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Romney on Omission of Troops from His Speech: 'You Talk About the Things You Think are Important'


Mitt Romney was asked by FOX News anchor Bret Baier about his failure to mention or praise the troops in his speech at the Republican National Convention.

Answered Romney:

"When you give a speech you don't go through a laundry list, you talk about the things you think are important."

Romney adds that he did talk about his commitment to a strong military ("He plans to increase military spending by $2.1 trillion over the next ten year," Think Progress notes): "I didn't use the word troops. I used the word military. I think they refer to the same thing.


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  1. The poll Markus might be referring to is the right-leaning Rassmusen poll which says that Romney gets 59% of support from military vs. 35% for Obama. Raise your hand if you are surprised by this statistic in anyway.

    Of course that poll has nothing to do with this article, just a random statistic that idiots throw out when they can't think of what else to say.

    Posted by: Gregoire | Sep 7, 2012 3:59:07 PM

  2. Romney did talk about the military alright. He spoke of at least 3 possible wars.

    Posted by: Gast | Sep 7, 2012 4:12:49 PM

  3. Is it too late for the Republicans to find another nominee, someone less apt to screw up the answer to every question he's asked? (I hear Ms. Palin may be available.)

    Posted by: Ernie | Sep 7, 2012 4:19:20 PM

  4. corporations=people
    The latter are disposable.

    Posted by: simon | Sep 7, 2012 4:21:21 PM

  5. There is no "70 percent" poll. Markus is a liar. There is no "70 percent" poll

    Posted by: homer | Sep 7, 2012 4:42:46 PM

  6. I'm a veteran receiving medical care at the VA. While waiting to see doctors, I usually read The Navy Times and The Marine Corps Times. I also get emails from Military.com. It would seem active duty military men and veterans as well support Romney, actually any Republican, over Obama or a Democrat. I don't understand why, except that most active duty and vets fall into the uninformed voter category.

    I say this because the GOP is very bad for veterans and military personnel. Remember parents and friends having to hold bake sales and raffles to provide body armor for troops deployed to Iraq?

    Ronald Reagan threw millions of vets off VA medical rolls, closing certain categories altogether. The GOP voted against the new GI Bill, and that included John McCain. Romney's budget calls for cutting 11 billion from VA funding, reducing benefits and denying care to certain veteran categories (those categories that were closed by Reagan but were reinstated by Clinton). If active duty personnel and vets did their homework they would find that Republicans are bad for the rank and file troops and vets, but LOVE military contractors and the defense industry. Ryan wants to privatize VA care by giving vets vouchers. VA claims for injured troops are backed up by several years due to funding cuts by Republicans.

    So why do the troops support Romney and the GOP? Programming, lack of knowledge and bigotry. Despite repeal of DADT homophobia is alive and well for active duty troops, but especially vets. I see it in the letters to the Times and comments posted on military websites. And, racism is rampant.

    The Democrats have ALWAYS taken care of those on active duty and veterans. It was FDR that built the middle class with the GI Bill, VA Home Loans and other benefits. The Republicans have always voted to cut or deny VA benefits and short shrift active duty troops. Military personnel are just like citizens of Kansas and many other Red States, they vote against their own best interest again and again and again.

    Posted by: Bob R | Sep 7, 2012 5:12:50 PM

  7. That made a little clearer what was already implied by what he DIDN'T say.

    So troops are important ONLY when they're actively securing stolen resources and goods from a country we've illegally invaded, right Mitt?

    Posted by: DannyEastVillage | Sep 7, 2012 5:21:42 PM

  8. I'm so glad it's too late for the GOP to take back their selection for presidential candidate.

    Posted by: sparks | Sep 7, 2012 5:23:41 PM

  9. Romney is a rich pariah who simply can’t identify with ANY average American through his fog of lies and network of havened money. He’ll only continue to get booed out of the room by every group of minority and middle class voters he comes across. His religion and wealth is highly elitist and everyone in this country has had it with his kind. We’re telling Mitt he can’t buy this election! Read about the role of his money and his Magic Mormon Underwear are playing in the polls at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2012/05/mitt-romneys-magic-mormon-underwear.html

    Posted by: Brandt Hardin | Sep 7, 2012 5:47:36 PM

  10. Richie Rich just doesn't have a clue!

    Posted by: SCOOTER | Sep 7, 2012 6:02:12 PM

  11. You almost have to wonder if Romney has placed a $100 million bet with some of his billionaire friends:

    "I bet I can run as a completely ridiculous parody of a 100% amoral, social darwinist yet Mormon, plutocratic candidate for president...act like I give less than a damn about the middle class...propose that me and the 1% pay no income taxes at all...say I'd rather have let the US auto industry completely fail...waffle as much as possible on every social issue...never fully reveal how I plan to cut spending...and still those dumbasses in Middle America will vote me into the Presidency." The whole campaign is like something the Onion dreamed up...it actually makes 2008 and the selection of Caribou Barbie for VP seem tame by comparison.

