Skip to comments.Is Mitt Romney Conservative? (Gov Romney Supported Abortion & Gay Agenda with Judges & Boy Scouts)
Posted on 01/07/2008 6:18:49 AM PST by xzins
Is Mitt Romney Conservative?
by Gary Glenn Chairman, Campaign for Michigan Families
The Washington, D.C. conservative weekly Human Events last year listed Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in its Top Ten list of RINOs (Republicans in Name Only), ranking him at number 8 in the nation with the following entry:
"Has said, I believe that abortion should be safe and legal in this country. Supports (homosexual) civil unions and stringent gun laws. After visiting Houston, he criticized the citys aesthetics, saying, This is what happens when you dont have zoning." (Human Events)
Romney should have ranked even higher on the list of RINOs. He famously likes to tell conservative audiences in Iowa and South Carolina that being a conservative Republican in Massachusetts is like being a cattle rancher at a vegetarian convention.
I attended last falls GOP conference in Michigan, where Romney continued his masquerade as a "conservative," even daring to tell the assembled activists: "I am pro-life" -- knowing full well that he does not mean by that term what those listening would think he meant.
Romneys ten-year political career has occurred from his late 40s to his late 50s, yet he asks pro-family conservatives to naively believe that hes just now figuring out his core beliefs.
During that decade, he has insistently supported legal abortion-on-demand. In a televised 1994 campaign debate, Romney said: "I believe that abortion should be safe and legal in this country. I have since the time when my Mom took that position when she ran in 1970 as a U.S. Senate candidate. I believe that since Roe v. Wade has been the law for 20 years that we should sustain and support it, and I sustain and support that law and the right of a woman to make that choice. ...Since that time, my mother and my family have been committed to the belief that we can believe as we want, but we will not force our beliefs on others on that matter, and you will not see my wavering on that." (Boston Globe)
His 2002 gubernatorial campaign web site stated: "As Governor, Mitt Romney would protect the current pro-choice status quo in Massachusetts. No law would change. The choice to have an abortion is a deeply personal one. Women should be free to choose based on their own beliefs, not the governments." (Archive)
Romneys response to the National Abortion Rights Action Leagues 2002 candidate survery: I respect and will protect a womans 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 governments. The truth is, no candidate in the governors race in either party would deny women abortion rights." (Notably, Romney refused to answer Massachusetts Citizens for Lifes candidate questionnaire.) (Boston Globe)
Not surprisingly, Romneys clearly stated support for Roe and "a womans right to choose" -- i.e., abortion on demand -- earned him the endorsement of the pro-abortion Republican Majority for Choice PAC.
He was also endorsed, twice, by the homosexual "Log Cabin Republicans," the same group that in 2004 spent $1 million attacking President Bush for his support of a Marriage Protection Amendment.
Romney believes the Boy Scouts should allow openly homosexual Scoutmasters: "I feel that all people should be allowed to participate in the Boy Scouts regardless of their sexual orientation." (Web today)
He endorses Ted Kennedys federal "gay rights" legislation. He endorses taxpayer-financed same-sex benefits for the homosexual partners of state employees, and even attacked some Democratic legislators for not supporting such government benefits.
According to the Associated Press, he has appointed at least two openly homosexual lawyers to state judgeships, one a board member of the Lesbian & Gay Bar Association. Imagine how that will fly in Republican presidential primaries in the South, the prospect of a president with a record of appointing homosexual activists to the bench. (See copy of gubernatorial news release below.)
In 2002, before the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court legalized so-called homosexual "marriage," Romney denounced a preemptive state Marriage Protection Amendment prohibiting homosexual "marriage," civil unions, or same-sex public employee benefits as "too extreme," even after being advised by the media that his own wife and son had just signed a petition to place it on the ballot. (Boston Phoenix)
Now, as he postures to run for president, Romney travels to Iowa and Michigan and South Carolina to claim hes "pro-life" and brag about fighting homosexual "marriage," saying that at age 59, his position on such issues has "evolved."
