Mitt Romneyquotes and sayings are all over the Internet these days—and for good reason. Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee, is challenging Barack Obama for the most powerful office in the world. To the extent a person is defined by their words, we can learn a lot about Mitt Romney by the 10 quotes below. Some are embarrassing gaffs; others are statements of purpose—attempts by the former Massachusetts governor to rally the GOP faithful and secure victory in the November 2012 election. Do these quotes move you, or will you be voting for Obama?
“I like being able to fire people who provide services to me.” Mitt meant to advocate consumer choice, but upon hearing this, working folks everywhere felt a chill.
“America cannot continue to lead the family of nations around the world if we suffer the collapse of the family here at home.” Hard to argue with this one, though reasonable folks differ on how you define “family.”
“I could have possibly beaten Senator McCain in the primary. Then I could have been the candidate who lost to Barack Obama.” At least he’s honest.
“When it comes to pinning blame, pin the tail on the donkeys.” Oh, snap! Mitt’s sticking it to the Dems where it hurts: their mascot.
“Dependency is death to initiative, to risk-taking and opportunity. It’s time to stop the spread of government dependency and fight it like the poison it is.” Here, in a nutshell, is the prevailing GOP ethos: Government is bad. The market is good.
“I’m not concerned about the very poor. We have a safety net there.” Yeah, but will it stay there? Maybe not if the Republicans get their way…
“He [Obama] says we need more firemen, more policemen, more teachers. Did he not get the message of Wisconsin? The American people did. It’s time for us to cut back on government and help the American people.” Yeah! No more teachers, policemen, or firefighters! They just get in the way! Right? Right? [Crickets]
“No one’s ever asked to see my birth certificate. They know that this is the place that we were born and raised.” Great, so Mitt’s a birther now? Will we ever get past this and start talking about the real issues—like who Nicki Minaj is really going to support?
“I’m not a big-game hunter. I’ve made that very clear. I’ve always been a rodent and rabbit hunter. Small varmints, if you will.” OK, so Romney is no great hunter, but to his credit, the little buggers are harder to hit.
“Free enterprise has done more to lift people out of poverty, to help build a strong middle class, to help educate our kids, and to make our lives better than all the programs of government combined.” How you respond to this one pretty much determines how you’re voting in 2012. Happy deciding!
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