In Boca, Wasserman Schultz and busload of critics slam Romney and Ryanby George Bennett | August 13th, 2012
BOCA RATON — There’s no need to scramble for Democratic prebuttals and rebuttals to Mitt Romney‘s campaign trip to Florida today. Democrats have put together a busload of critics to slam Romney’s proposals and offer home-state counterpoints to new running mate Paul Ryan and Romney’s record as Massachusetts governor.
The “Romney Economics: Middle Class Under The Bus” tour rumbled from Miami Gardens to Palm Beach County today and is heading for Tampa with Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz and others aboard.
Stopping here shortly before noon outside the office of Made In USA Certified, a company that verifies business claims that products are made in America, Wasserman Schultz noted that Ryan isn’t with Romney today but popularity-challenged Gov. Rick Scott introduced Romney at a morning event in St. Augustine.
“Both Mitt Romney and his newly announced running mate, Congressman Paul Ryan, have proposed massive tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires while throwing middle class Americans under the bus. Now, with Florida apparently being a no-fly zone for Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney’s team has finally been forced to turn to Rick Scott, the nation’s most unpopular governor, to introduce him this morning,” Wasserman Schultz said.
Romney is making his fifth trip to Florida since effectively clinching the GOP nomination. Today was the first time he’s appeared with Scott, who has posted consistently high disapproval ratings in polls. While Ryan isn’t accompanying Romney, he’s slated to visit Central Florida this weekend.
“If Republicans are relying on the Romney-Scott-Ryan team to carry the Sunshine State, Florida’s looking like increasingly hostile territory for the GOP,” Wasserman Schultz said. “Floridians know that only those who love Rick Scott could like Mitt Romney’s failed record and top-down economic policies that have thrown middle class families under the bus.”
U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore, D-Wis., is along for the ride today to offer a Badger State critique of Ryan, the seven-term Wisconsin congressman who chairs the House Budget Committee.
“Paul Ryan is a nice guy, voted as one of the most beautiful people in Congress, literally. I can tell you that there’s nothing beautiful about his so-called Path to Prosperity. I have spent hours and hours and hours looking at all of his charts and statistics and data and numbers crunching and I can tell you that it’s the same old extreme right-wing policies that got us into this mess in the first place.”
Moore added: “This is the same policy wonk, my friend Paul Ryan, who during the Bush era was the architect of the ‘End Social Security as we know it’ and to privatize Social Security.”
Massachusetts state Rep. Jeff Sanchez is also aboard to criticize Romney’s record as governor from 2003 to 2007.
At the Boca stop, Made In USA Certified President Julie Reiser said President Obama has been a friend to small businesses. She also defended Obama’s “you didn’t build that remark,” which Romney and Republicans have used to accuse the president of denigrating entrepreneurship.
“I did build this business,” Reiser said. “But I didn’t build it alone. I built it with the help of so many others around me and I continue to build this business. Together we build businesses and together we will create a prosperous economy in this country and together we will create U.S. jobs here in America so that people like me, small women business owners and mothers to six children, can have a shot at the American dream.”