1. Jonathan Alter tells Dave Davies about the story behind the infamous ‘47 percent’ video:

    This was one of the more pivotal external events in recent campaign history, and it really begins five years earlier on a pitch black night in the Florida Everglades, when a woman in a car plunges to the bottom of a canal and a man working at a motorcycle dealership nearby hears the screams. He goes to the canal. He dives in. He finally gets the door open, but she’s trapped in her seatbelt. He gets … a knife. He cuts the seatbelt, saves the woman, is decorated as a hero. And then this man — whose name is Scott Prouty — five years later is a bartender at a Mitt Romney fundraiser in Boca Raton. And I think listeners know what happens next, but what interested me was his motivation for why he basically lost his job and knew that his life would change, and it went back to his night in the Everglades. And he told me as part of many hours of conversations that what he learned from that experience was if you can jump in, you must jump in — you have an obligation to jump in. And he felt with that 68-minute video of Mitt Romney that he had an obligation in his mind to prevent that man from becoming president of the United States, and he acted on that sense of obligation.”

  2. Fresh Air

    Interviews

    Jonathan Alter

    The Center Holds

    Barack Obama

    Mitt Romney

    2012 presidential campaign

    47 percent

    Scott Prouty

  1. I’m hoping Mitt Romney can get his act together in this debate because as a conservative pundit, or rather, playing a conserve pundit…it’s so difficult for me right now to get behind Mitt Romney. It’s incredibly frustrating as a performer who has to model behavior that is so schizophrenic and bifurcated because it’s almost an unprecedented candidacy – as far as I can tell. No one seems to like him – even the people who are behind him. There isn’t a sort of monolithic point of view to base my own satire on.

    Basically, the satire of my character in relation to Mitt Romney now is night to night, I can change my mind and I can be hopeful or in despair from night to night because I have no point of reference for what’s happening now. Even McCain in 2008 post-Lehman Brothers might have seemed like a bit of a winged duck, but people still liked him. People were still behind him.

    You get a feeling that everybody of the sort that I’m modeling really has one foot out of the boat right now and I really I hope Mitt – I mean listen I have my own political views, but as a performer I hope he does something positive tonight so that there’s something for me to rally behind because that’s what my character wants to do… He wants to have a champion that he can champion and that just doesn’t exist in Mitt Romney right now. He’s just a walking wound.

    — Stephen Colbert on how his character wants Mitt Romney to do well in the presidential debate in Denver

  2. Stephen Colbert

    Mitt Romney

    presidential debate

    2012 election

    The Colbert Report

  1. They’ve come to the conclusion that [his campaign] needs to find a way to talk about what his faith means to him without talking about the individual tenets. And what’d they like to do — and I know what they’re talking about doing — is talk about how as a church leader, he helped people who were disadvantaged, that this was the way this very, very wealthy man heading a private equity company in Boston was able to meet with people who might have been poor or disadvantage in various ways as a church leader.

    — Michael Kranish on the role of Rommey’s faith in the campaign

  2. Mitt Romney

    Mormonism

    2012 election

  1. When he looked at the race, he saw Rudy Giuliani, the former New York mayor, and John McCain, the senator from Arizona – they were the big boys in the center, if you will, in the Republican Party. There was no room for Mitt Romney there. Where there was room was on the right.

    — Scott Helman on Romney’s move to the right during the 2008 Republican primary

  2. Mitt Romney

    Scott Helman

    2012 election

    2008 election

  1. Whatever you think of Mitt Romney, whatever you think of his tenure at Bain, whatever you think of Bain Capital or private equity, I think we have to stipulate that Mitt Romney certainly has some economic fluency. He has trafficked in this world for years and I think there is certainly some truth to his statement that he knows how jobs come and he knows how jobs go. So I think he is largely correct to say that he has some significant understanding of how the American economy works, but I think it’s a different question entirely, when we’re saying, do we want this kind of man to be our leader? Do we want somebody who is very successful making money for very wealthy people running the economy that’s supposed to be for everybody? And I think that’s where his pitch is a little less persuasive.

    — Scott Helman On Romney’s Experience at Bain Capital

  2. Mitt Romney

    Bain Capital

    2012 election

    Scott Helman

  1. This was his major achievement in Massachusetts as governor. … Now he goes to great lengths to say that he hates Obamacare and President Obama is wrong and it should be repealed. The fact is, there are a lot of similarities in the bills. The Obama plan was modeled in many ways after the Massachusetts plan. It will be interesting to see how [Romney] continues to talk about it.

    — Reporter Scott Helman on the health care bill Romney signed as governor of Massachusetts that requires individuals to purchase insurance [complete interview here]

  2. mitt romney

    politics

    boston globe

  1. On Thursday’s Fresh Air, Boston Globe reporters Scott Helman  and Michael Kranish join Terry Gross for a wide-ranging conversation about Mitt  Romney, who they portray as a deeply analytical man guided strongly by  his Mormon faith. View in High-Res

    On Thursday’s Fresh Air, Boston Globe reporters Scott Helman and Michael Kranish join Terry Gross for a wide-ranging conversation about Mitt  Romney, who they portray as a deeply analytical man guided strongly by his Mormon faith.

  2. boston globe

    michael kranish

    mitt romney

    scott helman

    the real romney

    politics

  1. Tomorrow: Boston Globe reporters Michael Kranish and Scott Helman talk about Mitt Romney’s politics, life and career.


(by Mitt Romney)

    Tomorrow: Boston Globe reporters Michael Kranish and Scott Helman talk about Mitt Romney’s politics, life and career.

    (by Mitt Romney)

  2. mitt romney

    politics

    boston globe