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  • Fact Check: Is Romney's tax rate really lower than yours?

    09/26/2012 8:10:50 PM PDT · by Brown Deer · 10 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 26, 2012 | Judson Berger
    President Obama's campaign, with a good dose of help from the media, is pushing a claim that millionaire Mitt Romney is taxed at a "lower rate" than someone making $50,000 a year. IRS data, though, shows that Romney's effective income tax rate -- that's what he pays as a percentage of his income once deductions and other benefits are factored in -- is actually far higher than what most Americans pay. Romney's rate in 2010 -- which was also about 14 percent -- was higher than what 97 percent of Americans pay.
  • Obama: “Mitt Romney sure can afford to pay a little more”

    09/23/2012 1:25:44 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/22/2012 | ERIKA JOHNSEN
    The release of over two decades of Mitt Romney's tax information on Friday must have been so anticlimactic for Team Obama --- not only does it turn out that Romney contributed a boatload of money towards the federal coffers, but he's also an almost wildly generous and charitable individual to boot. After the monumentally huge deal Team O made out of the tax returns, with dodgy "secrecy" ads and unsubtle fat-cat jabs out the wazoo, they don't seem to be seizing on the information with quite the fervor you would've expected.Yes, Romney is hugely wealthy, and hey, maybe some of...
  • Romney's Taxes Paid and Then Some - Where is the Press

    09/23/2012 4:55:07 PM PDT · by Alex Baker · 24 replies
    RealityBatsLast ^ | September 21, 2012 | Bryce Buchanan
    Romney release much additional tax info today and the highlights are these: *The Romneys paid almost two million in income tax this year (3 million last year) *They paid an average of 20.20% of their income to income tax over the last 20 years. * Last year they donated 30% of their income to charity – over 4 million dollars. * Over 20 years, the average share of their income that went to taxes and charity was over 38% of their income. Check out Obama and Bidens history of charitable donations. It was often way up there in the 1...
  • Bill Clinton: No president could have "magically" fixed economy in one term

    09/23/2012 7:55:01 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 46 replies
    Bill Clinton: No president could have "magically" fixed economy in one term By Leigh Ann Caldwell Last Updated 10:12 a.m. ET (CBS News) Former President Bill Clinton offered a strong defense for President Obama's re-election Sunday morning, arguing that no president could have "fully healed" the economy in four years. "That's why we've got to keep working at it," Mr. Clinton said on "Face the Nation." The president's efforts, Mr. Clinton argued, have reversed the downward spiral of losing up to 800,000 jobs per month. "His jobs record is better" than the Bush administration's, he said, adding that no president...
  • Democrats: Political Slant Marks Romney Tax Return [BO LIED: Mitt rate HIGHER than middle class!]

    09/22/2012 5:17:15 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 17 replies
    ABC ^ | 9/22/12 | Tom Raum
    Democrats say Mitt Romney manipulated his deductions to keep his overall 2011 federal income tax rate below a certain level for political purposes.... ... the Romney campaign released a letter from his accountants saying that in the 20 years prior to 2010 the Romneys paid an average annual effective rate of 20.2 percent, never lower than 13.66 percent. On average, middle-income families — those making from $50,000 to $75,000 a year — pay 12.8 percent of their income in federal taxes, according to Congress' Joint Committee on Taxation.
  • Democrats accuse Romney of applying a political strategy in filing his 2011 tax returns

    09/22/2012 3:41:14 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 163 replies
    washington Post ^ | 9/22/2012 | ap
    Democrats say Mitt Romney manipulated his deductions to keep his overall 2011 federal income tax rate below a certain level for political purposes. The Republican presidential nominee is certain to face new questions about his finances. Romney and his wife, Ann, donated roughly $4 million to charities last year, but they only claimed a deduction of $2.25 million on their tax return, filed with the Internal Revenue Service on Friday. Romney made $13.7 million last year and paid $1.94 million in federal income taxes, giving him an effective tax rate of 14.1 percent. That was a bit above the 13.9...
  • Mitt Romney Releases Tax Return for 2011, Showing He Paid 14.1 Percent Tax Rate

