— Mitt Romney
“Romney: I’ll be better than Ted for gay rights”
Bay Windows, August 25, 1994
“By 2006 [Romney] had reversed his ENDA position because it would ‘unfairly penalize employers at the hands of activist judges.’”
— Matthew Breen
“In Obama We Trust”
The Advocate, July 13 2012
— Elise Foley
“Mitt Romney: Marriage Between A Man And A Woman Is ‘My Own Preference’”
Huffington Post, May 9, 2012
“Mitt Romney claimed Thursday during an interview that his opposition to same-sex marriage has nothing to do with his religious beliefs.
“‘As a society, I think we’re better off if we encourage the establishment of homes with a mother and a father,’ Romney told KETV’s Rob McCartney after a speech in Omaha.
“Asked if religion played into his opposition, Romney replied, (more…)
“‘Yes, I’m definitely for choice,’ he said. And I said, ‘Great, we agree on that.’ Then, he said, ‘In Salt Lake, they told me it was okay to take that position in a liberal state.’ I said, ‘That doesn’t make me quite as happy. I’d rather know you really believe it.’ …
“He got very restless and stood up and said, ‘I am pro-choice; is there something else?’”
“First he didn’t ‘desire’ to serve, but didn’t evade it. Then he ‘longed’ to go. The truth: He got four deferments.” — Joan Walsh
“‘I longed in many respects to actually be in Vietnam and be representing our country there, and in some ways it was frustrating not to feel like I was there as part of the troops that were fighting in Vietnam.’” (more…)
— Mitt Romney
Iowa Republican debate, December 15, 2011
“As a gay-marriage proponent, I was pleased to learn that then-Gov. Willard Mitt Romney, R-Mass., issued at least 189 special-issue, one-day marriage licenses to same-sex couples in 2005 alone. These documents let these 378 people enjoy nuptials officiated by relatives, friends and others who normally do not perform weddings. …
“While Team Romney argues that the SJC forced it to give gay couples conventional marriage licenses, the special, one-day licenses are a strictly gubernatorial choice, as (more…)
“Wednesday’s presidential debate promises sharp contrasts. One candidate wants to repeal Obamacare, one candidate invented it. One opposed the auto industry bailout, one takes credit for it. One doubts the scientific consensus about climate change, one believes in it. One wants to ‘voucherize’ Medicare, one wants to save it. One dismisses nearly half of Americans as a bunch of moochers, and one claims to champion the struggling middle class.
Formally charged; two new counts added: Broch Clyde DeGraff, 27, Mormon “priest” and former kindergarten and pre-K teacher and soccer coach, Liahona Preparatory Academy, a private Mormon charter school founded and owned by his father, Brent DeGraff, and stepmother, Kolleen DeGraff, Pleasant Grove, Utah; with one count of first-degree felony forcible sodomy and nine counts of second-degree felony forcible sexual abuse allegedly committed against two 16-year-old girls, with some incidents allegedly occurring on school property and others in the home DeGraff shared with his soon-to-be ex-wife. (more…)
Elizabeth Flock gives Willard the benefit of the doubt, suggesting that listing “USA” as a “foreign country” on his 2011 tax return may have been a “mistake,” but we side with John Aravosis on the matter: Considering how Romney jumps at every chance to take every word of President Obama’s and turn it into a baseless gotcha, and “considering that Mitt Romney’s family moved to Mexico to escape American anti-bigamy laws, and the only reason they came back to the US was to flee the Mexican Revolution, it’s no wonder the Romney family finds America a ‘foreign country.’” (more…)
Watch Lawrence O’Donnell nail Teabagger darling & VP hopeful Paul Ryan on 1) how he can no longer tell the truth about the Cayman Islands — that they’re “the place you hide your money” — since Ryan’s curent boss, Willard “Mitt” Romney, hides his money in the Caymans; 2) why the unshaven Eddie Munster lookalike has to denounce his life’s love, Ayn Rand; and 3) how Ryan equates Social Security with Red-under-the-bed Communism: (more…)
“When you have a fire in an aircraft, there’s no place to go, exactly, there’s no — and you can’t find any oxygen from outside the aircraft to get in the aircraft, because the windows don’t open. I don’t know why they don’t do that. It’s a real problem. So it’s very dangerous.”
— Mitt Romney, September 22, 2012
Charged: Broch Clyde DeGraff, 27, Mormon “priest” and former kindergarten and pre-K teacher and soccer coach, Liahona Preparatory Academy, a private (and extremely conservative) Mormon charter school founded and owned by his father, “Brother” Brent DeGraff, and stepmother, “Sister” Kolleen DeGraff, Pleasant Grove, Utah; and apparent member of a wildly right-wing, Mormon adult soccer league; with a total of eight first- and second-degree felony charges of forcible sexual abuse, allegedly committed against two 16-year-old girls. (more…)
The audacity: Mitt Romney thinks Gene Hackman should play him in a movie.
While Gene Hackman is inarguably one of the greatest actors of our time, even he couldn’t wrap his considerable talent around the role of an emotionless robot programmed, ineptly, to impersonate a human being. He’d be too… human. Better to cast a rock, or a bag of hammers, or a houseplant (although a role so devoid of personality would be a stretch for the average houseplant). (more…)