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The Mitt Romney Deception
« on: October 17, 2011, 06:30:29 PM »
http://www.infowars.com/romney-at-cpac-its-the-banksters-mitt/

Romney at CPAC: It’s the Banksters, Mitt

Kurt Nimmo
Infowars.com
February 19, 2010

Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney told the gathered at CPAC Obama needs to stop blaming Bush for the deficit and high unemployment. “When it comes to pinning the blame, let’s pin the blame on the donkey,” Romney told at the event that should be renamed NeoconPAC.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dtnyODhx3fQ

The establishment is grooming Romney for a 2012 presidential run. It is rumored he will team up with the presumptive Queen of the Neocon Tea Party, Sarah Palin. Part of this grooming process is to take on Obama and the Democrats currently in control of Congress. NeoconPAC provides a perfect venue for Romney and his neocon fellow travelers to play the false right-left paradigm like a squeezebox.

Romney and the Republicans who claim they have embraced the philosophy of the Tea Party constitutionalists will not tell you the truth about deficits, debt, unemployment and the massive misery they create.

In the introduction of her book, The Web of Debt, Ellen Hodgson Brown writes:

    Dr. Quigley wrote from personal knowledge of an elite clique of global financiers bent on controlling the world. Their aim, he said, was “nothing less than to create a world system of financial control in private hands able to dominate the political system of each country and the economy of the world as a whole.” This system was “to be controlled in a feudalist fashion by the central banks of the world acting in concert, by secret agreements.” He called this clique simply the “international bankers.” Their essence was not race, religion or nationality but was just a passion for control over other humans. The key to their success was that they would control and manipulate the money system of a nation while letting it appear to be controlled by the government.

Romney, in his speech at NeoconPAC, played on the illusion that the government controls the money system. He knows — or should know — that Obama and the Democrats have nothing to do with creating debt and bankruptcy and the engineered impoverishment of the nation.

Romney, in his speech at NeoconPAC, played on the illusion that the government controls the money system. He knows — or should know — that Obama and the Democrats have nothing to do with creating debt and bankruptcy and the engineered impoverishment the nation.

Both Democrats and Republicans take orders from the bankers who own the two party political system in the United States. Obama takes orders from agents of the bankster cartel in his administration, namely Larry Summers (CFR, Trilateral Commission, former Secretary of the Treasury, and economist for the World Bank loan sharking operation), Timothy Geithner (Trilateral Commission, Secretary of the Treasury, former New York Fed boss), and Paul Volcker (Trilateral Commission, former Fed boss, and Chase Manhattan operative), to name but three.

“Every major crisis we face today is directly attributable to policies put forth and executed by members of [the] Trilateral Commission: Banking/lending/mortgage crisis, energy/gas price crisis, food/shortage/price crisis,” writes Patrick Wood. “In addition, in the last fifteen to twenty years we have lost of millions of prime manufacturing jobs to China, India and Mexico. Our prime assets are being purchased by sovereign wealth funds and foreign investors. Our currency has all but been destroyed throughout the world.”

Romney would have you believe the current crisis — nothing less than a continuation of the crisis under Bush — can be pinned on the Democrat donkey.

“The argument that the two parties should represent opposed ideals and policies, one, perhaps, of the Right and the other of the Left, is a foolish idea acceptable only to doctrinaire and academic thinkers,” Quigley wrote in Tragedy and Hope. “Instead, the two parties should be almost identical, so that the American people can throw the rascals out at any election without leading to any profound or extensive shifts in policy. Then it should be possible to replace it, every four years if necessary, by the other party, which will be none of these things but will still pursue, with new vigor, approximately the same basic policies.”

Romney and the neocon Republicans are selling “approximately the same basic policies” as the Democrats, that is to say the policies of the bankster cartel. The real shame is that a large number of Americans are fooled by this chicanery every four years. Obamatrons and CPACers especially.

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Re: The Mitt Romney Deception
« Reply #1 on: October 17, 2011, 06:34:44 PM »
http://www.infowars.com/bill-oreilly-says-fiscal-tough-guy-romney-will-be-next-president/

Bill O’Reilly Says “Fiscal Tough Guy” Romney Will Be Next President

Kurt Nimmo
Infowars.com
June 23, 2010

Fox News “conservative” (who has proposed a national sales tax) Bill O’Reilly says the next president will be obliged to cut the federal budget. He predicts Mitt Romney will fill the order. But as Carla Howell writes, Romney is anything but a fiscal tough guy of the sort O’Reilly demands.

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Romney has not only raised taxes in Massachusetts, he has expanded the budget. Romney’s budget cuts, writes Howell, “were merely budget games. Spending cuts in one area were simply moved into another area of the budget.” The Massachusetts state budget was $22.7 billion a year when he took office in January of 2003, but when he left office four years later, it was over $25.7 billion — plus another $2.2 billion in spending that the legislature took “off budget.”

“The net effect of budgets proposed and signed into law by Mitt Romney? An additional $5.2 billion in state spending — and a similar increase in new taxes. Every year.”

Romney teamed up with the late Teddy Kennedy to burden the people of Massachusetts with government mandated health care. “Voters of Massachusetts did not vote for RomneyCare. Mitt Romney foisted the granddaddy of Big Government expansions upon them without warning. He championed it from the beginning. Again, without any prodding from his Democrat rivals,” writes Howell.

Maybe Bill O’Reilly likes Mitt because he proposed and then foisted new taxes on the people of Massachusetts. In December, 2009, Bill debated Glenn Beck on what sort of additional tax burden to impose on the American people. Bill advocated a sales tax and Beck argued in favor of a value added tax. These guys claim to be opposed to big government. They are highly paid whores for the global elite and the banksters.

     http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bYRZgIL-hUk

When he ran for Governor of Massachusetts in 2002, Romney proposed three new taxes — a new tax on vehicles, a new tax on campaign donations, and a new tax on building construction. “Each of the four years Romney served as governor, he raised taxes — while pretending he didn’t. He claims he only raised mandatory government ‘fees.’ But government mandatory fees are nothing but taxes, and taxes are nothing but mandatory government fees. Romney’s new tax-fees raised hundreds of millions of dollars in new tax revenue for the state government every year.” He also closed “loopholes” that allowed the state to impose an internet sales tax.

Mitt Romney is a tax and spend Republican. Bill O’Reilly knows this. O’Reilly is pushing Mitt as president because the banksters want the debt they sold to the government paid off and in the process turn the American people into serfs and debt slaves. It is Bill’s job to get a “fiscal tough guy” who is in fact a tax and spender in the Oval Office.

“The chief problem of American political life for a long time has been how to make the two Congressional parties more national and international,” said CFR historian Carrol Quigley. “The argument that the two parties should represent opposed ideals and policies, one, perhaps of the Right and the other of the Left, is a foolish idea acceptable only to the doctrinaire and academic thinkers. Instead the two parties should be almost identical, so the that American people can ‘throw the rascals out’ at any election without leading to any profound or extensive shifts in policy.”
"Abolish all taxation save that upon land values." -- Henry George

"If our nation can issue a dollar bond, it can issue a dollar bill." -- Thomas Edison

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Re: The Mitt Romney Deception
« Reply #2 on: October 17, 2011, 06:38:43 PM »
http://www.prisonplanet.com/hypocrite-romney-is-just-as-elitist-as-obama.html

Hypocrite Romney Is Just As Elitist As Obama

Attempt to appear as “man of the people” falls flat

Steve Watson
Prisonplanet.com
Sept 27, 2011



The corporate media’s declared GOP front runner Mitt Romney has been attempting to win over voters recently by painting himself up as a “man of the people”, arguing that Obama’s Ivy League education and elitism serves as a distinct disconnect.

However, the suggestion that Romney somehow represents the antithesis of such elitism or any kind of shift away from the status quo in Washington, crumbles with a cursory peek into his own background.

In several recent campaign speeches, Romney has, rather hilariously, targeted Obama’s foreign policy in such terms.

In a speech last month to Veterans of Foreign Wars national convention in San Antonio, Romney said of the idea that if the United States recedes, its enemies will reciprocate, “That may be what they think in that Harvard faculty lounge…but it’s not what they know on the battlefield!”

Ignoring the ludicrous idea that Romney knows anything about being on a battlefield, his Harvard comments are meaningless given that he himself graduated from Harvard Law School and Harvard Business School with, count them, two degrees. Romney received a JD and an MBA in 1975, graduating in the top 5% of his class.

In addition, one of Romney’s chief foreign policy advisers is former Bush aide Meghan O’Sullivan, a Harvard international relations professor – who could be more familiar with the inside of the dreaded Harvard faculty lounge?

Romney’s chief economic advisor, N. Gregory Mankiw, is a Harvard economics professor.

Three of Romney’s sons all graduated from Harvard Business School.

Romney notoriously awarded $50,000 to Harvard Business School in 2003 and has to date received more than $56,000 in donations from Harvard professors and the spouses of Harvard professors.

Yes Obama is undoubtedly a hand picked elitist Harvard educated president, yet Romney was formed in the exact same mould.

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Re: The Mitt Romney Deception
« Reply #3 on: October 17, 2011, 06:47:22 PM »
http://globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=27026

Mitt Romney’s Neocon Foreign Policy Plan

by Prof. Lawrence S. Wittner



Global Research, October 11, 2011
Consortiumnews.com - 2011-10-10

Presidential contender Mitt Romney has laid out his vision for a foreign policy in a Romney administration – and it looks like it could have been dreamt up by the same neocons who guided George W. Bush’s disastrous pursuit of permanent U.S. military dominance.

If current polls are correct, Mitt Romney seems likely to become the 2012 Republican presidential candidate and, quite possibly, the next president of the United States.

Therefore, we should carefully examine his first major foreign and military policy address — delivered on Oct. 7 at the Citadel, in Charleston, South Carolina — and ponder the question: Is Mitt Romney ready for the world?

Romney began his speech with a heavy dose of fear. Iran, he warned, could well become “a fully activated nuclear weapons state, threatening its neighbors, [and] dominating the world’s oil supply.” Indeed, “Iran’s suicidal fanatics could blackmail the world.”

In Afghanistan, the Taliban might well “find a path back to power,” with the country sinking “back into the medieval terrors of fundamentalist rule.” Pakistan’s instability could end up placing nuclear weapons “in the hands of Islamic jihadists,” while “the malign socialism” of Venezuela and Cuba could “undermine the prospects of democracy” in Latin America.

Then, of course, there are the heavy dancers. China’s leaders could well take that nation down “a darker path, intimidating their neighbors, brushing aside an inferior American Navy in the Pacific, and building a global alliance of authoritarian states.”

And Russia might well “bludgeon the countries of the former Soviet Union into submission, and intimidate Europe with the levers of its energy resources.” Nor should people forget “Islamic fundamentalism, with which we have been at war since Sept. 11, 2001.”

Fortunately, though, there is help for a beleaguered world on the horizon.

“God did not create this country to be a nation of followers,” Romney explained. “America is not destined to be one of several equally balanced global powers.” Instead, “the United States should always retain military supremacy.”

As president, he would not “wave the white flag of surrender” but, rather, “devote” himself to building “an American century.” As he explained:  “The twenty-first century can and must be an American century.” He would “not surrender America’s role in the world.  . . .  If you do not want America to be the strongest nation on earth, I am not your president.”

And how, exactly, would this American century be achieved? To provide the major pillar for the new order, Romney would “reverse President Obama’s massive defense cuts.”

(The fact that there were no defense cuts during the Obama years — indeed, that Obama took office with an annual Defense Department budget of $513 billion and, as of Sept. 30 of this year, had an annual Defense Department budget of $530 billion, plus increased spending for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan — seems not to have thrown Romney off stride.)

In the production of new U.S. warships alone, Romney promised to increase the annual number from nine to 15. He would also dramatically upgrade the (still unworkable) national missile defense system.

“In an American century,” he argued, America needed “the strongest military in the world.”

Of course, this military behemoth (currently costing almost as much as the military forces of all other nations combined) would have lots of work to do. In Afghanistan, for example, Romney would call a halt to plans for U.S. military withdrawal.

Meanwhile, he would “speak with our generals in the field, and receive the best recommendation of our military commanders” as to “the force level necessary to secure our gains and complete our mission successfully.” That might require a lot of troops, a lot of money, and a lot of time.

Throughout his address, Romney never acknowledged that, at least on occasion, U.S. foreign policy might have been plagued by faulty judgments or methods. Naturally, then, he did not mention the unnecessary Iraq war, the past U.S. support of Osama bin Laden, or other embarrassing ventures.

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Re: The Mitt Romney Deception
« Reply #4 on: October 17, 2011, 06:52:28 PM »
http://www.prisonplanet.com/romney-took-advice-from-obamas-eugenics-enthusiast-science-czar.html

Romney Took Advice From Obama’s Eugenics Enthusiast Science Czar

John P. Holdren’s job looks safe if Romney gets GOP nod

Steve Watson
Prisonplanet.com
October 17, 2011

An interesting piece from Investors.com notes that the corporate media darling GOP frontrunner, Mitt Romney, previously sought advice from White House science czar John P. Holdren when crafting carbon tax legislation for Massachusetts five years ago.



Under Romney’s leadership, Massachusetts became the first state in the country to pass legislation to regulate carbon emissions, in 2006. This is “something the Obama administration is trying to do to all states through the Environmental Protection Agency’s draconian job-killing regulations and mandates.” notes the Investors editorial.

Indeed, while other GOP candidates have expressed doubts about the effectiveness and legitimacy of carbon taxes, Romney has managed to attract the praise of Al Gore who stated in June that “While other Republicans are running from the truth, he is sticking to his guns in the face of the anti-science wing of the Republican Party.”

Romney’s position on Global warming is clear, in a June 3rd speech he stated “I don’t speak for the scientific community, of course, but I believe the world’s getting warmer. I can’t prove that, but I believe based on what I read that the world is getting warmer. And number two, I believe that humans contribute to that.”

It is Romney’s association with John P. Holdren that should be most concerning for Americans, however.

In 2005, a memo from the Massachusetts governor’s office noted that the new policy on carbon emissions had been in part drawn up with advice and input from “environmental and policy experts” including “John Holdren, professor of environmental policy at Harvard University.”

As we have exhaustively documented, Holdren infamously co-wrote a 1977 textbook in which he advocated the formation of a “planetary regime” that would use a “global police force” to enforce totalitarian measures of population control, including forced abortions, mass sterilization programs conducted via the food and water supply, as well as mandatory bodily implants that would prevent couples from having children.

Holdren is a Malthusian fanatic in the tradition of the arcane anti-human ideology that originated amongst British aristocracy in the 19th century… and both Obama and Romney have looked to him to form their policies.

Climate change isn’t the only scientific policy area that Romney and Obama share near identical views on. It is a well established fact that the Obama healthcare plan, declared unconstitutional by multiple federal courts, was modelled directly on Romneycare.

M.I.T. economist John Gruber, the architect of Romneycare in Massachusetts recently confirmed this, noting ”The White House wanted to lean a lot on what we’d done in Massachusetts.”

“They really wanted to know how we can take that same approach we used in Massachusetts and turn that into a national model.” Gruber added.

Investors.com also notes that a feature of ObamaCare “is its inclusion of contraceptives as a covered expense and its designation of pregnancy as a ‘preventable’ condition, as if it were a disease.” Once more John P. Holdren’s influence is evident.

The piece also notes that “Romney was pro-choice when he ran for governor but shifted his position as he entered the national stage.”

One candidate who has consistently made his stance on this matter clear is Dr Ron Paul, who stamped his pro-life credentials on to his latest ad campaign, airing in the early primary states ahead of tomorrow’s debate.

     http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MkAsLPrnJGc
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Federal Records Show Romney Campaign Bought And Paid For By Big Banks
« Reply #5 on: October 19, 2011, 02:55:12 PM »
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Federal Records Show Romney Campaign Bought And Paid For By Big Banks

Ron Paul’s campaign financed by active duty servicemen and women, grassroots supporters

Steve Watson
Prisonplanet.com
October 19, 2011

A new independent analysis of 2012 presidential candidates’ campaign contributions confirms that Mitt Romney is the banksters’ choice for the GOP nominee, and indeed for President.

Records of campaign contributions based on Federal Election Commission data released electronically this past weekend, reveal that Romney’s top 20 donors are made up almost exclusively of the biggest private banks on the planet.

Among Romney’s top twenty donors are Credit Suisse Group, Morgan Stanley, Barclays, Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase & Co, Wells Fargo and Citigroup Inc.

By far and away Romney’s largest campaign contributions have emanated from employees and officials at Goldman Sachs, with a total of $354,700 donated.



The donations are tallied from the organization’s PAC, its individual members or employees or owners, and those individuals’ immediate families.

Remember that the limit on donating to candidates is $2,400 per person, as per the Federal Election Campaign Act.

In stark contrast to Romney, and every other candidate for that matter, the top three organizations that employ Congressman Ron Paul’s supporters are the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Army, and the U.S. Navy.

Indeed, the latest figures once again show that the Ron Paul 2012 Campaign has raised more donations from active military than all other presidential candidates—Republican or Democrat.



