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performance to date were the real problem, that would be possible. he could benefit from low expectations, turn in the performance ofis life and turn this thing around. mitt is not really the problem though. there is no debate performance, no ad, no policy speech thatan wash off thetencofop extremism. all right. that does it for us. martin bashir, what do you think? >> i think i agree, krystal and i'm luking forward to you joining our broadcast. >> i'm looking forward to that, too. >> thank you to the audience for staying with us. d s wrdr mitt, mitt er 27 or willard? it's all very confusing. >> we're in toledo, right? so it's oh? okay that's where we e. sta insured.on >> he's the worst republican in the country to put up against barack obama. >> i don't think there's anything that shows more empathy and care about the people of
this country than that kind of rhetoric. >> i will repeal obama care and replace it with real health ca rm 10f ki in our state have health insurance. my state was a leading indicator of what liberals have been trying to do across t country. >> 100% of the kids in our state have health insurance. i was a severely conservative republican governor. i don't thk there's ything that shows morempnd c abtheof this country. i'm not familiar with precisely with what exactly i said but i stand by what i said whatever it was. ♪ and it is on. yes, in person voting is under way in the first battleground state of iowa where lines were snaking out the door in many polling places today with voters eager to make their choice shcc t w house for the next four years.
indeed, voters in 30 states are now casting ballots either by absentee or in person, including the battlegrounds of new hampshire, north carolina, wisconsin, and virginia. while they say vginis lo, y asor fighters with the candidates going head-to-head in a midday moment of prebate sparring. >> his is the path he calls it forward. i call it forewarned. all right? it is the same policyings he incerhe lou years, and they have not worked. >> i travel around a lot in virginia and across this country. i don't meet a lot of victims. i see hard working virginians. i see single moms like my mom putting in overtime to raise their kids right, and i see a whole bu of van who are serving this country with bravery and distinction. >> for now, the president is dominating the old dominion which he turned blue in 2008. polls in the past two weeks
showing the president leadi romney anywhere from five t bu the president is taking nothing for granted, out today with a devastating new ad, and all initt romney's own words. >> i'm barack obama and i approve this message. >> there are 47% othe people who will vote for the president no matter wh w dependent upon government, who believe that they're victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe they're entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you name it. an they will vote f this president no matter what. out those people.not tory i'll never convince them they should take personal responsibility. >> that absolutely brutal punch in the gut will be airing in ohio, virginia, florida, colorado, nevada, new hampshire, and iowa, where, by the way, yioimth iact oftday. his own callous comments, romney has his own new ad out talking
straight to the camera. >> too many americans are struggling to find work in today's economy. too many of those who are working are living paycheck to paycck. reri ain poverty than when president obama took office, and 15 milliomore are on food stamps. my plan will create 12 million new jobs over the next four years. >> i'm sorry, that was actually a little poetic license by jimmy kimmelve buom really does care. just listen as he explained his compassionate side to nbc's ron mott last night. >> don't forget, i got erybody in my state insured, 100 % of te kids in our s h hh ra i dot think there's anything that shows more empathy and care about the people of this country than that kind of record. >> wow, what a great argument for defending the president a's affordable care act. romney went straight up onto the podium and told us what he really thinks of helping to
cover theuninred. o ce is really exhibit number one of the president's political philosophy, and that is that government knows better that be people how to run their lives. mitt romney, it's 4:, ju d to election. do you know where your playbook is? let's get right to our handle. with us from washington, msnbc political analyst karen finney, dana mill bank, a political columnist for "the washington post and mike, a white house coespoenr im zi karen, mr. romney proudly offered his own health care reform as evidence that he cares about people. 50 minutes later he says he'll repeal the president's health care reform. two of our producers have been hospitalized for whiplash having been forced to watch which w 's. kful they have health care. is even mr. romney himself now tired of the severely conservative mask that he
himself has been forced to wear? >> indeed, i think he is. as we talked about earlier this week, just a year or two or three ago, he had exactly the oppoosion a criticizing the idea that people would, you know, go to emergency rooms and that -- talking very differently about health care. the problem with this is it plays to exactly hisundamental flaw as a candidate, which is u , vekeo 't trust him. people, even conservatives, a friend of mine's conservative mother had the best quote of all. she said i don't know if my issue is going to be the next thing that gets thrown under the bus. so when he whiplashes like this and makes it seem more likes just going to say whaver it is he thinks he nds t s i frof g audience, and, again, that plays into what is already a very deep-seated lack of trust that people have for him. >> rig. michael, is mr. romney proud or ashamed of his signature woex mpoci in ssacse
in the civilized world would regard medical care for children as being a major success story. >> yeah. he's actually been pretty consistent in defending what he did in massachusetts, even as he attacks obama care. the issue i less that he' chgingis si. it jthe' slicing this issue very finely. he objects to obama care on a number of very narrow grounds, even though on the stump he sounds like he's objecting to it broadly. he doesn't think the federal government should be doing it, he thinks it's okay if the state government does it, he doesn't in taxes should be raisednd agasthe micar advantage cuts. this is consistent for him since the beginning of the campaign. the problem is his rhetoric sounds like he objects to obama care on a much broader -- >> but, michael, the central issue is the iividl mandate. >> tt's right. >>nds ngh ways on that, isn't he? >> well, sure. he's saying i like the individual mandate on the state level and i don't like it on the federal level. >> right.
