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November 29, 2012 - Ron Brownstein of National Journal and Gloria Borger of CNN moderated a panel discussion about the Presidential election during the 2012 Campaign Decision Makers Conference at the Harvard Institute of Politics.

Romney advisors Stuart Stephens, Matt Rhoades, Gail Gitcho and Neil Newhouse discuss the infamous 47 percent video and the campaign’s reaction to it.

Stuart Stephens, early in the clip, admits to having been at the event but says he was out of the room during the particularly damaging remarks.

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Mitt Romney exactly the opposite of George Romney on social welfare

Mitt Romney from the 47 percent 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 dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it. That that’s an entitlement. And the government should give it to them.

George Romney from his Special Message to the Seventy-Second Michigan Legislature - Second Session on Social Welfare Legislation

The facts of the matter are these. First, that a prosperous economy does not guarantee prosperity to all of our citizens. Secondly, that we have legal and moral commitments in connection with the subsistence, support, care and dignity of those in need. But more important is hope based on concern and opportunity. Third, that our ability to meet these obligations means the prudent expenditure of tax dollars.

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October 30, 2012 - New Jersey Governor Chris Christie praises President Obama’s response to former hurricane Sandy. When asked by Fox & Friends’ Steve Doocy  whether Mitt Romney would be touring the damage in NJ, Christie responds: “I have no idea, nor am I the least bit concerned or interested.”

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The figures above are from the Official Report of the XIX Olympic Winter Games, Volume 1 and Volume 2. They show just how little involvement Mitt Romney had with the day-to-day operation of the Olympic Games.
The March 16, 2002 edition of the Salt Lake Tribune ran a front page story: Bullock Kept Romney’s Olympic Machinery Running. The first few paragraphs read:

Mitt Romney went out and got the money needed by Salt Lake City’s Olympic machine.
Fraser Bullock made sure the machine fired on all cylinders.
Romney was “Mr. External,” courting sponsors and politicians, reviving and maintaining public enthusiasm for the 2002 Winter Games through almost daily contacts with the news media.
Bullock was “Mr. Internal,” spending day after day plowing through every line item of budget documents that could fill a library wing, delving into everything from transportation to information technology to venue operations to city-services contracts. When problems arose, he solved them.

Dan Payne’s October 19, 2012 piece for WBUR summarizes the various issues with Romney’s Olympic “rescue” story. It includes a quote from Sam Stein and Jason Cherkis’s July19, 2012 piece for the Huffington Post in which NBC Olympic commentator and author David Wallechinsky says that “[Romney’s] involvement is greatly exaggerated.”
I think that’s clear.

The figures above are from the Official Report of the XIX Olympic Winter Games, Volume 1 and Volume 2. They show just how little involvement Mitt Romney had with the day-to-day operation of the Olympic Games.

The March 16, 2002 edition of the Salt Lake Tribune ran a front page story: Bullock Kept Romney’s Olympic Machinery Running. The first few paragraphs read:

Mitt Romney went out and got the money needed by Salt Lake City’s Olympic machine.

Fraser Bullock made sure the machine fired on all cylinders.

Romney was “Mr. External,” courting sponsors and politicians, reviving and maintaining public enthusiasm for the 2002 Winter Games through almost daily contacts with the news media.

Bullock was “Mr. Internal,” spending day after day plowing through every line item of budget documents that could fill a library wing, delving into everything from transportation to information technology to venue operations to city-services contracts. When problems arose, he solved them.

Dan Payne’s October 19, 2012 piece for WBUR summarizes the various issues with Romney’s Olympic “rescue” story. It includes a quote from Sam Stein and Jason Cherkis’s July19, 2012 piece for the Huffington Post in which NBC Olympic commentator and author David Wallechinsky says that “[Romney’s] involvement is greatly exaggerated.”

I think that’s clear.

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Top: Selected investments from page 6 of Mitt Romney’s personal financial disclosure, filed June 1, 2012

Bottom: Page 111 of Sensata Technologies’ Prospectus, detailing company ownership.

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From the Journal of the House of Representatives of the State of Michigan - 1964 - Volume 1.

The facts of the matter are these. First, that a prosperous economy does not guarantee prosperity to all of our citizens. Secondly, that we have legal and moral commitments in connection with the subsistence, support, care and dignity of those in need. But more important is hope based on concern and opportunity. Third, that our ability to meet these obligations means the prudent expenditure of tax dollars.

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George Romney - “The Republican Party must not exploit racial or religious prejudices…to gain a victory”

George Romney - “The Republican Party must not exploit racial or religious prejudices…to gain a victory”

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October 1, 2012 - On MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Politico’s Mike Allen talks about the 47% video, saying “that broke through… in a way that nothing else has.”

He says that both Democrats and Republicans are finding that it is the issue that is being talked about in the focus groups. It doesn’t need to be explained, everybody knows.

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September 26, 2012 - Reacting to a clip of Mitt Romney trying to get a crowd to chant his name, Joe Scarborough covers his face and says, “Sweet Jesus.”

Scarborough then says a Hail Mary and references the end of Godfather II, when Fredo gets it in the back of the head while he’s fishing.

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July 29, 2012 - Mitt Romney told ABC’s David Muir that paying more in taxes than was legally required disqualified a person from being President.

September 21, 2012 - Romney disqualified himself from being President.

The Romney campaign released a statement from Romney’s Trustee, Brad Malt, saying:

The Romneys’ generous charitable donation in 2011 would have significantly reduced their tax obligation for the year. The Romneys thus limited their deduction of charitable contributions to conform to the Governor’s statement in August, based upon the January estimate of income, that he paid at least 13% in income taxes in each of the last 10 years.

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