Paul tallied more than $75,000 from servicemen and women in the third quarter.

Paul also raised more from active military than all other GOP competitors combined, and more than incumbent President Barack Obama.

Unlike the majority of the rest of the field, Ron Paul’s donations have come solely from individuals and not from the use of PACs, bundling, subsidiaries and the like – indicating that the Congressman is the only candidate with purely grassroots support.



“This fundraising analysis confirms Americans’ beliefs about Ron Paul and their suspicions about Mitt Romney.” said Ron Paul 2012 National Campaign Chairman Jesse Benton in a statement.

“It is that Dr. Paul is extraordinarily popular and accepted by the everyman and by everyday heroes, while Romney relies almost exclusively on his big-business ties,” Benton added.

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16 Reasons Why Mitt Romney Would Be A Really, Really Bad President
« Reply #6 on: October 31, 2011, 10:41:04 AM »
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16 Reasons Why Mitt Romney Would Be A Really, Really Bad President

The American Dream
October 31, 2011

At this point, it appears very likely that Mitt Romney is going to be the Republican nominee for president in 2012. He has raised far more money than any of the other candidates, he is leading or is near the lead in all of the early states, the mainstream media have anointed him as the frontrunner and a number of recent polls show that most Republicans fully expect Romney to win the nomination. So will Mitt Romney be the next president of the United States? Well, he certainly fits the part. He looks like a president and he speaks very well. But when you look at what he really stands for that is where things become very troubling. The truth is that Mitt Romney is either very wrong or very “soft” on every single major issue. It would be a huge understatement to refer to Mitt Romney as a RINO (“Republican in name only”). When you closely examine their positions, there is very, very little difference between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama. Sure, Romney and Obama will say the “right things” to the voters during election season, but the reality is that a Romney administration would be so similar to an Obama administration that you would hardly know that a change has taken place. What you are about to read about Mitt Romney should alarm you very much. Mitt Romney would be a an absolute disaster for this country, and America cannot afford another disastrous presidency.

The fact that Barack Obama looked sharp and could give inspiring speeches helped him go a long way back in 2008. Well, it is the same thing with Romney. The guy looks very presidential and he sounds very presidential. When backed into a corner, he is extremely slick. He rarely makes mistakes and he is very polished.

Mitt Romney is a “politician” in the worst sense of the word. As his past has demonstrated, he will do and say just about anything in order to get elected. The positions he has taken during this campaign season have been carefully calculated to help him win both the Republican nomination and the general election.

That is why so many call Mitt Romney a “flip-flopper”. Romney will take just about any political position if he thinks that it will help him. Mitt Romney’s wife, Ann Romney, once made the following statement about her husband….

    “He can argue any side of a question. And sometimes you think he’s really believing his argument, but he’s not.”

So keep that in mind while reading the following information. Mitt Romney is trying to claim that he is a “conservative” and that he is looking out for the American people, but those claims simply are not true.

The following are 16 reasons why Mitt Romney would be a really, really bad president….

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Expose Reveals Mitt Romney, Family Tied To Perps Of $8 Billion Ponzi Scheme
« Reply #7 on: November 02, 2011, 07:06:57 PM »
In a blockbuster that may potentially doom the frontrunner for the Republican nominee for the presidency, it was reported today that, “Mitt Romney, his son Tagg, and Romney’s chief fundraiser, Spencer Zwick, have extensive financial and political ties to three men who allegedly participated in an $8.5 billion Ponzi scheme. A few months after the Ponzi scheme collapsed, a firm financed by Mitt Romney and run by his son and chief fundraiser partnered with the three men and created a new ‘wealth management business’ as a subsidiary.”

Mitt Romney, his son Tagg, and Romney’s chief fundraiser, Spencer Zwick, have extensive financial and political ties to three men who allegedly participated in an $8.5 billion Ponzi scheme. A few months after the Ponzi scheme collapsed, a firm financed by Mitt Romney and run by his son and chief fundraiser partnered with the three men and created a new “wealth management business” as a subsidiary.

In an exclusive interview with ThinkProgress, Tagg Romney confirmed their business relationship, but falsely claimed that the men were cleared of any wrongdoing associated with the Ponzi scheme. Tagg Romney told ThinkProgress that his three partners collected about $15,000 from their involvement in the Ponzi scheme. Court documents obtained by ThinkProgress show that the legal proceedings are ongoing and the men made over $1.6 million selling fraudulent CDs to investors.

The Ponzi Scheme

In 2009, prosecutors announced charges against the Stanford Financial Group, which managed a portfolio of $8.5 billion, for running a “massive, ongoing fraud” against its investors. The Ponzi scheme bust was one of the largest in recent history, second only to Bernie Madoff, who perpetrated a fraud estimated to be around $17 billion. The Stanford Ponzi scheme wiped out the savings of thousands, including many American retirees across the country. In Texas, 1290 people lost their retirement savings because of the Stanford Ponzi scheme; in Louisiana, several hundred reportedly suffered the same fate.

The Romney Business Connection

Launched in 2008 by Romney’s son Tagg and a few others, including Mitt Romney’s chief fundraiser Spencer Zwick, Solamere Capital is a “fund of funds,” meaning that it primarily invests in other investment companies, like private equity groups.

Mitt Romney himself made a $10 million initial seed investment in Solamere Capital and his personal financial disclosure forms reveal that he has received between $100,000 and $1 million in returns from his stake in Solamere. Romney has come under fire for refusing to release his tax returns, which would likely reveal additional details about his financial relationship with Solamere Capital.

After news of the Ponzi scheme precipitated the collapse of Stanford in 2009, Tagg partnered with several of Stanford’s North Carolina executives to start a firm called Solamere Advisors. At least three prominent brokers who had worked for Stanford — Tim Bambauer, Deems May, and Brandon Phillips — joined Tagg to help run Solamere Advisors, a wealth management business located in Charlotte, North Carolina. “We are excited to be associated with such a highly capable group of financial advisors with a proven track record of meeting the needs of their clients throughout the Southeast,” said Tagg in a press release announcing Solamere Advisors, which borrows its the name from its parent company, Solamere Capital.

The Romney Campaign Connection

The Romney campaign and the Romney family investment company are deeply entwined. A recent Boston Globe investigation found that top donors to the Romney campaign have invested into Tagg’s firm, and that Romney’s star campaign fundraiser, Spencer Zwick, doubles as a managing partner for Solamere Capital. The Romney campaign has paid Zwick’s firm, SJZ LLC, over $2 million in fees this year alone. Mitt Romney’s brother Scott Romney is listed as a senior advisor to Solamere Capital.

Tagg Defends Partners, Falsely Claims They Were Cleared Of Wrongdoing

In an interview with ThinkProgress after the CNN debate in Las Vegas, Tagg said he was proud of his investment with Solamere Advisors, the wealth management firm now run by Stanford’s former executives. “They’re friends of ours, they use the [Solamere] name, we own a piece of them,” he said. “We helped them get started.” Romney’s son said he owns a minority stake in Solamere Advisors, but noted that they operate with some level of independence. “We don’t control them at all, we just own them,” he explained.

The Solamere Advisors website lists Bambauer, May, and Tagg Romney among the directors of the firm (Eric Scheuermann, a managing partner for Solamere Capital, is also a director of Solamere Advisors). The Solamere name comes from “a private community in Deer Valley, Utah, where [Mitt] Romney owned a ski mansion,” reports Globe writers Michael Kranish and Donovan Slack.

“Did you know that some of those guys were in with, there were allegations that some of those guys were involved with the Allen Stanford Ponzi scheme?” ThinkProgress asked. “Before we invested in them, they were in that. But they were cleared of that before we made our investment,” replied Tagg, who spoke to ThinkProgress for a few minutes while walking around the Venetian hotel after the debate.

ThinkProgress also asked about the allegedly fraudulent profits made by his partners in helping orchestrate the Stanford Ponzi scheme and the current effort by Stanford’s victims to retrieve their money. In response, Tagg claimed that his colleagues are also victims: “They probably made, their pay there was like $15,000 total. Those guys got totally screwed by the whole thing. It almost ended their whole careers because they moved all their clients over [to the Stanford Financial Group], and then the place was shut down two months after they moved their clients over. They hadn’t made any money yet. They had bonuses and everything promised to them, but they didn’t make any of their money. So they made no money.”

Tagg’s assertions, that his Solamere Advisors partners who were employed in the Stanford Ponzi scheme didn’t make “any money,” and that they their involvement in the Ponzi scheme has been “cleared,” contrasts with court documents obtained by ThinkProgress. According to documents reviewed by ThinkProgess using the Pacer search engine, charges against Tim Bambauer, Deems May, and Brandon Phillips have not been dropped. A recent court filing shows May requesting the court for arbitration instead of going to trial. ThinkProgress also spoke to the deputy clerk for the federal District Court in Dallas, and confirmed that the three men are still defendants in the lawsuit to recover the Ponzi scheme money.

Moreover, a court-appointed audit of the Stanford Financial Group found that several of the former Stanford brokers made far more than what Tagg claimed:

    – Solamere Advisors managing partner Tim Bambauer made $1,143,392 in incentive pay selling fraudulent CDs to investors.
    – Solamere Advisors partner Deems May made $465,000 in incentive pay selling fraudulent CDs to investors.
    – Solamere Advisors operations manager made Brandon Phillips $70,000 in incentive pay selling fraudulent CDs to investors.

The lawsuit filed by the Securities and Exchange Commission claims the Stanford Financial Group built its Ponzi scheme by incentivizing brokers to sell fraudulent CDs with an array of bonuses. A document filed in the District Court of North Texas says that Stanford “used an elaborate and sophisticated incentive program” to encourage brokers, like Bambauer and others, to lure investors into the Ponzi scheme. A suit to recover money for Stanford’s victims declares that Stanford’s former brokers are not entitled to their performance pay because those funds were made in “furtherance of the Ponzi scheme.”

Despite Tagg’s assertion that his partners were innocent and had no idea what was going on, representatives for Stanford’s victims differ. San Antonio attorney Edward C. Snyder, an attorney representing Stanford’s investor victims, scoffed at the notion that Stanford’s brokers did not know what they were getting into. They were “making outrageous fees and commissions from selling and promoting CDs,” said Snyder in an interview with ThinkProgress, adding, “no one makes that kind of money doing that.” As the litigation continues, Synder said he is confident that all of Stanford’s brokers that received performance pay selling CDs “are going to give the money back.” Snyder told us that many of Stanford’s brokers have made the argument that they had no idea what was going on, but he isn’t buying it. “Anyone that was selling a related-company offshore bank CD to his clients, and making such a large percent of commission, should have their license revoked,” wrote Snyder in an e-mail.

Bambauer, hired by Tagg in July 2009 as the managing partner for Solamere Advisors, left the firm two months ago, according to Deems May, who spoke to ThinkProgress last week. Bambauer was a higher level executive at the Stanford Financial Group. The Solamere Advisors website still lists Bambauer as a director of the firm along with Tagg. A message left with the Bambauer household has not been returned.

Asked about the current effort by the court-appointed receiver to retrieve the commissions received in selling Stanford Ponzi scheme CDs, May said he “can’t comment on anything like that.” Tagg told ThinkProgress that he now only owns a 5 percent stake in Solamere Advisors, but May said to check with Eric Scheuermann, Tagg’s business partner, about the extent of Solamere Capital’s ownership holding in Solamere Advisors. Mays also referred ThinkProgress’ other questions to Solamere Capital, but the firm has not responded to ThinkProgress’ request for comment.

ThinkProgress compiled a chart illustrating the financial connections between Mitt Romney, the Romney for President campaign, Tagg Romney, and the alleged Ponzi scheme brokers:



Despite Ponzi Business Connection, Romney Promises To Repeal New Investor Protection Laws

The revelation about Romney’s ties to the Stanford ponzi scheme unmask the risks associated with removing new investor protections. The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform law, a reform Romney says he will repeal if he wins the presidency, attempts to address future Ponzi schemes by enacting new protections for whistleblowers to alert authorities when they find evidence of fraud. The law also creates a new Investor Advocate and Investor Advisory Committee within the Securities and Exchange Commission to detect and investigate future Ponzi schemes.

Mike Hudson, a reporter with iWatch News and author of a new book about how predatory Wall Street practices created the financial crisis, told ThinkProgress that Dodd-Frank “could be a game changer that helps the SEC identify and shut down Ponzis and Ponzi-like schemes.” But on the campaign trail, Romney, a fierce critic of efforts to reign in Wall Street practices, has called new investor protections like Dodd-Frank “extraordinarily burdensome.”

When ThinkProgress spoke to Tagg in Las Vegas, the last question about the Stanford Ponzi scheme was this: “How do you prevent a Ponzi scheme like that?” “Hey guys, we’re done,” Tagg said before taking off.

[Update]In an e-mail to National Journal’s Chris Frates, the Romney campaign attacks ThinkProgress as “a left-wing blog with a highly partisan agenda.” The Romney campaign did not directly dispute any of our assertions. Rather, the Romney spokesperson called our story “false material.” The Romney campaign has not backed up Tagg Romney’s assertion that his Solamere Advisors partners were “cleared” of wrongdoing in connection to the Stanford Financial Group Ponzi scheme. We stand by our reporting.[/update]

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Re: The Mitt Romney Deception
« Reply #8 on: November 07, 2011, 10:49:40 AM »
You Don’t Know Mitt: 99 Facts About Mitt Romney



1. As head of the investment company Bain Capital, Mitt Romney laid off thousands of workers.

[CBS News,  01/28/2008]
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2. Mitt Romney's advice on the foreclosure crisis: “Don't try and stop the foreclosure process.”

[Mother Jones,  10/18/2011]
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3. The former Bain Capital managing director said of Mitt Romney's tenure: "We had a scheme where the rich got richer."

[Los Angeles Times,  12/16/2007]
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4. Mitt Romney set up shell companies in the Cayman Islands and Bermuda to avoid U.S. taxes.

[Los Angeles Times,  12/19/2007]
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5. Mitt Romney calls Obama’s payroll tax cut that would save middle class/lower income families $1,500 a year “temporary little band aids.”

[Yahoo! News,  10/18/2011]
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6. Mitt Romney's first budget as governor included $240 million in fee increases.

[Meet the Press,  12/16/2007]
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7. As governor, Mitt Romney made it more expensive to use an ice skating rink, register a boat, take the bar exam, and transport hazardous waste.

[Associated Press, The Boston Globe,  08/28/2007]
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8. Mitt Romney's plan for a “middle class tax cut” would provide zero benefits to 73.9 percent of the middle class.

[ThinkProgress,  10/14/2011]
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9. In 2008, Mitt Romney proposed a $233 billion "stimulus package" to boost the economy.

[USA Today,  01/20/2008]
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10. Under Mitt Romney's leadership, Massachusetts ranked 47th among the 50 states in job creation.

[ThinkProgress,  06/2/2011]
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11. During Mitt Romney’s tenure, Massachusetts’ job growth was at 0.9 percent, far behind the national average of over 5 percent.

[ThinkProgress,  06/2/2011]
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12. A Northeastern University economist found that Massachusetts lagged on virtually every economic indicator while Mitt Romney was in office.

[ThinkProgress,  06/2/2011]
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13. Mitt Romney has proposed tax cuts for the rich and corporations that would cost $7.8 trillion over 10 years.

[ThinkProgress,  09/7/2011]
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14. Mitt Romney boasts a record for creating private-sector jobs, but as governor, state employment grew twice as fast as the private sector.

[ThinkProgress,  09/6/2011]
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15. Mitt Romney called the Occupy Wall Street movement "dangerous."

[ThinkProgress,  10/4/2011]
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16. Mitt Romney's top economic adviser Greg Mankiw said the "offshoring" of American jobs was a good thing.

[Washington Post,  02/11/2004]
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17. Mitt Romney called for taxes on the poor, saying low-income Americans having no income tax liability is “a problem” that will “kill the country.”

[ThinkProgress,  09/21/2011]
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18. Mitt Romney called the auto bailout "tragic." After it succeeded his campaign claimed he "had the idea first."

[ThinkProgress,  05/25/2011]
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19. Back in 2002, a spokesman for Mitt Romney derided an anti-tax pledge as “government by gimmickry.” He signed the Americans for Tax Reform pledge in 2012.

[ThinkProgress,  06/29/2011]
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20. Mitt Romney admits he couldn't reduce Massachusetts’ multi-billion dollar budget deficit without new revenue.

[The Boston Globe,  04/6/2003]
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21. Mitt Romney would repeal the Dodd-Frank bill, which regulates the risky practices that led to the 2008 crisis.

[ThinkProgress,  08/25/2011]
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22. Mitt Romney, who lambasts the “failures” of government-backed mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, profits from investments in the firms.

[ThinkProgress,  09/20/2011]
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23. Mitt Romney: “Corporations are people, my friend.”

[ThinkProgress,  08/11/2011]
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24. In 1996, Mitt Romney called the flat tax a "tax cut for fat cats." In 2011, Romney said "I love a flat tax."

[New York Times,  10/24/2011]
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25. Mitt Romney supports privatizing Social Security.

