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Team Romney: No, we’re not declaring ‘cease-fire’ on Obamacare
Washington Examiner ^

Posted on 07/03/2012 12:09:58 PM PDT by Perdogg

In the days since the Supreme Court decision upholding Obamacare, some Democrats and commentators in the press have suggested that Mitt Romney is declaring a “cease-fire” on the issue and will no longer make it a centerpiece of his campaign to defeat President Obama.

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1 posted on 07/03/2012 12:10:05 PM PDT by Perdogg
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To: Perdogg

From the article:

So is the Romney campaign, in fact, declaring a “cease-fire” on Obamacare? No, no, no, says Romney spokesman Ryan Williams. “From our perspective, Obamacare has been and will continue to be a central issue in the campaign,” says Williams. “It presents voters with a bright line that divides the two candidates. Gov. Romney is going to repeal Obamacare and President Obama is going to keep it. There is a clear choice in November.”

“It is something that [Romney] has been discussing on the campaign trail for the past year and that he will continue to discuss,” Williams adds. “It is bad law, it is bad policy, and it’s something that Gov. Romney is going to address on his first day in office. His commitment to repealing Obamacare is as strong as it was on the day Congress jammed it down the throat of the American public.”


2 posted on 07/03/2012 12:13:10 PM PDT by Alas Babylon!
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To: Alas Babylon!

the Etch-A-Sketch is getting quite a workout today...


3 posted on 07/03/2012 12:14:29 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Perdogg

Myth ROmneyCARE is OBVIOUSLY for ObamaCARE/ROMNEYcare.

Heck, DEATH PANELS will be NAMED after him.

ROMNEY DEATH PANELS.

ROMNEY DEATHCARE.

ROMNEYCARE should pull out. NOW. And save America.


4 posted on 07/03/2012 12:16:00 PM PDT by Diogenesis ("Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. " Pres. Ronald Reagan)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

Or, maybe people shouldn’t rely on opinion pieces by “staff reporters” and should wait for information from the source. Some people are just too darn eager to turn Romney into McCain. Do we really want that result again?


5 posted on 07/03/2012 12:16:24 PM PDT by Cherokee Conservative (If a tree falls over in the woods, and then snaps back upright as a joke, do the squirrels laugh?)
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To: Diogenesis

Could you actually write something intelligent once in a while, please?


6 posted on 07/03/2012 12:17:58 PM PDT by Perdogg
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To: Cherokee Conservative

Turn Romney into McCain. Never heard that one before.

ROMNEY made DEATHCARE and pretends otherwise.

McCain was a war hero.

Romney helps illegal aliens and pretends otherwise.

Romney threw Election 2008 to Obama.
Nobody is like the Backstabber Romney.


7 posted on 07/03/2012 12:19:51 PM PDT by Diogenesis ("Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. " Pres. Ronald Reagan)
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To: Perdogg

Of course the Romney campaign has not declared a truce on Obamacare.

The claim that they had was never anything but transparently pro-Obama lies.

This is why it was so popular here on America’s premier “conservative” forum.


8 posted on 07/03/2012 12:20:23 PM PDT by rogue yam
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To: Buckeye McFrog

>> the Etch-A-Sketch is getting quite a workout today...

Fresh poll results released maybe? Wind direction change? :-)


9 posted on 07/03/2012 12:20:48 PM PDT by Nervous Tick (Trust in God, but row away from the rocks!)
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To: Cherokee Conservative
Some people are just too darn eager to turn Romney into McCain.

At this point I'd be happy if Romney was as conservative as Bill Clinton.
10 posted on 07/03/2012 12:21:03 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Cherokee Conservative

Amen!

There seems to be many trolls..... errr ‘conservative’ freepers that are only too happy to run with anything (even if unsourced or reported by staff reporters) that would result in Obama being re-elected.


11 posted on 07/03/2012 12:22:18 PM PDT by tatown ( FUMD, FUAC, and FUGB)
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To: Perdogg

(From NR today)

Steve Hayes has a very good takeout on the Romney campaign’s bizarre decision to throwback the Obamacare-tax issue yesterday. Steve writes:

One of the few bright spots in last week’s Supreme Court ruling on President Obama’s health care overhaul was a political one: The opinion written by Chief Justice John Roberts argues that Obamacare is constitutional under the taxing powers of Congress. The Obama administration’s advocate before the Court, Solicitor General Donald Verrilli, made this case during oral arguments, and Roberts bought it. The decision, in a sense, formalized what many conservatives had long argued: The Obamacare tax is a tax.

The politics could have hardly been better: The Obama administration and other Democrats would not only have to defend an unpopular law, but they’d have to try explain that a mandate upheld because of the power of Congress to tax was not, in fact, a tax. Democrats tried unsuccessfully to make that case this weekend with White House chief of staff Jack Lew and House minority leader Nancy Pelosi, among others, struggling to deflect the obvious implications of the Court’s decisions.

Those struggles may have ended yesterday morning when the Romney campaign announced that their candidate does not consider the mandate a tax. Romney spokesman Eric Fehrnstrom appeared on MSNBC’s Daily Rundown with Chuck Todd, where he agreed with the host’s assertion that Romney “believes that you should not call the penalty a tax.”Fehrnstrom explained: “The governor disagreed with the ruling of the Court. He agreed with the dissent written by Justice Scalia, which very clearly stated that the mandate is not a tax.” Later, Romney spokeswoman Amanda Hennenberg confirmed that Romney doesn’t consider the mandate a tax, telling ABC News: “Governor Romney thinks it is an unconstitutional penalty.”

Steve rightly notes that there are other responses — good, solid, American-made responses — Fehrnstrom could have gone with instead. For instance, states have more established police powers so a penalty in Massachusetts’s mandates may indeed be a penalty, but a tax masquerading as a penalty at the federal level may still be a tax. He could have simply hammered the fact that Obama’s own view of the law was repudiated by the Supreme Court and that’s all that matters (a point I make in USA Today today). Heck, he could have just shouted “squirrel!”

Indeed, Fehrnstrom need not give an impregnable, irrefutable, answer. He need only turn the question back on Obama. Instead the Romney campaign threw Obama a lifeline. The whole Hayes piece is worth reading, but what comes away from it for me is that Romney wants to go into a clinch, to borrow a phrase from boxing, and break out of it only to land haymakers on the economy. I think it is an incredibly dangerous, risk-averse, strategy.


12 posted on 07/03/2012 12:22:30 PM PDT by roses of sharon ("Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise." Luke 23:43)
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To: Perdogg; Diogenesis
Could you actually write something intelligent once in a while, please?

No, he cannot and will not.

It will be 100% derangement and lies from him, now till November.

13 posted on 07/03/2012 12:22:55 PM PDT by rogue yam
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To: Perdogg

Could you actually write something intelligent once in a while, please?

________________

I’ve yet to see that from Diogenesis.


14 posted on 07/03/2012 12:25:31 PM PDT by TheRake
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To: cripplecreek
At this point I'd be happy if Romney was as conservative as Bill Clinton.

You owe me a new keyboard. LOL!

15 posted on 07/03/2012 12:25:49 PM PDT by Sirius Lee (Goode over evil. Voting for mitt or obie is like throwing your country away.)
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To: Cherokee Conservative

“Some people are just too darn eager to turn Romney into McCain.”

I think he’s doing that pretty much on his own. I wish we could depend on him being a strong conservative, but I just don’t think it’s in him.


16 posted on 07/03/2012 12:27:16 PM PDT by History Repeats (Drink plenty of TEA, but avoid the Koolaid.)
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To: rogue yam; Jim Robinson; Al B.; SolidWood; Leisler; greyfoxx39; Tennessee Nana; ...

rogue yam continues insulting FReeRepublic
claiming it is faux “conservative” because it does
not bow in support rogue yam’s Liberal Love,
the author of BOTH RomneyCARE, RomneyDEATHPANELS,
RomneySTATISM, RomneyCRAVENNESS, and RomneyMARRIAGE.

Frankly, this week, Mr. RomneyCARE has shown he
is nothing but coward, as he hid under cover from BOTH
the SCOTUS ruling AND Fast and Furious.

[Mr. RomneyCARE ONLY comes out from hiding to
defend Obama and protect himself.]


17 posted on 07/03/2012 12:27:38 PM PDT by Diogenesis ("Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. " Pres. Ronald Reagan)
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To: rogue yam

Maybe it was a lie, maybe pressure ‘evolved’ his thinking.

But we can’t say for sure based on what we know of him now, can we. I hope he’s serious. I hope he sticks to this. But you or I can’t be sure. Can we.


18 posted on 07/03/2012 12:31:19 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: Perdogg

“some Democrats and commentators” say it, so AP prints it.

LOL, it’s twue it’s twue


19 posted on 07/03/2012 12:32:24 PM PDT by TornadoAlley3 (Obama is everything Oklahoma is not.)
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To: Diogenesis; rogue yam
I wouldn't get too upset with mitt's fellow rump rangers. If they're going to hurl ad hominem toss the right back. That's what I do.

If they are polite, then return the favor.

It's politics. Grow a thick skin. But please do remember to vote for Conservatives, never for liberals.

20 posted on 07/03/2012 12:34:28 PM PDT by Sirius Lee (Goode over evil. Voting for mitt or obie is like throwing your country away.)
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To: roses of sharon

NR was blowing kisses to Roberts all week. Are you going to paste those articles also?


22 posted on 07/03/2012 12:37:21 PM PDT by lodi90
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To: Buckeye McFrog
"the Etch-A-Sketch is getting quite a workout today"

Yep, it sure looks like it...


23 posted on 07/03/2012 12:41:35 PM PDT by BarnacleCenturion
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To: cripplecreek

At this point I’d be happy if Romney was as conservative as Bill Clinton.
***Almost tagline worthy


24 posted on 07/03/2012 12:41:52 PM PDT by Kevmo ( FRINAGOPWIASS: Free Republic Is Not A GOP Website. It's A Socon Site.)
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To: BarnacleCenturion

What do they call that back seat? I forget.


25 posted on 07/03/2012 12:42:38 PM PDT by Sirius Lee (Goode over evil. Voting for mitt or obie is like throwing your country away.)
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To: lodi90

http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/304672/surrendering-obamacare-jonah-goldberg

Link for Jonah Goldberg on “The Corner”, NR’s blog.


26 posted on 07/03/2012 12:43:35 PM PDT by roses of sharon ("Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise." Luke 23:43)
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To: Alas Babylon!

Laura Ingraham, I love ya, but you were wrong.


27 posted on 07/03/2012 12:44:35 PM PDT by frogjerk (OBAMA NOV 2012 = HORSEMEAT)
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To: Norm Lenhart

I have said all along that it is impossible for us to know who Mitt Romney is in his heart of hearts.

But I have also said that the FR He-Man Mitt Haters Club members are irrational and dishonest and committed to preventing Romney from winning the election in November.

This we can know.


28 posted on 07/03/2012 12:45:22 PM PDT by rogue yam
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To: rogue yam

Tell you what Yam. You explain to me how a conservative can vote for Romney without abandoning his conservative beliefs to do so and I vow right here and now to campaign HARD for Mitt Romney on FR and everywhere else.

Further, I’ll apologize to everyone here, state I was wrong and help you get a liberal elected to the highest office in the land.

With a smile.

Deal?

This is an open invitation to you, Levin, Laura any freeper and anyone else on the planet.

You want him elected so bad? Then answer that one question honestly and factually and without resorting to “The other guy is worse” and I will devote myself to helping you.


29 posted on 07/03/2012 12:49:50 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: Perdogg

No, you don’t need a cease fire when you pulled out and flew the white flag.

McRomney loses big in November.


30 posted on 07/03/2012 12:52:03 PM PDT by Fledermaus (Democrats are dangerous and evil. Republicans are useless and useful idiots.)
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To: rogue yam
rogue yam, you are a comedian.

Myth Romney is KNOWN ALREADY.

BEHOLD THE GOP’s CHAMPION = MR.ROMNEYCARE
IMPOSING THE GOP's SIGNATURE ACHIEVEMENT: DEATHPANELS.


"We don't intend to turn the Republican Party
 over to the traitors in the battle just ended.
We will have no more of those candidates who are pledged
 to the same goals as our opposition and who seek our support.
Turning the Party over to the so-called moderates
wouldn't make any sense at all.""

--  President Ronald Reagan



31 posted on 07/03/2012 12:53:57 PM PDT by Diogenesis ("Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. " Pres. Ronald Reagan)
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To: TheRake

I have seen lots of fun, intelligent comments and pictures posted by Diogenesis.

He/She just really hates Romney and Mormons. I don’t. That is where we differ. I don’t think Romney would make a good president, and both Diogenesis and I agree there.

However, I think Romney would be better a much President than Obama, and Diogenesis thinks Obama would be a better president than Romney.

Here we absolutley disagree. Of course, Diogenesis will disagree with me on the supporting Obama part, but that’s what all his posting these last several months lead to. Ipso facto.


33 posted on 07/03/2012 12:57:06 PM PDT by Alas Babylon!
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To: cripplecreek
At this point I'd be happy if Romney was as conservative as Bill Clinton.

Obama is CLINTON II--only difference is skin pigmentation
People have short memories
34 posted on 07/03/2012 1:01:16 PM PDT by uncbob
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To: Perdogg; Diogenesis
Could you actually write something intelligent once in a while, please?

LOL!!! You're kidding, right!?

