Theodore's World: Mitt Romney : "... we're going to have to hang the Obama Misery Index around his neck"

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May 01, 2011

Mitt Romney : "... we're going to have to hang the Obama Misery Index around his neck"

ROMNEY: "Ronald Reagan came up with this great thing about the Misery Index? And he hung that around Jimmy Carter's neck and that had a lot to do with Jimmy Carter losing. Well we're going to have to hang the Obama Misery Index around his neck.

And I'll tell you, the fact that you've got people in this country really squeezed with gasoline getting so expensive, with commodities getting so expensive, families are having a hard time making ends meet. So we're going to have to do talk about that, and housing foreclosures and bankruptcies and and hire taxation. We're going to hang him with that so to speak, metaphorically, with, uh, you have to be careful"

MANCHESTER, N.H. -- Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney stumbled into controversial territory Friday night at a forum for potential presidential candidates here, suggesting that Republicans “hang” President Obama with a so-called “Misery Index.”

Romney, an all-but-declared presidential contender, was answering a question at an Americans For Prosperity event about what he would do to curb rising gas prices when he suddenly found his way into -- and then quickly out of -- the verbal gaffe.

“We’re going to hang the Obama Misery Index around his neck,” Romney told a crowd of conservative activists, before saying: “We’re going to hang him with that, so to speak.”
Apparently realizing his choice of words, Romney paused, and added “metaphorically.”
“You have to be careful these days,” he said.Romney's reference to the “Misery Index,” was, as he acknowledged, a throwback to a term that then-presidential candidate Ronald Reagan used to describe public discontent about economic conditions during debates with incumbent President Jimmy Carter during the 1980 election.

"It is not what the governor meant and that was very clear in what he actually said," Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul told ABC News

Wild Thing's comment......

10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 stand by for the media to rip up Mitt.

What ticks me off are all the attacks from obama and his threats to we the people and he gets a pass.

Posted by Wild Thing at May 1, 2011 05:50 AM


Can any of these candidate come up with something on their own. They stand their and quote Ronald Reagan, then when push comes to shove, they side with the democrats. So wheres the difference. We have a majority in the House and what are they doing to cut spending, nothing, most of the new Freshman are trying to skirt around the issue of raising the debt ceiling. Beohner is as much of a Rino as Romney is. May as well have Peelosi back in at Speaker, at least she acts like a man.

Posted by: Mark at May 1, 2011 08:17 AM

Good point about Pelosi Mark...she didn't compromise.

Posted by: BobF at May 1, 2011 09:25 AM

I do not want Mitt Romney as the Repub prez candidate. He is a Rino. I am afraid we are going to have Mitt, Huck, Newt and maybe Jeb(Bush) all running in the primary. They are all Rinos, Dem lites and the will split the conservative votes insuring that a RNC pet candidate will win the primary. We will continue on with the "Hold thy nose and vote" tradition.

Posted by: TomR, armed in Texas at May 1, 2011 11:45 AM

Mark, well said. I agree too there is no difference.

Posted by: Wild Thing at May 2, 2011 02:11 AM

Bob, yes Pelosi didn't compromise.

Posted by: Wild Thing at May 2, 2011 02:13 AM

Tom, ditto all you said!!!

Posted by: Wild Thing at May 2, 2011 02:18 AM

You said it! Brother you talk about bad timing. Romney sticks his head up and gets bagged by the SEALS getting Osama bin Laden. I know that there would be a surprise that would allow Obama to take the wind out of Trump's run. Obama is going to get a six month reprieve courtesy of the SOF.
The intelligence take will also tell who was in on killing the Lady Prime minister of Pakistan and what the Al Qaida support structure is.

Posted by: Avitar at May 2, 2011 02:45 AM