Statements from the National: 2012 U.S. President's race

When Mitt Romney was governor of Massachusetts, he "stood in front of a coal plant and pointed at it and said, ‘This plant kills.’"

"Oil production is down 14 percent this year on federal land."

Paul Ryan "cut embassy security in his budget by $300 million below what we asked for."

As governor, "Mitt Romney raised nursing home fees eight times."

Says the Obama administration "watered down sanctions" against Iran, delayed them and tried to stop Congress "from putting the tough sanctions in place."

Says economists Harvey Rosen and Martin Feldstein have said that "paying for (Mitt) Romney’s tax cuts would require large tax increases on families making between $100,000 and $200,000."

Says Joe Biden "went to China and said that he sympathized and wouldn't second-guess their one-child policy of forced abortions and sterilizations."

"There's not one Democrat who endorses" the Romney-Ryan Medicare plan.

"The Canadians — they (dropped) their tax rates to 15 percent. The average tax rate on businesses in the industrialized world is 25 percent."

"We weren't told they wanted more security " for diplomatic facilities in Libya.

The Obama administration "called Bashar Assad a reformer when he was turning his Russian-provided guns on his own people."

Says the Obama administration spent taxpayer dollars on electric cars in Finland (and) windmills in China.

Says Obama promised unemployment would never go above 8 percent.

Says Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan would "eliminate the guarantee of Medicare."

Says his deficit plan "made some adjustments to (Simpson-Bowles), and we're putting it forward before Congress right now, a $4 trillion plan."

"Since President Obama took office, there are over 450,000 more unemployed women."

Says Romney wants to "take away early childhood education, slash K-12 funding, and cut college aid … to pay for a $250,000 tax break for multi-millionaires."

Says Mitt Romney plans to "fire" Big Bird.

President Barack Obama’s "spending drove us $5 trillion deeper in debt."

Says Romney invested in a firm that made goods in China that "could have been made here in America."

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