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October 15th, 2012
06:18 PM ET

Piers Morgan: "He's one of the least principled politicians I've met. But I believe Mitt Romney might just save America"

Hot off the digital press, Piers Morgan has penned – or rather, typed – a new article for the "Daily Mail," and in this post, he plays prognosticator, saying, in part:

"I believe Mitt Romney might just save America."

With the general election now less than four weeks away, the "Piers Morgan Tonight" host noted that the man often classified as merely the strongest amongst a week group of GOP candidates, had suddenly powered his way ahead of incumbent Barack Obama, largely on the strength of his performance in Kentucky:

"It was his brilliant performance on Oct. 3 at the first of three presidential debates, where he scored the biggest win ever over an oddly downcast Obama, that propelled him into the favourite’s chair," Morgan explained.

Having interviewed the former Massachusetts Governor on multiple occasions, the British television presenter feels he has a handle of the candidate's character:

"He is a devout Mormon and takes his faith so seriously that he donates at least ten per cent of his income to the church every year – totalling tens of millions of dollars over the past two decades. The reason he can give away so much money is that he was a fantastically successful businessman, estimated to have made a $250 million fortune from his time running Bain, a venture-capital firm. In person, he’s charming, polite, friendly and solicitous. He’s also a great father and grandfather, according to his devoted sons, and a great husband, according to Ann, the woman who was his teenage sweetheart and who he’s helped nurse with deep compassion through her ongoing battle with multiple sclerosis."

But amongst all the positives to Romney's personality, Morgan feels he's also identified one glaring political flaw:

"He’s also one of the least principled politicians I’ve ever encountered. There’s barely a big issue that Romney hasn’t switched his position on for apparent political expediency, earning him the nickname ‘Mr Flip Flop’. In fact, it’s hard to even recognise the new Mitt from the one who was a successful and popular Governor of Massachusetts. On abortion, he was once firmly pro-choice, now he’s equally firmly pro-life. On guns, he outlawed lethal assault weapons. Now he says they’re fine, despite a rash of horrific recent mass gun killings. On healthcare, he was the first governor to bring in a compulsory ‘mandate’ health insurance scheme. But when Obama did the same thing, he lambasted it as a terrible idea. He was also a huge fan of stem-cell research, but now he says he’s been ‘persuaded that the stem-cell debate was grounded in a false premise."

Concluding that the 65-year-old politician has been forced to fluctuate over the years so as to become more electable – first within his own party, and now, in the race for the "White House" – Morgan points out that he's not the only one who's noticed:

"To widespread mockery, he said this week he wouldn’t seek any anti-abortion legislation if he became President, a direct contradiction of what he said at the start of the year. ‘Here’s old moderate Mitt!’ chortled former President Bill Clinton. ‘Where you been boy? .  .  . Just show up with a sunny face and say, "I didn’t say all that stuff I said for the last few years.”’"

Flip-flopper, or principled, it may not actually matter. Still mired in the midst of one of the worst financial crises in American history, voters figure to go to the polls more concerned with the stability of their bank account, than of their president:

"They just want to know which man, Romney or Obama, is going to revive the economy faster. Obama is not a hated figure among most Americans by any means, which is why he may still scrape home. But there’s definitely a distinct disillusionment about his performance, even among many of his diehard supporters," Morgan said. "The great messianic tidal wave of optimism Obama swept in on has been replaced by harsh reality. He promised Americans tremendous ‘hope’ and ‘change’ and, frankly, they don’t feel he’s given them much hope, or changed very much."

Crediting Obama with his achieved successes, i.e. "...ending the war in Iraq...saving the US car industry...killing Osama Bin Laden...supporting gay marriage," Morgan points out that both unemployment and the national debt have reached undesirably high levels. And this, he say, is why Romney may be able to keep Obama from securing a second term on 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue:

"His track record as a businessman is better than almost any presidential candidate ever. He also almost single-handedly turned round the fortunes of the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics in 2002, after the organising committee turned to him desperate for help."

Less social than other politicians, but perhaps more driven, Morgan picked up a select slice of inside information in Tampa this summer:

"One senior Republican figure, a man widely tipped to run for President at a later date, told me during the party’s convention in August: ‘Mitt’s not the kind of guy you’d go for a beer with, mainly because he doesn’t drink beer. But he’s the kind of guy who gets stuff done.’"

With two more debates to come, there is plenty of political game still to be played. However, if the candidate continues to perform at a high level, he may soon have a new address, while Obama would be sent packing:

"There was great excitement around the world when America elected its first black President in 2008. The possible election of America’s first Mormon President will bring with it far lower expectations. But that may not be such a bad thing, for him, for America, or for the world. Especially if he actually gets stuff done."

For more of Morgan's musings, and to learn more of his political predictions and perspective, read the entire article here.
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  1. Phillip

    What the hell is up with tagg romney telling President Obama to go back to Africa? That is so racist.

    October 15, 2012 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • DWB

      Anyone that falls into the 47 percent that Romney spoke so cruelly about in his much watched Video, thinks that Romney did not mean every word he spoke, is not dealing in reality. The 47 percent that he was speaking of had to be people of all races who may vote for this man .His wife and sons have no shame over whet was said by Romney. It would be interesting to know if these Romney people personally interact with other races of people. Does their grandkids have minority friends, most likely not. To have a large public family to want to run our country and set us beck 50 yrs is beyond belief.

      October 15, 2012 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • KWickman

      Do you think a President of the United States should believe in a faith that teaches him he can become a God! Churches are talking about this! You can read it online. Why don’t you see the press talking about something that’s important to over 80% of citizens?

       Mormon’s also teach that they can achieve “Godhood”, and those who do will have spirit children who will worship and pray to them, just as we worship and pray to God the Father (Gospel Principles, p. 302).

