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  • US Gives Intelligence To Assad For Targetting Isis Commanders

    08/23/2014 9:10:15 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 114 replies
    IBTimes Co., Ltd. ^ | August 23, 2014 15:58 BST | Tom Porter
    Western intelligence agencies have been assisting the Syrian government of Bashar al Assad fight militants of Isis (now called the 'Islamic State'), by providing details on the location of militant leaders for targeted air strikes. The information was passed to Assad's government by German intelligence service Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND), which acted as an intermediary, a source told the Independent... In recent weeks, Syrian forces have launched a series of airstrikes against Islamic State commanders and headquarters, as they battle to halt the advance of jihadist forces from their stronghold in the east of the country. The Assad regime has been accused...
  • Who Said It? Some Amazing Flip-Flops on Same-Sex Marriage

    07/27/2014 7:32:01 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 27, 2014 | Michael Brown
    Are you ready to take a little test? I’m going to ask a series of short, informational questions followed by one philosophical question, so the test is in two parts. Part One: Informational Who said this and when did he or she say it? Quote: “I remain opposed to same-sex marriage. I believe marriage is an institution for the union of a man and a woman. This has been my long-standing position, and it is not being reviewed or reconsidered.” Answer: That was former President Bill Clinton in an interview with the flagship gay publication The Advocate in 1996. Quote:...
  • Kennedys honor George H.W. Bush's ‘read my lips’ flip-flop with Profile of Courage award

    03/29/2014 4:42:33 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 25 replies
    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS ^ | Friday, March 28, 2014 | Leslie Larson
    Kennedys honor George H.W. Bush's ‘read my lips’ flip-flop with Profile of Courage award The Kennedy foundation is praising George H.W. Bush for risking “his reputation and ultimately his political career by forging an important compromise on the budget in 1990.” Jack Schlossberg, President Kennedy’s grandson and a Yale University student, will present the award to Bush at a ceremony in May. George H.W. Bush’s epic “read my lips: no new taxes” promise cost him a second White House term, but it’s earning him a 2014 Profile in Courage award from the Kennedy clan. Despite his fervent pledge against a...
  • Condi Rice Blasts Obama on Weakness, Leadership

    03/27/2014 2:38:36 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 10 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | March 27, 2014 | Steven F. Hayes
    Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice accused Barack Obama of dramatically weakening the United States' position in the world, drawing a straight line between Obama’s ever-yielding foreign policy and the increasing troubles around the world.
  • Condi Rice Blasts Obama on Weakness, Leadership

    03/27/2014 12:57:31 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 27 replies
    weeklystandard.com ^ | 3/27/14 | STEPHEN F. HAYES
    Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice accused Barack Obama of dramatically weakening the United States' position in the world, drawing a straight line between Obama’s ever-yielding foreign policy and the increasing troubles around the world. Rice “Right now, there’s a vacuum,” she told a crowd of more than two thousand attending the National Republican Congressional Committee’s annual dinner last night in Washington, D.C. “There’s a vacuum because we’ve decided to lower our voice. We’ve decided to step back. We’ve decided that if we step back and lower our voice, others will lead, other things will fill that vacuum.” Citing Bashar...
  • Crist: ObamaCare has been ‘great’

    03/09/2014 11:53:59 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 44 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 9, 2014 | Keith Laing
    Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist (D) said Sunday that President Obama’s controversial healthcare law has been “great” for residents of his state. Crist has sharply criticized the healthcare law in the past. But the former Republican governor and 2008 GOP vice-presidential short-lister is running for his old post this year as a Democrat this year. Crist said during an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union” that he would have no problem running on the healthcare bill, which is known colloquially as ObamaCare, as he seeks to regain his former office. “I don’t think so at all,” Crist said when...
  • The Austerity Flip-Flop (Krugman)

