What we don't know about Mitt Romney
Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney delivers his nomination acceptance speech during the final day of the Republican National Convention.
August 31st, 2012
10:58 AM ET

What we don't know about Mitt Romney

By Lisa Desjardins, CNN

Tampa, Florida (CNN) – The Republicans' convention is over. The chairs are empty and the balloons are being swept up.

Over the last few days we’ve heard a lot about Mitt Romney. We heard from governors, senators, significant others, and from the candidate himself.

So now with all that behind us, what did we learn (or not learn) about Mitt Romney?

Well, we now know more about his personal narrative.

[1:22] “I was born in the middle of the century in the middle of the country, a classic baby boomer. It was a time when Americans were returning from war and eager to work. To be an American was to assume that all things were possible. “

We know his focus is the economy.

[2:09] “We will cut the deficit and put America on track to a balanced budget.”

But what do we still not know? A few important things. We don't know exactly how he would cut government spending or how his jobs program would work.

How would he handle some big issues, like immigration?

Undecided voter Latisha Davis, who was watching Romney's speech, told CNN she did learn a lot. "But," Davis said, "I still don't know enough to really form a full opinion."

Learn more by listening to our in-depth report above.

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  3. Judy Taylor

    I have been lucky enough to travel the world. In every country I've been able to go into a place of worship, any religion,and be accepted to sit listen and learn. I may have stuck out in the crowd, but accepted.

    So why can't I enter a Mormon "church"? The only one in the world that won't let us outsiders in. And everyone is fine with that? Sounds more like a cult than a religion. And, another example of exclusive lifestyle.

    September 2, 2012 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • jon

      Judy i think you are mistaken. Visitors are more than welcome any sunday to drop by any of the thousands of LDS church buildings. You must be thinking of LDS Temples.

      you do need to be an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints to go into the temple.

      September 2, 2012 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jesse

      Anyone is welcome to enter a Mormon church. I believe you are referring to a Mormon temple (major difference). The Mormon temples are open to the public before they are dedicated to what the Mormons refer to as 'the work of the Lord'. In fact, when any new temple is built the Mormon church invites anybody to come and learn about the temples and take a tour of the temple. Next time try to do a little more research before you post a comment filled with such bigotry.

      September 6, 2012 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  4. harold

    Running a marathon under 3 hours as an amateur is certainly not easy. In an interview Paul Ryan claimed he ran the 42 km in 2:50. It turns out that he was not telling the truth. His fastest marathon ever was around 4 hours!! In the running world such a person is not just called a liar. Above all he is an enormous LOSER Do you want a LOSER as vice-president. And who s the man who choose him?? Exactly!

    September 2, 2012 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Skeezix

    It really doesn't matter what you know about a candidate or not.

    The blackbox will be doing your 'voting' for you.


    September 1, 2012 at 8:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Sally Dogood

      Check out Romney's website and fully educate yourself on all these hugely important issues. Romney does have a clear plan and he is the clear choice to get our country back on track. Obama will only make the eonomic situation of our country worse, he believes in big government. It's simple: business is what produces true wealth and jobs for all of us. Government is a cost center and if we continue to grow it and our debt you will all become more impoverished 5 years from now. Obama will be safe and comfortable with his millions and his Nobel prize (for what again?), and our country will be on its way to becoming a massive "Greece" writ large. That is what you will get with another Obama term. Oh, and to everyone that did not understand the BRILLIANT Clint Eastwood routine, you just don't get it! Watch Clint again, really pay attention and listen carefully, he sums it all up in a very creative and entertaining way. I urge everyone to study some basic economics carefully before making your decision. Our very way of life is at stake here.

      September 1, 2012 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
      • oke

        I have a "really" tough time trusting 2nd, 3rd, &4th generation politicians who say that they want less government.

        September 1, 2012 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
      • akcme

        Well, Less Govt is good but at what cost.

        Are we willing to stop millitary expansion, that eats 25% of govt spending? Guess what, republicans will never cut any spending here.
        I am no where close to being rich, I pay about 40% tax (fed, socil sec tax, state tax, + everything included), how much did mr. Romney pay, only GOD knows. Less than 15%. Wow!! No wonder, rich are getting rich and poor are getting poor.

        Why were we crying when we had 2008 meltdown? Who made that meltdown occur, govt? You couldn't be more wrong. All these banks were taking unlimited risk because they are like kids or teens who think they are smartest and burn the whole house before an adult arrives home.

        Why were we blaming BP if they thought everything was safe before they started spilling millions of gallons of oil in sea? GOP says we don't need any regulation and any industry is capable of doing self regulation. So, we should not cry after things have happened unless we are ready to take preventive measures. Businesses are there for pure profits at any cost, they don't care about your life or my life, for them everything is money. Good luck with that type of America.

        September 2, 2012 at 1:26 am | Report abuse |
      • FM

        Actually, his website says nothing about 'how' he will do anything. It's a bunch of ideas and wants. The key question is HOW? You can play on emotions all day long but logic is what is the real answer to the question. I do well for myself and can't really say how to help the poor other than have them help themselves. Yes, mean, but I really don't know what to do with people who are lazy idiots. I understand circumstances, but there's also persistence and sweat equity. That being said, Romney seems like a good choice however do some research on what he stands for. Check out Vanity Fair's article on him. Look at what Bain invests in. His healthcare in Ma is the same as obamacare. And Ryan is a train wreck waiting to happen. It's so uncanny how women are supportive of Romney when they don't even realize his stance on womanhood. Really sad.

        September 2, 2012 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
      • Planner 922

        If you would like for someone to support the candidate of your choice, it's usually best not to insult them.
        For all your criticism of the President, is record is transparent. Romney is secretive to the extrememe.
        We know absolutely nothing more than what he has deemed "necessary" to reveal to "You People," as we are so quaintly described by Ann Romney.
        I want to see ten years of Income Tax Returns for both Romney and Ryan, and I want to see a detailed Plan for Economic Recovery and a specific Jobs Plan.
        But FIRST the INCOME TAX RETURNS !!!!!!

        September 2, 2012 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • john summit

      people who start liking Romney over Obama now are dumb and stupid because if Romney wins for a U.S. president, there will be more issues and problems in this country. Obama has done lots of good things that are for our benefits. Romney made a fake move which is he helped a kid from dying and that story was fake. i mean how can he help? he is a not a doctor or surgeon. he did it so people can see he is nice and so they can vote for him. Romney is related to Bush and he will do same what Bush has done. If you really vote for Romney then you are gone out of this country and this whole entire world.

      September 1, 2012 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  6. cg

    He already told you how he plans to create jobs – tax cuts, deregulation, drill baby drill, spending cuts, declaring war on Iran, and more tax cuts! It all worked so well from 2000 to 2008, why not run with the same winning solution again in 2012?

    September 1, 2012 at 3:21 am | Report abuse |
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  8. On StreetWise

    What we didn't know now before we know then... Mitt's frickin' twelve former years of his Fed Tax Returns!

    August 31, 2012 at 10:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mitt is the man. for all the other rich white people anyway!

      We did learn what a tough time Mitt had in France on his Mormon mission because it was so tough to talk to French people as an American. We also learned that he supported the draft (although he dodged the draft). It's too bad that Mitt had such a tough time talking to people in France while over 50,000 Americans died in Vietnam. Wow, good ole Mitt sure can relate to the average American huh!

      September 1, 2012 at 3:17 am | Report abuse |
      • BunnyBunny

        It was very hard while in France to talk to all them French people smoking their cigarettes. They kept talking French! It gave him such a headache he could hardly sleep when he was at the castle he stayed at, in France.

        September 1, 2012 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |
  9. ccb

    Well, we found out today that Mr. Romney thinks America is a company!

    August 31, 2012 at 9:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sara in the South

      Well, its a step up from being treated like a piggy bank!

      August 31, 2012 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • BunnyBunny

      America is it's people. People over profit. Romney will have a hard time with that. He likes firing people. If the elderly/disabled are a burden on the economy. He is hard wired to cut them. If elected, get used to eating cat food grandma.

      September 1, 2012 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
  10. Rose L

    What we don't know about mitt Romney shouldnt be the question. The REAL QUESTION is what we don't know about the PREZ O Bama??? PLEASE EXPLAIN THIS MR? PRESIDENT...
    A few days ago I received a call from a man I recently met named George.  He was a bit flustered, and soon informed me that his young son was sick with a chest condition.  He pleaded with me to send him $1,000 to cover the medical bills.  Since George was at the hospital I asked him to let me speak to a nurse, and she confirmed that George’s son was indeed ill.  So I agreed to send George the money through Western Union.  He was profusely grateful.  But before I hung up I asked George, “Why are you coming to me?”  He said, “I have no one else to ask.”  Then he said something that astounded me, “Dinesh, you are like a brother to me.”
    Actually, George has a real life brother who just happens to be the president of the United States.  (George Obama is the youngest of eight children sired by Barack Obama Sr.)  George’s brother is a multimillionaire and the most powerful man in the world.  Moreover, George’s brother has framed his re-election campaign around the “fair share” theme that we owe obligations to those who are less fortunate.  
    One of Obama’s favorite phrases comes right out of the Bible: “We are our brother’s keeper.”  Yet he has not contributed a penny to help his own brother. And evidently George does not believe, even in times of emergency, that he can turn to his brother in the White House for help.  
    Before I hung up I asked George, “Why are you coming to me?”  He said, “I have no one else to ask.”  Then he said something that astounded me, “Dinesh, you are like a brother to me.”

