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Mitt Romney: Registered Democrat
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Posted on 02/06/2012 8:11:35 AM PST by mnehring

Mitt Romney’s 1992 Democratic Primary vote for Paul Tsongas — a technocratic modernizer and reformer, but very much a Democrat — raised some Republican eyebrows last week.

What hasn’t been mentioned: Romney’s vote formally enrolled him in the Democratic Party. more…

For anyone who either believes in leprechauns or that Mitt Romney is a conservative this should be of significance, especially since his minions haunted this site making much of the fact that Rick Perry was a Democrat before 1989.

The speculation is that Romney had originally intended to challenge Ted Kennedy in the Democrat primary then decided to run as a Republican. This makes his 1994 campaign strategy much more understandable.

According to a Romney campaign spokesperson, Romney “switched back.” One doesn’t know how Romney managed to “switch back.” According to the town clerk, Romney became an Republican only on October 19, 1993. The implication is that Romney had either never voted between his registration as a independent in 1979 and 1992 (so his vote in 1992 automatically enrolled him as a Democrat) or that he was a regular Democrat voters in those earlier elections and changed to Republican to run for Senate.

Now I’m off to National Review and Jennifer Rubin’s precious little blog to read some more on how conservative Willard Romney is.


TOPICS: Politics
KEYWORDS: carter4romney; clinton4romney; democrat; democrats4romney; dnc4romney; du4romney; kerry4romney; mittromney; obama4romney; rino; romneythedemocrat
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1 posted on 02/06/2012 8:11:39 AM PST by mnehring
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To: mnehring

I voted for Tsongas as well. Many, many, many Mass. Republicans did so in order to sink Clinton. It was the 1st operation khaos. This charge is beyond lame. Better get in line w/Romney or we are looking @ 4 more years of obummer % co.


2 posted on 02/06/2012 8:16:41 AM PST by maineman (BC EAGLES FAN)
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To: mnehring

I also voted for Tsongas as a registered Democrat. But I was so repulsed by the Clinton’s I voted for Bush and re registered as a Republican.

It can happen.


3 posted on 02/06/2012 8:20:39 AM PST by CaptainK (...please make it stop. Shake a can of pennies at it.)
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To: maineman
I voted for Tsongas as well. Many, many, many Mass. Republicans did so in order to sink Clinton. It was the 1st operation khaos. This charge is beyond lame. Better get in line w/Romney or we are looking @ 4 more years of obummer % co.


4 posted on 02/06/2012 8:22:05 AM PST by central_va ( I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: maineman

We will NOT vote for Romney.

Romney is a Democrat. At least with
Obama who get what you (now) see.


5 posted on 02/06/2012 8:22:17 AM PST by Diogenesis ("Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. " Pres. Ronald Reagan)
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To: mnehring

Let’s be a LITTLE more accurate.

Romney = Real Democrat.

Quite frankly, I don’t care so much about this issue as I do about policy stance after policy stance that is Liberal as Hell (except of course when he wants to convince us he’s really a Conservative). Ugh.


6 posted on 02/06/2012 8:26:23 AM PST by RIghtwardHo
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To: maineman

“Better get in line w/Romney or we are looking @ 4 more years of obummer % co.”

You’re blowin’ smoke up the wrong tailpipe here bub.

As JimRob says “NO ROMNEY! NO WAY!”


7 posted on 02/06/2012 8:27:25 AM PST by Bigh4u2 (Denial is the first requirement to be a liberal)
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To: maineman

I will NEVER get in line w/ Romney. There is NO DIFFERENCE between Hussein & Romney.

Extract your head from your bum & wake up.


8 posted on 02/06/2012 8:27:48 AM PST by surroundedbyblue (Live the message of Fatima - pray & do penance!)
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To: mnehring

The question I would like to see asked of Romney is - did he vote for Reagan in 1980 and 1984 and Bush in 1988? I’ll bet ten bucks if he is asked those questions directly, he will equivocate.


9 posted on 02/06/2012 8:29:38 AM PST by vbmoneyspender
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To: maineman

IB4TZ


10 posted on 02/06/2012 8:29:38 AM PST by CatherineofAragon (I can haz Romney's defeat?)
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To: mnehring
{yawn}

I flipped from R to D a couple years ago to vote in the Democrat primary. I had good reasons, too. But, that probably wouldn't matter to the GOParty Faithful.

