September 18, 2012

Revisiting April: Romney's Themes Were the Same

Justin Katz

With the release of a "secret video" supposedly showing presidential candidate Mitt Romney exposing his inner thoughts to a bunch of rich people about the makers versus the takers in American society, I've been having a strange sense that I've heard such things before.  And it isn't just that this is a common argument between left and right in U.S. politics.

Rather, I recalled Romney's saying something similar when he visited Rhode Island in April and spoke to an exclusive audience of hundreds of people and a full complement of media (liveblog).

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Did he also say he'd have a better shot of winning the election if he were Mexican instead of a wealthy, prep school and Harvard educated son of a govenor? I loved that one.

Or how about dismissing the Repbulican party platform's policy of a two-state solution for Palestine? Another classic example of his foreign policy savvy. Do tell.

Posted by: Russ at September 19, 2012 1:27 PM

Mitt Scissorhands Romney claimed that those folks who don't pay federal income taxes would vote for President Obama "no matter what"

Nearly all "Red' states have the highest percentage of Americans who don't pay income taxes, regularly vote Republican in presidential elections

"Romney is a liar" Newt Gingrich

Posted by: Sammy in Arizona at September 19, 2012 5:30 PM

Mitt is the perfect candidate for the republicans. For years they have advocated for tax cuts for the poor. Yes that includes saint Reagen. This was all done to keep wages low. So now we are in a place where nearly half of us cannot pay to live in this country without assistance. We can solve this problem easily. Pay people more. Then they will pay income tax. Mitt has been one of those people who have benefited most by the other system. Mitt is perfect for republicans- I was for it and then I am against it.

Posted by: David S at September 19, 2012 6:54 PM

Justin may have heard Romney's remarks before, but apparently several Republican candidates for nation office had not:

Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.), who is in a tight reelection battle against Rep. Shelley Berkley (D-Nev.), has a “very different view of the world” than his party's standard-bearer.
“And as United States Senator, I think I represent everyone, and every vote’s important. Every vote’s important in this race. I don’t write off anybody.”

Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) -- who is in a tight race against Elizabeth Warren split with Romney over his remarks.

New England Republican Linda McMahon, a candidate for Senate in Connecticut -- who, it should be noted, was for Romney's "47%" rhetoric before she was against it -- and Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) also disavowed Romney's 47% remarks.

Then again Justin may have actually heard the Romney spiel, but it never creased his consciousness.

Posted by: OldTimeLefty at September 19, 2012 11:17 PM

I like this. Justin playing the roll of the cop on the sidewalk telling the crowd that has formed to witness the result of someone who has fallen from a building's top floor. "Nothing to see here... everybody move back...nothing to see.."

Posted by: Phil at September 20, 2012 7:09 AM

btw, I totally agree with Justin that this was hardly an isoloated moment when the candidate "mispoke," but rather the actual and unvarnished expression of his disdain for the working class. He really is "not worried about those people." I applaud his candor. Notably the right only calls it class war when we fight back.

Posted by: Russ at September 20, 2012 8:58 AM
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