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Why did Romney lose the election?

  1. Drive-by Quipper profile image60
    Drive-by Quipperposted 4 years ago

    This is why Romney lost. He displayed poor cognitive reasoning. He actually said that the widely known fact that smaller classroom size in schools is advantageous to students was misinformation perpetuated by teacher's unions to hire more teachers.

    Are teachers insidious,  or is Romney clueless?


    http://youtu.be/9WEaExpzxJw

    1. Uninvited Writer profile image83
      Uninvited Writerposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      The other guy got more votes?

      1. Drive-by Quipper profile image60
        Drive-by Quipperposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        He got more votes, because he can think on his own.

    2. wba108@yahoo.com profile image81
      wba108@yahoo.composted 4 years ago in reply to this

      I think he failed to emotionally connect with voters, therefore many voters who disliked Obama stayed at home. I also think he made a number of gaffe's that most career politicians wouldn't have made. The Republican party has failed to adapt to the current  political realities in America and have aliened multiple sectors of the electorate. It is true that left has helped create an environment of division with its  obsession with race and wealth but the Republicans need to be more in touch with where the country is at now and adjust accordingly. Also Barack Obama is a fairly rare talent and has a way of connecting with the people, the Republicans, I feel didn't have a strong enough candidate that could equal the president.

    3. AEvans profile image69
      AEvansposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      He lost because many were tired of the mud-slinging and many did not hear what he was going to actually do for our Country.

      1. Uninvited Writer profile image83
        Uninvited Writerposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        He didn't SAY what he was going to do for the US.

        1. Xenonlit profile image59
          Xenonlitposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          He not only refused to say what he was going to do for the US, he got caught changing his mind and lying outright. His "47 percent" debacle was so despicable that his campaign was terminally ill from that point on. The final death blow came from Hurricane Sandy when he falsified a charitable act and Governor Christie praised the real, acting president. Hopefully Romney will fade rapidly away.

  2. kathleenkat profile image90
    kathleenkatposted 4 years ago

    He lost because he did not win enough electoral votes.

    1. Drive-by Quipper profile image60
      Drive-by Quipperposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      He didn't win enough electoral votes because he said stupid stuff like this.

      1. A Troubled Man profile image60
        A Troubled Manposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        He could have forgotten to change the batteries in his magical underwear, for all that matters.

        1. Drive-by Quipper profile image60
          Drive-by Quipperposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          I keep mine fresh.

          1. A Troubled Man profile image60
            A Troubled Manposted 4 years ago in reply to this

            Of course, you weren't jetting around the country pumping flesh.

            1. Drive-by Quipper profile image60
              Drive-by Quipperposted 4 years ago in reply to this

              Ha ha ha ha ha! No, I sure wasn't. I kept it right here at home.

  3. Ralph Deeds profile image72
    Ralph Deedsposted 4 years ago

    According to an article by Jane Mayer in this week's New Yorker (Nov. 19) an ad entitled "Stage" was the most effective in the entire campaign. It defining Romney as a sinister character out of a Frank Capra movie. It was especially effective in Ohio and the midwest. According to Mayer several democrats who are "cozy with the private equity industry. Bill Burton of Priorities USA said, "When we first went up, there was a lot of pressure on us from people like Steve Rattner, Cory Booker, Harold ford and even President Clinton. The leaders of our party were telling us to quit." Luckily they didn't quit!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oLo0Jwj03JU

  4. Ralph Deeds profile image72
    Ralph Deedsposted 4 years ago

    " As a lifelong Republican whose first vote was cast for Barry Goldwater, in 1964, I have seen my party hijacked by the religious right and the Tea Party elements. It has embraced a policy of exclusion of mainstream America.

    "By fielding candidates who campaigned on defunding Planned Parenthood, who sought to restrict women’s access to basic health care, including contraception and abortion, and who did not understand that rape is a violent crime no matter the circumstances, the Republican Party gave itself no chance to win the presidency or the Senate. Voices of moderation within the party were nowhere to be found until after the election.

    "The problem, as many of us party faithful recognize, is not only the message, but the messengers. Only when a leader emerges who recognizes that women’s health is an election game-changer will the Republican Party be a viable player in future elections."

    RANDY MOODY
    National Co-chairman
    Republicans for Planned Parenthood
    Lincoln, Neb., Nov. 14, 2012

    " After its election loss, some urge a more moderate course.

    "To the Editor:

    "Now that Republicans have lost the presidential election and the party’s leaders have failed to achieve their stated priority, to make Barack Obama a one-term president, debate has begun over the reasons for their failure and over the party’s future. This failure seems partly due to the party’s inability to cultivate credible or inspiring leaders and its commitment to tax policies that benefit mainly the rich at the expense of social services that most Americans support.

