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    Is this a new flip-flop record for Romney? 12 hours 
Igor Volsky at Think Progress reported at 9PM last night:

During an interview with CNN’s John King on Monday evening, Romney campaign surrogate Newt Gingrich defended Mitt Romney’s resistance to hiring “more firemen, more policemen, more teachers” and admitted that the former Massachusetts governor’s policy would lead to less teachers in the classroom:
[…] We have to come to grips with how big the challenge is, and does that mean there will be fewer teachers? The honest answer is yes. Does it mean that you’re not going to get quite the same pension plan people have been getting? The honest answer is yes. President Obama may say well, we can borrow our way out of that decision. I don’t think the American people agree with him.

About 12 hours later, Travis Waldron of Think Progress reported this morning:

Mitt Romney slammed President Obama last week for wanting to hire “more firemen, more policemen, and more teachers,” making a clear assertion that those workers belong among the 700,000 public sector workers who have lost their jobs in the last three years… [D]uring an appearance on Fox News Tuesday morning, Romney contradicted his own remarks, saying that the Obama campaign was making “a very strange accusation” when it claimed he didn’t want to hire more teachers:
[…] That’s a very strange accusation. Of course, teachers and firemen and policemen are hired at the local level and also by states. The federal government doesn’t pay for teachers, firefighters or policemen. So obviously that’s completely absurd. He’s got a new idea, though, and that is to have another stimulus and to have the federal government send money to try and bail out cities and states. It didn’t work the first time. It certainly wouldn’t work the second time.

I think we can all agree that what Romney said and meant originally was “completely absurd.” But apparently he’d like to revise history a little and say we’re all “completely absurd” for believing that’s what he said.
Nice try, Etch-a-sketch.

    Is this a new flip-flop record for Romney? 12 hours

    Igor Volsky at Think Progress reported at 9PM last night:

    During an interview with CNN’s John King on Monday evening, Romney campaign surrogate Newt Gingrich defended Mitt Romney’s resistance to hiring “more firemen, more policemen, more teachers” and admitted that the former Massachusetts governor’s policy would lead to less teachers in the classroom:

    […] We have to come to grips with how big the challenge is, and does that mean there will be fewer teachers? The honest answer is yes. Does it mean that you’re not going to get quite the same pension plan people have been getting? The honest answer is yes. President Obama may say well, we can borrow our way out of that decision. I don’t think the American people agree with him.

    About 12 hours later, Travis Waldron of Think Progress reported this morning:

    Mitt Romney slammed President Obama last week for wanting to hire “more firemen, more policemen, and more teachers,” making a clear assertion that those workers belong among the 700,000 public sector workers who have lost their jobs in the last three years… [D]uring an appearance on Fox News Tuesday morning, Romney contradicted his own remarks, saying that the Obama campaign was making “a very strange accusation” when it claimed he didn’t want to hire more teachers:

    […] That’s a very strange accusation. Of course, teachers and firemen and policemen are hired at the local level and also by states. The federal government doesn’t pay for teachers, firefighters or policemen. So obviously that’s completely absurd. He’s got a new idea, though, and that is to have another stimulus and to have the federal government send money to try and bail out cities and states. It didn’t work the first time. It certainly wouldn’t work the second time.

    I think we can all agree that what Romney said and meant originally was “completely absurd.” But apparently he’d like to revise history a little and say we’re all “completely absurd” for believing that’s what he said.

    Nice try, Etch-a-sketch.

    — 1 year ago with 2 notes
    #president obama  #class war  #news  #politics  #unemployment  #vote!  #war on the middle class  #CNN  #cops  #etch-a-sketch  #firefighters  #flip-flop  #Fox News  #government workers  #LOL  #Mitt Romney  #monday evening  #Newt Gingrich  #public sector  #romney surrogate  #teachers  #tuesday morning 
    HOW HARD WILL GINGRICH FLIP-FLOP for help to pay off his campaign debt? →