(No flip-flop so far, however, on his stated support for homosexual Scoutmasters, forcing taxpayers to fund spousal benefits for the "partners" of state employees involved in homosexual relationships, or Kennedys federal "gay rights" legislation.)
Regardless, most pro-family voters dont believe in the theory of evolution -- including as it applies to politicians, and especially when the alleged "evolution" seems so conveniently timed to produce political benefit.
Gov. Romney can tell all the cattle-rancher-at-a-vegetarian-convention jokes he wants about Massachusetts. But theyre going to fall flat when social conservatives learn -- and they will -- that his long-term record on abortion and elements of homosexual activists political agenda has been that of Vegetarian in Chief.
You’re a sick puppy, always have been. I’ll just leave it at that.
I will preserve and protect a womans right to choose and am devoted and dedicated to honoring my word in that regard. Boston Herald Debate, 10/29/02
Roe v. Wade continues to work its destructive logic throughout our society This cant continue.
Speech to the Massachusetts Citizens For Life Mothers Day Pioneer Valley Dinner, 5/10/07
With these 11 million people [here illegally], lets have them registered, know who they are....those that are here paying taxes and not taking government benefits should begin a process towards application for citizenship. Lowell Sun, 3/30/06
One simple rule: no amnesty.If that [Kennedy-McCain bill] is not a form of amnesty, I dont know what is. New York Times, 6/4/07
We do have tough gun laws in Massachusetts; I support them. I wont chip away at them; I believe they protect us and provide for our safety. Romney in 2002 gov. debate, Boston Globe, 1/14/07
I have a gun of my own. I go hunting myself. Im a member of the NRA and believe firmly in the right to bear arms. Boston Globe, 1/14/07
Amendment to ban gay marriage
Mitt does not support it...As far as Mitt is concerned, it goes farther than current law, and therefore its unnecessary. Romney spokesman, Boston Globe, 3/22/02
When I was Governor, we took every conceivable step within the law to stop, block or slow down this unprecedented court decision. Speech to National Right to Life Convention, 6/15/07
No new taxes pledge
Im not intending to, at this stage, sign a document which would prevent me from being able to look specifically at the revenue needs of the commonwealth Associated Press, 3/27/02
Signing the pledge now sends a very clear message to those in Washington who have voted against tax relief and for tax hikes that such actions will never grow our regional and national economies. Romney spokesman, Boston Globe, 1/5/07
I think the minimum wage ought to keep pace with inflation. I think the minimum wage is a good thing to have in our economy and I think it ought to be updated. Boston Globe, 10/17/94
[T]he challenge with raising the minimum wage excessively is it is a hurt to those that are entering the work force, the very poor, those that are trying to get early jobs, get those first jobs. Associated Press, 7/25/06
Cutting Social Security
I dont think you go back and rewrite the contract the government has with people whove retired. Boston Globe, 10/17/94
Personal accounts would be a big plus.... [Romney]also said changing the retirement age could be considered, as well as basing the Social Security cost of living adjustment on a different inflation gauge. Union Leader, 6/7/07
Governor Mitt Romney and a legislative leader yesterday delivered unwelcome news to the Catholic bishops of Massachusetts, who plan to seek permission from the state to exclude gay and lesbian parents from adopting children through its social service agencies. The governor said he was not authorized to give such an exemption... Boston Globe, 2/17/06
And then another slide along the slippery slope. The Catholic Church was forced to end its adoption service, which was crucial in helping the state find homes for some of our most difficult to place children... Now, even religious freedom was being trumped by the new-found right of gay marriage. Speech to National Right to Life Convention, 6/15/07
Stem cell research
[Romney]endorsed embryonic stem cell research, saying the controversial science might one day help treat his wifes multiple sclerosis....I am in favor of stem cell research. I will work and fight for stem cell research. Id be happy to talk to [President Bush] about this, though I dont know if I could budge him an inch. Boston Globe, 6/14/02
