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In the first Presidential debate of 2012 Romney “re-stated” several of his key positions including that of his tax plan. Whereas in February, Romney asserted that
“We’re going to cut taxes on everyone across the country by 20% including the top 1 percent.”In the debate with Obama he switched gears and stated emphatically that
“I will not reduce the taxes paid by high-income Americans.”Never has there been a candidate who has literally changed his position on every major issue facing our country. Not surprisingly Fox News gives him a free pass on this. Here and there we see the other media outlets try to document this phenomenon. But the scope of it is just too large to wrap one’s arms around. Romney’s ability to say anything even if he contradicts himself is nothing short of astounding.
The most recent example was Romney’s initial embrace of his controversial “47%” comment where he was taped telling a closed door dinner with big money donors that
"There are 47% of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47% who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it. That...that's an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what."He later backed up that comment in front of the media, defending it, explaining it and standing behind it. Yet following his first debate with President Obama, he suddenly and inexplicably switched positions rejecting his own candid comments telling Fox News Host Sean Hannity that:
"Clearly in a campaign with hundreds if not thousands of speeches and question-and-answer sessions, now and then you are going to say something that doesn't come out right. In this case I said something that's just completely wrong, and I absolutely believe, however, that my life has shown that I care about 100 percent. And that has been demonstrated throughout my life. And this whole campaign is about the 100 percent. When I become president it will be about helping the 100 percent."Mitt Romney is, without a doubt the biggest “flip-flopper” in American history, but no one seems to have been able to nail down the sum total of his contradictory statements. Until now, that is.
RoboRomney.com” has sprung up and has successfully captured the essence of his ability to change positions on critical issues like abortion, education, healthcare, gun control and immigration among others. The site makes one simple claim. “Mitt Romney agrees with you.”
By going through and selecting where you stand on the issues, Liberal, Moderate or Conservative on the 10 core issues, the site delivers an actual quote from Mitt Romney showing where he has agreed with you. It’s a truly eye opening experience.
To use an example, on immigration, if you select that your view is Liberal, the site brings you a statement Romney made in 2007 in an interview with the Lakeland Ledger where he said
“For me the central issue is that people who are here illegally should be able to apply for citizenship, that should not be prohibited.”If you refresh and take the quiz again, select that your views are Moderate and you find out that in the 2008 Republican debate in South Carolina , on the issue of illegal aliens in the U.S. he said
“They should instead go at the back of the line and they should not be allowed to stay in this country and be given permanent residency or citizenship merely because they have come here illegally.”Finally, take the quiz one more time and select Conservative and you find out that his previous positions taking reasonable viewpoints on immigration did not apply when during the 2011 Republican debate in Las Vegas. His transformation into a model “Conservative” now complete, he said:
“So we went to the Company, and we said look, you cant have any illegals working on our property, I’m running for office for pete’s sake, I cant have illegals. It turns out once again they had hired someone who falsified their documents, and therefore we fired them.”The same goes for all the other issue items on the list. Romney has publically taken both sides of every issue out there, depending on who he’s talking to at the time and has been able to abandon his own positions in a heartbeat if he saw the possibility for political gain.
His own Republican and Conservative opponents in the Primary all tried and failed to hold Romney’s feet to the fire on his ever changing statements. Media outlets that have tried to document these examples have been successful only getting themselves labeled “biased” by Fox.
The 2nd Presidential Debate will take place October 16th at Hosftra University in Hempstead, NY. The question remains, will the real Mitt Romney please stand up?