Obama wins re-election

Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012 7:55 PM
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WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama rolled to re-election Tuesday night, vanquishing former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and winning four more years in office despite a weak economy that plagued his first term and put a crimp in the middle class dreams of millions.

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President Barack Obama waves as he walks on stage with first lady Michelle Obama and daughters Malia and Sasha at his election night party.  ASSOCIATED PRESS
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President Barack Obama waves as he walks on stage with first lady Michelle Obama and daughters Malia and Sasha at his election night party.

"This happened because of you. Thank you" Obama tweeted to supporters as he celebrated four more years in the White House.

Romney telephoned the president, then spoke to disappointed supporters in Boston. In a graceful concession, he summoned all Americans to pray for the president and urged the night's winners to put partisan bickering aside and "reach across the aisle" to tackle the nation's problems.

After the costliest — and arguably the nastiest — campaign in history, divided government seemed alive and well.

Democrats retained control of the Senate with surprising ease. Republicans were on course for the same in the House, making it likely that Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, Obama's partner in unsuccessful deficit talks, would reclaim his seat at the bargaining table.

At Obama headquarters in Chicago, a huge crowd gathered waving small American flags and cheering. Supporters hugged each other, danced and pumped their fists in the air. Excited crowds also gathered in New York's Times Square, at Faneuil Hall in Boston and near the White House in Washington, drivers joyfully honking as they passed by.

With votes counted in 75 percent of the nation's precincts, Obama held a narrow advantage in the popular vote, leading by about 25,000 out of more than 99 million cast.

But the president's laserlike focus on the battleground states allowed him to run up a 303-203 margin in the competition for electoral votes, where the White House is won or lost. It took 270 to win.

Obama captured Ohio, Wisconsin, Iowa, New Hampshire, Colorado and Nevada, seven of the nine states where the rivals and their allies poured nearly $1 billion into dueling television commercials.

Romney was in Massachusetts, his long and grueling bid for the presidency at an unsuccessful end.

He won North Carolina among the battleground states.

Florida remained too close to call, a state where there were long lines of voters kept the polls open in some areas well past the appointed poll close time..

The election emerged as a choice between two very different visions of government — whether it occupies a major, front-row place in American lives or is in the background as a less-obtrusive facilitator for private enterprise and entrepreneurship.

The economy was rated the top issue by about 60 percent of voters surveyed as they left their polling places. But more said former President George W. Bush bore responsibility for current circumstances than Obama did after nearly four years in office.

That bode well for the president, who had worked to turn the election into a choice between his proposals and Romney's, rather than the simple referendum on the economy during his time in the White House.

Unemployment stood at 7.9 percent on election day, higher than when he took office. And despite signs of progress, the economy is still struggling after the worst recession in history.

There was no doubt about what drove voters to one candidate or the other.

About 4 in 10 said the economy is on the mend, but more than that said it was stagnant or getting worse more than four years after the near-collapse of 2008. The survey was conducted for The Associated Press and a group of television networks.

In the battle for the Senate, Democrats won seats currently held by Republicans in Indiana and Massachusetts.

In Maine, independent former Gov. Angus King was elected to succeed retiring GOP Sen. Olympia Snowe. He has not yet said which party he will side with, but Republicans attacked him in television advertising during the race, and Democrats rushed to his cause.

Polls were still open in much of the country as the two rivals began claiming the spoils of a brawl of an election in a year in which the struggling economy put a crimp in the middle class dreams of millions.

The president was in Chicago as he awaited the voters' verdict on his four years in office. He told reporters he had a concession speech as well as victory remarks prepared. He congratulated Romney on a spirited campaign. "I know his supporters are just as engaged, just as enthusiastic and working just as hard today" as Obama's own, he added.

Romney reciprocated, congratulating the man who he had campaigned against for more than a year.

Earlier, he raced to Ohio and Pennsylvania for Election Day campaigning and projected confidence as he flew home to Massachusetts. "We fought to the very end, and I think that's why we'll be successful," he said, adding that he had finished writing a speech anticipating victory but nothing if the election went to his rival.

But the mood soured among the Republican high command as the votes came in and Obama ground out a lead in critical states.

Like Obama, Vice President Joe Biden was in Chicago as he waited to find out if he was in line for a second term. Republican running mate Paul Ryan was with Romney in Boston, although he kept one eye on his re-election campaign for a House seat in Wisconsin, just in case.

The long campaign's cost soared into the billions, much of it spent on negative ads, some harshly so.

In the presidential race, an estimated one million commercials aired in nine battleground states where the rival camps agreed the election was most likely to be settled — Ohio, New Hampshire, Virginia, Florida, North Carolina, Wisconsin, Iowa, Colorado and Nevada.

In a months-long general election ad war that cost nearly $1 billion, Romney and Republican groups spent more than $550 million and Obama and his allies $381 million, according to organizations that track advertising.

In Virginia, the polls had been closed for several minutes when Obama's campaign texted a call for volunteers "to make sure everyone who's still in line gets to vote."

In Florida, there were long lines at the hour set for polls to close. Under state law, everyone waiting was entitled to cast a ballot.

According to the exit poll, 53 percent of voters said Obama is more in touch with people like them, compared to 43 percent for Romney.

About 60 percent said taxes should be increased, taking sides on an issue that divided the president and Romney. Obama wants to let taxes rise on upper incomes, while Romney does not.

Other than the battlegrounds, big states were virtually ignored in the final months of the campaign. Romney wrote off New York, Illinois and California, while Obama made no attempt to carry Texas, much of the South or the Rocky Mountain region other than Colorado.

There were 33 Senate seats on the ballot, 23 of them defended by Democrats and the rest by Republicans.

Democratic Rep. Chris Murphy, a Democrat, won a Connecticut seat long held by Sen. Joe Lieberman, retiring after a career that included a vice presidential spot on Al Gore's ticket in 2000. It was Republican Linda McMahon's second defeat in two tries, at a personal cost of $92 million.

The GOP needed a gain of three for a majority if Romney won, and four if Obama was re-elected. Neither Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada nor GOP leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky was on the ballot, but each had high stakes in the outcome.

All 435 House seats were on the ballot, including five where one lawmaker ran against another as a result of once-a-decade redistricting to take population shifts into account. Democrats needed to pick up 25 seats to gain the majority they lost two years ago.

Depending on the outcome of a few races, it was possible that white men would wind up in a minority in the Democratic caucus for the first time.

Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, raised millions to finance get-out-the-vote operations in states without a robust presidential campaign, New York, Illinois and California among them. His goal was to minimize any losses, or possibly even gain ground, no matter Romney's fate. House Democratic leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California campaigned aggressively, as well, and faced an uncertain political future if her party failed to win control.

In gubernatorial races, Republicans picked up North Carolina, where Pat McCrory won easily. The incumbent, Democratic Gov. Bev Purdue, did not seek re-election.

In a campaign that traversed contested Republican primaries last winter and spring, a pair of political conventions this summer and three presidential debates, Obama, Romney, Biden and Ryan spoke at hundreds of rallies, were serenaded by Bruce Springstein and Meat Loaf and washed down hamburgers, pizza, barbecue and burrito bowls.

Obama was elected the first black president in 2008, and four years later, Romney became the first Mormon to appear on a general election ballot. Yet one man's race and the other's religion were never major factors in this year's campaign for the White House, a race dominated from the outset by the economy.

Over and over, Obama said that during his term the nation has begun to recover from the worst recession since the Great Depression. While he conceded progress has been slow, he accused Romney of offering recycled Republican policies that have helped the wealthy and harmed the middle class in the past and would do so again.

Romney countered that a second Obama term could mean a repeat recession in a country where economic growth has been weak and unemployment is worse now than when the president was inaugurated. A wealthy former businessman, he claimed the knowledge and the skills to put in place policies that would make the economy healthy again.

In a race where the two men disagreed often, one of the principal fault lines was over taxes. Obama campaigned for the renewal of income tax cuts set to expire on Dec. 31 at all income levels except above $200,000 for individuals and $250,000 for couples.

Romney said no one's taxes should go up in uncertain economic times. In addition, he proposed a 20 percent cut across the board in income tax rates but said he would end or curtail a variety of tax breaks to make sure federal deficits didn't rise.

The differences over taxes, the economy, Medicare, abortion and more were expressed in intensely negative advertising.

Obama launched first, shortly after Romney dispatched his Republican foes in his quest for the party nomination.

