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Romney on Chick-fil-A: Thatís not something thatís part of my campaign
Hot Air ^ | August 3rd, 2012 | Allahpundit

Posted on 08/03/2012 3:33:17 PM PDT by Third Person

Via the Examiner, I understand why he punted here. His retort to Reid’s tax-evasion smear last night was that it’s an obvious, grotesque attempt to hand the media a new distraction from Obama’s record. He just got back from a foreign policy trip/photo op that was also submerged in distractions, most notably his Olympics comments in London and his aide’s “kiss my ass” comments to the press in Poland. He’s just begun pushing a more positive message keyed to his biography to convince undecideds that he’s up to the job. The last thing he wants right now is another distraction wrapped around his ankles, particularly on a day when the news is about the latest disappointing jobs report.

Given that the Chick-fil-A question here was packaged with another question about Bachmann and the Muslim Brotherhood, he had two dilemmas. One: If he weighs in on either, that’s a story and now suddenly he’s being asked about gay marriage and Islamism instead of jobs for the middle class. If you want a candidate who’s more interested in culture-war issues than economic growth, try Romney 2008. Two: If he weighs in only on Chick-fil-A, the easier of the two topics, then there’ll be a separate story on why he specifically ducked the question about Bachmann and he’ll hear it from her supporters and from the media for dodging. He probably figured he was better off playing it safe (as usual) and passing on both. Hey — if you wanted a nominee who’d inch out on the highwire to answer any question put to him, you should have nominated Newt.

Still, hurts to know that even a tool like Mike Bloomberg is capable of offering a righteous answer on CFA when called on to do so:

Critics trying to shut Chick-fil-A because its CEO opposes gay marriage are undermining the very essence of the Constitution, Mayor Bloomberg declared today in a stirring defense of the embattled fast food chain.

“It isn’t the right thing to do and it isn’t what America stands for,” Bloomberg said on his weekly WOR radio show. “And those people who don’t like (Chick-fil-A) don’t understand their rights were protected by people who took a difficult position in the past and stood by it. They stood up so everybody else would be free.”…

“What’s for sure is that government cannot in the United States, in America, under the Constitution, be run where you have a litmus test for the personal views of somebody when they want something in the commercial world.”

Barney Frank also managed to say a word against government discrimination towards Chick-fil-A. Ah well. Maybe Mitt will get another question about this tomorrow and say something about free speech even if he ends up avoiding the subject of gay marriage. Speaking of which, enjoy the second clip below. Not sure what’s gotten into Stewart lately, but this is a rare week during which most of his big hits have been at the expense of Democrats.

Exit quotation via Mediaite: “Pretty sure you can’t outlaw a company with perfectly legal business practices because you find their CEO’s views repellant. Not sure which amendment covers that, but it’s probably in the top 1.”


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: chickfila; fumr; gutlesscino; homosexualagenda; michelebachmann; muslimbrotherhood; romney; zot
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To: Mountain Mary
So lemme get this straight: Mittens considers stopping in at Chick FA to get a sandwich in support of free speech and Dan Cathy is a “distraction”? Uh huh.

He considers Chick-fil-A a refueling stop. Here's what he said to Truett Cathy last May at Liberty University's commencement ceremony, in which Mr. Cathy was being awarded an honorary doctorate:

The Romney campaign comes to a sudden stop when we spot a Chick-fil-A. Your chicken sandwiches were our comfort food through the primary season, and heaven knows there were days that we needed a lot of comfort. So, Truett, thank you and congratulations on your well-deserved honor today.

101 posted on 08/03/2012 5:50:10 PM PDT by cynwoody
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To: Tennessee Nana

Thanks Tn Nana for catching slick willards double speak.


102 posted on 08/03/2012 5:51:47 PM PDT by tennmountainman
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To: Publius

The Amendments listed below, coupled with recent legislative innovations like Motor Voter and the good old Voting Rights act of 1965, have in effect established “Universal Suffrage” in the USSA.

The Founders specifically did not put a right to vote in the Constitution, and warned against expanding the Franchise to the poor, women, and those under 21, these groups being exactly the ones that these days vote for domestic marxists.

