Crazy, Stupid and Bizarre Quotes Uttered by Mitt Romney.
Life is tough and hard. Mitt Romney is here to amuse us and make observations only the idle rich can understand. In that spirit ACVDN Presents....The Dumbest Mitt Romney Quotes of All Time. Crazy, Stupid and Bizarre Quotes Uttered by Mitt Romney. Mitt's handlers script his every utterance these days so enjoy the things Mitt has alread made a part of his permanent record.
''I saw my father march with Martin Luther King.''
—GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney, bragging in 2007 about his family's record on civil rights. Romney later admitted he didn't technically see his father march with King, nor did his father ever march with the civil rights leader on the same day or in the same city.
''I get speaker's fees from time to time, but not very much.''
—Mitt Romney, who earned $374,000 in speaking fees in one year according to according to his personal financial disclosure (January 2012)
''I purchased a gun when I was a young man. I've been a hunter pretty much all my life.''
—Mitt Romney (April 2007)
''I'm not a big-game hunter. I've made that very clear. I've always been a rodent and rabbit hunter. Small varmints, if you will.''
—Mitt Romney, clarifying things a few days later after his hunting credentials were questioned (April 2007)
''[My wife] drives a couple of Cadillacs.''
—Mitt Romney, campaigning for president in Michigan (February 2012)
''I'll tell you what, ten-thousand bucks? $10,000 bet?''
—Mitt Romney, attempting to make a wager with Rick Perry during a Republican presidential debate to settle a disagreement about health care (December 2011)
''I should tell my story. I'm also unemployed.''
—GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney, speaking in 2011 to unemployed people in Florida. Romney's net worth is over $200 million.
''I'm running for office for Pete's sake, we can't have illegals.''
—Mitt Romney, recalling his reaction when he learned that there were illegal aliens working the ground on his property, employed by a firm that he subsequently fired (October 2011)
''[Obama's stimulus program is] one of the biggest peacetime spending binges in American history.''
—Mitt Romney in April 2011, while U.S. troops were fighting wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and involved in airstrikes against Libya
''I respect and will protect a woman's right to choose.'' —Mitt Romney in 2002
''Look, I was pro-choice. I am pro-life. You can go back to YouTube and look at what I said in 1994. I never said I was pro-choice, but my position was effectively pro-choice. I changed my position. And I get tired of people that are holier-than-thou because they've been pro-life longer than I have.'' —Mitt Romney in 2007
''I'm Wolf Blitzer and yes, that's my real name.''
—CNN's Wolf Blitzer at the beginning of a November 2011 Republican presidential debate
''I'm Mitt Romney -- and yes Wolf, that's also my first name.''
—Mitt Romney, getting his own name wrong (his first name is ''Willard,'' and his middle name is ''Mitt'')
''Don't try to stop the foreclosure process. Let it run its course and hit the bottom.''
—Mitt Romney, defending banks and kicking people out of their homes
''Who let the dogs out? Who, who.''
—Mitt Romney, during an awkward photo op with a group of African Americans kids at a Martin Luther King Day
parade (January 2008)
''I was a severely conservative Republican governor.''
—Mitt Romney, speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, Feb. 10, 2012
''I have some great friends who are NASCAR team owners.''
—Mitt Romney, after being asked whether he follows NASCAR racing (February 2012)
''PETA is not happy that my dog likes fresh air.''
—Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in 2007, responding to criticism from People for the Ethical
Treatment of Animals following revelations that he had once strapped the family dog to the roof of his car
during a 12-hour road trip
''I saw the young man over there with eggs Benedict, with hollandaise sauce. And I was going to suggest to you
that you serve your eggs with hollandaise sauce in hubcaps. Because there's no plates like chrome for the
—GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney, after working the room at a New Hampshire restaurant and pausing for a
photo with the owner (June 2011)
''I believe in an America where millions of Americans believe in an America that's the America millions of Americans believe in. That's the America I love.''
—Mitt Romney (January 2012)
''I like those fancy raincoats you bought. Really sprung for the big bucks.''
—Mitt Romney to a group of NASCAR fans wearing plastic ponchos at the Daytona 500 (February 2012)
''I love this state. The trees are the right height.''
—Mitt Romney, campaigning in Michigan (February 2012)
''My sons are all adults and they've made decisions about their careers and they've chosen not to serve in the military and active duty and I respect their decision in that regard. One of the ways my sons are showing support for our nation is helping me get elected because they think I'd be a great president.''
—Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in 2007
''Corporations are people, my friend... of course they are. Everything corporations earn ultimately goes to the people. Where do you think it goes? Whose pockets? Whose pockets? People's pockets. Human beings, my friend.''
—GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney to a heckler at the Iowa State Fair who suggested that taxes should be raised on corporations to help balance the budget, Aug. 11, 2011
''I like being able to fire people who provide services to me.''
