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Deroy Murdock: Romney is like Reagan: an actor
Manchester Union Leader ^ | 2/20/07 | Deroy Murdock

Posted on 01/24/2008 9:26:48 AM PST by Ol' Sparky

AS FORMER Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney declared his Presidential candidacy, he could not have been more telegenic. With his angular jaw and slicked-back, dark hair, Romney is the GOP's George Clooney. Who needs the White House? Romney should become a movie star. He already is a highly skilled actor.

Romney is either a rock-ribbed conservative who played a Rockefeller Republican to get elected in Massachusetts, or a limousine liberal portraying a conservative to win the 2008 GOP nomination.

This fine thespian has lost himself so thoroughly in both these roles that no one really knows where the performer ends and the characters begin.

Studying Romney's lines only muddles things. His present and past statements on abortion, gays, guns, taxes and Ronald Reagan each conflict diametrically.

Just listen to today's Romney on abortion:

"I am pro-life," Romney wrote in a July 2005 Boston Globe op-ed. "I believe that abortion is the wrong choice except in cases of incest, rape, and to save the life of the mother."

He declared last year: "Roe v. Wade does not serve the country well and is another example of judges making the law instead of interpreting the Constitution."

But yesteryear's Romney could not have disagreed more.

"Let me make this very clear," Romney said in October 2002. "I will preserve and protect a woman's right to choose."

"Roe v. Wade has been the law for 20 years," he said in 1994. "We should sustain and support it."

Today's Romney may be America's most outspoken voice against gay marriage.

"In order to protect the institution of marriage, we must prevent it from being redefined by judges like those here in Massachusetts," Romney wrote last June, endorsing a federal constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. "From Day One, I have opposed the move for same-sex marriage," Romney said in February 2005.

But yesteryear's Romney aimed to please gay voters, perhaps even more than could his Democratic opponents.

As the Boston Globe reported in October 1994, Romney wrote the gay Log Cabin Republicans, "As we seek to establish full equality" for gays, "I will provide more effective leadership than my opponent," Democrat Ted Kennedy, whose Senate seat he sought.

Romney also told Boston's gay newspaper, Bay Windows: "The authorization of marriage on a same-sex basis falls under state jurisdiction."

And then:

"I have a gun of my own," today's Romney said last month. "I'm a member of the (National Rifle Association) and believe firmly in the right to bear arms."

Yesteryear's Romney, however, was quite gun-shy.

"We do have tough gun laws in Massachusetts," Romney said in 2002. "I support them. I won't chip away at them." In fact, Romney signed America's first state-level assault-weapons ban.

Yesteryear's Romney backed the federal assault-weapons ban and the Brady Bill. "That's not going to make me the hero of the NRA," Romney said in 1994. However, he added: "I don't line up with the NRA."

Today's Romney signed Americans for Tax Reform's Taxpayer Protection Pledge and said on Feb. 7 that it was "absolutely critical" to "make the tax cuts permanent," referring to President Bush's 2001 and 2003 tax reductions.

But yesteryear's Romney smiled more on taxes.

In an April 2003 meeting with the Massachusetts congressional delegation in Washington, Romney failed to endorse President Bush's $726 billion tax-cut proposal.

As Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., told the Boston Globe after the powwow: "Here you have a freshman governor refusing to endorse a tax cut presented by a Republican President at the height of his wartime popularity." As for the anti-tax pledge, a Romney spokesman dismissed it as "government by gimmickry."

Today's Romney speaks glowingly of America's 40th President.

"Ronald Reagan is...my hero," Romney said in 2005, as the Boston Globe's Scot Lehigh recalled on Jan. 19. "I believe that our party's ascendancy began with Ronald Reagan's brand of visionary and courageous leadership."

But yesteryear's Romney said in his 1994 debate with Kennedy: "I was an independent during the time of Reagan-Bush. I'm not trying to return to Reagan-Bush."

Mitt Romney should warm up to Reagan. After all, Ronald Reagan made it big by moving from acting into politics. Mitt Romney's best bet for fame and fortune may be to make that same journey -- in reverse.


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KEYWORDS: flipflopper; frothingmitthaters; liar; mitt; mittromney; romney
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1 posted on 01/24/2008 9:26:50 AM PST by Ol' Sparky
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To: Ol' Sparky

I don’t support Mitt in any way shape or form. But DeRoy makes Sean Hannity seem like a novice when it comes to kneepadding for Rudy.