    "The most basic hurdle for the Republicans, though, is arithmetical: 39 percent of the voting population leans Republican, according to the Pew Research Center, while 50 percent leans Democratic. Republicans can try to make up their 11-point gap by appealing to those who identify with neither party. But a party deriving much of its support from rural and blue-collar whites and upper-income people will lose national elections in the future because these groups are shrinking relative to groups that tend to support Democrats.

    "Given their numerical disadvantages, it takes no leap of logic to understand why Republicans would see suppressing voting by groups that lean Democratic as a key electoral strategy.

    "But the party’s future prospects, and the country’s, would be better served by expanding Republicans’ appeal to women; to younger voters; to the growing numbers of Americans with college educations; and, particularly, to urban voters, who include most Latinos, African-Americans and Asian-Americans.

    "To do so, Republicans would have to offer something beyond the “government is bad” mantra that alienates many of these potential constituents, an economic program more credible than trickle-down tax cuts, and backward-looking social policies.

    "A move toward pragmatism will not come easily to a party dominated by ideological hard-liners, but electoral failure may push some Republican leaders to counter the party’s dwindling appeal with policies that appeal to more Americans. We should all wish them success.

    "DANIEL LIEBERFELD
    "Pittsburgh, Nov. 12, 2012

    "The writer is an associate professor of public policy at Duquesne University. "



    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/18/opini … mp;emc=rss

  5. LucidDreams profile image82
    LucidDreamsposted 4 years ago

    Why Romney loss is very simple! You don't tell Americans that 47% of them don't count! You also actually have a plan and not that of your party, ONE YOU BELIEVE IN!

  6. AEvans profile image69
    AEvansposted 4 years ago

    I completely agree with you UW and now he is licking his wounds because he didn't prepare himself for what lied ahead.

  7. safiq ali patel profile image71
    safiq ali patelposted 4 years ago

    Because republicanism do not focus their campaign to appeal the the working class voters. Mitt Romney was an excellent candidate but his message needed to be heard in lower America. I have said this before. If the republicans are to succeed in the future the need to attract black and hispanic voters. They also need to make policies more appealing to gays and the the liberals. Mitt Romney didn't do this in my opinion but had the made this little effort he may have taken 54% of the vote and beaten Obama.

  8. Ralph Deeds profile image72
    Ralph Deedsposted 4 years ago

    " A Huffington Post columnist recently alleged that the Republican Party is "a rump parliament of Caucasian traditionalism: white, married, churchgoing—to oversimplify only slightly." New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd claimed that Republicans lost in 2012 because they "tried to force chastity belts on women and made Hispanics, blacks and gays feel like the help," leading voters to "give white male domination the boot." Juan Williams of Fox News concluded that demography is destiny and "the cycles of history have turned against the GOP."

    Ralph Reed in the Wall Street Journal 11-26-12

  9. Ralph Deeds profile image72
    Ralph Deedsposted 4 years ago

    Romney Statement about Chrysler Moving Jeep Production to China Named Lie of the Year!

    Nathan Bomey in the Detroit Free Press 12-13-12



    A major political fact-checking nonprofit picked failed Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's statements on Chrysler's Jeep production plans as its 2012 Lie of the Year.

    The dubious distinction, awarded by PolitiFact, adds to the growing chorus of analysis suggesting that Romney misfired in late October when he repeated an inaccurate claim that Chrysler planned to move Jeep production jobs from the U.S. to China.

    "Even though Jeep's parent company gave a quick and clear denial, Mitt Romney repeated it and his campaign turned it into a TV ad," PolitiFact wrote. "And they stood by the claim, even as the media and the public expressed collective outrage against something so obviously false."

    Before Romney even circulated the false report by conservative bloggers at a campaign rally in Defiance, Ohio, Chrysler communications officials had already refuted the reports. The automaker is considering launching new Jeep manufacturing in China but has no plans to move U.S. jobs to China and, in fact, is expanding its U.S. and Michigan operations.

    The day before the Romney speech in Defiance, the Free Press published an online report that 1,100 new workers had just started working at Chrysler's Jefferson North Assembly plant in Detroit, where the company makes the Jeep Grand Cherokee SUV. The additional workers were part of a previously announced plan to expand Jeep production. The story also appeared in the print edition the day of the Romney speech.

    But the Romney campaign doubled down by releasing TV and radio advertisements with similar claims. The campaign eventually accused General Motors of leveraging its U.S. bailout to create jobs in China, too, prompting a sharp response from the automaker.

    PolitiFact said Romney paid a steep price for the accusations.

    "People often say that politicians don't pay a price for deception, but this time was different: A flood of negative press coverage rained down on the Romney campaign, and he failed to turn the tide in Ohio, the most important state in the presidential election," the organization wrote.

