If the RNC is going to keep me on its email directory, then I'm going to keep on refuting the garbage of their messages.
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Mitt Romney flip-flops so much that an opponent once referred to him not as pro-choice, but multiple choice.
He owns a gun/he doesn't own a gun. He's always been Republican/he used to be independent. He was disappointed in Reagan/he wants to be like Reagan. And he's flipped on stem cell research almost as frequently as he's gone from "don't ask" to "do tell."
In short, Romney can't seem to make up his mind on any important issue.
He's catching a lot of flak for that, too, as the campaign season picks up pace. But perhaps the most telling of his flip-floppiness is a report that his primary opponent had compiled against him back in the 2008 race.
John McCain's campaign team compiled a very detailed account on Romney, covering his personal history. One full section of the report detailed the many turnarounds Romney made during his political career - abortion, immigration, taxes, the Second Amendment, and more.
Read the entire 200-page document here on Robservations.
If he changes his mind so often, then how can we count on him to be president?
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John McCain, I lost all respect I ever had for you. And all because of the blatant lies you told me on the phone this evening.
You didn’t get my vote in 2008, but that doesn’t mean I’ve never looked up to you. In fact, I’d always found you to be admirable, honest and foregoing.
Add in your valiant military service, Senator, and I’ve had nothing but the highest respect, if not esteem, for you.
But after all the completely false statements you directly told me tonight, even if you were a brave POW, I’m not calling you anything but a lying SOB from this point on.
Just after 7 p.m. tonight I got a call from an unknown 803 (Columbia) area code. Don’t ask me how or why I wound up on their calling list, but I answered to hear a Mitt Romney volunteer invite me to participate in a conference call with Sen. McCain.
Curious, I pushed the buttons to connect, and less than 90 seconds later did McCain begin addressing me and all the others who’d gotten this same information.
And the first thing out of his mouth was a lie about Boeing’s recent settlement with the labor union at its Washington State facility. That out of court settlement, McCain said, had posed a risk to thousands of jobs in South Carolina, and was further reason to continue the GOP war on labor.
He blamed “nameless, faceless bureaucrats” for putting local Boeing employees at risk to lose their jobs. And in that statement, he’s absolutely full of crap.
Moreover, last week national media were all over Mitt Romney, who he recently endorsed, for telling the same lie, which they proved to be false.
So not only are you a liar, Sen. McCain, but you’re a rather dumb liar, too.
A briefing for those unfamiliar with this case: at the same time Boeing was announcing its new 787 manufacturing facility here in North Charleston in 2009, it made the mistake of violating common labor laws against its unionized staff at another facility in Everett, Wash.
When announcing the new development, the CEO openly told press that Boeing was building a new plant instead of expanding the Everett facility simply to score revenge against its International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers union. That being a legal violation (Rule 8(a)3 of the National Labor Relations Act – “Discriminating against employees to encourage or discourage acts of support for a labor organization”), the National Labor Relations Board had to step in and represent that IAMAW union.
It was a dumb mistake for Boeing to make. If it had simply said nothing about the union at the same time as its announcement, it would not have broken so much as a fingernail, let alone a law. Call it a slip of twisted tongue. A juvenile error. And rather small overall, too (which is why they were continuously offered slap-on-the-wrist settlements).
But what happened at Boeing in Washington had nothing to do with Boeing in South Carolina. They were two separate entities, and had nothing to do with one another. (And if that CEOdiot had just kept his mouth shut, there wouldn’t have been any legal complaint to begin with.)
No matter what happened to Boeing after its juvenile big-mouth mistake, it would have absolutely no affect on the North Charleston plant. Not one. And certainly not its employees.
But try telling that to John McCain, though, who tonight told us that the NLRB had tried to “block Boeing from expanding into South Carolina.”
And as I said earlier, he was repeating a statement Mitt Romney made last week – one that national media had a field day with, too.
Referring to this same legal case, in the first week of the year Romney’s campaign began a local television ad in which he says: “(T)he National Labor Relations Board, now stacked with union stooges selected by the president, says to a free enterprise like Boeing, ‘you can’t build a factory in South Carolina because South Carolina is a right-to-work state.’”
