Romney Praises Obama’s “Race to the Top” on Wednesday – Denies It On Thursday (Video)

On Wednesday former Governor Mitt Romney praised Barack Obama’s “Race to the Top” program at a campaign stop.

The Politico reported:

At the event, Romney also praised Obama’s education secretary for the Race to the Top program that rewards state education systems for reaching specific goals. “I think Secretary Duncan has done some good things,” he said. “I hope that’s not heresy in this room.”

But, on Thursday, a day later he denied this during the GOP FOX News-Google debate.

FOX Nation has the transcript:

PERRY: There are a lot of good ideas here on the side and whether it is cutting back on the Department of Education, making those types of reductions. I happen to believe we ought to be promoting school choice all across this country. I think school — the voucher system, charter schools all across this country. But there is one person on this stage that is for Obama’s Race to the Top and that is Governor Romney. He said so just this last week. And I think that is an important difference between the rest of the people on this stage and one person that wants to run for the presidency. Being in favor of the Obama Race to the Top and that is not conservative.

BAIER: Governor Romney?

ROMNEY: Nice try.

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  • Frankly, I thought Gov. Romney came across as being both smug (“Nice try”) & dishonest. Here’s 2 questions for GP readers to ponder:

    1) Does anyone think that Gov. Romney will vigorously attempt to shrink government?
    2) Does anyone trust Gov. Romney to appoint strict constructionist judges?

    He recites the right words but does anyone trust him?

  • Ausonius

    I voted for this guy in the last primary, mainly because I couldn’t take the thought of having to vote for John “short circuit conservative momentum” McCain.
    I think he, like many of them, will adopt whatever position he thinks will benefit him the most. I do not trust that he will be “the guy” who will fundamentally change the top-down nature of Washington DC. I think many inside the beltwayers desire him for obvious reasons.

  • Sickofobama

    Please tell me: Why does anyone want the libtard Romney to be POTUS?

    He flips on every issue – time and time again.

    He is a libtard and trying to appease the Establishment Republicans.

    He is Obama in white face.

    And that lunatic Ron Paul keeps winning straw polls.

    Nothing makes sense!

  • Ausonius

    Gary #1:
    I very much agree with the fundamental trust issue concerning Romney.
    Though it frosts me when I hear Perry defend part of his stands on illegal immigration and bitterly disagree with him, at least he isn’t morphing one day to another with the right talking points. You’ve gotta think his advisors are telling him his position on illegals is not popular with conservatives (or many moderates and probably a decent number of libs). Perhaps we can at least obtain a commitment from Perry, should he win the primary, that he, as the pres, will enforce the current laws on immigration and not pursue his personal ideas in this regard.
    As for Romney, it is hard to immagine that a guy who was recently the governor of one of the most liberal states, can get a serious look as a transformed conservative. He has a record, and a recent one at that, that says otherwise, ranging from abortion to health care and so forth.

  • Bill Mitchell

    Gawd. I WANT to like Romney. Especially with Perry’s recent unraveling I REALLY REALLY want to like Romney. But his constant pandering and playing to the crowd at the moment gets on my last nerve.

    C’mon Mitt, pick an idea and stick to it.

    P.S., Despite Conservatives misgivings about Romney, I have no doubt they will turn out in droves to pull the lever for him if he is the nominee in order to defeat Obama. In addition he will capture the Independent vote and perhaps even many Reagan Democrats. Most polls show he is the strongest candidate for the General Election at this point.

    Warts and all, Mitt may be our guy. If we are looking for a purely pro-business, turnaround guy, he is it. Also, whether Conservatives like it or not, our healthcare system does need reform at some level. When it costs $20,000 for a 4 hour chemo treatment that basically consists of receiving a single bag of medicine through an IV, something is terribly wrong.

  • Bill Mitchell

    Part of me is wishing I could watch Chris Christie in these debates.

