OBAMA

President rallies supporters in Dubuque

2012-11-03T19:15:00Z 2012-11-05T04:53:44Z President rallies supporters in DubuqueEd Tibbetts The Quad-City Times
November 03, 2012 7:15 pm  • 

DUBUQUE — With the hours dwindling before Election Day, President Barack Obama sought to make the case that he still is the agent of change in the 2012 race, arguing he’s delivered it in Iraq, Afghanistan, with tax cuts and health care.

“I know what change looks like because I’ve fought for it. I’ve delivered it, and I’ve got the scars to prove it,” a hoarse-sounding president told an estimated 5,000 people who had gathered Saturday night at a downtown park in the Mississippi River town.

The president, who ran as the change candidate four years ago, has seen Republican Mitt Romney try to wrest that title, as he criticizes Obama’s performance on the economy and tries to make the case that four more years would offer the same thing as the last four.

But the president said what Romney — “a very talented salesman,” he called him — offered isn’t change, but a rehash of failed conservative economic policies. And he said a balanced approach to lowering the deficit and investments in education and other policies that put the middle class first are his priorities.

He also invoked former President Bill Clinton, linking his economic policies to his own.

“We know what works. We know what doesn’t,” the president said.

Obama got a dose of good news Saturday night. The Des Moines Register released a poll that said he leads by 5 points in Iowa, 47 percent to 42 percent.

The president’s visit followed up a stop by Romney, who was at Dubuque’s airport for a rally a few hours earlier, a rare same-city, same-day appearance for the two candidates.

By the time Obama arrived, night began to fall on the park, where people had waited for hours in a chilled November air.

Dana Vincent of Hanover, Ill., said she was confident of an Obama win Tuesday. “I’m not nervous at all,” she said, praising the president’s first term.

“I think he’s done a great job,” she said. She added he could have done more if it hadn’t been for congressional Republicans.

She and others also rejected the idea there’s less enthusiasm for the president than there was four years ago. “I think it’s just the opposite,” Tina Stillmunkes of Dubuque said.

There also was no quarter given to Romney in the crowd. “He’s a phony,” said Peggy English of Dyersville. “He changes his position on every single issue three times, five times. He thinks we’re stupid.”

Obama and Romney are striving to win Iowa’s six electoral votes, and they’re closing out the campaign by spending plenty of time in the state. In addition to their stops Saturday, Romney will be in Des Moines today and the president will close out his campaign with a rally there Monday.

This was the third state where the president campaigned Saturday, going from Ohio to Wisconsin, then Iowa. After the 23-minute speech in Dubuque, he was headed to his fourth state of the day, Virginia.

The president was joined in Dubuque by actress Kate Walsh, who was in Bettendorf earlier in the day, as well as John Mellencamp, who performed for a little more than a half-hour, playing a half-dozen songs, including “Rain on the Scarecrow” and “Pink Houses.”

As it has in its other campaigns, the Obama camp continued to push supporters to vote early, even though the time for that is dwindling. A local volunteer urged people to do so Monday. “It’s the most American thing we can do,” he said.

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  1. mike forgacs
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    mike forgacs - November 04, 2012 2:31 pm

    50 percent of recent college graduates are either unemployed or in jobs that don't even require a college degree. See http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2012/04/53-of-recent-college-grads-are-jobless-or-underemployed-how/256237/ and as reported in the Tampa Bay Times.
    Youth in Tampa, Florida and any place in the nation for that matter don’t deserve this.
    This national situation is unacceptable. It is a case of too little - too late.
    It is no wonder that Florida is going the way of a President Mitt Romney. See http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/11/03/3080412/graphic-new-presidential-poll.html as reported last night.

    Its no wonder that people interviewed about the national election from the less than conservative Toledo Ohio Blade had this to say:

    “Lately, many of (my) visitors are businessmen and entrepreneurs who are afraid to spend money. A Romney presidency will fix that, and fix it quickly. Jobs is the name of the game, and I think.
    Romney knows how to do that,” Ohioan Mister Haver said.

    “I know one thing, they’re going to have do something with that debt. They talk about balancing the budget, they need to pay [the deficit] off. Ohioan Mister Birkhold said.

    “I’ve been through all different presidents and for my experience, the Obama years are the worst years I’ve put up with,” Ohioan Mister Poth said.

