Romney on Chick-fil-A: That’s not something that’s part of my campaign; Update: Obama ducks too

posted at 6:07 pm on August 3, 2012 by Allahpundit

Via the Examiner, I understand why he punted here. His retort to Reid’s tax-evasion smear last night was that it’s an obvious, grotesque attempt to hand the media a new distraction from Obama’s record. He just got back from a foreign policy trip/photo op that was also submerged in distractions, most notably his Olympics comments in London and his aide’s “kiss my ass” comments to the press in Poland. He’s just begun pushing a more positive message keyed to his biography to convince undecideds that he’s up to the job. The last thing he wants right now is another distraction wrapped around his ankles, particularly on a day when the news is about the latest disappointing jobs report.

Given that the Chick-fil-A question here was packaged with another question about Bachmann and the Muslim Brotherhood, he had two dilemmas. One: If he weighs in on either, that’s a story and now suddenly he’s being asked about gay marriage and Islamism instead of jobs for the middle class. If you want a candidate who’s more interested in culture-war issues than economic growth, try Romney 2008. Two: If he weighs in only on Chick-fil-A, the easier of the two topics, then there’ll be a separate story on why he specifically ducked the question about Bachmann and he’ll hear it from her supporters and from the media for dodging. He probably figured he was better off playing it safe (as usual) and passing on both. Hey — if you wanted a nominee who’d inch out on the highwire to answer any question put to him, you should have nominated Newt.

Still, hurts to know that even a tool like Mike Bloomberg is capable of offering a righteous answer on CFA when called on to do so:

Critics trying to shut Chick-fil-A because its CEO opposes gay marriage are undermining the very essence of the Constitution, Mayor Bloomberg declared today in a stirring defense of the embattled fast food chain.

“It isn’t the right thing to do and it isn’t what America stands for,” Bloomberg said on his weekly WOR radio show. “And those people who don’t like (Chick-fil-A) don’t understand their rights were protected by people who took a difficult position in the past and stood by it. They stood up so everybody else would be free.”…

“What’s for sure is that government cannot in the United States, in America, under the Constitution, be run where you have a litmus test for the personal views of somebody when they want something in the commercial world.”

Barney Frank also managed to say a word against government discrimination towards Chick-fil-A. Ah well. Maybe Mitt will get another question about this tomorrow and say something about free speech even if he ends up avoiding the subject of gay marriage. Speaking of which, enjoy the second clip below. Not sure what’s gotten into Stewart lately, but this is a rare week during which most of his big hits have been at the expense of Democrats. Exit quotation via Mediaite: “Pretty sure you can’t outlaw a company with perfectly legal business practices because you find their CEO’s views repellant. Not sure which amendment covers that, but it’s probably in the top 1.”

Update: Evidently the “evolution” is over:

Obama, already in favor of gay marriage, has little to gain by weighing in against a private company that operates primarily in red states on an issue that has already inflamed social conservatives. He has treaded lightly on the issue on the campaign trail, touting the repeal of the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy but avoided new calls for legalizing gay marriage since announcing he supported it in May.

Several officials in Obama’s White House and campaign did not respond Friday to requests for comment about Chick-fil-A. And there’s reason for the president to keep the issues away from the center of his reelection campaign. Obama can’t afford to alienate religious conservatives in the black community or give blue-collar Democratic whites in Ohio and Virginia another reason to vote against him.

Not a word from the president of the United States in defense of a business owner’s right to hold the political views he prefers without fear of government retribution?


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Good answer. Stay focused.

thatsafactjack on August 3, 2012 at 6:10 PM

Well, they’re part of my “campaign,” you fuc*ing coward. And, to your misfortune, they are part of the American struggle to maintan freedom. This response was a serious mistake.

rrpjr on August 3, 2012 at 6:10 PM

What do you want him to do? At this point it seems like the Chick-Fil-A story is over, and CFA won. Why drag it out further with his opinion and add another distraction from jobs?

John_Locke on August 3, 2012 at 6:12 PM

Neither is winning any part of the Romney campaign. I guess he must like 0bama since he also worked behind the scenes to ensure a McCain loss in 2008.

0bamaRomney 2012. Because you are not allowed any other choice!

DannoJyd on August 3, 2012 at 6:12 PM

Well, they’re part of my “campaign,” you fuc*ing coward. And, to your misfortune, they are part of the American struggle to maintan freedom. This response was a serious mistake.

rrpjr on August 3, 2012 at 6:10 PM

What’s he going to say? Do you want another week of CFA stories?

John_Locke on August 3, 2012 at 6:13 PM

Still, hurts to know that even a tool like Mike Bloomberg is capable of offering a righteous answer on CFA when called on to do so:

Oh come on, Bloomberg is not running for President..and besides, it was two questions in one about things that had nothing to do with each other…if he had weighed in on that, that is all we would hear about now. The economy would be forgotten again.

Terrye on August 3, 2012 at 6:13 PM

What’s he going to say? Do you want another week of CFA stories?

John_Locke on August 3, 2012 at 6:13 PM

“They built a good business.”

the_nile on August 3, 2012 at 6:14 PM

Why drag it out further with his opinion and add another distraction from jobs?

