Skip to comments.McCain raises money, praises Romney.
Posted on 06/10/2008 8:04:38 PM PDT by Plutarch
WASHINGTON - Republican presidential candidate John McCain spent a marathon day raising money on Monday, and it went well: after events in Virginia and Washington, D.C., the campaign and the Republican Party pulled in more than $2 million...
Finally, there was praise for his opponent-turned-supporter, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.
Theres nobody who represents me better today than Mitt Romney, McCain said.
Are you listening, governor? That could be the sound of a vice presidential offer coming down the road
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Better Mitt Romney as VP than Mike Huckabee!
I sure would like it if McCain would pick Romney. It would help to get me motivated on election day. Of course, I know there are other good candidates out there. As things stand right now I don’t know what I will do on election day. This is an odd situation.
Get Mitt. He’d be good.
Thankfully I doubt he’d tap the Huckster.
The Huckster is just a lying shyster. We really don't need another one like that. He's a socialist with humanistic religious views.
I sure would like it if McCain would pick Romney. It would help to get me motivated on election day.
Same here. McPain turns me off.
Good evening, Mr. Bates! :-)
I second that YEAH............
I find Huckabee to be of dubious character. The guy seems like a put on. I don’t care that he says he is a preacher. As Reverend Wright proved, that title doesn’t mean a thing.
Those were indeed some very gracious words by Mr. McCain about Mr. Romney.
I like Mark Sanford but I have to admit that Mitt and McCain probably create a more dynamic mix. Mitt fills the criteria that McCain has set, that the VP at least generally supports his policies and represents the future of the Republican Party. I’d be happy with either.
Honestly and seriously, I can’t think of anyone but Mr. Romney as the VP. He’s one of the very, very few who’s shown he’s willing to step up and lead. Maybe Rudy, that’s it. But I don’t think Mr. Romney will be Mr. McCain’s VP pick. I think Mr. Romney’s job is raising money for he GOP with his new PAC.
Lets hope not. It'll be difficult enough for many conservatives to vote for a moderate like McCain, without tossing in a life long liberal like Romney as his running mate. A poor choice and a bad decision all around.
The Mittster rides again?
Sounds like it’s a setup for Mitt to be VP. No surprise here. Make it official NOW, get a message and run with it. The ‘Rats will be in disarray at least until August.
I bet he picks someone like Raul Castro, except US citizenship to make it “legal”. I don’t know if I will vote. This McCain knife in my back may be my mortality.
And, I agree completely.
(Unless the two would consider a little trade of places... nyuk, nyuk, nyuk.)
I don’t know. Mitt didn’t quite make the sale with voters but he got a lot of exposure - and respect. I can picture him as VP and eventually President.
McCain should pick Romney to focus on the ECONOMY and getting this country on a roll month after month again. Let Romney talk about economy during the election and let McCain talk about the war on terrorism. Those are the two key things this country needs even more now. You have the two BEST individuals to discuss and handle those situations.
A lot of voters voted for Mr. Romney, but even more recognized Mr. Romney either as their choice or a great candidate too late.
You are making me nauseous
19th amendment worse thing ever to happen, please tell us how this cult member is a conservative again?
If Romney is the pick I would like to have him do one thing. That is to promise the people of Ohio and Michigan that he will be in their states every month during the term and will do every thing in his power to get their economies back on track. These are two highly educated states in the doldrums. Ohio must be tired of the Republican snow jobs.
He said it to Michigan, and I believe he meant it.
Sounds like a good strategy.
I would be perfectly happy with Sanford but Romney brings the most to the table - swings states, private sector experience, a compelling story (olympic turnaround), charisma, intelligence, and debating chops.
We’re in this to win. Join the team. No pie in the sky fantasy is coming to politically save us.
What kool-aid are you people drinking. Mitt Romney
is a liberal big government , Reagan bashing abortion supporting turncoat who “became” conservative 2 years
prior to his Presidential run.
And some of you have the balls to complain about McCain not being conservative enough .. but you fall for the Mitt
Romney BS ...
I like your idea of a dual campaign. Almost, I would call it, a Super-campaign. Romney is intelligent enough to be able to campaign on his own and not have to be led around on a leash. McCain and Romney could cover a lot of ground seperately both politically and geographically.
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1. Favoring traditional views and values; tending to oppose change.
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3. Moderate; cautious: a conservative estimate.
4. 1. Of or relating to the political philosophy of conservatism.
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"Every piece of legislation which came to my desk [as] governor, I came down on the side of preserving the sanctity of life."
--Mitt Romney, NBC "Meet the Press", December 16, 2007.
