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Donald Trump BLASTS Mitt Romney / Jeb Bush. Donald Trump Iowa Freedom Summit – Video

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Jan 242015
 



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Donald Trump BLASTS Mitt Romney and Jeb Bush at the iowa freedom summit. donald trump says we dont need another bush when referring to jeb bush. donald trump at the iowa freedom summit took …

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Littwin: Someone else, please, in 2016

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Jan 082015
 

There are many things in life I dont pretend to understand. Accretion discs. Dynamic scoring. Adam Sandler.

But Ive always had a pretty good handle on politics. For one thing, its not that complicated. And for another, when I get confused, theres always Nate Silver to straighten me out.

So, in that spirit, we will begin our 2015 column season by explaining why none of the many Republican presidential candidates could possibly be nominated in 2016. One of them will be, of course, which youd think would ruin the concept of the column. But, fortunately, it doesnt.

I mean, I said repeatedly that Mitt Romney couldnt possibly be nominated in 2012 because the guy who invented Romneycare would obviously not be chosen to run against the guy who invented Obamacare. And yet I knew he would be nominated because, who else Bachmann, Newt, Santorum, Cain, Oops? And so Romney got the job and, as everyone except Romney knew would happen, he lost.

And looking back, it was clear he should never have been nominated …

… so clear that respected people are actually talking about him running for a third time. Why couldnt Romney run this time? Are you kidding? Its not just because Chris Mathews predicts in mid-tingle that Romney would win the nomination. Its 47 percent of everything else.

Lets go to the real candidates. One of them will win, I guess, even though none of them would seem to have a chance.

1. Jeb Bush. Of all the candidates, this is the most confusing one to me. Would Republicans really nominate pro-Common Core, pro-immigration Jeb Bush? Who is his constituency the younger and smarter brothers of America? The idea of another Bush-Clinton race is so outlandish, so interstellarish, that when Hillary Clinton wins the Democratic nomination (see: Romney, 2012), Americans will look back at yet another Bush candidacy as the time when someone actually Googled William Henry Harrison.

2. Marco Rubio. Hes a young, smart, attractive, inexperienced first-term senator. And hes written a book. (Sound like anyone you know? I cant wait to hear about the time he spent in Indonesia.) Hes also from Florida, where Jeb Bush will have tapped every donor this side of South Beach. Rubio will run eventually. He might even win. Eventually.

3. Mike Huckabee. In 2008, he shockingly won in Iowa, winning the evangelical vote that Rick Santorum won in 2012, proving that winning in Iowa doesnt mean all that much anymore. Huckabee couldnt raise money in 2008. I dont see where he could raise any in 2016, even if he wins Iowa again. Hes a great retail campaigner in an era when retail campaigns have gone wholesale. I spent a day with him in New Hampshire in 2008 and one of his supporters gave me his card which had imbedded in it a piece of a pink Elvis convertible. Or so he told me. Whats not to like?

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Romney Stashes Millions In Cayman Islands 2014 – Video

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May 102014
 



Romney Stashes Millions In Cayman Islands 2014
Mitt Romney has millions of dollars of his personal wealth in investment funds set up in the Cayman Islands, a notorious Caribbean tax haven, according to an investigative report by ABC News….

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Ron Paul Can’t Win, But Will His Libertarianism Become Part of the Republican Party for Good? – Video

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Sep 072013
 



Ron Paul Can't Win, But Will His Libertarianism Become Part of the Republican Party for Good?
Terry Jones of IBD and Brian Doherty of Reason.com discuss the GOP race. Is Romney the inevitable candidate? Is Santorum running for 2016? Will Sheldon Adels…

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Not One of Us – Obama for America TV Ad – Video

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Dec 042012
 

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Share this: OFA.BO Tweet this: OFA.BO Voiceover: “Seen these new ads, where Mitt Romney says he's a friend of coal country? This is the guy who wants to keep tax breaks for companies that ship American jobs overseas. The same guy who had a Swiss bank account…and millions in tax havens like Bermuda and the Caymans. And on coal?” “Well, here's what he said as Governor, outside a coal fired power plant.” Romney: “…I will not create jobs or hold jobs that kill people…and that plant, that plant kills people…”From:MyObama24Views:0 0ratingsTime:00:33More inNews Politics