John_Locke on August 3, 2012 at 6:12 PM

You make a fair point, so now you can give us links to what Romney has been promoting to create jobs over the past 2 months.

Anything prior doesn’t count as the attention span of the typical American voter is no longer than that.

DannoJyd on August 3, 2012 at 6:15 PM

mitt romney, he fights/s

renalin on August 3, 2012 at 6:15 PM

What do you want him to do? At this point it seems like the Chick-Fil-A story is over, and CFA won. Why drag it out further with his opinion and add another distraction from jobs?

John_Locke on August 3, 2012 at 6:12 PM

Did they?

Seems like democrats threw up a trial balloon wondering “how fascist can we be and still get most liberals to support us” and got an answer that was probably pretty satisfactory.

lorien1973 on August 3, 2012 at 6:15 PM

Oh come on, Bloomberg is not running for President..and besides, it was two questions in one about things that had nothing to do with each other…if he had weighed in on that, that is all we would hear about now. The economy would be forgotten again.

Terrye on August 3, 2012 at 6:13 PM

Yep, you’re already trying to be heard over an airhorn of random BS from the media, better to give them as few airhorns as possible.

John_Locke on August 3, 2012 at 6:15 PM

What do you want him to do? At this point it seems like the Chick-Fil-A story is over, and CFA won. Why drag it out further with his opinion and add another distraction from jobs?

John_Locke on August 3, 2012 at 6:12 PM

Because for some people – Romney must be perfect and answer everything the exact way they want him to or he is a squishy RINO, etc, etc.

gophergirl on August 3, 2012 at 6:15 PM

Well, they’re part of my “campaign,” you fuc*ing coward. And, to your misfortune, they are part of the American struggle to maintan freedom. This response was a serious mistake.

rrpjr on August 3, 2012 at 6:10 PM

What’s he going to say? Do you want another week of CFA stories?

John_Locke on August 3, 2012 at 6:13 PM

Romney is damned if he does and damned if he doesn’t. He gave his honest opinion in Great Britain and even people like Krauthammer and a lot of conservatives on this blog gave him hell for answering honestly.

I do not think it has anything to do with cowardice..I think he is catching on that he can not trust the press to not take something out of context, call it a gaffe whether it is a gaffe or not or just in general use any distraction they can to keep people from talking about our crappy economy.

Terrye on August 3, 2012 at 6:16 PM

It’s a smart smart move, considering the MSM was probably just salivating their chops waiting for him to endorse what Dan Cathy said. In avoiding the issue, he takes a major piece of political ammo away from the media. I would be willing to bet just his doing that is going to drive the editors of every left-leaning media outlet out of their minds!

pilamaye on August 3, 2012 at 6:16 PM

Trying to shift the focus to Romney’s answer regarding Chick-fil-A is just another shiny object that the MSM wants to use to try and deflect the focus from jobs and the economy in an effort to help the Obama campaign.

Refusing to fall for it… keeping the focus on jobs and the economy like a laser… is the best possible thing Romney could have done.

Notice… he did that without a teleprompter!

thatsafactjack on August 3, 2012 at 6:17 PM

John_Locke on August 3, 2012 at 6:12 PM

agree.

artchick on August 3, 2012 at 6:17 PM

Because for some people – Romney must be perfect and answer everything the exact way they want him to or he is a squishy RINO, etc, etc.

gophergirl on August 3, 2012 at 6:15 PM

True.

Terrye on August 3, 2012 at 6:17 PM

Why not mention the 1st Amendment? Isn’t that important enough to take a little flak?

I’ve mentioned before he needs to learn to segue from one topic into the economy.

Bah.

INC on August 3, 2012 at 6:18 PM

Well, they’re part of my “campaign,” you fuc*ing coward. And, to your misfortune, they are part of the American struggle to maintan freedom. This response was a serious mistake.

rrpjr on August 3, 2012 at 6:10 PM

Were you going to vote for him? If so, are you thinking about withholding it or your money and time for his campaign?

thebrokenrattle on August 3, 2012 at 6:18 PM

Why could he take a stand for what is right? Hundreds of thousands(if not millions)of Americans did.

kingsjester on August 3, 2012 at 6:18 PM

Because for some people – Romney must be perfect and answer everything the exact way they want him to or he is a squishy RINO, etc, etc.

gophergirl on August 3, 2012 at 6:15 PM

He’s already locked up the RINO thing with “buy this or go to jail”

lorien1973 on August 3, 2012 at 6:18 PM

Did they?

Seems like democrats threw up a trial balloon wondering “how fascist can we be and still get most liberals to support us” and got an answer that was probably pretty satisfactory.

lorien1973 on August 3, 2012 at 6:15 PM

I think so, for the most part you’ve got all the but the thuggiest walking back their crap about banning CFA. Besides, the conversation that needs to be had w/regards to libs being thuggish about CFA isn’t really going to happen in a campaign.

Libs need to realize that if their leaders can be just as thuggish for someone else if demographics turn. That’s not going to be a five second soundbite answer, so why bother?