It is becoming difficult for Mitt Romney to keep track of his twists and turns on the abortion issue. The photograph above shows Romney back in June 1994 during his first big political campaign, running against Sen. Ted Kennedy in Massachusetts. It was taken at a fund-raiser for the pro-abortion rights group, Planned Parenthood, in Cohasset, Mass. The woman with her back to Romney is Nicki Nichols Gamble, former president of the Massachusetts branch of Planned Parenthood, which accepted a $150 contribution from Romney's wife Ann (in a white jacket to Romney's right.)
The "pro-choice" candidate for senator, and later governor, of Massachusetts is now the "pro-life" candidate for president of the United States. His record as governor is controversial, however. Interviewed by Tim Russert on "Meet the Press" last Sunday, Romney claimed that he took a "pro-life" position on "every piece of legislation" that came before him. But that is untrue, at least by his present definition of what constitutes "life."
Romney announced his conversion to "pro-life" views in an editorial in the Boston Globe on July 25, 2005, the day after vetoing a bill expanding access to the so-called "morning after" pill, which required that it be made available to rape victims. See my detailed and updated chronology here. Abortion rights groups such as Planned Parenthood expressed shock at the governor's change of heart, after he had personally signed a pledge to support increased access to the "morning after" pill. "Pro-Life" groups hailed the decision.
That was not the end of the story, however. The controversy over "emergency contraception" continued to haunt Romney. In October 2005, another bill came to his desk, seeking a federal waiver to expand the number of Massachusetts citizens eligible for family planning services, including the "morning after" pill. Romney signed that bill over the objections of his new anti-abortion allies. On this occasion, he was applauded by "pro-choice" advocates.
The issue came up yet again in December 2005. After weeks of agonizing, Romney instructed all hospitals in the state to comply with the terms of the emergency contraception law, and make the morning-after pill available to rape victims. He acted on the advice of his legal counsel, over the objections of half a dozen Catholic hospitals, which had previously refused to provide emergency contraception on the grounds that it conflicted with their religious views.
"Flip,flop,flip," editorialized the Boston Herald, on December 9, 2005. "Yes, Gov. Mitt Romney has now executed an Olympic-caliber double flip-flop with a gold medal-performance twist-and-a-half on the issue of emergency contraception."
Views on the acceptability of the "morning after" pill vary greatly, depending on exactly how you define "life." Many "pro-life" advocates, including Romney, take the view that life begins at the moment when a female egg is fertilized by the male sperm. They are opposed to the "morning after" pill, because it can prevent the implantation of a fertilized egg in the uterus. "Pro-choice" groups argue that life begins much later.
Romney's gyrations on abortion have upset both sides. "For Mitt Romney, this has been not just a flip-flop, but an extreme makeover," said Angus McQuilken, vice president for public affairs with the Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund of Massachusetts. "Where he stands on any issue is always a moving target."
"I don't see how he can sign bills like that and say with a straight face that he is taking a pro-life position," said Joseph M. Scheidler, founder of the Pro-Life Action League, which is opposed to all forms of abortion. "There's no way we can accept that.".
UPDATE THURSDAY 11:30 A.M.: I just spoke with Nichols Gamble, the Planned Parenthood official who accepted the $150 cheque from the Romneys in June 1994. She says she had no reason to believe at the time that Romney was "not 100 percent behind the pro-choice public policy position." She now thinks that Romney "tried to have it both ways and every way to Sunday" on abortion, depending on what political office he was seeking.
Romney has changed his position so often on abortion that he lacks much credibility on this one. The Romney campaign did not respond to a e-mailed request to clarify the governor's position, so he loses the argument by default on this occasion. Three Pinocchios.
Don’t mind the deranged twenty - they are cursed with the monomaniacal task of destroying the Romney, but must fail in the end. After all, how can you destroy something that creates faster than you can think? Love the new PAC.
Romney joined NRA in August
Was advocate of gun control
Presidential candidate Mitt Romney was a former advocate of gun control. Presidential candidate Mitt Romney was a former advocate of gun control.
By David Abel, Globe Staff | February 19, 2007
Mitt Romney, who has touted his support of gun owners since launching his presidential campaign, yesterday acknowledged he did not become a member of the National Rifle Association until last August, campaign officials said.
A former advocate of gun control, Romney during his 1994 run for the US Senate backed measures the gun-rights group opposed, such as a five-day waiting period on gun sales and a ban on certain assault weapons.
The former Massachusetts governor has been criticized for changing his positions to appeal to social conservatives voting in Republican primaries. In a nationally broadcast interview yesterday, he also had to explain his switch to a conservative stance on abortion and why he once voted for Democrats in Massachusetts primaries.
