Indecision 2012 - The Great Right Hope - The Manchurian Candi-Dad

  • Aired:  10/04/11
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The only obstacle to Mitt Romney winning next year's Republican nomination is that until recently he was the antithesis of everything Republicans stand for. (4:55)

SO AS REPUBLICANS ABSORB THE

DISAPPOINTMENT THAT CHRISTIE IS

REALLY, TRULY, UNEQUIVOCALLY

PROBABLY NOT RUNNING AND

REPUBLICANS CONTINUE CHECKING

UNDERNEATH EVERY AVAILABLE FLAG

PIN AND BIBLE FOR VIABLE

CANDIDATES, PRESUME DEFACTO

FRONT-RUNNER CANDIDATE MITT

ROMNEY'S GOT TO BE THINKING WHAT

THE FUDGE?

(LAUGHTER)

THIS IS STARTING TO HURT WHERE

MY FEELINGS SHOULD BE.

(LAUGHTER)

I MEAN, ROMNEY HAS BEEN RUNNING

FOR PRESIDENT...

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

... SINCE 2007!

ROMNEY'S THE FORMER GOVERNOR OF

THE STATE WHERE THE ACTUAL TEA

PARTY HAPPENED.

HE'S THE SON OF A POPULAR

MIDWESTERN GOVERNOR.

HE'S RICH.

HE LOOKS LIKE A GUY YOU'D CAST

AS THE PRESIDENT IN A MOVIE.

AND NOT A MOVIE WHERE THE

PRESIDENT IS CORRUPT OR AN

ASTEROID IS ABOUT TO HIT THE

EARTH BUT MORE OF A LIGHT

HEARTED PRESIDENT DAD TYPE

MOVIE.

(LAUGHTER)

WHERE HE COMMANDS AN ARMY BUT

CAN'T CONNECT WITH HIS KIDS.

I MEAN, THE ONLY OBSTACLE TO

MITT ROMNEY WINNING NEXT YEAR'S

REPUBLICAN NOMINATION IS THAT UP

UNTIL VERY, VERY RECENTLY THEY

WAS ANTITHESIS OF EVERYTHING

REPUBLICANS SAND FOR.

>> LOOK, I WAS AN INDEPENDENT

DURING THE TIME OF REAGAN/BUSH.

I'M NOT TRYING TO RETURN TO

REAGAN/BUSH.

I DO NOT TAKE THE POSITION OF A

PRO-LIFE CANDIDATE.

I'M IN FAVOR OF PRESERVING AND

PROTECTING A WOMAN'S RIGHT TO

CHOOSE.

>> Jon: TO BE FAIR TO ROMNEY,

AT THAT TIME HE DID BELIEVE VERY

DEEPLY IN HIS HEART THAT HE

WANTED TO BE ELECTED GOVERNOR OF

MASSACHUSETTS.

(LAUGHTER)

BUT NOW IT'S 2011.

HE'S NOT AN IRRESPONSIBLE KID IN

HIS MID-50s ANYMORE.

HE'S MATURED AND LEARNED AN

IMPORTANT LESSON ABOUT WANTING

TO BE ELECTED PRESIDENT.

YES, MITT ROMNEY HAS A LITTLE

BIT OF A PROBLEM, AND THAT'S THE

WIN TO REPUBLICAN NOMINATION HE

HAS TO CONVINCE REPUBLICAN

VOTERS HE'S NOT ACTUALLY MITT

ROMNEY.

>> MY VIEW IS THAT THE SUPREME

COURT SHOULD REVERSE "ROE V.

WADE."

>> WOULD YOU HAVE SUPPORTED A

CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT THAT

WOULD HAVE ESTABLISHED THE

DEFINITION OF LIFE AT

CONCEPTION?

>> ABSOLUTELY.

I AM PRO-LIFE.

> Jon: I'M IF PRO LIFE AS IN.>

"HEY, I LIED BEFORE.

THAT'S LIFE."

(LAUGHTER)

HOW HARD WILL HIS PAST BE?

HERE'S ROMNEY'S 2003 STATE OF

THE STATE ADDRESS OF GOVERNOR OF

MASSACHUSETTS IN WHICH HE

PROMISED "WE'LL PLUG CORPORATE

TAX LOON HOLES TO COMPANIES WILL

PAY THEIR FAIR SHARE."

UNFORTUNATELY, WE DON'T HAVE

THAT QUOTE ON VIDEO.

BUT WE FOUND A NEARLY IDENTICAL

SENTIMENT.

>> LET'S CLOSE THOSE LOOPHOLES,

LET'S ELIMINATE THOSE TAX BREAKS

AND LET'S MAKE SURE THAT

EVERYBODY'S PAYING THEIR FAIR

SHARE.

(AUDIENCE REACTS)

I CAN'T BELIEVE MITT ROMNEY'S A

SOCIALIST MUSLIM KENYAN!

(LAUGHTER)

>> IN MINUTE, A LOOPHOLE IS WHEN

SOMEONE TAKES ADVANTAGE OF A TAX

LAW IN A WAY THAT WASN'T

INTENDED BY THE LEGISLATION.

BUT THERE ARE A LOT OF PEOPLE

WHO USE THE WORD LOOPHOLE TO SAY

"LET'S JUST RAISE TAXES ON

PEOPLE" AND THAT I WILL NOT DO.

I WILL NOT RAISE TAXES.

>> Jon: HOLY BLOOP, I THINK HE

FOUND A LOOPHOLE TO GET AROUND

THE WORD LOOPHOLE.

AND NOT ONLY DOES ROMNEY HAVE TO

DISAVOW HIS POSITION, AS FORMER

GOVERNOR AND VETERAN OF TWO

OTHER UNSUCCESSFUL POLITICAL

CAMPAIGNS FOR SENATE AND

PRESIDENT ALSO HAS TO DISAVOW

HIS CHOSEN VOCATION.

>> I WAS WONDERING WHAT YOU

WOULD TELL MY CLASS THAT WOULD

MAKE US WANT TO BE POLITICIANS.

>> SHE WOULD ASK ME WHAT I WOULD

TELL HER CLASSMATES TO ENCOURAGE

THEM TO BECOME A POLITICIAN.

AND THE ANSWER IS NOTHING.

DON'T DO IT.

RUN.

RUN AS FAR AS YOU CAN.

>> Jon: RUN AS FAR AS YOU CAN.

YOU SEE, I'M NO GOOD, KID.

(LAUGHTER)

I'M A BAD MAN.

YOU DON'T WANT TO BE LIKE ME.

(LAUGHTER)

POLITICS IS DIRTY.

ACTUALLY, ROMNEY'S JUST TELLING

THOSE KIDS NOT TO GO INTO

POLITICS BECAUSE HE KNOWS IF

THEY DID THEY WOULD BE THE NEW

REPUBLICAN FRONT-RUNNERS.

(LAUGHTER)

SEE, ROMNEY'S NOT A MODERATE,

ROMNEY'S NOT A MODERATE

PRO-CHOICE WEALTH REDISTRIBUTING

CORPORATE LOOPHOLE CLOSING

CAREER POLITICIAN.

HE'S A TEA PARTY PRO-LIFE

OUTSIDER.

AND THERE'S ONE OTHER THING THIS

QUARTER OF A BILLIONAIRE WANTS

YOU TO KNOW BEFORE YOU VOTE FOR

HIM.

>> WE OUGHT TO PROVIDE HOPE THE

THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN HURT

MOST BY THE OBAMA ECONOMY AND

THAT'S THE MIDDLE-CLASS.

IT'S FOR THE GREAT MIDDLE-CLASS.

THE 80% TO 90% OF US IN THIS

COUNTRY.

(AUDIENCE REACTS)

>> Jon: WHO YOU CALLING "US"?

I'M NOT EVEN GOING TO... THE

TRANSFORMATION IS COMPLETE.

WHERE IN THE WORLD, MITT ROMNEY,

ARE YOU MIDDLE-CLASS?

YOU'RE NOT MIDDLE-CLASS AT A

REUNION OF YOUR HARVARD BUSINESS

SCHOOL COLLEAGUES.

YOU WOULDN'T BE MIDDLE-CLASS AT

AN OPEC MEETING.

(LAUGHTER)

BUT I GUESS IT'S NICE TO KNOW

EVEN IF REPUBLICAN VOTERS KNOW

WHO THE REAL MITT ROMNEY IS,

MITT ROMNEY

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