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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...

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

The video below (cached) 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...

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

Rep. 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...

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...

Susana Martinez is bad on immigration, supports amnesty and a DREAM Act plan (Mitt Romney, New Mexico) - 05/15/12

New Mexico governor Susana Martinez appeared to be somewhat OK on immigration in the past: she opposed drivers licenses for illegal aliens and the DREAM Act. However, recent statements show she's more on the George W Bush side of things ([1]). Comments follow the excerpt: [Immigration is] a topic she has been reluctant to discuss since winning the Republican primary in 2010, so what comes next is...

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

Remember "Obama is black and we worry those whites (who are all racists except for us) won't vote for him" stories from four+ years ago? At the Daily Beast, Michael Tomasky offers the unaware, modern-day version of those stories (link): It 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...

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

[SEE UPDATE] Ohio senator Rob Portman 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...

Mitt Romney already weakening immigration position? - 04/02/12

Laura Meckler of the Wall Street Journal offers some more evidence that Mitt Romney might be weakening his somewhat favorable immigration position in preparation for the general election (link). That would be a very bad mistake not only as a matter of policy, but of politics. If Romney is just Obama Lite on immigration, then no matter how he panders the Democratic Party will be able to undercut...

Carl Cannon's corrupt, misleading pitch for Marco Rubio (Real Clear Politics Washington Editor) - 04/01/12

Carl Cannon - Washington editor of RealClearPolitics - offers the corrupt and misleading "Romney Needs a Latino Running Mate -- But Who?" (link). It's just the latest in an establishment effort to reduce Mitt Romney's somewhat strong position on immigration; Cannon's article is also part of the sub-effort to get Romney to nominate the weak-on-immigration Marco Rubio as his running mate. A...

Questions for Marc Thiessen about Marco Rubio (Washington Post, American Enterprise Institute) - 03/26/12

Marc Thiessen of the American Enterprise Institute writes a column for the Washington Post and this week he offers "The Great Whisperer" (link) about a supposed whispering campaign against Marco Rubio. In the column he says the following; questions based on this are below: Rubio could help deliver the key swing state of Florida, and as the first Hispanic vice presidential nominee he would give...

GOP debate February 22, 2012 (Arizona, CNN, Romney, Gingrich, Santorum, Ron Paul) - 02/22/12

The worthless GOP debates move into a new month with yet another worthless debate tonight. NETWORK: CNN PARTICIPANTS: Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney, Ron Paul, and Rick Santorum. TIME: 5pm Pacific, 8pm Eastern CO-SPONSOR: Republican Party of Arizona WHERE: Mesa Arts Center, Arizona MODERATOR: John King TRANSCRIPT: When available. WHAT TO WATCH FOR: For a preview of this debate, see debates. As with...

Antonio Villaraigosa to attack Mitt Romney on immigration (racist dog whistle?) - 02/08/12

From [1]: Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, a Democrat, plans to dig into Mitt Romney in a speech on immigration reform Wednesday, when he will call the candidate's rhetoric and anti-immigrant endorsers "beyond the pale." "For the first time in modern memory, a major political party is poised to nominate a presidential candidate who has abandoned immigration reform and instead advocates...

GOP debate January 26, 2012 (CNN, Romney, Gingrich, Santorum, Ron Paul) - 01/26/12

Yet another worthless GOP debate happens tonight. NETWORK: CNN PARTICIPANTS: Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney, Ron Paul, and Rick Santorum. MODERATOR: Wolf Blitzer TRANSCRIPT: When available. WHAT TO WATCH FOR: For a preview of this debate, see debates. As with all the rest, this debate will feature weak, superficial questions and few follow-ups. Any immigration ideas the candidates present will be...

GOP debate January 23, 2012 ("self-deport", Florida, NBC, Romney, Gingrich, Santorum, Ron Paul) - 01/23/12

UPDATE BELOW The worthless GOP debates move to Florida tonight. NETWORK: NBC News CO-SPONSORS: National Journal and the Tampa Bay Times MODERATOR: Brian Williams PANELISTS: Beth Reinhard (see below) and Adam Smith (from the TB Times) WHERE: University of South Florida in Tampa PARTICIPANTS: Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney, Ron Paul, and Rick Santorum. TRANSCRIPT: When available. WHAT TO WATCH FOR: For...

