On a Tuesday night in late April, GOP presidential candidate, Mitt Romney, took the stage at Southern New Hampshire University. With his smiling wife, Ann, standing close beside him, the former Massachusetts governor stood behind a podium that read: A better America Begins Tonight. His victory in the 2012 primaries was official.
“Tonight is the beginning of the end of the disappointments of the Obama years,” Romney told the boisterous New England crowd. “I have a very different vision for America, and of our future.”
There is no doubt that the America Romney champions differs from the current Obama administration. However, these divergent values are not what seems to be perplexing American voters as Election Day approaches. More and more the question is, what exactly is Romney’s vision? For months Romney has been portrayed in the media as chameleon-like, constantly flip-flopping on core policies and values. Most are quick to point out Romney’s drastic value changes over the past decade. Over and over we are given the story of an open-minded, socially liberal governor, turned hardline arch-conservative 2012 GOP frontrunner.
Ultimately anyone is capable of changing their values over the course of a decade. What is more telling, however, is how Romney’s policies have evolved in the last six months on the campaign trail. Below are eleven explicit differences between primary and general election Mitt Romney.
1) Who to Tax
2) Foreign Policy
3) Afghanistan Withdrawal Dates
4) War in Iraq
5) Taking Action on Iranian Nuclear Arms
Then: We will stand blindly by Israeli allies, bolster our military presence, and stop all nuclear development by threat of force.
Now: Peace is the objective, and Romney will encourage diplomatic negotiations with Iranian officials.
8) Job Creation
9) Government Regulation
Then: America is the greatest nation in the history of our earth, because it is driven by free people, who create free enterprises that employ more and more Americans.
Now: His five point plan is a government-driven initiative that will interfere with the free market to creating enterprises that will jump start the economy.
10) Gun Control
View the top ten ways Obama’s 2012 campaign message has changed from 2008.
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This could be called "11 examples of Romney being full of Crap". The more I hear about Romney, the more I am appalled by the thought of him being President. (To be fair: Obama isn't much better.)
I'm from MA and an Independent voter. Romney was a good Gov. When he left us he left us with a surplus and we had low unemployment. We no longer have that surplus since our new Gov. Patrick (D) took office. We are now billions of dollars in the red plus the fact that Patrick up our sales tax from 5 to 6 percent. So if I had my choice Romney will be the man I would vote for.
Todd -- I am a proud independent. Thanks for your concern! What does a comment about Obama have to do about an article that was written about Mitt Romney, though?
#8 is total B.S. they both will say anything to get elected! May not even vote for the 1st time in my life! SAME CIRCUS.. DIFFERENT CLOWNS.
Every word out of obamas mouth is a lie.we know it because of everything he promised last election which he has not done. and he has not fulfiled any of his promises. we dont need another 4 years of the same lies.....
Bill Crotty The link should direct to the article. If not, try this one! http://ivn.us/2012/10/27/11-differences-between-primary-and-general-election-mitt-romney/
Many of these comparisons are like apples to oranges. For example, you can maximize financial returns for investors and lower financial burden on middle-class and poor. Where does it say you can't do both? And, his view that Obama’s policy is weak and apologetic and he will lead the charge of an unapologetic and headstrong American diplomacy does not mean he cannot support some of the strategies that Obama used. As evidenced by his time as Governor of Massachusetts, he accepts compromise is what his idea is when the two opposing sides come together and reach an agreement that satisfies both sides. The tax deductions he wants eliminated, he wants to come from talks between both parties until they compromise. He wants our government system to work the way it was suppose to work, not like the way it did when the dems had both houses and "you can read it when you pass it" attitude and the senate not having a budget for how long now? This article is so slanted it is pathetic.
There is a vast difference between the typical political pandering by the playbook and the obsessively back and forth (even within a day!) the Romney campaign has participated in. In fact, it is so blatant it is unbelievable, so to many people, it just is. A practiced tactic is to come out quietly and issue an "official" campaign statement AFTER an interview is given earlier in the day with an opposite view. And right now, press is off limits to Paul Ryan and after the Richard Mourdock "even pregnancy from rape is intended by God" conviction, Romney will not talk to the press because he stated he still backs him up as a candidate! BTW folks, this "Frankenstorm" traveling up the East to hit our country, is God's plan to punish us for ______________ (fill in the blank with your pick). *sigh*
I find when politicians especially around election time speak they lie period, rather it's a D or a R behind their name you can bet its about even on the lie meter.
All candidates from both parties do this. They must appear to be the more radical to win a primary. They then turn more moderate to win the general election. Obama did this 4 years ago. I am beginning to think that nobody really sees the big picture. This article is just a partisan attack piece. No integrity in journalism anymore!
Newt said it all, etch-a sketch is Romney's playbook, tell them what they want to hear. Lincoln said in part, "you can fool some of the people all of the time."
Barbara, that seems to be the R philosophy---if a person can get away with it, we'll do it, lest they do it to us first. There is a big difference between an interpretation of data and an outright lie about the data. The first is democracy; the second is anti-democracy.
This piece of journalism is just as skewed as mainstream media. In many cases positions evolve and the best move now is different than 6 mos ago. In most cases these positions are not mutually exclusive. For example, you may have the opinion that no pullout date should have been publicly stated on Afghanistan...and at the same time agree with the stated date. By the way, Johnson probably has my vote but I don't think this slam-piece on Romney is accurate.
@var enyo And Obummer speaks the truth all the time. Right! Old Indian adage, Man speaks with forked tongue!!!! Big time.