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Mitt Romney Concession Speech 2012! Class Act… – Video

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Nov 072012
 



Mitt Romney Concession Speech 2012! Class Act…
See more @ http://www.jessiewheeler.com 53 Reasons to Vote For Mitt Romney (Part 3) I was excited to end this series with a Mitt Romney victory. Unfortunately, that is not the case. I'm very proud of Mitt Paul and the classy election they ran. This election shows we have officially crossed over into a nation of takers, people wanting stuff from the government and not a freedom, liberty, and God fearing people. I believe undoubtedly we will look back at this election as the tipping point when we officially embraced socialism, and began to decline as a nation. God bless America, maybe someday we will wake up and stop the complete destruction of our constitution and it's original intent. #41. Regarding foreign policy matters, Mitt Romney has pledged to be a staunch defender of Israel. #42. He has called Iran's attainment of nuclear weapons “unacceptable” and would do everything in his power to prevent it. #43. Mitt Romney called Russia the US' “number one geopolitical foe.” President Obama has made numerous concessions to Russia in what he called a “reset” of relations and even whispered to Dmitry Medvedev that he would have more “flexibility” after his “last election” in a hot microphone exchange. #44. In regards to China, Mitt Romney has stated he intends to go after China for currency manipulation, and he would strengthen our naval assets in the Pacific. #45. Although Mitt Romney was attacked by mainstream media for going after Obama on his mishandling of the terrorist attack …From:Jessie WheelerViews:0 0ratingsTime:05:28More inNews Politics

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Mitt Romney Visits North Liberty, Iowa, December, 2011 – Video

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Nov 032012
 



Mitt Romney Visits North Liberty, Iowa, December, 2011
US Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney recites and explains the meaning of a poem and a song and dreams for our country and economy at a manufacturing plant in Iowa in December, 2011.From:PATV18Views:1 0ratingsTime:14:19More inNews Politics

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Reid Renews Romney Tax Questions

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Oct 032012
 

10/2/2012 3:46 PM ET (RTTNews) – Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., Tuesday renewed his questions about whether Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has avoided paying federal taxes.

Reid had earlier said that a source told him that Romney had paid no federal income taxes through the use of legal tax havens and accused Romney of seeking to obfuscate his taxes by releasing only a year’s worth of tax returns.

In response, Romney released an additional year’s worth of tax returns, accompanied by an affidavit from his accounting firm stating that the former Massachusetts Governor had paid an average federal tax rate of roughly 20 percent.

However, a New York Times analysis of Romney’s return for 2011 alleges that Romney’s extensive overseas accounts – in countries like Luxembourg and the Cayman Islands that many consider tax havens – may have allowed him to reduce his personal income tax bills.

The analysis also claims that Romney’s offshore investments and the tax avoidance policies of Bain Capital, the company Romney founded and ran for many years, may have enabled investors to sidestep some taxes and allowed Romney and Bain to reap higher management fees.

Responding to the report, Reid said that the analysis “proves that nothing Mitt Romney says about taxes can be taken at face value.”

“Instead of owning up to his use of secret offshore tax havens in places like Bermuda and Switzerland to enrich himself, Mitt Romney parsed words to try and convince the American people that he did not benefit from these havens – when in fact, he appears to have made millions from them over the course of his career,” Reid said in a written statement.

Reid added, “This is the same pattern we have seen from Mitt Romney when it comes to his tax plan: instead of respecting the American people’s intelligence by offering facts and straight answers, he and [vice presidential candidate] Paul Ryan have offered nothing but evasion, dissembling and half-answers.”

Reid challenged Romney and Ryan to come up with “real answers” to their approach on tax reform.

“Romney could clear up these issues tomorrow if he would simply release his tax returns and release the details of his tax plan,” Reid said. “Instead, he’s asking the American people to just trust him.”

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Ryan: Gun Owners Should Fear an Obama Re-Election

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Oct 012012
 

COLUMBUS, Ohio Vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan courted the votes of hunters on Saturday in a speech to a sportsmens group, suggesting that President Obama would seek to strip gun owners of their rights by appointing judges hostile to a broad interpretation of the Second Amendment.

