Romney is a conservative

These are beliefs that I have worked a little bit on (during my lunch break).
  1. Romney is conservative on abortion.
  2. Romney is a conservative on abstinence education .
  3. Romney is a conservative on English immersion .
  4. Romney is a conservative on schools.
  5. Romney is a conservative on school choice .
  6. Romney is a conservative on the family .

  7. Romney is a conservative on abstinence education .

These are some beliefs that I am going to work on tonight after my kid goes to sleep.
Please help me find other issues that determine if someone is a "conservative" or not.

Governor Mitt Romney on his 1994 Debate with Senator Ted Kennedy

Thursday, Jan 11, 2007

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Boston, MA – Tonight, Governor Mitt Romney appeared on the “The Glenn and Helen Show” and responded to video clips that have resurfaced from his 1994 U.S. Senate debate against Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA). Because Governor Romney has made strides with conservatives based on his strong record as governor, opponents have focused attacks on ancient footage from 13 years ago. Governor Romney’s call into the show and comments on the 1994 debate can be viewed in a new posting at Mitt TV:

“Well, I just got a look at the excerpts from my debate against Ted Kennedy in 1994. It reminded me of why I ran against him in the first place. Someone had to give him a run for his money.

“Now, it also shows what 13 years will do. I’m grayer. I’m a little heavier. And I hope I’ve grown a bit wiser as well.

“Of course, I was wrong on some issues back then. I’m not embarrassed to admit that. I think most of us learn with experience. I know I certainly have.

“If you want to know where I stand by the way, you don’t just have to listen to my words, you can go to look at my record as governor. Frankly, in the bluest of states. Facing the most liberal media in the country. I’ve led the fight to preserve traditional marriage. I’ve taken every legal step I could conceive of, to prevent same sex marriage.

“I have also taken action to protect the sanctity of life. I vetoed bills that authorized embryo farming, therapeutic cloning, Plan B emergency contraception, and of course a redefinition of when life was going to begin as well.

“I’ve also fought for family. I’ve promoted abstinence education in the schools.

“I fought for English immersion in our schools and school choice. And of course as you’d expect from a Republican, I’ve held the line on taxes and I’ve worked to re-instate the death penalty.

“And I’m proud that at the same time, I’ve fought discrimination. I believe every American deserves equal opportunity.

“Now, that’s my record. And maybe that’s why people on the other side are dredging up 13 year old history and attacking me now.”

To view video, please see: http://mittromney.permissiontv.com/?showid=36427

Copied from Mitt Romney: The Exploratory Committee.

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Is America Ready to Elect a Mormon President?

Is America Ready to Elect a Mormon President? That is a question that the media keeps bringing up, and loves to talk about. I think that if you change the question to:

In the 2008 Presidential Election, would you vote for a Mormon by the name of Mitt Romney?

I think that the answer would be yes among these categories:

People that would say or vote yes:

1: Conservative Evangelicals would say yes to a president Mitt Romney as he is the most conservative, both “Fiscally” and “Socially” of the republicans “Big 3″.
2: Conservative Politicians who are not afraid of a backlash and/or threats from a certain Republican that resides in Arizona and his allies.
3: People that are Socially Moderates, but yet are Fiscally Conservative and looking for some one to clean up the Federal Governments “Super-Sized” spending.
4: People that want “Roe vs. Wade” overturned and the abortion issue sent back to the States (where it should have originally been).
5: People that want a Constitutional Amendment passed Defining marriage as between “1 male & 1 female”. Of the “Big 3″ only Mitt Romney can be counted on to to support a conservative Federal Marriage Amendment. While Mitt Romney sent a letter to the Senate pleading with them to vote “yes” on the FMA John McCain voted no on the FMA, and Rudy Giuliani is socially liberal.

And a “no” among these categories:

People that would say or vote no:

1: The Clinton’s.
2: Pro-choice advocates.
3: Supporters of Same Sex Marriage.
4: John McCain.
5: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who is also a Mormon.
6: A few “Liberal” Mormons.
7: Liberals & Democrats.

In conclusion I believe that America is ready for a Mormon president, that is if his name happens to be “Mitt Romney”!

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Smarter Than The Average Bear [Update]

From Hewitt:

“Romney’s push-back at the YouTubing of his ’94 debate with Ted Kennedy – happening in rapid response fashion – means an entire news cycle on a somewhat significant story has played out before even one newspaper reported it, with the anti-Romney forces (clearly worried about the big $ Monday and the DeMint Tuesday) trying to put a stick in the spokes, and Romney’s team finding a way to knock it down in the same cycle. That’s a preview of what it will be like all year.”

From Barnett:

“You’ll be saying it too by the end of the campaign – Romney is Smarter Than The Average Bear.”

