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By Jules Witcover | April 27, 2012
As Mitt Romneycontinued to build his delegate count for the Republican presidential nomination Tuesday night with five more primary victories, his new campaign slogan proclaimed: "A better America begins tonight. " The message seemed to announce that the November election was all over but the shouting, although he has yet to be nominated by a party still demonstrably cool to him, let alone anointed by the American voters as their next president. Actually, all that was beginning that night in Mr. Romney's upbeat speech in Manchester, N.H., the site of his first 2012 primary success, was the dead period that lies ahead until the Republican convention officially designates him, as matters now stand, as the GOP nominee.
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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.
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October 8, 2012
I was disappointed by Wednesday's presidential debate ("Battle is joined over jobs, taxes," Oct. 4). Something happened to make President Obama shut down. Maybe it was the anniversary comment. The debate reminded me of Aesop's "The Tortoise and the Hare. " In all the fanfare over who said what about how to fix the economy - should it be from the middle class up or from the 1 percent down? - the bottom line is clear: Romney portrayed the hare in his bragging, boisterous performance.
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By Leonard Pitts Jr and By Leonard Pitts Jr | July 31, 2014
Cover your eyes and hide the kids: A Republican is talking poverty. This has not been a pretty picture in the recent past. Who can forget then-South Carolina Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer likening poor people to animals one feeds from the back door and Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning calling them stray raccoons? And let's not even get into Mitt Romney's wholesale slander of the so-called "47 percent. " So one receives with a certain trepidation the news that Romney's running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan, has issued a proposal aimed at curbing poverty.
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October 18, 2012
While The Sun has ably covered the upcoming election, I feel you should better highlight some important context. Four years ago, America faced its greatest economic crisis in generations. Employment was plummeting, and a second Great Depression appeared possible. Since taking office, President Barack Obama has worked tirelessly to stabilize the economy and rebuild America's middle-class. This hasn't always been easy, but we are moving in the right direction. We now have steady job growth, and recovery is underway.
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By Jules Witcover | January 17, 2012
While Mitt Romney continues to depend on the notion that he is the Republican best equipped to beat President Barack Obama in November, another question of perception hovers over him. Do voters like the guy? It's a question that clings to him as he struggles against his natural reserve and buttoned-down style, which no number of tie-less appearances can change and turn him into one of the boys. He reminds one of the old gag about the fastidious Spiro Agnew -- that his wife would roll him out each morning on a skateboard, with every hair in place.
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By Jules Witcover | April 10, 2012
With Mitt Romney now confident enough of the Republican nomination that he can turn his focus against President Barack Obama, the guessing game on selection of a running mate is already in full swing. It's a matter that warrants more serious consideration than determining who will give him the best chance of being elected in November. All presidential nominees pay lip service to the ideal of choosing the individual who is best qualified to assume the presidency if fate were to so dictate.
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July 18, 2012
Although Mitt Romney is demanding an apology from the Obama campaign for spreading "lies" about him, it would seem that he should be the one apologizing. If he was still chairman, CEO, and president of Bain Capital from 1999 to 2002, as his own filings with the SEC indicate, then he is the one lying about leaving the company in 1999, not President Obama. If Mr. Romney is telling the truth about when he left the company, then he was lying to the SEC. And that is a felony for which he could face jail time in addition to owing an apology to the American people.
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By Robert B. Reich | September 26, 2012
Can Mitt Romney possibly recover? Pundits and pollsters are beginning to doubt it. A survey conducted between Sept. 12 and Sept. 16 by the Pew Research Center -- before the "47 percent of Americans are victims" video came to light -- showed President Barack Obama ahead of Mr. Romney 51 percent to 43 percent among likely voters. That's the biggest margin in the September survey prior to a presidential election since Bill Clinton led Bob Dole, 50 percent to 38 percent, in 1996. And, remember, this poll was done before America watched Mr. Romney belittle almost half the nation.