Their warnings were not heeded.

The Fifteenth Amendment prohibited discrimination of the right to vote based on race or former status of involuntary servitude.

The Nineteenth Amendment prohibited discrimination of the right to vote based on sex.

The Twenty Fourth Amendment prohibited the use of a poll tax.

The Twenty Sixth Amendment allowed all citizens over the age of 18 who are not otherwise disqualified the right to vote.

Read more: http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Which_of_the_27_amendments_expanded_voting_rights#ixzz22X9mKFKr


103 posted on 08/03/2012 5:52:10 PM PDT by Rome2000 (WILLARD ROMNEY -- MORMON MELCHIDEZEK BISHOP -HIS FAMILY HAS AVOIDED MILITARY SERVICE FOR GENERATIONS)
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To: Third Person

Wolf in sheep’s clothing.

Here comes the “mark my words, no more _____” Strong-Man of the Central Committee Government Party.

Extortionists.


104 posted on 08/03/2012 5:52:10 PM PDT by Varsity Flight (Extortion-Care is the Government Work-Camp: Arbeitsziehungslager)
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To: Rome2000

You’re laughing at me saying Obama’s second term will be a disaster for America?

Then commenting about universal suffrage, a horse that left the barn 92 years ago?

Pardon me for not engaging in the groupthink here.

There is something much larger at stake with this election.

A second term for Obama will be a direct cause for either a second Civil War or a second American Revolution-—with unintended consequences for ALL of us.

Every candidate for the GOP nomination has been excoriated on this forum over the past year. Name the candidate and there were people here all over them.They ALL have faults. None is the ideal.

Mine were Sarah, then Cain and then Gingrich. I’m zero for three.

Whomever emerges from Tampa as the GOP candidate is getting my vote, because, even though I did not get the candidate I wanted, Obama MUST be defeated.

This election is the most like 1860 in our history, with an element of 1980 thrown in. There are vast anti-American forces arrayed within our own government, in place and poised to destroy the country you and I grew up in. The evidence piles up daily.

If I can avoid that by a peaceful vote, I will do it.

Because what will be unleashed by an unstoppable Obama and his Dem cohorts will shock even the most jaded of us here.
What we have seen to date by this White House and its demented leaders in Congress is but a benevolent preview.

What once was theory will become fact—there will be a time for choosing.

The clear and present danger is upon us. And there are only 95 days left to stop it for the safety and future of our families and nation.

We can participate in a circular firing squad, or face the enemy. The choice is ours.


105 posted on 08/03/2012 5:58:04 PM PDT by exit82 (Pass the word: Obama is a FAILURE!! Democrats are the enemies of freedom!)
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To: exit82

No one here choose Romney, but somehow, the majority of Republican voters did.

In what primary did Romney win a majority of the votes?


106 posted on 08/03/2012 5:58:04 PM PDT by WilliamIII
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To: Third Person

Again Romney shows no sign of conviction and the sheeple will see this as weakness.


107 posted on 08/03/2012 5:58:04 PM PDT by central_va ( I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: WilliamIII
In what primary did Romney win a majority of the votes?

Son of a gun got the most delegates--how did that happen exactly?

I can't recast history.It is what it is.

108 posted on 08/03/2012 6:04:58 PM PDT by exit82 (Pass the word: Obama is a FAILURE!! Democrats are the enemies of freedom!)
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To: tennmountainman

;)


109 posted on 08/03/2012 6:05:36 PM PDT by Tennessee Nana (Why should I vote for Bishop Romney when he hates me because I am a Christian)
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To: central_va

And as usual, over 100 posts, and still hardly one (even one??) post with the Sheep’s Clothing specific agenda.

Unless “he” finally comes out and begins to identify with the REAL majority, then we are once again witnessing the Strong-Man plan of THE Government Party....In which case, contrary to some posters here, may be worse than the Undocumented Coffee Server.


110 posted on 08/03/2012 6:11:53 PM PDT by Varsity Flight (Extortion-Care is the Government Work-Camp: Arbeitsziehungslager)
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To: WilliamIII
In what primary did Romney win a majority of the votes?

