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Posted by on Aug 5, 2012 in Politics | 3 comments

How Many More Times Will Romney’s Team Have to Apologize for Him Before They Walk Out?

Seems to be Romney’s campaign team has had to do an awful lot of “walking back” lately. Ever tried to walk back for a long distance? It gets painful. Pretty soon you quit unless you’re a Ripley freak.

Romney starts by asserting, in a campaign speech, that Obama has put a barrier between the military and voting in Ohio.

President Obama’s lawsuit claiming it is unconstitutional for Ohio to allow servicemen and women extended early voting privileges during the state’s early voting period is an outrage. …Mitt Romney, quoted in Think Progress

And then the walk-back.

Romney’s spokesman, Ryan Williams, in an interview Saturday could point to no place in Obama’s lawsuit that seeks to restrict the rights of military voters… Think Progress

Fact:

Since 2005, Ohio has had in person early-voting in the three days prior to the election. This year, however, the Republican legislature in Ohio eliminated early voting during this period, except for members of the military. The Obama lawsuit is attempting to restore voting rights for all Ohioans, not restrict them for the military or any other group. ...Think Progress

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By now, one needs to be pretty weird to back Romney. Take this “but he’s handsome!” example:

Speaking to a group of high-paying Republican donors yesterday in Sun Valley, Idaho, Clint Eastwood recalled his first encounter with Mitt Romney: a campaign ad he saw while filming Mystic River in Massachusetts ten years ago. ...Daily Intel

High-paying Republican donors? How much did they pay him?

“I said, God, this guy, he’s too handsome to be governor, but he does look like he could be president.”…Daily Intel

OMG.

Eastwood then proceeded to endorse Romney as the only person capable of implementing a “decent tax system” where “people are not pitted against one another as who’s paying taxes and who isn’t.” …Daily Intel

Cross posted from Prairie Weather

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  • DaGoat

    It’s a little more complicated. Romney is absolutely wrong when he says Obama is trying to restrict voting rights of the military. That clearly is not the intent of the lawsuit, rather it intends to extend equal voting rights to all Ohio citizens and not take anything away.

    In the lawsuit though Obama makes the assertion it is unconstitutional to extend accommodations to military members that are not extended to everyone. That is the basis of several military groups objections to Obama’s lawsuit, and is a little bit of an awkward position for Obama.

    The Eastwood comments are irrelevant.

  • StockBoyLA

    Eastwood, “I said, God, this guy, he’s too handsome to be governor, but he does look like he could be president.”

    USA to Clint: The presidential election isn’t a Hollywood casting call.

  • Kenneth Almquist

    “Romney’s spokesman, Ryan Williams, in an interview Saturday could point to no place in Obama’s lawsuit that seeks to restrict the rights of military voters…”

    I’m don’t see why you call this a walk-back. It’s certainly not a retraction, much less an apology.

    What happened was that Romney lied, the Obama campaign responded, and Politico reporter Reid J. Epstein took the time to check the facts rather than just writing a “he said, she said” article. Epstein asked Ryan Williams whether he could substantiate the lie, and Williams responded by changing the subject.

    Was it painful for Williams to be confronted by the fact that the campaign had been caught in a lie? I’d like to believe so for his sake, but a lot of people on the political right believe that they are entitled to lie and cheat to get what they want, and don’t feel at all embarrassed if they get caught.

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