2 posted on 01/24/2008 9:29:50 AM PST by pissant (Duncan Hunter: Warrior, Statesman, Conservative)
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To: Ol' Sparky
Yesteryear's Romney backed the federal assault-weapons ban and the Brady Bill. "That's not going to make me the hero of the NRA," Romney said in 1994. However, he added: "I don't line up with the NRA."

Today's Romney signed Americans for Tax Reform's Taxpayer Protection Pledge and said on Feb. 7 that it was "absolutely critical" to "make the tax cuts permanent," referring to President Bush's 2001 and 2003 tax reductions.

But yesteryear's Romney smiled more on taxes.

In an April 2003 meeting with the Massachusetts congressional delegation in Washington, Romney failed to endorse President Bush's $726 billion tax-cut proposal.

Are we to suppose that Romney's abortion conversion changed his mind on guns and taxes?

3 posted on 01/24/2008 9:30:10 AM PST by Mr. Brightside
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To: Ol' Sparky

Exactly. What’s worse is the Mitt supporters claim “it was a long time ago” at 13 years, and “can’t you find anything more concrete than” using his own words and writings, and “can’t anyone ever change their mind” when it seems he changed his entire political disposition.


4 posted on 01/24/2008 9:31:27 AM PST by TheZMan (I'm going to write my own name on the ballot. Screw the current crop of "conservatives".)
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To: Ol' Sparky

Boy oh boy! WHAT A COMPLIMENT!!!! he probably didn’t mean it that way but what a compliment!!!!


5 posted on 01/24/2008 9:33:01 AM PST by libbylu (Why vote for a democrat with an R next to his name? I'm a MITTen.)
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To: Ol' Sparky

Well at least Romney’s only similarity with Reagan has been outlined.


6 posted on 01/24/2008 9:33:49 AM PST by wastedyears (This is my BOOMSTICK)
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To: Ol' Sparky

The NRA must be going crazy right about now. I thought Hunter’s endorsement would bag the NRA endorsement for Huckabee.

But then again, they did say they wanted a viable candidate. Maybe they will end up endorsing no one this time around.


7 posted on 01/24/2008 9:34:10 AM PST by sageb1 (This is the Final Crusade. There are only 2 sides. Pick one.)
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To: Ol' Sparky

Linked to the Union Leader - the same paper that shamefully endorsed it’s favorite gringo - McCain.


8 posted on 01/24/2008 9:34:50 AM PST by Scarchin (Romney/Thompson 2008)
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To: Ol' Sparky
Romney, like Reagan and Zell Miller before him, changed his mind on abortion and should be applauded, not criticized, for doing so. Romney, like Reagan and Zell Miller, has amply explained his reasons for his change of heart. I applaud him.
9 posted on 01/24/2008 9:36:31 AM PST by rawhide
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To: Ol' Sparky

ummm...errrr....Manchester Union Leader..in the back pocket of McCain.


10 posted on 01/24/2008 9:37:29 AM PST by gitmogrunt (trot...trot...trot)
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To: pissant

ROTFL! *snicker, snicker* Deroy has dragged out the kneepads.


11 posted on 01/24/2008 9:37:49 AM PST by dforest (Don't even ask me to vote for McCain, Rudy, or Huckster.)
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To: libbylu

You’re right. He didn’t mean it as a compliment.


12 posted on 01/24/2008 9:37:54 AM PST by sageb1 (This is the Final Crusade. There are only 2 sides. Pick one.)
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To: libbylu

Boy oh boy! WHAT A COMPLIMENT!!!! he probably didn’t mean it that way but what a compliment!!!!

You are sooooo right! What a compliment!


13 posted on 01/24/2008 9:38:42 AM PST by Bitsy
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To: Ol' Sparky

You do realize that Deroy Murdock is a Giuliani supporter, right? So anything he says about anyone should automatically come with a Barf Alert.


14 posted on 01/24/2008 9:38:45 AM PST by Extremely Extreme Extremist
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To: Ol' Sparky
Romney is either a rock-ribbed conservative who played a Rockefeller Republican to get elected in Massachusetts, or a limousine liberal portraying a conservative to win the 2008 GOP nomination.

File under "false choice."

Interesting that this comes from Murdock, who is gay himself.

