Jon Stewart revives FDR to take down ‘wizard’ Romney

By Eric W. Dolan
Wednesday, October 10, 2012 0:01 EDT
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Taking a look at Mitt Romney’s economic plan, The Daily Show host Jon Stewart wondered Tuesday night whether the Republican presidential candidate was a businessman — or a wizard.

Stewart noted that Romney planned to reduce the “immoral” federal deficit while cutting tax rates by 20 percent, increasing defense spending, maintaining Medicare and Social Security, and repealing Obamacare.

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), the “numbers-guy” Romney picked as his running mate, also didn’t give Stewart any faith in the validity of their economic plan, since Ryan was completely unwilling to provide “the numbers” to Fox News.

Stewart remarked that another American president had fought to solve a major financial crisis, only to face a challenger who promised to continue the recovery without costing the country a dime.

“I remember it like it was yesterday,” Stewart said, playing a clip of FDR.

“Let me warn you, and let me warn the nation, against the smooth evasion that says ‘Of course we believe these things. We believe in social security. We believe in work for the unemployed. We believe in saving homes. Cross our hearts and hope to die. We believe in all these things. But we do not like the way that the present administration is doing them. Just turn them over to us. We will do all of them, we will do more of them, we will do them better and, most important of all, the doing of them will not cost anybody anything,’” FDR says in the clip.

“Yeah, I bet that guy lost,” Stewart quipped.

Watch video, via Mediaite, below:

Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
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