Former presidential candidate Mitt Romney spoke to Neil Cavuto today live from Utah where he is hosting a bipartisan summit. The former Massachusetts governor told Cavuto that his goal in the summit was to pull together people from both sides of the aisle to discuss their highest priorities. According to Romney, Washington isn’t addressing the most important issues to either Democrats or Republicans. In the interview, Romney addressed the scandals facing Washington, saying he refused to “jump on the bandwagon of attacking the president and everything that’s going on in Washington.”
Comments: Here is just another example of why he lost. We just can´t ever "attack" 0bama because he´s such a nice guy. Heavy s/o This interview once again caused me to have to refrain myself from throwing things at my television. Why in the world would he invite David Axelrod and Gov. John Hickenlooper after he signed one of the strictest gun control laws in the country? It is all beyond me to understand it.
Here is a case where the business frame of reference is all wrong. Romney is used to working with people who want both parties to benefit. Sadly, this is not the case in politics. The beneficiary is NOT any of the participants but the public at large. What may be a win win for the politicians is usually a lose lose for the public.
Compromise isn´t always possible. Either Keynes was right or Hayek was right. Either high taxes are good or they are bad. Freedom is good or freedom is bad. No compromise on these issues is possible. The right side must win by defeating the opposition. This is not Romney´s way. He would not have been a good President but he would have been a whole lot better than Zero.
Obama and his crew did a low life wrecking job on Romney´s business and personal reputations during the 2012 election. Now we know Romney´s response to all that, and it is not encouraging in the least.
Jeez, get off his back. What´s he supposed to do? What difference does it make if a loser starts whining about the guy that beat him. He has no influence, nothing he says will matter...let him stay classy. He lost, move on.
He was nominated because all the supposed conservative tough guys flamed out and were not ready for prime time. He was the best of a very weak group.
Pointing out what Obama is doing is not attacking him. Pointing out what is going on in Washington DC, IRS, State, DOD etc is not attacking. This country is going down the tubes with those in Washington thinking they are above the mere citizens, they are acting like dictators, princes, princesses, kings and queens and the rest of us are just serfs, existing to further those in Washington comfort and dictates. Nope Mitt you have it wrong. Hold your summits or whatever it is you people do and let the country go to hell in a handbasket because you don´t want to point out where the country is going wrong because it might be attacking.
Original poster hit my thoughts exactly. Thats why Mittens McRombamaney lost. He is not a fighter. He refuses to attack. He keeps turning the other cheek while his opponent slaps him silly and finally gave him the knockout punch. He has warm milk toast for breakfast every day.
Pulling together people from both sides? That is a loser -- there is NOTHING from the left that is good for America.
Nice guys finish last.
When the Texas primary finally happened last year, Romney had already won. I went to the polls with the cheat sheet from the local Tea Party listing who they recommended voting for -- among others, Ted Cruz and Mitt Romney. I voted for Cruz even though a good friend of mine was on the ballot against him, but I still voted for Gingrich because I felt he was the best brawler in our bunch. I never had ill-will towards Romney, I just always felt he was too soft to win; too willing to go along to get along.
If they are focusing on the "highest priorities," it does not speak well of them that they are not concerned about the highest priority of American principles: freedom. What is going on in Washington, DC, is about the loss of freedom of ordinary Americans.
This group obviously has different priorities. Maybe that is why they lost the election.
Romney the RINO doing what he knows how to do best... Reaching across the aisle to kiss the backsides of political enemies.. niave, gullable, cautious, & stupid... The foundational pillars of the republican establishment. Any thing that needs to be said about mitt romney anymore is a waste of valuable print space...
But you didn´t have a problem attacking every GOP candidate in the primaries, did you Romney?
Romney has no credibility in politics...never has and never will. I hope he stays in his pretty mountain villa and doesn´t come back. We are in the midst of a coup, as Rush so rightly stated yesterday, and it frustrates me to see and hear this man talk as if this is just another business problem to work out with a nice luncheon and a good tie.
Well said, #3. The problem with Romney´s approach to politics is seeing it as a business. He´s good at business...we get it. Stay there.
Romney does think a war is going on, the same war the GOP thinks is going on which is the war to silence the Silent Majority. The GOP and democrats are united on one side. Both the GOP and democrats wanted Obama to win. Obama winning silences the Silent Majority. Even NPR said Obama´s re-election saved Boehner. Karl Rove´s failures weren´t failures since victory was defeating the Tea Party. The GOP even has a PAC supporting Democrat candidates in primaries now. The GOP owes Obama big time because he helped them defeat the Tea Party. This is all about massive, EU style government.
He wouldn´t do it when it mattered, why should he do it now. His supporters can say what they like about his loss but the reality is that his failure to press the advantage after the first debate was a critical mistake that cost him dearly. Conservatives weren´t to blame for his loss, he and his team are to blame. "I´m not the other guy who isn´t such a bad fellow" isn´t winning campaign strategy. It was almost as though he saw he might win and then realized what it would mean if he did and then backed off.
You mean he´s not a loud-mouthed bomb thrower? Good. Color me impressed. America could do without one more bloviating idiot who thinks the best way to unite Americans is to demonize half of his fellow countrymen. Don´t worry about not supporting my candidate last November. Rest assured, I will never support yours either. I will be eating cucumber sandwiches in my ivory tower.
