March 22nd, 2012
10:56 AM ET
10 years ago

Romney faces 'Etch A Sketch' fallout

Washington (CNN) - Mitt Romney headed to the nation's capital Thursday to raise money for his front-running Republican presidential campaign and meet with influential conservative legislators, buoyed by recent primary wins and a key endorsement but also facing fallout from a top adviser's gaffe.

The former Massachusetts governor held talks with key Republicans including South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint and Rep. Paul Ryan, chairman of the House Budget Committee. Both men are leading conservatives who could help Romney gain support from the Republican base by backing him.


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    Since Willard likes to "fire people who provide bad service to him," then he should start with his campaign manager.

    March 22, 2012 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  2. Rudy NYC

    The fact that Romney hasn't fired that guy is a demonstration of poor judgement. Sure, Mitt Romney will be raked through the coals if he fires the guy because Mitt Romney likes "firing people" who perform services for him. But, he's being raked through some hotter coals for not addressing the issue in an assertive fashion. This is a petty crisis, and once he is fumbling and bumbling jus tlike he did with his tax returns.

    March 22, 2012 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  3. Jo

    This whole 'Etch A Sketch' discussion is pathetic. This just goes to show how desperate Rick Santorum and New Gingrich are. It also shows how idiotic the media can be.

    March 22, 2012 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  4. Alexanders

    I will say that Soledad O'braian. Is the most bias media person anyone can encounter. She has recieved some awards from the Obamas and clearly takes sides with them. She should not be commenting in politic news. CNN needs to pay more attention about that.

    March 22, 2012 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  5. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    This etch a sketch discussion shows how committed Mittens is to the people that support him. Mittens is an appeaser and has the spine of a jelly fish.

    March 22, 2012 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  6. Rudy NYC

    Jo wrote:

    This whole 'Etch A Sketch' discussion is pathetic. This just goes to show how desperate Rick Santorum and New Gingrich are. It also shows how idiotic the media can be.
    Actually, it is a most succint analogy of how Mitt Romney is perceived....within his own party. Mitt Romney is not some economic savant. He is nothing more than a salesman who sells capital, and who has made himself very rich doing so.

    March 22, 2012 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  7. Rudy NYC

    Actually, it is a most *succinct* analogy of how Mitt Romney is perceived............

    March 22, 2012 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  8. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Come on guys... Enough of this baloney. Please just stop the BS and accept reality that Romney will be the nominee. You are not helping yourself or your party with this nonsense.

    March 22, 2012 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  9. ST

    Romney recently insisted that the President should fire the energy people because of high price of fuel. Now Romney should act according to his man who has messed up in his campaign. If he doesn't, we will all know, whatever he says, he does not mean it!

    March 22, 2012 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  10. The Real Tom Paine

    With regards to the advisor: I thought Romney liked to fire people. Oh well, yet another Romney lie.

    March 22, 2012 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  11. PJ/TX

    Oh puhleeze. Surely you jest. By your 'standards' Fox News should not exist at all. Soledad is doing just fine.

    March 22, 2012 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  12. george of the jungle

    Just another repo gaff. Romney couldnt stay on issue if his life depended on it. Even his own people know this. THe more you guys scrw up and spend time on this junk the better we like it. Obama 2012

    March 22, 2012 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  13. vic , nashville ,tn

    Guest gave the stupid answer, last time Mitt Romney gave stupid answer about poor, so don’t call “most bias media”
    Good journalist always ask good questions Guest responsibility to give smart answer ( if they are smart)

    March 22, 2012 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  14. NVa Native

    The whole "etch a sketch fiasco" is the perfect example of how much of pathological liar Romomney is. He will lie and has lied about anything and everything if he thinks it will get him what he wants.
    The Democratic political ads will just play the many video clips of him lying; they don't even need to play the recent clips of Romomney contradicting himself.