Republican debate January 19, 2012 (South Carolina, CNN, Romney, Gingrich, Santorum, Ron Paul) - 01/19/12

Brace yourself for yet one more worthless GOP debate. It starts today, January 19 at 9pm Eastern. NETWORK: CNN MODERATOR: John King. WHERE: South Carolina PARTICIPANTS: And then there were four: Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney, Ron Paul, and Rick Santorum. Rick Perry dropped out earlier today. TRANSCRIPT: When available. WHAT TO WATCH FOR: For a preview of this debate, see debates. As with all the...

GOP Presidential Debate January 16, 2012 (Fox News, WSJ, South Carolina, Romney, Gingrich, Santorum, Perry, Ron Paul) - 01/16/12

Yet still one more worthless GOP debate starts today, January 16 at 9pm Eastern. NETWORK: Fox News PARTNERS: Fox and the Wall Street Journal (see the link). MODERATOR: Bret Baier. PANELISTS: Juan Williams of Fox and from the WSJ Gerald Seib (see the link) and Kelly Evans. WHERE: Myrtle Beach, South Carolina PARTICIPANTS: And then there were five: Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney, Rick Perry, Ron Paul,...

Republican Presidential Debate January 8, 2012 (NBC News, Facebook, New Hampshire, Romney, Gingrich, Santorum, Perry, Ron Paul, Huntsman, David Gregory) - 01/08/12

The second worthless GOP debate of 2012 starts today, January 8 at 9am Eastern. This is apparently the first morning debate of this presidential campaign season, but don't expect it to be any different from all the others. You can watch the debate live on Facebook, but it will also be shown on NBC later in the day depending on your location (reportedly the same time slot as Meet the Press)....

GOP Presidential Debate January 7, 2012 (New Hampshire, ABC News, Gingrich, Santorum, Romney, Perry, Ron Paul, Huntsman, Diane Sawyer, Stephanopoulos, transcript) - 01/07/12

The first worthless GOP debate of 2012 starts tonight, January 7 at 9pm Eastern: NETWORK: ABC News MODERATORS: Diane Sawyer, George Stephanopoulos, and Josh McElveen of WMUR. WHERE: St. Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire PARTICIPANTS: Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney, Rick Perry, Ron Paul, Rick Santorum, and Jon Huntsman. Michelle Bachmann won't be attending as she recently dropped out of the...

Iowa Republican Presidential Debate December 15, 2011 (Fox News, GOP, Iowa Caucus, Gingrich, Romney, Perry, Ron Paul, Bachmann, Santorum) - 12/15/11

Yet another worthless GOP debate will be held tonight, December 15, 2011: NETWORK: Fox News HOST: Bret Baier MODERATORS: Megyn Kelly, Neil Cavuto, and Chris Wallace WHEN: 9pm Eastern WHERE: Sioux City, Iowa PARTICIPANTS: Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney, Rick Perry, Michelle Bachmann, Ron Paul, Rick Santorum, and Jon Huntsman. TRANSCRIPT: When available. WHAT TO WATCH FOR: As with all the rest, this...

Iowa Republican Presidential Debate December 10, 2011 (ABC News, GOP, Iowa Caucus, Gingrich, Romney, Perry, Ron Paul, Bachmann, Santorum, Diane Sawyer, George Stephanopoulos, Drake U) - 12/10/11

Yet another worthless GOP debate takes place tonight with what will be sold as the most important debate so far. That's because it will take place in Iowa a few weeks before the Iowa Caucus. MODERATORS: George Stephanopoulos and Diane Sawyer WHEN: 9pm Eastern WHERE: Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. PARTICIPANTS: Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney, Rick Perry, Michelle Bachmann, Ron Paul, and Rick...

CNN Republican Presidential Debate November 22, 2011 (Heritage, AEI, Washington DC, GOP, Romney, Gingrich, Cain, Perry, Ron Paul, Bachmann, Santorum, Huntsman) - 11/22/11

The long series of worthless GOP debates continues with yet another from CNN tonight in Washington DC. It will be moderated by Wolf Blitzer and is being held in conjunction with the Heritage Foundation and the American Enterprise Institute. The horse race starts at 8pm Eastern. Like the one just 10 days ago, tonight's debate will focus on national security and foreign policy. If CNN were actually...

