Morning Examiner: Romney’s ongoing war against free stuff

Politics,Beltway Confidential,Conn Carroll

Mitt Romney is not usually known as a strong impromptu campaigner, but a unscripted moment from this spring is turning into a major theme of his campaign. Back in March, at a campaign stop in Peoria, Illinois, a woman asked Romney, “So you’re all for like, ‘yay, freedom,’ and all this stuff. And ‘yay, like pursuit of happiness.’ You know what would make me happy? Free birth control.” To which Romney responded:

You know, let me tell you, no no, look, look let me tell you something. If you’re looking for free stuff you don’t have to pay for, vote for the other guy. That’s what he’s all about, okay? That’s not, that’s not what I’m about.

Then last month, after being booed by the NAACP convention in Houston, Romney told a crowd in Montana:

When I mentioned I am going to get rid of Obamacare they weren’t happy… That’s ok, I want people to know what I stand for and if I don’t stand for what they want, go vote for someone else, that’s just fine. But I hope people understand this, your friends who like Obamacare, you remind them of this, if they want more free stuff from government tell them to go vote for the other guy. But don’t forget nothing is really free.

Today, the Romney campaign continued their assault on the liberal idea of “free stuff” releasing a new television ad titled, “Nothing’s Free.” The ad’s script reads:

Some think Obamacare is the same as free healthcare. But nothing is free. Obama is raiding $716 billion from Medicare, changing the program forever. Taxing wheelchairs and pacemakers. Raising taxes on families making less than one hundred and twenty thousand dollars. Free healthcare comes at a very high price.

This is a pitch perfect message to hit Obama with at a time when he is campaigning across the country promoting all the “free” benefits in Obamacare: free drugs and preventative care for seniors, free insurance for ‘adult children’, etc. Deep down, Americans know nothing is free. They know these benefits have to be paid for by someone. Romney is simply reminding them that that someone is them.

Campaign 2012
Polls: A new NBC/WSJ poll shows Obama leading Romney 48 percent to 44 percent nationally, but a new PPP poll in Wisconsin shows Romney/Ryan up one and a new local FOX affiliate’s poll shows Romney/Ryan up 4 in Michigan.

Obama: Campaigning in Ohio yesterday, President Obama accused Mitt Romney of supporting education policies that encourage students to “shop around” for the best deal.

Romney: Campaigning in Pennsylvania Tuesday, Paul Ryan said he’s “happy to be clinging to guns, religion” – a reference to Obama’s 2008 explanation for why he does poorly in rural Pennsylvania.

Missouri Senate: Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo., did not withdraw his candidacy against Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., by the 5 pm deadline yesterday. Thanks to his “legitimate rape” comment, the seat is now almost guaranteed to be held by McCaskill. Akin appeared on the Today Show, this morning.

In Other News
The Los Angeles Times, Court strikes down EPA pollution rule: A federal appeals court Tuesday struck down a key Obama administration air pollution rule meant to protect Eastern residents from polluters in neighboring states, saying that the Environmental Protection Agency must grant states more time to implement protections.

The Wall Street Journal, White House Worked With Buyout Firm to Save Plant: The Obama White House played a central role in encouraging another private-equity firm to rescue a Philadelphia oil refinery, whose imminent closure by owner Sunoco Inc. threatened to send gasoline prices higher before the election.

The Washington Post, D.C. charter schools fight second-class status: Even as charters soar in popularity, D.C. officials have often relegated these schools to second-class status, maintaining funding policies and practices that bypass charters and steer extra money to the traditional city school system.

The New York Times, In Toll of 2,000, New Portrait of Afghan War: The United States military reached 2,000 dead in the nev arly 11-year-old conflict this August, based on an analysis by The New York Times of Department of Defense records.

Righty Playbook
The Washington Times reports that Obama’s Labor Department spent $495,000 advertising “green job” training programs on MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow and Keith Olbermann shows.

Jake Tapper admitted to Laura Ingraham on her radio show yesterday that the “media helped tip the scales” for Obama in 2008.

Thomas Sowell reviews Dinesh D’Souza’s new movie 2016.

Lefty Playbook
In The New York Times, Thomas Friedman wishes conservatives would support higher taxes, higher spending, and more regulation.

Salon‘s Jeffrey Smith lists 11 reasons Akin did not drop out of the race.

The Huffington Post‘s Laura Bassett claims Akin’s abortion position is identical to the Republican platform.

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