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Michigan Next, G.O.P. Rivals Turn to the Economy [Romney Pulls a Clinton and Cries]
New York Times ^ | January 10, 2008 | Marc Santora and Adam Nagourny

Posted on 01/10/2008 8:27:59 PM PST by mngran2

Michigan Next, G.O.P. Rivals Turn to the Economy

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Mr. Romney told an audience of more than 200 at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids that Michigan’s economic woes were personal to him and said the state’s prospects were tied up with the nation’s.

He talked at length about his roots in the state, where he was born and reared, drawing applause when he recalled his father, George, who was governor of Michigan. He went on to recall campaigning as a teenager for his father, whose slogan was about getting Michigan “on the move again.”

“We’re going to make sure this state gets on the move again,” Mr. Romney said. “I care about Michigan. For me, it’s personal. It’s personal for me because it’s where I was born and raised.”

Earlier in the day, after hearing from a voter who recalled his father, Mr. Romney choked up momentarily, according to a pool reporter who was present. “He was a great man, and I miss him dearly,” Mr. Romney said.

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; US: Michigan
KEYWORDS: election; romney
Worked for Hilly in New Hampshire, maybe it'll do the trick for Mitty in Michigan.
1 posted on 01/10/2008 8:28:00 PM PST by mngran2
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To: mngran2

I am glad you think you are cute but you are just gonna get it posted 4-5 times. There is a reason for using the right title.


2 posted on 01/10/2008 8:30:43 PM PST by libbylu
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To: libbylu

Not trying to be cute, just drawing attention to a fact that was buried about 15 paragraphs down in the story and not mentioned in the headline.


3 posted on 01/10/2008 8:32:10 PM PST by mngran2
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To: mngran2

your post 3 is a great argument against your post 1. If it doesn’t get any attention, what’s it worth to him?


4 posted on 01/10/2008 8:34:48 PM PST by gusopol3
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To: mngran2

Fred definitely won the debate tonight. Let the FRED revolution begin!!

Who is Romney?


5 posted on 01/10/2008 8:34:55 PM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: mngran2

Romney further cemented his dissolution. He may have not made a mistake but he didn’t win any ground in South Carolina. Huckabee got nuked.


6 posted on 01/10/2008 8:35:56 PM PST by Maelstorm (Better Fred than Red.)
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To: gusopol3

So if the NYT buries it, it’s not news? Sorry I don’t always share the MSM’s agenda.


7 posted on 01/10/2008 8:36:41 PM PST by mngran2
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To: mngran2

Crying because of emotion for the memory of one’s father is far different than crying for yourself because you think you are losing. Hillary’s was totally narcissistic.


8 posted on 01/10/2008 8:37:28 PM PST by doug from upland (Stopping Hillary should be a FreeRepublic Manhattan Project)
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To: mngran2

He was remember with Nostalgia his father who has passed away, what are you heartless? We all choke up when talking about loved ones who have passed away at times, we never know when the lump will be in our throat.
Romney was not choking up over something political, he was choking up over his father who had passed on.


9 posted on 01/10/2008 8:40:06 PM PST by AmericanMade1776
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To: doug from upland

I agree.


10 posted on 01/10/2008 8:40:50 PM PST by AmericanMade1776
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To: mngran2

Yeah, because it would be totally phony for a man to get emotional recalling his father.


11 posted on 01/10/2008 8:41:50 PM PST by Cinnamon Girl (OMGIIHIHOIIC ping list)
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To: mngran2
"Michigan Next, G.O.P. Rivals Turn to the Economy"

The actual title of the article.

12 posted on 01/10/2008 8:42:10 PM PST by TheLion
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To: mngran2

That’s because only a solitary ignoramus would think that was the important part of the story . Have you ever made a public speech about a loved one you miss ?


13 posted on 01/10/2008 8:42:30 PM PST by kbennkc (For those who have fought for it , freedom has a flavor the protected will never know)
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To: doug from upland
I'm a total FRedhead, but I have to agree with you here, Doug.

My nephew passed on 14 years ago, and I STILL cry when I talk about him. Tears shed for the love of others is a beautiful thing - not something to be scorned.

