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Aug 28, 2012 10:00pm EDT
vote." now reporting live from the tampa bay times forum in tampa, florida. diane sawyer and george stephanopoulos. >>> good evening. and welcome tonight, it is day one of the republican national convention. and one of the biggest nights in the election of a president in the united states of america. 2012. 70 days to go. the whole team is here tonight to watch two of the most electric personalities in the republican party appear. as we said, governor chris christie and his wife ann mitt romney hoping to reintroduce him, george. >> firing up, a belief that this is a presidential race the republican party can win. a dead heat, as you said, 70 days to go. the big job ahead selling mitt romney the man and the republican party as a brand. >> and of course, they're having to do it tonight in the face of another big story. we're talking breaking news now. hurricane isaac making landfall at 7:45 p.m. eastern on the gulf coast, louisiana. we want to bring you up to date at what is happening right at this moment at abc's weather editor sam champion is right there in new orleans tracking it al
MSNBC
Aug 28, 2012 10:00pm PDT
problem and avoiding his. >> right. >> george romney is not running. >> or his grandparents. >> one other thing that christie said that caught my attention. we all must share in the sacrifice. i haven't heard a republican say that. >> he wants to repeal the bush tax cuts for people making over $250,000 snimplts. >> i haven't heard that one. >> during chris christie's keynote speech, david actsle rod tweeted this -- i know he's going to mention mitt somewhere, isn't he? i'm just saying. ahead this hour, we will hear from rick santorum with andrea mitchell, plus robert gibbs of the obama campaign. after this break, nbc's tom brokaw and david gregory will join us. stay with us [ male an wouldn't it be cool if we took the nissan altima and reimagined nearly everything in it? gave it greater horsepower and best in class 38 mpg highway... ...advanced headlights... ...and zero gravity seats? yeah, that would be cool. ♪ introducing the completely reimagined nissan altima. it's our most innovative altima ever. nissan. innovation that excites. ♪ [ "human" by the human league playing ] humans. w
PBS
Aug 30, 2012 8:00pm PDT
father, george. and george romney got up tried to get the republicans to represented by barry gold watter who won the nomination, he wanted them to approve platform plank for civil rights legislation, they refused. he wanted them to approve plank for rejecting extremism, the plat norm committee refused. george romney walked out of the convention if they dominate worry goldwater with it be political suicide. mitt romney is there at the epi-center of the republican party when his father was trying to turn it in a more moderate direction. all these years later that mitt romney today 48 years later is sort of representing the goldwater ring, calls himself conservative and spent primaries trying to win them over and yet tonight he's reaching out, so we're told, to more moderates a. an interesting path. >> ifill: fun and interesting to watch tonight to see how he closes that circle. michael, scott authors of "the real romney" thank you. >> woodruff: great to have you both. >> ifill: now for long view to put the events here in tampa in context joining us from washington, presidential hist
CNN
Aug 29, 2012 7:00pm EDT
congressman, ron paul. also coming up this hour, tributes to a pair of former presidents, george w. bush and his father, george h.w. bush. here inside the convention hall, anticipation is building for tonight's acceptance speech by the vice presidential nominee, paul ryan. i'm wolf blitzer. we're here on the convention floor along with cnn's erin burnett. it's going to be an exciting night for these republicans who have gathered here. >> it is. they've just begun their night as well. you just heard the pledge of alien lee jans. let's go up to john king here. let's listen first. ♪ o say, can you see by the dawn's early light ♪ ♪ what so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming? ♪ ♪ whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight ♪ ♪ o'er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming? ♪ ♪ and the rockets' red glare the bombs bursting in air ♪ ♪ gave proof through the night that our flag was still there ♪ ♪ oh, say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave ♪ ♪ o'er the land of the free ♪ ♪ and the home of the brave? ♪ [
Current
Aug 30, 2012 4:00pm PDT
enttv thing out. now jeb bush is going to speak in a little bit. it's interesting that pappi george h.w. bush not invited. george w. bush not invited but jeb bush. is it moderate bush, is that the image that they want to put out. >> jennifer: is they going to speak in spanish? >> he could. i thought his son did a good job. and his older son did a good job. they seem to be a nice man. >> cenk: i don't speak spanish so i don't understand what they said but it sounded good. >> john: i liked it when romney spoke spanish. i call him gringo starr. he did mention how his grandfather came to this country, omit requesting his great, great grandfather left this great country, which is something you can google. >> eliot: there was a couple of years ago when jeb bush said he was the son who was supposed to be president. he and w. ran for governor. jeb lost in florida. w. won in texas. he moved one step ahead. jeb was a good governor. don't you think jennifer. >> jennifer: yes a reasonable guy. >> eliot: did a lot of stuff on education, bipartisan issues. he had a much more centrist image and is
