Lousy Candidate

September 28, 2012 § Leave a comment

“Lousy candidate; highly qualified to be president.”

  • Source: Politico
  • Context: A comment by a top Romney official according to Politico. The official claimed that Romney is a lousy candidate but would make a great President. Another official said that “he’s a great leader, but he’s not a great politician.”
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We’ve Got To Separate That

September 26, 2012 § Leave a comment

“I think we have to get the money out of the teachers unions going into campaigns. It’s the wrong way for us to go. We’ve got to separate that.”

  • Mitt Romney, September 25, 2012
  • Source: CBS News
  • Context: Speaking in New York at a forum sponsored by NBC, Education Nation, Romney said that although he is not against the right to strike, he is against teachers unions giving money to political campaigns. Romney, however, has no problem allowing corporations and the wealthy from donating unlimited sums of money to Super PAC’s. Super PAC’s supporting the Romney campaign will be spending hundreds of millions of dollars on advertising attacking President Obama. Donor’s such as the Koch Brothers and Sheldon Adelson have pledged tens of millions of dollars of their own money to defeat the President.

Who Better Than Me

September 26, 2012 § Leave a comment

“Who better than me, that’s already finished one of the entitlement programs ,to come up with programs to do away with Medicaid and Medicare?”

  • Tommy G. Thompson, Republian Senate candidate for Wisconsin, June 4, 2012
  • Source: video
  • Context: Thompson was speaking at a meeting on June 4 of the Lake Country Area Defenders of Liberty, a Tea Party group, in Oconomowoc. He faces Democrat Tammy Baldwin in the November 6 election for a seat in the Senate. Thompson’s campaign responded by saying that he simply wants to reform Medicaid and Medicare.

Not Qualified To Be President

September 26, 2012 § Leave a comment

“He has been clear that no American need pay more than he or she owes under the law. At the same time, he was in the unique position of having made a commitment to the public that his tax rate would be above 13%. In order to be consistent with that statement, the Romneys limited their deduction of charitable contributions.”

  • Source: Buzzfeed
  • Context: In July of 2012, Romney stated that  that he doesn’t “pay more [taxes] than are legally due, and frankly if I had paid more than are legally due I don’t think I’d be qualified to become president.” In August, he also stated that he had never paid taxes below 13% in the past 10 years amidst accusations that he possibly paid no taxes at all. However, upon release of his 2011 tax returns, it was evident that Romney manipulated his deductions in order to pay a higher tax rate than he would have, 14.1%. Had he taken his full deduction, he would have been below 13%. When asked about this, his campaign responded by admitting that they he had not claimed his full deductions in order to stay consistent with his statement in August. By Romney’s own standards, because he paid more than he had to, he is not qualified to be president. As Bloomberg has pointed out, Romney has three years to amend his tax returns and reclaim the deductions, which he will most likely do after the election.

Turned Around Pretty Well

September 26, 2012 § Leave a comment

“If this election is just about the last four years, that’s a muddy verdict. Bush was president during the financial meltdown. The Obama team has turned that around pretty well. Bill Clinton’s speech at the convention was very important in that way…he’s has go to make it a choice about the next four years and explain what obama would do that would be bad for the country and what he would do to be good.”

  • Bill Kristol, neo-conservative political analyst and Fox News contributer, September 23, 2012
  • Source: Fox News
  • Context: Kristol, on Fox News, criticized the Romney campaign’s strategy of attacking the President’s economic record because the “Obama team” has done a good job at turning around an economy that was in a state of financial meltdown during the last months of the Bush administration.

A Decent Check

September 25, 2012 § Leave a comment

“I’m in a three way primary for the US Senate. I’ve gone to people and asked for their support, their help, or their endorsement and some people say yes. They write me a decent check. I remember that. The people that I thought were friends that tell me to go away because they are supporting someone else, I remember that. You know, I can remember back to 12 years ago. You remember who’s helping you. That’s one way that people get to know Congressmen and Senators.”

  • Todd Akin, Republican candidate for Senate, May 11, 2012
  • Source: audio
  • Context: A video surfacing on Youtube on Monday purported to be an audio recording of Todd Akin answering a question on how to get in touch with a Congressman. Akin, who has been criticized heavily for his comments on rape, responded by saying that a good way to be remember by him is to write him a “decent check”. The influence of money on politicians has been highlighted recently with super PAC’s spending tens of millions of dollars on campaigns across the country.

Not How Big Leaders Talk

September 20, 2012 § Leave a comment

“This is not how big leaders talk, it’s how shallow campaign operatives talk: They slice and dice the electorate like that, they see everything as determined by this interest or that. They’re usually young enough and dumb enough that nobody holds it against them, but they don’t know anything. They don’t know much about America. We are a big, complicated nation. And we are human beings. We are people. We have souls. We are complex. We are not data points. Many things go into our decisions and our political affiliations.”

  • Peggy Noonan, special assistant to Ronald Reagan and conservative columnist, September 18, 2012
  • Source: Time For An Intervention (Noonan’s blog for the Wall Street Journal)
  • Context: Noonan was commenting on the now viral video of Mitt Romney dismissing half of the country, the “47%”, many of whom are Republican. In her article, she implies that Romney is not experienced enough and that his campaign is horribly managed and called for an intervention:

“It’s time to admit the Romney campaign is an incompetent one. It’s not big, it’s not brave, it’s not thoughtfully tackling great issues. It’s always been too small for the moment. All the activists, party supporters and big donors should be pushing for change.”

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