Barack Obama formally opened his re-election bid Saturday with two rallies in which he singled out accomplishments over his years as President and argued that America can’t afford to adopt Republicans’ “bad ideas.”
“We are making progress and now we face a choice,” said the president. “This is a make or break moment for the middle class, and we can’t turn back now.”
According to the Fox 13 Now, in this 36-minute-long speech, president said presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney would “rubber stamp” the congressional GOP agenda, highlighting that “we cannot give him that chance.”
“That’s the choice in this election, and that’s why I’m running for a second term as president of the United States,” added Mr Obama.
President, dressed in a button-down shirt with no jacket or tie, called a former Massachusetts governor a “patriotic American” whose policies would not help the middle class, reports Reuters.
“He has run a large financial firm and he has run a state, but I think he has drawn the wrong lessons from those experiences. He sincerely believes that if CEOs and wealthy investors like him make money the rest of us will automatically prosper as well,” Obama said.
When speaking, Mr Obama revealed to the crowd that he was not satisfied with the country’s economic progress, but he said Romney would make things worse by cutting taxes for the very wealthy and espousing the mistaken view that bigger profits lead to better jobs.
“Governor Romney doesn’t seem to get that. He doesn’t seem to understand that maximizing profits by whatever means necessary – whether it’s your layoffs or outsourcing or tax avoidance or union-busting – might not always be good for the average American or for the American economy,” President said.
He went on: “Why else would he want to spend trillions more on tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans? Why else would he propose cutting his own taxes while raising them on 18 million working families?”
In his address Obama showed that his campaign hopes to push this year: reminding voters how many millions of jobs were lost before the president took office.
The president also mentioned that in the final six months of 2008, “nearly three million of our neighbors lost their jobs.” However, Obama added when he took office, “We didn’t quit. We don’t quit. Together we are fighting our way back.”
President kept on talking: “We were there, we remember, and we are not going back – we are moving this country forward.” “Forward” is the Obama campaign’s latest slogan, and people in the crowd held signs with that word above their heads.
Meanwhile, Romney’s nominee’s campaign quickly reacted to the president’s speech. “The fact remains that American families are struggling on his watch: to pay their bills, find a job and keep their homes,” Romney campaign press secretary Andrea Saul said in a statement. “
While President Obama all but ignored his record over three and a half years in office, the American people won’t. This November, they will hold him accountable for his broken promises and ineffective leadership.”