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7 Mitt Romney Statements As Idiotic as His Libya Response

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6. ThinkProgress’s “Top Ten” Out of Touch Moments

This video compilation quickly presents many of the most-heard sound bites: saying he knows what it is to get fired, that corporations are people, that making more that $300,000 a year as a speaker “is not very much,” that he drives a pickup while his wife has the Cadillacs, that he is not very concerned about the poor because there are government safety nets.  

7. Romney Likes Neo-Con Ideas More Than People

The ThinkProgress video is one of many that show the most pointed barbs, but it’s worth looking at the entire exchange behind some of these comments—such as the questions that lead to Romney’s infamous “corporations are people, my friend” quote, as they reveal far more about his thinking and values.

Here is the full exchange that prompted the "corporations are people" quote. It starts off as a question about cutting back on future Social Security and Medicare benefits, where Romney says those entitlements must be parred back because he will not raise taxes to pay for what’s needed to sustain the system’s current barely adequate retirement programs. Romney’s comments are right from the pages of liberatian think tanks—just like his comments attacking Obama after the death of Ameican diplomats in Libya. These radical rightwingers elevate their ideology over the impact of their ideas on people—whether it is in domestic or foreign policy. 

8. Romney Versus Obama on Libya—You Decide

Now contrast the comments by both Romney and Obama in response to the murders of the U.S. diplomats in Libya. Romney is reciting more neo-con talking points, akin to the arguments made by George W. Bush before he launched his war of choice in Iraq. In contrast, Obama says the U.S. honors the service of the deceased, will not give up on Libya’s new democracy, notes how some Libyans tried to defend the Americans and declares that the U.S. will bring those responsible to justice.

Rommey’s remarks are even more outrageous because he’s attacking the president in inflamatory ways on the aniversary of the 9/11 attacks, where, in contrast, Obama is trying to maintain a firm hand but lower the temperature in the diplomatic arena. However, anyone who has seen the preceeding videos will not be surpised by Romney, as the Republican nominee’s political instincts and beliefs are not just out of touch and vague—but actually are dangerous when faced with unscripted tests and crises. 




Steven Rosenfeld covers national political issues for AlterNet, including America's retirement crisis, democracy and voting rights, and campaigns and elections. He is the author of "Count My Vote: A Citizen's Guide to Voting" (AlterNet Books, 2008).

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