35 posted on 07/03/2012 1:01:45 PM PDT by pgkdan (ANYBODY BUT OBAMA!)
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To: All

36 posted on 07/03/2012 1:02:44 PM PDT by Hotlanta Mike (Resurrect the House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC)...before there is no America!)
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To: Hotlanta Mike

Needs a caption...

“Which one of these two liberals do you trust?”


37 posted on 07/03/2012 1:04:24 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: Diogenesis

38 posted on 07/03/2012 1:05:53 PM PDT by Hotlanta Mike (Resurrect the House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC)...before there is no America!)
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To: Cherokee Conservative; Buckeye McFrog
Turning Romney into McCain would be a vast improvement but nowhere near sufficient to justify voting for Myth Romney or for Obozo. RESIST!!!

If Romney is nominated, then win. lose or draw, the result is the same as in 2008.

You are whom and what you vote for.

39 posted on 07/03/2012 1:06:54 PM PDT by BlackElk (Viva Cristo Rey! Tom Hoefling for POTUS! Viva Cristo Rey!)
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To: rogue yam

There are two groups of people on FR.

1. Conservatives (large number)
2. Kamikaze conservatives (small number)

Kamikaze conservatives go negative almost immediately when a bad poll or a bad story or rumor surfaces. They never look at a poll’s internals and will even trust stories from the MSM (think about that). Their reactions are not only negative but catastrophically dire, hence the name I have given them. They are political lemmings who will give up at the first sign of trouble. They also will quit if they dont get everything their way. They have and will ‘stay home’ on election day to try to make a point. In many ways, Kamikaze conservatives are just as dangerous as Rinos since they can be fickle.

A poster during WW2 read: “loose lips sink ships”. It applies to today as well. Our country and our freedoms are in peril more than any other time in history. The task ahead is huge but doable. There is lots to do between now and November 6. The trends, polls, and the views of the electorate are on our side. We need to look at the big picture and the main messages, not what one person said ( or what someone was reported to say). We need to say focused to win.


40 posted on 07/03/2012 1:07:40 PM PDT by TMA62 (Al Sharpton - The North Korea of race relations)
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To: Norm Lenhart

My estimation is that your offer is utterly insincere.

Thus, no deal.


41 posted on 07/03/2012 1:09:20 PM PDT by rogue yam
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To: Diogenesis

(From Breitbart)

Fehrnstrom allowed Chuck Todd to push him off message–and re-ignited the fears that conservatives have long had about Romney’s will and ability to fight. In response, conservatives–who had just coalesced around opposition to what many now call “Obamatax”–exhort:

Mitt, start fighting, or give up and let someone else do it.


42 posted on 07/03/2012 1:10:25 PM PDT by roses of sharon ("Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise." Luke 23:43)
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To: Sirius Lee

On a motorcycle it would be called a P-pad.


43 posted on 07/03/2012 1:11:03 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: rogue yam

You are a coward.


44 posted on 07/03/2012 1:11:17 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: Perdogg

Overheard asking a bag of rocks to write something intelligent makes the passerby think more about you. :-)


45 posted on 07/03/2012 1:11:32 PM PDT by going hot (Happiness is a momma deuce)
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To: Norm Lenhart

You are mad at me because I see you for what you are.


46 posted on 07/03/2012 1:13:27 PM PDT by rogue yam
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To: Diogenesis

Actually, Romney gets around Romneycare by saying, and maybe even believing, that healthcare is a state issue and not to be decided by the Feds. He is correct in this assessment, whether he really believes it or not is another thing. Personally, I will vote for Romney, the alternative is too horrible to contemplate. Why anyone is still bad mouthing him is beyond my understanding. You are either for Obama or against him, there is no alternative, vote for Romney or let Bozo skate back into office.


47 posted on 07/03/2012 1:16:07 PM PDT by calex59
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To: rogue yam
"You explain to me how a conservative can vote for Romney without abandoning his conservative beliefs to do so and I vow right here and now to campaign HARD for Mitt Romney on FR and everywhere else."

Go ahead yam, answer the man's question.

48 posted on 07/03/2012 1:16:16 PM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: rogue yam
No one slobbering on his knees in worship of the false "god" Romney will EVER be accused of being any kind of "He-Man."

Mushball worship of mushball Myth Romney doesn't fit with "He-Man." How about limp-wristed Robamney-supporting Nancy boys???? That's better and far more accurate.

49 posted on 07/03/2012 1:16:41 PM PDT by BlackElk (Viva Cristo Rey! Tom Hoefling for POTUS! Viva Cristo Rey!)
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To: Norm Lenhart
You are a coward.

Says the obama supporter. LOL.

50 posted on 07/03/2012 1:16:53 PM PDT by lodi90
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