Ari Shapiro on Romney vs. Obama: Day 1

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Republican presidential candidate and former Massachussetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R) and his wife Ann wave to supporters at a primary night gathering at the Suburban Collections Showplace on February 28, Mitt Romney and his wife Ann wave to supporters at a primary night gathering. (Bill Pugliano/Getty)

With wins in Wisconsin, DC, and Maryland, Mitt Romney now has half the delegates needed to win the nomination. And for the first time yesterday, President Obama attacked Romney by name. NPR White House Correspondent, Ari Shapiro, joins from Wisconsin to discuss the 2012 race and other political news.


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Comments [11]

Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan

Gary from Queens-

Missed the show, but......
Enjoyed immensely reading all of your posts from today.
Defend the fort for us all !!!

Apr. 04 2012 12:08 PM

John A:

I like that one too!

For some reason I don't feel like I'm hearing sound bits like that as much.

Apr. 04 2012 11:38 AM
John A.

I like this attack:
"Now, the problem for advocates of {GOP Economics} is that we’ve tried their approach -- on a massive scale. The results of their experiment are there for all to see. At the beginning of the last decade, the wealthiest Americans received a huge tax cut in 2001 and another huge tax cut in 2003. We were promised that these tax cuts would lead to faster job growth. They did not. The wealthy got wealthier -- we would expect that. The income of the top 1 percent has grown by more than 275 percent over the last few decades, to an average of $1.3 million a year. But prosperity sure didn't trickle down.

Instead, during the last decade, we had the slowest job growth in half a century. And the typical American family actually saw their incomes fall by about 6 percent, even as the economy was growing."

Apr. 04 2012 11:16 AM

Personally I think the budget they DIDN'T pass is the best one that's gonna come out. Meaning sequestration. Painful cuts across the board for everyone, and then since no compromise was reached the tax cuts will expire at the end of the year bringing the wasteful Bush giveaways to an end.

Apr. 04 2012 10:55 AM

What I really don't understand is why the Obama team does such a lousy job defending itself and attacking the GOP position. In his speech he has these long moments of silence where it seems he doesn't know what to say.

He should be out there saying Ryan and Romney want to give ANOTHER big tax cut to the rich and pay for it by cutting Social Security and Medicare for the middle class. Then he could throw in sarcastically [yet true] something like "I don't know about you, but that sounds like class warfare to me" or "because that worked so well when Bush did it".

Or he could just point out that Ronald Reagan, the great and revered Conservative, would be a liberal by the litmus test of todays Right. He made Capital Gains taxes 28%...if it was good enough for Reagan it should be good enough for private equity and hedge funds and gas partnerships, right?

Apr. 04 2012 10:51 AM
gary from queens


tell that to the democrats in House and Senate who support Ryan's budget.

and no dems in house voted for the president's budget last week.

and no dem in the senate or house even proposed a budget.

Apr. 04 2012 10:40 AM
Jack Jackson from Central New Jersey

@Gary from Queens -

Mr. Ferrara's analysis - the weak recovery is Obama's fault - is blaming the result as the cause. Are we children? "Make it stop hurting!!" Or are we rational adults who understand that largest blow to the American economy since the Great Depression - happened as a result of fiscal overstimulation and underregulation of our banking industry. Don't believe me? How many budgets were in balance in the decade before the crash. Ask the shareholders in the following firms who caused the Great Recession? Lehman Bros, Washington Mutual, Wachovia, Merrill Lynch.

The analysis -- as well as most GOP officeholders - are being dishonest about their efforts to make the economy better. It's not in their interest. Countrymen be damned.

Apr. 04 2012 10:38 AM
Jack Jackson from Central New Jersey

In the nation's capital, only 4,200 registered Republicans cared enough to come out and vote. Was this a protest or are there that few GOP members in D.C.?

Apr. 04 2012 10:29 AM
Hugh Sansom

What "intellectual bona fides" does Paul Ryan have?! He has claims of such courtesy of people like Ari Shapiro, but the man has no intellectual qualifications of any kind. He does have a capacity to convince ill-informed journalists that he has some kind of intellectual competence, but the revoltingly error-filled nonsense that he passes off as a budget proposal proves he's just a snake-oil salesman.

Apr. 04 2012 10:23 AM
gary from queens

The Worst Economic Recovery Since the Great Depression
By Peter Ferrara on 3.14.12 @ 6:08AM
And all of it a preview of the Great Reelection Crash of 2013.

About the Author

Peter Ferrara is Senior Fellow at the Carleson Center for Public Policy, Director of Entitlement and Budget Policy for the Heartland Institute, and General Counsel of the American Civil Rights Union. He served in the White House Office of Policy Development under President Reagan, and as Associate Deputy Attorney General of the United States under the first President Bush. He is the author of America’s Ticking Bankruptcy Bomb, now available from HarperCollins.

full article

Apr. 04 2012 10:19 AM
Joseph Combs from Rochester NY

Funny thing about Darwin. The President used the term "Social Darwinism" perhaps intended for the right, who denounce Darwin for other reasons. Bottom line: if The President opposes Darwin, he actually must be OK!
Excellent turn of phrase. Better than calling Romney another "Galt"--a reference that would be lost on 97% of the public.

Apr. 04 2012 10:17 AM

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