    So much for spreading the wealth around.
    Obama’s refusal to help George is especially surprising because George doesn’t just live in American-style poverty but rather in Third World poverty.  He lives in a shanty in the Huruma slum in Nairobi.  He gets by on a few dollars a month.  Obama also has an aunt named Hawa Auma, his father’s sister, who ekes out a living selling coal on the streets of a small village in Kenya.  She says she would like to have her teeth fixed, but she cannot afford it.  Obama hasn’t offered to help her either.
    What’s going on here?  Why is President Obama so hesitant to help family members in need?  
    A couple of years ago, George teamed up with a British journalist Damien Lewis and the two of them published George’s story in a book called "Homeland." Yet according to Lewis, shortly before the book’s publication in America, the publisher Simon & Schuster decided to shred the entire print run, more than 20,000 copies.  Lewis tried unsuccessfully to get an explanation from Simon & Schuster but to no avail.  He now suspects that the White House convinced Simon & Schuster that George’s story might prove embarrassing to the president.  
    In 2010, George also applied for a visa to come to the United States and was refused.   While George confesses that in his younger years he was a delinquent, he has never been convicted of any crime.  Moreover, he has a very good reason to visit the United States: his mother Jael Otieno lives in Atlanta.  So why would the U. S. embassy in Nairobi refuse a tourist visa to the brother of the president who just wants to spend time with his mother?
    In the past few days, an article has been circulating on the web that depicts George as a social undesirable.  First published in the London Daily Mail, the article portrays George as a habitual drunk and philanderer.  I spent a day with George this past February while interviewing him for my documentary film 2016: Obama’s America.  I can attest that George is not an innocent.  If he had been, he would not have survived life in the Huruma slum.  Yes, George is street smart and cunning and I did smell alcohol on his breath.  
    But so what?  George may be a drinker and a skirt-chaser but, as becomes clear from his book, he is also a survivor.  He has overcome his past as a gang-member and petty thief and now works as the organizer of a slum soccer league.  He is trying to uplift himself, and he is trying to help slum kids aspire to a better life.   On balance, Lewis assures me, “George is not a bad guy.  He is on the side of the angels.”  
    But even if Lewis is wrong, and George exhibits some harmful cultural pathologies, the liberal argument—one that Obama himself makes in his book "The Audacity of Hope" — is that the cultural pathologies of the poor are themselves the product of social disadvantage.  
    Barack Obama Jr. first met George in 1987, when George was five years old.  He met George again in 2006 when he visited Kenya as a U.S. Senator from Illinois; George was then in his early twenties.  Had Obama helped George along the way, perhaps this young man would not have ended up dirt-poor and living such a degraded life.
    So what’s the real story here?  Where’s George Obama’s “fair share”?  George’s tragic situation exposes President Obama as a hypocrite.  Here is a man who demands that others pay higher taxes to help the poor—even poor people who are not related to them—while Obama himself refuses to help a close relative like George.  
    Yet I believe there is a deeper explanation that goes beyond hypocrisy for why Obama wants nothing to do with George.   After all, it would cost Obama so little to raise George out of poverty, and yet he won’t do it.  This isn’t mere negligence; it suggests an active animus.   The reason for that animus emerges in George’s book and also in my interview with George in the film 2016.  In that interview, George rejects the anti-colonial philosophy that was espoused by Barack Obama Sr.   This is the “dream from my father” that President Obama celebrates in his own autobiography.   
    From the record of their lives and writings, it’s clear that Barack Obama Sr. and Barack Obama Jr. both share the anti-colonial view that blames Western colonial exploitation for the poverty and suffering of the Third World.  Yet George doesn’t buy it.  He observes that at the time of its independence in the early 1960s “Kenya was on an economic par with Malaysia or Singapore.   Look where we are now, and where they are.  They’re practically developed and industrialized, while Kenya is still a basket case.” George believes that poor countries should take responsibility for their own situation.  “What’s our excuse for failure?  We don’t have one.  We’ve only got ourselves to blame.”  
    Incredible though it seems, George Obama is, within the context of his own society, a conservative.  He doesn’t worship at the shrine of Barack Obama Sr. and he espouses an ideology diametrically opposed to that of his father and his famous brother.  George has experienced first-hand the empty rhetoric of the two Baracks, and he rejects it based on his actual experience of Third World poverty.
    No wonder President Obama despises George, doesn’t want him around, doesn’t care to hear George’s views circulated in America, and won’t lift a finger to help him even when George’s son is in the hospital.  
    So that’s why George Obama felt he had to call me.  He had no one else to call.  He reached out to me in his time of need because he felt he couldn’t call on his real life sibling living at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.  
    That’s how I got to be, if only metaphorically and for a short time, George Obama’s “brother.”
    Dinesh D’Souza, narrator and co-director of the film "2016 – Obama's America," is also the author of the new book "Obama’s America: Unmaking the American Dream," published this week by Regnery.

    Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2012/08/16/how-became-george-obama-brother/#ixzz25AVrso4k

    August 31, 2012 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eddie

      You have a serious issue to even write all this.All I will say to you is get a life bozo. Vote for Obama.

      September 1, 2012 at 3:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Champale

      1. I doubt that president Obama even knows this man.Here is a list of his family from Nyanza Auma Obama (Barack's half-sister), Kezia Obama (Barack's stepmother), Sarah Hussein Onyango Obama (third wife of Barack's paternal grandfather), Zeituni Onyango (Barack's aunt)Sayid Obama (Barack's uncle), Abongo [Roy] Obama (Barack's half-brother), Bernard Obama (Barack's half-brother), Abo Obama (Barack's half-brother) Sorry no George and Baracks step mother's name isn't Jael Otieno....But good fictional story =)

      September 7, 2012 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
  11. souptwins

    Seriously? We know more about Romney than most any other Presidential candidate we've had. We even had the kind of underwear he wears displayed on network TV. People are looking for polite excuses and what it boils down to. Ask yourself what we knew about Obama's life before he became Pres. And I'm not a birther, nor do I care about his religion so don't go there. Did we know he routinely did drugs as a teen and college student– and not just pot? Did we/do we know if he's ever claimed to be a foreigner in order to get financial aid? Do we know if he's ever held a passport from another country? These are not citizenship questions, these are lying for personal gain questions. Why did he give up his law license? We know FAR more about Romney at this point than we do after 4 yrs. of Obama.

    August 31, 2012 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mitt is the man. for all the other rich white people anyway!

      We did learn what a tough time Mitt had in France on his Mormon mission because it was so tough to talk to French people as an American. We also learned that he supported the draft (although he dodged the draft). It's too bad that Mitt had such a tough time talking to people in France while over 50,000 Americans died in Vietnam. Wow, good ole Mitt sure can relate to the average American huh!

      September 1, 2012 at 3:12 am | Report abuse |
    • BunnyBunny

      Who does Romney owe favors to?
      Who or what countries has Romney done business with?
      How will Mormonism affect his daily running of the Country?
      Will his church have a say in policy?
      Who will come first if elected, his faith or his Country?
      How did Romney make his money during the wars?
      Does Romney have any idea how much food costs?
      Does Romney have any idea how much rent is?
      Etc Etc Etc.
      There's a LOT we don't know.

      September 1, 2012 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Champale

      True he is a draft dodger, can't speak french and destroyed a company and the welfare of 500 families for personal gain and pays less in taxes then I do.

      September 7, 2012 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
  12. bonsai500

    It is troubling how many women believe the short 30-seconds commercials about how Romney will take away their rights. Please educate yourself and read up on both parties' agenda and position on women's right. Don't blindly believe the commercials or short stories you hear (from either side).

    I am woman. And I am proud to lend my support to the Romney-Ryan ticket. I do so after educating myself on the issues and making an informed decision on what I believe to be right for me, my children and our country. I know Romney to be a man of values and integrity, a man who has our nation's best interest at heart.

    If nothing else, please, please......educate yourself. Read up on the issues and see what each party stands for, and how they hope to achieve it. All the information is out there. It is your responsibility though to find it, and then discern truth from lies.

    **Christine who immigrated here from a liberal European country but is now proud to be an American!**

    August 31, 2012 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • BunnyBunny

      Few things I have heard from Republicans in the last year or so:
      Abortion – they want to stick a intrusive vaginal probe in vaginas.
      Unfund Planned Parent hood that helps poor women with breast exams, pap smears, birth control etc '
      Want to allow states to ban birth control.
      Opposing insurance coverage for contraceptives, but Viagra is A-OK.
      Gov. Scott Walker (R) repealed his state’s equal pay law.
      Sen. Glenn Grothman (R) said: "Money Is More Important For Men"
      Rep. Lance Harvell (R) told other lawmakers on the House floor that pap smears should not be included in insurance plans.
      Sen. Glenn Grothman (R) Tries to Pass Bill Declaring Single Parenting is Child Abuse.
      Majority Whip Debbie Lesko (R) Bill would permit employers to ask their employees for "reason" they seek contraceptives.
      Sen. Glenn Grothman (R) Abused women should just remember the good times and stay married.
      Georgia Representative Terry England (R) debated a bill that would force some women to carry stillborn or dying fetuses until they 'naturally' go into labor. (even a dead fetus' has more rights than a woman).
      Sen. Chuck Winder (R) said: "Women Can't Get Pregnant From Rape."

      No, no Republican war on women. You would have to be deaf and blind not to see it.

      September 1, 2012 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
      • Champale

        You have my vote.
        Thank you for caring

        September 7, 2012 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Evelyn

    Were it not for the stand the Mormon Church has on abortion ,Mitt's stand would be like the rest of the party.His stand on his taxes are like the churches stand on their finances.They won't release theirs either.I grew up in the church and have very little respect for it.

    August 31, 2012 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • TXboyd

      So What??? A lot of people don't respect Catholics, a lot of people don't respect protestants, a lot of people don't respect evangelicals, a lot of people don't respect atheists, it doesn't matter. Your lack of respect will not create a single job or reduce $1 of out of control government spending. Get a clue. We are standing on the edge of a financial cliff because we have $16 trillion dollars in federal debt and President Obama is yelling FORWARD!!!!!!. That should tell you everything you need to know about Obama and how to cast your vote in a way that will make a difference in this election.

      August 31, 2012 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • GregF

      If you think the church is secretive about it's finances you're insane. It very well might be the ONLY church that has semi-annual conference, at which conferences an independent audit committee member announces the financial position and audit results of the church. Any other churches do that? Stop making claims you know nothing about.

      September 1, 2012 at 12:08 am | Report abuse |
  14. JustaCanadian

    As your largest economic trading partner, your largest supplier of oil and raw minerals, and someone who stays in touch with many diverse publications, both Canadian and worldwide, I offer this. U.S, the world is laughing at you. Self-centered, a world view so narrow you could look through a keyhole with both eyes, and your country is in decline. 98th in education, infant mortality rates to rival damn near any third-world nation, and economic woes that will prove impossible to recover from. Just think, just wonder about the lost opportunities and chances for real recovery, if you would only stand together.

    August 31, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Dejavu65

    ARE YOU SERIOUS OBAMA HAS BEEN VETTED ABOUT A HUNDRED times by now, its so old, the only people who talk about Obamas birth certificate and who he is 4 years later are straight racists hands down.....I mean we know everything about the man its so old now......Like I said its nothing but racist who can't get over the fact he is black!!.....So Romney can hide his tax returns and lie about outsourcing jobs and its okay??.......Simple truth..The GOP will cut support to seniors, raise interest on student loans, and raise tax on the middle class while protecting millionaires...Bigots are so upset over Obama's skin color they don't realize whats about to happen to them..FACT!!

    August 31, 2012 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • TXboyd

      Obama has been vetted?? I must have missed it. Please enlighten me. Please tell me How Obama got into college after being in a drug induced coma for most of his high school years (his own words). Please explain his relationship with the Reverend wright, how did it influence him and what values does he have as a result, the same thing for Frank Marshall Davis and Bill Ayers, please explain the nature of these relationships, how they shaped Obama's thinking and his policies, please explain what Obama did while he was a community organizer, what did he accomplish, who did he hurt and who did he help. If Obama has been vetted these things should be common knowledge. Who were Obama's friends when he was growing up, who were his friends when he was in high school, in college, who was the girl he lived with as he described in his book? What was her name, what does she think about Obama. He has been vetted???? by whom??. The best attempt is the new movie 2016 Obama's America and a book by the same name. But the media is carrying his water and camouflaging who he is, protecting him from anyone who tries to discover the truth.

      August 31, 2012 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • souptwins

      I don't give a rat's a... what race Obama is. I do care that he's so far over his head even a life preserver can't save him at this point. I care that what we were promised was hope and change but what we got was divide and hide. Time to talk about ideas and policy and give the racist nonsense a rest.

