How well do you feel you know Mitt Romney?
August 30th, 2012
03:00 PM ET

How well do you feel you know Mitt Romney?

By CNN's Jack Cafferty:

It's been a long journey for Mitt Romney.

After six years of running, on Thursday night he will have what is probably his best chance to convince the American people that he should be their next president.

Although voters believe that Romney is best-equipped to deal with our ailing economy, the nation's top issue, it's been an uphill battle for him when it comes to connecting with these voters.

Over the past few days, other speakers - most effectively his wife, Ann - have made the case that Romney is much more than a rich and seemingly emotionless business executive with good hair.

But a lot of Americans still aren't convinced. They don't believe this guy with $200 million in the bank, offshore accounts and private tax returns understands what it's like to struggle.

With that in mind, Politico has some advice on how Romney can make the best use of his convention speech.

For starters, Romney should "go bold," which means not only pitching his own plans for fixing our problems but revealing some personal details he hasn't before.

That means things like his Mormon faith, his near-death experience in France or even what it was like to shut down a plant at Bain Capital.

Another suggestion is to "go light on the red meat." That's what Paul Ryan is for, as he so eloquently showed the nation Wednesday night.

Lastly, Romney could talk about his relationship with his father, George Romney. By giving some details - and showing some emotion - about what he learned from his father, Romney could show us a glimpse of the humanity that many have yet to see but that those close to him insist is there.

Here’s my question to you: How well do you feel you know Mitt Romney?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Connecticut voter:
How well did we know Obama at this point in 2008? Romney wasn't dropped on top of this mountain of success. Anyone who knows him knows he worked longer hours, studied harder, and wasted less time than anyone else. It's incredibly hard to do what he's done. The fact this guy got there says volumes about how smart he is and how he would work as President.

His wife says he is a funny and honest man. I see a boring tax evader who would raise my taxes while giving himself and his rich friends more tax cuts.

I don't give two hoots about his personal, religious, or family life. Strapped his dog on the car...big deal. Was a jerk in college...who wasn't? But I do want to know what he was like as a businessman, because that is the experience he is selling to us. So far, I'm not impressed with his ethics.

Not as well as I know Barack Obama. And I’m not interested in going down that road again. I'll take a chance on what I know about Romney.

Milton in Netherlands:
Not at all. He is a man who plays by his own set of rules. His refusal to release his tax returns makes it difficult even for many people in his party to know him.

JD in New Hampshire:
The only thing I don't know about Mitt Romney is how he sleeps at night.

Bob in Ohio:
One can never know enough about any politician to trust them.

soundoff (317 Responses)
  1. Cres from Florida

    Considering how long he's been running for President, you'd thing we'd all know him pretty darned well.
    It sure doesn't seem that way. Then again, after Nov. 6th, maybe we won't have to deal with knowing him
    any better anyway.

    August 30, 2012 at 12:47 pm |
  2. Ed in Harrisburg

    I know Romney and his ilk all too well and know they would do anything to gain control and power. This man is wealthy beyond anyone's wildest belief and has spent the last dozen years running for President by wearing out his opponents with his wealth. America will regret the day it elects him as we will face the worse depression ever if he is elected.

    August 30, 2012 at 12:49 pm |
  3. John from Alabama

    Jack: I do not get a warm and fuzzy feeling about Mitt Romney. I have two friends who lost their jobs, because of Bain Capitol. It took several years for them to get back on their feet. It cost one them his marriage. Why does Mitt Romney have have a Swiss Bank Account? Why is he investing in Europe and not America? What is he hiding in his Offshore accounts in the Grand Cayman Islands? Why doesn't he show at least 3 or 4 years of tax returns? Why did he chose Rep. Paul Ryan, who is a lighting rod when it comes to medicare. Rep. Paul Ryan is a rat who loves cheese. Remember, rats spread disease.

    August 30, 2012 at 12:56 pm |
  4. Ken in California

    I don’t care to know him as he is in the party of phony faith, and hate. A CNN camera lady knows that all too much. How many more at that convention carry a bible in one hand, and a bag of peanuts in the other.

    August 30, 2012 at 12:56 pm |
  5. NurseLisa in CT

    all too well and it makes me frightented to think of all those who don't care about secrets he's still hiding – the request for mediation rather than court for the ponzi scheme with his son, his financial advice to Marriott to fabricate a loss that the IRS was probably to burdened to catch in the son of boss scandal, Stericycle hypocrisy, when he stopped being paid as Bain CEO, why not releasing his taxes is less damaging than if we see them – is this really the best the GOP has to offer???

    August 30, 2012 at 1:03 pm |
  6. Gary in San Jose, California

    I feel I know Romney as well as I need to know him for the presidential vote. The lackeys in congress, on the other hand, not well enough. Congress is the problem so we should be focusing more on them than the president. Can you help?

    August 30, 2012 at 1:04 pm |
  7. Dave Laguna Niguel, CA

    We know a lot more about Mitt Romney than we did about Barack Obama four years ago. Mitt Romney has a public record of accomplishments versus a community organizer and legislator who never wrote or sponsored a bill.

    August 30, 2012 at 1:06 pm |
  8. Pete in Georgia

    Compared to the current impostor in the Whitehouse I feel I know Mitt Romney like a Siamese Twin !!
    How can you even ask this question when we have this guy Obama who's as mysterious as a spy novel character ? If ever there was a prominent political figure where it's impossible to connect the dots with his background it's Obama.
    And the media sits by and asks him nothing about his history, his life background. Zero.
    And here we have Mitt Romney who bares his soul to the world for the past 5 years and you ask this question ??
    Unbelievable Jack.

    August 30, 2012 at 1:06 pm |
  9. lou

    I don't give two hoots about his personal, religious, or family life. Strapped his dog on the car...big deal. Was a jerk in college...who wasn't? But I do want to know what he was like as a business man, because that is the experience he is selling to us. So far, I'm not impressed with his ethics. Sounds like he destroyed a heck of a lot more on his way to the top than he built.

    August 30, 2012 at 1:07 pm |
  10. david of Alexandria VA

    Well enough to vote for him. I've worked with enough senior leaders over the years to know he is a solutions guy – the real deal. He may not be cuddly or an oratorial star - but he knows how to organize stuff, make the right deals, and get things accomplished. Ryan, as a co-pilot was absolutely no surprise for this kind of leader. BTW, the correlary to this is that i think i now know Obama well enough to not vote for him again - the obverse of everything above.

    August 30, 2012 at 1:09 pm |

    Notat all. I can't seem to sort out his lies.
    This man is just over 60.
    He went to Collage in his 20's was, after two majors and advanced studies, in his early to mid thirties.
    He went to France as a missionary fo several yrs. sereved as Bisshop in a Morman church for a few years.
    He saved the games. Two years? Give or take and in 2000 ran for and was elected as gov of a New England State. rRan fo pres. of the USA for th last seven or so years.
    Total that up and one has about ten years to amass over a hundred million and God only knows how nuch is buired in secret off shore accounts.
    You ask how well do I know him. NOT AT ALLL and until thourly investigated, never will.
    I would rather have Palin as Pres than some one se secretive. METALWORKER in ILLINOIS

    August 30, 2012 at 1:10 pm |
  12. Mel - Houston

    I know him well enough to believe he thinks I should pay my taxes and he shouldn't. I know him well enough that he think the terminally dumb will put him in office. I know him well enough that he believes that we believe what he tells us. Don't think vote Republican.

    August 30, 2012 at 1:11 pm |
  13. DT - Saint Paul, MN

    Are you serious?! About as well as I know anyone I've never met before.

    August 30, 2012 at 1:14 pm |
  14. Frances

    I know. him well enough to know that I don't want him to President of the United States.


    August 30, 2012 at 1:15 pm |
  15. JD in NH

    The only thing I don't know about Mitt Romney is how he sleeps at night. He has earned his fortune off the lost jobs, looted pensions and loss of health care benefits of average working people. Now he's running for the highest office in the land and his candidacy is based on lies. "Fact checkers" might not matter to Romney, but they matter to me.

    August 30, 2012 at 1:16 pm |
  16. Tom in Desoto, TX

    Doesn't someone have to say something before you have an iota of knowing the person? I'm curious why republican thing he's the golden boy where 4 years ago no one wanted him around, he couldn't buy a delegate. Do the republicans think they owe him something after he spend about $40 million of his own money 4 years ago? He should tell us about ROMNEYCARE.

    August 30, 2012 at 1:16 pm |
  17. Milton K. Wiah

    Not at all. He is a man who plays by some set of rule, defies public opinion. His refusal to release his tax returns makes
    it difficult even for many people in his party to know him.


    August 30, 2012 at 1:16 pm |
  18. jk in MN

    Well enough that I KNOW I would never vote for him. He reminds me of a dishonest salesperson; you know, the ones who will tell you anything they think you want to hear just to close the sale.

    August 30, 2012 at 1:20 pm |
  19. Barb

    His wife says he is a funny and honest man. I see a boring tax evader who would raise my taxes while giving himself and his rich friends more tax cuts.

    August 30, 2012 at 1:35 pm |
  20. James - Alexandria, VA

    I do not know him well at all and what I have managed to find out just makes me not want to know him. His dad however seemed to have more integrity than Mitt does. It is painfully obvious that he never learned much from his father and that in itself is a shame. I really hope he does not become President.

    August 30, 2012 at 1:41 pm |
  21. DT - Saint Paul, MN

    Well lets see... He's a Mormon Republican. He's a terrible businessman who managed to get rich by stealing. Hmm... What else? The guy has $250M in job creating wealth and has only managed to hire illegals to cut his lawn. Oh yea I forgot, he doesn't pay taxes at the rate I pay, and I'm poor as crap. He wants to lower his taxes, and not mine, all without balancing the budget. His "plan" is pure rhetoric. He's indifferent about national ads that misquote the President. Last but not least, the man is a coward. If you don't have the grit to say ONE THING without total ambiguity, leave.

    So I want this guy as the President of my country why?

    August 30, 2012 at 1:42 pm |
  22. Bob in Ohio

    One can never know enough about any politician to trust them.

    August 30, 2012 at 1:46 pm |
  23. Doug Ericson

    Two things stick out in my mind about what Romney has said his intentions are, if he wins the election. One is that, he wants to give even more money to the Military. That would be like giving Queen Elizabeth more money for her hat allowance. The other is he thinks it would be a great idea to eliminate the Mortgage Interest Deduction. I can guarantee you, that if you have recently had tuition payments to cover for your kids, and a Mortgage, you are close to broke, and such a move would send many families like ours, scurrying to downsize in a hurry. Home values would plummet. Property taxes that are already being raised as fast as the crooks can raise them, would take an even bigger chunk out of the homeowners wallet, and the Homeowners Net Worth would decrease even further. Mitt romney is a bored, very wealthy man, looking for the kind of validation that would give him a thrill. You see a lot of these guys on the World Poker tour. Trying to look cool is the only thing left in life they have to hang their hat on. Oh gosh, speaking of hats, did you see the Texas Delegation? They all have matching hats and Roy Rogers and Dale evans outfits. They look like the Taliban Cowboys of the Wild West. They got a new outfit for each day too. How did we get into this mess? Doug, Pepperell, MA.

    August 30, 2012 at 1:51 pm |
  24. Shirley, Parry Sound, Ontario

    Didn't he used to work for the villain in Batman???

    August 30, 2012 at 1:54 pm |
  25. BILL, WI

    The only thing that i know about Mitt Romney is what I have been able to read in the press. That is, he is a venture capitalist who worked for Bain Capital, he is extremely wealthy, he pays an effective income tax rate of 13%, he is a member of the One Percenters and the Democrats do not like him.

    Until a reporter gets the gumption to find out more about him and writes a story is when I'll read more about him in the press. Hopefully, it will be an article absent the Democrats talking points such as he paid no taxes for the last ten years and such mindless drivel.

    August 30, 2012 at 2:01 pm |
  26. Ed from California

    I know he's extremely secretive. I do not know what he believes in.....except very rich people. He's very stiff...w/no personality. Jack, Rand Paul has a better chance in winning the White House.....than the Mittens.

    August 30, 2012 at 2:02 pm |
  27. Richard Texas

    As a person I don't know the man at all. We have different religious beliefs and up until 1978 Romney's church would not allow black men to be ordained as priests and were prohibited in attending the temple ordinances. Basically they though blacks were not worthy. Although the church had an open membership for all races, blacks were not considered equals.
    We also have different political beliefs. Romney believes in the trickle down economics that has failed the republicans for years yet he wants to continue that failing philosophy. We would be no better off then we were 4 years ago.

    August 30, 2012 at 2:04 pm |
  28. Ron Doyle

    Well if I had been observing a shark from a shark cage for a few days, I'd have about the same depth of understanding of how the shark and Mitt actually think.

    August 30, 2012 at 2:05 pm |
  29. Peg in NY

    I don't feel that I know Mitt Romney at all. The reason? This is the way he wants it.

    August 30, 2012 at 2:05 pm |

    tampa, fl mitt gets about $100 mil for closing a company, I wonder how much he will get for closing down the USA?

    August 30, 2012 at 2:06 pm |
  31. Gary H. Boyd

    Whatever I know about Mitt Romney is a whole lot more than I know about Barack Hussein Obama - even after 4 years. What I do know is that I feel comfortable with Mitt Romney but totally uncomfortable with Obama. The comparison between the two is stark. I trust Romney - I don't trust Obama.

    Gary in Scottsdale, Arizona

    August 30, 2012 at 2:11 pm |
  32. Ron Doyle

    Jack. Why is the issue of creating new jobs such a difficult issue to correct? There have been millions of new jobs created in the past few years. The problem is that they have been created in China and India. These jobs have been relocated by the CEO's of American corporations at the expense of the American worker. I assume that when the average American can no longer afford these offshore products, then the companies will switch their marketing and sales priority to the emerging marketplace. I am so tired of hearing the politicians complain that the 1%ers will not invest without tax breaks. They are investing heavily, just not on us.

