President Barack Obama went on the offensive on tax cuts and education when speaking at a rally in Las Vegas, NV on Wednesday evening. Mr. Romney had campaigned in Reno the day before, as the two battle for leverage in what is shaping to be an important swing state in the mountain West.
“What they said was, ‘We want to give you more tax cuts especially tilted toward the wealthy, and everything will be okay,’ ” President Obama said, summarizing Republican proposals at the RNC in August. “And this is their prescription for everything; tax cuts in good times, tax cuts in bad times, tax cuts when we’re at peace, tax cuts when we’re at war, tax cuts to lose those few extra pounds; tax cuts to give your love life that extra kick.”
Mr. Obama also stated that under his administration students are paying lower college costs nationwide. According to the White House, the maximum Pell Grant award was increased to $5,550 since 2008. Nine and a half million students were awarded Pell Grants in the 2012-13 school year. Mr. Obama secured Congressional approval for a $10,000 college tax credit.
“So now you’ve got a choice, we could take my opponent’s advice, which results in gutting education,” Mr. Obama said, right before the crowd began a chorus of boos. Quoting DNC speaker and former Spanish-language talk show host Cristina Saralegui, Obama responded soundly with: “Don’t boo now, vote! Don’t boo, vote!”