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February 1st, 2012
09:23 PM ET

Is Obama losing the Catholic vote?

By Eric Marrapodi and Brianna Keilar, CNN

(CNN)–After years of bridge building with the Catholic Church, the Obama administration may have damaged some of the good will it built up with the nation's 70 million Catholics, which could have steep consequences at the polls in November.

Some rank and file Catholics are beginning to express the same frustrations as clergy about a new U.S. Department of Health and Human Services policy requiring all employers, including religious ones, to pay for FDA-approved contraceptives, such as the birth control pill and Plan B, through health insurance plans. Churches are exempt but hospitals and schools with religious affiliations must comply. The new policy goes into effect August 1, 2012, but religious groups who oppose contraception have been given a yearlong extension to enforce the policy.

"What's offensive is that we're being told, our Catholic institutions which serve this nation well, are being told you who find these things offensive, you should pay for them, in fact you must pay for them," Cardinal Donald Wuerl, the archbishop of Washington, told CNN.

Catholic teaching opposes the use of contraceptives.  Wuerl acknowledged the clergy and the faithful have been at odds over the teachings on contraceptive use. But on this policy he said both are in lockstep over what is being perceived as a violation of religious liberties.

"This time around what people are seeing this isn't a question of one moral teaching or another, it's being able to teach at all. Our freedom, and everyone has a stake in freedom in this country, and I think that's why this resonates across the board," he said.

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Wuerl is calling his congregants to action, asking them to call congress and the White House to express their displeasure.

"We're beginning to say to our people this is what the issue is, it's wrong, we've never experienced this in the history of our country before, this is a violation of the basic rights of conscience and religious liberty. So you need to know that and you need to speak up," he said.

The timing of the administration's announcement has drawn criticism for being tone deaf, coming just three days before tens of thousands of protesters, many of them Catholics who oppose abortion rights, came to Washington for the annual March for Life on the anniversary of Roe vs Wade, which legalized abortion nationwide.

"In my estimation it's a huge misstep politically," said Stephen Schneck a political scientist from Catholic University who has consulted with the administration on Catholic issues. In 2009, Schneck also worked with pro-abortion rights Democrats in Congress on the president’s signature health care reform measure to find language that ensured government funds did not pay for abortions.

"The way in which the narrative is being developed is that the administration is at odds with the Catholic Church fundamentally. What I'm seeing in the pews is something of a waking up, a Catholic solidarity. That I think could very well carry over into their political activities" Schneck said. "There's nothing like having a sense of opposition to you to rally the troops and I suspect that's going to happen here."

Schneck pointed particularly to states with large Catholic populations where this new solidarity could have a far-reaching political impact.

"If you look at where those Catholics are, they're in places like Ohio, Pennsylvania, Colorado and Florida, which are of course critical states for anyone who wants to become president of the United States," he said.

In 2008, President Obama won 54% of the Catholic vote, according to the Pew Research Center. Early on in his presidency, Obama reached out to Catholics. He appointed prominent Catholics to several cabinet positions and ambassadorships.

In May 2009, the president delivered the commencement speech at the University of Notre Dame, where he spoke of working together on abortion.

"Let's honor the conscience of those who disagree with abortion, and draft a sensible conscience clause, and make sure that all of our health care policies are grounded not only in sound science, but also in clear ethics, as well as respect for the equality of women. Those are things we can do," the president said to rousing applause from the crowd in South Bend, Indiana.

In shaping the new Health and Human Services policy, the administration reached out to New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan, who is the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the public policy arm of the church in the United States, and other Catholic leaders in November to seek their input in the process. Many of the same Catholic leaders received a heads up on January 20 several hours before the administration announced the policy.

"This decision was made after very careful consideration, including the important concerns some have raised about religious liberty. I believe this proposal strikes the appropriate balance between respecting religious freedom and increasing access to important preventive services," Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in the statement about the policy.

On Tuesday in the White House briefing room, Press Secretary Jay Carney again defended the administration's decision when pressed by reporters.

"After very careful consideration the administration believes that this strikes the appropriate balance between respecting religious beliefs and increasing access to important preventive services. We will continue to work closely with religious groups during this transitional period to discuss their concern," Carney said.

The administration is extremely concerned this will affect Catholic voters’ support.

As the opposition grew this week, the administration noted to reporters there were Catholics in and out of government who support the measure, as well as interfaith groups.

