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Why I Think You Should Vote For My Dad
Townhall.com ^ | April 2, 2007 | Taggart Romney

Posted on 04/02/2007 2:02:49 PM PDT by Unmarked Package

Like a lot of kids, I grew up thinking my Dad was Superman. And like most kids, in my teenage years, my view of him changed from Superman to Supernerd. But by age 16, I realized that my earlier view, though not totally realistic, was a lot closer to the truth. We continued to have occasional disagreements, and we still do. But I've come to realize how extraordinarily lucky I am to have Mitt Romney as my father. I also think that if elected, he would be one of our nation's most remarkable presidents.

I'll never forget one weekday sometime during July 1986 (burned in my memory as a magic year for a crazy Boston sports fan, with the Celtics, Patriots, and Red Sox all making it to the championship games). I went fishing in an old row boat in Buzzard's Bay on Cape Cod. I threw the anchor overboard and dropped my fishing line. After catching a few fish, I realized I hadn't tied the anchor to the front of the boat.

I returned to the house with my fish and sheepishly informed my Dad, who had company from work at the house, that I had lost the anchor. He told me to go back out and find it. I told him something along the lines of, "That's the stupidest thing I've ever heard – I can't find an anchor on the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean."

Now my instinct as a parent of three would be to send my kid to his room for talking to me that way and then make him work to pay off a new anchor. His reaction was different. He excused himself from his friends, got dressed in his bathing suit, grabbed a snorkel mask, and took me down to the beach with him. For 45 minutes we rowed back and forth, putting our faces into the water to see if we could find the anchor. Amazingly, we did.

I learned three lessons that day. The first is that my Dad really is pretty frugal. There isn't much that bothers him more than wasting money. The second is that my Dad honestly believes he can overcome any challenge with enough hard work and ingenuity. And third, I learned that my Dad cares for me enough to spend his day looking for an anchor in the Atlantic Ocean. He didn't care so much about finding the anchor as he did about teaching me the first two lessons – being wise with money and not letting anything stand in my way.

I've seen that pattern repeat itself dozens of times in his life – at the Olympics, as Governor of Massachusetts, as a successful businessman, and as a father and husband.

When I vote for a Congressman or a Senator, I want someone who is going to be a strong representative for my conservative values. A thinker. A legislator.

But when I vote for President, I also want a doer. No-nonsense. Pragmatic. Proven. Someone who will be able to react quickly to any crises that arise, someone I trust to safeguard my family from threats abroad and threats from within.

I've seen my Dad in action, not just in one crisis, but in dozens. I don't think there is a person alive in whom I'm more confident in placing my trust.

Take a look back to 2002. That was the year he put on an incredible Winter Olympics with a $100M surplus (right after 9/11, and despite a major scandal that almost ruined the games before he took them over), won as a Republican Governor in an overwhelmingly Democratic state, and turned a $3B budget deficit into a surplus without raising taxes.

I recognize that all of that wouldn't matter so much if he were on the wrong side of the issues. We should want someone who not only will lead, but will lead us in the right direction.

Ask yourself who you want leading our nation over the next decade as we face the following challenges: a Jihadist enemy intent on destroying our way of life; liberal elites and activist judges attempting to break down the social values and norms that have existed for centuries; an exploding immigration problem; a serious threat to our status as economic and military superpower from Asia; a looming energy crisis; out-of-control spending in Washington.

What kind of person should we want to be leading our nation at this time of challenge and opportunity? The answer seems obvious – we want someone strong; someone who recognizes our challenges and is willing to deal with them head on; a fiscal conservative; a social conservative; someone whose personal integrity and moral values are unquestioned; someone who has been tested; someone who isn't a career politician; and someone who will get the job done.

There is only one person I believe can do all of that. There's no question that I'm biased—I love my Dad. But my love hasn't blinded me. Like Lincoln in 1860, Roosevelt in 1901, and Reagan in 1980, Mitt Romney is the right leader at the right time for our great nation. He may not be Superman. But he's close enough for me.


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To: TAdams8591

It’s always somebody else’s fault with Romney, ain’t it.

If he gave a rip about the Constitution he would have vetoed the bill and let the chips fall where they may. It’s as simple as that.


