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Wednesday
Nov072012

Romney Supporters Lament the 'Mourning' After the Election

Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Thanks to the barrage of political ads and candidate robo-calls, a lot of Americans woke up Wednesday with a nasty case of campaign fatigue.

And, of course, about 48 percent of the country, whether they live in a blue state or red state or somewhere in between, are also experiencing post-election dejection.

Some, like Carole Lieberman of California, say they feel let down.

“I am extremely depressed that Mitt Romney didn’t win, not only for myself and my daughter but for the future of this country!” she said.

Obama’s win is doubly tough on Lieberman, as she’s still trying to recover from John McCain’s loss in 2008.

Dr. Nicholas DiNubile, a surgeon who lives in central Pennsylvania, is also feeling blue. “I’m mostly disappointed that Mitt Romney was not elected because it’s not often that a candidate comes along with the exact skills, track record and experience for what is most needed at this very critical point in time for our country, which is tinkering on the brink of economic collapse,” DiNubile said.

Research suggests that Romney supporters may have a harder time getting over their candidate’s defeat than Obama supporters would if the president had lost. A 2012 University of Nebraska-Lincoln study found that conservative thinkers dwelled much longer on unpleasant images – such as open wounds, crashed cars and dirty toilets — than did their left-leaning counterparts.

No matter how tough it might be for Romney voters now that the long political party’s over, Jeffrey Brown, an assistant clinical professor in the department of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and author of Chicken Soup for the Soul: Think Positive for Great Health, urged them to move on.

“Focus on things that are familiar and routine and remember what life was like before the maddening race,” he said. “If you’re angry, find a healthy outlet for venting but keep in mind, everything bad you could say about the other guy has probably already been said thousands of times.”

Romney voters might also take solace in the fact that they’re not the only ones who are less than elated over the presidential outcome. Many independent voters said they weren’t going to be happy no matter which way the election went down.

James McKenzie of Tucson, Ariz., hasn’t voted for a mainstream party candidate in years, because, he said, he doesn’t like where either party wants to take us. As he puts it, “I’m neither state. I’m ‘out of state’ as they say.”

As with any disappointment, Brown said it would probably help if the other side doesn’t gloat too much.

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Friday
Sep212012

‘Vigorous’ Mitt Romney Fit to Be President, Doc Says

NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/GettyImages(LAS VEGAS) -- Health records released Friday suggest Mitt Romney is in good health and has no impairments that would make him unfit for the White House.

He’s allergic to penicillin, has had an appendectomy and once got stitches in his right hand, but his doctor of more than 20 years said the 65-year-old “appears years young than his age.”

His most recent physical, conducted in August at his home in Massachusetts, “revealed a healthy appearing [sic], energetic, strong, physically fit male,” according to Dr. Randall Gaz, Romney’s doctor at Massachusetts General Hospital.

[Read Romney’s full medical record here.]

“He has shown the ability to be engaged in multiple, varied, simultaneous activities requiring complex mental, social, emotion and leadership skills,” wrote Gaz, who added that Romney’s a “vigorous man.”

“He has reserves of strength, energy and stamina that provide him with the ability to meet unexpected demands,” said Gaz.

Romney’s routine health examinations have included colonoscopies, blood tests and “extensive prior cardiac evaluations.” His family history includes heart attacks and prostate cancer. Like many older men, Romney takes a low-dose aspirin and the cholesterol-lowering drug Lipitor.

Most notable of Romney’s record is that his resting heart rate is just 40 beats per minute, far under the normal range of 60-100 beats per minute.

Romney’s doctor attributes the low rate to Romney’s “past intensive exercise with regular running.”

Nowadays, Romney is known to hit the gym on the trail, but prefers the elliptical machine to the treadmill.

While Romney’s doctor reported that Romney eats a “high fiber diet with abundant fruits and vegetables,” and limits eating “high cholesterol foods and concentrated sweets,” a guy can only do so much on the campaign trail, where the candidate has been spotted digging into the occasional homemade pie or bag of Cheetos in between campaign events.

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Thursday
Aug042011

Rick Perry Takes a Shot at Romney over Mass. Health Care 

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(AUSTIN, Texas) -- Texas Governor Rick Perry took a shot at Mitt Romney for the healthcare plan he implemented as governor of Massachusetts, calling it a “failure” and likening it to Obama’s health care plan.

“If some state decides to do something like pass a health care plan that, you know, is kind of like this Obama thing and it's a failure then we kind of go, 'ooh, we don't want to do that,' and that state may have been harmed by it, but the whole nation was not,” Perry told CBN in an exclusive interview.  

This is the first hit Perry has taken at a presidential candidate since he announced he’s toying with the idea of a run, but this is not the first time Perry has taken a swipe at Romney.  In his most recent book, "Fed Up!," Perry said he supports states’ decisions on healthcare but said Texans would not favor a plan like the one developed by Romney or Obama.

Earlier this week, the Austin-American Statesman reported on a longstanding feud between the two governors.  In his 2008 book, “On My Honor,” Perry expressed anger with Romney for not allowing the Boy Scouts to volunteer at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.

"Several years have gone by," Perry, who was an Eagle Scout himself, wrote, "and neither Mitt Romney nor anyone else who served as an official of the 2002 Winter Olympics has given a clear and logical explanation of why the door to volunteerism was shut."

"We know that Romney, as a political candidate in the politically liberal state of Massachusetts, has parted ways with the Scouts on its policies over the involvement of gay individuals in Scout activities."

The Romney camp has remained quiet about a potential bid by the Texas governor as many speculate Perry’s entrance in the race would affect Romney’s front-runner status.

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(AUSTIN, Texas) -- Texas Governor Rick Perry took a shot at Mitt Romney for the healthcare plan he implemented as governor of Massachusetts, calling it a “failure” and likening it to Obama’s health care plan.

 

“If some state decides to do something like pass a health care plan that, you know, is kind of like this Obama thing and it's a failure then we kind of go, 'ooh, we don't want to do that,' and that state may have been harmed by it, but the whole nation was not,” Perry told CBN in an exclusive interview. 

 

This is the first hit Perry has taken at a presidential candidate since he announced he’s toying with the idea of a run, but this is not the first time Perry has taken a swipe at Romney.  In his most recent book, "Fed Up!," Perry said he supports states’ decisions on healthcare but said Texans would not favor a plan like the one developed by Romney or Obama.

 

“On the other side of the coin, Massachusetts is free to experiment with state run healthcare.  If federalism is respected, the people of Massachusetts are free to try it while the rest of the nation sits back and watches to see if they have any success, and whether any success they do have is worth the price of losing liberty.  Now, we in Texas are not too excited about the prospect of government -- run anything, much less health care, and the federal legislation -- known to most as Obamacare -- is a direct result on the principle of federalism."

 

Earlier this week, the Austin-American Statesman reported on a long standing feud between the two governors.  In his 2008 book, “On My Honor,” Perry expressed anger with Romney for not allowing the Boy Scouts to volunteer at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.

 

"Several years have gone by," Perry, who was an Eagle Scout himself, wrote, "and neither Mitt Romney nor anyone else who served as an official of the 2002 Winter Olympics has given a clear and logical explanation of why the door to volunteerism was shut."

 

"We know that Romney, as a political candidate in the politically liberal state of Massachusetts, has parted ways with the Scouts on its policies over the involvement of gay individuals in Scout activities."

 

The Romney camp has remained quiet about a potential bid by the Texas governor as many speculate Perry’s entrance in the race would affect Romney’s front-runner status.

 

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