—Mitt Romney, using an unfortunate choice of words while advocating for consumer choice in health insurance
plans (January 2012)
''I know what it's like to worry whether you're going to get fired. There were a couple of times I wondered whether I was going to get a pink slip.''
—Mitt Romney, attempting to identify with the problems of average folk (January 2012)
''I'm not concerned about the very poor. We have a safety net there.''
—Mitt Romney (January 2012)
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Ten things Newt Gingrich wants you to know about Mitt Romney
Newt's Top Ten
Gingrich has not been shy about expressing a low opinion of Romney during the fight for the GOP nomination. Here's a countdown of 10 of the worst things Gingrich had to say about the former Massachusetts governor:
10. He's out of touch and thinks we're stupid
"We're not going to beat Barack Obama with some guy who has Swiss bank accounts, Cayman Island accounts, owns shares of Goldman Sachs while it forecloses on Florida and is himself a stockholder in Freddie Mae and Freddie Mac while he tries to think the rest of us are too stupid to put the dots together to understand what this is all about." Mt. Dora, Fla. Jan. 26, 2012
9. He's a timid leader who can't bring about change
Romney's a "Massachusetts moderate who, in fact, is pretty good at managing the decay." He's "given no evidence in his years in Massachusetts of any ability to change the culture or change the political structure." Des Moines, Iowa, Jan. 4, 2012
8. Romney's adviser was right to compare Romney to an etch-a-sketch
"Now given everybody's fears about Gov. Romney's flip flops, to have his communications director say publicly to all of us, if we're dumb enough to nominate him we should expect by the acceptance speech he'll move back to the left, triggers everything people are worried about."
"Their pictures aren't permanent. There's nothing locked down. You can re-do every time you want. And that's the problem." Lake Charles, La., March 21, 2012
7. He's full of "pious baloney"
"Can we drop a little bit of the pious baloney? The fact is, you ran in '94 and lost. That's why you weren't serving in the Senate with Rick Santorum. The fact is, you had a very bad re-election rating, you dropped out of office, you had been out of state for something like 200 days preparing to run for president. You didn't have this interlude of citizenship while you thought about what you do. You were running for president while you were governor." NBC News/ Facebook debate, Jan. 8, 2012
6. He looted companies as head of Bain Capital
"Now you have to ask a question - is that really, is capitalism really about the ability of a handful of rich people to manipulate the lives of thousands of other people and walk off with the money? Or is that in fact somehow a little bit of a flawed system? And so I do draw distinction between looting a company, leaving behind
broken families and broken neighborhoods and then leaving a factory that should be there." Manchester, NH, Jan. 9, 2012
5. He profits off the poor
"Maybe Governor Romney in the spirit of openness should tell us how much money he's made off of how many households that have been foreclosed by his investments." CNN debate, Jan. 26, 2012
4. His immigration reform plan is an "Obama level fantasy"
"Now, for Romney to believe that somebody's grandmother is going to be so cut off she is going to self deport? This verges - this is an Obama level fantasy. He certainly shows no concern for the humanity of people who are already here..."
"I think you have to live in worlds of Swiss bank accounts and Cayman Island accounts and automatic $20 million a year income with no work to have some fantasy this far from reality."
Univision interview, Jan. 25, 2012
3. He can't win
"I find it amazing the news media continues to say he's the most electable Republican when he can't even break out of his own party...The fact is, Gov. Romney in the end has a very limited appeal in conservative party." Concord, N.H., Jan. 4, 2012
2. He's not a conservative
"It's just like this pretense that he's a conservative. Here's a Massachusetts moderate who has tax-paid abortions in 'Romneycare,' puts Planned Parenthood in 'Romneycare,' raises hundreds of millions of dollars of taxes on businesses, appoints liberal judges to appease Democrats, and wants the rest of us to believe somehow he's magically a conservative." CBS' "The Early Show," January 3, 2012
1. He's a liar
CBS News chief White House correspondent Norah O'Donnell: "You're calling Mitt Romney a liar?"
Gingrich: "Well, you seem shocked by it! This is a man whose staff created the PAC, his millionaire friends fund the PAC, he pretends he has nothing to do with the PAC - it's baloney. He's not telling the American people the truth..."
"I just think he ought to be honest with the American people and try to win as the real Mitt Romney, not try to invent a poll-driven, consultant-guided version that goes around with talking points, and I think he ought to be candid. I don't think he's being candid and that will be a major issue. From here on out from the rest of
this campaign, the country has to decide: Do you really want a Massachusetts moderate who won't level with you to run against Barack Obama who, frankly, will just tear him apart? He will not survive against the Obama machine."
