Did Mitt Romney Just Come Out Against SOPA/PIPA?

from the maybe? dept

At a recent campaign stop, a small business owner asked Mitt Romney for his opinion on SOPA, noting that it would likely kill her business. Romney responded without discussing the bills specifically, but said that he’s totally against bills like this that just focus on “stopping bad acts,” and that he wants politicians to focus on encouraging businesses to do good things.

I don’t know if that’s an unqualified rejection of SOPA/PIPA, but it sure comes close. He’s talking about out-of-touch regulators who’ve spent their lives in DC, rather than in business, and “all they think about is how to stop business and stop the bad guys,” (which does, in fact, describe SOPA/PIPA) but, Romney says, this is just a sign that “they don’t like business very much.” Indeed. SOPA/PIPA are very much bills that focus solely on trying to “stop bad guys,” without taking into account the massive amount of harm that will be done to the good guys — the companies who are innovating and are creating jobs. Given that he doesn’t really discuss specifics, and just talks in generalities about bad regulations and harming business, it’s possible that he has no idea what SOPA/PIPA are about, and gave a Generic Politicians'(tm) answer to a question. But hopefully more people will hold him to this, and get him to confirm that he’s against these bills.

Either way, with more people asking about SOPA/PIPA, it’s definitely starting to become a campaign issue…

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Jay (profile) says:

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I have to agree. I’ve been looking into his holdings with the Bain company he represents. They are better known for destroying jobs and moving them overseas than saving anything.

Further, Romney is using overseas accounts to hold onto his capital gains. He’s a big banker that is just pandering based on all of the evidence presented about him.

Me says:

Re: Re: Re:

That’s why people need to look more into Ron Paul. He’s been consistently against this from the very beginning. He’s been consistent on practically all his opinions (his view on the death penalty changed but for a hell of a good point). He speaks for the youth. Help spread the word to all the other younger Crowds who decided not to participate in elections. The baby boomers all want to censor him and will vote against to save their own asses. We can beat them!

Anonymous Coward says:

“Either way, with more people asking about SOPA/PIPA, it’s definitely starting to become a campaign issue…”

Yeah, and when Obama was running for president, based on what he was saying and harping on how he wants to keep the Internet open and not mess with it, etc… no one would have guessed that he would come close to passing such a law. Once in office he drastically changed.

Romney is no different. They promise you the world when running for office, but when actually elected, he will become a corporate stooge just like the rest of them. I don’t believe it for one second.

Anonymous Coward says:

You can’t trust a word Mitt Romney says, he says whatever he thinks the audience wants to hear, see his conveniently timed flip flops on stuff like abortion, gay rights, health insurance mandates, etc.

Heck, at the last republican debate Romney claimed to have never seen the attack ads his supporters super PAC are running against Newt. Then a few seconds later Romney started to describe one of those attack ads in great detail, and defend each of the attacks as truthful.

So until Romney states 100% clearly that he’s against SOPA, without leaving himself a ‘out’ to claim otherwise later, don’t trust him.

bjupton (profile) says:

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He says that as he’s likely still profiting directly from companies which moved to China through his Bain holdings.

That’s all fine and dandy if you’re a private citizen, but why should the American voter be excited about rewarding that behavior and how can they believe that he wants to be President to help the American people?

Machin Shin (profile) says:

Re: Re: Re: Re:

The sad part is that there really is no need to hack anything. Almost everything these days is made in China. Someone comes up with a great new product and want to go to market with it. So they go to china to have it produced. Soon as they do that the plans for the product are sent to a company in China who fills the order. Then the company makes a few more bucks mass producing product and selling the copies. No hacking or anything fancy involved.

Steve R. (profile) says:

Re: Re: Re:2 China Produces, the Creators Will Move There

Shin raises a very sad truth that seems to get overlooked. That is that the creators of products will move to the places of manufacture (not that they have to given today’s networked computer systems). The point is that politicians, such as Romney are proposed solutions that are irrelevant.

Sure it sounds good and reasonable to say that you will prevent theft. But think about what happens when the creators leave to other countries. We will no longer be creating, we will have established onerous laws that the other countries, such as China, will use against us. We will end-up paying ridiculously high licensing fees. We are committing a form of economic suicide by proposing these laws.

gorehound (profile) says:

These guys will say anything they want to get more Votes.
The same old games they play in Washington and a lot of us in the real World are really getting fed up with the BS.
I would love to see more Candidates running who refuse to accept Big Money and make that a BIG POINT of their running for a Government Seat.We are all being held hostage by the influx of Big Money donations.
Maybe in 2012 we will see a serious March on Washington by the Millions.I will be there if that is going to happen.
And when it comes to SOPA/PIPA I am on a total boycott of all things MPAA/RIAA and that is what they get for trying to Censor my life.I have Done a SOPA/PIPA on the whole lot of them by CENSORING THEM FROM TOUCHING MY WALLET in any way or form.No Netflix,AMZ,Itunes,No New Products,no cable, and no theater.Only buying used physical things for I hope the rest of my Earthly Existence.

Anonymous Coward says:

You know what’s telling is that no politician runs for office saying “I’m gonna pass laws like SOPA and I’m going to pass stricter IP laws and more stricter IP enforcement bills”. No, and do you know why they don’t run for office under these pretexts? Because they know darn well that the American people do not want these laws. Instead, they run for office claiming the opposite, because they know that the people want the opposite, but when elected they do the exact opposite of what they claim. This is more evidence that the American people do not want these laws and politicians even know it.

These laws are not being passed because the American people want them. Don’t think that the politicians currently in office think that the American people want these laws, they know darn well these laws aren’t wanted and wouldn’t be claiming to support these laws if they were running for office right now. If anything, they would be criticizing them. Do you think they magically forget what the American people want once elected? No. They know what the people want when running for office and so they know what they want when in office. These laws are not intended to serve the interests and will of the public, they’re intended to serve the interests of the government-industrial complex.

Anonymous Coward says:

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” Ron Paul’s position on this is very clear and not vague at all. He is against Protect IP and SOPA. “

And you know, are ABSOLUTELY sure he won’t just change his stance once elected ? Just like any other career politician.

How do you ‘know’ this ?
Is this a fact or just something you ‘Believe’ ?

I’d love to believe it to but as a participating registered voter for 32 years I have never seen a single politician keep a promise once elected.

If you have some sort of proof then i would love to see it.

Violated (profile) says:


Well that sounds to me like not only an anti-SOPA/PIPA stance but also a pro-OPEN stance.

It seems helpful to move piracy away from punishment and instead turn it over to trade control. Even to encourage piracy sites to turn lawful in exchange for a cut of the profits.

Then we can separate out those who do it for money against those who do it for more honourable reasons even if the latter kind get some serious funding squeeze.

vtcoward says:

VT Senator Sanders Statement

“Thank you for contacting me regarding the Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act, also called the PROTECT IP Act. As a strong champion of a diverse marketplace and consumer rights, I appreciate the opportunity to address this important issue.

This is a complex issue, and many people have strong feelings about balancing intellectual property interests with the expectations of those rightly accustomed to open communication on the internet. I am an advocate of legislation protective of online privacy.

There’s no doubt that we need to protect legitimate intellectual property rights, but we must remember as we do this, that it is of the utmost importance to keep the internet free and open. As you know, I have not cosponsored this legislation. I share your concerns that we proceed very carefully as we move into the future: the openness of the internet must be protected. I will continue to monitor this legislation closely and if it comes to the floor, I will keep your very cogent and compelling concerns in mind. “

Steve R. (profile) says:

Romney Livid

In watching the Republican debates Romney has been absolutely livid concerning the need to stop the the theft of so-called “intellectual property”. Based on his extreme posturing so far, I would suspect that he would be all for SOPA/PIPA. Civil liberties would become obsolete.

But then that assumes that he is even aware of these proposed laws.

He also does not seem to equate US deficit spending with National Security or the (false) protection so-called “intellectual property”. Simplistically, all that China needs to do is buy our companies to acquire all the so-called “intellectual property” that they need.

TtfnJohn (profile) says:

Funny thing about all of this “regulation is bad” stuff that gets picked up in an election is that more often than not the one saying it the loudest during a campaign has often turned out the be the one adding the most new stuff.

Oh yeah, one or two high profile best before date long expired regulations get tossed but then other things somehow start to creep in to replace them. Fees that never existed before that come with pages of what you need to do to comply and that sort of thing.

At least you got to get screwed for free before now you have to pay a fee first! (General not specific statement for you nitpickers out there.)

Until Romney or any other Republican says they are absolutely, clearly, completely, going to their grave sworn on their grandmother’s gravestone against SOPA/PIPA I, for one, wouldn’t believe it.

Even from Ron Paul

Thomas (profile) says:


will come out for/against any issue, regardless of how they really feel about it. Campaign promises mean nothing anymore; they only give whatever answers they think will get them votes.

Think of it like Hitler campaigning for Jewish rights in the 1930s before he seized power..todays politicians are much the same.

Also “honest politician” is an oxymoron anyway.

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