Tommy Thompson: Who Better Than Me To Do Away With Medicare, Medicaid?

VIDEO – Wisconsin Republican Senate candidate Tommy Thompson, speaking to a Tea Party group says, “who better than me, (who’s) already finished one of the entitlement programs and come up with programs to do away with Medicaid and Medicare.”

Former governor of Wisconsin, Republican Tommy Thompson is running against Democrat Tammy Baldwin for Senate.  In this video, Thompson tells a Tea Party group, “who better than me, (who’s) already finished one of the entitlement programs and come up with programs to do away with Medicaid and Medicare.”

This should not surprise anyone, as Tommy Thompson was the secretary of health and human services for the Bush Administration.  Leave it to a Bush Administration appointee, in charge of health and human services, to brag about doing away with health and human services.

Romney’s Legacy As Governor: Left Office With 34% Approval Rating In Massachusetts

VIDEO – Local Boston news coverage of Mitt Romney’s last day in office as Governor of Massachusetts shows why the people of Romney’s home state are going to vote for President Obama by a wide margin.  In describing Governor Romney’s one term, the commentator says Romney’s “legacy is disappointment”.

In all of the 2012 presidential election coverage, all of the vetting of the candidates, and all of the arguments against Mitt Romney, one of the biggest pieces of evidence against him has been almost completely overlooked by the mainstream media and his opponents.  And it is an important thing to point out about someone running for president:  Mitt Romney was an unpopular governor and is not well thought of by the majority of the people he served in Massachusetts.

Want to know what Romney would be like as the chief executive of the nation?  We already have a good example because he was the chief executive of the state of Massachusetts.  The reason Romney doesn’t talk much on the campaign trail about his time as governor is that Romney was, in the eyes of his former constituents, a failure as governor.

When Mitt Romney campaigned for governor of Massachusetts, he talked about lowering taxes.  But once he was elected, Romney’s no-tax pledge was simply a mirage because he raised almost every possible fee in the state.  And Romney’s fee increases put the burden of generating revenue on low and middle income people to fund the state budget.

Romney talked about how his private sector experience meant he knew how to bring more jobs to the state (sound familiar?).  But by the time he left office, Massachusetts was 47th in the nation in job growth.  Romney also reduced education spending during his tenure.

By the time Mitt Romney left office in January 2007, his approval rating in Massachusetts was only 34%.

Whatever the result of the 2012 election, one thing is sure: Mitt Romney will not win the state he governed.  In fact, polling of Massachusetts shows Romney is down to President Obama by an average of 20 points.  If Mitt Romney were a great governor, as he claims, the people who know him best would be voting for him.  Instead Massachusetts is, as his own campaign surrogate John Sununu says, “number 50 on the list” of states Romney is contesting.

At the conservative CPAC conference during the primary, Romney famously said, “I was a severely conservative Republican governor.”  But now, Romney is falsely selling himself as a governor who was bi-partisan and popular with both sides.  What he should have said was, ‘I was a severely unpopular Republican governor’.

Presidents don’t often lose the state where they served as governor or senator.  If Romney were to win the election, he would be the first president to lose his home state since 1916.  And there is a good reason for that.  Most politicians running for president need a real home base of support to build their campaign on.  The people they served and served with in their home state usually come out in great support for them, citing the all the examples of their great leadership.  But as Romney bought himself the governorship – he kicked in $6 million of his own money out of the total $10 million for his campaign – other millionaires and billionaires, like Sheldon Adelson, are attempting to buy this election for him.

The people of Massachusetts are hearing the same promises from Romney in his run for president that he told them back in 2002 when he ran for governor.  They have seen Mitt Romney’s government leadership skills up close and they are going to vote against him by a wide margin.  On election day, the American people need to listen to their fellow Americans in Massachusetts.

VIDEO – Broken Promises: Romney’s Massachusetts Record

VIDEO – Mitt Romney was not an effective governor.

Romney Staged Fake Canned Food Drive For Photo Op In Ohio

VIDEO – Mitt Romney staged a canned food drive in order to disguise a political rally as a “storm relief event” in Ohio.  The campaign was caught spending $5,000 at the local Wal-Mart buying granola bars, canned food, and diapers to give to supporters as they walked into the rally so they could then hand them back to Mitt Romney for a photo op.

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As Hurricane Sandy was bearing down on the East Coast, President Obama cancelled his campaign appearances in order to give full attention to the impending disaster.  The Romney campaign said they were going to suspend campaign events “out of sensitivity for the millions of Americans in the path of Hurricane Sandy”.  But, as we have come to expect from Mitt Romney, he was even lying about that and instead kept his scheduled campaign appearance, disguising it as a “storm relief event”.

While President Obama was meeting with FEMA, the Red Cross, and coordinating disaster relief, Mitt Romney was pretending to care for the storm victims by staging a canned food drive far away in Ohio.