      Christians and Jewish people don’t believe we can become Gods.

       The Mormon Church teaches that the Bible has been corrupted, is missing many "plain and precious parts" and does not contain the fullness of the Gospel (Book of Mormon — 1 Nephi 13:26-29; Doctrines of Salvation, vol. 3, pp. 190-191).

      Christians and Jewish people believe that the Bible is the unique, final and infallible Word of God.

       The Mormon Church teaches that there are many Gods (Book of Abraham 4:3ff)

      The Bible teaches there is only one True and Living God and apart from Him there are no other Gods (Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 43:10,11)

      October 16, 2012 at 10:51 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. comraderasputin

    Piers is hardly the political oracle of Delphi.

    October 15, 2012 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. phillipe

    Piers Morgan is such a liberal. Why do we even give this English moron a voice? One day he is on a two bit game show, now he is on US national news.

    Blatant liberal. He belongs at the national enquirer. He is a classic white trash tabloid journalist.

    CNN, in all their wisdom traded out Larry 'fricken' King for this idiot. What a moronic move.

    October 15, 2012 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. phillipe

    By the way, if Piers wants to learn how to interview, go look at his predecessor, Larry the KING.

    October 15, 2012 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Odometer

      Thanks for everyone seeing Pierce for who he is a flipfopper just like Romney

      October 16, 2012 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. et2012

    Reblogged this on et2012 and commented:
    The economy cannot be revived in the way that most Anericans think. It is crass to suggest that Mitt will save America. The rich have gotten extremely richer under President Obama. Even before Obama took office, free trade agreements effectively outsourced manufacturing jobs, as well as other types of jobs. The Stock Market is the highest it has ever been. Mitt has declared his apathy for the poor, so why is his 'expertise' needed? Remember, Mitt made his money outsourcing and offshoring jobs.

    October 15, 2012 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. jaker, Dublin

    06:18 PM ET
    Piers Morgan: "He's one of the least principled politicians I've met. But I believe Mitt Romney might just save America"

    Piers! Nothing's changed! He's still the least principled politician, you'll ever meet.

    October 15, 2012 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Dozie

    Since i got to know CNN,i have respected them but after Joe Biden Ryan interview,I don't think i respect them anymore. First it was Wolf Blizer even before the "polls" came out after the debate,he said that it was a tie,and lo and behold the "poll" puts Paul ryan at the top. CNN is disgusting to me...Because they are doing everything possible to make obama look bad..I don't know who they are working for..Today Piers have started to promote Romney.If Romney wins,I will loose hope in this country because that will mean that Americans are stupid.

    October 15, 2012 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • jaker, Dublin

      I agree with you, Dozie, they are the new "Republican/GOP" network. Although Piers, to be fair was the only one that told it correctly!

      October 15, 2012 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Milan

    Piers. Hard to say something... Why the Romney's sons today...? Are you really trying to change something in the US election? If I were you, I would have one important question. Why nobody from the Romney patriotic family (5 sons and dad) had not been in the army and fought in some war for a better world and better America? And much, much more... It's very easy to seat in the mum's kitchen and eat fresh apple cake... And the others can lose their lifes... Men and women. By the way. Did you see the injured right american patriotic lady without the legs on the Democratic convention? To be a president it isn't just about business... It's about diplomacy first and foremost. When somebody likes people without principles, such person is usualy living by such manners... And it's very, very selfish life... You didn'tl isten Dalai Lama too much... And it's a pitty...

    October 15, 2012 at 10:55 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. pinkgorillagirl

    What do Mormons believe about Jesus Christ as the actual Son of God? Does Romney believe that Jesus Christ was the actual Son of God?

    October 15, 2012 at 11:16 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. AmericaFirst

    Piers. I like your style...thanks for being man enough to think critically and to consider various viewpoints. It makes you the grown up. At least you're gracious enough to have a civil discourse and invite the Romney boys on your show. These are decent young men, and fun too!

    October 16, 2012 at 3:51 am | Report abuse | Reply
  11. steven Caputo

    Dear Mr.Morgan, why don't you move on to FOX news . Any intelligent person knows that Mr. Romney is full of lies
    and only wants to help the rich CNN SHAME ON YOU FOR HAVING THIS MAN ON PRIME TIME.

    October 16, 2012 at 9:33 am | Report abuse | Reply
  12. kelliegirl01

    Piers – you're delusional darling

    October 17, 2012 at 4:19 am | Report abuse | Reply
  13. John Kelly

    Piers, I don't know where your brain is but you really need to reconsider your thinking. Romney ,first of all, is no businessman. If he had his way ,he would strip every company in the U.S. by methods that no other country in the world has available. Namely, leverage buyouts that allow companies like Romney-Bain, to pay pennies on the dollar to buy a semi-healthy company whose only crime is that they only make a moderate profit or they are more profitable broken up than remaining whole. Romney in this situation is Anti-Business because he destroys business. Don't even think he's a venture capatalist they buy businesses and invest in them to build them up not strip them down. Romney, in my opinion , is nothing more than a glorified efficiency person that couldn't even run a neiborhood lemonade stand.remember, all he likes to do is fire people! He also really like to sell and send jobs and technology to his companies in China. How can this lame brain be President?

    October 17, 2012 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Ashley

    Oh how I miss Larry King

    October 17, 2012 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  15. terri

    Tagg Romney is a Racist? telling Barack Obama to go bk to Africa? are all Mormons racists?..sad...

    October 17, 2012 at 10:51 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  16. ann

    go back to londom or brittan let romney out sourcer him self over thir and save europe where his mone is atann

    October 25, 2012 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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    romney is a flip flopper out sourcer lying bully, if he wanted to save america he would have stared at least theiry years ago when he out source to china

    October 25, 2012 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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