    August 30, 2012 at 2:13 pm |
  33. Annie, Atlanta

    Which one?

    August 30, 2012 at 2:14 pm |
  34. RickFromDetroit

    I think I know Mitt Romney well enough that I WILL NOT vote for him. Bain Capital appears to be a Corporate Raider Organization that targets businesses, and after Bain takes the business over they "Rape" the business for everything they can. Bain will sell off any profitable areas of a business, then Bain will look for areas to make profitable, such as cutting employee pay and benefits and/or outsourcing to a foreign country. Finally Bain will shut down any part of the business that is not profitable and hand all of the remaining employees a "Pink Slip." Bain is a "Hatchet" organization.

    If Romney runs this country the same way he runs Bain, he will look for profitable areas of the budget that the wealthy can clean house on from Wall Street profits, and then sell everyone else down the tubes. [1] Romney may increase defense spending for publicly held defense contractors and lay off our troops that use the equipment. [1] Romney may award contracts to to purchase government vehicles such as police cars, fire trucks, highway equipment, etc, from publicly held companies, and then lay off the personal that use the vehicles, and then sell the equipment through a sales agency for another profit.

    Romney definitely knows how to make money, and I applaud him for being successful, but Romney is only concerned about one person, and that is Romney.

    August 30, 2012 at 2:14 pm |
  35. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    Not at all but I sure do wish these so called "RELIGIOUS" people would tell the truth and be honest. They're really not very good examples to their kids and grandkids with all of the lies and deception.

    August 30, 2012 at 2:14 pm |
  36. jimmy in greenville nc

    Well, Jack, I know enough about him to vote for him. I would not have said that 4 years ago when I voted for Obama. But now I know more about Obama than I wanted to know. So put me down as one who wants change.

    August 30, 2012 at 2:19 pm |
  37. John

    With all we hear about Mitt from the liberal side we should be moving to Canada. Comedians make fun of him and his wife Ann. David Letterman slams her for the use of a horse as therapy. A Yahoo reporter makes a joke about the Repubs. partying while Blacks are drowning from Isaac, with his friends and they are laughing in the background. I know they couldn't bring themselves to find out that Prez. Obama was doing drugs while in college. I trust Mitt better than any Dem. no whatever they throw all him. As a life long Dem. I refuse to vote for someone who Divides this country by race, gender, and wealth.

    August 30, 2012 at 2:20 pm |
  38. stozekrogowki

    I don't know him at all. I feel he's as distant as Goldman sachs CEO or any of the other banker types. He can do all he want but he will never escape the fact that he's filthy rich and has as much in common with an average joe as lady gaga.

    August 30, 2012 at 2:21 pm |
  39. Bob D Iowa

    After working in corporate offices for more years than I want to remember I know his type very well and all I can say is Never Again. Well can play any card they want to but the truth is there is only one goal in mine and that is themselves.

    August 30, 2012 at 2:26 pm |
  40. Mark

    Well he's probably not a racist like the present occupier in the White House; 20 yrs. in Rev. Wright's church of hate America, hate the Jews, and hate the whites. But of course, Pravda (ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC, and CNN) didn't report this racism.

    August 30, 2012 at 2:28 pm |
  41. BrainTurnedOff

    Does anybody really know?
    Mitt Romney likes to change positions to cater to those who's support he needs at a particular time. One time Pro-Choice, another time Pro-Life. One time proud of Romneycare, now not saying that word.
    No wonder he likes elevator music.

    August 30, 2012 at 2:29 pm |

    I do not know Mitt, his wife does not know Mitt, his children do not know Mitt, perhaps his dog he put on top of his car knows Mitt. Do you know Mitt. No human knows Mitt. He is a mystery man who wants to lead our country,
    do you want a mystery man leading your country? All that glitters is not gold. With all of Ann's St John outfits, she is just glitter, he is all glitter, lots of mnoney, no care for us, the average person trying to make it

    August 30, 2012 at 2:36 pm |
  43. tRiKsTeRgOd

    A helluva lot better than that Socialist sitting in the Oval Office right now that the media STILL REFUSES to vet properly. Romney's records are NOT sealed and protected by his attorneys. He's been in government for decades longer than Soetoro so if people don't know him by now, do the same as you did with your messiah (i.e., elect him before you find out who he is, outside the fog of Nancy Pelosi's brain).
    Grays Harbor

    August 30, 2012 at 2:38 pm |
  44. Ruth in Indianapolis

    He doesn't come across to me as real. It is as if he is acting out a role. But that isn't the problem. It's not a question of how well I know or understand him. The question is how well does he understand me and people like me. I don't think he does. I doubt that he can relate to anyone who has had to work and struggle to get through life. I believe that his world is too narrow, encompassing only what has to do with wealth and power.

    August 30, 2012 at 2:40 pm |
  45. gfulmore

    The Republican national campaign strategy appears to be built on the premises of “You can fool some of the people all of the time and all of the people some of the time.” This would appear, however, to be a short-term, losing strategy.
    For example, saying that Obamacare will “destroy” Medicare, while it might be a catchy phrase, has no factual merit. It will not stand the test of time. In fact, Obamacare is all about the PRESERVATION of Medicare. Another fib being told is that President Obama made our economic crisis worse and/or that we are not better than we were four years ago. Go back to early 2009 and remember how bad things were then. Our economy is greatly improved since he took office.
    President Obama will be re-elected in November: You can’t fool all of the people all of the time.

    August 30, 2012 at 2:43 pm |
  46. Loren, Chicago

    Well enough. The fact is that we have a choice between two people - one who has as his stated goal the maintenance of America as a world power, economically as well as every other way, and one who believes that Americans are arrogant and that the United States should accept a lesser role in the world and Americans a lesser standard of living in their lives. For me the choice is simple: continue down a path to American irrelevancy or try to change that path.

    August 30, 2012 at 2:47 pm |
  47. DT - Saint Paul, MN

    Heck with it. He looks like a dirtbag, walks like a dirtbag, but his wife says he's a good guy... What else do we need?!

    August 30, 2012 at 2:47 pm |
  48. Jim Rapinac

    Many Americans will not vote for a Mormon presidential candidate. Sad but true. Polls will not verify this because polled voters will not truthfully answer the question on voting for a mormon

    August 30, 2012 at 2:48 pm |
  49. Ed from Texas

    I just read Matt Taibbi's story in Rolling Stone about Romney and Bain Capital and I now know enough about him to make my decision.

    August 30, 2012 at 2:49 pm |
  50. Loren, Chicago

    How much do we still don't know about President Obama? I know this is unfashionable, but there is a tape on YouTube of a speech from when Obama was elected as Senator and he states how he was born in Kenya and knew what it was to be an immigrant. So tell me, if that tape never made high rotation on the evening news during his campaign, why should I be concerned about what I don't know about Romney? At least I can be sure that he is an American.

    August 30, 2012 at 2:50 pm |
  51. OB

    I dont know him

    August 30, 2012 at 2:52 pm |
  52. Tony from Southport

    I believe we all know Mitt Romney a lot more than we knew Barack Hussein Obama before he became President. Romney is the quintessential American who worked hard and became very successful. As a parent, I wished that for my children and my grandchildren, to become independent and generous with charitable donations to the needy. Obama divides people, and pits them against each other. Divide and conquer. Some Americans have fallen into his rhetorical trap and would rather take from others than work to earn what they deserve. I truly believe the Romney/Ryan team will be the right choice for America and they will stop the slide that America is on towards disastrous debt and depression.

    August 30, 2012 at 2:52 pm |
  53. Jennifer M in Winnipeg

    I know that he's a rich and seemingly emotionless business executive with good hair, $200 million in the bank, won't show his tax returns, and has no inkling as to how the 'other half' lives ... providing, of course, the other half can afford to live. I don't believe that he will help the middle class do anything, but fade away into oblivion. I know enough about him that I firmly believe he is the worst choice for the office of The President.

    August 30, 2012 at 2:57 pm |
  54. hewitt36

    How well can you know someone who will be whomever you want? As Gertrude Stein once said...There is no There There...

    August 30, 2012 at 2:57 pm |
  55. Tom in Desoto, TX

    I know all I need to know about Romney, more importantly about what he would head as President. All the big names in Congress are holdover from the George W Bush days, it will just start up again.. The rhetoric from that faction hasn't changed but no longer have the run of the place to further ruin the country with more tax cuts to the determent of the countries population as a whole.

    August 30, 2012 at 3:00 pm |
  56. calvin

    i feel he not the man that the democrats and the news make him to be. he is a smart man who loves his wife anf family he love the usa and will try to save it. if elected he will make some hard change that CNN NBCNEWS CBS ABC will cut up and put down. obama was worker hard to keep illegals and gays in the front. his J D with holder has when after more state for going out to get the illegals and clean up the vote I D . now it all out lie's and put down from the press and t v.

    August 30, 2012 at 3:01 pm |
  57. Pat in Michigan

    Well enough to know better! What I really want to see Is a House and Senate that get off their Right wing and Left wing collective butts meet in the middle and do the job we sent them to do.

    August 30, 2012 at 3:04 pm |
  58. perry jones

    i know him as well or better than any person running for office

    August 30, 2012 at 3:06 pm |
  59. calaurore9

    He was our Governor for 4 years. Occasionally he did local radio shows. The only thing human about him was that he'd chuckle about eating a McDonald's hamburger. Other than that, flat personality. Like now. I think Ann keeps him in line, she seems strict.

    Carol in Massachusetts

    August 30, 2012 at 3:07 pm |
  60. marylangley

    Well enough to not vote for him.

    August 30, 2012 at 3:07 pm |
  61. Debra

    Don't know much, feels like its a MISTERY. Everything is off limits even his Tax returns.

    August 30, 2012 at 3:08 pm |
  62. Ann from Charleston SC

    I don't know him period. I know of him. He is apparently a very nice man, a good man. I know nothing of his heart – how he feels about the people of this country. The Audacity of Hope tells us of Obama's heart and how he understands people and what they want out of life and how they view our country .Obama sees this country in human terms, not just as an economic entity. Does Romney know who we are?

    August 30, 2012 at 3:10 pm |
  63. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    Jack: I don't know anything about Mitten-–in fact I know more about you than I do about him. Mitten, to me, represents the "best democracy that money can buy." And when Obama is re-elected--I will know even less.

    August 30, 2012 at 3:11 pm |
  64. Mycroft Lake Travis Texas

    Well Jack, From what I've been able to deduce from many reliable sources and information, Mitt Romney is basically a man that mascarades as a gentleman, but is actually a real snake in the grass. I would expect only bad things from a Romney Presidency, much like I did under the George Bush 2 Presidency. The same Neo Cons would be running yet another privy fortunate son President without the integrity or honesty one could hope for in a President. In short I know enough about Mitt Romney to not vote for him and advise my fellow American Citizens to vote against him and all other Republicans at this time. We need to show these Republican to the door after the four long years of obstructionism and for the eight grueling years of the Bush Presidency. Obama needs to take action to insure the voting machines aren't rigged again by the Republicans. Lets have an ocean of blue voters swarm the voting this november and get rid of each and every obstructionist.

    August 30, 2012 at 3:11 pm |
  65. Richard Oak Harbor, Wa

    I know that Mitt Romney has a very exclusive estate in my hometown Belmont Massachusetts. He owns has a large family compound near where my sister lives in New Hampshire. The Mitt Romney I know has been on both sides of every important issue I can think of and if elected will most likely serve the political interests of his campaign's highest bidders.

    August 30, 2012 at 3:12 pm |
  66. Curtis in philadelphia

    Who? Romney never speaks of his time as a Republican governor of the most liberal state, where he passed universal health care. He doesn't talk about Bain Capital, the company he founded, and his time there, that may have ended in 1999 or 2002, which he should really know. He never talks about his Mormon faith, a type of Christianity that most evangelical Christians look at with more than skeptical eyes. He's released just one year of tax returns and a "summery" of a second year, even though it was his own father George who set the precedent for presidential candidates in releasing personal financial data: weird. Jack, who is this man? I've known corporations with better defined personalities than this guy.

    August 30, 2012 at 3:13 pm |
  67. Gordon - Texas

    Romney is a democrat on the DL(down low). I'm a democrat and he may be a good President if given the opportunity to run the country as he feels best. Oh...but there is such a group of folks called Congress. Oh and don't forget that other group called the RNC. Wait for it....now there is Ryan. Barack..you have my vote!

    August 30, 2012 at 3:13 pm |
  68. Kim, Dodge City, Kansas

    I know him and his kind well enough, thank you. It's almost incomprehensible that after the near total destruction that the financial sector willfully brought upon this nation, Willard M. Romney, poster boy for vulture capitalism, would have the gall to ask people to vote him into office. That's an equivalent to hiring a convicted arsonist for fire chief. This guy would sell his soul for a profit, and I believe he would not be beyond using the Presidency to continue doing the only thing he knows how to do, destructive profiteering.

    August 30, 2012 at 3:15 pm |
  69. Susan-NJ

    Our politicians have a habit of lying to get elected. i imagine we can find a newspaper that says George Bush never said "read my lips no new taxes" just like Obama promised the GM workers the plant would stay open. We were told we needed an American auto industry which is why Obama's administration sold Chrysler to Italian Fiat for $2 billion less than we tax payers paid to bail the company out.

    August 30, 2012 at 3:15 pm |
  70. Jenny from Nanuet, New York

    No matter what he says tonight, unless he releases more tax returns, I only know him as a secretive liar not worthy of leading our country. "Trust me" is not good enough from a politician who has changed his position on every issue under the sun.

    August 30, 2012 at 3:17 pm |
  71. sean74cnn

    I feel like I know Mitt Romney well enough to know that he says whatever he thinks people want to hear in order to get votes. (with the exception of the NAACP, he'd rather get boos from them to prove to his GOP base that the NAACP doesn't like him)

    August 30, 2012 at 3:21 pm |
  72. Bill Glover

    Let's ask the good people of Massachusets how well they know Rmoney and if they will vote for him again...

