Yet ANOTHER welfare ad from the Romney campaign hitting Obama.
For all the focus on the Priorities ad and Joe Biden’s “chains” comment, it is remarkable that the Romney campaign has now tripled down on this false line of attack on work in welfare, which harkens back to old resentments and culture wars of the 1990s.
Flashback to Aug. 9, Mitt Romney: “You know, in the past, when people pointed out that something was inaccurate, why, campaigns pulled the ad. They were embarrassed. Today, they just blast ahead.”
Yes, they do, apparently.
The Tampa Bay Times with a long piece on Romney, who it says “is a paradox, a devout and generous family man but also a calculating politician who has shifted positions with blinding ease. The private Romney is said to be warm and giving, while the campaign Romney is shellacked, stiff and detached. The question for voters: Who is the authentic Willard Mitt Romney?” (Romney once moonwalked and sang Billie Jean in church once?)
So much for knocking down personal attacks: “Mitt Romney’s campaign said Sunday that an outside group’s video charging President Obama with taking too much credit for the killing of Osama bin Laden ‘makes an important point,’” The Boston Globe writes. Spokesman Kevin Madden on ABC’s This Week: “I think it makes an important point, actually, about whether or not some of the national security decisions that the president made were actually helped by some of the policies that were put in place before he was there.”
“Although Ryan’s income is larger than what the average person makes, his tax returns are fairly straightforward and would be familiar to most Americans, unlike Romney’s returns, which illustrate the complexities of the US tax system,” the Boston Globe writes, adding, “Janna Ryan inherited a trust, worth between $1 million and $5 million, after her mother’s death in 2010.”
Romney and Ryan will appear together in New Hampshire today: “The joint appearance represents a new strategy for the Romney campaign. After announcing Ryan’s selection last Saturday in Virginia, the campaign said Romney and Ryan would separate,” the Boston Globe writes.
“Paul Ryan brought a secret weapon with him Saturday as he defended his lightning-rod Medicare plan at the nation’s largest senior citizens community - his mother,” the New York Daily News writes, adding context: The transformation of Medicare is the most controversial component of Ryan’s spending-slashing budget plan. It would replace the current system with vouchers, which critics believe will drive up the cost of health care - and leave some seniors without the coverage they need. Realizing they could be vulnerable to Democratic attacks on Medicare, the Republicans have instead tried to strike first on the hot-button issue.”
Politico: “Betty Ryan Douglas, 78, is the newest face of the Medicare wars that have abruptly taken center stage in the 2012 contest, joining her son here Saturday in the town square of a sprawling retirement community as Ryan assured seniors that he and Mitt Romney won’t take away their Medicare and Social Security.”
New York magazine: “Ryan did not, however, talk too much about what the Republican ticket has planned for the under-55 set. (That wasn't a problem for one selfish senior, who told the Washington Post, ‘I personally like [Ryan's] plan, because at 73, it really wouldn't affect me.’)”
The state of our politics: “It was a political spat, literally,” the New York Daily News writes. “An 83-year-old woman is accused of spitting on a supporter of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney during a political event in Wisconsin. The alleged spitter, Mary Hoglund, had attended the Wisconsin Women for Mitt event in Grand Chute and asked the Republican hosts, ‘Why are you against Planned Parenthood?’ Hoglund continued, saying ‘women are in need ... you’re getting rid of an organization ...’ but she was quickly cut off by the event’s leaders, state Sen. Alberta Darling and Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, and the Romney supporters on the floor. One especially vocal Romney supporter, who also appears to be elderly, yells in Hoglund’s face to ‘wait’ and ‘stop.’ ‘Get out of my face,’ Hoglund responds, and then follows up by spitting at the yelling woman. The spit-upon Romney supporter, who was not identified, then smacks Hoglund in the side of the face.” (There’s video.)
The Wall Street Journal tries to swat down the Congressional Budget Office: “One of President Obama's regular attacks on Paul Ryan's Medicare reform is that it would force seniors to pay $6,400 a year more for health care. But merely because he keeps repeating this doesn't mean it's in the same area code of accurate. The claim is based on a now out-of-date Congressional Budget Office estimate of the gap between the cost of health care a decade from now, in 2022, and the size of the House budget's premium-support subsidy for a typical 65-year-old in 2022. In other words, the $6,400 has no relevance for any senior today. None. But it also is unlikely to have any relevance for any senior ever because CBO concedes that its number is highly uncertain and ‘will depend on the evolution of the health care and health insurance systems over time, which is hard to predict.’”