According to a several news sources on Friday, former Republican presidential candidate and former governor of Massachusetts Mitt Romney has appeared on television to discuss the scandals facing the politician who beat him in the November election – President Barack Obama. Newsmax reported on Romney’s appearance on Fox News’ “Your World with Neil Cavuto,” and the Huffington Post reported on his interview on NBC’s “Tonight Show.” Romney addressed the scandals – particularly the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) scandal which he said end up at President Barack Obama’s desk.
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As Romney stated:
The IRS reports to the Treasury Department, that reports to the president. The buck stops at the president’s desk… The president is saying that he and his team will look into it. But frankly, they can’t investigate themselves.
Romney called for an appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate the Internal Revenue Service scandal. The former GOP presidential candidate stressed the danger in what the IRS has been accused of doing and has admitted it has done – target conservative groups and individuals to make it more difficult for them to get a tax-exempt status as well as garner a form of intimidation in them.
Romney says what many other politicians have said – primarily Republicans, but some Democrats as well – in that the trust American citizens have had in their federal government has obviously eroded due to the revelations that have come out of the IRS scandal. He said that Obama’s ability to manage the government has deteriorated through the IRS occurrences as well.
While he told Cavuto that he was not going to jump on the bandwagon and criticize Obama for all the scandals, on the “Tonight Show” he clearly stated that he is not a fan of Obama’s.
Romney’s actual quote was:
I’m not a fan of the president, in case you didn’t know that. But look, I believe he cares for the country and wants to make America a better place for the American people. But I think he’s not being successful as he would have hoped to have been.
Romney said he doesn’t think the IRS’ targeting of conservative groups and individuals – including some of his biggest donors – is what cost him the election. But he stressed that severity of the actions the IRS admits to having taken against persons in that Americans’ freedoms were basically trampled upon.
Romney said that it is a very dangerous and troubling development regarding the IRS, the idea that an agency that has most of our personal information – such as how much money we make, what we make it in, what kind of assets we have, and where all of our properties might be. He said that the IRS has all that information and actually used that information for their political agenda. “That,” he asserted, “should be a very frightening thing to people on both sides of the aisle.”
Romney has come out of the shadows in the past week to host his “Experts and Enthusiasts Summit” – an ideas summit for his friends and supporters of the Romney campaign – as they gather in Park City, Utah.