    See http://www.toledoblade.com/Politics/2012/11/01/Defiance-Co-village-cites-deficit-economy-as-key-issues-1.html

    Its no wonder that all of Iowa’s major newspapers support a President Mitt Romney.
    www.cbsnews.com/.../all-four-major-iowa-newspapers-back-

    Being afraid to spend money, successfully balancing the budget, paying off the deficit, jobs being the name of the game, and that “the Obama years are the worst years I’ve put up with”, are all issues of the national economy.

    Unemployment in America showed yet another rise this Friday, November 2, 2012. See http://business-news.thestreet.com/the-news-herald/story/unemployment-seen-rising-in-last-pre-election-jobs-report/11752841
    Factor in broken hearted, discouraged, despondent American workers and the rate is more unacceptable still.

    Poll of voters who voted early show Mitt Romney at 52 percent beating Mr Obama at 45 percent.
    See http://www.policymic.com/articles/17752/presidential-polls-2012-gallup-puts-romney-ahead-nationally-in-swing-states-and-with-early-voters

    This winning look of a President Mitt Romney makes sense.

    The debt limit will be reached in 2012, according to the treasury. Again, issues of debt limits and issues of the treasury are issues of the economy. Americans are impacted for the better when they make good-faith contributions to the economy and get what they deserve in return. They can also get less than they deserve.

    Americans deserve an economy where anybody who wants to work or needs to work can find a good job. Jobs that give people freedom, independence, a higher degree of feeling more secure and a satisfactory sense of self-worth. People deserve a rapidly expanding economy in which they can display their multifaceted skills of organization, multitasking, intelligence, toughness , strength and persistence to name a just a few. People deserve an expanding economy where they can compete with the best of them if they so choose, or to have a partner who operates in an opportunity-laden economic environment replete with good pay and good opportunity so that both the individual, the individuals partner and any family members needs and goals can best be met.

    People don't deserve an economy that grew slower this year than last year, and slower last year than the year before that. People have pay ground that needs to be made up. The trendline is going the WRONG WAY in order for that to happen. See http://evilblackeconomist.blogspot.com/2012/07/non-farm-payroll-rose-by-80000-black.html-median weekly earnings 2008 to 2012. It was just this summer when it was wrongly and disingenuously suggested that if you’re not of the government – you’re doing just fine. See www.huffingtonpost.com/.../obama-private-sector-doing-fine_... – this with a quarter of 100 million American unemployed or underemployed. This is the classic denial in the face of reality. We know this is not what “just fine” looks like. This appears to be from someone who seems to believe if he says it, it must be true.

    But this mismatch between rhetoric and reality doesn't have to be. We can silence this endless finger-pointing and endless diversionary tactics - from dogs on roofs to someone dressed like a bird. Enough, enough, enough already, of having one’s leg "watered-on” only to hear the response -“Don’t worry - it’s just raining.”.

    In early October 2012, CNN asked Economists for their take as to WHO would be better for the economy. Between a President Mitt Romney or a President Obama, a President Mitt Romney was the Economists preferred choice by a ratio of 3 to 1. Seventeen economists were asked. Five opted out. A large majority of 9 maintained that a President MITT ROMNEY would be BEST FOR THE ECONOMY, while only 3 out of 12 thought Mr Obama would.

    Its not just a majority of Economists who say a change will do us good. It’s not just capable businessman and United States Naval Academy Graduate H Ross Perot who tells us change will do us good. Its not just Chairwoman and Chief Executive Officer of Hewlett-Packard for six years Carly Fiorina who tells us a change will do us good. And in a survey of 501 executives, its not just ceos, presidents, and managing directors that pick a President Romney as better for the growth and success of business, while only 20 percent said Mr. Obama. See http://politics-news.nationaljournal.com/news-herald/story/politics/in-new-survey-executives-pick-romney-for-growth/a-487356 Recent Gallup Poll tells us more registered-voter-Americans want to see a President Mitt Romney rather than a President Obama. See http://www.gallup.com/poll/157817/election-2012-likely-voters-trial-heat-obama-romney.aspx.

    Again, Mr Obama presides over some quarter of 100 million Americans who are un-employed or under-employed. As he presides, he says he'll cut the deficit in half and proceeds to balloon it to 16 trillion dollars and compounding daily. We remember that Mr. Obama rightly implied that he understood that if he can't fix this thing (the economy), he, too, suggested there'd be a change coming to the highest office in the land – he’d be removed by the voters pen. He was right to say this.