    01/05/2014 3:13:53 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Marginal Revolution ^ | January 5, 2014 at 7:07 am | Alex Tabarrok
    On April 28, 2013 Paul Krugman clearly said that 2013 was a test of market monetarism:But as Mike Konczal points out, we are in effect getting a test of the market monetarist view right now, with the Fed having adopted more expansionary policies even as fiscal policy tightens.Yesterday (Jan 4, 2014) however, Paul Krugman, said:…I don’t take seriously the claims of market monetarists that the failure of growth to collapse in 2013 somehow showed that fiscal policy doesn’t matter. …
  • Former Fla. Gov. Charlie Crist Apologizes for Backing State's Ban on Gay Marriage

    01/03/2014 6:46:18 PM PST · by massmike · 36 replies
    christianpost.com ^ | 01/03/2014 | KATHERINE WEBER
    Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist recently issued an apology for backing the state's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage in 2008. Crist said in a recent interview with the Orlando-based LGBT publication Watermark Online that he regrets backing Florida's constitutional Amendment 2, which was approved by nearly 62 percent of voters in 2008 and defines marriage as being exclusively for one man and one woman. "I'm sorry I did that. It was a mistake. I was wrong. Please forgive me," Crist told the publication. "I made a mistake. I'm not perfect … That's the journey I'm on … and I'm still...
  • 'Lie of the Year' -- Aided

    12/19/2013 9:58:58 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 19, 2013 | Larry Elder
    PolitiFact has awarded their "Lie of the Year" to President Barack Obama for his promise that "if you like your health care plan, you can keep it." PolitiFact, a feature of the Tampa Bay Times, purports to rate the truthfulness of statements/assertions made by politicians. The accurate are rated "true," then slide down the scale to "mostly true," 'half true," "mostly false" and "false." The biggest "lies" -- the most egregious -- are awarded, as PolitiFact puts it, a "Pants on Fire!" rating. (Full disclosure: As I recently wrote, PunditFact, its sister feature, recently gave me an undeserved "mostly false.")...
  • [100% of] Senate Dems Up for Re-Election in 2014 to Back Delay of Obamacare Enrollment Deadline

    10/23/2013 3:43:20 PM PDT · by grundle · 56 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | October 23, 2013 | Matthew Boyle
    On Wednesday, CNN’s Dana Bash tweeted that all Senate Democrats up for re-election in 2014 will reportedly support a delay of Obamacare’s enrollment deadline. The Democrats' push comes shortly after Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) recently launched a crusade against Obamacare. Cruz’s efforts and those of Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) showed the American people the president and Senate Democrats were unwilling to compromise on Obamacare, and the Democrats’ stubbornness resulted in a temporary partial government shutdown and a short-lived debt crisis scare.
  • Obama's Bait-and-Switch on Syria

    09/18/2013 4:05:00 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 18, 2013 | Jonah Goldberg
    Chemical weapons are evil, but you could also say they're a curse. They have a talismanic power to bend and distort U.S. foreign policy. You can ask George W. Bush or Barack Obama. In 2003, then-Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz gave a lengthy interview to Vanity Fair that caused a huge uproar, largely because the magazine shamefully distorted what he was trying to say. Wolfowitz explained that within the Bush administration there were a lot of arguments for why we should invade Iraq. Some had to do with the fact that Saddam Hussein was a state supporter of terrorism. Some...
  • Obama on Syria vs. Obama on Iraq

    09/05/2013 8:42:36 AM PDT · by SJackson · 6 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | September 5, 2013 | Larry Elder
    Sen. Barack Obama snatched the 2008 democratic nomination from Sen. Hillary Clinton for many reasons, none more important than Obama’s opposition to the Iraq War. All of Obama’s major opponents — Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn., then-Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., former Sen. John Edwards, D-N.C. and then-Sen. Clinton, D-N.Y. — had voted for authorization for war. Obama, then an Illinois state senator and a candidate for the U.S. Senate gave a speech in October 2002. He called it “a rash war… based not on reason but on passion, not on principle but on politics.” Sen. Obama pre-emptively criticized President George W....
  • Ann Coulter flip-flops: N.J. Gov. Chris Christie’s ‘dead’ to me

