Indecision 2012 - Scared Mittless

  • Aired:  10/27/11
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When it comes to his polling numbers, Mitt Romney remains consistent despite his shocking inconsistency in every other regard. (5:25)

>> Jon: WELCOME TO THE DAILY

SHOW, MY NAME IS JON

STEWART.

OUR GUEST TONIGHT, JUDGE

ANDREW NAPOLITANO WILL BE

JOINING US.

A FINE MAN, WE'RE EXCITED TO

HAVE HIM ON THE PROGRAM.

BUT WE BEGIN TONIGHT IN THE

FIELD OF PRESIDENTIAL

POLITICS HAVE.

YOU BEEN FOLLOWING THE GOP

PRESIDENTIAL RACE YOU KNOW

THAT HIT ENS ROMNEY HAS

BEEN-- MITTENS ROMNEY HAS

BEEN THE UNCONTESTED

FRONT-RUNNER FOR EVERYONE'S

SECOND CHOICE.

(LAUGHTER)

>> Jon: FOR THE REPUBLICAN

NOMINATION.

HE'S THE SUBJECT OF

TONIGHT'S INSTALLMENT OF

INDECISION 2012, SCARED

MITTLESS.

(LAUGHTER)

WHEN POLLING BEGAN A YEAR

AGO, POLLING BEGAN A YEAR

AGO FOR THE REPUBLICAN

PRESIDENTIAL RACE MITT

ROMNEY WAS POLLING IN THE

LOW -- AND WAS IN SECOND

PLACE.

AND SINCE THEN SO MUCH HAS

CHANGED.

>> MINNESOTA CONGRESSWOMAN

MICHELE BACHMANN SURGING

AHEAD OF THE 2012 FIELD.

>> HUCKABEE LEADS 19% A

ROMNEY IS TRAILING, WITH

18%.

>> GALLUP HAS PERRY LEADING

WITH 29%, MITT ROMNEY NOW

SECOND WITH 17%.

>> THEN GOVERNOR CHRISTIE

TIED FOR FIRST PLACE WITH

THE FORMER MASSACHUSETTS

GOVERNOR MITT ROMNEY.

>> IN THE LATEST CNN POLL OF

REPUBLICANS ROMNEY CAME IN

SECOND TO RUDY GIULIANI WHO

IS NOT EVEN RUNNING.

(LAUGHTER)

>> Jon: IN FACT, TONIGHT HE

IS LOSING TO REE ANIMATED

RONALD REAGAN.

OR REAGAN.

LOWER TAXES ON BRAINS.

(LAUGHTER)

BUT AS FRONT-RUNNERS HAVE

COME AND GONE ROMNEY REMAINS.

LET'S CHECK IN WHERE HE'S AT

RIGHT NOW.

>> NOW A YEAR LATER MITT

ROMNEY SITS AT ABOUT 23%

SUPPORT.

MITT ROMNEY IS MR. 23%.

>> Jon: MR. 23%.

STILL A BETTER NICK NAME

THAN MITT.

SO WHEN IT AM COULDS TO HIS

POLLING NUMBERS MITT ROMNEY

HAS BEEN NOTHING IF NOT

CONSISTENT WHICH IS

INTERESTING, GIVEN THAT IN

EVERY OTHER REGARD, HE HAS

BEEN SHOCKINGLY INCONSISTENT.

HOW HAS HE MANAGED TO

NEITHER GAIN NOR LOSE

SUPPORT.

TO REMAIN INERT, IF HE WERE

A COLOR HE WOULD BE BEIGE.

IF HE WERE AN ICE CREAM

FLAVOR, HE'D BE BEIGE.

(LAUGHTER)

WELL, HERE'S HOW HE DOES IT.

IN JUNE ROMNEY POSTS ON

FACEBOOK THAT HE WAS

SUPPORTIVE OF A BALLOT

INITIATIVE TO CONTINUE

RESTRICTING THE COLLECTIVE

BARGAINING RIGHTS OF

TEACHERS, POLICEMAN AND

FIREFIGHTERS.

A BOLD STAND THAT COULD GAIN

HIM MAYBE A 3 TO 5% BUMP

AMONGST THE REPUBLICAN BASE,

HUNGRY TO RESTRAIN UNIONS.

