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Catalina Camia reports on the Jack Nicklaus campaign appearance for Mitt Romney.

Nicklaus , one of Ohio's favorite sons, told the audience in Westerville that when he travels the world people "want us to be like the America we were."  Nicklaus said Romney would bring "a real recovery" to the American economy and restore America's standing around the globe.

"This campaign isn't about what's best for me," Nicklaus said, telling the crowd that Romney and running mate Paul Ryan would say "yes, we will" in order to help the next generation.

It looks to me like Jack is saying something to former Governor Romney in that Mandel Ngan Getty image. Anyone able to translate? Maybe something about the Presidents Cup next year at Muirfield Village?

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Not the first loser Jack's backed. Probably won't be the last.
09.26.2012 | Unregistered Commentertlavin
Look Mitt, I'm gonna get you all the Ohioan votes you need but ya gotta work with me here. As I shared with you yesterday on the back nine, it doesn't matter if you interlock or overlap, this flippin' ball is going too far!! I personally pushed hard for Golf to reemerge in the 2016 Olympics in Rio. At today's distances there's not enough land, 530 yard par 4's? For Obama's sake come on Mitt, there are people starving in the world. This extra land could be put to good use, think about it, Monsanto M810 corn could be grown on this preserved land. Who's going to feed the Chinese? Which come to think of it, this little red man isn't going to able to reach a 530 yard par 4, hhmmmmm, how we going to sell him a $400 driver with his saying; me not hit ball far enough, I quit! You see we're in a quandary here. Hell, they haven't even begun construction on the Olympic golf course, they're still searching for enough land. Last I heard they were considering some land fill areas. Look, you want Ohio you tell that USGA to pull their head out of the manufacturers back pocket, lean on their tax exempt if you have to! These cowards couldn't break 40 if their life depended on it. And by the way, when you come back to Murifield for the President's Cup I've got you completely covered. Tim should be retired by then!
09.26.2012 | Unregistered CommenterGolden Bare
But Barack is a winner???? He is a dolt and the numbers back that up.
09.26.2012 | Unregistered CommenterLBW
I think he meant loser as in not going to win....Jack's opinions are great, but I turn to that great American thinker Paul Azinger when I want some deep political thoughts.
09.26.2012 | Unregistered CommenterHilltop
Jack hasn't lived in Ohio for a very long time. I don't think he can help Mitt much. Besides, Mitt will lose Ohio, simply because he is from Michigan, as every Ohio State fan knows . . . :-D
09.26.2012 | Unregistered CommenterSmitty
Yes, I meant he isn't going to win. I was not calling him a loser in the perjorative sense. Mitt's strikes me as a good man, a great businessman, with a good heart but with a ten-cent political brain. I don't think he has a chance, not that anybody in the Republican field would have done any better...
09.26.2012 | Unregistered Commentertlavin
"That bit about the campaign not about being what's best for me ... bs!

Serious, serious loss of respect for Nicklaus for backing that nutter.
I used to like Jack... or at least I liked him better than I like Gary Player. And if "great businessman" means someone who exports jobs from the US to China and Mexico, enriching himself in the process and impoverishing the people he wants to vot him into the Oval Office, yes, Mitt Romney is a great businessman.
09.26.2012 | Unregistered CommenterWill o'the Glen
Hero to zero, the process continues.
09.26.2012 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
The only LOSER is currently in office...Good on the Golden Bear!!!!
09.26.2012 | Unregistered CommenterViz
These are desperate times, which call for desperate measures. Can anyone tell me what I have to do to become a Lobbyist?
09.26.2012 | Unregistered CommenterK Street Dreamin'
I nearly spit out my coffee when I saw Hilltop's comment. Hilarious. Zinger and I have had our share of political conversations. Let's just say there's a reason these guys are pro athletes and not brain surgeons.