>> don't forget, this underlying philosophy that earlier this week he said we ve care for the uninsured, tcan g to the emergency rooms. a few years ago he said we can't have freeloaders going to the emergency room. there is, michael, i think some slicing and dicing he's trying to do. don'tforget, two days ago h admits that the president actually has not raised taxes on the mide class. then yesrd he says to people attacking the president, and he says, middle class people, i'm going do all these things, but don't expect a big tax break. the guy has got to stick to one story. >> good luck with that, karen. dana, i know you weret mr. romney's event at the american legion today because you teted rinttu rolls-royce outside with a romney bumper sticker. we know -- there's the picture. we know wounded veterans and combat troops are part of the free loading 47%. so why isomney even worrying about them? that's not his job,s it? >> in fes wt the one rolls that said my rolls
on the virginia license plates. there were several bmws, mercedes, volvo. i noticed the odd cadillac and a jaguar as well. you know what's going onere is romney irt ima reaction mode. he was put on the defensive over the 47% remark, so he's got to go out and illustrate all these new examples of empathy and compassion, even if that contradicts wh he said last week. he's gotten in trouble because he didn't mentionets during atasp a thconvention. okay. well, now they're going to throw on a veterans event and give a speech to the veterans about, you know, isn't it terrible that 23 million people loong for work and, in fact, he's given it to a rather well-heeled crowd in the second wealthiestounty i snas that kind of reactivity give you any confidence that such a mind could be in a positio such as commander in chief of the nation.
>> well, he laid out a case today about when he is commander in chief,isoing to spend an extra trillion dollars on dfers and yet he's also going to cut taxes and yet also going to reduce the debt. so i believe tha if he can do that, then it will be worth us watching. >> you know -- >> go ahead,re ou mtion these ads -- that the president is running the ads in the key swing states. those are the same states that saw those ads about people who lost their job when bain came to town. where was the compassion for the people who lost everything, ns, eir bs.h reei the one guy who says we were building our own coffin, right? today we learned that, you know, romney was talking about harvesting these companies. i mean, again, i think he h a fuenfls a candidate. when you hear this lack of compassion, 47%, again, it plays
into a central narrative and other things we have heard about him. >> okay. we've got a little bit of that tapehat karen obliquely referred to then. let's take a listen. >>ainapal i an investment partnership which was formed to invest in startup companies and ongoing companies then to take an active hand in managing them and hopefully five to eight years later to harvest them at a significant profit. >> now, that was taken from motheron min onnowoweas edited. it was clearly some kind of internal bain capital business. your reaction to that tape, michael? this man saying in his own words that his business wasn't about creating jobs. we know it never wa asut investing, piling on debt, and then harvesting value out of the companies. >> i think what it does is show the challenge of moving from the business world to politics. it's something a lot of business people have tried in the st, very few haveucceed at.
