President Obama’s campaign dubbed the Romney-Ryan plans outlined in the Republican platform “mean-spirited” and “intolerant,” in language borrowed from the New York Times.
“‘Intolerant’ and ‘mean-spirited’ sounds about right to me,” wrote Stephanie Cutter — the Obama campaign official who suggested that Mitt Romney was a felon — in an email to supporters about the Republican platform. “And surprise, surprise: The Los Angeles Times reported that [the platform] was “written at the direction of Romney’s campaign.”
She used that language to describe the Republican desire to “outlaw all abortions,” change Medicare (a near-bankrupt program with a $68 trillion unfunded liability), and “kill investments in clean energy jobs” — such as the loan program that produced Solyndra’s $535 million debacle.
Cutter did acknowledge that Republicans won’t describe themselves as “mean-spirited” — which is more than Rep. Charlie Rangel, D-N.Y., gives them credit for. “On national television this week, we’ll be hearing a different story, as the Republicans try to convince voters that the Romney-Ryan ticket is on the side of the middle class,” Cutter wrote. “It’s on us to make sure the millions of Americans who are just tuning into this election for the first time don’t buy it.”
Here is her full message:
The New York Times called it “mean-spirited,” “aggressive,” and “intolerant.”
They’re referring to the Republican Party platform. And surprise, surprise: The Los Angeles Times reported that it was “written at the direction of Romney’s campaign.”
On national television this week, we’ll be hearing a different story, as the Republicans try to convince voters that the Romney-Ryan ticket is on the side of the middle class.
It’s on us to make sure the millions of Americans who are just tuning into this election for the first time don’t buy it.
Here’s just a snapshot of what Mitt Romney’s platform calls for:
– Turn Medicare into a voucher program to buy private insurance, forcing seniors to pay more out of pocket for their health care costs.
– Outlaw all abortions without exception for rape or incest (including a “salute” to states like Virginia that have passed extreme ultrasound laws).
– Ban marriage equality and reject civil unions of all kinds.
– Won’t protect the mortgage interest deduction for middle-class families if Romney enacts his tax plan, even though it helps more than 30 million middle-class families.
– Kill investments in clean energy jobs and reject the wind production tax credit, which would cost up to 37,000 American jobs.
“Intolerant” and “mean-spirited” sounds about right to me.
Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are in lockstep with this platform, but pay close attention to what they’re saying up on that stage this week — I guarantee you won’t hear a whole lot about any of that.
Instead, they’re filling their free airtime with false promises and baseless attacks on President Obama. We can’t let them get away with it.
Thanks, and buckle up.
Deputy Campaign Manager
Obama for America