    09/21/2012 4:52:26 PM PDT · by lbryce · 33 replies
    Washington Post ^ | September 21, 2012 | Philip Rucker and Jia Lynn Yang,
    Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney earned $13.69 million in 2011, mostly income from his investments, and paid $1.9 million in taxes for an effective tax rate of 14.1 percent, his campaign announced Friday. Following months of political pressure on him to reveal more information about his large personal fortune, Romney released his 2011 tax returns Friday afternoon, as well as a summary of his effective tax rates dating back to 1990. Romney earned $6.8 million from capital gains and another $3.6 million in interest, according to his tax return. None of his income came from wages, the primary source of...
  • Reid To Romney On Tax Returns: Not Good Enough

    09/21/2012 4:38:30 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 73 replies
    TPM ^ | 09/21/2012 | Brian Beutler
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is no longer insinuating that Mitt Romney paid no federal taxes over the last 10 years. But he’s showing no contrition and continues to maul Romney for withholding tax returns from voters. “The information released today reveals that Mitt Romney manipulated one of the only two years of tax returns he’s seen fit to show the American people - and then only to ‘conform’ with his public statements,” Reid said in an official response to the release of Romney’s 2011 return, and a brief summary of his tax payments over the last 20 years. That...
  • Romney 2011 taxes: Mitt Gives More To Charity Than Obama, Biden (and this from Politico!)

    09/21/2012 2:19:07 PM PDT · by Southnsoul · 28 replies
    Politico ^ | 9/21/2012 | Josh Gerstein
    Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney was far more generous to charities than President Barack Obama or Vice President Joe Biden last year, both in dollar terms and as a percentage of income, tax return data Romney’s campaign released Friday indicate. Romney and his wife, Ann, gave 29.4 percent of their income to charity in 2011, donating $4,020,772 out of the $13,696,951 they took in. Obama and first lady Michelle Obama gave 21.8 percent of their income to charitable organizations last year, donating $172,130 out of the $789,674 they made. Biden and his wife, Jill, gave 1.5 percent of their income...
  • Democrats, Media Get Punk'd: Romney Releases Tax Returns

    09/21/2012 2:29:26 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 54 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 21, 2012 | Guy Benson
    It's official: The Romney campaign possesses a wicked sense of humor and an enviable degree of patience.  After months of caterwauling, breathless innuendo and baseless slander, the Democrats and their media allies are being treated to a Friday feast of piping hot crow.  The Romney campaign has released a detailed report of the the candidate's 2011 tax returns, as well as an extensive summary of the Romneys' taxes over the last two decades, prepared by analysts at PricewaterhouseCoopers.  What do these documents contain?  Brad Malt, the Romney family's trustee, summarizes the 2011 data:   - In 2011, the Romneys paid...
  • Reported theft of Romney tax records being probed

    09/05/2012 6:15:39 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 40 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sept. 5, 2012 | STEPHEN BRAUN and ERIK SCHELZIG
    FRANKLIN, Tenn. (AP) -- The Secret Service said Wednesday it is investigating the reported theft of copies of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's federal tax records during a break-in at an accounting office in Franklin. Someone claiming responsibility demanded $1 million not to make them public.
  • Secret Service Investigating Purported Ransom of Mitt Romney’s Tax Returns

    09/05/2012 2:00:52 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 53 replies
    Secret Service Investigating Purported Ransom of Mitt Romney’s Tax Returns Someone claims to have stolen years of Mitt Romney’s tax returns from a Tennessee office of the financial firm PricewaterhouseCoopers, and the Secret Service is investigating what appears to be a ransom scheme. The local Democratic and Republican parties in Williamson County, Tenn., where the PricewaterhouseCoopers office is located, both received packages, each containing a thumb drive and a letter outlining a competitive-bidding ransom scheme that appears designed to pit Republicans and Democrats against each other over the release of Romney’s taxes. The letters stated an intention to publish Romney’s...
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers Denies Anonymous Hackers Have Mitt Romney Tax Returns

