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Joseph Lowery

“I don’t know what kind of a nigger wouldn’t vote with a black man running,” said Lowery. “All that [Obama] did with the stimulus was genius. Nobody intelligent would risk this country with Romney.”

Chris Matthews 4

“I don’t think [Mitt Romney] understands the Constitution of the United States. [Barack Obama]’s the president of the United
States. You don’t say [to him], ‘you’ll get your chance.'”

David Chalian

“They’re [Ann and Mitt Romney] not concerned at all. They’re happy to have a party with black people drowning.”


“You notice he says anger twice. He’s really trying to use racial coding and access some really deep stereotypes about the angry black man. This is part of the playbook against Obama. The otherization, he’s not like us. I know it’s a heavy thing to say. I don’t say it lightly. But this is niggerization. You are not one of us, and that you are like the scary black man who we’ve been trained to fear.”

Andrea Mitchell

“This is not a pick for suburban moms. This is not a pick for women. This is a pick for the base.”

Harry Reid

“He’s refused to release his tax returns, as we know. If a person coming before this body wanted to be a Cabinet officer, he couldn’t be if he had the same refusal Mitt Romney does about tax returns. So the word is out that he has not paid any taxes for 10 years. Let him prove he has paid taxes because he has not. We already know from one partial tax return he gave us he has money hidden in Bermuda , the Cayman Islands, and a Swiss bank account. I am not making that up – that’s in the partial year that he gave us. Mitt Romney makes more money in a single day than an average middle-class family makes in 2 years or more. “

Harry Reid 2

“I don’t think the burden should be on me. The burden should be on him. He’s the one I’ve alleged has not paid any taxes. Why didn’t he release his tax returns?”

Cokie Roberts

“Well, I think part of [why Romney stopped in Poland] was a desire to portray President Obama as something of a wimp, and say he’s abandoned Eastern Europe. But look, you remember well the Reagan Democrats. Those ethnic white voters who had been Democrats for many years; turned out for Ronald Reagan, and have been fairly predictable Republicans since then. Now it’s a smaller percentage of the population — of the voting population — than it used to be, but white voters are still much more Republican than any other group in the electorate. They went for McCain in 2008 by 55%. And I think that getting those ethnic voters excited is really what Romney has in mind here. It’s more for the folks at home — the descendants of the people that he will be speaking to — in Poland.”