15 posted on 01/24/2008 9:39:12 AM PST by Scarchin (Romney/Thompson 2008)
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To: Ol' Sparky
The let's hope his next act is "bedtime for Bonzo"!



16 posted on 01/24/2008 9:40:25 AM PST by PetroniusMaximus
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To: sageb1

Huckabee is the only one left with a solid record on the 2A. That still will not get me to vote for him, but it long ago eliminated the other 3 prima donnas.


17 posted on 01/24/2008 9:40:30 AM PST by pissant (Duncan Hunter: Warrior, Statesman, Conservative)
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To: Ol' Sparky
What is this, Deroy Murdock of the LOG CABIN REPUBLICANS is not madly in love with Mitt Romney??
18 posted on 01/24/2008 9:42:11 AM PST by elizabetty ("Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm." .Ralph Waldo Emerson)
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To: pissant

“Huckabee is the only one left with a solid record on the 2A. That still will not get me to vote for him”

Not me either.


19 posted on 01/24/2008 9:42:15 AM PST by sageb1 (This is the Final Crusade. There are only 2 sides. Pick one.)
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To: rawhide

“Romney, like Reagan and Zell Miller before him, changed his mind on abortion and should be applauded, not criticized, for doing so. Romney, like Reagan and Zell Miller, has amply explained his reasons for his change of heart. I applaud him.”

Reagan and Miller changed their positions thru political epiphany; Romney changed his position thru political expediency. Nice try though.


20 posted on 01/24/2008 9:43:26 AM PST by SVTCobra03 (You can never have enough friends, horsepower or ammunition.)
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To: rawhide

A lot of people changed their minds back when Roe v. Wade was imposed on our country. Before that, they really hadn’t thought about abortion.

The Catholic bishops for the most part were slow to respond. The first pro-lifers were Catholic lay people.

Evangelicals also took a number of years to think about it, before they came out on the pro-life side.

So Reagan’s development makes sense. Romney’s doesn’t. He was claiming to be pro abortion when everyone in the country KNEW what abortion was all about. And he did so AGAINST the teachings of the LDS. And some of his pro-gay activities and statements are quite recent.

I believe in conversions stories, but this one is pretty hard to believe in, unfortunately. I wouldn’t really care, except that I’m afraid that if push comes to shove he wouldn’t hestitate to convert again.


21 posted on 01/24/2008 9:48:03 AM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: elizabetty

LCR’s have been running anti-Romney ads on WRKO for a while. They think he didn’t do enough for them on Gay Marriage. The Minority Leader in the Senate, Sen. Richard Tisei also a LCR has removed “Traditional Values” from the MASSGOP platform.


22 posted on 01/24/2008 9:49:01 AM PST by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: Ol' Sparky
>>>>>>Romney is either a rock-ribbed conservative who played a Rockefeller Republican to get elected in Massachusetts, or a limousine liberal portraying a conservative to win the 2008 GOP nomination.

Its the latter.

Romney was for abortion, before he was against it.
Romney was for gun control, before he joined the NRA in 2007.
Romney was for comprehensive immigration reform, before he was against it.
Romney was for gay rights, before he was against it.

Romney has no conviction. He's a phony.

23 posted on 01/24/2008 9:51:03 AM PST by Reagan Man (FUHGETTABOUTIT Rudy....... Conservatives don't vote for liberals!)
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To: pissant; All
I think I will write in Marvin the Martian.

I know he is good on gun rights and defense, and will take on our enemies. I also know he is very fond of space exploration.

Not real sure about his economic policies and we may have an issue with his "Pro Life" stance, since he has been trying to "Demodulate" the Earth for years, but he could be our man...

I mean Martian...


24 posted on 01/24/2008 9:51:10 AM PST by ejonesie22 (Haley Barbour 2012, Because he has experience in Disaster Recovery.)
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To: Reagan Man

Do you know how John Gotti and Mitt Romney differ?

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Gotti has at least ONE conviction!


25 posted on 01/24/2008 9:54:45 AM PST by colorcountry (To anger a conservative, lie to him. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Ol' Sparky

Pimping for McCain in NH.


26 posted on 01/24/2008 9:55:59 AM PST by TheLion
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To: sageb1
The NRA must be going crazy right about now. I thought Hunter’s endorsement would bag the NRA endorsement for Huckabee. But then again, they did say they wanted a viable candidate. Maybe they will end up endorsing no one this time around.

The NRA is too politically savvy for that. They will wait until it is the right time to maximize their influence. It could be either Mitt or (yes) Rudy. They want the political clout AFTER the election!

27 posted on 01/24/2008 9:56:05 AM PST by jdsteel (proud member of "Mothers And Children Against Criminal Aliens")
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To: colorcountry
>>>>>Do you know how John Gotti and Mitt Romney differ?

Gotti's dead.

28 posted on 01/24/2008 9:57:29 AM PST by Reagan Man (FUHGETTABOUTIT Rudy....... Conservatives don't vote for liberals!)
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To: ejonesie22

Yosemite Sam always seemed more conservative.


29 posted on 01/24/2008 9:58:35 AM PST by pissant (Duncan Hunter: Warrior, Statesman, Conservative)
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To: Reagan Man

Clinton’s talking points?


30 posted on 01/24/2008 10:00:14 AM PST by sageb1 (This is the Final Crusade. There are only 2 sides. Pick one.)
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To: Reagan Man

I wonder if the LDS Church has baptized him posthumously.


31 posted on 01/24/2008 10:00:17 AM PST by colorcountry (To anger a conservative, lie to him. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: jdsteel

True. Not sure how they can have too much clout in a Dem Congress with a gungrabber POTUS. Only if “Mitt or Rudy” managed to get another good guy on the Supreme Court would they see any benefit. I’m not real hopeful here. I think the Republicans are going to get blown away in November.


32 posted on 01/24/2008 10:05:18 AM PST by sageb1 (This is the Final Crusade. There are only 2 sides. Pick one.)
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To: Reagan Man
FUHGETTABOUTIT Rudy....... Conservatives don't vote for liberals!

Well that leaves off McCainiac and the Huckster.

33 posted on 01/24/2008 10:08:10 AM PST by Prokopton
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To: Ol' Sparky
Romney is like Reagan: an actor

President Reagan was quite clear when he said he was not an actor and he said he had 30 movies to prove it.

34 posted on 01/24/2008 10:09:11 AM PST by MosesKnows (Love many, Trust few, and always paddle your own canoe)
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To: Cicero
And he did so AGAINST the teachings of the LDS.

Mitt Romney is adamant that the LDS is not pro-life.

Whatever that means.

35 posted on 01/24/2008 10:09:39 AM PST by JohnnyZ ("Make all the promises you have to" -- Mitt Romney)
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To: Ol' Sparky
Hey Ol’ Sparky you only have a few more posts to go to get the MSM anti Romney gold medal. I under stand it has a nice engraving of Pinch Sulzberger on the front.

You should have no problem reaching your goal with the daily anti-Mitt stories coming out of the MSM. Then it is on to the MSM anti-Romney platinum medal.

36 posted on 01/24/2008 10:11:12 AM PST by Parley Baer
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To: pissant

Yeah, but I worry about his temper, kind of like McCain.

Of course Bugs made Marvin “very, very angry” a few times so...


37 posted on 01/24/2008 10:12:33 AM PST by ejonesie22 (Haley Barbour 2012, Because he has experience in Disaster Recovery.)
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To: massgopguy
They think he didn’t do enough for them on Gay Marriage

He did nothing for them on Gay Marriage -- he is the one that stopped Massachusetts from becoming the gay marriage mecca they were trying to make it.
38 posted on 01/24/2008 10:15:28 AM PST by elizabetty ("Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm." .Ralph Waldo Emerson)
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“Romney is either a rock-ribbed conservative who played a Rockefeller Republican to get elected in Massachusetts, or a limousine liberal portraying a conservative to win the 2008 GOP nomination.”



That may be the best line to describe Romney I’ve read. That sums it up. Its one or the other. And neither really makes one feel better about him, though if its the first part, at least he might be an ends justifys the means guy in the long run. But I don’t have to like it.

Still, I’ll vote for a corpse over HRC.


39 posted on 01/24/2008 10:27:05 AM PST by Crimson Elephant
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To: wastedyears

don’t forget the fact that they were both Liberals before they were elected President!


40 posted on 01/24/2008 10:46:15 AM PST by killermedic ("Est Sularus uth Mithas")
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To: Ol' Sparky
You do realized Ol' Sparky, this is from the union just like the unions in NH who has no use for Romney in the business world!

