With just 39 days left until the election and polls showing that he is slipping behind President Obama nationally and in key swing states, Mitt Romney is holding a rally in Wayne, Pennsylvania on Friday afternoon. ThinkProgress will fact-check Romney’s stump speech and debunk his claims in real time.
Romney says he knows the voters aren’t here to see him, even though he’s a “nice guy.”
Romney calls Obamacare a “big cloud” over small businesses that stops them from hiring, but health care reform will actually help small businesses.
Romney often claims he will punish China for “cheating” — yet his firm invested in a Chinese firm that touted low wages, stringent working conditions and low tax liability.
Romney hitting Obama on median income dropping. In fact, income inequality — perpetuated by giving tax breaks to the wealthiest Americans — has caused this problem.
Romney brings up Fisker and Solyndra as examples of how government investment doesn’t work in the economy. The natural gas industry begs to differ — government support of shale gas led to today’s boom. Under Obama, renewables have doubled.
That’s actually not that impressive — “that’s about what you’d expect in terms of job creation in a normal American job market over four years.”
Romney would actually increase military spending above what the Pentagon has asked for, boosting the budget to 4 percent of GDP. That would require very large cuts in other programs if Romney also plans to reduce all federal spending to 20% of GDP by 2016.
Romney is touting an American model of freedom. Meanwhile, he’s speaking in a state where the Republican Governor has made voting much harder.
Romney often calls for an American Century. Yesterday, he said that it’s “time for us to be America again” and regularly claims that America is “fueled by freedom.”
Romney’s budget plan would result in a tax hike of up to $4,000 on middle class families.
The defense budget will be cut if Congress fails to cut spending and sequestration is implemented on Dec. 31. Romney’s running mate Paul Ryan voted for this mechanism and has long advocated for such a mechanism.
Toomey hit President Obama’s “failed policies” for the weak state of the economy, despite the fact that his administration successfully reversed all of the job losses that occurred in the last two years of the George W. Bush presidency.
Crowd loudly boos Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), as Toomey suggests that Reid would make a better minority leader. Reid and Romney have been feuding this entire election season.
The Pennsylvania senator has proposed a budget that’s even more radical than Ryan’s.