    09/05/2012 2:05:26 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 38 replies
    PricewaterhouseCoopers told Whispers Wednesday that it has no evidence an anonymous group hacked its computer systems and stole GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney's tax returns.
  • NY Times - Romney Has Been Paying Federal Taxes For Last Decade

    08/25/2012 8:01:36 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 9 replies
    JustOneMinute ^ | 8-25-2012 | Tom McGuire
    August 25, 2012 NY Times - Romney Has Been Paying Federal Taxes For Last Decade Tom McGuire Despite their "questions have been raised" headline about Romney's taxes, the NY Times provides an early answer to one obvious question raised by Senator and alleged pederast Harry Reid (my emphasis):But even though he has not released his returns from earlier years, the 2010 return sheds some light on those years. That’s because Mr. Romney paid income tax to foreign countries, and as result claimed in 2010 a $129,697 foreign tax credit, which he used to offset taxes he owed in the United...
  • VP candidate Ryan paid tax rate of 15.9 percent in 2010, returns show (The Gaffemaster - 23.2%)

    08/17/2012 5:48:45 PM PDT · by Libloather · 6 replies
    The Hill ^ | 8/17/12 | Daniel Strauss
    VP candidate Ryan paid tax rate of 15.9 percent in 2010, returns showBy Daniel Strauss - 08/17/12 06:33 PM ET Paul Ryan and his wife paid a tax rate of 15.9 percent in 2010 and 20 percent in 2011, according to tax returns Mitt Romney's campaign released Friday. In 2011, the Ryans had an adjusted gross income of $323,416 and paid $64,764 in federal taxes. In 2010, Ryan and his wife had an income of $215,417 and paid $34,233 in federal taxes. Roughly more than half of that income came from Ryan's salary as a member of Congress. The rest...
  • Obama campaign makes tax offer to Romney team

    08/17/2012 10:05:42 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 38 replies
    Associated Press ^ | August. 17, 2012 | JULIE PACE
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama's campaign offered Mitt Romney a deal: If he releases a total of five years of tax returns, Obama's team won't criticize him for not releasing any more. Romney's campaign quickly rejected the offer. Obama's campaign manager Jim Messina made the offer in a letter Friday to Romney campaign manager Matt Rhoades.
  • Obama wants deal for 5 Years of Tax Returns

    08/17/2012 6:15:29 AM PDT · by scooby321 · 106 replies
    Politicker ^ | 8/17/2012 | Hunter Walker
    In a letter sent to Mitt Romney’s campaign manager, Matt Rhoades, this morning his counterpart on the Obama campaign, Jim Messina promised to let up on their criticism of Mr. Romney for not releasing more of his tax returns if he releases five years worth of returns. Mr. Messina said this offer should address any “fears” on Mr. Romney’s part that “that the more he offers, the more our campaign will demand that he provide.”
  • New Obama Ad Questions Whether Romney Paid Taxes

    08/10/2012 7:50:10 AM PDT · by Entrepreneur · 17 replies
    CBS ^ | August 10, 2012 8:32 AM | AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is launching a new ad that questions whether rival Mitt Romney paid any income taxes in the past. The ad shows footage from a Romney interview with ABC News in which the Republican presidential candidate was asked if he had ever paid a lower tax rate than 13.9 percent. The narrator asks, “Did Romney pay 10 percent in taxes? Five percent? Zero?” The ad is slated to air in Virginia, North Carolina, Florida and Ohio during the coming week, the same states where Romney is taking a bus tour beginning Saturday. Obama allies like...
  • Harry Reid Insists Dude Who Told Him Romney Didn’t Pay Taxes Isn’t Imaginary

