The first eyebrow raising statement is that “people don’t think Obama is beatable.” …Not true. According to the latest Rasmussen poll released just today, fifty-two percent (52%) disapprove of the President’s performance. The fact that more than 50% of people aren’t happy with the President, when the Presidential election is on the verge of commencement, is a good indicator that Obama is vulnerable and can certainly be beaten.
The second statement that Juan Williams made is nothing short of shocking — even Chris Wallace had to stop to confirm his statement. Williams claimed that Mitt Romney is too scared to run against President Obama in 2012 and is simply looking for ways to raise his speaking fees and book sales. You can hear the incredulity in Wallace’s voice when he asked if Williams really thought that Mitt Romney wasn’t in the race yet because he’s afraid of Obama.
Mr. William’s claims are flat out misleading:
Here’s what we do know about Mitt Romney: He hasn’t received any compensation from his books, Turnaround: Crisis, Leadership, and the Olympic Games or No Apology: Believe in America. Mitt Romney isn’t the kind of person to charge a high fee for his work. Mitt Romney contributed $1 million to the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics and refused to accept the $280,000 salary for his work unless the Olympic games broke even. He also refused monetary compensation while working as Governor of Massachusetts.
We’re also scratching our heads because its not like Mitt Romney really needs the dough — we all know that Mitt’s been a bread-maker, in that sense, his entire adult life. It makes no sense that the former governor would need to increase his book sales and speaking fees. Trust me Juan, Mitt has his finances in order — not many potential 2012 contenders can say that.
Finally, the idea that Mitt Romney is afraid to go up against Barack Obama is nonsensical. Mitt Romney has been itching to go up against Obama since the day of his inauguration. Romney has been an outspoken critic of the way Obama has mishandled our country; this criticism is evidenced in Romney’s many op-eds schooling Obama on a wide range of issues such as taxes, the START Treaty, the economy, health care, foreign policy, and other important issues. Romney has become the anti-Obama.
So let’s be real here — it is Obama, not Romney, who is shaking in his boots at the mere thought of a head-to-head with the competence and brilliance of the former Massachusetts Governor.
A few words from Nate Gunderson:
Mitt didn’t charge 2010 candidate campaigns to join their events, but legally the candidates’ campaigns are obligated to pay his traveling expense – otherwise his costs to attend the event would be considered an in-kind donation. I’ve heard a lot of candidates were grateful for his thoughtfulness when traveling for them as he didn’t insist on flying first-class or staying in 5-star hotels, or on bringing a huge entourage.
On another note – when Mitt was doing large speeches last year to promote his book he did not charge fees for himself, but the PAC did require the institution to purchase copies of the book to give to attendees (proceeds, as mentioned went ultimately to charity). This method got his book out to a lot of people who otherwise may not have purchased it, and assisted him to #1 on the NYT bestsellers list. Sounds pretty darn smart to me.
For Romney, his books were about sharing ideas, not about earning a buck.
Final note: When Mitt left Bain Capital to go back and bail out his old business, Bain and Co., he only took the minimum token salary of $1 a year.