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Top Romney adviser: Mitt will erase his conservative positions once hes the nominee
WaPo ^ | 032112 | Greg Sargent

Posted on 03/21/2012 8:42:55 AM PDT by Fred

Think Progress flags an amazing exchange on CNN, in which Eric Fehrnstrom, a top adviser to Mitt Romney, seems to confirm that the conservative positions Romney has been forced to take during the primary won’t be a big deal because he can simply erase them once he becomes the GOP nominee:

HOST: Is there a concern that Santorum and Gingrich might force the governor to tack so far to the right it would hurt him with moderate voters in the general election?

FEHRNSTROM: Well, I think you hit a reset button for the fall campaign. Everything changes. It’s almost like an Etch A Sketch. You can kind of shake it up and restart all over again.

There you have it. Dems, predictably, are pouncing on the remark, arguing that it validates their message that Romney has no core and will say or do anything to get elected.

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


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KEYWORDS: 2012; elections; ericfehrnstrom; etchasketch; flipflop; fumr; gingrich; gope; gope4romney; newt4romney; romney; romney4gope; romney4soros; romneyadviser; romneyadvisor; romneyantiteaparty; romneytruthfile; soros4romney
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1 posted on 03/21/2012 8:43:05 AM PDT by Fred
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To: Fred

Pretty much every election both Republicans and Democrats run to the edges during the primary and return toward the middle to pick up General Election moderates. Is this really shocking to anyone?


2 posted on 03/21/2012 8:46:07 AM PDT by magritte (Gladys Knight: Mormon Siren?)
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To: magritte

Did Reagan do this?


3 posted on 03/21/2012 8:49:36 AM PDT by LachlanMinnesota (Which are you? A producer, a looter, or a moocher of wealth?)
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To: Fred

Which conservative positions are those, exactly?

This man, and those around him, meet the very definition of “hollow men.”


4 posted on 03/21/2012 8:49:39 AM PDT by mojito
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To: Fred
"There you have it. Dems, predictably, are pouncing on the remark, arguing that it validates their message that Romney has no core and will say or do anything to get elected."
5 posted on 03/21/2012 8:49:45 AM PDT by DannyTN
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To: Fred

FUMR!


6 posted on 03/21/2012 8:49:49 AM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: Fred
Is there a concern that Santorum and Gingrich might force the governor to tack so far to the right it would hurt him with moderate voters in the general election?

Romney's move to the middle will put him somewhere between Barrack Obama and Hillary Clinton.
7 posted on 03/21/2012 8:50:02 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Fred

Projection.


8 posted on 03/21/2012 8:50:13 AM PDT by Joe the Pimpernel (Islam is a religion of peace, and Moslems reserve the right to slaughter anyone who says otherwise.)
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To: Fred

Then he can take a seat next to McCain, Dole on the Moderate Bus Tour to No Where.


9 posted on 03/21/2012 8:52:48 AM PDT by gitmogrunt (Newt 2012)
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To: Fred

Well of course. And yet some “conservatives” persist in the “anyone but Obama” idiocy.

Yeah, just vote Obama into the GOP and you think it’s bad now? Conservatism is D O N E if Romney is nominated and elected. Done.

Santorum 2012


10 posted on 03/21/2012 8:53:26 AM PDT by RIghtwardHo
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To: Fred
" Dems, predictably, are pouncing on the remark, arguing that it validates their message that Romney has no core and will say or do anything to get elected."

And they would have a point, wouldn't they?

11 posted on 03/21/2012 8:53:31 AM PDT by OKSooner (Never take a known wise-@$$ shooting with you.)
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To: Fred

Their message? That’s EXACTLY what we’ve been saying! He will say ANYTHING to get elected!


12 posted on 03/21/2012 8:54:34 AM PDT by Personal Responsibility (Obama 2012: Dozens of MSNBC viewers can't be wrong!)
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To: Fred

Check the source. I suspect this is just agitprop.