    06/30/2013 8:32:47 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 29 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Friday, June 28, 2013 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    Ann Coulter flip-flops: N.J. Gov. Chris Christie’s ‘dead’ to me Conservative firebrand and best-selling author Ann Coulter has changed her tune and flip-flopped on her support for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. In a Thursday tweet, she wrote: “@GovChristie’s dead to me.” The tweet came on the heels of Republican Sen. Jeffrey Chiesa’s vote to end debate on the immigration reform bill. Mr. Chiesa was appointed to the seat by Mr. Christie after Sen. Frank Lautenberg died. At the tail of her tweet, Ms. Coulter also added: “Jeffrey S. Chiesa R NJ votes ‘Aye’ on Amnesty bill.” The denouncement is...
  • New wave crashes down on Rubio after Palin’s ‘flip-flop’ tweet

    06/24/2013 11:17:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 65 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | June 24, 2013 | Tom Tillison
    U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio understood he was taking considerable risk by putting his name on the immigration reform bill currently being crafted by the so-called “Gang of Eight.” He expected to alienate some conservatives, but did he anticipate Sarah Palin to be among them? The former Republican governor of Alaska took to Twitter on Sunday to call Rubio out for his “flip-flop” on immigration reform. Sarah Palin ✔ @SarahPalinUSA Politicians wonder why we can't trust them? Campaign flip-flops like this and carve-out bribes in the Amnesty... http://fb.me/2IsL1uspC 11:30 AM - 23 Jun 2013 497 Retweets 143 favorites As noted by...
  • Obama Shoots Hoops with Reggie Love

    04/14/2013 3:13:18 PM PDT · by opentalk · 58 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | April 14, 2013 | Daniel Halper
    Just weeks after going 2 for 22 on the basketball court, President Barack Obama went to shoot hoops again -- but this time there were no camers allowed. He was joined by his former aide Reggie Love,who played basketball for Duke. Here are today´s pool report: Sunday morning hoops -POTUS,wearing baseball cap and casual clothes,trotted down north steps of WH to waiting motorcade at 9:24 am. Arrived at FBI for basketball 9:30 am.… Potus sighted trotting up steps of North Portico, accompanied by another tall man, but WH not revealing identity of hoops companions. .. As he reentered WH after...
  • The Great Republican/Democrat switch-er-oo

    11/25/2012 4:04:54 PM PST · by LiberConservative · 43 replies
    self (vanity) | 11/25/2012 | self
    I'm conservative/libertarian. My family are all Obama 'Rats/moochers/OWS types. We had just watched the movie "Lincoln". I opined that it was good (and unusual) to see a Hollywood movie cast middle-aged, white, male Republicans in a favorable light. Yes, of course, the conversation immediately became about race. A few of my family said that at some point in history Republicans became and Democrats and vise-versa. I thought my head was going to explode. I am a huge fan of history and absorb it - especially the civil war. But I had never heard this before. Should I buy more duct...
  • A Flip-Flops President

    11/13/2012 1:55:42 PM PST · by Kaslin
    Townhall.com ^ | November 13, 2012 | Bill Murchison
    We mighta, coulda, woulda, shoulda, still-some-day-may elect a president serious about the matter of the nation's freedoms. Or, possibly, not. The second possibility -- so an ancient mariner reflects -- arises from a sea change in our culture. It could be that more than half of us - a fast-rising proportion -- don't understand "serious" the way it was understood until half a century ago. The loose, lax, louche United States of 2012 seems dissimilar in important respects to the country that chose Dwight D. Eisenhower for president. A week after the Nov. 6 debacle, the post-mortems go on: the...
  • State Department official: Negotiations to extend U.S. troop presence in Afghanistan starting soon

    10/16/2012 10:22:55 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 17 replies
    Despite statements by Vice President Joe Biden, the State Department is about to begin formal negotiations over the extension of U.S. troops past 2014, a top State Department official said Tuesday. Last week, U.S. and Afghan negotiators met in Kabul to talk about the Bilateral Security Agreement that will govern the extension of U.S. troops past 2014, when President Barack Obama said the combat mission in Afghanistan will end and the U.S. will complete the transition of the entire country to Afghan government control.
  • Romney: I Will Be a Pro-Life President, De-Fund Planned Parenthood

