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Governor Mitt Romney's "Faith In America" Address (Transcript)
Rommey for President 2008 ^ | 11/05/07 | Mitt Romney

Posted on 12/06/2007 10:13:20 AM PST by Reaganesque

Thursday, Dec 06, 2007

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College Station, TX – Speaking at The George Bush Presidential Library, Governor Romney addressed the American people about his views on religious liberty, our country's grand tradition of religious tolerance and how faith would inform his Presidency.

Governor Romney's "Faith In America" Address (As Prepared For Delivery):

"Thank you, Mr. President, for your kind introduction.

"It is an honor to be here today. This is an inspiring place because of you and the First Lady and because of the film exhibited across the way in the Presidential library. For those who have not seen it, it shows the President as a young pilot, shot down during the Second World War, being rescued from his life-raft by the crew of an American submarine. It is a moving reminder that when America has faced challenge and peril, Americans rise to the occasion, willing to risk their very lives to defend freedom and preserve our nation. We are in your debt. Thank you, Mr. President.

"Mr. President, your generation rose to the occasion, first to defeat Fascism and then to vanquish the Soviet Union. You left us, your children, a free and strong America. It is why we call yours the greatest generation. It is now my generation's turn. How we respond to today's challenges will define our generation. And it will determine what kind of America we will leave our children, and theirs.

"America faces a new generation of challenges. Radical violent Islam seeks to destroy us. An emerging China endeavors to surpass our economic leadership. And we are troubled at home by government overspending, overuse of foreign oil, and the breakdown of the family.

"Over the last year, we have embarked on a national debate on how best to preserve American leadership. Today, I wish to address a topic which I believe is fundamental to America's greatness: our religious liberty. I will also offer perspectives on how my own faith would inform my Presidency, if I were elected.

"There are some who may feel that religion is not a matter to be seriously considered in the context of the weighty threats that face us. If so, they are at odds with the nation's founders, for they, when our nation faced its greatest peril, sought the blessings of the Creator. And further, they discovered the essential connection between the survival of a free land and the protection of religious freedom. In John Adams' words: 'We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion... Our Constitution was made for a moral and religious people.'

"Freedom requires religion just as religion requires freedom. Freedom opens the windows of the soul so that man can discover his most profound beliefs and commune with God. Freedom and religion endure together, or perish alone.

"Given our grand tradition of religious tolerance and liberty, some wonder whether there are any questions regarding an aspiring candidate's religion that are appropriate. I believe there are. And I will answer them today.

"Almost 50 years ago another candidate from Massachusetts explained that he was an American running for President, not a Catholic running for President. Like him, I am an American running for President. I do not define my candidacy by my religion. A person should not be elected because of his faith nor should he be rejected because of his faith.

"Let me assure you that no authorities of my church, or of any other church for that matter, will ever exert influence on presidential decisions. Their authority is theirs, within the province of church affairs, and it ends where the affairs of the nation begin.

"As Governor, I tried to do the right as best I knew it, serving the law and answering to the Constitution. I did not confuse the particular teachings of my church with the obligations of the office and of the Constitution – and of course, I would not do so as President. I will put no doctrine of any church above the plain duties of the office and the sovereign authority of the law.

"As a young man, Lincoln described what he called America's 'political religion' – the commitment to defend the rule of law and the Constitution. When I place my hand on the Bible and take the oath of office, that oath becomes my highest promise to God. If I am fortunate to become your President, I will serve no one religion, no one group, no one cause, and no one interest. A President must serve only the common cause of the people of the United States.

"There are some for whom these commitments are not enough. They would prefer it if I would simply distance myself from my religion, say that it is more a tradition than my personal conviction, or disavow one or another of its precepts. That I will not do. I believe in my Mormon faith and I endeavor to live by it. My faith is the faith of my fathers – I will be true to them and to my beliefs.

"Some believe that such a confession of my faith will sink my candidacy. If they are right, so be it. But I think they underestimate the American people. Americans do not respect believers of convenience. Americans tire of those who would jettison their beliefs, even to gain the world.

"There is one fundamental question about which I often am asked. What do I believe about Jesus Christ? I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and the Savior of mankind. My church's beliefs about Christ may not all be the same as those of other faiths. Each religion has its own unique doctrines and history. These are not bases for criticism but rather a test of our tolerance. Religious tolerance would be a shallow principle indeed if it were reserved only for faiths with which we agree.

