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Too Much Time at Harvard
April 5, 2012 - Speaking in Philadelphia, Mitt Romney suggested President Obama is out of touch because of all the time he spent at elite Harvard University - where Romney also went to school.
We have a president who I think is a nice guy, but he spent too much time at Harvard, perhaps...Romney spent 4 years at Harvard, earning his JD/MBA. Obama only got his JD at the Cambridge, MA, institution, which means he was a Harvard student 1 year less than Romney.
This is not the first time Romney has bashed his own alma mater. In September 2011 and again in March 2012, he attacked Obama for taking his advice from the "Harvard faculty lounge." Romney seems to have forgotten that one of his own top economic advisers is Harvard professor Greg Mankiw - and that he has received at least $32,000 in contributions from Harvard faculty and administrators.
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Mitt Romney's 47 PercentIn September of 2012, the website Mother Jones posted a video of Mitt Romney speaking at a private fundraiser in Boca Raton, Florida. At the event, held in May of 2012, Romney is seen and heard telling wealthy donors that roughly 47 percent of American voters see themselves as "victims" who are entitled to government help.
Among other things, Romney said:
Well, there are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. There are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe that government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it. That that’s an entitlement and government should give it to them.
Romney then went on to explain to the donors that it's not his role "to worry about those people," adding: "I'll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives."
Romney didn't stop there. He also went on to basically call his wife annoying (duh). When a donor asked about using Ann to attract more female voters, Romney said:
We use Ann sparingly right now, so that people don't tired of her, or start attacking.
In a hastily arranged press conference (after the video went viral, sparking a host of hilarious Internet reactions to his dismissal of half the country), an unapologetic Romney said:
It's not elegantly stated, let me put it that way. I was speaking off the cuff in response to a question. And I'm sure I could state it more clearly in a more effective way than I did in a setting like that.
Not surprisingly, Ann Romney defended her husband's remarks, saying they were "taken out of context." Then she lit into Mittens for dissing her in front of her wealthy friends, threatening to strap him to the top of her Escalade and ride him around town, Seamus-style.
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I'm Also Unemployedv"I'm also unemployed."
Speaking to an unemployed group from Florida, Romney attempted to joke and relate to the audience by telling them that he too is unemployed, just like them. Though the group laughed, seeing as how Romney is worth an estimated $200 million, the joke didn't go over well upon further evaluation. So much for relating to struggling Americans.
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We Ought to Double Guantanamov"Some people have said we ought to close Guantanamo. My view is we ought to double Guantanamo."
Speaking at the South Carolina Republican Debate in May of 2007, Romney expressed his support of the controversial prison Guantanamo Bay. Despite coming under fire for its use of torture to interrogate terror suspects, especially using waterboarding, Romney spoke to the hearts of the Republican voters when he said he'd want to expand the prison, not close it down.
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Corporations Are Peoplev"Corporations are people, my friend. We can raise taxes...Everything corporations earn ultimately goes to people. Where do you think it goes? Whose pockets? People's pockets. Human beings, my friend."
While speaking at the Iowa State Fair in August of 2011, Romney was asked by an audience member about Social Security. (Specifically, the question was about including Social Security in the deficit negotiations, even though it does not add to the deficit.) Romney suggested that one way to save entitlements would be to raise taxes on individuals, and some hecklers in the crowd suggested instead taxing corporations more. Romney's answer was the above quote.
Romney received some jeers from the audience after opining that corporations ARE people, and even had a chance to clarify that he meant corporations are seen LEGALLY as people. But instead of clarifying, he dug in a bit deeper, stating that corporations are people because they are made up of human employees and managers. (A Romney spokesperson hit the point home even more in a follow-up tweet, noting that corporations are groups of people who create jobs to bring on even more people.)
Obviously, the wording led to some criticism of Romney from bloggers as well as political opponents. DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz said the comment was an indication "that Romney and the Republicans on the campaign trail...have misplaced priorities" and called it a "shocking admission."
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Supporting Our Nationv"The good news is that we have a volunteer Army and that's the way we're going to keep it. [O]ne of the ways my sons are showing support for our nation is helping to get me elected, because they think I'd be a great president."
One of many Mitt Romney gaffes that came as he sought the Republican presidential nomination for the 2008 election, one supporter back in 2007 asked the candidate if any of his five sons were serving in the U.S. military, and if not, what were they doing to fight the war on terror. Though Romney supported the war in Iraq, the gaffe came with his answer and the impression that his sons helping him win the election is more important than serving in the military.
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Peacetime Spending"[Obama's stimulus program is] one of the biggest peacetime spending binges in American history."
Explaining why he opposed the economic stimulus plan presented by President Barack Obama, Romney, in April 2011, made the mistake of referring to the United States as in "peacetime." The comment angered many, including the troops stationed in three theaters around the world at the time and numerous veterans domestically. Romney later apologized for the gaffe, stating that he really didn't mean to say "peacetime," rather remark that it was the biggest spending binge since World War II.
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Rich People Are Smart
"You might say, yeah but still, why don't you just raise the taxes on the rich some more?...I'd read an article in the Boston Globe some time ago that said the problem with rich people is that many of them are smart."
This quote, which made the rounds - first on Talking Points Memo and later on MSNBC's "The Ed Show" - in mid-August 2011, just doesn't make a ton of sense. Is Romney saying that it's pointless to try to tax the rich, because they'll just get out of it? Or that the rich are smart, and therefore shouldn't have to pay more taxes? It also seems to imply that poor people are NOT all that smart, which may not be the best position to take for a presidential candidate going into an election year.