    August 30, 2012 at 3:21 pm |
  73. Joe in Missouri

    About as well as I knew Richard Nixon.

    August 30, 2012 at 3:21 pm |
  74. bugmetoo

    I feel like I know Mitt Romney better then I did Barack Obama four years ago. I believe he would
    be a great President for this country.

    August 30, 2012 at 3:22 pm |
  75. jen seattle wa

    Creating a struggle is not the answer to solving the struggles.A clear concise perspective alleviates all the hate and regurgitated hiphocrisy coming out of a social engineering democratic party agenda..We are worse off with obama policies that revisit history books that see white people blamed for things in past even if they had nothing to do with it.Only concern is the "all above policy for wall st making money destroying oceans and water suply in name of cheap gas that doesnt exist exclusively cuz u.s. govt refuses (obama included), in getting rid of futures market where wall st buys low and sells high in same day..The fact democrats allow llocals to be saddled with debt caused by flags of convenience and dutch rule of law cruisline speaks volumes to inherent corruption that deserves to be overthrown by any means necessary

    August 30, 2012 at 3:22 pm |
  76. Steven Mills

    Given that the man is an inveterate flip-flopper given to ephemeral Etch-A-Sketch, Tilt-A-Whirl politics, I would dare say that very few of us 'know' Mitt Romney, until of course, he decides to proceed with a course of action that he was vehemently opposed to the previous day...

    August 30, 2012 at 3:22 pm |
  77. Gigi Oregon

    I have watched two Romney documentaries, heard his plan, bought into his Romney/Obama care, Googled his dad, watched his Super PAC ads, listened to his son's "Life with father", cried at his wife's devotion to him and now... I want to see ten years of his taxes. And why he thinks he did it all single handed. Show me the money. I've already showed mine and I want to see yours Mr. Romney. ("He's") just to good to be TRUE". Hey, that would make a good theme song for him. Remember YOU heard it here first...on Jack's Radar.

    August 30, 2012 at 3:22 pm |
  78. Sheryl wilkinson

    It does not matter to me what Romney says tonight during his speech, I do not believe that he can connect to the middle class. He does not know how it is to struggle when he has offshore accounts, cannot reveal his taxes, started on a bad foot with England and have made some ignorant comments. He not his wife and family cannot relate to the voters, because he is another George Bush who cannot relate to people, only when it comes to making money. He is not about faith, because in any faith, the truth is revealed by one's actions. The fact he cannot reveal his taxes, yes, he is hiding something. So if anyone wants to hear from Romney is those who he is willing to help the most, the rich and wealthy.

    August 30, 2012 at 3:22 pm |
  79. Kevin in CA

    I know him about as well as I know any other Wall Street multi-billionaire ... and trust him like any other Wall Street multi-billionaire.

    August 30, 2012 at 3:23 pm |
  80. t h beyer

    I think I know this much: For all the touting of his managerial and executive skills, I just don't see that displayed by the guy.
    That whole thing seems like a myth. And if you have to lie so much, that only adds to the phoniness.

    August 30, 2012 at 3:24 pm |
  81. Bill

    Romney? It almost doesn't matter because I know 4 more years of Obama will lead to fiscal ruin and riots.

    August 30, 2012 at 3:25 pm |
  82. Lou Scott

    After all the interviews I've seen him in through the years, I feel that I know he is a man we cannot count on to say the same thing tomorrow that he says today on any issue. He lies. That is what we really and truly know about this man.

    August 30, 2012 at 3:25 pm |
  83. Ginny

    I know Obama enough to know that I need Romney, just not know him

    August 30, 2012 at 3:26 pm |
  84. Michael Bindner, Alexandria, VA

    Well enough, by how he has run his campaign with personal loyalists rather than the best professionals. Enough to know that giving that crew a White House staff and Executive Appointments while the Patriot Act is still in force is chilling.

    August 30, 2012 at 3:27 pm |
  85. mcwsunshine

    Well, the fact is that America knows more about Gov. Romney that they ever knew and still know about President Obama. Mitt Romney has a successful record in both government and the private sector. Unfortunately for America, President Obama has no success at anything. He has presided over the longest economic recovery (or lack of) in the history of the country, the highest unemployment rate in decades, the lack of any long term fixes for the housing market, the lack of long term solutions for big entitlement programs, the lack of any fiscal discipline, and astronomical debt that has even led to the down-grading of America's bond rating. His "solutions" have consisted of blaming President Bush, the Euro crisis, the Japanese Tsunami, big pharma, big oil, big bad wall street, big bad republicans and big corporations. He really has no plan or budget for anything, just more spending and more funneling of tax-payer money to his cronies.

    August 30, 2012 at 3:27 pm |
  86. obamaliar

    what do you mean, do we know Mitt???? Who is that guy in the White House???????? Transparency, work with Congress, unite the country. Next question.

    August 30, 2012 at 3:28 pm |
  87. Ron WPAFB

    I know he's hiding his tax returns. I know he lies! You see, it's kinda like murder, if you participated in the crime that resulted in a murder, you're guilty as well! So when Ryan gets up there and lies and talks about thinks that happened under Bush and blames them on President Obama, well, it's a lie. I know that the GOP repeats untruths....Propaganda, until their followers start repeating it! How do you elect someone like that for such a high post! You can't! But since you, Wolf, are Buddy Buddy with Romney and won't ask the hard questions, they get away with it!

    August 30, 2012 at 3:29 pm |
  88. marjwith

    Sure, we know Mitt. Rich man trying to buy the Presidency and saying anything the party wants to hear in order to do it. No moral character, no compassion, just like the rest of the party

    August 30, 2012 at 3:29 pm |
  89. Izza Rollin

    I guess I do know him and what I know I don't like. Mitt is taking us further down the road of coporatacracy under the guise of freedom from government. Well, if we our govt. is of the people, by the people and for the people, it seems we will be losing the freedom of self-government and trading it for the shackles of 1%. No thanks.

    August 30, 2012 at 3:29 pm |
  90. pkrbkr

    I know just enough about Romney to know I'd never vote for him! Donna in Wisconsin

    August 30, 2012 at 3:30 pm |
  91. Chelle

    I'm sorry but if it is that hard for him to "show his humanity" after what is essentially running for the office for 10 years, you have to wonder just how deep down that humanity is hiding.

    August 30, 2012 at 3:31 pm |
  92. Charles TAlleur

    I know him well enough to not vote for him to be President

    August 30, 2012 at 3:32 pm |
  93. ron

    "Action speaks louder than words"

    August 30, 2012 at 3:32 pm |
  94. Snehal

    They are recreating and redefining him so many times, it's really hard to know him! I doubt a chamelon changes color these many times in such a short duration. And on top of it his famousflip flops! I seriously think he uses a cointoss up to determine which side of an issue is he on on a given day.

    August 30, 2012 at 3:32 pm |
  95. James Fisher

    I am not a Republican and unlikely to vote for Mitt Romney under any circumstances, given the policies he seems to support. The problem is his continual flip-flopping - and outright lying. How can anyone know what he is FOR or AGAINST? One has to assume that those he surrounds himself with represent what he believes - and if that's so, he's a scary proposition. It's shocking that in six years of running for President that Romney has failed to show who he really is - or maybe the empty suit we see is all there is.

    August 30, 2012 at 3:33 pm |
  96. keeth

    I know he's more John Kerry flip-flopper than John Kerry.

    August 30, 2012 at 3:34 pm |
  97. Neil from Michigan


    We would know Mitt Romney alot better if he would address the specifics of his plans for the economy, and if he would talk about the Bain issues. His reluctance not to release his tax returns looks badly for him. Thanks for the question.

    August 30, 2012 at 3:34 pm |
  98. Terrence Vocals (California)

    I know MItt Romney very well...he's exactly like a used car salesmen saying whatever he thinks people want to hear and "evolving" (read: changing) positions on issues to sell a product (in this case himself).

    August 30, 2012 at 3:34 pm |
  99. Willie

    No, nor do I care to know him. He's a lier, manipulative, greedy, and arrogant. Do I need to say more?

    August 30, 2012 at 3:34 pm |
  100. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    I know Mitt Romney about as well as he explained his Blind Trust and if you recall that was nothing.

    August 30, 2012 at 3:34 pm |
  101. deangarr

    Mr. Romney has few topics about which he can now speak. One by one, the substantive topics for debate are disappearing, deemed too problematic for the Romney campaign to address. Business acumen, experience as governor, US Olympics, Romney budget, women's issues, immigration reform, all toxic. Mr. Romney is reduced to dragging out the birther baggage to pad his stump speeches and give his base a few crumbs. And to call attention away from his flip-flopping on all important issues.

    But what is the single issue on which Mr. Romney has never flip-flopped? He stands doggedly firm on never, under any circumstances, releasing his tax returns.


    It is not just liberals who want to see Romney's tax returns.
    It is 63% of American voters who do.

    The longer Mr. Romney delays, the more suspicious it appears.

    Obama released 8 years of tax returns
    GW Bush 10 years
    Clinton 12 years
    GHW Bush 14 years
    George Romney 12 years.

    What is there to hide?
    Release the tax returns, Mr. Romney.

    August 30, 2012 at 3:35 pm |
  102. Kevin Mosley

    When did the rule of politicians showing people who they really are change? If you apply for a position at a company they ask you for more than what he has shown.

    August 30, 2012 at 3:35 pm |
  103. Tax Haven

    I dont know Mitt Romney at all, since he has chosen not to explain himself over the course of the last decade running for President. From what I can put together, he's a leverage buyout specialist that ships USA jobs to third world countries and pockets the difference.

    August 30, 2012 at 3:36 pm |
  104. Doug From Bethlehem

    Well enough to know he's not going to get my vote. He's just another opportunist who will sell out to the highest bidder in order to get elected. In this case it's the 1% (which he himself is in the top 1% of) who have no qualms in squashing the lower/middle classes in order to increase their wealth, along with their minions, the evangelical anti-science uneduated Teapublican lunatic right wing fringe. Go help us if he's elected.

    August 30, 2012 at 3:36 pm |
  105. Jeff

    I know he's consistently inconsistent.

    August 30, 2012 at 3:37 pm |
  106. Mike in Minneapolis

    I think I know him pretty well. I just have no idea what he stands for, other than putting himself in the zero percent tax bracket.

    August 30, 2012 at 3:38 pm |
  107. I'm a Rose

    I don't think I want to know him. After reading the artical in Huff Post about his millionair and billionair doners on the Cracker Bay yacht down in Florida, I'm sure I don't want him for my president. These wealthy ones have to be paid back big time and guess who is going to foot his bill? The poor working folks. If you are a true Christian you wouldn't do unto others like this. He can talk about his LDS church but to me it must mean Lies, Deception,Secrets.

    August 30, 2012 at 3:39 pm |
  108. Mike

    I known precisely three things about Mitt Romney: 1) He wants to be President of The United States. 2) He is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. 3) He is caucasian. Everything else is either something I can't be trusted to understand or subject to change without notice.

    August 30, 2012 at 3:39 pm |
  109. Mike

    LOL MITT WHO???? LOL Is he like Palin an Overnight Name Put into the Highlights of the Public????

    August 30, 2012 at 3:40 pm |
  110. Angie

    How can we know him when he won't even release his taxes.....

    August 30, 2012 at 3:40 pm |
  111. Todd in South Windsor, CT

    We know him well. He was a MA resident who just happened to file taxes stating Utah was his primary residence - then fixed it, retroactively of course. He worked for Bain up until 2002 or was that 2009 per his taxes? He's the guy who created Obamacare. He's the guy that led MA to 47th in job creation, dropping it 10 spots from 37th. He's staunchly pro-abortion, and pledged to always be more gay-friendly than the late Ted Kennedy. He's all about gun control and states' rights for working out their welfare work requirements. That's the Mitt I knew. Oh wait, he's "severely conservative" now and running for office for Pete's sake? Guess I don't know that much about him (or his taxes) after all. Which Mitt will he try to be tonight? Wonder if cheesey grits are on the menu.

    August 30, 2012 at 3:40 pm |
  112. Stephen W. Cook

    Jack, which Mitt Romney are you referring to?

    August 30, 2012 at 3:41 pm |
  113. ps

    How can you know a person who changes thier position so often?
    Mitt was pro-choice before he was against it.
    Mitt was for healthcare for all, before he was against it.
    Mitt was for gay rights before he was against them.
    Mitt was aganist the middle working class while at Bain and now he's for the middle class job creation.

    He changes his opinion as often as most guys change their underwear.

    It's hard to know someone who's always reinventing themselves to suit a constiuancy.

    August 30, 2012 at 3:41 pm |
  114. Jim

    Not as well as I know BO. And I not interested in going down that road again. I'll take a chance on what I know about Romney.

    August 30, 2012 at 3:41 pm |
  115. David Doherty

    I think I know him very well, he's a uncaring human being that strapped his dog to the roof of his car for a HR trip to Canada. (bad decision) Not the kind of person I want with the nuclear launch codes at his finger tips
    He's also a person that claims he cares more about America and it's people more than our current president, a person who wants the presidency so bad he can taste it, yet the one issue that could ruin his chances, if America finally wakes up, the issue of his tax returns. What is it thats so bad that he's willing to risk his last chance for the presidency. What the hell is he hiding
    Dave from NH.

    August 30, 2012 at 3:42 pm |
  116. CT Voter

    How well did we know Obama at this point in 2008? Romney wasn't dropped on top of this mountain of success. Anyone who knows him knows he worked longer hours, studied harder, and wasted less time than anyone else. It's incredibly hard to do what he's done. The fact this guy got there says volumes about how smart he is and how he would work as President.

