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The President spoke directly to voters about his vision for an economy that grows from the middle out, while Mitt Romney spent the night on the defensive, doubled down on the same bad ideas that crashed the economy, and got testy when he was pushed on specifics.

Romney confirmed that he opposes a single dollar in new revenue to reduce the deficit and continued to hide the details about how he’d accomplish his plans because he knows they don’t add up and are bad for the middle class.

Romney said being Latino could help him in the election, but Latino voters really care where he stands on substantive issues, not whether he’s Latino. His extreme makeover at tonight’s Univision town hall is too little, too late. Romney is wrong on every issue important to Latino voters – economic security, health care and education – and is the most extreme nominee on immigration in modern history.

But here are the facts on the Americans Romney dismisses – an overwhelmingly majority of whom are seniors, working families, students or people with disabilities.

The vast majority of these Americans pay a significant percentage of their income in taxes – whether they are federal payroll taxes, property taxes, sales taxes or other state and local taxes. They often pay even a higher share of their income in these taxes than
wealthier families, like Mitt Romney’s.

President Obama believes education is critical to creating an economy built to last, keeping America competitive and growing our economy from the middle class out.

President Obama is creating jobs by investing in homegrown energy. His plan keeps investing in promising clean energy industries like wind power, which supports about 7,000 jobs in Iowa and 75,000 jobs across the country.

We’ve doubled the amount of electricity America generates from wind since the President took office. We’ve built the equivalent of 12 Hoover Dams’ worth of wind energy in the past four years. That’s creating American-made clean energy that can power nearly 13 million homes.

Mitt Romney’s latest welfare ad is a complete and utter lie. If Romney wants to talk about issues, he should start by taking his own advice.

The Romney-Ryan top-down budget plan would weaken the economy:

Mitt Romney said h would be “happy to go back and look” at his old tax returns to see if he ever paid a tax rate lower than the 13.9 percent he paid in 2010 – which is a lower rate than many middle-class families pay. If he’s “happy” to provide more information about his tax returns, he should come clean and release more of them.

New Report on The Romney Tax Hike: Nonpartisan experts at the Tax Policy Center released a report today concluding that if Mitt Romney were to pay for his $5 trillion tax plan skewed to the wealthiest, he would have to raise taxes on millions of middle-class families. Under Romney’s plan, families who have children and make less than $200,000 would see their taxes go up an average of more than $2,000.
Please see this new report from the Tax Policy Center.

Mitt Romney has been unable to explain why he isn’t responsible for Bain companies’ layoffs, bankruptcies and outsourcing after February 1999 despite remaining its CEO, president, chairman and sole shareholder. He’s only offered a convoluted explanation that most Americans would find incoherent and confusing.


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