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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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1 posted on 04/02/2007 2:02:52 PM PDT by Unmarked Package
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To: AmericanMade1776; bcbuster; Bluestateredman; cgk; Choose Ye This Day; circumbendibus; ...
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This editorial written by Mitt Romney's eldest son, Tagg, includes a human interest story I had not heard before. You may find it interesting too.

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2 posted on 04/02/2007 2:04:34 PM PDT by Unmarked Package (<<<< Click to learn more about the conservative record of Governor Mitt Romney)
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To: Unmarked Package

Mitt and Taggert?


3 posted on 04/02/2007 2:06:03 PM PDT by Hildy ("man's reach exceeds his grasp"? It's a lie: man's grasp exceeds his nerve.)
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To: Unmarked Package

"Why I think..." - well, keep thinking. I, for one, prefer to think for myself.


4 posted on 04/02/2007 2:08:16 PM PDT by GSlob
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To: Unmarked Package

Is he going to ask his kid Foreign Policy advice like Jimmy Carter asked Amy?


5 posted on 04/02/2007 2:08:22 PM PDT by MarkeyD (Make your Red State a Fred State!)
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To: Unmarked Package

He's frugal, but there are 4 ways to spend money.

The 1st way, is spending your money on yourself.
The 4th way, the way of politicians, is to spend someone else's money on other people.

The two may not have any correlation. I'm sure Nancy Pelosi is a lot more frugal with her money than yours.

I'd also like to hear Taggart talk about his Dad's multiple life changing experiences on abortion and how it's gone from a bad thing to a cherised value, back to being a bad thing.


6 posted on 04/02/2007 2:08:41 PM PDT by Barney Gumble (A liberal is someone too broadminded to take his own side in a quarrel - Robert Frost)
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To: Unmarked Package

Mrs. Romney won't be sitting in on meetings but the SON will be!!!


7 posted on 04/02/2007 2:09:32 PM PDT by Suzy Quzy (Hillary '08...Her Phoniness is Genuine!!!)
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To: Unmarked Package

Hard to argue. Mitt has an impressive resume.


8 posted on 04/02/2007 2:09:51 PM PDT by BigBobber
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To: Unmarked Package
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).

Hey...it was a great year for us METS fans as well. Thanks for helping bring back those memories, Tagg!

9 posted on 04/02/2007 2:10:32 PM PDT by CT-Freeper (Said the perpetually dejected Mets fan.)
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To: MarkeyD

Maybe you're thinking of Rudy when he said that his wife will play an important role in policy making, as well as sitting in on policy meetings .

I have not heard Mitt say anything of the sort .


10 posted on 04/02/2007 2:11:59 PM PDT by Neu Pragmatist (Liberals : Romney defeats them while Rudy GunBandiani embraces them !)
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To: Unmarked Package

If he's the nominee, Hillary will win. Romney's a liberal from Mass but not liberal enough to out-liberal Hillary. He will cause the conservative base to stay home or vote third party. The MSM will never allow a Mormon President.

The great white hope this time is Fred. We better hope he runs.


11 posted on 04/02/2007 2:12:28 PM PDT by kjo
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To: Hildy

Based on the fact that this family is named after either pets or Sesame Street characters, I think I'll take my vote elsewhere.


12 posted on 04/02/2007 2:13:31 PM PDT by Boiler Plate (Mom always said why be difficult, when with just a little more effort you can be impossible.)
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To: kjo

No way . That logic applies to Rudy , but not Mitt. Mitt is the only one who can carry the base into the general and beat Hillary with a Conservative message . Mitt is a great communicator.


13 posted on 04/02/2007 2:18:53 PM PDT by Neu Pragmatist (Liberals : Romney defeats them while Rudy GunBandiani embraces them !)
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To: Boiler Plate

I know of two sisters with nicknames of Mitt and Muff.....someone once asked me if they had a brother named Scarf.....


14 posted on 04/02/2007 2:21:26 PM PDT by Kimmers (Coram Deo)
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To: Unmarked Package

This is a nice article, and it is clear that Mitt Romney has provided a good upstanding example to his son, and while I support Duncan Hunter, I can think of far worse things than a President Romney.

For example, President Guiliani.


15 posted on 04/02/2007 2:22:03 PM PDT by mkjessup (If Reagan were still with us, he'd ask us to "win one more for the Gipper, vote for Duncan Hunter!")
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To: Boiler Plate

That is profound logic ...


