This is what happens when a candidate has no rhetorical compass and will say anything to get elected.
Now Slick Mitt is in a panic. So, via Greg Sargent, we get the audio of his unbelievably callous blunder.
“One of the ways my sons are showing support for our nation
is helping me get elected because they think I’d be a great president.”
– Mitt Romney
Five sons, five, and not one in the military. Not one serving this
country in any capacity whatsoever, except to promote the self interest of their
father. So when asked when his sons would begin serving this county in the military, Slick Mitt punted, with a side of insult to boot.
Shorter Mitt: military service equals riding around in a Winnebago campaigning for dad. Yeah, you got to really watch those IEDs in Iowa.
Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney on Wednesday defended his five
sons’ decision not to enlist in the military, saying they’re showing their
support for the country by “helping me get elected.”
The woman who asked the question, Rachel Griffiths, 41, of Milan, Ill., identified
herself as a member of Quad City Progressive Action for the Common Good, as
well as the sister of an Army major who had served in Iraq.
“Of course not,” Griffiths said when asked if she was satisfied
with Romney’s answer. “He told me the way his son shows support for our
military and our nation is to buy a Winnebago and ride across Iowa and help
him get elected.” … ..
Further proof of the Republican strategy on war, serving and the military.
Send other people’s kids to fight and die. Five sons propping up papa’s presidential ambitions, all of serving age, but not one willing to stand up. Let other people’s kids die in war. But dad just loves the all volunteer Army.
“The good news is that we have a volunteer Army and that’s the way we’re
going to keep it,” Romney told some 200 people gathered in an abbey near
the Mississippi River that had been converted into a hotel. “My sons
are all adults and they’ve made decisions about their careers and they’ve
chosen not to serve in the military and active duty and I respect their decision
in that regard.”
Mitt’s sons have “made decisions about their careers.” That’s
rich. Hundreds of brave men and women had careers too, but they chose to
put their lives on the line for their country; either that or the reserves reached out and touched them.
It’s not just that his sons aren’t in the service. Candidates and lawmakers often don’t have sons or daughters serving (Biden’s son is serving in Iraq). It’s the cavalier way Mr. Romney equates military service to riding around in a Winnebago. The insult couldn’t cut deeper and it isn’t mitigated by offering words of support for the military, especially when juxtaposed with the Winnebago riding, troop serving in war comparison.
Mitt says the AP has taken his words out of context, thus his campaign offered the transcript and the audio. I’d say it just solidifies what Romney said. For Mitt, Winnebago tours in Iowa equals military service. Spoken like a true pro surge chickenhawk who won’t lift a finger to end the war in Iraq. After all, it’s not his sons doing the dying.