there's nothing conoversial o st nhe bes world of what was just said there. that's how private equity works. everyone will tell you that's how private equity works. your job in that world is to create a yield for your investors. but in a political space, you can't use that same kind of rhetoric, and this is jus a da, d wn'e surprised actually if a lot more of these sorts of tapes show up that have been saved by the various opposition research groups for the last few weeks of this campaign. >> you know, michael, here is the thing, again, i think no democrat or republican would disagree i think with what you obthat romney keeps having. he tried to say that his time at bain was about job creation. he said 100,000 jobs, and then it was 10,000 jobs. again, he himself tried to say something that we know wasn't true and, again, this contradicts the original story bren od- athat bainasbout >> karen, you're giving me whiplash. i have to read the romney campaign, they've issued a response to that very tape, and
they say in addition to starting new businesses, mitt romney helped build bain catal by ea andav tan of mpans, jobs. the problem today is that president obama hasn't been able to turn around our economy in the same way. there you have it. and he refers once again to job creation. dana mill bank, michael, and karen, we're out of te but thank you all. neck, t pknows, and they could be getting a whole lot worse by the hour for team romney. stay with us. >> he's out of touch. he's out of touch in part because he never had the experience of working in the private sector and seeing what it takeso start a small busiss, how ainess deces grnyide to shrink, when they decide to send jobs overseas. he doesn't understand that. >> i want to see us export more jobs -- export more products, washain oen
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mitt romney is of one mind about what the polls say about his flailing candidacy. >> i know somethingbopolls, and i know you can ask questions and get any answer you want. we well, i'm very pleased with some polls, less so with other polls. at this early stage, polls go up, polls go down. >> what i meant to say is of one mind that istar wtsel al daily. pick almost any poll and the result is the same. in national polls the president
is ahead. swing ate polls, the president is ahead. a fox news poll, yes, the president is ahead even there. but don't tell willard tt, and don't tell fox newsei. >> r. s oo and florida first. do you believe the polling today? >> are the swing states really swinging toward the president or could there possiy be some skewing going on by the media, the left-based mainstream media? >> i believe if the election were held today, romney would n byr o f points. >> joining us now in atlanta is dr. james peterson, who is a professor at lehigh university and a contributor to the gri o.com. and joy reid who is professor peterson's boss, the maning ed. welcome to both of you. joy, our current daily tracking polls have mitt romney not beeving in polls now. that could change several times. at do you think mitt believes
abouswing states, and bear in mind tha b t ends segment his position on polls could have changed. >> exactly. you know what? i think the best story of the week really besides the sam jackson making an awesome ad about voting is this unskewed polls. have you heard about this, this website w be people on the right have been allowed to leave the planet -- >> like the bubble. >> they have entered the bubble and seed it. if you reweight the polls where anoc aoue a different planet, mitt romney is winning, he'say ahead, he has no gas. it's beautiful. it's a wonderful reality. i think mitt has decided to enter into that unreality because it's much happier there. >> dr. terson, you don't really need to read the polls to know wt's happening, do you? causckanrum virginia governor bob mcdonald are going to iowa, and chris christie and scott walker are in new hampshire, but they're not there to campaign for mitt
romney, are they? >> no, they're not. they're there preparing for 2016, which is probably the republican party's best bet at this point. but th is allyreg. t thaeolhe right who are scared about this are actually right, that pollsters are actually interacting with people who are more progressive, more centrist, and less identifying with what we think of now as the republican party. that's just a state of reality. the republic party is shrinking, so by defition, mns tolls a g to encounter folk who don't necessary agree with the radical ways the party is constructed. we've been chuckling all day about this sam jackson ad,ut the ad reflects the fact that people are waking up to the reality that mitt romney simply isn't a reallyredie oer ve competent politician. and all these gaffes and all these mistakes continue to reinscribe that fact. >> to both of you, we have an interesting end note because it's not just mitt romney who is ill at ease with the polls. cue paul rn moments o.