    10/10/2012 2:24:21 PM PDT · by NYer · 86 replies
    Life News ^ | October 10, 2012 | Steven Ertelt
    Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney made his pro-life views clear today in response to a question from a reporter on the campaign trail in Ohio.Romney said he would govern as a pro-life president, de-fund the nation’s largest abortion company, and reinstate a policy preventing taxpayer funding of international abortion promotion efforts on the part of Planned Parenthood.“I think I’ve said time and again that I’m a pro-life candidate and I’ll be a pro-life president. The actions I’ll take immediately is to remove funding for Planned Parenthood. It will not be part of my budget. And also I’ve indicated that I...
  • Oh my: Boos at convention as Dems reinstate language on God and Jerusalem in platform;

    09/05/2012 3:22:48 PM PDT · by middlegeorgian · 81 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 9/5/2012 | Allahpundit
    The amazing conclusion to yesterday’s snafu involving the Democratic platform’s language on Israel. After an evening of bad press they decided to reinsert the language about Jerusalem being the capital of Israel, along with some language about God after people noticed that the phrase “God-given” in the 2008 platform had been dropped in the new one. Simple process, in theory: Have someone from the floor propose adding the new language, then let the delegates approve it via a voice vote. The result? A trainwreck so awful that even Paul Begala didn’t try to spin it. As you’ll see, Villaraigosa’s astonishment...
  • Democrats reinstate "God" and Jerusalem language in party platform

    09/05/2012 2:28:14 PM PDT · by tapatio · 83 replies
    CBS News ^ | 9/5/12 | CBS
    - After sharp criticism from Mitt Romney and Republicans, the Democrats have reinstated the language into their party platform that recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel as well as the words "God-given" that were removed in this year's platform.
  • Komen controversy drags down San Francisco breast cancer walk participation

    09/02/2012 9:02:34 PM PDT · by SmithL · 45 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 9/2/12 | Julia Prodis Sulek
    SAN FRANCISCO -- The last time Alice Heiman participated in the Susan G. Komen walk in San Francisco to raise money for breast cancer, she gathered a group of friends and made a big trip from her home in Reno to support a cause close to her heart. This year, though, nine months after the national organization sparked outrage when it refused to fund Planned Parenthood, she's ignoring donation requests that keep popping up in her inbox and has no plans for a return trip. She's not alone. Just days before Sunday's 5k Race for the Cure along the Embarcadero...
  • Which acronym? ... WAS="Wait and See"? NOTA="None of the Above"? (vanity)

    07/31/2012 8:24:25 AM PDT · by fishtank · 30 replies
    Here | 7-31-2012 | fishtank
    Here's the dilemma: Talk radio and other parts of the 'conservative' media started defending Mitt Rmoney several weeks ago. IIRC, the first 'defense' was actually made to protect Ann Romney from the "stay-at-home" charge. So, Rush and Co. are now promoting Rmoney, after they first dismissed him, then they defended him. I will vote for neither Rmoney or Obama. I will "wait and see" (WAS). I will vote "none of the above" (NOTA). If Rmoney wins AND governs as a conservative for four years, THEN I'll vote to re-elect him in 2016. Not before. (Another Freeper mentioned this exact strategy...
  • With Today's Tax Flip-Flop Obama Moves Left of Pelosi, Hits 900K Small Bizs

    07/09/2012 1:28:24 PM PDT · by Nachum · 18 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 7/9/12 | John Nolte
    With the economy threatening to fall into another recession and job growth plummeting, Obama came before the American people today demanding taxes be raised on those making over $250,000 a year, including what he admitted would include 3% of small businesses. Even if that 3% is correct, which is disputed, that 3% means a tax increase on 900,000 small businesses. That's nearly a million small business owners who will now be even more crippled and have less capital available to expand their payrolls -- which of course means fewer jobs for the middle class and the poor who would like...
  • Poll to FREEP Will his endorsement of same-sex marriage help or hurt Obama in November?

