Don’t Make Mitt Angry 09 Dec 2007Posted by Jessa in Politics.
Tags: Mitt Romney, Politics
Translation: don’t ask Mitt questions that he doesn’t want to answer. The unfortunate thing, however, is that when one is running for president, there’s only so much dodging one can do. Here’s a blog excerpt from someone who was at an event in Iowa on Friday, a.k.a. the day after the “Faith Speech”:
Insert shouting here. Then more shouting. Finally, above the fray, a question:
“I’m wondering why you didn’t mention non-religious people in your speech yesterday, number one, and also what you meant by ‘freedom requires religion’?” asked a reporter.
An important point–but Romney deflected. “I’m paraphrasing something that’s been said both by John Adams and George Washington,” he said. “Which is that, in their view, for a nation like ours to be great and to thrive… that our Constitution was written for a people of faith and religion. It’s a very extraordinary element and foundation for our nation. I believe that’s the case.”
Unsatisfied, another reporter pounced. “Do you think an atheist or non-believer or non-spiritual person can’t therefore be a free person?” he asked.
“Of course not,” Romney responded. “That’s not what I said.”
“But you said ‘freedom requires religion’?”
“I’m talking about the nation,” Romney snapped. Next question.
Yeah, Mitt. Campaigning is hard. You have these reporters following you around asking you to explain what you said, like it’s their job or something. Here’s a tip: if you don’t want people to pounce on you, don’t do or say things that are ripe for ridicule.