he he . yrod by the wisconsin polls? and they're just polls and you always remind me of that. for a while it looked like you could take that state. just a snapshot of the moment but trailing further in that state. >> i don actually believe the validity of that poll. i wot get into all the od of it. >> which would he believe in? >> one that has him ahead. that's the one he would believe in. the reality is there's a serious thing about polling in that it does matter what your sample is and it matters the sample size and it also matters the weighting, whether you have how many more democrats than republics. but undeying therobl f mioms that republican voter identification is dropping, so the polls do have to reflect a weighting that says that there are fewer replicans than there are democrats and there are more independents. it's bec there'sess identificationithe bl p ihe country. so if the polls are trending away from mitt romney, it's two things. number one, his poor performance, but also the fact that the republican brand is
actually -- >> despite the fact that they're contlling for the decline as you put it. >> and it's controlled for. these polls all weight themlves aording to wre op thay whether you're a democrat, republican, or independent and then they ask the question. there's not some inherent bias. >> dr. peterson, we, the media, have been blamed repeatedly. now the polls are being blamed. whols t blamed? >> eventually they will blame the voters for not agreeing with them. at the end of the day, this reflects the fact that our country is no longer moving to the right in some ways. there's some ways in which the radical right has established a platformhat a lot of americans simply can't identify with. idanu bo.s petersonnd j stay with us, much more ahead. >> obama up by ten points in ohio, nine points in florida, and 12oints in pennsylvania. i don't get it. i don't get it, folks. how cou ry behind? he's so popular that his fans
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how many people are able to get off welfare. >> what about the people you saidou couldn't convince to take greater personal responsibility. those are heavy words. >> leadsers who write off ha l the national. >> i got everybody in my state insured. >> hs the worst republican in the country. >> i don't think there's anything that shows more empathy and care. >> i wanto see us export more jobs. s celopponent. >> do you smoke regularly pot? >> i did have a brownie once. made me sleepy. >> we're calling the upcoming debate the thrilla with vanilla. >> senator rob portman is playing barack obama in these mock dates we have. i don't like him very much jean mo >> governor romney has only one chance. >> president is an eloquent, gifted speaker. >> he must convince voters during the debates. can he do that? >> he may be all knowing but he would still like to know a little more about mitt's tax
returns. >>e people more in my camp, a loofplorn camp. >> shameless lying liar. >> the left-based mainstream med media. >> fairness is not an attitude. it's skill. >> i don't tnk anybody in my business thinks they wouldn't like to be able to rewrite the story. te pic p h t righto o this afternoon. krystal ball is my colleague and the co-host of msnbc's "the cycle" and lili ana is a hispanic strategist. krystal, according toom on the right iseopl likou whepoleorit romney's campaign problems. do you accept responsibility and would you pleads apology? >> fully and completely. mitt romney is running a terrific campaign. we've gotten it all wrong. that's why liberals like peggy noonan and big chrll crystal an is havbe allng >> thank you. liliana, mr. romney has had some incredible assets at his
disposable, fox news, ann coulter, "the wall street journal," karl rove, bill crystal, david koch but he's ica hs not a very good candidate or is it because hisolicies stink? which of the two? >> well, i'm not going to apologize publicly like krystal. she's brar than me. but it's going back to t erat exposing a new reality for the part which is today, which is a record number, 40% of all americans identify as independent. that's a record number. 31% democrat, and 27% republican. and that's a shrinking number aren you looat the last ve un y adjust and react to a shrinking number and change the rhetoric and really, you know, reach out tohe fastest growing segments of minoritie and women in this country that will take the president and the new president to the white house, en it's going to contie to
sh. nk'm g to blame the strategists that are ignoring the numbers. >> really, the strategists. krystal, i want you to take a look at romney's reaction today when a dretful, evil reporter dared to ask him some specifics t. the programs he was going to enneo pbs, not send money to the national endowment for humanities and arts. >> that doesn't add up to much, governor. >> i'm happy to keep going, julie, okay? we'll also take medicaid as well as housing and food amps. wel takehe dollahat e g serareturn them to the states where they'll grow at the rate of inflation. >> right. well, he's included everything. he's going to slash the lot. >> and he gets so pricklyhen he's pressed on anything which will be a very bad thing for him going intoheebre y don't just get to spout our talking points without being challenged. that's been an issue for him throughout the campaign. i remember early on in the
primary he sat down and was asked very obvious straightforward questions -- >> by a friendly journalist. >> by a friendly journalist, a he prickly and looked so off-putting it was a disastrous interview. >> i want to turn to the issue of voter i.d., something republicans in pennsylvania were absolutely certain would deliver their state to mitt romney. take alist. >> wch i gngoll governor romney to win the state of pennsylvania, done. >> that, of course, was mike r tuai in pennsylvania. a pennsvania judge ma rule as ettockoter i.d. lie on law that could influence turnout. is this something that reblicans have been kind of admitting to now? they've admitted in the form of mike turzai, is this a serious dgs maga tem iall es pls to introduce voter i.d.?
