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Romney Gives the Mainstream Media a Treat

By Jedediah Bila –

In an appearance on CNN today, Mitt Romney said the following: “I’m in this race cause I care about Americans. I’m not concerned about the very poor. We have a safety net there. If it needs repair, I’ll fix it. I’m not concerned about the very rich. They’re doing just fine. I’m concerned about the very heart of America, the 90-95 percent of Americans who right now are struggling. And I’ll continue to take that message across the nation.”

When questioned further, he added, “I said I’m not concerned about the very poor that have a safety net, but if it has holes in it, I will repair them. The challenge right now—we will hear from the Democrat Party ‘the plight of the poor.’ And there’s no question, it’s not good being poor and we have a safety net to help those that are very poor. But my campaign is focused on middle-income Americans … You can choose where to focus. You can focus on the rich. That’s not my focus. You can focus on the very poor. That’s not my focus.”

“My focus is on middle-income Americans, retirees living on Social Security, people who can’t find work, folks that have kids that are getting ready to go to college. These are the people who’ve been most badly hurt during the Obama years. We have a very ample safety net and we can talk about whether it needs to be strengthened or whether there are holes in it. But we have food stamps, we have Medicaid, we have housing vouchers, we have programs to help the poor. But the middle-income Americans, they are the folks that are really struggling right now and they need someone that can help get this economy going for them.”

Can I ask you a question? How easy would it have been for Romney to instead say “I’m focused on restoring this country for all Americans”? How easy would it have been to not hand the left-wing media and the 2012 Obama machine a quote of “I’m not concerned about the very poor” on a silver platter?

Very easy.

Do the GOP candidates somehow live in a bubble where they don’t understand just how ready the mainstream media is to pounce on their every word and run with an unfavorable headline? Now sure, that will sometimes happen no matter what you say. So many in media are waiting with bated breath to twist just about anything that comes out of a Republican’s mouth.

But candidates, why would you make their job easier—and more enjoyable—by not taking a minute to think before you speak?

The unfortunate reality is that the vast majority of the mainstream media will be working overtime to demonize GOP candidates and distort their records while glorifying everything Obama has said and done. That’s unavoidable. We can’t control that.

What candidates can control is what comes out of their mouths. You don’t want the media elite to be able to paint you as anti-poor? Well then make it really hard for them to do so. And certainly don’t hand them a sound byte that makes Chris Matthews’ leg tingle and has the Obama machine and the DNC already chopping up a video montage.

GOP candidates, you guys are smart. You’re smart enough to know what the agenda of most media folks is. You’re also smart enough to know that, like it or not, many Americans still tune in to media outlets whose bias is thicker than mud.

So do us a favor and stop helping them out. Think before you speak. The future of the country depends upon it.

 

 

 

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Instead, at campaign stops here and in Springfield, Pa., Bush eahzmsiped the economy and Clinton’s inexperience. We’re part of a global economy, and this is no time to hand the wheel to a novice, Bush urged voters. And when it comes to steering America through the new global economic challenges, America needs a driver who knows the highway. Do not take a risk on America’s future. From USA Today (via Lexis)Boston Globe, August 1, 1992:Bush drew a laugh from the audience when he referred to a comeback victory by Pablo Morales, a 27-year-old gold medal swimmer at the Olympic Games. I kind of like a guy who proves that youth and inexperience are no match for maturity and experience, he said. Bush is 68, Clinton is 45.New York Times, August 2, 1992:In general, however, the Bush attacks are likely to focus on the difference between experience and inexperience. On Monday… Read more »

Yes I think Mitt should be more careful how he makes statements. Because they will always turn his words around to suit them! I believe Mitt can come up with a great plan to pull our country out of debt and make us an even greater nation than we have ever been! Hang in there Mitt and give’em what for!!

Mitt Romney, should divert his campaign strategy focusing on President Obama’s failed policies. Stop saying about, I love this country, I love the food, I love… I love … etc. We heard those over and over. its boring sometimes. This is my nickle and dime suggestions.A listeners like me, and many other minorities, that I am associated with and for the undecided people with limited interest in politics. Mitt Romney should say; 1. I’ll Fix this economy, I’ve done it, and been there before; (As Governor, the Olympic, successful in business, paid my taxes, and donated $$$$ in charities) 2. Secure the Borders, built the fence, continue the fence that was already started. (by the way, the fence was stopped by the Democrats) Then talk about how to fix our immigration problems,. Implement work visa for any illegal immigrants that is already here, and who want to come here legally.… Read more »

Mitt Romney is, in my opinion, has the following positive attributes: 1) a scandal-free personal & public life, 2) a Washington outsider point-of-view, 3) a commitment to a “sensibly conservative” view on almost every issue; 4) a laser-like focus on the economy and jobs, and 5) and proven executive skills capable of “turning around” almost any organization, e.g., winter olympics, a deficit-ridden Mass state budget.