CBS' "The Early Show," January 3, 2012
Mitt Romney stated that if he becomes president he will give the penguin that bit Newt the Congressional Medal of Honor and 100 pounds of fish.
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Marco Rubio is this election's Sarah Palin
Marco Rubio is this year's Sarah Palin. As a possible vice
presidential pick, he is popular with the grassroots. He is an envoy to a key part of the electorate and has crossover political appeal. He has successfully bucked his party establishment, and those who have seen him work say he's skilled. He's an easy and talented campaigner, and he'd wow them in Tampa the way Palin did in St. Paul, Minn. He is also fundamentally at odds with his potential running mate's message and criteria for his vice president.
Mitt Romney is the candidate of executive experience. It's not just that he was a "business guy" for 25 years. He was a business guy who made tough decisions. He told us this often during the primaries. Romney's key critique of President Obama is that he lacks such experience. In evaluating possible veeps, Romney has said, above all else, he wants to pick someone who can step into the job if necessary. That means Romney's No. 2 must have the same kind of experience--or at least some of it. Maybe just a hint? A thimble? Marco Rubio, at age 40, has none. (Unless someone counts two years as a part-time city commissioner.
Mitt Romney isn't the only one who praises executive experience. Republicans have long heralded that quality. It's why so many Republicans liked governors and former governors like Mitch Daniels, Chris Christie, and Jeb Bush. Lamar Alexander cited the quality in his endorsement of Romney. So did Sen. Ron Johnson. It was perhaps the talking point for the various legislators and luminaries who have endorsed Romney. Gov. Christie, who is often cited by Republicans as the party's expert on leadership, goes on about the executive temperament rather extensively: "Let's be very leery, very wary of sending another member of Congress to the White House. Now see members of Congress, they can be OK, but they don't know the first thing most of the time about using executive authority. They don't know the first thing about getting things done."
Experience making tough calls was the key criteria George W. Bush used to pick Dick Cheney. Yesterday, Cheney, who has been involved in several vice presidential selections, offered his views: "The single most important criteria has to be the capacity to be president." Cheney said "talking heads" will call for a vice presidential candidate who's a woman, Hispanic, or who is from a "big state." "Those are interesting things to speculate about .... It's pretty rare that the election turns on those kinds of issues. " Not only is Cheney agreeing with Nate Silver about the politics, but on the merits he would seem to be ruling out Marco Rubio.
You can mount a strong argument that no life experience prepares you for the presidency. Abraham Lincoln, our greatest president, had a relatively thin resume with zero executive experience. (He had even less legislative experience than Rubio and unlike Rubio never rose to be speaker of his legislature.) Problem: This is not the case that Romney has made. He's made the opposite case.
Mario and Mitch. Mario is the republican token latino and they only need one. If just one Democrat votes with the Republicans they shout bipartisan to the roof. Mario has zero experience but he has everything else the GOP needs. Mario is the Sarah Palin this go around.
Of course, Romney does have an out. One of the truths of vice presidential searches is that if you want the job, you should say you don't want it. The other is that candidates can change the criteria they set for the job when they pick someone who doesn't meet them. That is what John McCain did with Sarah Palin. During the
primary race, McCain prized foreign policy experience above all else. A top attack line against Romney in the opposition file was "Mitt Romney has no foreign policy experience." It was also McCain's knock against Obama that he lacked any experience with the wider world. Then McCain picked Palin, who had more executive experience than Barack Obama but no real foreign policy experience, so never mind all that.
Romney has less room to throw his previous convictions overboard, since his opponents have regularly argued that he has a penchant for disposable conviction. One of the open questions of this election is whether voters unhappy about the economy care about this kind of thing. If so, it's bad news for Romney. In the latest NBC Wall Street Journal poll, Romney trails the president on whether he is consistent and stands up for his beliefs (41 percent to 30 percent) and being honest and straightforward (37 percent to 30 percent).
Regardless of whether Romney has any intention of picking Sen. Rubio, the courtship offers plenty of political benefit for both men. Rubio gets to raise his profile as a national figure. Romney can ingratiate himself with Florida voters who presumably won't mind the association (and who perhaps won't remember the mean things
Romney's spokesperson used to say about Rubio when she worked for one of his opponents). Hispanic voters might be more open to the idea of a Romney candidacy if he shows himself to be carefully considering the softer immigration ideas of a Republican of Cuban heritage.
Picking a vice president is the only presidential-level decision Romney will get to make before Americans vote in November. Romney has argued that his business career gives him special insight and leadership abilities. There are only a few ways to test this thesis. Evaluating his jobs record as a businessman turned governor is one, and evaluating how he makes his first top-level personnel decision is another. Romney has shown a laudable
ability to ignore the day-to-day madness of the presidential cycle, keep his eye on what's important. Romney may face his toughest test yet in avoiding the allure of Marco Rubio.
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