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Thursday, November 1, 2012

The Candidates in Their Own Words: Nov. 1

President Obama at a campaign rally in Green Bay, Wis.:

Now, in the closing weeks of this campaign, Governor Romney has been using all his talents as a salesman to dress up these very same policies that failed our country so badly, the very same policies we've been cleaning up after for the past four years. And he is offering them up as change. (Laughter.)He's saying he's the candidate of change.

Well, let me tell you, Wisconsin, we know what change looks like. (Applause.)And what the governor is offering sure ain't change. Giving more power back to the biggest banks isn't change. Leaving millions without health insurance isn't change. Another $5 trillion tax cut that favors the wealthy isn't change. Turning Medicare into a voucher is change, but we don't want that change. (Laughter.) Refusing to answer questions about the details of your policies isn't change. Ruling out compromise by pledging to rubber-stamp the Tea Party's agenda as president - that's defin itely not change. In fact, that's exactly the attitude in Washington that needs to go.

Now, here's the thing, Wisconsin. After four years as president, you know me by now. You may not agree with every decision I've made. You may be frustrated at the pace of change. But you know what I believe. You know where I stand. You know I'm willing to make tough decisions, even when they're not politically convenient.

Mitt Romney on Thursday at Integrity Windows and Doors, in Roanoke, Va.:

I want to take full advantage of our oil, our gas, our nuclear, our renewables. I know that you know that when we have more plentiful energy we can have North American energy independence within eight years. What that means, of course, is lower prices at the pump and lower cost for fuel at your home. It also means jobs. And that's the reason I mention it. Because it's not only jobs in the energy sector - coal and gas and oil. But it's also jobs in manufacturing, like right here. Bec ause there is a lot of energy used in the lumber products arena, making fiberglass, assembling these products, manufacturing them.

When energy costs are lower, then we are able to create more manufacturing jobs. And that's why it's so critical. We have this ace in the hole: this energy. And the president has been stalling on this for the last four years. I won't stall. We are going to unleash the power of our energy resources and get America working again.