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Romney Pushes ‘Shameful’ Military Voting Lie

Romney Pushes ‘Shameful’ Military Voting Lie

The campaign of presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney criticized President Barack Obama for trying to block early voting by members of the military. Closer examination, however, showed that the attack was an outright lie.

The Obama campaign joined a lawsuit against Ohio’s new election law, which curtails early voting except for members of the military. The Romney campaign accused Obama of trying to limit the voting rights of members of the military.

“President Obama’s lawsuit claiming it is unconstitutional for Ohio to allow servicemen and women extended early voting privileges during the state’s early voting period is an outrage,” said Romney in a statement posted to Facebook. “The brave men and women of our military make tremendous sacrifices to protect and defend our freedoms, and we should do everything we can to protect their fundamental right to vote.”

Contrary to what Romney says, the lawsuit does not seek to limit early voting for members of the military. Instead, it seeks to extend early voting for all voters, including members of the military.

Conservative blogger Ed Morrissey summed up the aims of the Obama campaign’s suit:

So no, they aren’t trying to block military members from getting to the polls, but arguing that since the polls will be open anyway, everyone else should have access to them as well.  A couple of commenters think this will be a “logistical nightmare,” but the logistics aren’t really that scaleable.  Having the polls open for a few would be the same as having them open for many.  There may need to be  few more election judges, but those positions are voluntary anyway.

The Obama campaign shot back at Romney, saying he was “completely fabricating” the claim.

“Mitt Romney and his campaign have completely fabricated a claim that the Obama campaign is trying to restrict military voting in Ohio,” said Obama campaign veterans and military families director Rob Diamond. “In fact, the opposite is true: the Obama campaign filed a lawsuit to make sure every Ohioan, including military members and their families, has early voting rights over the last weekend prior to the election.”

Diamond noted that in 2008, 93,000 Ohio voters utilized early voting options, and criticized the Republican-led Ohio legislature’s decision to reduce it.

“In complete disregard of the will of Ohio voters expressed last year through the referendum process, the Republican legislature is attempting to remove from the vast majority of voters — including veterans of our armed services — the early voting rights they enjoyed in 2008,” Diamond said. “This latest Republican attack on rights of voters is shameful — and so is Mitt Romney’s endorsement of it.”

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1:25PM PDT on Aug 8, 2012

Sarah H., "ObamaCare is not a tax?"

No Sarah dear, it's not. It is a penalty that is only applied to people who can afford to buy health insurance but choose not to. In this way they avoid paying insurance premiums, and when they need medical care they go to the emergency room. They are treated rather than being left to die. The emergency room is the most expensive method of treatment, and treatment is far more expensive than prevention. Many of these selfish people who can afford to buy health insurance but choose not to, wind up stiffing the ER and the cost is passed on to the premiums of those of us who do have health insurance.

The penalty is only applied to the selfish people mentioned above, and it is only applied if the person, who can afford health insurance but chooses to have the rest of us cover their health care costs instead, has an income tax rebate coming at the end of the tax year, Even then, the penalty is limited to just over $200.

Sarah H., Either you are one of those people who can afford health care and chooses not to buy a policy, or you are a moron who watches too much FOX fake News. If you are the former, pay up, because I'm tired of paying your bills. If you are the latter, mix up your TV time with Rachel Maddow on MSNBC, or Stephanie Miller on Current TV. On the radio, Randi Rhodes is my personal favorite, because she has more fire in her than most PC hosts. Thom Hartmann is a genius on Free Speech TV.

9:42AM PDT on Aug 8, 2012

It would be nice if we could vote Gene for President!!!

7:50AM PDT on Aug 8, 2012

"You cannot currently send a star to Gene because you have done so within the last week."

7:02AM PDT on Aug 8, 2012

IN A MUSLIM COUNTRY I WOULD HAVE TO VOTE MUSLIM..WOULD I VOTE FOR A MUSLIM PRESEDENT FOR AMERICA ? NO SURELY NOT.. SO WOULD I VOTE FOR A MORMON . ? NO NO & NO.. FOR A MAN WITH A FAITH IS TRUE TO HIS GOD & GOD MUST COME BEFORE FAMILY & COUNTRY.. AS Mr ROMNEY IS A GOD IN WAITING HE BELIEVES HE IS INFALABLE , INVINCABLE, HOLY.. SO BE FAIR WARNED AS BAD AS OBAMA IS , IT REALLY COULD GET WORSE WITH A CULTIST AT THE HELM

5:33AM PDT on Aug 8, 2012

I think we should extend our military extra privileges after all they do put their lives on the line for us!

Y'all are yelling about Romney's "lie", what about Obama's? ObamaCare is not a tax? There are actually over 20 new taxes. Romney wants to raise taxes on the middle class? He actually wants to reduce all taxes for everyone and simplify the tax code. Romney hasn't paid taxes? that is actually funny. Romney is a felon? funny again. A racist? That one made me almost ashamed to be a Virginian! And the list goes on! I think it is a case of the pot calling the kettle.

3:15AM PDT on Aug 8, 2012

Thank you James K., for the background on our little twit, Mitt. I had heard something about it, but not in this detail.
Interesting that he reminds me so much of GW Bush--both cowards, both expecting our finest young people to risk their lives for them, both too dumb to think or talk and too stupid to shut up--and of course, both with an arrogant sense of entitlement.
We've already seen what Bush Jr. could do (and our grand-children's grand-children will pay for it!), do we really want to see what Mitt the twit will do?--I don't think we can afford it--all we have left are our lives and that of our children!

2:50AM PDT on Aug 8, 2012

What? Mitt Romney is lying? How can that be?.

11:36PM PDT on Aug 7, 2012

Mitt Romney Lie? I don't believe it! Oh wait,... of course I do. Just another pathetic attempt at misdirection, he's one of the most transparent con-artists I've ever seen, our not-so-artful-dodger.

11:18PM PDT on Aug 7, 2012

Mitt is another yellow war-hawk.

10:19PM PDT on Aug 7, 2012

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When the missionary deferment ran out after 2 years, Willard M. Romney knew that he was out of deferments and wouldn't be given another. He stayed in the French castle for another 6 months before returning to the United States and applying for another student deferment. He was denied, but by that time the conflict in Vietnam was winding down, and there was no more call for draftees.

So as he has proven by his own life, Willard M. Romney, is a supporter of sending our brave military men and women of the middle class and poor off to fight and die to protect the rich man's stuff, like the oil leases of the Princess of the Netherlands and Royal Dutch Shell.

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