MY PHOTOGRAPH OF THE WEEK. I love shots like this one!
My wife and I often discuss how it is frustrating that so many people have the entirely wrong image and impression of Governor Romney. One of my goals as a contributor here at MRC is to reveal more of “the real” Mitt Romney so that Americans can make a more informed decision (it is why I include photographs of him with his family at home or at play — as above). Our frustration is expressed from time to time by others on the campaign trail. Just yesterday in Ohio a Romney supporter was anxious to ask Gov. Romney a question to prompt him to speak about his “heart.”
I found this article as a tip from an MRC “chatter” with the call sign: “WookieOnline” — THANKS Wookie!
NOTE: Be sure to click on the link (“The Note“) and scroll to the bottom of the article to watch the video to see Gov. Romney’s unusually candid comments about his service as his congregations pastor.
ABC News published this article and video here under THE NOTE.
David Muir reported on “World News with Diane Sawyer” a town hall in Bexley, Ohio provided to be a surprisingly candid moment for the candidate.
During the question and answer portion of the campaign event supporter Greg Davis took his turn at the microphone to share his frustration with how his candidate of choice is being portrayed.
“We have seen that you are very successful. It seems like the media portrays you like you don’t have a heart. I’d like you to share with all the American citizens what you have done in your life, where you have received no compensation, to show the American people that you have a lot of heart and you love Americans,” Davis told Romney.
“One of the challenges in a presidential campaign is that most people just see you in the debates,” Romney replied. “And in settings like that, people don’t get to know you very well. And in settings like this, with questions like that, you can get to know me a little better. By far the most important thing in my life is my wife Ann and I fell in love young, we’re still in love. We have a marriage still filled with love.”
As Muir reported on “World News” Romney went on to talk about his sons and grandsons, and then in a rare moment Romney brought up his Mormon faith, something he rarely discussed on the campaign trail.
“My religion is an unusual one in a number of respects, but one in particular, we don’t have a paid ministry in our church. So we don’t have a minister that is full time. And instead, the church head quarters asks certain members to serve as pastor of the congregation. So I was asked to do that for a certain period of time. And of course that is done without compensation. It would be around 20-40 hours a week. So on top of my job, I was pasturing people in my congregation,” explained Romney.
Many political observers looking to the weeks, and possibly months, ahead in this campaign say that this type of candor and emotion is exactly what Romney needs to better relate to voters.
Note: Governor Romney has spent much of his career in positions in which he served without pay. In addition to his serving in several unpaid church leadership positions, he took the Olympics out of $400 million in debt over three years without pay; he served four years as governor without pay; well after he left Bain, it had financial troubles and he was asked to come back and lead it out out of trouble, which he did without pay.
“With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation’s wounds; to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan…” — Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address — March 4, 1865