Look people, the very simple bottom line is that it matters not one iota how qualified the Republican candidate is…He,she or it MUST be elected. Anorther 4 years of Obama and we are done as a Republic!

RON PAUL is the ONLY TRUE American Constitutionalist, with a Proven record of standing often alone, by The Constitution!!!!
If you love God and America you must be FOR Dr Paul!!!
Romney gave us Obama care, has offshore holdings on which he pays NO taxes, etc.

WAKE UP people; no wonder we are in the MESS we are in!!!!!
God forgive our murdering ways (babies and folks in other lands), and turn us back to living by The GOLDEN RULE!!

No more Neo-Cons!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

A PATRIOT in Nevada

I like Ron…..but he is not a conservative he is a libertarian, the only one left is Santorum…he has strong conservative values…..he has made some mistakes….but you show me who is perfect…..

Very true…….But we can’t forget the importance of replacing the present Senators with conservatives.
We need to get rid of the long term Senators (and Congressmen) who have for years been part of the problem.

It’s time to clean up Washington! A new president will need A new Senate to support him and any change.
Without change in the Senate we have more gridlock and We are tying the hands of the new president (whoever he may be.)

AMEN to that!

Romney is a moderate and that is his own words.
Gingrich is a center left, his policies shows that.
Santorum is a true Conservative, his record is the proof

Romney is a moderate conservative. I am also a moderate conservative. That is not an oxymoron. Romney can beat Obama. Romney has the experience to turn the economy around. THAT is the number one concern…get the economy going again. If we lose this election we are all going down. Santorum will not win the center left Reagan Dems or the Independents. He couldn’t win his last election after 16 years in Congress. Anyone who has been part of Congress in the last 20 years has to bear some responsibility for the shape we are in AS DO WE VOTERS! We cannot afford to make a mistake. We have to have someone who can beat Obama, which will be difficult at beat. Then , once we have our man in, he has to know what to do and how to undo the damages. Mitt Romney is a proven turnaround man. He’s… Read more »
You are correct about Romney (he reminds me of a snake oil salesman who will say anything to sell his product). But, I think Santorum is still a tenderfoot and would not stand up against Obama. I have done a good bit of research and I think Gingrich is a far better candidate. Unfortunately the press and other candidates have distorted past facts. He didn’t come with baggage- they’ve created it. The fact that the Washington insiders are so set against him shows me that they are afraid of change and loosing thier power if he is elected. Gingrich has changed his mind on some issues in the past but this is not necessarily a bad thing. Wouldn’t we all be better off if Obama recognized the error of his ways and changed course? But no! He would rather send this country to the brink of distruction than admit that… Read more »

Wanda, well said. Newt’s so called “baggage” has truly been created. The media (with the exception of Fox) has worked very hard to keep Newt down. Can we not all see from his life how conservative he is and what he did for this country? The washington insiders are truly afraid of what Newt will do…He will act quickly and decisively.

I know that we need to releive Mr Obama of his job! I think we have some very good people running on the Republican side. Everyone of them has made a gaff or two. I think that who ever is chosen to run will need to be very strong willed and not let the “Obama Team” fluster them. This person will also need a very strong running mate. I am very concerned for this country and the fact that we may have the same president for another 4 years which will not be a good thing.

Politics is not a fun game for those of us who watch and listen because we honestly want to vote for the right person.
I’ve watched the debates, read about the candidates, laughed in disgust about some of the comments they expect us
to believe and wanted to cry about others but the one candidate that I believe is the most honest and upright is Rick
Santorum. I have prayed for him and about him since the first time I heard him speak. But given the evil atmosphere in which we live I wonder if we are deserving of any better than we’ve been subjected to these last three years. I do believe what we need now is heartfelt prayer from each of us. Without it we will never know again the Country that we all love and need. GOD BLESS AMERICA AND EVERYONE IN IT.

Hey, folks! Rick Santorum is right to keep focusing on Obamacare and the huge impact that has on us in all sorts of ways, not the least economically. Additionally, his plans for manufacturing and industry, debunking global warming, and devotion to preservation of the family as the basic building block of society show a candidate who is both well-rounded and truly conservative. He is the sort of steady and thoughtful candidate this country needs! Also, as a FORMER small business owner, one of the contributing factors to the demise of my business was when the minimum wage got jacked up from $5.15 to $7.25 in less than two years. You’re telling me the entry level employee has to have a guaranteed “living wage”? While it’s very nice to have an impact on Main Street, a business owner isn’t obligated to operate a charity. When the owner of the company can’t… Read more »

I am a former business owner because I couldn’t compete with Chinese labor. This is a problem that has nothing to do with our “minimum” wage. It has to do with our trade laws and the enforcement of them. We have to get back to building our own economy and not eveyone else’s. In the 50’s everything was “Made in Japan”…..
We are in a global economy now. We can’t go back to isolationism but we must make the trade laws fair. We must bring manufacturing back to this country and be willing to pay for it. If you aren’t willing to pay more so that we can all grow better here then be ready for increased poverty in the United States.

