October 22, 2012 § Leave a comment
In a video from 2002, taken surreptitiously without Romney’s knowledge and released by ABC News on March 2, 2012, Romney is shown boasting about how much federal help and tax payer funding he received when he was in charge of the Olympic Games. This contradicts his assertions that he was able to turn around the games with little or no assistance from the federal government or tax payer money, which he has used as a centerpiece for his 2012 presidential campaign.
- Here are some of the highlights from the video:
“I am big believer in getting money where the money is. The money is in Washington.”
“I want to go after every grant, every project, every department in Washington to assure that we are taking advantage of economic development opportunities.”
- Romney, who has more recently claimed that government cannot create jobs, talks about how government help can build economic and development opportunities:
“I have learned from my Olympic experience that if you have people who really understand how Washington works and have personal associations there you can get money to help build economic development opportunities.”
- On the Olympics, Romney said:
“The whole winter games was a combination of the federal, state and local governments along with private enterprise.”
“We actually received over $410 million from the federal government for the Olympic games. That is a huge increase over anything ever done before and we did that by going after every agency of government.”
- Romney even boasts about getting money from the Department of Education for the Olympic Games after a suggestion from a colleague:
“She said, ‘Why don’t I get the Department of Education to buy tickets to the Paralympics so that high school and grade school kids can go to the Paralympics?’ She literally got, I believe the number was over $1 million from the Department of Education, funding to buy tickets for kids,” Romney said. “This way we got kids there and we also got additional revenues that we wouldn’t have had. That kind of creativity I want to bring to everything we do.”
October 14, 2012 § 1 Comment
“We don’t have people that become ill, who die in their apartment because they don’t have insurance.”
- Mitt Romney, October 11, 2012
- Source: Columbus Dispatch
- Context: Discussing healthcare reform and repealing the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare or Romneycare), Mitt Romney claimed that people do not die because of a lack of health insurance. However, in September of 2011, ABC published a story on a 24 year old man who died because of a tooth infection which he could not get treated due to lack of insurance (also see the case of Andrew Urban) . A Harvard study has also linked a lack of insurance in the United State to 45,000 deaths a year.
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.
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.
September 18, 2012 § 1 Comment
“There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it. That that’s an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what…These are people who pay no income tax…My job is is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.”
- Mitt Romney, May 17, 2012
- Source: video
- Context: Mitt Romney, speaking at a private fundraiser earlier this year at the Boca Raton home of controversial private equity manager Marc Leder, made several controversial remarks, one being his unfounded criticism of people on welfare and that his job is “not to worry about those people.” Mother Jones has recently released several videos of the private fundraiser, which have now gone viral. In them, Romney talks about his campaign strategy, boasts that some of his consultants have worked for political leaders all over the world (including Netanyahu), and criticizes the Obama administration. In another set of videos, also released by Mother Jones, at the same fundraiser, Romney discusses foreign policy. Among them, he is against the Palestinians having their own independent state. After one donor criticized his campaign, wondering why they were not attacking Obama on a more intellectual level, Romney responded by saying:
“In a setting like this, a highly intellectual subject—discussion on a whole series of important topics typically doesn’t win elections.”
- His campaign has been heavily criticized for its false attacks, misrepresentation of the facts, and outright lies. On one occasion, his campaign pollster stated that the Romney campaign would not be dictated to by fact checkers. Another video purported to be of Romney speaking at a private fundraiser was released in late August.
September 10, 2012 § Leave a comment
“I’m not getting rid of all of health care reform. Of course, there are a number of things that I like in health care reform that I’m going to put in place.”
- Mitt Romney, September 10, 2012
- Source: Associated Press
- Context: On NBC’s Meet the Press, which aired on Sunday, the 9th, Mitt Romney stated that he would not get rid of all of the Affordable Care Act, also known as “Obamacare”. This contradicts Romney’s previous position that he would repeal Obamacare in its entirety. Romney has “flip flopped” on the health care issue several times, instituting “Romneycare” in Massachusetts, then touting and encouraging the federal government to adopt it nationwide, then vowing to repeal it as a Republican candidate for president.
September 8, 2012 § 1 Comment
BAIER: To hear several speakers in Charlotte … they were essentially saying that you don’t care about the U.S. military because you didn’t mention U.S. troops and the war in Afghanistan in your nomination acceptance speech. … Do you regret opening up this line of attack, now a recurring attack, by leaving out that issue in the speech.
ROMNEY: I only regret you’re repeating it day in and day out. When you give a speech you don’t go through a laundry list, you talk about the things that you think are important and I described in my speech, my commitment to a strong military unlike the president’s decision to cut our military. And I didn’t use the word troops, I used the word military. I think they refer to the same thing.
- Mitt Romney, September 7, 2012
- Source: Fox News (video)
- Context: During an interview with Fox News’ Brett Baier, Mitt Romney was asked about why he did not emphasize the role of American troops, to which he responded that during his speech he was only talking about things that he thought were important. Romney did mention the military, and he claims that to him the military and the troops are one and the same. The Democrats capitalized on the lack of acknowledgement for American troops during their convention, criticizing the Republicans for their perceived lack of support for the men and women serving in the military.