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October 31, 2012
At the top of my list, I have to say that Gov. Christie throughout this process has been responsive. He’s been aggressive in making sure that the state got out in front of this incredible storm and I think the people of New Jersey recognize that he has put his heart and soul into making sure the people of New Jersey bounce back even stronger than before. So, I just want to thank him for his extraordinary leadership and partnership.
President Obama, returning the favor to Christie at a joint press conference today. Some have suggested that Christie is helping himself politically by embracing Obama, but that’s a dubious suggestion at best (just ask Charlie Crist). Regardless, it’s been heartening to watch this bromance emerge; here’s to hoping it sticks around after the storm is gone. source
18:27 // 1 year ago
October 30, 2012
I spoke to the president three times yesterday… I said, if you can expedite designating New Jersey as a major disaster area that that would help us to get federal money and resources in 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 a.m. 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’s been very attentive, and anything that I’ve asked for, he’s gotten to me. So, I thank the president publicly for that. He’s done — as far as I’m concerned — a great job for New Jersey.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie • Lauding President Obama’s attentiveness in the face of Hurricane Sandy, in an interview on Fox and Friends this morning. Christie’s rhetoric on the President’s leadership abilities hasn’t always been so glowing — back in May, he excoriated Obama as “walking around in a dark room trying to find the light switch of leadership.” But now, faced with a climactic disaster in his state, Christie and Obama have made nice, to the vast betterment of the citizens of his state. Obviously, holding off on political rivalries during such a chaotic and traumatic event is the right thing to do, but Christie deserves a major measure of credit for recognizing Obama’s efforts for his state. When asked whether Mitt Romney would tour some storm sites, he went much further than he needed to, showing a sincerity unbound by partisan priority: “…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 care less about any of that stuff.” source
18:48 // 1 year ago
October 27, 2012
The New York Times Endorsement: Barack Obama For Re-Election
“…we enthusiastically endorse President Barack Obama for a second term, and express the hope that his victory will be accompanied by a new Congress willing to work for policies that Americans need.”
Not exactly the shock of the century, but America’s “paper of record” has once again endorsed Barack Obama for President. The last time the NYT endorsed a Republican? They liked Ike, all the way back in 1956.
21:38 // 1 year ago
October 22, 2012
U.S. exports have doubled since I came into office, to China, and currencies are at their most advantageous for exports since 1993.
President Obama, dancing the China dance with Mitt Romney. Romney’s “tough on China” rhetoric has been a staple of his campaign to date, as well as his condemnation of copyright infringements originating from China.
22:25 // 1 year ago
It’s widely reported that drones are being used in drone strikes, and I support that entirely.
Mitt Romney, answering a question many people wanted to be asked, and many doubted would be. On this issue, however, there’s no illuminating difference between one candidate and the other — both Romney and President Obama (obviously) support the current policy on drone strikes.
22:14 // 1 year ago
Governor, the problem is that on a whole range of issues, whether it’s the Middle East, Afghanistan, now Iran, you’ve been all over the map. i mean, I’m pleased that you’re now endorsing our policy to engage diplomatically… but two years ago, you said that was something you’d never do.
President Obama, taking another chance to strike his opponent on his consistency, or lack thereof, on foreign policy rhetoric. Obama has pushed hard on the impression that Romney changes his positions casually, which is true to a large extent. The reason this is an important method for Obama is because of Romney’s tact in this debate — strategically agreeing with Obama on broad policy strokes, but disputing particular decisions and policies with a much narrower focus.
22:05 // 1 year ago
Bob, let me explain. Nothing Governor Romney just said is true. Especially the part about me apologizing… every reporter and fact-checker who’s looked into has said, that’s not true.
President Obama, denouncing one of Mitt Romney’s longest running and most durable rhetorical barbs — referring to Obama as having participated in a global “apology tour.”
21:57 // 1 year ago
It’s absolutely the right thing to do to put in place crippling sanctions. …I would tighten those sanctions.
Mitt Romney, ceding that the Obama administration has imposed “crippling” sanctions on Iran, but insisting he’d make them even more crippling. If there’s one thing that’s clear in our current foreign policy discourse, it’s that both sides are keen on continuing policies against Iran that have had a profoundly deleterious effect on their economy.
21:52 // 1 year ago
Keep in mind that military spending has gone up every year I’ve been in office. We spend more than the next ten countries combined… what you can’t do is spend 2 trillion dollars in additional spending the military isn’t asking for, 5 trillion in tax cuts… and then somehow you’re going to cut the deficit with what we have left. The math doesn’t work.
President Obama, taking the opportunity of a question on military spending to again veer the topic towards something a little more domestic, and one of his more effective attacks on the Romney economic plan — his additional trillions proposed in expenditures, tax cuts, and pledge to cut the deficit and debt nonetheless.
21:45 // 1 year ago
Let’s get back to foreign policy, can we…?
Moderator Bob Schieffer, who has been pretty hands-off so far in his handling of the candidates, leading to a shocking amount of drift from the debate’s ostensible topic: foreign policy. Romney and Obama have been speaking about debt, economics, and education for the last ten minutes or so, and after Schieffer’s intervention the pair steamrolled him for a further exchange on education.
21:40 // 1 year ago