Spokesman Kevin Madden said Romney did not join the NRA just to court gun owners, who are considered a force in Republican primary politics.
“He joined the NRA because, like millions of Americans, he supports the group’s advocacy of the Second Amendment and its commitment to education programs promoting the safe use of firearms by law-abiding gun owners,” Madden said.
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Asked why Romney joined only a few months before declaring his candidacy, Madden said: “I would argue not many Americans care when you join, but why you join, and I think I’ve made that clear.”
Speaking on ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos,” Romney said he signed up for a life long membership “within the last year.”
“I think they’re doing good things, and I believe in supporting the right to bear arms,” Romney said.
Not all gun advocates are convinced of Romney’s commitment to their cause.
“His past votes have been anti-gun and I feel like it may just be a campaign strategy that we’re not going to fall for,” said Gerald Stoudemire, president of Gun Owners of South Carolina, an NRA state association. “I’ve never seen a politician change their way of thinking 180 degrees, except when they were running for office.”
In the interview, Romney also explained why he was a registered independent in the early 1990s and voted for former senator Paul Tsongas in the 1992 Democratic presidential primary. He said it was a tactical maneuver, his effort to get the weakest Democratic nominee.
“In Massachusetts, if you register as an independent, you can vote on either the Republican or Democratic primary,” Romney said. “When there was no real contest in the Republican primary, I’d vote in the Democrat primary, vote for the person who I thought would be the weakest opponent for a Republican.”
But in a 1994 Globe story, Romney said he voted for Tsongas because he was from Massachusetts and “because he favored his ideas over those of Bill Clinton,” according to the story.Continued...
In yesterday’s interview on ABC, Romney added: “Let me tell you, in the general election I don’t recall ever once voting for anyone other than a Republican. So, yeah, as an independent I’ll go in and play in their primary. But I’m a Republican and have been through my life.”
Romney’s explanation that he voted for Tsongas because he would be a weaker opponent for George H.W. Bush struck Northeastern University political science professor William Mayer as odd. “It would have been a strange election to cross over,” he said, noting it’s rare for more than 4 percent of voters to “raid” an opposing party’s primary. “Everyone had conceded it to Tsongas.”
He added: “His explanation gets to his basic problem. He’s always trying to figure out what’s in his best political interest and is willing to cut and trim his behavior to what’s in his short-term interests.”
In the interview, in which Stephanopoulos questioned the governor’s “conversions of convenience,” Romney, a former supporter of abortion rights, refused to say which punishment he thought would be appropriate for women who have abortions. In recent months, Romney has campaigned strongly against abortion rights.
“Well, I’m not about punishment,” Romney said. “That’s not what I’m considering. I’m saying that, in my view, we should let the states make that decision, and I am in favor of life and in favor of choosing life.”
With his wife, Ann, on ABC, Romney also said his faith as a Mormon would not hinder his ability to govern.
“I’m not running for pastor-in-chief; I’m running for commander-in-chief,” Romney said.
Asked whether his Mormonism would alienate evangelical voters, Romney said: “I think we are, if you will, one family of humanity.”
When asked how Muslims might view Mormon doctrine, which holds that Jesus will return to the United States and reign for 1,000 years, Romney said “that doesn’t happen to be a doctrine of my church.”
“Our belief is just as it says in the Bible, that the messiah will come to Jerusalem, stand on the Mount of Olives, and that the Mount of Olives will be the place for the great gathering and so forth,” he said.
Michael Purdy, a spokesman for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, said Mormons believe Jesus will return to both the “old Jerusalem” and “new Jerusalem,” which Mormons believe is somewhere in the state of Missouri.
“When Christ appears, we believe there will be people of many faiths on the Earth, and no one will be compelled to change their faith,” Purdy said.
Globe correspondent Michael Naughton contributed to this report. David Abel can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
© Copyright 2007 Globe Newspaper Company.
Who cares about some (anti-)wish list. We have reality to deal with now. Romney will vote like a good Republican when the time comes. Things are different when you are forced to govern Massachusetts.
“Every piece of legislation which came to my desk [as] governor, I came down on the side of preserving the sanctity of life.”
Ok, sounds good to me.
First I don’t consider a $150 donation from millionaires a serious donation. It was wrong but it was in the past well over a decade ago. Get over it.
Romney jurist picks not tilted to GOP
Independents, Democrats get call
By Raphael Lewis, Globe Staff | July 25, 2005
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.
