Mitt Romney’s Quotable Quotes

ON TERMINATION POLICY:

“I like being able to fire people who provide services to me.” – using an unfortunate choice of words while advocating for consumer choice in health insurance plans (January 2012)

ON THE LESS FORTUNATE:quotes by mitt romney

“I’m not concerned about the very poor. We have a safety net there.” — (January 2012)

ON DIVERSITY:

“My dad, as you probably know, was the governor of Michigan and was the head of a car company. But he was born in Mexico… and had he been born of, uh, Mexican parents, I’d have a better shot at winning this. But he was unfortunately born to Americans living in Mexico. He lived there for a number of years. I mean, I say that jokingly, but it would be helpful to be Latino.” – in leaked comments from a Florida fundraiser, May 17 2012

ON HIS UNFORTUNATE LIFE CIRCUMSTANCES:

“I should tell my story. I’m also unemployed.” — speaking in 2011 to unemployed people in Florida. Romney’s net worth is over $200 million.

ON PATRIOTIC PHILOSOPHY:

“I believe in an America where millions of Americans believe in an America that’s the America millions of Americans believe in. That’s the America I love.” – (January 2012)

ON ANN:

“We use Ann sparingly right now so that people don’t get tired of her.” – referring to his wife while speaking to a room of wealthy donors in Florida, May 17, 2012

ON A GOOD NIGHT’S SLEEP:

“I think the best answer is as little as possible.” – when asked what he wears to bed at night, interview with ABC’s “LIVE! with Kelly and Michael,” Sept. 14, 2012

ON MIDDLE-INCOME AMERICA:

“No, middle income is $200,000 to $250,000 and less.” – when questioned by ABC’s  George Stephanopoulos on “Good Morning America,” as to whether $100,000 is “middle income” on Sept. 14, 2012

ON FAMILY TRANSPORTATION:

“[My wife] drives a couple of Cadillacs.” – campaigning for president in Michigan (February 2012)

ON HOW TO GAMBLE DURING A DEBATE:

“I’ll tell you what, ten-thousand bucks? $10,000 bet?” – attempting to make a wager with Rick Perry during a Republican presidential debate to settle a disagreement about health care (December 2011)

ON HIS LOVE FOR ANIMALS:

“PETA is not happy that my dog likes fresh air.” — in 2007, responding to criticism from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals following revelations that he had once put the family dog in a carrier and strapped it to the roof of his car during a 12-hour road trip

ON BEING ONE OF THE GUYS:

“I have some friends who are NASCAR team owners.” — after being asked whether he follows NASCAR racing (February 2012)

ON HOW TO GIVE A COMPLIMENT:

“I’m not sure about these cookies. They don’t look like you made them. No, no. They came from the local 7/11 bakery, or whatever.” —Mitt Romney, visiting a local bakery while campaigning in Pittsburgh, PA, April 17, 2012 (The owner of the baker later told MSNBC he was offended by Romney’s remarks.)

ON CAPTURING THE NASCAR VOTE:

“I like those fancy raincoats you bought. Really sprung for the big bucks.” — to a group of NASCAR fans wearing plastic ponchos at the Daytona 500 (February 2012)

ON DOUBLE STANDARDS:

“We have a president, who I think is a nice guy, but he spent too much time at Harvard, perhaps.” — Romney has two Harvard degrees (April 5, 2012)

ON ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY:

“I love this state. The trees are the right height.” — campaigning in Michigan (February 2012)

ON PAYDAY:

“I get speaker’s fees from time to time, but not very much.” — Romney earned $374,000 in speaking fees in one year according to according to his personal financial disclosure (January 2012)

ON STANDING ON HIS RECORD:

“I’m not familiar precisely with what I said, but I’ll stand by what I said, whatever it was.” — (May 17, 2012)

Truth: What I Know, Believe and Hope

“I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality. I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.” ~ Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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“Little children, let us not love in word or talk, but in deed and truth.” ~ 1st John 3:18

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Remember this guy? He stood for truth, justice and the American way.

SOME THINGS I KNOW TO BE TRUE:

  • Everyone has a story.
  • Facing fear builds character.
  • It is, in fact, better to give than to receive.
  • True friendship is among the rarest of gifts, that is, a friendship absent of motives, agendas and selfishness.
  • We are designed for intimate relationships.
  • We are wired for worship, and we have the freedom to worship that which we choose.
  • You can’t unscramble an egg.
  • There is no greater gift than true companionship.