WETA
Aug 29, 2012 7:00pm EDT
was richard nixon in 1968 not as liked as humphrey and did not turnout well. they liked george bush better than al gore and john kerry and they liked barak obama more than john mccain. it is not unimportant for mitt romney at least to reach some level of like -- as long as he is short of the cloistered secret person that you don't know at all and i think david is right that we don't know him. we know chris christie better after half an hour speech last night than we know mitt romney after two presidential campaigns. >> is that fair, david is that true? maybe mitt romney is what we see. i am who i am. maybe we keep waiting for some great revealing that doesn't exist? >> yeah, well, all i can say is all of us met people that worked with him democrats and republicans and they all describe somebody different and there are stories that come out the rescue of the daughter from the colleague, family nixon that with two disabled sons and romney shows up on christmas morning with a sound system. and the guy who left one of his son's wedding receptions early to take food to a breast cancer vi
MSNBC
Jul 21, 2016 6:00pm PDT
beaten it would have been george burns who did it. some reaction to the remarks we just heard. jacob? >> hey, brian, really interesting moment. you were talking about this the last time an openly gay speaker spoke in 2000, it was a represe representative from the state of arizona. my understanding is some of the members of the texas tell gags, this was when george bush, this time when peter thiel acknowledged he was gay, this is amongst the first to stand up and giving a standing ovation. you're a member of the republicans from texas. >> the regional vice chair for the southern region. >> why did you get up so fast? >> peter is absolutely right. this obsession for what i call the gay issue is damaging to the republican brand. it's pushing away people who would otherwise vote republican. at the end of the day it's not that important. the most important is facing our country the erosion of federalism and by clinging to these archaic views and having things in the platform as homo section you'll can be cured, you're pushing away potential voters. >> times are changing and the texas dele
MSNBC
Aug 30, 2012 4:00pm PDT
peak lifetime wealth of richard nixon, gerald ford, jimmy carter, george bush, bill clinton, george bush, and obama times two. if you live up the lifetime wealth of all those presidents and double that amount, that is what the associated press estimates as the ballpark wealth of mitt romney. mr. romney built his fortune as the privileged and wealthy son of a michigan governor who was also the head of an auto company who also ran for president. his mother also ran for senate. it is a marvelous bit of stage craft to be nominating someone with that background and wealth and privilege and political pedigree by means of a convention which is about how we don't really do it that way in america. >> americans have known that one's status of birth is not a permanent condition. it does not matter where you came from. >> america's greatest asset was that for the first time success was not based on who you were. >> it is a powerful counterspin to the reality that the republican party is nominating tonight a second generation presidential candidate. a fabulous wealthy fortunate son. we will hear
MSNBC
Aug 27, 2012 10:00pm PDT
miraculously rejuvenated his career by raising big bucks for george w. bush becoming the u.s. attorney. here it is. republicans all want chris christy to get in. this guy is passing up his one gold nl opportunity to have the governor's office. he calculated that he'd get a better chance in 2009. and that's what happened. >> thank you both for joining me tonight. >> thanks, lawrence. >>> coming up, mitt romney gets asked the big question. why, if you knew you were running for president did you continue to stash money overseas. that's coming up. and, later, if you thought todd aikens said the craziest thing about last week, here's another crazy thing that another republican had to say. and paul ryan agrees with both of these on policy. that's in the re-write. [ gnome ] enjoying your holiday? ooo no. the hotel lost our reservation. nonsense! you book at travelocity, your reservation's guaranteed. well, i did not book with travelocity, okay?!? [ female announcer ] get the travelocity guarantee any way you book, including our new app. you'll never roam alone. is now in our new starbucks ref
CNN
Aug 30, 2012 4:00pm PDT
