Is Mitt Romney different than George Bush?

One of the better questions — and responses from both candidates — was one asked of Romney. Essentially, it was Gov. Romney, how are you different than President George W. Bush?

Romney promised to “crack down on China” — which he said Bush didn’t do. He promised a balanced budget — which Bush wanted. He also said he would promote small business, saying Republicans were too focused on big business.

What he didn’t mention is that his foreign policy advisers include many of the neo-conservatives like John Bolton who were behind the Iraq War.

Replied Obama: “You know, George Bush didn’t propose turning Medicare into a voucher.

“George Bush embraced comprehensive immigration reform. He didn’t call for ‘self-deportation.’ George Bush never suggested that we eliminate funding for Planned Parenthood. So there are differences between Gov. Romney and George Bush, but they’re not on economic policy.

“In some ways he’s gone to a more extreme place when it comes to social policy. I think that’s a mistake. That’s not how we’re going to move our economy forward.”

Joe Garofoli