Mitt Romney and his Fox News accomplice Chris Wallace embarked on a scheme today that culminated with Romney exploiting his wife’s illness for political gain.
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WALLACE: Your campaign has now put your wife Ann out on the trail, some say to humanize you.
How would you describe your relationship? Are you sweethearts? Are you partners? Are you best friends?
ROMNEY: All three. I mean, Ann and I fell in love when we were in high school. It doesn’t happen to a lot of people. You know, she was 15 years old when I really took notice of her, and I was a senior; she was a sophomore.
I gave her a ride home from a party. She’d come with someone else. I kissed her at the door. And I’ve been — you know, I’ve been following her ever since. She’s — she’s a remarkable woman. And — and she’s gone through some tough times. She had a diagnosis of M.S. She’s had breast cancer. And my — my feelings and passion for Ann haven’t changed in the slightest over the years other than to become stronger.
WALLACE: She says that, when she got that diagnosis and the two of you were in the room together, when the doctor told her, that she felt — she felt as if her life were over and you both cried. How tough a moment was that?
ROMNEY: Probably the toughest time in my life was — was standing there with Ann as we hugged each other and the diagnosis came. And I was afraid it was Lou Gehrig’s disease. As we came into the doctor’s office, the brochures on his table there were Lou Gehrig’s, ALS, and multiple sclerosis.
And — and he did these neurological tests, and then he — and we could see that she had real balance problems and she didn’t have feeling in places she should have feeling. And he stepped out of the room, and we stood up and hugged each other, and I said to her, “As long as it’s not something fatal, I’m just fine. Look, I’m happy in life as long as I’ve got my soulmate with me.”
And Ann is, and she fortunately has been able to recover the great majority of her health. But, you know, this — this marriage thing, it’s about bringing two people together in a way that nothing else compares with.
WALLACE: But how did you convince her and how did you convince yourself because, you know, you must have thought this isn’t only a change for her; it’s a change for “us” that you could get through it?
ROMNEY: Well, she knows how she feels about me. She feels the same way about me, I hop… as I feel about her. And she knows that, if I were to be afflicted with some kind of condition at some point, that she would feel the same way about me.
And, you know, I said to her, look — I mean, she said, “I can’t cook anymore.” I mean, she was — this was a really difficult time. At the time the disease was diagnosed, it was really tough for her. She — we’re getting ready to look at putting an elevator in the house to get her up to the second floor. We were thinking about a wheelchair for her down the road.
I mean, we were talking about a dramatic change in life. She was tired all the time. She couldn’t take care of the family in the way she had in the past. And a lot of that was — was what gave meaning to her, you know, day-to-day activities. And I said, “Look, I don’t care what the meals are like. You know, I like cold cereal and peanut butter sandwiches. We could do fine with that as long as we have each other.”
I mean, if you think about what makes a difference to you in your life, its people. Life is all about the people you love. And, you know, I — we can handle disease. Death, that’s a different matter. Death — I don’t know that I can handle death. Disease and — and hardship, we can handle as long as we have the people we love around us.
Mitt Romney will literally do or say anything to be elected. Including using his wife’s illness in order to humanize himself. Romney’s little story is his campaign’s response to the disaster that ensued during a recent debate when the candidate was asked about the last financial hardship he endured, and since he was born rich, he came up with a tall tale about his Mormon mission which was later found to be a massive exaggeration.
Notice that Chris Wallace and Fox News were more than willing to help out Mitt’s campaign by giving him a full and encouraging platform to spread his tale of illness and strife. ( Fox News and candidate code for see, Mitt is just like rest of us). Mrs. Romney’s health struggles are not something to be trivialized, and while there is no doubt that Mitt Romney loves his wife, his performance today made it more than clear that he is willing to exploit her health issues for political gain.
(By the way any time the words some people say are uttered on Fox News, duck and cover because a propaganda bomb is about to go off).
In contrast, fellow 2012 GOP candidate Rick Santorum has a seriously ill daughter, but has not gone on television and used his daughter’s illness in order to “humanize himself.” (There is a difference between telling your family story and trying to exploit it).
Romney is nowhere near as sleazy as John Edwards, but Edwards and Romney do share outsized ambitious and they both project an emptiness beneath their glossy styles. It also isn’t beneath Romney to use his wife’s illness to advance his political career.
Ironically in 2007, former Fox News host John Gibson’s executive producer accused Edwards of “whoring his wife’s cancer.” Fast forward four years and Fox News is more than happy to help Mitt Romney use his wife’s illness for political gain.
Instead of humanizing Mitt Romney, this contrived stunt on Fox News revealed who he really is. Romney is a man guided more than anything by his lust for the presidency and he will use, do, say, or become anything if it moves him an inch closer to the White House.
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