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Mitt Romney Talks AP, IRS, Benghazi On Leno, Says "I'm Not A Fan Of The President" (video)
RealClearPolitics ^ | May 18, 2013 | Ian Schwartz

Posted on 05/18/2013 3:50:42 AM PDT by i88schwartz

Former Gov. Mitt Romney, the Republican party's presidential nominee in 2012, received large applause as he was introduced on Friday's broadcast of The Tonight Show by host Jay Leno in his first appearance on the late night show since he lost to President Barack Obama in November.

Leno asked Romney about the Obama administration's scandal-plagued week and gave him ample time to address the AP, IRS and Benghazi investigations. After making it clear he was done in politics, Romney was given nearly ten minutes to slam Obama's handling of Benghazi and his administration's involvement in other scandals.

While discussing the IRS scandal, Romney said it is time that a special counsel be appointed to investigate. "My own view is, that a a special counsel should be appointed. Because only a special council can investigate the administration," he said.

After giving his take on how Obama handled the scandals, Romney also opined on how Benghazi may impact Hillary Clinton's chances in 2016.

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


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: ap; benghazi; irs; mittromney; romney; romneycare; toolittletoolate
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1 posted on 05/18/2013 3:50:42 AM PDT by i88schwartz
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To: i88schwartz

NOW Romney brings up Benghazi. That would have been a good move in the second debate, Loser.


2 posted on 05/18/2013 3:53:56 AM PDT by txrefugee
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To: i88schwartz

If Romney wasn’t against everything that we loved, he would be different than that.


3 posted on 05/18/2013 3:55:40 AM PDT by ansel12
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To: i88schwartz

Has Mr. RomneyCARE apologized to Gov. Palin and the
Conservatives for THROWING the 2008 and 2012 Elections
to his partner Soros for Obama?


4 posted on 05/18/2013 3:57:54 AM PDT by Diogenesis (Vi veri veniversum vivus vici)
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To: All
Romney never looked as stupid as he did when conceding the election....which had been clearly stolen by Ohaha.

Obama kept bragging he was s-o-o-o-o popular---campaign contributions were raining down on him---and that he was the very first billion dolar candidate. Later, he said he had to "borrow" to continue his campign. Huh?

AN OPENING FOR ROMNEY Where were all the FEC reprts---where did O spend all that money? Romney said and did nothing.

The Obamatons cunningly suppressed the vote---siccing the IRS on conservative/patriotic voters. The O Team crippled the Republicans who had already shot themselves in the foot by picking Romney----another one of their loser candidates.

And recall that stupid RINO Pubbies ALSO called for investigations of Tea Party groups' tax status.

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Obomba's sinister shadow hovers over America----a constant threat to our liberty and our lives. He's got DHS stockpiling ammo---and intends to multiply the onerous IRS forces----adding 16,000 new IRS agents, arming them w/ millions of ammo rounds (the "civilian ntl security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded as our military").

O probably intends to task the IRS to enforce the nightmare of immigrations reform----to keep his filthy hands on the levers of power.

CRAVING POPULARITY IS A SIGN OF DICTATORSHIP Obomba's methodology, including controlling the fawning press is a relic of 40's-era Europe---Pol Pot, Chavez, and Stalin, all rolled into one.

5 posted on 05/18/2013 4:06:15 AM PDT by Liz (To learn who rules over you, determine who you are not allowed to criticize. Voltaire)
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To: i88schwartz

A decent man. Something that would not be used to describe the current occupant.


6 posted on 05/18/2013 4:06:44 AM PDT by SueRae (It isn't over. In God We Trust.)
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To: txrefugee
What debate were you watching?

Mr. Romney Thank you, Kerry, for your question. It's an important one. And — and I — I think the president just said correctly that — that the buck does stop at his desk, and — and he takes responsibility for — for that — for that — the failure in providing those security resources, and those terrible things may well happen from time to time.

I — I'm — I feel very deeply sympathetic for the families of those who lost loved ones. Today there's a memorial service for one of those that was lost in this tragedy. We — we think of their families and care for them deeply.

There were other issues associated with this — with this tragedy.