BUT ON THE FLIP SIDE HE

COULD LOSE HIM SUPPORT IN

THE GENERAL ELECTION FOR

PEOPLE NOT AS CONVINCED THAT

PUBLIC SERVICE UNIONS ARE

SOCIALISM.

HOW DO YOU SOLVE THAT

PROBLEM?

SMASH CUT TO TWO DAYS AGO,

MITT ROMNEY STANDING OUTSIDE

THE REPUBLICAN CALL CENTER

IN OHIO THAT HE HAS JUST

VISITED THAT IS WORKING TO

PASS THE BALLOT INITIATIVES

HE HAS PREVIOUSLY FRIENDED.

>> I'M NOT SPEAKING ABOUT

THE PARTICULAR BALLOT ISSUES.

THOSE ARE UNDER THE PEOPLE

OF OHIO BUT I SUPPORT THE

EFFORT OF THE GOVERNOR TO

RAIL IN THE SCALE OF

GOVERNMENT.

I'M NOT TERRIBLY FAMILIAR

WITH THE TWO BALLOT

INITIATIVES.

>> Jon: NOT FAMILIAR, YOU

THUMBS UP THEM ON FACEBOOK!

(LAUGHTER)

YOU JUST VISITED WITH

REPUBLICANS WORKING TO PASS

THEM BEHIND-- WHAT DID YOU

SAY TO THEM DURING THE

VISIT?

>> I WANT EVERYONE IN HERE

TO KNOW I STAND NEAR YOU.

(LAUGHTER)

SO KEEP UP THE WORK.

(LAUGHTER)

SO ANY BUMP THAT ROMNEY

WOULD GET TO SUPPORT THE

INITIATIVE FROM THE

REPUBLICAN BASE IS NOW GONE.

BUT ON THE FLIP SIDE MAYBE

HE'LL GAIN SOME RESPECT AND

A BUMP FROM MORE CENTRIST

MODERATE REPUBLICANS OR

INDEPENDENTS FOR BEING

NONCOMMITTAL.

HOW CAN HE [BLEEP] THAT UP?

(LAUGHTER)

SMASH CUT TO THE NEXT DAY.

>> I'M SORRY IF I CREATED

ANY CONFUSION IN THAT

REGARD.

I FULLY SUPPORT GOVERNOR

KASICH'S-- I THINK IS CALLED

QUESTION TWO IN OHIO.

FULLY SUPPORT THAT.

>> Jon: FULLY SUPPORT, SO

WHAT WAS YOUR YESTERDAY-- I

DON'T KNOW, COULD BE DOING

ANYTHING IN THAT BUILDING, I

DON'T KNOW.

COULD BE A VERIZE ON CALL

CENTER FOR ALL I KNOW.

>> I KNOW THERE ARE OTHER

BALLOT QUESTIONS THERE IN

OHIO AND I WASN'T TAKING A

POSITION ON THOSE.

I DON'T WANT TO TELL THEM

WHAT I THINK THEY OUGHT TO

DO IN THAT REGARD.

ONE OF THEM, FOR INSTANCE,

RELATES TO HEALTH CARE AND

MANDATES.

I'VE SAID THAT THAT SHOULD

BE UP TO INDEPENDENT STATES.

I TOOK MY STATE IN ONE

DIRECTION.

THEY MAY WANT TO GO IN A

DIFFERENT DIRECTION

(LAUGHTER)

>> Jon: HOW DOES A MORMON

END UP SOUNDING LIKE JACKIE

MASON.

(LAUGHTER)

>> THEY COULD TAKE IF IN ONE

DIRECTION, MAYBE IN THE

OTHER DIRECTION.

-- I WAS GOING THIS, BA-DING.

HEALTH CARE, THE THING, ON

THE OTHER HAND, BOOM, BOOM,

HEY, HO.

(APPLAUSE)

WHAT ARE YOU DOING?

>> AND YOU TRY TO DISTRACT

THE REPUBLICAN BASE FROM

YOUR WISHY WASHY UNION STAND

BY BRINGING UP YOUR

HEALTH-CARE PLAN?

ROMNEYCARE?

THEY HATE THAT.

THAT'S LIKE GOING HEY, WHY'S

EVERYBODY LOOKING AT THE

PIMP EL ON MY NOSE.

A [BLEEP] MY PANTS!

NOW--

(APPLAUSE)

(LAUGHTER)

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