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Romney faces ‘enthusiasm gap,’ must embrace strong pro-life/family message: conservative leaders
Life Site News ^ | 4/12/2012 | Ben Johnson

Posted on 04/12/2012 6:12:01 PM PDT by Morgana

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 12, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com) – Despite the fact that Rick Santorum has dropped out of the presidential race and his next leading rival, Newt Gingrich, has called Mitt Romney “far and away the most likely nominee,” the former Massachusetts governor still faces a serious problem, conservative leaders warn.

“There is a huge enthusiasm gap among grass roots conservatives that must be addressed by the Romney campaign,” former presidential candidate Gary Bauer, now president of American Values, told LifeSiteNews.com. Mitt Romney

A deficit with the party’s conservative base, especially its pro-life and pro-family base, will prove costly in November, he warned. “These people provide the passion and hard work that are key to GOP election success. It is almost impossible to win without them,” Bauer said. “Just ask John McCain.”

If he is interested in uniting the party around his candidacy, Romney must not take social conservatives for granted, Bauer said. “Every time an anonymous Romney advisor or GOP insider says these voters will ‘fall in line’ because they can’t stand Obama, it is like finger nails on a chalkboard,” Bauer told LifeSiteNews. Assuming right-leaning voters will simply show up at the polls out of fear of Obama – much less become active in his campaign – “would be a huge mistake. ”

“If Mitt Romney wants to capture some of that support that Rick Santorum gained with very little money based solely upon his message, then Mitt Romney needs to pick up that message,” Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, told LifeSiteNews.com.

Dr. Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and, wrote an op-ed in the New York Times stating it is “critically important that [Romney] name a trusted social conservative” as his running mate. “I would encourage him to break with tradition and pick a running mate well before the convention and have them begin campaigning as a team as early as possible,” he wrote.

Dr. Land also advised Romney to articulate “a strict constructionist, ‘original intent’ judicial philosophy.”

Bauer agreed. “Governor Romney has three opportunities” to reunite his party’s conservative wing, he told LifeSiteNews: “VP selection, party platform and acceptance speech to send the right message. He also has to signal early that he won’t be shy on fighting Obama on cultural/values issues.”

He noted Hilary Rosen’s attack that Ann Romney had never worked a day in her life provided a perfect starting point.

“To the degree that one candidate or another aligns with the core moral issues in addition to fiscal conservatism, they’re going to find support,” Perkins said. “If they don’t, they’re not going to get the unbridled enthusiastic support that Rick Santorum enjoys.”


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For starters Romney needs to quit being a %*#( RINO.

Then Romney needs to quit his war on the unborn!

1 posted on 04/12/2012 6:12:10 PM PDT by Morgana
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To: Morgana

In related news, Cynthia McKinney needs to embrace a classical education.


2 posted on 04/12/2012 6:16:31 PM PDT by Engraved-on-His-hands (Mitt Romney is a handbasket driver. I refuse to ride.)
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To: Morgana

What he needs to do is admit that he’s unworthy of the American people, drop out of the race, move to the Falkland islands, and live out his days in a shack far from phones and internet.


3 posted on 04/12/2012 6:16:50 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Morgana
So many of Romney's kind are simply unable to get their heads out of a very narrow box.

He imagines he "won" in Virginia because he got all the delegates ~ yet, his boys connived to keep everybody else out of the election.

We saw the spectacle of 1,000,000 voters just staying away from what had always been a really open and spectacular primary!

That will happen on a very large scale in a general election ~ values voters find nothing whatsoever in Romney to recommend him as President!

The only thing he can do to get some support out of them is to DROP OUT NOW!

4 posted on 04/12/2012 6:19:34 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Morgana

Romney, Collins, Snowe, Graham, and the other RINOs don’t have a message problem, they have a values problem. I don’t care how the insiders package Romney, it’s still the same big government liberal on the inside. If we have the terrible fortune to be stuck with Mitt as the GOP nominee, then all conservatives need to vote in the House and Senate races, so that the Congress can restrain whichever liberal wins the White House.


5 posted on 04/12/2012 6:19:58 PM PDT by Pollster1 (Can we afford as much government as welfare-addicted voters demand?)
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To: Morgana

There is NOTHING Mitt Romney can do short of dropping out that will excite most Conservatives.

