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Joe Conason On ‘Hardball:’ Romney ‘Has No Strong Convictions Of His Own’ [VIDEO]

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Joe Conason On ‘Hardball:’ Romney ‘Has No Strong Convictions Of His Own’ [VIDEO]


National Memo Editor-in-Chief Joe Conason said that presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney “has no strong convictions of his own” during an appearance on MSNBC’s “Hardball with Chris Matthews” on Tuesday night.

Conason made the comment in response to Romney’s speech to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, in which the former Massachusetts governor echoed many of the arguments made famous by the George W. Bush administration.

“[Romney] is going to the basket with the same move that Republicans have used for the last ten years or more. Democrats are supposedly weak,” Conason said. “The president has a very easy response to that, which is ‘tell it to Osama bin Laden.’ For that matter, tell it to Moammar Gadhafi.”

“This is someone with no real experience in these matters, who has entrusted himself to a group of people who have been proven wrong,” he added.

Watch Joe Conason’s full appearance below, courtesy of MSNBC:

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Henry Decker

Henry Decker was formerly the Managing Editor of The National Memo. He is currently an Online Associate at MRCampaigns.

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  1. ExPAVIC July 25, 2012

    Oh Brother

    Romney making comments about defense, what a monumental joke. Romney spent 1967 to 1969 in Le Havre, France, trying to convert street ladies to Mormonism. This while some of us were in Vietnam “fighting for our country.”

    And with six males in the immediate family, NONE, NOT A ONE, has served in the military in any capacity, not even as an ambulance driver.

    Some commander in chief he will make. It’s another joke on the American people.

    Any veteran who votes for Romney should seek psychiatric help.

    1. Brandt July 25, 2012

      Did you vote for Bill Clinton?

      1. highpckts July 25, 2012

        Your point?

        1. Debbie Kiesel-Ryan July 26, 2012

          His point is, President Obama has taken on the strong fight and was very successful in doing so. Romney slams him on every front as if Bush/Cheny’s plan was better. They didn’t follow thru, passed tax cuts even though they got us into two wars, and added trillions to our debt because of the tax cuts. If Romney gets us into another war, and passes tax cuts for the wealthy, how are we going to pay for that war? Every program the government currently has will have to go away. No more FDA so we know our drugs and food are safe, no more EPA so we know our environment, no more SSI or Medicare how will the elderly live. Prior to SSI and Medicare the elderly population was 90% + living in proverty. Is that what you want to do to your parents and grandparents. And, I don’t want to hear anything about SSI being an entitlement program, we have paid into that fund, our of your paychecks since we were able to work. So, it’s more of an investment, if you want to talk about entitlements talk about that package our elected officials have, now those are entitlements, and they are not even doing their job right now!!!!!!

          1. highpckts July 26, 2012

            I am sorry. My post got put in the wrong place. I totally agree with you!

      2. Dominick Vila July 25, 2012

        I voted for Bill Clinton, twice. and would do it again without hesitation if the Constitution allowed him to run again. The difference between Bill Clinton and people like Romney is that Bill’s foreign policy was focused on finding peaceful solutions to international problems, and Romney is running around calling the man who ordered the raid that ended the miserable life of OBL, and helped bring justice to the victims of the Pan Am flight blown up under orders from Moammar Gadhafi. Nothing wrong with being a pacifist, as long as you don’t undergo instant metamorphosis when you get in a position of power and pull a Cheney with someone else’s kids.

      3. ExPAVIC July 25, 2012

        WRONG QUESTION. You loose.

        Clinton had a deferment for a knee problem. What does Romney have? A back problem? Oh, I see it’s a yellow streak and his Book of Mormon.

  2. widollar July 25, 2012

    Willard M. Romney is a man with no good ideas for helping America get out of the ditch that Bush/Cheney drove us into during their 8 year reign of mismanagement. Romney is a conflicted pandering pathetic politico who only knows how to attack Obama but never takes on the real tough issues. He is counting on his rich billionaire buddies to buy him the oval office in exchange of his giant tax cut to return the favor. If this misfit is elected, the middle class will suffer greatly when Romney eliminates most of the programs that protect them.

    1. Judith M July 28, 2012

      Totally agree!!!!! If Romney/Cheney/Superpac get elected, hide your children. The draft will be implemented and while the threesome packs bulks of money into their wallets and off shore accounts, we will be weeping and moaning for our young adults who will be no more. Chency just told the DOD not to cut any military spending as the USA has to prepare for the next war. Their only agenda will be war and cutting the middle class and poors benefits. Read between the lines, THEY DON’T CARE ABOUT US, the little people are collateral damage.

  3. daniel bostdorf July 25, 2012

    Romney is not telling the truth, according to the Associated Press today.

    This is a clear pattern of behavior from Baine, to foreign policy, andto trying to lie about his significant role in health care insurance for Massachusetts.


    FACT CHECK: Romney-Bain contacts outlasted exit

Associated Press

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has said he had no active role in Bain Capital, the private equity firm he founded, after he exited in February 1999 to take over Salt Lake City’s Winter Olympics bid. But according to Bain associates and others familiar with Romney’s actions at the time, he stayed in regular contact with his partners over the following months, tending to his partnership interests and negotiating his separation from the company….

    Go see entire earticle at AP Raw News

  4. citizenmb July 25, 2012

    If Romney, by some miracle is elected, it will confirm that the Supreme Court’s recent decision on Citizens United was a huge mistake. The country will suffer for years with politicians who are elected by the rich, for the rich, and the rest of us can go fish!

    1. Gammaanya July 25, 2012

      You might not even afford license to fish. All will be in private hands and if you want to go to a park or lake – pay and stay.

    2. ExPAVIC July 25, 2012


      Why do you think we have been calling them the American Taliban Republican PLUTOCRATIC, OBSTRUCTIONIST, rich, old, bigoted white guys?

      It’s Reaganism, better known as pony and the sparrow. The pony gets the grain and we as the sparrow get to pick through the turds.

  5. ayaya July 25, 2012

    Massachussetts has been telling americans that Romney is fake, empty suite and very corrupt. Does not pay taxes at all until he decided to run for office. That’s why Romney has no tax papers to show. Romney is now giving money to his Mormon Church to backdate his donations as charities. He will later show it as valid receipts. Romney represents corruption, lies, and insinceriity for America. Time to arrest Romney for felony. His wife said they gave tons of money to Mormon Church … those were money that romney gave to Mormon church to support warren Jeff’s rape against innocent underage girls. Americans are not stupid as Romney thinks.

  6. joyscarbo July 26, 2012

    Mitt Romney will never be POTUS, period. He stands for absolutely nothing and does his best to parrot neo-con sound ideology. The reason that Romney is unable to convey any sense of strength of conviction about neocon issues is because he doesn’t believe it himself!! Mitt was a liberal republican. He was never a “severely conservative govenor in Massachussetts.” He has never been “in-line” with the NRA ideology. Mitt was Pro-Choice and supported gay marriage. He proudly worked oward Massachustts universal healthcare for her citizens. Neocons have bartered with Mitt Romney. Mitt would be promised money that would be held in great regard for going into Syria and then but then he’d have to expose where he got his money came from….and then he’ll be found out. NOTHING REALLY WRONG..BUT IT’S CLEVER AS IT IS….hE’S ACTUALLY MORE LIKE US…..

  7. lebeaup August 3, 2012

    He can go where you came from and you can take your filthy mouth with you.


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