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Mitt Romney on Obama’s failed promise to heal the planet

Republican Party candidate for President Mitt  Romney summed up his strategy in this remark after his acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention on August 30, 2012:.

“President Obama promised to begin to slow the rise of the oceans and heal the planet. My promise is to help you and your family.”

The implications of the use of the past tense in this sentence are profound; “promised to” as opposed to “promises to” suggests that Obama has already failed in his promise. We are not looking at a simple contrast of Obama as a polar bear hugger and Romney as a man who cares about you. If that was the case, there would not be any need to employ the past tense. The implication is on the surface that Obama made a promise he could not keep. That implication suggests that the concern with rising oceans may not be entirely misplaced. Read more of this post