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5. Attaaaaaaaaaack!

RADDATZ: Im Im going to move on to this closing question because we are running out of time.

Certainly (inaudible) and youve said it here tonight, that the two of you respect our troops enormously. Your son has served and perhaps someday your children will serve as well.

I recently spoke to a highly decorated soldier who said that this presidential campaign has left him dismayed. He told me, quote, the ads are so negative and they are all tearing down each other rather than building up the country.

What would you say to that American hero about this campaign? And at the end of the day, are you ever embarrassed by the tone?


RYAN: First of all, Id thank him to his service to our country.

Second of all, Id say we are not going to impose these devastating cuts on our military which compromises their mission and their safety.

And then I would say, you have a president who ran for president four years ago promising hope and change, who has now turned his campaign into attack, blame and defame.

You see, if you dont have a good record to run on, then you paint your opponent as someone to run from. That was what President Obama said in 2008. Its what hes doing right now.

Look at all the string of broken promises….


This was perhaps Ryan’s most brilliant dodge of the night. He took a question — “Don’t you think negative campaigning is bad?” — and managed to answer by making a series of attacks on President Barack Obama.

It was masterful. Ryan regurgitated every talking point he could think of about how awful Barack Obama is, and how we have to get rid of him in November. He never stopped for a second even to acknowledge that sure, he could understand why negative campaigning rankles people.

But why would he? For all Ryan’s assertion that the Obama-Biden campaign is running a campaign of fear, Ryan himself is hamstrung. If the Romney-Ryan campaign actually had to be specific about what they wanted to do, they’d lose. Badly. Given the choices on the table, Ryan could not possibly even acknowledge that negative campaigning is off-putting. The Romney campaign can’t make a positive case for itself. Going negative is all they have — and it was all Ryan could do to avoid having to admit it.


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1:27PM PDT on Oct 20, 2012


Lovely Christian response. It's good to share the Love.

1:26PM PDT on Oct 20, 2012


How can you take the top man out of any business or government post? Everyone is blaming Bain Cap. on Romney when he wasn't even there. It is being blamed on Obama's Administration ....but the lies about it not being a terrorist attack is on Obama. You cannot tell me that they took ONE telephone call and did not factcheck with other information or see the live video. Really, do you belleve that? Obama lied for eight days. Hillary is taking the blame - but - there is a memo out there where she asked for more security. Someone above her turned it down.

1:12PM PDT on Oct 17, 2012

So Kevin "oozles" in his positions???? This thread might turn out to be steamier than Ryan and his lies.

11:10AM PDT on Oct 17, 2012

I don't know Micheal, I was thinking when she said "Your disgusting oozeling on this site is remarkable" that it might have been a compliment. You know like "Shaft, you are one bad mother...." But then again I am not so good with "secret languages."

11:01AM PDT on Oct 17, 2012

Zeke, exactly, Paul Ryan voted on two separate bills, one of them to cut embassy security by 130 million and one to cut it by 300 million.

Every problem we've been faced with since 1981 side from Clinton's adoption of 2 Republican trade programs, NAFTA and CAFTA and his failure to veto the repeal of Glass-Steagall and the passage of Gramm-Leach-Bliley, has been totally on the shoulders of the Republican traitors in Washington.

11:00AM PDT on Oct 17, 2012

Michael, oh okay, I did not realize that "mama jmarie" had her own secret language, lol.

10:01AM PDT on Oct 17, 2012

"Oozeling"? JMaire what exactly is "oozeling"? Is that some made up fantasy world? I mean you live in a fantasy world so maybe you have your own fantasy language?

8:34AM PDT on Oct 17, 2012

@ JMarie F.

You're not pinning the tragic deaths of the ambassador and his staff members on Pres. Obama. There was no incompetence. It was a tragedy. You will not gain politically from this. We won't let you. And yes, we know the Al Qaeda surrogates had this premeditated, but they did use the confusion of the regional protests as an advantage. You Repubs know this! But you just want to pin something, anything on the President. Like Kevin B. said that dog won't hunt. Let it go!

Also I find it laughable that you ask "Who will ask the needed questions if Republicans don't?". You mean questions like:
-Where are the weapons of mass destruction in Iraq?
-Which country really attacked us on 9/11?
-Why did George W. Bush decide it wasn't important to take out Bin Laden?

-How can cutting $5 Trillion dollars from the debt be done by cutting taxes on everyone and adding like a third to the defense budget?

Republicans and the term "tough questions" should never be used in the same sentence.

8:34AM PDT on Oct 17, 2012


7:19AM PDT on Oct 17, 2012

Kevin B.

Your disgusting oozeling on this site is remarkable. I have two young sons in the current buildup of Americans in the Philippines that are my only concern. I don't give a hooters' backside about the political ax you try to grind in every post. Who will ask the needed questions if Republicans don't.? Do you think Democrats can see a single sin in their fearless leader? There were huge mistakes made involving our ambassador and three others. Incompetence doesn't describe it.

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