According to the Wall Street Journal, it was the Texas primary that put him over the top (May 29).

111 posted on 08/03/2012 6:13:35 PM PDT by cynwoody
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To: Third Person
He can't even stand up for free speech and or traditional

marriage. The liberal rinos love this man. Yay, for that!

112 posted on 08/03/2012 6:14:23 PM PDT by Christie at the beach (I like Newt and would love to see political dead bodies on the floor.)
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To: WilliamIII
No one here choose Romney, but somehow, the majority of Republican voters did. In what primary did Romney win a majority of the votes?

We are at the fringes of the party. Primary results are available here.

113 posted on 08/03/2012 6:18:27 PM PDT by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: Mears

You just have to ignore some of the “old-timers” around here. A few of them have really low self-esteem so they have to call people names and act like their FR join date makes them some sort of special.


114 posted on 08/03/2012 6:44:50 PM PDT by gruffwolf
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To: Third Person

I’m not voting for this POS Romney.


115 posted on 08/03/2012 6:53:00 PM PDT by hitchwolf
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To: gruffwolf; ontap

This n00b thing is ridiculous-— its nice to know some Freepers agree with me.

I’ve been around a while and remember vividly getting
pilloried for a comment I made when I was new,and the insults were horrendous-—just because of my sign-up date.


116 posted on 08/03/2012 7:00:06 PM PDT by Mears
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To: gruffwolf; AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; ...

well said, gw.


117 posted on 08/03/2012 7:01:49 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Third Person
Lot of hooting and hollering on this thread over whether or not Romney should have dropped in on a Chick-Fil-A for a chicken sandwich or otherwise commented upon it.

Well it's a good thing that Romney evidently surrounds himself with smart people because to do have done so would be a major campaign blunder. A blunder that the Obama campaign was probably hoping he'd make.

Here's how it would have went down if Romney decided to pop into a Chick-Fil-A with his huge entourage of press, handlers and secret-service agents to ceremoniously chow down on a fried chicken sandwich.

It would have knocked Obama's woes off the front pages for a few days (i.e. 8.3% unemployment) and would have provided Obama fodder for campaign attack ads.

For example, an Obama ad would show Romney chomping down on his sandwich while an ominous voice in the background solemnly intones Romney's support for homosexual marriage back when he was running for office in Massachusetts. So Romney would have been exposed as a hypocrite for "cashing in" politically on the Chick-Fil-A phenomenon when he is on record as previously supporting homosexuals.

Sure, Romney could have tried to say that he was supporting the owner's right to free speech and not necessarily his position on homosexual marriage but that would have done no good at all and everybody here is smart enough to know that. So by stating that this controversy "plays no part in his campaign" is a gutsy, savvy move on Romney's part as he denies the Obama campaign and all the yakking heads in the media a huge opportunity to embarrass and make sport of him.

For those who feel strongly about the homosexual marriage issue, let's focus on electing more Tea Party people like Cruz and West to congress and in state legislatures. Get Tea Party in control of the legislatures and homosexual marriage will have no chance of passage no matter who our president is and no matter what our president thinks of homosexual marriage.

As for those here who continue to post photos of Sarah Palin at the Chick-Fil-A, in an obvious attempt to shame Romney, well Sarah Palin, as much as I like her, does not have the responsibility that Romney has for unseating Obama. She obviously has time to go out for chicken dinners and good for her. It could have been her that was running against Obama and we wouldn't even be talking about Romney, but she made her choices and now she has plenty of time for peach shakes and chicken sandwiches. So let her hang out at the Chick-Fil-A and let Romney focus on beating the sitting president who is nothing less than a domestic enemy of the United States of America.

118 posted on 08/03/2012 7:13:30 PM PDT by SamAdams76
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To: Mears

That kind of crap reminds me of all the “Old Corps” comments I heard when I first joined the Marines.

It’s the kind of statement someone makes when they know they don’t have anything useful to contribute.


119 posted on 08/03/2012 7:14:43 PM PDT by gruffwolf
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To: Third Person

This is an issue for the “little people.” Certainly it is not worthy of distracting Prince willard.


120 posted on 08/03/2012 7:16:40 PM PDT by RKBA Democrat (Vote for willard. Because "our" pro-abort, anti-gun socialist is SO much better than theirs.)
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To: gorush

“I was never going to vote for him in the first case so it certainly doesn’t affect my vote.”

Ain’t that the truth.


121 posted on 08/03/2012 7:18:05 PM PDT by RKBA Democrat (Vote for willard. Because "our" pro-abort, anti-gun socialist is SO much better than theirs.)
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To: gruffwolf

Brother,cousin,and son——all USMC.

My 1st child was born on November 10.

Semper fi!


122 posted on 08/03/2012 7:20:08 PM PDT by Mears
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To: gruffwolf

I just ignore such an enjoy the site Marine.... Lots of good info here. Just have to wade through the silly crap sometimes.

Stay safe , hope yer well.


123 posted on 08/03/2012 7:27:21 PM PDT by Squantos
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To: Third Person






124 posted on 08/03/2012 7:30:48 PM PDT by JediJones (From the makers of Romney, Bloomberg/Schwarzenegger 2016. Because the GOP can never go too far left.)
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To: Mears; Squantos

Semper Fi!

Now let’s have some fun, it is Friday night after all. We can talk about politics again tomorrow.


125 posted on 08/03/2012 7:31:11 PM PDT by gruffwolf
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To: exit82
A second term for Obama will be a direct cause for either a second Civil War or a second American Revolution-—with unintended consequences for ALL of us.

ROTFLMAO

It's all over but the shouting, Honest Ape waged war against the sons of the Founders and we are now slaves to the Washingtonians.

Reality sucks.

126 posted on 08/03/2012 7:33:33 PM PDT by Rome2000 (WILLARD ROMNEY -- MORMON MELCHIDEZEK BISHOP -HIS FAMILY HAS AVOIDED MILITARY SERVICE FOR GENERATIONS)
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To: cynwoody

Well, maybe he needs to say that once again now that Dan needs his support. And actions speak louder than words. Where are the pix of Mittens and his staff eating there?
Crickets.


127 posted on 08/03/2012 7:37:42 PM PDT by Mountain Mary (Voting for the lesser of two evils is still voting for evil.)
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To: gruffwolf

There ya go....good idea ....:o)

Some really great tunes over at the freeper canteen .... I’m amazed at the quality and awesome stuff they find .

Stay safe !


128 posted on 08/03/2012 7:41:15 PM PDT by Squantos
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To: Rome2000
He's a coward, a two faced douchebag, and a serial liar who doesn't have a conservative bone in his body and will say or do anything to get elected, then govern like a leftist.

I disagree with the part about him willing to say or do anything to get elected. He will not speak out in favor of the Chick-Fil-A owner even though clearly that would help him be more popular with the vast majority of people. Romney is extremely liberal on social issues, and he would find it personally abhorrent to speak out against the gay activists. He enabled them to get gay marriage in Massachusetts, a massive breakthrough for their cause which gave immeasurable help to their movement and led directly to one major political party backing national gay marriage. The only reason Romney doesn't seem more liberal to more people is because Obama's moved the bar on the left side of the aisle so far to radicalism and communism. Both parties moving further and further left puts the country in an untenable situation that will mean the end of America as a shining light of freedom to the world. Romney is not the guy who will save America. He is part of the problem.

129 posted on 08/03/2012 7:42:47 PM PDT by JediJones (From the makers of Romney, Bloomberg/Schwarzenegger 2016. Because the GOP can never go too far left.)
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To: SamAdams76

What BS to compare Mittens, who isn’t even the nominee yet, to Sarah Palin who has been on the national stage for four years and raises money for conservatives and helps them win their elections by endorsing them.

Half of the country is standing in front of Dairy Queen with ice cream dripping down the fronts of their shirts right now..and they barely know who Mitt Romney is...

Entourage, press, cameras. let’s save that for someone who might really get it.

If Mittens wanted to stop at Chick this week, he could have done so,..quietly and without fanfare.

Instead he says that it isn’t part of his campaign.
A more appropriate response would have been to repeat that he stops there all the time!!! followed by a full shout out for Cathy and his principles.
What’s that I hear... More crickets?


