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Mitt Romney's Strength
Townhall.com ^ | 06/25/07 | Doug Wilson

Posted on 06/25/2007 9:27:32 AM PDT by Reaganesque

Recent polls in two crucial primary states--Iowa and New Hampshire--show that Mitt Romney has leapfrogged John McCain and Rudy Giuliani to claim momentum in the race for the Republican nomination for president.

The latest Des Moines Register poll shows Romney with 30 percent support, a 12-point lead over his nearest competitor in Iowa, McCain. Even better, Romney's internal polling has him running 17 points ahead of the competition in the Hawkeye State. A Zogby poll of New Hampshire voters offers similar results: Romney leads with 35 percent while McCain and Giuliani tie for second with 19 percent.

This surge of support for Romney comes as no surprise to those of us supporting the former Governor of Massachusetts. In fact, I predicted back in October that once voters got to know Romney they would like him very much. And so they do. The question now is, why?

I believe voters are attracted to Romney because of his three-part vision for America, one that seeks to build and maintain a strong national defense, a strong economy, and strong families.

Romney believes that peace comes through strength. In a recent Foreign Affairs article he called for adding 100,000 troops to our armed forces and for sizeable investments in military equipment, capabilities, and preparedness. To support these goals, Romney has said the next president should commit at least four percent of gross domestic product to national defense.

Romney has an adroit understanding of the threat posed by radical Islam. He recognizes that Iraq is but a part of a larger battle against Islamists that includes Afghanistan, Iran, Somalia and many other places. "Jihad is the greatest threat that faces humanity," Romney said in a speech earlier this year. "It cannot be appeased. It can only be defeated."

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This just reinforces what I've been saying here on FR. People just have to meet Mitt and when they do, they like him. If Mitt can win in NH and IA, his stock will skyrocket nationally.
1 posted on 06/25/2007 9:27:34 AM PDT by Reaganesque
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To: Austin1; bcbuster; beaversmom; bethtopaz; BlueAngel; Bluestateredman; borntoraisehogs; brivette; ...
Mitt Ping!

• Send FReep Mail to Unmarked Package to get [ON] or [OFF] the Mitt Romney Ping List


2 posted on 06/25/2007 9:28:23 AM PDT by Reaganesque (Romney 2008)
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To: Reaganesque

I’m no fan of his but I will say that he is the most conservative of those in the top tier. It’s not much but I could probably hold my nose and vote for him over anyone else in the top 4.


3 posted on 06/25/2007 9:29:36 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Greed is NOT a conservative ideal.)
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To: Reaganesque

Hmm, he will be the first pro-choice republican nominee in a long time. I wonder how that will play.


4 posted on 06/25/2007 9:31:01 AM PDT by CTK YKC
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To: Reaganesque
I believe voters are attracted to Romney because of his three-part vision for America...

...and because, darnit, he's the most attractive presidential candidate practically ever.

5 posted on 06/25/2007 9:31:29 AM PDT by AnnaZ (I keep 2 magnums in my desk.One's a gun and I keep it loaded.Other's a bottle and it keeps me loaded)
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To: CTK YKC

CTK,
Also the first who is sympathetic to gay rights. I wonder
how that will play?

ampu


6 posted on 06/25/2007 9:32:36 AM PDT by aMorePerfectUnion
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To: Reaganesque

Hunter is my first choice, but Romney is my second choice. I would take either one.


7 posted on 06/25/2007 9:32:36 AM PDT by napscoordinator
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To: Reaganesque

I think “Mutt is great” may not be a satisfactory explanation in full.

It might be that he has had a full press on the citizenry for the last 2-3 months. It is non-stop Mutt on the radio. I got two mailings yesterday, and almost everyday something shows up. Phone calls are weekly.

Mclame has had some campaigning, but nothing like Mutt. I probably have gotten 1 call about a Mclame event, as opposed to a couple dozen Mutt autocalls.

Thus far, no one seems to be competing with him here in Iowa. It just aint all Mutts charisma and charm—it is more he has saturated the place with propaganda.


8 posted on 06/25/2007 9:33:37 AM PDT by petertare (--)
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To: CTK YKC
Hmm, he will be the first pro-choice republican nominee in a long time. I wonder how that will play.

For what its worth, he says he's converted to the opposite position recently.

9 posted on 06/25/2007 9:34:30 AM PDT by Pearls Before Swine (Is /sarc really needed?)
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To: petertare

Fred has not even started his campaign and his poll numbers are right up there with the others.


10 posted on 06/25/2007 9:35:46 AM PDT by GeorgefromGeorgia
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To: Reaganesque

Romney is my third choice IF I can convince myself that his sudden conversion to social conservatism late last year is genuine, which I’m having my doubts about. Still, he’s better than Rudy and McCain, but he’s also no Thompson/Hunter.

Being ahead in polls in IA and NH at this point means little. He’s been pouring tons of money into those states and noone else has. When the others (Fred included) start putting in similar amounts of advertising money, we’ll see Mitt drop to about where he’s at nationally, i.e. second tier.


11 posted on 06/25/2007 9:38:55 AM PDT by Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus (Fred Thompson is Duncan Hunter without the training wheels)
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To: Pearls Before Swine

Mitt Romney reminds me of John Kerry. Another Massachusetts flip-flopper.


12 posted on 06/25/2007 9:39:25 AM PDT by NapkinUser ("If your arms can kill dozens with one round...yes [ban them]" -Unnamed Freeper. Anti-gunners=idiots)
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To: Reaganesque
People just have to meet Mitt and when they do, they like him.

That's great, but the majority of the voting public will never have the opportunity to meet the man personally. They'll rely on stereotypes and media bias (most likely unfavourable) to define him. That's quite unfortunate, but we need to face the prospects of a Romney candidacy realistically.

13 posted on 06/25/2007 9:39:50 AM PDT by wai-ming
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To: Reaganesque
I believe voters are attracted to Romney because of his three-part vision for America, one that seeks to build and maintain a strong national defense, a strong economy, and strong families.

Mitt's greatest strength is when he talks in front of people, he doesn't sound like he came from another planet. He speaks in full, coherent sentences.

His biggest problem is going to be going to Washington. How does a Mormon attend cocktail parties? The press is going to rain scorn on him if his parties don't serve alcohol. The press knows this and they will wage a bitter campaign against him.

14 posted on 06/25/2007 9:41:21 AM PDT by LoneRangerMassachusetts (The only good Mullah is a dead Mullah. The only good Mosque is the one that used to be there.)
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To: cripplecreek

If it’s anyone other than Thompson or Hunter I will be an ‘under vote’.


15 posted on 06/25/2007 9:41:29 AM PDT by Hazcat (Live to party, work to afford it.)
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To: NapkinUser
Mitt Romney reminds me of John Kerry. Another Massachusetts flip-flopper.

He's a lot better than JFnK, but the charge still stands. Maybe there's no way to be anything but hard left in MA without a bit of backtracking and filling.

16 posted on 06/25/2007 9:42:36 AM PDT by Pearls Before Swine (Is /sarc really needed?)
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To: Pearls Before Swine
For what its worth, he says he's converted to the opposite position recently

He uses the same ruse on the 2A issue.

17 posted on 06/25/2007 9:44:37 AM PDT by ASA Vet
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To: CTK YKC

You know this is false, but the same falsehood keeps being spreading over and over again forcing me to post the TRUTH (again):

1)Romney took the pro-life position on every abortion-related issue he faced while governor.

2)He vetoed an emergency contraception bill and offered a compelling case for life in the process.

3)He fought efforts to advance embryonic stem cell research in Massachusetts, despite overwhelming opposition.

4)He pledged to veto any effort to expand access to RU-486, the abortion pill.

5)He has faced constant ridicule from pro-abortion organizations for refusing to give in to their demands.