One memorable commercial showed Romney singing an off-key rendition of "America The Beautiful." Pictures and signs scrolled by saying that his companies had shipped jobs to Mexico and China, that Massachusetts state jobs had gone to India while he was governor and that he has personal investments in Switzerland, Bermuda and the Cayman Islands.

Romney spent less on advertising than Obama. A collection of outside groups made up the difference, some of them operating under rules that allowed donors to remain anonymous. Most of the ads were of the attack variety. But the Republican National Committee relied on one that had a far softer touch, and seemed aimed at voters who had been drawn to the excitement caused by Obama's first campaign. It referred to a growing national debt and unemployment, then said, "He tried. You tried. It's OK to make a change."

More than 30 million voters cast early ballots in nearly three dozen states, a reflection of the growing appeal of getting a jump on the traditional Election Day.

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faithson
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faithson 11/07/12 - 01:19 am
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yea, my 9:03 was right on

the tree has fallen to the left... so be it

Dixieman
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Dixieman 11/07/12 - 01:37 am
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Drat.

Drat.
Well, on to 2016. Marco Rubio is my guy.

scoobynews
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scoobynews 11/07/12 - 01:56 am
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Four more years of this!

Four more years of this! Don't think our country can take more of a beating because the middle class is almost drained dry supporting all the slackers who don't bother to work. One good thing no more terms after this!!

Ruckus
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Ruckus 11/07/12 - 02:09 am
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This Economy

Was jacked up 8 years prior to him comming in office "Romnesia is spreading". LOL

Grandpa Jones
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Grandpa Jones 11/07/12 - 04:01 am
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Congratulations Obama/Biden!

Let the conservative spin, begin.

vegasbaby
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vegasbaby 11/07/12 - 06:56 am
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IMPEACH

IMPEACH... enough said...

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 11/07/12 - 07:38 am
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THANK YOU

TRUE AMERICANS for the battle you fought to try and eradicate the libertarian communists control that your children will now face.

The only words I can say is, salute the American Flag for the last time, hold your bibles close to your hearts and guns close by.

Sad, very Sad that this once great Nation has come to this......

soitgoes
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soitgoes 11/07/12 - 08:02 am
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Barf

Double Barf.

my.voice
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my.voice 11/07/12 - 09:39 am
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Just remember the United

Just remember the United States of America is NOT a democracy, rather, it is a republic. We vote "democratically" but we elect in the republic.

And woe be unto you who complain when healthcare is out of our hands, when we are taxed beyond belif, and the "rich" are hung at the gallows. Our Government is good at many things, CARE for its citizens is not among those. Medicaid, Medicare, Unemployment Benefits & Social Security have taught us those painful lessons.

Its a crying shame we care about what our MEDIA and HOLLYWOOD personalities think about our government. They have wet all over themselved about this election, and based on what? Because they have journalism degrees or star in a movie? Im afraid to say it, but the truth is that the MEDIA and the JUDICIAL BRANCH of government is running this country.

Our founding Fathers would collectively roll over in their graves.....

**Over the lack of understanding of the intentions of our constitution
**Over the lack of participation of the voting public (Well under 1/2 of the voting age participates)
**Over the "input" of the media
**Over the lack of any common sense of the voting public
**Over the entitlement mentatlity of the citizenry
**Over the size of the government machine

I hope that the next four years will see improvements for our great land, but my gut tells me we are "in the grave" as a nation. And NO, I dont think this because Mr. Obama is the president. I will pray for him like all our leaders.

May God Bless the United States of America......please.

virgilkane
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virgilkane 11/07/12 - 09:11 am
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Attitudes like Mr. Cobalt's

Attitudes like Mr. Cobalt's is why we lost an "unloseable" election

12barblues
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12barblues 11/07/12 - 09:47 am
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No Cobalt, it's actually the

No Cobalt, it's actually the issues! Issues that are important to you aren't important to me. Unfortunately for you the majority of the country are moderates and it doesn't look like that's going to change.

Techfan
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Techfan 11/07/12 - 09:50 am
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Taxed beyond belief?

Taxed beyond belief?

Overall taxes are the lowest they've been in my lifetime (I'm in my 50's)
We saw with Romney that people who make over $20 million dollars can pay less than 15%.