NEWS
September 21, 2012
As an 85-year-old widowed senior, the current political scene is deeply disturbing to me. Why do the candidates have to make such nasty, personal remarks about each other? Where is the respect candidates once had for each other? There was a time when rivals could have different opinions without the disrespect shown today. I respect both candidates as individuals, but I differ on my opinion of each. I agree with the Republicans that there are too many entitlements, but just doing away with all of them would be to put Romney's "47 percent" of the population in real jeopardy.
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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.
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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.
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By Cal Thomas | September 12, 2013
"One does not sharpen the axes after the right time; after the time they are needed. " - Russian Proverb The late Ukrainian violinist Mischa Elman is considered one of the greatest of all time, but he has nothing on Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has played the Obama administration better than any musician. Washington is astounded at what happened over two days this week on the Syria front. First, there was a supposed faux pas on Monday in London by Secretary of State John Kerry, who said the only way Syria could avoid a military strike was to give up its chemical weapons.
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By Jules Witcover | March 8, 2013
After three months of licking the wounds of his defeat, Mitt Romney surfaced this week on Fox News with a somewhat unexpected rationale for his disappointing election outcome. What cost him the White House, he seemed to say, was what he loved to call and still calls "Obamacare. " Throughout the campaign, Mr. Romney hammered away at President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act. He depicted it as a hugely unpopular power grab that he would "repeal and replace" when he got to the Oval Office, with the grateful relief and support of the American public.
NEWS
February 1, 2013
The column about a theoretical Mitt Romney presidency by Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. contains two serious flaws ("What if? Life under President Romney," Jan. 27). First, Mr. Ehrlich writes "... there would be a fiscal plan to cut $4 trillion of federal spending over the next four years. " In fact, not only did Mr. Romney never present any plan to help balance the budget, he proposed increasing the already bloated defense budget by $2 trillion over the next 10 years. Second, Mr. Romney's foreign policy was a disaster waiting to happen.
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January 30, 2013
Former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. has outdone himself ("What if? Life under President Romney," Jan. 27). With his predictions of what would have transpired under President Mitt Romney, he has produced his funniest column yet. However, he seems to have omitted a few things that would have happened under the bumbling Mr. Romney. To begin with, Mr. Ehrlich failed to mention Mr. Romney's plan to turn health care planning over to Prevention Magazine which, while resulting in an increase in subscriptions, did not lower the cost of health care.
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October 10, 2012
My father has worked at the same furniture manufacturing company for over 30 years. He has worked his way up from an entry level position to the senior director of manufacturing. The company has grown and shrunk many times along the way. As projects were secured, they had the flexibility to hire up to 100 people to get the job done. This is how a business should work, right? Well, this is no longer an option. Currently, his company employs 55 people. Under the regulations of Obamacare effective in January, a heavy fine will have to be paid by companies with over 50 employees that do not provide health insurance.
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Jay Hancock | January 22, 2012
Did Mitt Romney destroy or create jobs while running Bain Capital? It's a nonsense question. Romney wasn't paid to create jobs. He was paid to create value for investors. By all accounts he did it very well, attempting and often succeeding in increasing the ratio of revenue to expenses — and thus profits — in businesses ranging from credit reports to pizza to mattresses. The better question is whether the kind of productivity and profit growth that Romney promoted and exemplifies have been good for ordinary Americans.
NEWS
January 29, 2013
Well, well, Mr. Ehrlich has a fantasy about how the economy takes off if Romney had only won ("What might have been: Life under President Romney," Jan. 27). He needn't dream of what might happen, just go back to 2001 and fast forward through eight years of history. There were even some ginormous tax cuts for the wealthy. Wow our economy must have been in the stratosphere by the end of the story, right? V. Moore, Catonsville
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Robert L. Ehrlich Jr | January 27, 2013
News flash: President Romney and congressional leaders met today to review the terms of the recently concluded fiscal cliff deal wherein the Bush tax cuts were extended by four years, the corporate income tax rate was reduced from 35 percent to 25 percent, and the capital gains tax rate for middle class taxpayers was lowered to 10 percent. The leaders returned to Washington to encouraging news from Wall Street, where the Dow Jones Industrial Average is up 800 points since the fiscal deal was announced.
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