.. at least for a second.

Governor Romney's campaign has been running around for 2 days DEMANDING it WAS'T a tax (while his little minions in the GOP were prancing around DEMANDING it was).

Is anyone surprised that Governor Romney has ZERO convictions on ANYTHING?

They call him 'etch a sketch' but to me he is more like a mixture of silly putty and weather-vane..Totally goofy and any which way the wind blows.

I mean at what point does even his most ardent supporters say 'this is just getting pathetic, the whole darn camaign'?

Anything to get the Christian guy out of office.

Posted by: chas_holman (USA) on July 5, 2012 7:07AM
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