He is what he is and nothing can change that.


6 posted on 04/12/2012 6:21:33 PM PDT by tirednvirginia
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To: Morgana

“enthusiasm gap” is a vast understatement


7 posted on 04/12/2012 6:21:38 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: cripplecreek

Second that!


8 posted on 04/12/2012 6:22:21 PM PDT by CatherineofAragon (Time for a write-in campaign...Darryl Dixon for President)
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To: Morgana

OK, so I’m supposed to believe what Romney says *during the campaign*, and forget what he has said and done in the past?

It’s nothing less than jailhouse religion. BFD. I may (not guaranteeing I will) have to vote for him to get rid of the Kenyan, but that doesn’t mean I have to swallow his BS in the process.

This is just the *barely* lessor of two evils. Romney or Obama? This country is really in the crapper if this is the best we can get for a President. I want to puke every time I think of what we are going to get.


9 posted on 04/12/2012 6:22:25 PM PDT by ChildOfThe60s (If you can remember the 60s....you weren't really there)
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To: Morgana

Im just wondering, in what way is Romney currently carrying on a “war against the unborn”? I believe he is now pro life and believes Roe v Wade was improperly decided.


10 posted on 04/12/2012 6:23:24 PM PDT by Williams (a)
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To: cripplecreek

Cripplecreek! The Falkand Islands? You would dare submit those poor people to Mittens? How about a more far south as in Antarctica where no people are harmed?


11 posted on 04/12/2012 6:23:48 PM PDT by Morgana (I only come here to see what happens next. It normally does.)
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"Im just wondering, in what way is Romney currently carrying on a “war against the unborn”? I believe he is now pro life and believes Roe v Wade was improperly decided."
12 posted on 04/12/2012 6:27:17 PM PDT by Morgana (I only come here to see what happens next. It normally does.)
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To: Morgana
For starters Romney needs to quit being a %*#( RINO.

Makes me think of the story about the scorpion and the frog crossing the stream...

Frog: "BUT YOU SAID..."

Romney: "I'M A RINOOOOOOOO...."

13 posted on 04/12/2012 6:27:22 PM PDT by Caipirabob (I say we take off and Newt the site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure...)
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To: Morgana
Calling it a ‘enthusiasm gap’ is like calling the Grand Canyon a little crack.

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Romney could wrap himself in the flag and parade down Main Street while stuffing his face with hot dogs and apple pie, and conservatives will STILL see him for the big government shill that he is.

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NO

MORE

RINOS!

14 posted on 04/12/2012 6:28:41 PM PDT by MamaTexan (I am a ~Person~ as created by the Law of Nature, not a 'person' as created by the laws of Man)
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To: Morgana

There is nothing that he can say and nothing that he can do to get me to support him. I am not alone.

LLS


15 posted on 04/12/2012 6:31:18 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer (WOLVERINES! (accept only the original))
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To: MamaTexan; GeronL
"Calling it a ‘enthusiasm gap’ is like calling the Grand Canyon a little crack." Why don't we just say it like it is? Mitt Blows!
16 posted on 04/12/2012 6:33:02 PM PDT by Morgana (I only come here to see what happens next. It normally does.)
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To: Pollster1

Its been 3 days that I’ve been asking for one single conservative value that I won’t have to toss aside to support Romney. So far, nuthin.

Well there was one bizarre explanation that he’s wealthy so he must be conservative. Apparently George Soros is one of the most conservative men in the world.


17 posted on 04/12/2012 6:33:08 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: LibLieSlayer

If conservatives really want to get rid of Obama, they better figure out damned fast that they need to get rid of Romney first.


18 posted on 04/12/2012 6:35:04 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: cripplecreek
"What he needs to do is admit that he’s unworthy of the American people, drop out of the race, move to the Falkland islands, and live out his days in a shack far from phones and internet."

LOL

19 posted on 04/12/2012 6:35:19 PM PDT by ciaocotc
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To: Morgana

If a candidate wants conservative support, he needs to act like a conservative at least ten years before running. This is what killed Newt’s chances.