      August 31, 2012 at 11:39 pm | Report abuse |
  16. A W Messenger

    I'm intrigued that CNN would answer the question "What we don't know about Mitt Romney" when they have in fact skirted telling anything about "What we don't know about Obama". In order to fill the void, to unmask the failure of our Liberal media, Dinesh D'Souza successfully answers this question in an enormous way in his new documentary, 2016:Obama's America. This movie is AMAZING and tells the truth about the the mysteries behind the man who wants to change our country in ways most American's shudder to think about.

    August 31, 2012 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • strgzer585

      Man, you are totally snowed if you think that mockumentary tells the truth. But, to each their own.

      August 31, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
      • michand

        Like the Michael Moore "trashumentary".

        August 31, 2012 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
      • TXboyd

        I saw the movie. It is fact based and has interviews with many people including Obama's half brother. Obama is a fraud, he is the human embodiment of a lie. He lied about who he was in 2008 and got elected, we can see with our own eyes he was not who he said he was in 2008, but some of you who have been told what to think and not taught how to think will continue to believe exactly what he tells you to believe until it is too late. You will have no options left but to live off the scraps from the government's table.

        August 31, 2012 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dejavu65

      ARE YOU SERIOUS OBAMA HAS BEEN VETTED ABOUT A HUNDRED times by now, its so old, the only people who talk about Obamas birth certificate and who he is 4 years later are straight racists hands down.....I mean we know everything about the man its so old now......Like I said its nothing but racist who can't get over the fact he is black!!.....So Romney can hide his tax returns and lie about outsourcing jobs and its okay??.......Simple truth..The GOP will cut support to seniors, raise interest on student loans, and raise tax on the middle class while protecting millionaires...Bigots are so upset over Obama's skin color they don't realize whats about to happen to them..FACT!!

      August 31, 2012 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • sleevelesssundays314

      it seems like he tells you the "truths" that you are pre-disposed to hear. go read a book and learn to think critically.

      August 31, 2012 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • tomnikoly

      The D'Souza film is bunk.


      August 31, 2012 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Kona

    Romney to America: Tax cuts (mostly for the wealthy) are the key to creating jobs. Oh, and we need to work on cutting down that social safety net just like we've won a trip to the NCAA Final Four!

    August 31, 2012 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  18. ndanielle1968

    Someone please explain to me why I need to show my taxes to TRY to save my house, yet Mr. Romney, who wants to be the president of the United States of America doesn't. He and his gang are demanding ID and proof of citizenship from voters, but he uses his religion as an excuse not to divulge his own finances.

    Oh, I get it. He and his folks are those privileged individuals who say they are adamant about accountability and transparency when it's good for them, but piss on the rest of us.

    Yes'sah massah – can I shine yo' shoes too?


    August 31, 2012 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • souptwins

      Because the law requires candidates to release 2 yrs. If you think it should be more, lobby for it to be more. In the mean time, we are a country that plays by established rules. We don't change the rules mid-game just because someone can convince public opinion to "demand" something different. There would be no end to the added demands if we went there. It's the same reason no one had seen Obama's birth certificate before he was elected. I'm not a birther but there were certainly those who "demanded" it.

      August 31, 2012 at 11:44 pm | Report abuse |
  19. John Cohn

    Romney shows up in a $3,000 suit for his rich friends at The Convention. When going out to meet the "common folk" he and Ann dress from Walmaart. Perhaps he does not want the rift-raft to soil his suit. What a two face. Obama may not be smart-but he is honest.

    August 31, 2012 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Reload

      Bull. Obama will show up in expensive suits. He will have his minions all dressed in expensive clothes. Ann wears a $300 blouse and the press and freaks like you go nuts. Michelle wears a $3,800 jacket and no one says a word. Liberal, asymetrical, half-truth telling press and suckers like you miss those points, right?

      August 31, 2012 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
      • rrd

        So you think Obama is going to show up in bluejeans? maybe Michelle will show up in her $5K jacket

        August 31, 2012 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • souptwins

      How can you tell how much his suit cost? And big deal! If you had the portfolio he has, I'm sure you'd spend a bit more on your suits too. It was his own money, afterall.

      August 31, 2012 at 11:45 pm | Report abuse |
  20. lynn

    Romney is asking the voters to return a Republican to the White House. Remembering the last Republican in the WH took our country to the cliff and let many fall over. Would Romney's Republican policies be different than the last and if so, how?

    August 31, 2012 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jona

      Do your homework Lynn and quit relying on these boneheads on the forums.

      August 31, 2012 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  21. fhelms

    Lisa, I really appreciate your approach to "What we don't know about Mitt Romney". You have a very short list of good point which I'm sure he's going to elaborate. I'm really looking forward to your article on "What you don't know about Barrack Obama" which will most likely look like a novel!

    August 31, 2012 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  22. postal

    Do we really know "a lot" about how either of these candidates plan to address these complex topics? Expecting a detailed explanation and game plan from either of them during "rallies" and "speeches" is beyond naive.

    August 31, 2012 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • fhelms

      You should have a very good idea of what Obama will do... 4 more years of the same!

      August 31, 2012 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
      • Paul

        Yeah, 4 more years of successfully trying to hold the country together after 8 years of Republican stupidity. I said it Republicans, you guys put a moron in the white house TWICE! That is stupid and irresponsible and I am not willing to forget it, its so much easier to attack someone for a mess that you guys made rather than actually cleaning it up. I vote Obama, at least working people stand a chance with this guy!!!

        August 31, 2012 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
        • Jona

          Really Paul? This country is the most divided I have ever seen it and I've seen no effort by the President to bring anyone besides his supporters together. And I'm afraid the last 3 1/2 years would only be the tip of the iceberg in terms of this country fragmenting if he were to be re-elected.

          August 31, 2012 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  23. LeatherneckAR

    Do all of you people that are blaming the war and everything else imaginable on the current POTUS remember that CONGRESS is the law passing body of government, they are also responsible for the budget, presenting law drafts that are signed into law by the POTUS only AFTER they have passed through both house and senate and most importantly if the CONGRESS doesn't do their job there is absolutely nothing the POTUS can do to perform his job..Now we have sat through 12 years of incompetent POTUS' from the Republican side of our government and have suffered greatly for it and for those with their racial blinders on the only reason that is apparent for the misconduct and outright disrespect for the sitting president is his racial background..It just burns the old establishments collective souls that the man sitting in the highest office in the US comes from a race that was habitually hung, killed, beaten and generally made to live in the hell called the United States.

    There are sitting senators and representatives that actively approved of this woeful human abuse that still feel the same way 70 years after the passing of the Jim Crow era, getting rid of the president isn’t what should motivate voter turnout this election year, we should be looking at the man behind the curtain and getting our Congressional house in order.. If the behind the scene players don’t change then we will only have another decade of abuse and increased corruption to look forward to and the only ones that we can blame this time around will be the person looking back at you from YOUR mirror.

    Remember the Republican party as a whole promised to make Obama a one term president by any means necessary, I believe we have seen that was the only promise they kept..Too bad the entire country had to be collective collateral damage to make this promise come true!!

    August 31, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • adam

      This is one of the most insightful posts I've seen in a long time. I've made the same conclusions but people don't want to hear it and don't understand how the government works. The President's hands have been tied by the Congress. As you stated, their focus is to get him out of office by any means possible. No matter what their lack of action has caused the country.

      August 31, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
      • michand

        Excuse me? Did Oama not know how government works. He's a guy who has never legitimately crossed a party line. He now, however, is whining that the other party isn't playing nice in his insanely motivated sand box? Or the fact that he served in the Senate during the Bush administration and was "surprised" that the country was in the state it was in when he was elected. Now he wants to blame everyone else eventhough he is the president of the US. C'mon that's just nuts.

        August 31, 2012 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Greg

      Well written. Mitch McConnell (my apologies if I misspelled the name) stated several times that it was the republican mission to make the President a one term President from day one. When I look at McConnell I see one those faces from the old black & white photos of a lynching scene... staring whimsically at a dangling body. Sorry Mitch, but you creep me out... kinda like Mitt creeps me out, but in a different way.

      August 31, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
      • ThinkAboutIt

        I have spoken with several Tea Party voters and one thing is always clear, they do not understand common logic of economics. The most avid of Republicans always defends less government interference with business and that businesses should get the Bush tax cuts to create jobs which would boost the economy. I reply, "Okay but pocketing the money is the only true profit for their business." I get a reply stating that they create more jobs to produce more products to meet demand. Big businesses are not naive, they know they need workers to create product, however one major fact is always evident, they project that product by the labor. By paying worker's wages they are losing money. Hence creating jobs is not cost effective. Simple economics tells us that any business only wants so much labor to produce product even if it sells like hotcakes, otherwise it is counter productive to their profits. Which is why trickle down can never work. It is not about creating jobs, it is about creating profit. Any one with common sense and who owns a business could tell you that.

        August 31, 2012 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jona

      Leatherneck, the dem party promises to make any repub president a one term president. Don't be so naive.

      August 31, 2012 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Pete

    Why any person would take any statement out of a politician's mouth at face value is a mystery to me. Lie until proven truth.

    August 31, 2012 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Jamie

    What we don't know about Romney? We don't know what he is hiding in his tax paperwork,etc. What we do know...Romneyhood Give to the Rich and take from the poor

    August 31, 2012 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jane

      You can't take from the poor, they don't have anything to take, get it?

      August 31, 2012 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
      • Jay Dee

        Which also means that in order to reduce the deficit, it will be necessary for the rich to pay their fair share of the taxes. Think about it, If the poor get their taxes raised and the rich don't, how can you milk the stone to lower the deficit when the poor.....don't have it?

        September 1, 2012 at 6:08 am | Report abuse |
  26. Valerie

    What did we know about Obama in 2008???!!!
    that he was or wasn’t born in US, that never worked during his student years as all student’s do,,, that never worked hard even after school to earn his leaving as his opponent did??, CNN still questions Romney’s success, instead of questioning: “what did we really know” about Obama when we elected him 4 years ago.

    August 31, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

      What we do know about Mitt Romney is that he's a tax evader and a cheat. What we do know about Barack Obama is he's President of the United States of America and leader of the free world.

      August 31, 2012 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
      • GavsDad

        No, you don't KNOW that. You miguidedly HOPE for that. Lay off the MSNBC and educate yourself on tax laws & then maybe you can speak of such things intelligently.

        August 31, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
        • Scholar

          GavsDad, you really are ignorant to say that. What makes you think you know the tax law more than the next person? People like you are why this country is going down the drain. Ignorance is killing Americans from the inside, and I guess some like you are ignorant to think the way you did.

          August 31, 2012 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Billy

      Mitt Romney has NEVER had to find his own was in this world...His father is very wealthy..due mostly to his company's extensive govt contracts..So basically the taxpayers paid for Mitt's education. His wife must have been high when talking about how as a young couple they struggled like all newlyweds.....Neither of them worked 1 day while they were in college..They lived off of dividends from Mitt's stock portfolio. Daddy gave him the stock I'm sure. So before you rip President Obama get you facts straight

      August 31, 2012 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  27. NavyAirVet

    Funny, CNN is worried we don't know some things about Mitt Romney, whose father and family have lived in this country for many, many, years and seems to give a free pass to a man (Obama) whose background is sketchy and has only lived in this country's mainland for maybe 25 years or so. Doesn't it make more sense to tell us more about the current sitting President's past then Mitt's? Where were these articles about Obama's radical friends and Reverend Wright? Biased reporting will be in full view next Tuesday, stay tuned.

