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Romney Campaign Press Release - From "Yes We Can" To "No I Can't"

September 20, 2012

"Now the country faces major challenges, you know that we face massive debt, trillion-dollar deficits. We face a Washington that's broken — that can't get the job done. The President today threw in the white flag of surrender again. He said he can't change Washington from inside. He can only change it from outside. Well, we're going to give him that chance in November. He's going outside. I can change Washington. I will change Washington. We'll get the job done from the inside — Republicans and Democrats will come together. He can't do it. His slogan was 'Yes, we can.' His slogan now is 'No, I can't.' This is time for a new president." — Mitt Romney

Today, President Obama Claimed "You Can't Change Washington From The Inside" And Claimed Change Could Only Come From "The Outside":

President Obama, Today: "The Most Important Lesson I've Learned Is That You Can't Change Washington From The Inside. You Can Only Change It From The Outside." OBAMA: "And you know, I think that I've learned some lessons over the last four years. And the most important lesson I've learned is that you can't change Washington from the inside. You can only change it from the outside." (President Barack Obama, Remarks At Univision Forum, 9/20/12)

Even President Obama Has Admitted Washington Under His Leadership Is "More Of The Same" And "Maybe A Little Worse":

President Obama Admits Washington Is Stuck With "More Of The Same," And "Maybe A Little Worse." CNN's WOLF BLITZER: "When we spoke here end of 2008, 'hope and change.' You know what I see in Washington still to this day? OBAMA: "More of the same." BLITZER: "The same old same old." OBAMA: "Yeah." BLITZER: "A lot of bickering, backstabbing." OBAMA: "Maybe a little worse." (CNN's "The Situation Room," 8/16/11)

"The Hard Truth Is That Washington Next Year Will Look Indistinguishable From The One Obama Warned Against During His Election-Night Victory Speech..." "The hard truth is that Washington next year will look indistinguishable from the one Obama warned against during his election-night victory speech, when he called on Republicans and Democrats to 'resist the temptation to fall back on the same partisanship and pettiness and immaturity that has poisoned our politics for so long.'" (Carrie Budoff Brown and Jonathan Allen, "Partisan D.C.: Obama's Broken Promise," Politico, 1/17/12)

The Washington Post's Dana Milbank: "The President Came Here To Change Washington And Washington Has Changed Him."(CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360," 3/8/12)

President Obama's Right — "You Can't Change Washington From The Inside" And His Record In Office Proves It:

Under President Obama, The National Debt Has Surpassed $16 Trillion — An Increase Of $5.4 Trillion. (Department Of The Treasury, Accessed 9/20/12)

More Than Twenty-Three Million Americans Are Unemployed, Underemployed, Or Have Stopped Looking For Work. (Bureau Of Labor Statistics,, 9/10/12)

"The Gap Between Rich And Poor Americans Grew In 2011 As The Poverty Rate Remained At Almost A Two-Decade High." "The gap between rich and poor Americans grew in 2011 as the poverty rate remained at almost a two-decade high. The U.S. Census Bureau released figures today that showed household income fell, underscoring a sputtering economic recovery that's at the heart of the presidential campaign." (Catherine Dodge and Frank Bass, "Rich-Poor Gap Widens To Most Since 1967 As Income Falls," Bloomberg, 9/12/12)

Americans Are Struggling With "A Shrinking Middle Class." "The findings highlight concerns about a shrinking middle class and pose another obstacle to getting the economy back on track, said Annette Bernhardt, policy co-director at the National Employment Law Project, which conducted the study." (Jim Puzzanghera, "Majority Of New Jobs In Recovery Are Low-Paying, Study Finds," Los Angeles Times, 8/31/12)

Mitt Romney, Romney Campaign Press Release - From "Yes We Can" To "No I Can't" Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project

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