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Mitt Romney Rejects Iowa Marriage Pledge, But Why?
death + taxes ^ | July 13, 2011 | Andrew Belonsky

Posted on 07/13/2011 9:46:12 AM PDT by delacoert

Mitt Romney did the right thing by rejecting a social conservative group’s repulsive “marriage pledge.” Will he explain his reasoning?

As Michele Bachmann and Rick Santorum bent over backward to endorse a right wing document pledging allegiance to conservative values, the Romney campaign says that while their candidate supports “traditional marriage,” he finds some of the pledge’s “references and provisions [to be] undignified and inappropriate for a presidential campaign.”

The pledge, put out last week by right wing activist Bob Vander Plaats and his group, The Family Leader, reads like a hit list on American freedoms.

One of the document’s many demands prohibits all forms of pornography, which, according to the Family Leader, leads to “stolen innocence.” Elsewhere, candidates must vow to fight “Sharia Islam and all other anti-woman, anti-human rights forms of totalitarian control,” and to support “robust childbearing.”

Yet another bullet point demands that candidates “[fiercely defend] the First Amendment’s rights of religious liberty and freedom of speech, especially against the intolerance of any who would undermine law-abiding American citizens and institutions of faith and conscience for their adherence to, and defense of, faithful heterosexual monogamy.”

Anyone who fights for LGBT rights, then, becomes an automatic enemy of the state.

Romney’s disavowal of the marriage pledge shows that he’s moving away from social conservatives — a group that wouldn’t support a Mormon candidate, anyway — and focusing on economics.

That’s clearly a wise choice: the governor has a long, long record of flip-flopping on social issues.

For instance, in 1994, while running for governor, Romney claimed that he would be an advocate for gay rights. “We must make equality for gays and lesbians a mainstream concern,” he wrote to the Log Cabin Republicans, a gay GOP group.

When it came time to run for president in 2008, however, Romney changed his tune to appease the Republican Party’s conservative base. Now he’s moving away from such rabid right wing politics, and clearly hopes to rise above the homophobic drama that is currently complicating Bachmann’s White House run.

That’s good, right? Yes, it is: congrats to Romney for rejecting hateful politics.

But his campaign’s explanation still leaves many questions, like what parts of the document does Romney find “undignified”? Is it the vow to be loyal to his wife? Is it the disgracefully un-American attack on Muslim people? Is it the questionable claim that married people have better sex?

If Romney truly wants to take the moral high ground on the Family Leader’s pledge, he’ll actually spell out why he finds the marriage pledge “inappropriate” and set his opponents straight on what qualifies as dignified and what does not.

But, alas, that’s probably asking too much from a millionaire business man who once tried to court voters by saying, “I’m also unemployed.” Because for Romney, everything is a calculation, and he rarely shows his work.


TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: bachmann; bachmann4romney; pledge; romney

1 posted on 07/13/2011 9:46:17 AM PDT by delacoert
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To: delacoert

He was NEVER there Charlie. The guy is a social ib, fiscal conservative - sort of.

We have a plague of them hereabouts in New Jersey.


2 posted on 07/13/2011 9:49:20 AM PDT by ZULU (Lindsey Graham is a nanometrical pustule of pusillanimous putrescence)
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To: delacoert

RE: Mitt Romney Rejects Iowa Marriage Pledge, But Why?

Here is where Romney’s Mormonism might come into play.

Remember, quite a number of Mormons still believe that Polygamy should be considered legal (their prophet, Joseph Smith and Brigham Young had dozens of wives).

Utah had to reject Polygamy in order to be accepted into the United States. Now, with the advent of Gay marriage, it might be time for a few Polygamists to “test” the marriage waters.


3 posted on 07/13/2011 9:51:09 AM PDT by SeekAndFind (u)
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To: delacoert
The only good thing he has done. Candidates that sign stupid pledges like this are puppets.

They should tell Bob Vanderplaats; “ I don't sign pledges for various groups. You can see how I live my life and judge me that way.”
Vanderplaats is just trying to insert himself and make his group relevant.