  • Bob Z

    I just want Obama gone

  • Cat

    Supporting Arne Duncan’s view that bad teachers should get canned is no problem when you compare it to Perry’s view that we should subsidize illegal’s education.

  • Hedgehog

    Romney says that Arne Duncan has some good ideas. Michelle Bachman says she would turn off the lights and lock the door at the Department of Education. Guess which one I like.

  • Bobbi

    The only reason Arne got the job was because he shoots hoops.
    He left the Chicago school system I’n shambles.

  • workingclass artist


  • workingclass artist


    Christie would get slammed for AGW stance.

  • Liz

    Romney said exactly what your quote says he said – That the Secretary had done some good things. Twist and distort if you want, but don’t expect any credibility to continue to adhere to you. I thought it was Perry who looked like an unrepentant liberal out there. Try to resuscitate your canididate, but there was some unforgivable stuff in there. Ugh.

  • aprilnovember811

    Romneycare, Global Warming, pandering. I will not vote for him. He’s Democrat lite.

    EPA Official Was Romney’s ‘Green Quarterback’–20110922

  • aprilnovember811

    He never talk about our founding or the Constitution. I don’t even think it enters his mind. I heard an audio clip last night, and he said if he’s elected he’ll sign an executive order giving all of America a waiver to Obamacare? That’s not enough. I want it destroyed, crushed. I want every reminder of this impostor rooted out of this government, in every department. That even means the mail room. Obama’s planted marxists throughout this government. The agencies need to be shut down. We don’t need HHS, shut it down.


    @#6,,,,christie is a mooslum appeaser and that makes him no good

  • Jenny

    Romney is a SLICK politician, that’s all – last night, that’s all he proved. He proved that he can debate and turn things around. His final response was WEAK against Perry. He stuttered at first and then came back with his slick talk. I don’t want another slick politician. I don’t want someone who believes in global warming.

    I’m an Independent – always voted Nader, campaigned for Hillary, voted for Palin/McCain, joined the t-party.

    My favorite last night was Gary Johnson. I don’t want bells and whistles. I want dry, boring, RESULTS. I don’t want wheeling and dealing behind the scenes and slick political talk.

  • Mama Grizzly

    Perry was lying. No one can see through that? He was trying to separate Romney out because Romney is THE threat to the DEMS.

    If Romney supports one effective idea from the Dem pool on education – Race To the Top – that’s ok. It’s probably the only thing they HAVE done that’s worked. And believe me, Obama had nothing to do with it.

    I’ve really lost faith in our side to analyze what’s going on accurately. Here’s an example: Romney is NOT not for school choice. He was just saying that one idea on education has worked– which is to reward schools for meeting specific goals. Uh, all conservatives have been supportive of that issue for years.

    But Perry lies and will go along with the “paint Romney as a moderate” jingle.

    Fooling conservatives with phony candidates like Perry really is like shooting fish on a barrel. Everyone, to some extent, is a devotee of the sound bite. Perry knows that and he really slings them out there. He will do anything to win. Lie. Present himself as other than he is.

    Just like Obama.

    Stop hopping on the bandwagon and THINK.
    Even on a blog you have to analyze.

    Trust, BUT VERIFY.

  • workingclass artist

    Geraldo was defending Gov. Perry on Teevee….Perry just swung the Hispanic vote & maybe won a lot of Independents by defending Texas Bi-Partisan decision on In-State Tuition & Boots on the ground Border Security. Top 3 issues for Hispanics are education, jobs, crime.

    It’s over Mitt.

    Gig Em’
    Perry 2012

  • workingclass artist

    #5 Bill

    Perry isn’t unraveling…He’s campaigning.
    The GOP lost Reagan’s California in 1994 over this crap. McCain won the nomination by pandering & promising the moon and Hispanics knew it.

    Perry is defending a fiscal decision that every legislator in Texas but 4voted or that lowered education costs & kept Texas out of federal court.