16 posted on 04/02/2007 2:22:51 PM PDT by Neu Pragmatist (Liberals : Romney defeats them while Rudy GunBandiani embraces them !)
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To: kjo

**The MSM will never allow a Mormon President.**

That’s the dumbest logic I’ve ever heard.


17 posted on 04/02/2007 2:23:25 PM PDT by ilovew (Strong leadership. Romney '08.)
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To: Neu Pragmatist

I like Mitt. But a Republican Morman will not get elected President. He’ll be lucky to place third in the GOP primary.


18 posted on 04/02/2007 2:23:30 PM PDT by motzman (I can't take these castrated pickleweasels anymore. Gimmee some Rudy.)
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To: motzman

The “OMG HE’S A MORMON” logic is really getting old.


19 posted on 04/02/2007 2:24:11 PM PDT by ilovew (Strong leadership. Romney '08.)
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To: Neu Pragmatist
Were he to be the nominee the media would display his church as a wacky, polygamous cult. Sixty Minutes would have him as its pope. Wherever he campaigned the feminists would follow and denounce him. Running against Hitlery, he'd have no chance. In addition, I don't want to have anything to do with anybody who has been in Massachusetts state government.
20 posted on 04/02/2007 2:25:08 PM PDT by kjo
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To: ilovew
Old or not, it is true. Personally, as long as your religion doesn't demand you fly planes into office buildings, I don't care.

But whether you like it or not, there are huge amounts of people that will not vote for a republican Mormon.

Note republican. That's the key.
21 posted on 04/02/2007 2:28:12 PM PDT by motzman (I can't take these castrated pickleweasels anymore. Gimmee some Rudy.)
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To: ilovew

I didn’t say it was “logical”, I just said it is a fact. Big media HATES Christians, haven’t you been paying attention? And they don’t even consider Romney’s religion a real religion, they will play it as an anti-female cult.

Don’t you know the MSM by now?


22 posted on 04/02/2007 2:28:31 PM PDT by kjo
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To: motzman

I love that you assume you know what huge amounts of people will or will not do. That’s cute.


23 posted on 04/02/2007 2:30:20 PM PDT by ilovew (Strong leadership. Romney '08.)
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To: kjo

Yes, and the MSM hated President Bush too. Somehow, he still managed to get elected. Maybe because the media isn’t in charge of this country. Despite what they think.


24 posted on 04/02/2007 2:32:03 PM PDT by ilovew (Strong leadership. Romney '08.)
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To: ilovew

It’s called “polling” and you should look at some. The word “Mormon” scares a lot of people. I’m not saying it’s logical, I’m just saying it’s a big problem; and the GOP has enough on its plate without taking on that one.


25 posted on 04/02/2007 2:32:12 PM PDT by kjo
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To: Unmarked Package

The issues in which Mitt Romney flip-flopped are disturbing.


26 posted on 04/02/2007 2:33:14 PM PDT by HANG THE EXPENSE (Defeat liberalism, its the right thing to do for America.)
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To: ilovew

Don’t look now, but the MSM is mostly responsible for turning over both houses of Congress to the Defeatocrats.

Has there been ONE positive story about the War in Iraq? Just ONE? If so, I missed it. The media has driven Bush’s poll numbers from 90% on 9/13/01 to 36% today. They are very powerful and they hate this president.


27 posted on 04/02/2007 2:34:29 PM PDT by kjo
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To: kjo

Romney is quite capable of dealing with idiotic attacks against his religion, as well as dealing with Libs like Hillary , which he would surely defeat in a match up .


28 posted on 04/02/2007 2:35:02 PM PDT by Neu Pragmatist (Liberals : Romney defeats them while Rudy GunBandiani embraces them !)
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To: Unmarked Package

Where is the barf alert?


29 posted on 04/02/2007 2:36:43 PM PDT by napscoordinator (.)
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To: Neu Pragmatist

What ARE you smoking? Romeny is a liberal flip-flopper from the most liberal state in the union. And he’s a Mormon! Why, in the name of anything would the GOP nominate him? He’s NOT a conservative; he’s pro-abortion, pro-gun control, and anti-war. At least, this week.

Who knows what he really thinks? Maybe like John Kerry, he doesn’t know what he believes until he reads a poll.


30 posted on 04/02/2007 2:38:39 PM PDT by kjo
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To: kjo

I have seen the polling (whatever it’s worth) and I haven’t seen any that show that mass numbers of people won’t vote for a Mormon. Once the campaign really starts, people will focus more on who he is and less on what denomination he is.


