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Romney on Chick-fil-A: Thatís not something thatís part of my campaign
Hot Air ^ | August 3rd, 2012 | Allahpundit

Posted on 08/03/2012 3:33:17 PM PDT by Third Person

Via the Examiner, I understand why he punted here. His retort to Reid’s tax-evasion smear last night was that it’s an obvious, grotesque attempt to hand the media a new distraction from Obama’s record. He just got back from a foreign policy trip/photo op that was also submerged in distractions, most notably his Olympics comments in London and his aide’s “kiss my ass” comments to the press in Poland. He’s just begun pushing a more positive message keyed to his biography to convince undecideds that he’s up to the job. The last thing he wants right now is another distraction wrapped around his ankles, particularly on a day when the news is about the latest disappointing jobs report.

Given that the Chick-fil-A question here was packaged with another question about Bachmann and the Muslim Brotherhood, he had two dilemmas. One: If he weighs in on either, that’s a story and now suddenly he’s being asked about gay marriage and Islamism instead of jobs for the middle class. If you want a candidate who’s more interested in culture-war issues than economic growth, try Romney 2008. Two: If he weighs in only on Chick-fil-A, the easier of the two topics, then there’ll be a separate story on why he specifically ducked the question about Bachmann and he’ll hear it from her supporters and from the media for dodging. He probably figured he was better off playing it safe (as usual) and passing on both. Hey — if you wanted a nominee who’d inch out on the highwire to answer any question put to him, you should have nominated Newt.

Still, hurts to know that even a tool like Mike Bloomberg is capable of offering a righteous answer on CFA when called on to do so:

Critics trying to shut Chick-fil-A because its CEO opposes gay marriage are undermining the very essence of the Constitution, Mayor Bloomberg declared today in a stirring defense of the embattled fast food chain.

“It isn’t the right thing to do and it isn’t what America stands for,” Bloomberg said on his weekly WOR radio show. “And those people who don’t like (Chick-fil-A) don’t understand their rights were protected by people who took a difficult position in the past and stood by it. They stood up so everybody else would be free.”…

“What’s for sure is that government cannot in the United States, in America, under the Constitution, be run where you have a litmus test for the personal views of somebody when they want something in the commercial world.”

Barney Frank also managed to say a word against government discrimination towards Chick-fil-A. Ah well. Maybe Mitt will get another question about this tomorrow and say something about free speech even if he ends up avoiding the subject of gay marriage. Speaking of which, enjoy the second clip below. Not sure what’s gotten into Stewart lately, but this is a rare week during which most of his big hits have been at the expense of Democrats.

Exit quotation via Mediaite: “Pretty sure you can’t outlaw a company with perfectly legal business practices because you find their CEO’s views repellant. Not sure which amendment covers that, but it’s probably in the top 1.”


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: chickfila; fumr; gutlesscino; homosexualagenda; michelebachmann; muslimbrotherhood; romney; zot
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To: Mountain Mary
So lemme get this straight: Mittens considers stopping in at Chick FA to get a sandwich in support of free speech and Dan Cathy is a “distraction”?

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Where did you read or hear that he said this? I suspect that it is the fruit of your inner dialog.

41 posted on 08/03/2012 4:29:46 PM PDT by wtc911 (Amigo - you've been had.)
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To: Lady4Liberty

I’m gonna puke. I knew Romney was bad but I didn’t know he was that bad. We are so screwed.


42 posted on 08/03/2012 4:31:11 PM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: Billthedrill; WarEagle
Can I be in your ilk? I mean, is there an initiation or anything?

Bill, I wouldn't even want to be in any "ilk" that didn't count you and wareagle as charter members. ;)

43 posted on 08/03/2012 4:31:38 PM PDT by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle ("If you're not fiscally AND socially conservative, you're not conservative!" - Jim Robinson, 9-1-10)
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To: Future Snake Eater

Good post.


44 posted on 08/03/2012 4:32:16 PM PDT by wtc911 (Amigo - you've been had.)
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To: Third Person

Severely pragmatic of him.


45 posted on 08/03/2012 4:32:47 PM PDT by Psalm 144 (Voodoo Republicans. Don't read their lips. Watch their hands.)
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To: APatientMan
When’s the last time a Republican politician stood with Conservatives even when it was inconvenient? Honest question.

46 posted on 08/03/2012 4:37:28 PM PDT by Bratch
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

When is one no longer considered a n00b?

In other words,when is an OPINION considered valid?