    His removal from office via the stroke of The Voter's pen is THE real path to hope and change that the majority of economists and others in-the-know when it comes to things economic, predict. Men and women alike deserve that kind of hope and change.
  2. TeaPublican
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    TeaPublican - November 04, 2012 2:06 pm
    Bahahahaha! That guy obama can "rally" all he wants to! it's time to turn out the lights....the party is over...for the democrats! Obama is toast...make that burnt toast! Let’s talk the truth here! If you people in Iowa don’t vote for Mr. Romeny we are going to continue to have partisan gridlock! We TeaPublicans are going to make sure that guy obama won’t be able to accomplish anything in his second term just like we have been doing ever since obama took office! Just like Mr. Romney said: “if the President is re-elected, he will still be unable to work with the people in Congress….we may well be looking at another recession”! Our number one goal since the day obama took office was to make obama a one term president and we are going to succeed! So if you people in Iowa want America to move forward this next 4 years, you darn well better vote for Mr. Romney! We TeaPublicans ARE taking America back….so Iowa.... hang on for a fantastic ride!
  3. PainfullTruth
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    PainfullTruth - November 04, 2012 11:54 am
    @Devin,

    1) 2 years is all that is required. Maybe America should be more concerned in how Obama is spending our money and less concerned with how much Romney has made.

    2) It has been proven that companies spend more and invest more when they have more. Taking more does not increase jobs. Maybe you should lookup the economic factors that led to the recession. It wasn't the tax cuts. We have a spending problem, not a revenue problem.

    3) You admit that there are 18 taxes in it and then complain that there is a tax in it. Can't have it both ways. Facts are facts, there ARE increased taxes in it. How is that going to create jobs? Numerous companies have stated that they will back off hiring and lowering hours of employees to avoid the Obamacare mandates. How is that going to help America?

    4) How is taking $716 billion from a fund that is spending money at a record rate going to make it more solvent? Your math doesn't match the experts and doesn't add up.

    5) Ask the four family members who lost loved ones if it is a conspiracy theory. They lost their lives and this administration has covered their butts every step since. They have been proven to know about it, proven that it was a terrorist attack and was caught lying time after time. It isn't a conspiracy, it is a crying shame that the other news agencies won't cover it. Kudos for Fox for bringing it to light instead of the cover up by Obama and his buddies.

    6) Really? Has that stopped their nuclear ambitions? Not hardly. The end result of the sanctions was to stop their nuclear ambitions. The simple truth is easy to see, they haven't worked. So their economy is down, their people are hurting, but their radical dictator is still doing what it was that the world wanted him to stop. He hasn't.

    7) Doesn't matter who is President? Fact: Obama has cancelled permits and oil production on Federal land is NOT up. Private owners are doing this for THEM. Obama is not and can't be given credit for what they are doing. Obama didn't build this, We the People have.

    8) Wrong again. The bottom 47% do not pay federal income taxes. Period. Once again stop mixing apples in with the oranges. Federal income taxes my friend that is the subject. Try to pay attention.

    9) Wrong again. More people are unemployed, underemployed or stopped looking than when Obama took office. Plus when you add the fact that Obama himself stated that he would get the unemployment down to.... what? 5% in his first three years? Obama said himself that if he didn't get the unemployment down and the deficit down in his first term he would be a 1 term president. I say that America needs to hold him to his promise since he can't honor his own promise.
  4. Richard H
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    Richard H - November 04, 2012 10:20 am
    Barak is great
    Barak is good
    Let us thank him for our food.