101 posted on 04/02/2007 5:42:28 PM PDT by EternalVigilance
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To: EternalVigilance
Kinda like he did to Ted Kennedy? What's he gonna do, try and flank 'em on the Left again?

You are incredibly dishonest in your characterizations. 'Outflank Kennedy on the left????' You're just plain illogical. This is a campaign flyer listing Romney's positions on 24 issues - ALL to the right of Kennedy: Romney Never was a "Liberal" . . . No, not even close.

Stop misleading and distorting. You're doing everyone a disservice. It's a sign of bad character.

102 posted on 04/02/2007 5:47:21 PM PDT by Swordfished
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To: EternalVigilance

What would have happened if Romney had vetoed the bill?


103 posted on 04/02/2007 5:49:46 PM PDT by TAdams8591 (Giuliani is a democrat in Republican drag!)
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To: kjo

Mitt will do well enough with the base once they learn more about his background and business and family. There is a lot to like in him. He would govern more consistently conservative than GWB, IMHO.


104 posted on 04/02/2007 5:51:10 PM PDT by WOSG (The 4-fold path to save America - Think right, act right, speak right, vote right!)
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To: Swordfished
Give me a break. The video is avaiable to everybody. They can easily see for themselves that Romney tried to out-Left Ted Kennedy.

"I believe that abortion should be safe and legal in this country. I have since the time that my mom took that position when she ran in 1970 as a US Senate candidate. I believe that since Roe v. Wade has been the law for 20 years we should sustain and support it."

105 posted on 04/02/2007 5:52:08 PM PDT by EternalVigilance
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To: Neu Pragmatist
Mitt is a great communicator.

He must be! In fact, he uses both sides of his mouth!

106 posted on 04/02/2007 5:53:02 PM PDT by hunter112
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To: TAdams8591
What would have happened if Romney had vetoed the bill?

It's irrelevent. He had a sworn duty to uphold the Constitution. As usual, he failed in that duty.

107 posted on 04/02/2007 5:53:13 PM PDT by EternalVigilance
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To: kjo

“Were he to be the nominee the media would display his church as a wacky, polygamous cult. “

So what... Bush is *Methodist* fer crying out loud and they make him seem like a cult member for beign too overtly christian.


108 posted on 04/02/2007 5:53:33 PM PDT by WOSG (The 4-fold path to save America - Think right, act right, speak right, vote right!)
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To: ilovew

“I’m sure the MSM would love a Muslim or former Muslim president...”

The Barck Hussein Obama boomlet continues...


109 posted on 04/02/2007 5:55:10 PM PDT by WOSG (The 4-fold path to save America - Think right, act right, speak right, vote right!)
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To: Neu Pragmatist; All

Mitt’s on Hugh Hewitt NOW!!!!


110 posted on 04/02/2007 5:58:40 PM PDT by TAdams8591 (Giuliani is a democrat in Republican drag!)
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To: EternalVigilance
...ite ...are you pilot 99?
111 posted on 04/02/2007 6:13:13 PM PDT by restornu (Accept Nothing Until It Is Verified)
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To: Boiler Plate

I’m not sure what you mean . I’m not LDS and it’s truly not a big deal to me that Mitt is LDS .


112 posted on 04/02/2007 6:19:40 PM PDT by Neu Pragmatist (Liberals : Romney defeats them while Rudy GunBandiani embraces them !)
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To: Swordfished

I can’t wait for that ! I love good debates and Mitt sure seems fiesty in a debate .

Back in ‘96, I was salivating at the thought of Buchanan debating Klinton . It was of course a dream, and regardless of where you stand on Buchanan , it would have been great to see Buchanan debate the slickster .


113 posted on 04/02/2007 6:23:54 PM PDT by Neu Pragmatist (Liberals : Romney defeats them while Rudy GunBandiani embraces them !)
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To: Neu Pragmatist
Mitt Romney on Gun Control.

Joining the NRA as part of setting up his Presidential run does not an RKBA supporter make. More like a John Effin Kerry style campaign flip-flop...

No Mitt. Never a gun grabber of any stripe. Ever. This is not negotiable.

