Skip to comments.EXCLUSIVE: Romney 'Repudiates' Conservative Group's Planned Rev. Wright Attacks
Posted on 05/17/2012 2:29:46 PM PDT by KeyLargo
May 17, 2012
EXCLUSIVE: Romney 'Repudiates' Conservative Group's Planned Rev. Wright Attacks By Guy Benson 5/17/2012
In an exclusive interview with Townhall, presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney rebuked a conservative group that is reportedly planning to assail President Obama over his 20-year relationship with controversial Chicago pastor Rev. Jeremiah Wright:
"I repudiate the effort by that PAC to promote an ad strategy of the nature they've described. I would like to see this campaign focus on the economy, on getting people back to work, on seeing rising incomes and growing prosperity -- particularly for those in the middle class of America. And I think what we've seen so far from the Obama campaign is a campaign of character assassination. I hope that isn't the course of this campaign. So in regards to that PAC, I repudiate what they're thinking about ... It's interesting that we're talking about some Republican PAC that wants to go after the president [on Wright]; I hope people also are looking at what he's doing, and saying 'why is he running an attack campaign? Why isn't he talking about his record?'"
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The Bishop is hardly in the position to get into a fight over religion.
Romney is positioning to take a “dive” in this election..
Like Juan McLAim did..
Well, good for him - now that PAC needs to double down & start running the ad!
But I’m quite sure the fix is in & nothing of the sort will happen...
Flop on, flop horse.
I actually think it might be smart strategy to not get into this again. The election is on the economy. Carville’s 1992 line.
The media and public will actually use this to get OFF the economy if it becomes a “thing” again.
The right or wrong of the matter is beside the point.
The wishy washy middle aren’t looking at this stuff, no matter how much they should.
He gets the benefit of everyone seeing the ads while looking above it all.
Its called politics folks.
“I will not make an issue of my opponent beating his wife.”
After watching THe Five and listening to some of what Hannity said, seems like our side is once again twisting themselves into pretzels to give BO and the dems the benefit of the doubt. The Five saying Rev Wright and Bill Ayers should not be talked about. It’s like it’s 2008 all over again. BO and Axelrod must be laughing their asses off and high 5ing at our side’s niceness. If BO had something of this magnitude on Romney, it would be run without hesitation.
Mitt’s taking a dive. Just like Juan.
The older I get the more I know that the system is fixed. Voting means shart. Mitt is gonna piss this election away by not going for the obamy jugular. Not only should he hammer away at the Rev. Wright deal, he should pile on with all the other crap obamy has pulled. This shouldn’t even be close but the REAL people who run this thing have other plans. We are so screwed.
Romney looks good making a big deal out of distancing himself from this but one has to wonder if Mitt is going to give Obama a pass on just about everything except the economy. This is hardball presidential politics and while the economy is certainly a major issue and the one to focus on, Romney better be prepared to be beaten up pretty good by Obama surrogates and if his Mormon religion comes into play, as it probably will, he may have to rethink his stand of keeping Obama's association with the radical reverend off the table.
It appears that the PAC is worried that Mayor Rham will pull their funding for the upcoming work at Chicago Wrigley Field and are now backing away from the proposal.
Thursday, May 17, 2012
Cubs’ Ricketts decries proposal
By Jon Greenberg
CHICAGO — Chicago Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts issued a statement Thursday condemned “racially divisive issues” following an article in The New York Times, which detailed a proposal by his father’s “super PAC” to challenge President Obama’s re-election campaign because of his relationship with controversial Rev. Jeremiah Wright, among other things.
“As chairman of the Chicago Cubs, I repudiate any return to racially divisive issues in this year’s presidential campaign or in any setting — like my father has,” Tom Ricketts said in a statement released by his spokesman Dennis Culloton.
“My focus is on one of the great American pastimes, baseball. And our team and every other Major League Baseball team are great examples of people of diverse backgrounds working together towards a common goal. I shall have no further comment on this or any other election year political issue. My full-time focus is on making the Chicago Cubs a World Series champion, preserving Wrigley Field and making the Chicago Cubs a great corporate citizen.”
The Cubs are currently working with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Pres. Obama’s former chief of staff, and the state of Illinois to craft a public/private financing plan to renovate Wrigley Field.
This is the kind of nonsense that lost the election in ‘08.
First of all, why go through this again. It did not work the first time.
First of all, why go through this again. It did not work the first time.
Some polls show Mittsie leading, but he’s trying his best to lose the election and is too stupid(not enough of a conservative) to know it.
