Is America better off today than 4 years ago?
Romney campaign weighs in on growing debate
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- Date Sep 4, 2012
Romney campaign weighs in on growing debate
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Well as vice president Joseph Biden adds to the growing debate are Americans better off now than they were four years ago.
As with every voter ultimately has to decide when they step into that voting Booth.
And one top top Democrats pulling an about face yesterday.
Without answering with a flat out no so Biden took the Labor Day holiday -- try to set the record straight despite the apparent indecision from some fellow Democrats.
A day earlier speaking about governor -- this little piece.
Let me make something clear and say to the press.
America is better off today than they left us when -- left.
You want to know whether they're better off I got a little bumper sticker -- Osama.
-- All right Kevin Madden joins me now senior advisor to GOP nominee met Ronnie Kevin welcome good to see this to be with -- -- thanks -- You know no doubt we're gonna see is some version of that bumper sticker at the debates we know the governor -- is busy getting ready -- debate prep as we speak.
So how do you respond to that you know -- tape bin Laden is dead and GM -- -- lives those are two areas that the Obama administration will point to as as big successes.
-- well I think it doesn't speak to the larger question that people are asking in the frame.
But this this election which is the state of the economy.
We have -- it and it also doesn't speak to the fact that we have 23 million Americans are struggling -- -- work in the Obama economy.
We've seen we're gonna see -- -- that our national debt probably cross over the sixteen trillion dollar mark during the democrats' convention.
This president actually oversaw five trillion dollars in debt over the last over the last four years.
So right now Americans don't feel like the country going in the right direction they voted for President Obama to bring the country together.
Four years ago and to help jumpstart the economy.
And what we see -- out of Washington is a whole lot of partisanship not a whole lot of action on the big issues that the people of the American people care about and the economy is still struggling so.
If the as the democrats' answer that question accurately.
Whether or not the American people are better off than they were four years ago.
Well what essentially they'll do is actually reaffirmed the arguments that governor Romney is making that we need to change that we need a new direction for the country.
But you know what it arguments that was made after the Republican Convention was that there weren't enough specifics that were put forth.
And when you look at the next certain stage of this whole process it is those debates.
Now no doubt.
Farm policy is gonna come up in those debates and President Obama will be it will take the opportunity -- assume.
To talk about the bin Laden raid and the success of that and how tough his administration has been.
With drone attacks on terrorism at one of the criticisms that brought up was that governor Ronnie didn't even mention the war in Afghanistan during his speech.
What will he be bringing to the table specifically to answer questions about what his plan in Afghanistan would be.
During the out during that at the convention speech that governor -- -- he did talk about the importance of restructuring and strengthening our our nation's military which is seen.
Degradation over the last few years also -- the day prior to his convention speech.
Governor -- traveled travel to Indianapolis Indiana.
And gave a speech to The American Legion at the invitation of The American Legion -- invitation that President Obama decline.
And he did talk about what we need to do.
In Afghanistan to see that mission through their that is so that we have a more stable.
Government so that we can.
Then begin to draw down our troops and to do so with a very clear sense of the mission there so I think those will be some of the contrast that we continue to see during the debates.
And -- -- the contrast that we continue to see that debated through the course of the next sixty days as we open as we move all the way through to Election Day.
You know no doubt we'll hear more -- specifics about that as I said in the dubious data back to the whole question of the economy which which you brought up.
Yes some are also pressing governor -- to start to be more specific in terms of what he would do.
In the next four years and all those batches are you better off question so what would governor Romney do to make us better off when it comes to for example tax reform.
Well tax reform is just one style and I think if you look at governor Romney's specifics he laid out -- 59 point plan for -- strengthening the American economy.
Part of that on the tax side is -- -- percent across the board tax relief for the American public.
As well as reforming the corporate rate right now we have the highest corporation in the world and it's making us less competitive in -- global economy.
But also governor -- -- talked about some of the other -- silos that have a tremendous impact.
On that growth -- -- namely health care and energy.
On health care at governor Ronnie wood moved to repeal obamacare which is stifling job creation it's leading to higher cost for businesses.
And on energy immediately approve the Keystone Pipeline they are thousands of jobs.
And lots of American energy -- state that we can help reduce our energy costs and help grow the economy.
Those are just a number of -- of of of things that the governor would do all inside of 59 point plan.
And -- you contrast that again what President Obama who really hasn't laid out a second term agenda we don't know exactly what President Obama would do and that's after three years of failure on -- economy.
You know and no doubt he will be pressed to be specific on those issues as well.
He'll be able to give the speech that he -- to speech -- he gave back here but when we step forward from here and I think a lot of questions will be raised also about spending cuts Kevin.
You know when you look at the spend because Paul Ryan is known for his very specific plan.
-- had to cut spending in this country was controversial when it came out how much of that will governor Romney sign on to you know.
And where are the areas -- governor Romney would cut spending to deal with the sixteen trillion dollar debt that you talk about -- -- Governor Romney has talked about an across the board cut for some of the discretionary spending if you remember back in the primary one of the most important.
Arguments that he made that helped him win in a Republican primary.
Was that he would adhere to a cut cap and balanced strategy for the for the economy -- -- that's one of the things where we have probably the clearest contrast with this administration.
Over the last four years we've seen five trillion dollars added to the deficit that's more.
Van all of the presidents they came before President Obama so the American public is they look at this election through the lens of the economy.
And they look at that though the rate of spending coming out of Washington the size of the deficits that piled up under this president -- -- have a very clear contrast with.
With governor Romney and Paul Ryan.
Running against a terrible record that we -- from President Obama Vice President Biden.
The Democrats there in the middle of the first day of their convention.
And for you folks are getting ready for the debates which is gonna be the next big chapter in all of this Kevin always good to talk to -- thanks so -- Seem to be with you thanks for having me back.