    Contact Nathan Bomey: at 313-223-4743 or nbomey@freepress.com



    http://www.freep.com/article/20121213/N … f-the-Year

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      JaxsonRaineposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Ralph, that's just Politifact being left. The original article said exactly what Romney said. After Chrysler corrected themselves, Romney changed his message.

      1. Ralph Deeds profile image72
        Ralph Deedsposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        I actually thought you might finally admit you were full of sxxt on Romney's lies about Chrysler moving to China. Very stupid of me. Voters were smart enough to figure out that Romney broke the modern record for campaign lies according to another source. Politifact's statement is on all fours with both Detroit papers which have knowledgeable auto writers. And his statement was contradicted by Chrysler and GM corporate officers including the CEO of Chrysler.

        http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news … f-the-year

        "After Chrysler corrected themselves..."  ??? With Jaxon, up is down, black is white.

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          JaxsonRaineposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          Ralph, I proved this one a long time ago. WaPo found the same thing. Jeep's president said the wrong thing in an interview. When Chrysler changed the message, Romney did too.

          Do you need me to quote the original article... again?

          1. Ralph Deeds profile image72
            Ralph Deedsposted 4 years ago in reply to this

            Feel free. People from Michigan and Ohio who know something about the auto industry concluded that Romney lied about jobs being moved to China by Chrysler or GM. We went through this once before. Neither company has moved jobs to China. GM has produced cars in China for the Chinese market. Chrysler may also do that in the future.

            Here's the truth:

            Chrysler's expansion of three Michigan plants is driven by the growing gap between its sales and the ability of its plants to keep up.

            "Our biggest headache this year has been the shortage of 3.6-liter engines. We just can't make enough," said CEO Sergio Marchionne. "And I am not sure that this expansion by itself is going (to) solve the issue ... we may have to bump this up in a couple of years."

            For now, the $238 million Chrysler is spending at engine plants in Detroit and Trenton, as well as adding a third crew at its Warren Truck plant, will have to suffice. That commitment will also create about 1,250 jobs in metro Detroit -- 1,000 in Warren and 250 at the Mack Avenue I engine plant on Detroit's east side, all by 2014.

            "Including these initiatives, we have announced investments of more than $4.75 billion in our U.S. facilities since June," Marchionne said.

            Two weeks ago, Marchionne issued a statement disputing ads that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney ran in Ohio that highlighted Chrysler's and Fiat's eventual plan to produce Jeeps in China. The ads implied that Chinese production would replace U.S. production and threaten jobs of Chrysler workers assembling Jeeps in Detroit and Toledo.

            "I was just rectifying the record," Marchionne told reporters Thursday.

            Marchionne also said Chrysler could sell more Jeep Wranglers and is exploring ways to boost production at its Toledo plant. Chrysler is preparing the Toledo plant for the launch next year of a model to replace the Jeep Liberty.

            In May 2011, Chrysler repaid $9.3 billion to the U.S. and Canadian governments. That does not include the $1.3 billion provided by the Bush administration to the automaker before it filed for bankruptcy.

            "Those who still doubt that we would use the second chance taxpayers granted to us to build something better and long lasting ... only have to come here and see for themselves how seriously we have taken our responsibility," Marchionne said.

            Chrysler began producing its Pentastar engine in 2010 to replace seven less-efficient V6 engines. Made at plants in Trenton and Mexico, the Pentastar is now available on 13 Chrysler cars and trucks, including the 2013 Ram 1500 pickup.

            By upgrading the Mack Avenue I plant, which will end production of a 4.7-liter V8 engine next year, Chrysler will be able to make more Pentastars.

            At its Trenton North plant, Chrysler plans to install a flexible assembly line capable of making either the Pentastar V6 engine or Chrysler's Tigershark four-cylinder engine.

            At Warren Truck, Marchionne is betting that the sales of pickups will continue to rebound with the broader economy and a gradually healing housing market.

            "We are seeing very stable demand on the truck side," Marchionne said. "I think we have the best lineup for pickups in the U.S. It's a very humble statement."
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            http://www.freep.com/article/20121116/B … RONTPAGE|s



            The head of Chrysler responded to repeated claims by the Romney campaign, including a new radio ad out today, that the company is ramping up production in China instead of the United States.

            "I feel obliged to unambiguously restate our position: Jeep production will not be moved from the United States to China," Fiat-Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne wrote in a blog post on the company's website today. The statement comes as the Romney campaign doubled down on the claim, which fact-checkers have also deemed false, with a new radio ad in Ohio.

            "In fact, U.S. production of our Jeep models has nearly tripled (it is expected to be up 185%) since 2009 in order to keep up with global demand," Marchionne wrote.

