Obama & Romney’s newest television ads

“Mitt Romney thinks that students should ‘borrow money’ from their parents to help pay for college or start a business, and under the Romney-Ryan budget, college aid would be cut for nearly 10 million students and the tax deduction for college tuition would be eliminated,” the Obama campaign said today in rolling out this ad. “President Obama, on the other hand, understands that a college education should be in reach for as many students as possible – and that’s why he has overhauled higher education financing by eliminating bank middlemen from college loans and used the savings to double funding for Pell Grants.”

The “Get Real” ad will air in Colorado, Iowa, Nevada, Ohio and Virginia.

“With every paycheck, Americans paid more and more into Medicare,” the Romney campaign said today in rolling out this ad. “Now, when you need it most, President Obama cut Medicare to pay for Obamacare. Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan will strengthen Medicare and protect the commitments made to current seniors.”

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • Truthclubber

    79 days to go, and the “Shared Sacrifice Community over Social Darwinism Individualist” needle hasn’t changed:

    O’bammy over Mittens, 332 to 206.

    Biden presides over and casts the tie-breaker in what will be a Senate with 51 votes needed to override closure.

    Get those passports processed quickly — since you will need one to escape the US to Canada and Eric Holder is gonna be “gunnin'” for ya come November 7th 😉

  • Truthclubber

    Looks like Claire McCaskill just might be able to pull this (re-election) rabbit out of her (rear end) hat after all!

    Make that prediction of a 50-50 tied Senate more like 51-49 — so we won’t need Joe (Biden) to referee the show!

  • Truthclubber

    Yet another voice (Robert Reich) stakes out what this seminal election is all about — the destruction (by Romney), or preservation (by Obama), of what made America so great as a concept over the past 100+ years — “community first, individualism second”:

    How the modern-day Republican Party would have you remake America into a modern-day Mexico (to pick on one of many emerging third world countries), where the Carlos Slims of that world thrive, and the rest of the unwashed masses struggle to survive, kept away by high fences and armed guards at the gates.

  • Truthclubber

    @3 —

    An excerpt from the above link to get the vitriol flowing!

    Social Darwinism offered a moral justification for the wild inequities and social cruelties of the late 19th century. It also undermined all efforts to build a more broadly based prosperity and rescue our democracy from the tight grip of a very few at the top. It was used by the privileged and powerful to convince everyone else that government shouldn’t do much of anything.

    Not until the 20th century did America reject social Darwinism.

    We created a large middle class that became the engine of our economy and our democracy. We built safety nets to catch Americans who fell downward, often through no fault of their own.

    We taxed the rich and invested in public goods – public schools, public universities, public transportation, public parks, public health – that made us all better off.

    In short, we rejected the notion that each of us is on our own in a competitive contest for survival.

    By choosing Ryan, Romney has raised for the nation the starkest of choices: Do we want to return to that earlier time, or are we willing and able to move forward – toward a democracy and an economy that works for us all?

  • Elwood


    Always good to hear from the angry dwarf!

  • Truthclubber

    @5 —

    I’ll be sure to tell him that when I see him later this week — and to let him know how much you appreciate being spared from that particular affliction by the grace of God.

  • Truthclubber

    God, I love it SO!

    Let’s see if His Royal Mittness has the conjones to force out one of the last chances for the GOP to capture majority rule in the US Senate, and passes this crucial and impromptu test of national executive leadership (and believe me, if Mittens wants Akins out, Akins is OUT — GW Bush and Karl Rove would not have taken even THIS long).