Ex-ABC Anchor Gibson Asserts Romney Forced 'Far To the Right' and Calls Anti-Tax Pledge 'Absurd'

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Demonstrating that he would have made the same news judgments hostile to Mitt Romney as the journalists who succeeded him at ABC News, in an address Thursday night to students at Quinnipiac University, Charles Gibson declared “the Republican Party has done Romney no favors by forcing him so far to the right that he may not be able to scramble back by November 6th,” castigated Grover Norquist’s anti-tax pledge as “absurd, absolutely absurd,” and denigrated as “silly” the point that 47 percent don’t pay federal income tax.

He fretted, yet “it becomes a legitimate subject of debate for a lot of people who are Governor Romney supporters.”

A Sunday post on TVNewser, “An Election Prediction from a Former ‘World News’ Anchor,” alerted me to the video the college in Connecticut posted on YouTube. Merrill Knox advised: “In his address, ‘The (Im)Balance of Power in Washington: How Things Went Off the Rails and How They Can Be Fixed,’ Gibson candidly discussed the upcoming election, even making a prediction for who will win (around the 23:00 mark). Watch:”

More in the cross-post on the MRC's NewsBusters blog.