I suggest you take a poll of people on Medicare/SS, and Medicaid and unemployment for those who are unlucky enough to be on them to see the approval ratings. I doubt most Americans would like to be thrown to free market when they're elderly and have multiple pre-existing conditions ( not to mention a much lower cost of overhead, but then then government employees don't earn $42.2 million like Stephen Hemsley or get golden parachutes of $300 million while leading your company to Medicare fraud fines of $1.7 billion like Rick Scott, that does tend to keep the overhead down), and not have the at least the minimal safety of SS. I also doubt most who perform manual labor wish to be in the work force in their 70's. I'm sure most wish they could still be healthy enough to do that, but then most can't.

loblolly
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loblolly 11/07/12 - 09:52 am
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Cobalt
Unpublished

Please tune in to Trump's twitter account as he is planning a march on Washington to stop this "travesty of justice." Trump has decided our constitution no longer works and is going to re-write. However, I do think you are required to pay a marching fee of $100.00 in advance by money order.

allhans
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allhans 11/07/12 - 09:52 am
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"We are left as a country

"We are left as a country exactly where we started but a little bit worse off."

allhans
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allhans 11/07/12 - 09:57 am
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The polls result show 72% of

The polls result show 72% of voters were of the "white race". We are not, as a country, perhaps as brown as some might hope.

One polling place in Ohio was letting folks vote who were not registered. I never heard the number that actually voted illegally but CNN will probably do a follow-up.

jack234
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jack234 11/07/12 - 09:58 am
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As an independent, I want to

As an independent, I want to be the first to congratulate our president on his return to office. The republicans can blame the many nuts that Fox chose to interview live on air. Palin, Backman, Rush, West, Reid, Trump etc. Are these the best people in the republican party that they can find? After four years, Hannity is still talking about Jeremiah Wright.
We have such a beautiful first family. I noticed also that the Obama Rallies looked more like America. What did you expect? Well, maybe congress will work with our president now that we don't have to worry about his re-election. Other than what the president was able to accomplish on his own, congress has waisted four years, by listening to Rush. Morris and Rove have sold many of their books that they produced weekly, so all has not been lost for them. I will put the Obama train in moth balls now as the engine has ran hot. TOOT! TOOT!

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 11/07/12 - 10:11 am
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No, 12barblues, you are quite incorrect

"Unfortunately for you the majority of the country are moderates...

The majority of the country are not moderates. The majority of states with the largest numbers of electoral votes are morally illiterate or simply amoral, or they live expecting to have the government take care of them. They're either holding their hand out, or they're too stupid to understand that the money is coming out of smaller and smaller pockets and IS going to run out.

Hope all you who are so filled with jubilation are ready for what your choice has done to your souls and to your children's and grandchildren's future.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 11/07/12 - 10:16 am
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Interesting election

Interesting election demonstrates several things:1) the ignorance of the electorate 2) negative campaigns work 3) hispanics will dominate elections from now on. Number 3 is evolution and likely europeans and african-american wil be obsolete minorities with little political clout in the future-basically mexico and america will have no border and we will be a hispanic country. Number two demonstrates lies and false advertisement work-Mitt is an evil Wallstreet tycoon-which is false, Bush economic policies are the reason for our failed economy-which takes on 1 and 2 and just demonstrates a gross ignorance of economics. Bush economic policies were fine with low unemployment and other positive indicators. Bush warned Congress three times to do something about the impending mortage crisis. The mortage crisis was 20 years in the making and the reason the economy failed-it had little to do with Bush policies. Most people are ignorant of economics and failed to realize that the recession ended 9 months into Obama term and the last three years have been the slowest recovery in American history (by the majority of economist) and likely Obama's regulations have a role in this slow recovery. Funny how the Sandy speech rallied support for the prez. I think NJ govenor has ostracized himself from the GOP and should just change parties-like Specter. I don't agree with it but that will be the end game for fat boy. I am glad the youth came out and voted but I hope they will educate themselves to more than social issues like gay marriage, pot legalization, etc. Which I support but I see of little importance if our country sinks. Bottom line is America will suffer four more years of political demagoguery, stagnation, failed economic and foreigh policy-and both parties blaming the other. I do believe that next election we will see a new GOP that will blanket the media with lies and attack ads. I do believe that four more years of Dem rule will convince the electorate that Dems are no better than Reps and the tide will change in favor of Reps again-a freakin' yo yo. No hope of an independent yet. I didn't add the class war which we will see grow as those who want a free ride will vote their lack of conscience.

