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Romney didn't want to run for president, son says
france24.com ^ | 12/23/12

Posted on 12/24/2012 5:20:25 AM PST by Evil Slayer

AFP - No one wanted to be president less than Mitt Romney, his son said in an interview out Sunday that raises new questions about the candidacy of the losing Republican nominee.

In an interview with the Boston Globe examining what went wrong with the Romney campaign, his eldest son Tagg explains that his father had been a reluctant candidate from the start.

After failing to win the 2008 Republican nomination, Romney told his family he would not run again and had to be persuaded to enter the 2012 White House race by his wife Ann and son Tagg.

"He wanted to be president less than anyone I've met in my life. He had no desire... to run," Tagg Romney said. "If he could have found someone else to take his place... he would have been ecstatic to step aside."

Mitt Romney "is a very private person who loves his family deeply and wants to be with them. He loves his country, but he doesn't love the attention," his son said.

Romney, a former Massachusetts governor and multi-billionaire businessman, has been widely criticized for blaming his loss in the November 6 election on President Barack Obama's "gifts" to Latinos, women and the poor.

"What the president's campaign did was focus on certain members of his base coalition, give them extraordinary financial gifts from the government, and then work very aggressively to turn them out to vote," Romney said during a call with campaign donors in mid-November that represented his first public reaction to his election loss.

The Globe story sought to look beyond that narrative and examine what really went wrong.

It focused on the fact that Romney was unhappy that one of his most trusted advisers, Mike Murphy -- the architect of his successful 2002 run for governor

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TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: mittromney; romney; saintmitt; stromney; whatabastard; whatacrock
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1 posted on 12/24/2012 5:20:28 AM PST by Evil Slayer
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To: Evil Slayer

That makes 2 of us.


2 posted on 12/24/2012 5:22:48 AM PST by albie
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To: Evil Slayer

BS.

Say what we will about Romney’s campaign tactics and strategies, but I had no doubt the man wanted to win. I attended two of his rallies here in Virginia and saw the energy close up.


3 posted on 12/24/2012 5:23:12 AM PST by ScottinVA (More dizzying than a Tilt-a-Whirl is an around-a-circle argument with a liberal about gun control.)
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To: ScottinVA

I don’t think that’s what was meant. He didn’t want to run, but he didn’t shrink from trying to win once he did run.

His campaign was very different than McCain, who purposely tried to lose.


4 posted on 12/24/2012 5:25:10 AM PST by Ripliancum (Mosiah 29:27. Look it up.)
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To: Evil Slayer

Typical sore loser crap.


5 posted on 12/24/2012 5:29:14 AM PST by jpl (The government spent another half a million bucks in the time it just took you to read this tagline.)
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To: Evil Slayer
Comments from others:

[Romney] wanted it but never wanted it enough. Romney and McCain wasted everyone’s time.

Romney wanted Newt to lose more than Romney wanted to be president.

My Comments:

Astonishing how many of the best or GOP front-running candidates (or front-running "non-candidates") in 2008 and 2012 didn't want to be in the race at all.

The true libertarian (small "L") is a lover of freedom and not inclined towards politics or government which is one reason why the Left seems politically to always have the upper hand - they are the party of government and politics.

The true Right wants to be in politics and government to work themselves (and others) out of their governmental jobs. But who wants to work themselves out of their job? Not many, which is why the Reagans of this world are so few and far between. We certainly need one now more than ever.

The opposite, of course, is true with the Socialist Bureaucracy, which lives (taxes and spends) for the perpetuation and growth of its own existence and to #%$^&*!! with those from whom they commit legalized larceny in order to perpetuate their existence and growth. That's why tyranny is tends to be short lived - it dries up and kills the source of their funding.

6 posted on 12/24/2012 5:30:08 AM PST by PapaNew
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To: Evil Slayer

Liberals’black propaganda.


7 posted on 12/24/2012 5:31:40 AM PST by granada
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To: Ripliancum
His campaign was very different than McCain, who purposely tried to lose.

I agree. McCain was wayyyyyy too impressed with Obama to mount an effective campaign against him.

