The closer it gets to Election Day, the more Mitt Romney sounds like a desperate man.

Consider this: Thirteen days before the first presidential debate, Romney is already planting the ridiculous notion that President Barack Obama will lie during the debates.

 “I think he’s going to say a lot of things that aren’t accurate,” Romney said in an interview ABC News’ “Good Morning America” anchor George Stephanopoulos.

“I think the challenge that I’ll have in the debate is that the president tends to, how shall I say it, to say things that aren’t true,” Romney added. “And in attacking his opponents, I’ve looked at prior debates. And in that kind of case, it’s difficult to say, well, am I going to spend my time correcting things that aren’t quite accurate? Or am I going to spend my time talking about the things I want to talk about?”


Romney is running scared. He's not known for his sharp debating skills so he’s trying to fire a shot at the Obama campaign before the two men face-off in Denver on Oct. 3.

In fact, I'm hearing that Romney has been preparing for this debate for weeks, memorizing statistics, filling his head full of facts, and plotting perfect moments to blast Obama. Word among political strategists is that Romney's had five mock debates in the past 48 hours. And with most major polls showing Obama widening his lead, Romney is starting to clutch at straws.

Truth be told, Romney always plays fast and loose with the facts; he misrepresents issues and he misleads the public on a daily basis. But now, Romney has his own factual miscues to answer for. He should be worried about explaining the comments he made to a group of wealthy donors where he said incorrectly that “47 percent” of Obama’s supporters are “dependent upon government” and are “victims” who don’t pay income tax.

"[My] job is not to worry about those people,” Romney added. “I'll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives."

In a race that’s still considered tight, the three presidential debates in October take on added significance for undecided voters and puts pressure on Romney to clearly define his vision.

Is Romney a public servant for all Americans or just the wealthy ones?

Meanwhile, U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO) told me that Obama doesn’t need to do anything special to shine during the debates.

“Romney is the best weapon we have to defeat Romney,” Cleaver, the Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, said in an interview this week. “He’ll do something that resembles the actions of the Three Stooges.”

Cleaver is right. And he also went a step further. He believes – perhaps correctly – that Romney wanted that secret video to go public.

“This wasn’t just a political faux pas,” Cleaver said. “My level of paranoia and cynicism says he wanted that release because it speaks to the part of his base that has not completely accepted him.”

“He wants voters to believe that we are parasites just looking to get something for free; that we have no sense of responsibility; that we want government to take care of us,” he added. “I’m just not ready to believe that this video release was an accident.”

Jim Lehrer, the PBS moderator for the first presidential debate, should ask Romney to explain his comments on the secret video. And Romney should also be asked to clarify his “victims” remark.  Was Romney talking specifically about African-Americans, Latinos and other voters of color?

I believe so.

The Romney campaign has experienced several weeks of bad press as Romney seems to mangle every domestics and foreign policy issue that comes his way.

And when Romney gets his facts twisted as usual, he responds in a predictable way: he blames the media.

“It’s unfortunate when something gets misinterpreted like this or it’s taken out of context because if you really do listen to everything that he does say, he’s talking about what we’re facing in America right now,” Ann Romney told Fox News.

“We’re facing some really difficult situations,” she explained. “If we don’t take corrective measures soon, more and more people will be dependent on government, and that’s not what he wants. He wants to have more economic opportunity for people. He wants to have better jobs for people.”

So it’s come to this: The Romney campaign is now forced to dispatch Romney’s wife to defend her husband and explain his warped reasoning.

I hope America is listening.


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17 thoughts on “COMMENTARY: Romney is Running Scared

  1. wadadli1 on said:

    I guess Mitt is running as scared as the Prez looked tonight in the debates. Reminded me of Ali and the rope-a-dope. Mitt challenged him at every turn and he was annoyed, preachy and plain simple. I was disappointed. It was reinforced after I saw the analysis from even Donna Brazile, a staunch Democrat. Mr. Obama gave away what he has been begging for, 4 more years. No, Mitt is not running scared, just running into the White House.

