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  • justinrusso394 Nov 2, 3:26 p.m.

    Who Is Gary Johnson? And Why Is the GOP So Mad at Him?

    Read more: http://swampland.time.com/2012/11/01/who-is-gary-johnson-and-why-is-the-gop-so-mad-at-him/

  • lb27608 Nov 1, 4:28 p.m.

    "Sigh poor unexperienced young people. Do not worry with age comes some wisdom."

    Some of the most enthusiastic Obama supporters I know are well-educated older professionals. So I guess you're right - wisdom means not voting for a Republican.

  • goozleboy Nov 1, 12:30 p.m.

    "BTW, purposely misspelling the President of the Unites States name is really a slur to the office and to the Country."

    So is mismanaging the country, but the clowns still manage to get away with it...with pay.

  • sweetums googoo Nov 1, 10:16 a.m.

    @superman
    I personally know Phd's who cant open a bag of chips... Education is really no measure of intelligence.

    "The only votes Obomba will get are the people on welfare and dont want to work and want more handouts."
    Is this a rehash of Romney"s %47?

    BTW, purposely misspelling the President of the Unites States name is really a slur to the office and to the Country.

    I agree that paying for education w/o children might seem to be an undue burden...but what happens when all those children go un-educated? If I have never driven on a particular street in say-Oxford, should my taxes pay for it? Taxes are not limited to your particular usage.

  • GK N.Ral Nov 1, 10:05 a.m.

    Not voting for President. Do not want either one for president. All other races, I will vote for the one NOT in office. we have seen what the ones in office can do, NOTHING. Let's try some new people.

  • sweetums googoo Nov 1, 9:54 a.m.

    I drop the GOP likely voters into 3 camps... (none of which are bad IMO... :)

    1. Incomes of 250K+ are obvious choices for the GOP. "Rich keep getting richer..."
    2. Some hardline social stance on an issue (of which, the GOP has since backed off from after the early rallying of the GOP base and current pandering to moderate independents) "Say what they want to hear..."
    and---
    3. Middle income, socially moderate (or reasonably so...) and otherwise normal folks who think the GOP has something good for them in their plans. "Well,... this is actually baffling to me..."

    As an independent, I have seen nothing from the GOP to persuade me for voting for them. I hear all sorts of "sound bites" that really say nothing. I hear great sounding plans that have no basis in real substance.
    I may not agree with every single political stance from every Democrat running for office, but I see an economy slowly rebounding and "all four wheels out of the ditch and back on the road".

    Blue has my vote...

  • superman Nov 1, 9:43 a.m.

    I really dont care what Romney's agenda might be. I only know that Obomba hasnt done anything but get this country on the verge of bankrupcy. After 4 years he now has a plan! Wish he had had a plan for the last 4 years. The only votes Obomba will get are the people on welfare and dont want to work and want more handouts. After 4 years of nothing we need a change. I have always voted mostly for democrats but no more. Education funding should be like toll roads the people who fill up the schools should be the ones who pay for it. Over 60% of the tax collected goes to support education and we dont have children. Just how fair a tax is that? By the way I have a masters degree also a CPA so I am not exactly uneducated.

  • Lightfoot3 Nov 1, 9:13 a.m.

    "We should go to a flat income tax to make things truly fair" - ConservativeVoter


    Uh, no. 10% of a poor, or middle class earning is a much bigger BURDEN than 10% of a rich person's earnings.


    "You do understand that taxes are suppose to be horizontally and vertically fair, right?" - beachmama


    Apparently not. And from how many I've seen propose taxing the poor at the same rate as your tax the rich, it's a systemic misunderstanding.


    "You are being too logical for those on the left to understand." - ncouterbanks69


    See what I mean?

  • Mon Account Nov 1, 8:46 a.m.

    A poll of over 411 comments on WRAL's news story shows that 97% of NC people are still blind to Romney's agenda. The same people are shown to be bitter and uneducated, based on the number of syllables in their words, and exclaimation points and question marks per sentence.

  • bombayrunner Oct 31, 7:55 p.m.

    Obama invests in companies that send jobs overseas AND hides much of his income in the cayman islands (offshore accounts). Why, so they are not taxed.
    http://www.snopes.com/politics/romney/realmitt.asp

  • bombayrunner Oct 31, 7:48 p.m.

    for those of you still brainwashed by Obama, you'll continue to be negatively affected. And continue to be told its someone elses fault, but, your own.

  • bombayrunner Oct 31, 7:46 p.m.

    Obama ... leading from behind. right wral?