[ThinkProgress,  09/8/2011]
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26. Mitt Romney defended his belief that we “should consider a higher retirement age” for Social Security and Medicare to preserve tax breaks for corporations.

[ThinkProgress,  08/11/2011]
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27. Mitt Romney signed a budget that cut K-12 spending by $181.6 million (4 percent) and higher education spending by $100 million (10 percent).

[The Boston Globe,  10/24/2005]
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28. Mitt Romney said he wants to “get the federal government out of education.”

[ThinkProgress,  09/23/2011]
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29. As governor, Mitt Romney vetoed a minimum wage increase to $8 an hour.

[The Boston Globe,  08/1/2006]
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30. Mitt Romney said he "cannot see that a Cabinet position would be justified" for an American Muslim.

[Politico,  11/27/2007]
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31. Mitt Romney opposes troop withdrawal from Iraq.

[ThinkProgress,  10/21/2011]
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32. Mitt Romney says the U.S. should cede humanitarian aid and global leadership to China: "We ought to get the Chinese to take care of the people."

[ThinkProgress,  10/19/2011]
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33. Mitt Romney vowed to increase the size of the military by 100,000 troops.

[Associated Press,  10/8/2011]
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34. Mitt Romney said that catching bin Laden would be "insignificant" and it's "not worth moving heaven and earth."

[New York Times,  05/3/2007]
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35. Mitt Romney wanted "bombardment" of Iran.

[New York Times,  10/26/2007]
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36. Mitt Romney advocated doubling the size of Guantanamo.

[ThinkProgress,  08/22/2011]
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37. Mitt Romney says Obama’s worst foreign policy mistake is the START treaty, a modest treaty originally negotiated by Reagan to ensure nuclear stability between the U.S. and Russia.

[ThinkProgress,  07/6/2010]
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38. Many of Mitt Romney’s foreign policy advisers helped push the U.S. into war with Iraq.

[ThinkProgress,  10/6/2011]
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39. In 2008, Mitt Romney said if a Democrat won the White House it would mean "attacks on America."

[ThinkProgress,  02/7/2008]
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40. Mitt Romney says it was "entirely possible" that Saddam did have WMDs.

[ThinkProgress,  05/8/2007]
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41. Asked if Iraq was a mistake, Mitt Romney said “Well, the question is kind of a nonsequitur.”

[Media Matters,  06/6/2007]
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42. Mitt Romney named Walid Phares, a radical Islamophobe tied to a militia that committed atrocities, to his foreign policy team.

[The New Republic,  10/24/2011]
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43. Mitt Romney won't say whether he thinks waterboarding is torture.

[Democracy Now,  11/29/2007]
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44. Mitt Romney criticized President Obama for a nearly identical green energy program Romney set up in his state. Three of the six companies the Massachusetts fund invested in are now defunct or struggling.

[Politico,  10/26/2011]
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45. Mitt Romney opposes regulating carbon dioxide and other gases linked to climate change.

[ThinkProgress,  08/26/2011]
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46. Mitt Romney supports drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Reserve.

[The Boston Globe,  12/13/2005]
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47. Mitt Romney considers liquid coal a “clean” technology, though it emits more greenhouse gasses than oil.

[USA Today,  09/27/2007]
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48. Mitt Romney stalled and eventually withdrew from a multi-state “pollution pact” that would cap plants’ carbon emissions.

[The Boston Globe,  12/10/2005]
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49. Mitt Romney said the Clean Air Act doesn’t apply to carbon emissions.

[ThinkProgress,  07/18/2011]
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50. Today, Mitt Romney says a cap and trade program would have “devastating results for people across the planet.” In 2005, Romney said he was “convinced” that cap and trade was “good business.”

[ThinkProgress,  05/20/2011]
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51. Mitt Romney's energy policy adviser works for a lobbying firm for a major coal company.

[ThinkProgress,  09/12/2011]
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52. Mitt Romney supports unlimited coal and oil production.

[ThinkProgress,  05/20/2011]
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53. Mitt Romney supports penalties for doctors who perform an abortion.

[ThinkProgress,  10/3/2011]
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54. Mitt Romney wants to see Roe v. Wade overturned.

[Meet The Press,  12/16/2007]
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55. Mitt Romney used to say he was pro-choice, and now he's "avidly pro-life."

[Sioux City Journal,  12/27/2007]
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56. Mitt Romney would “absolutely” support a state constitutional amendment to define life as beginning at conception, which would restrict women’s right to an abortion.

[ThinkProgress,  10/3/2011]
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57. In 2005, Mitt Romney vetoed a measure that would have increased access to emergency contraception by allowing pharmacists to provide the pill without a prescription.

[ThinkProgress,  07/29/2011]
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58. Mitt Romney pledged to expand a Bush-Era policy of permitting doctors to deny women access to contraceptives.

[ThinkProgress,  09/6/2011]
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59. Top Mitt Romney legal adviser Robert Bork said women "aren't discriminated against anymore."

[ThinkProgress,  10/17/2011]
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60. Mitt Romney drafted a bill to exempt a religious group from nondiscrimination rules, allowing it to ban gay couples from adopting children.

[Associated Press,  03/14/2006]
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61. In the 1990s, Mitt Romney told the Log Cabin Republicans that he'd be better than Ted Kennedy on gay rights.

[ThinkProgress,  06/8/2011]
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62. Mitt Romney has signed the National Organization for Marriage anti-gay campaign pledge, calling for a federal amendment outlawing same-sex marriage.

[ThinkProgress,  08/4/2011]
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63. Mitt Romney on Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’s end: “I believe it should have been kept in place until conflict was over.”

[ThinkProgress,  06/13/2011]
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64. Mitt Romney refused to condemn the booing of a gay soldier at a GOP debate.

[ThinkProgress,  10/4/2011]
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65. Mitt Romney suggested the government should continue to subsidize religious organizations that discriminate against gay couples in the adoption process.

[ThinkProgress,  09/6/2011]
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66. Campaigning in 1994, Mitt Romney said "I don't line up with the NRA." Today, Mitt Romney is a lifetime member of the NRA.

[Time,  05/10/2007]
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67. Mitt Romney criticized Ted Kennedy for not being tough enough on guns.

[The Boston Globe,  08/27/1994]
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68. Mitt Romney falsely claimed he was endorsed by the NRA in 2002.

[Washington Post,  12/16/2007]
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69. Mitt Romney blamed pornography for the Virginia Tech shooting.

[Fox News,  07/5/2007]
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70. Mitt Romney’s former health care consultant, an MIT economist, claimed the former governor is being “dishonest” when he says he didn’t have to raise taxes in order to pay for Romneycare.

[ThinkProgress,  10/14/2011]
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71. Mitt Romney said he supported the Ryan Republican budget plan that would effectively end Medicare.

[ThinkProgress,  04/25/2011]
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72. Mitt Romney’s first act as president would be to allow all states to opt out of health reform through executive action, which would be illegal.

[ThinkProgress,  03/23/2011]
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73. Mitt Romney would repeal the broad prohibition against denying coverage to individuals with pre-existing conditions.

[ThinkProgress,  05/13/2011]
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74. Mitt Romney claims Massachusetts is not a model for health reform, after saying in 2009 his state “is a model for getting everyone insured.”

[ThinkProgress,  04/8/2010]
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75. Mitt Romney criticizes “Obamacare” but it is functionally identical to Romneycare.

[ThinkProgress,  01/19/2010]
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76. Mitt Romney reversed his campaign position, enacting abstinence-only sex education in schools.

[The Boston Globe,  06/30/2007]
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77. Mitt Romney’s health care advisers played a key role in drafting the Affordable Care Act.

[ThinkProgress,  03/5/2010]
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78. Mitt Romney: “I’m running for office, for Pete’s sake, I can’t have illegals.”

[Politico,  10/19/2007]
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79. Mitt Romney initially supported the Bush plan for a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants. He later denounced it.

[Washington Post,  02/4/2008]
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80. Mitt Romney was endorsed in 2008 by radical anti-immigrant activists like Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-CO) and Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

[ThinkProgress,  03/5/2010]
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81. The landscaping company Mitt Romney used to tend his mansion for 10 years employed illegal immigrants.

[ThinkProgress,  04/26/2011]
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82. Mitt Romney criticized Rick Perry for providing government benefits to undocumented immigrants, but Romneycare provided free health care to undocumented immigrants.

[Los Angelus Times,  10/23/2011]
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83. As of October 2011, Mitt Romney has raised more than five times as much money from Wall St. employees as Obama, raising $1.5 million.

[ThinkProgress,  10/16/2011]
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84. A leaked strategic document from Mitt Romney’s 2007 campaign lists “perfect hair” among the candidate’s flaws.

[The Boston Globe,  02/27/2007]
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85. Mitt Romney said he finds “it hard to disagree with Rush Limbaugh on topics.”

[ThinkProgress,  03/9/2010]
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86. Mitt Romney in 2004: "From now on, it's me me me."

[The Boston Globe,  06/30/2007]
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87. Whenever the Massachussets House challenged Mitt Romney, they overrode his vetoes 99.6 percent of the time.

[The Boston Globe,  06/30/2007]
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88. Mitt Romney in 2008: I "love" George W. Bush.

[ThinkProgress,  01/3/2008]
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89. Mitt Romney refused to pardon an Iraq war veteran's BB-gun conviction but called Bush's commutation of Scooter Libby's prison sentence "reasonable."

[ThinkProgress,  07/4/2007]
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90. Tea Party billionaire David Koch hosted one of Mitt Romney's first fundraisers for his 2012 campaign.

[ThinkProgress,  03/15/2011]
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91. Mitt Romney considers himself “in sync” with the Tea Party.

[Reuters,  08/18/2011]
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92. Mitt Romney’s beach house has a “nonliving area” that is twice the size of the average American home.

[ThinkProgress,  08/29/2011]
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93. Mitt Romney plans to bulldoze his 3,000-square-foot $12 million home in California to replace it with one four times its size. Romney also owns a $10 million estate in New Hampshire.

[ThinkProgress,  08/21/2011]
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94. Mitt Romney feels Americans’ pain because he’s “also unemployed.” Romney was worth $250 million in 2008.

[ThinkProgress,  06/16/2011]
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95. Mitt Romney’s Olympics office refused to give free or discounted tickets to family of firefighters who died in 9/11, though it provided tickets to Utah legislators.

[The Boston Globe,  06/28/2007]
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96. Mitt Romney made millions investing in companies that did business in Iran.

[CNN Money,  07/12/2007]
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97. Mitt Romney falsely claimed he saw his father march with MLK Jr.

[The Boston Phoenix,  12/21/2007]
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98. In 2007, Mitt Romney briefly declared his favorite book was Scientology classic Battlefield Earth, though he quickly changed it to Mark Twain’s Hucklebery Finn.

[ThinkProgress,  07/5/2011]
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99. Mitt Romney won't release his tax returns.

[ThinkProgress,  10/11/2011]
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Re: The Mitt Romney Deception
« Reply #9 on: November 18, 2011, 04:56:21 PM »
Before leaving office, Romney staff wiped records

Just before Mitt Romney left the Massachusetts governor’s office and first ran for president, 11 of his top aides purchased their state-issued computer hard drives, and the Romney administration’s e-mails were all wiped from a server, according to interviews and records obtained by the Globe.

Romney administration officials had the remaining computers in the governor’s office replaced just before Governor Deval Patrick’s staff showed up to take power in January 2007, according to Mark Reilly, Patrick’s chief legal counsel.

As a result, Patrick’s office, which has been bombarded with inquiries for records from the Romney era, has no electronic record of any Romney administration e-mails, Reilly said.

“The governor’s office has found no e-mails from 2002-2006 in our possession,’’ Reilly said in a statement. “Before the current administration took office, the computers used during that time period were replaced and the server used during that time period was taken out of service, all files were removed from it, and it was also replaced.’’

Andrea Saul, a spokeswoman for the Romney campaign, said the governor’s aides did nothing wrong.

“In leaving office, the governor’s staff complied with the law and longtime executive branch practice,’’ she said. “Some employees exercised the option to purchase computer equipment when they left. They did so openly with personal checks.’’

She accused Patrick of “doing the Obama campaign’s dirty work’’ and called it one in a series of “political attacks to distract from Obama’s horrible record on jobs.’’ Patrick, a Democrat, is a close friend and supporter of President Obama, and is expected to play a prominent role in his reelection campaign.

Secretary of State William F. Galvin, who oversees the state Public Records Law, said it appeared odd that state property - in this case, hard drives - was essentially being sold to private individuals.

“I don’t sell things to people who work for me,’’ said Galvin, a Democrat. “I’ve heard of people getting their chair or something as a gift. But generally if you work for me you don’t take your laptop with you when you leave.’’

Galvin pointed out that, in 1997, the Supreme Judicial Court ruled that “the governor is not explicitly included’’ in the Public Records Law. He said that means that e-mails don’t have to be released to the public, but the governor’s office still has to preserve them and turn them over to the state archivist.

“They have an obligation as a public official to preserve their records,’’ Galvin said. “Electronic records are held to the same standard as paper records. There’s no question. They’re not in some lesser standard.’’

Officials from the two prior administrations, of governors Paul Cellucci and Jane Swift, could not be reached last night, leaving it unclear whether their aides took similar actions regarding hard drives, e-mails, and computer servers.

Just before leaving office, Romney’s staff went before the Records Conservation Board, which is made up of appointees from various state agencies and reviews public record retention. In some cases, the Romney administration was given permission to destroy records, Galvin said, oftentimes because they were redundant.

“I know that all of the Romney materials were dealt with by the public records board,’’ Galvin said. “That doesn’t mean that what was portrayed to the records board was a complete and accurate summary. I don’t know that.’’

Mark Nielsen, who was Romney’s chief legal counsel, bought his hard drive on Dec. 12, 2006, just over two weeks before Patrick administration officials took over the governor’s office.

“The longstanding practice in the governor’s office was to give employees the option to buy old equipment when they were leaving office, and certain employees, including me, did that,’’ Nielsen told the Globe. “But those purchases were in conformance with the law and with longstanding executive branch practice.’’

“I’m confident that we complied with the letter and the spirit of the law,’’ he added. When asked why he would want to purchase his hard drive, he said, “Employees were given that option and it was my understanding that it was a longstanding practice in the governor’s office.’’

When asked about replacing the remaining computers and wiping the server clean, he said, “All I can tell you is we fully complied with the law and complied with longstanding executive branch practice. Nothing unusual was done.’’

Pam Wilmot, executive director of Common Cause Massachusetts, said Romney administration officials may not have violated the letter of the state Public Records Law, but may have run afoul of its spirit.

“Information that was generated in the administration belongs to the people of the Commonwealth, unless it was personal in nature,’’ she said. “There is a place for purchasing of surplus property, but there are procedures to do that. And it seems that we are, as a Commonwealth, losing something if all records were deleted.’’

All told, 11 Romney administration officials bought 17 hard drives from the governor’s office, paying $65 for each one, according to copies of canceled checks that they wrote and members of the current administration. Many of the aides wrote “equipment’’ or “hard drives’’ in the memo space on their checks.

Beth E. Myers, who was Romney’s chief of staff, bought her hard drive on Aug. 18, 2006, the same month that she left state employment.

She later became Romney’s campaign manager.

Peter G. Flaherty, who was Romney’s deputy chief of staff, bought the hard drive from his computer on Nov. 3, 2006, four days before Patrick was elected, defeating his Republican opponent, Kerry Healey, who was Romney’s lieutenant governor. Flaherty later became the Romney campaign’s chief liaison to social conservatives.

The rest of the hard drives were bought in November and December of 2006 by other aides.

While Patrick aides said they do not have any electronic records of Romney administration e-mails, Galvin said there are 700 to 800 boxes of paper records from the Romney era at the state archives in Boston.

In 2009, Mayor Thomas M. Menino of Boston was embroiled in controversy after one of his top aides, Michael J. Kineavy, acknowledged that he had deleted nearly every e-mail he sent or received over the previous five years.

The law requires municipal employees to preserve e-mails for at least two years, even if they have “no informational or evidential value,’’ and provides for penalties of up to a year in jail.

A nine-month investigation by Attorney General Martha Coakley’s office concluded, however, that the destruction of the e-mails was not a crime because Kineavy was not willfully attempting to hide the correspondence from the public.

http://bostonglobe.com/news/nation/2011/11/17/before-leaving-office-romney-staff-wiped-records/xIVEQd87zi0X0tl8KrXKYM/story.html

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Re: The Mitt Romney Deception
« Reply #10 on: December 06, 2011, 10:28:24 AM »
At Belmont Temple, Romney Was An Influential Leader
http://www.wbur.org/2011/12/06/romney-mormonism

Updated at 9:00 am, December 6th, 2011

BOSTON — A poll by the Pew Research Center says Mitt Romney’s religion will likely cost him support in the Republican primary because many white evangelical Protestants don’t view the Mormon religion as a Christian faith.

Romney was an influential church leader in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Boston for more than a decade. In this report, we look at how his church leadership shaped him.

