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May 1, 2012
Re "And the veep choice is…," Opinion, April 26 Among the criteria Doyle McManus lists for potential vice president picks is that the ideal candidate needs to avoid gaffes. His example is Sarah Palin, the 2008 nominee, but when mentioning Vice President Joe Biden all McManus refers to is Biden's securing the Pennsylvania vote. Biden is to gaffes as Thomas Edison was to electricity. The frequency and outrageousness of Biden's gaffes would make professional comedy writers insecure.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 27, 2014 | By Seema Mehta
Gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari, who is trailing badly in the polls, said Sunday that former President George W. Bush, 2012 presidential nominee Mitt Romney and other Republican leaders are aiding his campaign. "A lot of people nationally have been helping," he told reporters after speaking to a Republican women's convention in Orange. "[Former Florida Gov.] Jeb Bush has been helping, [former Indiana Gov.] Mitch Daniels has given a lot of advice on economy policy. "President Bush has been very helpful and made calls and opened doors," Kashkari said.
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NEWS
February 22, 2012 | By Michael A. Memoli
When the issue of contraception came up in tonight's Republican debate, it offered the front-runners an attempt to finesse their positions on social issues to address seeming weaknesses. For Mitt Romney, that meant taking a hard line against President Obama and his administration's decision to mandate that all employer insurance plans cover contraception -- even those that are offered by religious institutions like Catholic hospitals and universities. Needing to make up ground among those conservatives who have of late turned to Rick Santorum, Romney accused Obama of undermining religious freedom.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 23, 2014 | By Jean Merl
Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, taking a broadening role in efforts to help candidates of his party, on Wednesday endorsed former state legislator Tony Strickland, the Strickland campaign announced. The former state assemblyman and state senator is running in the June 3 primary for the Los Angeles-area seat being vacated by Rep. Buck McKeon (R-Santa Clarita), who is retiring when his term expires. McKeon already has endorsed Strickland, one of several Republican candidates in the GOP-leaning 25th Congressional District.
NEWS
February 20, 2012 | By Ian Duncan
A Massachusetts-based building firm gave $25,000 to pro-Romney "super PAC" Restore Our Future, even though its chief executive is a major backer of President Obama . John Fish's company, Suffolk Construction, made the donation on Jan. 4. The company also donated to the super PAC twice in 2011, giving a total of $35,000 last year. At the same time, Fish raised between $100,000 and $200,000 this year for the president's 2012 bid, according to Open Secrets, and Federal Election Commission filings show that Fish gave $2,300 to the Obama campaign in 2007.
NEWS
January 23, 2012 | By Seema Mehta
As Mitt Romney ramped up his attacks on Newt Gingrich, the former House speaker responded dismissively, saying Romney is displaying his frustration at losing handily in South Carolina and seeing his numbers slip in recent Florida polling. “I've been told by a variety of people that Gov. Romney has been saying unkind things. I personally prefer not to believe it,” he told about 150 voters gathered under a blazing sun outside the River Church. “But on the other hand, if you've been campaigning for six years, and you begin to see it slip away, you get desperate, and when you get desperate you say almost anything.” Gingrich said he expects the former Massachusetts governor to go further at Monday night's debate, a critical face-off for the two men. “I've been memorizing old phrases like 'There you go again,' ” Gingrich said, repeating a line that then-candidate Ronald Reagan used repeatedly in a debate against President Carter.
NEWS
October 10, 2012 | By Karin Klein
Among Mitt Romney's recent attempts to appear a more moderate candidate than his rhetoric had previously indicated is a difficult-to-parse line about abortion. In an interview with the Des Moines Register, the GOP candidate responded to a question about whether he had plans for any abortion bills should he be elected: "There's no legislation with regards to abortion that I'm familiar with that would become part of my agenda. " It's not Romney's fault that this has been widely reported as his saying that he has no plans for legislation to restrict abortion access.
NEWS
October 15, 2012 | By Colby Itkowitz, Allentown Morning Call
After months of enjoying strong leads over their Republican challengers in battleground Pennsylvania, President Obama and Sen. Bob Casey are edging their opponents by only a few points three weeks before Election Day. Obama is up over Mitt Romney 49% to 45% when factoring in likely voters leaning toward one candidate, according to a new survey released Monday by the Morning Call/Muhlenberg College. Speculation had recently suggested that Romney had all but given up on winning the state , and had redirected campaign resources to the pivotal swing state of Ohio, but the new poll places him within the margin of error of 5%. While the presidential race tightening was somewhat expected given recent polling across the country that shows Romney's continued post-debate surge , more stunning is the Senate matchup.
NEWS
March 30, 2012 | By Michael Finnegan
As Mitt Romney launched his Wisconsin primary campaign on Friday in the Republican-rich Fox Valley, he was taking pains to be seen as the party's inevitable presidential nominee, starting with an endorsement by a controversial native son, Rep. Paul Ryan. What's more striking in Wisconsin is the endorsement that Romney has not received -- that of Gov. Scott Walker. The Republican governor, who surveys indicate is extremely popular with GOP primary voters, is facing a recall election, most likely in June.