    Posted by: EchtKultig | Sep 7, 2012 6:41:18 PM

  12. Romney visited
    and THE AMERICAN LEGION --- average ages: grandfathers of the serving troops and young veterans


    Posted by: Bob | Sep 7, 2012 6:53:12 PM

  13. I wonder if he'd slip up as badly when asked, "When did you stop beating your wife?" Fox should be ashamed of itself for asking a moron a double-edge question like that.

    Posted by: Garst | Sep 7, 2012 7:44:36 PM

  14. No member of the Romney family has ever served in the military so its not important to him, its just something the little people have to worry about.

    Posted by: Stan | Sep 7, 2012 8:36:03 PM

  15. come on guys! Let Romney dig his own hole with the military; This allows military members to see exactly where they stand with Romney vs. Obama! Nothing works better than when someone like Romney shows his true colors!!

    Posted by: Bernie | Sep 7, 2012 8:55:42 PM

  16. Where's the poll that shows 70% for Romney?

    Posted by: BobN | Sep 7, 2012 9:19:27 PM

  17. @BOBN: probably because there wasn't any.

    Oh, and that speech that Obama gave to the military that Markus said "was so embarassing". According to who, Markus himself? How does he know it was embarassing? Did the audience members tell him directly? He says MSNBC cut away from it...I find it hard to believe he was watching anything other than Fox news, let alone that MSNBC where all them pinko liberals are!

    Markus and ? like to come on here and throw out their little "pearls of wisdom" with facts they never back up. When you ask them to elaborate, they never do. It's no wonder they like Richie Rich Romney!

    Posted by: DAN | Sep 7, 2012 10:24:20 PM

  18. What a colossal moron.

    Posted by: Michael Hargreaves | Sep 7, 2012 10:28:39 PM

  19. Towleroad PLEASE post the video of the gay older Vietnam vet very nocely challenging Romney on his gay rights policies in New Hampshire today!!! It's one of the most AMAZING and powerful clips.

    Posted by: Kyle L | Sep 7, 2012 10:50:33 PM

  20. @ Kyle L
    Yes!!! That video is amazing. I'm suprised towleroad hasnt posted it yet. Romney totally thought he was sitting down with a conservative heterosexual and thought the wonderful man would agree with his homophobia, only to be shocked on camera in the most glorious way! Please post the vid towleroad

    Posted by: Dynex | Sep 7, 2012 10:52:29 PM

  21. No, he said precisely what he meant to say. He does not care a bit about the troops - they are cannonfodder comprised of the children of 'the little people'. He's quite interested in increasing funding for the military, NOT the troops; the military is one of the major ways the wealth launder tax money to the pockets of the wealthy.

    Posted by: Tarc | Sep 7, 2012 10:52:39 PM

  22. Seventy percent of the troops favour romney / republicans, really?

    Even though republicans are the ones that could not give a damn about vetererans and vote against finance laws that will help them to adjust to civilian life.

    And President Obama ended the unjustified war in Iraq.

    Posted by: Blake | Sep 8, 2012 12:39:09 AM

  23. I hope the democrats are smart enough to pull that phrase : "You talk about the things you think are important" out of his comments and run with it the way the republicans took the Obama phrase " if you own a business, you didn't build it" out of an Obama speech and ran with it. Politics is a f*cked up contact sport.Distort your opponents comments the way he distorts yours and hope the American voters are too damn dumb to figure out which party is best for them and their future.

    Posted by: andrew | Sep 8, 2012 1:06:56 AM

  24. You know what Markus? Do you know WHY 70% of the military polled want Romney? Because every military base public area with televisions are ALWAYS tuned to FOX NEWS. If you brainwash a willing population to believe the LIES of the rightwing, then YEAH, of course they're gonna want Mittens. So yeah, let's talk numbers. The recovery wasn't going to be OVERNIGHT, stupid. And the right-wing plan to disassemble regulatory functions of the government is SUICIDAL not to mention just idiotic. So scream all you want about how terrible Obama is, but until YOUR PARTY can come up with something better, you really need to STFU.

    Posted by: wtf | Sep 8, 2012 3:16:52 AM

  25. Markus pulled that 70% pro Romney poll of the military out of his a$$. African Americans make up a large percentage of our military and like my Irish relatives who went to the polls in record numbers for a fellow Irish-American, Kennedy, in 1960. The African Americans in the military will do the same for Obama. Add to that the large number of LGBT people in the military who will vote for Obama because the republicans oppose the ending of DADT. Then add in the large number of hispanics who are largely democrat and angry over the republican anti-immigrant policy. And for good measure add in many white troops who come from union and working class families and you can easily see that Markus is making up s*it.

    Posted by: andrew | Sep 8, 2012 3:50:42 AM

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