I shudder as a gun owner … what would he do if he never has to face the voters ever again? Ryan asked aloud during a speech to the National U.S. Sportsmens Alliances 16th Annual Save Our Heritage Banquet here.

The next president is going to pick a lot of judges. The next president will appoint a lot of different judges and these are lifetime appointments. If you want to make sure that judges respect our Second Amendment rights, you need a president who respects those rights as well, he said.

Ryan likened gun ownership to religious liberty, suggesting that the federal government had intruded on peoples First Amendment rights as well. He also stressed the importance of appointing people to government agencies who will respect the rights of hunting and fishing, and said that the widely criticized Fast and Furious gunwalking operation would never occur under a Romney-Ryan administration.

He also responded to claims by Vice President Joe Biden on Friday that he and Romney could raise taxes on seniors receiving Social Security. The Obama campaign has sought to argue that because various analyses of Romneys tax-cut plan suggest the tax burden would shift from wealthy to middle-class families, it is reasonable to assume that the shifted tax burden would fall on Social Security benefits.

But Romney has never said that he would raise taxes on Social Security benefits, and he has promised that he will not reduce Social Security benefits for current retirees. The Obama campaign has been making a similar argument using the Romney campaigns Medicare plan.

Ryan said his and Romneys plan makes no changes for those in or near retirement and that Biden himself had voted to raise taxes on seniors benefits by supporting President Clintons 1993 budget tax increases that Obama voted to keep in place three times, he noted.

Shame on the politician who wants to use this issue to try and scare seniors when those of us who are out there [are] trying to fix this problem for my generation and my kids generation and your kids, Ryan said.

Responding to Ryan’s comments, Obama campaign spokesman Danny Kanner noted that Republican Gov. John Kasich said in introducing the House Budget Committee chairman that Ohio has added 123,000 jobs since 2011 “and is moving forward. But rather than building on the progress we’vemade under President Obama, Mitt Romney and Congressman Ryan would take us back.”

Ryans appearance before the group Saturday evening underscores his role in the campaign as an ambassador to the middle class who better understands some traditions, such as hunting, with which Romney has less experience. Ryan is a former chairman of the Congressional Sportsmens Caucus for four years, and lauds the values he and his wife Janna have taught their children during hunting trips.

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Breitbart Writer Begs Libertarians To Vote Romney — Sorry, It Ain’t Going To Work

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Sep 242012
 

In a two-part column over at Breitbarts Big Government, Kurt Schlichter practically begs libertarians to support our Constitution and vote for Mitt Romney this November in order to avoid not only the destruction of this country by way of a second Obama term, but also to avoid the destruction of libertarianism by way of the Libertarian Party becoming a pariah.

The begging will not work, especially when it comes with the usual platitudinous overtures to America and the Constitution being at stake; and the suggestion that not supporting Romney is to selfishly disregard of the Constitution in the name of ideology. No matter how you dice the logic, a committed Republican accusing libertarians of not supporting the Constitution is nothing short of laughable.

Schlichters misunderstanding of the libertarian mentality doesnt help, either. The first and most obvious mistake he makes is to conveniently overlook the fact that small-L libertarians are truly unconcerned with the Libertarian Party. Remember the Greens? he ominously asks libertarians, alluding to the fact that following the Green Partys role as spoiler in Al Gores 2000 presidential bid, the Greens died off and became a punchline.

He naively assumes libertarians actually care what happens to the party that, for years, has been mismanaged and run by glibertarians like Wayne Allyn Root, a birther who only recently realized its time to give up the act and join the GOP. For many libertarians, the party already is a punchline. And looking at this years none of the above incident at the Libertarian National Convention, can you blame them?

Schlichter makes the case that libertarians will sure-as-Hell never find a home in the Democratic Party, what with the partys free this, free that, bailouts this, bailouts that spectacle at the 2012 DNC. He rightfully points out that the Dems only occasionally make attempts to reach out to libertarians, but are happy to eliminate that support at the drop of a hat. This is probably true. But dedicated libertarians find themselves politically homeless mostly because the corrupting forces of party politics are inherently in conflict with remaining ideologically principled. For many libertarians, a functioning political party to call home is not the desired end-game.

