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  • MESSINA: Romney Leaves This Convention No Stronger Than He Came

    MESSINA: Romney Leaves This Convention No Stronger Than He Came

    TAMPA, FL—Tonight, Obama for America Campaign Manager Jim Messina released the following statement on Mitt Romney’s convention speech:

    “Much like the entire Republican Convention, Mitt Romney's speech tonight offered many personal attacks and gauzy platitudes, but no tangible ideas to move the country forward. What he didn't share were his actual proposals, which would take our country backwards: another $5 trillion in budget-busting tax cuts for the wealthy paid for by the middle class; transforming Medicare into a voucher program on the backs of seniors; an end to fuel efficiency standards and tax credits for renewable energy; deep cuts in student grants and loans; and the rollback of Wall Street reforms. And in an almost 45-minute speech, Mitt Romney didn't find a moment to mention Afghanistan. With no new plans and evasion about his real plans, Mitt Romney leaves this convention no stronger than he came.”

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  • FACT CHECK: Romney Would Slash Veterans’ Benefits

    FACT CHECK: Romney Would Slash Veterans’ Benefits

    Mitt Romney appropriately praised veterans in his speech tonight, but has suggested the privatization of veterans’ health care, breaking the promise to our men and women in uniform. The Romney-Ryan budget – if cuts were made across the board – could cut the funding for Veterans’ Affairs by $11 billion.

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  • FACT CHECK: President Obama Standing Up to Iran, Romney Has No Plan

    FACT CHECK: President Obama Standing Up to Iran, Romney Has No Plan

    Contrary to what Mitt Romney said in his speech tonight, President Obama has made it clear he will take no options off the table in preventing Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon. In addition to applying the harshest sanctions Iran has ever faced and maintaining a robust diplomatic effort to build a collation to isolate Iran’s leaders, President Obama has made it clear containment is not his policy and that the military option is on the table. Meanwhile, Romney has failed to suggest anything he would do that President Obama isn’t already doing.

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  • FACT CHECK: Romney Repeats Debunked Claim About Apologizing for America

    FACT CHECK: Romney Repeats Debunked Claim About Apologizing for America

    Tonight, Mitt Romney once again repeated his long-debunked claim that President Obama apologized for America. But as independent fact-checkers have exhaustively said over and over again, the “apology tour” never happened.

    REALITY: INDEPENDENT FACT CHECKERS HAVE REPEATEDLY CRITICIZED ROMNEY FOR INVENTING CLAIMS OBAMA APOLOGIZED FOR AMERICA

    Washington Post Fact Check: Romney’s “Claim That Obama Repeatedly Has Apologized For The United States Is Not Borne Out By The Facts…The Apology Tour Never Happened.” “The claim that Obama repeatedly has apologized for the United States is not borne out by the facts, especially if his full quotes are viewed in context …  Note to GOP speechwriters and campaign ad makers: The apology tour never happened.” [Washington Post Fact Checker, 2/22/11]

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  • FACT CHECK: The President Has Cut Middle Class Taxes, Romney Would Raise Them

    FACT CHECK: The President Has Cut Middle Class Taxes, Romney Would Raise Them

    Romney claimed that President Obama failed to deliver on this promise to cut taxes for the middle class, but that’s simply not true. Under President Obama, federal taxes on middle income Americans are near historic lows, the typical family has received $3,600 in tax relief over the President’s first term, and the President is fighting to keep taxes low for 98 percent of American families. Mitt Romney would raise taxes on middle class families in order to pay for tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires.

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