    Newt Gingrich on Sunday defended Mitt Romney from attacks made on his record at Bain Capital. “Bain as an issue doesn’t work because people look at it in balance,” he said on ‘Meet The Press’. “And they say, wait a second, yeah, you can pick a couple companies that lost. You can pick a lot of companies that succeeded. And as even as the governor of Massachusetts said last week, it is a good company.” The former presidential candidate’s defense of Romney’s business record may surprise those who followed his campaign. At one point, Gingrich made Romney’s Bain record a central issue and referred to private equity as “rich people figuring out clever legal ways to loot a company.” — HuffPo “I was very careful,” Gingrich said. “I didn’t go after private equity. … [Obama’s] going after all private equity.” The Obama campaign insists it is not “going after all private equity” but merely arguing that private equity experience does not qualify Romney to be president. – Boston.com

    — 1 year ago
    #news  #politics  #flip-flopper  #newt gingrich  #flip flop  #lol  #defending romney  #bain capital  #republicans 

    Obama Super PAC enlists Newt Gingrich, Rick Perry, Jon Huntsman, and Sarah Palin on Romney’s time at Bain Capital. 

    • LOL Hypocrisy: “I’m very surprised that President Obama went down this road.” – Newt Gingrich, in an interview with CNN, on criticizing Mitt Romney’s record at Bain Capital. Gingrich, of course, led the attack during the GOP primary. – Political Wire

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    — 1 year ago with 1 note
    #news  #politics  #super pac ads  #president obama  #mitt romney  #bain captial  #newt gingrich  #sarah palin  #rick perry  #jon huntsman  #republicans  #lol 

    What credibility? Newt Gingrich said there are plans for [Romney and him] to appear together in Las Vegas at the end of the month. In June Gingrich said he will be raising money in Atlanta for Romney and U.S. House Speaker John Boehner, with a Gingrich-Romney tandem appearance set for June 11. The embrace of Romney puts Gingrich in an awkward spot, said University of Georgia political science professor Charles Bullock. If he were to start gushing about his former primary foe, it would look insincere. “I expect Gingrich is also concerned about his own credibility,” Bullock said. “There’s only so much you can recant.”  – ajc.com

    — 1 year ago
    #news  #politics  #newt gingrich  #mitt romney  #gingrich campaigning for romney  #lol  #credibility  #republicans 
    "NEWT GINGRICH made sure to single out his chief benefactor during his concession speech Wednesday, Sheldon and Miriam Adelson: Yes, we’re through the looking glass here. The Adelsons spent $25 million on Gingrich’s campaign, and so I suppose a “thank you” is in order. But that’s the problem. Imagine the “thank you” if Gingrich had won the nomination and then was elected president."
    — 1 year ago with 2 notes
    #news  #politics  #newt gingrich  #sheldon adelson  #buying a president  #close call 

    VIDEO: “POLITICS IS WEIRD. And creepy. And now I know lacks even the loosest attachment to anything like reality.” – Shep Smith reacts to Mitt Romney reacting to Newt Gingrich quitting.

    Morning Bunker Report: Thursday 5.3.2012

    — 1 year ago
    #news  #news  #politics  #shep smith  #fox  #mitt romney  #newt gingrich  #politics is weird and creepy  #republicans  #gop  #lol 
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NEWT GINGRICH $4 Million in Debt; Staffers and Creditors Fume – Newt Gingrich ends his White House dream today with his political committee facing a mountain of debts — owing about $4 million to scores of businesses and campaign workers around the country who fear they will never get paid. Campaign watchdogs said the size of Gingrich’s debt is extraordinary — and could have been avoided if the candidate and his team had been more disciplined. […] But many of the campaign’s creditors are small businesses that say they will suffer major hardship if they are not paid. 
And no word yet on how large the bill is at Tiffany’s. This man wanted to run our national economy.
Is there a better example of Republican economics and budgeting skills than Newt Gingrich’s campaign?

    image: schmichaelirachewsteraghi

    NEWT GINGRICH $4 Million in Debt; Staffers and Creditors Fume  Newt Gingrich ends his White House dream today with his political committee facing a mountain of debts — owing about $4 million to scores of businesses and campaign workers around the country who fear they will never get paid. Campaign watchdogs said the size of Gingrich’s debt is extraordinary — and could have been avoided if the candidate and his team had been more disciplined. […] But many of the campaign’s creditors are small businesses that say they will suffer major hardship if they are not paid. 