20 posted on 04/12/2012 6:35:40 PM PDT by freedomfiter2 (Brutal acts of commission and yawning acts of omission both strengthen the hand of the devil.)
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To: ChildOfThe60s
It does not matter what romney says... he is a proved liar... ALL that one needs to judge romney by is his actions as governor... that is how he will govern... what he says is whatever his handlers tell him that he needs to say. Bauer didn't say that he needed to convince Conservatives that he is pro life etc... he just wants romney to talk the talk... because Bauer knows that he will not walk the walk.

LLS

21 posted on 04/12/2012 6:36:11 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer (WOLVERINES! (accept only the original))
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To: cripplecreek
romney is just plain evil... the man is a total fabrication of media... we see his record... we know who he is. I think there is an 80% chance that obama will win reelection... because mitt is just that bad and 52% of American voters are just that stupid... a majority of Americans are too lazy to even vote so it looks like we are doomed. I pray that we are not!

LLS

22 posted on 04/12/2012 6:40:07 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer (WOLVERINES! (accept only the original))
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To: Morgana

Romney Needs to Quit

The Primary was a trial,
One that has revealed,
Romney lacks the Fire in the Belly,
That thrills the crowds so frail.

On and on the Chuckle-Meister,
Repeats his scripted lines.
No soaring rhetoric, inspiring words
There is no sand for the line.

Enter Left, the Marxist orator,
With basketball in hand,
Romney dribbles as he walks,
To bow and shake his better’s hand - - - .


23 posted on 04/12/2012 6:44:41 PM PDT by Graewoulf ((Dictator Baby-Doc Barack's obama"care" violates Sherman Anti-Trust Law, AND U.S. Constitution.))
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To: Morgana
a huge enthusiasm gap among grass roots conservatives that must be addressed by the Romney campaign,” former presidential candidate Gary Bauer...

If there is anyone who would recognize an enthusiasm gap, it's Gary Bauer.

I think a few strong, well-targeted attacks on the obama regime will dissipate this lassitude and malaise. It sucks he's not a conservative but Romney is very likely to win in November so may as well get used to the idea.

24 posted on 04/12/2012 6:45:36 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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Now the kneepad wearers are using the “you go to war with the army you have” analogy.

Well I’m not following a general who has already betrayed me. He’ll lead us into an ambush and trade our butts for his release.


25 posted on 04/12/2012 6:47:01 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: cripplecreek

When I face HIM... I will not have voted for a baby killing, homosexual advocate.

LLS


26 posted on 04/12/2012 6:52:39 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer (WOLVERINES! (accept only the original))
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To: cripplecreek
Its been 3 days that I’ve been asking for one single conservative value that I won’t have to toss aside to support Romney.

As long as you're going to vote in the House and Senate races, that's all a responsible person can ask if we're stuck with Romney as the GOP candidate.

27 posted on 04/12/2012 6:53:17 PM PDT by Pollster1 (Can we afford as much government as welfare-addicted voters demand?)
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To: Morgana

There has never ever been anything conservative about Romney.

And frankly, I hope he’s honest enough not to adopt a pro-life/family message, because he’s not in favor of either of these things and I’d respect him more if he just stated that.

And if he seriously thinks that suddenly being “reborn” as a faux pro-lifer is going to make up for his track record and his serious deficiencies in just about every other area (ranging from economics to foreign policy), he’s nutz.


28 posted on 04/12/2012 6:53:59 PM PDT by livius
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To: Pollster1

My primary reason for voting at all will be to move the Stabenow seat to the right. Probablt Pete Stabenow who has some RINO tendencies of his own but he’s well to the right of Romney.

Romney is just a bridge too far.


29 posted on 04/12/2012 6:56:06 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Morgana

enthusiasm gap: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i1tCsOHiHUk&feature=related
Won’t anyone think of the children?


30 posted on 04/12/2012 6:56:54 PM PDT by tumblindice (Our new, happy lives.)
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To: cripplecreek

“What he needs to do is admit that he’s unworthy of the American people, drop out of the race, move to the Falkland islands, and live out his days in a shack far from phones and internet.”
Tomorrow at the latest would be nice.


31 posted on 04/12/2012 7:07:40 PM PDT by GenXteacher (He that hath no stomach for this fight, let him depart!)
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To: Morgana

Romney has yet to do ONE SINGLE THING to demonstrate that he has my best interests at heart!


32 posted on 04/12/2012 7:07:58 PM PDT by Manic_Episode (Politics is fake. I think it's owned by Vince Mcmahon)
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To: LibLieSlayer
When I face HIM... I will not have voted for a baby killing, homosexual advocate.

I've been thinking a lot about that over the past year or so and that plays a big part in my feelings on it. I will not face my maker with excuses about the lesser evil.
33 posted on 04/12/2012 7:08:38 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Williams
He's done nothing about it. For a guy who's supposed to believe that salvation arises out of one's deeds, he's certainly not guided by his stated belief in that matter, nor probably anything else.

Some Sociopathic personality types are less destructive than others. You can use them as public executioners, prison guards, or maybe arbitrage managers! I"m sure Bain made use of more than its fair share of such folks.

34 posted on 04/12/2012 7:18:46 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Morgana

Mitt Romney...The Franklin Delano Roosevelt of Republicans


35 posted on 04/12/2012 7:34:22 PM PDT by Chuck N
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To: Morgana

Mitt Romney...The Franklin Delano Roosevelt of Republicans


36 posted on 04/12/2012 7:34:54 PM PDT by Chuck N
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To: Morgana

I got a few nastygrams from the Romneybots for pointing out that he is a socialist POS. Here is my response to one.

Re: Notice: Free Republic has been in full rebellion mode since 2008 and will remain so for the dura
From rurgan | 04/12/2012 6:35:45 PM PDT replied

“I think you are a democrat, you do the mainstream media’s work”

My response to rurgan.

If you are talking about vetting a candidate’s positions...you are right. Im doing what they should be doing. Pointing out that Romney has all the same positions as Obama is what all conservatives should be doing. Blindly supporting a liberal candidate with a known socialist record does nothing but damage the conservative movement. It makes us all hypocrites.

If you are ok with supporting Planned Parenthood, abortion, liberal judges, socialized healthcare, government mandates, global warming, cap & trade, forcing Catholic hospitals to violate their faith, TARP bailouts, a tax plan that defines the “rich” at an even lower $$ amount than Zero, and empty political rhetoric, Romney may be the right candidate for you. To me, it’s like distinguishing between Obama and Hillary. Are their differences?...sure. Would Hillary be better than Zero?...probably. Would I vote for her if she had an R behind her name and was running against Zero? No. Likewise, I won’t support Romney. Some folks are just a bridge too far....even if they have an R behind their name.


37 posted on 04/12/2012 7:51:03 PM PDT by vmivol00 (I won't be reconstructed.)
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To: muawiyah

Your answer was not only unresponsive, it was insane.


38 posted on 04/12/2012 8:21:41 PM PDT by Williams (a)
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To: tirednvirginia
There is NOTHING Mitt Romney can do short of dropping out that will excite most Conservatives.

He is what he is and nothing can change that.


There are a lot of gullible people out there who think Romney had a change of heart in 2005, rather than his coming to a realization that he was not going to win another election and he needed to set his sights on another office and that he needed to pretend to be a pro-lifer.

You're absolutely right though, he is what he is, and his record of appointments and statements stand on their own.
39 posted on 04/12/2012 8:27:20 PM PDT by af_vet_rr
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To: cripplecreek
Now the kneepad wearers are using the “you go to war with the army you have” analogy.

Well I’m not following a general who has already betrayed me. He’ll lead us into an ambush and trade our butts for his release.


Well said! Those people piss me off, asking us to throw away our Conservative beliefs to choose one Big Government socialist pro-abortion pro-gun grabbing liberal from Massachusetts over another Big Government socialist pro-abortion pro-gun grabbing liberal from Chicago simply because the letter next to their name is different.
40 posted on 04/12/2012 8:31:18 PM PDT by af_vet_rr
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To: Chuck N
Mitt Romney...The Franklin Delano Roosevelt of Republicans

You're insulting Roosevelt - we may not like Roosevelt, but at least he didn't try and pretend he was anything but a Big Government liberal. Romney on the other hand pretends to be whatever the situation calls for.
41 posted on 04/12/2012 8:33:14 PM PDT by af_vet_rr
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Click

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42 posted on 04/12/2012 9:02:02 PM PDT by RedMDer (https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/default.aspx?tsid=93)
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Im just wondering, in what way is Romney currently carrying on a “war against the unborn”? I believe he is now pro life and believes Roe v Wade was improperly decided.