6)He actively promoted abstinence education programs in Massachusetts’ schools. The abstinence movement and the pro-life movement work hand-in-hand to reduce the number of teen pregnancies and to promote true sexual health to America’s youth. http://www.americansformitt.com/prolife_perspective.html

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An op-ed written by Romney and published in the Boston Globe in July, 2005, titled "Why I vetoed contraception bill" addresses Roe v. Wade and states rights:

"I understand that my views on laws governing abortion set me in the minority in our Commonwealth. I am prolife. I believe that abortion is the wrong choice..... I wish the people of America agreed, and that the laws of our nation could reflect that view. But while the nation remains so divided over abortion, I believe that the states, through the democratic process, should determine their own abortion laws and not have them dictated by judicial mandate."

“Transforming the courts” is a pre-requisite to winning the pro-life position. Both Thompson and Romney agree on that. And, unless a Republican is picking the judges that’s not going to happen.

BOTH Thompson and Romney did everything to limit the expansion of abortion while in office in spite of their prior statements which were "effectively" pro-choice.

BOTH Fred and Mitt have preferable positions on this topic to Giuliani's.

18 posted on 06/25/2007 9:46:03 AM PDT by redgirlinabluestate (MittRocks.blogspot.com)
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To: aMorePerfectUnion

He signed on to the Brady bill and obeyed the Mass. girl chief justice’s order to hand-out marriage licenses to homosexuals.

And he’s pro-choice (above)? Why would a conservative vote for him? He sounds like a Rooty stealth candidate.


19 posted on 06/25/2007 9:48:26 AM PDT by tumblindice ("Give us what we want, and we'll go away." George, Arlen, Lindsey, Harry, Teddy, Mitch--Legion)
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To: petertare
I hope I don’t get flamed for this but my experience with Mormans leaves a lot to be desired. I worked for some for a while and found although the family presented the all american decent family picture; it was anything but behind the scenes. I was appalled at how verbally abusive the father was to the mother. He was always telling her she couldn’t do anything right and comparing her skills as less than the rest of us employees. It became so uncomfortable I finally left. I am in no way saying the Mitt family is this way; it’s just that the ones I knew were.

I don’t know if anyone remembers Skaggs one of the 1st discount stores way before Walmart. These people were unbelievably corrupt always undercutting other businesses. For example, a designer brought out a new fragrance. The department store ran an ad promoting it exclusively. They knew Skaggs could probably obtain it black market; but asked them not to promote or sell in good faith until they had brought it out. Of course, Skaggs reneged on their agreement and ran an ad discounting this new fragrance the same day. These have been a few of my experiences with the Mormans. I really don’t mean to imply they are all that way.

20 posted on 06/25/2007 9:53:47 AM PDT by freekitty
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To: LoneRangerMassachusetts

His events do serve liquor. It’s all part of the job, unfortunately. Just as Steve Young had to play football on Sundays, serving cocktails at political events is just the way it is. Mitt simply won’t be partaking in the adult beverages along with them, that’s all. Heaven forbid the press and politicians do without their alcohol for more than a few hours.


21 posted on 06/25/2007 9:56:13 AM PDT by Reaganesque (Romney 2008)
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To: freekitty

There are always bad apples in any group. I’m sorry you had to meet some of ours.


22 posted on 06/25/2007 9:58:55 AM PDT by Reaganesque (Romney 2008)
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To: tumblindice

Fear not, there is no way he will win the nomination.

It will be between Rudy and Fred and Rudy’s stock is going down every day.

The fact that many Mass. republicans don’t like Mitt is very telling and once he establishes a firm hold on the number three spot, voters will begin to do their homework and find out that he is really a liberal just like Rudy.

Except for the girls that’ll vote for him cuz he’s cute but that won’t be enough.


23 posted on 06/25/2007 10:01:20 AM PDT by HEY4QDEMS (Sarchasm: The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn't get it.)
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To: freekitty

I’m not a Mormon, but at least try to spell it right.


24 posted on 06/25/2007 10:06:45 AM PDT by xjcsa (Hooey denier)
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To: petertare; Reaganesque

Uhhh, it’s called running an effective presidential campaign. The other candidates should try it.


25 posted on 06/25/2007 10:11:50 AM PDT by ComeUpHigher
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To: aMorePerfectUnion
This is also a falsehood. I thought we weren't supposed to lie about other conservatives on FR???? There are plenty of Republicans who reject discrimination of gays, including Reagan, Ann Coulter, Newt Gingrich, both Bushes, etc.

Supporting equal rights for someone is not the same thing as demanding special rights for them. Equal rights -- yes. Special rights - no. He is sympathetic to human rights NOT gay rights.

In fact, Romney is the only one in the top tier who has strongly stood up against changing the definition of marriage as gays have demanded.

Mitt lobbied Congress in favor of a Federal Marriage Amendment to the U.S. Constitution defining marriage to be between one man and one woman. Romney testified before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on the Federal Marriage Amendment, and sent a letter to all 100 U.S. Senators on June 2, 2006 asking them to vote for the Amendment.

Sen. John McCain and Rudy Giuliani opposed the FMA.
http://www.freerepublic.com/~unmarkedpackage/#gayrights

26 posted on 06/25/2007 10:13:43 AM PDT by redgirlinabluestate (MittRocks.blogspot.com)
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To: Pearls Before Swine

For what it is worth:

ALEXANDRIA, Va— A new YouTube video released yesterday shows presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s alleged pro-life conversion story to be chronologically false and misleading.

Romney’s own comments on the abortion issue have been as follows:

1994: Mitt Romney was pro-choice:

“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.” (Joan Vennochi, “Romney’s Revolving World,” The Boston Globe, 3/2/06)

2001: Mitt Romney was not pro-choice:

“I do not wish to be labeled pro-choice.” (Mitt Romney, Letter to the Editor, The Salt Lake Tribune, 7/12/01)

2002: Mitt Romney was again pro-choice:

“I respect and will protect a woman’s right to choose. This choice is a deeply personal one … Women should be free to choose based on their own beliefs, not mine and not the government’s.” (Stephanie Ebbert, “Clarity Sought On Romney’s Abortion Stance,” The Boston Globe, 7/3/05)

November 2004: Mitt Romney said he converted to the pro-life position.

Romney said he changed his views after meeting with Harvard scientists on stem-cell research: ‘It hit me very hard that we had so cheapened the value of human life in a Roe v. Wade environment that it was important to stand for the dignity of human life.’ (Karen Tumulty, “What Romney Believes,” Time, 5/21/07)

May 2005: Mitt Romney reaffirmed that he was “absolutely committed” to support the pro-choice position.

Six months after he claimed to have converted to the pro-life position, Romney stated: “I am absolutely committed to my promise to maintain the status quo with regards to laws relating to abortion and choice and so far I’ve been able to successfully do that and my personal philosophical views about this issue is not something that I think would do anything other than distract from what I think is a more critical agenda ...” (Mitt Romney, Remarks At Press Conference, 5/27/05)

January 2007: Mitt Romney acknowledged he was “effectively pro-choice.”

On January 29, 2007 during a visit to South Carolina, Romney stated: “Over the last multiple years, as you know, I have been effectively pro-choice.” (Bruce Smith, “Romney Campaigns in SC with Sen. DeMint,” The Associated Press, 1/29/07)

February 2007: Mitt Romney stated that he “was always for life.”

On another campaign stop in South Carolina, Romney stated: “I am firmly pro-life… I was always for life.” (Jim Davenport, “Romney Affirms Opposition to Abortion,” The Associated Press, 2/9/2007)

This new video came on the same day that Romney’s presidential campaign released a list of social-conservatives backing Romney, and just two days before Romney is scheduled to speak to the National Right to Life Convention in Kansas City, Missouri.

“I would assume that those social conservatives who are supporting Romney did not know at the time that he had misled them about his conversion story,” said Martin Gillespie, political director of Brownback for President. “I would encourage those who have supported Romney to publicly ask him to clarify when exactly he became pro-life, or if he did at all.”

Romney has also continually rejected a Human Life Amendment to the Constitution, which would protect unborn children in all fifty states. The Human Life Amendment is part of the platform of the Republican Party, and Romney opposes it. Romney also refused to call abortion murder during a campaign event in New Hampshire a few weeks ago, instead stating that murder “means different things to different people.” Romney’s wife has also financially supported Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion provider in the world.