my grandfather. these are moments where you really miss him a lot. >> as you know george romney, mitt romney's father, ran for the presidency, didn't work out for him. we'll find out what happens when mitt romney gives his speech later tonight. back to you, wolf. >> looking forward to that obviously. jim acosta's on the floor for us. to the sky box. anderson has made his way up there. you got a bird's-eye view from up there. >> it's one of the great views in this hall. with cnn chief national correspondent john king, chief political analyst gloria borger and political analyst, former presidential adviser david bergen. also republican strategist alex castellanos, democratic strategist donna brazile. let's talk about what mitt romney needs to do tonight. what are you expecting? what does he need to do for america at large? >> i talked to a senior romney adviser who said very simply he needs to convince people he cares about them, he understands their problems. if you look at all the polls, there's a 14 point differential between barack obama and mitt romney on this. and what he said to
CNN
Aug 30, 2012 4:00am EDT
president. that's what these guys are trying to do. are they doing it right? bill clinton and george bush both served two terms. >> i would rather see him accomplish likability tomorrow night than establish himself as somebody that people say could turn this thing around. and usually the favorables in the end are going to line up with the vote. i think that romney's challenge tomorrow night is to say, you know what? this guy has it in him to do this. this i think that is it. a nice set-up, the elevator music and that kind of stuff. your wife endorses you, your mother endorses you. in the tend doesn't really count for a lot. >> we heard, it was subtle from paul ryan. more direct from mike huckabee the former governor earlier in the night, about mitt romney's religion. paul ryan said we go to different churches but we share the same moral creed. mike huckabee directly addressed it. he said some evangelicals might have questions about mitt romney. he didn't use the word mormon but he said his faith. took it smart head on. smart? >> it was what he could say. when you look at how mitt rom
CBS
Aug 28, 2012 10:00pm EDT
speech until george bush ran for president. ynn romney has come to be a very good advocate. she's very good, and i think this convention expects a really good speech from her tonight. >> pelley: i had a chance to speak with her in michigan a couple of days ago and she told us she has done a lot of public speaking and has always written the speech itself and never used a teleprompter but the party insisted on having a speechwriter and insisted on her using a teleprompter because they want to keep her to time. they want to make sure this is time managed portfolio another thing that came out in the cbs news poem is that the race for president is still essentially tied. president obama was ahead by 46%, and romney had 45%. now, at this moment, we have ann romney walking out on the stage, to the expected tumultuous applause. ( applause ) norah o'donnell, how does it look down there from the edge of the podium? >> reporter: there are 4,400 delegates from across the country all of them on their feet to greet ann romney, the wife of mitt romney, the man they nominated today. this, of course, k
MSNBC
Jul 21, 2016 2:00pm PDT
thing was awkward. everybody is going oh, boy. then george h.w. bush gave the speech of his life. no taxes. problems later. but one speech can change an entire convention. >> not as much as it used to. conventions and one-time when candidates come to make their case, but times have changed. now we have dozens and candidates live on our phones, ipads. we know it is very important. and tomorrow, the next day, when he tweets at 4:00 in the morning. it is not as big a deal as it used to be. >> i don't know if i agree with that. there are are very few moments in general election campaign and this is the primary one for candidate to set the narrative for how he is going to govern and how he will run his fall campaign. it is very important for donald trump to pivot to the general election. ta true to the election he has that got him here. to say to the people who are so angry and are looking for answers, precisely how he makes life better and does it in a way that brings people to the party. >> larry, your hero ronald reagan, always add smile on his face, always the optimist. perhaps so
NBC
Aug 30, 2012 10:00pm EDT
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WETA
Aug 29, 2012 12:30am EDT
remarkable couple. but it take me back to the 1988 convention of george herbert walker bush was nominated. they talked about a gesture. you're going to see a kinder gentler mitt romney tonight. people in the hall do not have a sense of who he is. that's her job. >> the points for the delegates when you talk to them have been we're not warm and fuzzy, we just get the job done. they're not trying to oversell the kind her and gentler warm and fuzzy. >> ifill: we don't have to like you to elect you. >> as romney said in the interview you may not love me but i'll help the bottom line. >> ifill: it's the subject of a lot of conversation here and that is how much does mitt romney need to warm himself up, need to make himself more likeable to american voters. and is it enough or is it enough just to say hey i'm the guy who can get the job done, i'm the guy who can go and create jobs we were just talk big in that last segment. >> 20 on 4 john kerry won all three degates against george w. bush and he won re-election. peter hart, the democrat pollster contradicted by republicans either. made the ana
CNN
Aug 31, 2012 1:00am PDT
where he is. drag him back to do that routine again. >> i have an idea. i suspect george clooney has been watching thinking, clint, you just blew it, i'm going to win the political oscar next week in charlotte. penn, tragically, we've run out of time. thank you all for a great panel, as always. i'll be back at our regular time tonight night on a special "piers morgan tonight." all the highlights from tampa, candid conversations with chris
CNN
Aug 30, 2012 10:00pm PDT
idea. i suspect george clooney has been watching thinking, clinlt, you just blew it, i'm going to win the political oscar next week in charlotte. penn, tragically, we've run out of time. thank you all for a great panel, as always. i'll be back at our regular time tonight night on a special "piers morgan tonight ". candid conversatio with chris christie and condoleezza rice. for now, from tampa, good night and god bless america. hristie a. for now, from tampa, good night and god bless america. >>> i accept your nomination for the presidency of the united states. >> this is america, a brilliant diversity, spread like stars, like a thousand points of light in a broad and peaceful sky. >> i call on every american to rise above all that may divide us. >> they had their chance. they have not led. we will. >> fight with me. fight with me. fight for what's right for our country. >> announcer: this is cnn. >> this is the night mitt romney's been working toward for years. >> it certainly is, the republican national convention is about to declare him the party's nominee for president. >> mit
Current
Aug 27, 2012 4:00pm PDT
this century under george bush. i would be curious richard from your perspective. i know mitt romney has a 59-point plan, but so much in there is similar to what president bush had as part of his plan. i think that's where he'll fall in trouble. if everybody sees us going backwards, that's not going to be the ticket to success. >> eliot: let me ask that a slightly different way. when mitt romney embraces paul ryan when mitt romney embraces george w. bush, i do not think that mitt romney is speaking to 50% of the american public. i think he's speaking to 30% maybe the tea party. how is he going to persuade suppose voters in florida who are worried about medicare that mitt romney is the guy to vote for. >> i think it's clear that the republican brand and mitt romney's unique brand within that republican idea is really about smaller government. it's not saying that we shouldn't have any government. it's saying we should have smaller government. we can't afford the government we currently have. we can't afford to make promises to people and not be able to fulfill those promises. having a
NBC
Aug 28, 2012 7:00pm PDT
future father-in-law, george romney. mitt's dad never graduated from college. instead he became a carpenter. he worked hard, he became the head of a car company and then the governor of michigan. when mitt and i met and fell in love, we were determined not to let anything stand in the way of our life together. i was an e-episcopalian, he was a mormon. we were very young, both still in college. there were many reasons to delay marriage. and we just didn't care. we got married and moved in to basement apartment. we walked to class together, shared the housekeeping, ate a lot of pasta and tuna fish. our desk was a door propped up on saw horses. our dining room table was a fold down ironing board in the kitchen. but those were the best days. then our first son came along. all at once, i'm 22 years old with a baby and a husband who is going to business school and law school at the same time and i can tell you, probably like every other girl who finds herself in a new life far from family and friends with a new baby and a new husband, that it dawned on me that i had absolutely no idea w
CNN
Aug 29, 2012 10:00pm PDT
george bush served two terms. >> i would rather see him establish. the favorables. i think that romney's challenge tomorrow night is to say this guy has it in him to do this. your wife and daughters. in the end, doesn't really count for a lot. the former about mitt romney's religion. some might have questions about mitt romney's faith and took it head on. >> coming from him it's natural and what he would say. frankly, when you look. >> to do it. to invite it they must think it was something they wanted to have done. >> i think it's for the country at large. what he has to do, it has not been done yet is to lay out and plan for the economy that will get us there. ha is what reagan did to take it away from carter.
PBS
Aug 27, 2012 5:00pm PDT
higher. that's a much higher percentage i think. george w. bush got about 55%. on the other hand, the latino vote could go 80% toward obama. so the divides along demographic lines within that poll and all the polls much sharper than anything we've seen before. >> woodruff: what does that say about our country, mark? have we seen this before where the politics was so divided so clearly among ethnic and racial lines? >> well, there was a time when the democrats won presidential elections with a solid white south, when no african-american voted up until the civil rights movement since 1964 we've seen the two parties change. the democratic party was the party of white working class voters. now the strongest constituency for republicans is none college educated whites. and the problem is they were 62% of the electorate when ronald reagan got electedded. now they're 38% of the electorate. david is right. i think you've seen overtones of racial appeal in some of the commercials in the last couple of weeks. i think they are disturbing >> woodruff: a the part of the romney campaign >> yes, on
ABC
Aug 29, 2012 7:00pm PDT
with our powerhouse team. here in the studio, george will, donna brazile and matthew dowd. >> but as we come on the air tonight, another team is fanned out for abc news across the gulf coast because tropical storm isaac is still pummeling the area. families are being plucked from roof tops. there are reports of tornadoes. and this is the seven-year anniversary of hurricane katrina, still so much on everyone's mind. abc's sam champion is in new orleans with the latest on what's happening right there. sam? >> reporter: good evening, diane. developing tonight, just terrible flooding in the state of louisiana. la plasse, louisiana, 200 people have been rescued from five feet of water. the worst flooding in five years. the fear, there may be thousands more that need evacuating. look at the pictures from evacuations from earlier today in plaquemines parish. about 100 people were rescued from that area. officials say they have gotten everybody in that region that needed their help. pictures from mississippi. louisiana not the only state to get that strong storm surge and the constant rain from
CNN
Aug 27, 2012 10:00pm PDT
. political success as well as failures. ♪ mitt was the fourth and last child for george and lenore romney, born march 12th, 1947. some recall him as the favorite. ♪ george wrote to the family in september, 1956, mitt is growing like a weed, is full of ideas and energy as ever. tom mccaffrey grew up with romney. >> mitt as a child was extremely energetic, a kid that could never sit down. his mind was going 100 miles an hour. >> george was much the same way. he's just -- he's got that energy. >> phillip maxwell lived down the street from the romneys in a wealthy detroit suburb. >> george would go out on the golf course. he had fluorescent golf balls and he would hit the ball and he would run after the ball jogging, hit the ball again, and that was his exercise. >> you mitt not only had his father's energy -- >> there seems to be a special bond between george and mitt. >> michael kranish and scott helman co-wrote the book, "the real romney." >> mitt romney idolized his father in a way he's drawn out his life, following the same footsteps in the career. >> george romney was a ceo who saved
CNN
Aug 27, 2012 7:00pm EDT
nothing of a bounce from 2004. that was in boston. george w. bush only got a couple points from his. 2000 this is perhaps appropri e appropriate, the closest election of our lifetime, george w. bush gets eight, al gore gets eight. even in the bounces right there. bob dole got 11 in 1986 but he was in the 40s. didn't make him very competitive. bill clinton won the election with 43% of the vote. why 16? you remember new york city, ross perot dropped out while clinton was accepting the nomination. in that same week, that race went up, ross perot got in. this was my first presidential campaign. michael dukakis. he left with a seven point bounce. he was plus-17 points in the immediate post convention polls. george h.w. bush got some of that back a couple weeks later. remember, the lesson, the history of bounces, yes, they matter, yes, they help. michael dukakis was up 17 points right after his atlanta convention. up 17 leaving the convention. he lost, lost big, lost 40 states. >> think it made any difference to mccain that his convention was only three days? >> the conventions are closer
MSNBC
Aug 29, 2012 4:00pm PDT
condoleezza rice to speak in primetime. after zero mentions of the name george w. bush on the convention's opening night, the former president finally appears in tampa tonight. on tape. not in person. it's night two of the republican national convention. msnbc's primetime coverage starts right now. >>> good evening. and welcome to paul ryan night in america. i'm rachel maddow here at msnbc headquarters in new york city along with ed shultz and al sharpton and chris hayes and steve schmidt who was the senior strategist for mccain/palin in 2008. lawrence o'donnell will be leading our coverage from tampa is chris matthews. mitt romney's choice of paul ryan was never a gimme, never seen as the safest choice in the world. to you tonight, chris, what would it look like tonight if that gamble is paying off and what would it look like if the gamble did not work out? >> well, that's great. that's a tough one, rachel. i think we'll see the excitement in the room reach a crescendo with ryan. i think ryan is the spirit of the republican party 2012. i think he's tea party, he's mainstream,
MSNBC
Aug 29, 2012 10:00pm PDT