130 posted on 08/03/2012 7:48:06 PM PDT by Mountain Mary (Voting for the lesser of two evils is still voting for evil.)
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To: Jumper
This election is about the economy and Obama’s failure in spite of getting multiple stimlus packages as requested. To get side-tracked with gay, abortion, or other democrat party disctactions using the social agenda arena would have been stupid.

To ignore any issue is stupid. Every vote counts and different voters will be motivated by different issues. The Democrats have a chance to win by building a coalition of many different interest groups who are motivated by different issues. They're not a single-issue party.

Conservatism has at least 3 planks, all vital to the movement, economic, social and national security. To hinge the election on only one factor is an unnecessary risk, since conditions on that factor may change by the time November comes around. You don't put all your eggs in one basket.

Bottom line is this is not about strategy for Romney. He is listening to his heart. He is a big city elite liberal whose justification for being a Republican has always been that he is "slightly" more interested in lowering taxes than the nearest Democrat. He'd probably lie about more of these issues if he could, but his charisma is extremely low which makes it difficult to be a good liar, so he knows he's better off saying nothing at all than to try to lie about his true feelings on these issues. And he obviously can't say how he really feels without driving conservatives away in droves.

131 posted on 08/03/2012 7:51:02 PM PDT by JediJones (From the makers of Romney, Bloomberg/Schwarzenegger 2016. Because the GOP can never go too far left.)
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To: Jumper
Since when do liberals "own" the issues of gay marriage and abortion? Arguably it's conservatives who own those issues. They are winning issues for our side. To be "neutral" on those issues is to simply throw away votes. Obama's social-issue-oriented base will be fired up but ours won't. Romney would never avoid discussing those issues if he believed what we believe. Because he doesn't, it's a mine field wading into them for him because he can be caught in a lie or be caught accidentally being too honest.

There is nothing we can do to "fix" him and make him better on these issues. He is who he is. But let's please not delude ourselves into thinking this is the right way to run a campaign. We certainly don't want other Republican candidates following his example.

132 posted on 08/03/2012 7:55:32 PM PDT by JediJones (From the makers of Romney, Bloomberg/Schwarzenegger 2016. Because the GOP can never go too far left.)
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To: exit82

In what primary did Romney win a majority of the votes?

Son of a gun got the most delegates—how did that happen exactly?

I don’t believe he got a majority of the votes cast in the primaries. He got a plurality. The rest of the candidates, together, beat him. Unfortunately, they split the vote, allowing Romney to get the nomination.


133 posted on 08/03/2012 8:12:18 PM PDT by WilliamIII
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To: cynwoody

In what primary did Romney win a majority of the votes?

According to the Wall Street Journal, it was the Texas primary that put him over the top (May 29).

That wasn’t my question. In most of the primaries, he didn’t get a majority of the vote. He “won” with a plurality, meaning most GOP voters wanted somebody else.


134 posted on 08/03/2012 8:15:58 PM PDT by WilliamIII
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To: Rome2000

got that right.

He can make stand and say what is right but yet again when it comes ot social issues many on our side become cowardly


135 posted on 08/03/2012 8:25:50 PM PDT by manc (Marriage =1 man + 1 woman,when they say marriage equality then they should support polygamy)
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To: Psalm 144
Completely irrelevant to this thread, but I did want to thank you publicly for keeping ‘Fahrenheit 451’ in the public view. I never paid much attention to it and your references have put it on my ‘to read’ list.

You are quite welcome. Keep in mind also that the recently deceased Ray Bradbury was also a big time conservative who loved Reagan and despised Clinton and Obama. Google it.

136 posted on 08/03/2012 8:31:50 PM PDT by montag813
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To: gorush

ditto.


137 posted on 08/03/2012 8:38:17 PM PDT by Godebert (No Person Except a NATURAL BORN CITIZEN!)
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To: Justice4awe; Mountain Mary
Mountain Mary, Please go back to DU, they miss you there.

Why, you ignorant n00b. How dare you address a real conservative that way?

