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Congressman Ryan is an Articulate Spokesman for Mitt Romney’s Top-Down Economic Vision, Which President Obama Fundamentally Disagrees With

Key Point: Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan believe in a top-down economy, the same formula that crashed our economy and devastated the middle class. President Obama believes we need an economy built to last and built from the middle class out, not the top down.

The President Is Investing in Wind Power; Romney and Ryan Would End Wind Energy Tax Credits and Put Thousands of Jobs at Risk

Key Point: President Obama is urging Congress to extend tax credits and keep investing in wind power, which supports thousands of jobs in states like Iowa. Romney and Ryan believe wind power and new sources of energy are “imaginary” and a “fad.” They would put those jobs at risk by ending wind energy tax credits.

ROMNEY’S WELFARE LIE: Romney Is Lying about President Obama’s Long Record of Making Sure Work Is Part of Welfare

Key Point: Romney is lying about the President’s support for welfare-to-work requirements. President Obama has a long record of making sure work is part of welfare, and his waivers – requested by Republican governors – require states to strengthen work requirements by at least 20 percent. Romney wanted to go further and allow waivers of time limits, which would undercut the central idea of welfare reform.

Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan: The Go Back Team

Key Point: In naming Congressman Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney has chosen a leader of the House Republicans who shares his commitment to the flawed theory that new budget-busting tax cuts for the wealthy, while placing greater burdens on the middle class and seniors, will somehow deliver a stronger economy. The architect of the radical Republican House budget, Ryan, like Romney, proposed an additional $250,000 tax cut for millionaires, and deep cuts in education from Head Start to college aid. His plan also would end Medicare as we know it by turning it into a voucher system, shifting thousands of dollars in health care costs to seniors. As a member of Congress, Ryan rubber-stamped the reckless Bush economic policies that exploded our deficit and crashed our economy. Now the Romney-Ryan ticket would take us back by repeating the same, catastrophic mistakes.

Businesses Created 172,000 New Jobs in July; Romney’s Budget and Middle-Class Tax Hike Would Slow Economic Growth and Job Creation

Key Point: Businesses created 172,000 new jobs in July for a total of 4.5 million new jobs over the past 29 straight months of private-sector growth. We could do more if Romney and Republicans in Congress stopped blocking the President’s jobs plan to create 1 million jobs now and took immediate action to prevent a tax hike on middle-class families. Romney’s plan would make middle-class families pay more in taxes so millionaires like Romney can pay less.

If Mitt Romney Is “Happy” To Provide More Information About His Tax Returns, He Should Release Them For the American People To See

Key Point: If Mitt Romney is “happy to go back and look” at his old tax returns, he should come clean and release more of them. The American people deserve to know whether he’s taken advantage of foreign tax havens to avoid paying his fair share. Romney believes in a tax system with two sets of rules – one for himself and others at the top, and another for everyone else.

According to a New Nonpartisan Report, Romney’s Tax Plan Would Force a $2,000 Tax Hike on Average Middle-Class Families with Children to Pay for Tax Cuts for Millionaires and Billionaires

Key Point: According to nonpartisan tax experts, if Mitt Romney wants to pay for his budget-busting $5 trillion tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires, he’ll have to raise taxes by $2,000 on the average middle-class family with children.

More and More Evidence Indicates Romney Was In Charge of Bain When Its Companies Faced Bankruptcies, Layoffs and Outsourcing of American Jobs

Key Point: Mitt Romney has been unable to explain why he isn’t responsible for what happened at Bain after February 1999 despite remaining its CEO, president and chairman. Mounting evidence indicates Romney was still in charge of Bain when its companies faced layoffs, bankruptcies and American jobs getting sent overseas. Romney needs to come clean so the American people can make their own judgments about his record, perspective and motivations.

Romney Refuses to Release More Tax Returns Because He Believes In a Tax System with Two Sets of Rules – One for Those at the Top and Another for Everyone Else

Key Point: Mitt Romney refuses to release his tax returns because he doesn’t want the American people to know whether he’s taken advantage of foreign tax havens to avoid paying his fair share. His corporate tax plan would create 800,000 jobs overseas, which could come at the expense of American jobs. Romney believes in a tax system with two sets of rules – one for himself and others at the top, and another for everyone else.

Mitt Romney Stifled Start-Up Creation and Growth by Gutting Critical Investments in Massachusetts; He Would Do the Same If Elected President

Key Point: Mitt Romney claimed his business skills and experience would accelerate the economy, but small business activity slowed dramatically in Romney’s Massachusetts. He’s making identical promises today, but his policies would do the same thing – stifle small businesses instead of helping them grow and create jobs.

President Obama Believes in the Drive and Ingenuity of American Entrepreneurs and Workers; Romney Is Deliberately Twisting His Words

Key Point: Mitt Romney is deliberately distorting President Obama’s words. The President has always believed in the drive and ingenuity of America’s entrepreneurs and workers. He believes we should stand behind them as we always have – by investing in education and training, rebuilding our roads and bridges and keeping our edge in research and technology. Mitt Romney would gut investments that help small businesses thrive.

100 Days before Election Day, Obama for America is Holding More Than 4,200 Events Nationwide to Engage Supporters and Help Reelect the President

Key Point: This weekend the Obama campaign is holding more than 4,200 events to mark the 100-day milestone before Election Day, engaging supporters and helping reelect President Obama to keep America moving forward.

If Mitt Romney Is “Happy” To Provide More Information About His Tax Returns, He Should Release Them For the American People To See

Key Point: If Mitt Romney is “happy to go back and look” at his old tax returns, he should come clean and release more of them. The American people deserve to know whether he’s taken advantage of foreign tax havens to avoid paying his fair share. Romney believes in a tax system with two sets of rules – one for himself and others at the top, and another for everyone else.

New Video Highlights President Obama’s Belief in the Drive and Ingenuity of American Entrepreneurs and Workers; Romney Is Deliberately Twisting the President’s Words

Key Point: Mitt Romney is deliberately distorting President Obama’s words. The President has always believed in the drive and ingenuity of America’s entrepreneurs and workers. He believes we should stand behind them as we always have – by investing in education and training, building roads and bridges and keeping our edge in research and technology.

Romney Replaces Reality with Distorted Rhetoric; President Obama’s Successful Clean Energy Investments Support Hundreds of Thousands of Jobs

Key Point: Mitt Romney’s new ad is distorting the President’s job-creating clean energy record, shilling for Big Oil and trying to hide his own failed record. In reality, the President’s clean energy investments have always been on the merits and have so far supported nearly a quarter of a million jobs.

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