    August 30, 2012 at 3:42 pm |
  117. sharon Kay

    No matter what his wife , Paul Ryan or his friends say about him Mitt Romney doesn't connect with me. He is super wealthy and that isn't the issue, I think Warren Buffet is great it's his fumbles, "what did you get at the hardware store" – "hardware stuff"- that sounds stupid, how about a hammer or nails – a real answer. He just doesn't seem to be telling the truth, my impression. So when he says he has struggled I wait for his nose to grow. He and his wife have excellant health care for all her "struggles" with health issues- it isn't the same as someone who has to decide, do I pay my mortgage or go to the doctor and pay that bill or can I even get access to a Dr to deal with medical issues- it's not the same, playing fields are so different.

    August 30, 2012 at 3:43 pm |
  118. ken, atlantic city, nj

    I know he knows how to raise a good family, he knows how to balance a budget, he knows the real u.s. government debt is 70T when you count ss/medicare/medicaid, and he has a can do attitude. Obama is a whiner, a blamer, a panderer, and does not have the first clue on how to handle a serious fiscal problem like the one we have right now. The liberal media has done everything it can to coverup obama's fiscal failures. 23 million unemployed, and a 50% unemployment rate for new college grads says it all. Assassinating osama bin laden and dumping his body in the indian ocean is not enough to earn 4 more years.

    August 30, 2012 at 3:43 pm |
  119. Tracy W

    Better known than the one elected in 2008 for the highest office in our nation...

    August 30, 2012 at 3:43 pm |
  120. Becca

    How well do I know Mitt Romney? Well enough to know he's not the right man for the job. His campaign's basic premise is to keep repeating lies, knowing full well they are lies, but trusting that the low-information voter will not catch on.

    Unfortunately, our media will permit this perception by not emphasizing the truth. It's a sad time in America and we're the laughingstock of the world (not that the GOP cares about that).

    August 30, 2012 at 3:44 pm |
  121. flyonthewall

    Mitt Romney is an enigma wrapped in some bacon..........hard to read and kinda slimey. Mitt Romney is an actor....I just dont believe anything he says anymore. It will be most unfortunate if he becomes our next president.

    August 30, 2012 at 3:44 pm |
  122. Virginia - Atlanta

    Well enough, I know he flip flops depending on who is around, more importantly, he prevaricates at will, even when told he made a "mistake" and is given the facts, he continues to lie. That is all I need to know, if someone lies so easily and often, then he/she is someone I can't trust.

    August 30, 2012 at 3:45 pm |
  123. Paul in NC

    Which Mitt Romney are you referring to?

    August 30, 2012 at 3:46 pm |
  124. george from Binghamton

    Do I know Mitt Romney? Unfortunately, yes. He used to be a liberal Republican governor of Massachusetts but now is an arch concervative whose wife spends millions on dressage horses that shefrequently flies across the country so she can ride them, he's building an elevator for his cars in his $12 million beach front La Jolla California vacation home, he will only show us his tax returns for the minimum two years (have we seen the 2011 yet?), he has untold millions in off shore bank accounts and he was a bishop in the LDS Church that has some unique, shall we say, beliefs and practices; he put his dog in a cage on the roof of his car for an extended road trip and he has a nervous little laugh when he's caught in a lie. His wife told us we should trust him the other night, but that's the last thing I am able to do.

    August 30, 2012 at 3:46 pm |
  125. Tex71

    There is one thing that is perfectly clear and undeniable, no matter what your political affiliations may be: Mitt Romney has either 1. absolutely no understanding of what life is like for the 99% who are not rich enough to avoid paying taxes, or 2. he knows perfectly well what it is like for us but just couldn't give a dim dam.
    Either way, he is not getting my vote.

    August 30, 2012 at 3:47 pm |
  126. David Doherty

    I just sent a post about mitt romney srapping his dog to the roof of his car The post say HR it's suppose to read 14 hrs. I hope this correction can be made

    August 30, 2012 at 3:47 pm |
  127. Dan in Seattle

    There have been many opportunities to know Mitt Roimney. His book, personal interviews and of course his wife. He is measured in his words as he has learned how easily words can be taken out of context and used against him so easily by his opponents and the media. Being of the same faith I am aware of his service and how it molds you in ways that little else can. For once we have a candidate for which his record speaks louder than his words. President Obama had to rely on great rhetoric as he had no real public record of accomplishments and whose backgroud was so unknown. So the answer is yes, I do know Mitt Romney and certainly enough to know that he can be trusted to bring honor and trust to the office of President.

    August 30, 2012 at 3:47 pm |
  128. Brad

    I know him well enough not to know him... He has changed his positions numerous times I really don't have a clue what he believes in, he comes accross a saying anything to get elected and that could be very dangerous for me and frankly our country.

    August 30, 2012 at 3:47 pm |
  129. Joseph Appiah

    I wish i knew Mitt. He has changed positions so much about everything that voting for him will make me flip flopper in chief and I dont want to side with flip floppers.

    August 30, 2012 at 3:47 pm |
  130. Mop

    Well enough to not vote for him.
    I dont want him to do to this country
    what he did to our state.

    Mark, Rochester NY
    Formerly of Waltham Massachussetts

    August 30, 2012 at 3:49 pm |
  131. bash

    not at all!!! its hard to accept the statements made by somebody with a long history of flip-flops on virtually every issue, at their face value.

    August 30, 2012 at 3:50 pm |
  132. Virginia - Atlanta

    Well enough, I know he flip flops depending on who is around, more importantly, he prevaricates at will, even when told he made a "mistake" and is given the facts, he continues to lie. That is all I need to know, if someone lies so easily and often, then he/she is someone I can't trust.

    One more thing, if you remember, Herbert Hoover, our last president who had a business background and was thought to be brilliant, and he was, in his area of expertise. Hoover tried the austerity method and failed. There is a reason why Governments are not run the same way businesses are run.

    August 30, 2012 at 3:50 pm |
  133. Linda, St. Louis

    Not at all. What is Mit hiding? He wants four but he'll only give us two? Now that's entitlement.

    August 30, 2012 at 3:51 pm |
  134. Puma girl

    All I need to know about Mitt Romney is that he is different from the fast talking, water parting Obama.

    August 30, 2012 at 3:52 pm |
  135. Senor Ed

    Mitt Romney got rich destroying middle class jobs.
    Now he wants the middle class to pay for a big tax cut for him and his rich friends.
    That's all I need to know about Mitt Romney.

    August 30, 2012 at 3:53 pm |
  136. KP

    what does it say about a man unwilling to disclose (tax) information that all other presidents have – Your taxes say alot about you – his serecary says alot about him – i think i know enough about him now - i'll stay with th one I know

    August 30, 2012 at 3:54 pm |
  137. Nick San Diego

    Yes I do. Nice guy,good family man, but just does;nt understand the average man and his problems. There is no way in hell that ANYBODY born into money can .Simple as that.

    August 30, 2012 at 3:55 pm |
  138. Jim Charlotte NC

    Not well enough to vote for him. How can people hope that he will relate to them or ever be able to relate to other leaders around the world.

    August 30, 2012 at 3:55 pm |
  139. bob

    romney will never see the inside of the oval office because he can't buy it.

    August 30, 2012 at 3:55 pm |
  140. Tom Bulger, Canandaigua, NY

    A whole lot better than Mitt Romney knows Mitt Romney, if he thinks that he has the experience, character, and temperament to lead this nation.

    August 30, 2012 at 3:55 pm |
  141. Gordon from Sierra Madre

    Obama has had four years and made no progress why does anyone believe that he can do any better with four more years?

    August 30, 2012 at 3:56 pm |
  142. Deb in MT

    Let's see. Romney's great grandpa was a Mormon polygymist who fled the USA to establish a compound in Mexico so he could keep all his wives. Romney's dad was a very well respected businessman & Governor who released 10 years of income tax records when he ran for the Presidential nomination, so no-one could think he was doctoring the returns.

    As for Willard, the son? Willard "Mitt" Romney:

    1. Is ardently pro-choice;

    2. Is ardently pro-life (depends on his audience);

    3. Lived off his stock investments while he was a college student (just like the rest of us);

    4. Inherited some of his fortune (just like you & me);

    5. Made the rest at Bain by following the leveraged buyout business model (you know, the one where an equity capital firm 'buys' a business by putting forward 5% in cash and borrowing the rest from a too big to fail bank, thereby saddling a business 'target' with huge debt & charging additional millions of $ in advice and management fees and raiding the pension funds & laying off workers until the business either squeaks by, or goes bankrupt);

    6. Was Governor of MA, utilizing his business experience to cut taxes for the wealthiest families and to hike taxes on everyone else by raising 'fees' ;

    7. While Gov of MA, lost jobs, lost businesses and left MA as 47th in job creation and deeply in debt;

    8. Claims to have rescued the 2002 Winter Olympics, but the U.S. taxpayer bailed it out with @ 1.3 billion $ infusion;

    9. Is a brilliant verbal contortionist, having held every position on any matter of public opinion (sometimes in the same sentence!); but

    10. Has one firm & unshakable conviction - having released 1 and 1/2 years of incomplete tax returns, he will adamantly not release any more!!!

    I think I know enough about this 'vulture' capitalist to never let him within reach of the Oval Office. That goes for his 'boy wonder', too.

    August 30, 2012 at 3:56 pm |
  143. Joel

    No one contributing here knows either candidate – all we know is what they want us to know. Instead, look at their actions and as far as Obama goes I think Shakespeare summed it up best:
    'a poor player
    That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
    And then is heard no more: it is a tale
    Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
    Signifying nothing.'
    For Romney Shakespeare's advice is equally apt:
    'In peace there's nothing so becomes a man
    As modest stillness and humility:
    But when the blast of war blows in our ears,
    Then imitate the action of the tiger;
    Stiffen the sinews, summon up the blood,'

    August 30, 2012 at 3:56 pm |
  144. High Way

    Mitt reminds me of a used car sales man. They rank the lowest in the trust column when dealing with them.

    August 30, 2012 at 3:56 pm |
  145. GFJ

    Jack how you can even get to you know him when he changes positions like I change my shoes. Furthermore, what does it say when his own state where he was Governor, he will not win? Maybe you should ask this directly to the Massachusetts voters and get their take on him?

    August 30, 2012 at 3:56 pm |
  146. Linda from Kentucky

    The dog on top of the car issue was enough for me, Jack. He cares nothing about the well-being of creatures that he deems below him, and I'm pretty sure that includes the majority of the American population. I'm not wasting my time listening to his drabble about how he cares about me (he makes more per day than I make in a year) – I'm just waiting for the polls to open so I can be the first in line to vote for Obama.

    August 30, 2012 at 3:56 pm |
  147. Gary - Woodhaven, Michigan

    And yet another actor on a political stage trying to be what he is not.

    Dysfunction is the norm for political beings, and our belief that it is anything different is our dysfunction.

    Authenticity is what is real, what is human, it is where pure compassion, love, empathy derive from, and as long as a politician spews hate, absolute ideology, dogma, he or she can never be authentic.

    August 30, 2012 at 3:56 pm |
  148. Peter Sutherland

    I worry that if Romney gets elected, he will be an "empty vessel", waiting to be filled up by whichever Republican groups are then in ascendancy (the Neocons, for example), becoming little more than a mouthpiece for those policy setters. His flip-flopping or lack of clarity on so many issues indicates he is merely parroting the loudest voice currently in his ear; no one with such an insufficiently developed sense of who he is and what he should stand for deserves to be president. Speakers at the RNC seem to be telegraphing this as well, with their consistent emphasis on Romney's "niceness" and family values.

    August 30, 2012 at 3:57 pm |
  149. David K

    Might know him better if he reveals what he is hiding in his taxes, otherwise, I do not need to know him NOW.

    August 30, 2012 at 3:57 pm |
  150. Mitch

    Really? Really?? Hisnear-death experience in France? What does that have to do with being a great candidate for president? Many people have been in tragic accidents. And bringing up his father might not be such a good idea either. His father who ran for president, was born in Mexico, as reported by the Huffington Post and Other news agencies.

    August 30, 2012 at 3:57 pm |
  151. Bob

    No, and I don't want to. I do not consider wealthy people who hide money offshore to avoid paying taxes loyal American citizens. I do not consider people who mix-up their religious activities with their civic obligations loyal American citizens. I dislike people, born to wealth, without substantive educations, who start out high in the hierachy due to family connections and wealth, and then have the gall to trumpet their business skills and success. Nothing interesting to know about this kind of trash. A true conservative will tell you that the government really can't create and provide jobs, long term, but when the neo-conservatives are seeking power, they promise jobs, and the oceans of uneducated, stupid repulblican voters lap it up. Disgusting.

    August 30, 2012 at 3:57 pm |
  152. Rob in FL

    I know Romney, he's the love child of the Koch brothers.

    August 30, 2012 at 3:57 pm |
  153. Peter in Toronto

    As an objective outsider it seems remarkable to me that the presidential race is as close as it is currently. Surely the American people cannot want a return to the devastating economic policies Bush republicans dealt you all. History begs us all not to repeat the same mistakes. America cannot afford this mistake. It may never ever recover. To blame Obama for not fixing those mistakes fast enough is one thing ... to threaten to return to those mistakes hardly seems sensible at all.

    August 30, 2012 at 3:57 pm |
  154. Leester

    Well, let's see... PHONY, RUTHLESS, as UNCARING as John McCain about America (or he wouldn't have picked a Neo-Neanderthal for a VP) and a typical Republican Robot's Unconcern about People. The GOP Dark Siders have a real challenge trying to warm up this ZOMBIE!

    August 30, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
  155. Puma girl

    Hollywood Obama

    Businessman Romey

    Enough Said !!!

    Romney/Ryan 2012 – BELIEVE IN AMERICA.
    I don't give a flying fig about his taxes... more power to his ingenuity to beat the Government at his own games.
    I need jobs in America so my fellow Americans can hold their heads high again... in our own land and in foreign lands.

    Is that hard for Democrats to believe that we need someone new? Lets take some chances on the new guy. We did it for Obama. Now we need to try someone else.
    We are in in for the same things. Party means squat if our pockets are empty – except if you want to be on welfare.
    Get a grip people !!!! VOTE WITH YOUR POCKET BOOKS.