Late Wednesday night the White House launched the first part of an information campaign to spell out what the policy change does and does not do.

An administration official also pointed to nearly $2 billion in federal grants that have gone to Catholic-related charities since the beginning of the administration as a sign of the willingness to work together.

James Salt, executive director of Catholics United, which hasn't taken a position on the HHS policy, said there could be a silver lining for both Catholics and the administration on this issue. He said with more women able to access contraceptives there could be a reduction in abortions stemming from unplanned pregnancies as a result of the policy.

"More needs to be done on both sides. It's not just a question for the administration, it's a question for the pro-life community and the pro-choice community to put aside their heated rhetoric and find common ground," Salt said.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Abortion • Barack Obama • Belief • Bishops • Catholic Church • Christianity • Church and state • Politics

soundoff (2,744 Responses)
  1. PulTab

    Just one more reason to vote for President Obama. He is losing the pedophile church vote.

    February 2, 2012 at 8:00 am |
  2. abcdxyz

    I'm Catholic, but I think the Catholic church has to draw a line between public policy and private morality. If you don't believe contraception is moral, don't use it, but if you employ people, you have to provide contraception as part of their health insurance coverage. Period.

    February 2, 2012 at 7:59 am |
    • Nick

      Why should someone else be forced to pay for your lifestyle choice? By forcing the insurance plan to cover contraception, you are forcing all covered by the plan to pay for that service. You want contraception, you pay for it – I shouldn't have to.

      February 2, 2012 at 8:03 am |
    • TruthPrevails

      Good point and no-one is forcing those who won't wish to use said products to use them.

      February 2, 2012 at 8:06 am |
    • Keldorama

      Nick – right back 'atcha, dude. Why should I pay for your splitting out babies like M&M's?

      February 2, 2012 at 8:09 am |
    • Jt_flyer

      Well Nick you'll save 30 bucks a month on birth control pills but you'll have to pay a few hundred thousand dollars for the child on welfare. Pay now or later but you'll pay.

      February 2, 2012 at 9:01 am |
    • Nick

      Nope, I'm 100% anti-insurance. Pooling of risk is entiely why medical costs have skyrocketed. Through pooling the profession realized it could get more money, and this is exactly what happens when you have too much money chasing something.

      To those who say I'll pay for the baby or whatever anyway, right back at you – why shouldn't boob jobs or other unnecessary stuff be covered? People need to take responsibility for their choices and stop expecting others to cover the cost.

      February 2, 2012 at 11:42 am |
  3. Doesn't Make Sense

    Why would one of their employees even make an insurance claim for contraceptives or abortions. Aren't they good catholics?

    February 2, 2012 at 7:57 am |
    • abcdxyz

      Not all of them are Catholic, so of course, they need the same health services as everyone else. Not to mention that the same percentage of Catholic women use modern contraception as the general population.

      February 2, 2012 at 8:02 am |
  4. suppackman

    This is not just about the Catholic vote. If this unprecedented government intrusion into religious freedom is allowed to occur (which is doubtful), then all religions are at risk.

    February 2, 2012 at 7:55 am |
    • TownC

      Agreed. Government seems to be asking religion to play by their rules. They are the ones trying to tear down the so called wall of separation between church and state.

      February 2, 2012 at 7:58 am |
    • Doesn't Make Sense

      Has nothing to do with religion. Has to do with businesses such as hospitals, schools, even the gas stations owned by those evading taxes by claiming "churchness".

      February 2, 2012 at 7:59 am |
    • TownC

      Take away the tax exemption then there is no difference between a business and religion...which means churches can fully participate in partisan politics, fund raising,and they can actively lobby for their positions or candidates. Be careful what you wish for.

      February 2, 2012 at 8:02 am |
    • abcdxyz

      Once you employ people, you are no longer just a "religious" organization, but an "employer," and are and should be subject to the same laws, rules, and regulations as all other employers. Why is this so difficult?

      February 2, 2012 at 8:04 am |
    • Tina.Hill

      Wrong! nothing more to say.

      February 2, 2012 at 8:17 am |
  5. Veritas

    But surely, even if these 70 million are "Catholic" not all of them are brainwashed enough to oppose contraceptives? "Imagine there's no heaven...and no religion too"

    February 2, 2012 at 7:53 am |
    • suppackman

      Your ignorance is so deep, where to start? Hmmmm....how about this: This is not about contraception, but rather government telling a religious body what they must do, against a tenet of their very foundation?