>> absolutely. while it's something noble when you just hear we want to prevent voter fraud, you look at the facts and figures, and there is such few cases of voter fraud. s barely 86 o tasistration there idfiver a five-year period. >> and in florida they suggested they had to purge 180,000 people from the voting rolls. i think they found 36 people who might be questionable. >> exactly. but this is where it becomes once again a braing and a pr issue. when you look at who arehe penal that are affected, the elder, students, young people, minorities, which once again it is the fastest growing voter segment and they want to continue to ignore and say they don't want to ignore but pushing for these type of laws is indirectly or direcy just bltly saying, you know what ntpu aside. i don't care about your vote. let me try desperately to keep it with my base. >> it's shameful, and it is despere as well from a party who has run out of ideas for
ways to appeal to people they'd rath just keep them from stct when they can evenishe come close to deluding themselves that this is a strategy that's going to be effective because the demographic shifts areere to stay. they're going to ntinue moving against the republican party, and if they don't find a way to put out a less nphobic vibe, a broad swath of america, they are going to be relegated to a regional permanent minority. >> but you have got to respect their effort, krystal. >> it's very creative. >> 33 separate states have tried. >> they have been very united in pushing this throughout states dtlenshere ry, and the0 republicans really walked into a lot of state legislatures, combined with tir partners at the american legislative exchange council who drafted thisodel legislation and pushed it nationwide, it s been sadly, sadly v was to tighten down to a narrow margin, these laws literally
could make the difference. >> what is silly to this, just to will be rate, if you're putting so much effort into passing this law, why not focus on the electoral math on the states y need to win. that is will move the needle there. focus there and maybe you have a better shot. >> they're not listening and mr. romney is down 12 points in pennsylvania. krystal ball, lilia inna. next, he drove a wiener mee biel. now paul ryan may be driving team romney off a cliff. stay with us. >> and take a look at this. one of the six oscar maier winner mobiles crashed into a house yestda [ female announcer ] research suggests cell health plays a key role throughout our lives. one a day women's 50+ is a complete multivitamin designed for women's health concerns as we age. it has more of 7 antioxidants
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wait a second. romney, ryan, romney, ryan, romney, ryan. therwe go. all right, that's grea k >>sose to forgive poor mitt romney for feeling a little overshadowed by his running mate. after all, it's hard to compete with a guy who can catch fish with his be hands while at the atld rob kids of their free lunch meals. how much of mitt romney's campaign belong to mitt romney? you can't help but wonder if mr. romney is just going along for the ride. joining us is tim dickinson of "rolling one." his new article is in the current issue of theage an eleeais, too. tim, i'd like to show you something before we delve into your article. just take a listen to this, tim. >> the only thing that limits you is your god given talent and your own effort. we need to have that dynamic onomy returned. do you that by growing the economy andtipl hap, n hand out.
teach a man how to fish, he can feed himself for a life. don't simply feed fish. >> right. w doesn't believe in handouts. he won't even feed the fish. he wouldn't feed pigeons in central park for fear they'd becomend >> pigeons need the spur of their own poverty to collect all the refuse from the streets. >> that's a fair assessment. his proposals would kick nearly 2 million people off food stamps, leave 0,000 kids thout free school al of health care to another 300,000 children. tim, what would the folks do if, lord forbid, romney and ryan were elected in six weeks. what happens to this vast swath of americans? ant'an hont question. are these people really just going to go hungry? are we going to have an america where children are just not eating lunch at school? i mean, the math doesn't add up.
romney talks about shuttling these safetyet programs off to odate w sndl d what he doesn't tell you is he's going to chop them by a third to a half. all of a sudden the states are going to have no money. either the states will havto raise taxes or they'll have to dramatically slice services to the very neediest at the same time the ro/rud gives a trillion dollars in tax cuts to the very richest. it's insanity. it's ideology run amok and a dangerous prescription for the country. >> what's interesting about it, we see the secret vidtape recording of mr. romney whiche ere says people feel entitled to things like food and a roof over their head and clothing, and then when you look at their actual budget proposals, they're not a million miles away from what he actually said in that secret recording. >> right. no, and aupprs geto chided paul ryan for
cloaking his budget in this sort of catholic doctrine saying that the teachings that he's promoting through his budget are a lot closer to ayn rand than our vior it'sncbl l. i think if people really understood how many people this is going to affect and how negatively and how much suffering, real suffering this could cause, i don't think they'd buy it for a second, and i think they're just relying on a lot of snow and a l of pr to confuse people abt this stuff. isss ure eri in one poll that the president is actually surging with catholic believers 54 points to 39. one thing i was astonished by in your article, i knew the republican-controlled house had tan 30 or so votes to repeal the prids hh re ,ch ose was pointless, but you say that the price to taxpayers for all that wasted time was no less than $48 million. >> so if you just look at the cost to taxpayers of keeping