            The Romney campaign's new radio ad, which is airing in Toledo, Ohio - ground zero for the debate on the auto bailout - says, "Barack Obama says he saved the auto industry. But for who? Ohio or China?"

            "[N]ow comes word that Chrysler is starting to build cars in, you guessed it, China," the narrator adds.

                Obama ad: Romney "dishonest" on auto bailout

            This is the second Romney ad in recent days on the issue airing in Ohio. "Obama took GM and Chrysler into bankruptcy and sold Chrysler to Italians who are going to build Jeeps in China," the ad's narrator says in a TV spot released over the weekend. "Mitt Romney will fight for every American job."

            The Romney campaign has defended the claim, saying they are not claiming that jobs are "moving" to China but that additional jobs are being created there.

            Chrysler does have plans to start Jeep production in China but for the Chinese market. "We are working to establish a global enterprise and previously announced our intent to return Jeep production to China, the world's largest auto market, in order to satisfy local market demand, which would not otherwise be accessible," Marchionne wrote in his blog post.

            The Obama campaign has slammed Romney on the issue of the auto bailout for months in the Rust Belt, insisting that Romney would have "let Detroit go bankrupt." The phrase comes from the headline of a 2008 op-ed Romney wrote in the New York Times - though Romney didn't use those words in his article, nor did he actually write the headline - where he laid out his opposition to a government bailout of the auto industry and insisted on a managed bankruptcy.
            © 2012 CBS Interactive Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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              JaxsonRaineposted 4 years ago in reply to this

              The president of Jeep said they were looking at the possibility of moving some or all of their production to China. They later corrected themselves, but that's what he said.

              1. Ralph Deeds profile image72
                Ralph Deedsposted 4 years ago in reply to this

                Can you document that?

                The truth is that Romney continued the false ads implying that Chrysler was moving jeep production to after Chrysler attempted to set him straight. Ohio and Michigan voters didn't swallow Romney's lies. Actually they clearly boomeranged on him big time.

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                  JaxsonRaineposted 4 years ago in reply to this

                  Yeah, I can document it. I documented it when it happened.

                  Whenever I document something, you just ignore it. Remember the whole fiasco with tax rates? You were perfectly fine with using SEC forms for tax rates when someone said GE paid no taxes. Then, when I showed you the SEC forms, you said they were useless.

                  When Chrysler corrected themselves, Romney changed his message. He no longer said they were moving production.

                  1. Ralph Deeds profile image72
                    Ralph Deedsposted 4 years ago in reply to this

                    Romney's "revised ads didn't correct the false impression at all. They  implied that Chrysler was expanding in China rather than in Ohio when the truth was it was actually investing and hiring in Ohio and Michigan. He was so desparate to win in Ohio that he would say practically anything.

                    Watch the video and judge for yourself:

                    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ntgT7zoLto

              2. Ralph Deeds profile image72
                Ralph Deedsposted 4 years ago in reply to this

                I don't believe anybody said that. Document it if you can.

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                  whoisitposted 4 years ago in reply to this

                  "In a Bloomberg interview, Jeep's president said the automaker plans to restore Jeep production in China, suspended in 2009, and is considering making all Jeeps in China."

                  Mike Manley, chief operating officer of Fiat and Chrysler in Asia and president of the Jeep brand, told Bloomberg, "We're reviewing the opportunities within existing capacity" as well as "should we be localizing the entire Jeep portfolio or some of the Jeep portfolio" to China.

                  http://washingtonexaminer.com/jeep-an-o … Mu0rqzmDFy

                  1. Ralph Deeds profile image72
                    Ralph Deedsposted 4 years ago in reply to this

                    Thanks. Manley's erroneous statement publicized in Bloomberg on October 22 in Bloomberg was corrected by Chrysler's CEO on October 30, but Romney continued with his misleading ads anyway.

                    "I feel obliged to unambiguously restate our position: Jeep production will not be moved from the United States to China," Fiat-Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne wrote in a blog post on the company's website today. The statement comes as the Romney campaign doubled down on the claim, which fact-checkers have also deemed false, with a new radio ad in Ohio.

                    "In fact, U.S. production of our Jeep models has nearly tripled (it is expected to be up 185%) since 2009 in order to keep up with global demand," Marchionne wrote.

                    The Romney campaign's new radio ad, which is airing in Toledo, Ohio - ground zero for the debate on the auto bailout - says, "Barack Obama says he saved the auto industry. But for who? Ohio or China?"

                    "[N]ow comes word that Chrysler is starting to build cars in, you guessed it, China," the narrator adds.

                        Obama ad: Romney "dishonest" on auto bailout

                    This is the second Romney ad in recent days on the issue airing in Ohio. "Obama took GM and Chrysler into bankruptcy and sold Chrysler to Italians who are going to build Jeeps in China," the ad's narrator says in a TV spot released over the weekend. "Mitt Romney will fight for every American job."

