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BREAKING: Former Sen. Arlen Specter, who served Pennsylvania for three decades and notably switched parties in 2009 — paving the way for the Affordable Care Act’s passage by giving Democrats 60 votes in the Senate — has died at the age of 82.
How different were the Univision forum experiences for Mitt Romney and President Obama? First of all Romney agreed to only 35 minutes on stage, while the President gave them a full hour. That the Univision hosts mentioned this fact while introducing Romney caused him to throw a tantrum and demand a re-taped introduction before he’d appear onstage. Finally the two audiences were completely different as well: Obama’s campaign went along with Univision’s “parameters” for ticket distribution, while Romney threatened to reschedule if he wasn’t allowed to deviate. Coincidentally, the university official who coordinated both forums, Rudy Fernandez, is also a member of Romney’s Hispanic steering committee. Read more…
Romney says he omitted troops from his RNC speech to talk about “important” things
Fox’s Bret Baier queries Romney on why he didn’t mention the troops or the war in his speech at the Republican National Convention.
BAIER: A few more things, Governor. To hear several speakers in Charlotte – and I don’t think this is jump (?) – they were essentially saying 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 repeating it day in and day out. (LAUGHS)
BAIER: Well I mean, what just came from Charlotte -
ROMNEY: Because when you give a speech, you don’t give a laundry list. You talk about the things that uh you think are important.
I’ve cut him off right there, deliberately. Romney would go on to give the lamest of excuses, that he had indeed mentioned the military in his speech, that he’d visited an American Legion the day before, and that he absolutely opposed cuts in military spending, and so on. A better answer — and a better man– would have just owned up to this error, admitted it, and perhaps gotten some props for honesty. But that man wouldn’t be Willard Mitt Romney.
There are two potentially accidental revelations there: 1) that he regrets the media has picked up on this rather embarrassing (I would think) omission of his not mentioning the troops — INSTEAD of regretting he didn’t mention them! And 2) Romney thinks mentioning the troops would be like reading a laundry list instead of talking about important things.
Remember if you elect this guy, he’ll be more than happy to send the laundry list (i.e. YOUR sons and daughters) overseas to fight the GOP’s Forever Wars: Next Stop, Iran!
But honestly, if you support Romney, would you really expect anything less from a “fortunate son” who received years worth of deferments from the Vietnam draft to hide out in a mansion in France? You’ve picked yourselves a real winner there, Republicans.
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President Obama today on Rep. Todd Akin (via barackobama)
“In recessions unemployment lags on well after a recovery has taken place. We’ve got to get the engine of economic growth growing again because we now know, because of recession, we don’t have the revenues that we wanted to, we don’t have the revenues we need, to fix Medicare, to fix Social Security, to fix these issues. We’ve got to get Americans back to work. Then the surpluses come back, then the jobs come back. That is the constructive answer we’re trying to accomplish here on, yes, a bipartisan basis. I urge members to drop the demagoguery and to pass this bill to help us work together to get the American people back to work and help those people who’ve lost their jobs.”
“We have a lot of laid off workers, and more layoffs are occurring. And we know, as a historical fact, that even if our economy begins to slowly recover, unemployment is going to linger on and on well after that recovery takes place. What we have been trying to do starting in October and into December and now is to try and get people back to work. The things we’re trying to pass in this bill are the time-tested, proven, bipartisan solutions to get businesses to stop laying off people, to hire people back, and to help those people who have lost their jobs… It’s more than just giving someone an unemployment check. It’s also helping those people with their health insurance while they’ve lost their jobs and more important than just that unemployment check, it’s to do what we can to give people a paycheck.”
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How tough is it for Mitt Romney to have to “deal with” Harry Reid’s accusations that a Bain Capital insider told him Mitt hasn’t paid federal taxes for 10 years?
It’s NOTHING compared to what Democrats have had to deal with.