CBS Republican Presidential Debate November 12, 2011 (South Carolina, GOP, Romney, Cain, Perry, Ron Paul, Bachmann, Gingrich, Santorum, Graham, DeMint) - 11/12/11

We just had yet another worthless GOP debate three days ago, but tonight there's yet another one. This time CBS News will be the one asking the weak questions at a debate at Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina. It's set to kick off at 8pm Eastern. This debate will focus on national security and foreign policy, and one or more questions will be asked by Sens. Jim DeMint and Lindsey...

CNBC Republican Presidential Debate November 9, 2011 (Detroit, GOP, Romney, Cain, Perry, Ron Paul, Bachmann, Gingrich, Santorum) - 11/09/11

Tonight CNBC is conducting yet another in a very long line of worthless debates, this time a GOP debate in Detroit in conjunction with Oakland University. Feel free to leave comments below before, during or after the debate. This post will be updated after a transcript becomes available. Participants: Mitt Romney, Herman Cain, Rick Perry, Michelle Bachmann, Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, Jon Huntsman,...

CNN Republican Presidential Debate October 18, 2011 (Las Vegas, GOP, Romney, Cain, Perry, Ron Paul, Bachmann, Gingrich, Santorum) - 10/18/11

Tonight CNN will be conducting yet another of their worthless debates, this time a GOP debate in Las Vegas in conjunction with the Western Republican Leadership Conference (WRLC). Show time is at 8pm Eastern, 5pm Pacific. Feel free to leave comments below before, during or after the debate. This post will be updated after a transcript becomes available. Participants: Mitt Romney, Herman Cain,...

Bloomberg/WaPo GOP debate, October 11, 2011 (Perry, Romney, Cain, Bachmann...) - 10/11/11

Tonight Bloomberg and the Washington Post will be conducting yet another worthless GOP debate. Feel free to leave comments below before, during or after the debate. This post will be updated after a transcript becomes available. This debate stands to be just as bad and as much of a public disservice as all the others. Participants: Rick Perry, Mitt Romney, Michelle Bachmann, Jon Huntsman, Herman...

Fox News/Youtube GOP debate, September 22, 2011 (Perry, Romney, Bachmann...) - 09/22/11

Tonight Fox News will be conducting a GOP debate in conjunction with Youtube, with some of the questions to be asked having been submitted via Youtube. Feel free to leave comments below before, during or after the debate. This post will be updated after a transcript becomes available. This debate stands to be just as bad and as much of a public disservice as all the others, especially considering...

AttackWatch misleads about Obama's immigration amnesty (Adam Serwer, Politifact) - 09/14/11

The latest "Internet laughing stock" (link) is the new Democratic Party site attackwatch.com at which concerned citizens can report rumors and supposed lies about Barack Obama. Rather than laughing, I'll briefly discuss Attack Watch itself trying to mislead people about Obama's mini-amnesty for up to 300,000 illegal aliens. Under "Immigration Reform Inaccuracies" AttackWatch claims "Republican...

Teaparty shouts "yeah!" to just letting the uninsured die (Ron Paul, CNN, GOP debate) - 09/13/11

Last year, Teapartiers threw dollars bills at and mocked a Parkinson's victim (see the video on tea parties). Their encore was at last night's GOP debate where at least two teapartiers shouted "Yeah!" on whether to allow the uninsured to just die. Video below. Yes, it was just two or three teapartiers, but it's an illustration of the teapartier mindset and where libertarian policies lead. It's...

CNN Teaparty GOP debate: September 12, 2011 (Rick Perry, Romney, Bachmann, Ron Paul) - 09/12/11

Tonight CNN will be conducting a GOP debate in conjunction with the Teaparty Express organization. Feel free to leave comments below before, during or after the debate. This post will be updated after a transcript becomes available. Participants: Rick Perry, Mitt Romney, Michelle Bachmann, Jon Huntsman, Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, and Rick Santorum. Suggested reading: Tea Party Patriots...

Michele Bachmann ad slams Rick Perry on immigration - 09/12/11

The video below is a new Michelle Bachmann ad slamming Rick Perry for his immigration position. As you can probably tell, it's a radio ad for the South, specifically South Carolina. The ad criticizes Perry for supporting giving in-state tuition in Texas to illegal aliens and for opposing the Arizona immigration law. It also points out that "[Perry's] financial backers even killed immigration...

GOP debate: September 7, 2011 (immigration, Rick Perry, Romney, Bachman, Huntsman, Cain, Gingrich, Santorum) - 09/07/11

Tonight's the night for the first major GOP debate, sponsored by Politico and NBC News and featuring Rick Perry, Mitt Romney, Michelle Bachmann, Jon Huntsman, Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich, and Rick Santorum. I'll replace this text with a discussion of the immigration portions of the debate after a transcript becomes available. In the meantime, see each of those links for background information, and...

Rick Perry: no to full border fence; re-uses "ladder business" line like Janet Napolitano and Bill Richardson - 09/04/11

Speaking in New Hampshire, Texas governor Rick Perry said this (link): "No, I don't support a fence on the border," he said, while referring to the long border in Texas alone. "The fact is, it's 1,200 miles from Brownsville to El Paso. Two things: How long you think it would take to build that? And then if you build a 30-foot wall from El Paso to Brownsville, the 35-foot ladder business gets real...

Three reasons Obama will win in 2012: Bachmann, Romney, and Perry - 08/14/11

Despite his popularity dropping below 40%, Barack Obama stands an excellent chance of being re-elected. And, there are three reasons for that: 1. Michelle Bachmann: representative of the bat****-crazy wing of the GOP, the Tea Parties. The unfavorables for that group have doubled since January 2010 [1], and there's very little difference between her and them. Certainly, some of her positions aren'...

GOP debate open thread: Monday, June 13, 2011 (CNN /WMUR /New Hampshire Union Leader) - 06/13/11

Tonight at 8pm Eastern, seven declared or possible GOP presidential candidates will debate at New Hampshire's St. Anselm College. Feel free to leave your comments about the debate below; some live coverage might also be provided. When a transcript is available I'll highlight the immigration-related parts in an update. Those debating are (see each link for more): * Mitt Romney * Newt Gingrich *...

Coverage of Republican 2012 presidential candidates - 06/11/11

The following is a list of the current or possible GOP candidates for president in 2012. See each link for our coverage on each candidate or potential candidate. You can mouseover the link to see how many posts there are. Mitt Romney Tim Pawlenty Sarah Palin (see also Sarah Palin smear) Rick Perry Ron Paul Rudy Giuliani Gary Johnson Newt Gingrich Herman Cain Rick Santorum Michelle Bachmann (sic...

War on Electability: FreedomWorks to oppose Mitt Romney; what the GOP can do (Tea Party) - 05/25/11

Freedomworks is going to actively try to prevent Mitt Romney from getting the GOP nomination [1]. I'm not a fan, but Romney is one of the few electable current or potential candidates. So, the tea parties - controlled in large part by Freedomworks even if they don't know it - might bring their NY-26 magic to the national stage and help elect Barack Obama to four more years. What the GOP can do...

Rick Santorum gives Democrats a pass on immigration - 05/06/11

At last night's GOP debate, Rick Santorum gave the Democrats a pass on immigration - the issue where they're most vulnerable. Not only that, but he might have exposed a weakness on the immigration issue that's worse than just giving the Democrats a pass. Here's what Santorum said: The president had a year where he had control of the legislature could have passed any bill he wanted. They didn't...

Gary Johnson is still incredibly wrong on immigration (GOP debate) - 05/06/11

If you've been following along with my coverage of former New Mexico governor Gary Johnson, you already know that he's incredibly wrong on immigration. If you haven't been following along, see his name's link for my detailed discussion of why he's wrong, such as the questions I asked him on Twitter that he refused to answer. (If you're wondering why I'm wasting my time on someone who stands no...

Tim Pawlenty's crazy Tea Party outreach - 03/01/11

Former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty is reaching out to the tea parties and doing it in big, crazy ways. Over the weekend, he appeared at the Teaparty "Patriots" summit in Phoenix, Arizona and said among other things this completely false statement (video: peekURL.com/vNQNJUT ): "I'm here to say thank you for standing up to the ruling class" [meaning: "liberal power brokers, guardians of the...