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A Litany Of Broken Promises In Columbus

RNC Communications - May 5, 2012

THEN: In 2008, Obama Promised Ohioans To Tighten The Belt On Fiscal Spending. OBAMA: “I won't stand here and pretend that any of this will be easy - especially now. The cost of this economic crisis, and the cost of the war in Iraq, means that Washington will have to tighten its belt and put off spending on things we don't need. As President, I will go through the federal budget, line-by-line, ending programs that we don't need and making the ones we do need work better and cost less.” (Senator Barack Obama, Remarks, Columbus, OH, 11/2/08)

  • NOW: Obama Promised To “Pay Down Our Debt In A Way That’s Balanced And Responsible.” “I'm running to pay down our debt in a way that's balanced and responsible. After inheriting a trillion dollar deficit, I signed $2 trillion of spending cuts into law and now I want to finish the job by streamlining government and cutting more waste and reforming our tax code so that it is simpler and fairer and asks the wealthiest Americans to pay a little bit more.” (President Obama, Remarks, Columbus, OH, 5/5/12)
  • NOW: Obama Admits The People Aren’t Satisfied, And “Deficits Are Still Too High.” OBAMA: “Are we satisfied?” CROWD: “No.” OBAMA: “Of course not. Too many of our friends and family are still out there looking for work. The housing market's still weak. Deficits are still too high. States are still laying off teachers, first responders. This crisis took years to develop and the economy is still facing headwinds, and it will take sustained, persistent efforts, yours and mine, for America to fully recover. That's the truth. We all know it. But we are making progress. And now we face a choice. Now we face a choice, Ohio.” (President Obama, Remarks, Columbus, OH, 5/5/12)

THEN: In 2008, Obama Promised Ohioans He Would Create Five Million Green Energy Jobs. OBAMA: “We'll create two million new jobs by rebuilding our crumbling roads, and bridges, and schools. And I will invest $15 billion a year in renewable sources of energy to create five million new energy jobs over the next decade - jobs that pay well and can't be outsourced.” (Senator Barack Obama, Remarks, Columbus, OH, 11/2/08)

  • NOW: Obama Promised To “Control Our Own Energy” While Admitting That His Green Energy Program Has Only Created “Thousands” Of Jobs. “I'm running so that we can keep moving towards a future where we control our own energy. Our dependence on foreign oil is at its lowest point in 16 years. By the middle of the next decade our cars will average nearly 55 miles per gallon. Thousands of Americans have jobs right now because the production of renewable energy in this country has nearly doubled in just three years. So now is not the time to cut these investments to pay for another $4 billion give away to the oil companies. Now is time to end the subsidies for an industry that's rarely been more profitable. Let's double down on a clean energy future that's never been more promising for our economy, for our security, and for the safety of our planet. That's why I'm running for president! That's the choice in this election, Ohio!” (President Obama, Remarks, Columbus, OH, 5/5/12)

THEN: Obama Promised Ohioans That He Would Rid The White House Of Lobbyist Influence. OBAMA“Most of all, I knew the American people were a decent, generous people willing to work hard and sacrifice for future generations. I was convinced that when we come together, our voices are more powerful than the most entrenched lobbyists, or the most vicious political attacks, or the full force of a status quo in Washington that wants to keep things just the way they are.” (Senator Barack Obama, Remarks, Columbus, OH, 11/2/08)

  • NOW: Obama Promised Ohioans To Place Stronger Check On Lobbyist And Special Interests. “This should be the last election where multi-million dollar donations speak louder than the voices of ordinary citizens. We need more checks on lobbyists and special interests, not less.” (President Barack Obama, Remarks, Columbus, OH, 5/5/12)

THEN: In 2008, Obama Warned Ohioans Of “Slash And Burn, Say-Anything, Do-Anything Politics That's Calculated To Divide And Distract.” OBAMA: “So I expect we're going to see a lot more of that over the next few days. More of the slash and burn, say-anything, do-anything politics that's calculated to divide and distract; to tear us apart instead of bringing us together. Well, that's not the kind of politics the American people need right now.” (Senator Barack Obama, Remarks, Columbus, OH, 11/2/08)

  • NOW: Obama Warned Ohioans This Election “We'll Have To Contend With Even More Negative Ads, With Even More Cynicism And Nastiness And Sometimes Just Plain Foolishness.” “The outcome is entirely up to you. Sure, we'll have to contend with even more negative ads, with even more cynicism and nastiness and sometimes just plain foolishness. There will be more than that we saw in the last campaign. If there is one thing we learned in 2008.” (President Barack Obama, Remarks, Columbus, OH, 5/5/12)

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