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How amnesty would have helped Obama trounce Romney (Hispanic vote) - 04/23/13

... to winning Arizona. Republican Mitt Romney, by contrast, would have lost the national popular vote by 7 percentage points, 53 percent to 46 percent, instead of the 4-point margin he lost by in 2012, and would have struggled even to stay competitive in GOP strongholds like Texas, which he won with 57 percent of the vote. That's a static analysis, and it would be interesting to know just how much...

The Hispanic vote didn't cost Mitt Romney the election - 11/23/12

... the "Hispanic vote" didn't cost Mitt Romney the election. But, don't just take it from me. Allison Kopicki and Will Irving of the New York Times write ( peekURL.com/zxgdywP ): In Ohio, where the president received an estimated 54 percent of the Hispanic vote, according to exit poll data, we find he could have won the state with as little as 22 percent of the Hispanic vote, and in Virginia, where...

Clueless: Mitt Romney reflects on his loss, and still can't figure anything out - 11/14/12

Mitt Romney conducted a conference call with his backers today, and showed that he's as clueless after his loss as he was before. From this (note: not The Onion): [Romney said] the president had followed the "old playbook" of using targeted initiatives to woo specific interest groups - "especially the African-American community, the Hispanic community and young people." "In each case, they were...

Did the white vote cost Romney the election? (Hispanic vote, RealClearPolitics) - 11/08/12

Don't just take it from me, hear what the establishment-friendly Sean Trende (Senior Elections Analyst for RealClearPolitics) has to say. From "The Case of the Missing White Voters" (link): ...if our underlying assumption -- that there are 7 million votes outstanding -- is correct, then the African-American vote only increased by about 300,000 votes, or 0.2 percent, from 2008 to 2012. The Latino...

Did Romney lose because of immigration? Find out. (Hispanic vote, Obama wins) - 11/06/12

Did Mitt Romney lose the 2012 election to Barack Obama because of immigration? In a word, no. While Obama might have picked up a good share of the "Hispanic vote", he was always going to get a large share of Hispanics voting for him. On the immigration topic, what hurt Romney was that he didn't use it correctly. Instead of Hispandering - a failed strategy that just helps the Democrats - Romney...

Mitt Romney to CEOs: scare your employees into voting for me (in so many words) - 10/18/12

The audio below has Mitt Romney telling a group of businessmen (in so many words) that they should scare their employees into voting for him. It was recorded at a June 6, 2012 National Federation for Independent Business townhall. On the audio, Romney says: "I hope you make it very clear to your employees what you believe is in the best interest of your enterprise and therefore their job and...

Billionaire's ad warns about non-existent threat of socialism (Thomas Peterffy) - 10/13/12

... peekURL.com/zwasePq ), and if Mitt Romney could reduce his tax bill by over $10 million then his investment will have paid off for him.

Mitt Romney now says his "47%" comments were "completely wrong" - 10/05/12

... last night's Sean Hannity show, Mitt Romney attempted to walk back his earlier anti-American comments where he turned his back on half of America. Now, Romney says (video below): "Clearly in a campaign with hundreds if not thousands of speeches and question and answer sessions now and then you're going to say something that doesn't come out right. In this case, I said something that's just...

Mitt Romney says he won't revoke visas for those in Obama's amnesty. Instead, he'll push his own "full immigration reform plan" - 10/02/12

Mitt Romney recently spoke to the Denver Post editorial board and said this (link): "The people who have received the special visa that the president has put in place, which is a two-year visa, should expect that the visa would continue to be valid. I'm not going to take something that they've purchased," Romney said. "Before those visas have expired we will have the full immigration reform plan...

Mike Rowe endorses Mitt Romney: big mistake - 09/26/12

... show Dirty Jobs - has endorsed Mitt Romney for president (link). Whether he'll go as far as being this election cycle's Joe The Plumber or Tito The Builder remains to be seen. In any case, this is a big mistake on his part for various reasons: 1. Romney isn't going to win: Rowe is hitching his wagon to a falling star. 2. The GOP is frequently openly hostile to the interests of those who aren't...

