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TheChat: Romney wants to be on camera all the time

“If I had to do this again, I’d insist that you literally had a camera on me at all times.” — Mitt Romney saying that candidates need to be reminded constantly that everything they say is fodder for public consumption.

Romney was talking about his famous “47 percent” comment in which he suggested that nearly half of Americans consider themselves “victims who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them.” Romney told The New York Times that because he believed there was no camera in the room at the time, he thought it was safe to say something that wouldn’t receive broad play. Turned out he was wrong.

“They were all defensive in nature.” — Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt talking about military equipment given to local police forces that, he said, has been mischaracterized in the media. (link via

Blunt insisted that the media has presented the program as involving “tanks and hand-held weapons that nobody else could get their hands on.” But that’s not the case, Blunt said. Most of the vehicles in the program are similar to Brink’s trucks.

“Accordingly, Grow Missouri will have no further relationship with Skyword.” — a statement from Grow Missouri, a political action committee financed by wealthy conservative activist Rex Sinquefield, in which the group severed its relationship with the p.r. firm Skyword Press. The firm had tried to hire Statehouse reporters to write copy for the PAC.

Skyword Press had gone so far as to tell reporters their names would not appear on stories. But accepting the offer would have been a clear conflict of interest for the journalists. Following national publicity about the arrangement a few days ago, Skyword issued a statement saying the offers to reporters were “an oversight.” On Tuesday, Grow Missouri walked away from the firm.

“Most organizations have acceptable losses, in other words they’re right 97 percent of the time. In the case of the Secret Service, they have to succeed 100 percent of the time.” — California Rep. Darrell Issa, chair of the House Oversight Committee, on NBC’s “Nightly News.”

Issa said he was “extremely concerned” about the Secret Service’s failure to secure the White House in the wake of the White House fence-jumper.