Romney Defends Citizens United Decision

February 18, 2010 4:30 pm ET — Chris Harris

During his speech at the 2010 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney attacked President Obama for opposing the Supreme Court's Citizens United v. FEC decision that granted corporations unprecedented political power.

Romney said (as prepared for delivery):

Did you see his State of the Union address? First, he took on the one group in the room that was restrained from responding - the Supreme Court. The president found it inexplicable that the First Amendment right of free speech should be guaranteed not just to labor union corporations and media corporations, but equally to all corporations, big and small. When it was all over, I think most Americans felt as I did: His noisy critique and bombast did not register as clear and convincingly as Justice Alito's silent lips forming these words: "Not true!"

He was wrong in thinking most Americans felt as he did.  In fact, 8 in 10 Americans felt the exact opposite.  According to the Washington Post:

Poll: Large majority opposes Supreme Court's decision on campaign financing

Americans of both parties overwhelmingly oppose a Supreme Court ruling that allows corporations and unions to spend as much as they want on political campaigns, and most favor new limits on such spending, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

Eight in 10 poll respondents say they oppose the high court's Jan. 21 decision to allow unfettered corporate political spending, with 65 percent "strongly" opposed. Nearly as many backed congressional action to curb the ruling, with 72 percent in favor of reinstating limits.

The poll reveals relatively little difference of opinion on the issue among Democrats (85 percent opposed to the ruling), Republicans (76 percent) and independents (81 percent).

If that doesn't show a lack of understanding for what average Americans feel, nothing does.

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