Romney congratulates Condoleezza Rice on Augusta membership
August 20th, 2012
12:22 PM ET
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Romney congratulates Condoleezza Rice on Augusta membership

(CNN) – Mitt Romney congratulated former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Twitter Monday for becoming one of the first women admitted as a member to the Augusta National Golf Club.


In April, Romney expressed support for women members at Augusta, but said the decision should be left up to the club.

"I am not a member of Augusta. I don't know if I would qualify," Romney said. "My golf game is not that good. Certainly if I were a member, if I could run Augusta, which isn't likely to happen, of course I'd have women into Augusta."

Filed under: Condoleezza Rice • Mitt Romney
soundoff (37 Responses)
  1. Pam from Iowa

    Who cares???

    August 20, 2012 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  2. American People

    The American People could care less about rich peoples' good ole boy golf clubs. This is a stunt only. The American People want to see Mitt's tax returns for the last 20 years to see Mitt's REAL tax rate. We also want to know how many jobs Mitt off-shored and how much money he has in off-shore accounts. Put up or shut up Mitt!!!!!!!!!

    August 20, 2012 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  3. Obama - Ending the American Dream as We Know It

    Congrats Condi... you deserve it. A woman with class and intelligence that the left wishes was on their side.

    August 20, 2012 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  4. Republicans - "The Not Intended to Be Factually Accurate" Party

    It is wholely unimpressive that Mitt would use the public sphere to congratulate "his friend", Condi Rice on her membership.

    What would have been IMPRESSIvE is if he had used his connections, clout, and money to FIGHT FOR her membership BEHINd the scene.

    Character is what someone displays when they think NO ONE IS WATCHING. That`s part of the reason why Mitt`s tax returns, going back 4 years BEFORE he held any elective office will be elucidating.

    If he was cheating the US Treasury out of revenues at a time of WAR [a war he says he supported] then exactly how much patriotism & character does that show?

    Please Mitt, save your congratulations to Secretary Rice and SHOW US YOUR TAX RETURNS.

    August 20, 2012 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  5. the real ib

    Mitt's tax returns are just a deflecting stunt to cover Obama's failures since Obama can't run on his record. FDR and JFK released no tax returns and you libs didn't say one word about that. Obama release your college records and the records on F&F and then get back to me about Mitt's tax returns. Time for a new president and to end the EPA's war on American energy producers.

    August 20, 2012 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  6. Jane

    Big flipping woo. After 60 years of posting the 'no icky girlz' sign outside their playground, the good old boys have decided to let in rich Republican women.

    August 20, 2012 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  7. Bruce

    Why Rice?

    August 20, 2012 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  8. truth hurts

    Republicans – "The Not Intended to Be Factually Accurate" Party
    What would have been IMPRESSIvE is if he had used his connections, clout, and money to FIGHT FOR her membership BEHINd the scene.
    How do you know he didn't???

    August 20, 2012 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  9. ST

    Now Condi is a friend of Willard!!! Is she in his mind incase (god forbid) he wins, he can appoint her to build her lies again of "Mushroom Cloud". Where will this cloud come from this time, from Iran????

    August 20, 2012 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  10. rs

    Joining a golf club? I guess that would appeal to Romney as an accomplishment.

    August 20, 2012 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  11. Griff.

    "I cant even 'Pitch & Put' with difficulty, so she's a winner again."

    August 20, 2012 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  12. Sniffit

    "FDR and JFK released no tax returns and you libs didn't say one word about that." years ago? Most of our consituent parts weren't even being produced by our prepubescent parents at that point. Speaking of points, did you have one?

    BTW, genius, the tradition of releasing multiple years of tax returns did not begin until 1967, when Mittens father George famously released 12 years of returns. Guess who were both dead by then. Go ahead, guess.

    August 20, 2012 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  13. Mikey

    Someone posted "FDR and JFK released no tax returns"
    You are pulling examples from 52 and 80 years ago. No one who has released less than 7 years of tax returns has been elected POTUS in the past 30 years. That probably won't change this time.

