While working the room, Romney spotted a man in a flannel shirt wearing a Vietnam Veteran hat and slid in next to him in a booth.
“Vietnam veteran!” Romney greeted Bob Garon.
“I have a question for you,” Garon told the former Massachusetts governor. “New Hampshire right now has some legislation kicking around about a repeal for the same-sex marriage. And all I need is a yes or a no. Do you support the repeal?”
“I support the repeal of the New Hampshire law,” Romney said. “I believe marriage is between a man and a woman. That’s my view.”
Garon, who lives in Epsom, N.H., and was eating breakfast with his husband, turned to Romney and said: “If two men get married, apparently a veteran’s spouse would not be entitled to any burial benefits or medical benefits or anything that the serviceman has devoted his time and effort to his country, and you just don’t support equality in terms of same-sex marriage?”
“I believe that marriage is a relationship between a man and a woman,” Romney replied, adding, “and we apparently disagree.”
At that, a Romney aide called for him to wrap up the conversation: “Governor, we’ve got to get on with Fox News right now.”
“Oh, I guess the question was too hot,” Garon told Romney.
“No, I gave you the answer,” Romney replied. “You said you had a yes-or-no [question]. I gave you the answer.”
“You did,” Garon said. “And I appreciate your answer. And you know, I also learned something, and New Hampshire is right: You have to look a man in the eye to get a good answer. And you know what, governor? Good luck…. You’re going to need it.”
“You are right about that,” Romney said, as he stood up from the booth and headed into a side room for his interview.
Reporters swarmed around Garon’s booth at Chez Vachon, where he and his newlywed husband eat breakfast almost every day. Garon, who says he’s an independent voter in New Hampshire, said he would not support Romney in the Jan. 10 primary.
“I was undecided,” Garon said. But “I’m totally convinced today that he’s not going to be my president — at least in my book. At least Obama will entertain the idea. This man is ‘no way, Jose.’ Well, take that ‘no way, Jose’ back to Massachusetts.”
Asked why he felt so strongly about Romney’s response, Garon said: “Because I’m gay, alright? And I happen to love a man just like you probably love your wife. Alright? And I think that he or she or whatever are entitled to the same rights that I have. I fought for my country, I did my thing, and I think that my spouse should be entitled to the same entitlements as if I was married to a woman. What the hell is the difference? I was definitely offended. He doesn’t even open the door to a conversation. It’s just a boom! But I did ask him ‘yes or no,’ so I got what I asked for.”
Note Of Note of the Day: From the Associated Press’ Washington-based Assistant Chief of Bureau for photos, J. David Ake:
A protester handed President Barack Obama a note while shaking hands along a rope line in New Hampshire today. Photographer Charlie Dharapak smartly zoomed in so you can read the note for yourself.
Transcript follows for those who can’t:
Mr. President: Over 4000 peaceful protesters / have been arrested / While banksters continue / to destroy the American economy (with impunity) / You must stop the assault / on our 1st ammendment rights [sic]. / Your silence sends a message / that police brutality is ac(ceptable) / Banks got bailed out. / We got sold out.
Apparently, she has quite a poor “memory.”
As of two minutes ago, Wisconsinites could begin gathering the 540,206 signatures (in 60 days) needed to recall Governor Scott Walker.
This video inspires me, and I’m sending it out to those in Wisconsin. Remember how hard you fought just a few short months ago.
Ron Paul is an asshole who does NOT support the LGBT community or the rights of same sex couples. http://www.lewrockwell.com/paul/paul207.html
“I think that I’m like most Americans in that there are so many agencies of government I’d like to forget that the Department of Energy was one of those,” Perry told the Today show’s Ann Curry.
He repeated the same talking point to George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s Good Morning America. On CBS’s The Early Show, Perry tried the same folksy “I stepped in it” line he gave his Twitter followers after last night’s debacle.
Another leitmotif of the early show appearances: I may not be the perfect candidate, but that’s because there isn’t one.
Getting down to brass tacks, New York Times political handicapper Nate Silver asks “is Perry toast?” and answers: “Mr. Perry’s demise could be a self-fulfilling prophecy: If everyone thinks he is going to lose, he almost certainly will.”
At least one person doesn’t think Rick Perry is going to lose: Rick Perry.
“You know what day it is?,” he asked NBC’s Curry. “It’s the 236 birthday of the U.S. Marine Corps. If there was a day to stay in a fight this is it.”
Uncivil Discourse of the Day: During a casual town hall meeting with constituents at an Uno Bar and Grill in Gurnee, Illinois, freshman Rep. Joe Walsh exploded when a pair of participants dared suggest that banks deserve at least some of the blame for the current financial crisis.
Walsh, a “Tea Party favorite” who was recently received a pro-family award from the Family Research Council despite owing over $117,000 in unpaid child support to his ex-wife, angrily insisted that he “[didn’t] want government meddling in the marketplace.”
A constituent who correctly noted that the marketplace was meddling in government by successfully installing bank lobbyists in federal oversight bodies was later asked to leave by a clearly irate Walsh who aggressively insisted he be quiet.
- 2011 Election Day Follow-Up: Arizona: Pearce loses to Lewis in historic recall; Kentucky: Beshear re-elected in landslide; Mississippi: Bryant defeats DuPree, voters reject “personhood amendment”; Ohio: Republican-backed anti-union law overturned; Maine: Voter registration law repealed; New Jersey: Chatham Borough elects country’s first openly gay African-American Republican mayor.
- Herman Cain Sexual Harassment Accusations: In afternoon press conference, Cain rejects latest allegations, says he’s willing to undergo lie detector test; Cain campaign attacks accuser Sharon Bialek, claims she has “long and troubled history”; Cain accuser Karen Kraushaar, outed by media, gives interview to New York Times; on Hannity, Cain campaign manager Mark Block “confirms” Kraushaar’s nonexistent family ties to Politico.
- Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi promises to resign after Parliament passes economic reforms.
- President Obama’s health care reform law ruled constitutional.
- Mayor Michael Hancock puts pressure on Occupy Denver to pick leader, protesters elect border collie named Shelby.
Ronald Reagan’s Legacy: Homelessness in America
Reagan came to office in 1981 with a mandate to reduce federal spending. In reality, he increased it through the escalating military budget, all the while slashing funds for domestic programs that assisted working class Americans, particularly the poor.
Reagan’s fans give him credit for restoring the nation’s prosperity. But whatever economic growth occurred during the Reagan years only benefited those already well off. The income gap between the rich and everyone else in America widened. Wages for the average worker declined and the nation’s homeownership rate fell. During Reagan’s two terms in the White House, which were boon times for the rich, the poverty rate in cities grew…
By the end of Reagan’s term in office federal assistance to local governments was cut 60 percent. Reagan eliminated general revenue sharing to cities, slashed funding for public service jobs and job training, almost dismantled federally funded legal services for the poor, cut the anti-poverty Community Development Block Grant program and reduced funds for public transit. The only “urban” program that survived the cuts was federal aid for highways – which primarily benefited suburbs, not cities…
Reagan is lauded as “the great communicator,” but he sometimes used his rhetorical skills to stigmatize the poor. During his stump speeches while dutifully promising to roll back welfare, Reagan often told the story of a so-called “welfare queen” in Chicago who drove a Cadillac and had ripped off $150,000 from the government using 80 aliases, 30 addresses, a dozen social security cards and four fictional dead husbands. Journalists searched for this “welfare cheat” in the hopes of interviewing her and discovered that she didn’t exist…
Another of Reagan’s enduring legacies is the steep increase in the number of homeless people, which by the late 1980s had swollen to 600,000 on any given night – and 1.2 million over the course of a year. Many were Vietnam veterans, children and laid-off workers.
In early 1984 on Good Morning America, Reagan defended himself against charges of callousness toward the poor in a classic blaming-the-victim statement saying that “people who are sleeping on the grates…the homeless…are homeless, you might say, by choice.” […]
Mitt Romney has proposed tax cuts for the rich and corporations that would cost $7.8 trillion over 10 years.
Mitt Romney called the Occupy Wall Street movement “dangerous.”
Mitt Romney blamed pornography for the Virginia Tech shooting.
Mitt Romney named Walid Phares, a radical Islamophobe tied to a militia that committed atrocities, to his foreign policy team.