John_Locke on August 3, 2012 at 6:18 PM

John_Locke on August 3, 2012 at 6:12 PM

“Drag it out”? “Distraction”? This issue is going to seethe until November and beyond. The turnout on Wednesday across the country was an indication and an augury of the suppressed American spirit craving for a voice. This question was about the slowest, fattest softball ever pitched to an American politician, certainly to aputative conservative one. Beyond that, the notion that the Republican party candidate could actually say that a signal free-speech issue like this, which goes to the core of our constitution and indeed to the core of the Western premise of individual rights, “this has nothing to do with my campaign” is, on one hand, completely understandable gien the flaccid and fearful state of the GOP but, on the other, inconceivable.

rrpjr on August 3, 2012 at 6:19 PM

I have no problem with his Mormonism as a candidate. I would prefer something else, but the Dems will be out with knives soon coming to a theater near you by Sept. 1. He told Brian Williams he was proud of his faith, good for him. Not so much marriage?

Starlink on August 3, 2012 at 6:17 PM

Mitt Romney has stated time and again that he believes marriage is between a man and a woman. If people do not know that, then they have not been paying attention.

Terrye on August 3, 2012 at 6:19 PM

Romney has the entire Media against him. The entire media, all of it. They’re all literally working to destroy him. He’s got to pick his spots. This may have been one, maybe not but I’ll give him a pass.

AYNBLAND on August 3, 2012 at 6:19 PM

A savvy general lets the guerrillas carry the fight while keeping his powder dry.

Mitt Romney – 21st century Swamp Fox?

Bruno Strozek on August 3, 2012 at 6:19 PM

“Those are not things that are part of my campaign.”

He’s going to deflate and demoralize the base, to think finally we are excited and Romney’s the ultimate stodgy goody-two-shoes killjoy. No thanks. He is really pushing it that many will in fact agree with Matt Lewis and say, screw it, lets root for O and in 2016 lets uproot things and get it right. Romney, come out strong in support of the conservative CFA protestors, or you’re sunk among the base.

anotherJoe on August 3, 2012 at 6:20 PM

Let’s see,
ChickFilA supports families and Christian values.
Obama and his thugs hate ChickFilA because of that .
So Obama and his thugs hate families and Christians.
How difficult is that to say in public ?
Because if it was about gay equality, Obama would be sending his thugs to do kiss-ins at muslim restaurants and other muslim businesses which fund killing of gays and women for jihad all over the world

burrata on August 3, 2012 at 6:20 PM

O/T: I hear the main event for the ghey CFA kiss-in is at 8 PM–well past the dinner hour. I thought that the whole point was to disrupt business by making hateful bigoted traditional marriage supporters and their hateful bigoted kids uncomfortable.

Dear gheys: next time don’t let inthemiddle plan the protest.

Kataklysmic on August 3, 2012 at 6:20 PM

Ah, time for nuance. You would think with all the staff he has he could come up with a balanced statement.

Starlink on August 3, 2012 at 6:17 PM

Yes, Chick-fil-a trying to create jobs being stopped in Chicago could be a good talking point against intrusive government.

the_nile on August 3, 2012 at 6:21 PM

Beyond that, the notion that the Republican party candidate could actually say that a signal free-speech issue like this, which goes to the core of our constitution and indeed to the core of the Western premise of individual rights, “this has nothing to do with my campaign” is, on one hand, completely understandable gien the flaccid and fearful state of the GOP but, on the other, inconceivable.

rrpjr on August 3, 2012 at 6:19 PM

Oh come on..Romney could not use the word culture and Israel in the same sentence without days and days of people yakking about gaffes…the man is trying to stay on message.

All some people know how to do is find fault and bitch.

Terrye on August 3, 2012 at 6:21 PM

Mitt Romney – 21st century Swamp Fox?

Bruno Strozek on August 3, 2012 at 6:19 PM

No. Francis Marion was in the swamp with his men, leading them.

INC on August 3, 2012 at 6:21 PM

Terrye on August 3, 2012 at 6:19 PM

Then, why didn’t he say it when it mattered?

kingsjester on August 3, 2012 at 6:22 PM

Courage…

d1carter on August 3, 2012 at 6:22 PM

I don’t see this as cowardice at all. Romney needs to keep his focus on the economy and American jobs. I think the people of America handled the CFA just fine, and I am sure Romney knows this. If Obama weighed in on this I missed it, but if he didn’t (and he shouldn’t have,) where is the criticism of him?

jazzuscounty on August 3, 2012 at 6:22 PM

Why could he take a stand for what is right? Hundreds of thousands(if not millions)of Americans did.

kingsjester on August 3, 2012 at 6:18 PM

Do you want him to get elected President in November? If yes, then that is why. Why spend another week discussing this non-event when we could spend it talking about Obama’s failed economic record? I am sure Romney supports CFA. What will be important is how he responds when asked about Gay Marriage during the debates. THAT is where he makes his distinction in contrast to Obama. THAT is where he demonstrates he is in line with the Hundreds of thousands of Americans.

weaselyone on August 3, 2012 at 6:22 PM

Were you going to vote for him? If so, are you thinking about withholding it or your money and time for his campaign?

thebrokenrattle on August 3, 2012 at 6:18 PM

Yes, I intended to vote for him. This isn’t to say I will not. But what a deflating and politically mindless and cowardly comment to make. It reaffirmed everything I despise about this party and this expedient and timorous man.