        2. PrettyPanther profile image84
          PrettyPantherposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          He's a True Believer.

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          JaxsonRaineposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          That's rich, coming from you. You, who admitted to purposefully lying about Romney to make hum look bad, and justifying it with 'it's election season'.

          You have no room to talk, you admitted you have no integrity.

          1. Ralph Deeds profile image72
            Ralph Deedsposted 4 years ago in reply to this

            I admitted no such thing.  Romney was the biggest liar and etch-a-sketcher in modern presidential campaign history. "You can fool some of the people some of the time.....

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              JaxsonRaineposted 4 years ago in reply to this

              Yes you did. I don't know why you keep denying this. Wasn't me quoting you last time good enough for you? You admitted to it. You can't take it back. It's on the internet, forever.

  10. Ralph Deeds profile image72
    Ralph Deedsposted 4 years ago

    "During the first presidential debate in Denver, Colorado Romney managed to tell 27 myths in his 38 minutes of speaking time. But at his second encounter with Obama in New York, the GOP presidential candidate — who has run a post-truth campaign from day one — outdid himself and crammed 31 myths in 41 minutes:

    More:

    http://www.sodahead.com/united-states/r … n-3252173/

  11. Ralph Deeds profile image72
    Ralph Deedsposted 4 years ago

    Chronicling Mitt's Mendacity by Rachel Maddow

    Little did I know at the time that Romney would become an ambitious prevaricator, whose rhetoric would come to define post-truth politics. Nearly 11 months after Greg Sargent's harmless suggestion, I've published 40 installments in this series, which, before today, featured 884 falsehoods. (If you include today's edition, the new total is 917 falsehoods for the year.)

    wish that were a typo. It's not.

    The outcome of next week's election remains in doubt, but regardless of who wins, I suspect this will be the final edition in the series. If President Obama wins, the project will have run its course. If Romney wins, I rather doubt I'll be able to keep this going every week for four years. So, with that in mind, enjoy the 41st and probably final installment of my weekly series, chronicling Mitt's mendacity.

    1. At a campaign event yesterday in Roanoke, Virginia, Romney again suggested the president is to blame for the fact that "gasoline prices" have "gone up."

    This is wildly misleading. It's true that when Obama took office, gas cost about $1.81 a gallon, and it's more than double now. And how did gas prices get so low in late 2008 and early 2009? Because there was a global economic catastrophe -- gas was cheap because the economy had fallen off a cliff, and demand crawled to a stop. As the economy improved, demand went up, and the price of gas started climbing. It's Economics 101.

    2. In the same speech, Romney said he should be elected in order to prevent "four more years of trillion dollar deficits in Washington."

    According to the budget plan Romney endorsed, we'll have four more years of trillion dollar deficits in Washington anyway.

    3. Romney added he has a "five-point plan ... that'll get this economy going."

    The five-point plan -- oil drilling, trade, privatizing K-12 education, vague assertions about debt reduction, and ambiguous promises about doing nice things for small businesses -- is a rehash of Bush/Cheney promises. No credible analysis of the vague agenda has found it capable of boosting the economy.

    4. At a campaign event in Doswell, Virginia, Romney said "Obamacare" is "crushing small businesses across America."

    There is literally no evidence to support this claim in any way. Indeed, a a significant portion of the ongoing cost of the Affordable Care Act is to give small businesses a tax break.

    5. In the same speech, Romney also argued, "The president wants to raise taxes on small business."

    In reality, Obama has repeatedly cut taxes on small businesses -- by some counts, 18 times -- and if given a second term, his tax plan would have no effect on 97% of small businesses.

    6. Romney also vowed, "I will not raise tax on ... middle-class America."

    There's ample reason to believe the exact opposite -- independent budget analysts have concluded that once Romney slashes taxes on the wealthy, increases defense spending, increases entitlement spending, and cuts corporate tax rates, all while promising to balance the budget, he'll have no choice but to ask more from the middle class. Indeed, there's no other way for Romney to keep his other promises.

    7. In a television ad, Romney claimed Obama "gutted the work requirement for welfare."

    This continues to be as obvious a lie as Romney has told all year.

    8. In the same ad, Romney claimed there's been "record unemployment" under Obama.

    The unemployment rate topped out at 10% a few years ago, and that's not even close to being a "record."

    9. The ad went on to say the rates of "women in poverty" are at their highest rates "ever."

    Poverty rates were vastly worse during the last global financial crisis, the Great Depression.

    10. The same ad claimed Obama financed the debt by "borrowing from China."

    The implication here is that U.S. debt is financed by the Chinese, but this isn't true -- China only holds about 8% of the nation's debt.