"There are some who would have a presidential candidate describe and explain his church's distinctive doctrines. To do so would enable the very religious test the founders prohibited in the Constitution. No candidate should become the spokesman for his faith. For if he becomes President he will need the prayers of the people of all faiths.

"I believe that every faith I have encountered draws its adherents closer to God. And in every faith I have come to know, there are features I wish were in my own: I love the profound ceremony of the Catholic Mass, the approachability of God in the prayers of the Evangelicals, the tenderness of spirit among the Pentecostals, the confident independence of the Lutherans, the ancient traditions of the Jews, unchanged through the ages, and the commitment to frequent prayer of the Muslims. As I travel across the country and see our towns and cities, I am always moved by the many houses of worship with their steeples, all pointing to heaven, reminding us of the source of life's blessings.

"It is important to recognize that while differences in theology exist between the churches in America, we share a common creed of moral convictions. And where the affairs of our nation are concerned, it's usually a sound rule to focus on the latter – on the great moral principles that urge us all on a common course. Whether it was the cause of abolition, or civil rights, or the right to life itself, no movement of conscience can succeed in America that cannot speak to the convictions of religious people.

"We separate church and state affairs in this country, and for good reason. No religion should dictate to the state nor should the state interfere with the free practice of religion. But in recent years, the notion of the separation of church and state has been taken by some well beyond its original meaning. They seek to remove from the public domain any acknowledgment of God. Religion is seen as merely a private affair with no place in public life. It is as if they are intent on establishing a new religion in America – the religion of secularism. They are wrong.

"The founders proscribed the establishment of a state religion, but they did not countenance the elimination of religion from the public square. We are a nation 'Under God' and in God, we do indeed trust.

"We should acknowledge the Creator as did the Founders – in ceremony and word. He should remain on our currency, in our pledge, in the teaching of our history, and during the holiday season, nativity scenes and menorahs should be welcome in our public places. Our greatness would not long endure without judges who respect the foundation of faith upon which our Constitution rests. I will take care to separate the affairs of government from any religion, but I will not separate us from 'the God who gave us liberty.'

"Nor would I separate us from our religious heritage. Perhaps the most important question to ask a person of faith who seeks a political office, is this: does he share these American values: the equality of human kind, the obligation to serve one another, and a steadfast commitment to liberty?

"They are not unique to any one denomination. They belong to the great moral inheritance we hold in common. They are the firm ground on which Americans of different faiths meet and stand as a nation, united.

"We believe that every single human being is a child of God – we are all part of the human family. The conviction of the inherent and inalienable worth of every life is still the most revolutionary political proposition ever advanced. John Adams put it that we are 'thrown into the world all equal and alike.'

"The consequence of our common humanity is our responsibility to one another, to our fellow Americans foremost, but also to every child of God. It is an obligation which is fulfilled by Americans every day, here and across the globe, without regard to creed or race or nationality.

"Americans acknowledge that liberty is a gift of God, not an indulgence of government. No people in the history of the world have sacrificed as much for liberty. The lives of hundreds of thousands of America's sons and daughters were laid down during the last century to preserve freedom, for us and for freedom loving people throughout the world. America took nothing from that Century's terrible wars – no land from Germany or Japan or Korea; no treasure; no oath of fealty. America's resolve in the defense of liberty has been tested time and again. It has not been found wanting, nor must it ever be. America must never falter in holding high the banner of freedom.

"These American values, this great moral heritage, is shared and lived in my religion as it is in yours. I was taught in my home to honor God and love my neighbor. I saw my father march with Martin Luther King. I saw my parents provide compassionate care to others, in personal ways to people nearby, and in just as consequential ways in leading national volunteer movements. I am moved by the Lord's words: 'For I was an hungered, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: naked, and ye clothed me...'

"My faith is grounded on these truths. You can witness them in Ann and my marriage and in our family. We are a long way from perfect and we have surely stumbled along the way, but our aspirations, our values, are the self-same as those from the other faiths that stand upon this common foundation. And these convictions will indeed inform my presidency.

"Today's generations of Americans have always known religious liberty. Perhaps we forget the long and arduous path our nation's forbearers took to achieve it. They came here from England to seek freedom of religion. But upon finding it for themselves, they at first denied it to others. Because of their diverse beliefs, Ann Hutchinson was exiled from Massachusetts Bay, a banished Roger Williams founded Rhode Island, and two centuries later, Brigham Young set out for the West. Americans were unable to accommodate their commitment to their own faith with an appreciation for the convictions of others to different faiths. In this, they were very much like those of the European nations they had left.

