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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:
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:
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.
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.
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:
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.
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):
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).
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).
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
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
Antonio Villaraigosa to attack Mitt Romney on immigration (racist dog whistle?) - 02/08/12
From : 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."
GOP debate January 26, 2012 (CNN, Romney, Gingrich, Santorum, Ron Paul) - 01/26/12
Yet another worthless GOP debate happens tonight. NETWORK: CNN
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
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
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.
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). NETWORK: NBC News
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 the involvement of Youtube.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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,
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):
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:
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):
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.
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 . 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 about this is to declare "war" on Freedomworks right back: 1. Somehow, some way make an argument that libertarian-oriented policies (or the LibertarianLite version that teapartiers favor) just don't...
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 take a vote in the senate and never proposed a bill this is a political issue for the president. He's playing political games with a very important group of people in America. We need to stop the...
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.
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 status quo and the royal triangle of greed: big government, big unions and big bailed-out businesses"] In fact, the teapartiers are having their strings pulled by one set of the "ruling class",...