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September 9th, 2012
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State of the Union Crib Sheet for Sunday September 9, 2012

Today on “State of the Union,” we heard competing visions for America’s future from two political figures representing both sides of the debate. California Governor Jerry Brown (D) compared Mitt Romney to Thomas Dewey, the former unsuccessful Republican presidential candidate. "Romney almost reminds me of Thomas Dewey…He symbolized the wealthy East and then Truman was fighting more for the common man," said Gov. Brown. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, a man who had a stormy relationship with Bill Clinton, thought the former president’s convention speech was “eerily anti-Obama.” "Here's Clinton saying, 'I reformed welfare because I worked with Republicans; you didn't, Mr. Obama.' He didn't say it that way, but think about it: 'I had the longest period of economic growth in history; you didn't, Mr. Obama. I got to four balanced budgets by working with Republicans; you didn't, Mr. Obama,'" said Gingrich.


Gov. Jerry Brown, (D) California
“What I heard at the Republican convention is most bashing the president and talking about how they are going to, you know, lower taxes which is primarily going to help the very wealthiest.  When I heard President Clinton, with President Obama and Michelle, a real commitment to build the stuff that makes America.”

Newt Gingrich, (R) Former House Speaker on former president Bill Clinton
“I would say the bounce that Obama is getting coming out of the convention is 80% Bill Clinton.  Clinton is a very popular figure for a very practical reason.  The economy worked.  People had jobs.  We reduced children in poverty by 25% through welfare reform, we actually balanced the budget for four years.  You know, you look back and you think.  I think that what it does is it actually shrinks Obama.  I mean you have a real president and then you have this guy who is a pretender.”

Newt Gingrich, (R) Former House Speaker
“The swing vote is going to be disappointed, not angry.  The angry vote is already there.  Romney is getting all of the angry vote.  But the swing vote is going to be the person—this will be the decision of the election – will be the person who says, you know, I’d like to try.  But I can’t stand the cost of four more years.  If that person comes down and says, I can’t stand the cost of four more yours then I think Obama is gone.  If they come down and say gee, I’m not sure about these Republicans, then Obama could survive.”

Carlos Gutierrez, Former Bush Commerce Secretary

“We want to be independent.  Governor Romney has set a goal to be energy independent in America in 2020.  And we can be the Saudi Arabia of natural gas in 10 years, but we haven’t done anything and to hear the abstract notions of the millions green jobs.  Where are they?”

Austin Ligon, Co-Founder CarMax
“My criticism of Mitt Romney is not so much the moral turpitude and I would not make that comment.  And he is a fine family man and probably a good person at heart.  The qualifications he has only had a company with 400 employees which were all Harvard MBAs, elite college graduates.  I really question, does he fundamentally have qualifications for this job.”

Sound of Sunday

Mitt Romney (R) Presidential Nominee on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on parts of Obamacare he’d embrace
“I’m not getting rid of all of health care reform.  Of course, there are a number of things that I like in health care reform that I’m going to put in place.  One is to make sure that those with pre-existing conditions can get coverage.  Two is to assure that the marketplace allows for individuals to have policies that cover their family up to whatever age they might like.  I also want individuals to be able to buy health insurance on their own as opposed to only being able to get it on a tax advantage basis through their company.”

Paul Ryan (R) Vice Presidential Nominee on CBS’ “Face the Nation” defends his vote for the Budget Control Act
“You know why I voted for it?  Because I was working to find common ground with Democrats to get a down payment on deficit reduction.  I worked with President Obama to find common ground to get a down payment on deficit reduction.  It wasn’t a big down payment, but it was a step in the right direction.”

President Obama, campaigning in Melbourne, Fla.
“Tax cuts,  tax cuts, cut a few regulations and them give them some more tax cuts… tax cuts when times are good, tax cuts when times are bad… tax cuts to help you lose a few extra pounds… tax cuts to improve your love life.”

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