  • bombayrunner Oct 31, 7:45 p.m.

    No Surprise

  • rargos Oct 31, 6:44 p.m.

    A five point lead is "edging ahead"? If Obama was up by five points, the headline would be "Obama with strong lead in NC"

  • prodigalrn Oct 31, 4:17 p.m.

    Lest we forget the CBO projected, because of the Bush Era Tax Cuts, our government lost over $1.6 trillion in projected revenue. Of course, these unpaid taxes were supposed to create jobs for the middle class.
    workinghuman33
    October 31, 2012 3:41 p.m

    Workinghuman33, don't try to confuse them with real, honest facts, they'll label you unpatriotic for not drinking the kool-aid. Never has a party been more willing to do ANYthing, say ANYthing, to get elected than this iteration of Republicans.

  • prodigalrn Oct 31, 4:14 p.m.

    Man I bet I was difficult for Liberal media WRAL to report this story. GO Romney!!! I feel a landslide coming on!!! Nationwide!!!
    tiredofwaste
    October 31, 2012 3:38 p.m

    I find it comical that any media report that doesn't 'toe the line' with the right-wingers is instantly labeled as 'liberal media'. Seems that any opinion that even slightly differs from the party line is instantly ignored or even taunted as unpatriotic. That seems to seem eerily-familiar to another party that was like that in the past. The Nazis didn't allow any discussion or dissention from the party line. Neither do the Communists. We live in (allegedly) a Democracy, and differing opinions should be encouraged and discussed in a respectful manner. No President should be called Communist, Racist, Socialist, etc, like we've seen Obama called. It's disgusting and brings us all down to a gutter-level that we should be ashamed of. I will never call Romney horrible names, even if I don't agree with him.

  • workinghuman33 Oct 31, 4:12 p.m.

    4) 325 of total claimed debt spent is a direct result of Republican presidential policies & previous spending-workinghuman

    That was meant to be 32%, didn't press down hard enough on the ole shift key.

  • workinghuman33 Oct 31, 4:06 p.m.

    I care less for Romney. And actually, Romney’s puppeteer Congressional Republicans should be tried for treason. When you deliberately place obstacles to economic recovery of your own country, as a means of portraying the President of your country as ineffective at reversing the effects of that catastrophic Bush-Republican Great Recession by blocking,- Greg1968 & apennyforyourthoughts"""

    Here here!!! My sentiments exactly!! Thank you very much.

  • prodigalrn Oct 31, 4:03 p.m.

    Great post, Greg1968. If a Democratic congress had tried to do the same to a Republican President, Rush Limpball would have been exhorting his minions to protest in the street!

  • prodigalrn Oct 31, 4:02 p.m.

    Spending more than we have coming in is what gets us into debt. Obama has been very "successful" at that, as was Bush before him (though only half as successful).

    We must reign in so-called "entitlements". They are ruining the country. And Obama has only ramped them up.
    retroconsultant
    October 31, 2012 3:09 p.m.

    Not true, Obama hasn't 'ramped up' entitlements at all, just more qualified people are needing them from the economic mess we're in, that Obama didn't create. Actually, deficit spending is slighly down from previous levels. Go to politifact.org and check it out. And no, it's not a 'liberal media bias' place, they won the Pulitzer Prize for journalism, and they give you the real skinny on candidate's claims. They point out Romney's lies, and Obama's too. It's a rather good site to sort the wheat from the chaff, shall we say.

  • InformedPatriot Oct 31, 4:00 p.m.

    After 4 years of cleaning up the previous Republican administration's mess, President Obama has America moving in the right direction again. It's been Romney's task to make his pitch to the American people as to why he should be president.

    America has heard his case, peppered throughout with flip-flopping opinions on (fill in the blank here).

    The mortal wound for his campaign was certainly self-inflicted. Americans heard Romney say, when he thought the world wasn't listening, what he thought of 47% of Americans. He was dismissive, derisive, and disdainful.

    Romney, the consummate salesman, has made his pitch, but America is saying "no thanks, we'll pass".

  • apennyforyourthoughts Oct 31, 3:58 p.m.

    "And after four years of OJT, Obama still with no capability as an executive or leader to take us in the right direction. Romney is far superior in his capability as is proven by his success in three different fields."........three different stories......three different faces. I mean, which way did he go, which way did he go? He doesn't know if he's coming or going. There's plenty of people with success in different fields but aren't equipped to run a country! Please!

  • hardycitrus Oct 31, 3:55 p.m.

