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Since Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney was introduced by his wife Ann at CPAC with an endorsement for President I think we can now safely assume he’s definitely running in 2012.

In his remarks he said CPAC’s has always been fabulous (perhaps because David Keene has shilled for him?).  He said his wife Ann emailed him during President Barack Obama’s State of the Union speech and said sounded a lot like his speech last year at CPAC.

Ok…. So he sounded like a big government “centrist” squish last year at CPAC?  Oh, no it was just a façade… kind of like Romney’s 2008 campaign?  I digress.

His speech was full of swipes humorous and otherwise at President Obama.   He rightly criticized President Obama’s weak and confused foreign policy hoping that he would “get a foreign policy, any foreign policy.”  He pointed out President Obama’s flimsy response to the “worst job loss in history” saying “it could be worse.”  Truly not inspiring. 

He said that President Obama should have understood that when taking over the presidency in the midst of a raging recession he should have understood the economy was his number one priority.  He said he should have “fought for every American job.”  Romney stated that, “President Obama has stood watch over the greatest job loss in modern American history, and that my friends in an inconvenient truth that will haunt this President throughout history.”

Yes and yes, President Obama has done these things.  Romney said it was take more than “new rhetoric” to turn things around, it will take a new President.

Mitt Romney should know a thing or two about rhetoric.  He mentioned “liberal social policies that have failed to protect the unborn.”  What in his record has he done that has demonstrated a commitment to life?  All I have seen is a flip-flop.  At least lately he hasn’t positioned himself as a staunch social conservative, he discovered that Iowans saw through that.

Romney talked about the “hollow promises of liberal economic policies” and “limited government.”  Why not tout his record on RomneyCare?  Seriously, he bashed Obama on the economy, but didn’t even touch on the disaster of Obamacare with the exception of a fleeting mention of the “government takeover of healthcare.”

Governor Romney needs to understand that the “record and not rhetoric” complaint applies to him as well.

14 comments
  1. Shane:

    You asked:
    “What in his record has he done that has demonstrated a commitment to life? All I have seen is a flip-flop. At least lately he hasn’t positioned himself as a staunch social conservative, he discovered that Iowans saw through that.”

    Look no longer.
    Romney’s voting record on Abortion:
    • Vetoed stem cell research bill. (May 2005)
    • Vetoed emergency contraception for rape victims. (Jul 2005)
    • Opposes Roe v Wade, but won’t tamper with abortion laws. (Dec 2006)
    • Would welcome overturning Roe v. Wade. (Mar 2007)

    The reason why Iowans didn’t see the above is because they were blinded by Huckabee people on the ground who relentlessly played the religion card.

    1. The first two things – ok, good, pretty minimal though. The last two rhetoric, and how is not wanting to tamper with abortion laws being prolife?

      Regarding people on the ground in Iowa, living in Iowa that is a bunch of bunk. Thanks for playing the victim card though.

      1. Shane:

        So, you’re saying that religion played no part giving Huckabee, a baptist minister, the vote in the Iowa in 2008?

        So, are the first two items on the list evidence of a “flip flop” or rhetoric? I think its time you apologized for stating: “What in his record has he done that has demonstrated a commitment to life? All I have seen is a flip-flop”

        You’re wrong, have the integrity to admit it.

  2. Shane:

    You asked:
    “What in his record has he done that has demonstrated a commitment to life? All I have seen is a flip-flop. At least lately he hasn’t positioned himself as a staunch social conservative, he discovered that Iowans saw through that.”

    Look no longer.
    Romney’s voting record on Abortion:
    • Vetoed stem cell research bill. (May 2005)
    • Vetoed emergency contraception for rape victims. (Jul 2005)
    • Opposes Roe v Wade, but won’t tamper with abortion laws. (Dec 2006)
    • Would welcome overturning Roe v. Wade. (Mar 2007)

    The reason why Iowans didn’t see the above is because they were blinded by Huckabee people on the ground who relentlessly played the religion card.

  3. Shane:

    You wrote:
    “Romney talked about the “hollow promises of liberal economic policies” and “limited government.” Why not tout his record on RomneyCare? Seriously, he bashed Obama on the economy, but didn’t even touch on the disaster of Obamacare with the exception of a fleeting mention of the “government takeover of healthcare.”

    Governor Romney needs to understand that the “record and not rhetoric” complaint applies to him as well.”

    Romney has already made it clear many times that he 100% supports the repeal of Obamacare.

    The question for you Shane is this. Why must Romney pretend that the MSM interpretation of Obamacare (universal health care) is identical to Romneycare?

    Why should Romney compare Obamacare and ROmneycare ust because Obama compared them for political gain?