4 posted on 07/13/2011 9:55:43 AM PDT by HereInTheHeartland (Real hope and change comes in January 2013)
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To: delacoert

Why would Mormons accept a candidate that does disavowal? Oh right the same reason any other candidate besides Romney and Huntsman have a snowball chance in Hell of winning the Utah primary.


5 posted on 07/13/2011 9:59:16 AM PDT by Sybeck1 (BE BOLD SARAH)
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To: delacoert

Billy Sunday and the prohibition amendment campaign.


6 posted on 07/13/2011 9:59:39 AM PDT by ex-snook ("Above all things, truth beareth away the victory")
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To: delacoert

Mitt Romney saw how McCain succeeded in 2008 by getting Democrats to vote for him in the primaries. Mitt is copying this. Mitt is going for the Democrat& independents votes in the Republican primaries. He is also going after all non-right wing republican voters in the primaries. Mitt has written off people like me and other freepers


7 posted on 07/13/2011 10:00:21 AM PDT by dennisw (NZT - "works better if you're already smart")
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To: delacoert

8 posted on 07/13/2011 10:08:12 AM PDT by Diogenesis (Nothing surpasses the complexity of the human mind. - Leto II: Dar-es-Balat)
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To: delacoert

Because it’s sophomoric?


9 posted on 07/13/2011 10:10:30 AM PDT by stuartcr ("Everything happens as God wants it to...otherwise, things would be different.")
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To: delacoert
Question: "Mitt Romney Rejects Iowa Marriage Pledge, But Why?

Response: Perhaps his well coiffed hair gives us a hint??

10 posted on 07/13/2011 10:12:17 AM PDT by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: delacoert

Because he has always favored abortion and gay marriage. He supported both while he was governor of Taxachusetts.


11 posted on 07/13/2011 10:13:35 AM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius.)
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To: delacoert

He has to have a political suicide wish. That’s the only explanation. So far he has endorsed Global Warming, refused to endorse traditional marriage and is real slippery on cutting spending. He’s running as a moderate. I don’t see where the votes are for that. But in any event, I’m happy he is. It shows what a tool he is—more flip flops on an already huge mountain of flip flops.


12 posted on 07/13/2011 10:14:52 AM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: HereInTheHeartland
Vanderplaats is just trying to insert himself and make his group relevant.

Well, Romney just put another nickel in his "15 Minutes" meter.

13 posted on 07/13/2011 10:16:34 AM PDT by Thinkitude
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To: ZULU

Besides, he’s from a long line of polygamists and qualifies as a Mormon aristocrat (great-great grandson of one of Smith’s “apostles,” Parley Pratt).

His grandparents fled to Chihuahua, Mexico to flee the anti-polygamy laws adopted in Utah.

Willard has heard all the stories. They are part of his heritage.


14 posted on 07/13/2011 10:19:09 AM PDT by Scanian
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To: delacoert

Well he just wants to put his foot in the door for polygamy. It is every Mormon’s dream to have as many children as he can for when God gives him his own planet to rule over upon death. The more kids he has, the more power he can wield! I mean, you’ve just got to sympathize with the guy. /s


15 posted on 07/13/2011 10:32:21 AM PDT by Paperdoll (NO MORE BUSHS!)
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To: delacoert

It’s no surprise... Mittens is a big fat liberal and always has been.

God help us if he is the GOP nominee.


16 posted on 07/13/2011 10:47:57 AM PDT by VictoryGal (Never give up, never surrender! REMEMBER NEDA)
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17 posted on 07/13/2011 10:48:42 AM PDT by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list.)
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To: delacoert

Progressive Republicans are the only creatures on earth who are more liberal than liberal Democrats.


18 posted on 07/13/2011 11:00:01 AM PDT by pallis
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To: All; delacoert
This is the same pledge that blew up in Michele Bachmann's face because it suggested slavery was better for black families than being free.

These pledges are asinine and Bachmann clearly didn't do "due diligence" before signing off. Another example of her "leadership."

19 posted on 07/13/2011 11:02:50 AM PDT by newzjunkey
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To: stuartcr

True.