    08/04/2012 3:55:51 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 90 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | 8/2/2012 | Margaret Hartmann
    Earlier this week, Harry Reid revealed why Mitt Romney is refusing to release more tax returns: He didn't pay taxes for an entire decade! It almost sounds too crazy to be true, and in fact, Reid is "not certain" that it isn't a total lie. However, he is sure of one thing: "I am not basing this on some figment of my imagination," Reid told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. "I have had a number of people tell me that." So we aren't talking about just one anonymous Bain investor, but several people who have seemingly only shared this story with...
  • IRS and FBI Must Question Harry Reid

    08/02/2012 5:00:27 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 2, 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Now, in strict legal terms, it may not be that Harry Reid committed the felony, but if somebody's calling him and telling him about Romney's tax returns, it would appear that person has committed a felony. Now, the way to get to the bottom of this, folks, very simple. The IRS and the FBI must question Harry Reid about his source. They have to do this in a formal investigation. And if he's found to be lying about this while being questioned by federal investigators, then we got a process crime; then we got lying under oath....
  • Sarah Palin's take on Obamacare ruling

    07/03/2012 10:56:29 AM PDT · by OldNavyVet · 13 replies
    Facebook ^ | 28 June 2012 | Sarah Palin
    Thank you, SCOTUS. This Obamacare ruling fires up the troops as America’s eyes are opened! Thank God. This proves to be such an unsettling time in America as we undergo the fundamental transformation that Barack Obama promised he would do to us if elected. Obamacare was dealt in deception and confusion by flooding the public with an overwhelming amount of conflicting “rationale” via thousands of pages of unread legislative detail, which is the radical left’s M.O. Obama promised the American people this wasn’t a tax and that he’d never raise taxes on anyone making less than $250,000. We now see...
  • Romney Campaign Declaring Cease Fire on Health Care

    07/03/2012 9:20:04 AM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 44 replies
    National Journal ^ | Tuesday July 3, 2012 | Josh Kra
    It's becoming clear that Romney has decided to focus on the economy at the expense of everything else, even issues that could play to his political benefit. He's avoided criticizing the administration's handling of the botched Fast and Furious operation, even as it threatens to become a serious vulnerability for the president. He's been silent in responding to Obama's immigration executive order, not wanting to offend receptive Hispanics or appear like a flip-flopper. He appears more likely to tap a safe, bland running mate like Ohio Sen. Rob Portman or former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty who won't do him any...
  • Romney Campaign Declares Cease Fire on Health Care.

    07/03/2012 8:13:43 AM PDT · by Mountain Mary · 155 replies
    lauraingraham.com ^ | 07/03/12 | Laura Ingraham
    July 3, 2012 Romney Campaign Declaring Cease Fire on Health Care Posted by Staff In the aftermath of the Supreme Court health care ruling, the early conventional wisdom was that an unfavorable health care ruling at the court would be good for Republicans politically, even as it was a serious policy setback for conservatives. But that's not shaping up to be the case. Mitt Romney, after giving a brief statement decrying the decision, has been virtually silent on criticizing the health care law. He's been on vacation and his campaign has been giving off clear signals that it doesn't want...
  • WH gets unexpected backup: Romney camp says it's a penalty, not a tax

    07/02/2012 7:12:19 AM PDT · by raulgomez05 · 70 replies
    Politico ^ | 7-2-12 | DONOVAN SLACK
    Prominent Dems including White House chief of staff Jack Lew and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi have repeatedly argued in recent days that the fee for not buying insurance under the health care law is in fact a penalty and not a tax. They got support from an unexpected quarter on Monday: the Romney campaign. Mitt Romney's senior adviser Eric Fehrnstrom told Chuck Todd on MSNBC's Daily Rundown that he agrees - the fee is a penalty and not a tax, as the Supreme Court ruled last week. "The governor disagreed with the ruling of the court," Fehrnstrom said. "He...
  • GOP mood toward Romney's fall prospects brighten