    August 30, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
  156. Tawanda

    I know this about Mitt Romney. During his time serving in leadership capacities in his church, he donated thousands of hours of time with no financial remuneration at all. During that time, he worked mostly with people who were not wealthy and primarily with people experience all kinds of difficulty in their lives. He did the job of a pastor or priest, but he did it on his own time, after he got home from work or on the weekends. His service in these capacities spanned at least five years and when he was done, he went back to doing other kinds of church service such as teaching classes to children, helping with scouting or many of the other less important sounding jobs that all members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints voluntarily serve in.

    August 30, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
  157. JohnRJohnson

    Mitt Romney is a cypher.

    August 30, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
  158. Ryan

    Mitt Romney is probably the greatest thing that could happen to this country at this moment.

    We are in the one spot in the last several hundred years where we could either go into 20 trillion in debt by 2016 and be a totally dependent people on welfare systems, we can be the slack nation that doesn't really give our kids incentive to really strive hard at math and science in school (since we are going to have our free food and free lines at the doctor handed to us)


    We could unleash the innovation of the masses and let the tide of our collective work once again make us into the nation of producers, inventors, manufacturers and workers. Each and every man woman and child can feel he or she is a MAKER not a TAKER in this world.

    What better joy is there than that?

    I know this is what Mitt Romney will bring this nation.

    August 30, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
  159. Jeanne Dukes

    Just for social issues alone, I would never vote for him. He and his wife (why did she get such great reviews on her speech, when she TYPIFIES the 50's subservient blonde wife with an apron???) have never known want, have never existed in fear of job loss, have been incredibly blessed and yet refuse to share with the voters where their money came from, and where it is now. His religion, his neandrethal refusal to accept women's rights and the rights of GLBT citizens, his stance on immigration, and his exceptional and delusional concept of international politics... I'm downright frightened that he might get in.

    August 30, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
  160. Bubba™

    Roof Dog Romney is never going to get a chance to strap America to his roof and drive us off into some dark night of the soul. I don't trust Romney, who doesn't care if he's trusted and is dealing from a position of power. He bought the RNC straight up and is making down payments on the White House.

    August 30, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
  161. Romney's hood

    I am not even sure Mitt knows who Romney is? He can't even reveal what book he is reading let alone his taxes. He is not honest with the public and I don't think he is even honest with himself.

    August 30, 2012 at 3:59 pm |
  162. perry

    Jack, never mind if we know him can we trust him! What is he hiding? So we will never know Willard, only what he wants us to know!

    August 30, 2012 at 3:59 pm |
  163. Jyothi, St.Louis,MO

    Well enough to vote for Obama in November.

    August 30, 2012 at 3:59 pm |
  164. Kathleen in Maryland

    Romney likes to emphasize 2 things: First, we are in a terrible economic slump. Second, he is a seasoned, successful businessman. The last time we elected a seasoned, successful businessman to haul us out of an economic crisis, it didn't turn out so well. His name? Herbert Hoover.
    'Nuff said.

    August 30, 2012 at 3:59 pm |
  165. Rich from Georgia

    He cannot articulate any good reasons why he should be president. Rather, it is just a thing to do on his bucket list. He is a Dilettante. In fact, he is the very definition of a Dilettante. He is a political chamelion. The movie "Say ANything" could have been his life story. We do not know him at all, but we know him too well.

    August 30, 2012 at 4:00 pm |
  166. Phil from Aztec

    Jack, you have stated more in your article than I knew about Romney before I read it. What you have stated does not make me feel any better. None of the facts you stated tell me about the man's character or what decisions he has made in the past or how he makes them, all of which I feel are critical to deciding on a president. None of this, so far as I have seen, has come out to the majority of the public via the major media networks. Is this a fault of his campaign staff, or is it a fault of the media being interested only in superficialities and sound bites or is it the fault of a campaign staff who communicates to the public in superficialities and sound bites? I know more of Obama than Romney and feel much better with him than Romney. Of course, maybe Romney is just the devil I don't know.

    August 30, 2012 at 4:00 pm |
  167. Cordy Davis

    I know him well enough to vote for Pres. Barack Obama!!

    August 30, 2012 at 4:01 pm |
  168. Rob in St. Johnsville, NY

    Well, Jack, which Mitt am I supposed to know? The face he shows the press when he talks about liking to fire people? The face his wife tried to show us Tuesday night? I guess I just know that, in the long run, he won't do as good a job as who we already have.

    August 30, 2012 at 4:01 pm |
  169. chrisddawson

    I don't want to know anymore about him. He is obviously successful at business, but I don't trust his motivation to be President has anything to do with actually doing America any good. He is buying his way into our media and he has the power to do so, but I think this country was founded on getting away from people of privilege using their wealth to gain access to and control government. He is a tyrant in the waiting and not a reason to vote against Obama.

    August 30, 2012 at 4:01 pm |
  170. Don, STL

    Cres, this is a different guy... that other guy was pro-choice and pro healthcare!

    August 30, 2012 at 4:02 pm |
  171. Shirley Sherbahn

    The real question is who is the real Barack Obama....no one really knows him. His past is ambiguous. He is a shadow person....the press didn't do a good job of vetting him...What is his world view? This should have been clarified in 2008 but wasn't. I'm comfortable with Mitt Romney...he made his money the old fashioned way...who influenced Obama??? we'll know if he gets 4 more years...

    August 30, 2012 at 4:02 pm |
  172. perry

    Hey jack, i remember 4 yrs ago when then Mr. Obama had to prove he was a christian, and that he had american christian values! Why religion is not talked about this cycle? I know nothing about the mormon faith, values? Is it even american?

    August 30, 2012 at 4:02 pm |
  173. Tim in Florida

    Mitt who? Seriously I seen how they are trying to reshape his image, but he seems to shift positions with the winds. Like Barack or not, we knew what he was about and what he stood for. Mitt seems afraid to show himself or maybe he is just ashamed.

    August 30, 2012 at 4:03 pm |
  174. James - St Petersburg FL

    Who is that?

    August 30, 2012 at 4:03 pm |
  175. Ed in Reno. Nevada

    I know Mitt believes in a woman's right to end a pregnancy brought on by rape, incest, or if the mother's life is in danger. I know Mitt believes there is no reason for a woman to ever have an abortion even in the case of rape, incest, or if the mother's life is in danger. I know Mitt believes that everyone should have access to healthcare even if it is subsidized by the government. I know Mitt believes that everyone should have acces to healthcare as long as the government isn't subsidizing it. I know that Mitt wants everyone to succeed and to ensure that happens he's willing to level the playing field so millionares won't be left behind. I know that Mitt believes the government spends far too much money on silly things like teachers, police officers, and infrastructure. I kno that Mitt wouldn't worry about getting our military invloved in Syria or Iran. I know that Mitt doesn't care much for breathing pollution free air or drinking clean water. I know Mitt thinks most Americans can pay for college by asking their parents for a personal loan. I know Mitt believes that marriage is a gift from God to shared between two loving people for time and all eternity, provided those two loving people are not of the same sex. I know Mitt respects and admires his father, but won't follow in his footsteps.

    I know I'm not voting for Mitt...ever.

    August 30, 2012 at 4:05 pm |
  176. Jeff in Idaho.

    Jack, the problem I have with him is that my Care-O-Meter registers zero. While President Obama hasn't been perfect in his first 4 years in office from a "political" point of view, as a person I care about him, his family and what he's trying to do for the American people. I believe Barack Obama genuinely cares about America. I just don't get that from Mitt Romney. He might be a great dad, husband, grandfather but it doesn't translate to me.

    August 30, 2012 at 4:05 pm |
  177. Ed - Rochester, NY

    Enough to know that he scares me.

    August 30, 2012 at 4:05 pm |
  178. Juneyt

    Jack- Looking at Romney's report, he seems like a guy who has no backbone and who would say anything to get elected. That's why even his own party is having hard time with his nomination. Romney was for abortion now he is against it. Romney created the first version of Universal Healthcare system but now he is against Obamacare which is based on his law. He is for war with Iran but guess what none of his 5 sons served in the army. Romney pays 14% taxes much less than my 35% and he does not even want to disclose more than a year of his tax return. My bank mandates 2-3 years of tax return for God's sake :-). So How do you trust a guy who would tell you what you want to hear but not what you need to hear untill he gets his way. He reminds me of a clean cut car dealer.

    August 30, 2012 at 4:06 pm |
  179. Bill

    What ever happened to our society that we consider it a negative that a person is wealthy? People for the most part have no understanding what a company like Bain Capital does. If we credit him for cutting off money and shutting down underperforming companies ending some jobs, do we also give him credit for all the companies he kept going or help start with the same money? Staples for instance was a one store company before Bain took control. Staples now has 90K employees. Does Obama credit him with those? Obama needs to hide his failures, particularly related to his abysmal employment failures, so he attacks Romney where he thinks it will cut deepest. It does not matter if it is true, just if it sticks.

    August 30, 2012 at 4:06 pm |
  180. Peter, Tarrytown, N.Y

    Near death experience? Hadn't heard about that. What happened, did he get a truffle stuck in his throat?

    August 30, 2012 at 4:06 pm |
  181. bklynees

    who cares about "knowing him"????? all we need to know is Obama has the bed side manner and Romney has the
    surgical know-how. who would you want to operate on you? give me Romney anyday to save my life.
    we don't need another 4 years of the same failed operations – we'll all be dead !!!

    August 30, 2012 at 4:07 pm |
  182. Jon in Michigan

    I know him and I have met him. He is a good, smart, hardworking family man. He has been uberly successful and I wish that I could be as successful as he is. I want someone who is this smart and this successful to be running our country. What fools do not want this? I read the silliness of these posts about "party of hatred", Mitt doesnt hate anyone, I am part of that party and certainly dont hate anyone and he doesnt know peoples problems. What foolishness. he plays by the rules, doesnt cheat on his wife, lie to congress, etc. I want successful people to give back to others, not in thier money, but in thier service and knowledge. That is what Mitt is doing, how can any decent person be mad about this....maybe jealous, but that is silly too. Obama had 4 years and he has horrible unemployment, his energy plan has led to $4 gas and the worst economy of our lives. Higher spending then ever and a horrible debt. After four years you dont get to keep blaming Bush. Thanks for getting Bin Laden, but you had your chance to be a complete President and it didnt work out. I dont hate him at all, he is my president. I just dont think he should keep his job.

    August 30, 2012 at 4:08 pm |
  183. Benjamin Jude in Saint Louis

    As a Romney supporter since 2006, I have not once felt that I did not know him or that he could not relate to me. I am disappointed in the US media's dwelling on a perceived inability to connect with voters, but then again, you lot do need something to fill your 24-hour news cycle. This is a non-issue for most voters.

    August 30, 2012 at 4:08 pm |
  184. fofa

    I know Mitt Romney has been wanting to be president for a long time and has finally put his own money together to buy the nomination. Other than that, I question his reasoning for trying so hard and so often to become president. He gives evasive answers to every single question asked, and he feels he owes no explanation to no one as far as his money making ability is concerned. In essence, a very shady guy who thinks he is entitled to be the president because he is rich.

    August 30, 2012 at 4:09 pm |
  185. Ready

    Unfortunately I know Obama/Biden.

    August 30, 2012 at 4:09 pm |
  186. Brandon from NC

    What's strike me, is that he has ran for the presidency 3 times and we've got 3 different Mitts, so I don't think anybody outside of M.I, and Mass. Residents know Mitt.

    August 30, 2012 at 4:10 pm |
  187. Terry

    I know I don't like what I've seen or heard so far from Camp Romney, especially Paul Ryan and the GOP Platform. As a woman who was raped and got pregnant and almost died as a result, I think the GOP knows where they can stick their platform. As a taxpayer who has paid far more than Romney has paid, he will never get my vote.

    August 30, 2012 at 4:10 pm |
  188. slithytoves1

    How could I know him when he has done everything possible to conceal his character and manipulate his own story?

    August 30, 2012 at 4:11 pm |
  189. Jeremy

    still trying to figure out why any of this matters...
    yeah, vote romney into office and you'll get such different policies than what we have now!
    vote obama into office and he'll have another four years to save us!

    um...save your energy.

    and cnn, why dont you try to divert at least somewhat from the tired, old conversation that has gotten us nowhere for the last two decades?

    August 30, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
  190. keithcummings

    I think he will be best remembered as the man who lead the Republican Convention while delegates at that convention threw peanuts on an African American camera-woman saying "this is how we feed animlas". That says it all to me.

    August 30, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
  191. Nancy in Ohio

    I know that I would not be where I am today if he were president when I was 18. I simply could not afford to go to the college and the Ivy League law school I got into. I did not want to "shop around" for a cheaper alternative. I was smart and worked hard and earned admittance to prestigious institutions. Mitt would tell me that I should have shopped around or borrowed six figures from my parents (who had nowhere near that kind of money). I worked my way through school and had several federal student loans - of which I paid back every cent. Mitt thinks an Ivy League education is reserved only for those who were lucky enough to be born to wealthy parents. What kind of plan for the future is that?? –Where your most talented students are told to look elsewhere or wait to get a college education because the country is not ready to invest them?

    August 30, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
  192. Jim in Denver, CO

    Well enough not to vote for him and/or Paul Ryan. I'm definitely going straight Democrat and Independant candidates, time to get rid of the Party of No and get this country going again.

    August 30, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
  193. Jack, Lancaster, Ohio


    Regardless of how well someone might believe they "know" Mr. Romney, knowing the political game is corrupted, for Democrats as well as Romney's Republicans and seeing that the Republicans are on the run....voters may not be done punishing them(the R's) and decide to finish it off. One gone, it's a start!

    August 30, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
  194. Mark in Houston

    How well do I know Romney?