    >>>"Yeah, he did. HOWEVER, he meant it the same way Jefferson did - completely opposite of today's libs.'

    Davuid Barton's crackpot history book on Jefferson as a holy roller was yanked from the shelves after a week for being a bunch of "stuff."

  • Minarchist Oct 31, 3:49 p.m.

    How can you be 100% liberal or 100% conservative and be for freedom? You people throw those words around like the Fed prints money.

  • hardycitrus Oct 31, 3:49 p.m.

    Romney flip flop? Well this one never gets old!

    2009 Romney demands GOP lameduck Congress pass emergency stimulus, because the economy crashed under Bush
    ".......I think there is need for economic stimulus. Americans have lost about $11 trillion in net worth. That translates into about $400 billion a year less spending that they'll be doing, and that's net of additional government programs like Medicaid and unemployment insurance. And government can help make that up in a very difficult time. And that's one of the reasons why I think a stimulus program is needed...."

    2008 Romney demands Republican Congress pass a stimulus
    “This is surely the time for economic stimulus,” ...."infrastructure projects should be a high priority. ....“expand the money supply,”

  • workinghuman33 Oct 31, 3:41 p.m.

    Obama is four for four - trillion dollar debt years. Retroconsultant"
    1) The National Debt was $10 trillion prior to Obama taking office. 2) 1.6 trillion of Obama's supposed debt is related to Iraq/Afghan wars (BUSH) and Democrats attempted to defund that war legislativley. 3) 1.4 trillion of that was spent on interest payments caused by the already standing debt. 4) 325 of total claimed debt spent is a direct result of Republican presidential policies & previous spending.
    Lest we forget the CBO projected, because of the Bush Era Tax Cuts, our government lost over $1.6 trillion in projected revenue. Of course, these unpaid taxes were supposed to create jobs for the middle class.

  • tiredofwaste Oct 31, 3:38 p.m.

    Man I bet I was difficult for Liberal media WRAL to report this story. GO Romney!!! I feel a landslide coming on!!! Nationwide!!!

  • apennyforyourthoughts Oct 31, 3:34 p.m.

    "I don’t particularly care for Obama, but I care less for Romney. And actually, Romney’s puppeteer Congressional Republicans should be tried for treason. When you deliberately place obstacles to economic recovery of your own country, as a means of portraying the President of your country as ineffective at reversing the effects of that catastrophic Bush-Republican Great Recession by blocking, obstructing, and/or adding unrelated amendments to legislation (that Republicans normally support), that would hasten economic recovery and jumpstart the economy, subsequently, killing millions of jobs. And when your House Minority Leader (Mitch McConnell) stands before the nation he’s suppose to serve, on live television, on Inauguration Day at that, and boldly state that “The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president,” then plan to, then sabotage the economy, that, my friend, is TREASON."
    Greg1968

    Worth repeating and the most sensi

  • tiredofwaste Oct 31, 3:34 p.m.

    @HMMM - They are basing the Obama lead on how many Democrats have voted early to determine he has a lead. I am a democrat and voted early, everyone in my family are registered Democrats and voted early, however non voted for Obama.

  • Oct 31, 3:30 p.m.

    Romney's too busy campaigning right now to help anyone. There's yer "fine hypocrisy"(sic). So scream away

    Oh for the love of God, when Romney DID go down to the New Orleans area earlier this year after their hurricane you liberals where screaming "why is he there?!?!" So which is it?? Hypocrisy at it's finest.

  • Plenty Coups Oct 31, 3:23 p.m.

    "Yeah, he did. HOWEVER, he meant it the same way Jefferson did - completely opposite of today's libs.' understanding of the phrase. He meant that the State must be forced to stay out of church affairs"

    And you have evidence of this creative interpretation of what Reagan said? You're trying to tell me that only the "state" should remain separate and not the church? I'm sorry, the words speak for themselves and the courts consistently agree. Government can't establish OR endorse any one religion over another nor can it prohibit the free exercise of it.

    ".. like, say, requiring a Catholic Hospital to provide their employees (AND their employees' dependents) with free birth control."

    If a church wants to stay "separate" then it should stay "separate" and not take government funding nor get in the business of healthcare.

  • 5Rs Oct 31, 3:16 p.m.

    "Perhaps, like so many other none Afro-American voters, they thought Obama was the best man for the job. " = working33

    An undistinguished Senator with a history of "community Organizer" and no management or executive experience better than a distinguished Senator and combat veteran? Hardly.

    And after four years of OJT, Obama still with no capability as an executive or leader to take us in the right direction. Romney is far superior in his capability as is proven by his success in three different fields.