Church Growth Under Bishop Romney

Romney no longer regularly attends Sunday church services at the Belmont Meeting House*, but his presence is still felt. One reminder is the beautiful pipe organ, which his large donation helped buy.

Romney currently doesn’t hold any leadership positions in the church as he runs for president. But he’s believed to be a Mormon in good standing, which means he gives 10 percent of his pretax income to the church — millions of dollars over the years. He also doesn’t drink or smoke and thus probably has a “temple recommend” card in his wallet. The card has a bar code that allows him entry to any Mormon temple. Even though faith and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Church play a fundamental role in his life, Romney rarely mentions it.

“My religion is for me and how I live my life,” Romney told an Iowa radio host recently.

For 15 years, Romney was in charge of the spiritual and sometimes practical needs of thousands of Mormons in the Boston area. Church members say he led with patience, built teams to solve problems, and showed deep compassion — characteristics that would make a good president.

“You do get a sense that this man is largely a gentle soul, that’s he’s decent, he’s never rude,” said Robert Draper, a New York Times reporter following Romney on the campaign trail. “But what you don’t get a sense is of his ability to be compassionate on this one-on-one basis.”

Romney oversaw the LDS church in Boston at a time of great growth and challenges. Soon after he became bishop in 1981 at the age of 34, the new meeting house in Belmont mysteriously burned down.

“The building was almost completed,” said Grant Bennett, a Mormon who served as bishop after Romney, when it “caught fire late one night and burned from the front of the chapel down towards the back the of the building.” Almost the entire building was destroyed.

The fire department said the fire was of suspicious origins, but it was never declared arson. But Mormons in the area say there was an undercurrent of religious bigotry. There was also an outpouring of support from many congregations who called Romney and invited him to hold services in their buildings. Romney saw this as an opportunity to build bridges, Bennett says, and took up the offers.

“We actually met in the Catholic St. Josephs Church for a couple of months, we met in the Armenian church for a couple of months, and we met in the Plymouth Congregational Church for a couple of months,” he said.

Still Romney played a key role in coping with anti-Mormon sentiment when it bubbled to the surface again about 10 years later after the church announced plans to build a large temple at the top of Belmont Hill.

Scott Ferson, who is not a Mormon but lives in Belmont, volunteered to help the church with public relations during the controversy over the temple. He says the temple shows how well-respected Romney is in the church.

“To have it selected for this Belmont site,” Ferson said, “really right on Mitt Romney’s backyard leads one to believe that he was instrumental in its location.”

The fight between the LDS church and some town members over the size and height of the steeple continued for years in zoning board meetings and in court. Romney was involved behind the scenes, says Clayton Christensen, a fellow Mormon and a professor at Harvard Business School.

“I remember at a meeting Mitt saying, ‘You know, I could be a force for good or I might be a lightning rod.’ So he gave us good advice but then he kinda stepped aside and let others take the heat,” Christensen chuckled.
And  the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, 
Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren,  ye have done it unto me.

Matthew 25:40

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Romney staff spent nearly $100,000 to hide records
« Reply #11 on: December 06, 2011, 02:08:01 PM »
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Romney staff spent nearly $100,000 to hide records

Reuters
December 6, 2011

Mitt Romney spent nearly $100,000 in state funds to replace computers in his office at the end of his term as governor of Massachusetts in 2007 as part of an unprecedented effort to keep his records secret, Reuters has learned.
 
The move during the final weeks of Romney’s administration was legal but unusual for a departing governor, Massachusetts officials say.
 
The effort to purge the records was made a few months before Romney launched an unsuccessful campaign for the Republican presidential nomination in 2008. He is again competing for the party’s nomination, this time to challenge Barack Obama for the presidency in 2012.
 
Five weeks before the first contests in Iowa, Romney has seen his position as frontrunner among Republican presidential candidates whittled away in the polls as rival Newt Gingrich, the former speaker of the House of Representatives, has gained ground.

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Re: The Mitt Romney Deception
« Reply #12 on: December 06, 2011, 02:25:47 PM »
There must be a few records that Romney wasn't able to 'wipe' away before he left Massachusetts... check this out:

Massachusetts considering ban on Romney records
* Officials reviewing state court ruling
* Romney was governor of Massachusetts from 2003 to 2007


By Mark Hosenball
http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/11/29/usa-campaign-romney-idUSN1E7AS18X20111129

BOSTON, Nov 29 (Reuters) - Massachusetts officials are reviewing a state court ruling to determine whether they should ban public access to paper records generated by Mitt Romney when he was the state's governor.

Officials say the review was not prompted by a request from the Republican presidential contender, but Massachusetts officials have received a surge of requests for records from Romney's governorship.

The review, revealed to Reuters, follows reports by the Boston Globe last week that just before Romney left the governor's office in 2007, 11 of his top aides purchased their state-issued computer hard drives and internal emails from Romney's administration were wiped from a state server.

Romney was governor of Massachusetts from 2003 to 2007 and worked with a Democratic-led state house to close a budget shortfall. He signed a healthcare overhaul that required nearly all state residents to buy insurance or face penalties.

Massachusetts' healthcare law became a model for President Barack Obama's nationwide healthcare overhaul, enacted into law last year.

As a presidential candidate, however, Romney has criticized "Obamacare," calling it an overreach by the federal government. His views on healthcare are criticized in TV ads by the Democratic National Committee that cast him as a flip flopper.

Republican and Democratic foes of Romney say the email scrub and questions about whether the public should have access to Romney's gubernatorial papers undermine efforts to assess his dealings as a politician and elected official.

At issue is Massachusetts officials' confusion over what rights the public has to see Romney's records, and what rights he has to keep them private.

State records typically are considered state property; Massachusetts' Public Records Law grants public access to such records as long as certain types of data, such as personal information, are redacted.

However, officials say, a state court ruling in 1997 could be interpreted to mean that the governor's records are not subject to public disclosure requirements.

Romney's campaign said present Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, a Democrat, was behind efforts to cast Romney as secretive about his record in office.

"It looks like Deval Patrick is doing the Obama campaign's dirty work. We expect to see more of these political attacks to distract from Obama's horrible record on jobs. In leaving office, the governor's staff complied with the law and longtime executive branch practice. Some employees exercised the option to purchase computer equipment when they left. They did so openly with personal checks," said Romney's spokeswoman Andrea Saul.

CONFUSION

The confusion over the law's application to Romney's papers has been particularly evident this week.

On Monday, a senior state archivist told a Reuters reporter that because of the policy review, the state archives two or three weeks ago had been told to shut off public access to all Romney papers it held, including documents that previously were available for public review.

Later that day, a spokesman for Secretary of the Commonwealth William Galvin, the official in charge of the state archives, said the ban on access to Romney's records was in force only for a few days and archivists were now free to give access to records that previously had been made public.

However, officials indicated that for now, archivists will not process requests for disclosure of previously undisclosed Romney papers.

Michael Comeau, director of operations for the Massachusetts State Archives, said that since Romney left office, only about 20 percent of an estimated 600 to 700 boxes of his records held by the archives had been made public. That disclosure followed a review of their contents by non-political archivists who removed or redacted material, such as personal information, whose disclosure is restricted by law.

A catalogue of box titles compiled by the archivists indicates that some of the contents relate to controversial issues that arose during Romney's governorship. Those include health care, same-sex marriage, and problems with the "Big Dig" a massive tunnel and highway project through Boston.

Journalists who went through some of the boxes when Romney briefly entered the last Republican presidential race four years ago found little controversial or illuminating material.

State officials said they did not know whether Romney or his aides went through or removed any material from the files before they were turned over to the state archives.

Galvin's spokesman, Brian McNiff, said the state review is continuing and he did not know when it would be completed. Galvin, a Democrat, was not available to comment.

McNiff declined to specify what possible outcomes of the current review could be. However, other officials said one possibility is that the state could deny access to all of Romney's records, including records released previously.

One state official, who asked for anonymity when discussing a politically sensitive issue, said at some point before he left office, Romney asked for official permission to destroy some of the records generated during his term as governor.

The official said that details of this request could only be made public in response to a freedom of information request. Reuters filed such a request on Monday.
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Time to Start a Romney Information Thread..
« Reply #13 on: December 29, 2011, 09:58:08 PM »
Not much time left to get all the info out on Mitt that we can compile and make go viral,,,  He has been virtually untouched other than  when he had his brief rise awhile ago..  The Iowa vote is on the third so no time like the present eh??? ;D

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Re: Time to Start a Romney Information Thread..
« Reply #14 on: December 29, 2011, 10:08:52 PM »
Well he sure as hell will not be getting rid of the dept. of Ed.  In fact It looks like he would problably be expanding that venture...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Political_positions_of_Mitt_Romney

Romney supports increasing standards for education and quality based incentives for teachers. He proposes identifying failing schools, more efficient schools and accountability, school choice, and English immersion. Romney has supported private and government efforts to increase merit scholarships for high school students. He has supported reforming under-performing schools with charter schools. Romney has supported means-tested vouchers for public and private schools as Governor. He has opposed efforts to teach creationism in schools. He believes that there should be more of an emphasis on family values in the educational system. Romney has supported efforts to fund nanotechnology and materials science education.[19]
 
Romney currently supports the federal government's involvement in education and supports No Child Left Behind. He said that he supports testing in schools and that testing "allows us to get better schools."[17] Romney also approved efforts in Massachusetts to require parents in poorly performing schools to attend parental education classes and awarding four-year scholarships to the best students. He also said he "favors paying bonuses to teachers who successfully teach ."[36] In his 1994 run for the Senate, Romney supported abolishing the Department of Education but has since renounced that. In the second presidential debate in South Carolina, he said,
 

I've taken a position where, once upon a time, I said I wanted to eliminate the Department of Education. That was my position when I ran for Senate in 1994. That's very popular with the base. As I've been a governor and seen the impact that the federal government can have holding down the interest of the teachers' unions and instead putting the interests of the kids and the parents and the teachers first, I see that the Department of Education can actually make a difference.[17]

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« Reply #15 on: December 29, 2011, 10:14:04 PM »
On the second amendment..

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Political_positions_of_Mitt_Romney
Romney has said "I support the right of individuals to keep and bear arms as guaranteed under the U.S. Constitution,"[49] though in past campaigns he has described himself as a proponent of gun control, and he fully supports a ban on assault weapons.[50]
 
For Romney's 1994 US Senate campaign, he supported the Brady Bill, which imposed a five-day waiting period on gun sales, and a ban on particular semi-automatic rifles.[50] In a 2002 debate during Romney's campaign for governor of Massachusetts, Romney said: "We do have tough gun laws in Massachusetts; I support them. I won't chip away at them; I believe they protect us and provide for our safety."[51] As governor, Romney signed a 2004 measure instituting a permanent Massachusetts ban on military style assault weapons, to take the place of a Federal ban, which was then about to expire. The bill made Massachusetts the first state to enact its own such ban on specific semi-automatic weapons and some shotguns with specific accessories, and Romney supported the law with the comment: "These guns are not made for recreation or self-defense. They are instruments of destruction with the sole purpose of hunting down and killing people."[

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Re: Time to Start a Romney Information Thread..
« Reply #16 on: December 29, 2011, 10:16:03 PM »
He's basically a commie.

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Re: Time to Start a Romney Information Thread..
« Reply #17 on: December 29, 2011, 10:29:11 PM »
Of course then there is Romney Care but more on that later...  Anyone care to ad to this yet???
I can say he seems to have done a pretty good job at cleaning up his name on the web,  all the first pages I come to when searching are basically Romney is the man type of stuff. >:(

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« Reply #18 on: December 29, 2011, 11:37:56 PM »
The angle is that it is okay for a state to conduct it's affairs like a socialist fiefdom as long as they do not violate the Constitution. So where has he violated the Constitution, or voted in violation, or signed unconstitutional bills as Governor... Time to check his record.

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Re: Time to Start a Romney Information Thread..
« Reply #19 on: December 30, 2011, 12:17:49 AM »
http://www.tnr.com/blog/the-stump/97087/romney-walks-fine-power-line
Alec MacGillis
November 4, 2011
It was lost amid Cainamania this week, but it's worth noting that there was a rare blip of trouble for Mitt Romney this week in the friendly territory of New Hampshire. The Boston Globe and Concord Monitor both reported on the support Romney's been getting from Greg Butler, the senior vice president and general counsel for the Northern Pass project, a controversial plan to import hydroelectric energy to New England from Canada along 180 miles of new transmission lines in New Hampshire. Butler has co-chaired two New York fundraisers for Romney this fall and contributed the $2,500 maximum to him in May. It may not surprise you terribly to learn that despite the strong support from Butler, Romney's stance on the power line has been...not to take a stance. This has left some New Hampshire voters distinctly nonplussed. From the Monitor:
 
That could cause some trouble for Romney among Northern Pass opponents, who have been vocal in the North Country and elsewhere in the state about the project and the possibility of land being taken by eminent domain for it.
 
"You're talking about 180 miles of irate voters that will register their disconnect by casting negative votes
 
against candidates like Romney and positive votes for anybody that comes out in opposition to the Northern Pass," said Joe Drinon, a retired financial adviser and anti-Northern Pass activist from Chichester.
 
Drinon, a registered Republican, said Romney's tie to a Northern Pass official "is just too close for me. And I was going to vote for Romney. I think it's fair to say my wife was considering it seriously. And there's no way - no way - I'll vote for Romney. I don't care if they run the dogcatcher against him. I'll vote for the dogcatcher."
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« Reply #20 on: December 30, 2011, 12:25:39 AM »

We are personally running this ad in three major newspapers in New Hampshire!

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« Reply #21 on: December 30, 2011, 12:28:34 AM »
Yes thanks that is how I found out about it in the first place.. ;)

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Re: Time to Start a Romney Information Thread..
« Reply #22 on: December 30, 2011, 12:40:14 AM »
Not much time left to get all the info out on Mitt that we can compile and make go viral,,,  He has been virtually untouched other than  when he had his brief rise awhile ago..  The Iowa vote is on the third so no time like the present eh??? ;D

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A Romney thread?

Have you bothered doing a search?
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« Reply #23 on: December 30, 2011, 12:44:51 AM »
Link it if you found one please... ;D

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« Reply #24 on: December 30, 2011, 12:52:09 AM »
I guess I can just quote some old threads, But before I get started, I would like to say that out of all the puppets ROmney has shown at least the most respect to Dr. Paul and that is a big shift from 4 years ago. I think e semi-partially woke up to what is actually going on when Ron Paul yelled at him when he said he would consult his lawyers to find out if he can declare war and Ron Paul went apeshit "Talk to lawyers, why don't we read the constitution every once in a while!" It was almost like a grandfather scolding his son in front of his kids. Romney could not help but be a bit shaken. And during these debates, he has paid particular respect to Dr. Paul, listening to his every word like he was diaetic and Ron Paul was an insulin drip. Romneyy also has correctly mentioned the constitution on several occassions especially with regard to states' rights. He, however, still completely fails on NDAA and SOPA and even believes that we have two separate systems of justuce...the constitution and whatever the executive/ghost branch of government decides is more important than the constitution. He has actually explained this in debates which I will point out within this thread. Also, he has some very odd views of juevenille education, torture, rendition, and islamophobia. And the chicken hawk behaviour is very difficult to digest.

Anyhoo, I will follow up after I search the older threads
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« Reply #25 on: December 30, 2011, 12:53:40 AM »
US News reports on the 16 unqualified GOP pres candidates and the one who is

http://politics.usnews.com/news/blogs/washington-whispers/2010/09/10/at-least-17-republicans-in-2012-presidential-election-field

According to US News (A Bilderberg controlled piece of dogshit globalist propaganda rag), the following globalist cybernetic transhumanist nazis are the "A" team...


- Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, the front-runner, largely because he was the runner-up to Sen. John McCain in 2008.
NOTE: Romney is a devout zionist evangelical who prays for end days: http://www.ethicsdaily.com/news.php?viewStory=9290
"Christ appears in Jerusalem, splits the Mount of Olives to stop the war that's coming in to kill all the Jews--our church believes that," he explained. "That's where the coming in glory of Christ occurs. We also believe that over the thousand years that follows, in the Millennium, he will reign from two places. The law will come forward from one place--from Missouri--and the other will be in Jerusalem."

He had Cofer Black, the co-chairman of Blackwater as his NSA. Cofer also failed America on 9/11 and has an illegal and anti-constitutional stasi company operating within the United States called Total Intelligence Solutions.

He owns a slew of child torture prisons under the guise of juvenille detention centers where rape, hospitalizations, and trauma based mind control are mandatory in each facility:
http://www.caica.org/Mitt_Romney_Robert_Lichfield.htm
http://creativeyouth.net/romney.html
http://www.alternet.org/module/printversion/31000

- Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who has recently made a name for herself by endorsing winning Tea Party candidates.
This is Sir Henry Kissinger's personal favorite. She is the definite choice for all globalist that wish to divide this country in half in preperation for a civil war. She has already proved a highly useful puppet slave who will quit an executive position over an entire state within 24 hours of getting the Bilderberg threat from above. She is the perfect candidate to distract everyone from the Bilderberg theft of over $30 Trillion. She has absolutely no idea about "The Money Masters" and "Secret of Oz" so she would be able to assist a VAT tax on top of the income tax if Bilderberg decides to appoint her.

- Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, a social conservative in his second term.
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Also co-wrote this study on taking over State and Local power with CFR President Richard Haass: http://www.cfr.org/content/about/CFRBrochure_StateandLocal.pdf

- Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, a fiscal conservative in his second term.
Eli Lily/Pharmaceutical connections: http://www.bloomingtonalternative.com/node/10557
Princeton Charter Club Member: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Princeton_Charter_Club Perhaps Cap and Gown, not sure.

- Mike Huckabee, a Fox host and former 2008 presidential candidate.
Ask about the family dog and his personal buddy buddy relationship with CFR President Richard Haass who he talks to every day.

- Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.
The most disgusting transhumanist on the planet. This guy wants to end not only the United States for the Globalist Pigs but humanity itself. CFR, AEI, etc. Total scumbag who cannot wait to tax everyone to death.

- South Dakota Sen. John Thune, a conservative and darling of the party for defeating former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle in 2004.
Never heard of him

- New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, whose budget cutting in his first year has impressed many in GOP ranks who want him to apply his touch to Washington.
Yeah, right. What happened? They could not find a more suitable RINO like maybe Jeb Bush?

- Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, already running and showing his conservative side.
Not sure.


UN News calls the following "The Eight Long Shots" to set the stage early for Dr. Ron Paul. This is an astonomical improvement to the 2008 campaign where they did not even acknowledge him until he got $10 million in one day.

- Indiana Rep. Mike Pence, a hero to fiscal conservatives.
Many libertarians seem to like him.

- South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint, a Palinesque conservative who's helped steer the U.S. Senate to the right.
No way!

- Texas Rep. Ron Paul, the gadfly 2008 candidate who kept a very loyal following.
THE ONLY CANDIDATE COMMITTED TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND THE CONSTITUTION!

- South Carolina Republican gubernatorial candidate Nikki Haley, who hasn't even won yet but is being heralded as the new Sarah Palin.
Never heard of her.

- Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush who has rejected a run but who still gets kudos for being the "smart Bush" for his successful two terms in Florida.
Because one 9/11 is just not enough.

- Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, who'd be the social conservative in the race.
Looks like a psycho.

- Former United Nations Ambassador John Bolton, a foreign policy hawk who conservatives adore.
A confirmed psychopath

- Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal whose effort to protect his shores from the Gulf Oil Spill won him notoriety lost when he gave a lackluster national political address in 2009.
Yup, if you want more globalist/Bilderberg disasters covered up with a sincere facial expression, this is your guy.


More on Mitt...
Romney, Torture, and Teens
The former governor's connections to abusive "tough love" camps
http://www.reason.com/news/show/121088.html
Maia Szalavitz | June 27, 2007

When Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said he’d support doubling the size of the prison at Guantanamo Bay, he was trying to show voters that he’d be tough on terror. Two of his top fundraisers, however, have long supported using tactics that have been likened to torture for troubled teenagers.

As The Hill noted last week, 133 plaintiffs filed a civil suit against Romney’s Utah finance co-chair, Robert Lichfield, and his various business entities involved in residential treatment programs for adolescents. The umbrella group for his organization is the World Wide Association of Specialty Programs and Schools (WWASPS, sometimes known as WWASP) and Lichfield is its founder and is on its board of directors.

The suit alleges that teens were locked in outdoor dog cages, exercised to exhaustion, deprived of food and sleep, exposed to extreme temperatures without adequate clothing or water, severely beaten, emotionally brutalized, and sexually abused and humiliated. Some were even made to eat their own vomit.

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Mitt's National Security Advisor connected to false flag terrorism...

From the movie "A Few Good Men" concerning the American Soldier

Assisting Lawyer: Why do you like them so much?

Demi Moore's Character: Because they stand on a wall and they say "Nothing is going to happen to you tonight. Not on my watch."


Just so we know who is a protector of liberty and who is a soldier of Bilderberg...on 9/11/2001, Mitt Romney's National Security Advisor was on the wall and he was either f**king sleeping or he was a key part of the operation! I do not say this to sensationalize the issue. I say this because the facts are very damaging...FOR TWO YEARS HE HEADED THE OPERATION TO SURVEIL ALL OF BIN LADEN'S ASSOCIATES 24/7. HE HAD FULL AUTHORITY TO BUILD BASES SURROUNDING ALL OF BIN LADEN'S BASES. HE WAS THE OVERWATCH FOR THE ENTIRE REGION AND NOW WE KNOW FROM SIBEL EDMONDS THAT THE CIA KNEW ABOUT THE KAMIKAZE PILOTS MONTHS BEFORE 9/11/2001. YOU CANNOT MAKE THIS SHIT UP!


Cofer Black
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cofer_Black

-From 2005 until 2008, Black was Vice Chairman of Blackwater USA, a US-based private security firm which is the State Department's biggest security contractor.
-Black is currently the chairman of the privately owned intelligence gathering company Total Intelligence Solutions, which is a subsidiary of Blackwater Worldwide.
-On April 26, 2007 Black was chosen by Mitt Romney, a Republican candidate in the 2008 United States presidential election, to head his counter-terrorism policy advisory group.

Director of the CIA's Counterterrorist Center, 1999-2002

In June 1999 CIA chief George Tenet named Cofer Black director of the CIA's Counterterrorist Center (CTC).[4] In this capacity, Black served as the CIA Director's Special Assistant for Counterterrorism as well as the National Intelligence Officer for Counterterrorism.[5] Black's promotion was a part of Tenet's grand "Plan" for dealing with al-Qaeda. Black was the operational chief in charge of this effort. Tenet also put "Richard", one of his own assistants, in charge of the CTC's bin Laden tracking unit.

Black still headed the CTC at the time of the attacks of September 11, 2001.

Al-Qaeda strategy, 1999–2001

In December 1998 CIA chief Tenet "declared war" on Osama bin Laden.[6] Early in 1999 Tenet "ordered the CTC to begin a 'baseline' review of the CIA's operational strategy against bin Laden". In the spring he "demanded 'a new, comprehensive plan of attack' against bin Laden and his allies".

The CTC had produced a "comprehensive plan of attack" against bin Laden and "previewed the new strategy to senior CIA management by the end of July 1999. By mid-September, it had been briefed to CIA operational level personnel, and to [the] NSA, the FBI, and other partners." The strategy "was called simply, 'the Plan'."

... [Cofer] Black and his new [sic] bin Laden unit wanted to "project" into Afghanistan, to "penetrate" bin Laden's sanctuaries. They described their plan as military officers might. They sought to surround Afghanistan with secure covert bases for CIA operations — as many bases as they could arrange. Then they would mount operations from each of the platforms, trying to move inside Afghanistan and as close to bin Laden as they could to recruit agents and to attempt capture operations. ... Black wanted recruitments, and he wanted to develop commando or paramilitary strike teams made up of officers and men who could "blend" into the region's Muslim populations.

Black also arranged for a CIA team, headed by "Richard", who was in charge of the CTC's Bin Laden unit, to visit Northern-Alliance leader Ahmed Shah Massoud, to discuss operations against bin Laden. The mission was codenamed "JAWBREAKER-5", the fifth in a series of such missions since autumn 1997. The team went in late October 1999, and stayed for seven days. "The Bin Laden unit was satisfied that its reporting on Bin Ladin would now have a second source." Contemplated operations would be coordinated with the CIA's other prospective efforts against al-Qaeda.

Once Cofer Black had finalized his operational plan .... [Charles] Allen [then associate deputy director of central intelligence for collection] created a dedicated al-Qa'ida cell with officers from across the intelligence community. This cell met daily, brought focus to penetrating the Afghan sanctuary, and ensured that collection initiatives were synchronized with operational plans. Allen met with [Tenet] on a weekly basis to review initiatives under way. His efforts were enabling operations and pursuing longer-range, innovative initiatives around the world against al-Qa'ida. ...

It is not clear what relation this "Qaeda cell", which appeared to duplicate the function of the Bin Laden unit, had to the unit.

Parallel with these developments, in November–December 1999 Mohamed Atta, Marwan al-Shehhi, Ziad Jarrah, and Nawaf al-Hazmi visited Afghanistan, where they were selected for the "planes operation" that was to become known as 9/11.[7] Working with a Malaysian security unit, the CIA watched al-Hazmi and his companion Khalid al-Mihdhar as they attended a Qaeda conference in Kuala Lumpur in January 2000 (later determined to be where decisions about the "planes operation" were made).

"We surveil them. We surveil the guy they're there to meet," Black recalled. "not close enough to hear what they're saying, but we're covering, taking pictures, watching their behavior. They're acting kind of spooky. They're not using the phone in the apartment. They're going around, walking in circles, just like junior spies. Going up to phone booths, making a lot of calls. It's like, 'Who are these dudes?'"[8]

According to an internal CIA report on the performance of the agency prior to the 9/11 attacks, Cofer Black was criticized for not passing on information to the FBI that al-Hazmi and al-Mihdhar had subsequently entered the United States.[9][10] In addition, the 9/11 Commission found that while Black testified before Congress’s Joint Inquiry into 9/11 that the FBI had access to information on the two hijackers, the 9/11 Commission found no such evidence of this.[11]

The CIA increasingly concentrated its diminished resources on counter-terrorism, so that resources for this particular activity increased sharply. At least some of the Plan's more modest aspirations were translated into action. Intelligence collection efforts on bin Laden and al-Qaeda increased significantly from 1999. "By 9/11", said Tenet, "a map would show that these collection programs and human [reporting] networks were in place in such numbers as to nearly cover Afghanistan."[12]

During the summer of 2001, Tenet, Black, and one of Black's top assistants, "Rich B" (i.e. "Richard"), were active in advertising the dangers of al-Qaeda to the new Bush administration. At a meeting with National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice and others on July 10, "Rich" predicted a "spectacular" terrorist attack against US interests "in the coming weeks or months" ... "Multiple and simultaneous attacks are possible". After the meeting, "Rich and Cofer congratulated each other", feeling that at last the CIA had gotten the full attention of the administration. At an internal CIA update in late July, "Rich" dramatically predicted, "They're coming here!" (i.e. the USA).[13]

One of the ways in which CIA/CTC surveiled Osama bin Laden in his Afghan base was with the Predator reconnaissance drone. A joint CIA-USAF program of flights in autumn 2000 (dubbed "Afghan Eyes") produced probable sightings of the Qaeda leader. Black became a "vocal advocate" of arming the aircraft with missiles to kill bin Laden and other Qaeda leaders in targeted killings. During the new Bush administration in 2001, Black and "Richard" continued to press for Predators armed with adapted Hellfire anti-tank missiles. Legal and technical issues delayed the program. Black urged Tenet to promote the matter at the long-awaited Cabinet-level Principals Committee meeting on terrorism of September 4, 2001. The CIA chief duly did so. The CIA was authorized to "deploy the system with weapons-capable aircraft". [See Bin Laden Issue Station.]

September 11, 2001

The CTC obtained passenger lists from "the planes that had been turned into weapons that morning". "[A] CTC analyst raced over to the printing plant" (where most CIA staff had been evacuated) and pointed out the names Khalid al-Mihdhar and Nawaf al-Hazmi, who they had "been looking for for the last few weeks". This was the first "absolute proof" that the attacks were a Qaeda plot.[15] (The CTC had first come across the names in connection with potential terrorist activity in the winter of 1999-2000 [see above].)
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Re: Time to Start a Romney Information Thread..
« Reply #26 on: December 30, 2011, 12:56:16 AM »
GOP debate on 11/22/11 shows that Mitt Romney knew the NDAA plan before Senate!
Here you go...

December 17th the Senate got it from the house for review...

http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/PLAW-111publ383/content-detail.html
CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, Vol. 156 (2010):
Dec. 17, considered and passed House.
Dec. 22, considered and passed Senate, amended. House
concurred in Senate amendments.
DAILY COMPILATION OF PRESIDENTIAL DOCUMENTS (2011):
Jan. 7, Presidential statement.

Now how does Mitt Romney know exactl the issue regarding using a dual system of justice...one regarding 'innocent until proven guilty' and another one for Raytheon/Rothschild/Halliburton/GE/Rockefeller where anyone can be called 'a threat to the US' (just like the jews were a threat in nazi germany or the 'old-thinkers' were a threat to maoist cina or the capitalists were a threat to stalinist russie). Now entire profiles of peoples can be considered a threat beyond our constitutional sstem of justice and Romney parrots the same exact false narrative and mythology pushed with this unconstitutional and illegal piece of fake legislation.

Carefully listen to Mitt Romney's words on 11/22/11 (weeks before the Senate looked at the bullshit and illegal toilet paper 'bill'). Look at how he defends the illegal and treasonous act of TSA's raping of babies, children, and grandmothers by grabbing people's penises, sticking fingers up women's vaginas, squeezing women's breasts, sticking figers up girls, boys, womens, and mens' anuses, etc:

http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/1111/22/se.02.html

BLITZER: I'm going to give everyone a chance to respond, but let me get this one question from CNN Politics, that came to cnnpolitics.com, and then we'll bring in the rest of you. This was the question: "TSA pat-downs: violation of civil liberty or a necessity to ensure national security?" Governor Romney?

ROMNEY: Well, we can do a lot better than the TSA system. It's going to get get better over time. We can use better technology. We can also identify people who are lower risk and allow them to go through the process more quickly than the current process.

But let's come back to the issue that seems to be so confusing here.

And that is Congressman Paul talked about crime. Newt Gingrich was right. There are different categories here. There's crime and there are rights that are afforded to American citizens under our Constitution and those that are accused of crime. Then there's war. And the tool of war being used today in America and around the world is terror. There's a different body of law that relates to war.

And for those that understand the difference between the two, they recognize that we need tools when war is waged domestically to ensure that, as president of the United States, you can fulfill your first responsibility, which is to protect the life, liberty and property of American citizens and defend them from foes domestic and foreign.

And that means, yes, we'll use the Constitution and criminal law for those people who commit crimes, but those who commit war and attack the United States and pursue treason of various kinds, we will use instead a very different form of law, which is the law afforded to those who are fighting America.

that we need tools when war is waged domestically to ensure that as president of the United States you can fulfill your first responsibility which is to protect the life, liberty and property of American citizens and defend them from foes domestic and foreign. That means yes we'll use the constitution and criminal law for those people who commit crimes but those who commit war and attack the United States and pursue treason of various kinds we will use instead a very different form of law which is the law afforded to those who are fighting America.

THAT IS CORRECT, MITT ROMNEY IS SAYING THAT WE THROW OUT THE CONSTITUTION AND THE RULE OF LAW DOMESTICALLY WHENEVER BILDERBERGERS, KISSINGER, BRZEZINSKI, ROCKEFELLER SAYS SO AND IT JUST HAPPENS TO BE EXACTLY THE SAME MYTHOLOGY AND NARRATIVE PUSHED IN THE ILLEGAL AND TOTAL HORSE SHIT 'BILL' JUST SIGNED BY THE PUPPET BRITISH AGENT BARRY SOETORO. BY THE WAY, HE NEVER DESCRIBES THIS KIND OF LAW THAT IS TREASONOUS IN ITSELF BECAUSE IT VIOLATES THE CONSTITUTION. HE JUST PULLS THIS SHIT OUT OF HIS ASS AND SAS 'WE HAVE A DOUBLE SECRET PROBATION LAW THAT I DO NOT HAVE TO TELL YOU ABOUT WHICH MAY INCLUDE RAPING YOUR CHILDREN (AS THE TSA DO), FALSE FLAG NUKES (AS NEWT GINGRICH IS PUSHING FOR), OR ENDING HUMANITY ITSELF IN FAVOR OF DOWNLOADABLE MEMORIES (AS BILDERBERG EUGENECISTS ARE PUSHING FOR)."


Ron Paul Forums  on the ball wit this one:

http://www.ronpaulforums.com/showthread.php?332193-Romney-Need-a-quot-very-different-form-of-law-quot-when-dealing-with-domestic-terrorism
Here is Ron Paul's response, clear and to the point...



BLITZER: Congressman Paul?

PAUL: That's digging a hole for ourselves....

I think we're using too much carelessness in the use of words that we're at war. I don't remember voting on -- on a declared -- declaration of war. Oh, we're against terrorism.

(APPLAUSE)

And terrorism is a tactic. It isn't a person. It isn't a people. So this is a very careless use of words. What about this? Sacrifice liberties because there are terrorists? You're the judge and the jury? No, they're suspects.

And they have changed the -- in the -- in DOD budget they have changed the wording on the definition of al-Qaeda and Taliban. It's anybody associated with organizations, which means almost anybody can be loosely associated so that makes all Americans vulnerable.

And now we know that American citizens are vulnerable to assassination.

So I would be very cautious about protecting the rule of law. It will be a sacrifice that you'll be sorry for.

(APPLAUSE)
Holy crap...FOX gets it...