thing that strikes me about it is when paul ryan and george w. bush did a major drug benefit expansion in the 2000s, they paid for it by putting it all on the deficit. they didn't pay for a dime or dollar of it. then democrats came in and said we're not going to do that anymore. they said we're going to pay for all of it. the initial house democrat proposal would have been a tax on rich people, but a lot of republicans said that's irresponsible. if you're going to do a health care reform, pay it it out of the heblth care system. so they did that, which they thought was going to get republican support. instead, republicans ran against them for cutting medicare while saying they don't have a plan to do anything about spending, and saying the act was a fiscally irresponsible plan, which goes to show the democrats did not find it easy to win for compromise or trying to compromise with what republicans said they wanted on this particular one. >> ezra, one thing on this. i mean, obviously, when people go from their previous roles into being on a national ticket, they're expected to abandon s
PBS
Aug 28, 2012 12:00am EDT
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WETA
Aug 27, 2012 8:00pm EDT
biloxi, george ohr. walberg: and i un trsndtahat it was very near completion when katrina hit? tommy mcpherson: it was almost done. they were planning to open july of 2006. the construction was almost complete on several of the buildings. we offered to go get the pottery collection and move it to mobile for safekeeping, as long as they needed. the pottery was upstairs in a municipal building in biloxi that was serving as a library on the first floor, and as the pottery museum on the second floor. if the pottery had been on the first floor, based on what we saw, it would all be broken and lost. walberg: tommy, thanks so much for telling us the story of how all of this great pottery was rescued, and we sure wish everybody in biloxi the best in the future. walberg: david, these four pots that you've put here on the table i can't wait to hear about, but i'm even more intrigued to hear the story of the mad potter of biloxi. well, it's a long story to tell. george ohr, who was born in biloxi, mississippi, in 1857, was known as the mad potter of biloxi, nd and he started producing pots arou
MSNBC
Aug 28, 2012 7:00pm EDT
from family of builders. his father built houses, bit businesses, built industry. george romney was a can do kind of guy. and he was fond of the old saying when things are at their worst, that's just the place and the time that the tide will turn. delegates, this is that time and this is that place. [ applause ] we are here to preserve this country the same way we built it. by exercising our god-given trite set a new course. so who better to turn this tide than the man who is -- has dedicated his can rear rear to doing just that, for spaolympic games? president obama, boy, i like the sound of that. president romney will keep his word and he will keep his courage, too. he will keep faith with the idea that government exists to serve the people and that people who built this economy. mitt's jobs plan will build a stronger jobs plan, schools for our kids, not the teachers unions come first. free trade, path to a balanced budget and answer to the uncertainty and tax hikes that threatens small businesses. it is a big job. so we are fortunate that mitt has chosen his running mate as a leade
MSNBC
Jul 21, 2016 3:00pm PDT
start with you. i went back and watched both george w. bush nominating speeches. what struck me was a lot of it was playing against type to a certain point. to the left, liberals who saw him as sort of an intolerant warmonger, it was about peace, large-heartedness, compassion, all these things. there's quite a faction in the 2004 speech particularly. is that the goal if you are writing this speech tonight? >> if i were writing this speech, it might be. i think there are -- he needs to humanize himself. i think some use of humor would be great in this speech, would defuse some of the tension. >> or self-dep recationself-dep. >> that's tough for him. what we are hearing from early reports is he really doubles down on his main themes. that it's a fairly dark, almost dystopian speech, and he is the answer. it's a law and order speech in which his strength is the solution. >> i think to the extent there has been a theme of this entire convention, that has been it. this painting this dystopian vision of what america is, going into very graphic detail about violent episodes from terrorists o
MSNBC
Aug 27, 2012 4:00pm PDT
1988 when george bush sr. came into the new orleans superdome and gave the speech of his life that certainly got to me. but here i am in tampa, hearing a message that troubles me as an american. it started with that joke, so-called, that the republican candidate told friday about no one having asked him about his birth certificate. here's a guy, born to a famous family, mocking a guy born with none of his advantages. had to weather the endless ethnic attack. imagine the president of the united states having to produce his papers, just to prove he's in office legitimately, and that's how funny this birther thing has gotten. then i put it together with this new romney tv ad attacking obama for passing out welfare checks. and just to rub it in, to ensure that no one missed the point, did you catch romney following it up by saying, this was obama's effort to excite and shore up his base, passing out welfare checks. his base. i've lived through other politicians talking like this. it's not been good for america in the past, it's not going to be good now. welfare queens, young bucks buyi
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