  2. gwanedm on said:

    If you listen to the entire 47% comment and not the Obama ads that are running on BET you will notice that there is some truth to what Romney is saying but it comes off odd because of who is saying it. Lous Farrakhan has said almost the same thing! Romney is only talking about people who were already gonna vote Obama no matter what and the only people who were offended by the 47% comment are those of you who were going to vote Democrat anyway! If you tell the truth you will acknowledge that there are people who try and take advantage of government entitlement programs. I don’t think it is 47% of the country! I think for us Black folks most of us vote Democrat and for Obama because he is black and because we don’t trust Republicans not because we want a handout from the Government! As far as your plantation comment I think you need to re- analyze your assessment of Republicans. The liberal Democrats are the real plantation owners!!!!

  3. gwanedm on said:

    you have an incorrect view of the President. How has he walked in the steps of the poor? They guy never had a real job! He was educated at an Ivy league school! All politicians are rich! Romney is rich not because he was born into it, He is rich because he earned it!

  4. cindycruz on said:

    Our President has done nothing to build coalitions…. NOTHING!
    He does not meet with Democratic leaders, he does not meet with Republican leaders, he does not meet with Foriegn leaders, he does not meet with his Economic council, he does not meet with his Intel Leaders, he does not meet with his Military leaders. However, the World is burning while our President parties with Jay-Z and Beyonce.

  5. Of course Mitt is running scared, because we(at least I) remembered what the last Rethugithan President [and his VP] did to our country. He is also scared, because his party along with the tea baggers, has said “NO!!” to everything that MY President is trying to do, to help put this country back on track. President Obama’s “so-called failed policies” are the results of a “do nothing Congress”.

  6. Folks, President Obama has not been filthy rich and all white his entire life like Mitt.I am positive this man,,because of his color,has experienced subtle,if not overt racism.You know the kind of subtle racism when the store clerk checks your one dollar bill to see if it’s counterfeit.Back in the day,some of our folks saw overt racism,when they had those signs that told our folks,You are beneath white folks. This is the same vibe we’re getting from slick Mitt.So,don’t believe the hype.Mitt told us already.He don’t give one damn about us.So,get upon November 6 and VOTE..

  7. cindycruz on said:

    @just want to be
    Why has the concentration of wealth been going to bankers and wall street these past four years? Why did all of the Stimulus money go to the bankers , Wall street and the wealthy? Why is our Presidents economic staff run by Goldman Sachs? Why has the middle class lost 40% of its wealth these past four years?

  8. Just want to be free of pain on said:

    Mitt Romney Is The Living Embodiment Of The Biggest Problem In America” It’s not just his giant income or the low tax rates he pays on it. And it’s not just the videotape of him berating almost half of America, or his endless gaffes, or his regressive budget policies.
    It’s something that unites all of this, and connects it to the biggest underlying problem America faces — the unprecedented concentration of wealth and power at the very top that’s undermining our economy and destroying our democracy.

  9. Cindy,Your darn right that this President understands our predicament.I believe he has walked in the steps of the Poor and Po folks unlike our conservative filthy rich plantation owners who dismiss 47 percent of our citizens,with such contempt. .And it is a step up for some folks to get those jobs at McDonalds.But we don’t have to stay at McDonalds forever.My daughter worked there for awhile,made a little cash and moved on to better things.I bet you did the same thing before you got to be an Accountant.In order for the President to kick azzes to get things moving he needs more time.Rome wasn’t built in a day.What??..

  10. cindycruz on said:

    Our President sees our plight everyday, but his policies have made things worse. By every bit of measurement the Middle class and lower class are getting crushed. In fact 40% of the wealth of middle class families has vanished in the past four years. You talk about the jobs being created but they are nothing more than fast food jobs at McDonalds. How will four more years make it better?!?!