Tamar Jacoby recognizes Mitt Romney is on her side of immigration (the wrong side) - 09/23/12

... she recognizes and cheers that Mitt Romney is on her basic side of immigration: The question that divides the GOP today is even more fundamental: Are you for or against immigration, period? Republican immigration hawks believe American has admitted enough, or too many, immigrants and should be moving to restrict the flow. Those on the other side of the divide believe that immigration — legal...

Mitt Romney wimps out on immigration, again (Univision, "our system isn't to deport people") - 09/20/12

Yesterday, Mitt Romney was interviewed on Univision by Jorge Ramos and Maria Elena Salinas; a transcript of his answers about immigration is below. If you're a foreign citizen - whether here legally or illegally or planning on moving here legally or illegally - Romney's comments were great. If you're a business that wants a large labor pool with lower wages and lower safety standards, or you're a...

Gallup: just 20% more likely to vote for Mitt Romney due to his "47%" comments (even with Romney-friendly wording) - 09/19/12

... Gallup poll (link), just 20% say Mitt Romney's "47%" comments make them more likely to vote for him. 36% say they're less likely to vote for him, with 43% saying it makes no difference. And, that's with wording that is Romney-friendly (probably unintentionally so). The question that was asked was this (bolding added): As you may know, a video in the news today shows Mitt Romney speaking at a...

Romney tape is missing 1-2 minutes, and a challenge for William Jacobson and Joel Pollak - 09/19/12

... turns out, the "full" video of Mitt Romney's remarks where he turned his back on half the U.S. and spouted an anti-American libertarian talking point is actually missing one to two minutes [1]. In the real world, this doesn't change anything: what Romney meant is clear as a bell. Romney quickly accepted responsibility for his remarks and didn't back away from them, only saying they were "not...

Questions for Mitt Romney about the half of the U.S. he thinks are moochers - 09/18/12

Here are a few questions for Mitt Romney or his supporters about Romney's anti-American claim that half the U.S. are welfare queens. The reader is urged to try to ask Romney one of these questions at one of his many personal appearances. Or, ask his supporters or surrogates at their appearances or over social media. Then, record their answers on video or some other means. See Question Authority...

Anti-American Mitt Romney smears half the U.S. as welfare queens at millionaire's meeting - 09/17/12

... BELOW] The video below [1] shows Mitt Romney speaking at a meeting of potential donors and turning his back on half the U.S. His comments are truly anti-American: he's smearing half the U.S. as welfare queens and moochers. Here's a transcript of the video: There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are...

Mitt Romney ineffectively panders to Hispanic Chamber of Commerce - 09/17/12

Mitt Romney will be speaking to the US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce later today and will pander and do so ineffectively. It'd be a smart move for him to have some kind of a Sista Souljah moment with that group, challenging them on their race-based support for illegal activity. It'd be smart for him to actually oppose Barack Obama and the Democrats on immigration and show why their ideas are wrong...

Why isn't Mitt Romney winning, when the GOP did everything right? - 09/14/12

... two months to Election Day, but Mitt Romney is lagging behind while Barack Obama is pulling ahead in key states. Allow me to channel the greatest thinkers of the GOP (e.g., peekURL.com/zHdnAfd ), the Romney campaign, and the conservative establishment and wonder what's going on? Why isn't the GOP putting this one away? Haven't the GOP and their leading thinkers done everything right?? Let's...

Mel Martinez: Romney won't support attrition as president ("self deport", Jeb Bush, Kobach) - 08/28/12

... shows Mel Martinez - a member of Mitt Romney's Hispanic Steering Committee - commenting on Romney's immigration position if he becomes president. Asked if Romney will stay with his last-known position in support of attrition - aka "self-deport" - Martinez says: "I don't think so, no I really, really don’t. I think that campaigns are not the best place to make good policy, and primaries are...

Paul Ryan is bad on immigration, find out how much (Mitt Romney VP pick) - 08/11/12

Paul Ryan - Mitt Romney's choice for running mate - is on the wrong side of the immigration issue. Not only would he harm middle- and working-class Americans and help the wealthy in direct economic ways, but he'd do the same on the immigration front as well. Ryan doesn't appear to be as bad as many others, nor does he appear to have the same emotional issues about the topic that George W Bush has...