    I've made a real effort to learn as much as I can about the guy since the start of the primaries, watching debates, listening to speeches and even looking at a bit of family history. For a while he seemed like a pretty decent guy, with the normal amount of baggage any candidate brings into an election. But then I started doing some fact checking about much of what he was saying about his opponent. Bottom line, he seems to have a penchant for lies, in his live comments and in campaign adds. I cant find any reason to vote for anyone who attempts to gain office through the use of falsehoods, and misleading statements. And it seems his running mate has a talent for the same. Paul Ryans speech to the convention included nine accusations against Obama....an independent fact check found six were lies and three were misleading. I know all I need to know about Romney and his running mate.They are not deserving of leading this country.

    August 30, 2012 at 4:15 pm |
  195. Carlos in FL

    I know Romney well enough to know he has business experience. Right now, I don't care about how "likeable" someone is. Look horrible, be a poor speaker, I don't care – what I care about is putting someone in place who'll help me get back to work, so I can pay my own way without needing governmental help. I don't want anymore empty promises about how the government will take care of me – I take care of me and mine best, but that only happens when I can work

    August 30, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
  196. BD70

    Mitt is too secretive. I don't feel like I know him at all...he seems to think he is special and doesn't have to prove anything to be president. He is rich and paid his taxes...that is all he says. That and his changing his stance on issues frequently..Nope don't know him.

    August 30, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
  197. Kelly

    I know enough to know I dont trust him; and definitely dont like what he and the Republican party stand for. I also know he will not be getting my vote come November.

    August 30, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
  198. Granger

    Hilarious!!! The article and the comments...NO ONE really knows Obama, yet, the liberal trash media will jump to cover him with articles like this...The man's been vetter 10x over Obama, yet, you liberal hogs are accusing him of ANYTHING to protect the Messiah....

    August 30, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  199. TomVIO

    Who cares about what he did in the past and what he learned from his Father???

    I want to hear him agree at least on one thing with the democrats and show that he will not be only for one side, but that he will compromise to give a chance for both sides of politics to try things out.

    That is what I want to hear from both Romney and Obama!!! They need to forget about their political parties and try to compromise some things to help us, the people.

    August 30, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  200. JC in PA

    Romney I can't figure out if he is for or against anything or if he is for and against everything. I think the answer is yes and no unless it's maybe or after 5pm on a Tuesday.

    August 30, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  201. Jm

    That he has agreed to be Grover Norquist's puppet!

    If Mitt was the President now, but a Democrat instead of a Republican, he could not change anything!

    August 30, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  202. jp

    i feel like i know him only by what HE says and what HE'S been saying is "screw you middle class america!"

    he won't get my vote in november and obama will be lucky to get it as well, if i even vote this year it'd be amazing

    August 30, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  203. Mike

    I know him well enough that I can vote for him over the guy who has no clue how to fix our countries problems.

    August 30, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  204. Ethan, North Carolina

    Jack, I don't feel like I know Mitty Romney at all. I see him as a rich white guy but a nice family man who follows along party lines instead of his own. You should be asking more questions about Gary Johnson than Obama and Romney.

    August 30, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  205. HURRICANEPAUL from Hawaii

    Jack, how well did the voters back in 2008 know Barack Obama?

    August 30, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  206. Ira Perlman

    I don't know Mitt Romney. Multi-millionaires tend not to associate with me for some reason.

    August 30, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  207. Stella (NV)

    I know what else Mitt Romney can show us Jack; his Taxes.

    August 30, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  208. Mark from Naperville

    I don't know him,, and quite frankly don't need to know him. All I want to know is what is he going to do. Give me details. I have the details on Obama, I have NO details on Romney's plans other than the rhetoric "we spend too much" and "We need to get the government our of our lives"...HOW MIT!!?? That has always been his problem. There is no poll to help him on what to say to win favor, there is no windmill he can guage his position against. Tonight he has to show up. Lets see if he does.

    August 30, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  209. Alvena

    What I know is that there is way too much that I don't know, for me to even consider voting for him.

    August 30, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  210. Gary in IL

    I dont need to see 10 years of tax returns, or find out how much he has in a swiss bank account (to be honest, I would have found it suspicious if a man worth $250 million did not have foreign investments). I had always assumed he was a good husband and father. I wish I could say that those things will matter to my vote – but they won't. I need to know him well enough only to get one answer from him. I know I dont want four more years of Obama. I need him to answer why I want 4 years of him (and Mr. Ryan – who loves his mother). Answer that, and I can live without knowing his dog's name or what street he grew up on or that he loves his mother too. Was that too cynical?

    August 30, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  211. Bill from Palm Coast FL

    Barack Obama and his attack dogs have tried to denigrate Mitt Romney with little success according to the polls, and almost no challange or rebuke by the mainstream media. Almost anything from the Romney camp is challanged and distorted by the same media, although they profess objectivity and fairness. Wake up Jack, wake up America. We need a competent leader for a change, one with a record of proven success, a leader who really loves and cares about our country's future rather than his personal image as apologist for our coutnry on the world stage like Barack. I see little not to like about Mitt Romney. I see nothing I like about Barack Obama and his liberal, socialist minions.

    August 30, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  212. Larry IN Houston

    How well do you feel you know Mitt Romney?
    Amswer : I'm still NOT convinced. I still don't believe this guy with $200 million in the bank, offshore accounts and private tax returns understands what it's like to struggle. That's one of the reasons that I'm Voting Democrat 2012 .
    (for the working "middle" class people)

    August 30, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  213. Ken Wayne

    I am also 65, worked all my life, paid my taxes, served my country,and wanted only the best for my children and grandchildren. I firmly believe that Mitt Romney will lead us out of the forest. It may not happen over night but
    it will happen. We need Mitt Romney now more than ever, God Bless this great country of ours.and may it choose the right person in the time of great despair in America.

    August 30, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  214. Alan Coleman

    Mitt Romney is a mystery and seems to prefer it that way. He never gives a direct answer to any question asked of him.
    He has flip-flopped on every position.

    August 30, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  215. Angel D.

    I know Mitt well enough to know he doesn't know me!

    August 30, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  216. Big Mikey Cool

    After seeing the widespread cheating, lying, stealing, and deliberate rule changing not on the Democrats, but to his own fellow party members, i'd say i know all i need to know. If he's willing to do this to his own party members to push the top down centrally managed approach that he says he stands against, just imagine what he'd do to people that don't belong to his own party. It's amazing how in 40 years, the GOP stands for the exact opposite of what they used to stand for when Barry Goldwater was still around. Mitt lost my vote completely.

    August 30, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  217. Ronda Portland Oregon

    I have listened to Mitt Romney often enough to know that he is a liar, and that is enough for me not to vote for him.

    August 30, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  218. Name*Sterling Orr

    I feel the American voters will know Mr. Romney better tonite than they do Obama. Romneys record and records are open for all to review. P.Obama has No personal records for anyone to review. The public only knows the Obama Failed record and promises.

    August 30, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  219. Jag

    I know mitt's flip flopped on everything from healthcare, medicare, welfare, and abortion. I know he has money in swiss bank accounts and cayman island tax shelters. He has an impossibly/illegally large 401k (100 mil) when the contribution limit is like 30k. He won't show his tax returns, talk about bain (only qualification for president) nor his one term as governer (with healthcare as his only accomplishment). I know his campaign is out-fundraising the obama campaign ten to one and will undoubtedly cave to all those wealthy companies, individuals, or lobbyists. He'll flip and flop anyway they freaking tell him to. Sure Obama could've done a better job. He inherited a lot of issues, recovery has been (very) slow, but I'll take a man with convictions and a drive to help the majority of Americans any day over a right wing puppet.

    August 30, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  220. John Erickson

    Millions have been spend by the Republicans, and a lot of flowery words have been used by the likes of Ryan (even if that has meant twisting the truth as he did in his speech last night) to define Romney in a humanistic way. For a guy who believes in God so much (per his Mormon faith), it baffles me beyond expression why he tries so hard to hide his honesty by publishing (for example ... lets says ) his tax returns?

    August 30, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  221. Sandstone

    "I know Mitt, because I know myself! The only difference between Mitt and me, is his millions, and just as I've told you and Wolfe in the past: Money doesn't really interest me! I've never had hundreds of thousands, so I don't have them to lose. I've read so much about those that had it and then lost it, then died misserable!! I'm one happy Guy, Jack!!!"

    August 30, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  222. Goodgriefness

    Mark...in response to your comment about Obama and Rev. Wright. If one of your friends made racist remarks in conversation and around others would that make YOU a racist (unless that's what you are anyway)?? I would venture to say your answer would be...of course it wouldn't...I love everybody..black, white, green, brown and purple...I could never even think a mean, snotty thing against someone who has a different skin color than mine own...just because I'm friends with a red-neck that thinks like that for 20 years that doesn't mean that I think like that or that he represents my thoughts, feelings, or moral values. I dare say you can't think beyond your own nose to realize that Obama has more intelligence to think for himself rather than deal with Rev Wright's crap

    August 30, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  223. TomVIO

    Mike... Don't be so sure about his ability to fix our economy... He will defninitely fix or improve the already GREAT ECONOMY for the rich!

    August 30, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  224. M.M in WI

    Jack, I know Governor Romney just as well as I know the telemarketer on the other end of the phone in India.

    M.M. in Wisconsin

    August 30, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  225. Richard From Montreal,Canada

    I feel I know him well enough that makes me believe that he is sincere about turning the economy around.He has been running for President now for 6 years and that alone shows how motivated he is to be a successful President and how much he cares about America and its people.

    I know one thing for sure Jack and that is he's not doing it for the money.

    August 30, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  226. Larry,Springfield,Ohio

    Jack,I don't know Mitt Romney all that well,but it doesn't matter,because I know President Obama all too well!Mitt has my vote!

    August 30, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  227. Krista

    I understand him and think he gives us much more hope and faith in America and its future. He's a proven leader and a great family man. I don't understand why people think that people with money are evil. Obama has money. Is he evil? It's quite ridiculous frankly. Money is not evil. It's what you do with it and the fact that Romney donates 16% of his income compared to .2% to 4.6% (depending on what year you are looking at) of Obama's donations says something. Your check register says a lot about where your heart is.

    August 30, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  228. Mark, Tempe Az

    He's been campaining for years, Jack. I know him well enough by now not to vote for him.

    August 30, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  229. D.A. Benson

    Well Jack, I know Mitt Romney well enough to vote for him. More importantly I know Barack Obama: I know he is over his head. I know he was elected ten years too soon. I know he did not receive one vote from Democrats or Republicans for his budget. I know he is a divider and not a uniter. I know he does not have a plan to turn the country around and is afraid to put one forward. I know.

    August 30, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  230. ed galbraith

    I've looked closely. Seen nothing.

    August 30, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  231. fay from philly

    Jack, you just had to go there didn't you. I think I know him tons better than the current muppet. I know he is an American and was actually born in this country, that in a nutshell is all we need to know.

    August 30, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  232. Vern

    Jeff in Idaho, OBama doesn't care about America and if he does, he still isn't capable. He is in way over his head. He is charading as an African American and charading as a President. If he can't even be honest about his heritage and totally dismisses his white mother and grandmother, why should I think he cares about any white person. He is a president for himself, charading as a president for Americans.

    August 30, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  233. Bharath Navaneethan

    Oh Jack, you mean the MYSTERY Man.

    August 30, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  234. Ed

    How well can you know a man who lives in a world of secrecy and changes his positions every few years?

    August 30, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  235. Barb from Iowa

    I know more than enough to worry about a Romney presidency. I see a man who assumes that singing off key is the key to our hearts, a man who will agree to the nomination in spite of the Republican platform with which he has differences. I see a man who knows what it is to be wealthy and powerful and wants more power. I know enough to fear what his presidency with its close ties to wealth and big business would mean for us as a country. I won't be listening tonight. I don't want to know him better. I just want him to loose the election.

    August 30, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  236. TomVIO

    People... don't forget that the RICH are living the best lives that they ever lived. With all new technologies that they can afford (3D Home Theater Systems, iPad, Internet anywhere, etc...). It is the middle class and the poor that are struggling.

    So, when they say, "fix the economy", they really mean "Improve it for ourselves even more, but who cares about the rest who are struggling.".

    August 30, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  237. Andy from Hartsdale

    Enough to know that he's not worthy to be President of the United States. The last thing this country needs is another CEO in Washington protecting Big Corporation at the expense of the people.

    August 30, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  238. Polly

    I wonder if he'll bring his dog on stage tonight. If tying his dog to the top of his car for a 9 hour drive is any indication of how great a guy he is – I know all I need to know about him.

    August 30, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  239. Apham

    Oh, I know him well enough Jack. A man who takes advantages of what this country has to offer, through tax loop holes; yet now thinks that government is the problem. He says he loves this country, yet none of his five boys ever served this country's military. He loves this country alright.
    I am embarrassed and ashamed for the so called evangelicals in this country who will vote for this Mormon!!

    August 30, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  240. Vel from Colorado Springs

    I don't know Mitt and perhaps that's part of their strategy. Quite frankly, I could care less about his tax returns or Mormonism. I'm more interested in the fact that his positions on certain policies are ever changing. That could have some pretty serious implications in the long run.

    August 30, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  241. Thomas

    Jack … I know very little about Romney but he’s getting my vote. I just believe no one at any elected government level should have more than one term. I’ve been voting for over 45 years and the only time I can remember voting for an incumbent was Clinton ’s second term. I strongly agree with the adage “help fight corruption ….. REELECT NO ONE”.
    Germantown Hills, IL

    August 30, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
  242. bob

    Hi jack no matter what mitt romney did to night will never change my feeling abt him or GOP because mitt is a very secretive person and GOP in general are under the control of TEA party so those they are never trutful to american peoples so there is no way i can vote for this enemies of progress

    August 30, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
  243. Chris in WI

    How do I feel about Mitt? The same way I feel about the oil companies who make hundreds of millions in profit every quarter while gas continues to rise at the pump. They are both greedy!

    August 30, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
  244. Bonnie

    Hmmm, think about this. Romney could be elected President and have an untimely death. Paul Ryan would then be President and women would be thrust back into the Puritan times with no control over their own bodies. I know one thing for sure, all the women in my family are voting for President Obama!

