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October 20th, 2011
11:14 AM ET

King: Romney's rebuttal may hurt him

CNN's John King explains why Romney's rebuttal in Tuesday's debate may hurt him more than Perry's allegations.

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  1. hrs41

    Anyone who hires a lawn care company will have illegal immigrants working for them. How many people go and check that every company that does work for them doesn't hire illegal immigrants? Only people who have something to lose, like politicians, would do that.

    I like that Romney tried to do something about all the free-loaders getting their healthcare paid for by the taxpayers. I don't like mandates, but I hate free-loaders.

    Lastly, if I was running for Governor of a blue state and most of my state was pro-choice, wouldn't it be smart for me to make a promise with them, as a Republican, that I wouldn't infringe on something the majority wanted? That doesn't mean I agree with them, it would mean I am smart enough to pick my battles.

    October 20, 2011 at 6:20 pm |
  2. Karen2

    I was once told a parable on choosing a relationship. There was a man that was walking along and came upon a snake. The snake said to the man, “Please pick me up.” The man said, “ Are you crazy, I will not pick you up because you are a snake.” The snake said, “I promise you I will not hurt you. Please pick me up.” The man said, “I have heard that you bite.” The snake said, “I use to bite but now I am kind and gentle.” So after much cajoling by the snake, the man relented and picked up the snake. As soon as the man picked up the snake, the snake bit him. The man said, “I thought you said that you would not bite me and that you were kind and gentle now. The snake replied, “You knew that I was a snake.”

    October 21, 2011 at 12:48 am |
  3. bolsen

    King–Why would Romney's rebuttal hurt him?? This makes no sense on it's face? Does anyone go running outside when the lawn mowing company is working on their yard to question whether or not the workers all have papers and are proven legal? NO!!! You figure it's not your problem, you hired the company, not the individual! Besides you could be sued or blamed for racial profiling! Romney specifically had it pointed out to him because he was running for elective office! I have no problem at all with what he said to the landscaping company...any smart person would have said the same thing...and anyone who says otherwise is not being honest! Perry was a slimeball to speak to Romney the way he did and attack him personally over something so stupid, and then continually interrupt his response!

    October 21, 2011 at 2:41 am |
  4. peterjohnz

    The book quote problem shows what a liar Romney is. If the healthcare for the nation idea was really edited out because of space constraints then Romney is still backing what he refutes in the debate.

    October 21, 2011 at 8:30 am |
  5. Kung

    I don't like Romney, but the media has misinterpreted his response. His point was that the contractor should have known a conservative running for office wouldn't want illegals working on his property.

    October 21, 2011 at 11:29 pm |
  6. Oldchester

    King is attacking Romney over a quote in his book regarding Romneycare: "We can accomplish the same thing for everyone in the country..." As an informed voter, it is important to understand in context this quote. Mitt Romney's book "No Apology" (Hard Cover) states the following regarding Obamacare and Romneycare:

    "The notion of getting the federal government into the health-insurance business is a very bad idea. Government-supplied insurance would inevitably be subsidized at great cost to the taxpayers and, combined with Medicare and Medicaid, it would give government the kind of monopoly we would never allow a private entity to claim."

    "The success we achieved in Massachusetts proves that to get everyone insured, you don't have to create a government-run health-care system or government insurance... "

    "...My own preference would be to let each state fashion its own program to meet the distinct needs of its citizens. States could follow the Massachusetts model if they choose, or they could develop plans of their own. These plans, tested in the state 'laboratories of democracy,' could be evaluated, compared, improved upon and adopted by others..."

    "...What we accomplished surprised us: 440,000 people who previously had no health insurance became insured, many paying their own way. We made it possible for each newly insured person to have better care, and ultimately healthier and longer lives. From now on, no one in Massachusetts has to worry about losing his or her health insurance if there is a job change or a loss in income; everyone is insured and pays only what he or she can afford. It's portable, affordable health insurance – something people have been talking about for decades. We can accomplish the same thing for everyone in the country, and it can be done without letting government take over health care."

    October 22, 2011 at 9:31 am |
  7. Don


    While I agree his abortion stance a long time ago was different than the one he holds today. The one he held back then was not in agreement with what his religion teaches, but he believed not to cloud his religion with the political office and supposedly had a good reason because one of his family members died from an illegal abortion. He may have changed his heart and aligned his beliefs more with his religion.
    I think your attack on his book change is as silly as when Santorum and Perry do it. His book was stating that Romney felt the Mass health care system could be copied to the rest of the U.S. but at the state level. I believe he still believes that when he states that he'll repeal Obamacare and leave it to the states to decide. Romney has continuosly stated since 2008 that he believed Romneycare should never be put in the federal level, because Romney was a student of Law and knew it would be unconstitutional.

    October 23, 2011 at 3:21 am |