14 posted on 01/10/2008 8:44:20 PM PST by TheWriterTX (Proud Retrosexual Wife of 14 Years)
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To: Cinnamon Girl

In a public display? Yes, it would.


15 posted on 01/10/2008 8:44:44 PM PST by bill1952 (The right to buy weapons is the right to be free)
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To: mngran2
For the love of God, stop being so dammed inhuman.

I get misty eyed when somebody tells me something nice about my deceased mother because I am reminded how much she is missed.

This is often how humans react in this situation.
16 posted on 01/10/2008 8:45:18 PM PST by elizabetty ("Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm." .Ralph Waldo Emerson)
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To: mngran2
ENOUGH with the crying already! Is the whole world turning into a bunch of blubbering pussies? We are trying to pick the next LEADER of the free world here. Also we're in the middle of the fight of our lives against a cult of suicidal swarthy guys in sheets.

I say that the next candidate who cries gets hit in the head immediately with a brick. Then they'll have something to cry about.

17 posted on 01/10/2008 8:46:00 PM PST by yooling
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To: kbennkc

A point well taken. Many strong men choke up if they talk about a beloved father who has passed on in public.


18 posted on 01/10/2008 8:46:36 PM PST by AmericanVictory (Should we be more like them, or they like us?)
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To: AmericanMade1776
My husband, who is the only child and was an orphan at an early age, has done the same on more than one occasion.
19 posted on 01/10/2008 8:46:59 PM PST by GOP_Lady
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To: mngran2

Pulling a Hillary over missing his father? I cry to this very day over my father and he died when I was 11 yrs old...I am 33 by the way and have no problems crying over my Dad or Mitt.

Grow up.


20 posted on 01/10/2008 8:47:39 PM PST by My Favorite Headache (No One Gets To Their Heaven Without A Fight)
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To: doug from upland

“Crying because of emotion for the memory of one’s father is far different than crying for yourself because you think you are losing. Hillary’s was totally narcissistic.”

I’m with you on this one.
I don’t care for Mitt’s politics, but choking up over a dead loved one is much different than Hillary’s strange little rant.


21 posted on 01/10/2008 8:47:54 PM PST by Scotswife
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To: TheWriterTX
You don’t stand in front of a bunch of strangers and cry tears about him do you?

Not scorn, but I will question the motives - for obvious reasons here - and the stability of that person in trying times.

and I am not even remotely interested in rehashing the death of my father in public, and to strangers while fishing for votes.

22 posted on 01/10/2008 8:47:58 PM PST by bill1952 (The right to buy weapons is the right to be free)
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To: doug from upland

Correct.


23 posted on 01/10/2008 8:48:07 PM PST by My Favorite Headache (No One Gets To Their Heaven Without A Fight)
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To: GOP_Lady

My dad died when I was in my early thirties and I cried like a baby.


24 posted on 01/10/2008 8:48:59 PM PST by TheLion
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To: yooling
X2! I don’t even want to bring touchy feely emotions into political play!

Banal.

25 posted on 01/10/2008 8:50:02 PM PST by bill1952 (The right to buy weapons is the right to be free)
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To: TheLion

Yep. I wonder at times how my husband copes — having no one. Now, his family is my family.


26 posted on 01/10/2008 8:51:29 PM PST by GOP_Lady
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To: mngran2

I am not Mormon, so I don’t need to polite.

Bashing a guy over being a slight bit emotional over the memory of his DEAD father is just about as chicken sh!t as a person can get.

You know, I have liked Fred too, but you know, I would bet money that posts such as this, is NOT what Fred would want associated with his good name.


27 posted on 01/10/2008 8:51:41 PM PST by Gator113 (My short list..Fred, Hunter, Romney.)
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To: doug from upland
Doug, did you read Richard Cohen's article in the Washington Post regarding Hillary's "breakdown"? The Clinton campaign could not have written it any better. He claims that Hillary wasn't crying for herself. She was actually crying for the country.

I literally became sick to my stomach while reading it. It was that bad.

I totally agree with you : that episode showed everyone with a brain just how appallingly narcissistic Hillary truly is. You'd think she was the first person to ever endure the rigors of a Presidential campaign. She really believes the nation couldn't flourish without her as our leader.

28 posted on 01/10/2008 8:53:26 PM PST by Cyropaedia ("Virtue cannot separate itself from reality without becoming a principal of evil...".)
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To: Gator113

This must be sort of a “macho” thing just like the “RINO” thing.


29 posted on 01/10/2008 8:54:14 PM PST by GOP_Lady
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To: TheLion

If a democrat get’s into the Whit House...WE WILL ALL BE CRYING.


30 posted on 01/10/2008 8:55:01 PM PST by Gator113 (My short list..Fred, Hunter, Romney.)
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To: Gator113

Now, that would be for a DARN GOOD reason and expected. LOL.


31 posted on 01/10/2008 8:57:05 PM PST by GOP_Lady
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To: mngran2; fieldmarshaldj; Petronski

Again ? Mitt has cried at least three times in the past month . What’s up with that ?


32 posted on 01/10/2008 8:57:14 PM PST by Neu Pragmatist (Just say No to McPain and No to Flip Romney .....VOTE FRED ... Thank you :))
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To: Gator113

A geezzz. “White House”..not “Whit”!

Why do I feel like I need to explain that?


33 posted on 01/10/2008 8:57:33 PM PST by Gator113 (My short list..Fred, Hunter, Romney.)
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To: libbylu

Boo Hoo ?


34 posted on 01/10/2008 8:57:49 PM PST by Neu Pragmatist (Just say No to McPain and No to Flip Romney .....VOTE FRED ... Thank you :))
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To: Gator113
"If a democrat get’s into the Whit House...WE WILL ALL BE CRYING."

Lol....we sure will!

35 posted on 01/10/2008 9:00:58 PM PST by TheLion
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To: Cyropaedia

I didn’t read the article. I spoke to a noted psychologist friend after the incident. She knew it was absolutely narcissistic and all about Hillary. She also described the Clintons as phony, evil, and loathsome.

Unfortunately, we may have 50% of those voters who vote in 2008 do so without the benefit of active brainwaves.


36 posted on 01/10/2008 9:05:29 PM PST by doug from upland (Stopping Hillary should be a FreeRepublic Manhattan Project)
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Doesn’t sound like much of a cry, but consider this.

The guy has an extraordinary brain. I think even the haters know this. Valedictorian of undergrad school. Top 5% at Harvard. This is not a Kerry/Bush fight over who was best student. It’s not even a contest.

But if George Romney had not been his father he would likely never have been able to afford Harvard. Or to start at Stanford before BYU. He may have had some seed capital to start Bain that came from a personal fortune.

The thing here is, there are thousands of offspring from very rich families. They all have these extraordinary opportunities. Only a tiny few can elevate as he has with those opportunities.

And, of course, that level of intellect knows it. He knows that his brain in a son of a restaurant waitress would not have gone to Harvard and made $250 million. So he lives his life grateful to his Dad.


37 posted on 01/10/2008 9:05:30 PM PST by Owen
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To: bill1952
Sorry, Bill, you'll get no support from this quarter.

Yes, I'd cry about Eric, and I wouldn't give a darn if it was infront of strangers or not.

Folks on the campaign trail are under immense pressure and scrutiny 24-7-365. You expect to see some cracks, at some point; how they handle those cracks is the test of the person's character.

If he was boo-hooing about something stupid, I'd be right beside you calling him a wuss.

Getting a little choked up in remembering a beloved parent? Not even a blip on the screen.

38 posted on 01/10/2008 9:09:02 PM PST by TheWriterTX (Proud Retrosexual Wife of 14 Years)
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To: bill1952

Tell it to President Bush. And his father. They get emotional pretty frequently. I think it’s sweet.


39 posted on 01/10/2008 9:12:17 PM PST by Cinnamon Girl (OMGIIHIHOIIC ping list)
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To: AmericanVictory

Your post reminds me of my hubby and every time we hear the song, “Mansions of the Lord,” from “We Were Soldiers.” It makes us think of President Reagan. It’s hard to hear that and not get choked up. I daresay hubby could get through it in public without blubbering. I sure can’t. It all depends on how stoic he forces himself to be.

Mitt’s under a lot of stress right now and thoughts of his father could understandably make him cry. I’m sure under most circumstances he can talk about his father and memories of him without losin’ it. It all depends on circumstance.


40 posted on 01/10/2008 9:27:16 PM PST by petitfour
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To: mngran2

So the man gets choked up talking about his passed-away Dad who he loves dearly. and it’s buried in the story?
Thats “pulling a Clinton”???
Sounds more like an honest emotion. Dont you get choked up thinking about your departed elders sometimes?

Romney on the economy:
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/1951834/posts?page=11


41 posted on 01/10/2008 10:14:26 PM PST by WOSG (McCain/Huckabee - The RINO-nannystate-amnesty-envirowacko ticket)
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To: kbennkc

“That’s because only a solitary ignoramus would think that was the important part of the story . Have you ever made a public speech about a loved one you miss ?”

I gave the eulogy at my Dad’s Funeral. Thinking about it sure makes me all misty-eyed.

I think it’s a wonderful thing how Mitt obviously adores and reveres his father. He mentioned on one show how it impressed how his Dad, who accomplished so much running American Motors then as governor and then in Nixon administration, said his most important accomplishment was being a father. Mitt took it to heart and has expressed that the center of his life is his own family, his wife and five sons. Circle of life.


42 posted on 01/10/2008 10:18:36 PM PST by WOSG (McCain/Huckabee - The RINO-nannystate-amnesty-envirowacko ticket)
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To: bill1952

“You don’t stand in front of a bunch of strangers and cry tears about him do you?”

Mitt didn’t bring it up, a voter did.
If someone I didn’t know came up to me and told me how they remembered my Dad and recounted to me what a great guy he was ... yes, I probably would choke up like Mitt did. Wouldnt you?


43 posted on 01/10/2008 10:21:08 PM PST by WOSG (McCain/Huckabee - The RINO-nannystate-amnesty-envirowacko ticket)
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To: TheWriterTX

The genuine Mitt is a genuine human being and a class act who operates at a much higher level than those who trash him to bring him down.

Mitt has operates with grace and dignity in this campaign.


44 posted on 01/10/2008 10:24:14 PM PST by WOSG (McCain/Huckabee - The RINO-nannystate-amnesty-envirowacko ticket)
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To: WOSG

I am old enough to remember George Romney and he would have made a good President IMHO .


45 posted on 01/10/2008 10:24:30 PM PST by kbennkc (For those who have fought for it , freedom has a flavor the protected will never know)
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To: mngran2

Romney would make the whole country cry.


46 posted on 01/10/2008 10:36:13 PM PST by Beagle8U (FreeRepublic -- One stop shopping ....... Its the Conservative Super WalMart for news .)
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To: mngran2
Hillary cried in self-pitty because she was doing badly. Romney got choked up remembering his father. Big difference.
47 posted on 01/10/2008 10:58:54 PM PST by curiosity
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To: doug from upland
"Crying because of emotion for the memory of one’s father is far different than crying for yourself because you think you are losing. Hillary’s was totally narcissistic."

Absolutely. It's not rocket science. Upon occasion I still tear up when I think about my father who passed away 22 years ago. I felt much about my father the way Mitt feels about his. I'm glad to know Mitt and his father had such a good relationship and Mitt loved him so dearly.

48 posted on 01/11/2008 9:21:04 PM PST by TAdams8591 ((Mitt Romney '08, THE ONLY candidate who can defeat Giuliani and Hillary and Obama!))
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To: mngran2
Really, if you think these two instances are even remotely similar, you need help.

Since the Democrats are registering to vote for Huck, your theory for the motivation is most unlikely.

49 posted on 01/11/2008 9:23:09 PM PST by TAdams8591 ((Mitt Romney '08, THE ONLY candidate who can defeat Giuliani and Hillary and Obama!))
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