    August 20, 2012 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  14. Rudy NYC

    Hey, Governer! What is our opinion on the members of Congress who appear to have taken their family vacations in Israel at taxpayer expense, and the apparent coverup by House Republican leadership?

    August 20, 2012 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  15. CBR

    Why does anyone feel it necessary to congratulate women upon their acceptance to this private golf course. They people in charge have dragged their feet on this issue. The members have declined to push for women for years. Now that their friend,l Mitt Romney is running for President they offer membership to two Republican women. How about the members of the LPGA?

    Mitt. Romney's statement only highlights what the Club is doing. He has a great opportunity to show his support for women and this is all he can say. Hope Americans see this for what it is. It definitely is not an historical moment. It would be much more of a news story if Ms. Rice turned them down on the grounds that she does not want to be one of two women to be allowed in. They should be opining their doors to women golfers period.

    August 20, 2012 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  16. cali girl

    Real ib- What is it about College Records? Robmey also went to "College" as he himself claims. So why aren't you asking for his then.
    Robmey where is your tax returns! and if you can't get 2011 out soon enough, then 2009 should be somewhere.

    August 20, 2012 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  17. drake mallard

    Why do people get upset when the poor use welfare but have no problem when the wealthy get a bailout?

    Most Americans believe that the GOP has obstructed the President for political gain.

    "The blind trust is an age old ruse, if you will, which is to
    say, you can always tell a blind trust what it can and can not do. You
    give a blind trust rules"

    To romney You have refused to release your income tax forms even though others, including Governor William Weld, U.S. Senator John Kerry, and your opponent, Shannon O'Brien, released theirs. Do you have something to hide?

    Mitt Romney has been dancing around releasing his income taxes since that 1994 race.

    Democrats have hit Romney repeatedly on the tax issue, using it as an illustration for their argument that the Republican presidential candidate's tax policies would favor the wealthy, like himself, over the middle class. They have said he pays a lower effective tax rate than many middle-class families. And they've said his refusal to publicly release more than two years of records shows he has something to hide about his personal finances.

    romney could make this entire fiasco dissapear by simpley releasing his taxes. But he refuses to do so.

    Anyone in their right mind can't vote Romney.

    August 20, 2012 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |

    And this is news why? I can care less about some country club golf membership intended for 1%ers. How about Willard release his taxes.

    August 20, 2012 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  19. Peace

    Here is where I get puzzled on Mitt Romney's leadership: He is twitting and congratulates Condi BUT he keeps mum on Akin's comment about women. Doesn't he think it is outrageous and it may cost him a lot of women votes?

    August 20, 2012 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  20. TBS

    Yes..Condi is a woman with class! She helped to lead the GWB Administration's lies about WMDs in Iraq. I hope she is thinking about all the innocent American lives she helped to end while she is enjoying her rounds of golf! Go Condi go!!!

    August 20, 2012 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |

    You mean this club in the deep South finally realized it's the 21st century? Personally, its members can go suck a rotten egg. This is an embarrassment and not worthy of being lauded.

    August 20, 2012 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  22. Logic N LA

    So Romney congratulates Augusta for for finally coming into the 20th century and admitting women?
    His comment should have been Congratulations Condi and it's about time Augusta!

    August 20, 2012 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  23. yeah right

    This not important, where is your tax return?

    August 20, 2012 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  24. Kentucky Windage

    And WILLARD MITTHOUSE ROMNEY's hard work for women's equality has paid off...........
    ......THANKS WILLARD ! !

    August 20, 2012 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  25. Rob

    I think it's tragic that being asked to join this traditional bastion of racism and sexism is considered an "accomplishment." If she had been a while male, wealth and "family" would have been the standard, but Rice needs an exceptional portfolio. I would have been more impressed if she had refused the invitation.

    August 20, 2012 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
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