I remember advising Zinger that ABC/Disney was going to get all over him for his political rants on Twitter. He told me I was crazy and it was a free country. Three days layer ABC reprimanded him.
09.26.2012 | Unregistered CommenterMike Urann
Wasn't jack almost bankrupt at one time? And laying off his employees is Obamas fault? Hey Jack what about that thing called the free market? and this election is not about me but for my grandchildren and children, well u got that right because Romney will do away with the estate tax! So Jack do you think that 47% of your laid off employees are freeloaders that think they have a right to FOOD and HOUSING.? It's nice of Jack to back a über rich guy with absolutely no policy specifics about anything who thinks his money will buy him the election. jack you are a fool.
09.26.2012 | Unregistered CommenterA3
I am shocked that Big Jack endorsed the Republican. Shocked, I tell you! Nevertheless, Jack isn't even close to being the best athlete among professional golfers of the 20th century. Babe Didriksen Zaharias has him lapped there, at least three times.
09.26.2012 | Unregistered CommenterKLG
Under which candidate would the golf industry have the best chance of rebounding and thriving?
09.26.2012 | Unregistered CommenterDel the Funk
Romney would be a good president like Nicklaus was "the greatest athlete of the 20th century."

And for a public figure to refer to the President of the United States the way Nicklaus did -- twice -- is disgusting. He is just like the rest of that shower -- a rabid, right wing bigot.
09.26.2012 | Unregistered CommenterGhillie
So Jack Nicklaus, a 72-year-old, Caucasian, wealthy, male from Columbus, Ohio is supporting Romney? Big news, especially since you would think his interests align more with President Obama.

Chill out, curmudgeons.
09.26.2012 | Unregistered Commentersmithens53
But someone else built the course!! Jack, your success is a sham, and as a higher-handicapper, I deserve to get more strokes from you to make up for my own incompetence!!
09.26.2012 | Unregistered CommenterROBERTO
Is Jack Nicklaus referring to the America we were, back when black people didn't have the appropriate musculature, mind and genetics to play golf at a high level?
09.26.2012 | Unregistered CommenterDG
And one more childhood icon bites the dust.

Mitt frikin Romney? Oh brother.
09.26.2012 | Unregistered CommenterCouchMaster
Didn't Jack have to cut staff because real estate developers weren't hiring him because of the implosion in real estate in the U.S. that happened in 2007 and 2008? Correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't think Obama was running the U.S. at the time. Maybe Jack needs to take a look at a timeline and recognize the correction in the golf course business happened because of previous presidents, not the current one. Heck, the current dude likes to play lots of golf and gets hammered by the Republicans for that as well.

Regardless, Jack could have just sent all those laid off employees to China. I hear they are doing their best to create a new golf course bubble there.
09.26.2012 | Unregistered CommenterDa Man
Romney is just another Bush but with a better vocabulary and enunciation who wants to tax the middle class.
And he doesn't care a whit about the little people.
Low taxes for the wealthy and forget about those less fortunate.
Anybody with his wealth should pay more than 10% or so in Federal taxes.
09.26.2012 | Unregistered CommenterStanley Thompson
It's disturbing how many posters mentioned race. This election isn't about race...or it shouldn't be.
09.26.2012 | Unregistered CommenterLip Out
The same Nicklaus who said he never could have succeeded in golf without his wife agreeing to play Mom back home?

09.26.2012 | Unregistered Commenterjgw
Ghillie, a little over the top, no. Jack's a good guy, and certainly not a bigot, don't know where that comes from. Having said that, can't stand when pro athletes think what they say is somehow important and that we are going to be influenced by something they say just because they are or were really good at something. I seem to recall Nicklaus in past interviews saying that very thing so very surprised he did this.
09.26.2012 | Unregistered Commenterol Harv
Both Obama and Romney strike me as handpicked political bimbos doing other peoples' bidding.

As a non-American, I would have voted for Jack Kemp years ago - you'd be thanking me by now.

Anyways, in the interest of balance, Jack had his say for Romney now, here is a word or two from Madonna endorsing Obama::
09.26.2012 | Unregistered CommenterAbu Dhabi Golfer
I've got news for Mr. Nicklaus. While there is a President in the White House, it is his competitor who is "the other guy." And to refer to the President by surname, in that way, was appallingly rude. Well in line with PGA Tour Republicanism, which is rabid and rightwing and at least bigoted enough to comfortably play fine courses at which black members are not welcome.

Nicklaus, which is how I will hereafter think of him, showed himself to be a kneejerk rightwinger. I doubt the Nicklaus family has suffered one iota as a result of the current economy, but whatever he has done as a "small businessman" has led to him having to lay off 50% of his workforce? And add pay cuts to the survivors? Economies can affect any business, but to such an extent, without affecting the owner at all? Da Man makes solid points on some of Nicklaus' less prudent business ventures, and who was in charge then. Like most Republicans, his sense of history begins and ends with the current regime, all history being ignored if unsuitable and the halcyon days recalled if more attractive.

