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Romney Says He'll 'Get Rid of Planned Parenthood', Obamacare, Amtrak Funding, NEA, NEH: VIDEO


At an interview in Kirkwood, Missouri, Mitt Romney offered a few ideas on how to make cuts to reduce debt:

"The test is pretty simple. Is the program so critical, it's worth borrowing money from china to pay for it? And on that basis of course you get rid of Obamacare, that's the easy one. Planned Parenthood, we're going to get rid of that. The subsidy for Amtrak, I'd eliminate that. The National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities."


Romney won the Hawaii and American Samoa caucuses last night, and, as you may have heard, came in third in Mississippi in Alabama. Santorum and Gingrich took first and second in those states, respectively.

Here's where the delegate count stands:

Santorum's two victories Tuesday were worth at least 29 delegates. Gingrich won at least 24 and Romney at least 31, including the nine from American Samoa. The delegate split underscored the difficulty that Romney's rivals face in overcoming his big lead.

The partial allocation of delegates from Tuesday's voting states left Romney with 485 in The Associated Press count, out of the 1,144 needed to win the nomination. Santorum had 246, Gingrich 131 and Paul 47.

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  1. No, jackass, the question is:

    Are two wars critical? Are they worth borrowing money from China?

    Answer: NO.

    I guess he forgot about the TRILLIONS we're spending on unnecessary wars in countries where we have zero business being.

    Posted by: johnny | Mar 14, 2012 7:14:23 AM

  2. totally agree Johnny...

    also, if people on his income bracket paid as much tax as I, a teacher, pay, all those programs would be funded, at least twice.... how about that to solve the national debt?

    Posted by: V-8 | Mar 14, 2012 7:38:46 AM

  3. We are saved! Romney cuts .00001% of the budget!

    Posted by: Gus | Mar 14, 2012 7:42:09 AM

  4. I don't mind if Romney does this. I've had it with Obama and the sleazy Democrats. All they want is our vote. They don't care about our rights. What have Obama and the Democrats done for us in the last 12 months? Nothing, absolutely nothing.

    I am sick and tired of voting for the disappointing Democrats. No Democrat will get my vote this time.

    Posted by: jason | Mar 14, 2012 7:42:09 AM

  5. He clearly missed the news that the health reforms save the government money. Amtrak saves the taxpayers money over the alternatives. And NEH and NEA are miniscule parts of the budget, there's really no appreciable budget savings in cutting them.

    Posted by: Lish | Mar 14, 2012 7:45:35 AM

  6. What about Welfare? He can't get rid of Welfare! There's gonna be a flood of babies that will need to be cared for.

    Posted by: JimmyD | Mar 14, 2012 7:47:54 AM

  7. Just tax the Mormom Church then you don't have to get rid of anything!

    Posted by: Oliver | Mar 14, 2012 8:09:28 AM

  8. Hahah, that's right Grumpy Jason. You show 'em by voting GOP in 2012. The HRC will have to shut its doors because the GOP will deliver on gay rights so quickly. And with the number of elderly and sick Justices, having the GOP appoint at least two Supreme Court justices between 2012 and 2016 is a surefire way to clear the path for gay marriage in the US! What a sensible idea you've had.

    DOMA is still the turd in the punchbowl, but you have had an administration which has done more for gay rights than any of its predecessors (a low bar, admittedly, but DADT and refusing to defend DOMA aren't exactly 'nothing, absolutely nothing').

    I could never be President. The temptation to now suggest to the NEA that they fund a nationwide tour of Mapplethorpe's kinkiest prints would just be too great.

    Posted by: Clif3012 | Mar 14, 2012 8:15:48 AM

  9. DADT was only repealed because the independent Joe Liebermann took by the bull by the horns and championed it. Obama was lazy and uninterested in repealing DADT.

    Posted by: jason | Mar 14, 2012 8:33:06 AM

  10. Such smart republicans, let's eliminate programs that actually help many people but not even think about changing subsidies for millionaire "farmers" for example. Yes let's get rid of subversive art! And Amtrak, that socialists dream created by...Richard Nixon. And don't get me started on Rombamacare!

    Posted by: Paul in Charleston | Mar 14, 2012 8:43:45 AM

  11. One can't help wondering if Jason drinks before he posts.

    Posted by: DannyEastVillage | Mar 14, 2012 8:56:12 AM

  12. Yes, we will get rid of all beneficial programs and take America all the way back to 1859 and then we will all be happy again. (quote from the GOP's book of reverse progress).

    Posted by: Peter | Mar 14, 2012 9:07:28 AM

  13. Jason: Please call GOProud, they are looking for a very few men.

    Posted by: Gus | Mar 14, 2012 9:23:08 AM

  14. Defunding Planned Parenthood would be like saving $1.50 on the purchase of a Manhattan Penthouse. BFD.

    Posted by: Chadd | Mar 14, 2012 9:38:55 AM

  15. tell him to win the repub nomination first

    LOL, what a looser

    Posted by: say what | Mar 14, 2012 9:50:09 AM

  16. Absolutely necessary to.....Rich White Men? Anyone know who has the second largest air force on the planet after ours? The U. S. Navy's air force! Our military is so hugely ginormous it has started reproducing other militaries. And he's going to save the economy by defunding Planed Parenthood? I just may stop reading and watching the news until after the election. I feel myself getting dumber just listening to these idiots. 8 more months of this?

