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Mitt Romney Tells Business Leaders To 'Talk' Election With Staff: AUDIO


Mitt Romney didn't explicitly tell the right-wing National Federation of Independent Business to tell employees to vote for him when he said "[talk] to your employees about what you believe is best for the business," but it sure sounds like he did.

Here's transcript of the audio of a June gathering, via ThinkProgress:

I hope you make it very clear to your employees what you believe is in the best interest of your enterprise and therefore their job and their future in the upcoming elections. And whether you agree with me or you agree with President Obama, or whatever your political view, I hope — I hope you pass those along to your employees.

[There's] nothing illegal about you talking to your employees about what you believe is best for the business, because I think that will figure into their election decision, their voting decision and of course doing that with your family and your kids as well.

Take a listen at the 26:44 mark AFTER THE JUMP.

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  1. What a photo! Havn't seen that before. Send it everywhere.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Oct 18, 2012 10:45:16 AM

  2. isn't this interferring with the election process...like isn't that illegal. maybe not this specifically, but what the Koch brothers are doing has to be illegal.

    Posted by: tommyboy | Oct 18, 2012 10:54:25 AM

  3. Like telling them they will be fired if Obama wins?


    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Oct 18, 2012 11:11:52 AM

  4. Hrm Totalitarian Theocrat does what Totalitarian theocrats do.

    Posted by: Polyboy | Oct 18, 2012 11:25:35 AM

  5. It's a shame most people think 'good for the corporation = good for the workers.' That's the point Mittens is trying to convey. And it's clearly not true.

    Posted by: kp05 | Oct 18, 2012 11:35:26 AM

  6. This is what Romney believes in-- Power coercing the average Working Man and Binder.

    Speak Truth to Power with a vote for Obama.

    Posted by: Binders for Obama | Oct 18, 2012 11:36:34 AM

  7. Lol. Obama can't get above 44 in Michigan. Michigan! Romney is at 40 "with a four point margin of error". It's going to be a Reagan-Carter rout.

    On topic: Oooooh capitalism. Boo! Bad!

    Posted by: MarkUs | Oct 18, 2012 11:43:58 AM

  8. If you read eveverything he said it was great advice, sound business practice and highly ethical as he included the potential for an Obama vote possibly being the proper vote for ones employees. If I worked in a DOD centric business, probably not in my best intersect to vote Obama. If I work in Public Radio, probably be wise to vote for Obama. There was is nothing wrong with a business reminding their workers the effect of a candidates position on the business.

    Posted by: Jason in Florida | Oct 18, 2012 11:52:58 AM

  9. Mitt promises to do just as great a job with the Economy
    as Bush did. Looking forward do a return to free fall?!?

    Posted by: Mike in nyc | Oct 18, 2012 11:58:35 AM

  10. Sorry, there's just nothing significant here. Business owners are perfectly within their rights to express their views to their employees, and it's perfectly rational for employees to consider how either outcome might affect their job.

    I'm an Obama voter, working for a state government. Do you think I'm not considering these issues in just the same way? Even in government, do you think our agency doesn't make it perfectly clear what implications the outcome of various votes will have?

    There's plenty about Mitt Romney to be upset, afraid, or angry about. This isn't on the list.

    Posted by: Guest | Oct 18, 2012 12:36:21 PM

  11. @Markus, what are you smoking? Pollster.com's average has Obama at 50.4 in Michigan, with a number of recent polls, including the last two from Rasmussen, over 50.

    "You can't just make stuff up."

    Posted by: Guest | Oct 18, 2012 12:49:10 PM

  12. Guest, all Markus does is make up stuff to attack Obama. Because he's a republican troll. Don't feed him and he'll die off.

    Posted by: MateoM | Oct 18, 2012 12:58:48 PM

  13. When shall the rest of you ladies and gentlemen learn to ignore MARKUS and RICK?

    I guess when I remember to ignore them as well, and also remember that they are compound-idiots!

    Posted by: BRAIN | Oct 18, 2012 1:04:43 PM

  14. Insisting your employees vote according to your political views is tantamount to "undue influence": as you are crossing the fine-line of threatening an individual's employment status if they do not vote accordingly!

    Posted by: BRAIN | Oct 18, 2012 1:10:15 PM

  15. Mateom & Brain - didn't know. Will ignore henceforth.

    Posted by: Guest | Oct 18, 2012 1:11:10 PM

  16. If a business owner strongly believes that an election's outcome would have a very negative effect on the business, it's not undue influence to say so. Since the employee's vote itself is secret, there's no recourse the employer can take in response to an employee's disfavored vote.

    I suppose you could go for a hostile work environment claim if there's some sort of harassment based on political views, but that would be some steps beyond this.

    Posted by: Guest | Oct 18, 2012 1:15:26 PM

  17. This is in keeping with the Republicans' strategy to maintain control--threaten the average American with loss of economic security, loss of employment, and if possible, loss of health insurance. Keep the average American vulnerable, insecure and afraid. The Riff-Raff stir up less trouble that way, when you've got your boot on their throat.

    Gotta grab the Romneys by the shorthairs and thrash them at the ballot box.

    Posted by: Get Out the Vote | Oct 18, 2012 1:54:28 PM

  18. An act of desperation.

    Posted by: Randy | Oct 18, 2012 2:18:43 PM

  19. Please don't use Photoshopped images...we shouldn't sink to right wing levels.

    Posted by: Grant H. | Oct 18, 2012 3:25:15 PM

  20. Interesting--Unions and the left can have their say protected but those who run the company must keep silent (even when they feel one side or the other would hurt the business and take away jobs)...almost as good as the people on TV today saying that letting people have a flex work schedule is degrading to women (even after unions fought for this very thing as part of their contracts for years).

    Posted by: Bill | Oct 18, 2012 3:34:38 PM

  21. Business owners are in a position of power. That is why politics and religion are no-no topics at work, unless you;re talking in privacy with your friends. And that has to be a Photoshopped image. Do we really need to stoop to the level of republicans/

    Posted by: Alexx | Oct 18, 2012 5:36:03 PM


    "With two debates now behind them, our exclusive WXYZ/Detroit Free Press poll gives President Obama a six point lead, 52 percent - 46 percent, over Governor Romney."

    Posted by: MATT | Oct 18, 2012 5:43:23 PM

  23. We have you guys been? That is not a photoshopped image and it's months old. Seriously?

    Posted by: sugarrhill | Oct 18, 2012 6:25:15 PM

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