114 posted on 04/02/2007 6:25:20 PM PDT by Dead Corpse (What would a free man do?)
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To: Unmarked Package
2004. Massachewsh*ts Assault Weapon Ban. Ring a bell? Even a protest veto would have been better than blatant capitulation. Mitt is on record as SUPPORTING bans.

Joining the NRA last November, about when he started talking himself up for a Presidential run, does not a 2A supporter make.

115 posted on 04/02/2007 6:28:21 PM PDT by Dead Corpse (What would a free man do?)
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To: Dead Corpse

Well just so you know, Mitt was the only candidate to attend the Shot Show this year , and was well recieved . The NSSF and the NRA appear to be quite comfortable with Romney .They of course have not endorsed anyone , but Mitt has made very good moves to show where he would preside on this issue .

It’s a very difficult proposition comparing what Mitt faced in Mass to the country as whole.
He actually pulled off pro-gun advancements in that bill . Would you rather he vetoed it , had it overidden and been stuck with no pro-gun provisions ?
The NRA backed that bill because it was as good as it was going to get , and Mitt pulled it off. Do you think a Dim would have done that ? No way ....


116 posted on 04/02/2007 6:38:47 PM PDT by Neu Pragmatist (Liberals : Romney defeats them while Rudy GunBandiani embraces them !)
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To: hunter112

Who are you throwing your support to ?


117 posted on 04/02/2007 6:40:28 PM PDT by Neu Pragmatist (Liberals : Romney defeats them while Rudy GunBandiani embraces them !)
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To: Dead Corpse

I have mixed feelings on Gun control!

I believe one of the reasons for the Second Amendment was to protect citizens from an over dominating government...

Bravo!

I also think gun nuts like you should NOT be allow to own a gun because you guys are too consumed and obessed about it and make it harder to keep and bear arms!


118 posted on 04/02/2007 6:44:02 PM PDT by restornu (Accept Nothing Until It Is Verified)
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To: restornu

No idea what that means. But that’s not unusual with your posts...


119 posted on 04/02/2007 6:51:21 PM PDT by EternalVigilance
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To: Unmarked Package
I learned three lessons that day. The first is that my Dad really is pretty frugal. There isn't much that bothers him more than wasting money. The second is that my Dad honestly believes he can overcome any challenge with enough hard work and ingenuity. And third, I learned that my Dad cares for me enough to spend his day looking for an anchor in the Atlantic Ocean. He didn't care so much about finding the anchor as he did about teaching me the first two lessons – being wise with money and not letting anything stand in my way.

You know, that's really a great story about Mitt. It rings true as to his character and general outlook, very consistent with everything else the public knows about him.
120 posted on 04/02/2007 7:30:27 PM PDT by George W. Bush
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To: EternalVigilance

It was obvious to the voters in 1994 and should be apparent to any objective observer that Romney was more conservative than the liberal Kennedy in that race, given their positions on *all* issues.

I guess you dont fit into either category. ;-)


121 posted on 04/02/2007 7:46:47 PM PDT by WOSG (The 4-fold path to save America - Think right, act right, speak right, vote right!)
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To: motzman
"I like Mitt. But a Republican Morman will not get elected President. He’ll be lucky to place third in the GOP primary."

After you see him debate, I'll wager you will change your mind!

122 posted on 04/02/2007 7:48:33 PM PDT by TheLion (How about "Comprehensive Immigration Enforcement," for a change)
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To: Unmarked Package

Great post!

I’m always amazed at the ignorant dim witted responses by freepers on these threads.


123 posted on 04/02/2007 7:49:54 PM PDT by TheLion (How about "Comprehensive Immigration Enforcement," for a change)
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To: kjo

One of the dumbest and most ignorant posts I have see around here in a long time.


124 posted on 04/02/2007 7:51:13 PM PDT by TheLion (How about "Comprehensive Immigration Enforcement," for a change)
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To: WOSG
It was obvious to the voters in 1994 and should be apparent to any objective observer that Romney was more conservative than the liberal Kennedy in that race, given their positions on *all* issues.

Watch the video.

Gays. No difference.

Guns. No difference.

Abortion. No difference.

Affirmative Action. No difference.

Actually, any differences were in embroidery around the edges only. And Romney was running from them as hard and fast as he could.

