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Would it help Romney's chances for election if he announced he would not take a salary as president?

Claire Dobie 2012/04/13 16:28:22
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The last president who refused a salary for his job as president was John F Kennedy. He obviously didn't need the money and neither does Mitt. Most people don't begrudge a person for being wealthy. It's the greed factor that is irksome. Would it help Romney's chances if he followed Kennedy's lead?
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  • Classical Liberal 2012/04/13 17:51:53
    Yes. Good idea
    Classical Liberal
    +4
    The other thing he could do is say that he'd pay for his own vacations. Remember Obama's $4,000,000 Christmas?

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  • JCD aka "biz" 2012/04/19 15:46:07
    Not likely
    JCD aka "biz"
    Maybe he'd rather not take a salary as president and still pay lower taxes than many American people.
  • redneck 2012/04/16 13:50:56
    Not likely
    redneck
    I'm not a Mitt fan,but obama has to go he must go if we want to save our country.
  • Claire ... redneck 2012/04/24 20:24:56
    Claire Dobie
    And who would you like to see in office instead?
  • redneck Claire ... 2012/04/24 22:01:46
    redneck
    Ron Paul,not bought and paid for by the elites,the verry same people that own obama and GW Bush and every other president that we have had since JFK,they want to end the federal reserve choke hold on us and our economy.
  • Rand 2012/04/14 05:51:42
    Yes. Good idea
    Rand
    Considering he did not take a salary as governor or over the Olympics, I would say he is doing it because he really believes that America can be healed and the Constitution can be saved. Maybe our last hope for America.
  • Claire ... Rand 2012/04/15 23:20:17
    Claire Dobie
    Good knowledge. Not a Romney supporter but did not know he forfeited salary as Governor. Not sure he did it for the reasons you state, however. That salary was chump change to him. Probably donated it to charity and there's an app for that! The things you learn on Sodahead,
  • Tennessee3501 2012/04/13 19:53:57
    Yes. Good idea
    Tennessee3501
    +1
    I do not remember JFK promising this in the campaign as an inducement to vote for him. Although I hit "yes", I do not think that Mit Romney should make such a promise as an inducement to vote for him. It might be a good PR move after he is elected.
  • Claire ... Tenness... 2012/04/15 23:20:51
    Claire Dobie
    +1
    Except "after" may be too late.
  • Daniel Francis 2012/04/13 19:46:59
    Way too late
    Daniel Francis
    +2
    For someone as wealthy as the Vulture Crony Capitalist Rmoney, a presidential salary is a drop in the bucket. Reminds me of his $10,000 bet during one of the debates. Would mean nothing to him.
  • Claire ... Daniel ... 2012/04/24 20:26:23
    Claire Dobie
    So true. He would probably figure out a way to refuse it and then spend it some other way that would be beneficial to his party or family.
  • S and S 2012/04/13 19:17:54
  • Classical Liberal 2012/04/13 17:51:53
    Yes. Good idea
    Classical Liberal
    +4
    The other thing he could do is say that he'd pay for his own vacations. Remember Obama's $4,000,000 Christmas?
  • Rebel Yell Classic... 2012/04/13 18:31:12
    Rebel Yell
    +2
    Look up presidential travel. Presidents pay for their own vacations. For security reasons, they cannot fly commercial and security goes where ever they go. Their vacations are not on the tax payers dime. Look it up. Presidential vacation policy was determined during the Reagan admin, when he was running off to the ranch every month.
  • Classic... Rebel Yell 2012/04/13 22:44:15 (edited)
    Classical Liberal
    I can't find anything about it. But there's no way that a president can afford to pay ALL travel expenses on that salary.
  • Claire ... Classic... 2012/04/24 20:28:20
    Claire Dobie
    Can you break it down? I mean how much of that $$ was for Secret Service and how much did taxpayers foot? And are you sure of that amount? AND how much was spent on Bushie Jr's Christmas-es and vacations (of which he took ten times more than Obama)
  • Classic... Claire ... 2012/04/25 00:49:24
    Classical Liberal
    Considering that's more than Obama made last year, I imagine the taxpayer footed most of it. And if a significant portion (more than 25%) was the cost of secret service or air force one, there's something seriously wrong there.
  • Dave Sawyer ♥ Child of God ♥ 2012/04/13 17:44:39 (edited)
    Not likely
    Dave Sawyer ♥ Child of God ♥
    +1
    Not with me. I will vote for him anyway.

    But Obama doesn't need the salary, either, and he has been enjoying expensive vacations for his family at our expense (while accusing Romney of being out of touch), so maybe it might convince some.
  • Claire ... Dave Sa... 2012/04/15 23:57:39
    Claire Dobie
    Sorry, but these are presidential perks (and probably the reasons most candidates even think about doing this job) (besides the fact that most have very bloated egos) The actual salary is $400,000 a year. That would be chump change for Mitt. Not saying the prez doesn't live very well but meals and trips and vacations and insurance and maids, and nannies and chauffeurs, SS protection go a long way to offsetting a "normal family's: expenses. Hypothetically, I'd say the Obamas are millionaires. But the Romneys are billionaires with a B. his whole thing could be solved by passing a bill that allows for NO SALARY FOR ANY PRESIDENT. Then let's see who's in!
  • Dave Sa... Claire ... 2012/04/16 00:31:10
    Dave Sawyer ♥ Child of God ♥
    George Soros?
  • Claire ... Dave Sa... 2012/04/24 20:29:45
    Claire Dobie
    Better check response by Rebel Yell above.
  • heirsoftheking 2012/04/13 17:39:30
    Yes. Good idea
    heirsoftheking
    +1
    It certainly wouldn't hurt his chances.
  • ConLibFraud 2012/04/13 17:37:03
    Not likely
    ConLibFraud
    +2
    I have a better question! What will ORomney do that will change the current path of destruction?
  • rdmatheny 2012/04/13 17:36:00
    Way too late
    rdmatheny
    +2
    No one is in the mood for another Obama. He should just leave the race now and let Ron Paul get Obama out of office.
  • ConLibF... rdmatheny 2012/04/13 17:37:22
    ConLibFraud
    +2
    Bravo!!!
  • Dave Sa... rdmatheny 2012/04/13 17:46:13
    Dave Sawyer ♥ Child of God ♥
    +1
    Ron Paul can't even get himself on the ballot in Oregon.
  • Classic... Dave Sa... 2012/04/13 17:56:48
    Classical Liberal
    +2
    I can't find any evidence of that online. It'd be the first state he failed to get on, which puts him well above Santorum and Gingrich.
  • Dave Sa... Classic... 2012/04/13 17:59:37
    Dave Sawyer ♥ Child of God ♥
    Last Election.
  • Classic... Dave Sa... 2012/04/13 22:48:22 (edited)
    Classical Liberal
    that was last election, this is this election.

    Mitt Romney lost the last primary. So he's going to lose this one too, right? Can't even win a primary.
  • Dave Sa... Classic... 2012/04/14 00:16:14
    Dave Sawyer ♥ Child of God ♥
    Romney dropped out of the last Primary. You can't lose if you quit - neither can you win.
  • rdmatheny Dave Sa... 2012/04/13 18:00:09
    rdmatheny
    +1
    As you were saying:

    It seems that Ron Paul and his staff have reached a milestone before any of the other candidates. As Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum were not on the ballot in Virginia one may believe they will never reach this milestone.

    I was sent the following email on Tuesday, March 27, 2012 at 7:35 pm:

    LAKE JACKSON, Texas – 2012 Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul is the first candidate among those vying for the GOP nomination to appear on the ballot in all 50 states, and the only candidate aside from moderate-establishment Mitt Romney to have any prospects for 50-state ballot access.

    Continue reading on Examiner.com Ron Paul is the first GOP candidate to be on the ballot in all 50 states! - Wilmington Elections 2010 | Examiner.com http://www.examiner.com/elect...

    Please step away from the voting booth. This country is in enough mess as it is now. We don't need more like you contributing to it.
  • Dave Sa... rdmatheny 2012/04/13 18:02:55
    Dave Sawyer ♥ Child of God ♥
    I was referring to the last Primary in Oregon.

    Now I'm backing Mitt Romney because he has stuck with it this time.
  • rdmatheny Dave Sa... 2012/04/13 20:28:20
    rdmatheny
    Great!! Another vote for Obama. Hope you'll enjoy another 4 years of him.
  • Dave Sa... rdmatheny 2012/04/13 21:00:31
    Dave Sawyer ♥ Child of God ♥
    Well, Obama was right. I voted for McCain (Palin, actually) last time and got Bush+.
  • Claire ... rdmatheny 2012/04/24 20:32:53
    Claire Dobie
    Who would you anther enjoy? Maybe you'd better review his list of accomplishments...like ridding the world of BinLaden. Remember that?
  • Claire ... rdmatheny 2012/04/15 23:59:43
    Claire Dobie
    Poor Uncle Ron We like him, but seriously? You know in your heart he doesn't have a chance.
  • rdmatheny Claire ... 2012/04/16 00:13:31
  • Claire ... rdmatheny 2012/04/24 20:31:14
    Claire Dobie
    NO ONE? Are you speaking for all Americans? I'm in the mood. He needs to stay and finish what he started (and inherited.)
  • Dagon 2012/04/13 17:18:31
  • keeper 2012/04/13 17:10:53
    Yes. Good idea
    keeper
    +1
    I like that idea...
  • nverumind 2012/04/13 16:54:05
    Not likely
    nverumind
    +3
    he has already proven himself completely unreliable in the aspect of Honesty , so no matter what he says .. it doesnt "matter" because hes to inconsistant!

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