"It was in Philadelphia that our founding fathers defined a revolutionary vision of liberty, grounded on self evident truths about the equality of all, and the inalienable rights with which each is endowed by his Creator.

"We cherish these sacred rights, and secure them in our Constitutional order. Foremost do we protect religious liberty, not as a matter of policy but as a matter of right. There will be no established church, and we are guaranteed the free exercise of our religion.

"I'm not sure that we fully appreciate the profound implications of our tradition of religious liberty. I have visited many of the magnificent cathedrals in Europe. They are so inspired ... so grand ... so empty. Raised up over generations, long ago, so many of the cathedrals now stand as the postcard backdrop to societies just too busy or too 'enlightened' to venture inside and kneel in prayer. The establishment of state religions in Europe did no favor to Europe's churches. And though you will find many people of strong faith there, the churches themselves seem to be withering away.

"Infinitely worse is the other extreme, the creed of conversion by conquest: violent Jihad, murder as martyrdom... killing Christians, Jews, and Muslims with equal indifference. These radical Islamists do their preaching not by reason or example, but in the coercion of minds and the shedding of blood. We face no greater danger today than theocratic tyranny, and the boundless suffering these states and groups could inflict if given the chance.

"The diversity of our cultural expression, and the vibrancy of our religious dialogue, has kept America in the forefront of civilized nations even as others regard religious freedom as something to be destroyed.

"In such a world, we can be deeply thankful that we live in a land where reason and religion are friends and allies in the cause of liberty, joined against the evils and dangers of the day. And you can be certain of this: Any believer in religious freedom, any person who has knelt in prayer to the Almighty, has a friend and ally in me. And so it is for hundreds of millions of our countrymen: we do not insist on a single strain of religion – rather, we welcome our nation's symphony of faith.

"Recall the early days of the First Continental Congress in Philadelphia, during the fall of 1774. With Boston occupied by British troops, there were rumors of imminent hostilities and fears of an impending war. In this time of peril, someone suggested that they pray. But there were objections. 'They were too divided in religious sentiments', what with Episcopalians and Quakers, Anabaptists and Congregationalists, Presbyterians and Catholics.

"Then Sam Adams rose, and said he would hear a prayer from anyone of piety and good character, as long as they were a patriot.

"And so together they prayed, and together they fought, and together, by the grace of God ... they founded this great nation.

"In that spirit, let us give thanks to the divine 'author of liberty.' And together, let us pray that this land may always be blessed, 'with freedom's holy light.'

"God bless the United States of America."



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It shouldn't come as any surprise to anyone here that I thought this was an excellent speech. Actually, I think this may well be remembered in history books. Mitt may not win. That's always a possibility. But the good done by this speech, not just for the LDS church, but for religious freedom here in the US will likely be felt for some time to come. My favorite part of the speech came at the end when Mitt said this:

"Then Sam Adams rose, and said he would hear a prayer from anyone of piety and good character, as long as they were a patriot.

"And so together they prayed, and together they fought, and together, by the grace of God ... they founded this great nation.

"In that spirit, let us give thanks to the divine 'author of liberty.' And together, let us pray that this land may always be blessed, 'with freedom's holy light.'

Brilliant.

1 posted on 12/06/2007 10:13:22 AM PST by Reaganesque
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To: Abbeville Conservative; asparagus; Austin1; bcbuster; bethtopaz; BlueAngel; Bluestateredman; ...
Mitt Ping!


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2 posted on 12/06/2007 10:14:45 AM PST by Reaganesque (Charter Member of the Romney FR Resistance)
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To: Reaganesque

Clips and analysis of the speech are on the air now with father and son talk show hosts Chuck and Larry Bates.

http://www.inforadionet.com/

Click on “Livestream”.


3 posted on 12/06/2007 10:16:31 AM PST by fishtank (Fenced BORDERS, English LANGUAGE, Patriotic CULTURE: A good plan.)
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To: Reaganesque

I agree. It was an outstanding speech, very presidential.


4 posted on 12/06/2007 10:16:46 AM PST by SHEENA26
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He omitted the part about the underpants.


