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Page A8 | The News Herald | Tuesday, August 16, 2011 N at i oN & Wo r l d Obama criticizes GOP rivals on taxes CANNON FALLS, Minn. (AP) — But his comment underscored the debt crisis that cratered his appeals court last week but Obama Obama struck a casual tone as he President Barack Obama launched that election season indeed is approval ratings and those of Con- expressed confidence the Supreme spoke to a crowd gathered in a pic- a rare direct attack Monday on the under way. The bus tour, although gress amid a faltering economy Court ultimately would uphold it if turesque park on the banks of the Republican presidential field, criti- an official White House event and high unemployment. justices follow existing law and prec- Cannon River, ditching his suit and cizing GOP hopefuls for their blan- rather than a campaign swing, Later in the town-hall meeting, edent. If not, he said, “we’ll have to tie for rolled-up sleeves and khakis ket opposition to any deficit-cutting takes Obama through three states Obama got a question on his sig- manage that when it happens.” for the open-air event. compromise involving new taxes. he won in 2008 but where he now nature health care law, and took a In response to a question, Despite the widespread frustra- “That’s just not common needs to shore up his standing. hard shot at Mitt Romney, a GOP Obama also took the chance to tion with Washington documented sense,” Obama told the crowd at In Iowa, Obama returns to a front-runner who has had to defend counter the anti-government in national polls, the president got a town hall-style meeting in Can- state that handed him a key victory implementing a health care plan stance embraced by the tea party a rosy reception. non Falls, Minn., as he kicked off over Democratic rival Hillary Rod- while governor of Massachusetts and largely by the Republican Some of his questioners never a three-day bus tour through Min- ham Clinton in their nomination that’s similar to the federal version. presidential field. even bothered to ask him ques- nesota, Iowa and Illinois. fight but where Republicans have “You’ve got a governor who’s He noted that although govern- tions, and the president used the “You need to take a balanced been blanketing the state in prep- running for president right now ment doesn’t do everything well, it format to offer broad, if some- approach,” he said. aration for its first-in-the-nation who instituted the exact same is responsible for sending a man times wonkish, explanations of his Obama recalled a moment caucuses, attacking the president thing in Massachusetts,” Obama to the moon and for the military agenda. in last week’s GOP presidential at every turn. The bus tour comes said, referring to a central compo- defending the country, among People asked him about educa- debate when all eight of the can- on the heels of Republican Michele nent of his law: the requirement for other things. tion, health care, broadband cable didates said they would refuse to Bachmann’s weekend victory in almost everyone to carry health “When you go to the National and the cost of prescription drugs. support a deal with tax increases, the Iowa Straw Poll and Texas insurance. Parks and those folks in the hats, One woman told him she had cancer even if tax revenues were out- Gov. Rick Perry’s contest-rattling “This used to be a Republican that’s government,” Obama said. and had been waiting for days to ask weighed 10-to-1 by spending cuts. entrance into the race. idea,” Obama said. “It’s like sud- “As frustrated as you are about him a question about Social Security, Obama didn’t mention any of It also comes after the president denly they got amnesia.” politics don’t buy into this notion although the president missed the the candidates by name and pref- spent much of the summer holed The so-called individual man- that somehow government is chance to sympathize with her about aced the remark by saying, “I know up in the nation’s capital enmeshed date in Obama’s health care law what’s holding us back,” he said. her health when he responded with it’s not election season yet.” in bitter, partisan negotiations on was struck down by a federal Eager to get out of Washington, a defense of Social Security. Republican race altered by Perry entry, Bachmann win DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Sud- to emerge from the pack, now finds Romney, who lost the nomina- Midwest bus tour. the American people based upon denly facing two serious rivals, himself facing two significant foes tion in 2008, hasn’t been able to Romney, overshadowed for the political winds of the day.” GOP front-runner Mitt Romney in Perry, the Texas governor who unite warring factions of the GOP much of the weekend, re-emerged A bit later, he returned to his declared on Monday his business formally entered the race only Sat- electorate since entering the race in Litchfield, N.H., and, during strategy of assailing Obama on background sets him apart in the urday, and Bachmann, the Minne- earlier this year. Social conser- a conversation with reporters, the economy, saying the president presidential race and dismissed sota congresswoman who won the vatives and the tea party haven’t quickly provided a window into should call for Congress to return the buzz over emerging challeng- Iowa straw poll that same day. warmed to his candidacy, and he how he would address Perry’s from its summer break to deal with ers as “the political winds of the “It’s a wide-open race,” Gov. has left some economic conserva- entry into the race. high unemployment, home foreclo- day.” Rick Perry insisted no one Terry Branstad declared after a tives and Republicans in the party “Understanding how the econ- sures and Wall Street turmoil. could go “toe to toe” with him, and five-day stretch that saw every establishment underwhelmed. omy works by having worked in the Halfway across the country, rising star Michele Bachmann Republican presidential candi- He’s focused heavily on New real economy is finally essential Perry made clear that he would tried to turn her Iowa straw poll date show up in his state, where Hampshire and has downplayed in the White House. And I hope try to undercut Romney’s efforts victory into gains against both party caucuses kick off the GOP his campaign in Iowa, but that may people recognize that,” Romney to cast himself as the strongest men. nomination fight next winter. While change given that Bachmann and said, stressing his years of private candidate on jobs and that he In less than a week, the slow- Perry entered the nomination bat- Perry, both of whom have support business experience and drawing would continue where Pawlenty to-begin race for the Republican tle, former Minnesota Gov. Tim among the tea party and Christian a contrast with Perry, Texas’ lon- had left off in questioning Bach- nomination has accelerated and Pawlenty, exited, further reshuf- evangelicals, are competing hard gest-serving governor who never mann’s accomplishments — or undergone a dramatic shift, essen- fling the deck. in this state where social conser- has worked in the private sector lack thereof — during her three tially becoming a three-way con- Over the next few months, Rom- vatives dominate. as an adult. terms in the U.S. House. test for the chance to challenge ney, Bachmann and Perry will try By Monday, the three Repub- Even as his aides worked behind “I respect all the other candi- President Barack Obama next to win over a GOP electorate angry licans with the strongest chance the scenes to assess the impact of dates in the field, but there is no year. at the change Obama has brought of winning the nomination fanned Perry’s candidacy, Romney sug- one that can stand toe to toe with Romney, who has been rid- and looking for a candidate who out across early primary states, gested a strategy shift wasn’t at us,” Perry said in an interview ing high for months while other has the right mix of credentials to all looking for the upper hand just hand. He said, “I’m not going to as he began his first full day of Republicans have been struggling beat the incumbent Democrat. as Obama opened a three-day vary my speech and my vision for campaigning.
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