Whats funny is people dont wanna believe it. Mitts their savior. God help us all if he's elected......
The pattern that emerges here is shoot first, think later.
Like his outrageous outburst DURING the attack on Benghazi
(in which his asserted "facts" were plainly wrong).
Is this list in any way indicative of a presidential temperament?
Presidents don't get do-overs.
This is a list of do-overs.
Nice list (except maybe #1 -- the poor? really?)
To call Romney shifts "evolution" is a misuse of the word --
"evolution" suggests some sort of rational progression.
What Mitt Romney believes, if anything,
is as much a mystery now as when he was posing with
money running out of his pockets at Bain -- no, wrong,
then it was clear that he stood for ONE thing, self-enrichment.
And maybe that hasn't changed,
and all the campaign positions meaningless.
Challenger candidates are expected to play to the base in the general and run as fast as they can to the middle during the general. Luckily for them we tend to have short memories.
Quite so, but when a forced choice isn't a great choice,
it's still a forced choice.
Current New Yorker has an excellent, low-key, comprehensive editorial
about this election
that everyone at this site could benefit from reading
(unless you have already, bless you ;-)))
I have a lot of issues with the word "change," you know? What does that even mean? Very nebulous promising.
Not BS, just calling it like it is. This isn't an Obama/Romney piece. It's just a Romney focus. It's still true if both candidates are guilty of it, no?
Murdocks comment was about conception and that being Gods will and that a child should not be terminated because of the way it was conceived. Everyone is twisting it making it look like he thinks being raped is part of Gods will. I have not followed him or his campaign BUT, I did see the video of his statement. It is not whether I believe in abortion or not, I am just standing up for the way people twist the facts to villainize someone unfairly.
Obama's Indian name is Sitting Eagle because he's so full of Sh*t, he can' fly.
Also this article would be more believeable if the writer cited her sources for the cheap shots, but I doubt she will.
One thing that I can talk about is abortion. All of these "reasons" to justify abotiong are just that. First if a woman is raped, the rape kit at the hospital should include the morning after pill, that solves the rape problem; second, health of the mother has always been legal even before abortion was legallized. How do I know, because I personally faced that choice in 1971; it was not illegal for the doctor to abort a child, IF the mothers health was at risk; Finally, incest, IF a person is involved in incestrial relationship chances are, the child will be born without anyone knowing the crime has been committed. IF it is found out, than a choice can be made, but what are the percentages of people who actually would fall within this catalogy?
Gun control argument above isn't one. The governor hasn't changed his stance.
#9 is completely bogus both are the same thing except you add the word Interfere in the free market. I think interfere is what President Obama has done to the free market.
#8 Cite your source where Gv Romney said that the ecomony was " Not a real priority. Focus is on benefiting the investor" CITE THE SOURCE or stop spreading lies.
#6 Bailout of Detriot, read ALL of the op-ed
#5 Immigration, everyone of us has a different view on what should happen on our borders, he has his and I think he was right, if the borders are secure and money for American workers and our poor is not given to illegals, they will self deport. That doesn't mean they can not become citizens, they just need to do it like everyone else who has come here legally. You see I believe and s does Gov Romney IN LEGAL IMMIGRATION.
#5 I think he holds both posiions that same as the president
#4 NO one has even been discussing the war in Iraq, which George Bush drew down, not Obama.
#3 As far as the Afghantan war, all Romney said was that he wouldn't have PUBLICLY STATED the 2014 redrawal date.
#2 So what. He supports Obama's current positions
#1 HE DOESN"T WANT TO TAX ANYONE because we have a 2%GDP which isn't even keeping up with population growth of this country. Come n, Obama had this position went he decided not keep the Bush tax cuts last year because the GDP was %3, it's smaller now, why would you rise taxes.
STOP THE CLASS WARWARE.
Hey William, ahh a debate over diction. One of my favorite ideals. I appropriate 'evolution' in its scientific definition: not an example of progress, but instead being best suited for a current environment. Does that clarify my intentions there? I'm 100% with you on the Romney message, however. Self-improvement. US-centric and congratulatory.
Being independent (or even "an independent")
can, and usually does, mean whatever the user thinks it means,
but it doesn't have to mean "free from larger context."
Thanks for your careful read here. My intention is not to tout Obama, but to actually provide more clarity on the flack Romney has experienced in the media as a flip-flopper. Ultimately I don't actually view him as any more inconsistent than anyone else currently operating within the political game. There is a reason 2008 Democratic voters are disillusioned as well. What I am is a big proponent of free, unmitigated information. My sources for the cheap shots include Rolling Stone, Slate and Salon magazine and a clip or two from the Daily Show (which is not a news source, but the documentation they use is accurately fact-checked and sourced). If you go to Romney's official campaign website you will see that #1. #8 is from his book No Apology, and from a Salon article that was released following his primary victory. #6 I did, I just believe you and I hold varying interpretations of what was said explicitly/implicitly in the piece. I appreciate your engagement here. I think differing perspectives is what makes the IVN such an engaging and essential platform to have. Consider it a level-headed place where our differing perspectives teach us more about this massive, beautiful nation we call America. I've learned a great deal from you. I hope you can say the same about me, and feel free to press me for more unanswered questions and I'm glad to elaborate.
Also 'the poor' was a bit of a snarky use of the word, considering the flack that he's gotten over the infamous 47% remarks. I could have clarified that better as well. Thanks for your careful read!