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Sun Sep 30, 2012, 01:06 AM

Mitt Romney, struggling, makes a new effort to connect

Source: LA Times

As Mitt Romney prepares for his pivotal first debate against President Obama, his campaign is struggling to regain its footing. By recalibrating his message and increasing his interactions with reporters, Romney is trying to reignite his presidential bid at a critical time, with just over a month until election day and early voting underway in many key swing states.

He is still struggling to connect with voters, a challenge that has confronted him since the primaries. And he has often spent more time fundraising than campaigning in battleground states, where recent polling shows Obama gaining ground.

A campaign that once gloated about expanding the electoral map for Republicans is now fiercely fighting to hang on to states that were once considered favorable territory for the GOP nominee, such as North Carolina.

Romney continues to be dogged by the release of a secretly taped video that shows him denigrating nearly half the population, forcing him to play up his empathy. And despite repeated pledges by his campaign to offer specifics, even some supporters say he is too vague about his plans. All this is why political experts say Wednesday's debate is so crucial.


Read more: http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-romney-20120930,0,3059579.story



Seriously? What is this? Romney 8.0? Romney hides out during the week after the RNC convention doing debate prep, he refuses to talk to reporters during his International tour even though they were a captive audience, then he spends large portions of last month doing closed door fundraisers, rather than political rallies, and now with just over a month a way from the election he decides he needs to connect with voters?

WTF? It says something when you decide to answer questions and attend rallies with your constituents as an act of deparation. I shudder to think what he would be like as President. He would make the Bush presidency look transparent and accessible.

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Reply Mitt Romney, struggling, makes a new effort to connect (Original post)
TomCADem Sep 2012 OP
hrmjustin Sep 2012 #1
Maeve Sep 2012 #11
Webster Green Sep 2012 #2
left on green only Sep 2012 #3
lunatica Sep 2012 #21
speedoo Sep 2012 #4
NBachers Sep 2012 #5
StevePaulson Sep 2012 #7
sofa king Sep 2012 #19
lunatica Sep 2012 #22
aletier_v Sep 2012 #6
StevePaulson Sep 2012 #8
dimbear Sep 2012 #9
randome Sep 2012 #13
coalition_unwilling Sep 2012 #14
cbrer Sep 2012 #10
treestar Sep 2012 #12
zellie Sep 2012 #15
reflection Sep 2012 #16
Donkees Sep 2012 #17
valerief Sep 2012 #23
Botany Sep 2012 #18
lunatica Sep 2012 #20

Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Sun Sep 30, 2012, 01:08 AM

1. connect, is anyone sure he is human.

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Response to hrmjustin (Reply #1)

Sun Sep 30, 2012, 09:34 AM

11. Yeah, he can't connect because he can't find the right outlet!

But he keeps plugging away without that spark...

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Sun Sep 30, 2012, 01:13 AM

2. This is more fun than I ever hoped for.

I can't wait for election day.

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Response to Webster Green (Reply #2)

Sun Sep 30, 2012, 01:22 AM

3. I'm sadistic....

.....I'd rather stretch it out for as long as possible and enjoy myself watching him grovel.

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Response to Webster Green (Reply #2)

Sun Sep 30, 2012, 11:38 AM

21. It's the day after that'll be best.

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Sun Sep 30, 2012, 02:05 AM

4. Horrible candidate running a totally inept campaign.

As panic sets in, the candidate and campaign will get worse, not better.

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Sun Sep 30, 2012, 02:34 AM

5. Also- SHOW US YOUR TAXES!

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Response to NBachers (Reply #5)

Sun Sep 30, 2012, 03:00 AM

7. Yeah - Show Us Your Taxes

Just because most middle class workers pay 3 or 4 times as much as you. Come on. Give it up. Show us your taxes. Let's see who you screwed.....

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Response to NBachers (Reply #5)

Sun Sep 30, 2012, 11:23 AM

19. He can't. He's trying to "connect."

I swear, I've seen some version of this headline every three to six weeks for the past year.

People don't want to "connect" with a hagfish. They are slimy and gross.

This is reminding me more and more of the "kinder Bob Dole" cycles we saw back in '96, as that unrelentingly callous candidate tried--and failed--to soften his image a dozen times. Only erectile dysfunction could do that.

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Response to sofa king (Reply #19)

Sun Sep 30, 2012, 11:40 AM

22. LOL!

Yeah, but have you ever heard Elizabeth Dole talk? Skreeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeech!

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Sun Sep 30, 2012, 02:43 AM

6. Voters are an after-thought for attaining the presidency

It appears Romney saw the US as a potential buy-out and voters as employees.

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Sun Sep 30, 2012, 03:10 AM

8. Business Opportunity For Romney

Hey Mitt. I know of a company you can buy. It makes a good profit and the workers are happy and well paid. You can buy the company, load it up with debt, screw the workers out of their pensions, and cut their wages. If they complain you can close the factory and hire a bunch of folks in China to make the goods instead. Deal?

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Sun Sep 30, 2012, 04:38 AM

9. Romney continues to be dogged by the ghost of Seamus, but like Ann says, he isn't a monster,

at least not compared to Godzilla.

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Response to dimbear (Reply #9)

Sun Sep 30, 2012, 09:44 AM

13. Hey! Godzilla is just misunderstood. At least he has a recognizable addiction to radioactivity!

Romney? I think he's addicted to being rich and nothing more.

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Response to dimbear (Reply #9)

Sun Sep 30, 2012, 10:01 AM

14. Don't forget the ghost of John Lauber (the kid whom Romney forcibly assaulted

 

in prep school).

Lapsed Buddhist though I may be, I'd like to think that somewhere the united Lauber and Seamus are smiling from the heavens.

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Sun Sep 30, 2012, 05:47 AM

10. Oh...I thought this was going to be along the lines of

 

Votes for stock options.

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Sun Sep 30, 2012, 09:38 AM

12. They keep trying to pretend the debate will give Mittwit a chance

No, Mittwit will simply have another chance to show what a poor choice he would be for POTUS

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Sun Sep 30, 2012, 10:04 AM

15. I hear McCain is even laughing at him. nt

 

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Sun Sep 30, 2012, 10:07 AM

16. Win or lose,

this stiff weirdo will never connect with anyone who doesn't look as if they emerged from the cover of the Monopoly box. And if the American electorate is deluded enough to elect this sociopath, connecting will be the least of their worries.

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Sun Sep 30, 2012, 10:18 AM

17. Mitt-Ann-Thropes

Mitt-Ann-Thropes struggle with empathy

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Response to Donkees (Reply #17)

Sun Sep 30, 2012, 04:44 PM

23. Badda bing!

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Sun Sep 30, 2012, 10:37 AM

18. go for it Mitt

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Sun Sep 30, 2012, 11:37 AM

20. That's because the voters have connected the dots already

He connected too well.

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