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Romney knew he was going to pick Ryan over a week ago. But,2 he chose to announce his decision THE DAY BEFORE THE OLYMPICS ENDED!!! He ran the Olympics in 2002, so he knows the effort these determined men and women have expended over their life time. Why would he not wait a whole two days to announce a decision that would take away from our Olympic heroes? Instead of turning on the news and seeing interviews with the gold medal winners, it was all talk about his bold choice in a running mate. I am not a fan of Romney and will be voting Obama in November, but this really bugged me. Any one else bothered by this?
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@sarahbabs: Lol, great minds!
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eh, I file this under “my cousin announced she was pregnant two weeks before my wedding and now no one cares about my wedding anymore!”
He waited a while and was under a lot of pressure to spill the beans earlier than he did. Not really gonna lose any sleep over it.
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@OneOfTheseDaysAlice: Yep. I’m not even voting for Obama and I think it’s a dick move.
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really? this was not on my radar at all. i really don’t think it matters
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And he ran the Olympics in 2002. I’m sure people who really cared that much about both politics and the Olympics were able to pay attention to both.
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Politicians *always* make big announcements when there’s something else big going on; that way, if the feedback is not favorable, they can get the media to bury the story behind other headlines. They also tend to release unfavorable news right around 3pm on the Friday of a three-day weekend, because by the time you get back to work on Tuesday, it’s old news and you’re therefore less likely to gossip around the water cooler. Remember, these are the same people who snuck in the first official report criticizing the intelligence that led the US to invade Iraq, so that the news was buried in a million stories about Anna Nicole Smith’s death.
The American political system has deep ties to the media and can manipulate not just what news we hear or the spin that is put on it, but also the timing. The Romney running mate announcement had nothing to do with stealing the glory from the Olympic athletes and everything to do with catching people when they would be too busy talking about the Olympics to pick apart his choice.
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yeah, i thought it was pretty crap-tacular of him. but then, it’s mitt romney so i wasnt overly surprised.
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I don’t like him, but it didn’t really strike me as a huge deal. I agree that it was a move to get it buried in the media if the announcement didn’t go over well.
It did give me a chuckle the Fox news listed his behavior as one of the Olympic controversies though, can’t believe Fox news would talk poorly about oneof their own. Here is what they wrote about him
“Presumptive Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney frequently touts his Olympic experience on the campaign trail (he led the hosting efforts for the 2002 Winter Games in Salt Lake City), but the 2012 Games have been less than kind to Romney. First, he ran afoul of London officials for questioning the city’s security preparations for the Olympics. Then he compounded that faux pas by referring to the “backside” of 10 Downing Street and forgetting the name of Labor Party head Ed Miliband, calling him “Mr. Leader”
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@HappierKate: Ha, I’m the opposite – I am definitely voting for Obama, I loathe Romney and Ryan both, but the timing of the announcement didn’t bother me in the slightest.