Regardless, at the next convenient opportunity, I flopped back to R.

There are more than enough valid reasons to cast doubt Willard's bogus claims of conservatism. This hardly qualifies.

11 posted on 02/06/2012 8:33:27 AM PST by newgeezer (It is [the people's] right and duty to be at all times armed. --Thomas Jefferson)
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To: surroundedbyblue
There is NO DIFFERENCE between Hussein & Romney.

They are both liberals but other than that, they are completely different. Pick your poison.

12 posted on 02/06/2012 8:33:31 AM PST by palmer (Before reading this post, please send me $2.50)
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To: mnehring

Let’s just all stay home like in 2006 and let Obama have it.

We probably need four more years of him anyway just to make sure we completely destroy the country. Better relect Obama then God forbid, we elect a “Rino”.


13 posted on 02/06/2012 8:36:13 AM PST by Diggity
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To: maineman

>>>...we are looking @ 4 more years of obummer % co.

4 more years of Zero vs. 4 of BullMitt.... like getting hung with a nylon rope vs hemp.


14 posted on 02/06/2012 8:36:31 AM PST by Keith in Iowa (Willard Romney, purveyor of the world's finest bullmitt. | FR Class of 1998 |)
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To: maineman
I voted for Tsongas as well. Many, many, many Mass. Republicans did so in order to sink Clinton. It was the 1st operation khaos. This charge is beyond lame. Better get in line w/Romney or we are looking @ 4 more years of obummer % co.

As conservatives, we don't vote for Liberals, even if they have an R next to their name and the GOP trotts out the next Boogeyman like Obama.

Either fight for your principles or get out of the way?

There are plenty of other websites where you can stay on your knees and capitulate to the GOP manipulation and propaganda where Romney is concerned, this ain't the website for you.
15 posted on 02/06/2012 8:38:03 AM PST by SoConPubbie
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To: mnehring
What hasn’t been mentioned: Romney’s vote formally enrolled him in the Democratic Party.

In a purely technical sense. Registered independents (unenrolled) in Massachusetts can vote in the Democrat or Republican primary (but not both). Until 2004 they were temporarily considered members of that party for the purposes of the primary, then went back to being independents. Nowadays unenrolled voters can take either ballot but don't become a member of either party, even formally.

There used to be a card you fill out to restore you to unenrolled status. If Romney filled out the card, he was a Democrat for about as long as it took his ballot to be filled out and counted or for a formal period a little longer than that. This is one of those fake charges that turns up in dumb ads and makes people want to bang their heads against the wall.

16 posted on 02/06/2012 8:42:03 AM PST by x
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To: palmer; surroundedbyblue
They are both liberals but other than that, they are completely different. Pick your poison.

Agreed. Anyone with a clue knows the Marxist poison works much faster. The clueless need only look at The Kenyan's first two years when he had Congress on his side.

Willard's more like Clinton with better control of his zipper.

17 posted on 02/06/2012 8:42:42 AM PST by newgeezer (It is [the people's] right and duty to be at all times armed. --Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Diogenesis

Why can’t these pathetic Romney people move on to issues? I’m challenging any Romney supporter to, without mentioning or making comparisons to Obama and the Democrats, give us all ten reasons to vote for Romney. Find ten things in his Massachusetts record that you support. Forget his ridiculously broad campaign rhetoric about “liberty” and “free markets”. Point to ten things he did as Governor to support freedom.


18 posted on 02/06/2012 8:46:55 AM PST by freemarketsfreeminds
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To: Bigh4u2

Hopefully jimprob was meaning “during the Primaries”, not sit out the National Election and let the kenyan roll on over us all for another 4 years by default.

Elections are allways the chosing between the lesser of two evils. As much as I do not like Romney or think he is a true conservative, compared to nobama I for one will vote for him in the Nov. Election if he gets the nomination (which is still a long way from set in stone).


19 posted on 02/06/2012 8:47:49 AM PST by X-spurt
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To: X-spurt; jimrob

“Hopefully jimprob was meaning “during the Primaries”, not sit out the National Election and let the kenyan roll on over us all for another 4 years by default.”