Reality Check: The divide between Criminal Law and the War On Terror
http://www.fox19.com/story/16224162/reality-check-the-divide-between-criminal-law-and-the-war-on-terror
Posted: Thursday, December 8, 2011 10:43 PM EST
Updated: Thursday, December 8, 2011 10:52 PM EST
By Ben Swann

Wednesday night I told you how the opening question in the CNN National Security debate for the Republican candidates was focused around the Patriot Act.

As part of their answers to questions about the act, Republican candidates made clear that there is a divide between the war on terror and criminal law.

But is there?

Have you heard the adage that if you say something untrue, often enough, it will become true in the public's mind?

That may be happening with the Patriot Act.

According to former Governor Mitt Romney, and former Speaker Newt Gingrich, the Patriot Act should be strengthened but American citizens need not fear because these powers extend only to terrorism.

"Again, very sharp division. Criminal law, the government should be frankly on defense and you're innocent until proven guilty. National security, the government should have many more tools in order to save our lives."  said Gingrich during the debate.

Texas Congressman Ron Paul didn't agree.  He was alone in his stance that the Patriot Act steps on the Constitution.

"This is like saying that we need a policeman in every house, a camera in every house because we want to prevent child- beating and wife-beating. you can prevent crimes by becoming a police state. So if you advocate the police state, yes, you can have safety and security and you might prevent a crime, but the crime then will be against the American people and against our freedoms. And we will throw out so much of what our revolution was fought for. So don't do it so carelessly."  said Congressman Paul.

But is it Congressman Paul who is confused here?

After all, listen to how Romney and Gingrich explain it.  The average American has nothing to worry about with the Patriot Act because criminal law and the War on Terror are two different things.

"Newt Gingrich was right there are different categories here.  There is crime.  And there are certain rights that are afforded to citizens and those that are accused of crime.  And then there is war.  And the tool of war that is being used today in America and around the world is terror.  There is a different body of law that relates to war."  said Governor Romney.

But that is not true.

It is a nice idea that U.S. citizens are still protected and measures in the Patriot Act that step on the 4th amendments protection against unlawful search and seizure, won't be used unless its against terrorists.

But the facts don't support it.

According to a 2009 report from the Administrative Office of U.S. Courts, in 2008 the Feds used 763 warrant-less wire taps, a direct violation of the 4th amendment to the Constitution which protects against unlawful search and seizure.

It is a power granted to law enforcement under the Patriot Act.

But here is the kicker, 763 warrant-less wiretaps were used and only 3 of those cases involved suspected terrorism.  Only 3.

Furthermore, 65% of those cases were drug cases.

Here's what you need to know.

Lots of people out there may say, its ok that the Patriot Act was used in drug cases because you can show a correlation between drug activity and terrorism.

OK, but I can also show you a correlation between drug activity and violent crime, between violent crime and domestic violence, domestic violence and child neglect...

See where this goes?

Some Republican candidates may be trying to create a narrative of the war on terror being separate from criminal law and while it may be a good theory, in reality, it is simply not true.

The reality is, as far as the Patriot Act and law enforcement have been concerned, there is no divide between the War on Terror and criminal law.


And that is Reality Check.
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Re: Time to Start a Romney Information Thread..
« Reply #27 on: December 30, 2011, 12:57:45 AM »
Mitt Romney: "Ron Paul is a doctor so he does not understand economics"
Mitt Romney: "There's A Guy up Here With A Ron Paul Sign"

55 sec - Jan 13, 2008
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tMP5mpcp5A8

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Re: Time to Start a Romney Information Thread..
« Reply #28 on: December 30, 2011, 12:59:47 AM »
Note: On hold on paper?

If you were a Presidential candidate fighting for a run at the White House, what would it cost to buy the support of just about every nationally-syndicated talk show host in America?

About 19.5 Billion dollars.

Mitt Romney's Massachusetts-based private equity firm, Bain Capital, founded in 1984 by Mitt Romney has just purchased Clear Channel Communications the largest radio station owner in the country.

"Clear Channel owns over 1,100 full-power AM, FM, and shortwave radio stations, twelve radio channels on XM Satellite Radio, and more than 30 television stations in the United States. Premiere Radio Networks, which is the largest syndication company in the United States, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Clear Channel and is home to Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, and many others. Sean Hannity recently signed a large multi-market contract with Clear Channel, as well.".


And to think that we actually have 'free, unbiased' elections.....


http://www.clearchannel.com/Corporat...ReleaseID=1824

Clear Channel Communications, Inc. Enters into Merger Agreement with Private Equity Group Co-Led By Bain Capital Partners, LLC and Thomas H. Lee Partners, L.P.

Clear Channel Shareholders offered $37.60 per share in cash; Transaction valued at $26.7 billion

San Antonio, Texas, November 16, 2006…Clear Channel Communications, Inc. (NYSE: CCU), a global leader in the out-of-home advertising industry, today announced the execution of a definitive merger agreement with a group led by Thomas H. Lee Partners, L.P. and Bain Capital Partners, LLC, pursuant to which the group will acquire Clear Channel in a transaction with a total value of approximately $26.7 billion, including the assumption or repayment of approximately $8.0 billion of net debt.

Under the terms of the agreement, Clear Channel shareholders will receive $37.60 in cash for each share of Clear Channel common stock they hold, representing a premium of approximately 25% over Clear Channel’s average closing share price of $29.99 during the 30 trading days ended October 24, 2006, the day before the Company first acknowledged that it was evaluating strategic alternatives.

Morgan Stanley, Citigroup, and Deutsche Bank as well as Credit Suisse, RBS and Wachovia are acting as financial advisors and providing firm financing commitments to the private equity group.  Morgan Stanley, Citigroup, Deutsche Bank, Credit Suisse and RBS are also providing equity commitments.

The board of directors of Clear Channel, with the interested directors recused from the vote, has unanimously approved the merger agreement and has resolved to recommend that Clear Channel’s shareholders adopt the agreement.  A special advisory committee consisting of disinterested directors unanimously determined the terms of the transaction to be fair.

Mark P. Mays, the Chief Executive Officer of Clear Channel, said, “We are very pleased to announce this transaction which provides substantial value to our shareholders.  We look forward to working with Thomas H. Lee Partners and Bain Capital Partners to continue our business plan to provide exceptional programming to our audiences and value to our advertising partners.”

Scott Sperling, Co-President of Thomas H. Lee Partners, stated, “Clear Channel is one of the nation’s truly great companies that has the finest collection of outdoor and radio assets in the industry.  We are extremely pleased to be partnered with the management team led by Mark and Randall Mays and to have the opportunity to work with them and to grow this company that was created by its Chairman and founder, L. Lowry Mays. Clear Channel has tremendous long term growth opportunities in both the radio and outdoor businesses and we look forward to partnering with Mark and Randall to create value in the years ahead.”

John Connaughton, a Managing Director at Bain Capital, said, “We are very impressed with Clear Channel’s  strong  management team and the company’s leadership positions in a variety of markets and media formats. Clear Channel is an exceptional media franchise that is well-positioned to grow thanks to the solid foundation the Mays family has created. We look forward to partnering with Clear Channel as it continues to innovate in meeting the changing needs of the audiences and advertisers it serves.”

The merger does not require the consent of unsecured note holders and is not conditioned upon a merger, consolidation or going private transaction involving Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings, Inc.

The merger is subject to the approval of Clear Channel’s shareholders, requisite regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions.  Under the merger agreement, Clear Channel may solicit competing bids from third parties through December 7, 2006, and may negotiate with parties that submit competing proposals by that time until January 5, 2007.

Clear Channel may, at any time, subject to the terms of the merger agreement, respond to unsolicited proposals.  If Clear Channel accepts a superior proposal, a break up fee would be payable by the Company.  There can be no assurance that the solicitation of proposals will result in any alternative transaction.

At the request of the disinterested directors, three members of senior management have agreed to significantly reduce payments that could be payable upon a change of control by an amendment to their employment agreements.

Clear Channel also today announced, by separate press release, that it intends to solicit buyers for 448 radio stations in selected small markets as well as for its television broadcasting division.  The merger is not conditioned on the consummation of any of these sale transactions.

Goldman, Sachs & Co. is acting as exclusive financial advisor to Clear Channel and Lazard Frères & Co. LLC is acting as financial advisor to the special advisory committee.  Goldman, Sachs & Co. and Lazard Frères & Co. LLC have each delivered a fairness opinion to the Board and special advisory committee, respectively.  Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP is acting as legal advisor for Clear Channel and Sidley Austin LLP is acting as legal advisor for the special advisory committee.  Ropes & Gray LLP and Dow Lohnes PLLC are serving as legal advisors to the private equity group.

About Clear Channel Communications

Clear Channel Communications, Inc. (NYSE:CCU) is a global media and entertainment company specializing in "gone from home" entertainment and information services for local communities and premiere opportunities for advertisers. Based in San Antonio, Texas, the company's businesses include radio, television and outdoor displays. More information is available at www.clearchannel.com.

About Bain Capital Partners, LLC

Bain Capital (www.baincapital.com) is a global private investment firm that manages several pools of capital including private equity, high-yield assets, mezzanine capital and public equity with more than $40 billion in assets under management.  Since its inception in 1984, Bain Capital has made private equity investments and add-on acquisitions in over 230 companies around the world, including investments in a broad range of companies such as Burger King, Warner Chilcott, Toys "R" Us, AMC Entertainment, Sensata Technologies, Burlington Coat Factory and ProSiebenSat1 Media.  Headquartered in Boston, Bain Capital has offices in New York, London, Munich, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Shanghai.

About Thomas H. Lee Partners, LP

Thomas H. Lee Partners, L.P. is one of the oldest and most successful private equity investment firms in the United States.  Since its founding in 1974, THL Partners has become the preeminent growth buyout firm, investing approximately $12 billion of equity capital in more than 100 businesses with an aggregate purchase price of more than $100 billion, completing over 200 add-on acquisitions for portfolio companies, and generating superior returns for its investors and partners.  The firm currently manages approximately $20 billion of committed capital. Notable transactions sponsored by the firm include Dunkin Brands, VNU, Michael Foods, Houghton Mifflin Company, Fisher Scientific, Experian, TransWestern, Snapple Beverage and ProSiebenSat1 Media.

Important Additional Information will be filed with the SEC

In connection with the proposed merger, Clear Channel will file a proxy statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”).  INVESTORS AND SECURITY HOLDERS ARE ADVISED TO READ THE PROXY STATEMENT WHEN IT BECOMES AVAILABLE BECAUSE IT WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE MERGER AND THE PARTIES THERETO.  Investors and security holders may obtain a free copy of the proxy statement (when available) and other documents filed by Clear Channel at the SEC’s website at http://www.sec.gov.  The proxy statement and other documents may also be obtained for free from Clear Channel by directing such request to Clear Channel, Inc., Investor Relations, 200 E. Basse Road, San Antonio, Texas  78209, Telephone (210) 822-2828.

Clear Channel and its directors, executive officers and other members of its management and employees may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from its shareholders in connection with the proposed merger.  Information concerning the interests of Clear Channel’s participants in the solicitation, which may be different than those of Clear Channel shareholders generally, is set forth in Clear Channel’s proxy statement for its 2006 Annual Meeting of Shareholders previously filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, and in the proxy statement relating to the merger when it becomes available.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements based on current Clear Channel management expectations. Those forward-looking statements include all statements other than those made solely with respect to historical fact.  Numerous risks, uncertainties and other factors may cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in any forward-looking statements.  These factors include, but are not limited to, (1) the occurrence of any event, change or other circumstances that could give rise to the termination of the merger agreement; (2) the outcome of any legal proceedings that may be instituted against Clear Channel and others following announcement of the merger agreement; (3) the inability to complete the merger due to the failure to obtain shareholder approval or the failure to satisfy other conditions to completion of the merger, including the receipt of shareholder approval and expiration of the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976; (4) the failure to obtain the necessary debt financing arrangements set forth in commitment letters received in connection with the merger; (5) risks that the proposed transaction disrupts current plans and operations and the potential difficulties in employee retention as a result of the merger; (6) the ability to recognize the benefits of the merger; (7) the amount of the costs, fees, expenses and charges related to the merger and the actual terms of certain financings that will be obtained for the merger; and (8 ) the impact of the substantial indebtedness incurred to finance the consummation of the merger; and other risks that are set forth in the “Risk Factors,” “Legal Proceedings” and “Management Discussion and Analysis of Results of Operations and Financial Condition” sections of Clear Channel’s SEC filings.  Many of the factors that will determine the outcome of the subject matter of this press release are beyond Clear Channel’s ability to control or predict.  Clear Channel undertakes no obligation to revise or update any forward-looking statements, or to make any other forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

http://www.clearchannel.com/Corporate/PressRelease.aspx?PressReleaseID=1824

added:

Clear Channel Communications, Inc. Extends Merger Agreement Termination Date

SAN ANTONIO, TX, December 12, 2007 - Clear Channel Communications, Inc. (NYSE:CCU), a global leader in the radio broadcasting and out-of-home advertising industries, announced today that it has, in accordance with the terms of the merger agreement providing for the acquisition of Clear Channel by CC Media Holdings, Inc., a corporation formed by private equity funds sponsored by Bain Capital Partners, LLC and Thomas H. Lee Partners, L.P., extended to June 12, 2008, the date on which a party may terminate the merger agreement if the merger has not occurred as of that date.


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Re: Time to Start a Romney Information Thread..
« Reply #29 on: December 30, 2011, 01:01:53 AM »
Romney supporter admits voting 8 times in St. Pete, Florida

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TrAKjgRqMC8 [YouTube taken down]

A Mitt Romney supporter at the St. Petersburg GOP straw poll admits to voting 8 times. He claims to have been voting for a group of elderly people at his table. Ron Paul supporters outnumbered supporters of all other candidates by a ratio of at least 10 to 1.
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St. Petersburg straw poll votes were cast with cash
http://www.sptimes.com/2007/11/29/Worldandnation/St_Petersburg_straw_p.shtml
By DAVID DeCAMP, Times Staff Writer Published November 29, 2007


ST. PETERSBURG -- Mitt Romney bought himself a victory in the straw poll for Republicans at a rain-shortened barbecue in Vinoy Park. Romney got 893 votes, besting second-place Ron Paul's 534 -- despite Paul's shuttling in supporters on a rented trolley and shuttle. The campaign had a plane sporting pro-Paul slogans and a boat touting him, too.  In fact, Paul supporters dominated the crowd, which reached an estimated 1,000 people. Tickets for votes cost $20 each.

So how did Romney do it?
"I voted 20 times," Derek Gyongzois, 38, of St. Petersburg exclaimed after casting ballots. He said he works as a volunteer for the Romney campaign (and begged a reporter not to print his 20-vote tally). Did he buy the tickets? "I don't have that kind of money," Gyongzois said. He wasn't the only person voting more than once. Paul supporter Mike Wagner, 57, of St. Petersburg: "This thing is rigged." Before rain cut short the event, Paul supporters were voting multiple times, too [ABSOLUTELY NO REFERENCE, EVIDENCE, STATEMENT FROM ANYONE BACKING UP THIS LIE!]. "This is the best election money can buy, anywhere," said Pinellas County GOP chairman Tony DiMatteo, a Rudy Giuliani supporter. Giuliani received 39 votes, followed by Mike Huckabee's 37 and Fred Thompson's 21. John McCain had 12; Duncan Hunter, 4, Alan Keyes, 2; and Tom Tancredo, 1.

Romney takes a hit
Mitt Romney played in an organized flag football game at Flora Wylie Park in St. Petersburg with his five sons, staffers, supporters and the media. Romney laced up his Mizuno running shoes and played for 10 to 15 minutes. Teammates included former state Republican chairman Al Cardenas and St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Baker. They all got pretty sweaty. "My son Matt tackled me," Romney said. "But fortunately he didn't throw me to the ground and make me eat grass."

McCain meets teens
Sen. John McCain greeted supporters at the Parkshore Grill in St. Petersburg before the debate. A good portion of the crowd included high school students invited by the McCain campaign. Devin Watson, a junior at Northside Christian School, said she became aware of McCain when she saw him as a guest on The Daily Show. Kevin Burkett, a sophomore at Northside, said he likes McCain's "prowar stance" and the fact that he's a veteran. "I think it's cowardly to cut and run," Burkett said. McCain told the teenagers that if they don't like the way the country's run they should become politically active.

Rally stays peaceful
A mishmash of activists gathered in St. Petersburg's Pioneer Park, calling for political change and participating in a straw poll. The crowd included members of 30 organizations, including the Democratic Party from Pinellas, Pasco and Hillsborough counties, Veterans for Peace, the Florida Green Party, the Libertarian Club of Pinellas and the South St. Petersburg Democratic Club. So who won? Ron Paul, whose supporters arrived in buses, crushed the field. He took 240 of the 322 votes cast. Dennis Kucinich was the closest competitor, at 26. Down the street, more than 100 homeless men and women and their supporters rallied across from the Mahaffey Theater. Later, nearly 400 people marched down First Street S carrying placards with messages such as "Jesus was homeless, too" and "Ron Paul is my homie." The homeless and their advocates, who had been rallying outside the Mahaffey since Sunday night, had predicted a showdown with police. But that confrontation never materialized.