Romney is campaigning for national office as a Republican, and has been since 2005, with rare exceptions he has consistently presented himself as (suddenly) pro-life during this campaign, it isn't very convincing when compared to his commitment and passion to abortion for the first 59 years of his life, his entire life, before he started this presidential run.

43 posted on 04/12/2012 9:17:22 PM PDT by ansel12 ( Romney is a Mormon Bishop, as was his father, his uncle was in line to be the Mormon Prophet. Pope))
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You are quite correct Romney switched positions. That would be a welcome thing. If you trusted him. Putting that aside, it’s very hard to see how the pro life candidate is worse than Obama who is stridently pro abortion. In any event, Romney is not carrying on any “war on the unborn” at this time.


44 posted on 04/12/2012 9:30:44 PM PDT by Williams (a)
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Romney supposedly “switched” at the end of 2004 so that he could start on his national campaigning.

Unfortunately, he has gone back and forth repeatedly, revealing that he never became pro-life, (do you want to explain how he converted in the first place, or his many pro-abortion reversals and missteps since?)

I am refusing to let this man take over the conservative movement, and destroy it, destroy the resistance to the left, something that Obama cannot do.

45 posted on 04/12/2012 10:13:13 PM PDT by ansel12 ( Romney is a Mormon Bishop, as was his father, his uncle was in line to be the Mormon Prophet. Pope))
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Here is Mitten’s problem. He says he’s changed, yet he goes around talking up his single biggest offense against the unborn — Romneycare and $50.00 abortions, as if it were the greatest thing since sliced bread. If we are supposed to believe him, where is his remorse for the hundreds of babies killed for $50.00 or less? And why does he still believe that chopping up babies for experiments is a good thing?

He’s not a governor any more so he’s not currently carrying on a war against the unborn. But I certainly don’t see him doing anything to help except donating money as a bribe to pro-life organizations then callously lying in saying that those organizations have awarded him for his tremendous work saving babies, and has nothing to do with his donations/bribes.

Mitt Romney is a liar. Anyone who believes him is gullible and/or naive. Anyone shilling for him as much as you have for as long as you have, is a Romney pimp.


46 posted on 04/12/2012 10:19:40 PM PDT by Waryone (Remember your ABCS (anybody but commie socialists) = ABM (anybody but Mitt), ABO (anybody but Obama))
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You are quite correct Romney switched positions. That would be a welcome thing. If you trusted him. Putting that aside, it’s very hard to see how the pro life candidate is worse than Obama who is stridently pro abortion. In any event, Romney is not carrying on any “war on the unborn” at this time.

And yet after making his profession of a "Pro-Life" conversion, he nominated extreme, left-wing, Abortion Agenda advocates and continued to support aspects of the Abortion agenda.

Just one more reason for any serious and sincere conservative to not trust Romney.

If his lips are moving, he's lying.
47 posted on 04/12/2012 10:20:02 PM PDT by SoConPubbie
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To: Williams
if you don't understand an answer it doesn't mean the poster is insane.

So, tell us, since leaving Massachusetts exactly what has Romney done to advance Right to Life, gaining control on federal spending, improving the quality of the judiciary, etc.

48 posted on 04/13/2012 3:24:50 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: muawiyah

First I meant to replace the word insane and I apologize that I didn’t.

Romney has been consistently calling for conservative judges, reversal of Roe v Wade, etc. So certainly he is not advancing a pro abortion agenda. It certainly helps to have a former pro abortion guy out there saying he changed his mind.


49 posted on 04/13/2012 7:11:23 AM PDT by Williams (a)
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Just words from him. You give this double-dealer a chance he'll be back putting Leftwingtards in every nook and cranny just so no one criticizes Mormonism!

We see that with Catholic politicians who came up to the "Although I personally oppose, bs bs bs kill babies at will' stuff.

These people have got to get a grip on themselves. They have values or they don't.

50 posted on 04/13/2012 7:24:50 AM PDT by muawiyah
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