President Obama, Mitt Romney hunker down for debate prep

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  • Fred44 Salt Lake City, Utah
    Oct. 1, 2012 11:54 a.m.

    FT is right on, Mr. Romney is on life support and if he doesn't hit a home run put a fork in him he is done. His constant attempts to appease the tea party are doing nothing to help him with those few Americans who have not already made their mind up (by the way they are not members of the tea party). He needs to provide a better reason than anyone even me is better than the President. He needs to bring an American vision and so far he hasn't been able to do that.

    Blame the media, blame the President whoever you want, but he has run a very poor and inept campaign because he is trying to be "conservative" enough for the far right of the republican party. This may be a newsflash, but outside of Utah there are as many people who dismiss the far right as dismiss the far left. Why won't Mr. Romney play to the country, which is center right and middle class, instead of playing to the fringe.

    Before anybody brings it up who cares what President Obama does, he is winning and Mr. Romney is losing.

  • FT salt lake city, UT
    Oct. 1, 2012 11:08 a.m.

    Mitt needs to have a break out debate. He's lost so much ground since the Democrat Convention. He's got no one to blame but himself. He should be running away with this election but his message is terrible, he's a poor campaigner and he has not been able to hide his message or track record as Govenor. He needs to turn things around quickly and stop using the #1 reasons why he should be President is because Obama has failed. People know who Obama is and while 50% are not happy they won't give their vote to a candidate that comes accross as unequipped for the job and seems to want power more than anything else.

  • metamoracoug metamora, IL
    Oct. 1, 2012 8:20 a.m.

    Five taxes imposed by Obamacare in 2013:

    4) Medical itemized deductions: Currently, Americans facing high medical expenses are allowed a deduction of all expenses exceeding 7.5% of adjusted gross income (AGI). Obamacare raises this deduction to 10 percent of AGI. By limiting this deduction, Obamacare widens the net of taxable income for the sickest Americans.

    5) Medicare payroll tax hike: The Medicare payroll tax is currently 2.9 percent on all wages and self-employment profits. Under this tax hike, wages and profits exceeding $200,000 single or $250,000 married couples will face a 3.8 percent rate instead. This is a direct marginal income tax hike on small business owners, who are liable for self-employment tax in most cases.

  • metamoracoug metamora, IL
    Oct. 1, 2012 8:20 a.m.

    Five new taxes imposed by Obamacare in 2013:

    1) Medical device tax: imposes a new 2.3% excise tax on gross on gross sales -- even if the company didn't make a profit. Medical device manufacturers employ 490,000 in 12,000 plants across the country. not only burdening small businesses, this tax raises the cost of everything from pacemakers to prosthetics.

    2) Currently, flexible spending accounts (FSA) are unlimited by law though employers may place a cap on them. This is pre-tax dollars. Obamacare caps FSAs at $2500. This affects 30-35 million Americans who use FSAs to meet basic medical needs. It could dramatically affect families with special needs children.

    3) Surtax on investment income: a new, 3.8 percentage point surtax on investment income earned in households making at least $250,000 married ($200,000 single). This is on top of raising taxes on capital gains from 15% to 20% and on dividends from 15% to 39.6%.

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  • xert Santa Monica, CA
    Oct. 1, 2012 7:20 a.m.

    I believe that, if Mr. Romney is able to win the debate with President Obama by
    1. Convincing the US that the 47% remarks were intended in a loving way.
    2. Proving to average, everyday Americans that he feels their pain and is just like them deep down. Even while jet skiing.
    3. That he will be good for ALL of America and not just the top part of the 1%...
    4. That he can speak beyond his talking points and remain comfortable and poised (No...betcha 10,000 bucks?)
    5. Come clear about what taxes he has paid and why Mr. Ryan had to show many years of returns in order to be vetted as his VP , but he doesn't hold himself to the same standards.
    6. Come clear about what taxes we will be forced to pay.
    7. Talk specifically about where his budget cuts will take place....
    8. Convince the 47% who in actuality were members of his own party and don't pay income tax, that he wasn't talking about them, "not taking responsibility for their lives."

    He may have a chance at winning back-----oooh---let's say North Carolina.