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September 2nd, 2012
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SOTU Crib Sheet

ON STATE OF THE UNION:

Candy talked to three prominent Democrats on the party’s campaign message and firing up the base:
Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley: “This is the contrast, we are about jobs and opportunity, and they are about bigger tax breaks about billionaires.”
North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue: “Folks want people to come together to solve the problems and the challenges of America.”
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa: “We have the most comprehensive ground effort in ever... and we are going to be focusing on the Latino vote. We will be focusing on the 12 or 13 states where the election is in swing opportunity.”

Then, a look ahead to the fall campaign with Obama and Romney campaign senior advisers:
Robert Gibbs: “In Tampa, we saw nothing but insults and old slogans and tired old ideas. In Charlotte, the president is going to focus on a plan to provide the middle-class in this country some necessary and needed security.”
Eric Fehrnstrom: “I do think that the critical issue facing American voters is the economy and I think that next week in Charlotte, the president needs to explain why he didn't do what he said he was going to do.”

Plus our political panel with Dan Balz of the Washington Post and Chief White House Correspondent Jessica Yellin preview the Democratic Convention.


STATE OF THE UNION HIGHLIGHTS

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Gov. Martin O’Malley, (D) Maryland
“I predict when it comes to decision time – nobody is satisfied with where the economy is today – but who has the best policies to move it forward? What you will see in Charlotte is the clear articulation that we measure the strong of the nation by a strong and growing middle class. We are the party for Medicare and Social Security and they are the choices that would lead to insecurity for seniors and their policy is I don’t care, get a voucher. Figure it out. This is the contrast, we are about jobs and opportunity, and they are about bigger tax breaks for billionaires.”

Gov. Bev Perdue, (D) North Carolina
“I understand that people are struggling all over North Carolina and all over America, but we all want everybody to get a job Candy. The real North Carolina – we are one of eight states in America with a triple A bond rating and all three of the rating houses think we are golden in terms of investment. And our pension system is fully funded. As governor I have created thousands of jobs and investment because of the president and the administration has made here around infrastructure and higher education and the capacity for us to retrain the people.”

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, (D) Los Angeles
“You want to crystallize the choices that the American people have in this election. A choice that invests in the economy from the middle out, that continues to build on some of the progress. We have created 4.5 million jobs in the last four years. Twenty-nine consecutive months of growth in our economy, and we want to continue that. And we also want to compare and contrast with the failed Bush policies that Romney/Ryan would like to promote going into the future.”

Robert Gibbs, Obama Campaign Senior Adviser
“Voters understand it took us years and years of tremendously bad decisions by running up huge debts and providing huge tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires that didn’t create jobs. And they understand it is going to take a while to get out of that mess.”

Robert Gibbs, Obama Campaign Senior Adviser
“In Tampa, we saw nothing but insults and old slogans and tired old ideas. In Charlotte, the president is going to focus on a plan to provide the middle- class in this country some necessary and needed security by investing in research and innovation, and strengthening the middle-class, and I think a pathway to moving us forward.”

Eric Fehrnstrom, Romney Campaign Senior Adviser on Mitt Romney not mentioning the Afghanistan war during his convention speech
“The day before the convention speech Candy, Governor Romney traveled to Indianapolis on Wednesday and he gave a speech before the American Legion and that was an invitation that President Obama declined. Governor Romney thought it was a privilege to be speaking to people who had served so nobly and in that speech, he talked about Afghanistan. And he also talked about the one trillion in defense cuts taking place under this president, which is own defense secretary has said will be devastating to the national defense.”

Eric Fehrnstrom, Romney Campaign Senior Adviser
“I think that next week in Charlotte, the president needs to explain why he didn’t do what he said he was going to do. When he took office shortly after his inauguration, he said in an interview that if he didn’t have this economy turned around in three years, his presidency would be a one-term proposition.”


ONLINE LINKS

Gov. Perdue, Gov. O’Malley, and Mayor Villaraigosa: Democrats take the stage in Charlotte

Robert Gibbs: “We saw nothing but insults in Tampa”

Ann Romney

Eric Fehrnstrom: Romney’s speech at the RNC was a “home run”

Jessica Yellin and Dan Balz

And Finally: Bill Clinton’s long convention history

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