31 posted on 04/02/2007 2:38:57 PM PDT by ilovew (Strong leadership. Romney '08.)
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To: ilovew

then i guess muslim (or former muslim?) is out of the question?


32 posted on 04/02/2007 2:39:05 PM PDT by Enduring Freedom (we who defend america must be warriors)
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To: ilovew

Very good point. The media has never been on our side , but we still prevail . We just have to work a bit harder , and there is also the “new” media, which has changed politics dramatically.


33 posted on 04/02/2007 2:39:13 PM PDT by Neu Pragmatist (Liberals : Romney defeats them while Rudy GunBandiani embraces them !)
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To: Unmarked Package

Oh please. Everyone has a story.


34 posted on 04/02/2007 2:39:37 PM PDT by presently no screen name
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To: Kimmers

hmm..muff..not good.


35 posted on 04/02/2007 2:40:41 PM PDT by Hildy ("man's reach exceeds his grasp"? It's a lie: man's grasp exceeds his nerve.)
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To: Neu Pragmatist

POLLYANNA. Look it up.


36 posted on 04/02/2007 2:40:55 PM PDT by kjo
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To: Unmarked Package
Tagg, tell your dad that he has spent too much time and energy on the ‘Liberal’ side of things. Thus he has only a snowball chance in hell of becoming President.
37 posted on 04/02/2007 2:41:40 PM PDT by geo40xyz (218->212 democRAT's 'OWN DEFEAT' and blood of American soldiers in Iraq will be on their hands)
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To: Enduring Freedom

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


38 posted on 04/02/2007 2:42:52 PM PDT by ilovew (Strong leadership. Romney '08.)
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To: ilovew

the denomination of some of the other side’s candidates is $3, i’d reckon


39 posted on 04/02/2007 2:43:06 PM PDT by Enduring Freedom (we who defend america must be warriors)
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To: Unmarked Package
Son, is that you?!


40 posted on 04/02/2007 2:43:19 PM PDT by Old Professer (The critic writes with rapier pen, dips it twice, and writes again.)
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To: napscoordinator

Or here’s a novel idea: you could try not reading the story. That might make sense though...


41 posted on 04/02/2007 2:43:36 PM PDT by ilovew (Strong leadership. Romney '08.)
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To: presently no screen name

Did I ever tell you about the time I licked a lightbulb?


42 posted on 04/02/2007 2:44:54 PM PDT by Old Professer (The critic writes with rapier pen, dips it twice, and writes again.)
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To: Unmarked Package

Politics aside..... Great story!


43 posted on 04/02/2007 2:46:03 PM PDT by JoeSixPack1
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To: Old Professer

LOL! No, but I’m sure it will be honest since you have nothing to gain!


44 posted on 04/02/2007 2:47:25 PM PDT by presently no screen name
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To: kjo

You are spewing non-sense. I will kindly direct you to Unmarked Package’s profile so you can view the truth about Romney .
If Romney is such a flaming Lib , please explain his Conservative supporters and his fundraising prowess .


45 posted on 04/02/2007 2:47:45 PM PDT by Neu Pragmatist (Liberals : Romney defeats them while Rudy GunBandiani embraces them !)
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To: kjo
The great white hope this time is Fred. We better hope he runs.

A few months ago it was Tancredo. Then it was Duncan Hunter. Today, it's Fred Thompson.

I wonder who it will be this summer.

46 posted on 04/02/2007 2:50:47 PM PDT by Dog Gone
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To: Hildy
Good name for a Sunday paper cartoon. Mitt and his faithful dog Taggert.
47 posted on 04/02/2007 2:51:19 PM PDT by fish hawk (The religion of Darwinism = Monkey Intellect)
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To: kjo

Who do you support ?


48 posted on 04/02/2007 2:51:23 PM PDT by Neu Pragmatist (Liberals : Romney defeats them while Rudy GunBandiani embraces them !)
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To: Unmarked Package

Well written piece by Taggart. Thank you for the post!


49 posted on 04/02/2007 2:51:38 PM PDT by TAdams8591 (Giuliani is a democrat in Republican drag!)
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To: Dog Gone

I don’t know but in the end when it counts most, it will be Mitt Romney. : )


50 posted on 04/02/2007 2:53:48 PM PDT by TAdams8591 (Giuliani is a democrat in Republican drag!)
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