    March 22, 2012 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  15. Lynda/Minnesota

    No doubt Mitt Romney wishes he could "Etch-A-Sketch" his entire campaign and hit the reset button. Waiting until the general election isn't going to do it for him. A lie is a lie is a lie. And Romney, unlike any candidate in modern history, has offered nothing BUT lies. Mitts own lies say more about Mitt Romney's character than anything his "advisers" ever could ... reset button and all.

    March 22, 2012 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  16. NVa Native

    It's not that the media is biased (like fox media) the problem is that GOP is a faux political mob of angry narrow minded people afraid of their own shadow – which is the tea-baggers. They are left with the worst Presidential candidate in our history because they have become the party of the “weak and shameless”, and as a President Romoney would be even worse than Dubya – and who would of thought that even possible?

    March 22, 2012 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  17. GonzoinHouston

    Etch-a-sketch is going to become ultimate buzzword of this election. It's a good image; everyone is familiar with it, and you can make a million jokes and one-liners with it. Elections can hinge on a single lasting image. Remember how stupid Dukakis looked in a tank? This minor, throwaway line by the campaign manager may very well turn into the anchor that sinks his candidacy.

    March 22, 2012 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  18. carrotroot

    The etch-a-sketch analogy is exactly what Mitt's handlers were hoping. Basically tell people one thing in the primaries and do the exact opposite once he gets to the general. Now that their plan has been exposed people are going to have to hold him to what he has said on the trail.

    March 22, 2012 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  19. Alexanders

    Not at all. i dont watch fox news maybe I should. Im only saying what I have been noticing for a long time. Also, hard to read your writings. Use English. Peace!!!

    March 22, 2012 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  20. The Real Tom Paine

    Mittens, the weakest frontrunner in generations. Can't make up his mind about who he is or what he stands for.

    March 22, 2012 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  21. Annie, Atlanta

    Actually, I didn't think this adviser's comment was a gaffe. When did it become politically acceptable to lie as Romney has done? When did it become acceptable for him to change his views 180 degrees in the same day? I thought it was a perfect analogy of Mitt Romney on the campaign trail. I would have probably taken it a step further and said he's lying to receive the nomination and will switch gears after he wins. But that's just me.

    March 22, 2012 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  22. s

    they ALL are weak and not woth spit

    March 22, 2012 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  23. G

    Eric Fehrnstrom spoke the truth!

    March 22, 2012 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  24. Joan

    The Etch- a- Sketch analogy, while funny, will certainly not derail Romney as front runner in the Republican primary and he will most definitely be the eventual candidate. It will just be one small gaffe that the Democrats will use in the presidentail campaign. They must have hours of footage that they can use from the primaries. When he faces President Obama he will tout his financial credentials but will have to answer questions about Massachusett's poor job's rate, the jobs that went overseas, the bailhout he got to save the Olympics and many other issues. President Obama can truthfully show how many jobs the US was losing when he took office and how many have been brought back. He can show how stocks were bleeding and now are reaching all time highs. The unemployment rate, while not good, is slowiy getting better. Compared to other countries, particularly in Europe, the US is doing pretty good under this President. There is no way that Romney can even pretend to match President Obama on foreign affairs. Usually this is a Republican strength but this president has dispelled that myth. Romney has said he will repeal Health Care but it is almost exactly like his own plan and he is on tape saying that he thought it would work for the whole country. Since the US is the only civilized country which doesn't look after all of its citizens and who has dismal longevity and infant survival rates, you must give this President credit for trying to change this horrible record. Of course many Republicans will vote for Romney even if they don't really like him because they can't stand this President but there is one thing that might break the tie with independents. Romney has very high unfavourable ratings and President Obama has pretty high ratings. Around the world he has really high favourable ratings. Since many of Romney's ideas, now or in the past, have been similar to the President's the thing that might break the tie is that likeability factor. If they are both pretty similar, then independents might vote for the guy they like the best. Seems to make sense.

    March 22, 2012 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |