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NBC's Guthrie: Does Romney Look Like He Has 'Something to Hide'?
NewsBusters.org ^ | July 16, 2012 | Kyle Drennen

Posted on 07/16/2012 3:12:06 PM PDT by Kaslin

In an interview with Republican strategist Steve Schmidt on Monday's NBC Today, co-host Savannah Guthrie portrayed Mitt Romney's decision not to release more tax returns as a sign of guilt: "Mitt Romney is within the letter of the law, but he's on the low end of the norm. Do you think that he's left the impression with voters that perhaps he does have something to hide?"

A list appeared on screen of the amount of tax returns released by other presidential candidates in past years as Schmidt provided a bland response that only reinforced Guthrie's assertion: "...when you don't disclose something, one side is demanding you disclose it. People in your own party are saying you ought to disclose it. I think the American people look at it and they go immediately to, 'What's he hiding?' Whether that's a fair conclusion or not."

> On this issue of Bain Capital, it seems that the Obama campaign is trying to turn this major credential that Romney has to run for president into a liability. Have they been successful at doing that?

> In one sense, are you surprised that the Romney campaign isn't better prepared for these attacks? It's well-known that this was the Obama campaign's plan to go after him in this way and Newt Gingrich did it during the primary?

Guthrie rounded out the series of anti-Romney questions by wondering: "Real quickly, Romney asked the President to apologize for these attacks. Was that smart?"

Schmidt took the bait and ripped the Romney camp:

No, I don't think it was a particularly smart thing to do. For one, Mitt Romney's not a particularly sympathetic character on this front. No one feels sorry for him. The race is about the American people. It's not about Mitt Romney. It's not about Mitt Romney's feelings on an issue like this. So Mitt Romney would have been much better off, I think, hitting back, pivoting, pivoting to a contrast on the economy, and begin taking the fight to the President.

Here is a full transcript of the July 16 interview:

7:06AM ET

SAVANNAH GUTHRIE: Steve Schmidt is an MSNBC political analyst and served as senior advisor to John McCain's campaign in 2008. Steve, good morning to you.

STEVE SCHMIDT: Good morning, Savannah.

[ON-SCREEN HEADLINE: Decision 2012; Obama Doubles Down on Bain Attack as Romney Fights Back]

GUTHRIE: Let's start on this issue of the tax returns. If you look at what presidential candidates have turned over in the last few years, you see that, of course, Mitt Romney is within the letter of the law, but he's on the low end of the norm. Do you think that he's left the impression with voters that perhaps he does have something to hide?

SCHMIDT: Well, I think one of the things that characterizes our politics today, Savannah, is the collapse of trust in institutions of government by the American people. So when you don't disclose something, one side is demanding you disclose it. People in your own party are saying you ought to disclose it. I think the American people look at it and they go immediately to, "What's he hiding?" Whether that's a fair conclusion or not.

GUTHRIE: And so you think he should just go ahead, turn it over, just to make this issue go away?

SCHMIDT: I think it's a very difficult issue going forward. And you know, it's really a – you know they have a big decision to make. If they're going to fold on this and they're going to release more, they should do it now. If they're going to dig in on it, they need to make sure that they're going to dig in on it permanently and they're going to ride out all the bad press that's going to come from it.

GUTHRIE: On this issue of Bain Capital, it seems that the Obama campaign is trying to turn this major credential that Romney has to run for president into a liability. Have they been successful at doing that?

SCHMIDT: Well, they haven't been successful so far when you look at the polls. It remains a very, very close race. But there's no doubt that they're trying to knock down one of the central pillars of Romney's candidacy, which is his ability to give a critique of the President on the economy from his private sector experience. And the Obama campaign is going at that very, very hard right now.

GUTHRIE: If nothing else, Romney is now on the Obama campaign's agenda. He scheduled five network interviews late last week to respond to these issues. In one sense, are you surprised that the Romney campaign isn't better prepared for these attacks? It's well-known that this was the Obama campaign's plan to go after him in this way and Newt Gingrich did it during the primary?

SCHMIDT: Look, these Bain attacks have been a centerpiece of attacks against Mitt Romney since 1994 when he ran for office. They knew it was coming. I think that this is much more part of the rhythm of a presidential campaign. This is Mitt Romney's first real defensive posture since he's won the Republican nomination. Both campaigns go through this. And it's the campaigns that are best able to handle the down cycles that wind up on top in November.

GUTHRIE: Real quickly, Romney asked the President to apologize for these attacks. Was that smart?

SCHMIDT: No, I don't think it was a particularly smart thing to do. For one, Mitt Romney's not a particularly sympathetic character on this front. No one feels sorry for him. The race is about the American people. It's not about Mitt Romney. It's not about Mitt Romney's feelings on an issue like this. So Mitt Romney would have been much better off, I think, hitting back, pivoting, pivoting to a contrast on the economy, and begin taking the fight to the President.

GUTHRIE: And Steve, I can't let you go without asking about the VP selection process. You were the man who was integral in the selection of Sarah Palin back in 2008. Do you think the Romney campaign should go for a game change or play it safe?

SCHMIDT: No, I think it's a very different election cycle. You know, four years is a long time in politics. I think the Romney campaign has been very safe, very cautious, and I think you're going to see them look to a safe, very cautious pick in this race, because they're in a very close race and the fact is we weren't four years ago.

GUTHRIE: Alright, Steve Schmidt, great to get your perspective. Thank you very much.

SCHMIDT: Great. Good to be with you, Savannah. Thank you.



TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: benedictromney; iwontvoteforromney; romneycare4u; stenchofromney

1 posted on 07/16/2012 3:12:10 PM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

What a Schmidt-head........already Romney is a better candidate than McLame because Schmidt-Head isn’t running it.


2 posted on 07/16/2012 3:13:23 PM PDT by dfwgator (FUJR (not you, Jim))
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To: Kaslin

Does the parent company of NBC, GE, have something to hide?


3 posted on 07/16/2012 3:15:41 PM PDT by hadaclueonce (you are paying 12% more for fuel because of Ethanol. Smile big Corn Lobby,)
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To: Kaslin

My, how quickly the MSM runs from “what is Holder hiding” WRT documents to the Issa committee, which ran for approximately 0 news cycles, to Romney’s tax returns, which is running for, what, scores of news cycles with no signs of abating...


4 posted on 07/16/2012 3:17:01 PM PDT by C210N ("ask not what the candidate can do for you, ask what you can do for the candidate" (Breitbart, 2012))
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To: hadaclueonce

It’s owned by Comcast now.


5 posted on 07/16/2012 3:17:45 PM PDT by Fledermaus (Democrats are dangerous and evil. Republicans are useless and useful idiots.)
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To: Kaslin

Has Steve ever come out of the closet?


6 posted on 07/16/2012 3:17:48 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: C210N

When conservatives own the media this country will be more like the US it is supposed to be.


7 posted on 07/16/2012 3:20:35 PM PDT by Jyotishi (Seeking the truth, a fact at a time.)
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To: Kaslin

Romney has already released 2 years of tax returns, same as Juan McLame. The media loved Juan for the longest time - they should have no problem.


8 posted on 07/16/2012 3:21:07 PM PDT by sauropod (You can elect your very own tyranny - Mark Levin)
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To: Kaslin

Lets see here,where is the:

birth certificate
sosh sec card
draft registration
high school records
passports (british and American)
college transcripts
medical records
Rezko brokered mortgage
commie pinko membership card

Damn, this list is getting longer. If I wasn’t tired, I could go on.


9 posted on 07/16/2012 3:23:56 PM PDT by ConradofMontferrat (According to mudslimze, my handle is a Hate Crime. Hope they don't like it.)
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To: Kaslin
Does anyone remember Guthrie's question at one of Obama's first press conferences? It was something like, "How does it feel to be president?" Jaw-droppingly STUPID and since he called on her first, obviously a set-up softball. I made a note that that's how the press was gonna be for the next 4 years and the personification of the "Twinkie", homewrecker, faux "journalist led the way.

Thanks NBC!

10 posted on 07/16/2012 3:25:04 PM PDT by Deb (Beat him, strip him and bring him to my tent!)
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To: Kaslin

..does ODUNGO have something to hide?

Tennessee, one address with a Social Security number beginning with 427
Colorado, one address, with a Social Security number beginning with 456.
Utah, two addresses, with two Social Security numbers beginning with 901 and 799.
Missouri has one address and one Social Security number beginning with 999.
Florida has two addresses listed for his him, three if you count one listed as “Barry Obama.” One is connected to a Social Security number beginning with 762.
In Georgia there are three addresses listed for him, all with different Social Security numbers: 579, 420, and 423.
In Texas there are four different addresses listed for him, one is connected to Social Security number 675.
There are two addresses listed for Barack Obama in Oregon and one address listed for him in the states of Wisconsin, Michigan, South Carolina, and Pennsylvania.