5 posted on 12/06/2007 10:17:12 AM PST by humblegunner (My KungFu is ten times power.)
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To: Reaganesque

Larry Bates is saying that Romney did NOT let his Mormon church affect his Mass governorship, since he was pro-abortion, pro-homo-marriage and pro-gay-adoption.

So, Romney CLEARLY is not allowing his Mormon church to get in the way of being a good liberal!!!


6 posted on 12/06/2007 10:18:05 AM PST by fishtank (Fenced BORDERS, English LANGUAGE, Patriotic CULTURE: A good plan.)
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To: humblegunner

Not everyone shares your underwear obsession.


7 posted on 12/06/2007 10:20:23 AM PST by Reaganesque (Charter Member of the Romney FR Resistance)
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To: Reaganesque

Maybe brilliant, but Mitt’s problem is not his Mormonism it is his big Flip Flops on huge social issues. Also, his inability to effectively address questions beyond his canned answer; example, “I would consult the lawyers”.


8 posted on 12/06/2007 10:20:29 AM PST by 11th Commandment
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To: Reaganesque

Thanks for posting.


9 posted on 12/06/2007 10:28:15 AM PST by hadaclueonce (shoot low, they are riding Shetlands..)
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To: Reaganesque

It was a great speech.

“Recall the early days of the First Continental Congress in Philadelphia, during the fall of 1774. With Boston occupied by British troops, there were rumors of imminent hostilities and fears of an impending war. In this time of peril, someone suggested that they pray. But there were objections. ‘They were too divided in religious sentiments’, what with Episcopalians and Quakers, Anabaptists and Congregationalists, Presbyterians and Catholics.

“Then Sam Adams rose, and said he would hear a prayer from anyone of piety and good character, as long as they were a patriot.

“And so together they prayed, and together they fought, and together, by the grace of God ... they founded this great nation.

“In that spirit, let us give thanks to the divine ‘author of liberty.’ And together, let us pray that this land may always be blessed, ‘with freedom’s holy light.’

“God bless the United States of America.”


10 posted on 12/06/2007 10:31:13 AM PST by khnyny (Although prepared for martyrdom, I preferred that it be postponed. Winston Churchill)
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To: khnyny

The above should be the spirit among conservatives and Republicans today! : )


11 posted on 12/06/2007 10:37:02 AM PST by TAdams8591 ((Mitt Romney '08, THE ONLY candidate who can defeat Giuliani and Hillary ))
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To: khnyny

Very good speech. It would have been a great one if it was shorter.


12 posted on 12/06/2007 10:37:47 AM PST by Agent Smith (Fallujah delenda est. (I wish))
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To: Reaganesque

Bookmarked. The speech was exceptional.


13 posted on 12/06/2007 10:37:54 AM PST by TAdams8591 ((Mitt Romney '08, THE ONLY candidate who can defeat Giuliani and Hillary ))
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To: Reaganesque
Just who really is Mitt Romney...other than a Presidential candidate?

He tells us that he is a Reagan Conservative...but when he governed in Mass. he was liberal to the hilt, which is not consistent with Reagan Conservatism.

He tells us that he is a practicing Mormon...but he has previously supported abortion rights and homosexual rights (went out of his way in Mass. to do so), which is not consistent with the doctrines of the Mormon Church.

So...who/what is Romney, really?

It was a good speech, though. Who was the speech writer?

And it is interesting that Mitt is attempting to create a "wall of separation", here, between himself (the Mormon) and himself (the candidate and possible future President) and you comment that: "But the good done by this speech, not just for the LDS church..."

How exactly did he do good for the LDS Church, here?

I think that your commentary may be opposite of what Mitt is trying to establish with his speech. And do you see his candidacy, and possible Presidential win, as good for the LDS Church, as well? If so, how?

14 posted on 12/06/2007 10:38:10 AM PST by pby
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To: TAdams8591
The above should be the spirit among conservatives and Republicans today! : )

You made a joke!

15 posted on 12/06/2007 10:40:19 AM PST by org.whodat (What's the difference between a Democrat and a republican????)
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To: 11th Commandment

his canned answer; example, “I would consult the lawyers”.


Better than someone with flippant comments and floppy memories.


16 posted on 12/06/2007 10:42:14 AM PST by broncobilly
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To: Reaganesque
I believe everyone needs to set aside the Mormon vs Christian debate and look at this speech at face value from a Conservative standpoint (no, I don’t support Mitt) It was brilliant.
17 posted on 12/06/2007 10:42:26 AM PST by mnehring (..one candidate did not display any moderateness or liberalism...Fred Thompson - Rush Limbaugh)
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To: Reaganesque

This was a great opportunity for Mitt to look like Reagan and to look presidential. Sometimes misfortune, in this case bigotry, is an opportunity. Mitt took full advantage, turning a negative into a big positive! : )

I am now almost as enthusaistic about Mitt as I was about Reagan. Just like Reagan’s speeches always did, Mitt’s speech gave me goosebumps! I want more of that! : )


18 posted on 12/06/2007 10:42:42 AM PST by TAdams8591 ((Mitt Romney '08, THE ONLY candidate who can defeat Giuliani and Hillary ))
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To: Reaganesque
I’m not a Mitt supporter but he did deliver a great speech.

I am sure the selfish air headed liberals and the extremists left wing environmental wackos will not like what he had to say since they believe in a so-called living and not a fixed constitution or on the principles of which this country was founded.

19 posted on 12/06/2007 10:48:14 AM PST by OKIEDOC (Kalifornia, a red state wannabe. I don't take Ex Lax I just read the New York Times.)
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To: TAdams8591
So you like a said flip-flopper on abortion rights who supported gay rights, gun control, sanctuary cities and other liberal policies because he read a good speech, today?
20 posted on 12/06/2007 10:51:12 AM PST by pby
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To: Reaganesque

God Bless America! :)


21 posted on 12/06/2007 10:51:38 AM PST by sweet_diane (It's not about his religion, stupid.)
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To: org.whodat
You made a joke!

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Hardly a joke. This speech is the most solid speech on religion in the US Government since the days of the formation of the country. The founding fathers could have said it no better.

Those who say that Romney was a liberal in Mass. are not being truthful, he was likely the most conservative governor there in the history of the state, certainly in recent history.

There are a number of things that Mr. Romney has said that I don’t agree with and stands he has taken that are 180° from my personal views. Yes he has changed some of those views and makes a convincing argument that he has truly changed, we’ll see. He talks the talk, can he walk the walk?

So far I have never heard a politician sound more presidential. This man sounds like a true leader.

Earlier I heard on one of the talk shows that Mr. Romney wrote the entire text of this speech himself. That he made this speech against the wishes of his advisors. It is possible that this speech might sink his run for the presidency but he will have my respect whatever the outcome of the election.

22 posted on 12/06/2007 10:53:42 AM PST by JAKraig (Joseph Kraig)
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To: pby

Ping me when Marilyn Monroe sings at his birthday party.


23 posted on 12/06/2007 10:55:02 AM PST by Afronaut (Press 2 for English - Thanks Mr. President !)
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To: pby
The benefit and stated purpose of this speech, to the LDS church and to all religions and faiths, was that the speech reminded us of just how important Freedom of Religion is to the character and essence of the United States. There's a reason it part of the First Amendment. It was that important to our Founders.

As to the rest of your post, you engage in conspiracy theories and half truths. None of which deserves further commentary. Nice try at changing the subject though.

24 posted on 12/06/2007 10:55:57 AM PST by Reaganesque (Charter Member of the Romney FR Resistance)
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To: pby
"How exactly did he do good for the LDS Church, here?"

I don't think it had anything to do with the LDS Church.. it was about himself and American history. I think he saw an opportunity (his religion) to deliver a 'Reaganesque' speech and jumped on it! Good for him!

25 posted on 12/06/2007 10:55:59 AM PST by sweet_diane (It's not about his religion, stupid.)
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To: OKIEDOC
As a Fred head, {the only one I've donated my money to} I am becoming more and more impressed with Mitt. If the primary in PA were held today, I'd still vote for Fred, but if Mitt won I wouldn't be upset.

If the mayor of nynynynynyny won, I'd have to take about a gallon of pepto bismal to go and vote for him in the general election. I'd do it, but I'd be into the Johnnie Walker Black in a serious way after I got home.

26 posted on 12/06/2007 10:56:45 AM PST by USS Alaska (Nuke the terrorist savages - In Honor of Standing Wolf)
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To: Afronaut
Ping me when Marilyn Monroe sings at his birthday party.

I'm a liitle slow on this one...Can you help me out?

