Nutter, Pa. Dems Blast Romney Before Friday Visit

The Philadelphia mayor spoke out against GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney who will visit the Union League in Philadelphia and Valley Forge Military Academy in Radnor.

One day before GOP presidential candidate Gov. Mitt Romney visits the Union League and Valley Forge Military Academy, Pennsylvania Democrats spoke out about his visit.

In a press call Thursday, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter and Pennsylvania Democratic Party Chairman Jim Burn criticized the former Massachusetts governor's tax plan and said Romney's out of touch with the common Pennsylvanian.

"I think what we're all wondering is, will he double down on the 47% comment?" Burn said, referring to Romney's remarks at a Florida fundraiser where the candidate discussed citizens who may not vote for him. "It's unacceptable for a candidate for president to dismiss folks as not worth pursuing."

The Democrats hammered the "47% comment," and said the "victims" Romney referred to as non-taxpayers include senior citizens, military personnel and college students.

"To say our nation's college students are victims of accepting handouts can't be further from the truth," Nutter said. "Either Gov. Romney is insulting or out of touch."

Burn said Romney's tax plan "confirms what we all expected — the tax plan is for millionaires and billionaires like himself... sounds like Mr. Romney's tax plan is looking out for one person, Mr. Romney."

While Democrats, like those on the call, have criticized Romney's tax plan, conservative groups like the Heritage Foundation say that certain analysis made inaccurate assumptions that would favor an argument in which Romney only favors the rich. 

Romney's appearance in Wayne and Philadelphia Friday comes on the heels of different polling results. An internal Republican poll has Romney closing the gap in Pennsylvania behind President Obama, while separate Qunnipiac and Franklin & Marshall polls show the incumbent widening his lead.

When asked if Romney's speech on Friday meant the candidate felt Pennsylvania was back in play, Nutter refused to speculate as to the GOP's strategy.

"Pennsylvania is great state and if you're running for president, then you should go everywhere," he said.

Although the VFMA visit is a public rally, KYW Philadelphia said the Union League event is for donors and the campaign expects to raise $3 to $4 million.

Nutter said that round-table event is indicative of Romney's attitude toward the commonwealth and credited Obama for reaching more common voters.

"We are fortunate that we have a president who does get it... President Obama is looking out for all Americans, not just the few," he said.

Read more about Romney's appearance on Radnor Patch.


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Eric W September 29, 2012 at 02:14 AM
PA is an Obama state. Romney, go home. Oh wait, that's an Obama state as well. lol
Marc Lombardi September 29, 2012 at 02:25 AM
And which earlier post of yours would you like me to correct for you, John?
John Monaghan September 29, 2012 at 02:31 AM
Marc...."I think his honesty is refreshing." Really? I think it's frightening. In a moment of candor he told the Russian Bear to "wait until after the election." What other surprises await us if Romney does not prevail? The only reason he even bothered to give Netenayhu some cell phone time is because he left himself open to criticism when he decided that Whoopi and friends were more important than the "the time bomb" which is Iran. Israel is concerned with its' own survival in light of the Iranians Nazi-like comments earlier in the week. If Israel does act, the U.S. will be forced (per the Iranians) to respond when our bases in the region are attacked. But, then again, the President is more concerned that the Muslims aren't offended by some crappy piece of You tube junk, than he is about confronting an issue that is more likely to lead to more conflict in a region that would be happy to return to the 7th Century. Now, I'll go back to reading Woodward's book "The Price of Politics" so that I can learn all about Mr. Obama's leadership qualities.
Marc Lombardi September 29, 2012 at 02:35 AM
OK. And I'll go back to watching The Avengers so I can learn all about how Barack Obama, much like Captain America, can champion for the rights of all people and not just the weathiest Americans.
Colter95 November 06, 2012 at 12:28 AM
Have these Nutter, PA Dems blasted Obama for Benghazi yet? Please don't let Obama sweep Benghazi under the rug... Lets not forget those four who were left to be slaughtered in Benghazi... Do not reward Obama for this epic failure… http://spectator.org/archives/2012/11/01/benghazi-obamas-core-deceit/ http://www.gazette.com/opinion/romney-146793-obama-benghazi.html http://frontpagemag.com/2012/dgreenfield/benghazigate-obamas-many-lies-about-libya/ http://www.canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/50657 http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Journalism/2012/10/25/CBS-Busts-Obama--and-Itself-Hidden-60-Minutes-Clip-Proves-White-House-Lied-About-Benghazi Romney/Ryan 2012


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