  • prodigalrn Oct 31, 3:10 p.m.

    Only last year, as Romney hewed to the right while battling for the GOP nomination, he appeared to suggest in a debate that the Federal Emergency Management Agency should be shuttered and its responsibilities left to the states.

    "Every time you have an occasion to take something from the federal government and send it back to the states, that's the right direction," Romney said at a debate last June. "And if you can go even further, and send it back to the private sector, that's even better."

    Now, a week before Election Day, Romney's campaign is reassuring voters that his administration wouldn't leave disaster victims in the lurch. "I believe that FEMA plays a key role in working with states and localities to prepare for and respond to natural disasters, As president, I will ensure FEMA has the funding it needs to fulfill its mission, while directing maximum resources to the first responders who work tirelessly to help those in need."

    Which Mitt is it today?

  • 5Rs Oct 31, 3:09 p.m.

    "Then why don't we end the tax cuts that by your own admission haven't created jobs and have added immensely to the debt?" - Plenty Coups

    Liberal think. The tax cuts helped get us out of the Clinton dotcom normal business cycle recession of 2001 - 2002. Five million additional employed took place from 2002 to 2006.

    Spending more than we have coming in is what gets us into debt. Obama has been very "successful" at that, as was Bush before him (though only half as successful).

    We must reign in so-called "entitlements". They are ruining the country. And Obama has only ramped them up.

  • Greg1968 Oct 31, 3:01 p.m.

    I don’t particularly care for Obama, but I care less for Romney. And actually, Romney’s puppeteer Congressional Republicans should be tried for treason. When you deliberately place obstacles to economic recovery of your own country, as a means of portraying the President of your country as ineffective at reversing the effects of that catastrophic Bush-Republican Great Recession by blocking, obstructing, and/or adding unrelated amendments to legislation (that Republicans normally support), that would hasten economic recovery and jumpstart the economy, subsequently, killing millions of jobs. And when your House Minority Leader (Mitch McConnell) stands before the nation he’s suppose to serve, on live television, on Inauguration Day at that, and boldly state that “The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president,” then plan to, then sabotage the economy, that, my friend, is TREASON.

  • HMMM Oct 31, 2:56 p.m.

    Obama holds a 56-43 percent lead among those who have already voted early. Polls are not always accurate.

  • hpr641 Oct 31, 2:54 p.m.

    "Even President Reagan (a true moderate Republican) vehemently stated that church & state must always remain separate."

    Yeah, he did. HOWEVER, he meant it the same way Jefferson did - completely opposite of today's libs.' understanding of the phrase. He meant that the State must be forced to stay out of church affairs. ... like, say, requiring a Catholic Hospital to provide their employees (AND their employees' dependents) with free birth control.

  • 5Rs Oct 31, 2:50 p.m.

    "CONGRESS will be forced to do their JOB instead of doing their level best to block darn near everything Obama has attempted" - workinghuman33

    You do understand the three key points - (1) the Republicans passed a budget for this year, the Senate Democrats kept it from a vote, and Obama;s version got no Democrat votes?

    And (2) when Obama and the Democrats had a substantial majority in both houses, they made no attempt to compromisse and draw the Republicans in, didn't even vote on their Bowles - Simpson recommendations?

    And (3) the Democrats when given the opportunity have spent our future? Obama is four for four - trillion dollar debt years. The Republicans should try to block the waste, but haven't succeeded very well.

  • workinghuman33 Oct 31, 2:47 p.m.

    Also I haven't seen a response to my last question so I'll ask again. Why is that 96% of blacks that voted in 2008 voted Obama? Just curious backwards"

    Perhaps, like so many other none Afro-American voters, they thought Obama was the best man for the job. So please, fellow American, (I assume) take that answer for what it is. Don't try to make it into something that it's not....if you can possibly refrain. Can you? That would be the adult and dignified thing to do.

  • StateFan99 Oct 31, 2:35 p.m.

    Romney was right. He is "extremely conservative":

    Obama visits victims; Romney to campaign

    Oh for the love of God, when Romney DID go down to the New Orleans area earlier this year after their hurricane you liberals where screaming "why is he there?!?!" So which is it?? Hypocrisy at it's finest.

  • backwards Oct 31, 2:33 p.m.

    Also I haven't seen a response to my last question so I'll ask again. Why is that 96% of blacks that voted in 2008 voted Obama? Just curious

  • workinghuman33 Oct 31, 2:31 p.m.

