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

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. Mark

    "Trickle down Economics" is now "Trickle Up and out of the Country Economics" as the rich get richer and American jobs are outsourced. Romney knows this but turns a blind eye to it. Romney accepts high unemployment as a reality in a Global economy because it is more profitable for business. But Globalism's effects on the Nation and its people must be questioned. Humanity suffers when their are not enough jobs. It is destructive to the people of a nation and a potential root cause of decay. When the rules of business in a global economy circumvent national needs, then changes are needed. Outsourced jobs are not being replaced as Republicans and business people say they will be. Every country needs jobs, and jobs for your nation come first. Jobs are more important than the economy. In an environment of Outsourcing, Economy and Jobs are not the same. Romney knows this and that is why he says the Economy is the most important. He won't produce jobs

    March 21, 2012 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  2. GROVER NORQUIST IS A ENEMY OF THE STATE

    Romney couldn't seal the deal if he had a Zip-Loc bag. What qualifies Willard to be a fiscal conservative and a job creator? Last I checked, when he was governor of Massachusetts, they were 47/50 in job creation.

    March 21, 2012 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  3. diridi

    He will be the front-runner, but never win with Obama, because he is stupid and Flip-Flopper. Bain-Capital, Private Equity Capitalist, and Vulture Capitalist. Ships jobs to China. Bans your social security, and medicare....nonsense. More so, South would not vote for this China guy...youtube when mitt romney came to town...also watch the road we have traveled....Obama2012.
    PS: Yes, Economy is getting lot better....true.

    March 21, 2012 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  4. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    To Mittens, 'freedom' means there are no regulations so the rich can launder money, evade taxes, bail out big banks and wall street, eliminate social safety nets, give huge tax breaks to the wealthy, and expect the poor and middle class to pay for his ineptness.

    March 21, 2012 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  5. 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.

    March 21, 2012 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  6. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I think Mittens intentions are to steal the deal, not seal it. $100,000 spent so far per delegate, and it is only the beginning for the rich elitist.

    March 21, 2012 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  7. Larry L

    Funny that an endorsement from another Bush would mean anything to anybody. His brother's inept handling of our government's executive branch cost us thousands of American lives and trashed our economy. We don't even consider the hundreds of thousands of civilian lives lost in "Daddy's little boy's" adventure in Iraq. He managed to attack one of the few conutries in the region NOT associated with 9/11 – genius! It seems increasing spending, reducing income from taxes, starting two wars, and getting in bed with defense contractors is bad for our country! Who knew?

    In a just world "W", Cheney and Rumsfeld would be sharing a cell after their war crimes trial. I'd think we'd have had enough of HW's spawn...

    March 21, 2012 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  8. rightytighty

    Doesn't matter, the collaberating news networks will decide our next president with their unethical coverage.., again.

    March 21, 2012 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  9. Rudy NYC

    Republicans have had a non-stop run of controversial primary results during this campaign. One of the biggest issues yet to be fought has been the awarding of all of the FL and AZ delegates to Mitt Romney. The RNC rules set at the 2008 conventions clearly state that any primary conducted prior to April 1 shall award delegates proportionately, not winner take all, which is what they did in both FL and AZ.

    March 21, 2012 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  10. Al-NY,NY

    oh boy....another BIG endorsement. This one from Jeb. The wingnuts keep lining up behind Mittens. Next up...Mark "I'm cheating on my wife with my 'soulmate' in South America" Sanford

    March 21, 2012 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  11. Keyser Soze

    If the former Gov. Etch-a-Sketch really wants to use that Bush name for an endorsement....

    March 21, 2012 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  12. Four and The Door

    It has been a healthy nomination process with everyone from ultra conservative to libertarian and other sides of the Republican Party involved. This is part of the power of the American political process.

    But it comes down now to who can go forward and win the general election and it is clearer now than it has ever been. Republicans and Independents ( and maybe a few Democrats I expect ) will rally around Mitt Romney. He brings the strongest set of capabilities and he has shown the kind of ambitious resilience to power through the difficult general election process. And he will now receive a broad base of support to carry him through.

    March 21, 2012 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  13. cali girl

    No one has to unite, they just say no thank you.

    March 21, 2012 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  14. Woman In California

    It's time for Willard to PRODUCE his long form birth certificate. NOW.

    March 21, 2012 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  15. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    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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    Honestly Tommie, are you still spreading these lies even after I have proven you a liar on this subject? Unemployment wa sat 4.3% for a large part of Romney's term as governor. We call that a LABOR SHORTAGE. I'll bet the failure in the Whitehouse would love to trade his job numbers for Romney's!

    Now please find something new to lie about please.

    March 21, 2012 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  16. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    It's time for Obama to come clean and disclose all of his college transcripts and papers. The American people have a right to know if they have a socialist or communist in the Whitehouse.

    March 21, 2012 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  17. Wake up people

    I agree with Wire Palladin, it's time for Mittens to steal the deal. I'm sure he will get all of the delegates from Florida and Arizona. All to put another republican idiot in office. God I hope I don't lose my new job like I did my old one under Bush. Please people, look past skin color, the President is doing a great job and it's not his fault about gas prices.

    OBAMA 2012!

    March 21, 2012 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  18. Rudy NYC

    Truth wrote:

    Unemployment wa sat 4.3% for a large part of Romney's term as governor. We call that a LABOR SHORTAGE.
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    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.

    March 21, 2012 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  19. 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.

    March 21, 2012 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  20. texan

    His campaign slogan should be -" Let them eat cake"

    March 21, 2012 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  21. The Real Tom Paine

    The figures are from the Department of Labor Statistics, truth, sorry to burst your fantasy.

    March 21, 2012 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  22. ST

    Romney can not seal the deal. If he was, he could have done it in Illinois and won all the delegates. But this was not the case. The man is so weak. Without money, he could be now back home as he did in 2008. What we can say may be is: " Romney with his mega money is trying to seal the deal but facing a heavy resistance, and don't know what will happen next, until the primaries are over"!

    March 21, 2012 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  23. Claudia, Phoenix, AZ

    JFK said "ask not what your country can do for you but what you can do for your country". I find it disturbing when Republicans say "unite" behind one person and yet they have refused to unite in helping President Obama help the American people.

    March 21, 2012 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  24. GI Joe.

    Don't worry – if it gets sealed, romney will unseal it tomorrow when he changes his mind AGAIN.

    March 21, 2012 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  25. Jharris90

    This endorsement won't mean much because at the end of the day it all about the money, media, and the economy. Jeb Bush was consider an effective governor of Florida. He is a typical Republican with no new ideas like the Democrats. This Republican continues to believe that tax cuts contribute to prosperity and growth. If they did, the U.S. wouldn't have gone into a recession and wouldn't have huge deficits. All of a sudden deficits and debt matter with a Democrat in the White House. It might help Romney in Florida, but he is a "Bush" and people don't have short term memories.

    March 21, 2012 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
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