Schlichters blind partisanship is unlikely to convince libertarians either. Whats most insulting about the column is how he lectures libertarians about how President Obama is on an unstoppable path of trampling the Constitution and Bill of Rights, one amendment at a time. He notes in terribly overwrought language that Obamas spent nearly four years trampling the First Amendment, and that the Second Amendment is just one Supreme Court vote from being snatched away. Look, its no secret that the Obama administration has a seeming disregard for the Constitution. Schlichter suggests that, therefore, libertarians who are truly dedicated to the age-old document need to support Romney and the Republican Party because they are different they will save the Constitution and end the madness.

But hey, guess what? Many of President Obamas constitutional abuses are simply extensions of the ones initiated under President George W. Bush you know, that other unsupportable Republican that we libertarians were all told to shut up and vote for in 2004.

It was the Republican Party that rammed through the PATRIOT Act that Obama reauthorized last year. It was the Republican Party that set the precedent for the use of indefinite detention, torture, executive overreach, and the crackdowns on government whistleblowers. It was the Republican Party that heightened the crackdown on medical marijuana dispensaries operating legally under their states laws. It was the Republican Party that voted for Bushs spending spree and expansion of federal powers under Medicare Part D, the No Child Left Behind Act, etc.

Schlichter points to the administrations recent rousting of the Innocence of Muslims filmmaker as an Obama First Amendment abuse. The presidents handling of this entire movie-causing-riots debacle was, indeed, frustrating to libertarians. And so we libertarians should support Romney because hes dedicated to the First Amendment, right?

Not quite. This is the same candidate who pledged to vigorously fight the scourge that is all forms of adult pornography. Oh, and under the last Republican president, we saw an increase of pointless federal prosecutions of porn-makers like John Stagliano, who film consenting adults doing consensual things you know, the kind of stuff Republicans hate when it involves sex, drugs, or gambling.

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Romney: Big business is 'doing fine,' helped by tax havens

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Aug 252012
 

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Published: August 24, 2012

Updated: 08/24/2012 07:52 am

HOPKINS, Minn. – Creating a potential headache for his campaign, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said big businesses in the U.S. were “doing fine” in part because they get advantages from offshore tax havens.

His comments echoed similar assertions about the state of big business by President Barack Obama which Romney has criticized. They’re also a reminder that the GOP candidate has kept some of his personal fortune in low tax foreign accounts.

“Big business is doing fine in many places,” Romney said during a campaign fundraiser Thursday. “They get the loans they need, they can deal with all the regulation. They know how to find ways to get through the tax code, save money by putting various things in the places where there are low tax havens around the world for their businesses.”

Romney’s assertions resembled Obama’s declaration earlier this summer that the “private sector is doing fine.” Romney and other Republicans pounced on the president’s comments and cast them as an indication that he was out of touch with the nation’s economic struggles.

Romney didn’t mention Thursday that he has kept some of his personal money in offshore tax havens, including accounts in Switzerland and the Cayman Islands.

The presumptive GOP nominee was to join up with his running mate, Paul Ryan, on Friday for a rally in Michigan. The duo also planned to appear together Saturday in Ohio.

Romney was campaigning and fundraising as his party readied for him to officially become its nominee for president. Republican delegates to the Republican convention will begin the roll call vote to officially nominate Romney on Monday, which could allow him to accept the GOP nomination earlier in the week than has occurred at previous conventions.

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Romney says big business is 'doing fine,' in part because of foreign tax havens

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Aug 242012
 

HOPKINS, Minn. — Creating a potential headache for his campaign, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said big businesses in the U.S. were “doing fine,” in part because they get advantages from offshore tax havens.

His comments echoed similar assertions about the state of big business by President Barack Obama which Romney has criticized. They’re also a reminder that the GOP candidate has kept some of his personal fortune in low tax foreign accounts.

“Big business is doing fine in many places,” Romney said during a campaign fundraiser Thursday. “They get the loans they need, they can deal with all the regulation. They know how to find ways to get through the tax code, save money by putting various things in the places where there are low tax havens around the world for their businesses.”

Romney’s assertions resembled Obama’s declaration earlier this summer that the “private sector is doing fine.” Romney and other Republicans pounced on the president’s comments and cast them as an indication that he was out of touch with the nation’s economic struggles.

Romney didn’t mention Thursday that he has kept some of his personal money in offshore tax havens, including accounts in Switzerland and the Cayman Islands.

The presumptive GOP nominee was to join up with his running mate, Paul Ryan, on Friday for a rally in Michigan. The duo also planned to appear together Saturday in Ohio.

Romney was campaigning and fundraising

Republican officials said the formal presidential nomination process would begin earlier in part because of concerns about supporters of Ron Paul, one of a number of Republicans who challenged Romney during the primary, could seek to disrupt the roll call. Officials were also discussing the impact of Tropical Storm Isaac on the convention.

Ahead of the four-day GOP gathering in Tampa, Fla., Romney has sought to refocus his campaign on the economy after a week dominated by comments Missouri Republican Senate candidate Todd Akin made about rape. Akin said in an interview that victims of “legitimate rape” can biologically avoid pregnancy, prompting Romney and other top Republicans to call on him to leave his race. Akin rejected those calls.

Romney made no mention of Akin or hot-button social issues Thursday. He rolled out an energy policy that his campaign says would create more than three million jobs and centered his fundraising remarks on the economy.

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Aug 242012
 

HOPKINS, Minn. Creating a potential headache for his campaign, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said big businesses in the U.S. were “doing fine” in part because they get advantages from offshore tax havens.

His comments echoed similar assertions about the state of big business by President Barack Obama which Romney has criticized. They’re also a reminder that the GOP candidate has kept some of his personal fortune in low tax foreign accounts.

“Big business is doing fine in many places,” Romney said during a campaign fundraiser Thursday. “They get the loans they need, they can deal with all the regulation. They know how to find ways to get through the tax code, save money by putting various things in the places where there are low tax havens around the world for their businesses.”

Romney’s assertions resembled Obama’s declaration earlier this summer that the “private sector is doing fine.” Romney and other Republicans pounced on the president’s comments and cast them as an indication that he was out of touch with the nation’s economic struggles.

Romney didn’t mention Thursday that he has kept some of his personal money in offshore tax havens, including accounts in Switzerland and the Cayman Islands.

The presumptive GOP nominee was to join up with his running mate, Paul Ryan, on Friday for a rally in Michigan. The duo also planned to appear together Saturday in Ohio.

Romney was campaigning and fundraising as his party readied for him to officially become its nominee for president. Republican delegates to the Republican convention will begin the roll call vote to officially nominate Romney on Monday, which could allow him to accept the GOP nomination earlier in the week than has occurred at previous conventions.

Republican officials said the formal presidential nomination process would begin earlier in part because of concerns about supporters of Ron Paul, one of a number of Republicans who challenged Romney during the primary, could seek to disrupt the roll call. Officials were also discussing the impact of Tropical Storm Isaac on the convention.

Ahead of the four-day GOP gathering in Tampa, Fla., Romney has sought to refocus his campaign on the economy after a week dominated by comments Missouri Republican Senate candidate Todd Akin made about rape. Akin said in an interview that victims of “legitimate rape” can biologically avoid pregnancy, prompting Romney and other top Republicans to call on him to leave his race. Akin rejected those calls.

Romney made no mention of Akin or hot-button social issues Thursday. He rolled out an energy policy that his campaign says would create more than three million jobs and centered his fundraising remarks on the economy.

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Romney Says Corporations Familiar With ‘Low-Tax Havens’

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Aug 242012
 

By Roxana Tiron – 2012-08-24T12:36:03Z

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Mitt Romney leaves his campaign plane at St. Paul International Airport in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on August 23, 2012.

Mitt Romney said large corporations can capitalize on low-tax havens to save money, as the presumed Republican presidential nominee promised to ease U.S. regulations to help beleaguered small businesses.

Big businesses know how to find ways to get through the tax code, save money by putting various things in the places where there are low-tax havens around the world for their businesses, Romney said last night at a fundraising event in Minnetonka Beach, Minnesota. But small business is getting crushed.

Democrats have raised questions about Romneys own use of tax havens. He became a millionaire running Bain Capital LLC and invested in funds run by his former firm that used tax strategies unavailable to most Americans. The techniques were underscored yesterday as the website Gawker released 950 pages of Bain documents.

Romney, 65, who will accept his partys presidential nomination at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, next week, called attention to that tax strategy last night.

Romney, whose personal fortune is estimated to be as high as $250 million, told supporters at the Minnesota event that, if elected, he would ease government regulations that hurt small businesses.

Big business is doing fine in many places, he said. Im going to champion small business.

Romneys comments called to mind remarks by President Barack Obama when he said June 8 that the private sector is doing fine. Republicans criticized Obama for being out of touch with the difficulty the economy is having recovering from recession.

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Paul Ryan Weighs In On Chick-Fil-A's 'Free Speech Rights'

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Aug 242012
 

Paul Ryan waded into the Chick-fil-A controversy when he told a reporter that he associates the fast food chain with “free speech.”

On Thursday, a reporter from Virginia-based CNN affiliate WDBJ, upon finding out that he would only have five minutes with the Republican vice presidential candidate, decided to engage Ryan in a round of word association.

“Chick fil-A,” Orlando Salinas, the WDBJ reporter, offered.

“Good chicken,” Ryan said. “Free people exercising their free speech rights.”

Chick-fil-A sparked controversy last month when company president Dan Cathy said that he and his company support “the biblical definition of the family unit” when asked about the issue of same-sex marriage.

Cathy’s remarks were met with backlash, as many LGBT activists called on supporters of gay marriage to boycott the chicken chain. Protesters have organized “kiss-ins” at Chick-fil-A locations across the country.

Meanwhile, conservatives jumped to defend the chain’s right to condemn same-sex marriage. Mike Huckabee organized a Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day earlier this month, which was endorsed by a number of notable right-wing figures including Sarah Palin, Rick Santorum, and Michele Bachmann.

Romney, however, has distanced himself from the controversy, declaring that the Chick-fil-A debate was not “part of my campaign.” While he has avoided directly addressing his stance on the chain, his campaign may have made a quiet showing of support. Politico reported earlier this week that the Romney campaign spent $500 in “meeting expenses” at the chain last month, just days before Huckabee’s appreciation day.

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Republican National Convention Speakers: Who's Out?

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Aug 102012
 

After a bruising Republican presidential primary, some of the runners-up are set to receive consolations prizes in the form of coveted speaking spots at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida.

Former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum has a speaking slot, a bittersweet honor for a man who, as the final legitimate challenger to Mitt Romney, regularly assailed the now-presumptive nominee for not being conservative enough. Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, whose uncompromising libertarianism has attracted a bastion of devoted supporters, will not be speaking — but his son and the Congressional bearer of that limited-government torch, Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, will.

But there are far more former Romney rivals who will not get official speeches. Here’s a rundown of the also-rans who won’t be striding into the Republican party’s quadrennial spotlight.

Donald Trump: The Donald’s candidacy always felt a little more like a publicity stunt than a genuine presidential campaign, but he has managed to remain relevant in the presidential race, appearing alongside Romney at a Las Vegas fundraiser. Despite Trump not having a speaking spot, speculation about his role is churning: Newsmax reports that the real estate developer declined a spot but will still deliver a “surprise” during the nominating convention, while a Trump aide told CNN that his appearance would be “unique and will be memorable.” And the party has continued to genuflect, sanctioned speech or no.

“I do know that he’s important to us and that he’s somebody that we appreciate, because he’s telling us the truth as far as where we’re at in this economy,” Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus told CNN.

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Newt Gingrich:As bitter as the contest between Romney and Santorum got, Gingrich’s primary assault on frontrunner Romney was often more aggressive. The former Speaker of the House launched broadsides against Romney’s time at Bain Capital that presaged similar attacks now issuing from Obama headquarters, earning Gingrich rebukes from party leaders and pundits.

So it’s unsurprising that Gingrich will not be delivering a speech in Tampa. He will get to indulge his professorial side during a series of workshops nicknamed “Newt University.”

Rick Perry:Perry won’t be speaking but, in a twist, Texas Senate candidate Ted Cruz — who recently coasted to victory in a Republican primary over Lt. Governor David Dewhurst, Perry’s anointed candidate — will have a prime-time slot. Perry projected a united front when he spoke to the New York Times about being snubbed, saying it was “not my call to make” and offering Romney his help on the campaign trail.

“Most running backs know the reason they were successful is that there was a real good interior lineman who was looking for holes,” Perry told the Times. “I see that as my role.”