8 posted on 12/24/2012 5:31:52 AM PST by ScottinVA (More dizzying than a Tilt-a-Whirl is an around-a-circle argument with a liberal about gun control.)
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To: Evil Slayer
I'm reluctant to believe this. I'll wait for a second source.
9 posted on 12/24/2012 5:33:26 AM PST by McGruff (No New RINOs!)
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To: Evil Slayer

He ran hard enough against Republicans, then sat on his ass for Obama.


10 posted on 12/24/2012 5:34:02 AM PST by Venturer
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To: Venturer

“He ran hard enough against Republicans, then sat on his ass for Obama.”

Yep. He ran out the clock in the fourth quarter, never mentioning Benghazi in the foreign policy debate.


11 posted on 12/24/2012 5:38:47 AM PST by Luke21
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To: Evil Slayer

He’s a “multi-Billionaire” now? Wow, he makes money fast!


12 posted on 12/24/2012 5:39:54 AM PST by Edgar3 (Don't THREAD on me!)
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To: Evil Slayer

LOL

Yeah.

Sure.

Right, Tagg.

Mitt only spent the last 8 years not running for the presidency.

==

Tagg needs to heed the 15-minutes of fame rule and step off the stage now.


13 posted on 12/24/2012 5:40:08 AM PST by TomGuy
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To: Evil Slayer

Liberal media just makes such report for fun and tries to make conservatives look like sore losers.


14 posted on 12/24/2012 5:46:25 AM PST by granada
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To: PapaNew

Romney won the first debate decisively. So as not to upset the apple cart, he went into coast-mode. When Crowley ganged up on him and sided with Obama, he backed off and stayed hunkered down during the final debate which was on foreign policy. In coast-mode, Romney couldn't deliver a knock-out punch.

==

I am still surprised that the Pubbies couldn't get their message on the economy across -- some 54% of the voters still blamed GW Bush. That is indicative of EPIC FAIL on the part of the GOP to lose to the worst presidency since Carter and the worst economy since the Great Depression.
15 posted on 12/24/2012 5:48:21 AM PST by TomGuy
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To: TomGuy

Romney is a partner of Soros, and you all bought the
KoolAide to the detriment of the USA.

Romney’s ONLY goals were to eliminate real conservatives
and make a few hundred million $$$$ (and same for Rove).

America will NEVER be the same again, because of Romney who
attacked Gov. Palin and THREW election 2008 through
his surrogates.
NEVER.


16 posted on 12/24/2012 5:56:09 AM PST by Diogenesis (Vi veri veniversum vivus vici)
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To: TomGuy

Unlike his nomination campaign, Romney ran his POTUS campaign like someone who didn’t want to win - it was weak and sad.


17 posted on 12/24/2012 5:57:09 AM PST by PapaNew
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To: Evil Slayer

But during the campaign, Anne Romney talked about how Mitt asked her about running and she said something like “can it be fixed” or “can you fix it?” He said yes and, according to her, she said, “well run then.” Clearly she made it seem like he asked her permission.


18 posted on 12/24/2012 5:57:44 AM PST by mom.mom
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To: Evil Slayer

Romney ran and didn’t want to, I voted for him and didn’t want to. Of course I had other candidates in the primaries but once he had the nomination I supported him completely. My reason for not wanting to vote for him may be as off kilter as I am. Washington politics is a cesspool and Mitt is a nice guy. Story after story of Mitt’s good deeds throughout his life proved what a nice guy he is and I hated the thought of sending such a person into the $h!th@le that is DC. I doubt there is anyone that could go into that hell and not come out corrupted.


19 posted on 12/24/2012 6:13:04 AM PST by EandH Dad (sleeping giants wake up REALLY grumpy)
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To: Evil Slayer

> What the president’s campaign did was focus on certain members of his base coalition, give them extraordinary financial gifts from the government

Republicans helped Obama with that every time they took the “moderate,” “middle ground” position for fear of being labeled extreme.


20 posted on 12/24/2012 6:15:24 AM PST by BinaryBoy (The Republican party needs new leadership that can FIGHT and WIN.)
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To: PapaNew
Unlike his nomination campaign, Romney ran his POTUS campaign like someone who didn’t want to win - it was weak and sad.

I made this comment in an election thread a few months ago:

John Kerry -- Theresa takes over the campaign, Kerry loses.
McCain -- Cindy takes over the campaign, McCain loses.
Gingrich -- Calista takes over the campaign, Gingrich loses in the primary.
Romney -- Tagg and Ann take over the campaign, Romney loses.

==

I sense a pattern -- when family think they know better than the professionals.
21 posted on 12/24/2012 6:18:06 AM PST by TomGuy
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To: Evil Slayer
romney didn't want to be President but he did not want any Conservative influence to take root in the GOP... so he ran just to make certain that the CONSERVATIVE candidates would NOT win. romney stole the Iowa Caucus and then got caught and the result was reversed but by then... romney had the BIG MO. The GOP/e then controlled certain primaries in certain States that allow dims to cross over and vote in our primaries and then he conspired with party hack SoS’s in Missouri and Virginia to keep the two men that were beating him off of the ballot... and then he spent 10’s of millions of dollars in Florida destroying Newt... thereby protecting the control of the GOP by the elite progressive socialist cabal that romney is a part of. FU romney... you certainly ****ed us!

LLS

22 posted on 12/24/2012 6:33:03 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (A child is born in Bethlehem KING of KINGS)
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To: Evil Slayer
And besides, he knew you can't beat Santa Claus!......

Get you free OBAMAPHONE!

23 posted on 12/24/2012 6:33:39 AM PST by wesagain (The God (Elohim) of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is the One True GOD.)
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To: ScottinVA
He had obama on the ropes and refused to take him down... he did the high road thing and that is how he lost. He did not want to win... his son is telling you this. Why would he say it if it were not true? Why would he admit that he and his mother talked romney into running if it never happened? I believed it when he refused to even mention Benghazi and he threw the last two debates without question. Maybe I am wrong but I do believe that romeny was part of the cabal that anointed obama for a second term.

LLS

25 posted on 12/24/2012 6:38:50 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (A child is born in Bethlehem KING of KINGS)
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To: Venturer

BINGO!!!

LLS


26 posted on 12/24/2012 6:41:54 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (A child is born in Bethlehem KING of KINGS)
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To: Diogenesis

I agree with you as my posts on this thread confirm.

LLS


27 posted on 12/24/2012 6:48:53 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (A child is born in Bethlehem KING of KINGS)
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To: Evil Slayer

So, mitt had to be forced by his wife to run for President! Can we call him PW’ed?


28 posted on 12/24/2012 6:57:22 AM PST by knife6375 (US Navy Veteran)
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To: TomGuy
When Crowley ganged up on him and sided with Obama, he backed off and stayed hunkered down during the final debate which was on foreign policy. In coast-mode, Romney couldn't deliver a knock-out punch.

Crowley's kibitzing should have made him angry enough to ram Benghazi down Obama's throat at the next debate.

29 posted on 12/24/2012 7:08:52 AM PST by Fiji Hill (i)
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To: Ripliancum

Still the only net difference between McPain and Romney was IN and NC. And we were told that Romney “could” win.


30 posted on 12/24/2012 7:11:00 AM PST by Theodore R. ("Hey, the American people must all be crazy out there!")
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To: Evil Slayer

Makes sense.


31 posted on 12/24/2012 10:11:11 AM PST by redgolum ("God is dead" -- Nietzsche. "Nietzsche is dead" -- God.)
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To: ScottinVA

I thought he really wanted Obama in there for another four years. Hope my comment is not too “libertarian” for your discussion.


32 posted on 12/24/2012 10:34:59 AM PST by TiaS
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To: Evil Slayer

Romney didn’t want to run.

Not to worry, Tagg.

He didn’t run.

(More like a slow crawl.)


33 posted on 12/24/2012 10:35:07 AM PST by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! True supporters of our troops pray for their victory!)
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To: Evil Slayer

The feeling is mutual. Now go AWAY.


34 posted on 12/24/2012 1:17:20 PM PST by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: Evil Slayer

“Romney didn’t want to run for president”

And it showed.


35 posted on 12/24/2012 2:01:58 PM PST by Uncle Miltie (The shooter in CT was a Satanist. Curtail Satanists' First Amendment Rights for the Children!)
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To: Evil Slayer

On one hand you have a relative unknown. He’s a business man or something.

On the other, a man with a proved record of handing goodies out like every day is Christmas.