Maybe you should ask him?

‘NO ROMNEY! NO WAY!’ seems pretty definitive to me..


20 posted on 02/06/2012 8:52:07 AM PST by Bigh4u2 (Denial is the first requirement to be a liberal)
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To: surroundedbyblue

No difference? Are you on pot?


21 posted on 02/06/2012 8:54:55 AM PST by maineman (BC EAGLES FAN)
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To: freemarketsfreeminds

you holding your breath?


22 posted on 02/06/2012 8:54:55 AM PST by annieokie
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To: maineman
Better get in line w/Romney or we are looking @ 4 more years of obummer % co.

Right on bro.

23 posted on 02/06/2012 8:57:23 AM PST by steelwheels
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To: mnehring
For all you who maintain that Romney has some conservative tendencies, ask yourself this: Why did Mitt Romney renounce the Republican Party from 1979 to after 1992? The answer is obvious: TO OPPOSE REAGANISM! Hence my tag line.

I'll not vote for Mitt Romney EVER! Nor will I vote in the general election for anyone who endorses Romney prior to him securing the nomination.

26 posted on 02/06/2012 9:07:05 AM PST by CommerceComet (If Mitt can leave the GOP to protest Reagan, why can't I do the same in protest of Romney?)
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To: annieokie

I’ve issued these challenges two, or three times now. They don’t respond.


27 posted on 02/06/2012 9:07:05 AM PST by freemarketsfreeminds
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To: maineman
Maybe you are just a dumbass?

Nothing intelligent to say?
28 posted on 02/06/2012 9:09:16 AM PST by SoConPubbie
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To: mnehring

Romney isn’t even a RINO...he’s a Bloomberg Republican.


29 posted on 02/06/2012 9:09:31 AM PST by gogeo (I didn't leave the Republcan Party, it left me.)
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To: freemarketsfreeminds
they can't. Their morons, the Jay Leno "jaywalker" types.

Who's buried in Grant's tomb? uhhh! I dunno, uhh jefferson?

Good luck with future surveys, keep at it, lol.

30 posted on 02/06/2012 9:14:05 AM PST by annieokie
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To: newgeezer
Willard's more like Clinton with better control of his zipper...

Yes...personally, to paraphrase an oft-quoted politician, "He's an unusually skilled liar."

Politically, I think we'd be looking at the second tern of GHWB.

31 posted on 02/06/2012 9:14:12 AM PST by gogeo (I didn't leave the Republcan Party, it left me.)
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To: SoConPubbie
As conservatives, we don't vote for Liberals, even if they have an R next to their name and the GOP trotts out the next Boogeyman like Obama.

I remember people like you in '08. Gave us Barry.

32 posted on 02/06/2012 9:14:21 AM PST by steelwheels
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To: surroundedbyblue

I will NEVER get in line w/ Romney. There is NO DIFFERENCE between Hussein & Romney.


Yes there is. One is white, the other half black.

neither are worth a turd though.


33 posted on 02/06/2012 9:14:52 AM PST by cableguymn (Good thing I am a conservative. Otherwise I would have to support Mittens like Republicans do.)
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To: maineman

You’re a class act, aren’t you? Willard would be proud of you.

No, I won’t stay home. On primary day here in VA, I will vote for Ron Paul the nutcase in an effort to deny Romney my state’s delegates. If Romney somehow becomes the nominee, I will write in Rick Perry and vote for the rest of the ticket. I cannot and will not vote for a man who has the blood of innocents on his hands and who panders to homosexuals. I will not vote for such a despicable, corrupt, vicious, rotten, malicious, calculating puffed-up phony.

But if you like that sort of thing, go for it.


34 posted on 02/06/2012 9:15:29 AM PST by CatherineofAragon (I can haz Romney's defeat?)
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To: steelwheels
I remember people like you in '08. Gave us Barry.

Nope, they can't take credit for that.

The one's responsible for Barry, are those who settled for the "Lessor of two evils" GOP candidate.

The one's responsible for Barry are those who believed the "Conservative" press propaganda concerning who was more electable.

The one's responsible for Barry are those who did not do their own research on the candidates to find out what/who they really were.

The one's responsible for Barry are those who compromised their values, their principles, and their morals because they allowed themselves to be manipulated by the GOP-E.

In short, look in the mirror when you are looking for someone to blame for the bad outcome in 2008 and probably 2012.

Either lead, fight, or get the hell out of the way!


35 posted on 02/06/2012 9:20:11 AM PST by SoConPubbie
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To: freemarketsfreeminds

I am not a mitt supporter.

But I have 1 thing he did as governor to support freedom.

He didn’t run for reelection!


36 posted on 02/06/2012 9:20:51 AM PST by cableguymn (Good thing I am a conservative. Otherwise I would have to support Mittens like Republicans do.)
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SOROS said: ROMNEY AND OBAMA ARE THE SAME. I believe that statement to be very true.

I will not vote ROMNEY ever. Better to keep the same and only 4 yrs, than to risk 8 yrs with Romney.

I would put my X on 3rd party RON PAUL (yikes, can't believe I had to say that) before ROMNEY.

P.S. DON'T CALL US FOOLS. We have had to SETTLE in the past, but we are Fools no longer. No Romney, No Way.

37 posted on 02/06/2012 9:21:31 AM PST by annieokie
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To: maineman
Many of us will NEVER vote for romney and there is not a thing that you or anyone else can do to make us. NO romney... EVER!

LLS

38 posted on 02/06/2012 9:22:17 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (Hey repubic elite scumbags... jam mitt up your collective arses!)
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To: maineman

No pot. I’m just tired of the “lesser of two evils” BS.

Speaking of BS, if you’re peddling Romney, you should take that elsewhere.


39 posted on 02/06/2012 9:31:08 AM PST by surroundedbyblue (Live the message of Fatima - pray & do penance!)
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To: freemarketsfreeminds
I’m challenging any Romney supporter to, without mentioning or making comparisons to Obama and the Democrats, give us all ten reasons to vote for Romney.

1. Shares of Aquanet stock will go up.
2. Prices of coffee and booze will drop as demand drops as everyone decides to follow Romney's Mormon rules of no caffeine or alcohol.
3. As government is screwing us, we might as well throw out the definition of marriage so we can marry government.
4. As government is screwing everyone else and us, might as well have socialized healthcare so the government can pay for the SDTs it gives us.
5. Forget moon bases, we all get our own planets we can be gods on.

I'm sure someone else can come up with the other five.

40 posted on 02/06/2012 9:34:03 AM PST by mnehring
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To: mnehring

I just hope none of the conservatives who decided to participate in Operation Chaos in 2008 ever run for office, or I guess they’ll be in trouble over this registration problem.

Isn’t the issue with Romney that he was pushing democrat’s ideas in 1994, not that he happened to be registered as a democrat in 1992?


41 posted on 02/06/2012 10:00:02 AM PST by CharlesWayneCT
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To: surroundedbyblue

Nope, I support Newt. If Romney gets the nomination...I will vote Romney. Each and every Republican should feel the same way. If anyone says that obummer & Romney are one in the same...they need to do their homework.


42 posted on 02/06/2012 10:02:04 AM PST by maineman (BC EAGLES FAN)
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To: freemarketsfreeminds

There aren’t any Romney supporters here, and if they were, they wouldn’t be giving you a list like that, or they wouldn’t be here anymore.

If you want to debate Romney folks, go to the comments at NR, there’s plenty of them over there to tussle with.


43 posted on 02/06/2012 10:03:19 AM PST by CharlesWayneCT
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To: maineman

You are right. There is a difference between them. But I won’t vote for Obama half black or Obama all white (Romney). Their skin color may be different but there is no difference between them in substance. Mitt is a socialist communist. Obama is a marxist communist. Both think it is perfectly alright to take my money and arms. Both believe in the govt. uber alles. Both have no scruples and will lie, cheat, steal, pay off, and out right buy whatever they feel they are entitled to have. They don’t care how many innocent people they injure on their way to what they want. If you stand in their way, both will do all they can to crush and destroy you. If the truth stands in their way, they will do all they can to remove or obfuscate the truth.

Some people think Mitt’s ability to go dirty is an advantage. There are two reasons why that is wrong. One, sinking down to the level of Obama makes you just as bad as he is. Two, no matter what Obama does during the campaign, Romney will only use these tactics on his republican opponents. If he has to face Obama, he will fold like McCain. These elites have a dreaded fear of running against Obama.


44 posted on 02/06/2012 10:10:26 AM PST by Waryone (Mitt Romney, the father of gay marriage and socialized medicine in the US, is a lying socialist)
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To: Waryone

You’re post is dead-on!!! I’d just add that, like Obama, Romney supports abortion on demand and gay “marriage”

As I said before there is no ideological difference between the two.


45 posted on 02/06/2012 10:14:24 AM PST by surroundedbyblue (Live the message of Fatima - pray & do penance!)
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To: CharlesWayneCT

You’re blind if you don’t see Romney supporters here. They don’t specifically say “we support Romney”. They say things like “we must defeat Obama even if we have to support an imperfect candidate” (Romney). I wasn’t challenging them to a debate. I was asking them to tell everyone why they support him without using notions of “electability” etc.


46 posted on 02/06/2012 10:15:11 AM PST by freemarketsfreeminds
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To: mnehring

Oromney knows there isn’t a hair’s width difference between being a liberal Democrat and a progressive Republican, apart from the fact that progressive Republicans have a deeper appreciation for big government.


47 posted on 02/06/2012 10:15:17 AM PST by pallis
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To: freemarketsfreeminds

That was the 2nd point of my response — if they are here (and sure there must be), they are only here because they have specifically chosen NOT to post anything like what you asked them to post. That type of post would get them banned, and they’d be gone.

I’m not one of them (although I’m regularly accused of it, since I endorsed Romney in the final 3 competition, after Thompson dropped out, and I defended Romney way too often before that). But I can’t think of any reason to pick Romney over Santorum or Gingrich. I don’t think Romney would be a better President overall than either of them, and he’d be a lot more problematic in terms of trust on conservative issues. The only reason I can see to want Romney over Gingrich or Santorum is the electability issue, which I don’t see as clearly favoring Romney enough to overcome the strong negatives against him on actual policy and trust, relative to the other two candidates.

I’m ignoring Paul because I don’t want to think about him. That way, I don’t have to decide whether my reasoning would apply in a Paul/Romney race, and so I don’t have to feel like I’m compromising myself to keep quiet here. Because I wouldn’t keep quiet if I felt it was important to speak out, and I would get banned (a lot of people don’t understand that, and assume I’m happy to lie about my positions to keep my place here, which would be antithetical to my nature and to my posting history).

Anyway, the people who seem to argue for Romney on things other than electability (like my current Governor) believe executive experience is the be-all of the argument. Since Romney’s the only governor left, it seems to have forced their hands. And while I would have prefered a governor to a congressperson, all things being equal, it’s not like I’m going to support Buddy Roemer just because he was a Governor. And it’s not like Mitt was a governor that long. Perry had a decade of experience running a pretty large state, really well. Not Mitt. I’d rather have had Pawlenty, or Mitch Daniels, than to have to consider Romney for his experience as Governor.


48 posted on 02/06/2012 10:32:17 AM PST by CharlesWayneCT
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To: freemarketsfreeminds

BTW, decades ago in high school, I learned debate, and served on our school’s debate team. So I learned how to analyze and espouse arguments I didn’t personally believe. I find it helpful in understanding why other people believe what they believe, and it helps me when arguing for unpopular positions here, which I like to do sometimes just to make people examing an issue more closely, and to be less polarized about the PEOPLE who believe differently.

So, while I don’t support Romney, I don’t feel the emnity toward those who DO support him that a lot of other people around here do. I’m not ready to disown my Governor for his falling into the dark side, for example. I don’t agree with him, but I understand his argument.


49 posted on 02/06/2012 10:36:10 AM PST by CharlesWayneCT
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To: CharlesWayneCT

I was expressing my frustration with the entire Romney campaign (not just supporters here). It’s primarily based on electability (which is ridiculous; even if he can beat Obama, which for reasons I have previously stated he can’t, what is it exactly that we have won?).


50 posted on 02/06/2012 10:42:42 AM PST by freemarketsfreeminds
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