If you had the slightest idea what conservatism was really about, you'd recognize that Mitt Romney bears only the barest superficial difference to any liberal Democrat in Washington.

Tuck tail and vote for him if you must, but DO NOT come in here berating those with real spines and core convictions about their disgust for that piece of crap nominee the GOP-e has foisted upon us.

138 posted on 08/03/2012 8:39:07 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Third Person

and neither will the killing of a thousand babies a day be.

Wimp vs. Wimp


139 posted on 08/03/2012 8:42:49 PM PDT by TomasUSMC ( FIGHT LIKE WW2, FINISH LIKE WW2. FIGHT LIKE NAM, FINISH LIKE NAM)
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To: Third Person

I’m kinda disappointed in you Mitt.

Ya faggot-lovin baby-killer!


140 posted on 08/03/2012 8:47:17 PM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate Republicans Freed the Slaves Month.)
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To: Third Person

I don’t mind Mitt not getting involved in the Chick-Fil-A kerfuffle. He didn’t start it, it had nothing to do with him, and it will only serve to allow the MSM to change the subject. They want to take the focus off Obama’s failed economic policies, and Romney not taking the bait won’t let them do that.


141 posted on 08/03/2012 8:50:12 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: SuziQ

I agree.


142 posted on 08/03/2012 8:51:46 PM PDT by 1035rep
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To: SamAdams76

Well said.

Hope others can see through the noise to understand your well reasoned points.


143 posted on 08/03/2012 8:52:56 PM PDT by exit82 (Pass the word: Obama is a FAILURE!! Democrats are the enemies of freedom!)
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To: SoFloFreeper
Mitt will probably take a lot of heat here on FR for

Because Mitt is sucking up to fags?

Cut US some slack................

He isn't going to get the fag vote so why suck up to them unless he agrees with them?

144 posted on 08/03/2012 8:53:29 PM PDT by Eaker (When somebody hands you your arse, don't give it back saying "This needs a little more tenderizing.")
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To: Windflier

Thanks Windflier.


145 posted on 08/03/2012 8:56:00 PM PDT by Mountain Mary (Voting for the lesser of two evils is still voting for evil.)
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To: Third Person
Yeah, why would Freedom of Speech and Freedom of Religion be in Myth's campaign?

It's kinda hard to fit that into the same tent as freedom to sodomize other men in a public restroom, or freedom to allow militant homosexuals to define the religious institution of marriage as something other than a religious institution.

Myth is just pissed off that Wednesday proved more people will show up for a chicken sandwich than for him.

Even more unfortunate for him, is a fried chicken sandwich has more of spine than he does......and apparently can run a better campaign.

I say -

Dan Cathy for President of the United States of America

Bishop Myth Romney for president of the Taxachussetts LGBT bridge club.

146 posted on 08/03/2012 9:03:24 PM PDT by Repeat Offender (While the wicked stand confounded, call me with Thy Saints surrounded.)
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To: Tennessee Nana
He said he would “repeal and replace”

See: HR3000-(Rep. Tom Price R-GA)

HR3000 is the "replace" I don't think there's too much there that would rankle your feathers.

147 posted on 08/03/2012 9:07:07 PM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate Republicans Freed the Slaves Month.)
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To: Mountain Mary
If Mittens wanted to stop at Chick this week, he could have done so,..quietly and without fanfare.

Are you serious? Romney now travels with an entourage, media and secret service detail almost as large as the president's. He can't blow his nose in public without it being reported on and you think he can stop into a Chick-Fil-A quietly and without fanfare?

I'm a fan of Sarah Palin and appreciate what she does for the conservative cause but she didn't run. As I stated before, had she entered the race, we wouldn't even be talking about Mitt Romney right now.

148 posted on 08/03/2012 9:07:50 PM PDT by SamAdams76
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To: Third Person

Mormons don’t eat chicken, that’s why!


149 posted on 08/03/2012 9:10:34 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong!)
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To: berdie

No kidding it’s not the governments job to select businesses based on personal opinions but it is the governments job to tell you how much salt you can have, how large your drink can be and how you feed your baby. WTF?


150 posted on 08/03/2012 9:16:32 PM PDT by Newton (All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.)
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