    And no word yet on how large the bill is at Tiffany’s. This man wanted to run our national economy.

    Is there a better example of Republican economics and budgeting skills than Newt Gingrich’s campaign?

    — 1 year ago with 2 notes
    #FAIL  #news  #politics  #$4 million in debt  #economic and budgeting skills  #ego  #ending campaign  #extraordinary debt  #gifs  #GOP  #Newt Gingrich  #newt laughters  #Republicans  #team newt is broke  #undiciplined  #will romney pay gingrich for an endorsement? 

    WHAT DO SANTORUM AND GINGRICH want before they officially endorse Mitt?

    — 1 year ago with 1 note
    #politics  #newt gingrich  #rick santorum  #mitt romney  #demands  #endorsements 
    "NEWT GINGRICH will drop out Wednesday — According to Fox News sources, the still technically in-the-running Republican — now without supporters or a security detail — will officially end his campaign on Wednesday. Earlier reports said he would call it quits on Tuesday, but apparently he needs our attention for just a teeny, tiny while longer."
    — 1 year ago with 1 note
    #news  #politics  #newt gingrich  #just one more day of attention!  #dropping out  #delaying  #24 hours  #a lot could happen 
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Gingrich, Strapped for Cash, Lays Off Third of Staff — Gingrich, insists that he is still a viable candidate despite a third-place rank in the delegate count. He has hinged his entire strategy on hoping Mitt Romney is incapable of securing the 1,144 delegates needed to become the nominee, resulting in a contested GOP convention this summer. Earlier Tuesday in Annapolis, Md., Gingrich told reporters “the money is very tight obviously” and suggested his communications staff would soon announce a series of layoffs. Gingrich significantly cut back the number of scheduled campaign events he holds. Currently on his schedule, he only has one event a day for the next three days.

    Gingrich, Strapped for Cash, Lays Off Third of Staff — Gingrich, insists that he is still a viable candidate despite a third-place rank in the delegate count. He has hinged his entire strategy on hoping Mitt Romney is incapable of securing the 1,144 delegates needed to become the nominee, resulting in a contested GOP convention this summer. Earlier Tuesday in Annapolis, Md., Gingrich told reporters “the money is very tight obviously” and suggested his communications staff would soon announce a series of layoffs. Gingrich significantly cut back the number of scheduled campaign events he holds. Currently on his schedule, he only has one event a day for the next three days.

    — 2 years ago with 1 note
    #newt gingrich  #news  #politics  #lays off staff  #out of money  #media has left him too 
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Santorum, Gingrich open to VP slot— Rick Santorum sat down with radical TV preacher Pat Robertson’s Christian Broadcasting Network, which asked the former senator if he would consider an invitation to join Mitt Romney’s Republican ticket. “Of course,” Santorum said… Also yesterday, Newt Gingrich was asked on Fox News about a possible V.P. nomination. Though the former Speaker said an invitation is unlikely, he added, “I wouldn’t say no.” At least on the surface, Santorum and Gingrich scoff at the very idea of ending their presidential bids, and in public, continue to tell voters that they remain viable candidates. But when they both sit down for televised interviews, and both signal a willingness to accept roles on the ticket, Santorum and Gingrich are signaling a level of resignation and defeat neither has made up until now. As one GOP strategist told TPM, “Rick Santorum saying he would be open to being Romney’s vice president undermines the logic of his delegate campaign. To win his delegate race, he has to demonize Romney. He has now cut that path off.”