Paul Ryan: Mitt Romney's VP pick - 08/11/12

... Paul Ryan will reportedly be Mitt Romney's choice for vice presidential running mate. If true, that decision is nearly insane. While the decision will help Romney with those in the Tea Parties, libertarians, and other fiscal conservatives, it will hurt him with the 75% or so of the country that doesn't fall into those camps. It will be child's play for the Obama campaign to portray Ryan - a fan...

Guy Benson, Ace Mu Nu can't figure things out (Harry Reid, Romney) - 08/05/12

... Discussing Harry Reid's claim that Mitt Romney hasn't paid taxes for 10 years - a claim Reid can't back up with any evidence - Benson says ( peekURL.com/zCSZnPt ): How does one effectively combat an opponent with no shame, no decency, and not even a tenuous commitment to the truth? One option is to take the high road, fight the smears, and continue to push your message. For the record, this is...

Rudy Giuliani says amnesty can pass if Mitt Romney wins (immigration reform) - 07/27/12

I'm sure Mitt Romney thanks Rudy Giuliani for this: "I believe that if Romney is elected president with a Republican Congress, immigration reform can be passed," Giuliani, who was mayor of New York between 1994-2001, said during a telephone interview from Florida, where he is campaigning for Romney. "He will be sensible and humane with the undocumented who are living here and who comply with the...

Mitt Romney to launch ineffective personal attacks campaign against Obama - 07/18/12

The Mitt Romney campaign will allegedly launch a personal attacks effort against Barack Obama. This is yet another indication that he and his campaign are in well over their heads: their effort will have limited effectiveness and is the opposite of what the country (and the GOP) needs. From [1]: In speeches from Des Moines to Dallas, Romney has always been careful to hedge his tough digs at Obama...

Matt Yglesias thinks "Offshoring Is Fine" - 07/17/12

... "libertarian with benefits": If (Mitt Romney) were a less pathologically risk-averse politician, he would defend what Bain did after 1999 and point out that there’s nothing wrong with companies shifting production offshore. A good intuition check here is to note that nobody seems to think there’s anything wrong with offshoring when the United States is the offshore production site. And yet that’...

Claim: Mitt Romney said he won't flip flop on immigration at millionaires' meeting (Murdoch, Blankfein, Home Depot, Univision, Giuliani) - 07/02/12

... it turns out to be true [1]: Mitt Romney last week told a private group of potential supporters and business and media elites, including Rupert Murdoch, that he was treading carefully around the issue of immigration to avoid looking like a "flip-flopper." ...But one of the most notable exchanges was on immigration, when [Univision CEO Randy Falco] began by telling Romney how frequently President...

Mitt Romney NALEO speech: ever weaker on immigration (chain green cards, comprehensive reform, guest workers) - 06/21/12

Mitt Romney spoke to NALEO - the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials - earlier today and went even weaker on immigration. Excerpts of his remarks, a discussion, and video are below. But, first, let me point out something you'll hear from very few other sources: NALEO has a direct, albeit fairly minor, link to the Mexican government as described at their name's link...

Nate Cohn of TNR misleads about Mitt Romney and Arizona - 06/16/12

... the Arizona law. Meaning that Mitt Romney would be on the defensive against a small segment of the U.S.; Romney going even weaker on immigration would not be the right thing to do and it would not be popular with most Americans. -------------- [1] tnr . com/blog/electionate/104092/ will-obamas-new-immigration-policy-help-in-november [2] politifact . com/texas/statements/2012/apr/11/ charlie-...

Mitt Romney "agrees" with Marco Rubio in some way on anti-American DREAM Act; just how dumb or corrupt is Romney? - 06/15/12

Is Mitt Romney dumb, corrupt, or some combination of the two? Whatever it is, Romney is dumb and/or corrupt enough to come close to caving on the anti-American DREAM Act. If Romney were smart and not corrupt, he'd oppose anti-American bills like the DREAM Act; see the link for how that bill would harm Americans, something you won't hear from the establishment media. By opposing that bill and...

"Mitt Romney, anti-gay bully" or "How Obama will be reelected" - 05/10/12

... Post published allegations that Mitt Romney was a bully back in prep school (link). I didn't read the story, but that's not what this post is about. Instead, this is a meta post: the WaPo's story is yet another example of how the establishment media is going to help Barack Obama be reelected. The media will publish or broadcast story after story just like the current story; some or most of it...

Robert Reich misleads about immigration, Arizona, Mitt Romney - 04/28/12

... point is misleading. Here's what Mitt Romney said (link): You know, I think you see a model in Arizona. They passed a law here that says -- that says that people who come here and try and find work, that the employer is required to look them up on e- verify. This e-verify system allows employers in Arizona to know who's here legally and who's not here legally. That's not a reference to the...

Whit Ayres: the GOP pollster trying to weaken Mitt Romney on immigration (Hispanic Leadership Network) - 04/27/12

... printing articles designed to weaken Mitt Romney on immigration, holding out the Hispanic vote as a carrot. While not as similar as the PIIPP articles, they all have the same components: an oh-so-earnest concern that Romney's supposed tough stance on immigration is hurting him with Hispanics, a suggestion that he support Marco Rubio's version of the DREAM Act or some form of comprehensive...

Michael Tomasky: Mitt Romney is "too white" for Hispanics (Daily Beast) - 04/26/12

... seems clear that the main issue Mitt Romney is going to use to try to reestablish himself as a moderate is immigration. He told a private audience on April 15 that "we have to get Hispanic voters to vote for our party" and warned that current polling "spells doom for us." Then, on Monday, he made himself available to the media for the first time in a month—while standing beside Florida Senator...

Poll: majority supports Mitt Romney on immigration, including 24% of Hispanics - 04/19/12

... immigration, Barack Obama or Mitt Romney?" Here are the results: Tot Rep Dem Ind Men Wom Wht Blk Hsp Obama 39% 10% 72% 33% 36% 42% 32% 76% 53% Romney 43 76 12 48 48 38 51 11 24 DK...

Mitt Romney reveals his weak, Democrat-friendly immigration campaign - 04/16/12

Garrett Haake of MSNBC overheard a Mitt Romney speech at a closed-door fundraiser to wealthy donors last night and - among much more - says this (link): Predicting that immigration would become a much larger issue in the fall campaign, Romney told his audience, "We have to get Hispanic voters to vote for our party," warning that recent polling showing Hispanics breaking in huge percentages for...

Mitt Romney advisors on Twitter - 04/16/12

Here's a list of Mitt Romney's advisors and surrogates on Twitter. Please contact them repeatedly about the issues discussed on the Mitt Romney page, especially Romney's evolving immigration position: @lanheechen (Lanhee Chen, Romney's Policy Director) @EricFehrn (Eric Fehrnstrom, top advisor, from Shawmut Group) @zacmoffatt (Zac Moffatt, Digital Director) @BethMyers2012 (Beth Myers of Shawmut...

Zac Moffatt: how did Obama lie about Mitt Romney and Arizona immigration law? - 04/14/12

... Moffatt, Digital Director for the Mitt Romney campaign (@zacmoffatt): Barack Obama lied in a recent Univision interview (link). While the War On Women is a great way to waste time with outrage, I think your general election opponent lying is more important. Calling Obama on yet another lie about immigration (see Obama immigration) would be a great way to undercut him on the issue and would also...

Michael Barone admits attrition works ("self deport", immigration) - 04/11/12

... continuing to self-deport (to use Mitt Romney’s term) and their numbers are not being replenished by illegals from that country. As I have frequently argued that we are probably at a turning point, and will never again see immigration from Mexico at the huge rates that prevailed from 1983 to 2007. Barone is bad on immigration, and he's probably going to be proved wrong on the last part of that...

Rob Portman on immigration and trade (possible Mitt Romney VP candidate) - 04/06/12

... has been named as a possible Mitt Romney selection for a running mate. Portman's record on immigration and trade isn't good, but then again it doesn't appear to be a key issue for him. He appears to be fairly bad on immigration more as just another part of being an establishment Republican rather than out of ideological reasons. Summary: * Portman is the junior senator from Ohio. From 2005 to...

Mitt Romney now pandering on immigration reform - 04/03/12

Mitt Romney and his incompetent advisors are inching him closer and closer to a weak immigration position that validates Obama's position on the issue. Romney's advisors clearly aren't smart enough to understand that won't work. The latest example of Romney weakening on the issue is from yesterday (link): Mitt Romney on Monday flatly accused President Obama of reneging on his campaign promise to...