NEWS
August 15, 2012 | By Michael Finnegan
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Mitt Romneyaccused President Obamaof waging a campaign of “division and attack and hatred” on Wednesday, seizing upon a remark by Vice President Joe Biden to a racially mixed crowd that Romney wanted to “put y'all back in chains.” The Republican presidential candidate also criticized Obama campaign ads that say Romney “made $20 million in 2010 but paid only 14% in taxes” and raise questions about his overseas investments and...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 11, 2014 | By Robin Abcarian
Here's the thing about President Obama's decision to appear with Zach Galifianakis on Funny or Die's “Between Two Ferns,” one of the funniest faux-interview series you will ever see on the Web or off. It's not that Obama was particularly funny (his jokes seemed strained). Or that Galifianakis was at his offensive best (I'd save that praise for his interview with Justin Bieber , though asking whether Obama was going to put his presidential library in Hawaii or Kenya was pretty funny)
NEWS
February 16, 2014 | By Katherine Skiba
WASHINGTON - Mitt Romney, who led the 2002 Winter Olympics in the United States, said Sunday that security threats in Sochi have not been overblown but that the Russians have shown they could keep the Games “reasonably safe.” “There's no such thing as a 100% guarantee, but I think at this stage people feel pretty comfortable that the Games will be safe,” he told NBC's “Meet the Press.” Romney, the president and CEO of the 2002 Winter...
ENTERTAINMENT
January 27, 2014 | By Robert Abele
Greg Whiteley's random access memories documentary, "Mitt," available on Netflix and being shown at a Pasadena theater, is a viewing experience both familiar and strange. As a private glimpse inside the swirl that began with the former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's 2008 primary run to be the Republican presidential nominee (losing to John McCain) and concluding with his 2012 status as an also-ran, "Mitt" feels like the kind of behind-the-scenes campaign doc that's eager to clue us in on how candidates function day in and day out. There's Romney in hotel suites hashing out strategy with his family while cracking jokes, tidying the room, playfully arguing, weathering setbacks and staying optimistic in the face of defeat.
NEWS
January 24, 2014 | By Maeve Reston
In election cycles past, losing presidential candidates have been content to fade into the background, avoiding interviews and sidestepping questions about pressing political matters. But that has not been the case with 2012 Republican nominee Mitt Romney, who seemed to pop up everywhere from “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” to “The Rachael Ray Show” last fall as he promoted his wife's cookbook , and resurfaced again this month as Netflix released a new documentary about his two presidential campaigns.
OPINION
January 22, 2014 | Doyle McManus
"Poverty is not some rare disease from which the rest of us are all immune," a leading American politician said last week. "It is but the worst strain of a widespread disease otherwise known as economic insecurity. Most families worry about making ends meet. " That must have been President Obama or some other Democrat, right? Wrong. It was Rep. Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.), Mitt Romney's former running mate and the Republicans' chief budget-cutter on Capitol Hill. Up to now, his most famous statement about the social safety net was that it risked becoming "a hammock that lulls able-bodied people to lives of dependency and complacency.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 19, 2014 | By John Horn
PARK CITY, Utah -- Mitt Romney may have a home in Park City, but he's not the kind of person you'd expect to attend a movie at the Sundance Film Festival, whose programming leans liberal, particularly among the documentaries. But the former presidential candidate dropped in to the first Sundance screening of “Mitt,” an unusually candid and largely flattering look at Romney shot over the course of his two presidential campaigns. Filmmaker Greg Whitely was given entree to Romney and his family, yet shut out from the campaign strategy meetings that are the staple of movies, books and articles about the political process.
NEWS
September 10, 2012 | By Mitchell Landsberg
MANSFIELD, Ohio -- Is Mitt Romney campaigning hard enough? The question came up Monday during a news conference with senior Romney campaign advisor Kevin Madden, who found himself in the unusual position of defending the Republican presidential nominee's work ethic. “The governor's been campaigning very vigorously and we're going to continue to campaign very vigorously,” Madden told reporters after a Romney speech at a machine tool plant in central Ohio. “We don't look at many days where we're not very busy getting our message out.” INTERACTIVE MAP: Tally up the battleground states The questions may reflect a sense that some conservatives are growing restive about the state of the campaign.
NEWS
October 30, 2013 | By Christi Parsons
BOSTON -- President Obama said the buck stops with him on the failures of healthcare.gov but accused Republican governors of working against the success of the Affordable Care Act. Speaking to a crowd in Boston, at the historic hall where onetime Republican Gov. Mitt Romney signed that state's 2006 healthcare reform into law, Obama pointed to his former rival as an example of bipartisan cooperation. “You've got some Republican governors . . . who have put politics aside,” Obama said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 17, 2013 | Robin Abcarian
Last week, just before the California Coastal Commission denied a challenge to Mitt and Ann Romney's plans to replace their La Jolla beachfront home with a new, 11,000-square-foot mansion, their attorney Matthew A. Peterson had nothing good to say about Anthony Ciani, the former Romney neighbor who brought the challenge. Ciani, a Pacific Grove architect and beach access advocate who once lived across from the Romneys on Dunemere Drive, had claimed the Romneys, who purchased the house for $12 million in 2008 , wrongly inflated their lot size by including 6,000 square feet of beach to build a larger home than would otherwise be permitted.
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