    He will double down on it on principal. It’s not amnesty…It’s realistic.

    The GOP can’t win without splitting the Hispanic vote in every state. In California Reagan’s Latinos will campaign for and vote for Perry….They will everywhere.

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  • Amjean

    Just because one doesn’t think Romney would be a good president doesn’t mean that
    Perry would be. In some respects Perry would be worse.

    I actually liked Romney’s answer.

  • daryl

    Perry is standing by what he believes, Romney not so much,
    Bachmann is The Incredibly Shrinking Woman,

  • BS61

    #6 September 23, 2011 at 6:25 am
    Bill Mitchell commented:
    Part of me is wishing I could watch Chris Christie in these debates.

    Christie would be exposed as the light weight that he is! As a former Christie fan, please read this and weep!

  • BS61

    #18 September 23, 2011 at 8:09 am
    Mama Grizzly commented:

    But Perry lies and will go along with the “paint Romney as a moderate” jingle.

    Fooling conservatives with phony candidates like Perry really is like shooting fish on a barrel. Everyone, to some extent, is a devotee of the sound bite. Perry knows that and he really slings them out there. He will do anything to win. Lie. Present himself as other than he is.

    Hi Mama – Perry didn’t present himself as anything else last night, he was his same compassionate conservative that is soft on the rule of law! Romney is a RINO, and I know because RINO Michael Medved is in love with him.

    They all lie – Bachmann about Pawlenty’s record and the Gardisal thing. I’ll be voting for Cain or even Johnson, not the top three!

  • BS61

    #20 September 23, 2011 at 8:23 am
    workingclass artist commented:
    #5 Bill

    Perry isn’t unraveling…He’s campaigning.

    So you think that Perry was in good form last night?

  • Rhonda

    I was so disappointed in last nights debate. flip-flop Romney was smug, Perry imploded (get some help with debate practice) romney has changed his positions and his slick (lies) are coming easier. the rest are fun, but the debate was all over the place. Fox gives the worst debates.

  • workingclass artist


    Debates are political theatre. Romney wants to appear ready for Prime-Time & appeals to pundits….But he’s short on results & notorious on flip-flops.

    Newt is great in debates & wonky but has his baggage & he knows it.

    Perry sucks at snappy delivery…BUT scores when he needs to.

    Perry while garbled accomplished 2 things…Exposed Mitt Romney as a flip flopper using democratic scare tactics & reminded the GOP that alienating the Hispanic Vote will lose the election…Like the GOP lost California.

    He also made Santorum look like he was a pompous ass on Meth…( I enjoyed that )
    Sorry Santorum one visit to the California border years ago does not a Border Security Expert make….Nor does it trump governing a border state with 1200 + miles of river border for 11 years.

    Perry won a big chunk of the Hispanic vote last night with scoring on 3 issues. Education, Border Security & Jobs & The GOP knows it.

  • Crimedog

    I am an intellectually based Libertarian/conservative and a business man. I write and read heavily on politics. I listen to the candidates on my own and without prejudice. I like all of them except Ron Paul. But I would gladly support him as the Republican nominee. I hope Palin doesn’t run. they all have their problems. Perry isn’t very adept on the stage. And I don’t like a man who says if you don’t support a liberal program like discounted tuition you don’t have a heart. I don’t like RomneyCare. Bachmann is not up to it. Cain’s pure business acumen just isn’t enough. Newt has too much baggage and he absolutley will make a serious mistake in the campaign that will kill his chances to win. So they all have problems.

    So now I ask. What is the deal with the seemingly visceral lack of support for Romney. I like him and I trust him. Here is one reason that many may be missing. Romney is a tough as nails ‘turn around’ artist. Everything in his experience says that he will ruthlessly cut spending. He won’t take excuses. He will need some Republican majorites to make it happen. If he has that, he will take no prisoners. That is what I think. I don’t mind that he is ‘smooth’ and calm in his presentation. That will only help in the general election.