T H E H E R M A N C A I N S C A N D A L
A lot has happened since Politico first reported Herman Cain had been accused of sexual harassing two women during his time as the head of the National Restaurant Association. It can be a confusing issue to follow because he has changed his story several times. This is a chronological guide of what has happened so far…
- (Oct. 31) Herman Cain on Fox News denies the accusations, calling them “totally false.” After the claim was filed, Cain says the NRA investigated it and it was found to be “totally baseless.”
- (Oct. 31) Cain denies that a settlement was paid. ”If the restaurant association did a settlement, I wasn’t even aware of it and I hope it wasn’t for much.”
- (Oct. 31) Geraldo Rivera talks to Cain Campaign spokesman JD Gordon who refuses to affirm or deny the claims against Cain, dismissing the accusations as “a typical attack on a conservative who is doing well in the polls.”
- (Oct. 31) When asked if he ever “had to settle a claim because of sexual harassment?” Herman Cain responded “Yes, at the restauraunt association. Now, oustide of the restaraunt association? Absolutely not.”
- (Oct. 31) When asked why he previously denied there was a settlement, he said “I was aware that an agreement was reached. The word ‘settlement’ versus the word ‘agreement,’ you know, I’m not sure what they called it.”
- (Oct. 31) Herman claims that one of the harassments in question was simply him saying that the woman was “the same height as my wife.“
- (Nov. 1) After claiming he now “remembered more,” he says the settlement in question was ”maybe three months’ salary or something like that… It might have been two months.”
- (Nov. 1) Cain claims the settlement was “somewhere in the vicinity of three to six months’ severance pay.”
- (Nov. 1) Reports show that one woman was paid a full years’ salary of $35,000 in the settlement. A second woman was paid $45,000.
- (Nov. 1) Lawyers representing one of the women asked Cain to lift the ‘gag order’ so the woman can speak out without legal consequences. Cain refused.
- (Nov. 2) A third women says she was also sexual harassed by Herman Cain.
- (Nov. 2) Cain Campaign accuses Rick Perry from leaking the scandal to the press. The Perry camp denies having anything to do with it.
- (Nov. 3) Herman Cain aide claims they are considering ‘legal actions’ against Politico for releasing the story, saying “This is likely not over with Politico from a legal perspective.” Politico’s head editor, Jim VandeHei, responded “We have heard nothing from the Cain campaign. We stand confidently behind every story Politico reporters have written on the topic.”
- (Nov. 4) Cain’s poll numbers remain unchanged by the scandal. He is still a few points ahead of Mitt Romney.
No matter how this scandal wraps up, one thing is for sure: Sexual harassment or not, this image will always be creepy…
Earlier this afternoon, Republicans in the Senate filibustered the Rebuild America Jobs Act. It would have invested $60 billion in projects to rebuild roads, airports, and bridges and put a lot of people back to work. If you’re as sick of GOP obstructionism as we are, take a minute to find your Republican senator on Twitter today using our Tweet for Jobs tool and tell them we can’t keep waiting for action on jobs.
After preaching for weeks about the urgency of Washington taking action to create jobs, lawmakers decided to put their mammon where their mouths are. And so on Tuesday evening they descended from the mountaintop and came forth to anoint a jobs bill of biblical proportions:
“H.Con.Res 13 — Reaffirming ‘In God We Trust’ as the official motto of the United States.”
The grace of this legislation, taken up on the House floor, was not immediately revealed to all. “In God We Trust” has been the nation’s official motto for 55 years, engraved on the currency and public buildings. There is no emerging movement to change that. But House Republicans chose to look beyond the absence of immediate threats and instead protect the motto against yet-unimagined threats in the future.
RECALL ALL REPUBLICANS IN 2012!
The number of prescription drug shortages tripled between 2005 and 2010. Besides having serious consequences for people’s health and well-being, drug shortages drive vendors to charge outragous prices for drugs that are normally affordable when in stock. One report found that price-gouging vendors mark up prices on drugs in short supply by 650 percent, on average.
It’s good to believe in free markets and their efficient nature, but one must also be willing to acknowledge when a lack of regulatory oversight causes inefficient developments.
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