SOME THINGS I BELIEVE TO BE TRUE:

  • Destiny is real, yet must be both purposefully and haphazardly pursued.
  • Angels surround us.
  • Demonic forces are real.
  • Light is among the most amazing of things.
  • The best education for anyone is travel, whether it be to the next town, county, state or continent.
  • God does punish, but it only happened once.
  • A man goes through four to five distinct seasons in his life, yet he always feels like a little boy.

SOME THINGS I HOPE TO BE TRUE:

  • Racism and prejudice will one day cease to exist.
  • The church will de-evolve to what it was originally intended to be.
  • Our country will once again enter into an era of exploration and show its greatness.
  • The family will once again take its rightful place in all of our lives.
  • The best for all of us it yet to come.

You can check out today’s post on my secondary blog, LatitudeOne @ http://wp.me/p2tJ80-1y

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Creating a Movement: Ideas to Action

“Every reform movement has a lunatic fringe.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

Perhaps the greatest movement maker of all time, Nelson Mandela.

MOVEMENT – The act of moving; change of place or posture; transference, by any means, from one situation to another.

Since first viewing this video five years ago, I’ve never looked at change quite the same. Take a moment to be inspired and know that you can make a difference.

“Never doubt that a small group of committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”  ~ Margaret Mead

You can check out my secondary blog at: http://wp.me/2tJ80

Two Men Defending Their Honor and Courage: What Happened to Boxing?

“Boxing is drama on its grandest scale.” ~ Howard Cosell

Half asleep on the couch last night, a random pay-per-view promotional caught my attention.

And it got me thinking. What ever happened to the great sport of boxing?

The sweet science. Where has it gone?

This milestone sports moment actually happened a year before I was born, but the poster hangs on a prominent place in my home office. The intensity of the moment is an inspiration to me.

“When you saw me in the ring, it wasn’t just so I could beat my opponent. My fighting had a purpose. I had to be successful to get people to listen to things I had to say.” Muhammad Ali

The promotional was for an upcoming fight between two men whose names were completely and totally unfamiliar. It was a melancholy moment.

Maybe the greatest duo in sports history…

“Boxing is a sport at its most beautiful, most primitive, most natural. Two men defending their honor and courage in a ring surrounded by observers, whose love for the sport is essentially spiritual. Boxing is the last refuge of the modern-day warrior.” ~ Thomas Donelson

When I was a kid, boxing was a big deal.  A couple of times a year you could count on a big-name fight usually broadcast for public consumption on ABC. The personalities and legends who would enter the ring were huge. It was a larger-than-life event when a big fight was broadcast from some exotic location at any given place on the globe.

Promoter Donn King was a ringside fixture at the championship bouts. He wasn’t hard to see.

My dad and I weren’t particularly huge fans or followers of boxing, but a match when a heavyweight championship of the world was up for grabs was a major event. For 90 minutes or so, the world stopped. It was the perfect setting for father-son bonding.

“Unlike any other sport, the objective in boxing is chillingly simple. One man purposefully endeavors to inflict bodily harm on another man.” ~ Howard Cosell

Watching the promotional, a shocking reality came to mind. I don’t even know who the heavyweight champion of the world is today. How can that be?

What happened to the great sport of boxing? I miss those days.

A quick Google search this morning showed that a Ukrainian, Wladimir Klitschko is the reigning WBA heavyweight champion. Then there are the other heavyweight belts, WBC, IBF and WBO, and I didn’t recognize a single name there either.

The names I recall were truly great. They gave us thrills that will last a lifetime – Liston, Clay-Ali, Frazier, Foreman, Norton, Holmes, Tyson and Holyfield.

Not one of boxing’s greater moments as Tyson bites off a hunk of Holyfield’s ear. It was a defining moment for Iron Mike.

Who can ever forget the moments of the great bouts with Howard Cosell at ringside. No one ever called a fight like Cosell. People loved to hate him, but he was a brilliant man who, perhaps, made boxing even more than it really was.

“When George (Foreman) came back to win the title it got me all excited. Made me want to come back. But then the next morning came and it was time to start running. I just laid back in bed and said, ‘That’s okay, I’m still The Greatest.'” ~ Muhammad Ali

How did the sweet science practically fall off the map?

I miss those days.

And speaking of fighting men, check out yesterday’s post at http://wp.me/p2bjEC-cY