Is it too late to replace this lame brain?
Yikes... Tell me this liberal loser scumbag Romney wants to run an “honorable” campaign... Is this for real?
Pray for America.
Right now Obama is imploding on his own. Keep your powder dry.
mccain, part two.
The Rev'rund is not worth spending time and creativity on in a campaign commercial....and the humongous expense of running it on TV is asinine, fruitless and probably counter-productive.
Wright is soooo yesterday, and his big yap is soooo uncool. Why build this radical creep up over and over again???
He belongs on the ash heap of fringe nutcases....and congratulations to the Romney campaign strategeriests (GWB's word, not mine, LOL)) for disavowing the ad. Both the commercial and the commie clergyman should be relegated to the landfill adjacent to some alligator swamp.
"It is time for us to screw every single
decent conservative American, again.
They had better find a way! This is the first time in 77 years I won’t be voting, and his listening to that Oh Johnny(who loves everyone) McPainful really clinched it for me. I have turned off TV until January.
O’Bilderberger or O’Bama! What’s the difference!
Quit actually thinking. It’s time to quit.
Agreed. Admittedly, Mitt’s in an uncomfortable board position on this issue. On the one hand, Wright should have been a major focus during the 2008 election. His “theology” is reprehensible and Obama’s association with Marxism and Black Liberation should have been fully explored then.
On the other hand, Mitt’s Mormonism WILL be a major focus during this election cycle, and every skeleton in the LDS closet, every questionable tenet of the religion, everything and anything that the MSM can use to stir up controversy will be splashed everywhere as luridly and as contemptibly as they can possibly get it to stick.
That being the case, he seems to feel he can’t come out in the open and start taking potshots at Wright because that would just give the MSM an opening to start stirring up anti-Mormon sentiment.
However the PAC can do it, even if Mitt tells them he doesn’t want them to. After all, they are not under his “control.”
This is the same sneaky trick he used against Perry during the primaries. He gets his cake, eats it too, and there’s not a damn thing the MSM or Obama can do about it.
How effective it’s going to be as a tactic, is another question.
No doubt he’s going to be doing some very careful polling on this issue. He’s prepared to take some hits on his Mormonism because he knows he’s going to get those regardless of what he does, so it may be worth it if it inflicts some substantial damage on Obama.
Overall, I’d have to say I don’t like it, and I don’t think Conservatives are going to like being reminded of how dirty Mitt fights this early in the game. Their support for his candidacy is still reluctant and tentative.
He should be going after the Wright/Obama connection in a forthright, unequivocal and no-holds-barred manner. Wright’s anti-Americanism makes him a legitimate target.
Mormons, on the other hand, are generally well respected as honest, patriotic, hardworking, family-oriented men and women with good business sense — who happen to have some weird beliefs. So what? Every religion seems weird to members of other religions.
It would be better to fight this battle openly and honestly.
He looks like he’s sitting on the pot grunting.
Mittack 0bamney is getting in touch with his inner McLame.
I do not agree with that. Romney desperately wants to win this election. His father was a failed presidential candidate and Mitt himself has had a less than stellar political career himself. This is his last chance to redeem himself (and his father) and I think he will eventually take off the gloves and pull out all the stops if necessary.
So why is Mitt so quiet lately? Well there is an old saying that goes along the lines of "Never interfere with the enemy when he is destroying himself."
Right now, Obama is on an epic losing streak and he continues to dig himself deeper into a hole he may never climb out of.
“if it didn’t resonate with voters in 2008 and the media tried to smother the story (but couldn’t), it has little chance of impacting anyone’s vote now, 4 years later.”
I’m not saying it’ll work, but one of the major reasons it didn’t resonate is that McCain deliberately ran the other way from it. Surely the MSM couldn’t keep the names Ayers and Wright out of everyone’s mouths, especially on talk radio and the internet which they cannot yet monopolize.
But it’s not as if just because you heard of them by the second on FR that they were household names. I’m sure Joe American Idol and Jane Dancing with the Stars can’t tell them apart from John Boehner or Joe Biden. And who can blame them, instead of me for fiddling while Washington burns? Politics is really, really, really boring.
Some polls show Mittsie leading, but hes trying his best to lose the election and is too stupid(not enough of a conservative) to know it.
All RINO candidates use the same play book.
I might have though he was taking a dive a week ago....but after Obama’s stupid catering to 1% of the population, he’s now given the momentum to Romney, big time.