    Posted by: Michaelandfred | Mar 14, 2012 10:02:40 AM

  17. Living in Kansas walking my dog in this nice neighborhood that was up until the last decade was mostly jews folk some were even concentration camp survivors.One woman who passed this year would walk pass my house with her identification tattoo clearly visible she was a... sweaty pie. Now a young seemingly nice young family has moved into her home in fact it's going on all over the neighborhood nice young families moving in. Good schools you know. It's an unseasonably warm windy day and I have already found three Rick Santorum full color mailers rolling in the wind across the nice lawns. Santorum yard signs are starting to creep up these are young families with children and lots of them...scary!
    Can we afford not to vote democrat!

    Posted by: Vern Dufford | Mar 14, 2012 10:07:21 AM

  18. God, he is such a tool. Planned Parenthood isn't owned by the government. He'd have no power to get rid of it. He could support defunding it, which I'm sure will go over great with those independent women voters he'll need in the fall. Then there are the old Jesse Helms favorites: NEA, NEH, which cost like less than a penny in the scheme of things.

    @Jason, repeating lies doesn't make them true, it just makes you an idiot. All pro-gay legislation has been the result of a Democratic majority, that's 100%, sweetheart.

    Posted by: Ernie | Mar 14, 2012 10:20:53 AM

  19. @Jason: So the Democrats have not done as much as you would like to advance Equal rights. What exactly have the Republicans done to advance gay rights? and what have they promised to do?

    The parties are going in different directions Jason. The GOP is moving away from equal rights - trying to repeal them wherever they have been achieved. If it were not for the constant tug backwards by the Repubs, the Dems would have gotten farther along. You can't blame the Dems for Repub obstructionism.

    Posted by: Chadd | Mar 14, 2012 10:31:59 AM

  20. 1) We need to end our war[s]. We need to seriously re-align our military, including completely decoupling from places like western Europe. Scandalous we still spend $$$ 'defending' Europeans.

    2) We need to stop insuring with taxpayer money mortgages. It's the reason why the government was left holding the bag for trillions gambled away. Those financial firms took great risks because they knew potential losses would be covered by the government, i.e. taxpayer. Plus, it just fuels inflation.

    3) We need to institute price controls on stuff like higher ed costs and healthcare costs, both way out of control, far higher than our alleged inflation rate.Both higher ed and healthcare industries are heavily subsidized by the government, and would never be able to get away with what they charge if those various subsidies were taken away.

    4) Several massive federal government agencies, like the federal education department, serve no real purpose. Get rid of them.

    5) We need serious reform of public employee's benefits package. They are way out of line.

    6) We need serious reform of how Congress operates, including their pay, benefits, and many instances of obvious conflict of interests, especially where $ is concerned.

    7) The executive branch of the federal government [i.e., the White House/POTUS] is too large and bloated, both with staff and $. It needs to be considerably curtailed.

    8) We need serious reform regarding lobbying.

    9) The financial regulations that were jettisoned since Clinton took office, most need to be re-enacted.

    10) Our tax code is a clusterf*ck. Seriously reform it.

    OUR BIGGEST ISSUE IS WEAK JOB GROWTH. Globalization, IMHO, has been a disaster, not just for the U.S., but all advanced western nations. 30 plus years of uninterupted trade imbalances with China speaks volumes.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Mar 14, 2012 11:14:14 AM

  21. Romney in desperation grabbing at straws. Panderer!

    Posted by: Scott | Mar 14, 2012 11:19:06 AM

  22. When I see quotes like "What has Obama done for us in the last 12 months?" I think, what would JFK have thought of all this selfishness?

    Posted by: Peter | Mar 14, 2012 11:39:04 AM



    Posted by: Mic | Mar 14, 2012 12:12:27 PM

  24. yes, the man worth 200 million knows that the best way to help the economy is to keep ultra-wealthy men like him paying less in taxes, and cutting funding to groups that provide healthcare for lower-income women.

    it's amazing how the GOP has convinced so many people to vote against their best interests.

    future generations will look back at this moment in american history as a shameful and embarrassing one where the country's Right Wing made it expressly clear that they planned on f***ing the poor and middle class with no lube, nor even a courtesy reach-around.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Mar 14, 2012 12:24:34 PM

  25. @JASON,

    Your comments are really not worth responding to, however, I just could not resist!

    You are clearly clueless, or just plain STUPID!!

    Maybe you need to realize what the Democrats have done for you, lately, as in DADT; or simply skip the light fantastic and take your "self-loathing" ridiculous ignorant posterior off this board!!

    Posted by: Brains | Mar 14, 2012 1:06:46 PM

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