    Santorum, Gingrich open to VP slot— Rick Santorum sat down with radical TV preacher Pat Robertson’s Christian Broadcasting Network, which asked the former senator if he would consider an invitation to join Mitt Romney’s Republican ticket. “Of course,” Santorum said… Also yesterday, Newt Gingrich was asked on Fox News about a possible V.P. nomination. Though the former Speaker said an invitation is unlikely, he added, “I wouldn’t say no.” At least on the surface, Santorum and Gingrich scoff at the very idea of ending their presidential bids, and in public, continue to tell voters that they remain viable candidates. But when they both sit down for televised interviews, and both signal a willingness to accept roles on the ticket, Santorum and Gingrich are signaling a level of resignation and defeat neither has made up until now. As one GOP strategist told TPM, “Rick Santorum saying he would be open to being Romney’s vice president undermines the logic of his delegate campaign. To win his delegate race, he has to demonize Romney. He has now cut that path off.”

    — 2 years ago with 2 notes
    #news  #politics  #mitt romney  #rick santorum  #newt gingrich  #open to VP slot  #Romney's vp 
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A CLOSER LOOK AT THE ‘ENTHUSIASM GAP’ - Republicans are less enthusiastic about having Mitt Romney or Rick Santorum as their potential presidential nominee than they were four years ago about Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., according to a Gallup survey released on Thursday. For conservatives, the lackluster numbers are a worrying sign that the party’s already bitter primary fight has sapped voter enthusiasm and left the GOP weakened for the fall battle with President Obama. Gallup reported that just 35 percent of Republicans surveyed said they would vote enthusiastically for front-runner Romney if he becomes the party’s standard-bearer. Similarly, 34 percent said they would enthusiastically support Santorum, his main challenger for the nomination and the preferred choice of the most-conservative Republicans. That represents a precipitous drop in excitement from 2008, the poll found. In a survey released in early February of that year, 47 percent of Republicans were enthusiastic about the prospect of backing McCain, a 12-point difference from Romney’s numbers today.

    A CLOSER LOOK AT THE ‘ENTHUSIASM GAP’ - Republicans are less enthusiastic about having Mitt Romney or Rick Santorum as their potential presidential nominee than they were four years ago about Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., according to a Gallup survey released on Thursday. For conservatives, the lackluster numbers are a worrying sign that the party’s already bitter primary fight has sapped voter enthusiasm and left the GOP weakened for the fall battle with President Obama. Gallup reported that just 35 percent of Republicans surveyed said they would vote enthusiastically for front-runner Romney if he becomes the party’s standard-bearer. Similarly, 34 percent said they would enthusiastically support Santorum, his main challenger for the nomination and the preferred choice of the most-conservative Republicans. That represents a precipitous drop in excitement from 2008, the poll found. In a survey released in early February of that year, 47 percent of Republicans were enthusiastic about the prospect of backing McCain, a 12-point difference from Romney’s numbers today.

    — 2 years ago with 6 notes
    #news  #politics  #gop  #republicans  #enthusiasm gap  #newt gingrich  #mitt romney  #rick santorum 
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Frank Rich: Despite Santorum’s victories, the consensus the morning after seems to be that nothing has really changed. So does it matter what happened in Alabama and Mississippi? Let’s not forget American Samoa, where Romney romped, taking all nine delegates. (Never mind that its inhabitants — a disproportionate number of them Mormons, by the way — cannot vote in an actual presidential election.) But anyhow: No, Alabama and Mississippi didn’t matter, not even to Newt, who, despite losing both his “must-win” Southern states, has decided to ignore the verdict and soldier on. Although perhaps on an austerity budget: Callista was conspicuously bling-free during her husband’s “victory” oration.

    Frank Rich: Despite Santorum’s victories, the consensus the morning after seems to be that nothing has really changed. So does it matter what happened in Alabama and Mississippi? Let’s not forget American Samoa, where Romney romped, taking all nine delegates. (Never mind that its inhabitants — a disproportionate number of them Mormons, by the way — cannot vote in an actual presidential election.) But anyhow: No, Alabama and Mississippi didn’t matter, not even to Newt, who, despite losing both his “must-win” Southern states, has decided to ignore the verdict and soldier on. Although perhaps on an austerity budget: Callista was conspicuously bling-free during her husband’s “victory” oration.

    — 2 years ago with 2 notes
    #news  #politics  #the south  #alabama  #mississippi  #nothing has changed  #doesn't matter  #rick santorum  #newt gingrich  #mitt romney