Republican Mitt Romney has spent a lot of time in debate and on the campaign trail talking about the last four years.
Now, in the final weeks of the contest, the Romney campaign is airing an ad talking about the next four years — should President Barack Obama win re-election
The ad, “The Obama Plan,” asks: “If Barack Obama Is Re-Elected, What Will The Next Four Years Be Like?”
“One, the debt will grow from 16 trillion to 20 trillion dollars,” it says — the campaign citing Office of Management and Budget projections.
“Two, 20 million Americans could lose their employer-based health care.” — citing the Congressional Budget Office.
“Three, taxes on the middle class will go up by $4,000.” — citing the partisan American Enterprise Institute.
“Four, energy prices will continue to go up.” — citing nothing for this except the track record of past gas price increases from the U.S. Energy Information Agency.
“And five, $716 billion in Medicare cuts that hurt current seniors.” — citing the CBO, but not explaining that the cuts in payments to hospitals and doctors under the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act are not intended to cut benefits for Medicare recipients.
The conclusion: “Five reasons we can’t afford four more years of Barack Obama.”