Instant gratification department
According to a survey [What survey, who did this survey, where was it, what are they talking about?] of Republican voters who watched last night's CNN/YouTube debate, the winner was ... Mike Huckabee. The InsiderAdvantage/Majority Opinion Research/Florida Chamber of Commerce survey, in which voters participated by calling into a toll-free phone line, gathered opinions from 341 GOP voters. The margin of error is 5.25 percent. Here are the results: Huckabee: 44%; Giuliani: 18%; Romney: 13%; McCain: 10%; Thompson: 5%; Paul: 4% [Yeah Paul got less than Thompson, sure.]; Tancredo: 1%; no winner: 5%

Romney supporter votes many times in St. Pete, Florida

5 min - Nov 29, 2007 -    (13 ratings)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1bRGMrPP4as

Ron Paul supporters swamp Florida straw poll

1 min - Nov 29, 2007 -    (6 ratings)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qpq5rhrrCiM

Romney supporter gets multiple voting cards in St. Pete, FL

55 sec - Nov 29, 2007 -    (6 ratings)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8p_9wufXUG0

Romney supporter's buy more votes

19 sec - Nov 29, 2007 -    (5 ratings)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pOerHpPEMJ4
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Re: Time to Start a Romney Information Thread..
« Reply #30 on: December 30, 2011, 01:13:39 AM »

When Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said he’d support doubling the size of the prison at Guantanamo Bay, he was trying to show voters that he’d be tough on terror. Two of his top fundraisers, however, have long supported using tactics that have been likened to torture for troubled teenagers.

As The Hill noted last week, 133 plaintiffs filed a civil suit against Romney’s Utah finance co-chair, Robert Lichfield, and his various business entities involved in residential treatment programs for adolescents. The umbrella group for his organization is the World Wide Association of Specialty Programs and Schools (WWASPS, sometimes known as WWASP) and Lichfield is its founder and is on its board of directors.

The suit alleges that teens were locked in outdoor dog cages, exercised to exhaustion, deprived of food and sleep, exposed to extreme temperatures without adequate clothing or water, severely beaten, emotionally brutalized, and sexually abused and humiliated. Some were even made to eat their own vomit.

But the link to teen abuse goes far higher up in the Romney campaign. Romney’s national finance co-chair is a man named Mel Sembler. A long time friend of the Bushes, Sembler was campaign finance chair for the Republican party during the first election of George W. Bush, and a major fundraiser for his father.

Like Lichfield, Sembler also founded a nationwide network of treatment programs for troubled youth. Known as Straight Inc., from 1976 to 1993, it variously operated nine programs in seven states. At all of Straight’s facilities, state investigators and/or civil lawsuits documented scores of abuses including teens being beaten, deprived of food and sleep for days, restrained by fellow youth for hours, bound, sexually humiliated, abused and spat upon.

According to the L.A. Times, California investigators said that at Straight teens were “subjected to unusual punishment, infliction of pain, humiliation, intimidation, ridicule, coercion, threats, mental abuse… and interference with daily living functions such as eating, sleeping and toileting.”

Through a spokesperson, Lichfield has dismissed the similar charges against WWASPS to The Hill as “ludicrous,” claiming that the teens who sued “have a long history of lying, fabricating and twisting the story around to their own benefit.”

Straight would use virtually identical language in its denials: In the 1990 L.A. Times article cited above, a Straight counselor downplayed the California investigators’ report by saying, “Some kids get very upset and lie and some parents believe them.” Both Straight and WWASPS have repeatedly called their teen participants “liars” and “manipulators” who oppose the programs because they want to continue taking drugs or engage in other bad behavior.

Curiously, however, both programs regularly admitted teens who did not actually have serious problems. In 1982, 18-year-old Fred Collins, a Virginia Tech student with excellent grades, went to visit his brother, who was in treatment for a drug problem at Straight in Orlando, Florida.

A counselor determined that he was high on marijuana because his eyes were red (this would later turn out to have been due to swimming in a pool with contacts on). He did admit to occasional marijuana use, but insisted he was not high at the time, nor was he an addict. Nonetheless, he was barraged with hours of humiliating questions, strip-searched, and held against his will for months until he managed to escape.

He won $220,000 in a lawsuit he filed against the program for false imprisonment, intentional infliction of emotional distress, assault, and battery. Ultimately, Straight would pay out millions in settlements before it finally closed. However, to this day, there are at least eight programs operating that use Straight’s methods, often in former Straight buildings operated by former Straight staff. They include: Alberta Adolescent Recovery Center (Canada), Pathway Family Center (Michigan, Indiana, Ohio), Growing Together (Florida), Possibilities Unlimited (Kentucky), SAFE (Florida), and Phoenix Institute for Adolescents (Georgia).

Sembler has never admitted to the problems with Straight's methods. In fact, when he recently served as Ambassador to Italy, he listed it among his accomplishments on his official State Department profile. Although all of the programs with the Straight name are closed, the nonprofit Straight Foundation that funded them still exists, though under a different name. It's now called the Drug Free America Foundation, and it lobbies for drug testing and in support of tougher policies in the war on drugs.

One of the plaintiffs in the current case against WWASPS, 21-year-old Chelsea Filer, spoke to me when I was researching a TV segment on the industry. She told me that she was forced to walk for miles on a track in scorching desert heat with a 35-pound sandbag on her back. “You were not allowed to scratch your face, move your fingers, lick your lips, move your eyes from the ground,” she said. When she asked for a chapstick, “They put a piece of wood in my mouth and I had to hold it there for two weeks. I was bleeding on my tongue.”

Why was Filer subject to such punishment? “I had less interest in school and more interest in boys and my mom was worried about me,” she says, explaining that her mother believed that the program was nothing more than a strict boarding school.

Because she has attention deficit disorder, Filer was unable to consistently follow the exacting rules, and repeated small violations were seen as ongoing defiance. “It broke my heart that my mom had no belief in me,” she says, describing how, because WWASPS had told her mother to dismiss complaints as “manipulation,” her mother ignored her pleas to come home.

“I’m not a bad kid,” she continued, “I never used drugs, I was never in trouble, I have no criminal record. I know my mom was worried about me—but so many times I told her that this is too much. I would gladly have gone to prison instead.”

WWASPS is linked with facilities Academy at Ivy Ridge (New York), Carolina Springs Academy (South Carolina), Cross Creek Programs (Utah), Darrington Academy (Georgia), Horizon Academy (Nevada), Majestic Ranch Academy (Utah), MidWest Academy (Iowa), Respect Camp (Mississippi), Royal Gorge Academy (Colorado), Spring Creek Lodge (Montana), and Tranquility Bay (Jamaica).

Although it has settled several lawsuits out of court, the organization has never publicly admitted wrong-doing. However, the U.S. State Department spurred Samoa to investigate its Paradise Cove program in 1998 after receiving “credible allegations of physical abuse,” including “beatings, isolation, food and water deprivation, choke-holds, kicking, punching, bondage, spraying with chemical agents, forced medication, verbal abuse and threats of further physical abuse.” Paradise Cove closed shortly thereafter. That same year, the Czech Republic forced the closure of WWASP-linked Morava Academy following employees’ allegations that teens were being abused.

The former director of the Dundee Ranch Academy Program in Costa Rica went to local authorities after seeing medical neglect and other severe abuse, although human rights abuse charges were ultimately dropped against the owner, Robert Lichfield’s brother Narvin. That program closed in 2003.

Police in Mexico have shut down three WWASP-linked facilities: Sunrise Beach (1996), Casa By The Sea (2004) and High Impact (where police videotaped the teens chained in dog cages).

In 2005, New York’s Eliot Spitzer forced WWASP to return over $1 million to the parents of Academy at Ivy Ridge students, because the school had fraudulently claimed to provide legitimate New York high school diplomas. He fined Ivy Ridge $250,000, plus $2000 in court costs. A civil suit has been filed for educational fraud in New York as well, by a different law firm.

Straight's Sembler currently heads the Scooter Libby Defense Fund, in addition to his work for Romney, and has worked tirelessly to keep the Vice President's former Chief of Staff out of prison, even after his conviction on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice. After all, if running programs that impose these kinds of "treatments" on American teenagers is not a prison-worthy offense, why should lying to a court be?

The Romney campaign is aware of the WWASP suits, and should be familiar with the Straight suits. If not, it's worth asking: Does Romney support these types of tactics for at-risk youth? Or does he take the line the organizations founded by his fundraisers take—that these dozens of lawsuits are merely from bad kids who make up lies?

Coming from the man who wants to double the size of Guantanamo, these aren't insignificant questions. If Romney doesn't believe the aggressive tactics he supports for use against enemy combatants ought to be used against troubled teens and youth drug users, he should say so, and show he means it by removing these men from his campaign.

Maia Szalavitz is author of Help At Any Cost: How the Troubled-Teen Industry Cons Parents and Hurts Kids (Riverhead, 2006) and a senior fellow at www.stats.org. Her latest book, co-written with Dr. Bruce D. Perry is The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog and Other Stories from a Child Psychiatrist's Notebook. (Basic Books, 2007).
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« Reply #31 on: December 30, 2011, 01:16:05 AM »
Romney: 'The world is getting warmer due to humans'

Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney broke with Republican orthodoxy on Friday by saying he believes that humans are responsible, at least to some extent, for climate change.

"I believe the world is getting warmer, and I believe that humans have contributed to that," he told a crowd of about 200 at a town hall meeting in Manchester, New Hampshire.

"It's important for us to reduce our emissions of pollutants and greenhouse gases that may be significant contributors."

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« Reply #32 on: December 30, 2011, 01:18:28 AM »
Fascism is Corporatism
Mitt Romney is an Apt Pupil


Has Mitt Romney just gone completely batshit crazy or what?

Romney to angry fairgoers: ‘Corporations are people, my friend’
http://www.rawstory.com/rawreplay/2011/08/romney-to-angry-fairgoers-corporations-are-people-my-friend/
Posted on 08.11.11
By David Edwards

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney faced unfriendly fairgoers at the Iowa State Fair Thursday, telling them that he wouldn’t raise taxes on corporations to save Social Security because “corporations are people.”

“What are you going to do to strengthen Social Security and Medicare without cutting federal spending?” one fairgoer asked.

“I’m not going to raise taxes,” Romney insisted. “That’s my answer.”

“Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid account for about half of federal spending,” the candidate later said.

“That’s a lie!” a person in the audience shouted.

“We have to make sure the promises we make in Social Security, Medicaid, and Medicare are promises we can keep. And there are various ways of doing that. One is we can raise taxes on people,” Romney explained.

“Corporations!” someone yelled.

“Corporations are people, my friend,” Romney replied. “Of course they are. Everything corporations earn ultimately goes to people.”

Watch this video from C-SPAN, broadcast Aug. 11, 2011.

No, he's merely a corporate fascist who had a sudden attack of honesty.

Blaming a corporate fascist for defending corporate personhood is like blaming a pig when it grunts. That's just what corporate fascists do.

The people who have gone truly "crazy," in my opinion, are the lesser evil voters who continue to mindlessly vote for these con artists, even though the latter have proven over and over again that they're loyal servants -- not of the American people -- but of the financial terrorists waging economic WAR on the American people.

In view of the disgraceful and undeniable track record of corporate-whore politicians like Romney, anyone who votes for him or anyone like him quite frankly deserves to be economically gang-raped by transnational corporations.

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« Reply #33 on: December 30, 2011, 01:18:52 AM »
Ron Paul to Mitt Romney

WHY DON'T YOU READ THE CONSTITUTION EVERY ONCE IN A WHILE!

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« Reply #34 on: December 30, 2011, 01:19:48 AM »
HEY CONSERVATIVES...MITT ROMNEY SUPPORTS THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD

ON RECORD

BEYOND REASONABLE DOUBT

ABOVE SUSPICION

INCONTROVERTIBLE!



Mitt Romney: Mubarak 'Needs To Move On'
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Mitt Romney appears to be siding with the Muslim Brotherhood Islamic Terrorists, saying that while President Hosni Mubarak has been a friend of the U.S., "he needs to move on."

Romney: Mubarak Should Go
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The Page by Mark Halperin | Romney: Mubarak 'Needs to Move On'
GOPer lauds WH's handling of Egypt crisis on GMA, says America should make clear it "would like to see a transition to permanent democracy.
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« Reply #35 on: December 30, 2011, 01:24:21 AM »
Romney lied about his father marching with MLK
Romney fields questions on King-Campaign says claim was a lie
http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20071220/NEWS07/712200442
December 20, 2007 BY TODD SPANGLER FREE PRESS WASHINGTON STAFF


Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has said he watched his father, the late Michigan Gov. George Romney, in a 1960s civil rights march in Michigan with Martin Luther King Jr. On Wednesday, Romney's campaign said his recollections of watching his father, an ardent civil rights supporter, march with King were meant to be figurative. "He was speaking figuratively, not literally," Eric Fehrnstrom, spokesman for the Romney campaign, said of the candidate. The campaign was responding to questions raised by the Free Press and other media after a Boston publication challenged the accuracy of Mitt Romney's account. In a major speech on faith and politics earlier this month in Texas, Mitt Romney said: "I saw my father march with Martin Luther King." He made a similar statement Sunday during an appearance on NBC's "Meet the Press." He said, "You can see what I believed and what my family believed by looking at our lives. My dad marched with Martin Luther King. My mom was a tireless crusader for civil rights." Romney's campaign cited various historical articles, as well as a 1967 book written by Stephen Hess and Washington Post political columnist David Broder, as confirmation that George Romney marched with King in Grosse Pointe in 1963. "He has marched with Martin Luther King through the exclusive Grosse Pointe suburb," Hess and Broder wrote in "The Republican Establishment: The Present and Future of the GOP." Free Press archives, however, showed no record of King marching in Grosse Pointe in 1963 or of then-Gov. Romney taking part in King's historic march down Woodward Avenue in June of that year. George Romney told the Free Press at the time that he didn't take part because it was on a Sunday and he avoided public appearances on the Sabbath because of his religion.

Romney did participate in a civil rights march protesting housing bias in Grosse Pointe just six days after the King march. According to the Free Press account, however, King was not there. Broder could not be reached for comment Wednesday night. The Boston Phoenix reported Wednesday it could find no evidence that Romney and King ever marched together. Mitt Romney's older brother, Detroit attorney Scott Romney, said he recalls his father telling him the elder Romney marched with King, possibly in 1963, but he could not remember exactly when the event took place. Fehrnstrom called the Romney brothers' recollection and the historical materials a "pretty convincing case that George Romney did march with Dr. Martin Luther King and other civil rights leaders in Michigan." The governor's record was one of supporting civil rights. He helped create the state's first civil rights commission and marched at the head of a protest parade in Detroit days after violence against civil rights marchers in Selma, Ala., in 1965. Mitt Romney's campaign planned today to further research George Romney's papers for evidence of his march with King.
Romney’s tall tale about MLK
By: Steve Benen @ 7:15 PM - PST   


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0CwJj1BfS2A

Romney: …And I’m not going to distance myself in any way from my faith. But you can see what I believed and what my family believed by looking at, at our lives. My dad marched with Martin Luther King.

Mitt Romney has defended his position on civil rights, in multiple high-profile settings, by insisting that his father marched with Martin Luther King during his tenure as governor of Michigan in the 1960s. Pressed for specifics, the Romney campaign pointed to an event that occurred in Grosse Point, Mich.

The claim appears to be false — Romney’s father did not march with King. Unfortunately, the campaign has come up with an unpersuasive defense.

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has said he watched his father, the late Michigan Gov. George Romney, in a 1960s civil rights march in Michigan with Martin Luther King Jr.

On Wednesday, Romney’s campaign said his recollections of watching his father, an ardent civil rights supporter, march with King were meant to be figurative.

“He was speaking figuratively, not literally,” Eric Fehrnstrom, spokesman for the Romney campaign, said of the candidate.

C’mon, Romney campaign, you can do better than this. Romney told two national television audiences, “I saw my father march with Martin Luther King.” That was a “figurative” claim?

I wonder what might have happened to Al Gore seven years ago if, confronted with the manufactured controversy about “inventing the Internet,” he said, “I meant that figuratively.”
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« Reply #36 on: December 30, 2011, 01:25:22 AM »
Mitt Romney: "I'm Not Going To Focus On The Fed"

Video Below

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Airing Date April.12, 2011

Mitt Romney: "I'm Not Going To Focus On The Fed, Im Not Going To Spend My Time Going After Bernanke"

POS!

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« Reply #37 on: December 30, 2011, 01:26:21 AM »

Mitt Romney, Bain Capital Insider Trading Scandal?
http://www.moneyteachers.org/Bain+Mitt+Romney+EDGAR.htm

Bain Capital has come a long way since the hostile takeovers it was known for when Mitt Romney founded the company in 1984. Today, with a reported 65 billion in assets the company owns industry giants like Toys R Us, Clear Channel Communications (Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck), Dunkin Brands, Burlington, Warner Music Group, and even the Weather Channel. For a complete list of companies in the Bain Portfolio Click Here

One Company, which is not listed on Bain's Website as a company holding is EDGAR online.