    06/10/2012 8:04:12 PM PDT · by Rennes Templar · 95 replies
    AP via Yahoo ^ | June 10, 2012 | Brian Bakst
    ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) — Republicans riding high from a string of breaks in their favor are increasingly optimistic about Mitt Romney's chances to claim the White House in November, even among conservatives who had qualms about making him the party's nominee. The bullish take is reflected in interviews with party strategists and activists, including people who supported Romney rivals during the primary season. Mood matters because it can fuel fundraising and volunteer hustle. But some of those GOP players stress that Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, has little room for error if he expects to topple an incumbent president. The...
  • A very basic primer on deciding between Romney and Obama in November

    06/06/2012 11:23:45 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 53 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 06-06-12 | Vince
    In business there is something called “sunk costs” which refers to funds that have been spent and are unrecoverable. At any given point sunk costs are irrelevant to the decisions going forward. An example of this would be a company that has spent a billion dollars building a plant and now has to choose whether or not to spend another billion dollars hiring staff and actually operating the plant. At the point of the decision the only thing that should be relevant to the decision makers is what makes best sense for the firm going forward. Does the company...
  • Leo Strauss and the Conservatives

    05/24/2012 3:21:17 AM PDT · by se99tp · 4 replies
    Christian Concepts Daily ^ | May 24th, 2012 | Jeff Nyquist
    The illusion of supposed conservatism, for scholars like Strauss and for politicians like George W. Bush and Mitt Romney, is that the political spectrum in America has shifted so far to the Left that yesterday’s liberals are today’s conservatives says Author and Speaker Jeff Nyquist... Consider the state of America: marriage is no longer an enforceable contract in most states (i.e., no fault divorce); even more telling, homosexual marriage is increasingly acceptentage of the population attending religious services has been falling steadily for years, along with honesty and our nation’s work ethic.....It would seem that conservatives have nothing left to...
  • Mitt Romney, Servant of the Right (view from the left -- for entertainment purposes only)

    05/19/2012 9:02:01 AM PDT · by Innovative · 45 replies
    The American Prospect ^ | May 17, 2012 | Jamelle Bouie
    Those who believe the former Massachusetts governor would become a moderate once in office are wrong. ...conservatives aren't thrilled with Romney, even as they prepare to support him. But they aren't objecting to a marriage of convenience. Grover Norquist, founder of the anti-tax Americans for Tax Reform, explained Romney's acceptability in his speech to the Conservative Political Action Conference in February. "We just need a president who can sign the legislation that the Republican House and Senate pass," he said. Romney's agenda mirrors that of House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, the Ayn Rand acolyte and anti-tax crusader from Wisconsin...
  • Mitt would govern as conservative (And I have a bridge to sell you)

    04/11/2012 12:01:35 PM PDT · by C19fan · 70 replies
    Politico ^ | April 11, 2012 | Keith Koffler
    Conservatives shouldn’t fret about the politics of their nearly-presumptive nominee. Mitt Romney will most certainly govern as one of them. He’s guaranteed to — for the exact reason they think he won’t. If Romney really is the political animal his detractors on the right suspect him to be, he’ll shape his presidency with a single goal: Winning a second term. To do that, he will need to make sure there is no running room on his right for someone to launch a primary challenge.
  • Romney Struggling to Attract White Working Class

    02/16/2012 6:34:18 AM PST · by C19fan · 16 replies · 1+ views
    AP ^ | February 16, 2012 | Alan Fram
    Republican Mitt Romney is faltering with white working-class voters crucial to his party's drive to capture the White House, even as he tries to fend off a rising GOP challenger, Rick Santorum, who wields strong blue-collar appeal. The wealthy former Bain Capital chief has led his rivals by comfortable margins among white college graduates, according to combined polls of voters in the first five states that held presidential nominating contests. But the exit and entry surveys showed only a modest Romney advantage among whites who lack college degrees, the yardstick analysts typically use to define the working class.
  • Romney's Slide Among Independents Continues

    02/16/2012 4:26:17 AM PST · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 25 replies
    The Compost via RCP ^ | February 13th
    As I’ve been noting here, one key metric to determine whether the prolonged GOP nomination process is damaging Mitt Romney’s general election prospects is his standing among independents, many of whom remain sour on Obama’s economic performance. Today’s new Pew poll offers another installment. The topline is striking enough — it finds that Rick Santorum is surging among Tea Partyers and conservatives, again suggesting that they just can’t come to terms with Romney as the nominee.
  • In Florida, Romney Takes Aim At Resurgent Gingrich [Calls Gingrich "Failed Leader"]

