Mitt’s Magic Ear (piece)

A strange thing happened at last night’s Republican Debate in Boca Raton, Florida.


Tim Russert asked Mitt Romney whether or not he would raise payroll taxes to solidify the Social Security program, standard fair for a Republican debate. As Romney pauses for just a moment, a muffled, scratchy voice says “I wouldn’t raise taxes“.



A millisecond later, Mitt repeats the phrase on cue.


So the question on all of our minds – does that alter the consensus opinion that Mitt knocked it out of the park? If this gets picked up by the big media, this should be enough to knock Mitt from the race.


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12 comments so far

To be fair the voice said “He raised taxes”

January 25th, 2008 at 3:03 am

This accusation is absurd to anyone who is:

a) Familiar with audio technology
b) Able to recognize voices of famous NBC news anchors
c) In any way reasonable

It was obviously part of NBC’s audio that was accidentally un-muted. This is not an ear-piece. There’s no way Romney’s microphone could pick up anything like that.

January 25th, 2008 at 3:53 pm

Gdub – Except that MSNBC doesn’t know what happened. If it was Brian Williams or Tim Russert, either of them would have come out and said, “It was me”. However, this hasn’t happened because it wasn’t them.

SOMEONE whispered it, it’s clear. I’m not saying it was Romney’s ear-piece. But SOMEONE whispered it. We need to know who did it and for what purpose. Again, if it was Brian Williams or Tim Russert, they would have issued a statement already. They haven’t, so rule that out. It was someone else and that person must be identified along with the reason for the whisper.

We are directing our questions to the wrong people. It wasn’t MSNBC; it was the Romney campaign. We need to demand an answer from his campaign. He obviously heard the whisper because he repeated it a split second later. Mitt Romney is the one we should be questioning, not MSNBC as they have already said that they don’t know what it was or where it came from.

Contact the campaign NOW!

January 25th, 2008 at 6:55 pm

Holly crap, this sight didn’t even listen to their own video. The muffled voice does NOT say “I wouldn’t raise taxes” it says “he raised taxes” which is an obviose clarification of the question. Which was needed because…

Tim Russert did NOT ask “would you raise taxes” he asked “would you do what Reagan did?” Reagan did a lot of stuff so this question obviously needed clarification.

You people are idiots!

Robert Hansen
January 25th, 2008 at 7:48 pm

Obviously Romney was being prompted by MSNBC. Mr. Magic Underpants is much beloved by the war machine.

Intelligent Layman
January 25th, 2008 at 8:58 pm

You might be right on the first part, IL. The second part is definitely right on the money…..

January 25th, 2008 at 9:00 pm

Man, Romney’s staff are all over this trying to contain the damage!

Mitt is a phony and this is proof. And YOU are making it even worse by telling people they didn’t hear what they heard and didn’t see what they saw.

Do you think everyone is stupid? Well, yeah, you obviously think people are stupid enough to elect Romney, so you must.

Scott M.
January 25th, 2008 at 11:15 pm

“*** UPDATE *** After reviewing the tapes, NBC determined that an open mic picked up a whisper from the audience. It is unclear who it is that says it, but it was not said by any of the candidates, was not heard in the hall and, more importantly, not heard by the candidates.”

You are all fools to actually think that this was a prompt for Romney. Romney is very good at memorizing his talking points, and would have no need for this, especially considering how politicians can just twist their responses if they do not know the answer (as seen with McCain answering Ron Paul’s Question).

January 25th, 2008 at 11:45 pm

Where there you have it, mystery solved. All you people who instantly jumped on the conspiracy train, this should be a lesson to you.

Now that you have all “Demanded an answer from the Romney Campaign” I would say you all owe the Romney Campaign an apology. Or Better yet just vote for him.

Honestly people, if this is the biggest scandal you can find on Romney, and then it turns out to be completly incorrect, you really should vote him. He is a decent honorable man with a giant huge brain and the compassion to save our country for no compensation.

Go Mitt, this country needs you.

Robert Hansen
January 26th, 2008 at 12:20 am

That voice heard whispering is none other than Mitt’s. Now the MSM needs to admit for a FACT that all of the candidates are provided with the questions IN ADVANCE.

Clearly he was provided the questions in advance, and this was his own prepared reminder – played back to him when he wanted to hear it.

Mitt likely had a wireless ear piece and a transmitting device in his hand that he alone could activate – which contained prerecorded brief prompts to get him heading in the right direction with his answers. His own wireless microphone channel (on the podium) picked up the signal that was transmitted from his recorded answer to his ear piece as a digital audio signal and it played through the house speakers and on television.

That whispered voice IS Mitt Romney.

January 26th, 2008 at 5:40 am

I neither believe nor disbelieve that Romney was being coached.

Pro-coach points: Mitt lied about daddy marching with MLK, he pandered to black voters, it was edited out of the campaign’s YouTube, the timing of his response, the fact that it only happened to him, he’s a rich, powerful dishonest person who will do anything to get the vote. + MSNBC’s almost immediate removal.

Anti-coach points: there’s only this one ethereal whisper, could have been someone with a mic nearby who meant no harm or help to Mitt. Not likely that his mic would pick up a transmission to his earpiece.

Bottom line is: If it’s important to know if he’s cheating (and I think it is) an audio forensics professional should analyze it-not a pro-Romney person or an anti-Romney person.

January 26th, 2008 at 9:25 am

To the world wide internet people, if the American people have learned anything it is never to trust a politician, even if they have an ear piece. Weather Romney was being coached or not there is still one thing that puzzle’s me, why didn’t Romney close the tunnel in Mass before the women was killed.

Also why would he tell the judge to quite for doing her job by the letter of the law? To me it seems that Mitt Romney fails to have any sort of insight, to conclude that this mans wants to run the country he barly could run Mass. My hat is off to Kerry Healy for running Mass only gods knows where Mitt was most of the time. Lets hope he does not become President.

Neaco G.
January 26th, 2008 at 6:43 pm

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