rrpjr on August 3, 2012 at 6:22 PM

“Drag it out”? “Distraction”? This issue is going to seethe until November and beyond. The turnout on Wednesday across the country was an indication and an augury of the suppressed American spirit craving for a voice. This question was about the slowest, fattest softball ever pitched to an American politician, certainly to aputative conservative one. Beyond that, the notion that the Republican party candidate could actually say that a signal free-speech issue like this, which goes to the core of our constitution and indeed to the core of the Western premise of individual rights, “this has nothing to do with my campaign” is, on one hand, completely understandable gien the flaccid and fearful state of the GOP but, on the other, inconceivable.

rrpjr on August 3, 2012 at 6:19 PM

We’re talking about fried chicken. I get it, there are broader implications, etc. etc., but I don’t think you see anything more than the conservative base reaffirming beliefs; probably doesn’t win you anything in the long run.

The campaign could easily be about free speech and we’d hammer O on it because he’s a thug, point taken; but I don’t see this election as a free speech election, it’s an economy election.

None of which is to say I think you’re wrong, it’d be great if he came out swinging on it, but I understand why he’s not, and I can see some wisdom in it.

John_Locke on August 3, 2012 at 6:23 PM

86% of the media coverage on Romney is negative

gophergirl on August 3, 2012 at 6:23 PM

That’s wonderful, I would have expected 90+.

Hopefully that 14% comes from Fox, since they’ve got double the ratings of everyone else.

John_Locke on August 3, 2012 at 6:24 PM

Romney is smart not to take the dopey liberal bait.

Pork-Chop on August 3, 2012 at 6:25 PM

He’s already locked up the RINO thing with “buy this or go to jail”

lorien1973 on August 3, 2012 at 6:18 PM

That is as stupid as anything Reid or Obama ever said. It really is.

Terrye on August 3, 2012 at 6:25 PM

weaselyone on August 3, 2012 at 6:22 PM

So, forego standing with America for what is right in the name of political expediency? Courage…and Consistency.

By the way, I do plan on voting for him.

kingsjester on August 3, 2012 at 6:25 PM

“That’s not part of my campaign” while ALSO making it clear that his favorite fastfood stop is a ChickFilA (and has been a routine of campaign along the trail) is Romney sticking to his objective: it’s the economy and it’s Obama’s awful track record.

Meaawhile, Romney gets all points across clearly there: he favors ChickFilA, enjoys their food and patronizing their franchises, welcomes the public knowing that and his campaign is focused on the economy.

Staying focused. A good (and smart) thing.

Lourdes on August 3, 2012 at 6:26 PM

“On this day where it was reinforced that this (mis)administration policies are putting more and more Americans out of work, I think it’s instructive that dem Mayors and Councilmen across this great nation are calling for boycotts and telling CFA not to come to their towns. Thereby further hurting our economy.”…

Gohawgs on August 3, 2012 at 6:27 PM

Romney takes this inane stand in lack of support for the conservatives that have rallied across the country to CFA. He seemed to back away from the critical illegal immigration issue as well, unwilling to condemn O’s de facto amnesty. He’s determined to find a small largely irrelevant issue of the short-term economy, and make that the focus of the entire campaign. I’m thinking now we go 3rd party, or worse.

anotherJoe on August 3, 2012 at 6:27 PM

He’s already locked up the RINO thing with “buy this or go to jail”

lorien1973 on August 3, 2012 at 6:18 PM

That is as stupid as anything Reid or Obama ever said. It really is.

That’s not true, Romney certainly doesn’t have a strong conservative record by any means. We’re mostly banking on the fact that he won’t be as liberal as Obama, and that we’ll have a conservative Congress that will hold him to the right. Alternatively, if you’re into conspiracy theories, he’s really super ultra conservative but couldn’t show that in Massachusetts.

Either way, it’s not unreasonable to say he’s been a bit of a squish.

John_Locke on August 3, 2012 at 6:27 PM

During the press conference, Romney was asked whether the Chick-fil-A controversy – or the controversy about Huma Abedin’s ties to the Muslim Brotherhood – should be part of the national conversation.

“Those are not things that’s not part of my campaign.” he answered shortly, after explaining that he wasn’t in the business of telling people what to talk about.

First Amendment

Those are not things that’s not part of my campaign.”

Defense of marriage

Those are not things that’s not part of my campaign.”

National security

Those are not things that’s not part of my campaign.”

INC on August 3, 2012 at 6:27 PM

Gohawgs on August 3, 2012 at 6:27 PM

That’s what he should have said.

kingsjester on August 3, 2012 at 6:28 PM

Not a word from the president of the United States in defense of a business owner’s right to hold the political views he prefers without fear of government retribution?

Whatever he has to say has already been said by Rhamboy and Morono.

burrata on August 3, 2012 at 6:28 PM

Beyond that, the notion that the Republican party candidate could actually say that a signal free-speech issue like this, which goes to the core of our constitution and indeed to the core of the Western premise of individual rights, “this has nothing to do with my campaign” is, on one hand, completely understandable gien the flaccid and fearful state of the GOP but, on the other, inconceivable.

rrpjr on August 3, 2012 at 6:19 PM

It is both about free speech and job creation.

the_nile on August 3, 2012 at 6:28 PM

Terrye on August 3, 2012 at 6:19 PM

Then, why didn’t he say it when it mattered?

kingsjester on August 3, 2012 at 6:22 PM

So you are saying that all the other times that Romney has said he supports traditional marriage do not matter..that he had to say it this time or the other several hundred other times are immaterial.

