Barry, My Liege :
It seems appropriate to suggest a stump speech gambit for your consideration.
It is a stump speech gambit since it is somewhat mean spirited - although spot on for voters - and televising it would likely call forth an equally mean spirited response from the Reps.
Maybe the idea can go under the radar on the stump; but, it'll be even more effective if the Reps pick it up and make it a news item.
Here it is :
'How y'all doing tonight? I am really glad to be here in ________________.
You know, one of the things my opponent says a lot is that you should ask the question "Are you better off than you were four years ago?
Well, you know what, I like that question. If you remember, four years ago the economy was in free fall, folks were losing their jobs, the stock market average was down to half what it is now and housing prices were starting to fall. It was a pretty bad time for us all.
Things ARE better now.
But, good ol Paul Ryan keeps saying we are not better off. Dude, you don't get to make up facts. Holy Cow, where is he anyway?
We know we're not done with fixing the economy, but we have made some pretty good steps in the right direction.
And, we KNOW that you want us to finish the job!
Now, my opponent is asking you to vote for him so he can take over.
He wants us to change horses in mid-stream - you know what, my grandmother always said that was a bad idea. And, she was usually right, and she is right this time too. Changing horses in the middle of a river is a really bad idea.
But, here's another thing about my opponent : he is a pretty slick guy who plays fast and loose with the truth.
If he were selling me a used car, I'd want someone else to vouch for what he told me because I just don't trust the man.
Plain and simple, I just don't trust him.
And, if you don't trust him either, then it is a real bad idea to trust him with the whole economy.
After all, he and his running mate told us that they want to take away Social Security and Medicare. And that was just before they said they would make Social Security and Medicare stronger.
How can you trust that?
He has a record of saying that everything will be just fine and then firing a whole lot of people.
He works from the same playbook as some of the State governors like Scott Walker. He was the guy who promised fiscal conservatism for Wisconsin; then, after he was elected, he cut taxes for corporations and claimed a fiscal crisis as a result of declining tax collections. His solution was to cut State government union bargaining rights and to reduce pensions.
We don't want that in the United States.
We want to take care of our people. We don't want to leave them to fend for themselves in a cutthroat market.
Folks, I am asking for your votes so I can finish the job we started in 2008.
Don't let the super slick hucksters bamboozle you into doing something you will regret for the rest of your life.'
My Liege, please use whatever portion of the foregoing you find useful.
Your faithful servant,