    11. In a different ad, Romney claimed to "have a plan to help the auto industry."

    Asked for a copy of that plan, the Romney campaign refused to provide one.

    12. The same ad suggests Jeep production is moving "to China."

    This is breathtakingly dishonest.

    13. Romney said on Monday he'd cancel his campaign rally in Ohio on Tuesday, out of sensitivity for the victims of Hurricane Sandy.

    He held a campaign rally anyway.

    14. In a radio ad this week, Romney suggested Obama saved the auto industry "for China," adding that "GM cut 15,000 American jobs" because of the president.

    GM itself responded to this by saying, "We've clearly entered some parallel universe during these last few days. No amount of campaign politics at its cynical worst will diminish our record of creating jobs in the U.S. and repatriating profits back to this country."

    15. The same radio spot adds, "Mitt Romney grew up in the Auto Industry. Maybe that's why the Detroit News endorsed him."

    No, the Detroit News specifically called Romney's approach to the auto rescue "wrong-headed."

    16. At a campaign event in Avon Lake, Ohio, Romney claimed, "[W]e're at a 30 year low in the number of new businesses that have started up."

    This still isn't true.

    17. In the same speech, Romney said, "In Europe ... their corporate tax rate, which used to be higher than ours is now down to 25 percent. Ours is 35 percent. So businesses that are thinking of investing are interested in going elsewhere."

    This is wildly misleading, since the actual income tax paid by corporations "is one of the lowest in the world."

    18. Romney went on to say, "I'm going to make sure that we finally get America on track to have a balanced budget."

    No he won't. Romney's plan slashes tax rates (which makes the deficit worse, not better), increases defense and entitlement spending (which makes the deficit worse, not better), and every independent analysis reaches the same conclusion: Romney's numbers don't add up.

    19. Referencing the president, Romney said, "He's cut Medicare $716 billion."

    This is deeply silly. Obama strengthened the Medicare system's finances by reducing payments to insurance companies and hospitals. Benefits for seniors have been expanded, not cut.

    20. Romney also argued, "[T]he president's been spending massively more than he's been taking in."

    Government spending is down, not up, under President Obama.

    21. Romney went on to boast, "I have a plan that'll create 12 million new jobs."

    Putting aside the pesky detail that Romney doesn't actually have a specific jobs plan, the claim about 12 million jobs has been definitely proven fraudulent. His own economic advisor was forced to concede the candidate's -- and the campaign's -- talking point was based on a falsehood.

    22. Romney also claimed, "I was governor of a state with a legislature that was 85 percent Democrat. I knew from the very beginning to get anything done, I had to reach across the aisle and I did."

    No he didn't.

    23. At a campaign event in Tampa, Romney said, "Latin America's economy is almost as large as that of China."

    That's actually not true.

    24. In a speech on the economy in Ames, Iowa, Romney said Obama "doubled" the deficit.

    Romney is still having trouble with the definition of "double." The deficit on Obama's first day was $1.3 trillion. Last year, it was also $1.3 trillion. This year, it's $1.08 trillion. When he says the president "doubled" the deficit, as he has many times, Romney's lying.

    25. In the same speech, Romney said Obama has "proposed any solution at all" to address Medicare's finances.

    Actually, Obama shored up Medicare's finances by finding $716 billion in savings, and has a long term plan through IPAB.

    26. Romney went on to say the president "did not tame the spending and borrowing."

    Not only did government spending go down under Obama, the deficit also went down under Obama.

    27. Romney added that Obama "did not reach across the aisle."

    Obama repeatedly pleaded with congressional Republicans to work on common solutions. GOP lawmakers responded by opposing every idea, including their own.

    28. Romney also said the president "did not stand up to China's trade practices."

    Yes he did.

    29. Romney claimed Obama has "added almost as much debt held by the public as all prior American presidents in history."

    He's said this before, but it's not even close to being true.

    30. Romney also argued the president "launched an onslaught of new regulations, often to the delight of the biggest banks and corporations."

    Putting aside the irony of Romney suggesting Obama is beholden to corporations, there has been no regulatory onslaught.

    31. Romney went on to say, "Energy prices are up in part because energy production on federal lands is down."

    Nice try, but no.

    32. Romney claimed, in reference to Obama, "[H]is tax plan has been calculated to destroy 700,000 jobs."

    Oh, please.

    33. Romney added, "[C]utting one trillion dollars from the military will kill jobs and devastate our national defense."

    Romney appears to be referring to cuts, which have not yet kicked in, and which were crafted by Romney's own party and endorsed by his own running mate.