    05/09/2012 9:28:35 PM PDT · by Steelers6 · 12 replies
    We Polls ^ | May 9, 2012 | Steelers6
    http://www.wepolls.com/p/9637685/Will-his-endorsement-of-same-sex-marriage-help-or-hurt-Obama-in-November 66 votes Hurt 30% 113 votes Help 51% 32 votes No Difference 15% 9 votes I don't know flag 4%
  • RNC Chairman Reince Priebus on MSNBC (Romney doesn't support federal ban of gay marriage

    05/09/2012 2:42:22 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 31 replies
    YouTube ^ | 5/7/2012 | mc
    RNC Chairman reince Priebus on MSNBC (May 7, 2012) [1:57-2:32] Andrea Mitchell: "Let me ask you about this whole issue of gay marriage and give you a chance to respond... what is the latest position of Mitt Romney and Republicans on this issue [same-sex marriage]?" Reince Priebus: "Governor Romney and the Republican Party have been pretty clear, marriage is between one man and one woman. We believe ultimately that you can't federalize that kind of mandate, which is why we believe that individual states can make that decision on their own..."
  • With GOP nomination assured, Mitt Romney shifts to the center [Surprise, surprise!]

    05/03/2012 10:57:25 AM PDT · by greyfoxx39 · 52 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 3, 2012 | Alexander Bolton
    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. “Romney is starting to shift to the center. He knows he needs to get independent voters in November, and if he doesn’t he’s going to lose,” said Darrell West, vice president and director of governance studies at the Brookings Institution. Campaign aides, wary of the flip-flopper label that plagued Romney during the...
  • Labor Department statement on withdrawal of proposed rule...update.

    04/27/2012 8:10:02 AM PDT · by yoe · 10 replies
    United States Dept of Labor ^ | April 26, 2012 | Gov.
    WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Labor today issued the following statement regarding the withdrawal of a proposed rule dealing with children who work in agricultural vocations: "The Obama administration is firmly committed to promoting family farmers and respecting the rural way of life, especially the role that parents and other family members play in passing those traditions down through the generations. The Obama administration is also deeply committed to listening and responding to what Americans across the country have to say about proposed rules and regulations. "As a result, the Department of Labor is announcing today the withdrawal of...
  • Top Romney adviser: Mitt will erase his conservative positions once he’s the nominee

    03/21/2012 8:42:55 AM PDT · by Fred · 197 replies · 1+ views
    WaPo ^ | 032112 | Greg Sargent
    Think Progress flags an amazing exchange on CNN, in which Eric Fehrnstrom, a top adviser to Mitt Romney, seems to confirm that the conservative positions Romney has been forced to take during the primary won’t be a big deal because he can simply erase them once he becomes the GOP nominee: HOST: Is there a concern that Santorum and Gingrich might force the governor to tack so far to the right it would hurt him with moderate voters in the general election? FEHRNSTROM: Well, I think you hit a reset button for the fall campaign. Everything changes. It’s almost like...
  • Romney in Puerto Rico: a case study in political pandering

    03/19/2012 2:05:18 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 29 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | March 16, 2012 | Robert G. de Posada
    In Puerto Rico, for the price of 20 delegates, Mitt Romney sold out his conservative principles. There is a long history of Congress requiring English to be the language of government and schools for territories seeking to be admitted to the Union — e.g., Louisiana, Arizona, New Mexico and Oklahoma. For all of the territories that had large non-English speaking populations, Congress announced before the territories voted on the question of statehood that a change in language policy would be a prerequisite for statehood. In the case of Puerto Rico, where according to the latest Census only 15% of residents...
  • Green donors bet on Romney flip-flop

    03/05/2012 8:41:33 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 14 replies
    Politico ^ | March 5, 2012 07:59 PM EST | Darren Samuelsohn
    Will Mitt Romney flip-flop on climate change if he’s elected president? Some big donors are betting on it.Romney and his super PAC have taken millions from funders with strong green streaks — despite the fact that the former Massachusetts governor has run to the right in the primary, proclaiming doubts about global-warming science and trashing President Barack Obama’s greenhouse gas emissions policies.Julian Robertson, founder of the Tiger Management hedge fund, helped put cap-and-trade legislation on the map with $60 million in contributions over the past decade to the Environmental Defense Fund. Now, Robertson has given $1.25 million to Romney’s Restore...
  • Breaking : Ex-Sen. Bob Kerrey to run for his former Nebraska seat