    01/22/2012 6:53:54 PM PST · by Steelfish · 30 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 22, 2012 | Philip Rucker and Amy Gardner,
    In Florida, Romney Takes Aim At Resurgent Gingrich By Philip Rucker and Amy Gardner January 22 ORMOND BEACH, Fla. — Mitt Romney unleashed his harshest personal attack of the campaign on Newt Gingrich here Sunday, saying “it was proven that he was a failed leader” as the former governor pivoted sharply to regain his footing in the wake of Gingrich’s stunning resurgence over the weekend. As the dramatically altered presidential campaign moved to Florida, Republican leaders braced for a long and potentially bitter nominating contest. After upending the campaign in South Carolina with a commanding victory, Gingrich moved quickly to...
  • Romney: Stuff capitalism down Obama's throat

    01/20/2012 7:42:59 AM PST · by theruleshavechanged · 5 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 1/20/2012 | Charlie Spiering
    "I am someone who believes in free enterprise, I think Adam Smith was right, and we're going to get hit hard by Barack Obama, but we're going to stuff it down his throat that it is capitalism and freedom that makes us strong." Mitt Romney said.
  • South Carolina Tea Partiers Wish Romney Would Just Go Away

    01/04/2012 4:57:02 PM PST · by TBBT · 28 replies · 1+ views
    npr.org ^ | 1/4/2012 | FRANK JAMES
    Talk with Tea Party leaders here in South Carolina and you quickly realize that the toughest job in the Mitt Romney campaign would be the assignment of doing outreach to these activists. Maybe not a mission impossible, but close. They really want no part of Romney. And there appears to be little he could say or do between now and Jan. 21, the date of the South Carolina primary, to change that. The Massachusetts health law Romney enacted as governor with its individual mandate called Romneycare by critics is just one of several reasons they give for their animus. There...
  • Newt Hits Mitt With Full Page N.H. Ad

    01/03/2012 8:36:03 PM PST · by lbryce · 45 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | January 3, 2012 | Matt K. Lewis
    As Matthew Boyle noted, the ad wars for New Hampshire are about to heat up. Here is the full-page Union Leader ad that Mitt Romney can look forward to seeing when he arrives New Hampshire tomorrow…
  • Mitt Romney touts conservative credentials in new ad [BARF!]

    12/26/2011 1:42:40 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 61 replies · 4+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | Dec 26, 2011 | By Shira Schoenberg, Globe Correspondent
    Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is a conservative. At least, that is the point the former Massachusetts governor is trying to make with a new TV ad airing in Iowa. The new ad, titled “Conservative Agenda,” shows Romney speaking on the stump and meeting with voters, as he makes a series of commitments. “I am going to do something to government. I’m going to make it ‘Simpler, and Smaller, and Smarter,’” Romney says. “Getting rid of programs, turning programs back to states, and finally making government itself more efficient.” Romney pledges to repeal President Obama’s health care overhaul and balance...
  • Romney on ‘O’Reilly’: Obama is not a socialist

    12/20/2011 3:58:58 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 189 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 2011-12-20 | Erik Wemple
    <p>O’Reilly: Is he a socialist?</p> <p>Romney: You know, I prefer to use the term that he’s just over his head.</p> <p>O’Reilly: Yeah, but you got to look at his economic plan. An economic plan that’s top down, federal leadership, getting us out of the recession--- he spent trillions of dollars on that. And people say, Listen, the guy’s a socialist — it’s class warfare that’s what he’s gonna wage against you if you get the nomination: You’re a rich guy, you’re out of touch. Is he a socialist?</p>
  • ‘Down Goes Willard’ (Newt Gingrich storms South Carolina and electrifies voters!)