13 posted on 03/21/2012 8:54:38 AM PDT by VRW Conspirator (Neo-communist equals Neo-fascist)
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To: Fred
Declaring victory Mitt?
14 posted on 03/21/2012 8:57:12 AM PDT by Carry_Okie (The RNC would prefer Obama to a conservative nominee.)
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To: Fred
“top adviser to Mitt Romney, seems to confirm that the conservative positions Romney has been forced to take during the primary won’t be a big deal because he can simply erase them once he becomes the GOP nominee”

Gee, do you mean the positions Romney took during the campaign were all phony and he never believed in any of them? I'm shocked. I never would have expected this in a million years.

Other than Ann Coulter I can't think of anyone who is surprised by this.

15 posted on 03/21/2012 8:57:53 AM PDT by detective
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To: Fred

Nixon’s advice was to run back to the center once you get the nomination, not run to the left of your opponent..........


16 posted on 03/21/2012 8:58:45 AM PDT by Red Badger (If the Government can make you buy health insurance, they can make you buy a Volt................)
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To: Fred

What’s sad is that a lot of Freepers even after reading this will still vote for Mitt if he gets the nomination, and rationalize it by thinking anything is better than Obama.


17 posted on 03/21/2012 9:00:45 AM PDT by eak3
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To: Red Badger

Algae Axelrod and Obama will get to the RIGHT of Romney...Myth is such a sucker..


18 posted on 03/21/2012 9:01:34 AM PDT by Fred (http://whenmittromneycametotown.com)
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To: detective

Etch A Sketch the new Flip/Flop

http://twitpic.com/8zducq


19 posted on 03/21/2012 9:03:13 AM PDT by Fred (http://whenmittromneycametotown.com)
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To: LachlanMinnesota

Ronald Reagan? You mean the Real Deal and greatest conservative President since Calvin Coolidge? He ran straight up because he had all the bonafides to do so.

In case you hadn’t noticed, our current crop of candidates suck, one in all, and NONE could carry Reagan’s jockstrap. That’s what we’re dealing with, not the 2 exceptions of the 20th century.


20 posted on 03/21/2012 9:04:11 AM PDT by magritte (Gladys Knight: Mormon Siren?)
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To: eak3

Soth Carolina - is Newt land


21 posted on 03/21/2012 9:04:41 AM PDT by Baseballguy (If we knew what we know now in Oct would we do anything different?)
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To: magritte

er what conservative positions does he have and what has he done to be more precise.

The man is a fraud who told us the base to piss off, his pro cross dressing, pro govt health care, pro homosexual agenda etc positions are NOT CONSERVATIVE HELL THEY’RE NOT EVEN REPUBLICAN so a vote for him is like voting for a whiter obama .

Any fool and there seems to be many up north in IL etc are frigging ignorant idiots to what is being a republican let alone conservative


22 posted on 03/21/2012 9:07:59 AM PDT by manc (Marriage is between one man and one woman,It's not a conservative view but a true American view)
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To: Personal Responsibility
He will say ANYTHING to get elected!

and as Obama and Clinton have proven, that pretty much works in modern day America
23 posted on 03/21/2012 9:07:59 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Fred
This isn't quite fair. The question was whether he'd be pulled too far to the right to reach the middle. It's bog standard political theory a partisan runs further Left or Right to get his party's nomination and moves away once the nomination is captures. This statement is nothing new or unique to Romney.

Romney's career? Now that means everything.

24 posted on 03/21/2012 9:09:09 AM PDT by newzjunkey (Newt says, "A nominee that depresses turnout won't beat Barack Obama.")
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To: Fred
Dems, predictably, are pouncing on the remark, arguing that it validates their message that Romney has no core and will say or do anything to get elected.

Well, yeah. That's what everybody here has been saying for years.
Romney is a liberal who simply cannot be trusted.

25 posted on 03/21/2012 9:09:44 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Fred
Is anyone surprised?

26 posted on 03/21/2012 9:12:22 AM PDT by McGruff (Newt Gingrich, the closest thing we've got to Sarah Palin.)
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To: LachlanMinnesota

No, and neither would Rick Santorum. Milt is even less exciting than Juan McCain. He is a phony, and NOT what America needs, and I’m disgusted that so many Reps have been swayed by big money advertising. Bob


27 posted on 03/21/2012 9:13:16 AM PDT by alstewartfan ( 27 of 36 Romney judicial appointments were DEMOCRATS!!!!!)
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To: manc
a vote for him is like voting for a whiter obama .