  • Ron

    I’m still supporting Governor Perry. I live in Texas, and Texas is a lot better off than most states. I know his record here. Apparently, so do a lot of people moving into the state. If Texas is such a mess over the In-State tuition nonissue; Why do so many businesses and people want to move here. I hear that come up a lot on the blogs, people are jumping to criticize Governor Perry over his handling of a state issue which it is by the way, Yet they are willing to forgive Romney on the Romneycare issue, which is again, a state issue. Hypocritical on the part of many of Governor Perry’s detracters, while giving Romney a pass for forcing government mandated healthcare on people.

  • Sandy

    It seemed that everyone came with their game plan to last night’s debate. Romney was doing his usual rope-a-dope and Bachmann thought if she yelledl in a righteous way she would sound like she knew what she was talking about. She said that Perry needed to build a border wall all 1200 miles of Texas’s border with Mexico. Did she mean over rivers too?

    After the debate Frank Luntz did his yawn focus group and a woman said that she had liked Perry but he was defensive last night. Duhhhhhhh!

  • Sandy

    Ron #30. I totally agree. A couple of times last night Romney said he would answer Perry but he didn’t understand what he was saying. That is soooooo condescending of the patrician Mr. R. Our state has 15% unemployment and the highest foreclosure rate in the nation. Wish Perry was our Governor. Perry 12.

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  • bg


    Romney Praises Obama’s “Race to the Top”


    that’s odd, because i just listened to all of the responses
    again & believe it or not, everyone said the same thing..

    too many people in here not only have an
    agenda, but truly lack comprehension skills..

    who disagrees with anything Romney had to say??

    bottom line:

    if you agree with Perry & Bachmann,
    etc, then you agreed with Romney..

    ps: Romney is not my candidate & Perry will never get my support unless
    i’m forced to pull the lever for him in 2012, aka “the lesser of TWO evils”,
    what a way to have to choose a president yet again.. *sigh*

    btw: anyone in here want BAD teachers teaching their children??


  • MamaGrizzly

    Romney had a great answer, echoed by Bachmann and Cain and Huntsman. Has anyone even watched this? All the way through? Or are you just “going with” what GP is floating.

    Perry just likes to falsely smear other candidates so he can WIN. That’s it for him. I will give him this: he’s quite a showman. But I don’t trust him. He’s a politician, not a statesman.

    Romney IS a conservative. He’s just honest enough not to pander to the audience. If someone in the Obama administration has or had a good idea, y’all have to be clear-headed enough to give credit. It doesn’t mean you swallow the entire Democratic ticket.

    Everyone is just wanting candidates who ape whatever is their pet issues. Don’t you think Perry is conducting focus groups in order to find out what they are? He’s pushing people’s buttons and knows it.

    Hunstman is only half conservative, if that, and he’s more honest. And IMO Huntsman could run as a Dem.

    My core belief is that Perry is out to sink the conservative movement and that Soros is in play. Get behind someone who is more reasoned, intellectual, and solid. I don’t like “Captain Sound Bite Perry.”

  • MamaGrizzly

    Romney’s platform, in case you missed it:

    Reward good teachers, get rid of the bad apples.

    Pay good teachers so we have better ones.

    Bring it to the local level–diminish the role of the federal government.

    Bring in the voucher system, because it will work.


    Also, this debate was conducted more as an actual debate, than an entertainment production. There are rules in Speech & Debate, as everyone who has had a high-schooler in that extra-curricular knows. Romney and Perry are familiar with that, I’m sure, by the way they handled it.

    Just sayin’.

  • MamaGrizzly

    Johnson had a great answer, BTW.

  • MamaGrizzly

    Santorum had a great answer too.

    Just scroll the video back to the start and you can hear it all.

    I really hope GP doesn’t turn into the Perry Glee Club. This worked for Obama–give the people what they want and scoot into office. THEN do what you REALLY want.