    Previous editions of Chronicling Mitt's Mendacity: Vol. I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX, X, XI, XII,XIII, XIV, XV, XVI, XVII, XVIII, XIX, XX, XXI, XXII, XXIII, XXIV, XXV, XXVI, XXVII, XXVIII, XXIX, XXX, XXXI, XXXII, XXXIII, XXXIV, XXXV, XXXVI, XXXVII, XXXVIII, XXXIX, XL

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2012/ … l-xli?lite

  12. Ralph Deeds profile image72
    Ralph Deedsposted 4 years ago

    Here's the actual lying Romney ad:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xl77CapjzsA

    1. profile image0
      JaxsonRaineposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      they are going to make jeeps in China. And that's a lie?

      1. Ralph Deeds profile image72
        Ralph Deedsposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Yes. the lying ad was Romney's desparate doubling down on his original incorrect ad AFTER representatives of GM and Chrysler had tried to set him straight. He was trying to convince Ohio voters that that Chrysler jobs (and GM) jobs were going from Michigan and Ohio to China. This was a blatant lie.

      2. Ralph Deeds profile image72
        Ralph Deedsposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        I don't recall seeing that Chrysler had decided to make Jeeps in China. They may have, but my recollection is that their announcement was that they are considering Jeep production in China for the China market. If they do so, contrary to Romney's lying ad, there would be no effect on Chrysler jobs in the United States.

        http://www.13abc.com/story/19917498/pot … ect-toledo

  13. PrettyPanther profile image84
    PrettyPantherposted 4 years ago

    I just created an ad.  It shows clips of job advertisements:  "PAID forum posters wanted to work for Romney campaign."  OMINOUS VOICE:  Mitt Romney hires people to post propaganda on Internet forums.  These campaign workers impersonate regular people like you and me, but they are shills for the Romney campaign."

    Next, screenshots of numerous Jaxson Raine posts all over Hubpages.  VOICE:  "Jaxson Raine is a highly prolific poster, often tallying the most posts on a popular forum.  His anti-Obama and pro-Romney threads are everywhere."

    Final VOICE:  "Do YOU know who you're talking to on the Internet?  Mitt Romney does."

    No lies, technically, but if I made an ad like that I would feel mighty sleazy.

  14. Onusonus profile image85
    Onusonusposted 4 years ago

    Why Romney lost: Romney said, "When I'm elected, I will put Americans back to work,"
    and 51% of America said, "Screw That!"

    1. Ralph Deeds profile image72
      Ralph Deedsposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      They figured out that there was "no there, there" in Romney's claims. His expertise was in shipping American jobs to China.

      1. Onusonus profile image85
        Onusonusposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Or perhaps they put union thugs in charge of counting the ballot boxes.
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=pl … _F3oev06i0

        1. Ralph Deeds profile image72
          Ralph Deedsposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          You mean the NRA nutjobs in camo outfits? There was nothing about ballot boxes in the Crowder video. Crowder is from Fox News. He came with his video cameraman, picked a fight and edited the video tape.

          1. Uninvited Writer profile image83
            Uninvited Writerposted 4 years ago in reply to this

            Yes, he pushed the guy who fell and then jumped up and tried to punch him.

          2. Onusonus profile image85
            Onusonusposted 4 years ago in reply to this

            Prove it dude.
            It wasn't the NRA I'think you are talking about the black panthers.
            http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_4s5pmFL_ZlQ/TT7Ptmv7JCI/AAAAAAAAEu8/TWKmBSLnIDg/s1600/democrats%2Bnew%2Bblack%2Bpanthers%2Bhollywood%2Bacorn%2Bliberal%2Bmedia%2Bunion%2Bthugs%2Bbarack%2Bobama%2Bvote%2Bvoting%2Bvoters%2Bviolence%2Billegal%2Bmotivational%2Bposters%2Bonline%2Bblogspot.jpg

            1. Ralph Deeds profile image72
              Ralph Deedsposted 4 years ago in reply to this

              As of 2009, the NBPP claimed a few thousand members organized in 45 chapters, while independent estimates by the Anti-Defamation League suggest that the group is "much smaller" but is nevertheless able to attract a large turnout of non-members (some of whom "may not even realize what this group actually stands for") to its events by focusing on specific issues of local interest.[14] [wikipedia]

              1. Onusonus profile image85
                Onusonusposted 4 years ago in reply to this

                it only takes two to intimidate voters.
                http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=neGbKHyGuHU

                1. Ralph Deeds profile image72
                  Ralph Deedsposted 4 years ago in reply to this

                  The GOP in Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Michigan is the one who is trying to intimidate or exclude voters. The New Black Panthers activity is comparatively insignificant.

                2. Ralph Deeds profile image72
                  Ralph Deedsposted 4 years ago in reply to this

                  The NBBP had nothing to do with Romney's defeat.

