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With GOP nomination assured, Mitt Romney shifts to the center (The Etch a Sketch gets shaken)
The Hill ^ | May 3, 2012 | Andrew Bolton

Posted on 05/03/2012 12:46:26 PM PDT by C19fan

Mitt Romney is shifting to the center to attract important voting blocs that he may have alienated in the bruising Republican presidential primary.

Romney has recently sought to ingratiate himself with voters in industry-heavy Ohio, women, Hispanics and college students by softening his tone on a range of issues.

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1 posted on 05/03/2012 12:46:34 PM PDT by C19fan
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To: C19fan

Surprise, surprise: /s

“Here’s the situation they find themselves in. Policy is politics, and they have much ground to make up among first- and second-time voters, Hispanics, working-class whites, working-class women. They have to move away from the policy positions they felt they had to take to secure the 2008 nomination and the even more extreme positions they took to win the 2012 nomination,” said John Weaver, a political consultant who worked on Sen. John McCain’s (R-Ariz.) 2000 and 2008 presidential campaigns.

“I guess this is what an Etch A Sketch really looks like,” Weaver said, referring to a Romney staffer’s use of the children’s toy as a metaphor for the campaign’s pivot to the general election.


2 posted on 05/03/2012 12:50:35 PM PDT by Jim Robinson (Rebellion is on!!)
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To: C19fan
ABO voters responsible.

/johnny

3 posted on 05/03/2012 12:53:06 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: C19fan

In this case its not so much a move to the center as it is a move left. Left is where ORomney’s comfort zone is. Hey, he’s our despot though so that makes it all good.


4 posted on 05/03/2012 12:53:06 PM PDT by 556x45
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To: 556x45
Hey, he’s our despot though so that makes it all good.

Oh, HELL no. Not mine.

5 posted on 05/03/2012 12:57:04 PM PDT by ScottinVA (Buying Drain-O requires photo I.D... so should voting!)
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To: C19fan

6 posted on 05/03/2012 1:02:58 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: C19fan

**** romney!

LLS


7 posted on 05/03/2012 1:03:33 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer (Pray hard and often!)
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To: C19fan

Mitt 0bamney was never RIGHT of Center. He can only be moving decidedly to the LEFT.

How can an avowed Socialist (see RomneyCare, the biggest defeat for personal freedom ever) be considered right of center in any fashion?

Only because while he’s a leftist, he’s not quite as far left as 0bambi himself.

So here we are: 0bama the Communist, and Romney the Socialist madly running towards Communism himself.

Congratulations, GOP.


8 posted on 05/03/2012 1:08:21 PM PDT by Uncle Miltie (FOCUS ON FACTS: 0bamaCare Hated. Worst Recovery. Failed Stimulus. Worst Deficits.)
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To: C19fan

Considering how far left Romney is .... does the title mean that he is moving to right?

/sarc


9 posted on 05/03/2012 1:12:38 PM PDT by taxcontrol
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To: C19fan

Asking for Michael Bloomberg’s endorsement is not moving to “the center”, it is catering to the left..


10 posted on 05/03/2012 1:15:54 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: C19fan
By October, Romney will have effectively disassociated himself from conservatives and started adopting/promoting quasi-liberal policies. If elected, Romney will rapidly go hard left and the media will still be claiming that he's 'moving to the center'. Bottom line; we're screwed.
11 posted on 05/03/2012 1:17:35 PM PDT by Jim Scott
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To: 556x45

When did he ever move from center? These kinds of statements make me KNOW he’s on his own,and make me even more furious. Thanks, Republican Party for killing America!


12 posted on 05/03/2012 1:20:07 PM PDT by lu shissler
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To: Jim Robinson

So, whom do we vote for...write in?


13 posted on 05/03/2012 1:22:59 PM PDT by ironangel
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To: Jim Robinson

In 2008, voters were promised the moon and the stars by a single man, and they believed the he could give them exactly what he promised. When Obama got into office, the proper American political process stopped him dead in his tracks. We aren’t run by an autocrat (yet). The people who voted for him, realizing that the American political process is holding him captive, organized into groups spouting excuses such as, “Republicans are racist” and “we are the 99%.”

Well now we have a “Republican” who claims to be conservative lurching to the Left. Many people unfamiliar with politics voted for Romney in the primaries believing his toe-the-line Republican establishment garbage. Now that he’s moving to the left, those voters are likely regretting their decision.

The point here is this: Romney hasn’t won squat. He does not have a plurality of committed delegates, and the convention is still months away. Fact is, the delegates don’t want to commit to Romney. The Republican establishment and the MSM are deliberately whitewashing the Republican race to force Romney down our throats. During the convention, it is my belief that the delegates will not throw their support behind Romney, and by that time, Romney will be so far out in Left field that true conservatives will realize he’s a plant and dump him on the side of a road.

In my opinion this is good. Romney and the MSM are playing their cards WAY too early. Even Obama is on the attack, and Romney is simply the “presumptive” nominee. He’s not the nominee yet. Let them hang themselves. Obama will continue to attack and lambast, and when the convention comes around, Romney will be so radioactive that delegates will plead for a brokered convention.


14 posted on 05/03/2012 1:24:44 PM PDT by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: C19fan

If he were “shifting to the center”, he’d be moving rightward., it’s more accurate to say that he’s moving even more leftward than he was in the primaries.


15 posted on 05/03/2012 1:25:42 PM PDT by Graybeard58 (Romney vs. Obama? One of them has to lose, rejoice in that fact, whichever it is.)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER
Asking for Michael Bloomberg’s endorsement is not moving to “the center”, it is catering to the left..

All Romney is doing is pissing off more and more conservatives, and while some liberals may appreciate his stances, they'll still vote for the real thing, Obama. So moving towards the left is a net loser for Romney. This is why GOP moderates, like Dole and McCain always lose.

16 posted on 05/03/2012 1:26:35 PM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: ironangel

I’m partial to Palin. Newt will do in a pinch.


17 posted on 05/03/2012 1:28:10 PM PDT by Jim Robinson (Rebellion is on!!)
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To: C19fan

It doesn’t surprise me that this turd would slide further down into the bowl. I just wish we could flush him and be done with him. He’s going to turn out to be in the poop water with his twin Obama.

God help us we are screwed.


18 posted on 05/03/2012 1:32:07 PM PDT by Jack Burton007 (This is Jack Burton in the Pork Chop Express, and I'm talkin' to whoever's listenin' out there.)
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To: C19fan
Mitt Romney is shifting to the center

From the left? This would be an improvement.

19 posted on 05/03/2012 1:32:19 PM PDT by Thane_Banquo (Support hate crime laws: Because some victims are more equal than others.)
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To: Jim Robinson
I’m partial to Palin. Newt will do in a pinch.

Neither is going to get the nomination....Write in = Obama for another 4 years!

20 posted on 05/03/2012 1:32:30 PM PDT by ironangel
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To: ironangel

Vote for Romney = Obama for another 4 years!


21 posted on 05/03/2012 1:33:22 PM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: ironangel

Well, I sure as hell will not vote for an abortionist/socialist.


22 posted on 05/03/2012 1:37:35 PM PDT by Jim Robinson (Rebellion is on!!)
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To: Uncle Miltie

They want to move us in Athiestic-Socialist Europe direction, where both parties are left of center, one radical the other statist/corporatist (basically the want to make the Republicans like the Democrats) and the Democrats like full blown marxists.


23 posted on 05/03/2012 1:39:15 PM PDT by JSDude1
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To: ironangel

Voting for evil is not a plus under any circumstances I know of.

Romney is a self-professed PROGRESSIVE who has denied being a Reagan man, or a conservative.

I pray the Christian Right votes with a conscience and writes in, or uses whatever “out” God gives on the ballot, and then trust God for the rest.