125 posted on 04/02/2007 7:51:19 PM PDT by EternalVigilance
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To: EternalVigilance

How the hell is anyone going to beat Ted Kennedy in Mass?....he will die in office.


126 posted on 04/02/2007 7:53:34 PM PDT by TheLion (How about "Comprehensive Immigration Enforcement," for a change)
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To: TheLion
After you see him debate, I'll wager you will change your mind!

I've seen him debate, which is one of the reasons I'll never change my mind about Willard Mitt, and why he'll never get my vote. Ever.

Romney debates

127 posted on 04/02/2007 7:54:06 PM PDT by EternalVigilance
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To: TAdams8591
What would have happened if Romney had vetoed the bill?

The overwhelmingly Dem legislature would have overridden his veto and Mass. gun legislation would have been far more restrictive than the compromise bill which Romney was able to work out with the Dems.

Romney learned and lived the Reagan lesson:

"I'd learned while negotiating union contracts that you seldom got everything you asked for. And I agreed with FDR, who said in 1933: 'I have no expectations of making a hit every time I come to bat. What I seek is the highest possible batting average."

"If you got seventy-five or eighty percent of what you were asking for, I say, you take it and fight for the rest later, and that's what I told these radical conservatives who never got used to it.

~~ Ronald Reagan, in his autobiography, An American Life .

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128 posted on 04/02/2007 7:55:17 PM PDT by redgirlinabluestate
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To: TheLion
How the hell is anyone going to beat Ted Kennedy in Mass?....he will die in office.

Right. Reelected endlessly by the exact same set of voters who elected Mitt Governor.

That should give any conservative pause.

129 posted on 04/02/2007 7:56:23 PM PDT by EternalVigilance
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To: EternalVigilance

He doesn’t need your vote. BTW, who the hell are you going to vote for? I’ve never seen anyone on quite such a mission to destroy one candidate.


130 posted on 04/02/2007 7:56:45 PM PDT by TheLion (How about "Comprehensive Immigration Enforcement," for a change)
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To: EternalVigilance

Mitt is just fine....his family values are probably higher than yours or mine.


131 posted on 04/02/2007 7:58:22 PM PDT by TheLion (How about "Comprehensive Immigration Enforcement," for a change)
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To: redgirlinabluestate

Good post! Mind if I borrow it?


132 posted on 04/02/2007 7:59:26 PM PDT by TheLion (How about "Comprehensive Immigration Enforcement," for a change)
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To: TheLion
He doesn’t need your vote.

Is that the new Romney campaign slogan?

BTW, who the hell are you going to vote for?

A conservative.

I’ve never seen anyone on quite such a mission to destroy one candidate.

You should pay more attention. Free Republic is largely devoted to taking down liberals.

133 posted on 04/02/2007 8:00:25 PM PDT by EternalVigilance
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To: TheLion
Mitt is just fine....his family values are probably higher than yours or mine.

Right. That's why he vehemently supported the unrestrained slaughter of the unborn for over 35 years.

134 posted on 04/02/2007 8:02:49 PM PDT by EternalVigilance
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To: redgirlinabluestate; EternalVigilance
"The overwhelmingly Dem legislature would have overridden his veto and Mass. gun legislation would have been far more restrictive than the compromise bill which Romney was able to work out with the Dems."

It was a rhetorical question, I wanted EV to answer, redgirl. Of course, that' s what would have happened. And you know it EV.

135 posted on 04/02/2007 8:03:02 PM PDT by TAdams8591 (Giuliani is a democrat in Republican drag!)
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To: TheLion
Mitt is just fine....his family values are probably higher than yours or mine.

Right. That's why his administration in Massachusetts flooded the public schools with raw homosexual propaganda.

136 posted on 04/02/2007 8:03:52 PM PDT by EternalVigilance
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To: TheLion
Mitt is just fine....his family values are probably higher than yours or mine.

Right. That's why his administration declared a pair of homosexuals adoptive "parents of the year."

137 posted on 04/02/2007 8:05:09 PM PDT by EternalVigilance
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To: TAdams8591
It was a rhetorical question, I wanted EV to answer, redgirl. Of course, that' s what would have happened. And you know it EV.

As I told you earlier, so what? He had a constitutional duty, no matter what they were likely to do. And he, as is the norm with him, failed to do his sworm duty to the Constitution.