With increased attention on judicial nominees after President Bush’s nomination of John G. Roberts Jr. to the US Supreme Court, Romney said Friday that he has not paid a moment’s notice to his nominees’ political leanings or sexual orientation — or to the impact his choices might have on a future presidential run. He said he has focused on two factors: their legal experience and whether the nominees would be tough on crime. He said most of the nominees have prosecutorial experience.
‘’People on both sides of the aisle want to put the bad guys away,” Romney said.
Photo Gallery Romney’s judicial picks
Romney, who is considering a run for the Republican nomination for president in 2008, has cast himself to GOP audiences as a lonely Republican voice in an overwhelmingly Democratic state. But his judicial appointments led one out-of-state activist to suggest the choices might hurt Romney among Republican voters. Observers in the Bay State legal community, meanwhile, said they see a contradiction between Romney’s judicial choices and his conservative rhetoric, including his stated opposition to same-sex marriage.
‘’I’ve long since given up trying to figure out what makes Mitt Romney tick,” said Joyce Kauffman, former cochairwoman of the Massachusetts Lesbian and Gay Bar Association.
The governor said that, so far, he has had few chances to appoint judges to the highest state courts, where his criteria would change to include ‘’strict construction, judicial philosophy.”
‘’With regards to those at the district court and clerk magistrate level, their political views aren’t really going to come into play unless their views indicate they will be soft on crime, because in that case, apply elsewhere,” Romney said.
The Globe’s review found that several of his choices for the bench in Massachusetts have strong ties to the state’s dominant Democratic Party. He tapped a former Democratic Suffolk County sheriff, the sister of Boston’s City Council president, a top official under Democratic Secretary of State William F. Galvin who once ran for the House seat of Republican leader Bradley H. Jones Jr., and a former intern for Democratic US Representative Joseph P. Kennedy who switched his party affiliation to the GOP two weeks before his nomination.Continued...Continued...
Romney, despite his opposition to same-sex marriage, in May selected for a district court judgeship Stephen S. Abany, a former board member of the Massachusetts Lesbian and Gay Bar Association who organized the group’s opposition to a 1999 bill to outlaw same-sex marriage. Just two days before the nomination, Romney was lamenting the liberal tilt of the state’s bench, telling Fox News that ‘’our courts have a record here in Massachusetts, don’t they, of being a little blue and being Kerry-like.”
Another Romney choice for the bench is Marianne C. Hinkle, a registered Democrat who worked as an aide to Governor Michael S. Dukakis in the late 1970s and prosecuted John C. Salvi III in the 1994 Brookline abortion clinic shootings. Hinkle, in her application for the bench, describes herself as a longtime active member of Dignity/USA, a group that advocates for expanded gay rights in the Catholic Church and society generally.
Romney won praise in the legal community when he replaced regional judicial nominating committees that were viewed as politically tainted with a centralized Judicial Nominating Commission. The commission considers applicants using a ‘’blind” first phase of the selection process that removes names from applications in an attempt to ensure the candidates will be judged on their merits. In addition, all of Romney’s nominees have been submitted to a Joint Bar Committee on Judicial Nominations, which rates candidates as qualified, well-qualified, or unqualified — and each has been found to be either qualified or well-qualified.
After Romney nominates the candidate, the pick must be approved by the Governor’s Council, where Democrats hold eight of nine seats. Some observers said the long list of Democrats among Romney’s court picks suggests that the governor has at least one eye toward the political landscape of the state, where registered Democrats outnumber Republicans nearly 4 to 1.
‘’He’s tried to have a process devoid of politics, [but] he also has to get his nominees approved by the Governor’s Council, and that is not a bipartisan body,” said Jones, of Reading. ‘’The biggest problem in trying to reform the system to make it devoid of politics is that not everyone else buys into that model.”
Romney, asked if he has engaged in any horse-trading with Democratic politicians, said: ‘’So far I have not ever given any weight whatsoever to whether I think someone can make it through the Governor’s Council. I send them individuals who I feel are highly qualified and have the right judicial temperament related to crime and punishment.”
Romney has faced criticism from Governor’s Councilors and some bar associations for failing to nominate more women, minorities, and defense attorneys to the bench. Seeking to counter such attacks, Romney’s appointee to the chairmanship of the Judicial Nominating Commission, Boston lawyer Christopher D. Moore, has reached out to minority and women’s bar associations to encourage members to apply. He’s done the same with the state lesbian and gay bar association, which also has a seat on Romney’s joint bar committee.
‘’This is one of my real goals, to continue this track record of reaching out by making full use of these organizations,” said Moore. ‘’Since becoming the chairman, it’s almost a universally held view that these organizations are the best forums for demystifying the process.”
