Romney, GOP shift on vulnerable issues
April 26th, 2012
03:51 PM ET
3 years ago

Romney, GOP shift on vulnerable issues

Washington (CNN) - For Republicans and certain presidential nominee Mitt Romney, the best defense appears to be a good offense on issues and themes being pushed by President Barack Obama and Democrats.

In recent days, Romney has come out in favor of steps also advocated by Democrats to hold down interest rates for federal student loans and renew the Violence Against Women Act.

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  1. the Situation

    Mr. Flipper Floppy strikes again!

    April 26, 2012 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  2. Gurgyl

    Willard is drunk....nonsense to USA....

    April 26, 2012 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  3. SUBS 4 VOTES/Dutch Bad Newz, VA/GROVER NORQUIST IS A ENEMY OF THE STATE

    "And we will stop the unfairness of one generation passing larger and larger debts on to the next."
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    Sorry Willard! The damage has been done all thanks to the fascists regime you represent. Try this on for size you empty suit. How about coming up with your own ideas and stop pandering to voter blocks which clearly don't like you. Now your for student loan aid and support the VAWA. Answer this for me Willard. how can you be for VAWA, but have o comment on the lilly Ledbedder Act??? I give it 2-3 months tops before this flip flopper flips.

    April 26, 2012 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  4. Kevin

    This man is a complete joke just like the rest of the GOP. I guess Romney thinks we'll forget that he's for the Ryan budget that keeps the rates a 6.8% and cutts ple grants for the poor and he for the AZ anti-immagration laws and the blunt ammendment. I guess he really is try to echo-sketch his way to the white house. Pathetic, come up with your own plans idiots.

    April 26, 2012 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    Carry his water why don't you , CNN?

    "PIVOT" is a carefully chosen euphamism for what Deputy Doublethink is really doing. Flipping your positions 180 degrees in order to PANDER to independents and moderates...all while giving the right wing extremist base a big "wink wink" to let them know what you really meant was the radical right wing extremist crap you blabbered during the primary...that's not "pivoting." That's wholesale self-serving flip-floppery and pandering...smoke and mirrors LYING in an attempt to trick gullible voters for whom you have so little respect and who you believe are so stupid and uninformed that you can simply tell them whatever you think they want to hear in order to gain their vote. It's the epitome of cynical, dishonest and manipulative politics performed by a powerhungry narcissist who, by behaving in this manner, PROVES THAT HE CAN AND WILL BE BOUGHT BY THE HIGHEST BIDDER.

    April 26, 2012 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  6. The Real Tom Paine

    "And we will stop the unfairness of one generation passing larger and larger debts on to the next."
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    I wonder what his thoughts were when Reagan passed his tax cuts and sent us down the drain?

    April 26, 2012 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  7. thomas

    I want to see Mitt Romney talk to military personnel about VA benefits and the GI bill .

    I don't expect any of Mitt's five sons who avoided military service will share there life experiences .

    April 26, 2012 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  8. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I wonder if the conservatives now know that Mittens lied to them.

    April 26, 2012 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  9. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Mittens has some how managed to alienate over half of the republican party, and 60% of the voting population. Yet he seems to be happy.

    April 26, 2012 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  10. MDDon

    Does Romney believe in anything? How could anyone possible know what they are voting for.

    April 26, 2012 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  11. Nobodies Pon

    Wire republicans love liars just by the fact he is their nominee

    April 26, 2012 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  12. The Real Tom Paine

    What issue are they strong on?

    April 26, 2012 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  13. Bill

    Too little, too late GOP'ers. Romney will be hammered in the general. Then maybe you wil lpicka candidate who can win.

    April 26, 2012 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  14. Romney is not My Hero

    Yep, Pander the Flip Flopping Robot and his Republican't friends are making up new lies every day. They had no idea what to stand for other than "the opposite of Obama". Now they are trying to copy him. Go away losers!

    OBAMA 2012!

    April 26, 2012 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  15. Lynda/Minnesota

    "The two issues appeal to key voting blocs for Democrats - women and youths - and the attention given them by Romney signals an attempt to erode traditional Democratic bases of support."