11 posted on 07/16/2012 3:26:02 PM PDT by Doogle ((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: ConradofMontferrat

Big softball for Romney. Will he hit it?


12 posted on 07/16/2012 3:27:13 PM PDT by Rennes Templar (Nov. 7. Morning in America again.)
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To: Kaslin

Mitt appears weak when he doesn’t stand his ground and say, “You release your transcripts, passports, college information,etc., and I’ll release my records, accordingly.”

Why doesn’t he say that? What are they all afraid of? What would that hurt?


13 posted on 07/16/2012 3:28:37 PM PDT by jch10 (Fail to the Chief!)
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To: Kaslin

Does Obama have something to hide, Considering he is hiding everything about his past. WAKE UP AMERICA, he spent over one million dollars to hide everything from us.


14 posted on 07/16/2012 3:29:24 PM PDT by onthegulf
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To: Kaslin

Has she explained why the Obama BC that she was given by the WH says “HUWAII” as the State?


15 posted on 07/16/2012 3:35:19 PM PDT by RummyChick
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To: Kaslin

Schmidt is a DEMOCRAT....he’s a DOUBLE AGENT!! He is WORSE than a traitor and ANY Republican that uses him is TOO STUPID ofr words!!! Mark McKinnon is ALSO a DEMOCRAT and proudly says so!!


16 posted on 07/16/2012 3:37:17 PM PDT by Ann Archy ( ABORTION...the HUMAN Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: Kaslin
Steve Schmidt appears to be some sort of Demrat mole agent based on what he feels he has to hide. I think I now understand why he was and remains so berserk about Sarah Pallin. Scmidt from things I have pieced together is a closeted gay. He is strongly pro-gay in public policy statements and frequently displays a gay type physical persona (Close buzz cut hair, several days beard stubble). I note on this appearance he looks more mainstream but has switched to the scrubby beard look. Palin’s strong evangelical beliefs is simply titanically enraged to the political gays in and out of the closet. Since he wants to stay in the closet or wants other lifestyle related secrets kept secret he is vulnerable to Demrat blackmail and control. That I believe is why he is so erratic in a damaging way in public statements about the GOP. Steve Schmidt another of the people who are twisted human beings in the beltway culture.
17 posted on 07/16/2012 3:43:47 PM PDT by robowombat
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To: Kaslin

Guthrie works for a terrorist organization. She has no real television talent but was hired because her hair is easy enough to give the “NBC swoosh”.
The only thing positive about her openong her mouth is that it blocks out her fellow terrorist, Matt Lauer’s, terrorist propoganda. May they all rot...


18 posted on 07/16/2012 3:44:48 PM PDT by JoshuaLawrenceChamberlain
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To: Kaslin

Guthrie works for a terrorist organization. She has no real television talent but was hired because her hair is easy enough to give the “NBC swoosh”.
The only thing positive about her openong her mouth is that it blocks out her fellow terrorist, Matt Lauer’s, terrorist propoganda. May they all rot...


19 posted on 07/16/2012 3:45:02 PM PDT by JoshuaLawrenceChamberlain
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To: Kaslin

Guthrie works for a terrorist organization. She has no real television talent but was hired because her hair is easy enough to give the “NBC swoosh”.
The only thing positive about her openong her mouth is that it blocks out her fellow terrorist, Matt Lauer’s, terrorist propoganda. May they all rot...


20 posted on 07/16/2012 3:45:02 PM PDT by JoshuaLawrenceChamberlain
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To: JoshuaLawrenceChamberlain

Annnnddd triple post. Sorry about that. At least you all know how I feel haha


21 posted on 07/16/2012 3:45:48 PM PDT by JoshuaLawrenceChamberlain
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To: RummyChick

Got a pic of that by any chance? That would be interesting.


22 posted on 07/16/2012 3:48:42 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: Doogle

Oh wow, that is 11 different social security numbers. Now which one is the real one


23 posted on 07/16/2012 4:00:38 PM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: Kaslin

..the one he’s using now from Conn. Although he’s never lived in Conn. Go figure


24 posted on 07/16/2012 4:06:54 PM PDT by Doogle ((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Ann Archy

I am not familiar with either one


25 posted on 07/16/2012 4:08:42 PM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: Doogle

It is pathetic, but we have a criminal in the People’s House


26 posted on 07/16/2012 4:11:02 PM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: Kaslin

And all of this BAIN stuff,lies,smears, is not a drop in the bucket to the last 3.7 yrs. of Obama socialist failure, eco., soc,mil, energy, borders, scandals distresses.


27 posted on 07/16/2012 4:21:25 PM PDT by phillyfanatic
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To: F15Eagle

it’s on this video
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dL6hZRYZ6wU

there have been several threads here about it.
including a poster that said there is a Huwai-not sure of the spelling- not far from East Timor


28 posted on 07/16/2012 4:23:24 PM PDT by RummyChick
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To: RummyChick

Thanks I’ll take a look.


29 posted on 07/16/2012 4:26:51 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: RummyChick

http://www.traveljournals.net/explore/indonesia/map/p134709/huwai.html


30 posted on 07/16/2012 4:27:10 PM PDT by RummyChick
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PRELUDE TO FORT HOOD








BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA'S HEROES


31 posted on 07/16/2012 4:30:30 PM PDT by devolve (-------------- ------- no servers - no intelligence ----------- ---------------------)
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To: Kaslin

Steve Schmidt was McCain’s campaign manager (wow, wasn’t he the greatest)....and Mark McKinnon was Bush’s MEDIA guy so Bush could get his message across (DOUBLE WOWIE).


32 posted on 07/16/2012 4:43:33 PM PDT by Ann Archy ( ABORTION...the HUMAN Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: Jyotishi
When conservatives own the media this country will be more like the US it is supposed to be.

I've long wondered why the likes of Trump, Rush, the Koch brothers, Adelson, Forbes, etc. haven't purchased majority shares in some of the troubled left wing radio or tv stations, newspapers or newsmags.

33 posted on 07/16/2012 4:57:14 PM PDT by Salvey
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To: jch10
Mitt appears weak when he doesn’t stand his ground and say, “You release your transcripts, passports, college information,etc., and I’ll release my records, accordingly.”

Why doesn’t he say that? What are they all afraid of? What would that hurt?


I suspect Romney's team already knows that they are dealing with a bunch of lying ideologues playing Chicago politics. They will just produce false records if they have to. I just hope Team Romney (or better still, a SuperPAC) will put the truth out about The Story of O. And I hope Romney keeps on message, and not sidetracked by these sideshow tricks.

Problem is, will your Media and Cable companies even run those ads. Almost all of them are in the tank for the O.
34 posted on 07/16/2012 5:38:04 PM PDT by hawaiianninja (Palm note to self: Work for a succesful 2012! +Throw the garbage out!)
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To: Kaslin

I’m currently of the opinion that the cries for more years of tax returns are to facilitate the opening of the “Mormon” front. They already played the “rich” and “offshore investments” cards, playing up his charitable donations is a predictable next step, but to be really effective, they need more years of his high earning tax years to make that figure really pop.

I also suspect the timing was brought on by the Tom Cruise divorce bringing Scientology into the media. In two months, the chance to confuse those valuable low-info voters into thinking that Romney is mostly a Scientologist will have mostly passed.


35 posted on 07/16/2012 5:52:27 PM PDT by jz638
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To: Kaslin

Is this the same woman that was the only member of the press that was able to touch the long for birth certificate with the raised seal? (Not just a second generation photocopy of the document)


36 posted on 07/16/2012 5:54:17 PM PDT by Triple (Socialism denies people the right to the fruits of their labor, and is as abhorrent as slavery)
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To: Kaslin

How could Obama afford a cocaine habit as a young junkie? Supposedly he was from a poor family. Must have been a dealer and committed many felonies.

Now how hard was that to write Mr Romney?


37 posted on 07/16/2012 5:58:58 PM PDT by jwalsh07 (.)
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38 posted on 07/16/2012 6:13:31 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: jz638

Xenu lives on Planet Kolob. Old Joey Smith just never got around to talking about the body thetans and all that.


39 posted on 07/16/2012 7:44:48 PM PDT by RaisingCain
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To: RaisingCain
Xenu lives on Planet Kolob. Old Joey Smith just never got around to talking about the body thetans and all that.

Yup, that's precisely the spirit the Obama campaign is hoping to drum up in flyover country and ride to reelection.

The "Mormon card" is part of the strategy to dispirit the conservative sector of the electorate, particularly evangelicals who distrust the teachings of the LDS church. You can be certain that documentaries on the Mormon church show up on basic cable as the summer wears on, you'll know the media is really feeling like the race is in a stage of desperation when "Big Love" goes into network syndication in the fall.

40 posted on 07/16/2012 9:11:07 PM PDT by jz638
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