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August 30, 2012
The Sun's lamentation over "not knowing" Mitt Romney is hard to swallow given that no one knew anything about then-Sen. Barack Obama either when he was running for president in 2008 ("Who is Mitt Romney?" Aug. 28). In fact, almost four years later we still know more about Mr. Romney's platform and personal issues than we do about Mr. Obama's. When, if ever, will The Sun proffer the news and opinion in a fair and equitable manner? I won't hold my breath! Gail Householder, Marriottsville
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Robert L. Ehrlich Jr | September 14, 2014
Dear Diary: Looks as though our folks must finally come clean on Benghazi. In my defense, the attack on our consulate occurred in the middle of my re-election campaign. Mitt Romney and the Republicans were banging me pretty good about foreign policy failures - particularly our new "leading from behind" strategy in dealing with the world's trouble spots. They seemed to forget I was elected on a platform to bring the boys and girls home, regardless of consequences! To make matters worse, Mr. Romney and his cowboy allies were alleging a retreat in the war on terror … er, our "overseas contingency operations.
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NEWS
August 15, 2011
At the Republican debate in Iowa, presidential contender Mitt Romney answered a question from the audience about corporate profits by saying: "Corporations are people, my friend. Everything corporations earn ultimately goes to the people. Where do you think it goes?" No wonder the man was heckled. The question is not whether those profits go to people, but how many people they go to, and how much each person in the corporation gets. In the world Mitt Romney does not inhabit, people at the lowest rungs of the ladder toil for a pittance, with one person doing the job of two or three, no pay raises or adjustments for inflation, and always threatened with the ax in full knowledge that they are expendable and can be replaced by cheaper workers somewhere else.
NEWS
By Jules Witcover | September 8, 2014
As the crystal ball on the 2016 Republican presidential nomination remains cloudy, two-time loser Mitt Romney appears willing at least to entertain the possibility of trying a third time. In addition to occasional comments on matters he knows a lot about, including setting up a health care insurance plan (in Massachusetts) and how to create jobs as well as personal wealth, Mr. Romney has now put on a hat as a defense and foreign policy expert. It's a weapon in his arsenal that he conspicuously lacked in 2012, when he made a mid-campaign trip to Europe and succeeded chiefly ruffling local feathers in Britain, Israel and Poland.
NEWS
By Robert B. Reich | October 24, 2012
We're closing in on Election Day, but the questions about what Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan would do if elected are only growing larger. Rarely before in American history has a presidential ticket campaigned on such a blank slate. Yet, paradoxically, not a day goes by that we don't hear Mr. Romney, Mr. Ryan or some other exponent of the GOP claim that businesses aren't creating more jobs because they're uncertain about the future. And the source of that uncertainty, they say, is President Barack Obama -- especially his Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)
TRAVEL
By Michelle Deal-Zimmerman and The Baltimore Sun | November 7, 2011
So are candidates flying coach on a commercial flight fair game for fellow passengers? Over the weekend, The New York Times reported that a Florida woman sat next to GOP candidate Mitt Romney on a two-hour Delta flight from Jacksonville, Fla. to Boston and found him aloof. She reported that he seemed uninterested in engaging in chitchat with her or any of the other passengers, although he did take a photo with at least one of them. The woman said Romney spent most of the flight reading a newspaper and working on an iPad - with headphones on, of course.
NEWS
By David Horsey | July 24, 2012
Mitt Romney's income tax returns may contain some surprises that he does not want the world to know about, but they are hardly his only secrets. His biggest secret, the question he has not answered through the entire campaign, the one that bothers conservatives even more than it irks liberals, is this: Does he believe in anything besides Mormonism and money? He won in the Republican primaries because he did not hesitate to do whatever it took to destroy his opponents. Now, his campaign aides are saying, off the record, there is no limit to what they will do to beat Barack Obama.
NEWS
January 26, 2012
Despite the fact that Mitt Romney ranks among the top 1 percent of richest Americans, the bottom line is that he is one of the 8.5 percent of unemployed Americans (as he had no earned income in 2010, according to his tax return). To his credit, he is actively seeking employment (President, U.S.), and taking extraordinary actions to become a wage earner. Throughout this time of hardship, he has not made a single plea for a government handout, only handouts (campaign contributions)
NEWS
October 24, 2012
During Monday's presidential debate we witnessed yet another incarnation of the ever-changing Mitt Romney ("Candidates trade foreign policy jabs," Oct. 23). This time it was a bellicose candidate, ready to take us into another war in the Middle East, imitating his Republican predecessor who foolishly dragged us into two tragic adventures. And we again received lots of well-rehearsed platitudes and talking points with little evidence that there exists any real plan or strategy behind them.
NEWS
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
NEWS
By Jules Witcover | June 30, 2014
The alleged "raid" on the Republican senatorial primary in Mississippi, wherein black Democratic voters were said to have crossed over to vote for longtime incumbent Thad Cochran, has outraged his tea-party challengers. It sounds like a version of the old Dixie lament that "those people" should stay with their own kind. The real culprit is the Magnolia State itself, for holding an open primary law that allows voters to participate in a runoff regardless of party. And it's another reminder of the basic Republican problem of being branded as hostile or just unaccommodating to minority voters and their interests.
NEWS
By Doug Donovan, The Baltimore Sun | June 7, 2014
Most political endorsements touted by candidates typically elicit yawns. Until they garner gasps. Del. Jon Cardin, a Democratic candidate for Maryland attorney general, rejected an impromptu endorsement he landed last week from a rapper with a rap sheet. At a fundraiser, Cardin posed for a photo with Ski Money — aka Lawrence S. Christian — without knowing of the 37-year-old's criminal record. The rapper posted the photo to Instagram and Twitter with a note encouraging his followers to vote for Cardin.
NEWS
May 19, 2014
In asserting that the GOP "swift-boated" John Kerry in 2004 and Hilary Clinton in 2014, as if these two candidates deserved praise rather than condemnation, The Sun is either employing selective memory or it's trying to "swift-boat" it's readers once again ("Anatomy of a smear," May 14). Your editorial was careful to note that this is not a strategy unique to the GOP. But you deliberately fail to mention the abhorrent "swift-boating" of George W. Bush and Mitt Romney. I'm sure that was just an oversight!
NEWS
May 16, 2014
I don't agree with what Karl Rove, a Republican strategist, said about Hillary Clinton ("Anatomy of a smear," May 15). But what the Democrats did to Sarah Palin and Mitt Romney was just as bad. (The suggestion that Mr. Romney single-handedly caused a women who worked for him to die of cancer is one example.) How about some equal opportunity editorializing on the lying by the current administration about the Affordable Care Act, Benghazi, "Fast and Furious," the IRS scandal, etc.?
NEWS
By Jules Witcover | April 28, 2014
Probably no single episode did more to assure President Obama's 2012 re-election than that supposedly private fundraising lunch at which Mitt Romney famously declared that "47 percent of Americans" would never vote for him. The remark, unexpectedly captured on video, spread swiftly over the Internet and the airwaves, marking the hapless Mr. Romney in his own words as an elitist icon of the rich, unable or unwilling to comprehend how the other half...
NEWS
By Jules Witcover | April 7, 2014
Forty years ago, Congress enacted sweeping limits on political campaign spending in the wake of a shocking disclosure that one man - Chicago insurance executive W. Clement Stone - had given more than $3 million for the 1972 reelection of President Richard M. Nixon. The amount seemed outlandish then, in a campaign in which Nixon waltzed to victory over his Democratic opponent, Sen. George McGovern, winning 49 states and losing only Massachusetts and the District of Columbia. It was an easily predictable drubbing.
BUSINESS
Jay Hancock | January 10, 2012
Republicans and Democrats are attacking Romney for his remark: "I like being able to fire people who provide services to me. " It fits in wtih the idea (I refuse to call it a meme) that Romney is an economic predator, a ruthless levergaed buyout artist who raided companies for cash and laid off the workers. That he may be.  But it's obvious that what he's talking about isn't firing corporate employees but rather companies that provide goods and services to consumers. He's talking aboiut consumer sovereignty and consumer choice, which nobody should be against.
NEWS
March 8, 2014
Remember when former GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney said that Russia was our number one "geopolitical foe" in the world, and that it was bent on expanding its dominance? He was mocked by President Obama and MSNBC. But now it looks like he was right on the money. Benedict Frederick Jr., Pasadena - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | January 27, 2014
Documentaries were supposed to be a dying genre -- and living proof that we were becoming dumber as a nation. Reality TV is cheaper and easier to make. And who has time for lengthy, in-depth explorations of anything any more in the age of Twitter? Docs were dead, the conventional wisdom decreed, another victim of our rats-on-LSD attention spans. But everywhere you look these days, it seems as if there's another documentary premiering. And some filmmakers believe that's the result of a change in audience attitudes toward the troubled state of American life today.
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