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How Face the Nation Should Frame Questions to Romney

Posted: 06/15/2012 4:27 pm

Way back when, before Romney even had the nomination sewn up, I wondered whether Romney was even relevant because he would just sign whatever Congress passed.

The key questions on domestic for Mitt Romney are not whether he favors this or that policy, but whether he would sign or veto laws passed by a Congress surely to be Republican if he, Romney, wins the presidency.

Jim DeMint (R-SC) has said, "he'll sign anything we pass".

Grover Norquist (R-K Street) has said that all the Republicans need is a president with 5-digits on one hand who can hold a pen and write his signature.

With that prospect, Face the Nation will get nowhere, and make no news, unless the questions are posed to Romney in this fashion:

1. If Congress repeals the Affordable HealthCare Act, will you sign it?
2. If Congress repeals the Dodd-Frank and Sarbanes-Oxley Acts, will you sign them?
3. If Congress passes the Blunt-Rubio Amendment, allowing employers to decide on their employees contraception, will you sign it?
4. If Congress repeals the Lily Ledbetter Act, will you sign it?
5. If Congress passes the Ryan Budget, will you sign it?
6. If Congress reinstates "Don't Ask, Don't Tell", will you sign it?
7. If Congress defunds the Environmental Protection Agency, will you sign it?
8. If Congress removes tobacco products from FDA regulation, will you sign it?
9. If Congress votes to end net neutrality, would you sign it?

And, so forth....

Of course, more expansive questions such as how he is going to pay for trillions in tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans, and whether he would urge Congress, today, to pass the American Jobs Act so we can put construction workers, police, firefighters and teachers back to work, are also of some interest.

But, the key is to ask Romney what he will sign and not sign that a Congress run philosophically by Jim DeMint will present to him.

 

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