    August 31, 2012 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

      President Obama's African ancestors came to America during the Trans-Continental Slave trade in 1619. His African ancestors slave for four hundred long years, helping to build the America South from the ground up. Following the Emancipation Proclamation in 1865, President Obama's African-American ancestors still weren't free as they were subjected to racial segregation, isolation and discrimination under Jim Crow. Seperate and unequal. Seperate lunch counters, seperate water fountains, seperate public facilities, seperate schools. All under an oppressive system where their civil and constitution rights were often violated, being suppressed from the right to vote and being part of the American mainstream. Police brutality, wide spread lynchings and no opportunity to live the American Dream.

      When Mitt Romney's ancestors came here, they may have come to our shores with just the shirt on their backs and two dollars in the pockets but when they came here, at least they were free as God intended human beings to be. My ancestors and President Obama's ancestors came here on a long transcontinental year long voyage shackled in chains from neck to toes, auctioned off as animals and sub-human, working 20 plus hours from sun up to sun dowm, bring enourmous wealth to the American south while our women were raped and brutalized. Something that Paul Ryan and Todd Akin would have been proud of. I hope I was able to educate you a litte on what President Obama African ancestors have had to endure in America for their freedom. Its a story and a journes several years older than Mitt Romney's ancestral history in America. As the saying goes, our freedom came the old fashion way. We earned it!

      August 31, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
      • Scholar

        Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer, that is very important because the reason why majority of the Caucasians who are speaking blasphemy about POTUS, aren't scholars. and for those that are, they're just out right ignorant due to their up bringing and they're still too ignorant to learn for themselves. And that is why this country keeps going down, it's not only our leaders leading us down the drain, we should learn to be responsible and take up for our own initiative to want change and actually go for it. I applaud you for the brief and important most ignored piece of history just because it's for the minority.

        August 31, 2012 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jay Dee

      I find it funny that Romney still uses the birther issue when we should be questioning his religion and his family ties in Mexico. His family left the USA 125 years ago to move to Mexico to expand on their Mormon beliefs of polygamy or plural marriages. His family still lives in Colonia Juarez and Colonia Dublan, just 175 miles south of the border. Mitt Romney's father, George, was born in Colonia Dublan, one of the colonies in northern Mexico that the Romneys settled in after their arrival. His mother, Lenore LaFount Romney, was born in Utah. George left Mexico with his family when he was five years old to escape the Mexican Revolution and eventually became Governor of Michigan. I find it peculiar that his father George also tried to run for president of the United States after being born in Mexico, being an illegal alien with his own birther issue. So in essence, Michigan voters elected an Mexican alien as their governor. Does having these family ties give way to the possibilities that Romney will ease on the Mexican alien situation? Doesn't it make you wonder why the Romney family takes their toys and run to another country each time they don't get their way? Mitt offshores his money to avoid taxes, and his family runs to Mexico when polygamy is outlawed. I'm sorry, but this draws a picture that this nominee has ulterior motives that benefit south of the border. I vote for Obama is 2012.

      September 1, 2012 at 6:12 am | Report abuse |
  28. Katie

    I was way more intersted in reading these comments than the article itself. If Romney wins this election all of you supporters will be right back here in 4 years saying the same things about Romney as you are about Obama. I'll never understand how seemingly intelligent people become so unrealistic when it comes to goverment and politics. Did you really think that Obama or "The Maverick' stood any chance of being able fix what Bush broke? I mean he lead us straight into a recession with that idiot grin of his. What I've seen in the last 4 years is people losing sight about what really gets people through tough times and that is working together! Until we can get people into office that are willing to work with the other side nothing is ever going to change or get better. We as citizens need to make that happen. No more letting who has the money decide who gets elected and who speaks for us.

    August 31, 2012 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      I agree with you 100%. The more I pay attention to politics the more I realize that we've gone as a nation from standing together and finding ways to fix problems to today's approach of playing the blame game. We need to break free of the partisan mentality that pervades our political system, tone down on the mudslinging and focus more on who's going to do what to get us where we need to go. Unfortunately I just don't think politicians are in touch with how the common folk want politics to be handled... they'd rather fight each other over policies and positions than solve the big issues efficiently.

      August 31, 2012 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • MM

      Well, Katie, it looks like you don't know anyting about politics. Do you think it was a coincidence that the first 6 years went great while Bush was in and only started getting bad that last 2, when Democrats took over Congress? Did you not hear anything about the Republicans trying to do something about the loans to unqualified families (and subsequent insurance taken out by the banks to cover the loss they knew was coming)? How about the Republicans warning over and over about Freddie and Fannie and Barney Frank insisting everything was fine? The only problem with Socialism is that you can't have a little dab of it and then go back it usually drops in and stays until everrything is ruined. If you don't think so just looks at Socialism throughout history.

      August 31, 2012 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • joe

      UR right on Katie.Where are all the intelligent people ? They were all for Bush's 8 yrs of mistakes.

      August 31, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  29. canis prudens

    Watched CNN and MSNBC reporting last night on the Republican Convention. I am able to understand critical analysis, but not the hate-filled, contemptuous comments of the people and the beliefs at the convention by the broadcast commentators. CNN and MSNBC have only to look to themselves to understand why they have such a small market share when compared to Fox News. You clearly are not in sync with the majority of the country's population. Beyond that, you are not reporting, you are an extension of the Obama propaganda machine.

    August 31, 2012 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chemack56

      Well put, troll.

      August 31, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

      Fox has a big audience of white supremacists, confederates, clansman, clamswomen, domestic terrorists, communists, socialists, right wing militants, christin brotherhood lunatics...

      August 31, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • PointingOutStudidComments

      Losing out on market share, aye ? If by market share we are talking about people that want colorful fiction instead of facts, should CNN give a f**k ? I dont think so. CNN is probably trying to reach out to the audience that practices critical thinking as opposed to those who succumb to gullibility. Dont believe me ? According to the Project on Excellence in Journalism report from 2006, 68 percent of Fox cable stories contained personal opinions (not facts), as compared to MSNBC at 27 percent and CNN at 4 percent.

      August 31, 2012 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • ok

      If you think fox news mirrors the opinions of the majority of Americans, you are delusional.

      August 31, 2012 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paul Williamson

      Somebody intelligent had to call out the fairy tales, lies and false promises of Romney and Ryan. Ryan's budget will not eliminate the deficit until 2050, if then, because of the proposed increase in military spending (Romney wants 10%) and the tax cuts to the wealthy (reduction of top rate to 25%, elimination of cap gains and estate taxes).The laffer curve and trickle down economics was discredited 30 years ago with Reagan;s economic failures. Under Robme and Ruin, We will be running a much larger deficit than we are now, unless we zero out medicare , medicaid and social security-their financial numbers are pure BS. . As far as putting 12M people back to work in 4 years, BS-that will make unemployment rate zero, which has never, ever happened.Romney is another Bush, equally stupid and unrealistic. He cannot wait to get us into a war with Iran-that ought to really help the deficit. Robme and Ruin do not have a clue, and if you are waiting for FOX news to call them out on their lies and false promises, you wll wait a very long time.

      August 31, 2012 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • dkm

      hahahahahahahahahaha....thanks for the laugh!

      August 31, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • DougW

      Hmmmm. I think the fact that there are 4 major 'liberal' news outlets (ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN) plus several other choices for rational news (BBC, Reuters, NPR, etc.) vs. just one major conservative news outlet may also play into the ratings issue somewhat, but hey, that's using logic, which I know is probably against your religion. Also, I watched a whole bunch of the CNN broadcast, and must have missed the part where a CNN broadcaster called someone in the republican lineup a 'whore', or the part where the broadcasters threw peanuts at a republican and called them an 'animal'. It is the republicans and the conservative media who are acting reprehensibly in this election. The vast majority of the media is against the republicans because they can see that virtually all of their rhetoric is aimed at creating hate toward some group that is not considered part of 'us'. They attack gays, those born into poverty, immigrants and non-christians. How can you be surprised at the response to this approach?

      August 31, 2012 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Bob

    "We don't know exactly how he would cut government spending" this simply is not true, if you dont know its because you have not been willing to listen/do a little research, and by research i mean simply go onto Romney's website. He wants to cut spending by $500billion/yr. This will be done by capping fed Govt spending at 20% GDP (thereby lowering it from its current ~25% level), cutting nonsecurity discretionary spending by 5% across the board, And PASSING A BUDGET (something that has not been done even though it is a constitutional requirement) , Repealing ObamaCare, Privatizing Amtrak, Reducing subsidies to Art/Humanities, Cuts to planned parenthood, Reduction in forgein aid, Bring federal employee compensation to private sector levels, Reduce number of federal employees by 10%, consolidate agencies.

    August 31, 2012 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

      During Paul Ryan and GWB's leadership, the national debt rose by $4.858 trillion which was the biggest increase under any administration in U.S. history. And that doesn't begin to account for the $4.8 trillion dollars for the Afghan and Iraqi wars. Furthermore, during the previous administration, the debt ceiling was raised 7 times, only second to Reagan who raised the debt ceiling a record 18 times. The debt ceiling under President Obama was raised only 3 times as his administration inherited an economic crisis. GWB and Reagan never had to deal with an economic crisis, yet their domestic spending has been off the chars. When GWB signed the Housing and Economic Act of 2008, the debt ceiling was raised to $10.615 trillion. And during his eight years in office, GWB increased government spending more than any of the six presidents preceding him, including LBJ. In eight years, President Clinton increased the federal budget by 11 percent while GWB increased the federal budget a whopping 104 percent with 1,816 subsidy programs that spread hundreds of billions of dollars annually to special interest groups such as businesses, non profit groups and individuals.

      August 31, 2012 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |

      2010 the top 6 banks now hold assets equal to 63% of the total GDP. Think about that for a second. Six companies, one industry, 63% of US total GDP. That’s the kind of size that gives an industry power and influence to corrupt the political process and capture regulators. In 1995, the assets of the six largest banks were equivalent to 17 percent of G.D.P.... Which party will try to fix this problem honestly? The one in the industry for years that made millions paying less tax than ordinary joy on the street or the one that trying to fight for the change?? You go figure out... Not too hard..

      August 31, 2012 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  31. curt

    I wish they would call Freemasons, bilderbergs, and the Illuminati what they really are... CULTS

    August 31, 2012 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Mel

    One point, Mitt already has enough millions to retire and enjoy life. The fact is that he wants to give back the opportunities he had to make his millions. What's really in it for him? Has anyone thought of that? 250-300k a year? Drop in the bucket. What he sees is a person that is driving this country in the ground and we want to wait to see what happens under Obama? I am not here to say that Politicians are trustworthy people because here in IL we have had our share of corruption however, I would rather take my chances on someone that believes in this country and not bigger government. Has our government ever been able to manage 1 program without it failing? SS, Medicare? We all wish government wasn't such a big part of our lives and yet we are getting strangled by it.

