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Tue Oct 30, 2012, 06:12 PM

Romney Campaign Plays Convention Video At ‘Non-Political’ Storm Relief Event in Ohio

Source: think progress

Despite promising to avoid political events while millions of residents in the northeast suffer through the devastation wrought by Hurricane Sandy, Mitt Romney made stop in the crucial swing state of Ohio on Tuesday morning and engaged in the very kind of electioneering his campaign pledged to forego.

The event itself was billed as a “storm relief” benefit, and the Romney campaign asked supporters to bring with them food and other goods to donate to victims of the storm. But soon, reporters poked holes in the campaign’s explanation for staging the rally. First, the relief event was scheduled for the same time and location as a recently canceled political rally. Then, photos emerged, showing that donors were asked to wait to drop off their goods until Romney arrived to accept them himself, suggesting a photo op not unlike the one his running mate Paul Ryan staged earlier this month in a soup kitchen. And Salon noticed that the targeted recipient of all of the donations — the Red Cross — doesn’t even accept most of what the Romney campaign collected in Ohio.

But just in case there were any lingering questions over the political nature of the relief rally, Romney’s staff left no room for doubt when they aired a biographical video that was part of the Republican National Convention in August (and used by the campaign at political events since).

Even Stuart Stevens, a Romney aide and longtime GOP strategist, admitted that the campaign engaged in politicking at the Ohio event during an interview with NPR political correspondent Ari Shapiro:



Stevens later offered a possible explanation for the video, blaming it on the venue’s in-house Audio/Visual staff for airing the video:




Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2012/10/30/1112971/romney-campaign-plays-convention-video-at-non-political-storm-relief-event-in-ohio/

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Reply Romney Campaign Plays Convention Video At ‘Non-Political’ Storm Relief Event in Ohio (Original post)
trailmonkee Oct 2012 OP
HankyDub Oct 2012 #1
The Wielding Truth Oct 2012 #9
beac Oct 2012 #11
green917 Oct 2012 #13
Divine Discontent Oct 2012 #14
oldbanjo Oct 2012 #2
Lifelong Protester Oct 2012 #3
mac56 Oct 2012 #4
progressivebydesign Oct 2012 #7
wordpix Oct 2012 #17
Squinch Oct 2012 #5
Berlum Oct 2012 #6
SoapBox Oct 2012 #8
davidpdx Oct 2012 #15
sling438 Oct 2012 #10
DollarBillHines Oct 2012 #12
wordpix Oct 2012 #16
sirbarksalot Oct 2012 #18

Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Tue Oct 30, 2012, 06:17 PM

1. I don't know how it happened!

 

Whoops we accidentally put our candidate in front of the cameras, then we accidentally put the campaign video in the player and then somehow someone pressed "play."

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Response to HankyDub (Reply #1)

Tue Oct 30, 2012, 06:52 PM

9. It had to have been planned unless they have no control over anything they do on that campaign. Liar

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Response to The Wielding Truth (Reply #9)

Tue Oct 30, 2012, 07:01 PM

11. Yes, we put the DVD in a player, hooked it up to a sound system, put up a screen and speakers and

gosh darn it if some goofy volunteer didn't go and accidently push play!

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Response to HankyDub (Reply #1)

Tue Oct 30, 2012, 07:16 PM

13. I said it after their convention

If we can't trust these yahoos to stage manage their own controlled campaign events? How are we supposed to trust them to stage manage our foreign policy, or our disaster relief, or our economic policy, or our relationship with other World leaders, or....

I could go on and on and on. You would think that after running for President for the better part of a decade, this craven ass hat would have picked up some pointers on how to do it effectively! Worst candidate ever! How is he even in this race? It's baffling and very very frightening!

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Response to HankyDub (Reply #1)

Tue Oct 30, 2012, 07:21 PM

14. "I don't know how it happened!" that's what every other republican is saying about Romney winning!

if their campaign isn't the biggest cluster**** then I've never seen one!

what a joke their people are... bad liars.


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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Tue Oct 30, 2012, 06:23 PM

2. Why not his whole compain has been a lie.

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Tue Oct 30, 2012, 06:25 PM

3. Just when I thought I couldn't think of him any lower

a stunt like this is pulled. He must really have a hard time looking UP at snakes...

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Tue Oct 30, 2012, 06:25 PM

4. "blaming it on the venue’s in-house Audio/Visual staff for airing the video..."

"Stevens added, 'Some volunteer just pressed play, I guess.'”

When in doubt, blame it on the help. Bastards.

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Response to mac56 (Reply #4)

Tue Oct 30, 2012, 06:34 PM

7. and then they all sat there and watched it. oh brother.

That campaign is in tatters...

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Response to progressivebydesign (Reply #7)

Tue Oct 30, 2012, 08:09 PM

17. "That campaign is in tatters..." I know but Gallup again has R$ up by 1 nationally in 10/29 poll

I don't get it, either

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Tue Oct 30, 2012, 06:31 PM

5. The Romney campaign admitted that they bought some of the items themselves.

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Tue Oct 30, 2012, 06:31 PM

6. You mean he lied again? That's not really news.

Americans have learned to expect that Willard & his Republican cronies lie....

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Tue Oct 30, 2012, 06:47 PM

8. It's all just more of the same MittShit.

...lies...

...bullshit...

...lies...

Repeat.

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Response to SoapBox (Reply #8)

Tue Oct 30, 2012, 07:33 PM

15. Mittshit, that's the first time I've heard that

I like it.

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Tue Oct 30, 2012, 07:00 PM

10. And this guy wants us to trust him with his finger on the button???

Ooooooopppps!!!!

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Tue Oct 30, 2012, 07:08 PM

12. Right, asshole, volunteers run the show

(overheard at Stones concert) "Does anyone here want to run the lights?"

Jeesh

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Tue Oct 30, 2012, 08:07 PM

16. yeah, real believable that some staffer accidentally pressed play on the video

these liars are just so crazy

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Response to wordpix (Reply #16)

Tue Oct 30, 2012, 08:13 PM

18. and apparently the DVD player strangely had no stop and no pause button

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