I don't actually know, but I doubt the accuracy of his statement that the number of people on food stamps has risen 40% in the last four years. But if it has risen, which I do NOT doubt, how much is Nicklaus' own contribution to the situation? When he lays of 50% of his work force and reduces the pay of the survivors, how does he expect these people are going to eat? Oh, they'll do what he did and not ask for help and get OTHER jobs. So the other guy can expand his business...doesn't this make Nicklaus a bad businessman?

He has shown himself to be clueless, insensitive, rude and stupid. Hooking up with a hypocritical, self-serving dope like Romney is a tipoff that you are dealing with "A Bear of Very Little Brain."
09.26.2012 | Unregistered CommenterGhillie
I'm surprised Jack endorsed Romney. Seems he should have more in common with the current sitting president as he plays golf every day, no?
09.26.2012 | Unregistered CommenterMikey
It's nice to know that our resident British muppets have such strong opinions about U.S. politics. I can see why. We have so much to learn from the Brits. Hate speech laws, a food stamps medical system and Marxist tax rates that send everyone scurrying abroad. A country that as Sarkozy said makes absolutely nothing that anyone wants. And now they're trying to start a war against Argentina. I wish they'd FOAD, but they never will, unfortunately.
09.26.2012 | Unregistered CommenterManos
Ghillie you absolutely nailed it. PGA Tour Republicanism is corporate sponsored, corporate approved and too financially taxing in the wallet for any tour member to take any other position. Those who might think differently just stay silent. I bet the weekly PGA Tour Sunday services never get near Jesus' actual message about the poor or the distraction of wealth/power that Jesus clearly condemned. Of course Jesus cares about golf victories so much that he walks right beside our heroes while they ignore everything around them.

I pray for the day when a great golfer reasons: I am so rich from my own performance that I will take less money from sponsers who support non-corporate, public good ideals. I'll keep dreaming....

Golf is a game I love, not a game owned by anyone. Jack Nicklaus's high end, over priced unsustainable Signature courses are the problem not the actions of any politician. Jack should use his own bootstraps and not have his hand out if Romney.potentially wins.
09.26.2012 | Unregistered CommenterStephenP
@Ghillie - well said (and I'm about as independent as it gets!). @Manos - people don't want to hear your anti-Europe/British rants on this blog. Do yourself a favor and take it to a political blog...
09.26.2012 | Unregistered CommenterIanB
Greatest athlete of the 20th century? More lies from the Romney campaign! ;)
09.26.2012 | Unregistered CommenterGarland
I heard about a guy named Jim Thorpe, I heard he was an okay athlete, not like Jack or anything, but still.
09.26.2012 | Unregistered Commentertiger's fault
IanB, if my comments upset you, too bad. Try not to soil yourself, ok?
09.26.2012 | Unregistered CommenterManos
I voted against Palin because she couldn't really golf. My bad. Now I understand what Jack saw:


Those aren't golf holes, but the new national debt that will be added since Shrub left office if the current traj is maintained. That's a lot of Nassaus for Jack's kids and grandkids and great grandkids.

Don't reply, I'm going to hit some balls. Or moving to Greece.
09.26.2012 | Unregistered CommenterBob
Manos - so sorry to hear that you and other right-wing nut cases are having a bad time with the US polls and Romney's performance. Maybe a nice dose of balanced socialism is coming your way.. And cannot wait until Europe (with the awesome Brits) whips the USA at Medinah. Bring it on lads!
09.26.2012 | Unregistered CommenterProud Irish
a quadruple bogey for Jack, he should shut up on this one
09.26.2012 | Unregistered Commenterchicago pt
I now have a new respect for Jack. Well done sir.
09.26.2012 | Unregistered CommenterStord
That is also about the least appealing picture of a celebrity and a Republican pol since the infamous one with Sammy Davis Jr. And R. M. Nixon.

Yeah -- I was forgetting about Nicklaus' other crimes against humanity -- like Valhalla.
09.26.2012 | Unregistered CommenterGhillie
Proud Irish, still upset at my comments on McIlroy's white elephant house that will never sell and Ireland's Zimbabwe-like economy. Boo hoo hoo.
09.26.2012 | Unregistered CommenterManos

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