Truth is,some people just can not be pleased. Nothing is ever good enough for them.

Terrye on August 3, 2012 at 6:29 PM

Lots of campaign managers on this thread. I can’t wait till he picks a VP. Whoever it is, I’m sure there will be threats to not vote because of his selection. I think it’s all due to this ungodly heat.:)

a capella on August 3, 2012 at 6:29 PM

What’s he going to say? Do you want another week of CFA stories?

John_Locke on August 3, 2012 at 6:13 PM

He could have used this to defend the 1st Amendment. It was squishy and I’m disappointed in him. But he’ll still get my vote because I’m desperate to get Obama out.

dukecitygirl on August 3, 2012 at 6:29 PM

I’m glad he isn’t saying anything. Although it is about our right to belief and speech, this isn’t the platform to take at this time. He will have his time when he gets elected. (yes I have high hopes)

ThinkingForMyself on August 3, 2012 at 6:29 PM

Romney has the entire Media against him. The entire media, all of it. They’re all literally working to destroy him. He’s got to pick his spots. This may have been one, maybe not but I’ll give him a pass.

AYNBLAND on August 3, 2012 at 6:19 PM

+100. Plus, when your opponent is self-destructing you move out of the way and give them lots of room.

As for the comment that a lots of people took a stand – ****GOOD IT’S ABOUT TIME**** and those good people do not need to be validated or get a pat on the back from a politician.

Romney has concerns that those people don’t, which is the media parsing EVERY. SINGLE. WORD. he speaks to find anything to latch onto. If he wants to play it careful for a little longer, then so be it.

kim roy on August 3, 2012 at 6:30 PM

So you are saying that all the other times that Romney has said he supports traditional marriage do not matter..that he had to say it this time or the other several hundred other times are immaterial.

Truth is,some people just can not be pleased. Nothing is ever good enough for them.

Terrye on August 3, 2012 at 6:29 PM

ROFL. So, all those American Families who stood up to be counted on Wednesday do not matter? For shame.

kingsjester on August 3, 2012 at 6:30 PM

“… you should have nominated Newt.”

Hang in there Newt…!

/

Seven Percent Solution on August 3, 2012 at 6:31 PM

It is both about free speech and job creation.

the_nile on August 3, 2012 at 6:28 PM

That’s my point.

He has to stop looking at issues as each belonging in its own little box and learn to connect them.

“On this day where it was reinforced that this (mis)administration policies are putting more and more Americans out of work, I think it’s instructive that dem Mayors and Councilmen across this great nation are calling for boycotts and telling CFA not to come to their towns. Thereby further hurting our economy.”…

Gohawgs on August 3, 2012 at 6:27 PM

Good example. I would also bring in the Dems trying to stifle freedom of speech.

INC on August 3, 2012 at 6:31 PM

More likely he’s waiting for some day other than a Friday when more are paying attention to mention it.

There’s a reason Oblamer and sleazy Eric Holder do their document dumps on Fridays. Most everyone already is into weekend mode and less likely to notice.

viking01 on August 3, 2012 at 6:31 PM

Yes, I intended to vote for him. This isn’t to say I will not. But what a deflating and politically mindless and cowardly comment to make. It reaffirmed everything I despise about this party and this expedient and timorous man.

rrpjr on August 3, 2012 at 6:22 PM

Don’t worry, Obama will say something between now and election day and p!ss you and I and everyone one here so badly that we will not only crawl across glass on our bellies but jump through windows if we have to, to vote for the Mitt over the O.

thebrokenrattle on August 3, 2012 at 6:31 PM

ROFL. So, all those American Families who stood up to be counted on Wednesday do not matter? For shame.

kingsjester on August 3, 2012 at 6:30 PM

No, but they’re going to vote GOP anyway.

I don’t really think we were getting crossover libs riding to CFA’s aid.

John_Locke on August 3, 2012 at 6:31 PM

Oh BTW, Hussein will be kissing in with Van Jones, Reggie Love , Fareed Zakaria and Kal Penn @ 8 PM tonite.
Reid will be there too ,
to kiss in Barney Frank

burrata on August 3, 2012 at 6:32 PM

Romney takes this inane stand in lack of support for the conservatives that have rallied across the country to CFA. He seemed to back away from the critical illegal immigration issue as well, unwilling to condemn O’s de facto amnesty. He’s determined to find a small largely irrelevant issue of the short-term economy, and make that the focus of the entire campaign. I’m thinking now we go 3rd party, or worse.

anotherJoe on August 3, 2012 at 6:27 PM

You do not even know what you are talking about. Romney has not backed away on immigration.

He is trying to stay on message and avoid getting caught up in some media frenzy. They would just love to see him jump into this and stop talking about jobs.

Terrye on August 3, 2012 at 6:32 PM

No, but they’re going to vote GOP anyway.

I don’t really think we were getting crossover libs riding to CFA’s aid.