FACT: Governor Romney Opposes Using Taxpayer Money to Fund Embryo-Destructive Research. MittRomney.com A Record of Protecting Life
Bush tax cuts
Governor Mitt Romney refused yesterday to endorse tax cuts at the heart of President Bushs economic program...In addition to refusing to endorse the presidents tax cut, the governor surprised several people at the meeting by saying he is open to a federal increase in gas taxes. Boston Globe, 4/11/0
[Romney] said it was absolutely critical to renew tax cuts proposed by President George W. Bush. Letting them expire would result in a massive tax increase that would retard economic growth, Romney said. Detroit Free Press, 2/8/07
I was an independent during the time of Reagan-Bush. Im not trying to return to Reagan-Bush. Boston Herald, 10/27/94
Ronald Reagan is ... my hero. ... I believe that our partys ascendancy began with Ronald Reagans brand of visionary and courageous leadership. Boston Globe, 1/19/07
Desire to serve in Vietnam
I was not planning on signing up for the military. It was not my desire to go off and serve in Vietnam... Boston Herald, 5/2/94
I longed in many respects to actually be in Vietnam and be representing our country there and in some ways it was frustrating not to feel like I was there as part of the troops that were fighting in Vietnam. Boston Globe, 6/24/07
What's your point? If you think Calpernia is preoccupied with homosexuality, perhaps you should checkout my profile and we could talk about your concerns.
There is no scientific evidence supporting the idea that homosexuals are born with their same-sex attraction.
A homosexual agenda pushed by radicals does indeed exist. And FreeRepublic exists in part to fight against homosexualism.
Romney and Giuliani are liberals. They’ll govern as liberals.
Thompson and Hunter will govern as conservatives.
Huckabee will govern as a blue-dog democrat
McCain would govern 1st term as a Rino Republican.
Paul would govern as a Libertarian.
in my haste, I wasn’t completely clear. All of the above comments/quotes are those of Mitt Romney over the years.
WOW! Your organized content really makes my TXT files look shabby!
I’m bookmarking you!
thank you ;)
I don’t read spam.
Yep. All you have is words; I have actions.
You know - I'd just presume that he deceived the MA voters when he was running because that was what it took to get a pro-lifer elected Governor. I really have no problem with tht.
I think I'm gonna have a bumper sticker made that reads, "Stuck with Huck!"
You should have seen the database I used to maintain. :-) It had over 5,000 articles and studies categorized by subject but it became too much to maintain. A couple of years ago I tried to limit my time to science, ex-gays and what’s going on in the schools. Unfortunately, I no longer have the time or interest in the subject as I used to.
Spam? These are Mitt’s words, not mine or some attack machine’s. In other posts on the thread you and BufordP seemed to plead for ‘sensible’ or ‘intelligent’ dialogue? Not so?
The title is exactly as it was on the web page.
If you’ll look around FR, you’ll notice that parenthetical info is common and permitted.
Romney & Giuliani are liberals. It’s that simple. There’s no disgrace in vehemently opposing them.
ALL of the other Republican candidates are more conservative than those two.
Given those I do not endorse I would not/will not participate in smearing them in the event they become our candidate. Obviously, same goes for Romney since I place him third on my list.
I think the rash of Romney smear threads on FR are greatly counter productive. A lot of the stuff is patently stupid. At least freepers can debate his state healthcare program and his stance on gun control. At least that stuff is legit.
His record as governor proves to me he's sincere about the sanctity of life and gay marriage, etc.
P.S. I go off-line in afew minutes.
If Mitt comes to see the light on an issue, it is not genuine and he will be flogged with his former position in perpetuity.
An issue? I suggest that this "spam" at #143 refutes your statement at #134.
But then he took the action of signing a health care plan which provided $50 abortions, even when he vetoed other parts of the bill. Doesn't sound very pro life to me.
Yes it was. Thank you.