“One would think that Mitt Romney is in training for an Olympic gold medal in verbal gymnastics, as his various political contortions on abortion are stunning in their timing and flexibility,” Gillespie added. “The best advice for Mitt Romney comes from Mark Twain: ‘Always tell the truth. That way, you don’t have to remember what you said.’”

Senator Brownback has a 100% lifetime voting record with National Right to Life and backs the Republican Party platform on abortion as well as the Human Life Amendment to the Constitution.

The new YouTube footage of Romney reaffirming his support for abortion rights after his alleged pro-life conversion is available at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FxV-QNXoRIc.

I think Mitt has changed his position so many times he is confusing himself now a days.


27 posted on 06/25/2007 10:15:31 AM PDT by CTK YKC
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To: Reaganesque

Mitt Romney is a very “attractive” candidate. Its his conservatism that is in question. Romney remains a political centrist at best. Its critical for Romney -— and all the candidates for that matter -— to get his message out. So far he hasn’t done that. What are his signature issues and his policy agenda?

The GOP candidate field is weak for 2008, without a true standout that appeals to conservatives. Fred Thompson could change all that real soon.

If Romney wants to win the nomination he’ll have to influence conservatives and communicate what he wants to do as POTUS.


28 posted on 06/25/2007 10:15:59 AM PDT by Reagan Man (FUHGETTABOUTIT Rudy....... Conservatives don't vote for liberals!)
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To: redgirlinabluestate

No I don’t:

ALEXANDRIA, Va— A new YouTube video released yesterday shows presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s alleged pro-life conversion story to be chronologically false and misleading.

Romney’s own comments on the abortion issue have been as follows:

1994: Mitt Romney was pro-choice:

“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.” (Joan Vennochi, “Romney’s Revolving World,” The Boston Globe, 3/2/06)

2001: Mitt Romney was not pro-choice:

“I do not wish to be labeled pro-choice.” (Mitt Romney, Letter to the Editor, The Salt Lake Tribune, 7/12/01)

2002: Mitt Romney was again pro-choice:

“I respect and will protect a woman’s right to choose. This choice is a deeply personal one … Women should be free to choose based on their own beliefs, not mine and not the government’s.” (Stephanie Ebbert, “Clarity Sought On Romney’s Abortion Stance,” The Boston Globe, 7/3/05)

November 2004: Mitt Romney said he converted to the pro-life position.

Romney said he changed his views after meeting with Harvard scientists on stem-cell research: ‘It hit me very hard that we had so cheapened the value of human life in a Roe v. Wade environment that it was important to stand for the dignity of human life.’ (Karen Tumulty, “What Romney Believes,” Time, 5/21/07)

May 2005: Mitt Romney reaffirmed that he was “absolutely committed” to support the pro-choice position.

Six months after he claimed to have converted to the pro-life position, Romney stated: “I am absolutely committed to my promise to maintain the status quo with regards to laws relating to abortion and choice and so far I’ve been able to successfully do that and my personal philosophical views about this issue is not something that I think would do anything other than distract from what I think is a more critical agenda ...” (Mitt Romney, Remarks At Press Conference, 5/27/05)

January 2007: Mitt Romney acknowledged he was “effectively pro-choice.”

On January 29, 2007 during a visit to South Carolina, Romney stated: “Over the last multiple years, as you know, I have been effectively pro-choice.” (Bruce Smith, “Romney Campaigns in SC with Sen. DeMint,” The Associated Press, 1/29/07)

February 2007: Mitt Romney stated that he “was always for life.”

On another campaign stop in South Carolina, Romney stated: “I am firmly pro-life… I was always for life.” (Jim Davenport, “Romney Affirms Opposition to Abortion,” The Associated Press, 2/9/2007)

This new video came on the same day that Romney’s presidential campaign released a list of social-conservatives backing Romney, and just two days before Romney is scheduled to speak to the National Right to Life Convention in Kansas City, Missouri.

“I would assume that those social conservatives who are supporting Romney did not know at the time that he had misled them about his conversion story,” said Martin Gillespie, political director of Brownback for President. “I would encourage those who have supported Romney to publicly ask him to clarify when exactly he became pro-life, or if he did at all.”

Romney has also continually rejected a Human Life Amendment to the Constitution, which would protect unborn children in all fifty states. The Human Life Amendment is part of the platform of the Republican Party, and Romney opposes it. Romney also refused to call abortion murder during a campaign event in New Hampshire a few weeks ago, instead stating that murder “means different things to different people.” Romney’s wife has also financially supported Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion provider in the world.

“One would think that Mitt Romney is in training for an Olympic gold medal in verbal gymnastics, as his various political contortions on abortion are stunning in their timing and flexibility,” Gillespie added. “The best advice for Mitt Romney comes from Mark Twain: ‘Always tell the truth. That way, you don’t have to remember what you said.’”

Senator Brownback has a 100% lifetime voting record with National Right to Life and backs the Republican Party platform on abortion as well as the Human Life Amendment to the Constitution.

The new YouTube footage of Romney reaffirming his support for abortion rights after his alleged pro-life conversion is available at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FxV-QNXoRIc.

No how is he pro life when in January ‘07 he stated I have been EFFECTIVELY PRO CHOICE over the last couple of years?

He signed a law as Governor FORCING tax payers to pay for abortions (Romney care).

What he has pledged and what he has done are two different things.


29 posted on 06/25/2007 10:21:51 AM PDT by CTK YKC
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To: NapkinUser
Mitt Romney made his money the old fashioned way. John Kerry is an American Gigolo who makes his money off rich widows !

That is a stark difference among hundreds of others.

John Kerry is also a UN loving America hating socialist. Romney clearly loves America and is a staunch supporter of free enterprise.

30 posted on 06/25/2007 10:24:00 AM PDT by Maneesh (A non-hyphenated American.)
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To: freekitty

Look up bigot.


31 posted on 06/25/2007 10:32:11 AM PDT by borntoraisehogs (If we build it,they won't come)
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To: xjcsa

Why don’t you keep your moralistic opinion to yourself?


32 posted on 06/25/2007 11:03:52 AM PDT by freekitty
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To: Reaganesque

Me too, and I wish I had just kept my mouth shut; but it’s the only exposure I have had. I am sure the good outweighs the bad.


33 posted on 06/25/2007 11:04:56 AM PDT by freekitty
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To: borntoraisehogs

You are just proving what I have been exposed too.


34 posted on 06/25/2007 11:06:37 AM PDT by freekitty
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To: Reagan Man

From what I’ve read about Fred, he isn’t all that conservative. He is no Ronald Reagan.


35 posted on 06/25/2007 11:06:59 AM PDT by bethtopaz ( Mitt Romney 2008)
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To: Reagan Man

From what I’ve read about Fred, he isn’t all that conservative. He is no Ronald Reagan.


36 posted on 06/25/2007 11:06:59 AM PDT by bethtopaz ( Mitt Romney 2008)
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To: freekitty

You are right,I should have just let you keep going.Thank you I have learned.


37 posted on 06/25/2007 11:13:16 AM PDT by borntoraisehogs (If we build it,they won't come)
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To: Reaganesque

I agree - plus the fact that this guy does more for real family values than the others put together - and his wife is also a class act, the perfect First Lady. Compare that with Fred ‘chaser’ Thompson and his current wife (was she date #1022”?) ...enough said.


38 posted on 06/25/2007 11:18:59 AM PDT by SHEENA26
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To: freekitty

You must have just had a really bad experience. I know many, many Mormon families and they are some of the most kind, considerate and real family oriented people I’ve ever known.


39 posted on 06/25/2007 11:23:44 AM PDT by SHEENA26
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To: borntoraisehogs

Your welcome.


40 posted on 06/25/2007 11:25:32 AM PDT by freekitty
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To: redgirlinabluestate

rgiabs,

“This is also a falsehood. I thought we weren’t supposed to lie about other conservatives on FR????”

You are so quick to turn opposition into lying. Are you,
by any chance, lds???