"Bain Capital said Friday that it has invested $12 million in Edgar Online, a publicly traded data services company that helps businesses prepare regulatory filings in a new format that will be mandatory by 2012...Edgar Online's main offering is helping companies prepare filings for the Securities and Exchange Commission  in a computer format known as XBRL, which is used for the S.E.C.'s Edgar tool. It also offers data analysis products for regulatory filings." (Source)

Bain paid $12 million dollars for EDGAR stock and the right to name two Board Members with the company. The question is why.

"EDGAR, the Electronic Data-Gathering, Analysis, and Retrieval  system, performs automated collection, validation, indexing, acceptance, and forwarding of submissions by companies and others who are required by law to file forms with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC"). The database is freely available to the public via the Internet (Web or FTP)." (Source)

Approximately 3,000 company filings are made with EDGAR each and every day. In fact, if you wish to search for company filings on the Securities and Exchange Commission's website, you will be redirected to the EDGAR database (Source)

So, Mitt Romney's Bain Capital has the ability to monitor every company filing with the SEC before anyone else can see them. Its what is known as a competative advantage. Its also known as Trading on Insider Information if Bain Capital is perusing these financial filings and using them to decide what to buy and sell within its portfolio.
According to SEC Guidelines:

"The SEC adopted new Rules 10b5-1 and 10b5-2  to resolve two insider trading issues where the courts have disagreed. Rule 10b5-1 provides that a person trades on the basis of material nonpublic information if a trader is "aware" of the material nonpublic information when making the purchase or sale. The rule also sets forth several affirmative defenses or exceptions to liability. The rule permits persons to trade in certain specified circumstances where it is clear that the information they are aware of is not a factor in the decision to trade, such as pursuant to a pre-existing plan, contract, or instruction that was made in good faith.

Rule 10b5-2 clarifies how the misappropriation theory applies to certain non-business relationships. This rule provides that a person receiving confidential information under circumstances specified in the rule would owe a duty of trust or confidence and thus could be liable under the misappropriation theory." (SEC.gov)

In what could be viewed as a huge advantage over the average investor, this scandal would make the movie "Wall Street" look like "Sesame Street". An investigation of Bain Capital's internal documents by any enforcement agency, including the SEC or Congress, could make Michael Milkin look like a boy scout activity.

"Milken was indicted on 98 counts of racketeering and securities fraud in 1989 as the result of an insider trading investigation. After a plea bargain, he pled guilty to six securities and reporting violations but was never convicted of racketeering or insider trading. Milken was sentenced to ten years in prison and permanently barred from the securities industry by the Securities and Exchange Commission. After the presiding judge reduced his sentence for cooperating with testimony against his former colleagues and good behavior, he was released after less than two years. (Source)

Milkin could only wish that he had access to every company's financial reports and SEC filings before anyone else knew about them. Mitt Romney's company, Bain Capital, should be investigated at the very least. This article should be front-page news and talked about on every radio show in America.

Bain Capital
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bain_Capital

Industry   Private alternative asset management
Founded   1984
Founder(s)   Mitt Romney, T. Coleman Andrews III, Eric Kriss
Headquarters   Boston, Massachusetts, U.S. with offices in Chicago, New York, London, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Mumbai
Key people   Joshua Bekenstein, John Connaughton, Paul Edgerley, Robert C. Gay, Mark Nunnelly, Stephen Pagliuca
Products   
Private equity, venture capital, public equity, high-yield assets and mezzanine capital funds
assets = ~$65 billion
Employees   ~375 (December 2010)
Website   www.baincapital.com

Bain Capital LLC is a Boston-based private equity firm founded in 1984 by partners from the consulting firm Bain & Company. Originally conceived as an early-stage, growth-oriented investment fund, Bain Capital today manages approximately $65 billion in assets, and its strategies include private equity, venture capital, public equity, high-yield assets and mezzanine capital funds.

History

Bain Capital was founded in 1984 by Bain & Company partners Mitt Romney, T. Coleman Andrews III, and Eric Kriss. In addition to the three founding partners, the early team included Fraser Bullock, Robert F. White, Joshua Bekenstein, Adam Kirsch, and Geoffrey S. Rehnert. Bain Capital's original $37 million fund was raised entirely from private individuals in mid-1984.

The firm includes a large group of investment professionals with consulting or operating experience, and takes an intensive, analytical approach to the investment process. This allows the firm's teams to pursue a wide range of equity investment opportunities, and to conduct extensive diligence, to do a fact-based analysis of the business and competitive industry dynamics, and to identify a winning business model.[citation needed] One of the fund's first start-up investments was Staples, Inc., the $15 billion office supply retailer. The funding enabled Staples to expand from one store in 1986 to nearly 1,700 in 2006.

More than twenty five years after its inception, Bain Capital manages approximately $65 billion in assets, and has founded, acquired, or invested in hundreds of companies including AMC Entertainment, Aspen Education Group, Brookstone, Burger King, Burlington Coat Factory, Domino's Pizza, DoubleClick, D&M Holdings, Guitar Center, Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), Sealy, The Sports Authority, Toys R Us, Unisource, Warner Music Group and The Weather Channel.

Recent Notable Investments

Some recent proposed and actual Bain Capital investments include (in reverse chronological order):
2010, Oct – Acquires Gymboree for $1.8 Billion USD.[1]
2010, Mar – Wall Street Journal reports that Psychiatric Solutions is in talks to be purchased by Bain.[2]
2010, Mar – Purchases Styron (polystyrene, latex), a division of The Dow Chemical Company, for $1.6 billion.[3]
2009, Jun – Bain Capital announces a deal to acquire a 16% stake in Chinese electronics manufacturer GOME Electrical Appliances for $300 million.
2008, Jul – Joins with Thomas H. Lee Partners to purchase Clear Channel Communications.[4]
2007, Sep – Joins with the Chinese networking company Huawei Technologies in an attempt to acquire 3Com for $2.2 billion in cash.[5] However, they were unable to structure the deal to satisfy constraints set by Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). In March 2008, Bain and Huawei abandoned the transaction.[6]
2007, Jun – Signs an agreement with Guitar Center to purchase the music retailer for $1.9 billion, plus $200 million in debt. The buyout will be for $63 per share, a 26% premium on June 26's closing price. The deal was approved by shareholders on September 18, 2007 and closed October 9, 2007.[7]
2007, Jun – Agrees to acquire Home Depot Supply for $10.3 billion, along with Carlyle Group and Clayton, Dubilier & Rice (with each agreeing to buy a one-third stake in the division). Home Depot sold their wholesale construction supply business to fund a stock repurchase estimated at $40 billion.[8]
2007, Jun – Acquires Bavaria Yachtbau for a price rumored to be about €1.3B Euros.[9]
2007, May – Acquires Edgars Department Stores (Edcon Limited) of Zimbabwe and South Africa.[10]
2006, Aug – Joins the enlarged private equity consortium headed by KKR that agreed to acquire an 80.1% stake in the Semiconductor Division of Royal Philips Electronics. The new company is called NXP Semiconductors.
2006, Apr – Acquires Burlington Coat Factory Warehouse Corp., which operates more than 360 retail stores.
2005, Jun – Teams up with Haier Group, China's largest appliance maker, and private equity firm Blackstone Group in an attempt to acquire Maytag for over $1 billion. The bid was dropped a month later.
2005, Mar – Proposes a $3.5 billion buyout of all 30 teams in the National Hockey League during the league's lockout. The offer was rejected. In June 2005, the company made a revised bid of $4.3 billion for the 30 teams and allow the current owners to maintain a stake in the league. This bid was also rejected.
2004, Nov – Purchases the Dollarama chain of dollar stores, based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada and operating stores in the provinces of Eastern Canada for $1.05 billion CAD.
2004, Mar – Acquires Brenntag Group from Deutsche Bahn AG (Exited in 2006; sold to BC Partners for $4B).
2003, Nov – Invests in Warner Music Group.
2003, Aug – Purchases Bombardier Inc.'s recreational products division , along with the Bombardier family and the Caisse de dépôt et de placement du Québec, and created Bombardier Recreational Products or BRP. Bain Capital took a 50% interest in the new company.
2002, Jul – Acquires Burger King in July in a leveraged buyout with TPG Capital and Goldman Sachs Capital Partners.

Affiliates

Bain Capital's family of funds includes private equity, venture capital, public equity and leveraged debt assets.
Absolute Return Capital (ARC) is the absolute return affiliate of Bain Capital managing approximately $600 million of capital. ARC manages assets in fixed income, equity, and commodity markets to produce attractive risk-adjusted returns while maintaining low correlation to traditional investments.[11]
Bain Capital Private Equity has raised ten funds and invested in more than 200 companies. The private equity activity includes leveraged buyouts and growth capital in a wide variety of industries.[12]
Bain Capital (Europe) Limited, an affiliate of Bain Capital, LLC, is dedicated to investment opportunities in the European market. Based in London, with an advisory office in Munich, Bain Capital has a successful European investment track record dating back to 1989.[13]
Bain Capital Ventures is the venture capital arm of Bain Capital, focused on seed through late-stage growth equity, investing in business services, consumer, healthcare, internet & mobile, and software companies.[14]
Brookside Capital is the public equity affiliate of Bain Capital. Brookside's primary objective is to invest in securities of publicly traded companies that offer opportunities to realize substantial long-term capital appreciation.[15]
Sankaty Advisors, the fixed income affiliate of Bain Capital, is one of the nation's leading private managers of high yield debt obligations. With $19.1 billion of committed capital, Sankaty invests in a wide variety of securities, including leveraged loans, high-yield bonds, distressed securities, mezzanine debt, convertible bonds, structured products and equity investments.[16]

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CONSPIRACY BETWEEN THE POLITICOs, HOLLYWOOD, & MILITARY BRASS

Pssssst.....
Don't let anyone tell you that there's a conspiracy involving political hacks, top military brass, the news media and hollywood. They're just being conspiracy theorists.  Take, for example, Jane Lute - the wife of a four-star general, herself the undersecretary for the Department of Homeland Security, and Michael Chertoff, now marketing the hell out of full body scanners, what the hell would they be doing hobnobbing with executives and journalists from ABC, Fox, NBC, etc.; and (oh really - get serious) Pamela Anderson and Ben Affleck??? You'd be crazy to think of something so ridiculous. You'd be called a "conspiracy theorist".  

http://www.mediabistro.com/tvnewser/generalities/whca_dinner_leftovers_83465.asp

So, we're back in NYC, and sort of moved in to TVNewser's new world headquarters on Park Ave. (we've actually joined up with our Jupitermedia colleagues).

In the midst of unpacking we came across a few un-posted pictures from our weekend in Washington and new details too.

• One time msnbc.com guest Heidi Montag showing up at Fortune's table. (I guess that 'ole print pub has deep enough pockets to fly Montag and boyfriend Spencer Pratt, first class). Insiders tell us it was Pratt's demands that kept The Hills duo from dining with the .com-ers.


• Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner had heads turning Saturday night at the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner. (Sorry about the pix, that's as close as we got.) Ben and Jen were at table 65 and despite the seemingly high number, that was front row seating. TVNewser was at table 35 with several ABC Newsers and the actor Tim Daly.

Point of reference: Mitt and Ann Romney were at table 1.

• This weekend we also learned NBCU was recently considering selling their Nebraska Ave. lot and building in Washington, DC which houses the NBC News bureau, MSNBC-DC and WRC. But no deal, everyone stays put.


• Don't miss Patrick Gavin's outstanding coverage on FishbowlDC. He's got a live vote, video from the Garden Brunch, and more than 200 pictures from before, during and after the dinner, including the one below of Pam Anderson and Washington Times/FNC contributor Bill Sammon.


Chris and Kathleen Matthews at the Tammy Haddad Garden Party Saturday afternoon.


Hillary Clinton campaign chairman Terry McAuliffe (we didn't notice if Chris and Terry talked things over).


NBC's Pete Williams chats up DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff.


Beth Wilkinson, her hubby David Gregory and Tammy Haddad.

• After the brunch TVNewser headed to an afternoon taping of the Newseum program Inside Media. Read the story here. We also spotted an ABC News crew prepping the surprisingly small (or is it cozy?) This Week studio for Sunday's show.




ABC's Martha Raddatz and Jane Lute, wife of Lt. Gen. Douglas Lute, one of several military brass at the pre-dinner ABC party.


Mike Jerrick of Fox's The Morning Show with Mike & Juliet.

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Cheney Daughter Backs Romney as Florida Race Tightens
http://youdecide08.foxnews.com/2008/01/27/cheney-daughter-backs-romney-as-florida-race-tightens/
by FOXNews.com Sunday, January 27, 2008

 
 

Saturday: Mitt Romney stops for a photo with supporters as he leaves a campaign stop in Lutz, Fla.



Liz Cheney, Vice President Dick Cheney’s daughter and former co-chair of Fred Thompson’s presidential campaign, has signed on as a senior foreign policy adviser to Mitt Romney’s campaign. Cheney, a State Department principal deputy assistant secretary who was responsible for Middle East and North Africa initiatives, could help blunt charges by John McCain that Romney is weak on foreign policy issues.

“I am proud to support Governor Romney. Throughout this campaign, he has distinguished himself as a leader who can guide our country with a clear vision for overcoming the threats we face today,” Cheney said in a statement released by the campaign on Sunday. “Dedicated to the success of our missions in Iraq and Afghanistan, Governor Romney is the only candidate who has outlined a comprehensive strategy for defeating the global Jihadist threat. I look forward to working with Governor Romney, because he is the leader our country needs,” she continued. The Cheney news comes one day after John McCain scored a big-name endorsement from Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, who is now touring with McCain through the Sunshine State ahead of Tuesday’s primary. A meet-and-greet with McCain and Crist was hastily scheduled at a Tampa diner to follow a McCain appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday. It was put on the calendar after Saturday night’s surprise announcement during a Pinellas County Republican dinner that McCain attended.

Crist and McCain don’t agree on several issues, most specifically national catastrophe insurance, which McCain says would be too costly for the nation to pay out every time Florida has a hurricane. But while the two disagree about some matters, Crist paraphrased Ronald Reagan, who said that people are probably friends if they can agree 80 percent of the time. He added that he likes all the candidates, but McCain is “a true American hero.” The Crist endorsement is also a blow to Rudy Giuliani, who has been saying all along he would triumph in Florida, and has essentially skipped hard-core campaigning in other states, hoping that a Florida win would catapult him back to the top, where he sat several months ago. Giuliani said Sunday that he was surprised by Crist’s backing of McCain, but he doesn’t think Florida voters are going to be overwhelmed by one person’s support of a candidate.

“The reality is, I was surprised by the governor’s endorsement. But everybody endorses. … We have a lot of support here in Florida. Mayors and people up and down the state,’”Giuliani said on CBS’ “Face the Nation.” “Governor, senator, attorney general, mayor. We all have different endorsements, but in the long run, it’s getting your message to the people of Florida. That’s the most important thing,” Giuliani continued. But with Giuliani falling in the polls, dropping behind Mike Huckabee to fourth place in the latest Reuters/C-Span/Zogby poll, the former New York City mayor’s strategy appears to be falling apart. The focus in Florida has now shifted to the battle between McCain and Romney, who are tied in the Reuters poll at 30 percent. That battle has gotten nasty with McCain accusing Romney of committing to a specific timetable for withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq, a claim Romney categorically denies.

“You know, I don’t know why he’s being dishonest but that’s dishonest,” Romney said Saturday. “To say I have a specific date is simply wrong and is dishonest and he should apologize.” The reference dates to an April 2007 comment in which Romney said that U.S. and Iraqi military and government leaders should plan benchmarks for removing troops but that those timetables should be kept secret so the enemy doesn’t just lay in wait for a U.S. exit. McCain responded to Romney’s characterization of his remarks by saying he is not going to apologize. “Governor Romney has said that maybe he thinks I should apologize for saying what is clearly on the record is his support for timetables for withdrawal. I think the apology is owed to the young men and women who are serving this nation in uniform, that we will not let them down in hard times or good. There’s who the apology is owed to,” he said.

McCain is trying to turn the discussion back to Iraq as polling indicates that Romney has surged in Florida while the discussion has focused on the economy, Romney’s strong suit. Also hoping to catch up to Romney in Florida in order to stay competitive is Huckabee, who came to McCain’s defense on Sunday. “I’ve never seen John McCain say something that was just blatantly untrue. The reason that I’m aware of Mitt Romney’s statement about the secret timetable is because that was originally proposed by a senator from my state, Senator Mark Pryor,” Huckabee told “FOX News Sunday.” Huckabee then denied that he was trying to help McCain by going after Romney, perhaps to position himself in a would-be McCain administration. “I don’t have to slam John McCain. I think that presidential politics can be civil. I think people can have mutual respect for each other. John McCain and I have entered into this race both looking for the same job. I’m not looking to be on his ticket. I don’t think he’s looking to be on mine,” he said. “I think that the issue is that we have a civil approach to the presidential process. Neither of us have sought to win the office by cracking the kneecaps of the other. We’ve talked about what we want to do,” he said.
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