Unions are anti Capitalist, Profit making and down on America in gereral!

Are you for John McCain Ol' Sparky?


41 posted on 01/24/2008 10:51:54 AM PST by restornu (Understanding that Grace and Mercy is what one receives after all they can do!)
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To: Ol' Sparky

And Deroy is still on Rudy’s plantation, bitter that “massa” aint going to the White House.


42 posted on 01/24/2008 11:00:56 AM PST by Clemenza (Ronald Reagan was a "Free Traitor", Like Me ;-))
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To: Clemenza
I'm glad to see Deroy finally do something useful with his time.

The ONLY difference between Romney and Giuliani is that Romney lies more.

43 posted on 01/24/2008 11:05:55 AM PST by Ol' Sparky (Liberal Republicans are the greater of two evils)
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To: restornu
Are you for John McCain Ol' Sparky?

Absolutely. McCain is as bigger liar and just as untrustworthy as Romney.

But, it is absolutely JOKE that "conservatives" would delude themselves into thinking this Massachusetts liberal (named the #8 RINO in the country in 2005 by Human Events magazine) is even remotely conservative.

Worse, Willard is a habitual liar and has flip-flopped on more issues than Bill Clinton. Never again, can conservatives and Republicans that support Willard credible criticize a Democrat that lies and flip-flops.

I am ashamed and embarrassed to be associate with anyone that would support and man with a liberal record that has absolutely no character.

This is proof many "conservatives" and Republicans are no better than liberals and Democrats.

44 posted on 01/24/2008 11:11:25 AM PST by Ol' Sparky (Liberal Republicans are the greater of two evils)
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To: restornu
And, maybe you could attempt to tell me what is the least bit conservative about Willard's sorry record:

Top 10 RINOs (Republicans in Name Only)

Human Events 12/27/05 - (Mitt Romney is ranked #8)

8. Gov. Mitt Romney (Mass.)

Has said, “I believe that abortion should be safe and legal in this country.” Supports civil unions and stringent gun laws. After visiting Houston, he criticized the city’s aesthetics, saying, “This is what happens when you don’t have zoning.”

Economic issues

"His first budget, presented under a cloud of a $2 billion deficit, balanced the budget with some spending cuts, but a $500 million increase in various fees was the largest component of the budget fix." Cato Institute annual Fiscal Policy Report Card - America's Governors, 2004. Romney was rated a "C" overall by Cato.

# In 2006, Romney introduced a universal health care bill (which passed the Legislature in a slightly amended version) which has been criticized by conservatives as being socialistic.

Republican Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney is trying to accomplish in his final year in office what Democrats can only dream of these days: boosting government spending on and regulation of health care and requiring individuals to purchase government-designed policies. Romney's plan, which is backed by such liberals as Sen. Ted Kennedy (D, Mass.), is being pitched as a compact between citizens and the state. - National Review Online, 1/26/2006

Andrew Sum and Joseph McLaughlin of the Center for Labor Market Studies at Boston's Northeastern University placed Romney's rule beneath their statistical microscope. Let's hope what they discovered is not contagious.

"Our analysis reveals a weak comparative economic performance of the state over the Romney years, one of the worst in the country," the researchers wrote in the Boston Globe. Specifically, they found:

* As U.S. real output grew 13 percent between 2002 and 2006, Massachusetts trailed at 9 percent.

* Manufacturing employment fell 7 percent nationwide those years, but sank 14 percent under Romney, placing Massachusetts 48th among the states.

* Between fall 2003 and autumn 2006, U.S. job growth averaged 5.4 percent, nearly three times Massachusetts' anemic 1.9 percent pace.

* While 8 million Americans over age 16 found work between 2002 and 2006, the number of employed Massachusetts residents actually declined by 8,500 during those years.

"Massachusetts was the only state to have failed to post any gain in its pool of employed residents," professors Sum and McLaughlin concluded.

In an April 2003 meeting with the Massachusetts congressional delegation in Washington, Romney failed to endorse President Bush's $726 billion tax-cut proposal.

As Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., told the Boston Globe after the powwow: "Here you have a freshman governor refusing to endorse a tax cut presented by a Republican President at the height of his wartime popularity." As for the anti-tax pledge, a Romney spokesman dismissed it as "government by gimmickry."