    August 30, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
  245. Doug Welsh in Poway, CA

    I know Romney better than I want to. This man claims to have paid his taxes, but won't show me the proof of it. He backs people who consider rape to be acceptable and believe that women can't get pregnant from rape. He hides his money in offshore bank accounts and ducks open questions on the most fundamental issues such as HOW he will "fix" Medicare and Social Security. I think we know him too well as it is. He's worse than Paul Ryan, and he wants me to live the rest of my retirement in penury, which for all those Republicans out there is even worse than "poverty".

    August 30, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
  246. Margo

    How can anyone know plastic, that is what he is to me, a mannequin moving his lips. He made no attempt for the lowly middle class to know him at all. Maybe we didn't "know" Obama when he came in to office but at least we knew he was a living, breathing human being. Romney on the other hand lives in a totally different planet. He has spent too much time hiding from us during this whole ordeal of a campaign, who knows what his secrets are...and I don't think he has any plans on letting us in on anything.

    August 30, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
  247. John from Victor NY

    Good enough!! if this guy becomes President we are all in trouble. He's a rich bully and he got a V.P. contender that is a policy bully. Can not wait to see what happens!!

    August 30, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
  248. Robert Thomson - Michigan

    Mitt Romney appears to be a decent human, husband, and father but these items will have no bearing on how he will preside if elected. The political Romney appears to be as secretive as his tax returns and there must be some reason he dosen't want us to know him that well. Politically I don't trust him one iota and the greatest clue he has provided is his selection of a Tea Party Guru to be his Vice President. Romney will be another "Don't Tax and Spend" republican and we all saw how that worked out with George W. Bush's economy. Same stuff – different term.

    August 30, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
  249. Obama is a joke

    I know him as a business man you built his wealth through hard working and business shrewdness . He is fortunate enough to churn out his own earned-money for his political cause UNLIKE Barry who stole our tax dollars for his stimulous fiasco and the exorbitant welfare program at the expense of the multitudes who are suffered the most from his pro-tax , anti-business and redistributive economy lunacy .

    August 30, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
  250. pink elephant

    I know him well enough to know that he will work tirelessly to fix this economy. He didn't get where he is by being lazy and relying on others to do his job for him. I may like (ugh) Obama, but he's done NOTHING for me in the last 3 1/2 years except help my dauther obtain $19,000 in college debt, no job, and needing me to subsidize her income because, as a veteran, she can't find a job. Oh yeah, I'll take Romney. I'll have what he's having. Obama is full of hot air. Handsome, but truly out of touch. OBTW, I wonder if the million dollar donor, Morgan Freeman (whom I LOVE), built his career? Maybe we should ask Obama. Oh that's right, we already did. Morgan didn't – someone else did. Sorry Morgan and any other hard worker that has busted their butts to make it.

    August 30, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
  251. Dan from Stewartstown PA

    Jack, about which Mitt are you asking? The one who was for abortion before he was against it or the one who supports it in cases of rape, incest or the mother's life. Maybe it's the one who likes to fire people or is it the one who wants to build the middle class by increasing the net/net of the very wealthy. Maybe he's more in touch with "The Donald" than with middle class Americans.

    August 30, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
  252. sean

    The question should be, What don't we know about Romey. As much as CNN has talked about this guy the past 8 months, viewers have been saturated with coverage of Romney. Also does CNN have to over analyze every part of this presidential race. I mean the guy is giving a speech tonight, do you need to analyze what he might say, or what might be in the speech before the speech. Can't you leave some surprises to the viewers.

    August 30, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
  253. Al Arotsky

    Mitt Rimney reminds me of "Rollo the Rich Kid" from the old" Nancy " comic strip. Ask him how much a gallon of milk cost and his smirky response will be " I have friends who owh Agri-buisinesses" His wife Anne talks about eating macaroni and cheese on an ironing board while the reality is an elevator for their Caddy! How many "normal joes" have Swiss bank accounts? I could go on but what`s the point? The Republanns will "Swift Boat" President Obama and we will be at war with Iran by next summer!

    August 30, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  254. Sal

    We know him only too well to know that I will not be voting for this guy! Yeah, he is going to fix the country and the world's problems! What a joke! 

    August 30, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  255. Michael from RI

    How well do I feel I know Mitt Romney?Enough to know he won't reach in his own pocket to get America's economy back and running.What are people thinking?the Romney supporters that is?We need to get this country back to how and what it was built on in 1776.Just because times have changed doesn't mean our government has to reach in everyones pocket deeper and deeper.

    August 30, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  256. judy

    Judy in CA
    I was raised in Mich, in the same era. We were taught to be humble, never brag, not showoff,be private, and in his case, I'm sure Gov father taught to never be a bad reflection on Gov or other Mormons... I think being proper and humble are very GOOD habits to carry thru life.

    August 30, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  257. P. Elizabeth

    Mr. Romney is a phoney. I remember when he listed his priorities and his religion came first. I have trust issues when it comes to Mr. Romney!

    August 30, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  258. Cary from Virginia Beach

    Simply tell the people that you will select President Obama as your White House Press Secretary. He likes to talk alot, and doesn't seem to do much afterwards, and President Obama has 4 plus years of qualifications for the job.

    August 30, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  259. Paul Checketts From Eagle Nebraska

    He'll never let you know the truth about himself because if he did, he wouldn't get elected. He wouldn't tell you his mormon " end of the world "views thats for sure. Or why he follows the religious precepts of a drunken wife beater ( Joseph Smith ). The one question I would have about Romney is this, When I was in the service I sat on a 10 megaton nuclear weapon and was scared to death. I want to know that the man in the oval office would be just as frighted as I was. Personally I think his thumb will be on that button the whole time he is in office.

    August 30, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  260. Tony

    Jack it's really hard to know Mitt Romney he as like a puzzle that is very hard to put together, and and even if you put that puzzle together, there is no garantee that it will remain fixed, maybe you wake up tomorrow to find one of the pieces out with no where to put it. One day Rommney is a moderate next day he is very seriously conservative and the next day he will repeal Obama care (his care) then the next day he is proud of the same healthcare system he wants to repeal so Jack my question to you is where do i start.

    August 30, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  261. Jane

    I would feel better about Governor Romney if he did the following: 1.Released the last ten years of his income tax forms
    2. Outlined the house and other staff that help him and his wife run his house. I suspect they do not do it alone like most of the citizens do, even those with severe illness. 3. Be more open about his religion.. would his church dictate how he decides on issues, etc. 4. Remove his off shore accounts to the US so he pays taxes on the earnings. 5. List all the sources of his election war chest, including those groups like Americans for Prosperity, etc. 6. Lay out in detail what he plans to do with Medicare, Health Care, Medicaid, Taxes for the middle class and high income earners, involvement in wars, especially the future of Iran.

    August 30, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
  262. Brian

    In fact much more is known about Mitt Romney than is known about Barack Obama even after four years in office. As Tom Brokaw and Charlie Rose acknowledged in commentary following Obama's election, "we know little about the man and most of what we know came from his books" ( which have now of course now been identified as fictional characterizations of Obama). The only people who don't know Mitt Romney well are those that benefit from claiming no one knows him. Everyone in the country with any sense of reality knows much about Romney and knows for sure he wont spend four years blaming Obama for getting in over his head and failing to solve any of the cou try's problems. It's time to get an experienced executive in the White House to solve the country's problems before it is too late.

    August 30, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
  263. Cee.La.

    I know enough about Mitt Romney to know I will not vote for him.....this November.

    August 30, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
  264. Tina in Missouri

    As a member of the middle class and someone who cares about the poor and marginalized, Mitt Romney being President frightens me. He wants to give tax breaks to the rich. I don't think he has been honest about his finances. He keeps bank accounts in other countries to avoid taxes. I read an article last week in which he said he really doesn't keep track of his investments and finances; others do. That means he either doesn't want to tell us his secrets, or he has no idea what is going on with his money. He and Paul Ryan are lying about President Obama "gutting" Medicare. I won't be voting for Mitt Romney.

    August 30, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
  265. Ray

    I do not care how much you know Rommey, l well note vote for him. O yes l well note vote for Obama. Ret USAF

    August 30, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
  266. Mariano

    I know he's a compulsive liar who can't relate to the common person. I bet he hasn't even thought about visiting New Orleans to show sympathy. We the common person are the gym under his custom shoes.

    August 30, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
  267. loracb123

    This man is scripted by special interest money, and has spent 8 years studying how not to make the mistake his father made that cost him the nomination. In other words, Ann Romney doesn't even know this robot any more, he even walks like a robot. I know this, Grover Norquist strangle hold on the congress, and making them unable to govern freely is mild compared to what is about to happen now that our country has been bought and paid for by the super packs, compliments of the Supreme Court. GOP Governors have laid off state workers to inflate the unemployment rate, and everything will go back to normal if they win, ooops, including Mitt's truthful statement that he is 'not worried about the poor' of this country.

    August 30, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
  268. Priscilla

    Miami, FL – I feel like I know Governor Romney very well. He comes across as (and IS) a successful business man, who is goal-oriented...just what we need to get our economy back on track. He looks like a lovely family man: to his wife, children and grandchildren. I trust his decisions and think we should be proud to have this good American running for our country's highest policial office.

    August 30, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
  269. Don K Fort Atkinson, Wi

    I know more then I ever wanted to know about him. He would change his mind on any issue to get elected. I have heard nothing but lies during this convention. I would rather watch reruns of the flying nun.

    August 30, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
  270. Pam from Texas

    Why hide so much? Why lie so much? If he's so "great" – I just want to know why there's so much propaganda? I was raised to believe that the truth hurts only once – and that a lie hurts forever. And if he's elected, sooner or later the truth will be discovered – he'll be impeached like Nixon – and we'll end up with Ryan as President. Do we honestly want that?

    August 30, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
  271. Bubba™

    Even his supporters can't say much for him except that they have never heard bad things about him from FOX news. They answer this question with "I know I hate the black guy," every one. Romney's plan is to be "moral" and then everyone will become rich and famous and live 100 years. It's a child's plan, and he doesn't have another one. I actually don't think that Romney expects to win; this is a Trump-style business gathering of potential investors. As soon as the race is over, he'll build a giant casino and hire Chris Christie to run it.

    August 30, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
  272. Dale N.M.

    I didn't know Obama at all only thing I knew he was community organizer, and when he was senator you would just vote present wouldn't vote either way, two thing I know about Mitt Romney he work for a big bank on Wall Street and he has a lot of money that's about it,

    as far as I'm concerned both parties are smoke and mirrors and will ""say a lot but say nothing we don't already know windbags"".

    August 30, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
  273. AustynS

    What's there to know? He pays a lower percentage of taxes than most of the middle class. He wants to fix the economy with the same failed policies that got us into this situation in the first place. His state was 47th in job growth. He wants to set women's rights back 50 years. And he wants to appeal Obama Care which helps the poor, and lower taxes on the rich.

    August 30, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
  274. sam

    Hi Jack..
    I feel I know Mitt Romney much more than I knew Obama. There is a year by year track of Mr. Romney his entire life in American. I felt I didn't know President Obama during his campaign and STILL don't know him. In my heart, I feel Mr. Romney will be the greatest President in the history of OUR country. He doesn't need the Presidency does he? He does however seem to want to HELP the country out and I believe with ALL my heart that he will.. Take care Jack.

    August 30, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
  275. ComicLou

    Detroit, MI.
    I know him well enough to know this: We built it and then Romney bilked it.

    August 30, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
  276. Sid

    I know it would be like a bad rerun...dubya returns!

    August 30, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
  277. Lee Allaben

    No I don't and he can thank himself for that. What little I do know makes me not want to know any more.

    August 30, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
  278. Jenna Roseville CA

    How well do you feel you know Mitt Romney?

    Since Willard has been running for president for over 5 years I can say that we have learned much about him.

    He told the people of Mass to TRUST HIM, regarding residency requirments met, which was a LIE
    He is a LIAR
    He is Abusive to Animals
    He fleeced many Americans out of JOBS and PENSIONS to line HIS pockets.
    He flip/flops more than John Kerry
    He refuses to provide his Income Tax Returns regardless of the office he is running for
    He is an Elitist
    He is a TAXHOLE (one who hides his money outside of the US to avoid taxes
    He is a BULLY
    He is Anti-Women
    He is Anti-Children
    He is PRO Business/Corporation "Corporations are people too my friend"

    He will NOT get my vote.

    I want to give Obama a 2nd Term and I want to get rid of all those OBSTRUCTIONIST REPUBLICANS like Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell, John Boehner, Eric Cantor, etc.. If there is an R next to their name they should be HISTORY. I want them replaced with Democrats and Independents.

    We can do better – we can get rid of the GOP!

    Roseville CA

    August 30, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
  279. Donna Branch

    I know plenty about Mitt Romney...I know he changes his views anytime he feels like it ,to get what he wants. He stands for nothing but his own success. You don't need a business degree to understand what the goal is. Can anyone tell me what exactly is he going to do about the situation this country faces? ....Please?

    Donna from Los Angeles

    August 30, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
  280. Marvin, MA

    When he was governor here in Massachusetts he was considered a do nothing governor except for universal health care that he installed here. Otherwise he is the same aloof, out of touch, deceptive person. God help this country if he is elected president.

    August 30, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
  281. John E. Reinier Sr

    Not very well considering only 29 percent of his statements are true.

    August 30, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
  282. Susan - Laguna Hills

    Both Romney and Ryan are shallow and vague in terms of solutions....they can yell, scream and say anything they want to but there is nothing specific on the table that would help the economic yet.

    Jack, do you know Romney well enough yet?

    August 30, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
  283. Dan

    If Gov. Romney has nothing to hide, than he'll show his taxes.

    I refuse to vote for a candidate who says his first task will be to change the tax system and in the next sentence says he will not show Americans his taxes.

