“I lived in France in an apartment with no toilet.” -Mitt Romney in a meeting with the Detroit Free Press editorial board, February 16, 2012.
“A number of the apartments I lived in when I lived [in France] didn’t have toilets. We had instead the little pads on the ground, OK? You know how that works, all right. There was a chain behind you with a bucket — it was a bucket affair. I had not experienced one of those in the United States.” -Mitt Romney in New Hampshire, December 2011.
Information about Romney’s mansion in Paris can be found here.
“Sixty years ago, people who did abortions were in the shadows, people who were considered really bad doctors. Now, abortion is something that is just accepted…This is the erosion. And it happens in the medical profession, and it can happen very fast. And I think Obamacare will lead us down that road.” -Rick Santorum at the American Heartland Forum in Columbia, Missouri, February 2012. (Video at 0:38 seconds.)
“Politics has become a really nasty, vicious, negative business and I think it’s disgusting and I think it’s dishonest.” -Newt Gingrich in an interview with ABC News in Iowa, December 30, 2011.
“Often we search hard for words to define our opponents. Sometimes we are hesitant to use contrast. Remember that creating a difference helps you. These are powerful words that can create a clear and easily understood contrast. Apply these to the opponent, their record, proposals and their party:
abuse of power
anti- (issue): flag, family, child, jobs
“compassion” is not enough
punish (poor …)
-From Newt Gingrich’s 1990 GOPAC pamphlet, Language: A Key Mechanism of Control.
“Before we went in the Union, [Nevada’s land] was owned entirely by private owners and it has developed all the natural resources, a very big state. So you can imagine how wonderful it would be if land will be or should be returned to the states and then for the best parts sold off to private owners.” -Ron Paul at the Western Republican Leadership Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, October 21, 2011.
“I want as much federal land to be turned over to the state as possible…” -Ron Paul in Elko, Nevada, February 2012. There, he also said he wants to disband the U.S. Department of the Interior.
“We’re sort of new to this stuff, hydrofracking, in Pennsylvania. And [environmentalists are] preying on the Northeast, saying, ‘Look what’s going to happen. Ooh, all this bad stuff’s going to happen. We don’t know all these chemicals and all this stuff.’ …Let me tell you what’s going to happen. Nothing’s going to happen, except they will use this to raise money for the radical environmental groups so they can go out and continue to try to purvey their reign of environmental terror on the United States of America.” -Rick Santorum in Oklahoma City, February 8, 2012.
“One of the key issues is the growing anti-religious bigotry of our elites.” -Newt Gingrich in his victory speech in South Carolina, January 21, 2012. (Video.)
“There should be no mosque near Ground Zero in New York so long as there are no churches or synagogues in Saudi Arabia…Those Islamists and their apologists who argue for ‘religious toleration’ are arrogantly dishonest…America is experiencing an Islamist cultural-political offensive designed to undermine and destroy our civilization. Sadly, too many of our elites are the willing apologists for those who would destroy them if they could.” -Newt Gingrich’s Statement on the Proposed “Cordoba House” Mosque Near Ground Zero on Newt.org, July 2010.
“The tax payers shouldn’t have to have money taken out of their pay checks to pay people in government who are our servants who are making a lot more money than we are.” -Mitt Romney, November 2011. (Video.)
Mean annual earnings of full-time private sector American workers in 2010.
Mean annual earnings of full-time federal, state, and local government employees in 2010.
“Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney earned $21.6 million in 2010 and paid 13.9 percent of that amount in income taxes.” -Bloomberg Businessweek, Jan. 24, 2012.
“I am appalled that you would begin a presidential debate on a topic like that [Newt Gingrich’s sex scandal involving his second wife]…to make it two days before the primary a significant question in a presidential campaign is as close to despicable as anything I can imagine.” -Newt Gingrich at the CNN Republican primary debate in South Carolina, January 19, 2012. (Video.)
“The GOP’S multimillion dollar ad campaign invoking President Clinton’s relationship with Monica S. Lewinsky was devised by House Speaker Newt Gingrich…reviving the presidential sex scandal just one week before Election Day.” -The Washington Post, October 30, 1998.
“Lemme tell ya something. America is a great nation, because we’re a united nation and those who are trying to divide the nation as you’re trying to do here and as the president is doing are hurting this country, seriously. The right course for America is not to divide America, and try and divide us between one and another, it’s for us to come together as a nation. And if you’ve got a better model, if you think China is better, or Russia is better, or Cuba’s better, or North Korea’s better, I’m glad to hear all about it. But you know what? America’s right, and you’re wrong!” -Mitt Romney in Charleston, South Carolina on January 19, 2012 after being asked “What would you do to support the 99 percent, seeing as you are part of the 1 percent?” (Video at the bottom of this page.)
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“What we should do, is [make unemployment insurance] just like welfare…have some sort of either work requirement or job training required as a condition.” -Rick Santorum in the January 16th, 2012 Republican Debate in South Carolina. (Transcript.)