    What attention? "Yeah, I feel you pain" isn't going to get Mitt past the first rung on the ladder of trust, TeamRomney. What an awful campaign. Absolutely awful. Makes you wonder just how badly Romney wants this election after all. I'm getting the impression it's becoming more work than he originally thought it would be (or is used to).

    April 26, 2012 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  16. Independent Voters

    Mitt Romney is the biggest lier in politics...President Obama going to win by a landslide.

    April 26, 2012 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  17. T'sah From Virginia

    ►...that's not "pivoting." That's wholesale self-serving flip-floppery and pandering...smoke and mirrors LYING in an attempt to trick gullible voters for whom you have so little respect◄

    And the sick part about it, you have "gullible voters" who believe it. From this day forward, I am not going to allow MITTens to get away with going so far-right to please a few and then attempt to roll back thinking voters forgot; he should not be able to LIE again in order to try and redeem himself!!

    Obama 2012 – The Only Trusted Way Forward!!

    April 26, 2012 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  18. gt

    esay its jobs,,,,,jobs,,,,jobs....and obama cant do it.....

    April 26, 2012 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  19. Joan

    He can "shift" on polocies all he wants, it will just add fuel to the flip-flop routine. Unfortunately for Mr. Romney, the Democrats probably have truck loads of footage of him since he was governor of Massachucettes, during the primaries and speaking now making totally opposite promises. They also have tons of footage of his Republican opponents saying some pretty choice stuff. This used to be forgotten but not now with instant communication. Gas prices are going down, the economy has stabilized better than most countries around the world, poor people will finally have health care, the Mexican border has let in far fewer imigrants, DADT was scrapped, Bin Laden was caught, the Iraq war is over, Afghanistan is winding down and the list goes on and on. So now, Mr. Romney is hoping everyone gets amnesia and will ignore his wandering policies. They are also trying to provide smoke screens with the ridiculous Pres. Obama campaigning on Government dollars claim, by trying to associate it with the GSA and Secret Service scandals (as if they didn't happen during the last administration) , by cherry picking the truth about Keystone, by criticizing how many days the President vacations and on and on. It was great today to hear the Catholic professors and students stand up to Ryan. Their hard-line policies are going to catch up with them.

    April 26, 2012 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  20. livingston

    He is like the weather around here – if you don't like it just wait a minute and it will change. So sad. The stink of desperation is strong coming off the GOP.

    April 26, 2012 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  21. Namejkane fl live from teapublican moon base no taxes, no regulation no health care, free gas.

    Romney says temperary loan interest roll back until he gets in power and adopts the Ryan plan with the rest of the Gop trash and cuts all gov aid programs for college aid,what a total loser and lier.

    April 26, 2012 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  22. Gurgyl

    Flip-Flop...flip...flip..flop...bain capital... Idiot.

    April 26, 2012 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  23. ThinkAgain

    What do GW Bush, John McCain and Mittens Robmey all have in common? Daddy issues.

    GW: The alcoholic, wayward, 18-month AWOL Viet Nam "vet" who turned to babba-stinky everything he ever touched.

    McCain: Trying to follow in the footsteps of his Admiral father and grandfather, selling himself out to the point of accepting the Shrilla from Wasilla as a running mate, after having eaten crow and kissing the ring on Jerry "agent of intolerance" Falwell's finger.

    Mittens: Wants to be POTUS so bad so he'll hop to the head of the dead Mormon men line and get his own planet has done a 180 and back again on "core" issues too numerous to count.

    The unresolved issues of each one of these GOP candidates has made them vulnerable to being used as a willing puppet to the GOP powers that be, saying and doing anything and everything they are told in their warped efforts to please.

    Eisenhower, Goldwater, heck, even Nixon, are rolling in their graves over what has happened to their party.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    April 26, 2012 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  24. Marie MD

    The flip flopper flipping again. Nothing new to see here.
    Are you really this stupid? "We will stop the unfairness of government workers getting better pay and benefits than the very taxpayers they serve," the former Massachusetts governor said. "And we will stop the unfairness of one generation passing larger and larger debts on to the next."
    Way to tick off government workers. As if you really know what it is to go without. Unfairness? Unfair was you taking jobs from American workers to make money overseas. As a matter of fact unfairness is not the word that comes to mind but CNN won't let me tell you what I really think about you and "fairness".

    April 26, 2012 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |