Mitt Romney rushes to do interviews with Fox News any time they’ll give him air time, but this Sunday, when he appears on CBS News’ “Face the Nation,” it will be the first interview he’s given a legitimate news outlet this year.
Here are five question we wish “Face the Nation” host Bob Schieffer would ask Romney:
- Earlier this year, you hired Richard Grenell, an openly gay conservative Republican, to be a spokesman for your campaign on international relations. Grenell had sterling credentials, including working for the Bush administration at the United Nations for eight years. And yet when Bryan Fischer, a spokesman for an organization that the Southern Poverty Law Center has designated to be a hate group, criticized you for hiring Grenell because Grenell is gay, no one in your campaign — including yourself — came forward to defend Mr. Grenell, who ultimately resigned in disgrace. If you can’t stand up to pressure from a certified American hate group, why should the American people assume you will stand up to America’s enemies like Al Qaeda and the theocratic regime in Iran?
- Were you lying or just misinformed when you claimed in speeches and in television ads that an inspector general in the Solyndra matter had found that the Obama administration had laundered tax money to friends and relations? This is a serious charge of corruption that has proved to have had no basis in fact.
- Were you lying or just misinformed when you said that in his book “The Escape Artist,” Noam Schieber said Pres. Obama pushed health insurance reform through in order to slow down the economic recovery. You said, “In this book, they point out that they said the American people will forget how long this recovery took. So that means that when they went into this knowing that when they passed Obamacare, it was going to make life harder for the American people.” Schieber himself says your statement about his book was “false.”
- Were you lying or misinformed when you repeatedly claimed that President Obama has “apologized for America,” that he went on some sort of apology tour? There is no record of the president every apologizing for the United States, much less doing so on a tour. Fact-checkers have reviewed every statement made by the president on his overseas trips and have found nothing resembling an “apology for America.” When was this purported tour and what exactly was it that you say the president apologized for?
- What is it that makes you, as a private citizen, feel that you are entitled to accost your neighbors in La Jolla and scold them for smoking pot and drinking beer on the beach?