I was attacked here by the usual suspects for saying that Romney would fold up like a cheap lawnchair against Obama. Guess what, the election is over and Romney is still folding up like a cheap lawnchair.
Despite his book smarts, Mitt doesn´t have much street sense. Despite the role he and his people played in the trashing of Sarah Palin form the moment she was nominated as McCain´s running mate, I voted for him, because the alternative was unacceptable, but held my nose while doing so.
That´s our man Mitt, the Dudley Do-Right of the Republican party. He and John McCain apparently think they are members of a gentleman´s club or a consortium of scholars engaged in the disinterested search for truth. They do not know what they are dealing with and would have no stomach for it if they did. They cannot distinguish friends from enemies. I am afraid that when all is said and done they are nothing but wimps who can take it but who cannot dish it out. Either that or they are in denial and do not realize that "bipartisan" is one of those infamous code words we keep hearing about, the actual meaning of which is "radical Left Democratic." Or maybe they just overestimate the intelligence and good judgment of the American people - the same who have now elected Barack Obama their president twice. Maybe they -Romney, McCain and other clueless Republicans- think that refusing to lower themselves to the level of their radical Left opponents like Obama and most of the current Democrats will show the American people that they are the more mature, sober, responsible sort, politicians who are above ugly, dirty, nasty politics - and that Americans will come to their senses and support the Republican party.
This is how you sew up the money, by saying you have nothing to fear from an Obama presidency, or a Romney presidency. Money lenders are internationalists. So is the press. Mitt is the definition of savvy.
Romney is a very decent person and would be a good leader. However, he lacks the instinct for going for the jugular. He´s too nice in other words. Perhaps he fears being thought of as mean but there are ways of going for the jugular without appearing to be mean.
There was one critical point in last year´s election where the Democrats´ narrative of the Republicans being "anti-woman" was getting a lot of traction. Romney had a chance to debunk it during the debate but failed to do so. He could easily have mentioned Obama´s friendly associations with rappers who refer to women in disgusting terms.
But, But, But Willard is the Only one who can beat Hussein, they said. Others tried to warn everyone about Progressive Willard and were torched, attacked, character assassinated and smeared for it. Get in line or get out we were commanded. A no vote for Willard was a Vote for Hussein we were told. We were supposed to get behind the candidate who lost to the candidate who lost to Hussein in 2008. We were told to get behind the candidate who ran to the left of Progressive DemocRat Ted Kennedy in 1994. Am I shocked by the latest revelations concerning Romney´s outreach to the Progressive Liberal DemocRats all for the sake of being President of the Go Along to Get Along Gang? No. Nothing Romney or his faithful flock of sheep here or in American Society will ever surprise me. They chose the deception over any better candidate, so when the bill comes due for their costly failure to America´s future, well it´s their responsibility to pay up. Romney was an abysmal candidate who really did not want to win. He should have stepped aside and given a better candidate a chance.
Just goes to show how flawed the primary election process is. By the time NC had its ballot, Mitt was the only contender left. Can you imagine if all the states voted on the same day? Would put a whole new spin to it.
And what "better candidate" might that have been, #41? Romney made a couple of key mistakes and, to be sure, was not made to order for our increasingly dumbed-down electorate. But who would have done better? The only name I hear from time to time is Newt Gingrich, and I couldnt see him getting more than 1/3 of the female vote.
The real key to a meaningful victory (as opposed to one which merely allows our people to warm the Dems´ seats for a few years) lies in convincing large numbers of ignorant and irresponsible voters to get serious. Damned if I know how to go about that. IMO there is no potential Magic Candidate out there who can make that happen.
I am still skeptical that if Romney had been aggressive against Obama that it would have made a difference. I still think too many posters do not realize how most of the country relies on the Democrats for their information. They own the media and conservatives still don´t get it. On the other hand, Romney would have probably picked up more conservative votes if he would have not held back in why a focus on individual liberty and economic freedom was what we needed.
Very droll, #33. Dudley Do-right and the Consortium of Scholars indeed. #40 is glad Romney didn´t win (and thus that we´re stuck the current coup d´etat situation and Obamacare). Good thinkin´! #47 has unfortunately nailed it with the observation, "I still think too many posters do not realize how most of the country relies on the Democrats for their information." So true. I never see Fox on public or business TV´s even in establishments of those who are surely Republicans! Most of my friends would not dream of checking out Fox News, Drudge, or anything except CNN, NYT & the like. So they are only vaguely informed and in general misinformed. The Republican brand is considered distinctly uncool, uncouth, distasteful, hoary, and not the done thing, and this is a huge problem. Plus the Republicans have done nothing to educate the public to undo the false myths and memes about the party being the party of the rich, uncaring about the poor, and even possibly rascist. (At least I think they´re myths).
He´s a wimp when it ones to leading...the fear many had that he would go along to get along...fine good man, but no match for the corruption we are seeing
When you open the door between a dark room and a room with light, which floods into the other? The tide really is turning if you shine that light in those little nooks and crannies. The NWO monster is cranking up the fear porn to keep us all off balance because they know their days are numbered. We’re truly unstoppable if we’re immune to their fear machine.
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