Abortion

"Romney ran against Senator Edward M. Kennedy in 1994. During a debate, Romney declared: '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.' " (NOTE: Romney has supported abortion since before the 1972 Roe v. Wade ruling!) - Boston Globe, 3/2/2006

"On a questionnaire Planned Parenthood gave to the gubernatorial candidates in 2002, Romney answered ''yes" to the question, 'Do you support the substance of the Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade?' Romney also professed support for state funding of abortion services for low-income women, [Erin] Rowland [spokeswoman for the Planned Parenthood League

In 2002, Romney responded to the National Abortion Rights Action League's candidate survey: ''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. The truth is, no candidate in the governor's race in either party would deny women abortion rights." Notably, Romney refused to answer the candidate questionnaire sent to him by Massachusetts Citizens for Life. - Boston Globe, 7/3/2005

Homosexual "Rights"

"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] 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

"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

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

* 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

Judicial Appointments

"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."

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

Gun control

Regarding the Brady Bill which required waiting periods to buy a handgun, Romney stated, "I don't think [the waiting period] will have a massive effect on crime but I think it will have a positive effect." - Boston Herald, 8/1/1994

Flip Flops

Abortion rights

“I will preserve and protect a woman’s 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 can’t continue.” Speech to the Massachusetts Citizens For Life Mother’s Day Pioneer Valley Dinner, 5/10/07

Immigration reform

“With these 11 million people [here illegally], let’s 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 don’t know what is.” New York Times, 6/4/07

Gun laws

“We do have tough gun laws in Massachusetts; I support them. I won’t 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. I’m 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 it’s 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

“I’m 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

Minimum wage

“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 don’t think you go back and rewrite the contract the government has with people who’ve 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

Adoption non-discrimination

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 wife’s multiple sclerosis....”I am in favor of stem cell research. I will work and fight for stem cell research. I’d be happy to talk to [President Bush] about this, though I don’t 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 Bush’s economic program...In addition to refusing to endorse the president’s tax cut, the governor surprised several people at the meeting by saying he is open to a federal increase in gas taxes. Boston Globe

[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

Reagan Republicanism

“I was an independent during the time of Reagan-Bush. I’m not trying to return to Reagan-Bush.” Boston Herald, 10/27/94

“Ronald Reagan is ... my hero. ... I believe that our party’s ascendancy began with Ronald Reagan’s 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

Fred Thompson: "Romney Fact Check on Preserving the Sanctity of Life"

December 16, 2007 -- Romney's Claim : "...every piece of legislation which came to my desk in the coming years as a Governor, I came down on the side of preserving the sanctity of life."

- Mitt Romney, Meet the Press 12/16/07

Fact Check

· Romney's health care legislation provides taxpayer-funded abortions for a co-pay of just $50.

o Romney vetoed EIGHT provisions in his health care bill that he deemed objectionable, but he did not veto Planned Parenthoods' guaranteed position on the Advisory Board or ensure that abortions were covered only in medically necessary situations (as required by MA court ruling). All abortions are covered in the Commonwealth Care program with no medically necessary limitation.

· Romney included in his health care legislation a guarantee that Planned Parenthood would have a representative on his MassHealth Payment Policy Advisory Board. No such provision was included for a pro-life representative .

· Romney forced private Catholic hospitals to provide the morning-after-pill, a position applauded by Democrats and pro-abortions groups .

Romney's health care legislation provides taxpayer-funded abortions for a co-pay of just $50. Romney vetoed EIGHT provisions in his health care bill that he deemed objectionable, including the expansion of dental benefits to Medicaid recipients. He did not veto Planned Parenthoods' guaranteed position on the Advisory Board or ensure that abortions were covered only in medically necessary situations (as required by MA court ruling). All abortions are covered in the Commonwealth Care program with no medically necessary limitation. Under the program, abortions are available for a copay of $50. (Menu of Health Care Services: http://www.mass. gov/Qhic/docs/cc_benefits1220_pt234.pdf; "Romney's Health Care Vetoes," Associated Press, 4/12/06)

Romney included in his health care legislation a guarantee that Planned Parenthood would have a representative on his MassHealth Payment Policy Advisory Board. No such provision was included for a pro-life representative . "You cannot be personally opposed to abortion and then contribute money to an organization whose purpose is to provide abortions," said Jerry Zandstra. "Given the Romney family's support of Planned Parenthood, it now makes sense why he mandated that a member of the RomneyCare Policy board be appointed by the Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts." (RepealRomneyCare.com, "Pro-Life Leaders Denounce Romney's Planned Parenthood Connections," Press Release, 5/10/07)