*****Update*****

Hedgehog has an interesting take on Romney’s Media innovations:

In today’s mail I had a very traditional package from John McCain– you’ve seen them: A too-long letter auto-signed by McCain and enclosing a bunch of additional pages. No one will ever read past the first few lines of the letter and the extra pages will go into the trash unread.

My wife asked me: “Now, how many mailings like this have we gotten from Romney? And do you think we will get any?”

I say what actually stands out the most was that Romney took an other wise negative situation and quickly framed it into a discussion of how innovative he is. Most aren’t talking about the content of the debate video, everyone is talking about how quick, nimble, articulate, innovative and Techy Mitt’s campaign has become.

IL Changing Primary Date

Capitol Fax (a great IL political blog checked by all the Springfield insiders) is reporting House Speaker Madigan is proposing moving up the IL primary to Feb 5.

This is all in effort to help Obama! As an Illinoisan, this is good news though. I would love to see the Primaries become more relevant in my home state since most people write off IL. It would mean more vistis by Mitt. I do have a pull out bed on my sofa if he needs a place.

People Raving About www.mittromney.com

From GOP Bloggers:

John McCain’s appears to be the smallest site. A black and white design with links to donate, sign up, a bio, as well as a few speeches and a statement on the death of President Ford. In other words, a low maintance site.

Rudy Giuliani’s is a step up from McCain’s. For starters, it has color, but also includes a page explaining his record on various issues, and an extensive biography. Still, it’s only a fair site.

Sam Brownback’s is a bit better in regards to content offered, but is poorly designed and very unnattractive and the news room section hasn’t been updated since December 4, 2006. It makes me feel like the site was launched out of obligation, but quickly forgotten.

Mitt Romney’s is by the most elaborate and attractive site, and it’s updated regularly. It’s got color, style, and even a page outlining his positions on key issues. It has a media page (MittTV) with plenty of videos for you to view, and an impressive mechanism for key fundraisers to login via the ComMITT system.

Yes, looking around at sites a few days ago these were also my opinions. I am glad it wasn’t just my own bias peeking through. It gets better though:

Each candidate certainly knows the importance of using the internet to get their message out and to build up grassroots support, but if the candidates exploratory committee websites are any indication of their campaign’s real understanding of that importance, Romney is way ahead of the competition. Romney’s exploratory committee shows the most potential to effectively engage the internet grassroots. In fact, he was the first to start a BlogAd campaign (to my knowledge), probably prompting Rudy Guiliani to follow suit.

Early grassroots support is key, which means the time to engage the bloggers is now. From the looks of things today, Romney’s positioned himself the best of any of the current candidates who have set up exploratory committees.

Another point in Romney’s favor is all the great unofficial grassroots sites set up in support of Romney. When you have people doing it on their own accord for free, it’s really quite a statement. Check out our links section out, you will see how big the grassroots movement is.

GOVERNOR MITT ROMNEY ON HIS 1994 DEBATE WITH SENATOR TED KENNEDY

Boston, MA – Tonight, Governor Mitt Romney appeared on the "The Glenn and Helen Show" and responded to video clips that have resurfaced from his 1994 U.S. Senate debate against Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA). Because Governor Romney has made strides with conservatives based on his strong record as governor, opponents have focused attacks on ancient footage from 13 years ago. Governor Romney's call into the show and comments on the 1994 debate can be viewed in a new posting at Mitt TV:

"Well, I just got a look at the excerpts from my debate against Ted Kennedy in 1994. It reminded me of why I ran against him in the first place. Someone had to give him a run for his money.

"Now, it also shows what 13 years will do. I'm grayer. I'm a little heavier. And I hope I've grown a bit wiser as well.

"Of course, I was wrong on some issues back then. I'm not embarrassed to admit that. I think most of us learn with experience. I know I certainly have.

"If you want to know where I stand by the way, you don't just have to listen to my words, you can go to look at my record as governor. Frankly, in the bluest of states. Facing the most liberal media in the country. I've led the fight to preserve traditional marriage. I've taken every legal step I could conceive of, to prevent same sex marriage.

"I have also taken action to protect the sanctity of life. I vetoed bills that authorized embryo farming, therapeutic cloning, Plan B emergency contraception, and of course a redefinition of when life was going to begin as well.

"I've also fought for family. I've promoted abstinence education in the schools.

"I fought for English immersion in our schools and school choice . And of course as you'd expect from a Republican, I've held the line on taxes and I've worked to re-instate the death penalty .

"And I'm proud that at the same time, I've fought discrimination. I believe every American deserves equal opportunity.

"Now, that's my record. And maybe that's why people on the other side are dredging up 13 year old history and attacking me now."

To view video, please see: http://mittromney.permissiontv.com/?showid=36427