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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...

Filed Under: business, mitt romney, pipa, politics, protect ip, regulations, sopa


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    TtfnJohn (profile), 9 Jan 2012 @ 2:11pm

    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

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