National media quickly refuted Romney’s ad statement, though.
It was “factually erroneous,” according to a FactCheck legal consultant. Even the conservative-leaning PolitiFact labeled it 100-percent false.
And, please note, these counter-arguments to Romney’s dumb ad came out over a week ago.
So why the hell is John McCain on the phone tonight repeating that lie national media proved wrong?
Does he think we South Carolina voters are out of the loop on news updates? Does he think we live under rocks in the Palmetto State? Or does he just think we’re stupid enough to not know the actual truth?
I wanted to ask him myself. I kept pushing the “*3” over and over again, like we kept getting advised to do by the Romney staff who were moderating the phone conversation, but I never got the chance.
But let me take the opportunity right now to tell McCain what I wish I could have told him over the phone tonight.
Sorry, senator. I’ve always respected you. I’ve always respected your above-aboard military service. But I can’t offer you that respect any longer.
I thought it was bad enough that you recently endorsed the same guy who told people to vote against you in 2008. When you tell me (and who knows how many others) blatant lies, though, that means you don’t respect me, either.
And when you tell us lies on subjects that got lots of correcting media attention recently, that means either you think we’re stupid – or you’re pretty darn stupid yourself.
Florence mayor Stephen Wukela (from www2.scnow.com)
While touring South Carolina with recent endorser Sen. John McCain, Mitt Romney’s campaign has faced a few minor obstacles – a small protest or two, a verbal gaffe by the endorser – but an elected official in Florence just issued a bigger blow.
And Mayor Stephen J. Wukela is using McCain’s own words to add weight to his argument against Romney.
In a press release issued today, Wukela states “Romney is ‘totally consistent, because he’s had two positions at least on every issue,’” quoting the 2008 GOP presidential candidate’s comments about the former Massachusetts governor from the last primary campaign.
The Democratic National Committee recently released a video of McCain’s 2008 comments about Romney, including those which Wukela quoted in his statement. (see video below)
At yesterday’s announcement in Charleston, McCain made a verbal gaffe, first specifying Pres. Obama as the recipient of his endorsement.
Wukela says his quickly-corrected endorsement of Romney indicates McCain “knows well (Romney’s) flip-flopping and political pandering.”
In his many campaigns over recent years, Romney has stated alternate and even reversing opinions on the subjects of Reaganomics, party faithfulness, abortion, health care, the American Recovery Act, illegal aliens, climate change, income taxes, assault weapons, and other political topics.
The results of the recent Iowa caucus could indicate instability in Romney’s campaign, too, Wukela says. “Romney comes to our state after falling short in Iowa of the vote total he received in 2008 and winning by only eight votes despite spending significantly more than Rick Santorum.”
Romney took 30,015 votes in the Jan. 4 contest, realizing just 24.6 percent of the vote to Santorum’s 24.5. In the 2008 Iowa race, he took 25.2 percent, coming in second to Mike Huckabee, who scored 34.4.
Using that variation as basis, “It is clear voters don’t trust (Romney’s) economic theory and don’t trust him to take principled positions and stick with them,” Wukela states.
“Romney apparently prefers an economy where fewer people succeed while most Americans get left behind,” Wukela says in reference to the candidate’s most recent campaign platform. “He wants to roll back financial reform and let Wall Street writes its own rules again, and he wants to return to the same policies that caused the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression and sped up a 30-year abandonment of the middle class.
“The people of South Carolina can’t afford what Mitt Romney is offering.”
South Carolinians should instead support the current president, Wukela believes. “Pres. Obama believes no opportunity is unreachable when everyone gets a fair shot does their fair share, and plays by the same rules.
“That’s why he’s fighting for a job-creating economy that’s built to last, that creates jobs of the future, and makes things the rest of the world buys,” Wukela says, “(instead of) one built on outsourcing, loopholes and risky financial deals that jeopardize our economy and put the middle class at risk,” referring to Romney’s economic platform.
Wukela was elected mayor of Florence in 2008, and in October 2011 announced his reelection campaign.