With the endorsement of Mitt Romney by Ohio Governor John Kasich last week (a morning email doesn’t get a ton of fanfare as it turns out), Romney is officially in the world of Ohio politics.  That leaves us a mere seven months to write about his exploits before he fades off into the background of national politics.  We thought a comparison of their past statements on some of the top issues in the country would be a nice way to demonstrate why the Republicans feel so strongly that Obama must be removed from office and replaced by the top GOP candidate Romney.

Read each statement below and guess whether it was spoken by Mitt Romney or Barack Obama.  The answer key is at the bottom of the post.

  1. First, the stage is set for something truly historic. We are poised to provide private, market-based health insurance to all our uninsured citizens. This isn’t government taking over healthcare and dictating who gets treated for what and by whom. No, it’s government helping people take over healthcare, to get healthcare working for them. Think about it: 500,000 people, all without health insurance today, will have quality preventative care, prescription benefits, and hospitalization coverage. Health insurance for all our citizens does not require new taxes. Some of you have your doubts about that. I know that the uncertainty could stall our progress, or even end it.  Our citizens are counting on us. Let’s not allow perfection to become the enemy of progress. Let’s open the way for every…citizen to have high quality, private health insurance.
  2. Simply put, if you’re a taxpayer, you’re not just paying for yourself, you’re paying one third of the cost of another person’s healthcare bills as well. My plan calls for almost everyone to have to pay something, even if it’s just a token amount.
  3. These are not primarily people on welfare.  These are middle-class Americans.  Some can’t get insurance on the job.  Others are self-employed, and can’t afford it, since buying insurance on your own costs you three times as much as the coverage you get from your employer.  Many other Americans who are willing and able to pay are still denied insurance due to previous illnesses or conditions that insurance companies decide are too risky or too expensive to cover.
  4. I have proposed a plan…offers new low-cost insurance options for the uninsured and small employers. It does not raise people’s taxes. It does not impose costly mandates on employers. It requires no takeover of our healthcare system. What it does require is a team effort. I know our plan won’t be a quick cure; reform of this magnitude will come in stages and take time. But the vision of healthcare for all the people and of slowing down the runaway rise in health costs is real. I pledge every effort to get it done.
  5. The plan I’m announcing tonight would meet three basic goals.  It will provide more security and stability to those who have health insurance.  It will provide insurance for those who don’t.  And it will slow the growth of health care costs for our families, our businesses, and our government.  It’s a plan that asks everyone to take responsibility for meeting this challenge — not just government, not just insurance companies, but everybody including employers and individuals.
  6. This isn’t about giving me a win. This isn’t about giving Democrats or Republicans a win. This is about giving people who are hurting a win.
  7. Let there be no mistake. For this budget to win, politics as usual has to lose.
  8. We’re horribly backlogged in renovating and rebuilding old and dilapidated schools. I will propose a series of construction reforms and a refinancing program that will jump start over 100 new and remodeled school projects.
  9. Why should our children be allowed to study in crumbling or outdated schools? How does that give them the sense their education is important? We should build them the best schools! That’s what I want for my kids; that’s what I want for your kids; that’s what I want for all our children.
  10. If you want construction workers modernizing schools like this one, pass this jobs bill.
  11. Let’s start building and renovating these new classrooms now.
  12. In case you haven’t noticed, a lot has changed in science and technology since the 1960’s. Tell Congress to pass this bill so we can re-build this school and schools all across the country.
  13. My budget will fund English classes for the thousands of adult immigrants who have been denied a seat in the classroom.
  14. Maybe I should wait a couple of weeks and see if it [his views on immigration] changes because it’s changed in less than a year from his position before.
  15. My guiding principle is, and always has been, that consumers do better when there is choice and competition.
  16. We’ve had a lot of success over the last two years reforming government. But there is still more to do. It’s time to build on that success by passing an economic stimulus bill that provides real job-creating incentives to employers and helps ensure that we don’t backslide to the days of economic stagnation. In February, I will file an economic stimulus and jobs bill. My program will include measures to stimulate more housing, streamline permitting for business expansion, add new capital projects and fund investment in emerging technology.
  17. We must make strategic investments that will serve as a down payment on our long-term economic future. We must demand vigorous oversight and strict accountability for achieving results. And we must restore fiscal responsibility and make the tough choices so that as the economy recovers, the deficit starts to come down.
  18. I will propose, again, mandatory parental preparation classes for parents of kids in failing schools. I want parents to learn how they can support their child’s education – about homework, about discipline in the classroom, about parent-teacher meetings. Education is a partnership between teachers and parents – teachers can’t do the job alone. Teachers need and deserve the support of involved parents and that will only happen if we take action.
  19. And let me be clear: the failure of our urban schools to prepare our children today for the challenges of tomorrow is the civil rights issue of our generation.
  20. I believe that the failure of education in urban schools is the civil rights issue of our generation.
  21. Now is also the time to tackle our housing crisis. Our housing is expensive for one primary reason: We don’t build enough of it.
  22. Employers tell me that the biggest obstacle to creating new good jobs in Massachusetts is the high cost of our housing.
  23. The number one culprit our employers mention, the biggest obstacle to job growth, is the high cost of housing. Families can’t afford to locate here. There’s one simple reason our housing is so expensive: we don’t build enough of it.
  24. Putting people first is harder than it sounds.



  1. Mitt Romney, 2006
  2. Mitt Romney, 2003
  3. Barack Obama, 2009
  4. Mitt Romney, 2005
  5. Barack Obama, 2009
  6. Barack Obama, 2011
  7. Mitt Romney, 2003
  8. Mitt Romney, 2004
  9. Barack Obama, 2011
  10. Barack Obama, 2011
  11. Mitt Romney, 2004
  12. Barack Obama, 2011
  13. Mitt Romney, 2005
  14. John McCain, 2007 (From the 2008 campaign. This personifies the GOP’s own concerns about Romney’s flip-flopping from back then.)
  15. Barack Obama, 2009
  16. Mitt Romney, 2005
  17. Barack Obama, 2009
  18. Mitt Romney, 2006
  19. Mitt Romney, 2005
  20. Mitt Romney, 2006 (19 & 20 are from back-to-back State of the Commonwealth addresses during Romney’s final two years as Governor of Massachusetts.)
  21. Mitt Romney, 2004
  22. Mitt Romney, 2005
  23. Mitt Romney, 2006 (More repetition from Romney’s annual State speeches demonstrating either his lack of progress or lazy speech writers, or both.)
  24. Mitt Romney, 2004

Okay, so the final statement should have been a freebie for you, but it was just too good to leave out.  Romney actually made this statement during his 2004 State of the Commonwealth speech to the entire state of Massachusetts.

Hard to imagine President Obama ever lamenting the difficulty of putting people first.  But then again, that’s probably why he’s got a desk in the Oval Office while Romney’s still begging for delegates from his own party.