    Wouldn't that look nice on our coins?
    DH
  5. Devin H
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    Devin H - November 04, 2012 9:03 am
    1) He only released 2 years of taxes. The other years were a summary by his accountant. Trustworthy? Hardly.
    2) True. And yet they did nothing to create any jobs.
    3) They say there are 18 taxes in it, however, calling them a tax is a stretch. The only actual tax increases are a 1% increase in payroll tax on those making over $250k (boo hoo). 40% excise tax on "cadillac" policies. 2% tax on medical equipment imports (good for American jobs). 2.5% raise in medical cost deductions (big deal). 10% tax on indoor tanning (good, if they want cancer, pay for it). The others are no increases on an individual or family, but the companies. And yes, costs are defrayed to a consumer, however, that has been minimal, as seen with Romneycare in MA.
    4) "Stole" from medicare? Hardly, the actions made it more solvent over 10 years. When have Republicans EVER complained about cutting waste to save money? Oh, I know, when a Democrat does it.
    5) The entire Libya conspiracy is getting so blown out of proportion, its ridiculous. I've been following it on Fox, and then getting the facts from MediaMatters. Pure propoganda by Murdoch in the last days of the election.
    6) Sanctions are crippling their economy.
    7) US oil production is at its highest level in 15 years. Doesn't matter who is president on that front. They all get money from the oil companies.
    8) the 47% does pay money and they are not freeloaders. Only about 12% of America is actual freeloading, and should be held accountable. Even the anti-obama Forbes Magazine refutes Romney on this http://www.forbes.com/sites/janetnovack/2012/09/17/memo-to-mitt-romney-the-47-pay-taxes-too/
    9) More people are wokring now than when Obama took office. Its a slow recovery, but a recovery nonetheless. http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/johncassidy/2012/11/strong-october-job-figures-bely-romneys-attacks.html
  6. PainfullTruth
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    PainfullTruth - November 04, 2012 7:28 am
    @borderat,

    1) Romey has not hid his tax reports. He has posted them showing that he pays and donates over 40% of his earnings. Where are Obama's school records?
    2) Bush tax cuts effect everyone. I am not rich and I benefited from the tax cuts.
    3) Obama HAS raised taxes on everyone who pays taxes, you know the top 53%. Just look at his Obamacare bill and count the number of taxes/fees that are in it.
    4) It has been well documented that Obama has stole $716 billion from medicare.
    5) The fact that Obama has lied about what happened in Bengahzi and continues to do so shows how weak he is about foreign policy. Blaming the terrorist attack in Benghazi on a cartoon AFTER the facts on the emails were released is proof.
    6) Iran access to the sea isn't the issue. What does this have to do with Iran's continued need for nuclear energy?
    7) Obama placed a moratorium on offshore drilling (which was unconstitutional). The gains in oil exploration was done on PRIVATE property, something that Obama can't stop, AND something that Obama can't take credit for.
    8) Fact: the bottom 47% pay NO income tax. Lets compare apples to apples instead of muddying the water with more distraction and lies. They don't pay income tax. They don't pay ANY money to the federal government so they ARE freeloading on the federal government.
    9) Obama stated that he would get the unemployment back down. He knew what was on the table and what was in front of him when he made that claim. Now he needs to own up to his promise. Also, Europe is NOT the U.S. #1 trading partner. It is Canada, China, Mexico, Japan and THEN Germany.... #5 on the list.

    But heck, your entire post is filled with lies, what else is new? My guess is that you are one of the 47%......
  7. pta mom
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    pta mom - November 03, 2012 10:09 pm
    Thanks for posting, Borderat. Grouchy: this is not a term paper and you are not the instructor.
  8. Grouchy Old Fart
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    Grouchy Old Fart - November 03, 2012 8:27 pm
    borderat, I'm not arguing whether your statement is true of false. However you copied this directly from another site and never credited the source. Basically you are presenting this as your comments. While you may agree with the comment you copied it is not yours and you need to state the source from which you copied this otherwise you are basically lying and misrepresenting this as your own.
  9. wavettore
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    wavettore - November 03, 2012 8:18 pm
    In history all Revolutions have always resulted in panic and anarchy, masses of people lost in confusion exhausted their energy only to fall again in the hands of new dictators.
    It will be always like this in all cases except one, the Last Revolution.
    The Last Revolution will be different and will start with a Plan.
    The objective is to obtain an order in societies which is fair, transparent and functioning and not in the hands of any individual.
    Soon there will be an opportunity for this change.

    Once again, the next US presidential election will be fixed. Mitt Romney will be elected even though Barack Obama would have received more votes in the presidential election. The political assassination will be perpetrated by Bush hiding behind Crossroads GPS, the most influential group of Neocons.
    The Neocons will have Mitt Romney elected to first use him and then let him fall easy prey. All blames and responsibilities will fall on the new Mormon president for the events already planned.
    The new World War of Religion is already a done deal behind the backs of all people to bring chaos and poverty and to favor in the end the rise of one New World Order.