    "Because I think if America makes the wrong decision, it will have very damaging consequences. I believe President Obama has made better decisions than many people give him credit for." President Clinton interview on Face the Nation aired 10/28/12"

    I couldn't agree with him more. If Obama is re-elected then CONGRESS will be forced to do their JOB instead of doing their level best to block darn near everything Obama has attempted, in their own attempt to make him a one term president. We are two plus party's folks, but we are still supposed to be one nation. This hatred, this lack of cooperation between citizens of the same nation is so deplorable. When did our American values fall by the way side? Why are so many ignoring the Wall of Separation? Why are so many religious right's trying to support big government and religious sanctions to our American value system? Even President Reagan (a true moderate Republican) vehemently stated that church & state must always remain separate.

  • ncouterbanks69 Oct 31, 2:27 p.m.

    Obama visits victims; Romney to campaign

    Romney is not the President. yet.

  • InformedPatriot Oct 31, 2:25 p.m.

    All of this Republican angst is delightful. Really makes me smile. This election was THE prime opportunity for them to win the White House and they're failing -- badly.

    Maybe after the election they will figure out how to win by kicking the extremists out of their party.

    If they can't win this year, when all indicators pointed to what should have been an easy win for Romney based on the economy, then the party is in real trouble.

  • Oct 31, 2:15 p.m.

    Romney was right. He is "extremely conservative":

    Obama visits victims; Romney to campaign

  • backwards Oct 31, 2:14 p.m.

    I'm from Massachusetts and will admit that it is one of the most liberal states in the country and you couldn't pay me to move back there. Everyone is very anti change up there. Almost impossible to get a gun, anti-child disipline (spanking), pro-choice, pro-legalizing marijuana, pro-gay marriage, and the list goes on and on.

  • oldaltar Oct 31, 2:14 p.m.

    You won't find the hatred or vile comments about Romney and his family on this blog. Maybe disagreement with issues, but not approaching the low levels of behavior exhibited by some of the "Christian" conservatives.

    Christian Conservatives are the Pharisees and Sadducees of this age. They draw near to God with their mouths but their hearts are fast from Him. Like the Pharisees, the Christian Conservatives believes in an U.S. Constitution that set down a series of laws that are only open to interpretation by them. In other words it is a dead document not a living document. Like the Sadducees, the Christian Conservatives are religious elitists who want to maintain the priestly caste. Jesus said "Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You shut the kingdom of heaven in men's faces. You yourselves do not enter, nor will you let those enter who are trying to. If the gospel do not changes men hearts, then no law ever will. They used their Christianity to gain power

  • AtALost Oct 31, 2:13 p.m.

    "Romney is on a mission to help everyone ... he's always thought of this country is your's. He wants YOU to be able to get a job that pays well enough so you can help yourself and your family."

    Romney, like most Republicans, supports offshoring which is the biggest reason many Americans are un- and underemployed. Corporate profits were put before the lives and livelihood of American citizens. Most of the middle class didn't care when they gave away blue collar jobs. Now everything from call centers to development is being done elsewhere while a handful of Americans work around the clock and skip vacation to make it work. If you like giving tax breaks for repeating your issue 3 times to Mohamed for a pre-scripted, barely legible response or the flaky and/or malicious code Sun Chi wrote, vote Republican. The already disadvantaged American workforce will be even more enslaved as they continue to reduce salaries, increase workload, eliminate benefits and other options.

  • StateFan99 Oct 31, 2:13 p.m.

    "Really? Mass. elected a Republican governor (Romney) in '04 and also a Republican senator (Brown) in '06. Are you suggesting that Romney has changed some of his positions on the issues since he was Governor? Surely not!! (Laughing)"

    Romney changes positions, Obama changes postitions - they both flip flop. You Tube has a 15 minute version of Obama doing the same thing. They're politicians - that's what they do. I'm still surprised Romney got in as Gov. Of course voting locally reigns in different with people then voting nationally. I've voted for Dem's plenty of times locally (not Purdue), but would never on a national level. Perhaps this explains some of it, who knows.

    "By the way, nice choke by your boys last Saturday"

    Congrats to the heels, with their 6th win of the season they're now bowl eligible... oh wait.

  • hardycitrus Oct 31, 2:11 p.m.

    Libya? This is George Bush's 2000 playbook, when GeBush avoided talking about domestic issues by talking about "Serbia....Serbia.....Serbia....Serbia." Of course, once he was elected we never heard about "Serbia" again.

    Libya is all about letting Romney avoid talking about his plan to make Medicare a voucher program and the improving economy.

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