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By JACK GERMOND & JULES WITCOVER | July 28, 1995
WASHINGTON -- It is the unfortunate fate of George Romney, the former Michigan governor and Cabinet secretary who died Wednesday at 88, that he may be best remembered for a casual television remark that brought his 1968 bid for the Republican presidential nomination crashing down, clearing the path for the eventual election of President Richard Nixon.That was Romney's offhand observation in a television interview that during a visit to Vietnam he had been "brainwashed" by American generals and diplomats, temporarily convincing him of the necessity of the U.S. war effort there, but that he had since changed his mind.
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By Jules Witcover | March 15, 2013
Among the casualties of the 2012 presidential election, along with Mitt Romney, was the vanishing breed of moderate Republicans of which he once was a star, until his embarrassing lurch into conservatism. Mr. Romney first failed to win the GOP nomination in 2008 as a moderate governor of heavily Democratic Massachusetts. Four years later, he shed the middle-road path followed by his late father, George Romney, who won three terms as governor of Michigan but failed to win the Republican presidential nomination in 1968.
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By David Horsey | October 2, 2012
It was a clear sign the campaign has gone on too long when I had a dream about Mitt Romney a couple of nights ago. Other than the fact that the Romney summoned from my unconscious was sitting at a breakfast table with me and was willingly answering questions, the dream was pretty realistic. The candidate was dressed in his ubiquitous Brooks Brothers checked shirt and relaxed-fit jeans. He seemed relaxed, too. But when I asked him a softball question about the personal strains of campaigning, he answered with a generic policy statement.
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By Jules Witcover | November 20, 2012
Defeated presidential nominee Mitt Romney, who helped do himself in with his closed-door characterization of nearly half of all Americans as content to live off federal handouts, wasted no time doubling down on the theory. He did so in a conference call with donors saying President Barack Obama won re-election essentially by bestowing "gifts" to minority voters, the young and women through his policies and campaign promises. Mr. Romney cited the extended benefits of the Affordable Care Act, free contraceptives and forgiveness of interest on college loans essentially as bribes that helped put Mr. Obama over the top. That is how he explained the overwhelming support these voters gave the president, including more than 70 percent among Hispanic and Asians and 94 percent from fellow blacks.
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September 7, 2012
It's not a sin to be rich, but how you got that way may make it so. Mitt Romney will not share his tax returns from the last 10 years even though his dad, Michigan Gov. George Romney, did when he was running for president. Is Mitt hiding something? Why not tell us if he has offshore accounts? How can someone wish to lead this country when he won't open his tax returns to prove he hasn't done anything questionable? If someone who avoids paying taxes on offshore accounts, rather then pay his fair share, wants to be president he should be honest with us about it. Lois Raimondi Munchel, Forest Hill
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By Roberto Loiederman | January 4, 2012
In an effort to drum up interest in his presidential bid for the 1968 elections, Michigan's governor, George Romney - Mitt Romney's father - went into the belly of the beast. During the summer of 1967, the elder Romney gave a stump speech in San Francisco's Golden Gate panhandle, a couple of blocks from Haight and Ashbury, the epicenter of hippiedom. I was there the day that several buses pulled up at the panhandle and disgorged George Romney, his entourage and reporters. No vote-getting reason could possibly justify Romney's being there, in front of this group of people, most of whom had probably never voted.
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By THEO LIPPMAN JR | October 3, 1994
SEN. TED KENNEDY of all people is demagoging the religious issue against his opponent in the Senate race in Massachusetts.Sadly ironic, considering that his name is associated with taking on and de-fusing the religious issue in American politics.That was in 1960 when his brother John ran for president. No Catholic had ever been elected president. JFK challenged the prejudiced to consider him as a "the Democratic Party's candidate for president who happens also to be a Catholic."Now Ted Kennedy, who won his brother's Senate seat in 1962 and has been there ever since, is being challenged by Mitt Romney, a Massachusetts businessman and the Republican candidate for the Senate who happens also to be a Mormon.
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August 8, 2012
In his effort to be chosen as Sen. John McCain's running mate in the 2008 presidential election, Mitt Romney submitted 23 years of his tax returns to the McCain campaign - after which the senator and his staff rejected Mr. Romney and picked Sarah Palin instead. That decision ought to tell the American people something about Senator McCain's opinion of Mr. Romney as a potential president, about the contents of Mr. Romney's tax returns, or both. The minimum requirement for anyone asking Americans to give them the authority and responsibility of the world's most powerful position is to be completely open about their careers, their policies and their financial interests.
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By Jules Witcover | November 12, 2012
As if Mitt Romney's defeat weren't a cross enough to bear, the kind of campaign he ran could make him uniquely a man on the outside of his party looking in. His chameleon-like shades of Republicanism - he presented himself as "severely conservative" during the GOP primaries to appeal to the party base but then moved toward the center as Moderate Mitt from Massachusetts to woo independents - could make him a pariah in both circles from now on....
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By Jules Witcover | September 21, 2012
Every political candidate commits a gaffe from time to time. It becomes a major cause for concern when a pattern sets in that creates a negative image with voters. That's what is happening with Mitt Romney right now in the wake of his hapless remarks at a fundraising event characterizing 47 percent of the American public as "dependent on government" and self-styled "victims. " This disquisition on nearly half of our citizenry dovetails conspicuously with Mr. Romney's cartoon image as a rich businessman who has little idea of how that other half manages to survive.
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By Jules Witcover | November 12, 2012
As if Mitt Romney's defeat weren't a cross enough to bear, the kind of campaign he ran could make him uniquely a man on the outside of his party looking in. His chameleon-like shades of Republicanism - he presented himself as "severely conservative" during the GOP primaries to appeal to the party base but then moved toward the center as Moderate Mitt from Massachusetts to woo independents - could make him a pariah in both circles from now on....
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By David Horsey | October 2, 2012
It was a clear sign the campaign has gone on too long when I had a dream about Mitt Romney a couple of nights ago. Other than the fact that the Romney summoned from my unconscious was sitting at a breakfast table with me and was willingly answering questions, the dream was pretty realistic. The candidate was dressed in his ubiquitous Brooks Brothers checked shirt and relaxed-fit jeans. He seemed relaxed, too. But when I asked him a softball question about the personal strains of campaigning, he answered with a generic policy statement.
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By Jules Witcover | September 21, 2012
Every political candidate commits a gaffe from time to time. It becomes a major cause for concern when a pattern sets in that creates a negative image with voters. That's what is happening with Mitt Romney right now in the wake of his hapless remarks at a fundraising event characterizing 47 percent of the American public as "dependent on government" and self-styled "victims. " This disquisition on nearly half of our citizenry dovetails conspicuously with Mr. Romney's cartoon image as a rich businessman who has little idea of how that other half manages to survive.
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September 7, 2012
It's not a sin to be rich, but how you got that way may make it so. Mitt Romney will not share his tax returns from the last 10 years even though his dad, Michigan Gov. George Romney, did when he was running for president. Is Mitt hiding something? Why not tell us if he has offshore accounts? How can someone wish to lead this country when he won't open his tax returns to prove he hasn't done anything questionable? If someone who avoids paying taxes on offshore accounts, rather then pay his fair share, wants to be president he should be honest with us about it. Lois Raimondi Munchel, Forest Hill
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August 8, 2012
In his effort to be chosen as Sen. John McCain's running mate in the 2008 presidential election, Mitt Romney submitted 23 years of his tax returns to the McCain campaign - after which the senator and his staff rejected Mr. Romney and picked Sarah Palin instead. That decision ought to tell the American people something about Senator McCain's opinion of Mr. Romney as a potential president, about the contents of Mr. Romney's tax returns, or both. The minimum requirement for anyone asking Americans to give them the authority and responsibility of the world's most powerful position is to be completely open about their careers, their policies and their financial interests.
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By Jules Witcover | August 6, 2012
In the expanding political universe of anonymous allegations and nonresponsive responses, the latest exchange between Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and prospective Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney takes the cake. At issue is Mr. Romney's refusal to release more than two years of past income tax returns. Democrats have chided him by noting that his father, the late Michigan Gov. George Romney, made 12 years of his returns public in his failed bid for the 1968 Republican nomination.
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By Jules Witcover | July 6, 2012
Poor Mitt Romney. Even when he is handed the football with a clear path to the goal line, he seems almost unable not to fumble it along the way. In his majority opinion ruling the Affordable Care Act consitututional, Supreme Court Justice John G. Roberts Jr. surprisingly said the law's mandate was a tax and therefore within Congress' revenue-raising power. In doing so, he presented Mr. Romney a prime argument for accusing President Barack Obama of heaping more billions of dollars in taxes on the middle class.
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By Jules Witcover | July 9, 2012
After a few shaky weeks, the Romney kibitzers are calling for a big staff shakeup, apparently on the assumption that his footsoldiers have been responsible for the bumps in his campaign trail. Fingered particularly is his longtime Boston aide and spokesman, Eric Fehrnstrom. It was he who not unreasonably said the mandate contained in the Obama health care law was a penalty rather than a tax, as the Supreme Court had so recently divined. Apparently, all he was doing was reiterating what Mitt Romney himself as governor had said about his similar plan in Massachusetts - that it was a "penalty.
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July 18, 2012
Mitt Romney, release those tax returns. In crisis management, most experienced campaign consultants will tell you, the best thing to do when the proverbial manure hits the rotating blades, is to come clean: Tell the public everything you know, sit down with reporters until they run out of questions, and put all details out on the table in some exhaustive way. Whether it's the Tylenol tampering incidents or Bill Clinton's Gennifer Flowers scandal,...
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By Jules Witcover | July 9, 2012
After a few shaky weeks, the Romney kibitzers are calling for a big staff shakeup, apparently on the assumption that his footsoldiers have been responsible for the bumps in his campaign trail. Fingered particularly is his longtime Boston aide and spokesman, Eric Fehrnstrom. It was he who not unreasonably said the mandate contained in the Obama health care law was a penalty rather than a tax, as the Supreme Court had so recently divined. Apparently, all he was doing was reiterating what Mitt Romney himself as governor had said about his similar plan in Massachusetts - that it was a "penalty.
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