    August 30, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
  284. Steve

    What I do know does not sit well with me, at all. Raising my taxes so the uber wealthy get more tax breaks? Yeah, that's worked really well so far...Converting Medicare to a voucher system and killing it? That is the scariest thing yet. Probably go to war with Iran if elected? Even scarier. Not coming clean about finances/taxes/offshore accounts – that's deplorable. Can you imagine if Obama were Mormon, elitist/uber wealthy, and this much of a flip flopper? He'd have been skewered by the right wing media and talk radio pundits day one. Why does Romney get a free pass to be this corrupt?

    August 30, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
  285. Michael J. Gruity

    I don't know him personally and most likely never will. I do know that I feel he represents the 1% of 100% of the problems this country has had, still has, and will have as long as there are people like him in any political arena. Remember the Bush era? History repeats itself most of the time, so please pay attention, and Mr. Romney, pay your fair share of taxes. (All the years back through your career, as well.) Michael J. Gruity -Akron, Ohio

    August 30, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
  286. richard a. winkler

    I know him well enough.

    All he cares about is more money and being President. He will say or do anything to accormplish that. He is a shallow, secretive, selfish cad, who will lie and deceive to get what he wants.

    He has no business being President.

    August 30, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
  287. Daniel

    When he speaks, I drink.

    August 30, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
  288. JC in PA

    I know well enough that he seems confused on what he believes. Wouldn't have a clue on how he would lead. May end up being the biggest liberal in 50 years. But that is good I do pretty well working in confusion.

    August 30, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
  289. Paul Williamson

    Robme and Ruin, what a pair of liars and con-men.. Thats all you need to know in the voting booth.

    August 30, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
  290. eugenio7sf

    I know Mitt Romney as well as I need to. From his actions and words he has demonstrated that he is willing to lie and obscure in order to get elected. So what would make me belief he wouldn't lie to the American People if he were President, if it suited his purpose? I don't vote for the "warmness" in people. I vote for Integrity and Respect. Mitt Romney does not deserve either.

    August 30, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
  291. Pete in Florida

    Voters will not know the real Romney until he takes office, but his unwillingness to realease or even discuss his tax records, financial dealings, offshore accounts, tax havens and his full history and record with Bain Capital tells me EVERYTHING I need to know about his character. He appears to have NO integrity. Likewise his flip-flops on virtually EVERY important issue tells me he has no political values of his own, and will do whatever his financial backers tell him to do if he wants to get their financial support for a 2nd term. Voters, if you think Bush-43 was bad, just wait until Romney and the Repugs take over in January 2013 – Unless you're rich, things are going to get get very, VERY, bad in the USA.

    August 30, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
  292. Derek from IL

    I believe I know who Mitt Romney is as a person very well. I believe that the reason Gov. Romney has not been overly public about every detail about his life is because he believes in casting an image of humility, something that Governor Christie touched upon in his speech on Tuesday. In these hard economic times, I feel that it is all too easy to relate wealthy individuals with the handful of wealthy/corrupt CEOs whose negligence helped spurn the Great Recession. Unfortunately, I feel Romney is unfairly receiving this same perception.

    August 30, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
  293. maria

    What i do know is that it cant be worse than what we knew about Obama before HE got elected!!!!

    August 30, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
  294. Tom Gerber

    How well do I feel I know Mitt Romney? I'm old enough to have asked that question starting with Kennedy. No matter what I feel or how much I think I know these potential presidents, they always surprise and/or disappoint. Forrest Gump might as well have been talking about candidates rather than a box of chocolates – "(Y)ou never know what you're gonna get."

    August 30, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
  295. Fred

    I know one heck of alot more about Mitt Romney than I do about Obama.Where he went to college and when? How did he pay the tuition? What was the subject of his Master's & Doctorial thesis? Why he only voted presnt in Illinois & US Senate? Who paid for his mansion in Chicago? Has he really severed all ties to his terrorist friend? The American press needs to a much better job to vet Obama-to date it has been non-existant and pathetic.

    August 30, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
  296. Sharon S. in Virginia

    Well enough to know that after 12 years of running for president – and losing – even if he closes his offshore accounts, rehires Bain's employees, gives 50% of his wealth to the poor, and shows his tax returns for the past 6 years, I will not vote for him. He still doesn't have a clue. Besides, he might change his mind tomorrow and undo it all!

    August 30, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
  297. Brian

    Every liberal wants to rip Romney for being rich. Everyone knows Romney is successful and rich and the left is so jealous they can't stand it. No rich person is responsible for the fact that I am not rich and only those that have given up on the American dream of becoming rich have a problem with it. Every liberal wants to rip Romney for being rich and blame rich people for all their problems. How about comparing Obama and Biden's charitable contributions to Romneys... The media wont go there. How about comparing John and Theresa Kerry's tax rate to Romneys....Romney pays way more. . John Kerry and his wife have billions compared to Romney's millions and the left never brought it up thus demonstrating their hypocrisy. Kerry's wife never agreed to release any financial tax returns and the media never even mentioned it demonstrating their hypocrisy. We know Romney as well as we have known any politician that has run for President of the United States.

    August 30, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
  298. sam

    omgoodness people that post here...what's with you? What happened to fool me once, shame on me, fool me twice shame on you. Haven't you people learned that YET? If you want America to RECOVER, we need Mitt Romney. Yes he is rich. thanks goodness for that! He is not out for fame or glory. Would you want a poor, unaccomplished man to be your president?..Seriously? What did we know about Obama when he was elected? Nada!,,,Voters frighten me!..Many were blinded 4 years ago and they will be again. So sad! ;-(...

    August 30, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
  299. Larry, RI

    I think I know him well enough not to vote for him. He has said EVERYTHING on EVERY issue! His goal is not to help America, but to be President.

    August 30, 2012 at 4:43 pm |

    How can Mitt Romney say that he is pro life and that abortion is against his religious beliefs?????????? He says that a child made by incest and rape should be aborted.......really? So is a baby conceived as a result of rape and or incest still a baby? Bottom line is the Mormon faith says anti-abortion......so Mitt Romney is against abortion period. he is only stating a child should be aborted due to incest and rape to attempt to reel in the female vote wants nothing to do with him currently. The mormon faith does not agree that a child should be aborted for these reasons, because they are anti-abortion as is he. I am 100% behind the Commander in Chief and so are soooo many of my military friends. Pro choice is just that and pro life is just that. Come on America Mitt Romney is not one of us he is hoarding his money in off shore accounts and wont release what sort of taxes he has paid over the last 5 yrs.......why? Everyone else like his running mate have disclosed theirs.....Mitt Romney is possibly either hiding something or....hiding a lot. He went down south and talked about "cheasy grits" to appear to fit in with a struggling South. He Sang horribly to appear to fit in.....He attempts 10k bets in public......he is out of touch with us every day americans.

    August 30, 2012 at 4:43 pm |
  301. Emery in Kentucky

    I have researched Mitt Romney's positions to know he truly is multiple choice Mitt as Ted Kennedy clamed and has no firm convictions. He just wants the presidency to pad his legacy and for a power trip. Romney/Ryan would destroy the American promise and take our country back to the perilous position it was at the end of the Bush administration. Though Prresident Obama hasn't brought us out of the recession as fast S we'd like, he has stopped our country from going over the cliff into a depression.

    August 30, 2012 at 4:43 pm |
  302. Oliver

    I don't get this question. I have watched multiple TV programs depicting Mitt and all I can think of is he is one hell of a GOOD GUY! He isn't spending millions to bring down his competitor, Obama is. Obama is snarky and has only hateful things to those who oppose him. Mitt has shown his values, and that he CARES about other people. He closed down his company for days to search for a fellow employees missing daughter. He has helped support students college payments, and they weren't even his kids!! The list goes on, do your own research people. You can't always trust everything you hear.

    August 30, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
  303. Salop

    I am truly amazed that a question such as this can even be asked with a straight face, considering the current occupant of the White House has managed to seal so many records of HIS past. I feel that I know a heck of alot more of candidate Romney's life than Obama's...and THAT is telling in itself. I wouldn't vote for Obama if the opposing candidate was Hannibal Lecter. And anyone who votes for him again is even more daft than someone who voted for him the first time.

    August 30, 2012 at 4:45 pm |
  304. EdC

    Funny, the only ones I hear thinking Mitt is not likable are the left media anchors and their media pundits reading from rehearsed script. People I know like the guy, and the more we hear about him the like is elevating to love. All the Cafferties and pretty faces on CNN, MSNBC, and their partners, trying to cut Mitt down with their rhetoric of unfriendly Mitt are looking unfriendly themselves, and by now cranky.

    August 30, 2012 at 4:45 pm |
  305. Steve D

    Mitt. How do I know thee let me count the ways. I know your family moved to Mexico so they could practice polygamy. I know you passed Obama Care at the state level. I know just 4 years ago your views and opinions were 180 degrees from where they are now but since you lost you decided to try running telling everyone the RIGHT answers that you learned last time. Its only called Flip Flopping when Kerry does it. I know you had a Cayman Island tax shelter that you changed to your wife's name so you could run for office. I know you have a Swiss bank account. I know you won't release prior years tax returns and I know from the one you did release that you took a larger than maximum foreign tax credit that was carried over to the year you did release. I know the foreign tax language in our tax code is extremely vague so that if I or any other ordinary citizen tries to take the same deduction we are automatically audited and disallowed but when people of privalage use the same code it goes unaudited. I know every time you or any other rich guy releases your tax returns you seldom pay more than 15% all the while you whine that rich people are being gorged at 35% the amount they are supposed to pay. I know when you went to the Olympics it took no time at all to alienate one of our best allies. I think I know enough to make an informed decision.

    August 30, 2012 at 4:46 pm |
  306. Brehon21

    Which Mitt Romney are you asking about? Romney is rich enough to have two faces and can talk out of both sides of hos mouths at the same time. His Mini-Me, Paul Ryan is just as bad.

    I feel I know enough about bpth of them.

    August 30, 2012 at 4:46 pm |
  307. Mike

    What I know from TV is that he wants to go to war without knowing anything about foreign policy, do not know what to do about illegals, do not know how to speak, and certainly do not know how to select his running mate.

    August 30, 2012 at 4:46 pm |
  308. george bush

    I would never vote for a mean spirited republican!

    August 30, 2012 at 4:47 pm |
  309. Pat

    I know Romney is just another version of Bush, but much more dangerous. We had 8 years of all the policies Romney and Co. want to put in place and it just did not work then and will not work there. We must grow the middle class again as Clinton did. You cannot blame Obama for the last 4 years of the worst congress in our history. They did everything to make him look bad, but smart people know all the facts. Romney does not care for middle class and lies and flip flops. He is for something that he used to be against and against what he used to be for. How confusing is that. He will not get my vote and I don't trust Lyin Ryan either. We know what we got with Obama and he has been trying. Also, don't want a president who keeps his money off shore and not in US. No GOP vote this time from me. Also, he does not care for women's rights!!!!!!

    August 30, 2012 at 4:47 pm |
  310. RapidOne

    How can we know a man who wants to be president of the country and won't even release his tax returns to us like ALL OTHER candidates have in the past???

    Or...does this mean we DO know him well enough to judge him for the presidency already???

    Republican supporters need nothing more than a nod to support this man no matter what. Us moderate independents need much, much more and shouldn't be blamed for noticing that this man and much that he stands for, as well as WHO he stands for, isn't shaping up well in just about any way.

    August 30, 2012 at 4:48 pm |
  311. Mike

    Mitt Romney is a wooden figure that will say anything to get elected. He wants to keep people confused on where he stands because if we all knew the truth, he wouldn't stand a chance. He would be a do nothing as President and many would like that.Obama should be given a 2nd term and if we can get rid of the obstructionist in Congress we can get the country back to work. Mike in Irvine Ca

    August 30, 2012 at 4:48 pm |
  312. TomVIO

    Nobody will fix this economy that easy!!! Even though Obama's economy was improvng very slowly, at least it has been improving... If we go back to the same policies that Bush put, like the republicans want to do, then we will go back to where we were in 2008, or even worse this time.

    So i don't know if i'm going to vote, but if I do vote, I will vote for Obama!!!

    August 30, 2012 at 4:49 pm |
  313. Diane

    Well, well folks what have we got here, both of the candidates are millionaires, President Obama as a wealth of $12 million, question is has he ever run a business? Romney is worth $250 million, seems he made some of that running a business. Since when is running a country a personality contest, we need to make a decision as to which business man can get Congress to start playing by the rules and put this country back on its feet again, funny thing no one has ever said anything about the banks hording all of the tax payor money they took and are not lending so business can be generated – thats another story. Mitt Romney may come across polished, but Obama comes across as just a lot of words and not to much to hang his hat on – end of it all it is a choice we make at the election booth, that is if we choose to vote this time around – personal choice again.

    August 30, 2012 at 4:49 pm |
  314. Robert W. North Carolina

    We are at the mercy of the press to know what he is all about. We hope he knows a lot about how money and American industry work. Does he "understands what it's like to struggle"? When I hire a financial adviser do I care if he or she knows what it is like to struggle? Not really.

    August 30, 2012 at 4:50 pm |
  315. Ramon from Alabama

    An American that preferes to be so private that would not show his taxes but for 2 years; a person that keeps good part of his money in foreign banks; how does he expect to be the President of the United States ?

    August 30, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
  316. Allie

    It seems to me, at this late date, if Mitt needs his wife, his surrogates, conservative journalists, and the like, to sell and humanize him to the American people, it’s already too late. Shouldn’t we know by now who this guy is considering this is his second kick at the can for President, and before that, a Governor and before that a CEO and business leader. How does that look to other heads of state, if Mitt’s own country still has to be sold on him

    August 30, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
  317. Bharath, Livermore, CA

    Meg Whitman spent her personal wealth and lost the election in CA. Mitt Romney would likely do the same. I agree with him, this way these people making more expenses improve the economy. I wish that Mitt spends even more and loose. This way another personal economic stimulation occur.

    August 30, 2012 at 4:51 pm |