John_Locke on August 3, 2012 at 6:31 PM

After all, we’re only Christian Conservatives.///

kingsjester on August 3, 2012 at 6:33 PM

He has to stop looking at issues as each belonging in its own little box and learn to connect them.

INC on August 3, 2012 at 6:31 PM

You have a lot more faith than I do that a) his connection of issues would be faithfully communicated by media, and b) average voters have the critical thinking skills to follow that train of thought.

John_Locke on August 3, 2012 at 6:33 PM

ROFL. So, all those American Families who stood up to be counted on Wednesday do not matter? For shame.

kingsjester on August 3, 2012 at 6:30 PM

No, but they’re going to vote GOP anyway.

I don’t really think we were getting crossover libs riding to CFA’s aid.

John_Locke on August 3, 2012 at 6:31 PM

Absolutely.

Terrye on August 3, 2012 at 6:34 PM

Any true conservative would have hit that ball out of the park.

But we’ve got Mitt Romney batting for us. Leaders lead; candidates “stay on message.” Disappointment is going to be a way of life for us for four years, and that’s only if things turn out well in November. Get ready.

Oh for an hour of Reagan. Or Palin.

spiritof61 on August 3, 2012 at 6:34 PM

“Obama ducks too”

Yeah, well, we already know where obama stands – - – obama is pro-gay everything, anti-Christianity, anti-free speech, anti-business, anti-success, anti-traditional marriage and anti-America, so, we really don’t need to hear from him on this issue.

Thank you, Chick-fil-A, for uniting America (something that obama also opposes).

Pork-Chop on August 3, 2012 at 6:34 PM

After all, we’re only Christian Conservatives.///

kingsjester on August 3, 2012 at 6:33 PM

I gave up on thinking anyone would value us a voting bloc a long time ago. The only ones who do (Huck, Santorum) seem to be into much bigger government than I want.

John_Locke on August 3, 2012 at 6:35 PM

Thank you, Chick-fil-A Dan Cathy, for uniting America (something that obama also opposes).

Pork-Chop on August 3, 2012 at 6:34 PM

FIFY

John_Locke on August 3, 2012 at 6:36 PM

You have a lot more faith than I do that a) his connection of issues would be faithfully communicated by media, and b) average voters have the critical thinking skills to follow that train of thought.

John_Locke on August 3, 2012 at 6:33 PM

Oh yeah, he has learned the hard way that telling the truth and saying what you think do not always translate well in the media.

Besides, Romney is not supporting same sex marriage. And he has made it plain that he thinks the Democrats are a bunch of thugs.

Terrye on August 3, 2012 at 6:36 PM

You have a lot more faith than I do that a) his connection of issues would be faithfully communicated by media, and b) average voters have the critical thinking skills to follow that train of thought.

John_Locke on August 3, 2012 at 6:33 PM

If he did it over and over again the message would get through.

spiritof61 on August 3, 2012 at 6:34 PM

Do I agree. Leaders lead. Politicians maneuver and play it safe.

INC on August 3, 2012 at 6:36 PM

Well, they’re part of my “campaign,” you fuc*ing coward. And, to your misfortune, they are part of the American struggle to maintan freedom. This response was a serious mistake.

rrpjr on August 3, 2012 at 6:10 PM

THIS is the natural moronic response.

LISTEN – and wise up.
Stop taking the FREAKIN BAIT ALREADY

RESIST THE SOCIAL BS ! ALL THIS DOES IS TAKES FOCUS OFF OCOMMIE.
Is it really that hard too grasp this concept ???
WTF people ??
You lose INDEPENDENTS big time with this social BS that has no conclusion for you anyway. What the hell – Hey Mitt – Would you overturn ROE v Wade ??? I’m sure that has some kind of freaking meaning to you as well— inquiring minds, want to know.
There is an ELECTION GOING ON- so stop giving the MEDIA a reasons NOT TO COVER WHAT IS PRIORITY IN THIS ELECTION.(
Hint- it aint Chik-fil-a)

FlaMurph on August 3, 2012 at 6:36 PM

John_Locke on August 3, 2012 at 6:23 PM

Yes, it’s “just about chicken.” That’s all it’s about.

Four leftist mayors of the largest cities in America — including the former chief of staff of the President — uncloak their latent fascism for the world to see to persecute a Christian businessman and hundreds of thousands of Americans protest in the name of the First Amendment. The issue reveals the true nature of the coercive Progressive “tolerance” project in America in a way all America can truly feel and experience. Even antediluvian leftists who honor the First Amendment, like Mother Jones, speak up in defense of free speech and the besieged company. And the Republican candidate can actually say “it’s not part of my campaign”?

What other parts of the American experience are not part of his campaign?

rrpjr on August 3, 2012 at 6:37 PM

Romney takes this inane stand in lack of support for the conservatives that have rallied across the country to CFA. He seemed to back away from the critical illegal immigration issue as well, unwilling to condemn O’s de facto amnesty. He’s determined to find a small largely irrelevant issue of the short-term economy, and make that the focus of the entire campaign. I’m thinking now we go 3rd party, or worse.

anotherJoe on August 3, 2012 at 6:27 PM

To the contrary, Romney appears to recognize that there’s no fight there: we won already.