The GOPE will pass everything Romney the PROGRESSIVE puts up. Obama puts up the same and the GOPE will kill it dead.

OBAMA HAS ALREADY PUT UP THE SAME THING AS ROMNEY, BUT ROMNEY DID IT FIRST!

Rationalize that.


24 posted on 05/03/2012 1:48:30 PM PDT by RitaOK (Nevermind, Newt. Forget the convention. I'm trusting God for the rest.)
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To: C19fan
With GOP nomination assured, Mitt Romney shifts to the center

I'd just like to renew the call to NOT vote for this statist. If he is elected, the media will immediately attach "GOP" to EVERY failure of his or Obama's policies. Every increase in the unemployment number will be tagged "Romney's fault", even on Day 1.

Obama and Romney want to go to the same place. Let it happen on Obama's watch, so we can get the civil war over with and get back to a Constitutional order. Vote 3rd party if your conscience so desires, but don't vote for Romney. He needs to go down in Mondale-style defeat.

25 posted on 05/03/2012 1:49:05 PM PDT by backwoods-engineer (I will vote against ANY presidential candidate who had non-citizen parents.)
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To: Jim Robinson
In real politics there is no center.

There is only the Right, the Left and the Left More Slowly.

~OR~ as Ayn Rand put it -

In any compromise between good and evil, it is only evil that can profit.
26 posted on 05/03/2012 2:14:21 PM PDT by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: ironangel
I live in a swing state so this matters. Romney was not my guy but it is what it is. This country will never survive another four years of the Obama administration. A write in is a vote for Obama no matter how you try to pretty it up.
27 posted on 05/03/2012 2:19:01 PM PDT by ladyvet ( I would rather have Incitatus then the asses that are in congress today.)
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To: backwoods-engineer

I am honored to be the nominee of the Constitution Party for the 2012 election. I offer a real difference from Romney and Obama. I want a balanced budget sooner and not five to ten years in the future. I favor measures that will secure our borders and end illegal immigration and reduce legal immigration. Unlike Obama and Romney, I have called for an almost complete moratorium for green card admissions into this Country while our unemployment rate is so high. Both Obama and Romney have run from taking this much needed step. Last year there were approximately 1.2 million green card entrants into this country. Over 2/3 of that number were working age individuals flooding into the job market when jobs in the United States should go to American citizens first. Obama favors comprehensive immigration reform, which is just a fancy name for amnesty for illegals. Romney needs to strongly support Arizona, Alabama and other states who are fighting the invasion of illegals. Obama, of course, has his Attorney General opposing the statutes of Arizona and Alabama. My views of totally ending illegal immigration and reducing legal immigration are needed if America is to be saved. Both Obama and Romney are weak in this area in my opinion. Both Obama and Romney are gouging huge amounts of campaign funds from PAC’s and big dollar donors. I am not taking any PAC donations, and am also limiting individual donations to $200 per person. It is time for grass roots America to have standing in our Government. I favor the many over the special few.


28 posted on 05/03/2012 2:23:46 PM PDT by W. W. SMITH (Maybe the horse will learn to sing)
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To: C19fan
Tricky Dicky himself said you run to the right to win the nomination, and you run to the left to win the election.

Look how well that worked out for us.

29 posted on 05/03/2012 2:24:33 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Government is the religion of the sociopath.)
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To: W. W. SMITH

sorry I did not include his name

....................Virgil Goode.....................


30 posted on 05/03/2012 2:25:31 PM PDT by W. W. SMITH (Maybe the horse will learn to sing)
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To: C19fan; All
Newt Gingrich is on Hannity.

Newt just said he will do everything in his power to help elect Romney.

I do not always agree with Newt, but -—

This time NEWT IS RIGHT!

Those who refuse to accept Romney, under any conditions, are only going to guarantee the destruction of our country.

Please get over yourselves.

I am anti-Obama to the core, and that means that I have no choice but to vote for Romney.