The night before the event, Mitt Romney sent campaign workers to the local Wal-Mart to buy items for his supporters to hand to him at the “storm relief event”.  They spent $5,000 on diapers, granola bars, and canned food.  These items were then given to attendees of the event so Romney could be photographed “accepting” the items from supporters who lined up to hand them back to the man who purchased them.

The Red Cross does not accept canned food donations and if Romney was actually concerned about helping the Red Cross, a quick call or check of their website would have told him that.  No, the campaign apparently ignored that because it got in the way of their planned photo-op.  The Red Cross prefers monetary donations and if the campaign wanted to promote disaster relief, they would have asked their supporters to send money to the Red Cross, as the Obama campaign did.  Mitt Romney was simply using the disaster to score cheap political points.

Romney has already said he would eliminate FEMA and force states to handle disaster relief on their own.  He also said he would prefer to go one step further and privatize disaster if at all possible.  But Hurricane Sandy is a real disaster affecting the most populated region of the United States.  It is clear that the federal government is needed in a situation like this.

As President Obama was personally coordinating with Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey to bring real federal assistance to the people affected by Hurricane Sandy, Mitt Romney was in Ohio staging a phony and unnecessary canned food drive so the press could take his picture.  But Romney’s own campaign surrogate Chris Christie has already said he is not interested in letting Romney exploit the disaster in his state for another photo op.  Christie doesn’t have time to play “pretend” with Mitt Romney. This is a real crisis affecting millions of real people.

Chris Christie: ‘Not Interested’ In A Romney Visit To View Storm Damage; President Obama Deserves ‘Great Credit’

VIDEO – New Jersey Governor Chris Christie appeared on FOX and Friends the day after Hurricane Sandy pummeled the New Jersey coast.  When asked by the FOX host Steve Doocy about the possibility that Mitt Romney would go to New Jersey to tour the damage with him, the Republican Governor Christie replied, “I have no idea, nor am I the least bit concerned or interested”.  Christie then went on to praise President Obama’s handling of the crisis.

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, a Republican surrogate for Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign and the keynote address speaker at the Republican National Convention, appeared on the FOX and Friends morning show the morning after Hurricane Sandy devastated his state.  About two minutes into the interview, FOX host Steve Doocy suggestively asked if Christie would allow Mitt Romney to get a photo-op for his campaign.  Here’s how that went:

FOX HOST STEVE DOOCY: “Over the last couple of months you have appeared throughout the country, Governor, on behalf of Mitt Romney, talking him up for president of the United States.  I know the President is off the campaign trail today.  Although, we hear that Mr. Romney may do  some storm-related events.  Is there any possibility that Governor Romney may go to New Jersey to tour some of the damage with you?”

GOVERNOR CHRISTIE: “I have no idea, nor am I the least bit concerned or interested.  I’ve got a job to do here in New Jersey.  That’s much bigger than presidential politics and I could[n’t] care less about any of that stuff.  I have a job to do.  I’ve got 2.4 million people out of power.  I’ve got devastation on the shore. I’ve got floods in the Northern part of my state.  If you think right now I give a damn about presidential politics, then you don’t know me.

It is notable how the FOX host, looking at the disaster in New Jersey as an opportunity for Mitt Romney to get a photo-op seemed to disgust Governor Christie, who was just coming to grips with the severity of the damage in his state.  Not only did Christie express his utter disregard (and frankly, annoyance by even being asked the question) for Mitt Romney coming to New Jersey for a photo-op, he made sure to let the FOX audience know that President Obama was doing an outstanding job in his response to the disaster and coordination of federal resources.

GOVERNOR CHRISTIE: “I spoke to the President three times yesterday.  He called me for the last time midnight last night asking what he could do.  I said ‘if you could expedite designating New Jersey as a major disaster area that that would help us to get federal money and resources here as quickly as possible to help clean up the damage here’.  The President was great last night. He said he would get it done.  At 2 AM I got a call from FEMA to answer a couple of final questions and then he signed the declaration this morning.  So I have to give the President great credit.  He’s been on the phone with me three times in the last 24 hours. He has been very attentive and anything  I’ve asked for, he’s gotten to me.  So, I thank the President publicly for that.  He has done, as far as I’m concerned, a great job for New Jersey.

Christie gave similar remarks about President Obama on the Today Show, Good Morning America, and CBS This Morning.

Governor Chris Christie obviously has had a great experience working with President Obama in the aftermath of the storm.  Formerly one of President Obama’s harshest critics, Christie has gone out of his way to make sure the American people know about the President’s superb handling of the Hurricane Sandy disaster and also the response of FEMA under Obama’s leadership.

Mitt Romney has said he would end FEMA and let the states handle disasters on their own or privatize the function of disaster relief.