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ROMNEY REFUSES TO SIGN PROMINENT PRO-LIFE GROUPíS PLEDGE (Herman Cain also refuses)
The Blaze ^ | June 18, 2011 | Jonathon M. Seidl

Posted on 06/18/2011 9:52:42 AM PDT by Sonny M

2012 hopeful Mitt Romney is taking heat today after news got out that he refused to sign a prominent pro-life group’s presidential pledge.

Romney, who has come under fire for his stance on abortion before, did not sign the Susan B. Anthony List’s 2012 Pro-life Presidential Leadership Pledge. The pledge, comprised of four statements, promises to appoint only “relevant” pro-life cabinet members as well push to end all taxpayer funded abortions.

“Governor Romney pledged in the last campaign that he would be a pro-life president and of course he pledges it today,” the Romney campaign said in a statement. “However, this well-intentioned effort has some potentially unforeseen consequences and he does not feel he could in good conscience sign it. Gov. Romney has been a strong supporter of the SBA List in the past and he looks forward to continue working with them to promote a culture of life.”

For example, a Romney spokesperson told the Wall Street Journal that signing the pledge could mean promising to “strip taxpayer funding from thousands of health-care facilities, including (Veterans Administration) hospitals around the country.”

Michele Bachmann, Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, Tim Pawlenty and Rick Santorum did sign the pledge. Herman Cain and Gary Johnson joined Romney in not signing. It’s unclear if Jon Huntsman was asked to sign. Below is a copy of the pledge signed by Bachmann:

Click on the link to see the copy

“We applaud those candidates who did sign the pledge for vowing to support and advance the protection of life at all stages,” Marilyn Musgrave, a former Republican congresswoman from Colorado and the policy director for the SBA List, told the WSJ.

“Mitt Romney will appoint judges who will faithfully interpret the Constitution and not legislate from the bench,” a Romney spokesperson tried to make clear to the WSJ. “The bottom line is that Gov. Romney is firmly pro-life.”

But “firmly pro-life” could be debatable. Weasel Zippers drudged up a video from the former governor’s 2002 gubernatorial campaign that shows him fervently defending a “woman’s right to choose,“ vowing to ”protect” it and even supporting the ability of girls under 18 to get abortions approved by judges:

He seems to have backed off of that strong stance since, but the truth is he has not always been a staunch pro-lifer.


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KEYWORDS: abortion; cain; elections; flawedpledge; flawedplege; hermancain; life; pledgehasflaws; readthepledgedetails; romney; smellslikemitt; statesrights; unconstitutional
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Someone explain why exactly Romney is running as a republican at this point ? Also, what the hell is up with Herman Cain not signing ? Gary Johnson is an actual and open abortion supporter, so that makes sense, but Herman Cain ?????????

In Mass, he only ran as a republican because he would not have been able to make the move as a democrat, he even stated he wasn't a republican during the Reagan and Bush years, why is he even polling above single digits in these polls ??????????????????????????????????

How the hell can a pro-abortion, anti-family, pro-mandate statist actually poll well over any conservatives in a GOP primary ??????????????????

1 posted on 06/18/2011 9:52:44 AM PDT by Sonny M
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2 posted on 06/18/2011 9:55:11 AM PDT by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle ("If you're not fiscally AND socially conservative, you're not conservative!" - Jim Robinson, 9-1-10)
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Corporate Republicans ready to use ans throw away social conservatives once again.


3 posted on 06/18/2011 9:58:47 AM PDT by Tempest (Ruining the day of corporate butt kissers everywhere.)
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To: Sonny M

In all seriousness, changing parties would serve Romney well in the long run. His positions are pretty much the same, Clinton will probably die soon, and Obama will be a pariah. It would be an open field for the personality politics that dominate the Democrat party.


4 posted on 06/18/2011 9:59:10 AM PDT by Psalm 144 (Voodoo Republicans: Don't read their lips - watch their hands.)
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it would be nice to be able to actually read the pledge.


5 posted on 06/18/2011 9:59:34 AM PDT by Puddleglum (dance with the horse that brung ya)
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Why won't he just be honest with us and run as a Democrat against Obama?

He would probably win the primaries....

6 posted on 06/18/2011 10:00:00 AM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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How the hell can a pro-abortion, anti-family, pro-mandate statist actually poll well over any conservatives in a GOP primary ??????????????????