Should you not respect the office of President of The United States of America enough to refer to the person in office as President Obama, President Ford, Presdient Reagan, President Bush; referring to the President by last name with no title is extremely disrespectful and unpatriotic.

I believe all Americans respect the office of the President.
However, the man holding that office does not automatically become deserving of respect in a free country.

Respect is something every man earns by his actions or good deeds. Submitting a forged Birth Certificate, lying to the American citizens. bowing to kings of other countries and promoting socialist ideas may leave an individual lacking of the qualities deserving of respect.

I consider myself a Christian, conservative, independent voter who has voted republican for nearly 45 years, but if Mitt Romney becomes the republican nominee, I will not vote for him. I will not vote for Romney for the following reasons:

1. Romney is a progressive Obama light.
2. Romney is endorsed by progressive McCain and Trump.
3. Romney is not a Christian. As a Christian, I will not knowingly aid and abet a non Christian. Those that call themselves Christian and vote for Romney either don’t know their Bible or they don’t care what it teaches about aiding and abetting a non Christian. Those that don’t care what the Bible teaches are no better than their atheist brethren.

who says Romney is not a Christian? You think Obama is? Last time I looked the Bible says to love thy neighbor as thyself. It also said judge not that ye be judged. Obama says we are no longer a Christian nation. Mitt Romney says he will protect our rights with regard to religious freedom. I will vote for anyone running against Obama. Perhaps that mote is obstructing the whole picture.

While individual Mormons may be persons of good conscience, Mormonism itself is a belief system that would reduce the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit from being the three Persons of the one, true, and infinite God to being three limited, finite deities among an uncounted multitude of deities, all of whom merely reshaped small parts of a preexisting cosmos. Mormonism teaches that human beings may, by practicing the tenets of its faith, become gods and goddesses themselves, with their own planets full of people worshiping them. While Christian churches (Catholic, Protestant, non denominational) would reject nothing that is true or good in Mormonism or any other world religion, Christian theology would have to note that there is a tremendous amount in Mormonism that is neither true nor good. Further, because Mormonism presents itself as a form of Christianity yet is incompatible with the historic Christian faith, sound pastoral… Read more »

Ah, Dave…your words say more than you know. Mormons believe the same about Jesus as do Methodists and other Protestants. Satan is a fallen angel and he will take as many as he can with him. It looks like he is doing quite well. Jesus is the only way to salvation. My father was Mormon. Someone has given you bad information. There is Heaven and Hell.

Sharon – have you considered what Mormons think of Jesus Christ, that he and Satan are brothers?? We know from the POTUS that he’s Muslim and not Christian both from his speech and his behavior. I voted for McCain thinking with his Vietnam background he could stand against any Democrat but now I will vote for the person I think is right, not just “electable”.

As a so called “Christian” who is your most perfect candidate? Obama? Tired of your self-righteousness and name calling. It’s only your opinion. You do not know a person’s heart only God can judge that. Read your Bible.

Ron Paul is the closest thing we have to a real choice for a president who would be a TRUE man of the people. But because he wants to do away with the federal reserve (which we should have repealed after it was created ILLEGALLY and in SECRET back in 1913), and totally supports the CONSTITUTION as the Law of the Land- and is NOT one of the compromisers who try to convince us that it’s “outmoded” or “out of date”, of course there are some very powerful enemies on both the left AND the right that will do ANYTHING to prevent him from winning. He believes in the separation of powers and each branch functioning as they were supposed to- which means NO MORE executive orders that are never rescinded, no more liberal Judges re-interpreting laws and creating new ones that are completely against the principles our nation was… Read more »

Do me a favor, read or better yet , go and buy some dvd’s of the 2nd word war….Ron reminds me of Chamberlain …peace at all cost…..it does not work….If our boy’s have to go abroad and take some of this morrons out so be it…..

I saw nothing wrong with what Romney said. I totally agree with his position and what’s more I respect his honesty and his intelligence. The middle class is suffering all the new rules and regulations and the inflation. The rich can handle it and the poor get free help even when they pay no taxes or do not work.

I can’t believed, Mitt Romney’s comment about the poor was quickly mis-construed by the Media. They love to twist thing around poisoning the minds of those morons and literate.

The most frustrating thing about Mitt and other candidates is they haven’t developed the principle, the foundation, from which to form their opinions, on all of the pressing issues. Do this, then check for alignment to the Constitutionm, they could answer any questions and make coherent statements with ease. What is the government role if any in, Jobs, the poor, emigration, the environment, defense, the internet, taxes, education, religion, health, deficient spending, SSI, guns, abortion, minimun wage, to name a few and what principle forms the foundation of your beliefs, then how is the position supported by the Constitution. I suggest that some of our candidates read the 10 planks of Communism as many of our politicians have Socialist tendencies. They need to get clear as to why the founders rejected this principles, a good home work assignment.

Romney also made comments recently about indexing the minimum wage. (Not a new Romney policy, by the way.) Anyone who understands the workings of the free market (and even most liberal economists) knows that raising the minimum wage always results in fewer jobs. To propose that, especially during a time when the job market is becoming consistently smaller, shows either an amazing lack of knowledge or pandering. As for Romney being a gentleman, this paragon of virtue has apparently no trouble ridiculing Gingrich or lying about Gingrich’s ethics charges, lying abut Gingrich having to pay a $300,000 fine, and lying about Gingrich being thrown out of Congress during two debates and more than $20 million in negative ads. Even a cursory search of Wikipedia shows Gingrich was found innocent of all ethics charges, he paid no fines, and he was never throw out of Congress. Whatever respect I might have… Read more »

Perhaps if the minimum wage was a living wage, more jobs would be available. One person wouldn’t have to take three jobs to make ends meet. A living minimum wage would pull some out of poverty. Yes we would pay more for products but those working a job instead of collecting government assistance every month would have more self esteem and contribute to rather than take from all of us.

I’ve been through the “minimum wage” thing; they raise your rate of pay and cut your hours; in the end, you wind up with less in your pay.

So, Ron Paulites, what do you think of what Mark Levin was saying about the Mitt Romney – Ron Paul coalition? If it is true, that seems to uncover Ron Paul’s “feet of clay”. The man has some good things to say fiscally, but he is not the only one saying these things, and in some areas, he is living right in la-la land with “Aliceinwonderland”. Where have thinking Americans gone? We have the lemmings for Obama and his “hope and change”. We have the “wall street occupiers” breaking the law and essentially clueless about what is really going on, but following like good lemmings should. And I see similarities in the hard core Ron Paulites, who spit in the face of reason to back a candidate who is more interested in promoting his libertarian agenda than in what is truly good for America. More lemmings over the cliff. My… Read more »

Robert Taylor – I agree, “conservatives at all levels” because sooner or later, they all want to try for higher office.

We all need to get behind the Republican candidate whomever he may be–regardless of our preferences. The country cannot afford four more years of Obama as President, pushing his Statist/Socialist/Marxist policies to ensure our slide into his dream of a New World Order. He is aligned with George Soros; that should tell us all we need to know of his “hope and change” policies. We will never find the “perfect” candidate. Our goal should be to defeat Obama. His record and his statements give any candidate plenty of ammunition for the campaign–Keystone pipeline, Gulf Coast oil fiasco and shutting down all drilling operations, take over of GM and Chrysler, Fanny Mae and Freddie Mac and HUD with mandated mortgages to those who were poor credit risks, take over of Student Loans, ObamaCare (1/6 of our economy),et al. Additionally, we cannot afford any more of Obama’s nominees to the Supreme Court!… Read more »
We have an opportunity to put up a moderate conservative for President with Mitt Romney. Those who “work” in Washington and those who receive “free” stuff every month will vote for Obama. The rest of us should be looking for someone to get us out of this “mess”, regardless of who created it. Mitt Romney is our best hope. Obamacare and Romneycare are quite different. If the people in Massachusetts don’t like it they can get rid of it. If we the people of the United States don’t like it..Obama says “too bad”. Obamacare was written,signed into Law against the will of the people. It is true that healthcare costs are going up and some solution must be found. Romney has said he would do everything in his power to get rid of Obamacare. The other candidates have said as much. Romney has learned from his mistakes and successes. He’s… Read more »

Just be sure his record backs up what he’s saying – anyone can talk, how do they vote, who are they aligned with, and what’s their background. We know Obama’s despite what he says!!

What Romney said that is scarier to me is that he believes in the Welfare State and would strengthen “the safety net” “fix the holes” etc. The difference between Romney and Obama is not as great as we would like to believe. Both are crony capitalists. Both believe in a big government. The difference is simply one of which sort of friends they have that they want the government to pass laws to benefit: Wallstreet, or Unions. I have had enough. Santorum and Gingrich want a big government too. I never ever expected to be supporting Ron Paul because of his foreign policy issues, but at this point he is the only candidate at all interested in saving the country. Praying for a brokered convention in which a new name (DeMInt?) comes up, but unless that happens, Ron Paul it is.

With Ron Paul’s Libertarian background, you can forget his defending DOMA, doing anything that would mean the loss of “liberty” for anyone, including Muslims.

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