With the three week presidential primary run toward the April 24 Pennsylvania primary starting today (with both Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum holding events across the state), the Obama camp's press secretary and its Pa director are out with a campaign memo previewing its attacks on Romney, the all-but-assured GOP nominee.

It says in part:

Pennsylvania voters know that Romney and the Republicans’ records of outsourcing jobs, turning their backs on the sick and uninsured, rolling back women’s access to health care, cutting taxes for the wealthiest at the expense of the middle class, and asking taxpayers to pay for billions of dollars in Big Oil subsidies while they made record profits will take the state and country in the wrong direction.

While the Republican candidates and their supporters are dumping an unprecedented amount of special interest money to sway the election, the Obama campaign is investing in a grassroots movement that is organizing in every corner of the country. While the Republicans are descending on Pennsylvania today, we have been busy reaching out one-by-one to voters to discuss what is at stake in November.  In fact, this evening we will open our 14th campaign office in Pennsylvania.

Romney has a speech in DC today before heading to the Philly burbs tonight and Harrisburg tomorrow. Santorum has events today in Carnegie, Altoona and Mechanicsburg. (PoliticsPa has a nice running presidential event schedule here.)

The latest Q poll in Pa has Obama beating Romney and Santorum by 3 to 7 points respectively.

The full Pennsylvania memo from the Obama camp is after the jump:

April 4, 2012

TO: Interested Parties

FROM: Ben LaBolt, Press Secretary

Bill Hyers, Pennsylvania State Director

SUBJECT: The GOP Primary Comes to Pennsylvania

As the Republican primary fight moves forward, the candidates competing for the nomination will continue their campaigns to take us backward.

Governor Romney, Senator Santorum and other Republican presidential hopefuls will arrive this week in Pennsylvania, a critical state in both the April 24 Republican primary and the November general election.

Romney and the rest of the field will pitch to Pennsylvanians the same failed policies and broken promises that created the economic crisis – and the same negative attacks and bankrupt ideas that have dampened voter enthusiasm and depressed turnout throughout this year's Republican primary.

Pennsylvania voters know that Romney and the Republicans' records of outsourcing jobs, turning their backs on the sick and uninsured, rolling back women's access to health care, cutting taxes for the wealthiest at the expense of the middle class, and asking taxpayers to pay for billions of dollars in Big Oil subsidies while they made record profits will take the state and country in the wrong direction.

While the Republican candidates and their supporters are dumping an unprecedented amount of special interest money to sway the election, the Obama campaign is investing in a grassroots movement that is organizing in every corner of the country. While the Republicans are descending on Pennsylvania today, we have been busy reaching out one-by-one to voters to discuss what is at stake in November. In fact, this evening we will open our 14th campaign office in Pennsylvania.

President Obama believes we are at a make-or-break moment for the middle class and the only way to reclaim the security middle-class Americans have lost is to restore the basic values of that made our country great. The President is rebuilding a job-creating economy that's built to last, where hard work pays off and responsibility is rewarded. He's reviving America's manufacturing industry to create good paying jobs, cutting taxes to increase middle class security, and asking everyone to do their fair share so that we can reduce our deficit and invest in the things we need to grow, like education, innovation, and infrastructure.

Unfortunately, Mitt Romney and the other presidential candidates believe the best way to grow the economy is to return to the policies that devastated it.

Romney Hostile to Manufacturing, One of Pennsylvania's Major Sectors

President Obama knows that America's middle class was built on the strength of our manufacturing sector. That's why the President bet on Pennsylvania's workers, rescued the auto industry and the quarter-million jobs it supports in Pennsylvania, and has encouraged investment in a major industry. He believes that companies should be rewarded for creating jobs in America, not overseas, and thanks to the President's National Export Initiative, we are on track to double exports by 2015.

After the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, American manufacturers are hiring for the first time since the late 1990s, and their continued strength is vital to our economic recovery and creating an economy built to last. American businesses have now created jobs in each of the past 24 months, putting nearly 4 million more people to work across this country, including almost 150,000 in Pennsylvania. The nation lost 4.6 million manufacturing jobs between 2001 and 2009, but the sector has now grown for 32 straight months, creating more than 400,000 jobs nationwide in the last two years.

But Mitt Romney is hostile to manufacturing and indifferent to the jobs many Pennsylvanians rely on.

· Romney Has Mocked Manufacturing: Romney scoffed at manufacturing jobs and even suggested that Obama was "out of touch" for encouraging young people to pursue them.

· Romney Turned His Back on Auto Workers: Romney said we should "let Detroit go bankrupt," opposing the President's emergency loans even though no private capital was available to save more than a million jobs. If Romney had his way, the American auto industry Pennsylvanians count on would have vanished.

· As Governor, Romney Killed Manufacturing Jobs: Romney's disdain for manufacturing matches his record in his one term as Governor of Massachusetts where he let manufacturing in the state decline by double the national average as Massachusetts lost 40,000 of its manufacturing jobs.

· As the head of Bain Capital, Romney Killed Manufacturing Jobs: Though Romney claims his career as a corporate-buyout specialist as his chief qualification for office, his private-sector record offers only more of the same hostility to American manufacturers. With Romney at the helm, Bain Capital made millions when it laid off 750 steelworkers at GS Industries, drove the company into bankruptcy and passed its pension debt onto the government. Because the Bain-owned company underfunded its employees' pensions by about $44 million, a federal insurance agency was forced to bail out the company's pension plan. The company also stopped contributing to the steelworkers' health care, leaving them on the hook for prohibitively high costs. Romney's firm then rewarded itself with a multimillion dollar profit, and company management took home $9 million in severance and retention payments.