Good rhetorical.

Here's another one: How could the voters of the United States of America elect to the presidency a Muslim Marxist bent on destroying the fundamentals and traditions of this once-great nation?

7 posted on 06/18/2011 10:01:42 AM PDT by Flycatcher (God speaks to us, through the supernal lightness of birds, in a special type of poetry.)
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As Romney is called out on these issues during the campaign he will be forced to weasel. That will drain support from those who don't know him well but know a weasel when they hear one.
8 posted on 06/18/2011 10:01:47 AM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: Tempest
Corporate Republicans ready to use ans throw away social conservatives once again.

Only if we LET them.


9 posted on 06/18/2011 10:01:53 AM PDT by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle ("If you're not fiscally AND socially conservative, you're not conservative!" - Jim Robinson, 9-1-10)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

Well put.


10 posted on 06/18/2011 10:03:49 AM PDT by Flycatcher (God speaks to us, through the supernal lightness of birds, in a special type of poetry.)
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To: Puddleglum

Click on the link and go directly to the page, it shows the link (as signed by Michelle Bachman).


11 posted on 06/18/2011 10:04:31 AM PDT by Sonny M ("oderint dum metuant")
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well if Cain won’t sign it then I need to see the full language of this pledge before I could comment further.


12 posted on 06/18/2011 10:05:50 AM PDT by plain talk
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"One of the traditional methods of imposing statism
or socialism on people has been by way of medicine..."

President Ronald Reagan

Death Panels imposed by Mitt Romney (ObamaCARE=RomneyCARE).



13 posted on 06/18/2011 10:06:37 AM PDT by Diogenesis (Nothing surpasses the complexity of the human mind. - Leto II: Dar-es-Balat)
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FYI: I’m getting a >>> file not found 404 <<< prompt/warning at the link provided.


14 posted on 06/18/2011 10:08:59 AM PDT by freepersup (Today, we raise our glasses of spirits and mugs of ale high- to Budge.)
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To: plain talk

Click on the link to the original article to see it, its the pledge as signed by Bachman.


15 posted on 06/18/2011 10:09:31 AM PDT by Sonny M ("oderint dum metuant")
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How the hell can a pro-abortion, anti-family, pro-mandate statist actually poll well over any conservatives in a GOP primary ??????????????????

Good rhetorical.

Here's another one: How could the voters of the United States of America elect to the presidency a Muslim Marxist bent on destroying the fundamentals and traditions of this once-great nation?

“The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.” - - - Sir Winston Churchill

16 posted on 06/18/2011 10:10:54 AM PDT by CharlyFord
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To: freepersup
CORRECTION:

FYI: I’m getting a >>> file not found 404 <<< prompt/warning at the link provided.

17 posted on 06/18/2011 10:11:24 AM PDT by freepersup (Today, we raise our glasses of spirits and mugs of ale high- to Budge.)
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To: Puddleglum
According to the pledge, if elected President, candidates will:
18 posted on 06/18/2011 10:14:50 AM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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Cain reason, who knows maybe Romney has his own personal reason for not signing. However, I don’t feel Romney should sign a pledge that forces him shift the balance of power in favor of the presidency either. One king as president is enough.

“I support right-to-life issues unequivocally and I adamantly support the first three aspects of the Susan B. Anthony pledge involving appointing pro-life judges, choosing pro-life cabinet members, and ending taxpayer-funded abortions,” Cain said in a statement. “However, the fourth requirement demands that I ‘advance’ the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. As president, I would sign it, but Congress must advance the legislation.”

“I have been a consistent and unwavering champion of pro life issues,” Cain added. “In no way does this singular instance of clarification denote an abandonment of the pro-life movement, but instead, is a testament to my respect for the balance of power and the role of the presidency.”


19 posted on 06/18/2011 10:15:31 AM PDT by BushCountry (Make Love Not Kinetic Military Action)
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I think the resolution is overly broad. Why apply a pro-life litmus test to all cabinet members? Do I care if the secretary of defense is pro-life?

It needs to be reworded to address judges, and just those cabinet members that oversea funds that could be used to pay for an abortion.

But I support the general concept of trying to get these guys to pledge to commit to specific actions that support their claimed positions.


20 posted on 06/18/2011 10:17:02 AM PDT by DannyTN
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