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Is The Noose Closing Around Romney's Tax Returns?

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Jul 182012
 

Problems on my blogging computer have kept me away from here for a week, and a lot sure has happened on the Mitt Romney tax story in that time. The Obama campaign has gone after Romney on his tax havens and tax returns is two separate television ads, including a new one yesterday. Calls have mounted from Republicans for Romney to release his tax returns, yet as of last night Romney was standing firm that he would not release any besides 2010 and (so-far estimated) 2011. The most interesting development to me is that speculation on what could possibly be so bad in the returns is narrowing down to one year, 2009.

Dan Shaviro (via TaxProf Blog) makes three points:

1) We know from the 2010 tax return, in which he had a net capital loss carryforward from 2009, that he zeroed out his net capital gains – including from carried interest Bain income -in 2009.

2) 2009 was the last year in which he received certain Bain payments as the playout of his “retroactive retirement.”

3) It’s been hard to understand what benefit he thought he was getting from the Swiss bank account, and there was an IRS amnesty program in 2009 for fraudulent nondisclosure of offshore income. If he had to come clean in 2009, this might be embarrassing, especially given that there was an iron fist inside the IRS leniency offer (i.e., if you held out, they might get you without any amnesty).

So it is possible that Romney had a high income, but an even lower tax rate in 2009 than 2010–maybe even zero. The other possibility is that he got caught up in having an undeclared offshore account and took the IRS amnesty in 2009.

Matthew Yglesias also thinks the IRS amnesty program could be the answer:

Failing to apply for the amnesty and then getting charged by the IRS would have been both financially and politically disastrous. So amnesty it was. But even though the amnesty would eliminate any legal or financial liability for past acts, it would hardly eliminate political liability

Wouldn’t it be great if we knew which Swiss bank Romney’s money had been hidden in? As you may know, the IRS nailed Union Bank of Switzerland (UBS) for helping Americans commit tax evasion (the illegal kind, as opposed to legal tax avoidance). As a result, UBS coughed up the names of more than 4400 Americans (out of 52,000 originally sought by the IRS) who had accounts there. This was the backdrop to the IRS amnesty: for the first time, the U.S. had breached Swiss banking secrecy and Americans with Swiss bank accounts could no longer be sure that their secret was safe.

In fact, we do know which bank held $3 million of Ann Romney’s blind trust. It was UBS.

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Senate Democrats Press Candidate ‘Tax Havens’ Disclosure

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Jul 182012
 

By Kathleen Hunter – 2012-07-18T17:23:20Z

The U.S. Senates second-ranking Democrat said he will seek a vote on a proposal to require federal candidates to disclose financial interests in what he called overseas tax havens.

Illinois Senator Richard Durbin, a Democrat, told reporters today he will use the first opportunity to offer his proposal as an amendment to legislation on the Senate floor. Democrats have accused presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney of hiding money in offshore accounts, and Durbin said Romneys candidacy showed the need for action on his proposal.

My research suggests that Mitt Romney is the first presidential candidate in American history with a Swiss bank account, Durbin said. He has an obligation to explain why he and his family decided that offshore tax havens were the right place to park their money and their wealth.

Romney released tax returns Jan. 24 that showed he and and his wife hold investments in the Cayman Islands and had a Swiss bank account.

Durbins bill would require congressional and presidential candidates and officeholders to report on their annual financial disclosure forms any financial interest that they or their spouse has in any country the U.S. Treasury Department deems a tax haven.

The legislation also requires the Treasury Department to create a list of tax havens, based in part on its previous assertions in court proceedings.

The Senate this week is considering another proposal to bolster Democrats criticism of Romney. That measure would give U.S. companies a 20 percent tax credit for the cost of moving jobs and investment to this country from overseas and deny companies a deduction for the expense of moving investment out of the U.S. The Senate plans to hold a procedural vote tomorrow on that bill.

Democrats contend that Romney, as co-founder and chief executive officer of the Boston-based private equity firm Bain Capital LLC, supported sending jobs overseas. Romney disputes that claim.

Obamas campaign released a television ad July 14 accusing Romney of outsourcing jobs and stashing his money in offshore accounts. The ad, set to Romney singing the song America the Beautiful, is scheduled to air in nine battleground states.

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