31 posted on 05/03/2012 2:26:58 PM PDT by Kansas58
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To: Kansas58
Please get over yourselves

Amen

32 posted on 05/03/2012 2:30:17 PM PDT by Hegewisch Dupa
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To: shibumi
Ayn Rand: In any compromise between good and evil, it is only evil that can profit.

Another way of saying a deal with the devil is always a losing proposition.

Desperate conservatives are willing to make a deal with the devil, Romney, to avoid risking four more years of Obama. Many of us have loyally been voting Republican for years in order to vote against the very things Romney's record shows that he has advocated: state-run medicine, global warming regulation, abortion on demand, forced enablement of open homosexuality in our culture, and using liberal activist judges to distort law. This is a point where voting for the Republican would be voting against my own moral and fiscal interests.

I'll be voting third party if it's O vs R, let the chips fall where they may. It's the only sensible choice.

33 posted on 05/03/2012 2:30:58 PM PDT by Finny ("Raise hell. Vote smart." -- Ted Nugent * By the way, Ted, voting for Romney is voting stupid.)
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To: Kansas58
Yes, Newt is right. Wasn't Newt the guy we were suppose to like and now that he's supporting the guy we were suppose to not like do we still like Newt?
34 posted on 05/03/2012 2:36:02 PM PDT by ladyvet ( I would rather have Incitatus then the asses that are in congress today.)
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To: ironangel
So, whom do we vote for...write in?

Every election cycle the GOP feels the need to attract voters left of center, so the candidates move left of center to get the "independent - moderate" vote.

The independents do nothing for the GOP, yet get catered to in the hopes of attracting their vote.

Meanwhile, conservatives, who actively support the GOP get the middle finger because the GOP knows we are going to hold our noses and vote for the GOP candidate.

As long as they know they have you in a corner, with no where to go, you are going to continue to get crapped on.

I'm done with the silly game. Henceforth, if they want my vote, the GOP can earn it.

35 posted on 05/03/2012 2:45:52 PM PDT by CharacterCounts (A vote for the lesser of two evils only insures the triumph of evil.)
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Bubububububbubut we have to vote for Romney because not doing so is a vote for Obama!

What the “vote for Romney or else you’re voting for Obama” crowd on here doesn’t to get is just how stupid they really sound.

Let’s see. You’re asking us to vote for one pro-abortion, pro-gay agenda, anti-gun, pro-government run health care, tax raising, pro-amnesty, pro-”progressive” taxation, anti-religious liberty, pro-big government progressive over another pro-abortion, pro-gay agenda, anti-gun, pro-government run health care, tax raising, pro-amnesty, pro-”progressive” taxation, anti-religious liberty, pro-big government progressive? As if it made a bit of difference?

And even the “yeah, well...” arguments don’t wash, because when you get right down to it, we don’t REALLY know that Romney loves America, that he won’t make use of czars and gov’t-expanding executive orders, or that he won’t be just as willing to use the FedGov to creep into every area of our lives as Obama is. We really don’t know these, but given that Romney seems to have the same proclivities in other areas as Obama has, there’s no really good, rational reason to think he won’t act like Obama on these, as well.

Face it, people - there is no really good reason to vote for Romney over Obama. Why not vote for an actual conservative?


36 posted on 05/03/2012 2:45:52 PM PDT by Yashcheritsiy (Anybody but Obama and Romney)
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To: ladyvet
Wasn't Newt the guy we were suppose to like and now that he's supporting the guy we were suppose to not like do we still like Newt?

Like Newt? Yes.

Agree with him, or find his endorsement a reason to vote for Romney? No.

37 posted on 05/03/2012 2:48:23 PM PDT by Yashcheritsiy (Anybody but Obama and Romney)
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To: Kansas58
Those who refuse to accept Romney, under any conditions, are only going to guarantee the destruction of our country.

Those that refuse to see the light, refuse to take the blinders off, and keep voting for the system in place only guarantee that the destruction of our country, caused by both parties, will continue.