27 posted on 12/06/2007 10:57:39 AM PST by pby
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To: OKIEDOC

I checked the commentary over at DU and nearly all of it is unpostable here for all of the profanity. Needless to say, they hated it. Always a good sign for a Conservative.


28 posted on 12/06/2007 10:57:50 AM PST by Reaganesque (Charter Member of the Romney FR Resistance)
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To: Reaganesque

I agree with you. I won’t vote for him because of a lot of other issues with respect to conservatism.

This speech, however, should be in history books. Probably one of the most important speeches since Churchill’s time.


29 posted on 12/06/2007 10:58:23 AM PST by RinaseaofDs
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To: Reaganesque

Yawn. When is this loser going to STOP talking about religion?


30 posted on 12/06/2007 10:58:47 AM PST by Antoninus (Republicans who support Rudy owe Bill Clinton an apology.)
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To: pby
I've been supporting Mitt since last January on this board. And I don't at all agree with your take on his record, which in a state that is 80% Democrat is conservative enough for me. He is running on a pro-life Reagan conservative platform, is reaching out to and receiving support from the conservative community, and subsequently, will have to govern that way.

I suggest you get a more honest, fair and balanced view of his record by reading Freeper Unmarked Package's homepage.

Or perhaps you would prefer President Hillary.

31 posted on 12/06/2007 11:02:35 AM PST by TAdams8591 ((Mitt Romney '08, THE ONLY candidate who can defeat Giuliani and Hillary ))
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To: Reaganesque

I am not a Mitt supporter (his policy positions are the reasons), and I also think some of the Mormon faith is completely a bunch of hooey.

Having said that, it definitely was a good speech. But, good presidiencies are not borne of good speeches.


32 posted on 12/06/2007 11:02:46 AM PST by nesnah
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To: sweet_diane
I don't think it had anything to do with the LDS Church.. it was about himself and American history.

I agree...but according to the Mormon Mitt supporter I posted to, it did.

The speech writer did a good job. Mitt just read well and gave the "Reaganesgue" appearance that some seem to desire in their candidate. Why do you like symbolism over substance?

When Mitt held office he was the opposite of Reagan. He was a gay rights, abortion rights, anti-second ammendment, liberal policy liberal.

33 posted on 12/06/2007 11:04:26 AM PST by pby
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To: Antoninus
Actually, the problem has been Mitt has been ignoring the issue of his religion, until his detractors left him no choice but to address it. And address it he did. His speech was phenomenal.

I know it's hard for someone who supports a candidate who to date only garners one percent in the polls, to cheer the success of a candidate who has far more support, but please try. Green does not become you.

34 posted on 12/06/2007 11:08:00 AM PST by TAdams8591 ((Mitt Romney '08, THE ONLY candidate who can defeat Giuliani and Hillary ))
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To: pby

She sung at JFK’s birthday, who’s speech was the prototype for Mitt’s.


35 posted on 12/06/2007 11:08:47 AM PST by Tears of a Clown
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To: Reaganesque
But the good done by this speech, not just for the LDS church, but for religious freedom here in the US will likely be felt for some time to come.

It's a bit of a paradox that Mormons support Romney because as a Mormon he supposedly shares their values and having a Mormon elected as President will be good for their church outreach, but at the same time they tell non-Mormons that Romney's religion should have nothing to do with their vote.

36 posted on 12/06/2007 11:10:26 AM PST by Elyse (I refuse to feed the crocodile.)
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To: Reaganesque
As to the rest of your post, you engage in conspiracy theories and half truths.

If this is the best that the Mitt supporters can do relative to Mitt's public record associated with his support of gay rights, abortion rights, sanctuary cities, gun control and other liberal policies...you lose!

You are going to have to stay with the "Mitt has evolved (a.k.a flip-flopped) on these issues and is now a conservative on these issues" explanation. It is not a good one...but it sure beats the conspiracy theory accusation!

37 posted on 12/06/2007 11:10:51 AM PST by pby
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To: Reaganesque

I have reserved judgment on Mitt, and continue to do so, but this speech was awesome, and it certainly didn’t hurt his standing in my book. I will definitely give him another look.


38 posted on 12/06/2007 11:12:07 AM PST by Bluegrass Federalist
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To: humblegunner
"He omitted the part about the underpants."

He didn't omit this part:

"There is one fundamental question about which I often am asked. What do I believe about Jesus Christ?

"I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and the Savior of mankind."

Let the every one of the 'RAT candidates running right now answer that precise question, too.

39 posted on 12/06/2007 11:13:48 AM PST by Matchett-PI (Algore - there's not a more priggish, sanctimonious moral scold of a church lady anywhere.)
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To: TAdams8591
Or perhaps you would prefer President Hillary.

Other than the (R) next to the name, what's the difference between Hillary, Mitt and Rudy?

I don't care about having an (R) in the White House when the (R) is just another liberal too.

40 posted on 12/06/2007 11:19:09 AM PST by pby
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To: JAKraig; Pride in the USA; Stillwaters
So far I have never heard a politician sound more presidential. This man sounds like a true leader.

Earlier I heard on one of the talk shows that Mr. Romney wrote the entire text of this speech himself. That he made this speech against the wishes of his advisors. It is possible that this speech might sink his run for the presidency but he will have my respect whatever the outcome of the election.

I saw Mitt on Greta's show the other night, and she asked him if he wrote the speech himself; which he said he did. Given the passion and sincerity with which the speech was delivered, I would guess that's true.

I agree with the comments you made about it. Apparently Rush Limbaugh agrees with you as well. He called the speech inspiring, courageous, and demonstrative of leadership. He went on to say that this speech raised the bar on the entire field, and it's the speech he (Rush) has dreamt of hearing from a GOP candidate for a long time.

As Rush said, "It may not be 'Morning in America' yet, but we are much farther from midnight if this keeps up." Very well said.

41 posted on 12/06/2007 11:21:23 AM PST by lonevoice (It's always "Apologize to a Muslim Hour"...somewhere)
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To: Elyse

Exactly.


42 posted on 12/06/2007 11:21:36 AM PST by pby
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To: lonevoice
As Rush said, "It may not be 'Morning in America' yet, but we are much farther from midnight if this keeps up." Very well said.

You gotta love it!

43 posted on 12/06/2007 11:36:00 AM PST by GOP_Lady
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To: Reaganesque

At this point Romney has fallen near the bottom of my candidate list.

However, I’m glad to give credit where credit is due — this is a great speech. He threaded the needle very well here in terms of affirming his own faith, explaining what he needed to explain (that he will not be beholden to LDS church leaders), while putting it in the context of America.

Congrats to Romney and his supporters today.


44 posted on 12/06/2007 11:36:33 AM PST by ellery (I don't remember a constitutional amendment that gives you the right not to be identified-R.Giuliani)
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To: Reaganesque
If anybody can get a transcript of Rush Limbaugh's comments about Governor Romney's speech, I'd really like to see it all in one place. Rush had a lot to say about the speech, spread out primarily at the beginning of his show, at an hour-and-a-half into it, and again at an hour-forty-five into the show. Excellent commentary.

Better yet, or perhaps in addition to, if anyone can rip the relevant audio, I'd love to hear it again.

45 posted on 12/06/2007 11:38:33 AM PST by lonevoice (It's always "Apologize to a Muslim Hour"...somewhere)
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To: GOP_Lady
You gotta love it!

Yes, I did! I'm often amazed at how eloquent Mr. Limbaugh is when speaking extemporaneously. The comment about 'Morning in America' was a particularly beautiful turn of phrase.

46 posted on 12/06/2007 11:42:31 AM PST by lonevoice (It's always "Apologize to a Muslim Hour"...somewhere)
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To: Reaganesque

A “symphony of faith” - I love that.


47 posted on 12/06/2007 11:50:41 AM PST by Saundra Duffy
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To: Elyse

Most Mormons I know who are supporting him are doing so because he shares their values, NOT because they are Mormons. They don’t support Harry Reid, for example, even though he is also a Mormon.

However, it is true that I have not met a Mormon who holds Romney’s faith against him.


48 posted on 12/06/2007 11:52:44 AM PST by CharlesWayneCT (The Swiss Ninja.)
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To: lonevoice

And yet several people who support other candidates have posted in this thread that he just “read what the speechwriters wrote” — with not one piece of evidence supporting their claim.


49 posted on 12/06/2007 11:53:58 AM PST by CharlesWayneCT (The Swiss Ninja.)
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To: pby

Who was the “speechwriter”?


50 posted on 12/06/2007 11:54:19 AM PST by CharlesWayneCT (The Swiss Ninja.)
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