President Obama: “Forward, not backward”
"[T]he stakes are big in this election on every issue. On homeownership, my opponent says, let’s just let foreclosures bottom out. That’s his answer. What I’ve said is, let’s let every homeowner refinance at historically low rates, save you $3,000 that you can then spend to restore equity in your home or help your kids go to college. That is good for the economy. It’ll be good for the housing market.
"Mr. Romney wants to reverse the Affordable Care Act—Obamacare. Let me tell you something: Right now, 6.5 million young people can stay on their parents' plan because of the health care law I passed. Millions of seniors are seeing lower prescription drug costs. We are going to make sure that if you’ve got a pre-existing condition, you can now get health insurance. We’re not going backward. We’re not going to take that away. And we’re certainly not going to follow Mr. Romney’s lead and go back to the days when women didn’t have control of their own health care choices. Women can make their own decisions. We don’t need politicians doing it.
"Mr. Romney thinks 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' was a good idea. I think anybody who loves this country should be able to serve this country. That was the right thing to do.
"Mr. Romney believes in something called self-deportation, thinks Arizona is a model for immigration laws across the country. I think we did the right thing to say that a young person who comes to America—is brought here, is raised here, is friends with our kids, is going to school with our kids, is American in every single way except for a piece of paper should have the chance to be a part of the American family. That was the right thing to do. We're going forward, not backward."
—President Obama in Pueblo, Colorado, earlier today