38 posted on 05/03/2012 2:54:39 PM PDT by CharacterCounts (A vote for the lesser of two evils only insures the triumph of evil.)
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To: C19fan
As I have explained so many times THERE IS NO MIDDLE ~ it is, in fact, an impossible situation.

In a system with single member districts and first past the pole winner take all voting you end up with exactly TWO PARTIES every single time.

It takes 50%+1 vote to win. A winning coalition that can get that vote will pop into existence within 2 or 3 elections. A competing coalition that seeks to challenge the current winners will also pop up ~ made up of all the folks left out of the winning coalition.

There is no middle made up of people who have no social or political relationships whatsoever who will bother to vote.

We already know Romney is a loser with no backing from the Republican party rank and file; don't tell me he's totally ignorant of electoral theory ~ LBJ used this knowledge to wipe out Goldwater, and Barry is the guy who propounded the thesis first!

Nixon did it to the Democrats twice. As did Ronald Reagan, then Bill Clinton and then George Bush.

If the Romney crowd actually believe that "broad middle" nonsense their boy could go down for the worst loss in American history.

39 posted on 05/03/2012 3:08:31 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: ladyvet
Romney hasn't clinched the nomination. He can drop out too.

We are not giving up, and if he's doing Reacharounds with Bloomberg the gun runner (caught red handed in Virginia breaking our laws), he shows a total inability to connect with Americans.

40 posted on 05/03/2012 3:14:02 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Whatever Nixon said the record shows he held the party base and peeled off a faction from the Democrats.


41 posted on 05/03/2012 3:15:18 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Kansas58
He hasn't wrapped up enough delegates, and he could always drop out at any time.

There's precedent for that.

Romney is not wanted; never will be; and even he can't pretend for very long that he is.

Guy doesn't even know any real Republicans ~ people can sense that in him.

This is a race to the bottom with Obama on one side and Romney the loser on the other side. Could be the lowest voter turnout for Presidential votes in the last century.

42 posted on 05/03/2012 3:17:42 PM PDT by muawiyah
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WE ARE SO SCREWED!


43 posted on 05/03/2012 3:19:43 PM PDT by yield 2 the right ( Space blank until I come up with a nice Tagline.)
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To: ladyvet

Newt got paid $4 million to say that.


44 posted on 05/03/2012 3:23:11 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: ladyvet

“Supposed to” according to whom? All of the Republican elites and most of the mainstream conservative media (MSCM?) said were supposed to like Romney.

Liking a candidate doesn’t mean you agree with 100% of what they say. Newt was someone any conservative could agree with at least 90% of the time. His endorsement of Romney is part of the 10% where we might not agree with him.


45 posted on 05/03/2012 3:24:51 PM PDT by JediJones (From the makers of Romney, Bloomberg/Schwarzenegger 2016. Because the GOP can never go too far left.)
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To: muawiyah

The maximum contribution allowed by law per election to a Federal candidate is $2,500.


46 posted on 05/03/2012 3:27:05 PM PDT by JediJones (From the makers of Romney, Bloomberg/Schwarzenegger 2016. Because the GOP can never go too far left.)
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To: C19fan

“Mitt Romney shifts to the center (The Etch a Sketch gets shaken)”

And the RINO Renaissance speeds toward the left....


47 posted on 05/03/2012 3:29:20 PM PDT by GenXteacher (You have chosen dishonor to avoid war; you shall have war also.)
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To: muawiyah
Newt got paid $4 million to say that.

Okay, I'll bite...who paid and why?

48 posted on 05/03/2012 3:32:18 PM PDT by ladyvet ( I would rather have Incitatus then the asses that are in congress today.)
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To: ladyvet

http://economy.money.cnn.com/2012/05/03/gop-candidates-rack-up-debt/


49 posted on 05/03/2012 3:40:22 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: muawiyah
Thanks, so Newt is just another business as usual kind of politician like all the rest.
50 posted on 05/03/2012 3:51:01 PM PDT by ladyvet ( I would rather have Incitatus then the asses that are in congress today.)
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