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Thu Aug 30, 2012, 09:30 PM

Mitt Romney Campaign Bans Small Vendors From Republican National Convention




Mitt Romney's presidential campaign has banned small vendors from setting up shop at the 2012 Republican National Convention, CBS San Francisco (KCBS) reported on Thursday.

In order to maintain control over all official campaign souvenirs, the Romney-Ryan campaign has barred small vendors from selling campaign buttons and other political souvenirs at the RNC, KCBS found. As a result, small vendors are "are conspicuously absent" from the convention, the news outlet reported.

Robin Abrams of Irvine, Calif., has been forced to sell campaign buttons at a hotel 30 miles away from the RNC, KCBS reported. In contrast, the Democratic National Convention next week will allow small vendors to sell political souvenirs, according to KCBS.

The Republican Party has been touting its support of small businesses throughout the RNC. The official theme of the first night of the convention was "We Built It" in order to present a contrast to "You didn't build that," a quote by President Barack Obama that has been used out of context by Republicans to highlight the importance of small business development independent from government intervention.

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/30/mitt-romney-small-vendors_n_1844429.html





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Reply Mitt Romney Campaign Bans Small Vendors From Republican National Convention (Original post)
Tx4obama Aug 2012 OP
Historic NY Aug 2012 #1
Lucy Goosey Aug 2012 #2
The Wielding Truth Aug 2012 #3
Big Orange Jeff Aug 2012 #4
GallopingGhost Aug 2012 #5
EC Aug 2012 #6
mojo2012 Aug 2012 #7
Jankyn Aug 2012 #8
abumbyanyothername Aug 2012 #10
Digit Aug 2012 #11
Mnemosyne Aug 2012 #9

Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Thu Aug 30, 2012, 09:34 PM

1. They really don't support really small business's...

In order to maintain control the Rolls/Royce campaign claims.

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Thu Aug 30, 2012, 09:38 PM

2. Oh, wow-this needs to go viral!

Republicans are the party of big business to the detriment of small business, based on their actions, not on their empty rhetoric.

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Thu Aug 30, 2012, 09:52 PM

3. Always look at what they do and not just what they say they do.

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Thu Aug 30, 2012, 09:59 PM

4. Why does the Romney campaign hate small business?

nt

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Thu Aug 30, 2012, 10:01 PM

5. The GOP truly is the Hypocrisy Party.

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Fri Aug 31, 2012, 11:49 AM

6. Wasn't he touting entrepreneurship?

I'm sure I heard him telling people to start their own little business.

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Fri Aug 31, 2012, 12:37 PM

7. Maybe the qualifications were

Maybe vendors had to be owned by Bain? LOL

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Fri Aug 31, 2012, 02:45 PM

8. No doubt they were afraid ...

... that the "unauthorized" merchandise would be overtly racist and thus cause them more problems. In this case, and given the lack of natural editing/filtering we've seen among tea partiers, this seems like a pretty smart decision.

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Response to Jankyn (Reply #8)

Fri Aug 31, 2012, 08:24 PM

10. Bravo

I really wish DU would allow us to rec/like individual posts in threads.

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Response to Jankyn (Reply #8)

Fri Aug 31, 2012, 09:34 PM

11. Naw, you give them way too much credit

More likely it has something to do with receiving kick-backs or only allowing "connected" vendors.

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Fri Aug 31, 2012, 08:20 PM

9. K&R

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