Procol Harum: A whiter shade of fail.
28 posted on 03/21/2012 9:14:35 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Fred
I cause my liberal friends to go into catatonic shock when I tell them that I would vote for Obama rather than Mitt. I explain that I want to get the real thing rather than an imitation and all Mitt is is an Obama wannabbee. So I would vote for Obama.

ps. Thank God there will be an independent candidate because I would rather slash my wrists than vote for Obama, but I don't tell them that.

29 posted on 03/21/2012 9:16:14 AM PDT by ProudFossil (" I never did give anyone hell. I just told the truth and they thought it was hell." Harry Truman)
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To: manc

Rick’s attacks against Milt have not been tough enough. His abominable judicial picks has been virtually ignored. Well, I’ll be seeing Rick Friday, so hopefully I’ll get a chance to talk with him. Bob


30 posted on 03/21/2012 9:17:07 AM PDT by alstewartfan ( 27 of 36 Romney judicial appointments were DEMOCRATS!!!!!)
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To: LachlanMinnesota

“Did Reagan do this?”

According to Mark Levin (about a week ago), yes, Reagan did this.


31 posted on 03/21/2012 9:17:11 AM PDT by LyinLibs (If victims of islam were more "islamophobic," maybe they'd still be alive.)
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To: LachlanMinnesota

Levin said “Yes, even Reagan moved toward the Center.”

However, Reagan was a conservative, whereas McRomney is a RINO leftist from MASS.


32 posted on 03/21/2012 9:18:59 AM PDT by LyinLibs (If victims of islam were more "islamophobic," maybe they'd still be alive.)
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To: LyinLibs

Levin said that he chose Bush to unite the two wings. That is NOT altering one’s own message. Bob


33 posted on 03/21/2012 9:19:06 AM PDT by alstewartfan ( 27 of 36 Romney judicial appointments were DEMOCRATS!!!!!)
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To: Personal Responsibility

And that would be ok if I trusted he would govern conservatively. I just don’t trust him.


34 posted on 03/21/2012 9:19:44 AM PDT by DManA
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To: eak3
a lot of Freepers even after reading this will still vote for Mitt if he gets the nomination, and rationalize it by thinking anything is better than Obama.

What would you suggest we do instead, vote third-party? Stay home? Convince ourselves that 4 more years of Obama (no longer constrained by any re-electability concerns) would be better than 4 (or 8) years of Romney?

35 posted on 03/21/2012 9:25:55 AM PDT by newgeezer (It is [the people's] right and duty to be at all times armed. --Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Fred
** -- begin sarcasm --

but he said he was 'severely conservative!!'

** -- end sarcasm --

... but then a severe conservative would never be endorsed by the likes of John McCain, Jeb Bush, Bob Dole or Lisa Murkowski.

Romney lies.
36 posted on 03/21/2012 9:25:55 AM PDT by Maurice Tift (You can't stop the signal, Mal. You can never stop the signal.)
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To: detective

What’s weird is Mitt (and apperently his staff) have some wierd disconnect from normal humans, probably rooted in a very real personality disorder. They can’t seem to grasp how normal humans will view them and the urges which motivate them. It’s kind of funny because it produces moments like this where they openly admit to their lack of principles, and seem confused that anyone else finds it unusual.

Mitt does this all the time. Laughingly tells the story of his dog and the terror he put it through on top of the car. Stops mid-speech, looks down, squashes a bug just do do it, then laughs to the corwd, and says Look how I got that little guy! Brings a stuffed squirrel to a speech to highlight his varmint hunting days.

It really is like the Romney campaign is some cabal of space alien automatons trying to take over the world. But none of them is quite convincing enough to actually come off as human, and we’re all left scratching our heads.

Sad thing is the media is going to Dan Quale him something fierce once the general begins.


37 posted on 03/21/2012 9:26:13 AM PDT by AnonymousConservative (Why did Liberals evolve within our species? www.anonymousconservative.com)
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To: LyinLibs
Absolutely, Reagan did exactly this......

There is no way to win an election in this country on a divisive, fringe platform, to either side. No way, no how.

