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Wed Oct 17, 2012, 06:39 PM

ThinkProgress - Leaked Audio Catches Romney (essentially) Asking Employers To Threaten Jobs ...

If Obama Wins

Newly-discovered audio from a conference call in June captures Mitt Romney asking business owners to urge their employees to vote for him.

Romney, speaking on a call to the very conservative National Federation of Independent Business, tells a group of business owners that they should “make it very clear” how they feel about the candidates. He also tells the business owners to “pass… along to your employees” how their jobs might be effected by who wins in November:

"I hope you make it very clear to your employees what you believe is in the best interest of your enterprise and therefore their job and their future in the upcoming elections. And whether you agree with me or you agree with President Obama, or whatever your political view, I hope — I hope you pass those along to your employees. Nothing illegal about you talking to your employees about what you believe is best for the business, because I think that will figure into their election decision, their voting decision and of course doing that with your family and your kids as well."


Listen at 26:44:

http://thinkprogress.org/election/2012/10/17/1037881/leaked-audio-romney-employers/?mobile=nc


That's my interpretation. And, apparently the interpretation of employers who have recently bullied their employees about the coming election.

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Reply ThinkProgress - Leaked Audio Catches Romney (essentially) Asking Employers To Threaten Jobs ... (Original post)
mzmolly Oct 2012 OP
msongs Oct 2012 #1
barnabas63 Oct 2012 #3
Sadiedog Oct 2012 #2
Control-Z Oct 2012 #4
SEMOVoter Oct 2012 #5
SEMOVoter Oct 2012 #6
Floyd_Gondolli Oct 2012 #7
IrishSean723 Oct 2012 #8
Floyd_Gondolli Oct 2012 #12
smorkingapple Oct 2012 #9
global1 Oct 2012 #10
amborin Oct 2012 #11
nobunnyclue Oct 2012 #13
mzmolly Oct 2012 #14
DonViejo Oct 2012 #15
mzmolly Oct 2012 #16
IrishSean723 Oct 2012 #17

Response to mzmolly (Original post)

Wed Oct 17, 2012, 06:40 PM

1. well let's hope this gets some wide dissemination nt

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Response to msongs (Reply #1)

Wed Oct 17, 2012, 06:48 PM

3. +1 nt

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Response to mzmolly (Original post)

Wed Oct 17, 2012, 06:46 PM

2. I wish I was suprised by this but...

not much about him seems honest or straight forward.

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Response to mzmolly (Original post)

Wed Oct 17, 2012, 06:48 PM

4. There is no other honest

interpretation. I truly hate this man.

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Response to mzmolly (Original post)

Wed Oct 17, 2012, 06:51 PM

5. Those companies with government contracts....


http://www.fec.gov/pages/citn0030.htm

"Individuals under contract to the Federal government may not make contributions to influence Federal elections. For example, if you are under contract as a consultant to a Federal agency, you may not contribute to Federal candidates or political committees. Or, if you are the sole proprietor of a business that has a contract with the Federal government, you may not make contributions from either your personal funds or your business account. But, if you are merely employed by a company (or partnership) with Federal government contracts, you are permitted to make contributions from your personal funds."

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Response to SEMOVoter (Reply #5)

Wed Oct 17, 2012, 06:52 PM

6. This includes a lot of businesses.....

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Response to mzmolly (Original post)

Wed Oct 17, 2012, 06:54 PM

7. Holy shit

 

This could be a big deal.

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Response to mzmolly (Original post)

Wed Oct 17, 2012, 06:54 PM

8. Unfortunately,

Romney was a bit careful with his wording. Common sense tells you what he was implying, but it seems that the media doesn't have much time for common sense interpretation. So I'm not expecting this story to get any exposure.

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Response to IrishSean723 (Reply #8)

Wed Oct 17, 2012, 07:00 PM

12. Yes having listened to it

 

It's not another 47 percent gold mine. However, it does play into Romney's image as that boss who enjoys keeping his employees off balance and uncertain that James Lipton was just talking about on Tweety's show.

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Response to mzmolly (Original post)

Wed Oct 17, 2012, 06:56 PM

9. Jesus guys, that's reaching.... Even if Romney didn't ask for this, Republican CEO's

would have done this anyway...

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Response to mzmolly (Original post)

Wed Oct 17, 2012, 06:56 PM

10. You Know You Have To Question An Employer That Would.....

actually listen to Rmoney and do what he asks of them. They can't be very bright and one questions their ethic. They are really shallow and I would be concerned if I was a stockholder of one of their companies as to their ability to run it.

As for Rmoney - if there is a tape of his comments on this - it needs to be played far and wide before the election. We also need to make an appeal to the employees that were told to vote for Rmoney that their vote is their vote and they shouldn't be intimidated by their bosses.

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Response to mzmolly (Original post)

Wed Oct 17, 2012, 06:56 PM

11. hope it gets wide exposure

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Response to mzmolly (Original post)

Wed Oct 17, 2012, 07:06 PM

13. Threatening someone's job if they don't do what you want

is the epitome of ECONOMIC TERRORISM.

Ironically, my neighbor has a giant sign on his yard that says, "Obama is an economic Terrorist".

I guess that means George Bush (both H.W. and "dubya", along with then Secretary of State Colin Powell were also terrorists behind 9/11 because they were the ones who proximately caused the hijacker-terrorists to retaliate and terrorize the United States in the first place.

I am so upset every time I see this sign -- it violates the city's ordinance for political signs, but they won't enforce it -- if you wanted to make sure only white folks are buying the houses in your neighborhood, what better sign could you put up, except maybe a burning cross?

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Response to nobunnyclue (Reply #13)

Wed Oct 17, 2012, 07:08 PM

14. I agree.

Welcome to DU, nobunnyclue.

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Response to mzmolly (Original post)

Wed Oct 17, 2012, 07:22 PM

15. He's trying to cover his ass in this excerpt

"I hope you make it very clear to your employees what you believe is in the best interest of your enterprise and therefore their job and their future in the upcoming elections. And whether you agree with me or you agree with President Obama, or whatever your political view, I hope — I hope you pass those along to your employees. Nothing illegal about you talking to your employees about what you believe is best for the business, because I think that will figure into their election decision, their voting decision and of course doing that with your family and your kids as well."


Why would Mitt be on a conference coal with Obama supporters?

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Response to DonViejo (Reply #15)

Wed Oct 17, 2012, 07:26 PM

16. Exactly.

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Response to mzmolly (Original post)

Wed Oct 17, 2012, 07:41 PM

17. Typically,

when you have to reiterate that you're doing nothing illegal... you're doing something illegal.

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