There were many days that passed before we knew whether this was a spontaneous demonstration or actually whether it was a terrorist attack. And there was no demonstration involved. It was a terrorist attack, and it took a long time for that to be told to the American people. Whether there was some misleading or instead whether we just didn't know what happened, I think you have to ask yourself why didn't we know five days later when the ambassador to the United Nations went on TV to say that this was a demonstration. How could of we not known?

But I find more troubling than this that on — on the day following the assassination of the United States ambassador — the first time that's happened since 1979 — when we have four Americans killed there, when apparently we didn't know what happened, that the president the day after that happened flies to Las Vegas for a political fundraiser, then the next day to Colorado for another event, another political event, I think these — these actions taken by a president and a leader have symbolic significance, and perhaps even material significance, in that you'd hoped that during that time we could call in the people who were actually eyewitnesses. We've read their accounts now about what happened. It was very clear this was not a demonstration. This was an attack by terrorists.

And this calls into question the president's whole policy in the Middle East. Look what's happening in Syria, in Egypt, now in Libya. Consider the distance between ourselves and Israel, where the president said that — that he was going to put daylight between us and Israel. We have Iran four years closer to a nuclear bomb. Syria — Syria's not just the tragedy of 30,000 civilians being killed by a military, but also a strategic — strategically significant player for America. The president's policies throughout the Middle East began with an apology tour and pursue a strategy of leading from behind, and this strategy is unraveling before our very eyes.

7 posted on 05/18/2013 4:09:15 AM PDT by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro can't pass E-verify)
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To: i88schwartz

Do you recall how Reid & gang pushed to get Romney to release more of his tax returns. We sort of wondered who leaked what to democrat leaders regarding Romney’s returns.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/31/harry-reid-romney-taxes_n_1724027.html

Sadly, Romney did end up releasing more returns and I do not think him refusing would have helped either. They would have destroyed him over it. If we had the American public and a viable MSM...it might have been different, but the culture doesn’t allow it. It is called tyranny.


8 posted on 05/18/2013 4:15:09 AM PDT by EBH (The “government” that sits in Washington, D.C. is not the United States government.)
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To: i88schwartz
I will NEVER get the statement his son made after the election out of my head.
In case you forgot his son said Mittens did not really want the job.
That is why I have no use for MITTENS. . . . This 4 of ZERO's reign belong to Him and him alone.
The first 4 belongs to MCLAIM. . .
9 posted on 05/18/2013 4:15:36 AM PDT by DeaconRed (We sent congress to DC to handle our problems. They have done NOTHING. Time to march with pitch fks)
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To: Diogenesis

I was thinking last night that with all of this coordination in all of the Depts we are seeing in all these new scandals that I am now convinced Obama crashed the ORCA system on Election Day. It may not have been the difference but like Nixon he could not take the chance so he made sure the website went down. Can’t prove it but I am sure with an investigation by someone it could be done.


10 posted on 05/18/2013 4:20:53 AM PDT by crosslink (Moderates should play in the middle of a busy street)
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To: crosslink

Gotta give Romney credit for putting together a campaign staff which was not up to the task, incompetent or traitors. Let’s not encourage Romney to be a THREE TIME LOSER!


11 posted on 05/18/2013 4:26:08 AM PDT by iopscusa (El Vaquero. (SC Lowcountry Cowboy))
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To: i88schwartz

Problem with Mitt he is too much of a gentleman for chicago politics.


12 posted on 05/18/2013 4:28:05 AM PDT by tshaun
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To: iopscusa

Yup, the guy in charge of ORCA appeared to be a hack who was probably a plant by Soros. When I read his Bio I laughed, no experience, he was a website designer not a database person. Look at the pretty website oh crap it doesn’t work but it flashes LOL


13 posted on 05/18/2013 4:31:20 AM PDT by crosslink (Moderates should play in the middle of a busy street)
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To: A.A. Cunningham

“What debate were you watching?”

Around here, the first reply to a new thread (that isn’t the original poster) is almost always something stupid.


14 posted on 05/18/2013 4:40:09 AM PDT by wolficatZ (Hey blue states....Got Food?)
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To: i88schwartz

I voted for you mitt... now I never want to hear your damned name again.

LLS


15 posted on 05/18/2013 4:42:43 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS!)
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To: i88schwartz

Romney, Rove, and the Bush Klan should decently excuse themselves from any political discourse. Their idiocy and incompetence helped put that bastard Obama in office, not ONCE but TWICE!


16 posted on 05/18/2013 4:48:22 AM PDT by ZULU ((See: http://gatesofvienna.net/))
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To: Liz

Yep, in light of this the Obama-Phone was also a strange promotional concept and should be stamped with ‘Government Welfare’ if not discontinued, which I would favor.


17 posted on 05/18/2013 4:49:26 AM PDT by Son House (The Heath Care Recovery Never Gets Here, Like The Economic Recovery, Easily Predictable.)
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To: txrefugee

Romney was the least competent presidential candidate since Tom Dewey.

He did not fight...his son Tagge has been quoted as saying that his father did not really want it.

It showed.


18 posted on 05/18/2013 4:50:12 AM PDT by kjo (+)
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To: txrefugee

The moment he said that he believes the President loves this country I turned off the tv and went to bed.


19 posted on 05/18/2013 4:58:07 AM PDT by Hotlanta Mike ("Governing a great natiorn is like cooking a small fish - too much handling will spoil it." Lao Tzu)
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To: txrefugee

“I’m not a fan of the President”

Ah, yes - fond memories of that old fighting spirit. Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit guest slots on late night talk shows.


20 posted on 05/18/2013 5:02:39 AM PDT by dagogo redux (A whiff of primitive spirits in the air, harbingers of an impending descent into the feral.)
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To: wolficatZ

There are far too many low information freepers.


21 posted on 05/18/2013 5:03:18 AM PDT by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro can't pass E-verify)
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To: i88schwartz

I would still like for Romney to testify. As a Presidential candidate/potential CIC, he had to be briefed. What does he know?


22 posted on 05/18/2013 5:09:25 AM PDT by smalltownslick
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To: tshaun

I agree. And when he did try to bring up Benghazi he was savaged and shut down by the media.


23 posted on 05/18/2013 5:09:43 AM PDT by jersey117
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To: Hotlanta Mike

The moment he said that he believes the President loves this country I turned off the tv and went to bed.


Makes you wonder what is going on in his mind. It is obviously not true so Romney just makes this stuff up to sound nice. We don’t need any more of this false talk.


24 posted on 05/18/2013 5:18:47 AM PDT by bytesmith
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To: i88schwartz; All

the sad thing is I don’t really think romney cared whether or not he became president...

the sadder thing is despite his flaws i think he would’ve been a really good president....


25 posted on 05/18/2013 5:19:40 AM PDT by God luvs America (63.5 million pay no income tax and vote for DemoKrats...)
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To: SueRae
"A decent man."

Unfortunately the problem with Bush #41, Bush #43 and Romney. Decent, respectable gentlemen. But they were (and we are) fighting a pack of hyenas who like nothing better than to rip a decent, respectable gentleman's lungs out.

26 posted on 05/18/2013 5:20:15 AM PDT by Sooth2222 ("Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of congress. But I repeat myself." M.Twain)
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To: DeaconRed

why? wasn’t it apparent to you??? it was to me...

except for the 1st debate when he crushed obama, did he really show any passion at all down the homestretch towards winning the election???


27 posted on 05/18/2013 5:21:23 AM PDT by God luvs America (63.5 million pay no income tax and vote for DemoKrats...)
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To: A.A. Cunningham
There are far too many low information freepers.

I know. They are the same ones where were touting Mitt early on, and who are now touting Jeb, and who support obamneycare because it makes the young people pay for the old people's bad life decisions.

28 posted on 05/18/2013 5:23:56 AM PDT by Sirius Lee (All that is required for evil to advance is for government to do "something")
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To: God luvs America

The 30,000 strong crowds in Ohio and Pennsylvania certainly thought so - they were on fire for Mitt and were eating his every word. There was no denying the Republicans had the passion now, the enthusiasm. Even if they didn’t quite have the ground operation to drag low info voters to the polls.


29 posted on 05/18/2013 5:28:13 AM PDT by erlayman
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To: Liz
I agree with you. You can't stop the Obamas, Clintons, and Soros of the world without hitting them harder than they hit you. You can't nicely just beat them with your ideas, or a debate, because they will only lie down when they are absolutely unequivocally forced to.

They are unencumbered by ethics because they believe that implementing their plans is inherently ethical - no matter how many unethical things they have to do along the way. They also believe that they are ‘special’ people, and that they are the ones that have to make these things happen. When you have that mixture of narcissism, delusional (and hate-filled) ideology, and lack of ethical brakes on what you will and will not do, you have really, really destructive and dangerous people that cannot be trusted in the slightest, who will lie with impunity without the guilt that makes most people's lies overtly perceptible, and who will not stop until they are absolutely made to stop (e.g. Hitler).

This is like a prizefight to them. People like Romney can dance around the ring, throw quick jabs, score points with quick combinations etc., but unless they knockout them out, their ideological narcissistic leftist opponents just go back to their corner and put brass knuckles in their gloves, caustic resin on the outside of their gloves, have their minions put poison in their opponent's water bucket, and then start the next round with a blow below the belt, a headbutt, and a thumb in the eye. That's the way they play, and if you don't know this and have a plan for how to deal with it, you will not succeed.

30 posted on 05/18/2013 5:35:46 AM PDT by pieceofthepuzzle (Hil)
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To: i88schwartz

Any one know if Obozo can be recalled? Or is that impeachment?


31 posted on 05/18/2013 5:55:25 AM PDT by Pit1 (Obama is the big pile in the road.)
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To: bytesmith

Makes you wonder what is going on in his mind. It is obviously not true so Romney just makes this stuff up to sound nice. We don’t need any more of this false talk.


In the meantime Obama claims republicans want dirty air, dirty water and the lees fortunate to fend for themselves...


32 posted on 05/18/2013 5:59:48 AM PDT by Hotlanta Mike ("Governing a great natiorn is like cooking a small fish - too much handling will spoil it." Lao Tzu)
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To: Liz

And....This is the agency that will decide if you or your loved one qualifies for a transplant kidney or liver. So?....Do you think **that** won’t put a squash on political activism?

These people are evil.


33 posted on 05/18/2013 6:00:46 AM PDT by wintertime
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To: God luvs America

A man who failed to investigate obvious fraud does not deserve to be president.

I doubt we will ever again have a Republican president.


34 posted on 05/18/2013 6:02:20 AM PDT by wintertime
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To: Liz
Low information voters.

If the majority were not so susceptible to propaganda Obama would be limited to the "tribal vote", maybe 20%.

Obama won by putting together the tribal vote, the true believers, and the low information voters. The media, of course, were his propaganda megaphone.

It is sad what passes for democracy in the west today.

35 posted on 05/18/2013 6:06:44 AM PDT by Former Proud Canadian (Obamanomics-We don't need your stinking tar sands oil, we'll just grow algae.)
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To: God luvs America
except for the 1st debate when he crushed obama, did he really show any passion at all down the homestretch towards winning the election???

This is especially true in the third debate, on foreign policy, in which, if I remember correctly, he never even mentioned Benghazi despite millions of conservatives yelling into their TV sets for him to do so.

36 posted on 05/18/2013 6:10:45 AM PDT by Fiji Hill
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To: crosslink

Exactly my thoughts when I read about him last fall... I’m a network security guy. I too laughed when i found out that his expertise was in web dev. Lol.

Hey look at the pretty front end. Who cares about load balancing database capacity or system security.


37 posted on 05/18/2013 6:47:49 AM PDT by nhwingut (This tagline is for lease)
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To: iopscusa

Since 2000, I’ve worked with campaign staffers for GOP candidates...McCain, Romney, Bush in both Wisconsin and Colorado.
In Co, they were young, preppy looking lads with names like Cody and Matt.
Nice “kids”? You betcha. But showing up with a plan about how to actually win a state? Not a chance.
Frustrating that I knew way more than they did and I was just a volunteer.

How did these kids begin to quality for the positions of state “field directors” when they were not the slightest bit experienced or trained?
No organization and communication at all levels of the hierarchy was nonexistent. The weekly “conference calls” were a joke! Of course, with leaders like “The Bullet”, aka Steve Schmidt brought in to rescue a sinking McC. campaign...what can one expect?

McShame and Mittens. What was the GOP thinking? Two hand picked RINO non conservatives with no intent or ability to take the gloves off, do the hard work and prevent what should have been an easy defeat of the most dangerous president and force for evil that our country has ever known.

