Political pundits have predicted that this will be one of the most negative Presidential campaigns in American history. And it might. But it doesn’t have to be. At least from the Republican side.
First of all, I think the majority of Americans are ready for a change, from the change. A lot of people who bought into all that hope and change, aren’t satisfied with where it’s gotten us.
In my view, Mitt Romney should stick with a consistently positive message as to how he intends to get the economy moving in the right direction again, and thus get Americans back to work. And how he intends to get the out-of-control spending in Washington under control again, and deal seriously with our crippling debt. That’s it. Don’t get distracted with stupid questions you get asked about dogs on the roof, or vacations in France, or etch-a-sketches, or anything else. The economy, jobs, and spending. Stay positive.
At the same time, the Romney campaign has a responsibility to remind voters why Barack Obama doesn’t deserve re-election, and what a second Obama term would likely look like.
And here’s the kicker. You do it by using Obama’s own words against him. Candidate Obama said he’d do A. President Obama instead did B. Keep it clear, concise, fair, and most importantly, true. And use Obama’s own words.
After all, he promised us he’d be different. At his announcement that he was running for President, he criticized the broken promises other candidates made, saying, “Too many times after an election is over and the confetti’s swept away, all those promises fade from memory.” Let’s take a look at some of the many examples where Obama promised one thing, but then did another.
Candidate Obama promised to “eliminate capital gains taxes for small businesses.” Instead, he’s attempted to raise them and his shameless demagoguery about a so-called Buffett tax is in reality nothing more than an increase in capital gains taxes, affecting mostly, you guessed it, small business owners.
Obama promised to ban lobbyists in his Administration, but it’s infested with them. In fact, 40 former lobbyists fill senior positions in the Obama Administration, including three members of his Cabinet and his former CIA Director.
“As President I will close Guantanamo Bay.” I have visited the facility where dangerous terrorists are held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba on three separate occasions, and I can assure you that it’s still there (and in my view it should be.)
Obama in a speech pandering to the League of United Latin American Citizens, promised that he would make comprehensive immigration reform “a top priority in my first year as President.” He didn’t.
After criticizing so-called super PACs as being essentially the spawn of the devil, Obama orchestrated one being set up for himself.
On Obamacare, let’s not let people forget that he famously promised “we will work on this process publicly, it will be on C-SPAN.” Contrary to this promise, virtually everything was done behind closed doors – the wheeling and dealing, the arm twisting, and the infamous “Cornhusker Kickback” and “Louisiana Purchase.”
And perhaps the most damaging broken promise Obama made was relative to the deficit. On February 23rd, 2009, one month after being sworn in as President, Barack Obama said, “Today I’m pledging to cut the deficit we inherited in half by the end of my first term in office.” Not only did he break this pledge, a PLEDGE, by not cutting the deficit in half, or at all for that matter, but he added $5 trillion to the debt.
That’s only a partial list of Obama’s inconsistencies, and as I said earlier, the Romney campaign should methodically and accurately use Obama’s own words to expose his failed promises. And candidate Romney should stick to a positive message of how he’ll get America moving in the right direction again.
Now let’s win.