In any case, here’s some food for thought about Mitt and
the gay agenda. If 10% of this is true, it is too much
for me. (from http://www.massresistance.org/docs/marriage/romney/record/#homo_rights)

ampu

Homosexual “Rights”
Gov. Romney has a long history of promoting and furthering the homosexual agenda, and working closely with leading gay activists

* In February 2005, The American Spectator observed of Romney, “He is pro-choice and, aside from the marriage debate, generally in agreement with gay-rights advocates.”
- American Spectator, 2/23/2005
* In March, 2005, Boston’s leading homosexual newspaper, Bay Windows, told its readers that Romney’s pro-gay record belies his new-found “conservatism”:

“Governor Romney has been touring the country in the past few weeks, courting anti-gay right-wingers in South Carolina, Missouri, and Utah with speeches designed to show that he is firmly in their camp. Yet a look at Romney’s record shows that his Rick Santorum drag act is a relatively new phenomenon.”
- Bay Windows, 3/3/2005

Romney twice sought and received the endorsement of the homosexual Log Cabin Republican Club

* Both times Romney ran for public office - in 1994 running for US Senate against Ted Kennedy and in 2002 running for Governor of Massachusetts - he sought and received the formal endorsement of the Log Cabin Republican (LCR) Club PAC. This is the same group that in 2004 spent $1 million nationally in key swing states on TV ads that attacked President Bush for supporting a federal Marriage Protection Amendment.
* In his 1994 US Senate campaign, Romney actually competed with his Republican primary opponent, John Lakian, for the Log Cabin Club’s endorsement! Here’s how Bay Windows described it:

But what struck the gay GOP during that campaign, according to Massachusetts Log Cabin Republicans (LCR), was Romney’s accessibility to and comfort within the local gay community. Romney and his Republican primary opponent, John Lakian, attended an LCR-sponsored candidate’s forum during the campaign, where they both competitively vied for the organization’s endorsement — which Romney eventually won. During the course of his campaign, LCR member and former president Mark Goshko told Bay Windows, Romney held several meetings with group members and at least two LCR members joined his staff. Though gay Republicans were by no means running Romney’s campaign, “it was really a multi-level involvement,” Goshko stated. “Our people were very involved officially and outside of [the campaign].”
- Bay Windows, 3/28/2002
* “In seeking the support of the Log Cabin Republican Club, Romney wrote them a letter promising that ‘as we seek to establish full equality for America’s gay and lesbian citizens, I will provide more effective leadership than my opponent.’ “ [His opponent at the time was Sen. Ted Kennedy, perhaps the foremost advocate of homosexual rights in the U.S. Senate.]
- Boston Globe, 10/17/1994
Read Romney’s letter to Log Cabin Club (Adobe Acrobat format)
* And in the 2002 gubernatorial race, Romney was again courting the homosexual community:

“It’s 9:15 a.m. and Republican gubernatorial nominee Mitt Romney is in good spirits. He’s just wrapped up a meeting with the Massachusetts Log Cabin Republicans at Mario’s restaurant in Boston, where he won his first endorsement from a gay organization . . . According to Mark Goshko, a former LCR president, the group’s 15-member board of governors, the body that votes to endorse candidates, made the unanimous decision after meeting with the Romney campaign and holding extensive discussions.”
- Bay Windows, 10/24/2002

Romney’s campaign distributed pro-gay rights campaign literature during Boston’s “Gay Pride” events

* The annual “Gay Pride” events in Boston, as in other cities across the country, regularly feature obscene and degrading floats, handouts, and activities:

“During his 2002 gubernatorial run his campaign distributed bright pink flyers during Pride that declared ‘Mitt and Kerry [running mate Kerry Healey] wish you a great Pride weekend! All citizens deserve equal rights, regardless of their sexual preference.’ Romney also argued that he would not only support gay friendly policies but would fight on behalf of the gay community to secure benefits such as domestic partner benefits and hospital visitation rights for same-sex couples.”
- Bay Windows 3/3/2005

Romney supports homosexual “anti-discrimination” laws

Such laws are usually carried out at the expense of freedom of religion and speech. For example, they would allow lawsuits against a Christian book store owner for refusing to hire a homosexual activist applicant.

* “The state LCR [Log Cabin Republican Club] worked with Romney’s unsuccessful campaign to unseat U.S. Sen. Ted Kennedy in 1994. Romney won the LCR endorsement primarily based on his support for the federal Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), a pro-gay piece of legislation that at the time had little Republican support.”
- Bay Windows, 10/24/2002
* “[Romney] did, however, pledge to support the federal Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which would ban job discrimination based on sexual orientation, and other civil rights protections for gays in the areas of housing and credit. He also promised to bring the initiatives begun in Massachusetts to protect gay and lesbian youth to the federal level.”
- Bay Windows, 3/28/2002
* “[David] Rogers, who was president of the Log Cabin Club of Massachusetts when Romney was a gubernatorial candidate in 2002, said that while Romney made clear he was opposed to gay marriage, he said that he would fight any form of discrimination and left the impression he wouldn’t crusade against gay rights.
- Boston Globe, 3/11/2004

Romney advocates homosexual couples’ adoption rights be recognized by the government

* “There will be children born to same-sex couples, and adopted by same-sax couples, and I believe that there should be rights and privileges associated with those unions and with the children that are part of those unions.” On another occasion, his spokesman “declined to state Romney’s position on whether homosexual couples should be allowed to adopt, and declined to say whether the governor opposes gay adoptions.”
- State House press conference, 6/15/2005
- Boston Globe, 3/2/2006

Romney supports homosexual domestic partnerships

* When he was campaigning for Governor, Romney positioned himself to the left of the Democrat Speaker of the House, Tom Finneran, on domestic partnerships, during an interview with Bay Windows:

“Basically I see the provision of basic civil rights and domestic partnership benefits [as] a campaign against Tom Finneran. I see Tom Finneran and the Democratic leadership as having opposed the application of domestic partnership benefits to gay and lesbian couples and I will support and endorse efforts to provide those domestic partnership benefits to gay and lesbian couples,” says Romney.
- Bay Windows, 10/24/2002
* “On Gay Rights: All citizens deserve equal rights, regardless of their sexual orientation. While he does not support gay marriage, Mitt Romney believes domestic partnership status should be recognized in a way that includes the potential for health benefits and rights of survivorship.”
- Romney’s 2002 campaign website
* Romney said at a State House press conference:

“If this [proposed constitutional marriage] amendment were to pass, at that stage I would support legislation which would provide certain domestic partnership benefits, like hospital visitation rights, and rights of survivorship, and so forth.
- State House press conference, 6/15/2005

Romney supported and promoted legalizing homosexual civil unions

* Within days of the Goodridge ruling, Romney announced that he supported homosexual civil unions:

Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney said yesterday he was ready to work with lawmakers to craft a “civil union”-style law to give some marriage rights to homosexual couples, even though he also supports a constitutional amendment to preserve traditional marriage . . . Mr. Romney yesterday told TV news stations that he would support a Vermont-style civil union law in Massachusetts, but reiterated his support for a constitutional amendment that would clarify that “marriage is an institution between a man and a woman.”
- Washington Times, 11/20/2003
* In 2005, Romney tried to tell South Carolina Republicans that he had always opposed civil unions:

Massachusetts Governor Romney is coming under fire for comments he made about gay marriage to Republican activists in South Carolina. Romney told Monday night’s gathering in Spartanburg County that he’s always been opposed to same-sex marriage as well as what he called “it’s equivalent, civil unions.” Romney, however, has for months backed a proposed amendment to the Massachusetts constitution that would ban gay marriage but provide for civil unions with the same rights and responsibilities as marriage. Massachusetts State Representative Phil Travis says Romney can’t be for civil unions when he’s in Massachusetts and against them when he’s out-of-state. Travis has been a leading opponent of same-sex unions.
- Associated Press, 2/23/2005
* Romney strong-armed conservative Republicans into supporting a constitutional amendment that included civil unions:

Through all the twists and shifts during the gay-marriage debate this year, there was one constant: 22 Republicans in the House of Representatives opposed every measure that would grant gay couples civil unions in the constitution. That all changed yesterday, however, when 15 of that 22-member bloc broke away at the urging of Governor Mitt Romney and voted in favor of a proposed amendment that would ban gay marriage but create Vermont-style civil unions. Those 15 members provided the margin of victory, observers from both camps said yesterday after the measure passed by just five votes. In the end, the 15 agreed that approving a measure that they viewed as highly undesirable was preferable to the possibility that nothing would be sent to the state ballot for voters to weigh in on.
- Boston Globe 3/30/2004
(Note: This amendment, which included mandated provisions for civil unions, was ultimately defeated in the Legislature and never did go to the voters.)

Romney Opposes the Boy Scouts’ Ban on Homosexual Scoutmasters

* Despite the over 2,500 pedophilia cases now on record involving homosexual scout leaders, Romney stated, “I feel that all people should be allowed to participate in the Boy Scouts regardless of their sexual orientation.” In the same article, a BSA official criticized Romney for opposing Scout policy.
- Boston Globe, 10/27/1994

Romney barred Boy Scouts from public participation in 2002 Olympics

* The 2002 Olympics - run by Mitt Romney - was the only Olympics that restricted the Boy Scouts from participating. According to news reports, this was apparently because of pressure from homosexual activists. (But also, according to reports, homosexual groups participated fairly prominently.) Romney would not respond to reporters’ questions about that action.

The largest Boy Scout council in the country responded to the call for volunteers issued by the Salt Lake Olympic Organizing Committee, but the welcome mat was rolled up and the door slammed in its face. Olympic spokesmen for the 2002 winter games say the exclusion has nothing to do with recent protests by gay activists. While the organizing committee for the Olympic event is prominently displaying a call for local volunteers, they have explicitly let it be known that the Boy Scouts need not apply. “For us not to be involved is discouraging, considering the Atlanta games. The Scouting council there was extremely involved,” said Kay Godfrey, professional Scout executive for the Great Salt Lake Council of Boy Scouts.
- NewsMax.com, Dec. 18, 2000

Homosexual activism in government
Romney appointed prominent homosexuals to key positions in his administration

* “Romney also continues [former Governor] Weld’s tradition of appointing openly gay people to key positions in his administration. One of his first cabinet appointments was Daniel Grabauskas, who Romney chose to serve in his cabinet as Secretary of the Executive Office of Transportation and Construction. The new governor’s transition team also included several openly gay people, including Grabauskas, former lieutenant governor candidate and current president of the National Log Cabin Republicans Patrick Guerriero and former Mass. Log Cabin president Mark Goshko. Other gay Romney appointees include John Wagner, commissioner of the state welfare department, Mitchell Adams, executive director of the Massachusetts Technology collaborative and Jonathan Spampinato, a member of Romney’s Diversity and Equality Opportunity Council.”
- Bay Windows, 3/3/2005

(Note: These appointees aren’t just “gay” people, they’re committed homosexual activists. Grabauskas, for example, had previously served as head of the Registrar of Motor Vehicles where he instituted a policy of placing a sex-change check-off box on drivers license renewal forms.)
Drivers license renewal form

Romney appointed prominent homosexual activists and Democrats as judges

* “Governor Mitt Romney, who touts his conservative credentials to out-of-state Republicans, has passed over GOP lawyers for three-quarters of the 36 judicial vacancies he has faced, instead tapping registered Democrats or independents — including two gay lawyers who have supported expanded same-sex rights, a Globe review of the nominations has found. Of the 36 people Romney named to be judges or clerk magistrates, 23 are either registered Democrats or unenrolled voters who have made multiple contributions to Democratic politicians or who voted in Democratic primaries, state and local records show. In all, he has nominated nine registered Republicans, 13 unenrolled voters, and 14 registered Democrats.”
- Boston Globe 7/25/2005

Romney Rewards one of the State’s Leading Anti-Marriage Attorneys by Making him a Judge

* Romney told the U.S. Senate on June 22, 2004, that the “real threat to the States is not the constitutional amendment process, in which the states participate, but activist judges who disregard the law and redefine marriage . . .” Romney sounds tough but yet he had no qualms advancing the legal career of one of the leading anti-marriage attorneys. He nominated Stephen Abany to a District Court. Abany has been a key player in the Massachusetts Lesbian and Gay Bar Association which, in its own words, is “dedicated to ensuring that the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court decision on marriage equality is upheld, and that any anti-gay amendment or legislation is defeated.”
Press release from governor’s office 5/4/2005
- U.S. Senate testimony by Gov. Mitt Romney, 6/22/2004
* Stephen Abany testified at the State House in 1999 advocating a bill to repeal the sodomy laws in Massachusetts. This type of activism obviously did not bother Romney.
- Lawyers’ Weekly 2/14/2000

Romney announces he won’t fill judicial vacancies before term ends

* Despite his rhetoric about judicial activism, Romney announced that he won’t fill all the remaining vacancies during his term - but instead leave them for his liberal Democrat successor!

Governor Mitt Romney pledged yesterday not to make a flurry of lame-duck judicial appointments in the final days of his administration . . . David Yas, editor of Lawyers Weekly, said Romney is “bucking tradition” by resisting the urge to fill all remaining judgeships. “It is a tradition for governors to use that power to appoint judges aggressively in the waning moments of their administration,” Yas said. He added that Romney has been criticized for failing to make judicial appointments. “The legal community has consistently criticized him for not filling open seats quickly enough and being a little too painstaking in the process and being dismissive of the input of the Judicial Nominating Commission,” Yas said.
- Boston Globe 11/2/2006

Romney’s Commission on Gay and Lesbian Youth used huge taxpayer funding to promote homosexuality in the public schools

* During most of Romney’s term in office, there existed an agency called the Governor’s Commission on Gay and Lesbian Youth. It was established before Romney came to power but it existed throughout his tenure. Even though he had legal control over this entity and the Commissioners served at his pleasure, he never dissolved the Commission, nor attempted to dictate who its members were, nor even restricted how it used its funding. Romney could have appointed pro-family people or representatives from ex-homosexual groups to serve on this Commission, but he never did.

* The Governor’s Commission was perhaps the largest government-sanctioned promoter of the homosexual agenda to children in the United States. This entity spent millions of state tax dollars promoting the gay-lesbian-bisexual-transgender (GLBT) radicalism in Massachusetts schools by inundating them with GLBT speakers, presentations, films, books, parades, dances, posters, handouts, and help establishing GLBT clubs on campus. These events provided a model for homosexual activists around the country.

(Note: See entire section below - “Romney’s Commission organized public gay ‘Youth Pride Day’ parades and ‘transgender proms’ which promote unhealthy and risky behavior.”)
* Instead of dissolving the Commission, Romney continued to fund it:

More recently Romney proposed allocating $250,000 for the Governor’s Commission on Gay and Lesbian Youth for fiscal year 2006, twice what he proposed for FY05. The Legislature ultimately funded the commission at $250,000 for FY05, so Romney’s proposal for next year amounts to level funding, and the proposal is still a far cry from $1.6 million the commission received in the mid-’90s before the state budget crisis. Yet as commission co-chair Kathleen Henry said, Romney could just as easily have dissolved the program. “We serve completely at the will of the governor,” said Henry.
- Bay Windows 3/3/2005
* When Romney was criticized for Commission’s funding, the homosexual activists came to his defense:

Kathleen Henry, chairwoman of the Governor’s Commission on Gay and Lesbian Youth, defended Romney. Henry said the governor’s fiscal 2006 budget plan included $250,000 for the commission, twice as much as he proposed spending in 2005. ‘’The fact that he doubled last year’s [proposed budget allocation] this year is huge to us. It’s really huge. It says to us clearly that he gets the service for what it really is,” said Henry.
- Boston Globe 7/1/2005
* Twice after the Legislature approved funding for the Commission, Romney then appeased pro-family activists by vetoing it! However, since there are not enough Republicans to sustain vetoes, a veto is largely a charade, and the homosexual lobby was never seriously concerned when it happened. And Romney never put any effort into sustaining the vetoes. This enabled Romney to appear “pro-family,” while the homosexuals still got their funding.
* When Romney vetoed money for his Governor’s Commission, here’s what he told the Boston Globe his reasons were (still pandering to the homosexual activists):

