PLEDGE NOW
The Battle Over The Economy

We’ll look at the battle over the U.S. economy that’s shaping up at the heart of the fall campaign.

Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, campaigns at a pancake breakfast event in Milwaukee, Wis., Sunday, April 1, 2012. (AP)

Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, campaigns at a pancake breakfast event in Milwaukee, Wis., Sunday, April 1, 2012. (AP)

It’s tipping point time for Mitt Romney in the GOP primary race. Clean sweep yesterday in DC, Maryland, Wisconsin, and it’s a tall – all but impossible – order now for anybody but Romney. And the first and towering issue as the contest for the White House clarifies: the American economy.

President Obama came out swinging yesterday. Painted Republicans as radicals for the rich who would sink the country. Romney blasts Obama as an out-of-touch Big Government bust.

This hour, On Point: the battle over the US economy shaping up at the heart of the fall campaign.

-Tom Ashbrook

Guests

Reid Epstein, a reporter with Politico.

Robert Reich, is Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley. He has served in three national administrations, most recently as secretary of labor under President Bill Clinton.

Kevin Hasset, a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, he was formerly a senior economist at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and an associate professor of economics and finance at the Graduate School of Business of Columbia University, as well as a policy consultant to the Treasury Department during the George H. W. Bush and Clinton administrations.

From Tom’s Reading List

CNN “The Obama re-election campaign has recently started drawing battle lines around what is likely to be the most talked about issue until Nov. 6: the economy.”

Politico “Take a look at members of Congress and their challengers, who are going all out to express concern about the plight of American motorists — often with personal stories of their own sticker shock.”

The New York Times “President Obama opened a full-frontal assault Tuesday on the budget adopted by House Republicans, condemning it as a “Trojan horse” and “thinly veiled social Darwinism” that would greatly deepen inequality in the country. “

Please follow our community rules when engaging in comment discussion on this site.
ONPOINT
TODAY
May 6, 2016
President Barack Obama drinks water as he finishes speaking at Flint Northwestern High School in Flint, Mich., Wednesday, May 4, 2016, about the ongoing water crisis.  (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

It’s Trump for the GOP. Clinton leads. Sanders hangs in. A Navy Seal killed by ISIS. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

May 6, 2016
Close-up of a Grauer's gorilla. Kahuzi-Biega National Park, one of the last remaining strongholds of the 
Grauer
’
s gorilla, the 
world
’
s largest gorilla subspecies. 
CREDIT: A.J.Plumptre/WCS.

Great gorillas being wiped out by war and poaching. We’ll go to the mountains of Africa. Plus, after the Ivory burn in Kenya- we look at the state of the world’s elephants.

RECENT
SHOWS
May 5, 2016
Rob Reiner with his son, Nick. [Courtesy: Paladin]

Filmmaker, actor Rob Reiner and his son, Nick, get personal in their new film “Being Charlie,” which takes on drug addiction.

 
May 5, 2016
Detroit teachers march outside the district headquarters, Monday, May 2, 2016, in Detroit. Detroit Public Schools transition manager Steven Rhodes says 45,628 of approximately 46,000 students were forced to miss classes Monday as 1,562 teachers called in sick. The mass sick-out has forced the district to close 94 of its 97 schools. Detroit's schools are expected to be out of cash starting July 1. The state earlier gave the district $48.7 million in emergency funding to keep it open through June 30 as the Legislature considers a $720 million restructuring plan. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Fixing Michigan- from Flint’s water crisis to failing schools in Detroit. Are state takeovers the answers or the problem?

On Point Blog
On Point Blog
Devoured: We Are What (And How) We Eat
Tuesday, May 3, 2016

From chicken wings to kale smoothies, we look at what we eat, and how challenging it is to eat well in America.

More »
Comment
 
‘Embedded’: How Violent Gangs Are Terrorizing El Salvador
Thursday, Apr 14, 2016

NPR’s Kelly McEvers on her reporting in El Salvador for the podcast Embedded, and how gang killings brought San Salvador’s bus service to a halt.

More »
Comment
 
That Cheap Dress On Facebook? It Isn't Worth It
Monday, Apr 11, 2016

Know those shockingly cheap clothes you see advertised on Facebook? There’s a catch.

More »
Comment