    August 31, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chemack56

      It's power. No politician gets in the game for the money....there are a million other ways to get rich. He's not doing this out of the benevolence of his heart.

      August 31, 2012 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • kiehlme

      What he has to gain is power. Power he can than use to influence the course of the country. He doesn't care about you, or the plight of the middle class. What he cares about is money and how to get more of it. All of the false humility can't cover up that fact. Think about it. Government is not a business. Why would a person with a background like Romney s be any better of a president than Obama? If anything he would make it worse by taking the stance that spending with out the possibility of a return is a a bad thing. If that happens, you can expect to see cuts in all programs that would be classically defined as part of government such as education, infrastructure, and social programs that help those in need. About the only thing that wouldn't be cut is spending on the military for some reason. People tend to forget that one of the functions of government is to provide services for the greater good of the country. Not to make money. Sure, we shouldn't be in debt, but we also cant cut our way out of it and expect to be left with a system of functioning government. To think you can have government services and not pay for them is absurd.

      August 31, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
      • cholman

        Amen, again

        August 31, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scooter

      I guess you have never thought that he is trying to keep his millions and continue paying only 13% income tax, while the hard working middle class is paying over 25%. He won't release his taxes and doesn't think that should effect people's view of him. His father understood though, guess he didn't learn too much from him.

      August 31, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • richard

      Yes its called the space program....encouraged by Eisenhower through the sicence and math FEDERAL intiative and then JFK in the space program FEDERALY FUNDED and today boasts the largest government program with the most PRIVATE patents and spin off companies.(that means jobs for the masses) Why are so many illiterate people allowed to comment these sites. I guess if limited to real intelligent people only the INDEPENDENTS would be allowed on them.

      August 31, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  33. changeisacomin

    I know this would require effort on your part, and being a journalist and Obama supporter you are probably loath to do so, but go to Romney's web site, or get his app. His plans on numerous issues are outlined in detail. If you are willing to pay attention and quit bowing to the chosen one, you can see what Romney's plans are. They are not a secret. In addition he addressed them in an overview in his speech.

    August 31, 2012 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  34. tony


    He isn't stupid. So there must be a really, really imprtant reason for NOT opening up his tax returns.

    August 31, 2012 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • coyoteliberty

      And if Obama released his sequestered college transcripts, we'd see...what?

      That he ISN'T the smartest man to ever hold the presidency, the way Democrats keep suggesting? That he "achieved" through racial preference rather than actual accomplishment?

      All things being equal, the unanswered Obama questions seem as vital to deciding who should best serve this country as President as any unanswered Romney questions.

      Although, all things being equal, the best candidate to serve this country as president, on merits and accomplishments, as well as trustworthiness, would actually be Libertarian Gary Johnson.

      August 31, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • curt

      Yeah people look at percentages.. But if Romney paid 9% tax that equaled a million dollars and you paid 40% tax that equaled 50,000 .... It's still the government sucking money out of the PEOPLES pockets. The government does NOT make money, they USE MONEY... THAT MONEY IS NOT YOURS OBAMA, SOMEONE ELSE DID THAT!!!

      August 31, 2012 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
      • jake

        tax are part of life and countries. the money is used to pay for our countries bills and help people in need.

        August 31, 2012 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
      • kiehlme

        I am assuming you don't use roads, bridges, power brought to you on a utility pole, enjoy the protection of a fire department or the police, have ever used the public education system or a library. Think about what your saying. Taxes pay for these things. They also pay for some things you don't like or use. I find it annoying that my tax money has helped build the internet so that you can take the stance of someone who feels abused because they are being asked to pay for the services they get. Grow up. Nothing is fee. Do you know why the debt is so large? One simple reason. No one wants to pay for anything the government does, so they borrow the money to pay for it. Picture in your mind a sliding scale with borrowing at one end and tax revenue at the other. The more you borrow, the less money you need to meet your expenses to come from tax revenue. Now as your debt mounts, you have to do one of two things. Borrow more to meet obligations or tax more for more income. We as a country tend to borrow more because everyone is so unwilling to pay taxes. Well, no matter who is president there is going to come a time when the lenders are no longer going to want to lend. What then? Guess what, you are going to be paying more in taxes. Its time we all started to realize we need to pay for what we use.

        August 31, 2012 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
      • Push

        so why does he fly the Cayman Flag on his Yacht???

        August 31, 2012 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
      • SKYEAGLE

        Simple questions for those think self-made success has NOTHING to do with the society supporting them - Any other countries in the world can they make so much money?? 2011 USA has 412 billionaires (34% share of world total), 2nd place China (10.6%)... Why is that?? Because we have the society built thru the past by people in this country and infrastructure built by the government.... So, don't be so self-centered to proclaim "I made it myself" and share some of the wealth to those needed in the society ... Some did not get the chance to be born in the better environment than you, some did not get the chance to have the kind of quality your parents have to begin with, some got hit by unexpected situations in their life (huge medical bills, etc.).... 1% of billionair's income can benefit thousands struggling people out there and does not hurt them one bit.... And that 1% or bit more definitely not 100% self-made without the backbone of this society that gives them the opportunity to make it... Please be less self-centered ... This country desperately needs the courage to share the blessing and not taken more away from it - The People !!

        August 31, 2012 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
        • bob

          I'm so sick of these false arguments... a "successful" businessperson PAID, for a long time before their success, their fair share of taxes to create the exalted "infrastructure", and THEN, CONTINUED paying even MORE after being successful purely because of the progressive nature of our percentage-based tax system. These arguments that try to imply that successful people have paid NOTHING are simple, blatant fallacies intended to justify a major shift toward socialism. The only thing wrong with our country is the ability of people to vote themselves welfare checks.

          August 31, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • jake

      the rep. talk about obamacare like if he is taking the money and moving it to a different area of gov. aide. the change will provide medical help for more people that need it and stiil keep the medical help for those that have it. it is a move to limit the medical field from over charging on med. and cost. the rep. want to do away with the medicare and give Doc. a chance to compete for your health. cost will be low at the beging but will keep riasing until the people can affort it. the rep. want to end medicare and sugar coat it

      August 31, 2012 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  35. curt

    U.S.A has the Freemason and Illuminati symbolism all over the $ bills... It is too late for U.S.A and maybe the rest of the world, unless you lucky enough to be associated with the greediest of the greedy in the world.

    August 31, 2012 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • RangerDOS

      Wow! I'll just get into my bomb shelter and put on my tin-foil hat: Every thing will be alright (I just hope my Thorazine meds come in soon)...

      August 31, 2012 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  36. curt

    I think Romney is the best hope. But I think it is too late for U.S.A... The bilderberg's and illuminati have probbaly engineered this collapse from the start. So they can start there new world order when society collapses because they caused it to collapse.

    August 31, 2012 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hopester

      Though the demise of the US was carefully planned and has been slowly executed over a very long time, I believe there still is hope for the future.

      August 31, 2012 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
      • jake

        hope!! there is always hope. fix the school not only the nice area school , stop letting companies go oversea. build from with in not from new. that is how you start

        August 31, 2012 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Cindy

    Hate to contradict Rick guy but that is how he got into the Whie House!! How many truths have you heard from Obama????

    August 31, 2012 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Tyrone

    I King Tabby Nackle welcome people of Color to our Wonderful Cult as long as they pay their 10 % to our White, Whiter, Whitest & Stupid White Higharcheary. However under NO CIRCUSTANCES are the Afican Americans Alllowed to Serve as Elders in The LDS. I Mittster Believe that having This Policy like its 1948 in the deep south works for the Benifit of all our 14 Million Tabby Nackle members. What a Fuc-ed up Racist Bigot low life Cult!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 31, 2012 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marcus Dolus

      I almost can't bring myself to respond to this – however – I have friends who are black and serve in the highest levels of the Church. So FYI. You're plain wrong.

      August 31, 2012 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
      • Laurie

        Actually, he is right. Those of us that have been around long enough remember how Mormon doctrine listed black skin as the mark of Caine. Black people were evil and not allowed to hold any positions within the Mormon church. Of course, they had a most convenient "revelation" back in 1978 (or 1979) and black people can now hold positions in the Mormon church. Why do you think it is such a white religion and why is there such a public relations push by them to show that they really aren't racist?

        August 31, 2012 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Mark

    The world is not the same way it was back in the '50s, we can't solve 21st century problems with 1950s thinking. We don't have as many unions or pensions as we once did, gas and college tuition was a lot cheaper, we didn't have manufacturing jobs outsourced to china, or recent graduates having to compete with h-1b workers or people working past retirement, we didn't have computers replacing most clerical jobs. The truth as I see it is today's youth have far less opportunities to start out or progress as people did in the '50s, so you can't really judge them or solve their problems using 1950s standards.

    August 31, 2012 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Sean

    The president is half my race too. WHITE! It never was about race to anyone but black americans. He has served as president, so that issue is done. Look at him as a politician, not a black man.

    August 31, 2012 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Sean

    Any president who throws trillions of dollars into our economy and it still lies on the brink of collapsing is gonna go down as worst president in history. Dont expect mitt to be a miracle worker but we can expect he wont keep driving this country into the ground. We are Americans and should be proud. We should work hard, be kind, and live without a government controlling every aspect of our lives! I am proud of the rich in this country and hope one day I can say I'm opening businesses all over the world. No one should frown on someone for being a smart business man. That is the American dream. As long as your work is honest then hope you get richer! I work my tail off for the sake of my family. I give to charities on my own, I don't need the government taking money from me to do their charity work. Once again, get this control freak out of office before we forget what the word freedom means.

    August 31, 2012 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • mike

      Oh sure Sean! I can't wait for that good ol Republican economy to come back. Remember the days when America was losing almost a million jobs a month? Bring back the Republicans and their Tax cuts that are not paid for.

      August 31, 2012 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • jake

      a tax takes away your freedom. this is not the 50 and we have hard working people that need the help. that is the world we live in now. we have many people going hungry but all you rep. want is to leave it alone and it will fix its self. money mitt lets rule again my people (upper class) not any more not ever

      August 31, 2012 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rick

      Sean, the economy was on the brink of collapsing back in 2008 and 2009 thanks to the policies of the previous Administration. This Adminstration not only reversed the downslide, it also saved the auto industry which Mitt Romney wanted to let sink, made healthcare more affordable for millions of people, extended unemployment benefits for the millions unemployed due to the policies and lack of controls of the previous Administration, which allowed banks and corporate raiders (like Bain Capital) to destroy millions of lifes while making themselves rich beyond their wildest dreams. And you want to go back to those days? If you do you are either totally ignorant or ....