    02/29/2012 11:39:08 AM PST · by sunmars · 75 replies · 56+ views
    OMAHA, Neb. — Former Sen. Bob Kerrey is reversing course and says he’ll seek the Democratic nomination for the Nebraska seat he once held. Kerrey’s announcement Wednesday comes just weeks after he publicly rejected a run to replace retiring Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson. It’s also just two days before Nebraska’s candidate filing deadline. The 1992 presidential candidate and former Nebraska governor previously said not running was in his family’s best interest. Kerrey’s announcement gives new hope to national Democrats desperate to stop Republicans from netting four Senate seats this fall and regaining control of the chamber. But it’s also sure...
  • The Conversion - How, when, and why Mitt Romney changed his mind on abortion

    02/22/2012 11:20:57 AM PST · by PhxRising · 22 replies · 1+ views
    Slate ^ | 02/22/2012 | William Saletan
    To understand Mitt Romney, you have to understand the most difficult passage of his political life: how he changed his position on abortion. Not the story he tells about it, but the real story. Romney began his political career as a pro-choicer. In the story he tells, he had an epiphany, a flash of insight, and committed himself thereafter to protecting life. But that isn’t what happened. The real story of Romney’s conversion—a series of tentative, equivocal, and confused shifts, accompanied by a constant rewriting of his past—paints a more accurate picture of who he is. Romney has complex views...
  • Mitt vs. Mitt - Why I will never vote for Mitt Romney

    01/26/2012 7:07:30 AM PST · by reegs · 88 replies
    This video perfectly encapsulates why I will never vote for the biggest flip-flopper to ever grace a presidential election, the person who chooses the most politically expedient side of an issue, Mitt Romney. This video by the DNC proves they are aware of Romney's greatest weakness: himself. In 4 minutes it completely destroys any credibility Romney might have on any issue.If Romney becomes the nominee, this video will be used to demoralize the conservative base, suppressing turnout in November and leading to another 4 years of Obama. We cannot let this happen!
  • Five Ways Conservatives Will Have to Sell Their Souls if Romney Wins

    01/17/2012 6:51:15 PM PST · by SaveOurRepublicFromTyranny
    Townhall.com ^ | January 17, 2012 | John Hawkins
    Romney's candidacy also runs counter to almost every political trend in the book right now. He's the antithesis of everything the Tea Party stands for -- a moderate establishment-endorsed, principle-free Rockefeller Republican. On the other hand, he's like a bad guy straight out of central casting for the Occupy Wall Street crowd, a conscience-free 1 percenter who makes $10,000 bets and lectures the public about how corporations are people -- while hordes of poor and middle class Americans that he fired trail in his wake telling tales of woe about how Romney made their lives into a living hell.
  • Senator Barack Obama Explaining his 2006 Vote Against Raising the Debt Limit (Jan 4, 2011)

    01/12/2012 2:15:40 PM PST · by DJ MacWoW · 39 replies
    NRO ^ | January 4, 2011 11:49 A.M | Andrew C. McCarthy
    From Sen. Obama’s Floor Speech, March 20, 2006: The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the U.S. Government can’t pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government’s reckless fiscal policies. … Increasing America’s debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that “the buck stops here.” Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt...
  • (Liar) Romney's 'Conservative Agenda' ad pitch ("I'm going to get rid of Obamacare")

    12/26/2011 6:59:39 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 14 replies
    CNN / YouTube ^ | 2011-12-26 | Gabriella Schwarz
    Mitt Romney once again pitches himself as the presidential candidate best poised to effectively reform government, in a new ad set to run in Iowa. The 30-second spot, which features footage from a speech by the former Massachusetts governor, will run in the Hawkeye State ahead of the first-in-the-nation Jan. 3 caucuses. "I'm going to do something to government. I'm going to make it simpler and smaller and smarter, getting rid of programs, turning programs back to states, and finally making government itself more efficient," Romney says in the commercial, titled "Conservative Agenda."
  • Romney changes stance on Iraq invasion