  • MamaGrizzly

    Gingrich was okay. Paul was okay.

    Now onto Perry again: Perry’s goal in this part of the debate was to shoot down his strongest opposition, which is Romney. He said “a lot of good ideas on this side, and indicated he was talking about Johnson, Santorum, and Paul (who he was positioning to be “gobbled up” by himself), then he goes on to try and “zap” Romney.

    And I have to agree: “NICE TRY.” It didn’t work.

  • retire05

    MamaGrizzly, Romney IS a conservative? Is that a new revelation? Where was Romney’s adherance to conservative values when he was governor? Or hasn’t anyone noticed that Romney is running as fast as he can from his record as governor?

    Was it conservative when Romney had the opportunity to nominate judges to the bench in Massachusstes that were Republican/conservative? No, Romney in just two years nominated 14 Democrats to the bench, 12 Unenrolled (not declared) and 7 Republicans. Two of his nominees were openly gay lawyers who supported same-sex marriage.

    Fiscal ranking? In 2006, Romney ranked 12th behind four Democrats. That’s conservative? How about Romney’s position that gay men should be allowed to be Boy Scout leaders? Where did that position go to?

    Look at Romney’s record, not the sound bites he’s giving now, or even in 2008 when he decided he was going to act more conservative than he was when governing the state of Massachussets.

  • MamaGrizzly

    “Education has to build held at the local and state level . . . We have to get the federal government out of education.” ROMNEY RIGHT AFTER PERRY.

    Again: are any of you people actually paying attention?

  • Ginger
  • MamaGrizzly

    Romney said he didn’t support any PROGRAM, but that Sec. Duncan had a good idea in “Race to the Top” which is to hold teachers accountable to the public–so the bad ones can be weeded out.

    Everything else Romney said was ALSO conservative.



    I no longer wish to talk with you because you are only interested in dominating the board.

    We all know you LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE Perry.

    But stop trying to engage me, unless you want me to go into the archives, copy every horrible and uber-offensive and inexcusably rude and nasty thing you’ve said to those who disagree with you, and post it every time you post, so everyone can see what you’re all about.

    I don’t want to deal with your intermittent explosive disorder/borderline issues. I’m sorry you have them, but it gets really tiring.

  • bg
  • bg


    why do Teachers hate Perry??

    Perry know it alls, is that true??

    and if not, can you provide proof??



  • bg


    MamaGrizzly #36 September 23, 2011 at 11:49 am

    that was also Bush policy, and a damn good one..

    but hey, i’ve found way too many so called “Conservatives” in here also
    have extremely short memories, including supposed TEA Partier GP.. 🙁

    Texas Tea Party to Rick Perry: ‘We are fed up’


  • retire05

    MamaGrizzly, you don’t want to debate us because you operate from a point of emotion, not rational thinking.

    That’s your call.

  • retire05

    MamaGrizzly, do you also intend to go into the archives and repost every nasty name and thing that ginger has said toward those she disagrees with?

    Or is fair and balanced not your forte?

  • bg
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  • bg
  • Ginger

    bg…#51….You got that right and then some. 🙂

    Rules for Radicals

  • bg



    with all the serious issues we are facing at this time in our history..

    if that’s what “we the people” are calling a “debate” in the year 2011..

    what more proof of how “dumbed down” we are do we need?? *sigh*

    ir also becomes clearer to me how Hitler el al managed to fool the world..


  • daryl

    retire 05
    don’t use big words like forte with them. their appalachian upbringing and dialect will make them think you accused one of them of passing gas.

    mamayogi said
    “Again: are any of you people actually paying attention?”

    Not to anything you three have to say, and that’s for sure.

  • daryl

    see what I mean??

    ” ir also becomes clearer to me how Hitler “el al” managed to fool the world..”

    that almost sounds muslim

  • daryl

    mamagrizzly #43

    I can send your post to Jim Hoft and find out if he’d like to see his bandwidth eaten up with any more duplication from any of you three. No one has treated any of you any worse than you have treated them.

  • bg


    daryl #23 September 23, 2011 at 8:44 am


    since your alter ego hasn’t, maybe you have the answers??

    re: daryl #55 September 23, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    re: #53 September 23, 2011 at 1:56 pm bg

    yet again & again, fool the world they did..

    [But IslaMarxists (by any other name) could not be wrong. After all, their knowledge was scientific, based on historical materialism, an understanding of the dialectical process in nature and human society, and a materialist (and thus realistic) view of nature. Marx has shown empirically where society has been and why, and he and his interpreters proved that it was destined for a communist end. No one could prevent this, but only stand in the way and delay it at the cost of more human misery. Those who disagreed with this world view and even with some of the proper interpretations of Marx and Lenin were, without a scintilla of doubt, wrong. After all, did not Marx or Lenin or Stalin or Mao say that. . . . In other words, communism was like a fanatical religion. It had its revealed text and chief interpreters. It had its priests and their ritualistic prose with all the answers. It had a heaven, and the proper behavior to reach it. It had its appeal to faith. And it had its crusade against nonbelievers.

    What made this secular religion so utterly lethal was its seizure of all the state’s instrument of force and coercion and their immediate use to destroy or control all independent sources of power, such as the church, the professions, private businesses, schools, and, of course, the family.]


  • bg


    question for Joe McGuinniss is my hero


  • Molon Labe


    Have you noticed when one of these coackroaches pollute the comments with their braying, more appear braying louder. Just once I’d like to hear something other than reckless assertion of their lie of the day. Its hard to keep from laughing whn these false flag people claim to be Republicans or even from Texas.

    Keep it up.

  • bg


    Molon Labe #59 September 23, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    oh yes, and thanks..

    they (yes, the samo samo posters via their ever-changing id/logo’s, well,
    except for Craig anyways).. did the same thing 4 years ago.. i know their
    routine by heart, and can identify almost immediately, but don’t always let
    on, that’s why they assigned daryl to shadow me, the others are afraid to
    confront or counter me because they have little to nothing but their self
    aggrandizing arrogant opinions & fallacious ad hominem attacks, no facts..


  • Molon Labe

    Yes it’s amazing when you challenge them on the facts they immediately start with the trollop, etc insults. I love the moron who says you can’t hope to build a fence. I guess a nation that built the Golden Gate bridgge, went to the moon, built the Panama canal, and the Hudson tunnel just can’t erect a fence.

    But I believe that just reflects on their education and know how. I also enjoy catching them in their contradictions. Keep up the good work. And you’re right about the sock puppets.

  • workingclass artist

    @#61 Molon Labe

    Yeah…your name pops up on ASHQ threads…they hurl it with derisive glee at idiotic trolls.

    Molon Labe is now a verb….

  • bg
  • Old Fan

    Oh Mr. Hoft, you have lost yourself on the fashion again.

    Pushing this nonsense?

    For Perry?

    The one who worked for Al Gore, and just called you “heartless”?

    Your really losing it, and Romney looks better by the minute…

  • Krish

    If anybody thinks Romney is conservative, they need to get their head examined! He is Bill Clinton but can keep his pants on! The biggest issue that will bring moderates & independents to the republican side is the obamacare …Mitt won’t be able to bringt this up….in fact, Obama would say thank you Mitt for being the trailblazer in healthcare issues! Conservatives will decide to stay home….another win for Obama! same results when Ford, Dole, HW Bush, McCain….hope conservatives wake up this time…I wish people like Rush, Sean Hannity, Mark Levin & others make this point clearly to save this country from Obama.

  • daryl

    “that’s why they assigned daryl to shadow me”

    yeah,i’m shadderin’ yew lak wite on rice, bg. we rilly be watchin’ yew, ’cause yew be danjers to duh cawse.

    paranoia much? that what keeps you up so late each night?