It should have been a walk for both of them. Their losses can be attributed in part to the dog and pony show imposed upon us by the ego driven, DC bubble insulated, Rove GOP establishment.
Thanks for nothin’ guys. Oh,and sorry but my contributions to the RNC are now being redirected to individual conservatives running for office. Or better yet, since many of them lie about their commitment to all things constitutional and are actually CINOS, I’m just going to send Ted Cruz a check and be done with it.


38 posted on 05/18/2013 6:49:09 AM PDT by Mountain Mary (Breitbart is here.)
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To: i88schwartz

So, starting with McCain, losers have credibility in the Republican Party.


39 posted on 05/18/2013 7:17:35 AM PDT by Arm_Bears (Refuse; Resist; Rebel; Revolt!)
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To: pieceofthepuzzle
Been trying to explain that to people since the later Nixon years. Too many times I have been told that we are above that, that we are better than tat.....

I say bull Shiite, schmoozing with a hyena only gets you eaten.

40 posted on 05/18/2013 7:37:33 AM PDT by going hot (Happiness is a momma deuce)
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To: God luvs America

Agree. He had the character, but not the fighting spirit needed in these times. We need Mr. West!


41 posted on 05/18/2013 7:49:52 AM PDT by SgtHooper (The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on the list.)
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To: i88schwartz
It may be for the best that Obama won. It's time for a political earthquake to shake up this entire government because in reality it is a rogue government, exceeding its powers and tyrannizing Americans.
42 posted on 05/18/2013 8:01:03 AM PDT by Crucial (Tolerance at the expense of equal treatment is the path to tyranny.)
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To: Mountain Mary
Now with electronic voting machine fraud and other forms of traditional fraud, a Republican will never again win a presidential election. And....They will never win a close election that has a recount. Look at the Mattheson win over Mia Love with 78 votes. I bet there was a lot of dead Indians voting on those Ute reservations.
43 posted on 05/18/2013 8:03:27 AM PDT by wintertime
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To: crosslink
I looked up ORCA system on Google. It has to do with high frequency radio signals.

So?...What happened?

Why was this important?

Was this involved in voting fraud and how?

44 posted on 05/18/2013 8:06:28 AM PDT by wintertime
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To: SueRae

Watch as IRS takes on Leno and ruins him— we have not seen the last of a political IRS used to enforce Progressive views and Democrat ideals as we march into the People’s Utopia! Soon we will all be forced to address each other as Comrade or Citizen.


45 posted on 05/18/2013 8:27:32 AM PDT by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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To: wintertime

Here you go.

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/11/08/Orca-How-the-Romney-Campaign-Suppressed-Its-Own-Vote

http://hillbuzz.org/scary-thought-did-project-orca-cost-romney-the-election-by-diverting-resources-to-failing-computer-program-11256

http://rightwingwackjob.blogspot.com/2012/11/orca-hacked-romney-lost-pure-and-simple.html?m=1


46 posted on 05/18/2013 9:28:26 AM PDT by crosslink (Moderates should play in the middle of a busy street)
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To: crosslink

Thank you very much.


47 posted on 05/18/2013 9:29:41 AM PDT by wintertime
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To: crosslink
I read the Breitbart article. Hm?......It seems that Romney is terminally naive.

Then after the election when massive fraud was plainly evident, he chose to willfully ignore evil. A man who will NOT face down evil, does not deserve to be president. SHAME on him.

48 posted on 05/18/2013 9:35:11 AM PDT by wintertime
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To: SgtHooper
. He had the character, but not the fighting spirit needed in these times.
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

What is character? I see it as the COURAGE to call evil by its name: EVIL.

It is the COURAGE to fight and protest the voter fraud that DISINFRANCHIED millions of honest voters.

Romney is a caricature! He is self interested in himself. He is NOT a man of character.

49 posted on 05/18/2013 9:39:22 AM PDT by wintertime
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To: God luvs America
"why? wasn’t it apparent to you??? it was to me..."

No I never got excited about that election. I did feel like Mickey Mouse could beat ZERO. Now with all the IRS stuff coming out it is clear now he stole the election.
I was a Herman Cain supporter and was very disappointed when he dropped out.

50 posted on 05/18/2013 9:40:17 AM PDT by DeaconRed (We sent congress to DC to handle our problems. They have done NOTHING. Time to march with pitch fks)
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