Monday, August 1, 2011

Mitt Romney: "I personally cannot support this deal.”

Mitt Romney has released the following statement on the debt ceiling deal:
“As president, my plan would have produced a budget that was cut, capped and balanced – not one that opens the door to higher taxes and puts defense cuts on the table. President Obama’s leadership failure has pushed the economy to the brink at the eleventh hour and 59th minute. While I appreciate the extraordinarily difficult situation President Obama’s lack of leadership has placed Republican Members of Congress in, I personally cannot support this deal.”

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32 comments:

DanL said...

Worst political moment of Romney's career ever. Boehner is the man of the hour for getting the concessions that he did. Romney was mostly absent during this whole fiasco, and now he comes in and arm chair quarter backs. Talk is cheap Mr. Romney. But you weren't there, and all you have is your empty rhetoric. It is a really awful field of candidates when you are the best we have.

Revolution 2012 said...

Dan,

He came out for Cut, Cap, and Balance.

I think it was smart to stay out of the back-n-forth on this.

If he says nothing, it appears he is supporting the Obama and Democratic part of the compromise.

His statement is a slap at Obama not Boehner. He's on record now for blaming Obama and the Dems for the resulting bill.

DanL said...

I didn't care about his mostly silence during the back and forth. What really disgusts me is this finger in the wind, after the fact, pandering to the tea party crowd.

Anonymous said...

Congrats Dan for your honesty.

jerseyrepublican

Anonymous said...

...and now the spin begins. I can't wait to hear Martha's and Ellie's take on Romney's infusion into the debate.

jerseyrepublican

Anonymous said...

What's really sad is that a potential Republican Party, Presidential Nominee's opinion can sway some minds and has some clout. If he came out earlier...other moderate Republicans might have considered his opinions.

Shaking my head...is he really the best we have...the man never learns.

jerseyrepublican

Revolution 2012 said...

Dan,

How is it pandering if in his statement he is saying that, "While I appreciate the extraordinarily difficult situation President Obama’s lack of leadership has placed Republican Members of Congress in, I personally cannot support this deal."

He said what he was for way back when (Cut, Cap, and Balance).

The difference is, Palin and others RAN non stop verbal INTERFERENCE during the process and look at what we're about to get. How many folks will vote for the compromise now because she was against it?

Right Wingnut said...

The Rombot's efforts to spin this... here and on Race is pathetic. Especially after days of bashing Palin for not supportin the Boehner bill.

For the record, I agree with Mitt on this. This bill is a shit sandwich that will blow up in the face of every republican that votes for it.

By the way, Boehner is now on record saying that he got 98% of what he wanted. The Dems are certain to hang that statement around the necks of every republican that criticizes the bill. Thanks, John.

Dan, I disagree with you on this issue, but I admire your honest. I can't say the same for some of you fellow Romney fanatics.

Right Wingnut said...

Romney supporters (except Dan and a couple others) are some of the most pathetic, hypocritical people I've ever run across. What a crock of shit. Go over to Race and read some of the spin. Unbelievable.

You too Ellie. I doubt you realize how stupid you sound. I'm looking forward to Pablo's explanation.

Anonymous said...

I can see the reason for the accusations of finger in the wind, heck yes. On the surface, it's a fair reading. Coming out after it's too late in order to pander to the tea partiers.

But until today, NO ONE knew what was in the final version--not even Boehner knew what the democrats would insert. Boehner did the best he could, under the circumstances.

Is it possible that when Romney saw the final bill--with the defense cuts, and the possibility for new taxes that he simply could not support it?

Since none of us know, it's hard to say what the truth is. Only Romney knows. I'm inclined to give the benefit of the doubt because over the years he's won my trust. I realize a lot of people don't see him the way I do.

In the end, Romney's decision today doesn't sway me, or even really disappoint. Especially in light of the alternatives. Flawed of not, Romney is all we have. Maybe Pawlenty, but he's going nowhere fast. Other than these 2, tell me who on earth can win or do the job.

-Martha

Ben said...

Sen. Marco Rubio will vote against debt ceiling deal

Anonymous said...

Dan, I love orange faced Romney...he looks like an oompa loompa -

oompa loompa doopedy doo, since the debate is over I have a message for you...oompa loompa dippedy dee, I should have spoke up when they might listen to me...

jerseyrepublican

Anonymous said...

Martha, he knew what was in CCB...where was he last week?

jerseyrepublican

Anonymous said...

Jersey, Romney signed the pledge first, for crying out loud, of course he knows. He's been saying the same thing since the beginning.

-Martha

Anonymous said...

He should have said it last week or he should have said nothing at all.

jerseyrepublican

craigs said...

First, for all you Romnots, I give Mitt credit for not interjecting his views into the legislative process. What bill would he be in favor of.....the Monday bill or the Tuesday bill or the modified Wednesday bill? The last thing Boehner needed was Presidential " wannabees" interjecting their views into the negotiating process so the MSM could beat him over the head.
Now, we have arrived at the final bill ( Maybe ) and Mitt says he " personally " can't support it.
Well, this bill only raises the debt $ 7 TRILLION over 10 years instead of $ 10 TRILLION. So, we have saved $ 3 TRILLION....mainly by ending wars we haven't yet started and threatening to cap programs in the future that Harry Reid can table anyway.
Frankly, this bill smells and it will stink up the entire 2012 campaign. It will do NOTHING to avoid Downgrading and it will do NOTHING about the major sources of our debt. Romney is pretty smart. I would have been stunned if he endorsed this piece of legislative crap ginned up in OZ. Watch the market. they will tell you how wonderful this bill is

CraigS

CraigS

Right Wingnut said...

The Heritage Foundation is opposed to the bill

Right Wingnut said...

Craig, Boehners original bill was only slightly better. What's bothered me the most is the way the GoP and complicet conservative media has tried to sell us on this garbage....avoid default...does most of what we want it to do..."98% of what we wanted" - thanks John...cuts significant spending, without explaining the details - most cuts supposedly take place years from now, and the plans do not take into account built in baseline budget increases. They aren't really "cutting spending."

Anonymous said...

craigs, we had a bill that was passed by the House, that Romney supported. That bill should never have been shelved. Negotiations should have stopped until that bill was introduced in the Senate...they would have forced Reid's hand and the process would have worked as it's supposed to. Romney does have clout and he could have strongly opposed any deal moving forward until CCB was voted on in the Senate!!!

jerseyrepublican

Right Wingnut said...

Oh boy. Senator Ron Johnson called the deal "disgusting." The opposition is starting to line up. House to vote in 15 minutes according to HA. Gotta go make some money. I'll check back later.

BOSMAN said...

Watch the events live HERE.

Ohio JOE said...

First of all, I would like to thank foe and friend alike for their sympathies. It turns out that negotiating a funeral date is not any easier than negotiating a budget deal, but that is another story.

Yes this is a strange day in deed where I am slightly to the Left of Mr. Romney while being slightly to the Right of Mrs. Palin. To cap it all off MWS is to the left to all of us. And with respect while I know what DanL think of Mr. Romney's position, I am trying to figure out his.

I must confess I am taking pleasure saying Mr. Romney stand up to his wack job supporters. While I have gain a bit of respect for Mr. Romney, I am not ready to vote for him. I will forgive my own Congressman. So that is my effort to compromise and bipartisanship. I will vote for the bottom of the ballot, but not the top. So I am in a bit better mood this week than last.

Closer To Home said...

I commend Romney for doing the only thing that was consistent with his previous statements. (see No Apology)

He is on the record for maintaining Defense spending at 4% of GDP, and this bill put that at risk. (See James Pethakoukis' remarks following his trip to China. "I'd hate to negotiate with them with anything other than military superiority.)

He is on record that spending should be less than 20% of GDP. This bill cuts a scrawny $7 billion in 2012. It sends NO message to the businesses that DC is serious about reining in spending. It sends no message to the analysts, making capital more expensive. It is a jobs destroyer.

He is on the record that he would NOT raise taxes, yet this agreement will likely do just that. Harry Reid is already backing away from the no taxes commitment.

He did not grandstand the issue. He let the elected leaders work out the best compromise they could. And then he waited until it was reasonably assured that there would be enough support from both sides to pass it, avoiding default.

But he also pinned the issue on Obama and his lack of leadership, and assured everyone that he would run against him on the issue of spending, taxes, and deficit.

Well done, Governor Romney.

Pablo said...

I agree with Dan on this one. I am fully aware of the dynamics of running for President. But every now and then there are moments when candidates just have to stand up for truth. Romney is in full pander mode on this issue. And this is a critical issue.

Not supporting this deal by Boehner is an extremely dangerous position to take.

DanL said...

Jersey, lol at the oompa loompa :)

And to the general debate I have to say that I am very pleased with the defense spending cuts. That is the best thing to have come out of this. Romney is wrong on defense spending too.

DanL said...

OJ, I somehow missed that you had a funeral to arrange. My condolences.

Doug NYC GOP said...

Romney was first in line to sign Cut, Cap and Balance. He's been calling for such policies since his book came out. (See Closer To Home's eloquent summation on this thread)

As CraigS summarized earlier on this thread, and which many of us did so last week as well, the 2012ers don't need to be popping off on this issue, since it was in constant flux.

Romney didn't support the Boehner Plan last week, he applauded Boehner for holding firm on raising taxes. That is different thing entirely, but some Romnots are to0 obtuse to get that.

Nobody likes this bill and even those elected officials who have to vote for it, I doubt really like it.

So what do we have?

Romney staking out his positions in his book, committing to them by signing the CCB pledge.

He issues a supportive statement for not raising taxes in a lousy economy.

He's avoided looking like a fool for commenting on negotiations he didn't have all the info on.

He issued a statement he's disappointed in the bill, forced on us, because the President failed to lead on the issue.

I think he played it straight and perfect. If he injected himeslf anyother way in to the debate it would have backfired on him.

Doug NYC GOP said...

Funny to see RWN come charging out of the gate...blasting the spin, when only poor Rev2012 had commented.

Right Wingnut said...

Doug,

No. It wasn't only Rev. I read Martha and Ellie's musings in the chat box, and had just finished reading the pathetic spin on Race. Now, we can add you to the list of spin doctors. Nobody does it better than you, Doug. Perhaps you should pursue a job with the Romney campaign.

Having said that, I made it perfectly clear that I agree with Romney 100% on this issue. I'm just a little disgusted by the attacks on Palin and others for holding the same position.

Right Wingnut said...

By the way...

Rule #1: Republicans always cave.

Rule #2: Democrats never cave. Why? See rule #1.

Doug NYC GOP said...

RWN,

Missed the chat box comments, so I owe you one. I just thought it was a little over the top and after seeing only Rev had posted, it struck me funny.

I wasn't spinning, just looking at this in a rational manner. Personally I don't care for candidates injecting themselves into these types of insider baseball games. It's the elected officals duty, they'll work it out. When all is said done, the ones who want their job can sound off.

As I said last week, if I was a Boehner or Reid or anyone else involved in the back and forth, and a reporter asked me if I had any reaction to what some 2012ers aid or suggested, it wouldn't be fit to print.

I just don't think this is a big issue - the deal that is. The underlying issues are genuine and of concern, which is what the 2012 election will about.

Ohio JOE said...

Thanks Dan L.