He said he would, by now, put out a plan to save Medicare and Social Security… he hasn’t even done one. …he said he cut in half the deficit, he hasn’t done that either.Mitt Romney, attacking President Obama over the dire state of the economy following the financial crisis, and the effect of his policies thereon. He also mentioned higher levels of people receiving food stamps – criticism of the entitlement system has been a common rhetorical theme in his campaign.
I know what it takes to make an economy work, and I know what a working economy looks like.Mitt Romney, turning to a manner of phrasing that he’s leaned on throughout the debate (“I know how to…”). As has been criticized by President Obama, the limited level of detail he’s offered may be necessitating this repeated insistence.
Women are increasingly the bread-winners in the family. This is not just a women’s issue, it’s a family, a middle class issue, and we have to fight for it.President Obama, speaking in support of equal pay for women, and highlighting his signing of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which improved the ability of women to sure their employers for pay discrimination.
We haven’t heard any specifics from the Governor beyond Big Bird and cutting Planned Parenthood that’s gonna pay for that.President Obama, decrying Mitt Romney’s unwillingness to specify his spending and cutting plans with any vivid or mathematically meaningful details. Mitt Romney’s response: “Of course it adds up.”
I think what grows the economy is that when you get that tax credit that we put in place, your kid can go to college.Barack Obama, on his support for middle-class income tax deductions. So far, both candidates have tried to appeal to the ability of parents and children to afford college, with Romney pledging to grow Pell grants near the start of the evening.
I’m gonna bring rates down across the board, but I’m gonna limit some deductions for people at the high end.Mitt Romney, continuing his pull to the center on deductions and taxation. Romney has called for a 20% tax rate across the board, and has in the past suggested that the mortgage income tax deduction might undergo some new limits.
…part of that is bringing in a pipeline from Canada…Mitt Romney, hitting President Obama over the Keystone XL pipeline. His response: “We already built enough pipeline to wrap around the earth… I’m all for oil, I’m all for pipelines, but I’m not for ignoring everything else.”
This has not been Mr. Gas, Mr. Oil, or Mr. Coal. Just ask the people working in those industries.Mitt Romney, tearing into President Obama on his energy policies, restraint in issuing drilling permits, and the price of gas nationally.
Governor Romney doesn’t have a five-point plan, he has a one-point plan, and that’s to make sure the people at the top play by a different set of rules.President Obama, casting Mitt Romney as a candidate solely dedicated to furthering the interests of the upper class. The debate to this point has seen a more assertive, and, frankly, awake looking Obama. He hasn’t minced words in his attacks on Romney, either – responding to Romney’s charge on his handling of the auto industry bailout, Obama replied: “Candy, what Governor Romney said is simply not true.”
I want to make sure we keep our Pell grant program growing… the key thing is to make sure you have a job when you get out of school.Mitt Romney, opening up the debate by assuring a college student that his administration would grow the Pell grant program. This is in sharp contrast with the position his running mate, Paul Ryan, took in his proposed budget – the Ryan plan would have reduced Pell grant funding, and freeze the level of maximum grant available.