      August 31, 2012 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eric of Reseda, CA

      Right. And Obama is no miracle worker either. Some interesting facts: 8 years of a GOP White House and 6 years of a GOP-controlled Congress took us from Clinton's balanced budget and $5 trillion surplus and a strong economy...to the worst economic event since The Great Depression. Funny thing: The Great Depression was directly preceeded by 10 years of a GOP White House and Congress. The last GOP prex to balance a budget was Eisenhower. Two Dems have done it since. Reagan MASSIVELY raised the deficit, which is why his economic boom after his Recession of '82 fizzled under Bush 1, who ALSO massively raised the deficit. OH! And both these "NO NEW TAXES!" Republicans...raised taxes! Some other REALLY inconvenient facts: The economy was in a freefall when Obama was elected. His Admin stopped it, and the markets have reached record levels, we have seen 30+ staright months of job growth in the private sector, and the FACT is, we were bleeding jobs when Obama was elected. There was NO way he was going to stop that overnight. He's not a miracle worker. But his Admin arrested the trend, and he has almost totally recovered those jobs losses in the first several months of his presidency that were triggered by the Bush Recession. FACT: The economy IS better under Obama that it was under Bush. FACT: The GOP in the last 80+ years have had a HIGHLY negative effect on the economy, as they attempt to prvatize the nations wealth. After they privatize and/or kill Social Security and Medicare, and funnel all that money into, say, massive contracts with Haliburton or Bechtel or Raytheon, etc., or into more subsidies for Big Oil, or Bridges to Nowhere, what will you have to say then? The GOP is attempting to privatize the nations wealth and it's only INEVITABLE that the few will prosper while Middle Class & Poor Americans fall further and further behind. This financial Darwinism is nothing more than greed. And greed kills.

      August 31, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

      Paul Ryan, Chairman of the House Budget Committee and seven-tern congressman is described by his colleagues as a bright and talented lawmaker with the experience and know-how to balance the budget, reduce the national debt, promote fiscal leadership, strenghten and grow our economy, create American jobs and put us back on the path to progress and prosperity. However, during an eight year period in which Paul Ryan and the GOP controlled both the House and Senate and the Executive branches, they squandered a surplus with the end result being record unemployment, high inflation, a housing crisis, a broken banking system and the worst economic crisis in America since the Great Depression. Hey, Paul Ryan and the GOT are not the solution. They are the PROBLEM.

      August 31, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
      • T

        After reading your rants, I can hardly wait to vote for Romney. What we do know about Obama – he hasn't kept the promises he made in his first State of the Union address. If you want to see the real Obama, listen how brilliant he sounds when he doesn't have a teleprompter. Worst ever.

        August 31, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Doug

      You see, Sean, you can't open businesses across the world. There are companies that will block you, either through purchased political legislation, or by simply cutting you out of the market. You'll never make it.

      August 31, 2012 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scooter

      I guess you are just going to overlook a president that spent trillions on two seperate wars, and extended tax benefits for the wealthy, along with turning a budget surplus into a budget defecit, then handed it over to someone else to try to fix what he created.

      August 31, 2012 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Rick

    After reading all the anti Obama comments on this blog, there is only one conclusion to draw from them: you are all upset that the President is not white and Romney is feeding you lies to use as an excuse so you can tell yourself you are not a racist.

    August 31, 2012 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • juancito hispanic

      I am hispanic, not racist, , OMG, everything is racist you fools.

      August 31, 2012 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
      • Doug

        What? You think that simply because you're Hispanic, you are magically exempt from being a racist? Get real. White Caucasians are not the only Caucasians to be racist. Hispanic Caucasians are quite proficient at it as well.

        August 31, 2012 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • m1234

      You are merely another Obozo drone.
      Happy enough that your president failed on most of his campaign promises that matter, and has aurhorized killing American citizens and their children without trial or warrant.

      August 31, 2012 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
      • Doug

        You are simply another republican drone. You don't care what the name is, as long as they claim to be a good upstanding republican, you support them. They could be screwing your spouse in front of you, but as long as they are a republican, it's okay.

        August 31, 2012 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  43. george S

    The TV optics were amazing...I only see WHITE people

    August 31, 2012 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • jake

      same here what happen to the other 2/3 of the public

      August 31, 2012 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  44. VMD

    I don't think Mitt Romney is as honest as he says he is. He is not like his Father. They all promise you the sun and the moon till they get in office. No can give you everything. Just want the middle class people to get the break we have been waiting for, for years. Republican just want the rich to get richer while the middle class people pay for them.
    I'll stay with who is in office now.

    August 31, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • houstonroads

      @VMD...If you want the middle class to do better, then you certainly need to wake up and realize that the bozo in office today is the one who is dead set on destroying the middle class. Don't listen to what he says, look at his actions. He'll tell you any lie he can to stay in office, but Obama is only interested in destroying the middle class in order to put as many people on the government dole as he can. These people are then automatically democratic voters. That's how Chavez did it in Venezuela, and that's how Dufus Obama is doing it in the USA. Don't believe me, look up how many more people have been added to the government dole since he's been in office.

      August 31, 2012 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
      • Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

        Your irrational and false comment doesn't deserve much of a response other than what is just posted here! Try some Kool-Aid!

        August 31, 2012 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  45. canis prudens

    We know a hell of lot more about Romney than we do Obama. Romney's life is an open book. Obama seals all of his life's records from examination and review. Obama is the most secretive, unknown president ever. The American voters were suckers to elect such an untested, unprepared, narcissistic amateur as Obama to Celebrity-in-Chief.

    August 31, 2012 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • george S

      Let's see HOW Romney made his $$$...Let's see his tax returns!

      August 31, 2012 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
      • juancito hispanic

        let me see your tax returns fool , why do you need his? drop it and grow up

        August 31, 2012 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
        • Balton

          Wouldnt you like to know the tax history of someone that is about to try and change tax laws? But i'm sure you know all you need to know about Romney since he talked about "love". Idiot....

          August 31, 2012 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
        • Scooter

          There is no doubt that you are not hispanic in any way, change your avatar name, you aren't fooling anyone.

          August 31, 2012 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
      • T

        You don't have to see his tax returns, just look up Bain Capital and see the companies that Bain saved and turned around. It wasn't Romney by himself, but he headed the Company.

        August 31, 2012 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Balton

      Yep his life is an open book....

      unless that book contains tax returns more than two years old...

      August 31, 2012 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • TKO

      This is foolishness. Obama is the ONLY president who has shown us his (yes, real) birth certificate. He has shown us his tax records back ten years, and we have seen him actually DOING THE JOB as president. Romney has not shown us his birth certificate because he "doesn't have to," hasn't shown us his taxes, and we know nothing about what he will do as president. The school records, transcripts etc. that Obama hasn't revealed? Well, neither has any other president or candidate, including Romney! Why is noone demanding to see his school transcripts–perhaps because he is white?

      August 31, 2012 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • mike

      Go to fact check.org and you will learn that Obama has not sealed anything about his background. Keep believing those internet rumors/emails

      August 31, 2012 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

      Yea, we know a whole lot abot Mitt Romney. In Mitt Romney's America, Washington will exist to serve the interests of Wall Street. In Mitt Romney's America, our country's wealthiest 1% can expect to have a best friend and confidant in the White House while the rest of the country struggles through economic hardship. During what Mirr Romney frequently references as his 25 years spent in the private sector, Romney took over companies and made millions in profits while laying of thousands of workers and bankrupting businnesses. As the New Yor Tomes wrote, Romney made a fortune from businesses he helped to destroy."

      Romney has promised to repeal the financial reform bill and vows to eliminate the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, letting big banks continue to exploit consumsers with deceptive contracts and unwarranted fees, a reckless and irresponsible practice that had led to the economic meltdown. In Mitt Romney's America, he" look out for Wall Street while forgetting about the needs of everyday Americans and even though he is worth some $250 million, Romney only pays about 14% in federal taxes, a rate far lower than many middle class families. He has called for keeping tax cuts that benefit the wealthiest 1% like himself and dismiss the concerns that multi-millionaires like himself are often paying a lower tax rate than teachers, cops, and construction workers. While Romney will work to keep his own tax rate low, he opposed extending the payroll tax cut that benefits working Americans. The result would be a tax increase of about $1000 for hardworking Americans. let's face it, there's a whole lot we know about Mitt Romney, except what he's hiding in his tax returns.

      August 31, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Brad

    We have to remember that this Republican Party is the same one that elected GW Bush and tried to get Sarah Palin in the White House.... their Bar is set pretty low, so Mitten looks pretty good to them. But to us Independents (I am) and Democrats we are left shaking our heads

    August 31, 2012 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Jon in Pittsburgh

    Maybe one should grow up and mature and refer to the President of the United States as President Obama or Mr. Obama or if you can not spell his name correctly – Sir. So some respect.

    August 31, 2012 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • juancito hispanic

      Liberals don't show any respect including last night, last night was Mitt's night

      August 31, 2012 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
      • datruth

        You are trash juanicto, stop trolling this forum with ignorance. You are severly misinformed. Be a good little foxtard and go back to where you belong

        August 31, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Sujith, NE

    Fact is, America is (still) not ready for a smart POTUS AND we are distracted too easily.The day we start thinking for ourselves, instead of blindly believing political pundits, real american dream will return. Till then, rich will still try to buy elections!

    August 31, 2012 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Ya Know

    Uh...isn't it easier to write an article about what we DO know about Romney?

    Certainly would be shorter.

    August 31, 2012 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Barry

    Really!!! How much can you really learn about a person in a twenty minute speach. One speaking about one's parents does not reflect the person's desires, dreams aspirations and attitude. Its obviously clear that the apple fell far from the tree when it comes to ROBMEY's dad and him..

    August 31, 2012 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • photos

      If you took a little more interest in what's going on and watched more than his speech, you'd definitely know more about him.

      August 31, 2012 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Sean

    Funny how Mitt, his wife, former secretary of state, dirty harry, and others made great speeches and have real American ideas, yet CNN can't say a nice word about it. The media wont persuade my mind this election! Screw Obama and his socialist/communist ideals. Anyone who thinks our tax dollars will solve our economies problems needs to go back to high school economics. Quit spending our money! What happened to fixing our debt and not raising taxes? You had your time, you made it worse, far worse, and now its time for you to leave.

    August 31, 2012 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • HOWARD

      Mychal Massie is a respected African American writer and talk show host in Los Angeles.