      February 2, 2012 at 7:59 am |
    • Doc Vestibule

      According to a 2005 Gallup poll published in the Baltimore Sun, 75% of American Catholics believe the church should allow the use of contraceptives.
      Both the Russian and Eastern Orthodox Catholic churches say that birth control is OK so long as it isn't an abortifacient.
      The zeitgeist is shifting at a glacial pace, but it is moving forward!

      February 2, 2012 at 8:08 am |
    • Veritas

      Then it is probably a bad idea to have churches run schools and hospitals, if they are only going to provide those procedures and services that are in accordance with their particular delusion. And yet they demand to be exempt from taxes...

      February 2, 2012 at 8:13 am |
    • TruthPrevails

      "but rather government telling a religious body what they must do"

      If that religious organization wants to employ people and use the same insurance policies that other TAX PAYING people use then it must adhere to the same rules given to everyone else.
      It is your ignorance that is astounding, not Veritas!

      February 2, 2012 at 8:13 am |
  6. ms

    @Nobama12....i woke up my neighbors and told them what you said...they cursed me 🙂

    February 2, 2012 at 7:53 am |
  7. TownC

    The Obama administration is very generous to Catholic charities as long as they play the game by the rules the Obama administration sets up. Separation of church and state? The Obama administration wants the Catholic church to be a tool of the state.

    February 2, 2012 at 7:50 am |
  8. Jesus was a space alien

    I am catholic and I won't be voting for Romney or Santorum. Just because these religious nutcases don't believe in contraception does not make them eligible candidates. This is the problem when religion gets involved in politics. You get people voting on one issue which blinds them to the other issues their candidates support.

    February 2, 2012 at 7:49 am |
    • Duke5343

      Well is appears YOU are voting for the reasons you hate- Obama is a lying maroon who has done nothing to help the US, he would become a Catholic, Jew, Budist, Hindu and any walking and talking dummy religeion to get re-elected VOTE for the right reasons like his PAST record of successes which would fill 1/2 a post it note

      By the By Obama did not just give $500+ million to Solaris he gave it 9 more Green compaines which are or going out of business – WAKE UP

      February 2, 2012 at 7:54 am |
    • Jared

      Excellent comment. I'm Catholic and I won't be voting for ANY of the Republican candidates because their views are even more anti-Catholic and anti-Christian than President Obama's. I cringe every time I hear anyone from the GOP herald their "Christian" credentials. The GOP is a party of hate, greed, and super wealth. What would Jesus do? Not vote Republican.

      February 2, 2012 at 8:05 am |
    • Tina.Hill

      Right on Brother - I am with you!

      February 2, 2012 at 8:15 am |
  9. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things (that is why I use this alias and "just sayin' "...I like to think like in terms of delusions)

    February 2, 2012 at 7:47 am |
  10. Jt_flyer

    I'm catholic. If you think I'll vote for Sanitorum read the following warnings from Thomas Jefferson:

    1.  History, I believe, furnishes no example of a priest-ridden people maintaining a free civil government.  This marks the lowest grade of ignorance, of which their political as well as religious leaders will always avail themselves for their own purpose.  Thomas Jefferson

    2. "Christianity is the most perverted system that ever shone on man"- Thomas
    Jefferson

    3. "The hocus-pocus phantasm of a God like another Cerberus, with one body and three heads, had its birth and growth in the blood of thousands and thousands of martyrs." -Thomas Jefferson

    4. "It is too late in the day for men of sincerity to pretend they believe in the Platonic mysticisms that three are one, and one is three; and yet the one is not three, and the three are not one- Thomas Jefferson

    5. "And the day will come when the mystical generation of Jesus, by the supreme being as his father in the womb of a virgin will be clas.sed with the fable of the generation of Minerva in the brain of Jupiter. But we may hope that the dawn of reason and freedom of thought in these United States will do away with all this artificial scaffolding, and restore to us the primitive and genuine doctrines of this the most venerated reformer of human errors."- Thomas Jefferson

    6. "There is not one redeeming feature in our supersti.tion of Christianity. It has made one half the world fools, and the other half hypocrites."- Thomas Jefferson

    February 2, 2012 at 7:43 am |
  11. me

    2012 i will be voting for President Obama.... Republicans sucks, all i see is anger on their faces. Whey are they so negative most of the time, spending most of their $$$$ on negative adds....... none of them have the personality to become president specialy Gingrich......

