At a rally today in Carson City, Nevada, presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney reaffirmed his general opposition to a constitutional right to privacy with one limited exception.
Stated Romney, "You have to look at the Founding Fathers' original intent, and frankly, the idea of privacy as a constitutional right just didn't exist then. With of course, a narrow exception for the financial and tax information of Mormon former governors. That's not me talking, that's the Federalist Papers."
"What consenting adults do in the bedroom is too important for us to be cavalier about," the Mormon former governor continued. "But what a consenting adult does in the conference room of a bank in the Cayman Islands? That's between him and his many lawyers, accountants, financial planners, and lobbyists. Though I will say that the conference room at my offshore bank always has this amazing tropical fruit plate. Their papaya is nearly as good as their tax avoidance strategies."
Romney also touted his position as economically beneficial. "Whenever you hire someone to lobby for a tax break, you're creating a job. If President Obama really cares about jobs, why hasn't he set up a series of shell corporations that would secretly lobby for him to get a lower tax rate than his secretary? Because he doesn't love America enough, that's why."
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney was unavailable for comment because he was traveling to a wedding between two men.