    12/22/2011 8:23:38 AM PST · by TitansAFC · 28 replies · 1+ views
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 12-22-2011 | Byron York
    In an appearance on "Fox News Sunday" a few days ago, Mitt Romney was asked whether, given what we know today, the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq was the right thing to do. Romney wouldn't say. "Oh boy, that's a big question," Romney answered. "And going back and trying to say, given what we know now, what would we have done? Would we have invaded or not? At the time, we didn't have the knowledge that we have now." Romney mentioned intelligence before the war suggesting that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. After the war, U.S. and international...
  • Gingrich targets "sanctuaries" for illegal immigrants

    11/28/2011 8:24:39 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 59 replies
    Reuters ^ | Nov.28, 2011 | Harriet McLeod
    CHARLESTON, South Carolina (Reuters) - Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich told a South Carolina town hall on Monday that as president he would block federal funds to any city that "declared itself a sanctuary" for illegal immigrants. Gingrich, fresh from a key endorsement from an influential New Hampshire newspaper, is on a three-day swing through South Carolina, an early primary state that his campaign has dubbed his "southern firewall." "No American president has the right to side with foreigners," Gingrich told a crowd of hundreds at the College of Charleston, after reciting a list of 16 countries that he said...
  • Mitt Romney still facing a trust deficit - voters "leery"

    11/26/2011 3:23:26 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 41 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | November 25, 2011 | Maeve Reston
    <p>SOUTHFIELD, Mich. — As other Republican candidates have stumbled their way toward the presidential primaries, Mitt Romney has put together what would seem to be all the elements of a winning campaign: an effective staff, a robust treasury and smooth, knowledgeable performances both in debates and on the trail.</p>
  • Mitt Romney still faces a trust deficit with GOP voters

    11/24/2011 10:05:44 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 34 replies · 1+ views
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | 2011-11-24 | Maeve Reston
    Southfield, Mich. — As other Republican candidates have stumbled their way toward the presidential primaries, Mitt Romney has put together what would seem to be all the elements of a winning campaign: an effective staff, a robust treasury and smooth, knowledgeable performances both in debates and on the trail. But for months, the threshold of support for the former Massachusetts governor hasn't inched above a quarter of Republican voters in national polls. For many GOP voters in early primary states, hesitation about Romney comes back to one thing: their perception that he has routinely molded his views to suit the...
  • Romney under fire for immigration remarks (Flip Romney loves illegals too)

    11/23/2011 11:48:17 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 71 replies
    Reuters ^ | 2011-11-23 | Sam Youngman & Lily Kuo
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney was accused on Wednesday of flip-flopping for comments he made in 2007 indicating he was open to a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants. Romney's remarks, made on NBC's "Meet the Press" when he was a candidate for president, were circulated by rival Newt Gingrich's campaign the day after the former Speaker of the House of Representatives came under similar fire for suggesting during a debate Tuesday night that he was in favor of such a pathway for immigrants. Opponents of a pathway, a large swath of the early-voting Republican electorate, have...
  • Romneycare; The Only Thing Mitt Hasn't Flip-Flopped On

    11/22/2011 6:05:01 AM PST · by jenk · 17 replies
    jenkuznicki.com ^ | 11/22/2011 | Jen Kuznicki
    Question: Why would Mitt Romney repeal Obamacare if he took office, like the beltway losers say he will? It was a great surprise when Mitt jumped into the race with his speech that he was not going to denounce Romneycare, even though it would have been a political no-brainer to do so. He instead decided that his move in Massachusetts was an example of States Rights, presumably to try to fool tea party folks with his zingy buzz words. The tea party movement is dominated by people who know, instinctively, or by studying the Constitution, that our federal government has...
  • Romney Insists He Is as Consistent as Humanly Possible