He’s not “refusing support for conservatives,” he’s refusing to indulge the Left’s wailing.

Lourdes on August 3, 2012 at 6:37 PM

We should stand together against Romney’s nonchalance on this, or a lot of freerepublic types, and many hotairers as well, are simply going to bolt, and this will sink the Republican campaign.

They are going to reason that the non-conservative sterile staid stodgy compassionate neutered defanged Romney is not going to help the conservative cause, and we best not let it in to the white house in 2013. Romney has gone potentially a bridge too far against conservatives. He needs to walk this back, correct a mis-statement, immediately; say he didn’t quite understand the import of the question. Or maybe it wasn’t a mis-statement…

anotherJoe on August 3, 2012 at 6:37 PM

But we’ve got Mitt Romney batting for us. Leaders lead; candidates “stay on message.” Disappointment is going to be a way of life for us for four years, and that’s only if things turn out well in November. Get ready.

Oh for an hour of Reagan. Or Palin.

spiritof61 on August 3, 2012 at 6:34 PM

Well then sit home in November and cry like some kid who did not get everything he wants.

I just heard Romney on Fox talking about the Obama administration messing with the military vote in Ohio. It is not as if he is afraid to take it to Obama.

Terrye on August 3, 2012 at 6:38 PM

Obama can’t afford to alienate religious conservatives in the black community or give blue-collar Democratic whites in Ohio and Virginia another reason to vote against him.

Only Popeye’s, and in some areas Church’s, outranks CFA with black folks. They’re not going to boycott a favored place because some white dude sounds like a pastor they know. Barry has been told this by everyone, starting with Michelle.

0 is walking a fine line by conflating the struggle with gay equality. If he tips it further, he’ll create create instant resentment and suppress his own vote.

budfox on August 3, 2012 at 6:38 PM

Gutless wonder etch-a-sketch vs. gutless wonder blank screen. Let the games begin!

Stoic Patriot on August 3, 2012 at 6:39 PM

Not a word from the president of the United States in defense of a business owner’s right to hold the political views he prefers without fear of government retribution?

You have to threaten to burn a Koran to get his attention.

Greenhelmet on August 3, 2012 at 6:39 PM

They are going to reason that the non-conservative sterile staid stodgy compassionate neutered defanged Romney is not going to help the conservative cause, and we best not let it in to the white house in 2013. Romney has gone potentially a bridge too far against conservatives. He needs to walk this back, correct a mis-statement, immediately; say he didn’t quite understand the import of the question. Or maybe it wasn’t a mis-statement…

anotherJoe on August 3, 2012 at 6:37 PM

Yeah, the non-conservative approach really is just as bad as O.

Please, tell me more about how we’re all going to stay home while Obama talks about how we ‘didn’t build that’.

John_Locke on August 3, 2012 at 6:40 PM

The question was nothing more than an attempt to distract from the issues, mainly the pitiful economy we are in. Romney gave the right answer.

His campaign is not about CFA, nor about the Brotherhood, and it shouldn’t be. His campaign should be focused on growing the economy.

ladyingray on August 3, 2012 at 6:40 PM

It’s like Romney said in one of the debates. You get to ask the questions, I get to give the answers. I’m grateful for a candidate who doesn’t think a question is important, so he says, I don’t think that question is important, I’m not going to answer it, next question.

Paul-Cincy on August 3, 2012 at 6:40 PM

Stoic Patriot on August 3, 2012 at 6:39 PM

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Aww– can’t trust a politician ?

What’s this world coming to………….

FlaMurph on August 3, 2012 at 6:40 PM

Neither is winning any part of the Romney campaign. I guess he must like 0bama since he also worked behind the scenes to ensure a McCain loss in 2008.

DannoJyd on August 3, 2012 at 6:12 PM

Nice conspiracy theory there, Danno. Got proof?

(and no, “He’s a mormon” doesn’t count)

Alberta_Patriot on August 3, 2012 at 6:40 PM

A good move by Romney.

Honestly the gay mafia are getting way too much time out of this.

On the list of the nations priorities, homos getting p*ssy about fried chicken is below even the jetski scandal.

CorporatePiggy on August 3, 2012 at 6:40 PM

Trying to shift the focus to Romney’s answer regarding Chick-fil-A is just another shiny object that the MSM wants to use to try and deflect the focus from jobs and the economy in an effort to help the Obama campaign.

Refusing to fall for it… keeping the focus on jobs and the economy like a laser… is the best possible thing Romney could have done.

Notice… he did that without a teleprompter!

thatsafactjack on August 3, 2012 at 6:17 PM

From Drudge, earlier today, -little Bammie is going back to the teleprompter even for the simplest meetings.

I guess the “you didn’t build that” must have stung them in the polls and Valerie had to tell him to go back to total scripting.

slickwillie2001 on August 3, 2012 at 6:40 PM

We should stand together against Romney’s nonchalance on this, or a lot of freerepublic types, and many hotairers as well, are simply going to bolt, and this will sink the Republican campaign.