      The other evening on my twitter, a person asked me why I didn't like the Obamas. Specifically I was asked: "I have to ask, why do you hate the Obama's? It seems personal, not policy related. You even dissed (disrespect) their Christmas family picture."
      The truth is I do not like the Obamas, what they represent, their ideology, and I certainly do not like his policies and legislation. I've made no secret of my contempt for the Obamas. As I responded to the person who asked me the aforementioned question, I don't like them because they are committed to the fundamental change of our country into what can only be regarded as a Communist state.
      I don't hate them per definition, but I condemn them because they are the worst kind of racialists, they are elitist Leninists with contempt for traditional America. They display disrespect for the sanctity of the office he holds, and for those who are willing to admit same, Michelle Obama's raw contempt for white America is transpicuous.
      I don't like them because they comport themselves as emperor and empress. I expect, no I demand respect, for the Office of President and a love of our country and her citizenry from the leader entrusted with the governance of same. President and Mrs. Reagan displayed an unparalleled love for the country and her people. The Reagan's made Americans feel good about themselves and about what we could accomplish. Obama's arrogance by appointing 32 leftist czars and constantly bypassing congress is impeachable. Eric Holder is probably the MOST incompetent and arrogant DOJ head to ever hold the job. Could you envision President Reagan instructing his Justice Department to act like jack-booted thugs?
      Presidents are politicians and all politicians are known and pretty much expected to manipulate the truth, if not outright lie, but even using that low standard, the Obamas have taken lies, dishonesty, deceit, mendacity, subterfuge and obfuscation to new depths. They are verbally abusive to the citizenry, and they display an animus for civility.
      I do not like them, because they both display bigotry overtly, as in the case of Harvard Professor Louis Gates, when he accused the Cambridge Police of acting stupidly, and she used code-speak pursuant to now being able to be proud of America. I view that statement and that mindset as an insult to those who died to provide a country where a Kenyan, his illegal alien relatives, and his alleged progeny, could come and not only live freely, but rise to the highest, most powerful, position in the world. Michelle Obama is free to hate and disparage whites because Americans of every description paid with their blood to ensure her right to do same.
      I have a saying, that, "The only reason a person hides things is because they have something to hide." No president in history has spent over a million dollars to keep his records and his past sealed.
      And what the two of them have shared has been proved to be lies. He lied about when and how they met, he lied about his mother's death and problems with insurance, Michelle lied to a crowd pursuant to nearly $500,000 bank stocks they inherited from his family. He has lied about his father's military service, about the civil rights movement, ad nausea. He lied to the world about the Supreme Court in a State of the Union address. He berated and publicly insulted a sitting Congressman. He has surrounded himself with the most rabidly, radical, socialist academicians today. He opposed rulings that protected women and children that even Planned Parenthood did not seek to support. He is openly hostile to business and aggressively hostile to Israel. His wife treats being the First Lady as her personal American Express Black Card, (arguably the most prestigious credit card in the world). I condemn them because, as people are suffering, losing their homes, their jobs, their retirements, he and his family are arrogantly showing off their life of entitlement – as he goes about creating and fomenting class warfare.
      I don't like them, and I neither apologize nor retreat from my public condemnation of them and of his policies. We should condemn them for the disrespect they show our people, for his willful and unconstitutional actions pursuant to obeying the Constitutional parameters he is bound by, and his willful disregard for Congressional authority.
      Dislike for them has nothing to do with the color of their skin; it has everything to do with their behavior, attitudes, and policies. I have open scorn for their constantly playing the race card.
      It is my intention to do all within my ability to ensure their reign is one term. I could go on, but let me conclude with this. I condemn in the strongest possible terms the media for refusing to investigate them, as they did President Bush and President Clinton, and for refusing to label them for what they truly are. There is no scenario known to man, whereby a white president and his wife could ignore laws, flaunt their position, and lord over the people, as these two are permitted out of fear for their color.
      As I wrote in a syndicated column titled, "Nero In The White House": "Never in my life, inside or outside of politics, have I witnessed such dishonesty in a political leader. He is the most mendacious political figure I have ever witnessed. Even by the low standards of his presidential predecessors, his narcissistic, contumacious arrogance is unequalled. Using Obama as the bar, Nero would have to be elevated to sainthood. Many in America wanted to be proud when the first person of color was elected president, but instead, they have been witness to a congenital liar, a woman who has been ashamed of America her entire life, failed policies, intimidation, and a commonality hitherto not witnessed in political leaders. He and his wife view their life at our expense as an entitlement – while America's people go homeless, hungry and unemployed."

      August 31, 2012 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
      • datruth

        So because your right-wing propoganda managed to brain wash one black person, you see that as the definitive truth, ehh? You sir, are dumb.

        August 31, 2012 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
      • Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer


        I believe Wal-Mart has sale on white sheet and burning crosses. Go tell all your KKK friends. Hurry while sales last!

        August 31, 2012 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
      • Balton

        @Howard- You are crazy if you think this is turning into a communist country. People like you who will not listen to reason or even research policies you call " communist" are the real problem in the country. How can we expect to pull our selves out of this recession if simple things like fact checking is too much for some people. It is sad that we have come to a society where people are informed by 30 sec commercials that come on during The Price is Right. Everything you have said I guarantee, was not researched and surely could not be backed up with hard facts if you tried (mainly since almost everything you said was an opinion). Just because you feel a certain way does not make it true. Get the facts. Stop trolling. Get a life. OBAMA 2012!

        August 31, 2012 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
        • T

          @balton, and I thought blah blah the wheels off your trailer, was the biggest idiot replying, congratulations, you just blew him out of the water.

          August 31, 2012 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • juancito hispanic

      That's right leave, Get Out!! useless argumentative unproductive, critical, prosperity hating liberals

      August 31, 2012 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Harry Baxter

      Do you really think Ryan and Romney will "fix our debt"? If you do, you're beyond delusional. Check their records.

      August 31, 2012 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • datruth

      Actually President Obama did the opposite of everything you just said. He is not a socialist. He wants the rich people to start helping the poor. Like your book of myths says to do.

      August 31, 2012 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rick

      You are just repeating the bull the Republicans feed you. The fact is that 90% of the people are better off today than three years ago. Unless you are in the 4% unemployed (4% is normal so we are only 4% above that), you should not complain. And even then, unemplyment benefits were much higher than the Republicans would ahve given you. And the great speeches you are talking about? Go back and read them and you will find that they really said nothing. Romney gave no details about anything and he spewed more lies than facts. He knows absolutely nothing about foreign policy...... I better stop before your head explodes.

      August 31, 2012 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel

      What ideas are they? The R party complains about the present administration and how awful they are but never applied solutions and ideas to the problems actually started by the Bush Admin. Let us not forget all the FEAR provided by the Bushien adminstration. The Obama admin. instituded several stop gap measure to actually save this country from financial ruin right after George B. high tailed it to Texas. History will show what President Obama truly did to save this country from the greed of the 1%ers. Here is an idea (for the idealess party), let us start collaborating together as a people to solve our problems instead of bitching and blaming!!!

      August 31, 2012 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

      Who cares? Mitt and his wife are elitists who don't give a crap about the 99% of the American people. Condeleeza Rice is a war criminal who aded and abeited GWB, Dick Cheyney and Donald Rumsfeld in their war crimes against humanity in Afghanistan and Iraq. She has no credibility and should be detained at the Hague. And Clint Eastwood is an old wrinkled fool suffering from dementia.

      August 31, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  52. angelica

    this man is an idiot, and the people who are trying to drag this country to hell by voting for him are also idiots. This man has no intentions of benefiting the 99%. He wants to create more jobs over seas than here in america because of course it will be cheaper, but where does that leave us? Being a woman of Color, i don't want a man who will try to dictate the rights of women by making laws on abortions and trying to dictate the marriage rights of others. Sadly i'm not old enough to vote but i can assure you i will try my hardest to persuade others towards obama because he is the better choice than this idiot.

    August 31, 2012 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
    • juancito hispanic

      Hey Angelica what have you done to make this country better? Mitt has done way more than you in his business life and more than OBama as well, including donations, voluntary work etc. Show some respect little girl

      August 31, 2012 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
      • Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

        Mitt Romney has ripped off the American people out of millions of dollars. He has bankrupted companies, laid off thousands of hardworking decent Americans for profit and hid those profits in overseas accounts. Mitt Romney is on the same level of Bernie Madoff. A first class cheat, a phony and a fraud, an embezzler and a white color criminal. No, Mitt Romney hasn't built anything but illegal offshore accounts

        August 31, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
      • guest

        Mitt has done nothing but bankrupt business and makes a profit off of them and then sends those jobs overseas. I am only seventeen have had a Co-op something only a few college students. I am trying to make algae biodiesel to generate alternative fuel and electricity (gasp alternative energy) and I am not in college. I take my time to do independent research and then present my idea I also write political essays in my free time. Why? Because I want a future so I work to ensure one for myself but I can tell you this voting mitt will sink this country I will be honest Obama isn’t a lot better but he is trying the REPUBLICAN congress is fighting him every step of the way Tea publicans are the worst about that more filibusters have happened in the past four years than any other presidential term. so instead of shooting down something because the other side wants it and the other side is bad (no object or idea is bad unless it is made so by people who have a different view seriously if Hitler had won the holocaust as it is called now would be remembered as a great achievement!!) we should work together and try to fix this country so EVERYONE has a chance at the American dream. Also stop labeling people by any means black white Hispanic gay straight Christian Muslim. What does any of that matter we are all human there is no other intelligent beings on this planet so we are all equal (don’t argue that other religions are evil because they say the same things about you).

        August 31, 2012 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Barry

    Yes go ahead and put ROBMEY in office. I cannot understand how coul you vote for someone with no convictions; no ground; no position; A man sho clains he loves America yet hides his money in Over seas account merely not to pay taxes: a man who will not open up and show us what he is worth; his taxes; how he made his money: his record in Mass; his Bain affairs; and his SAlt Lake City Olympics reports. Anyone out there that is poor or in middle or those who must work for a living, do you really believe that his man will have your best interest at heart? I prefer and I have more respect for a person like Santorium or Gingrich that this Snake oil sales man.. I need not mentioned my other dislikes about him.

    August 31, 2012 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  54. juancito hispanic

    when you democrats grow up and mature intellectually you will regret having voted for OBOMO

    August 31, 2012 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
    • HOWARD


      August 31, 2012 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
      • Bill

        OK, I'll watch it, but I'll keep in mind that it's liberal, biased CBS news.

        August 31, 2012 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brad

      I'll put Obama's intellect up against Mitten Romney anyday.... anyday

      August 31, 2012 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
      • Bob

        Obviously your intellect must be on the same level-very LOW

        August 31, 2012 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Harry Baxter

      I'm a Democrat. Who you like to compare "intellectual maturity", academic accomplishments and success in life with me? (or are you just another racist who is afraid that a person with dark skin will steal your Wife).

      August 31, 2012 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
      • juancito hispanic

        Harry Baxter wrong direction sir. you are steering in another direction. you see racism even in your sleep apparently.

        August 31, 2012 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • datruth

      If by mature intellectually, you mean to become ignorant, facist, racist, sexist, science-denying, inbred, scum of the earth handytards, THAT isn't going to happen in the foreseeable future. We already have WAAAY too many people like you

      August 31, 2012 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
      • juancito hispanic

        Just Grow up man, have some common sense

        August 31, 2012 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  55. richj1313

    Please. I love how people say things like "I am a woman and I like my rights"...What exactly will Mitt Romney be taking from you? You're "right" to free contraception? Stop listening to the $100m worth of attack ads and pay attention to what he is saying and who he is. Or better yet what his life-long friends, neighbors and coworkers say about him. He's not a big government knows best guy, he's a faith and family and friends know best kind of guy. He always has been, that's why some Republicans don't like him. In one night, you heard more honest, compassionate stories about a guy with a big heart (from real people) than you've heard in the 5+ years we've been getting to know President Obama. How come you never hear about all of the great things he's done for the people he cares about on a personal level? Please don't tell me it's because he's a private man, if there was anything even close to the truth, there would already have been a 30 minute prime time special abut it. We gave him a shot, you're guy failed. And by the way, the ultimate B'sr is not the one you see, it's the one you don't see.