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 11/07/12 - 10:20 am
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Thanks Fiat_Lux.

Thanks Fiat_Lux.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 11/07/12 - 10:30 am
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Don't forget the predicted 20

Don't forget the predicted 20 trillion in national debt that the White House predicts according to their own site. So add 4 trillion in new debt the next four years. Sadly the most perplexing will be Dems try to hold on to Obamacare-which is a dismal failure with cost doubling compared to predicted decreases. Everyone will be able to get health insurance just few people will be able to afford it. There will be a physician crisis-which is now most assuredly going to happen. I know personally too many who are sick of it-interacting with a computer instead of a patient. They don't see why they should work so hard if the govt is just going to take it away or not reimburse them for services rendered. Americans must enjoy masochism-because all will suffer from the poor choice of half the population. Maybe a new civil war is what we need like Joaquin Godoy suggests-no, no violence is not the way. Yet! YOu watch this election was lies and misinformation, the next the Dems may employ violence-we sure here progressive like to talk about it. Ironic.

Bantana
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Bantana 11/07/12 - 10:38 am
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My job is done

Now it's time for reasonable politicians to end the obstructionism and move forward. We have seen the end of national dominance for the middle-aged white voting block, of which I am one. The huge money, obfuscation, outright lies and small-minded obsessions of the neo-cons couldn't bring down a man and a set of ideals that represents a compassionate, broad vision of how our country should meet the future while not abandoning those that no longer hold a position of influence or obvious purpose. Moving foward without leaving anyone behind is key.

So...to everyone here, write your elected representatives and urge them to replace their partisan recalcitrance and stubborn adherance to distracting social issues with a new commitment for considerate compromise and progress on issues of immediate importance.

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 11/07/12 - 10:31 am
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Congratulations,
Unpublished

democrats!

Bizkit
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Bizkit 11/07/12 - 10:35 am
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Progressive don't believe in

Progressive don't believe in compromise no more than the tea party. Two radical ideologies that there is no compromise. The problem is the idiotic binary system. NOtice no one is talking about hate-but concern for the future of their country. Note it is always the progressives that bring up the hate, racism, and violence talk. The mindset is if you disagree then you by default have to be a racist, a hater, and likely want vengeance. Note Obama brought up the vegeance rant.

allhans
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allhans 11/07/12 - 10:35 am
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Republicans retained control

Republicans retained control of the House. I have no doubt they will continue to please their constituents and go on as before.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 11/07/12 - 10:36 am
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And once again, Harry Reid

And once again, Harry Reid will table hundreds of potential laws proposed by the House. Four more years of this insanity.

Retired Army
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Retired Army 11/07/12 - 10:39 am
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Yawn!

Good Morning America, it's going to be OK. I looked outside after sleeping in this morning and lo and behold, the sky is still there.

Ain't that a wonderment after all the dire predictions?

Bizkit
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Bizkit 11/07/12 - 10:41 am
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Obama is leaving everyone

Obama is leaving everyone behind-especially poor people, african-americans and women who have suffered the most under his regime. His whole strategy is to continue the class divide rhetoric and to steal from one successful group to give to a unsuccessful group. Obama likes to pick the winners. So not everyone will be treated equally or fairly-no evidence of it the last four years. That isn't a solution-in fact it will be counterproductive as we already see with fewer people even bothering to look for a job. The key is opportunity for success for all. Obama doesn't want a level playing-he wants a field based on his dreams-not the average american.

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 11/07/12 - 10:43 am
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Bizkit

you are wasting your time, just like so many True Americans have in the past 4 years trying to provide FACTS to the Wealth Envy, Leaches, uninformed, one cell educated Liberals and supporters of color only.

We have only one card left to play.....Impeachment....

It won't be long before the SCDK (new Name, Socilist-Communist-Dictator-King) will defecate on the Constitution again or pull his same action he did on 4 death of Americans.

We have to start early this time!

Retired Army
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Retired Army 11/07/12 - 10:43 am
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Announcement!

In other news, Mitch McConnel stated this morning that his goal will be to limit this President to two terms.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 11/07/12 - 10:44 am
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Hmmmm

Saw a poll that said the majority of the unemployed voted for Obama. Ironic, ain't it. They say you can't cure stupid. Well, you reap what you sow. I wish em luck.

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