    Listen to what Newt Grinch had to say about that comparison:

    Newt Gingrinch responded to the Tea Party view of Romneycare:
    • Romney is firmly committed to repeal of Obamacare
    • It’s not accurate or fair to compare Obamacare and Romneycare
    • Romney vetoed many provisions of the Mass bill and Romney was overridden by Democrats
    • The original Romney bill was better and practical than what the liberal Democrats did to it
    • The Democrats overrode Romney’s original bill on a whole series of items
    • The issue is not as clear cut as Tea Partiers think or the liberal media has made the issue out to be

  4. Shane:

    You wrote:
    “Romney talked about the “hollow promises of liberal economic policies” and “limited government.” Why not tout his record on RomneyCare? Seriously, he bashed Obama on the economy, but didn’t even touch on the disaster of Obamacare with the exception of a fleeting mention of the “government takeover of healthcare.”

    Governor Romney needs to understand that the “record and not rhetoric” complaint applies to him as well.”

    Romney has already made it clear many times that he 100% supports the repeal of Obamacare.

    The question for you Shane is this. Why must Romney pretend that the MSM interpretation of Obamacare (universal health care) is identical to Romneycare?

    Why should Romney compare Obamacare and ROmneycare ust because Obama compared them for political gain?

    Listen to what Newt Grinch had to say about that comparison:

    Newt Gingrinch responded to the Tea Party view of Romneycare:
    • Romney is firmly committed to repeal of Obamacare
    • It’s not accurate or fair to compare Obamacare and Romneycare
    • Romney vetoed many provisions of the Mass bill and Romney was overridden by Democrats
    • The original Romney bill was better and practical than what the liberal Democrats did to it
    • The Democrats overrode Romney’s original bill on a whole series of items
    • The issue is not as clear cut as Tea Partiers think or the liberal media has made the issue out to be

  5. Shane:

    One more for fun. Consider what the Heritage Foundation had to say about Romney’s good ideas in the MA Health Care bill.

    Why aren’t conservatves defending these good ideas? The health care system in Massachusetts, and Romney’s involvement in it, is a vetted issue. Romney vetoed ALL, not some, not a little, not 1…ALL of the things that everyone is complaining about with the Massachusetts Health Care System. It’s the Democrats…again…that have screwed up Massachusetts Health Care. The democrats in Washington didn’t follow Romney’s plan, they followed their own plan…copying the Massachusetts Democrat plan.

    Shane, when are conservatives like you going to tell all of the truth about these matters?

    1. Mandates are consistent with conservative principles:

      Conservative Think-tank = the Heritage Foundation responded to Romneycare:

      – Heritage On Romney’s Individual Mandate: “Not an unreasonable position, and one that is clearly consistent with conservative values.” [Heritage, 1/28/06]

      – Heritage On Romney’s Insurance Exchange: An “innovative mechanism to promote real consumer choice.” [Heritage, 4/20/06]

      – Heritage On Romney’s Medicaid Expansion: Reduced “the total cost to taxpayers” by taking people out of the “uncompensated care pool.” [Heritage, 1/28/06]

    2. Shane:

      None of your links address the issues the Newt Gingrich raised about the comparison between Romneycare and Obamacare.

      Newt Gingrinch responded to the critical view of Romneycare:

      • Romney is firmly committed to repeal of Obamacare
      • It’s not accurate or fair to compare Obamacare and Romneycare
      • Romney vetoed many provisions of the Mass bill and Romney was overridden by Democrats
      • The original Romney bill was better and practical than what the liberal Democrats did to it
      • The Democrats overrode Romney’s original bill on a whole series of items
      • The issue is not as clear cut as Tea Partiers think or the liberal media has made the issue out to be

  6. “Mass employers have no mandates, but “requirements””

    You are funny one, Thomas. Neither are fees, taxes. Supporting the killing of unborn is not being pro-choice, but being “effectively pro-choice” Having paid lobbyists advise your campaign is not having paid lobbyists lead your campaign.

    “Mass health plan insures all without taxes or socialization.”

    Subsidizing the insurance premiums of millions of citizens is not done with taxpayer dollars? Having different subsidy rates is not socialization? Requiring that insurance companies cover certain conditions is letting the market decide?

    “Mass reform focuses on individual responsibility (via fines).”

    Are the folks in Massachusetts fined for getting health care and not paying for it? No.
    They are not fined for buying a product required my Mitt Romney – remember, he likes mandates.

  7. Ah, good old CPAC. Isn’t it nice that libertarians have a place where they can get together every year? 🙂 I’m sure that Mitt felt right at home there. I wonder–did GOProud hand out free rainbow-colored condoms?

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