Most revealing — and most painful — is a long scene of Romney awkwardly engaging rural Iowans in a town-hall setting. The candidate gets asked about whether this is now a nation of "givers" and "takers," an amusing question in a state that's engorged-tick fat on ethanol subsidies. Romney responds with the same boilerplate that would ensure his loss in November: Too many Americans, he says, have forgotten John F. Kennedy's "Ask not what your country can do for you..." bit. Instead, Romney says, they ask, "How much free stuff can you give me? How big a check will you give me? How many more benefits will you give me? When we have 47 percent of our people who pay no income tax — and there are some who would raise that number to an even higher level — I think at some point you question 'Can we survive that?'"

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Location Info


Landmark Plaza Frontenac Cinema

1701 S. Lindbergh Blvd.
Frontenac, MO 63131

Category: Movie Theaters

Region: Frontenac

Wildey Theatre

254 N. Main St.
Edwardsville, IL 62025

Category: Movie Theaters

Region: Collinsville/ Edwardsville


Directed by AJ Schnack.
Screens Friday, November 15, at 6:45 p.m. at Plaza Fronetnac, and Sunday, November 17, at 4:30 p.m. at the Wildey as part of the St. Louis International Film Festival.

He goes on like that, to great audience approval, demonstrating the bitter reality of national Republican politics today: The things a candidate must say to get the nomination are exactly the things that guarantee that candidate doesn't win an election.

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