It is a political reality. Even Obama was sold as a moderate, Washington outsider who promised to make changes that would favor both sides. After Obama was elected, he went so far to the Left, so fast, that not even the Left fully believes it.

38 posted on 03/21/2012 9:26:23 AM PDT by PSYCHO-FREEP (If you come to a fork in the road, take it........)
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To: manc

This isn’t about anything but “electoral positioning”. In the regular voting (Not FR) world, Romney is moderate Republican. He has taken a number of conservative positions on the campaign and talked them up, giving the 99& of the electorate who pay little attention that he has taken some “right-wing” positions on this and that. This adviser is basically saying “he’s really not a right-winger like some of the 99% of the electorate who pays little attention may think, he’s really a pragmatic moderate Republican.”

“What has he done” has little to do with it. It is “what has he said.”


39 posted on 03/21/2012 9:31:44 AM PDT by magritte (Gladys Knight: Mormon Siren?)
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To: magritte

...except in this case Mitt ran to the middle during the primary and will run back to the left for the general.


40 posted on 03/21/2012 9:32:49 AM PDT by Lexinom (Mitt < 1,144)
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To: Fred
PAUL RYAN FOR PRESIDENT

What you see is what you get.. NO ILLUSIONS!

41 posted on 03/21/2012 9:33:03 AM PDT by FedsRStealingOurCountryFromUs
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To: Fred

Tweeted.


42 posted on 03/21/2012 9:33:03 AM PDT by thesearethetimes... ("Courage, is fear that has said its prayers." Dorothy Bernard)
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To: Carry_Okie; Fred

Did you watch the video Carry? The quote is verbatim.

Thanks for the good catch Fred.

May God give us strength.
Tatt
*Who is off to get some non political work done : \


43 posted on 03/21/2012 9:36:40 AM PDT by thesearethetimes... ("Courage, is fear that has said its prayers." Dorothy Bernard)
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To: Lexinom
Gingrich has made the point that you can't beat a democrat with a moderate republican.

Ford couldn't beat Carter.
Dole couldn't beat Clinton.
McCain couldn't beat Obama.

Seems pretty spot on to me.

44 posted on 03/21/2012 9:39:06 AM PDT by McGruff (Newt Gingrich, the closest thing we've got to Sarah Palin.)
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To: Lexinom

Mitty is about as “moderate” as Bill Clinton.


45 posted on 03/21/2012 9:39:31 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP
Nahh.. 0bama gave 'Democrats' the excuse they needed to be SOCIALISTS.

By the way, when is the Congressional hearing challenging the Socialists in our Congress? Oh that's right, Socialists are IN CONTROL OF Congress and they are COWARDS for calling themselves 'Democrats'.

46 posted on 03/21/2012 9:39:58 AM PDT by FedsRStealingOurCountryFromUs
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To: eak3
anything is better than Obama


Count me in. Jimmy Carter is a vicious far Left anti-Semite. But at least he was an American.

No one even knows what Hussein is or where his allegiance lies. He is a shadow man who speaks and behaves as if he has no affiliation with American and no stake in the outcome of anything he does. He has put himself under the jurisdiction of the U.N. He has said that America is no different than any other country in the world, such as France or Kenya. Obama says this kind of stuff because he really doesn't see the difference. It all the same to him.

I think he has to occasionally ask his security attachment what country he's in. “Oh yea, America that's right. We did that election thingy and now I'm the..uuuuh...urr. Yea. I remember now.”

47 posted on 03/21/2012 9:41:27 AM PDT by 240B (he is doing everything he said he wouldn't and not doing what he said he would)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

Romney needs to work on his ‘tan’.


48 posted on 03/21/2012 9:42:45 AM PDT by MissMagnolia (Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't. (M.Thatcher))
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To: newgeezer
What would you suggest we do instead

I will be doing a write in of my choosing ....I will not fix my name to what Romney will do if he attains the office of President, which would mean I support what he does..... Nope never.

49 posted on 03/21/2012 9:48:13 AM PDT by caww
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To: cripplecreek

That’s gross and I’m having nightmares...in the middle of the day.


50 posted on 03/21/2012 9:48:20 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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