20 posted on 07/13/2011 11:45:25 AM PDT by MrChips (MrChips)
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To: newzjunkey
This is the same pledge that blew up in Michele Bachmann's face because it suggested slavery was better for black families than being free.

She is finished.

And another unfortunate example the democrats can use against Conservatives.

21 posted on 07/13/2011 12:08:05 PM PDT by muleskinner
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To: delacoert

That’s clearly a wise choice: the governor has a long, long record of flip-flopping on social issues.
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It is a wise move for Romney to make. He cannot get hurt by doing this.

And he is a fiscal conservative, something we desperately need at this time.. I would prefer another candidate for sure but if we grabs the nomination I’m for him all the way.


22 posted on 07/13/2011 12:41:36 PM PDT by 101voodoo
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To: delacoert

Pawlenty took my advice:

http://www.kcci.com/the-iowa-caucus-extended-coverage/28536160/detail.html


23 posted on 07/13/2011 12:57:25 PM PDT by HereInTheHeartland (Real hope and change comes in January 2013)
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To: newzjunkey

Yeah well, let's see ... the section regarding slavery that was originally included the Iowa Marrage Pledge (it has been removed by the way) reads:

Lemme guess, you're a RINO Romney Republican out to tear down conservative Republican candidates.
24 posted on 07/13/2011 1:03:23 PM PDT by delacoert
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To: 101voodoo

Just look at what he did with Massachusetts, no one wants that, which is why he left office with 34% approval and they replaced him with a democrat.


25 posted on 07/13/2011 4:51:48 PM PDT by ansel12 (America has close to India population of 1950s, India has 1,200,000,000 people now. Quality of Life?)
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To: delacoert

This needs a BARF ALERT.


26 posted on 07/13/2011 10:23:17 PM PDT by llandres (Forget the "New America" - restore the original one!!)
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To: delacoert

Uh, maybe because Romney is in favor of fake homo marriage. It passed under his admin in Mass, and he enforced it.


27 posted on 07/13/2011 10:27:57 PM PDT by Antoninus (What part of "I won't vote for Romney under any circumstances" don't you understand?)
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To: Diogenesis
For the life of me, I can't figure out why Romney won't sign this pledge...


28 posted on 07/13/2011 10:34:32 PM PDT by Antoninus (What part of "I won't vote for Romney under any circumstances" don't you understand?)
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To: newzjunkey

Here’s something else she needs to be prepared for - several networks have picked up on it, and Anderson Cooper made it his lead story last night:

http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/michele-bachmann-exclusive-pray-gay-candidates-clinic/story?id=14048691

Last I heard, she doesn’t want to talk about it, and her husband’s tried refuting the media’s slant, but....good luck on that one.


29 posted on 07/13/2011 11:29:38 PM PDT by llandres (Forget the "New America" - restore the original one!!)
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To: delacoert

Supposedly he has signed a pledge by Natl. Org for Marriage though
http://thinkprogress.org/lgbt/2011/08/04/287909/romney-signs-anti-gay-groups-campaign-pledge/


30 posted on 08/06/2011 9:20:56 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: VictoryGal; All

Politico:
http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/0811/Romney_signs_marriage_pledge.html

>>Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has joined Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann and former Sen. Pennsylvania Rick Santorum in signing a pledge to oppose same-sex marriage on a number of specific fronts.

The three candidates signed the pledge advanced by the National Organization for Marriage, which has led national and state campaigns to limit marriage to a man and a woman. The signature of the front-runner, Romney, is a bit of a coup for the group, as he’s been careful about committing to other pledges, including a broad promise to a socially conservative Iowa group that caused trouble for other candidates.

Romney, Bachmann and Santorum signed on to support a federal constitutional amendment defining marriage, to appoint federal judges who don’t see a constitutional right to same-sex marriage and to back the Defense of Marriage Act.


31 posted on 08/06/2011 9:22:40 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: delacoert
"The [my] only connection [to the Republican Party]is I'm registered as a Republican"
--Mitt RRRRRomney


32 posted on 04/13/2012 7:25:31 PM PDT by LomanBill (Animals! The DemocRats blew up the windmill with an Acorn!)
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