John H. Sununu on Why He's Endorsing Romney

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Republican presidential candidate former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney greets former New Hampshire Governor John Sununu (R) outside the New Hampshire Statehouse. (Getty)

Mitt Romney lost the New Hampshire GOP primary to John McCain in 2008, but he's hoping 2012's primary will be different. Romney received a key endorsement from the granite state's former governor, John H. Sununu. New Hampshire will hold the first presidential primary in the nation in January after the Iowa caucuses. While Romney continues to be the front runner in the GOP race, support for the former Massachusetts governor remains tepid at best. With a history of modified positions and the albatross of "Romneycare," the Massachusetts health care reform legislation that served as a model for President Obama's health care reform, hanging around his neck, many in the GOP base question Romney's conservatism.

Former New Hampshire Governor John H. Sununu, who was chief of staff to President George H.W. Bush, tells The Takeaway why he's supporting Mitt Romney, and defends Romney's conservative credentials.

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Mar. 06 2013 10:41 PM
amalgam from NYC by day, NJ by night

Of course Sununu is going to stick by his Northeast man (Mitt); go for it. One right-wing talking point that Sununu brought up that is both perplexing and hilarious to me:

What's with the "Obama can't make a decision without a teleprompter?"

I'm assuming that it advances the Obama-as-Islamic-Manchurian-Candidate meme, but it is bizarre and illogical. Does Sununu literally mean that in private or informal discussions Obama reads form a teleprompter (hilarious) or that Obama has his aides, etc. whisper what to say in his ear? Either way, a weak (and weird) critique unless you are a conspiracy theorist.

Finally, a question:

Considering that all presidents have teams of speechwriters, what does difference does it make (to you or anyone else) that a president (or any other public speaker) speak from memory, from note cards or from a teleprompter?

Really, I want to know.

Oct. 25 2011 09:56 AM
Matt from Michigan

When asked to contrast Romney to Obama, Sununu says that Romney knows how to make decisions since he was a governor and a businessman but Obama "doesn't know how to order a hamburger without a teleprompter." And people wonder why no one is taking the Republican Party seriously anymore.

Oct. 25 2011 09:47 AM

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