Romney, Santorum, and Gingrich on the Martin case

A few quotes via BuzzFeed:  Romney, Santorum Comment On Trayvon Martin.

Based on this, at least (and on my other post), it seems that Romney and Santorum are handling this with a bit more respect and propriety than is Gingrich.

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Comments

  1. Gustopher says:

    Quoting just the quotes (which is 3/4ths of the article, but if anyone has copyright on the quotes, it’s Romney and Santorum, not BuzzFeed).

    Romney:

    “What happened to Trayvon Martin is a tragedy. There needs to be a thorough investigation that reassures the public that justice is carried out with impartiality and integrity.”

    Santorum:

    “It’s a horrible case, and it’s chilling to hear what happened… And of course the fact that law enforcement didn’t immediately go after and prosecute this case is another chilling example of horrible decisions made by people in this process.

    “I think it’s pretty clear the problems we’re seeing in this case, and hopefully the state Attorney General and local community is reacting and responding, and hopefully this matter will be an example of what law enforcement has to do in a case like this.”

    Santorum is a lot stronger — he stops short of mentioning racism explicitly, but it is a lot stronger of a condemnation.

    Romney, on the other hand — he’s not even acknowledging that the worst aspect is the police response. He might as well be a spokesman for the police department putting out a CYA statement.

    This goes right to how I view the two candidates.

    I don’t agree with Santorum at all on most every issue, and I think he’s a prissy little sanctimonious busy body, but I like that he stands up for what he believes, and sometimes he actually is on the right side of something. There’s at least some common ground.

    Romney? There’s nothing there to like.

  2. Tsar Nicholas II says:

    FYI, # 1, quotes can’t be copyrighted. Not by reporters. Not by speakers.

    Also, you’ve got things completely bass-ackwards. Lambasting law enforcement for not “immediately prosecuting” this case is a precipitous and reckless statement. Prosecutions don’t work that way. Cops and then prosecutors don’t drop in like the Navy Seals to whisk away the “white Hispanic” race murderer for a waterboarding session and then a quick trial, conviction and execution.

    Romney by far has the better take on this. There needs to be a thorough and impartial investigation. The facts need to be developed. If it’s determined that Zimmerman committed a chargeable offense then he needs to be arrested, indicted, arraigned, subjected to a preliminary hearing, tried before a jury, and, if convicted, sentenced and then incarcerated. That’s how prosecutions actually work. Lastly, don’t believe everything you read in the media. They have an agenda. They’re biased. They’re not the sharpest tools in the shed.

    Regarding Gingrich, he’s already slipped down into talking parody territory. It’s a fall from graceless to brainless.

  3. anjin-san says:

    Regarding Gingrich, he’s already slipped down into talking parody territory.

    You must feel tremendous kinship for him…

  4. An Interested Party says:

    Cops and then prosecutors don’t drop in like the Navy Seals to whisk away the “white Hispanic” race murderer for a waterboarding session and then a quick trial, conviction and execution.

    No, of course not…according to your own standards, that process should only happen to Muslims from the Middle East…

  5. it seems that Romney and Santorum are handling this with a bit more respect and propriety than is Gingrich.

    Couldn’t this be said about pretty much any issue that’s been discussed in the campaign so far?

  6. Rufus T. Firefly says:

    @Tsar Nicholas II:

    FYI, # 1, quotes can’t be copyrighted. Not by reporters. Not by speakers.

    Are you also an IP attorney in your spare time?

    Which see:

    Many public statements come from speeches which were created as the expression of ideas by their creators and “fixed” in some manner whether it is on paper, on audio and/or visual recordings or on a hard drive ready for printing. Such speeches are protected by copyright law and any use of such speeches beyond a use which could be deemed an incidental or ”fair use” of the work (which is a defense to copyright infringement and a separate topic entirely) or pass muster under a First amendment argument would constitute copyright infringement.