Romney's big day marred by Etch A Sketch remark
March 21st, 2012
11:01 AM ET
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Romney's big day marred by Etch A Sketch remark

Washington (CNN) - Mitt Romney picked up a highly prized endorsement Wednesday from former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush after a convincing victory the night before in the Illinois primary but then saw a top adviser's televised comment provide new ammunition to his trailing rivals in the Republican presidential race.

Eric Fehrnstrom, Romney's senior campaign adviser, was asked in a CNN interview Wednesday morning whether the former Massachusetts governor had been forced to adopt conservative positions in the rugged race that could hurt his standing with moderates in November's general election.

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Newt Gingrich • Rick Santorum
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  1. American

    If Karl Rove, Ken Black, Daniels, etc. were not enough, Jeb appears to seal the deal that Romney is another Bush and would return to the same Neo-Con policies...

    No thank you.

    March 21, 2012 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    rightytighty wrote on page 1:

    Doesn't matter, the collaberating news networks will decide our next president with their unethical coverage.., again.
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    You know, prior to Sarah Palin giving us insightful phrases like "lame stream media", you would hear the term "democratic media" used to describe our news and entertainment sources. Palin took the latter term a little to literally, and thought it too mean liberal controlled. It doesn't mean anything political at all. It is statement of the fact that we have a free and democratic media, as compared to a restricted and controlled media as you might have had in the old USSR.

    March 21, 2012 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  3. Seal the Deal....

    Romney talking as if Peoples' right to vote this a deal to make by interest groups....The deal is that it is not in the cards nor written in the stars that Romney will be the "Winner".............!

    March 21, 2012 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  4. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Rudy NYC - Most would call that typical or normal. A labor shortage means you lack enough qualified workers, which usually means your potential labor force is largely uneducated.
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    5% unemployment is considered full employment. 4.3% is far below that and you liars continue to portray Romney in a poor light while giving Obama a complete pass on 8.3% unemployment (much higher in several states).

    BTW, Massachusetts is one of the most educated workforces in the country. Probably more colleges and universities than busiensses.

    March 21, 2012 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  5. geg

    wonder why the oil companys,wall street,banks, industrial military complex,health insurance companys and the billionares club want this guy–because they miss bush

    March 21, 2012 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  6. Fair is Fair

    The Real Tom Paine

    1.4% increase in jobs over 4 years. That's what he achieved, according the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Much of that growth was due to the Big Dig Project, a public works project largely funded by federal dollars. It would seem as though Willard is like the rest of the GOP governors who touted their job creation records: either from Walmart-type jobs, or from the public sector when Federal funding was available.
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    Tom, take it from a resident of MA. The "big dig" was planned and started way before Mitt was in office. And while yes, it was funded in large part by federal dollars, the project – like EVERYTHING the federal government gets its hands on, was grossly mismanaged, was years late in completion, and over budget by close to 400%. And believe me when I say this, Tom... I know people who worked on the tunnel... and they and their loved ones REFUSE to use it out of safety concerns. That's the federal government at work.

    March 21, 2012 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  7. Wake up people

    I don't know how anyone can say the media is on the Presidents side considering CNN is the only media that at least treats him fair. Most of the media is on the rethug side. I know the local media in Detroit is definitely on the rethug side.

    March 21, 2012 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  8. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    The Real Tom Paine - Truth, the figures are from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Google it yourself, if you want to. He only added 75,000 jobs in 4 years out of over 3 million people employed: I'm taking a leap of faith here by asssuming you can do the math. Their figures come to less that 1.5% It was not described as a labor shortage by the Bush Department of Labor. Get over yourself.
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    Tommie, how many lies can you post in one day? Going for a record here?

    Who cares about the number of jobs when the unemploymnet rate is far below what is considered full employment? Everybody that wants to work is working and people can move between jobs when the rate is that low. You're being deceitful and trying to misuse numbers to portray a situation that simply did not exist.

    And as you know, Mass. is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Democrat Party which means HIGH taxes and plenty of regulations. Not exactly a business friendly environment.

    March 21, 2012 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  9. Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair wrote:

    Tom, take it from a resident of MA. The "big dig" was planned and started way before Mitt was in office. And while yes, it was funded in large part by federal dollars, the project – like EVERYTHING the federal government gets its hands on, was grossly mismanaged, was years late in completion, and over budget by close to 400%. And believe me when I say this, Tom... I know people who worked on the tunnel... and they and their loved ones REFUSE to use it out of safety concerns. That's the federal government at work.
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    To be fair though, Big Dig was a fast track engineered and they found a whole lot more stuff move than what they had originally anticipated. As for the rampant, shoddy workmanship, consider what it says about the people of the area who did the work before you start ranting off about it.

    March 21, 2012 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  10. The Real Tom Paine

    Fair, I know the project was one Romney inherited, as well as the safety concerns. You actually proved my point in some respects, because the project was over budget and employed hundreds, if not thousands of people: if a huge public works project could not make an appreciable dent in employment, certainly the private sector could not either. The only jobs routinely available in the state were low-ell paying jobs: I know this because my employer at the time was based in Worcester, and my co-worker frequently commented on the lousy state of the economy. The fact remains that Romney was not able to do do anything substantive to affect the employment picture, yet attempts to make himself out to be an expert on job creation and the economy: he's not.

    March 21, 2012 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  11. Four and The Door

    geg
    wonder why the oil companys,wall street,banks, industrial military complex,health insurance companys and the billionares club want this guy–because they miss bush
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    Don't forget to mention the hundreds of thousands of small business owners. We support Mitt Romney also. He will bring the federal government back in control and doing things to actually support economic growth. For us that means survival.

    March 21, 2012 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  12. The Real Tom Paine

    I'm deceitful, truth? Please, you can't accept the fact Romney made no impact in 4 years.

    March 21, 2012 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  13. Fair is Fair

    "I don't know how anyone can say the media is on the Presidents side considering CNN is the only media that at least treats him fair. Most of the media is on the rethug side. I know the local media in Detroit is definitely on the rethug side."
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    I just yakked up half a ham sandwich reading this. Nuff said.

    March 21, 2012 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  14. Rudy NYC

    Truth wrote:

    5% unemployment is considered full employment. 4.3% is far below that and you liars continue to portray Romney in a poor light while giving Obama a complete pass on 8.3% unemployment (much higher in several states).
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    Maybe, just maybe, 'they' give Obama a 'free pass' because 'they' recognize and accept the truth and reality. Unemployment was over 8% before he had been in office two weeks. We saw over 50,000 manufacturing sites close up during the GWB administration, which cut our manufacturing workforce from 19 million to 11 million. As much as Republicans wish to deny it, ignore it or distort it, those jobs are gone and they ain't comin' back. Not anytime soon. Not until we close the loopholes that encouraged them to go in the first place.

    March 21, 2012 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  15. Fair is Fair

    "As for the rampant, shoddy workmanship, consider what it says about the people of the area who did the work before you start ranting off about it."
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    Ummmm... NO, Rudy. It says EVERYTHING about the union-supplied labor foremen who told the rank-and-file construction to cut every corner imaginable.

    March 21, 2012 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  16. Keyser Soze

    someone wrote: "Doesn't matter, the collaberating (sic) news networks will decide our next president with their unethical coverage.., again."

    Partially correct. In the fair and balanced fashion that they are, Faux Noise will give all Willard all the time. Santorum said “He’s had a 10-to-1 money advantage,” Santorum said of Romney. “He’s had all the organizational advantages. He has Fox News shilling for him every day...."

    So while Faux will try to force Willard, I'll be voting for Obama to preserve the middle class.

    March 21, 2012 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
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