Today (all times ET):
9:45: President Obama departs the White House en route Joint Base Andrews
10:0: Departs Joint Base Andrews en route Cincinnati, Ohio
11:30: Arrives in Cincinnati
12:25: PBO delivers remarks at Eden Park’s Seasongood Pavilion, Cincinnati
2:25: Departs Cincinnati en route Columbus, Ohio
3:00: Arrives in Columbus
3:0 First Lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks at the University of Florida in Gainesville
3:15: VP Biden delivers remarks at a campaign event at the Port of Burlington
4:20: PBO delivers remarks at Schiller Park, Columbus
6:40: Departs Columbus en route Joint Base Andrew
6:55: First Lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks at the Tallahassee Leon County Civic Center
8:05: PBO arrives at the White House
In case you missed….
Washington Post editorial: For several weeks, we’ve been asking Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney to explain how he can cut taxes, as promised, without adding to the nation’s debt, as also promised. Now he’s effectively let the cat out of the bag: He can’t.
Mr. Romney’s tax plan calls for reducing income tax rates by 20 percent. The top bracket would go from 35 percent to 28 percent. He has said that he can do this in a revenue-neutral way by eliminating loopholes. While the rich might pay more, he has said, the middle class would pay less.
… In other words, we are back to counting on magic — to “dynamic scoring,” the voodoo economics of the Reagan era, the wishful thinking of President George W. Bush’s 2001 and 2003 tax cuts that helped turn a surplus into the deficit now weighing the nation’s economy. Cut taxes and hope the economy grows faster than predicted.
At a time when the nation is already on course to build up a debt so large that interest payments alone will begin to drown us, Mr. Romney wants to reduce taxes further, with — it now appears — no plan to make up the difference. It almost takes your breath away.
Full editorial here
Michael Tomasky: Mitt Romney’s Last-Ditch Strategy: Inflame the Base
Why is Team Romney slamming Obama’s foreign policy as Americans die overseas? Michael Tomasky says they can’t win the swing vote, so they’re going with Plan B: Rile up the base.
They keep piling on. You’d think Mitt Romney and team would have stopped with the foreign-policy attacks — if not because of the political costs, then at least because real, living Americans are now under very serious threat in a number of Middle Eastern cities. ….The longer they keep at this, the more they’re heading into dangerous territory indeed, because the only way they can win this argument is for something horrible to happen overseas, which will set them up to say we told you so.
…. Americans are seeing the real Romney, a man with exactly the wrong proportions of ambition and core. I would guess that we’ll see in the next round of polling that these attacks, too, didn’t quite work. And then they’ll try something else desperate, and something else. They’ll wake up on November 7 wondering why America rejected them, without realizing that the candidate and his surrogates showed America why every day of the campaign, and never more so than during this past, disgraceful week.
Full post here
3:30 ET First Lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks at the University of Florida in Gainesville
6:55 ET: First Lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks at the Tallahassee Leon County Civic Center
The Gainesville Sun: Students fill the sidewalks outside the Stephen C. O’Connell Center on Thursday, Sept. 13 in Gainesville, Fla. to get free tickets to see Michelle Obama speak. The line formed at 10:30 a.m. for the First Lady’s appearance on Monday
OFA: ‘Get dinner with the President — airfare’s on us’