BooMan nails it:
Mitt Romney isn’t really a Mormon. He’s an atheist who only went along with his father’s faith so he could duck the Vietnam draft. He didn’t actually try to convert anyone when he was in France either. In reality, he spent all his time in Monte Carlo gambling and buying high-end hookers. When his daddy found out what he was doing, he made him come home and marry his high school sweetheart. Actually, he only made him marry her after the second time she got pregnant. The first time, they got an abortion. Then Romney started using some of the mafia connections he had made in Marseilles to import heroin. By the time he became governor, they were flying it straight into a secret airport they set up in the Berkshires. When one of the pilots started to talk, Romney had him killed.
Wait for it….
Now, if we started telling these stories to people, and a substantial percentage of the population started to actually believe these stories, and if congressmen humored and even encouraged the people who believed these stories, and if media figures talked about these stories, and if Congress actually had hearings about some of these stories, then Mitt Romney would know what it’s like to be treated like a Democrat.
Also, too from Steve M:
Poor Mitt. Logic tells us that Reid couldn’t possibly have heard this from multiple sources, so he’s just blowing smoke. And yet, even if it’s a lie, Reid’s put Romney on the spot, because what he’s saying sounds plausible to a lot of people.
Y’know, it’s a bit like saying that the current president is a secret Muslim socialist who lied about his U.S. birth and has a fake Social Security number and is secretly plotting to take away all privately owned guns if he’s reelected, either before or after he finishes the job of deliberately destroying American capitalism. It’s also a bit like saying that the previous Democratic president was a drug dealing serial murderer and rapist whose lesbian wife had her male lover killed when she wasn’t hanging sex toys on the White House Christmas tree.
It’s almost like that. The difference is that Romney’s not facing an ever-expanding list of accusations, most of them truly grotesque and preposterous, many of them of a felonious or treasonous nature, spread by multiple prominent rumormongers over the course of years, and believed in every particular by roughly a third of the country…
Romney says Reid is lying. To make this ONE accusation disappear, all Mittens has to do is release his returns and *poof* problemo no mas. Right?
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The classic “Trust Me” politician.
We need to be realistic about elections and stop using them as opportunities to express disappointment, anger or even personal morality.
Can the GOP suppress enough Democratic votes for a Mitt Romney win?
The voter id statute “is gonna allow Governor Romney to win the state of Pennsylvania” — Republican House Leader Mike Turzai
Raw Story reports on the travesty that is the Republican Party’s voter suppression effort in Pennsylvania:
“Under Pennsylvania’s harsh new voter ID law, as many as 20 percent of voters in the state lack the photo IDs required to cast a vote, an estimated 1,636,168. In Philadelphia alone, however, 437,237 people, a whopping 43 percent of the voting population, may be ineligible to vote under the law, according to The Philadelphia City Paper…
If election fraud is as “rampant” as Republicans say, where’s the proof? There isn’t any.
Texas’ new ID law permits voters to use concealed-handgun licenses as proof of identity, but not state university IDs. WHOSE VOTE do you suppose Texas is trying to suppress — Republicans or Democrats? This is a travesty of our constitution and the rights of our citizens. Here are some voter suppression facts from Mother Jones…
The GOP doesn’t want you to vote
Josh Marshall reports that our man Mitt Romney is outraged by expanded voting.
“Romney is attacking the Obama campaign for suing the state of Ohio for restore right to vote early, as was the case in the 2008 election.
“The Romney campaign is arguing that the Obama camp is actually trying to limit military voting. And his supporters are eating the claim up on Facebook, where Romney posted the claim. But as the day goes by even rightwing commentators seem to be realizing that this is simply a lie.
“The whole episode is tailor made to expose how corrupted the press corps is. The entire thing is a demonstrable lie, and all in the service of keeping vote participation as low as possible. In other words, a Fehrnstrom Special.”
Even Fox News acknowledges the purpose of the suit, noting “the lawsuit does not restrict the ability of military personnel to cast their ballots early.”
The Republican Party is working double time to suppress the vote this year, from Salon – Fla. Republican: We wanted to suppress black votes: