Whatever you may think of him or his views, Fox television personality Bill O’Reilly is not stupid. Here he makes the Republicans’ case against Obama and for Romney pretty succinctly:
Take a look at this chart: When President Obama took office, unemployment was at 7.8%. After three and a half years, it stands at 8.3%. Median income when the President took over was about $55,000. Now, $51,000. Gasoline prices in January 2009 were $1.84 per gallon. Now, $3.82 per gallon. That’s painful to working folks and it’s largely ignored by the President. National debt of $10.6 Trillion when President Obama took the oath of office. It is now more than $16 Trillion – an astronomical and dangerous rise. Finally, the budget deficit in President Bush’s last year was $458 Billion. In 2011, under President Obama, it had risen to nearly $1.3 Trillion – again, a dangerous amount of money to have to borrow.
There’s no way the Democrats can spin those facts; they’re in stone. The country’s in trouble, no question about it. But there is a question about how to get out of that trouble. Many voters believe that President Obama has had enough time to improve things. That if a football coach inherits a team, and that team is worse three and a half years later, the coach is out of there, the coach gets fired. But Mr. Obama says, “wait a minute!” His situation is unique.
President Obama: Historically, after these big financial crises where a lot of people are dealing with debt or a collapse of a housing market, that creates bigger challenges. And we’re seeing this, not just in here the United States, but around the world. But, what I would say is that the steps that we’ve taken in saving the auto industry, in making sure that college is more affordable, in investing in clean energy and science and technology and research. Those are all the things we’re going to need to grow over the long term.
Bill O’Reilly: Now, there’s no use in debating President Obama’s opinion. He believes it, and so do his followers. All the charts in the world are not going to change their minds. So it is up to you, the voter, to decide whether Mitt Romney and the Republicans should get a chance to improve things, and therein lies the question mark. Talking Points has said from the beginning of this campaign that the vote will be a referendum on Barack Obama. It will be an up or down vote on him.
The Republican Party knows that, and therefore Governor Romney is going to play it very safe. He’s not going to be drawn into any policy controversy. He’s not going to make any bold and fresh statements. He’s simply going to say that President Obama has failed to bring prosperity to America, and that he, Mitt Romney, will be able to do that.