Skip to comments.Romney, Thompson criticize Confederate flag
Posted on 11/28/2007 8:28:48 PM PST by Eddie01
COLUMBIA, South Carolina (CNN) Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former Sen. Fred Thompson of Tennessee criticized the Confederate flag, which happens to be hoisted on the Statehouse grounds in the early primary state of South Carolina.
Both candidates are front-runners in South Carolina. Both may have to answer questions about those comments next time they hit the state.
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bah...what a waste of a topic. Who cares!?
The flag means many things to many people,...leave it at that.
By the way, I’m not insulting you, I’m just saying this isn’t a big issue...
“What does the dixie flag mean to you?”
To me it means cheap-labor, open-borders, free-traitors.
It is a big issue to the people of Tennessee!!
I thought they were running for President. What a State’s flag looks like is State business, and not the Federal Gobberments concern.
It can be hijacked as a Mitt Thread.
It can be hijacked as a Fred Thread.
It can be hijacked as a Ron Paul Thread.
It can be hijacked as a South-Shall-Rise-Again Thread.
I can't WAIT to see which one comes up!
How did Fred criticize the American Flag?
His answer was rational and spot on.
The original poster's point is good. The whole question seems to have the flavor of a setup by CNN to cause trouble for the Republican Party.
The question had no business in a presidential debate. It had a purpose.
Now it's time for CNN to ask the rest of the candidates (of both parties) about the Confederte flag.
Would you mind explaining that?
True, the flag was moved from the top of capitol build a while back. He was just stating a fact.
Number one, they didn’t criticize the Confederate flag, they praised the American flag. The question was a CNN ploy to get a headline.
Number two, if someone does or doesn’t vote for President based on what that person said or didn’t say about the Confederate Flag...well that’s impossible for me to fathom.
Number three, the guy who asked the question was one of Paul’s supporters (somebody looked him up on youtube, the link is on the debate thread.)
And finally, people that are making a big deal of this should probably “save their Confederate dollars cause the South’s gonna rise again.”
Sic 'em, boys!! Sic Fred! Sic Mitt!
(Sits back and watches the Mittwitts and Fredheads destroy each other)
Unfortunately, they can't. It would be unethical. As the DNC's marketing firm, CNN has an obligation to their client to put them in the best light possible. ...which limits their debate questions to "Diamonds or Pearls?"
It was a cheap shot from CNN. The Conferderate battle flag has it’s place in history. That is where it should be.
Conferderate = Something like that
Good way to put it.
Mitt was baited and did not want to hesitate, so he bit on it. He should have discounted the question as it was posed. Neither here nor there, but this candidate didn't handle it well.
LOL ! And you think Tommy Thompson should be Prez ?
Now that is funny !
I am amazed that Republicans allow themselves to debate in a socialist venue that a company like CNN puts on. My god, aren’t there any other options?
I thought civil war was over. Why is the confederate flag an issue any more? It is old history and irrelevent to modern era.
No doubt .
The Dims are cowards for not going on Fox to debate , and the Republicans are cowards for not being able to unify and say NO to these Leftist / MSM set-up debates .
The South!!!! Go figure.
The flag means many things to many people,...leave it at that.
To bad Romney did not and had to comment, his loss. What did Thompson say or is that a media lie?? I can't imagine a guy from Tennessee being that stupid....ever!
Dims are cowards for not going to Fox, yet the Republicans cower and go to CNN....someone needs to get some brain cells.
Romney: Right now, with the kinds of issues we got in this country, I’m not going to get involved with a flag like that. That’s not a flag that I recognize so that I would hold up in my room.
The people of our country have decided not to fly that flag. I think that’s the right thing.
My own view is that this country can go beyond that kind of stuff, and that instead we can do as a party what we need to do, which is to reach out to all Americans.
Every time I listen to someone like John Edwards get on TV and say there are two Americans, I just want to — I just want to throw something at the TV, because there are not two Americas. There’s one America.
We are a nation united. We face extraordinary challenges right now. And Democrats dividing us and tearing down this country are doing exactly the wrong thing.
We’re succeeding in Iraq. We’ve got tough challenges. We can overcome them. But we do not need to have that kind of divisive talk. And that flag, frankly, is divisive, and it shouldn’t be shown.
Cooper: Governor Thompson? Excuse me, Senator Thompson? Maybe one day.
Thompson: I know that everybody who hangs the flag up in their room like that is not racist. I also know that for a great many Americans it’s a symbol of racism.
So, therefore, as a public place — he’s free to do whatever he wants to in his home. As far as a public place is concerned, I am glad that people have made the decision not to display it as a prominent flag, symbolic of something, at a state capitol. As a part of a group of flags or something of that nature, you know, honoring various servicepeople at different times in different parts of the country, I think that’s different.
But, as a nation, we don’t need to go out of our way to be bringing up things that to certain people in our country that’s bad for them.
I agree. Fred’s answer was good.
Did the Huckster touch on this? I’m not a single issue voter, and I still lean towards Fred, but I could swallow my pride on a number of issues I disagree with the man from hope on if he solidly defended the flag of my ancestors...
The Republicans are idiots or masochists for repeatedly going to these inane and abusive debates .
You must have confused my response with someone else.
At least it can’t be hijacked as a Anna Nicole Smith thread...oh wait. darn, I did it again.
I thought Fred's answer was OK, but Mitt's was insulting to anyone with Confederate ancestors.
Mitt Flopper never misses a chance to distance himself from controversial issues .
Let me preface this by saying that I’m a Yankee originally from Chicago. But here is my take.
Every group - Southerners included - should get to determine FOR THEMSELVES what symbols they choose to honor as part of their heritage. If some feel that confederate flag does that for them, they’re perfectly entitled to fly that flag.
Why is this even controversial? Especially among conservatives?
The RNC ought to be put on suicide watch. Maybe not.
They sure seem hellbent on taking the abuse .
The MSM must be in a perpetual state of gleeful dismay at how easy it is to bait the Republicans into self destruction .
Not East Tennessee, lol.
Knoxville cheered when General Burnside marched into town, iirc.
Thanks! I don’t have a cast pic....stole it....hope you don’t mind! ;-)
Out of that entire debate, THIS is the most substantive story they could throw out even before they finished sweeping the stage?
It was one of the most stupid questions asked but they are trying to use it to drive a wedge between the candidates who got stuck with it and the southern states. Lame. Very Lame.
If a person can’t see why it’s offensive, just like a person can’t see why it’s symbol of culture/pride...then they’re awfully one-sided.
I for one don’t care, because it’s not a pertinent issue to the nation. It’s a local issue and should be dealt with in that manner.
It was more important in the CNN mindset, to bring up the Confederate flag, punishment for abortion, gays in the military, etc., etc.
“And finally, people that are making a big deal of this should probably save their Confederate dollars cause the Souths gonna rise again.”
It’s pretty-odd, to say the least. He confused the confederate flag with the mexican flag!?....I don’t know what happened there....
“Mr. Romney as a presidential candidate, but he will sustain the greater damage from his answer.”
Romney had many bad answer that night. I personally would have said,
“This isn’t a national issue. I can see how this flag would both make someone feel good about their culture (or place in this world), and represent an era in time that America shouldn’t be proud of. Both have their points, but at this point in time, it’s not an issue that need national attention...and should be resolved at the local level.”
That’s it...I wouldn’t have pronounced any moral feelings. I don’t have any personal connection to it, but I could understand why both sides feel their feelings. Right or wrong.
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