Maiello: Defeat the Press
Wolraich: Obama at the Gates of... Gates
"My opponent, Mr. Romney, said I wasted my presidency on healthcare. That's right, I wasted my presidency trying to bring health care to 30 million people, people in the middle class or trying to get into the middle class. In other words, if you help the middle class, you're wasting your time.
Mr. Romney won't waste time on the middle class.
That's essentially what he said, isn't it? Kind of reveals more about him than me.
I don't call working to achieve something you believe in a waste of time. Thanks to the Supreme Court the road is now longer and harder. But it doesn't mean the journey is over, much as Mr. Romney and his allies in Congress would like to think so.
I wonder if Seniors who spent less of their precious funds on medications think I wasted my time.
I wonder if those whose lives were saved because insurance companies didn't drop them from plans think that I wasted my time.
Do young Americans think I wasted my presidency because I took the time to secure better coverage for them on their parents' existing healthcare policies?
Mr. Romney's strategy in this election is to denigrate me and sit on the fence when it comes to offering his own concrete solutions . Because of his extremist allies in Congress he is prevented from working towards a bi-partisan revised plan for healthcare in the wake of this Supreme Court ruling. It's a ruling, and we can work around it. Regardless of the Supreme Court's decision, I'm not going to give up on better healthcare for millions of Americans.
I have a message for Mr. Romney. You are wasting your money if you think this election is about denigrating me. It's not about me, it's about what is the best plan for the middle class to catch up while the wealthy take a recess.
And I am not going to let you dance to this presidency without you yourself offering concrete solutions for advancing the middle class, including health reform, immigration reform and bringing jobs back to America.
And Americans are not going to waste the opportunity to find out who you really are and how your candidacy is or is not relevant to their own aspirations and dreams.
So, Mr. Romney, get off the fence, and take a stand. Otherwise, stop wasting everyone's time. We have a lot of work to do. "