And if anything, now Obama is imploding.....so right now the best thing to do is stay out of the way.
I didn’t think it is possible, but Romney is a bigger pansy than McCain.
“This is the first time in 77 years I wont be voting”
Wait a minute, what are you, 95 or over? In that case you can feel free to let whoever take the office, as you probably wouldn’t be around for the whole term.
I totally agree. This is just another distraction and probably planned by Obama to get the black vote fired up.
Romney is smart to stay out of this fight and concentrate on important issues.
That’s where he’ll win.
Just shut the hell up and let others do the talking. What a jackass!
That’s actually a pretty clever move. The super PAC attacks Wright and Romney gets to say above the fray.
“He should be going after the Wright/Obama connection in a forthright, unequivocal and no-holds-barred manner. Wrights anti-Americanism makes him a legitimate target.”
But Obama already turned away SUCCESSFULLY from Wright.
Obama is personally well liked.
For Romney to get personal with a well liked person, over a settled topic, is politically stupid.
We got people here saying they won’t vote for Romney, but full of advice for how to win elections.
It may be a strategy to keep his Mormonism out of the limelight. Maybe he’s afraid that some of Joseph Smith’s and Brigham Young’s words and writings will be brought up in campaign ads.
Just don’t let it happen again. :)
Romney has been horrible to his fellow Repubs, but perish the thought of attacking a real evil visited upon our nation.
I want Newt! I want Sarah! I do not want this GOP-E WUSS.
What a crock. Mormonism is known as a sick, perverted cult founded in the mid 1800s by guys who threw out the bible and "marriage as one man, one woman, for thousands of years" and started marrying women and 14 year old girls by the dozens, who hated Christianity and America, and then went into deep cover after gaining an entire state as their base.
The more elite men such as GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney are expected to become a God, in the future, Romney joins the countless Mormon Gods who will rule over all Americans, all humans, all the Catholic Popes and Christian preachers will be born again as Mormons and will worship Mitt Romney or one of his fellow Mormon Gods, because all Americans will be baptized into Mormonism after death instead of joining our Christian God in heaven, at least, according to the teachings of the Mormon leader and Bishop, who is the republican presidential nominee.
When Obama reveals that Mitt got approval from a holy Prophet to run for president, and that his campaign and the Mormon cult are teamed together, as the people can see as they watch the coordinated Mormon recruiting efforts on their TVs, right next to Bishop Romney's presidential campaign ads.
More people may find that much more intriguing, and enduringly fascinating than a political story that ended back in 2008, and is a years outdated association between a black guy sitting in a pew, and a rabid Protestant, black, Christian preacher.
Just like almost every other conservative issue, Romney cannot really speak out effectively or with moral authroity.
I know... Believe me, I know...
Last great act of defiance and all that. Go down with the sinking ship, etc., etc., etc...
Mitt is not my favored candidate. He was pretty much last on my list. I don't like him, I will probably NEVER like him, and if I had the chance, I would probably kick him in the nuts just for general principles. BUT despite his flaws, he's still infinitely preferable to another four years of Obama.
So, yes, I am going to campaign for Mitt. Yes, I am going to support him in every way I can. Yes, I am going to follow his campaign and comment on issues and tactics, most especially on how they impact Conservatives and Independents because those two groups are going to determine whether there will BE a United States of America in another four years time.
This election is IT. If we lose this time around, if Obama has a chance to stuff the Supreme Court with another two or three Liberal judges, if he is allowed to continue trampling the Constitution, there will be no way we can return to the Republic of our Founders save war.
Time to wake up and smell the coffee, Postem or Sanka.
Now, on Wright, I tend to disagree. I also disagree that he is well-liked. He was in 2008, but I think a lot of Americans have seen through his BS by now. He's not nearly as popular as he used to be and a lot of his support is mere lip service. We shall see.
Playing in the gutter is Obama’s turf. HE would love to make the election about everything but the economy and the budget disaster.
The only thing conservatives should talk about is jobs, jobs, josb snf then jobs.
Everything else is noise.
>> We got people here saying they wont vote for Romney, but full of advice for how to win elections <<
Agreed that at first glance, it does seem awfully ironic.
But let’s look at it this way:
If you really hate Romney so much that you actually want Big Ø to win — which seems to describe a handful of FReepers — then presumably you want to give Romney bad advice in order to help him lose!
Therefore, I gotta think it’s perfectly understandable that somebody with “Romney Derangement Syndrome” would say Romney should personally hammer away like crazy on the Rev. Wright connection.