    August 31, 2012 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Brad

      "listen to what he is saying"? are you kidding me? he says one thing, than says another all you have to do is go back in his history in Politics and see all the Flip Flops... this guys speaks with Forked Tounge, don't fall for it, But i suppose you believe Rush Limbaugh and Shaun hannity too

      August 31, 2012 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
    • juancito hispanic

      hahaha I agree, " I love my rights" is she 5 years old

      August 31, 2012 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
    • datruth

      Oh yes, life-ling friends and neighbors always give objective views of personality traits. I recall one aquaitance of Robmey's from highschool that had him beating up homosexuals.... hmm. And yea, women WILL lose control over their own bodies. If you believe otherwise you are too concerned with counting your money then understanding the FACTS.

      August 31, 2012 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
      • juancito hispanic

        datruth is that all you took from Romneys speech,? grow up

        August 31, 2012 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

      Listen to one thing that Romney is saying? Well, we have listened to alot of things Romney has had to say. However, we asked him to show us ONE thing...his tax returns and he says its non of your business. I could care less about Willard and his off shore accounts, his car elevator, his private jet, his 15 homes, his seven butlers and five nannies, his thoroughbred horses, his...

      August 31, 2012 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
      • juancito hispanic

        tax return, tax return, tax return, are you the IRS?? bunch of dummies

        August 31, 2012 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  56. NOTA

    I watched last night's speeches with the hope that Romney could sell himself as President. What he did is tell a great story about his life growing up, how much he loves his family, and how terrible our current President is. But at no point did he even attempt to explain why he should be President, what his plans are, and how he will accomplish them. Energy independence and $12mil new jobs are great promises, but how do you plan on doing that?

    So for now, I'm still voting None Of The Above.

    August 31, 2012 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
    • juancito hispanic

      OBOMA is out plizz, open your eyes kids, no more attorneys being president, expect for Clinton, well, not even Clinton. Get him ouT!!!

      August 31, 2012 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
    • juancito hispanic

      NOTA that will be included in the debates, why should i show my hand to OBOMO

      August 31, 2012 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  57. NB123

    And we know all about Obama, does college transcripts ring a bell.... CNN is pathetic

    August 31, 2012 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

      College transcript? That's all you have to offer? Have problems discussing the issues? You must be a teapublican!

      August 31, 2012 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  58. Faith

    WHERE WAS THIS STORY WHEN OBAMA WAS RUNNING?!?!? I guess we had to wait for 2016 to come out to find out. Glad SOMEONE did the media's job.

    August 31, 2012 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

      Where was the story when Obama was running? Well, when Obama was running, he told the American people that he'd stabilize the economy, create jobs and strenghten the middle class and though the recession is not totally over, he has done exactly that despite the GOT fillibustering every jobs bill and people like Mitt Romney saying that it was a waste of stimulus money trying to save our auto industry. When Obama was running, while while on the campaign trail he met with everyday Americans who told horror stories of love ones being denied life saving operations and being discriminated against because of pre-existing conditions. He also met with everyday Americans who told him that they were struggling to keep a roof over their loves ones heads and food on the table while having to find ways to pay high health insurance. Then candidate Obama told these Americans that if elected, he'd deliver on his promise to make health insurance more affordable and beneficial to them and boy did he ever deliver? And if you ask me, I always believed that a healthier America is simply a stronger America.

      When candidate Obama campaigned in 2008, he told the American people that he'd restore our image, trust and credibility abroad, he'll end the Iraqi war, he'll set a timely deadline to end the Afghan war, he'll get rid of OBL if the opportunity presented itself and he'll strenghten our national security. And boy, did candidate Obama ever deliver? Shall I go on further?

      Obama/Biden 2012!

      August 31, 2012 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  59. Brad

    I know this guy believes in "Trickle Down Economics" you know ...where the rich take their money and create jobs.
    Riiiggghht Romney took his money and hoarded it overseas in Offshore tax protected accounts, he's not the only one all his rich croonies are doing the same thing, they want you to believe they will use the money to create jobs but they are really in a contest to see who can stash the most money, they do not care about you!

    August 31, 2012 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
    • AsianNija

      Do you know that Romney had 150 million in the bank and he put his 3 account in swentzeland bank and do not want to pay tax for the united state and want to become president and ship job to other countries Hell no Mr. selfish crook

      August 31, 2012 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  60. Larry

    No change for me – Obama 2012 and democrats for the rest of my life:)

    August 31, 2012 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  61. steve

    Obama had his first fundraiser for public office in the home of his friend Bill Ayres, a unindicted coconspiritor in the muder of a cop.

    Why no CNN story on that?

    Oh, and if ya did watch the speaches, you would see this article is a lie.

    But when lies are told often and no lier is held to account, the lies continue.


    August 31, 2012 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
    • JustKen

      Your grasp of things political matches your grasp on the English language. I feel you are a good sample of the main cross-section of.......... 75:80% of the GOP.

      August 31, 2012 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
    • guest

      Learn to spell moron

      August 31, 2012 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Marv

      And how did he go from Community Organizer to a millionaire in such a short time?

      August 31, 2012 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  62. JustKen

    The guy reminds me of a vacuum cleaner salesman who will say/promise anything to close the deal. I am a consummate bs'er and can spot my own ten miles away. Difference is, I'm not trying to run the country. Once elected, he will do what the big companies tell him to do, the good of the people be damned. This guy keeps his money offshore, and has sent millions of jobs to foreign lands. Because they work cheaper there making it cheaper for the company. Putting more money in corporate pockets. This AIN'T rocket science. All those call-centers in India and places like that? They work far cheaper. Romney didn't do ALL of that, but certainly contributed TO it. Allowing the 1% to grow wealthier, and shrinking the middle class, eradicating jobs. Manufacturing jobs, same thing. Cheaper there, albeit an inferior product. A country that produces nothing, *is* nothing.

    August 31, 2012 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
    • wileysee

      You must be talking about Obama because he has a track record and you just described him to a tee.

      August 31, 2012 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Jo

      Actually, it was the current oval office occupant who used tax payer money to support large companies to open businesses over seas (yes in India). He also wasted tax payer money aka stimulus to prop up green energy companies to the tune of billions of dollars. Those businesses failed and thousands lost thier jobs. Why should Romney be crusified for being successful? So sick of people who are so lazy and jealous of success that they try to make it evil.

      August 31, 2012 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
      • Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

        When President Obama took office in 2009, 4.4 million Americans were unemployed and the economy was losing 800,000 jobs per month. Since passage of the the 2009 Recovery and Reinvestment Act, 5.2 million private sector jobs have been created, 1.1 million jobs saved in our auto industry and 2 million public sector jobs saved and though the recession is not yet over, the economy has been stabilized with 29 consecutive months of private sector job growth inspite of the GOT deliberately fillibustering every jobs bill and taking every radical measure to stall progress and growth.

        Obama/Biden 2012!

        August 31, 2012 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  63. ndirish2010

    I'm almost as interested to see how Obama and the Democrats respond at their convention. We saw Romney's life story and his idea on the middle class. Now lets see how Obama responds. This will be the deciding factor. Who will connect with the middle class better? Obama has his work cut out for him.

    August 31, 2012 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

      Really? Where have you been for the last four years? You really want to know how President Obama has connected with the Middle class? First and foremost, the 2009 Recovery and Reinvestment Act the GOT is so up in arms about when they talk about wastefuld and reckless spending was passed by the Obama administration out of NECESSITY to stabilize the economy and strengthen the middle class. But Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan said, the more fiscally responsible way to go is to say no to the middle by continuing to give the wealthy large tax breaks and bailouts while they party and give each other million dollar bonuses while their companies continue to get TARP funding from the govt. Shall I go on further?

      When the President said the rich had their free ride for eight straight years and now its time to help struggling everyday Americans recover from the recession, the GOT accused the President of class warfare. When the President said let's not slash much needed domestic programs in a time when middle class families are struggling to make ends meet, the GOT argue that the President is wasting federal dollars and inflating the national debt. When the President asked for an extension of unemployment benefits and health insurance for the millions of unemployed and struggling Americans, Sen. Mitch McConnel stressed fiscal responsibility once again while arguing that more extension of unemployment benefits will only encourage the unemployed to stop looking for work. A few nights ago, Paul Ryan argued that one in six Americans are poor as a result of the policies of the Obama administration while overlooking the fact that his running mate Mitt Romney said he's not concerned about the poor because "there's a safety net." Let's face it, I can go on and on and on. And when President Obama passed the historic AFC to make health insurance more affordable and beneficial to the millions of middle class Americans, the GOT took the issue to the U.S. Supreme court but again, they lost the bet. Furthermore, most real Americans already know which Party has stood up for the middle class. I cannot say that about the party that just held their convention.

      Obama/Biden 2012!

      August 31, 2012 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Jona

      Obama is busy releasing his recipe for brewing beer. My god we need someone working in the Oval Office. Enough of this rubbing elbows with George Clooney and playing basketball. The President should not have time for crap like that.

      August 31, 2012 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  64. jodyroy

    How any presidential candidate can run for office and keep his agenda hidden is beyond me. Of course, how anyone could vote for someone like that is even more bizarre.

    August 31, 2012 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  65. Laura

    I know enough NOT to vote for Romney. I am a woman and I like my rights.

    August 31, 2012 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Jo

      Laura, please tell me what rights Romney wants to take away from you? only thing I can think of would be late term abortion – this is a killing a viable human being and should never happen. Look at his record for emlploying women and supporting womens issues. Obama is trying to scare people with social issues because he is counting on them being too blind to ask questions just like they were in 2008. This is America, its 2012 - women and minorities and special interest groups run this country and will never lose their rights. wake up- get your head out of the sand and read something besides left wing liberal media.

      August 31, 2012 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
      • Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

        Women and minorities and and special interest groups will not loose their rights under Romney/Ryan? Really? For four years the GOT has staged gender warfare against women, religious warfare against Muslin-Americans, ethnic warfare against Hispanic-Americans, social warfare against African-Americans, Gays and Lesbian-Americans and you have the nerve to insult our intelligence by saying that the GOT won't take away anyone's rights? WRONG!

        August 31, 2012 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jona

      Then you are truly ignorant Laura.

      August 31, 2012 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  66. Blookerman

    Now we know more about Romney than we ever will about Obama.

    August 31, 2012 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
    • jodyroy

      Why? You guys have made up so much about him that you can just believe the shadow puppet you've created!

      August 31, 2012 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
      • BMW330CI

        Seems like everyone is mad at Mitt for being rich... If your parents were wealthy, would you have worked in college?
        There will always be the "haves & the have nots". Don't punish motivated people who become successful. In the eyes of the poor, most middle class families appear to have more money, and posessions than they need. If you won the lottery today, would you give it all away? No, you would keep most of it to make a better life for you and your family. If you are truely worried about the poor, why don't you have a smaller house, drive an old car, and not take vacations, and give the money to people who literally do not have a place to live, or enough to eat? It is easy to tell other
        people how to spend their money. Have you taken a good look at your own spending habbits?

        August 31, 2012 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |