Oct 18, 2012

(Think Progress) --- Newly-discovered audio from a conference call in June captures Mitt Romney asking business owners to urge their employees to vote for him.

Romney, speaking on a call to the very conservative National Federation of Independent Business, tells a group of business owners that they should “make it very clear” how they feel about the candidates. The audio, discovered by In These Times, also captures Romney telling the business owners to “pass… along to your employees” how their jobs might be effected by who wins in November:
I hope you make it very clear to your employees what you believe is in the best interest of your enterprise and therefore their job and their future in the upcoming elections. And whether you agree with me or you agree with President Obama, or whatever your political view, I hope — I hope you pass those along to your employees. Nothing illegal about you talking to your employees about what you believe is best for the business, because I think that will figure into their election decision, their voting decision and of course doing that with your family and your kids as well.

Listen at 26:44:


  1. Yet another gaffe? I wonder why I didn't hear about this on the news?

  2. To me this is a clear example of doing what is legal vs. what is right. Everybody knows that this coercive. It is indeed a threat. Sure both parties will exploit certain laws for their advantage. But we are now seeing people particularly within the GOP to unjustly use the law and the legislative process to create an unfair electoral system. My respect level for Romney is now in the negative. If he cant compete without cheating, that lets me know he does not belong in the race, which also means he has no business being president.