    11/30/2011 6:56:20 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies · 1+ views
    National Review ^ | 11/30/2011 | Robert Costa
    Charleston, S.C. — Newt Gingrich wowed hundreds of conservative voters in this sleepy coastal town on Monday, all of whom braved the rain to attend a town-hall meeting with the latest Republican frontrunner. “We will be back, we will rebuild the country we love,” Gingrich said near the end of his hour-long presentation. “You ain’t seen nothing yet.” Gingrich’s visit to Sottile Theatre at the College of Charleston kicked off the former House speaker’s three-day campaign swing through the Palmetto State, a key GOP battleground. It was also his first public appearance since the Manchester Union-Leader, a leading Granite State...
  • 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 bets he can win Iowa without support from social conservatives

    11/23/2011 6:24:48 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 24 replies
    The Hill, Washington, DC ^ | 2011-11-23 | Niall Stanage
    After months of uncertainty, Mitt Romney has decided to roll the dice and go for a win in the Iowa caucus. But the former governor is betting that he can triumph in the state without any significant support from social conservatives — normally a vital voting bloc — and is making no real effort to win them over.
  • Tea party activists remain wary of Romney (but Romney campaign expects Tea Partiers to surrender)

    11/17/2011 7:49:43 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 95 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | 2011-11-17 | Paul West & Seema Mehta
    Washington and Des Moines - Throughout the roller-coaster Republican presidential contest, one thing hasn't changed: the stubborn refusal of many tea party supporters to warm up to Mitt Romney. The swift rise and abrupt fall of a succession of GOP candidates has been driven in part by the restless search for a Romney alternative by that group of voters, who energized the GOP's big turnaround in 2010. "They don't trust Mitt Romney," said Simon Conway, a Des Moines radio host popular with tea party followers. "Mitt Romney can be tea party one minute, and the next minute introduce 'RomneyCare'" —...
  • As governor, Romney worked to reassure liberals [soften the GOP’s hard-line opposition to abortion]

    11/07/2011 4:29:03 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 33 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Nov 2, 2011 | By Peter Wallsten and Juliet Eilperin
    Mitt Romney was firm and direct with the abortion rights advocates sitting in his office nine years ago, assuring the group that if elected Massachusetts governor, he would protect the state’s abortion laws. Then, as the meeting drew to a close, the businessman offered an intriguing suggestion — that he would rise to national prominence in the Republican Party as a victor in a liberal state and could use his influence to soften the GOP’s hard-line opposition to abortion. He would be a “good voice in the party” for their cause, and his moderation on the issue would be “widely...
  • (Chameleon) Mitt Romney: 'I've been as consistent as human beings can be'

    11/05/2011 10:38:59 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 42 replies
    The Hill, Washington, DC ^ | 2011-11-03 | Alicia M. Cohn
    Mitt Romney, under fire from all sides on the strength of his political convictions, said Thursday he has been as consistent as a person can be during his political career. "I've been as consistent as human beings can be," the presidential candidate said in a meeting with the editorial board of New Hampshire's Seacoast Media Group. "I cannot state every single issue in exactly the same words every single time, and so there are some folks who, obviously, for various political and campaign purposes will try and find some change and try to draw great attention to something which looks...
  • Rep. Ryan: Romneycare no longer 'matters that much' (Paul Ryan defends Romney)

    11/01/2011 8:02:55 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 30 replies
    The Hill, Washington, DC ^ | 2011-11-01 | Alicia M. Cohn
    Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) indicated on Tuesday that he has come around to Mitt Romney on the issue of healthcare. “Romney’s been very clear that he’s against ObamaCare and he’s going to repeal it. So I for a second don’t worry about whether he’s going to shy away from repealing the president’s health care law,” Ryan said in an interview with The Weekly Standard. (snip) Ryan went on to compliment Romney on a variety of issues. He described Romney as proving himself “pretty capable and strong and resilient” when it comes to the slew of GOP debates over the past...
  • Conservative site [Free Republic] on Romney: 'Enemies of the constitution ... are not welcome here'

    10/31/2011 8:11:08 PM PDT · by Fred · 303 replies · 1+ views
    politico ^ | 103111 | Ben Smith
    In an email to POLITICO this afternoon, Robinson admitted that the site routinely blocks Romney supporters from posting -- and offered no apologies for the practice: Free Republic is a pro-life, pro-family, pro-gun, pro-small government, pro-constitution, pro-liberty site. Governor Romney is none of the above. His record is that of an abortionist, gay rights pushing, gun grabbing, global warming advocating, big government, mandate loving, constitution trampling, flip-flopping liberal progressive with no core values. That and the fact that he is the chief architect and advocate for ObamaCare disqualifies him for any consideration whatsoever on Free Republic as a potential nominee...
  • No Mitt, No Más - GOP Establishment Sleepwalking off a Cliff

    10/28/2011 10:56:12 AM PDT · by Luther1917 · 17 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | October 22, 2011 | Chet Arthur
    Sometimes it seems as if the GOP Establishment is sleepwalking off a cliff. In 1996, having scored the stunning victories of the off-year congressional elections, the GOP suits dutifully lined up behind the impossible Bob Dole. From the moment Americans realized their choices would be Clinton or Dole, "Bubba" was never behind one day in the polls. It's looking like déjà Dole all over again. Mitt Romney is the proverbial GOP next-in-liner. After the Tea Party helped Republicans score major victories in '10, the GOP Establishment is hunting desperately for a way to lose the very next election. Mitt Romney...
  • Romney Hasn't Earned the GOP Nomination

    10/18/2011 12:48:25 PM PDT · by freespirited · 23 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 10/18/11 | Aaron Goldstein
    Notwithstanding the fact that not a single ballot has been cast in any of the Republican primaries, there seems to be a concerted effort by the liberal media to bestow the GOP nomination upon former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. According to the Detroit Free Press, "Mitt Romney's steady-as-she-goes campaign for the presidential nomination is beginning to look inevitable." The Washington Post tells us that Romney "is suddenly attracting new support from major donors and elected officials… as people across the GOP grow more accepting of the presidential contender as the party's standard-bearer." Doyle McManus of the Los Angeles Times declares,...
  • Purpose of FR and why we can never support Mitt Romney

    10/15/2011 1:51:20 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 987 replies · 1+ views
    vanity | Oct 15, 2011 | Jim Robinson
    <p>Our purpose and goal on FR is to restore, defend, preserve and protect the Constitution of the United States and to secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our posterity!!</p> <p>The goal of the domestic enemy (the left), i.e., the statist liberals, Marxists and progressives is just the opposite.</p>
  • Will tea party purists back imperfect Romney? (MSM says Tea Partiers can't win without Romney)

    10/14/2011 6:29:56 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 158 replies
    Communist News Network ^ | 2011-10-14 | Gloria Borger
    After watching the GOP presidential debate the other night, it was hard to avoid this conclusion: Mitt Romney looks more and more like the GOP presidential nominee. He's the best debater. He's got his issues and his rejoinders down pat. He brushes away his opponents like lint on his lapel. And all with such ease. That said, there's a teensy problem he just can't seem to beat: Conservatives don't like him. Or trust him. Or really want him to be the GOP nominee. Sure, you say, Republicans never like their nominees, and they still manage to vote for them. There...
  • What's Wrong With Romney?

    10/07/2011 4:32:34 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 71 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 7, 2011 | Mona Charen
    Two new sets of Republicans are feeling deflated today -- the Chris Christie hopefuls and the Sarah Palin stalwarts. The Christie decision didn't surprise me, perhaps because I grew up in Jersey. In fact, Christie and I attended the same high school! Anyway, Jerseyans are many things (not all of them nice), but slick dissemblers we are not. When Christie said, repeatedly, and in ever more colorful terms, that he wasn't running, I believed him. And, while I understand the boomlet for him, I'm also a little relieved to see that he is indeed a truthful guy. Sarah Palin, by...