Romney said his vetoes were motivated by fiscal prudence, not opposition to the programs or presidential politics. Even with his vetoes, the state would spend more than $1 million on teen pregnancy prevention and $250,000 on the programs for gay and lesbian youth. . . [Romney said,] ‘’The work that they’re doing to prevent suicide and prevent violence is important work, and we support the work which they’re doing . . . [but] we didn’t see a need to raise their budget by 40 percent.”
- Boston Globe, 7/1/2005
* In May 2006, as he prepared his run for the presidency, MassResistance presented the Governor’s office with shocking photographs of events and activities sponsored or organized by the Commission. A few days later, Romney announced his intention to dissolve the Commission. But within hours of that announcement, under pressure from the homosexual community, the Governor changed his mind. “We inundated him with outrage,” one homosexual activist told the Boston Globe. So instead, the governor simply told the Commission members that it must focus on its “original mission” [which involves affirming homosexuality to children in the schools].
- Boston Globe, 5/12/2006
* In June 2006, fearful that a future Governor might dissolve the Governor’s Commission for Gay and Lesbian Youth, homosexual activists in the Legislature slipped an item into the 2007 budget creating a much more powerful “Commission on Gay and Lesbian Youth” which is independent of control by the Governor. Under extreme pressure from pro-family activists Romney vetoed that line item, but he made no effort to sustain the veto (the effort to sustain it was led by a Democrat!) and the veto was overridden. At that point, Romney simply dissolved the old Governor’s Commission because, he said, it was now “duplicative.”
Governor’s executive order.

Romney’s Commission organized public gay “Youth Pride Day” parades and “transgender proms” which promote unhealthy and risky behavior

* The Governor’s Commission on Gay and Lesbian Youth had no restrictions on the mixing of unscreened adult homosexuals and children. The Commission sponsored a “Youth Pride Parade” each year which features boys - some wearing women’s clothes — and adult homosexual activists.
Photos of this parade
Details of the homosexual youth group funded by Romney which organizes “Youth Pride”
* Youth Pride Day ends with a “GLBT Prom” at Boston City Hall Plaza where children as young as middle school age are allowed to mingle with cruising homosexual adults. Perhaps Romney should have proclaimed this day “Pedophile Heaven Day.” The prom is promoted by the Governor’s Commission and sponsored by the Boston Alliance of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Youth (BAGLY), a group that has promoted adult-child sex and has received funding from the Governor’s Commission. (The executive director of BAGLY is a male-to-female transsexual.)
Photos of the prom and a flyer handed out by pedophiles seeking boys at that event.
Info on the BAGLY, pedophilia and its connection to the Commission
More info on BAGLY and its connection to the Commission
* This shocking and sad spectacle of promoting the homosexual lifestyle to youth continued right through 2006. On March 27, 2006, Romney’s Commission on Gay and Lesbian Youth issued a statement on Romney’s Governor’s Commission letterhead stating, “There’s no place like Youth Pride….In celebration of their lives and diversity, gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer (GLBTQ) youth and their supporters [mostly adult homosexuals] will gather by the thousands to kick off Massachusetts’ 12th annual Youth Pride on Saturday, May 13th at noon on Boston Common.”
Press release from Governor’s office on this event

Romney issues a proclamation celebrating gay “Youth Pride Day”

* In 2004, Romney issued an official state proclamation celebrating “Gay Youth Pride Day” even though there was no legal reason requiring him to do this. The proclamation proudly touted “landmark” gay rights legislation in Massachusetts and boasted of supporting “the Commonwealth’s gay and lesbian youth through school-based and educational programs.”
Proclamation from the Governor’s office
* Note by always using the phrase “gay and lesbian youth,” Romney has accepted the dangerous myth that homosexuals are born that way despite zero evidence. He has also accepted the homosexual movement’s propaganda that young teens can understand and “declare” themselves to be gay. The Proclamation also urges, “all citizens to take cognizance of this event and participate fittingly in its observance.” So not only does Romney honor this shocking event promoting a dangerous and immoral lifestyle to children, but he wants the rest of the state to honor it as well!

Romney’s Department of Education promotes the homosexual agenda

* Under Romney’s leadership, the Massachusetts Department of Education (DOE) continued to be rabidly pro-homosexual. The Department’s website is full of “How To” information for homosexual activists within the public schools. One document titled “10 Easy Steps to Starting a GSA [Gay/Straight Alliance]”, advises organizers to “find a meeting spot that gives members a sense of security and privacy.” Other documents discuss “coming out to friends and family.” Many of the programs come under the name of “Safe Schools” or “Anti-Bullying” programs but the goal of these activities is to reassure children that “It’s OK to be Gay.” This is a horrible fraud perpetrated on children and nowhere on this website do they mention groups that counsel sexually confused youth, state that the behavior is reversible or even mention the names of ex-homosexual organizations. To see the DOE’s pro-homosexual propaganda, go to the DOE website or go to these links on that website:

The Safe Schools Program for Gay & Lesbian Students
“Outright” pamphlet distributed to kids
How to start a Gay/Straight Alliance at school
Gay/Straight Alliance Student Guide
Gay/Straight Alliance resources page
* In conjunction with The Governor’s Commission on Gay and Lesbian Youth, the DOE has worked hand and hand with the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) and Parents, Friends, and Families of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) to sponsor radical pro-homosexual assemblies and workshops at public schools. Before Romney was elected, one such session was taped by pro-family activists at which presenters described to children how to engage in a highly dangerous homosexual activity called “fisting” which violated both health and obscenity codes. This received nationwide publicity. Despite this incident, the incoming Romney administration did nothing to institute new regulations to prevent such atrocities from happening again. Indeed, during Romney’s tenure, the Commission and the DOE continued to work closely with GLSEN and PGLAG, organizations that distribute literature and books with highly inappropriate sexual themes including adult-children sex.
Full report on the “fisting” incident
Info on how GLSEN works with the Governor’s Commission
How PFLAG promotes pedophilia
* The DOE’s “Youth Risk Behavior Survey”, given to school children across the state in several grades, asks them if they are heterosexual, gay or lesbian, bisexual, or “not sure” and how frequently they engage in hetero and homosexual sex.
Info on 2005 Youth Risk Behavior Survey
* Romney’s DOE has failed to properly enforce the state’s Parental Notification Act, the parents’ right to opt their children out of sex ed curricula, when school systems have claimed that the law’s “human sexuality issues” phrase does not apply to homosexuality or transgender subject matter. This has caused enormous stresses for parents trying to uphold their own values, and has led to incidents such as in Lexington, where parent David Parker was arrested and spent a night in jail over the school’s refusal to obey the notification law regarding his 6-year-old son in kindergarten. As there was no redress within the DOE, Parker ultimately initiated an expensive federal Civil Rights lawsuit which is still in process.
Information on the David Parker incident

Romney’s Department of Public Health (DPH) cooperates with the homosexual activist movement

* Romney’s Department of Public Health contributed to the The Little Black Book: Queer in the 21st Century, a shocking publication apparently in violation of obscenity codes. Distributed to middle-school and high-school students at a GLSEN conference at Brookline High School, it discussed highly dangerous homosexual practices such as fisting and what homosexuals call “water sports.” To be more specific, here’s one quote: “There is little risk of STD infection and no risk of HIV infection from playing with pee.” Massachusetts physician John Diggs commented that this book is “alarming, disheartening, and medically unethical.” It is clear that one of the major themes of Romney’s DPH (including the outreach programs it supports for homosexual adults) is how to have homosexual sex “safely,” a philosophy that in reality endangers the health of its own citizens.
Full report on Little Black Book
* After The Little Black Book attracted statewide and nationwide attention, Romney belatedly issued a statement that the book is “grossly inappropriate,” but no DPH employees suffered any consequences, nor did this incident result in any restrictions on how the DPH spends its money. As usual, Romney’s statement was just rhetoric.
* Romney’s Director of the HIV/AIDS Bureau in the DPH, Kevin Cranston, is a long-time gay activist with no known medical training and was a co-founder of BAGLY (see above). Cranston fought compliance with the CDC’s recommendation to track HIV-infected patients by name rather than anonymous ID numbers (as demanded by gay activists).
- Bay Windows, 2/9/2006
* The above stories should be considered in light of the Boston Globe’s report that Romney keeps a tight rein on his DPH.
- Boston Globe, 9/10/2006

Romney opposed federal legislation that would stop public schools from promoting homosexuality

* When Romney was running against Sen. Ted Kennedy, Bay Windows asked him how he would have voted on an amendment to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act that would ban federal funds from public schools which are “encouraging or supporting homosexuality as a positive lifestyle alternative.” He answered:

“I would have opposed that amendment. I don’t think the federal government has any business dictating to local school boards what their curriculum or practices should be. I think that’s a dangerous precedent in general. I would have opposed that. It also grossly misunderstands the gay community by insinuating that there’s an attempt to proselytize a gay lifestyle on the part of the gay community. I think it’s wrong-headed and unfortunate and hurts the party by being identified with the Republican party.”
- Bay Windows, 8/25/1994

Romney’s Dept. of Social Services honors homosexual “married” couple as adoptive “Parents of the Year”

* The Massachusetts Department of Social Services (DSS), run by the Romney administration, honored a homosexual “married” couple (two men) as their adoptive “Parents of the Year” for 2006. The DSS has gained a reputation for being aggressively pro-homosexual over recent years. This incident sparked outrage across the country, but to our knowledge no policies or personnel at DSS were changed as a result.
- Waltham Daily News Tribune, 8/4/2006

Homosexual “Marriage”
Romney refused to endorse the original 2002 Mass. constitutional amendment absolutely defining marriage as one man and one women

* In 2002, before the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court declared same-sex marriage protected by the Constitution, Romney denounced as “too extreme” the effort by pro-family groups to enact a preemptive state Marriage Protection Amendment prohibiting homosexual marriage, civil unions and same-sex public employee benefits.
- Boston Phoenix, May 14-20, 2004
* “Mitt Romney’s wife, son, and daughter-in-law signed a petition in support of a proposed constitutional amendment that would ban both gay marriage and domestic-partner benefits in Massachusetts - an amendment that Romney himself condemned as too extreme after being told of his family’s support for it. … Eric Fehrnstrom, a Romney campaign spokesman, said Romney opposes gay marriage but also opposes the amendment, since he sees no reason to change the current laws, which allow for domestic-partner benefits to public employees.… ‘Mitt did not know they signed it, and Mitt does not support it,’ he said. ‘As far as Mitt is concerned, it goes farther than current law, and therefore it’s unnecessary.’ “
- Boston Globe 3/22/2002
* “Romney was unaware his family members had signed the amendment petition, said Fehrnstrom, and he does not support the “Protection of Marriage” amendment. “He is opposed to gay marriage, but in the case of the ‘defense of marriage’ amendment Mitt believes it goes too far in that it would outlaw domestic partnership for non-traditional couples. That is something he is not prepared to accept.”
- Bay Windows 3/28/02

Romney unnecessarily (and unconstitutionally) implemented homosexual marriages in Massachusetts

* After the Massachusetts Supreme Court ruling that same-sex “marriages” were protected by the Massachusetts Constitution, Romney (1) issued altered marriage licenses and (2) ordered town clerks to issue the licenses and Justices of the Peace to perform same-sex marriages when requested, or be fired. However, he did not have to do this, and there is strong evidence that this was illegal. The Court ruling simply advised the Legislature to pass legislation codifying its opinion on changing the marriage statutes. Romney was NOT bound to enforce same-sex marriages prior to legislative action. Yet Romney jumped the gun and needlessly advanced the homosexual agenda by granting the marriage rights without a fight. Furthermore, Romney still has the authority to reverse his actions via Executive Order before his term is out.
Research & report on Romney and same-sex marriage in Mass.
For a legal review of Romney’s implementation of same-sex marriage
* Many pro-family leaders inside and outside Massachusetts, including columnist Patrick J. Buchanan, Professor Hadley Arkes of Amherst College, and Mathew Staver, Esq. of Liberty Counsel all urged Romney to defy the Court ruling and halt the marriages via Executive Order. But there was no public response from Romney.
- Patrick J. Buchanan, 2/9/2004
- Agape Press, 3/30/2004
- Prof. Hadley Arkes, in National Review Online, 5/17/2004
- Matt Staver, Esq., Liberty Counsel, July 2004
* Despite his rhetoric against judicial activism, Romney refused to support the “Bill of Address” resolution to remove the judges. (Similar to impeachment, this is a procedure whereby a judge is removed for abusing his office. Interestingly, it was sponsored by conservative Democrats!) Romney would not support this effort even though it was obvious by the wording of the ruling that the judges had displayed their personal biases - and ignored facts - to rule in favor of homosexual marriages. But more troubling was that Chief Justice Margaret Marshall had clearly violated the Code of Judicial Conduct by appearing as keynote speaker advocating expansion of homosexual rights at a Mass. Lesbian and Gay Bar Association fundraiser in 1999. (Judges are forbidden to speak at any fundraiser, and must recuse themselves from a case if they have publicly advocated a position relating to it.) Yet Romney ignored all this, and he told a press conference in June 2005, “I’m not looking to recall the judges.”
- State House press conference, 6/15/2005 (Romney quote)
- WorldNetDaily, 4/24/2004 (Bill of Address)
- WorldNetDaily, 5/8/2004 (Chief Justice Marshall’s ethical issues)
* In February 2004, Romney wrote an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal attacking judicial activism and urging legislators around the country to strengthen their marriage statutes. But he later made no effort to support bills which were in the State Legislature to remove the four Mass. Supreme Court judges (the “Bill of Address”) and to strengthen the definition of marriage.
- Wall Street Journal, 2/5/2004
- MassNews, 12/2/2004 (bills filed by Article 8 Alliance)

Romney had marriage licenses changed to allow same-sex marriages

* Some time in early 2004 (no record can be found of the order), Romney directed his Department of Public Health to change the state marriage license to read “Party A” and Party “B”, replacing “Husband” and “Wife”. None of this was required by any law passed by the legislature or even ordered by the court.
See an actual copy of a Massachusetts marriage license
* But later in 2005, Romney made it clear that he understood that only the Legislature could change certificates of this nature, when he refused to alter birth certificates for children of same-sex couples to say “Parent A” and “Parent B”, instead of “Mother” and “Father”.
- Boston Globe, 7/22/2005

Romney administration ordered Justices of Peace to perform homosexual “marriages” when asked - or be fired!

* Gov. Romney’s Legal Counsel issued a directive to the Justices of the Peace that they must perform same-sex marriages or “face personal liability” or be fired. The directive was given to perform the homosexual marriages without citing any statute permitting this, though a statute is cited as a basis for not marrying out-of-state homosexual couples. (No date is given on the directive; it was apparently issued approximately 4-27-06.) Said Romney’s Chief Legal Counsel, David Winslow: “Your task is straightforward and can be summed up in three words: follow the law.”
Directive by Romney’s legal counsel (See Section E)
- New York Times, 4/26/2004
* At least one Justice of the Peace, Linda Gray Kelley, was forced to resign for religious reasons because of the Romney Administration’s strict requirement that Justices of the Peace perform same-sex marriages when asked or be fired.
Justice of the Peace resignation letter, Justice of the Peace Assoiation Newsletter, Summer 2004
* It was reported that Romney first led Justices of the Peace to believe that there would be “conscientious objector” status available for those who had moral or religious objections to same-sex marriage, but he apparently later reneged on this.

“On April 26, Gov. Mitt Romney’s chief legal counsel, Daniel Winslow, told the state’s 1,200 justices of the peace that they had to marry same-sex couples, or be fired…. After being assured in February that the justices would be able file for conscientious-objector status, [a JP] was shocked to hear Winslow say they couldn’t-and to hear an official from the state board of discrimination warn that trying to get out of officiating same-sex ceremonies could get them sued for $25,000 to $1 million.” David Fried of the Mass. Commission Against Discrimination (a Romney appointed agency) said “that justices could be personally liable under the state’s antidiscrimination law if they turned away same-sex couples who requested their services.”
- Citizen (Focus on the Family online), 7/2004 and
- New York Times, 4/26/2004

Romney administration’s training of Town Clerks (on how to issue same-sex marriage licenses) states that marriage statutes were not changed

* There is no Executive Order or record of Town Clerk training sessions on any official government web page source. Interestingly, only the homosexual legal advocacy organization GLAD (Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders) has any record of the content of these sessions. The training document admits that the marriage statutes have not been changed. Yet the Town Clerks are told they must “implement” the Court decision and uphold the law. [See training document (slides)]
- Associated Press, 4/12/2004
* Apparently, Romney was paying attention to mistaken reports in the press, instead of the Constitution. From a typical mainstream article during this period of confusion, an AP report stated: “The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled in November the state must begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples by mid-May, which means changes for clerks and justices of the peace.”
- Associated Press, 4/24/2004
* When it came to same-sex couples from outside the state wanting to marry in Massachusetts, Romney made it clear that a statute still on the books (from 1913) would prevent this from being legal. Romney said that he does not want Massachusetts to become ‘’the Las Vegas of same-sex marriage.’’ But he did not choose to follow the other sections of the marriage statute (never changed by the Legislature after the Goodridge ruling), which made it crystal clear that marriage in Massachusetts is between a “husband” and “wife”, or a “man” and a “woman”.
- New York Times, 5/19/2004

Romney signs bill eliminating Sexual Transmitted Disease (STD) testing requirement for marriage

* In October 2005, Gov. Romney signed a law eliminating the section of the marriage statute requiring an STD health certificate before receiving a marriage license. (This is apparently the only part of the marriage statutes altered since the Goodridge marriage ruling.) Was this because many homosexual males would not have been able to obtain marriage licenses with the syphilis clean-bill-of-health requirement intact? Why did he eliminate this bulwark of public health?
Letter from the DPH Registry of Vital Records & Statistics

When requested of him, Romney personally issues special one-day certificates to allow otherwise unqualified people to perform homosexual “marriages”

* Romney has issued many special one-day marriage certificates (allowing anyone of the couple’s choice to perform the marriage ceremony) to homosexual couples. But, because of the special nature of these certificates, it would be his prerogative as Chief Executive to refuse to issue them for any reason. Yet he gave out 189 one-day certificates in 2005 to homosexual couples, including one to a leading openly homosexual activist state senator. His legal counsel said that in granting these special marriage certificates to homosexual couples, Romney is evenly applying the “statute” [what statute?].

“His harsh criticism of what he calls ‘’judicial over-reaching” always wins applause from Republican audiences. But the governor has at times taken pains to promote tolerance of gays and lesbians. When an administration official was dismissed and asserted that the action was related to her intention to marry her lesbian partner, Romney strongly denied it and noted that several high-ranking officials in his administration were gay…. The applications Romney approved from same-sex couples included at least four from state legislators, including Jarrett T. Barrios, a state senator from Cambridge, members of the clergy from out-of-state, family members, and friends …”
- Boston Globe, 1/2/2006

Was Romney’s public opposition to homosexual “marriage” based on expediency, not principle?

* “Romney’s meeting with Log Cabin Club members in October of that year [2002], less than a month before the gubernatorial election, led members to believe he was not morally opposed to gay marriage. “He said, `Right now, it’s not popular, and it would cost money,’ “ he said. “He didn’t say, when we met with him, `I’m sorry, folks; I’m against gay marriage because it’s morally wrong.’ He didn’t say that.” [said David Rogers, vice-president of Log Cabin Club.]”
- Boston Globe 3/11/2004
* At an October 2002 endorsement meeting with the Log Cabin Republicans of Massachusetts, a 300-member organization of GOP gays, Romney led attendees to believe that his anti-gay-marriage stance stemmed from political considerations. According to David Rogers, who served as the group’s president at the time, “Candidate Romney said he wasn’t for gay marriage because it wasn’t popular yet. But he didn’t seem to care one way or the other.”
- Boston Phoenix, 5/14-2/2004

In summary, Romney has never said that homosexual marriage (especially the sodomy characteristic of the male unions) presents a problem for values, morality, public health, or parental rights in the schools. In almost every speech he gives on the topic, he simply focuses on “every child needing a father and a mother.”


41 posted on 06/25/2007 11:27:23 AM PDT by aMorePerfectUnion
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To: freekitty

You bring up Romney’s Mormonism amongst the all the fawning. Good for you, somebody needed to.

I am of the opinion that if Repubs nominate Romney, they’ll rue the day. So far, his Mormonism hasn’t come under scrutiny. Rest assured it will be.

And once the wacky beliefs of Romney’s Mormonism are brought out into the full light of day, it is really going to get embarrasing. Not embarrasing for Romney, he, like most Mormons, count it a badge of honor for their religion to be scrutinized. It’ll be embarrassing for the rest of us Repubs.

To get an idea of what I am talking about, and what is ahead of us if Romney is nominated, everybody take a look at the FR thread, “Romney: attacks on Mormon Religion troubling.” Getting close to 500 posts on it last I looked.


42 posted on 06/25/2007 11:33:25 AM PDT by sasportas
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To: LoneRangerMassachusetts
>>How does a Mormon attend cocktail parties?

Order a Milk.

43 posted on 06/25/2007 12:25:48 PM PDT by Rameumptom (Gen X= they killed 1 in 4 of us)
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To: redgirlinabluestate

Romney lobbied? sent a letter? was sympathetic? WTF?

He was Governor and was lame (except to remove the vote).

Romney made sure the citizens never had a vote
for either GayMarriage OR RomneyCARE=HillaryCARE.


44 posted on 06/25/2007 12:31:09 PM PDT by Diogenesis (Igitur qui desiderat pacem, praeparet bellum)
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To: Reaganesque

Sorry, I don’t care to meet him nor support him. He can’t support my right to keep and bear arms, why should I give him the time of day?

Were he a true 2nd Amendment supporter, I’d probably vote for him, but...

Mike


45 posted on 06/25/2007 12:34:49 PM PDT by BCR #226 (Abortion is the pagan sacrifice of an innocent virgin child for the sins of the mother and father.)
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To: SHEENA26

I am sure you do; and maybe I shouldn’t have posted what I did; but those are my experiences.


46 posted on 06/25/2007 12:39:44 PM PDT by freekitty
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To: freekitty
Why don’t you keep your moralistic opinion to yourself?

My "moralistic opinion"? I was talking about spelling; it's neither moralistic nor an opinion, and I feel no obligation to "keep it to myself."

47 posted on 06/25/2007 12:42:32 PM PDT by xjcsa (Hooey denier)
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To: GeorgefromGeorgia

Rudy’s numbers were awfully high — until the debates and people learned more about him. FDT hasn’t had to answer any inane and stupid questions on his feet during a debate yet. Hopefully, he will do as well as Mitt has done and it will come down to Mitt and Fred, rather than Rudy and McCain as everyone thought.


48 posted on 06/25/2007 2:10:22 PM PDT by redgirlinabluestate (MittRocks.blogspot.com)
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To: Reaganesque
"Romney overcame a $3 billion budget deficit without raising taxes; instead, he reduced waste and greatly improved the efficiency of state government. When Romney left office, Massachusetts had fewer government employees than when he arrived. That's no small achievement in an overwhelmingly liberal state."

Bears repeating.

49 posted on 06/25/2007 2:16:55 PM PDT by TAdams8591 ( Guiliani is a Democrat in Republican drag. Mitt Romney for president in 2008! : ))
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To: AnnaZ

He is a good lookin’ guy, fer shur. He’s really smart, too.


50 posted on 06/25/2007 2:20:26 PM PDT by MHGinTN (You've had life support. Promote life support for those in the womb.)
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