Romney forced private Catholic hospitals to provide the morning-after-pill, a position applauded by Democrats and pro-abortions groups . "Governor Mitt Romney reversed course on the state's new emergency contraception law yesterday, saying that all hospitals in the state will be obligated to provide the morning-after pill to rape victims. The decision overturns a ruling made public this week by the state Department of Public Health that privately run hospitals could opt out of the requirement if they objected on moral or religious grounds. Romney had initially supported that interpretation, but he said yesterday that he had changed direction after his legal counsel, Mark D. Nielsen, concluded Wednesday that the new law supersedes a preexisting statute that says private hospitals cannot be forced to provide abortions or contraception. 'And on that basis, I have instructed the Department of Public Health to follow the conclusion of my own legal counsel and to adopt that sounder view,' Romney said..." (Scott Helman, "Romney Says No Hospitals Are Exempt From Pill Law," Boston Globe, 12/9/05)

· Catholic leaders urged hospitals to reject Romney's mandate or risk "compromising their religious integrity and Catholic identity." "C.J. Doyle, executive director of the Catholic Action League of Massachusetts, a conservative Catholic organization, said Catholic hospitals should refuse to abide by the law. 'T he appropriate response for Catholic hospitals is noncompliance. Otherwise, they would be compromising their religious integrity and Catholic identity,' he said." (Steve LeBlanc, "Confusion Over New Emergency Contraception Law Deepens," Associated Press, 12/9/05)

45 posted on 01/24/2008 11:18:57 AM PST by Ol' Sparky (Liberal Republicans are the greater of two evils)
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To: Ol' Sparky

Rush has no use for McCain or Huckabee but would consider Romney!


46 posted on 01/24/2008 11:21:29 AM PST by restornu (Understanding that Grace and Mercy is what one receives after all they can do!)
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To: Ol' Sparky

Barney Frank!

THERE’S a credible source to believe.

We all know that Barney would NEVER tell a fib about a what a Republican supposedly said in a meeting, don’t we?

And just for added measure, didn’t the NRA endorse and support Mitt Romney, and give him a rating of B+ on his gun-rights positions??


47 posted on 01/24/2008 11:30:35 AM PST by Edit35
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To: Reagan Man
Romney was for abortion, before he was against it.
Romney was for gun control, before he joined the NRA in 2007.
Romney was for comprehensive immigration reform, before he was against it.
Romney was for gay rights, before he was against it.
Romney has no conviction. He's a phony.

"Reagan Man" must refer to someone other than the gipper, because otherwise your post makes no rational sense.

Reagan was for abortion, before he was against it.

"With the right to bear arms comes a great responsibility to use caution and common sense on handgun purchases," Mr. Reagan said at a gathering at George Washington University marking the 10th anniversary of the attempt on his life by John W. Hinckley Jr. "And it's just plain common sense that there be a waiting period to allow local law-enforcement officials to conduct background checks on those who wish to purchase handguns."

Reagan was not only for comprehensive immigration reform, he is the ONLY PRESIDENT IN OUR LIFETIME TO SUPPORT AND SIGN AN AMNESTY BILL.

Romney was for gay rights, before he was against it. So Romney cannot be allowed to change his views over time? Both Reagan and Romney are big-tenters, there is nothing wrong with this. Judges should be the big question mark here for Romney. He needs to convince us he'll follow the Bush strategy of nominating "strict Constitutionalist" judges. If he does that, he'll be much better for the nation than Reagan ever was with regard to the courts.

Romney has no conviction. He's a phony.

Was Ronald Reagan a phony with no conviction either?

48 posted on 01/24/2008 11:43:52 AM PST by Diplomat
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To: Ol' Sparky

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49 posted on 01/24/2008 11:45:49 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: elizabetty

Actually the Log Cabin Republicans put ads up for Romney during the 90’s which Romney happily accepted.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Elx3UWmyAY4

To quote the ad: “For years Mitt Romney has fought conservatives”.

Nothing something that tens of millions of dollars of campaign ads could smooth over, though.


50 posted on 01/24/2008 11:50:14 AM PST by Catphish
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