    11/14/2011 11:00:40 AM PST · by John Semmens · 15 replies · 1+ views
    GOP presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney sought to rebuff critics’ contentions that he is a “flip-flopper” by insisting that he has “been as consistent as is humanly possible.” “Everyone knows that variety is the spice of life,” Romney suggested. “No sane person orders the exact same item from a menu every time he dines. Different days, different occasions call for different decisions. Americans want a president who is consistent enough to recognize this reality and revise his policies to fit constantly changing circumstances. They don’t want somebody who robotically strives for lower taxes and spending regardless of circumstances.”...
  • Mitt Romney rejects flip-flopper charge in Republican debate

    11/09/2011 6:13:30 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 35 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | 2011-11-09 | Michael A. Memoli
    Answering a charge that's at the root of his campaign's inability to break out from the Republican field, Mitt Romney rejected the notion that he's a candidate without a core at the start of tonight's presidential debate. (snip) "I think people understand that I'm a man of steadiness and constancy," Romney responded.As proof, he cited the fact that he's been "married to the same woman for 25" years -- before correcting himself to say it's been 42. "I've been in the same church my entire life. I worked at one company, Bain, for 25 years, and I left that to...
  • Romney says he’s not a flip-flopper, but ‘a man of steadiness and constancy’

    11/09/2011 6:29:24 PM PST · by martosko · 23 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 11/09/2011 | Alexis Levinson
    Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney discussed his reputation as a flip-flopper at Wednesday night’s CNBC Republican presidential debate, disputing the characterization and calling himself “a man of steadiness and constancy.” Romney was asked to address the “issue of character” after he mentioned the auto bailout, which he has been accused of switching positions on. The Democratic National Committee has been bracketing Romney in Michigan with ads attacking him for flip-flopping on the issue.
  • Conservative case for Romney is … he can’t possibly flip-flop again

    11/01/2011 7:41:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/01/2011 | Ed Morrissey
    Can a conservative case be made for Mitt Romney? Michael Gerson tried mightily at the Washington Post yesterday, leaning heavily on Romney’s business experience and cultural background to argue that Romney’s current positions are probably more natural to him than those he adopted for more than a decade as a Massachusetts politician. Unfortunately for Gerson, he has to come up with some way to explain why Romney wouldn’t slide back to his earlier positions once he faced some political headwinds on the national stage, and this is the best Gerson can do: Romney’s main political vulnerability is a serious one....
  • Romney Remarks on Global Warming Trigger New Claims of Flip-Flopping

    10/29/2011 8:48:25 AM PDT · by ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas · 21 replies
    wsj ^ | October 28, 2011 | Jonathan Weisman
    Speaking to voters in Pittsburgh, Mr. Romney said, “My view is that we don’t know what’s causing climate change on this planet. And the idea of spending trillions and trillions of dollars to try to reduce CO2 emissions is not the right course for us.
  • [Cherry picking] Romney blasts Perry’s Social Security plan

    10/27/2011 6:20:53 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 16 replies
    Washington Times ^ | October 27, 2011 | Seth McLaughlin
    Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign rolled out a fresh attack Thursday against Texas Gov. Rick Perry, saying that Mr. Perry’s new plan to reshape Social Security doesn’t square with his previously stated stances on the issue. The campaign shot out an email blast contrasting Mr. Perry’s five-point Social Security plan — which calls for preserving the benefits for current and near-term beneficiaries and allows younger workers to invest in personal savings accounts — against statements cherry-picked from in his book, “Fed Up!,” in which he wrote that the program has been something Americans have been forced to accept...
  • Romney Rebooted Makes a Rare Calculating Error

    10/26/2011 1:07:31 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 2 replies
    Time-Swampland ^ | October 26, 2011 | Adam Sorensen
    Mitt Romney has put a lot of work into reversing the perception, prevalent during his 2008 campaign, that his ideological compass only follows the magnetic field of whichever electorate he happens to be trying to win over. The title of his campaign book, No Apology, was as much a statement of principle as it was a potshot at the (entirely fictional) bowing and scraping Obama has done overseas. He’s refused to cede an inch on the merits of his Massachusetts health reform program, despite the incredibly inconvenient fact that Democrats cribbed from it when they wrote their national overhaul. And...