The inaptly named ThinkProgress (
no link see update below) thinks they have a scandal on their hands with the following “leaked audio.” I put the scare quotes there because the clip was posted online by the National Federation of Independent Business, which is the group that, you know, hosted the conference call.
Anyway, the relevant portion starts at 26:44.
Here’s the transcript, with my emphasis:
I hope you make it very clear to your employees what you believe is in the best interest of your enterprise and therefore their job and their future in the upcoming elections. And whether you agree with me or you agree with President Obama, or whatever your political view, I hope — I hope you pass those along to your employees. Nothing illegal about you talking to your employees about what you believe is best for the business, because I think that will figure into their election decision, their voting decision and of course doing that with your family and your kids as well.
In other words, he’s just telling these people that they and their employees (and their families) should vote for whichever candidate–himself or the other guy–would be best for their businesses. For people who are constantly furrowing their brows about people supposedly “voting against their own interests,” this would seem to be kind of a nothingburger, but they seem to think it’s some kind of intimidation tactic.
Perhaps they’ll be releasing hidden camera video of Romney saying these words while making exaggerated winking and nudging gestures and/or twirling the ends of an oily, pencil-thin moustache he had grown specifically for the occasion. Yeah.
Update: Ah, screw it–here’s the link. It’s more fun to see the hyperventilating in the comments.