Romney Would Repeal Health Care Reform and Cut Women's Access to Health Care

President Obama refuses to go back to the days when health insurance companies could drop your coverage when you got sick, deny coverage because of a preexisting condition, or charge women more than men simply because of their gender. Over the determined opposition of Republicans and the insurance industry, the President enacted landmark reforms that already are helping millions of Pennsylvanians, and more benefits will phase in over time.

For the first time, people with private insurance and Medicare can now get preventive services like cancer and cholesterol screenings with no out of pocket costs – and 3.4 million Pennsylvanians have already benefited from these new rules. Insurers can no longer refuse to cover kids with preexisting conditions, including the 657,000 children in Pennsylvania. Ending insurance company abuses like raising rates without explanation or putting lifetime limits on the amount of care a patient could receive has already helped 7.7 million Pennsylvanians. Because of health reform, nearly 65,000 young adults in the state who wouldn't have health care are covered through their parents' plans, and 2.3 million Pennsylvania seniors and people with disabilities are benefiting from a stronger Medicare programs and more affordable prescription drugs.

But Mitt Romney said repealing these reforms would be his highest priority as president, and his severely conservative policies would be devastating for women and seniors.

· Romney Would Put Women's Health at Risk: Romney would "get rid of" federal funding for Planned Parenthood, which provides affordable and important care including cervical cancer screenings, breast exams, birth control and other live-saving procedures to 150,000 Pennsylvanians. He supports the Rubio-Blunt Amendment that allows employers to deny women coverage for health care services like contraception because of personal beliefs, taking away women's power to make decisions about their health and giving it to their bosses. The "Personhood" amendment he said he would have endorsed for Massachusetts would outlaw common forms of birth control. As Mitt Romney campaigns in Pennsylvania this month, women will be listening to hear if he agrees with the Pennsylvania GOP's proposal to force women to receive an invasive ultrasound prior to having an abortion – a procedure for which Republican Gov. Tom Corbett said women "just have to close your eyes" and accept.

· Romney Would End Medicare As We Know It: Last week Mitt Romney was endorsed by Paul Ryan, the architect of the Republican budget that, just like Romney's own plan, would turn Medicare into a voucher program, forcing seniors to pay $6,000 more for health care. Romney also wants to repeal health reform that protects and strengthens Medicare for Pennsylvania seniors, helping hardworking people retire with economic security. That's the type of progress that Romney wants to roll back.

Romney Asks the Middle Class to Pay for Tax Breaks for the Wealthiest

President Obama believes that to restore middle-class security, hard work should pay off and responsibility should be rewarded. To reduce our deficit and invest in the things that we need to grow the economy, the President proposed the Buffett Rule – to ensure that millionaires and billionaires don't pay a lower tax rate than the middle class – they should pay their fair share.

But Mitt Romney would cut taxes for the wealthiest while raising them on the middle class.

· Romney's $5 Trillion in Tax Cuts Favor Millionaires, Billionaires, and Corporations: Romney opposes the Buffett Rule that says a millionaire should not be able to pay a lower tax rate than the middle class, and his tax plan gives the largest tax cuts to millionaires. Romney would cut corporate income taxes by almost 30 percent and extend the Bush tax cuts that disproportionately benefit the top 1 percent of all earners.

· Romney Would Raise Taxes on 372,000 Pennsylvania Families: Romney's tax plan rewards the richest at great cost to the middle class. Under his plan, a typical family with kids making less than $40,000 would see their taxes go up. His plan would weaken the Child Tax Credit and the Earned Income Tax Credit – both of which benefit only working families – and would eliminate the American Opportunity Tax Credit, which provided relief to an estimated 372,000 Pennsylvania residents in 2011 and saved middle-class families $856 million in taxes.

Romney Would Keep Gas Prices High and Keep Giving Taxpayers' Money to Big Oil

Our dependence on foreign oil, much of it bought from unstable and hostile countries, has long endangered our economy and national security. Our expensive dependence has hit consumers hard, raising gas prices and straining budgets for millions of American families.

President Obama has taken an all of the above approach to reduce our dependence on foreign oil and protect customers. Under President Obama, both domestic oil and natural gas production in Pennsylvania are up, and across the country have gone up every year. Last year, oil production reached an eight-year high, natural gas production reached an all-time high, and both are projected to continue to rise. President Obama also believes that we should repeal $4 billion in taxpayer subsidies to oil companies – particularly while they make record profits – and invest that money in renewable energy. But Mitt Romney's agenda and that of Big Oil are one and the same.
· Romney Advocates for the Policies That Will Keep Gas Prices High. As Governor, Romney increased a tax on gas by 400 percent. Romney, who has raised more than $750,000 from oil and gas special interests in this election alone, wants to keep charging taxpayers $4 billion for subsidies to oil and gas companies making record profits. He has also opposed the President's policy to double fuel economy standards for cars and trucks that will help families save $8,000 per vehicle, and he wants to repeal Wall Street reforms that will prevent corporations from manipulating the energy market to profit off of high prices at the pump.

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written by a guest, July 04, 2012
Well, it's a usual thing that before the elections Republican and Democratic candidates attack and blame each other.Roomney is wealthy and he wants to be an example for Americans and show them by his own example how to be successful.I am not sure if it will work, because lots of people get low wages and live through unsecured loans or have no jobs at all, maybe the will not belive that something will importantly change.Actions are much more important than worlds and American politicians should show their nation that the things are getting better, people should see a better life as a result.

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