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Romney on Rev. Wright: ‘I Stand by What I Said, Whatever It Was’

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Posted on May 17, 2012 (creative commons)

Mitt Romney campaigns in Iowa early this year.

Did Mitt Romney, the likely Republican presidential nominee, just have his “John Kerry moment” of the 2012 campaign? Kerry, you may recall, famously declared of his vote against an $87 billion military funding bill for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan during his 2004 presidential campaign: “I actually did vote for the $87 billion before I voted against it.” The quote became an instant classic and was one of the critical comments used to paint Kerry as a flip-flopper in a race he ultimately lost to George W. Bush.

Now comes a gem of a flubbed answer from Romney. During a news conference in Florida on Thursday, he was asked about remarks he made on Sean Hannity’s radio program back in February in which he criticized President Obama for listening to the Rev. Jeremiah Wright. Romney could not remember what it was that he had said to Hannity about Wright, but he stood by the comments nonetheless.

“I’m actually gonna—I’m not familiar precisely with exactly what I said, but I stand by what I said, whatever it was,” he said. “I’ll go back and take a look at what was said there.”

The exchange came after it was reported that a super PAC was proposing to produce ads about Wright, who is Obama’s former pastor.

For the record, Romney told Hannity: “I think again the president takes his philosophical leanings in this regard, not from ardent believers of various faiths, but instead from those who would like to see America more secular. And I’m not sure which is worse, him listening to Rev. Wright, or him saying that we must be a less Christian nation.” —TEB


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By gerard, May 19, 2012 at 6:52 pm Link to this comment

Just bear in mind that if this goes anywhere, it will be a media feeding frenzy.  Rev. Wright will probably stand by whatever it was he said, too. And then Mr. Obama will be forced to stand by whatever it was he said. Then several hundred “commentators” will weigh in on whatever it is they want to say, and other commentators will add to that, and Truthdig will pick it up and kick it on downstairs till it finally arrives at rock bottom, exhausted and utterly meaningless, but having nevertheless done a good deal of damage on its way down.

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By gerard, May 19, 2012 at 5:00 pm Link to this comment

Wildeeye:  PRICELESS! You get my vote for the next Truthdigger of the week just for flare alone! Too hell with content!

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By Shenonymous, May 18, 2012 at 11:58 pm Link to this comment

“If you are willing to say anything, knowledge of what you previously
said is unnecessary.” - That is worth remembering, Wildeye!

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By Wildeye, May 18, 2012 at 3:56 pm Link to this comment

If you are willing to say anything, knowledge of what you previously said is unnecessary.

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By jimmmmmy, May 18, 2012 at 2:25 pm Link to this comment

Obama threw Wright under the bus when he no longer needed the “community organizer” label. Romneys a waste of skin, or the “dog” in the “dog and pony show “. Everybody loves the pony.

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By steve, May 18, 2012 at 2:24 pm Link to this comment
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Well, this is perfectly understandable on Romneys’ part. When you’re constantly spewing B.S. as you are expected to do as politician; how could anyone be expected to keep the nonsense straight without a cheat sheet handy? I’m 15 years younger than he is and I can’t even remember the names of people that I’ve known for years. I certainly wouldn’t remember a conversation I had with a useless tool like Sean Hannity if I was Mitty.

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By gerard, May 18, 2012 at 1:45 pm Link to this comment

There are a lot of people around who have escaped the clutches, or are still trying to escape the clutches of the Mormon Church.  Talk to any one of them for ten minutes if you want a picture of a top-down heirarchical, male-supremacist, closed-minded outfit. They are, however, good at two things: saving resources for a rainy day and believing in fairy-tales. P.S.  Those two young guys in suits go everywhere all over the world and speak English to people for two years, but the ones I’ve known don’t really think foreigners such as Japanese are quite up to snuff, somehow.

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By Shenonymous, May 18, 2012 at 9:26 am Link to this comment

To quote Eugene Robinson:  “The only effective way to deal with
bullies is to confront them.”  The fake human presidential candidate,
Mitt Romney, and in a free country it is okay for fakes to attempt
politically to confiscate it in its whole embodiment, Romney is a fake
human being.  Not a robot mind you, just not human flesh and blood
with the perceptions and physical and mental responses required to be
human.  At any rate that is my opinion.  Whoever wrote this A/V booth
article said he flubbed an answer about his deleterious and pernicious
comments regarding Rev. Wright and Barack Obama.  But also IMO, he
is Mr. Flubber.  Flubber Romney is an escape artist extraordinaire.  Yes,
he does hover.  What I wish is that someone would ask him how he feels
about the multiple wives in Mormon doctrine?  Isn’t that about why his
own father moved to Mexico, where he was born? And it is not meaning-
less since in the cardgame of life it shows the Mormon view of women
full flushed in spades.  Also what about their view of the sanctity of
marriage between one man and one woman, which Flubber Romney
keeps repeating as his religious belief!  What a fraudulent two-faced AH. 
Is that what Americans really want for their President?

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By Jeff N., May 18, 2012 at 6:33 am Link to this comment

socalde- because that kind of discussion is precisely meaningless and gets us nowhere in trying to create a better country for ourselves, just like this article.

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By socalcde, May 17, 2012 at 10:36 pm Link to this comment

Romney really shouldn’t be talking too much about anyone else’s religion or what he thinks the meaning of marriage is considering his own religion and their history of marriage. Why aren’t we hearing more about his connection to these subjects, especially since he’s opened the door by discussing them?

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