                3. Onusonus profile image85
                  Onusonusposted 4 years ago in reply to this

                  Intimidation is a constant theme in the realm of liberalism.
                  http://cdn.breitbart.com/mediaserver/Breitbart/Big-Government/2012/11/22/NJCCriot.jpg

                  Because they are fanatical,
                  http://toryardvaark.files.wordpress.com/2010/09/earthfirst.jpg

                  and sometimes dangerous,
                  http://www.topsecretwriters.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/weatherunderground.jpg

                  of course it's in their ideology,
                  http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/6/62/Rules_for_Radicals.png/200px-Rules_for_Radicals.png

                  And has been for a very long time.
                  http://www.adl.org/learn/ext_us/images/kkk-6(flag)_small.jpg

                  Sure sometimes the face of the mob changes but it's always in the vested interests of liberals and progressives to incite mob action, mob mentality, and mob violence. just look at those OWS protesters gently hugging each other. So cute.
                  http://www.thehindu.com/multimedia/dynamic/00809/15IN_WALL_STREET_PR_809010f.jpg

                  See? Wherever the mob goes there's liberalism, organizing, and inciting even against peaceful protesters. Because peaceful protesting isn't in their vocabulary. Liberals throw the hoses on that kind of protesting. Liberals like Wallace and Connor.
                  http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ZFljhbmd108/TydToDWjKOI/AAAAAAAAAg8/T9NdBTzEWTo/s1600/BullConnor1.jpg
                  .

  15. Mighty Mom profile image91
    Mighty Momposted 4 years ago

    If the intent of Romney's was NOT to scare Ohio voters into believing that Chrysler was going to move THEIR JOBS overseas to China, then he failed miserably.
    Because he did scare workers to the point where many called in to ask if it was true.
    When you have heads of major auto companies coming out publicly and saying you and your campaign have "entered a parallel universe" that's not exactly defensible.
    The Romney campaign did not change their message. They doubled down on their misleading ads beccause they were desperate to win Ohio.

    But back to the OP. Why did Romney lose the election? Because in the end, two things:
    1. People added up all the gaffes and missteps flip-flops and lies upon lies upon lies plus the hollow looking and sounding media nterviews (before Romney stopped doing them or allowing his equally mendacious Veep candidate to do any more) and concluded that they could not trust Romney.
    They simply did not know which Romney they would be voting for. But the worst-case scenario was simply too risky.

    2. The Romney campaign grossly miscalculated. Possibly out of sheer arrogance.
    First. they stopped believing the polls and pundits' numbers and only listening to themselves.
    Yeah. I have a committee in my head, too. It doesn't steer me right very often.
    Second, they relied on their big money backers and red state cronies to either steal the election or suppress the vote. It didn't work. Voters didn't get mad. They woke up, wised up and got even.
    Third, they totally underestimated Obama.
    He is slicker than Slick Willy Clinton by a mile.
    As Mr. T. used to say, "I pity the fool" that thinks they're getting one over on Barack Hussein Obama!
    He is so clever he even duped his contributors into believing Romney was outspending him 3:1 -- and we couldn't let that happen! $18 at a time, he stealthily built up his coffers. Well played, BO!

    Footnote: I honestly don't know what happened to Romney's "Orca" get out the vote software I read somewhere that the hacker group Anonymous scrambled it. But it totally bombed.
    lol

    1. wba108@yahoo.com profile image81
      wba108@yahoo.composted 4 years ago in reply to this

      I wish I could agree with you MM but I don't believe Romney was dishonest or arrogant. I believe Romney to be almost too nice for politics. Obama had a better organization and was a more charismatic and politically skilled candidate. Obama had more money and the full backing of the main steam media. And while I believe Romney would have made a much better president than Obama, Obama has my full support and prayers.

  16. Uninvited Writer profile image83
    Uninvited Writerposted 4 years ago

    Oh look, scary black guys...

    1. Onusonus profile image85
      Onusonusposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Hey I've got the right to free speech.

  17. Ralph Deeds profile image72
    Ralph Deedsposted 4 years ago

    Breaking from Newsmax.com

    Single Women: A Key Voting Bloc, They’re Avoiding the GOP

    Sara Stevenson spends her working hours surrounded by Republicans, namely the married men who work alongside her in a Denver oil-and-gas company. But after hours and on weekends, she usually spends her time with other single women, and there's not a Republican in sight among the bunch.

    "There was just no way I could have supported any Republican this year," said Stevenson, 31. "They skew so much to the religious right. ... They focused so much on taxes. It's not something that women in my demographic really care about. I've never heard my friends lament their taxes."

  18. LucidDreams profile image82
    LucidDreamsposted 4 years ago

    Romney and his fellow Republican supporters made it very clear, that MOST of America was not an important factor in how running the country should work.  Unfortunately, it seems that several republicans did STILL DID NOT LEARN that listening to the people is what works!

 
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