Whitney J. Brown, a registered Democrat with ‘’no connections” whom Romney nominated earlier this month for a clerk magistrate position in Gardner District Court, said she was shocked to even get an interview for the position, let alone the nomination.
‘’Everyone said to me, ‘Good luck, you’re not going to get anywhere,’ “ Brown said.
Still, there is evidence to suggest that Romney is making sure his fellow Republicans and conservatives get a piece of the action.
For one thing, Romney’s choice to chair the Judicial Nomination Commission, Moore, is a Republican and member of the Federalist Society, a conservative legal group that fights ‘’judicial activism” and promotes the legal system as the preeminent venue for protecting ‘’traditional values.” Romney also named to the commission Greer Tan Swiston, a software engineer and failed Republican candidate for state representative in 2004 with no legal training.
Peter Vickery, one of the Democrats on the Governor’s Council, says he believes Romney and Moore would seek far more conservative jurists if a vacancy were to pop up on the Supreme Judicial Court, which delivered the gay marriage decision that Romney has routinely blasted.
Some of Romney’s nominees do have stellar Republican or conservative bona fides. For example, Romney’s pick for Peabody clerk magistrate, Kevin L. Finnegan, is a former two-term Republican state representative. Another choice was Bruce R. Henry, the son-in-law of former SJC Justice Joseph Nolan — whom Romney wanted to represent his administration in seeking a stay of the court’s gay marriage ruling.
David L. Yas, editor of Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, a trade publication, said the perception among most Bay State lawyers is that Romney’s administration, when it comes to screening out politics from the process, is not much different from past governors.
‘’People feel the process has made some improvements, but in the legal community, there is still a sentiment that politics still plays a role,” Yas said.
Some in the bar say Romney has been slow to solve the dispute over pay raises for public defenders, and some lawyers resent his cries of judicial activism in the wake of the SJC’s same-sex marriage ruling of November 2003.
‘’Those in the legal community take the independence of the judiciary very seriously, and when he derisively calls them unaccountable and activist, that gets the legal community steamed,” Yas said. ‘’He hasn’t exactly expressed great confidence or pride in our legal system.”
Rick Beltram, chairman of the Spartanburg County, S.C., Republican Party that hosted a Romney fund-raiser in February, said South Carolina’s Republican presidential primary voters may think twice about supporting a Massachusetts governor whose judicial picks had been ‘’actively lobbying for gay marriage.”
‘’That could be a problem,” Beltram said.
At the same time, Beltram said he suspects Romney’s judicial choices reflect ‘’smart politics,” given that Republicans constitute just 13 percent of Massachusetts registered voters.
Rome, to me, Mr. Romney is the best candidate (experience wise) that I have seen since I first started voting and voted for Ronald Reagan. His experience in both the private and public sectors is what we have been waiting for. McCain and Romney paired (I hope, but I’m not counting on it) is exactly what this country needs at the moment — one military/security specialist and one economic/business specialist. I want the best for our country.
Massachusetts RomneyCare way, way overbudget
From the Wall Street Journal (emphasis added):
For 2009, Governor Deval Patrick requested $869 million but has already conceded that even that huge figure is too low. Over the coming decade, the expected overruns float in as much as $4 billion over budget. It’s too early to tell how much is new coverage or if state programs are displacing private insurance.
The “new Big Dig” moniker refers to the legendary cost overruns when Boston rebuilt its traffic system. Now state legislators are pushing new schemes to offset RomneyCare’s runaway expenses, including reductions in state payments to doctors and hospitals, enlarged business penalties, an increase in the state tobacco tax, and more restrictions on drug companies and insurers.
Youve got two choices with universal health care. You can either increase taxes by vast unsupportable, politically untenable amounts; or you can limit access to care with cost-control methods. The former will chase wealth-creators right out of the state, leaving a shrinking tax base to pay the bill; the latter means waiting lists, bureaucratic paper-mazes, and cost-shifting onto private insurance.
And that means dying while on a waiting list; restricting care for smokers and the obese; traveling across a border to deliver your baby.
I exchanged op-eds with the Tomah Journal on this subject a while back. Among my more brilliant rhetorical ripostes:
Question: if you cant get the treatment your doctor says you need — not at any price — is the health care really universal?
Is doing without somehow less egregious when its government health care?
I think Romney would really help McCain in a number of ways. He is younger and comes across really well explaining the conservative position (on the issues where he is conservative). He also knows how to raise money, which at the rate McCain has been raising it he will be crushed by Obama. Obama is a money-raising juggernaut.