A year? Two years? Should one post no opinions at all until some arbitrary time which I have never been able to figure out.


47 posted on 08/03/2012 4:39:48 PM PDT by Mears
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To: Third Person

This election is about the economy and Obama’s failure in spite of getting multiple stimlus packages as requested. To get side-tracked with gay, abortion, or other democrat party disctactions using the social agenda arena would have been stupid. Once Mitt is president, he can start evolving his postions by devoling Obama’s agenda.


48 posted on 08/03/2012 4:41:41 PM PDT by Jumper
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To: Mears
In other words,when is an OPINION considered valid?

Whether or not I'm "a DUer" is NOT an opinion... valid or otherwise.

49 posted on 08/03/2012 4:42:01 PM PDT by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle ("If you're not fiscally AND socially conservative, you're not conservative!" - Jim Robinson, 9-1-10)
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To: Third Person
I want to assure and guarantee to everyone that Mitt Romney is very conservative. There is nothing to worry about. Absolutely nothing.


50 posted on 08/03/2012 4:42:51 PM PDT by Engraved-on-His-hands (Mitt Romney is a handbasket driver. I refuse to ride.)
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To: Third Person

Romney on Chick-fil-A: That’s not something that’s part of my campaign
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So says the father of same sex marriage...


51 posted on 08/03/2012 4:44:10 PM PDT by Tennessee Nana (Why should I vote for Bishop Romney when he hates me because I am a Christian)
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To: Justice4awe

Well, I would advise you NOT to make excuses for Romney
not having an opinion on Gay Marriage.

He seemed to have a “lot” of opinions about Gay Marriage
when he was the Gov.(See Post 21 Excellent Recap).

And as far as those on this site, for whatever reason, cannot
vote for Romney, that is their personal choice, as well.

My advice is to get as many moderates as you can to vote for
Romney. They may be what carries Romney over the finish line. Many conservatives may not vote for Romney because of
their convictions. Just a fact.


52 posted on 08/03/2012 4:45:01 PM PDT by tennmountainman
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To: Lady4Liberty

You must be a hater, using incontrovertible facts as if they were true. That is not showing party loyalty.


53 posted on 08/03/2012 4:46:49 PM PDT by Psalm 144 (Voodoo Republicans. Don't read their lips. Watch their hands.)
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To: Jumper

Social issues are not a “distraction.” Look around; our culture is at stake.


54 posted on 08/03/2012 4:47:08 PM PDT by CatherineofAragon (Time for a write-in campaign...Darryl Dixon for President)
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To: Bratch
In your face frenchie silk mittens...lol!


55 posted on 08/03/2012 4:52:04 PM PDT by Earthdweller (Harvard won the election again...so what's the problem.......? Embrace a ruler today.)
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To: Justice4awe; TheOldLady; darkwing104
"This account has been banned or suspended."

One of the most obnoxious (and intellectually dishonest) Mittbot trolls on this site has finally been given the old heave-ho! ;)

56 posted on 08/03/2012 4:53:03 PM PDT by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle ("If you're not fiscally AND socially conservative, you're not conservative!" - Jim Robinson, 9-1-10)
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To: Psalm 144

Agree. The powder must be kept dry for the big battles ahead.

No one here choose Romney, but somehow, the majority of Republican voters did.

The prime directive now is to remove Obama and his corrupt Communist cabal on November 6th, because that will be the last peaceful opportunity we will have to do so.

An Obama second term is a disaster for America, in ways we cannot dream of. Those that speak of letting it happen because Romney is the GOP candidate know not the severity of what is planned for us by Obama and his handlers.


57 posted on 08/03/2012 4:57:08 PM PDT by exit82 (Pass the word: Obama is a FAILURE!! Democrats are the enemies of freedom!)
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To: Bratch

That’s the name I’m writing in. What a coincidence.


58 posted on 08/03/2012 4:58:01 PM PDT by APatientMan (Pick a side)
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To: Lady4Liberty

At the GOP-e convention Willard should be Repealed and Replaced....


59 posted on 08/03/2012 4:58:05 PM PDT by Tennessee Nana (Why should I vote for Bishop Romney when he hates me because I am a Christian)
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To: jimjohn

he’s better to stay ON MESSAGE right now.
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Oh dont worry

We all got THE MESSAGE

LOUD AND CLEAR...

Willard is pro same sex marriage...


60 posted on 08/03/2012 5:02:28 PM PDT by Tennessee Nana (Why should I vote for Bishop Romney when he hates me because I am a Christian)
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