138 posted on 04/02/2007 8:06:38 PM PDT by EternalVigilance
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To: EternalVigilance

You are either a flaming democrat in disguise or working for Guiliani. Never seen anyone on such a mission....it is actually absurd to watch the efforts you take to attack Romney.


139 posted on 04/02/2007 8:08:05 PM PDT by TheLion (How about "Comprehensive Immigration Enforcement," for a change)
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To: TheLion
You are either a flaming democrat in disguise or working for Guiliani. Never seen anyone on such a mission....it is actually absurd to watch the efforts you take to attack Romney.

Right. Posting his own words and record is so subversive, isn't it...

140 posted on 04/02/2007 8:09:41 PM PDT by EternalVigilance
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To: EternalVigilance

Most of his words that you post are innacurate.


141 posted on 04/02/2007 8:10:45 PM PDT by TheLion (How about "Comprehensive Immigration Enforcement," for a change)
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To: EternalVigilance; Swordfished

EV, your refusal to admit well-documented facts only shreds your credibility and convinces nobody. You are incorrect on your statements, and anyone who simply looks at the 1994 race overall would agree with the assessment I stated. See:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/1780492/posts

As Swordfished said:
“ You are incredibly dishonest in your characterizations. ... Stop misleading and distorting.”


142 posted on 04/02/2007 8:11:03 PM PDT by WOSG (The 4-fold path to save America - Think right, act right, speak right, vote right!)
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To: TheLion
Most of his words that you post are innacurate.

They're on video. LOL...

143 posted on 04/02/2007 8:11:53 PM PDT by EternalVigilance
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To: WOSG

All you have to do is watch the video. The guy was trying to prove he deserved the votes of liberals more than Ted Kennedy deserved them. It’s obvious to any objective observer. What happened to your objectivity?


144 posted on 04/02/2007 8:14:21 PM PDT by EternalVigilance
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To: TheLion

Please do! ~:o)


145 posted on 04/02/2007 8:16:18 PM PDT by redgirlinabluestate
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To: TheLion

EV’s attacks on Romney are so heated, so overboard and so inaccurate that I ended looking much more closely into the whole Romney story - his real record, his bio, his positions, and his campaign - EV’S ATTACKS ACTUALLY CONVERTED ME INTO A ROMNEY SUPPORTER.

sure Romney is not a hard-core right-winger, but so what, we wont get such a person in the white house in 2009. We need to find the best candidate with the character, competence, charisma and convictions to support America, win the war on terror, keep Govt off our backs, defend family & life & marriage, and support freedom and free enterprise that gives us our prosperity. ... Romney is in my estimation the best of the candidates running and will be the best conservative choice unless Fred Thompson jumps in. Claiming Romney is a liberal is a big stretch.


146 posted on 04/02/2007 8:16:54 PM PDT by WOSG (The 4-fold path to save America - Think right, act right, speak right, vote right!)
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To: EternalVigilance
And Goveror Reagan passed the most Liberal abortion bill of it's day in CA, and regretted it when he became pro-life.

What'd Ann Coulter say at CPAC? Mitt Romney's views on abortion were similar to Reagan's.

You are attempting to destroy the only Republican candidate running on a conservative platform who can defeat the only Liberal candidate in the race. It is people like you who cause the very election of the kind of liberals, most of us are trying to defeat.

You will give us Giuliani and you will give us Hillary.

147 posted on 04/02/2007 8:17:01 PM PDT by TAdams8591 (Giuliani is a democrat in Republican drag!)
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To: EternalVigilance

I’ve thoroughly researched Romney and all of the issues. He did fine, especially considering the liberal state he was governing. You can keep attacking, but this man is very appealing and will do even better as people begin to really focus on the candidates.


148 posted on 04/02/2007 8:17:05 PM PDT by TheLion (How about "Comprehensive Immigration Enforcement," for a change)
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To: TAdams8591

Your whole lengthy thesis breaks down on the fact that Romney is a liberal and always has been one.


149 posted on 04/02/2007 8:19:37 PM PDT by EternalVigilance
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To: hunter112

LOL!


150 posted on 04/02/2007 8:21:00 PM PDT by presently no screen name
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