    Once revolutions will have occurred all over the World they soon need to be coordinated.
    That will be the most decisive moment and it will be just as crucial to know
    precisely how we came to this point. Some will promise you all you wish to hear
    but the answer to such problem should not be that of any single individual.
    Worldwide Referendum broadcasted Live simultaneously on large screens in the squares of every Country could answer specific questions selected to decide what type of Democracy will exist in a new Humankind.
    An alternative to the Zionist Plan must solve that Human dilemma which is at the root of this conflict and that is the antagonism between Equality and Individualism. This equilibrium is to be found in a new form of government called Commutalism.

    The Last Revolution will also require a leap in our thinking and a new way to view ourselves.
    Individualism and Equality have new meanings in light of a new discovery that binds one new Progressive Science to Religion.
    This discovery goes far beyond the progress for science and reveals the Creation.
    The repercussion from Wavevolution must become public to awaken a new global awareness and form one platform for Equality.
    Beyond the appearance of other possible solutions only this can prevent the next World War of Religion which will be the excuse for a New World Order.

    The strongest opposition for Equality will come from that concept of Israel which is built around Individualism and one “chosen people”.
    The Dictator of one New World Order will soon become one reality unless there will be a new movement coordinated in each Country and operated with strategic timing.
    The next US president will start his new job on January 21 2013.
    The new Israeli election instead will be on January 22 2013.
    These two dates are overlapped in preparation for War.
    After the US elections and before those in Israel it will be the best time for the birth of one single Front to counter the Zionist Plan.

    www.wavevolution.org
  10. borderat
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    borderat - November 03, 2012 7:49 pm
    Romney’s whoppers:
    Lie 1: I hide my tax reports and offshore accounts and am still a honorable man.
    Lie 2: I’ll “balance” the budget hiking Defense by $2 trillion and keeping Bush tax cuts to the rich for a loss of $500 billion/year.
    Lie 3: Obama will raise taxes on the Middle Class. Obama will never raise taxes on the 93%, only on the 3%.
    Lie 4: Obama stole $715 Billion from Medicare. He took the funds from greedy insurance companies and gave it back to seniors. AARP applauded the action.
    Lie 5: Obama weak on foreign policy. Theodore Roosevelt: Talk soft and carry a big stick. Obama won’t pre-announce wars at Romney’s request. He smashed al Qaeda.
    Lie 6: Iran has no access to sea and needs Syria. It has 1500 mi of coastline.
    Lie 7: Obama bad for oil. US overtaking Saudia Arabia as world’s #1 producer.
    Lie 8: 47% of the people pay no taxes and are freeloaders. Everybody pays sale tax, gas tax, dozen other taxes. Seniors pre-paid all their lives to have Social Security and Medicare. It is not a Govt gift.
    Lie 9: Unemployment Obama’s fault. As long as Europe (1st trade partner) is in crisis US will not have full employment.
  11. borderat
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    borderat - November 03, 2012 7:49 pm
    Romney’s whoppers:
    Lie 1: I hide my tax reports and offshore accounts and am still a honorable man.
    Lie 2: I’ll “balance” the budget hiking Defense by $2 trillion and keeping Bush tax cuts to the rich for a loss of $500 billion/year.
    Lie 3: Obama will raise taxes on the Middle Class. Obama will never raise taxes on the 93%, only on the 3%.
    Lie 4: Obama stole $715 Billion from Medicare. He took the funds from greedy insurance companies and gave it back to seniors. AARP applauded the action.
    Lie 5: Obama weak on foreign policy. Theodore Roosevelt: Talk soft and carry a big stick. Obama won’t pre-announce wars at Romney’s request. He smashed al Qaeda.
    Lie 6: Iran has no access to sea and needs Syria. It has 1500 mi of coastline.
    Lie 7: Obama bad for oil. US overtaking Saudia Arabia as world’s #1 producer.
    Lie 8: 47% of the people pay no taxes and are freeloaders. Everybody pays sale tax, gas tax, dozen other taxes. Seniors pre-paid all their lives to have Social Security and Medicare. It is not a Govt gift.
    Lie 9: Unemployment Obama’s fault. As long as Europe (1st trade partner) is in crisis US will not have full employment.
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