7 Major Issues Mitt Romney Won’t Take A Position On


Written by Josh Israel

In March, Mitt Romney demanded “President Obama needs to level with the American public about his real agenda.” But on numerous topics, Romney has refused to answer basic questions about his views, leaving voters to guess at where he stands on important issues. Romney’s ambiguity appears to be a calculated strategy to avoid alienating the conservative base or moderate swing voters. If he’s successful in avoiding articulating policy positions, he can market himself as the “generic Republican” alternative to President Obama.

Here are seven major issues on which Romney has refused to take a stand:

1. Romney won’t say whether he would undo Obama’s decision to end deportations of DREAM-eligible immigrants. Romney and his campaign passed up numerous opportunities over the weekend to say whether he agreed with the substance of the Obama administration’s order to stop deporting some young undocumented immigrants and whether a President Romney would rescind the order, saying only, “We’ll look at that — we’ll look at that setting as we– as we reach that.”


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2. Romney won’t say whether he’d support the Paycheck Fairness Act. Romney repeatedly dodged questions about whether he’d support the Paycheck Fairness Act, a bill to crack down on wage discrimination and close the wage gap between men and women. His campaign didn’t respond to five requests by the conservative Washington Times seeking his stance on the bill.


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3. Romney won’t specify which tax loopholes he’d close. Asked yesterday which tax deductions he would eliminate to offset his massive proposed tax-cuts for the rich, Romney refused to offer any specifics on a plan that he has admitted is so vague it cannot even be scored, saying only, “We’ll go through that process with Congress.”


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4. Romney won’t say which federal agencies he’d eliminate. At a private fundraiser, Romney reportedly told donors he would eliminate or combine “a lot of departments in Washington,” but that he was “probably not going to lay out just exactly which ones are going to go.” Why? Because he feared telling the voters his plans before the election might hurt his political chances, just as it did in his 1994 Senate race.


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5. Romney won’t say whether he supports the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. Romney’s campaign refused to say whether he would have signed the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, a law that helps women hold employers accountable for discriminating in the pay practices based on gender. Romney said, “I’m not going to go back and look at all the prior laws and say had I been there which ones would I have supported and signed.”


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6. Romney won’t say whether he’d support full reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act. Offering only general support for renewal of the Violence Against Women Act, Romney would not specify whether he supported the bipartisan Senate version or the GOP House rolllback bill. His spokeswoman said only that he “hopes [the bill] can be reauthorized without turning it into a political football.”


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7. Romney won’t say whether say whether he’d eliminate the “carried interest” tax break for private equity partners. Romney’s campaign has refused to answer questions about whether he supports eliminating the “carried interest” tax break for private equity partners, even when asked directly, saying only that we should probably “take a close look at to see if we’re treating capital gains as capital gains or are we treating, in some cases, carried interest as capital gains when it’s more like ordinary income.”

Whether or not Romney can continue to campaign while avoiding taking a position on so many important issues depends on the how the media reacts. There are dozens of reporters following Romney every day. They can choose to either give him a pass on these important policy issues or continue asking him until he provides an answer.

This post was republished with permission from ThinkProgress.


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jill c5 years ago

his lack of willingness to take any stance on any one of these issues is a scream of pure incompetence that should rock the globe. With the rethuglican nomination he should now be exhibiting the balls to make strong commitments on pertinent issues, and yet he doesn't have the scrote. This thug doesn't deserve to get near the oval office.

Jennifer G.
Jennifer G5 years ago

Noted...thanks for posting

Robert Fitzgerald

If I remember correctly, one of the Republicans complaint points against Obama is that he is not a strong leader. So here we have Mitt Huh??? Romney, strength personified, a glorious leader with strong convictions about everything. We can readily see his strength in the positions that he endorses. And in his candid and deep arguments for his positions. I dunno???

Donna R.
Donna R5 years ago

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Bill Eagle
Bill Eagle5 years ago

Romney is completely out of touch with the American people. He has no idea what it is like to do without. It is obvious that he his lacking in compassion for people who are less fortunate than he is.

Kevin Brown
Kevin Brown5 years ago

David-You are exactly right. It seems as if the Republican belief system is based entirely on what the "want" to be true and lacks any real sense of critical thinking (i.e. I want to dislike President Obama therefore he must be a "socialist" or "Kenyan" or something else "bad). The entire right wing bubble exists in some fantasy world that makes it impossible to rationally deal with them. It is like trying to converse with a insane individual who makes up their own reality and screams that it is true. Of course having a 24 hour lying propaganda channel like fox news combined with countless right wing radio hate mongers makes the situation even worse. I can remember a time when the Republican party was not insane, I disagreed with many of their policies but I did not doubt their sanity.

nancy d.
nancy B5 years ago

The expression on Mittens face looks like he is thinking "What was it Karl Rove told me to say"? If he thinks any harder his head will explode!!!!!! Oh, Mittens how sad. you have flipped on so many issues your nickname should be "flapjack".

You can tell when Romoney is lying - his lips are moving!!!!!

J.L. A.
JL A5 years ago

Will Murdoch and the other corporate major media players permit their reporters to ask such questions and/or publish the responses?

Reggie Thomas
Reggie Thomas5 years ago


Rocco S.
Rocco S5 years ago

Romney is a Mormon first and an American somewhere down the bottom of his list !