They are going to reason that the non-conservative sterile staid stodgy compassionate neutered defanged Romney is not going to help the conservative cause, and we best not let it in to the white house in 2013. Romney has gone potentially a bridge too far against conservatives. He needs to walk this back, correct a mis-statement, immediately; say he didn’t quite understand the import of the question. Or maybe it wasn’t a mis-statement…

anotherJoe on August 3, 2012 at 6:37 PM

I read something like this and I wonder if I am reading something by a Democrat pretending to be a Republican…if anyone bolts over this and does not vote..then they are not in any position to judge Romney or anyone else.

I mean that.

Terrye on August 3, 2012 at 6:41 PM

Case in point:

December 1979 at a hotel at Los Angeles International Airport, the final briefing and strategy session before the presidential campaign began in early 1980. It was a small group that met, chaired by then-campaign manager John Sears…

…The topic of Reagan’s position on abortion was launched, with Sears intoning that the Reagan position would necessarily be one of support for “choice.”

…Reagan quickly said, “No, John..that ‘s not my position.” Sears reminded Reagan that, as governor of California, he had signed into law a measure that permitted abortion in the cases of rape, incest and the life of the mother. Reagan responded, “Yes, I know I did. But I have given a lot of thought since to the matter; it was a mistake and that law paved the way for abortion on demand. I now consider abortion to be murder.” Sears countered, “Well, Governor, that can be your private position, but for the purposes of this campaign, the theme will favor limited abortion.”

At that, Reagan flushed, took off his glasses and flung them across the conference table – a classic sign that he was at his maximum anger level—saying, “Listen, dammit, John…I am running for president and you are not! Got it?” End of discussion; he never looked back, never wavered in his conviction, knew that he would be flying in the face of increasing pro-abortion sentiment, and instructed us to make sure that his position ultimately became the plank of the party platform that year….

INC on August 3, 2012 at 6:41 PM

So, all those American Families who stood up to be counted on Wednesday do not matter? For shame.

kingsjester on August 3, 2012 at 6:30 PM

Axelrod approves of your criticism.

Lourdes on August 3, 2012 at 6:41 PM

You lose INDEPENDENTS big time with this social BS that has no conclusion for you anyway.

Ironically, a big reason why Obama has destroyed any hope of regaining independents is because of he and his kinds intolerance on full display with these social issues that you seem to despise.

Putting it this way, social issues are currently destroying his campaign and both he, the Democrats and you can’t seem to see it.

eva3071 on August 3, 2012 at 6:41 PM

As I said before, I am liking Romney more and more each day. He is smart to not let the focus shift to a culture war or a discussion of social issue, which is what this would devolve into. It is the economy, stupid, and Romney knows it. Sure, at some point he may make a quick comment on Chick-fil-A or some other culture thing, but he is not going to be distracted from his main focus. Very wise.

McDuck on August 3, 2012 at 6:41 PM

It’s like Romney said in one of the debates. You get to ask the questions, I get to give the answers. I’m grateful for a candidate who doesn’t think a question is important, so he says, I don’t think that question is important, I’m not going to answer it, next question.

Paul-Cincy on August 3, 2012 at 6:40 PM

Ha. Indeed; as a former Newt supporter, discretion is a wonderful thing in a candidate.

John_Locke on August 3, 2012 at 6:42 PM

FlaMurph on August 3, 2012 at 6:36 PM

If it’s moronic to expect my presidential candidate to say a few words in defense of the First Amendment in a moment of dire threat, I’m happy with the label.

You’re the one who needs to “listen up.” The subtext of your anger is fear — fear of the media of the knowledge that because they’ve always controlled the narrative, that silence in the face of their bullying and of leftist outrages is somehow a politically smarter tactic. I thought Breitbart had make great headway in demolishing this losing game. The idea that ANYTHING omney said would signify a media onslaught they couldn’t lose is weak and failed thinking.

I’m having none of it. We’ll never win this way. We just keep shrinking into the safe ports in a storm.

rrpjr on August 3, 2012 at 6:42 PM

Above his pay-grade?

Ha! I was giggling like a schoolgirl when I read comments on Hot Air beseeching Romney to step up on both of these issues. Romney doesn’t do controversial. He will never go out on a limb nor have your back when you’re in a bind. He is not a leader. Which was proven by his absence to come forward with a strong position on any number of huge issues over the last few years. On last summer’s debt-ceiling debate, he waited until a couple days after the deal had been reached to issue a written statement on what his stance would have been while ohers like Pain, Bachmann and DeMint took a principled stance and used their power to attempt to affect the outcome.

There’s nothing funny about his failure to stand with Bachmann and the others-much less to offer an opinion either way. There’s no middle ground there- you either stand with Bachmann or the Muslim Brotherhood. American security or Islamist infiltration.

I’ve already decided I will not be voting for Romney. Anyone here still considering to vote for him should think twice about that in light of Romney’s failure step up today.

sartana on August 3, 2012 at 6:42 PM

It’s like Romney said in one of the debates. You get to ask the questions, I get to give the answers. I’m grateful for a candidate who doesn’t think a question is important, so he says, I don’t think that question is important, I’m not going to answer it, next question.

Paul-Cincy on August 3, 2012 at 6:40 PM

Correct. The job of a campaign is to control the narrative. That wasn’t a question, that was bait.

slickwillie2001 on August 3, 2012 at 6:42 PM

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