    February 2, 2012 at 7:41 am |
    • Tam

      They`re angry because he`s black.

      February 2, 2012 at 7:43 am |
    • suppackman

      No, they are angry because he kowtows to stupid followers who brings his 'blackness' into every conversation

      February 2, 2012 at 7:50 am |
    • Tina.Hill

      No, they are angry because he is black. Go White Power GO!

      February 2, 2012 at 8:16 am |
  12. Tam

    Do you really think many Catholics still listen to their priests and the Pope

    The church is beyond any reality, and totally out of touch with normal people.

    February 2, 2012 at 7:41 am |
  13. Meki60

    Obama, the perfect president for morons

    February 2, 2012 at 7:37 am |
    • Tam

      As opposed to any of the Republican candidates – from another planet

      February 2, 2012 at 7:42 am |
    • Brad

      You must have loved Bush then...

      February 2, 2012 at 7:43 am |
    • Jared

      Has Sarah Palin figured out how to change a lightbulb yet? Maybe she can get Rick Perry to help her. Ooops. That might not work either...lol.

      February 2, 2012 at 8:08 am |
  14. clarke

    race, color or greed have no place in politics. This is getting older than dirt.

    February 2, 2012 at 7:34 am |
  15. VelvetElvis

    I am a Catholic and fully support Obama and the Affordable Health Care Act - the Catholic church needs to step into the 20th Century (yes, that's still a century behind) on its opposition to contraception. Such a rigid stance against contraception is why population in places like the Philippines (where Catholic church practically has iron-fist rule) is exploding beyond reasonable capacity and leading to mass poverty and poor health. Ditto goes for other countries where missionaries go in to "help" people - but instead of doing something useful like educating them, digging a well or showing them how to improve agricultural practices, they are mostly concerned with preaching.

    February 2, 2012 at 7:27 am |
    • Meki60

      you are neither telling the truth nor a Catholic

      February 2, 2012 at 7:36 am |
    • suppackman

      It always confuses me how people say they are followers of a faith, and then don't follow the faith.

      February 2, 2012 at 7:37 am |
    • Blue Dog

      Exactly

      February 2, 2012 at 7:39 am |
    • Scott

      Just because you do not agree with some parts of your faith does not mean you do not practice it.

      That's like saying you are a Democrat but you are Pro-life........... I dare you to find someone, other than an ordained member of a religion, that agrees with EVERYTHING that their religion tells you... And if you say you do, then you are not being honest with yourself..

      February 2, 2012 at 7:43 am |
    • Nick

      What you are proposing is simply populist rhetoric – make the Church conform to you because you obviously know best for everyone. No one is forcing you to be Cathlic or any other religion – adhering to a faith means practicing the tenets of that faith.

      February 2, 2012 at 7:53 am |
    • Duke5343

      The Affrodable Health care act is going to COST us TRILLIONS of dollars, think you pay high taxes now WAIT and see also wait and see how many crap weasels ABUSE the FREE system and take advantage of it- MEdicare LOST $60 BILLION to scamers- if the USG cannot get ONE program right why Begin another one this ACT was a way for Dems to BUY VOTES from Maroons who live in a bubble and have no idea of what the real world is like being POOR and working you way up to be SUCCESSFUL – I did and being poor SUCKS but worse is Moving to Uncle Sams Plantation living off those who work & pay taxes

      February 2, 2012 at 7:58 am |
    • Mark.Thomas

      It is not the faith we/they/I follow it is Jesus Christ, The Son of God that is followed. "where one or more gather" The Catholic Church interpretation of how to follow Jesus is what we/they/I choose to question, as everyone has the right to question.

      February 2, 2012 at 8:00 am |
    • Mark.Thomas

      Duke5343 === where is your proof? Link please!

      February 2, 2012 at 8:01 am |
    • Nick

      @Scott
      A good Catholic believes that the magisterium of the church is guided by the Holy Spirit, and that through this guidance, its dogma is infallible. If you reject any part of the dogma, you reject the notion of infallibility and thereby call into question all Catholic beliefs. You either believe in all the dogma, or you have faith in none of it.

      February 2, 2012 at 8:03 am |
    • Doc Vestibule

      According to the Cathechism of the Catholic Church, every Catholic is free to make their own decision.
      It's called Primacy of Conscience.
      "Man has the right to act according to his conscience and in freedom so as personally to make moral decisions. He must not be forced to act contrary to his conscience. Nor must he be prevented from acting according to his conscience, especially in religious matters".

      February 2, 2012 at 8:20 am |
    • Tina.Hill

      @Nick, you are wrong – follow history, and all the "Churches" that have broken away from the Roman Catholic chruch – They still believe in Jesus, it is Jesus they/we follow, not the church.

      February 2, 2012 at 8:22 am |
  16. DOUNTOGR

    Don't let politics affect your religion! Don't let religion affect your politics!

    February 2, 2012 at 7:25 am |
    • kerpluk01

      I completely disagree with this. Religion assists in teaching people moral values thus the catholic church takes this value very seriously. It is impossible to remove both from each other.

      February 2, 2012 at 7:49 am |
  17. NoBama12

    This moron is losing everyone's vote and he SHOULD! He is the worst divider in history, has NO CLUE about finances or running a company let alone a country and he HATES america! Why on God's earth would ANYONE vote for this piece of work???? STUPIDITY!

    February 2, 2012 at 7:22 am |
    • TruthPrevails

      Apparently you want a republitard to run your country further in to the ground!!! Obama increased your countries debt by 16% unlike your republitards who all increased by over 50%.

      February 2, 2012 at 7:46 am |
    • NoBama12

      TruthPrevails your facts are incorrect. Obummer has spent more $ in 3 years than Bush did in 8! He hates America and he proves it every day with thousands of regulations to stop all job creation. Then he stops a pipeline one of hundreds in this country but tells us we will buy from Brazil??????? He is the most moronic stupid idiot EVER! He says he is for the middle class out his butt while he destroys our healthcare and our jobs! STUPID IS AS STUPID DOES! Yeah, repubs stink too but they DON'T WANT TO DESTROY AMERICA! What are you telling your kids they have to look forward to in life???? Being TOLD what to say, what to do, what to eat and to bow in front of this moron?????? STUPID!

      February 2, 2012 at 8:21 am |
    • TruthPrevails

      no loser...you only think my facts are wrong because you are a republitard who likes to think you have a clue!!!
      You can see how wrong you are by the following stats (not that you'll agree with them because as a replublitard supporter you are incapable of thinking for yourself and believe everything you hear)...these stats are taken from:http://usgovinfo.about.com/od/moneymatters/tp/5-Presidents-Who-Raised-The-Debt-Limit.htm
      The debt ceiling has been raised on three occasions under President Barack Obama. The debt ceiling was $11.315 trillion when the Democrat was sworn into office in January 2009 and increased by nearly $3 trillion or 26 percent by summer 2011, to $14.294 trillion.
      Under Obama the debt ceiling increased:
      • by $789 billion to $12.104 trillion in February 2009, Obama's first year in office, under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act;
      • by $290 billion to $12.394 trillion ten months later, in December 2009;
      • and by $1.9 trillion to $14.294 trillion two months later, in February 2010.
      The debt ceiling was raised on seven occasions during President George W. Bush's two terms in office, from $5.95 trillion in 2001 to nearly double that, $11.315 trillion, in 2009 – an increase of $5.365 trillion or 90 percent.
      Under Bush the debt ceiling increased:
      • by $450 billion to $6.4 trillion in June 2002;
      • by $984 billion to $7.384 trillion 11 months later, in May 2003;
      • by $800 billion to $8.184 trillion 18 months later, in November 2004;
      • by $781 billion to $8.965 trillion 16 months later, in March 2006;
      • by $850 billion to $9.815 trillion 18 months later, in September 2007;
      • by $800 billion to $10.615 trillion 10 months later, in July 2008;
      • and by $700 billion to $11.315 trillion three months later, in October 2008.

      February 2, 2012 at 8:36 am |
    • Pete

      "no loser...you only think my facts are wrong because you are a republitard who likes to think you have a clue!"

      It's why this loser is probably also a Christian, no clue.

      February 2, 2012 at 8:38 am |
    • TruthPrevails

      @Pete...I just don't understand how one fails to see the facts (not referring to you of course but more so to Nobama12). Obama tries to do something and at every turn the republitards put his back against a wall. He walked in to a mess and when he attempts to clean it up, they fight him. People tend to forget that the housing crisis did not occur under Obama, it was only corrected (too late) under Obama. He's not perfect but he's a far cry better than anything running right now.

      February 2, 2012 at 8:50 am |
  18. Derrique Stuckey

    Yes, Obama has lost the vote. He's going to try and come crawling back, but don't allow him to. Don't let him sway you with empty words. It's all he's ever had, and he's already proven that he can't be trusted with them.

    February 2, 2012 at 7:22 am |
    • Doc Vestibule

      And his predecessor was so much more trustworthy?

      February 2, 2012 at 8:21 am |
    • WWJD1965

      Your words are empty. You make claims that may sound cute, clever or catchy, but are not true at all and can be easily refuted. Obama's words were not empty when he said he would get health care reformed... done; that were not empty when he said the troops will be out of Iraq or that we'd get Bin Laden. Mission truly accomplished. (Reference to Bush's empty words.)

      February 2, 2012 at 2:05 pm |
  19. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things
    The real hope is found in prayer

    February 2, 2012 at 7:22 am |
    • Sean

      Yeah... and people pray for his death? That's the kind of disturbing prayer I heard...

      February 2, 2012 at 7:27 am |
    • suppackman

      If that is true, Sean, I suggest you hang out with a better group of people.

      February 2, 2012 at 7:35 am |
    • Blue Dog

      Some atheists I have met R much better human beings than so-called believers.

      February 2, 2012 at 7:41 am |
  20. tom tom the tea partier

    Looking at the options of who to vote for in 2012 leads me to believe this country will have a leadership void no matter who gets the presidency. Obama has been a huge disappointment and the Republicans offer idiots.

    February 2, 2012 at 7:21 am |
    • Derrique Stuckey

      Well, Obama is out, because he is spending us into the ground.

      February 2, 2012 at 7:24 am |
    • NoBama12

      I'll take an idiot over a HATE AMERICA moron anyday! Can't believe main stream media is still covering this fools butt! WORST president in the history of the US and if he gets 4 more years ALL of us will be on food stamps as he makes the rest of the world wealthy off our backs! American people wake up and wake your neighbors up! Put the iphone down and pay attention to the man single handedly destroying the middle class with his regulations!!!!

      February 2, 2012 at 7:25 am |
    • Brad

      @Derrique: Really? Despite than he's spent less in his first term than Bush did in his first. Where do you get your facts?
      @NoBama12: Who cares what you think? Facts have no affect on you anyways. Always the party line.

      February 2, 2012 at 7:37 am |
    • suppackman

      Brad, if Bush was one of the worst presidents ever, why do President Obama's followers continually compare the two?

      February 2, 2012 at 7:40 am |
    • Brad

      @suppackman: That's the question.... Why do people opposed to Obama say his spending is ridiculous when most modern presidents have outspent him?

      February 2, 2012 at 7:44 am |
    • NoBama12

      Brad, your incorrect as usual. Obummer has spent MORE in 3 years than Bush did in 8! Think about that for a moment. He said Bush was unpatriotic with his spending!!!!!!!! What the heck does that make Obummer?????? NEVER had a job, NEVER ran a COMPANY but he is telling business owners how to run their business???? GE is outsourcing thousands of jobs and Obummer states he is going after the companies doing this?????? REALLY! BIGGEST LOSER AND WORST PRESIDENT IN THE HISTORY OF THE US! Elmer Fudd could run this country better!

      February 2, 2012 at 8:24 am |
    • TruthPrevails

      People shouldn't pay attention to NoBama12...he/she is a republitard without an ounce of knowledge of what he/she speaks!!! Maybe bringing Bush back would make this loser happy...after all Bush started the war on Iraq-Obama finished it; Bush increased the debt ceiling by 115%-Obama only 16%(NoBama12 is too uneducated and too lazy to do the research on this); Bush was not capable of saving volunteers from the hands of kidnappers-Obama saved 2....Bush would rather see people die than allow them the right to live via proper healthcare-Obama introduced something basic that every human should be ent.itled-health care.

      February 2, 2012 at 8:27 am |
    • Pete

      "Bush increased the debt ceiling by 115%-Obama only 16%(NoBama12 "

      Don't forget the budget was balanced before Bush took over then he ruined it and drove the economy into the ground.

      February 2, 2012 at 8:30 am |
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