Now, what chu gonna do?

Herein lies the absolute biggest problem the GOP has. How can you compete with Santa Claus?


36 posted on 12/24/2012 2:03:49 PM PST by upchuck (America's at an awkward stage. Too late to work within the system, too early to shoot the bastards.)
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To: Diogenesis

Third paragraph is true history. Would like to know if you’re on the mark also with paragraphs one and two.


37 posted on 12/24/2012 2:09:28 PM PST by Resettozero
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To: Evil Slayer

Right. That’s why he put so much effort into destroying his Republican counterparts. Yep.


38 posted on 12/24/2012 4:15:57 PM PST by Pinkbell
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To: Evil Slayer

He DIDN’T run for president. He ran for the position of obama’s best friend.


39 posted on 12/24/2012 5:21:39 PM PST by Terry Mross (I'm here for the entertainment....and I know there are people I don't like who are reading my posts.)
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To: Evil Slayer

Romney didn’t have a single attack ad, did he? Even Albert Gore, Jr., had Willy Horton in 1988 against another MA governor.


40 posted on 12/24/2012 5:28:20 PM PST by Theodore R. ("Hey, the American people must all be crazy out there!")
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To: Venturer

That was his mission.


41 posted on 12/24/2012 9:23:16 PM PST by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: Luke21; Venturer

[He ran out the clock in the fourth quarter, never mentioning Benghazi in the foreign policy debate.]

Uhuh. Observe what we DIDN’T hear, AGAIN:

“I’d like to thank my opponent for bringing up the economy. Mr Obama, isn’t your National Finance Chairwoman Penny Pritzker, and didn’t her Chicago family-owned Superior Bank fail in 2001 from its innovations in Sub-prime lending?”

Nope, DIDN’T hear THAT. Just like we didn’t hear it in 2008, either.

GeeOpie, FAIL.


42 posted on 12/24/2012 9:27:05 PM PST by TArcher
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To: Evil Slayer

I wonder if they will ever have the common sense to realize that intentionally leaving Sarah Palin and Ron Paul out of the mix was suicidal.


43 posted on 12/25/2012 4:57:23 AM PST by AdaGray
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To: Terry Mross

He did his job well, he kept a real conservative from getting the nomination for 8 years. Now he can just GO AWAY.


44 posted on 12/25/2012 10:03:00 AM PST by Lets Roll NOW (A baby isn't a punishment, Obama is)
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To: Evil Slayer

Romney has been running for president since 2005. It is time for Mitt and his lightweight family to admit they FAILED!!!


45 posted on 12/25/2012 3:50:31 PM PST by Fred (http://thebubblefilm.com/)
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To: Evil Slayer

He pitched softballs in 9th inning.


46 posted on 12/25/2012 3:54:40 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: Revolting cat!

In overtime, he kicked penalty balls into his own goal!


47 posted on 12/25/2012 3:57:03 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: Venturer
He ran hard enough against Republicans, then sat on his ass for Obama.

Correction, Republicans sat on their asses and stayed home.......

48 posted on 12/26/2012 3:10:26 PM PST by Hot Tabasco (Jab her with a harpoon.....)
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To: Luke21
He ran out the clock in the fourth quarter, never mentioning Benghazi in the foreign policy debate.

And who was that supposed to appeal to, the choir? As if nobody in the Independent or Republican world knew what the hell happened in Benghazi?

Give me a break........

Obama won because Republicans sat on their asses at home while the Obamaphone crowd turned out in mass..........

49 posted on 12/26/2012 3:30:39 PM PST by Hot Tabasco (Jab her with a harpoon.....)
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To: Diogenesis
Romney is a partner of Soros, and you all bought the KoolAide to the detriment of the USA.

If Romney is a partner of Soros, and Obama is a partner of Soros, then it really didn't matter who won did it?

As for "you all", are you referring to the 10,031,336 primary voters who voted for Romney giving him 52% of the vote while his closest competitor was Santorum with only 20.4% of the vote?

Yea, 10 million plus people are drinking KoolAide........

You're chowing down on too many peyote buttons...........

50 posted on 12/26/2012 3:39:19 PM PST by Hot Tabasco (Jab her with a harpoon.....)
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