congress in busiss forwo st this ideological chest thumping of trying to repeal obama care, well, that costs a lot of money. that's wasted money. it's $50 million which it's almost exactly the amount of money that they're not dedicating to fixing cracks in eyet their own house literally fall apart at the same time they're wasting taxpayer money on sort of ideological shows of impotence. i don't know what they prove by not passing 30 bills. >> i guess they say they prove they're fiscalconsvati thyor jng us. next, mitt romney's summer of love. don't run away, we're serious. stay with us. hmm, it says here that cheerios helps lower cholesterol as part of a heart healthy diet. that's true. ...but you still have to go to the gym. ♪ the one and only, cheerios
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then girlfriend, ann, during a period of separation. and it's clearly an attempt to inject some personality into mr. romney's campaign. but it's also a reminder that whe many of his generation were dying in vietnam in 1968, mitt was busy drang picres thean f the safety of france. yes, france. that's a pretty long way from the tetoffensive. joining us with dnc communications director brad woodhouse. mr. romney appeared before veterans in virginiaoday jus ortam e you are. >> right. >> by the sound of it, he's ready to charge bayonet first in any conflict if the president doesn't resolve every international problem current on our plates. how do you agres mr. romney's more recent appetite for military conflict? pallg thg here, martin, is that mitt romney has shown over and over and over again that he has no concept of what it is to be commander in chief, and he's not prepar to be commander in
chief. he does -- >> what are you talking about? he wants toet int iran. he wants us to go intoa. hean u to across -- i mean, all kinds of territories. >> that's exactly right. i mean -- >> what's wrong with that? >> well, look, you know -- look what we got into in the last decade. he wants to play iraq all over again. he thinks we should put troops back ie,t et video he lamented the fact that we don't still have 20,000 troops in iraq. i mean, look, i think one thing this president -- the american people can be confident of is this predent understands how to deal with foreign policy and how to keep ameri safe. he'sakenerroristff t battlefield, including osama bin laden. he's ended the war in iraq and strengthened our relationships around the world. mitt romney would go back to the cowboy diplomacy that got us into many of the problems t president facewheneam into offense. >> i want to play you poart of
mr. romney's speech. take a listen. >> egypt now with the muslim brotherhood president, pakista hily tmu tu with us. >> pakistan, highly tumultuous. >> sounds like he didn't get far into his briefing on pakistan. imean, of course, pakistan, afghanistan, that area of the e idhaus o know, is an area tt he's taken a number of terrorists off the battlefield. >> tumultuous? it's going to be tumultuous tonight at the ravens game against the cleveland browns. that's tultuous. pakistan is ltus? >> mitt romney just about every time he appears in public he shows how ill prepared he is to be president or commander in ief. we saw last week and continue to see how he has no concept of standing foup are the middle class and clearly doesn't
understand what it means to be commander inchie you c'tusaround, you know, saying that you're going to go to war with everybody. being commander in chief is hard. it requires work, and it also requires you don't telraph everything you're going to do just for the purposes of playing politics. >> brad woodhouse, iuing som heful cehereo mt mn t y, martin. >> we'll be right back to "clear the air." [ female announcer ] ordinary lotions aren't made to treat eczema, so it can feel like you're usingotng at all. buneri®em esia™dir its multi-action formula restores visibly healthier skin in 3 days. neosporin® eczema essentials™.
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has expressed some support for mr. romney, sort of. >> interested in politics, i'm a supporter of mitt romney, hope he does well, but, you kw, he can do well without me. >> president bush clearly puann'nt to recall his period in the white house. the massive tax cuts that threw away a budget surplus, two wars that were neither budgeted for nor easily executed, and a mortgage mess that was the direct result of minimal egg lati and maximum eitn. that's why we were a little surprised to learn that george b. bush has accepted an invitation to be the keynote speaker at a rthcoming investors conference will will take place on the cayman islands. yes, even as mr. bush avoids romney thean, hs getting oser tmemn offshore money. the cayman alternative investment summit is described in a media kit as the place to mingle withhe offshore investment industry's power
okers. the meet up takes place at the ritz-carlton. ,4 registration fee, flightsus and accommodation not included. now, this is pretty bad timing. after a video emerged of mr. romney's running mate, paul ryan, actually making a direct attack on those who hide their money on the cayman la >> so then rather than having ireland and the cayman islands be the haven for capital formation, the place you hide your money, why don't we make it america? why don't we make it here in this country? >> well said. yet, there's bigger problem for mr. romney because president bush is dueo der communique on cash from the caymans just four days before the presidential election. but, look, george bush may actually be doing mr. romney a favor because if the natio decides that he's not fit to be president, at lea we'll all knowhere to go for advice on offshore