November 28th, 2007
08:55 PM ET
10 years ago

Schneider: Romney scores points for farming answer

ST. PETERSBURG, Florida (CNN) - A clever answer from former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney on farming. He says we need food independence like we need energy independence - keep the farmers on the farm. His reasoning: We need to be able to compete with other countries that support their farmers.

It was a clear appeal to Iowa, Iowa, Iowa.

- CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider

Filed under: Mitt Romney
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  1. Si Finkelstein, Valley Stream, New York

    This is the first time in my life that I have made a blog, but I most certainly had to get it off my chest.
    First, I will say where I am coming from to lay the groundwork for my comments.
    I am a gentleman approaching his 78th birthday(Jan 1, 2008). I have had a pretty rough life, but I am definitely not a quitter. I served my country in the Army during the Korean War. I was introduced to alcohol and it was almost my undoing. I drank rather quite heavily for 35 years and in 1985 after taking a catscan test that my pancreas was inflammed and if I didn't stop my drinking would have about 6 months left to live. Well, being a very strong willed person, with the help of Alcoholic Anonymous was able to go "cold turkey" and kick the habit.
    I retired from the work force at the end of 1999 and started to lapse into a period of years, from 2000 to 2006 of severe bouts with depression. During this time, I was hospitalized on 4 different occasions in the Psychiatric Ward of Franklin Medical Center on Long Island. My last stay in 2006 was for 3 weeks and several days. It got so bad during that period that I didn't care if I lived or died. But fortunately for me there was a very small part of my psyche that still was undamaged. Slowly and surely with the help of medications and councelling I fought my way back and day by day am improving in the healing process. Now, before I go into politics, I found out during my stays in the hospital that I had a unique ability to see into peoples's souls and I was able to communicate with some of the more mentally impaired patients.
    Now as far as my assessment of Politicians, they speak a lot and say very little. They are great at "tap dancing" around topics. Personally, I feel that politicians are so "crooked" that when they die, they are screwed into the ground. Now, when it comes to war, it's a rational reason for a irrational act and killing other human beings is a violation of one of the Ten Commandments. That makes them all hypocrites to the nth degree. Politicians have the ability to speak out of 3 sides of their mouthes at the same time. They also make sure to take very good care of themselves when it comes to wages, retirement and benefits. So much for the Public Servants myth.
    I had a brother who is deceased and served his country bravely during World War 2, being held prisoner by the Germans for 18 months, after his plane was shot down. I'll never forget his statement when I asked him about voting for Politicians. He said that no matter who you voted for, the end result would be the same. How true he was in his judgement.
    Now, that I got it all out in the open, I will say adios. I'm glad we have free speech in this country because it would be horrible live in a country where you couldn't express your opinion.

    November 28, 2007 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  2. Tom Dedham, Mass

    "Clever" as in "evil" eh, CNN.

    Hillary could give this answer and she would be on Mt. Rushmore today.

    You already have been exposed and we are on to you.

    November 29, 2007 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |