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My fellow Americans, the President of the United States is a great
man. His story is the American Dream. I am proud he is my President,
and proud to live in these glorious United States of America where his
story is possible.

More important than him being a great man, he is a good man. His love
of country and his love of his beautiful family speak to traditional
American values that conservatives sometimes, wrongly, try to claim as
only their own. Any of us would do well to live up to the example he
has set.

The story of this President is a signal for the whole world, of the
greatness of America. For this, the United States will forever be in
his debt.

All of this is undeniable. So why am I running for President? It is
not to replace him; it is to replace his policies.

While we as Americans may forever be in his debt metaphorically,
because of his policies I am afraid we as Americans may literally be
indebted for generations. The massive borrowing that we are leaving
behind for all our children -- his, mine, and yours -- is a moral
outrage. This President will not change those policies; I will.

The President makes the point that he took over when the economy was
in freefall and that it was impossible to right the ship of state in
just a few years. He is probably right, but that doesn't give him a
free pass. We have to judge whether his decisions and his policies are
the best path to recovery. They are not.

In 2008, the President promised hope and change. Some in my party
ridicule that idea, but I am not one of them. In my favorite movie,
The Shawshank Redemption, Andy Dufrense tells us "Hope is a good
thing. Maybe the best of things." I wholeheartedly believe that.

Unfortunately, the President has gone from promising hope and change,
to today, just hoping things will change.

But hope is not a plan. Andy Dufresne had hope, but he also had a
plan. When we have 25 million Americans out of work, looking for a
job, you can't just say to them "have hope".

I have a plan to put America back to work. I have a plan to bring the
economy out of its nosedive faster and make it stronger than ever
before. I have a plan, and I have the experience to get it done.

That's why I'm running for President, to replace this good man... with a
good plan. That's real change you can believe in and that is why I am
asking for your vote. Thank you very much.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Riiiiiiiiiiiight! Suuuuuuuuuuurrrre! (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:

    Iz snark?

    Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

    by JeffW on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 10:20:19 AM PST

  •  I'm puzzled... (0+ / 0-)

    Are you suggesting this would have been the best argument Romney could have made?

    Or is this Romney making your argument?

    "I don't give them Hell. I just tell the truth about them and they think it's Hell."

    by Notthemayor on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 10:44:17 AM PST

    •  I think (1+ / 0-)
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      Hanging Up My Tusks

      it's the best BS he could have come up with trying to convince folks in the middle. We knew Romney's arguments were going to be false and ring hollow, but they deluded themselves into thinking people didn't like Obama.

      •  I'd suggest a snark tag... (0+ / 0-)

        Or an you intrepidly found this discarded on the floor at Romney's HQ, wrapped around 3 cigars like Lee's lost order at Gettysburg or something.

        Anything that might make your intent more clear.

        I do agree that is a better argument...however skewed...that Willard could have attempted to make.  Though it would have offended his base and not moved Dems.

        "I don't give them Hell. I just tell the truth about them and they think it's Hell."

        by Notthemayor on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 12:30:59 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

  •  That would have been pretty stunning. (4+ / 0-)

    Hell, it might have even given Chris Matthews a tingle up his leg.

    Of course, this is the campaign that thought it would be awesome to have Clint Eastwood yell at a chair in front of tens of millions of people.

    And, ultimately, it's just words, not a plan.

    As President Obama reminded everyone, Mr. Romney didn't have a 5-point plan. He had a 1-point plan: lower taxes on the rich and to hell with everything and everyone else.

    I like Fantasy Romney, though. He's a much better candidate than the real thing was.

    My fantasy Romney looks like Sofia Vergara. That makes it even better.

    How about I believe in the unlucky ones?

    by BenderRodriguez on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 10:54:46 AM PST

  •  WTF? (1+ / 0-)

    "Javelin, Jockey details, all posts, discontinue."

    by bradreiman on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 11:33:20 AM PST

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