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Romney Threatened To Cancel Univision Forum If Organizers Didn’t Allow Him To Bus In Supporters

Romney Threatened To Cancel Univision Forum If Organizers Didn’t Allow Him To Bus In Supporters

Written by Igor Volsky

Mitt Romney packed the audience for a Univision forum earlier this week, BuzzFeed’s McKay Coppins reports, busing in local supporters “after exhausting the few conservative groups on campus.” The campaign threatened to “reschedule” the event if organizers did not allow the “rowdy activists from around southern Florida in order to fill the extra seats at their town hall.”

Romney also refused to come out on stage after the hosts introduced him by noting that he “had agreed to give the network 35 minutes, and that Obama had agreed to a full hour the next night.” Univision re-taped the introduction after Romney allegedly “threw a tantrum.”

During the event, Romney dodged four questions about whether he would maintain President Obama’s directive allowing young undocumented immigrants to stay in the United States on a temporary basis and said that he is happy to be known as “the grandfather of Obamacare.”

Romney has a history of padding the audience. During a speech before National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) in June, the GOP presidential candidate also brought in his supporters to the address.

This post was originally published by ThinkProgress.

 

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8:02AM PDT on Oct 1, 2012

And some, Laura, frightening as it may seem, actually believe, feel, talk, write and act this way ascribing to some very hateful beliefs.

Social Darwinism is still being taught in business courses at Yale and Harvard. I've got mine, too bad for you. It has long been proven wrong and a harmful way to perceive society.

6:36AM PDT on Oct 1, 2012

Michael G:

I tried to respond to your e-mail, but it did not go through. I tried clicking on your name on this page but it only provided your profile, not a way to contact you. I tried sending you a “star” in the hope that I could respond to you that way but I received a message saying, “Sorry you are not eligible to send green stars.” It also said that I “must have at least one friend connection.” It also said that I must add a photo to my profile. I do not know how to do any of that, and I do not have the time to look into it. I give up. I have to be somewhere in a little while and must get ready. I posted a partial response to your e-mail on the this board (below). I hope that you see that, at least. Have a good day.

6:10AM PDT on Oct 1, 2012

Michael G:

Some people, like that idiot at the gas station yesterday morning, seem to think that they have a RIGHT to force their political views on others. As I explained, he walked right up to me and made the comment about how I must be a Republican because of how I was pumping gas. What does how I pump gas have to do with ANYTHING, much less my PERSONAL political views WHATEVER they are? Then he made the second remark about how my discount would have been so much more if a Republican was in office. He was rude and for him to accost me in the manner that he did was inappropriate. If he had wanted to say something like “Hello, how are you today” would have been fine, but he should have kept his political remarks to himself.

It is the same thing on these boards. Some people write, some with a great deal of zeal, about their PERSONAL views. Sometimes, as with Elaine, what they post is completely FALSE. They simply regurgitate the lies that they have either heard or read in other places. They do not research issues for themselves. They waste everyone’s time, and unnecessarily incite others with their LIES.

I believe that each person should not believe everything they hear or read, and should research the candidates and issues for themselves. Then, unless asked for their opinions, they should keep their opinions to themselves; NOT force their views on others.

8:34PM PDT on Sep 30, 2012

I was cut off.

Elaine A’s false comment was the same type of false comment as the man made this morning and it got to me.

8:31PM PDT on Sep 30, 2012

Michael G:

I might be a “little over the top,” but I am still very bothered by something that happened today, and things like this seem to happen almost every day. I was filling up my vehicle and containers at a Kroger at around 10:30 this morning (9/29/12). A pick-up pulled in behind me with a man and woman inside. While I was waiting for my receipt, the man walked up to me and said, “The way you’re filling up, you must be a Republican.” (!!!???) I explained that I had accumulated 500 points for the previous month. I also explained that people receive 50 points for prescriptions. I showed him my receipt that said, “YOU SAVED $.50/GAL.” He then commented, “IF THE REPUBLICANS WERE IN CHARGE, IT WOULD BE $1.85” (Again, !!!???) That is absolutely ludicrous, of course, and inappropriate. I did not go to the gas station to be beleaguered by someone’s personal political opinions. It does NOT matter who is in office. Kroger is a private corporation that makes its own decisions about what discounts, coupons, etc. that it will offer. Some people do not seem to realize just how RIDICULOUS they seem when they make completely unfounded comments like that. People should leave other people to their OWN opinions, and just vote for whatever and whomever THEY believe in themselves and keep their opinions to themselves. I did not need or appreciate that sort of treatment from a complete stranger. Elaine A’s false comment was the same ty

8:18PM PDT on Sep 30, 2012

Elaine A:

Also:

On 9/17/12 from http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-57514624-503544/romney-courts-hispanics-wishes-he-were-one/:

“(CBS News) Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Monday launched a full courtship of Hispanic voters.

On a day that the Republican challenger devoted to Hispanic issues and message-making, a video clip of Romney's appearance at a private fundraiser earlier this year was published by the liberal Mother Jones website. In the video, Romney is heard saying, "My dad, as you probably know, was the governor of Michigan and was the head of a car company. But he was BORN in Mexico ... and had he been born of Mexican parents, I'D HAVE A BETTER SHOT AT WINNING THIS. But he was UNFORTUNATELY born to AMERICANS LIVING IN MEXICO. He lived there for a number of years. But IT WOULD BE HELPFUL TO BE LATINO”

So, again, by his OWN admission, Mitt does NOT have “Spanish Blood,” as you called it.

8:17PM PDT on Sep 30, 2012

Laura . . . . sheesh, you are expecting entirely too much from that corner don't ya know?

7:51PM PDT on Sep 30, 2012

Elaine A:

Romney does NOT have Spanish blood.

From http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2178917/Mitt-Romney-race-row-aides-remarks-Barack-Obama.html:

“Romney's roots lie in northern England, where the family of the presumptive Republican nominee converted to Mormonism. English converts to Mormonism were crucial in upholding the faith during its darkest days in the 19th century. Two of those converts were Miles and Elizabeth Romney, a carpenter and his wife from Preston in the north of England - and Mitt Romney's great-great-grandparents. Two of those converts were Miles and Elizabeth Romney, a carpenter and his wife from Preston in the north of England - and Mitt Romney's great-great-grandparents. They later settled in the U.S. To escape U.S. laws forbidding polygamy, Romney's great-grandfather Miles Park Romney – who had five wives - fled south of the border to Mexico. Romney's father George was born in Mexico, but his family moved back to the U.S. when he was a small child. Romney still has relatives who live in a Mormon community in Mexico.”

So, Romney’s Mormon family migrated to Mexico, where his father was born, and then back again. That does not automatically give Mitt “Spanish blood.” There is none in his lineage. Do your research.

2:23PM PDT on Sep 29, 2012

Well, well, not that I am surprised but here comes the racist undertones in capitalized letters for all to see and note.

12:45PM PDT on Sep 29, 2012

DON'T BLAME HIM AS THERE IS SPANISH BLOOD IN HIS LINEAGE AND IF OBATMAN CAN DRIVE THAT BIG OLD BLACK SCHOOL BUS AROUND THEN ROMNEY SHOULD BE ABLE TO HAVE HIS CONSTITUENTS BUSSED IN AS WELL!!!

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