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Do you think Romney's campaign is in big trouble? A key campaign member stepped down today

Posted by on Sep. 20, 2012 at 10:50 AM
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There have been a lot of reports this week about trouble within Romney's campaign due to infighting. Some people are saying top aides are distancing themselves now because they don't believe the can win. This morning Tim Pawlenty, the national co-chair of the GOP presidential nominee's campaign stepped down to take a job in the private sector.

Do you think Romney's campaign is in big trouble? Do you think there have been too many mistakes lately to recover from?

 

Here's more on the story...

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/20/tim-pawlenty-bank-lobbyist-mitt-romney_n_1899774.html

Tim Pawlenty Becomes Bank Lobbyist, Steps Down As Mitt Romney's National Co-Chair

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Posted: Updated: 09/20/2012

Former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty, one of Mitt Romney's most reliable surrogates, is stepping down as national co-chair of the GOP presidential nominee's campaign and taking a lucrative job on K Street.

On Thursday, the Financial Services Roundtable announced that Pawlenty would be coming on as the Wall Street lobbying group's CEO.

"My time in public service was rewarding and focused on achieving results," Pawlenty said in a statement. "I am grateful to have had the opportunity to serve, but I am now moving on and committed to focusing fully on this new opportunity."

According to the Hill, the salary for the position can reach over $1 million. Pawlenty's move comes just 47 days before the election. Romney vetted Pawlenty for his running mate, but ultimately went with Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.).

"Tim Pawlenty is a dear friend," Romney said in a statement. “He's brought energy, intelligence and tireless dedication to every enterprise in which he's ever been engaged, and that certainly includes my presidential campaign. While I regret he cannot continue as co-chair of my campaign, his new position advancing the integrity of our financial system is vital to the future of our country. I congratulate him on his new position and wish him every success in carrying out his new mission."

Pawlenty said that his new job doesn't allow him to participate in partisan campaign activities, which is why he is stepping down.

"My work with Mitt has been a privilege," he said. "Mitt Romney is a truly good man and great leader. As the campaign moves into the home stretch, he has my full support and continued faith in his vision and his policies."

The Financial Services Roundtable was a key player in the debate over financial reform, and the industry is now pushing to repeal much of the Dodd-Frank legislation.

Pawlenty has often boasted about his courage in speaking out against the excesses of Wall Street, once comparing those in the financial industry to pigs in a trough. In a June 8, 2011 interview with Bloomberg, Pawlenty was asked, "What is your truth message to Wall Street?"

"It will be, 'Get your snout out of the troughjust like everybody else,'" he replied. "If I'm president, we will not have any more bailouts, carveouts, handouts or special deals. We will reduce the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 15 percent. But we're going to rid of all the deductions, credits or exemptions, and you're going to compete not based on your connections to a congressman, but connections to whether you can convince consumers you've got a good product or a good value-added proposition."

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lasombrs
by Sara on Sep. 20, 2012 at 2:05 PM
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i think the GOP has been saying the wrong thing across the board and lots of people probably want to distance themselves from that to protect their own careers

granitegal
by Bronze Member on Sep. 20, 2012 at 6:16 PM

Yeah I think you're right. We'll probably see more people jumped ship to save themselves.

Quoting lasombrs:

i think the GOP has been saying the wrong thing across the board and lots of people probably want to distance themselves from that to protect their own careers


midgeend
by on Sep. 21, 2012 at 9:09 AM
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Yeah, I think they are in trouble.  I think the GOP might be realizing that they have stepped way too far right, and need to bring it back in, to be more like republicans 40 years ago...the ones who actually were bipartisan.

ssminnow
by Member on Sep. 21, 2012 at 9:10 AM

I saw on the news this morning that Ann Romney was all mad in a phone interview saying to Republican "stop it" about doubting Mitt. It seems like she was being a protective wife but also that the strain of the doubters was getting to her.

Mom2Just1
by on Sep. 21, 2012 at 10:36 AM

I think the GOP is in trouble period. They can't appeal to more moderate voters.  They seem to only appeal to extremist religious people.  The GOP has been going down hill since Reagan.

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mom_to_travis
by Member on Sep. 21, 2012 at 12:19 PM

Like rats on a sinking ship.  :-D

mom2jessnky
by on Sep. 21, 2012 at 3:21 PM

Can't be a good sign when your own team is quitting.

DNewman
by on Sep. 21, 2012 at 7:00 PM

I think the GOP is so out of touch! 

arpazia
by on Sep. 21, 2012 at 10:58 PM
Do I think his campaign is in trouble?
Oh just a tad;)
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arpazia
by on Sep. 21, 2012 at 10:59 PM
Lol, no I don't think it is!


Quoting mom2jessnky:

Can't be a good sign when your own team is quitting.


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