  11. Cindy,I am very cynical of all politicians,most promise us the moon,but we end up with a bunch of rocks.Most of the time,we are voting for the lesser of the damage to our rights that politicians present to us.We have another choice to make on Nov 6.Do we pick Mitt, the artificial red neck.who promises more potential wars and rumors of stupid wars? He also promises to create jobs,when job growth is moving upward.Does he plan another war to create jobs for those contractors? Mitt won’t tell us what he will do that our president is not willing to do.Of course our President cares for the poor and really po folks.Because the community organizer has witnessed our plight up close and personal.Cindy,it is those red necks (conservatives) who came up with the idea of putting gators in the Rio Grande River to keep folks out…

  12. Romney should be running scared because the citizens see him for what he really is,a double talking,two faced Yankee..He thinks 47 percent of Americans are shiftless and lazy.But of course,that’s the way all Plantation Owners thought of their help.With a mind set like those Plantation Owners it is very easy to send manufacturing jobs to Slave wage countries(.India and China.)Plantation Owners. Treat the citizens like fodder for meat grinding wars that last a long time.Yet Mitt got 5 sons who have not served in any military uniform,and wants to say 47 percent of Americans are shiftless and lazy..F””””you…

  13. Its funny that congressman Cleaver made that statement “β€œHe’ll do something that resembles the actions of the Three Stooges.” because I made a joke about Romney. I call him the “One Stooges” Why?…because he doesn’t need two more guys to make him look stupid!”

  14. Cottman, so what if Obama is good in debates. What does a debate mean to the poor Americans on food stamps for the first time in their lives, trying to feed their families Cottman.Black folks done seen the smooth fast talk of Obama. But what they are waiting to see is his PROMISES. His Hope, His Change, but all we have seen from Obama so far is that he can’t relate to the poor Black folks. We’ve seen him stand Proudly with White Americans, holding White babies and taking pictures smiling for brownie points, but we never see him in Black communities holding Black babies. All Blacks can see Obama as The only POTUS EVER, EVER to call out a race of people in this Free Country we call America. This POTUS without any hesitation, called Black Americans LAZY, told them to “Get off the couch and do something for yourselves”. If this is not the most demeaning words and a Slap in the face, coming from a so-called Black POTUS to a poor and disinfranchised race of people. Folks, Romney, like him or not, would never call any American out. As a matter of fact no POTUS would do that to a suffering race of people desperately reaching out for help. Why are the Black media worrying about 47%, why not talk about NO jobs in the Black communities, the crime rate is off the charts in Black communities with Black on Black crime. Why not talk about what is in it for Black Americans in this election. Why not talk about who represent Black America in the Political arena. Why not talk about with four years of Obama, why have Black Americans progress gone backwards rather than improving. All these Black media companies and radio personnel have jobs, so Obama as an incompetent POTUS don’t really effect their daily lives. Same as for all Obama rich Black donors who has forgotten the neighborhoods where they come from . But for the average and the poor Black folks who desperately went out to vote in droves to support Obama, this is a devastation. Why worry about a White man called Romney when you have a so-called Black man that is the first Black POTUS in office during absolutely nothing to earn your TRUST. There are many Black voters that will not vote for Obama this time around. With all the Romney bashing from Black media companies, most Blacks are not changing their minds. You have to think Black folks, with this being the worst of times in a long time, we need a Real Leader, not a Point the Finger and Blame everyone else. Don’t forget Black folks Obama didn’t just blame the Repubs, he blamed Blacks also for not getting of the couch and doing for yourselves. Again Folks, all Obama can offer you is Guaranteed Food Stamps. What else do you expect from a Slumlord Community Organizer. NO Job, No Change, No Future. Stop fooling yourself folks. Americans gave Bush four more years adn we see what happened. Don’t be fooled this time because of skin color. Smae Results. Vote for Youselves.

  15. Just want to be free of pain on said:

    My granddad use to say when you work on a lie you start to beieve that lie and when you for get the real truth comes out and when he is in white man world he tells the truth and since we hard it he will not be pres/even white people dont trust him,.

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