Mitt Romney link update

Just wanted to let everyone know there is a new Mitt Romney wiki link (not mine). The people editing Mitt Romney’s wikipedia article thought it was getting too long, and so broke it into a couple of sections.

This is the link for most of the Mitt Romney policy information, and so hopefully everyone will update their “links lists”.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Governorship_of_Mitt_Romney

~ Mike

Brownback Endorser defends Romney…

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An Early Massachusetts Primary

The Campaign For Mr. Right

By Kathryn Jean Lopez

National Review Online Column

January 10, 2007

Dwight Duncan, one of the Brownback endorsers, told NRO last week that the contention that Romney is to blame for the state of marriage in Massachusetts is really “over the top.” According to Duncan, a professor at the Southern New England School of Law, “On the whole, [Romney] has been consistent in defending marriage as traditionally understood. Furthermore, his use of the bully pulpit and the courts has been unquestionably instrumental in getting the legislature to finally fulfill its constitutional duty and vote on the citizen-initiated constitutional amendment regarding marriage. …”

Kris Mineau, president of the Massachusetts Family Institute, agrees: “When people ask how we can support such a switch, I ask if they ever question Teddy Kennedy’s or John Kerry’s switches from pro-life to pro-choice.”

Mineau is among those Massachusetts social conservatives who are grateful to have had Romney in the statehouse….” According to Mineau, “For the four years of his administration, Governor Romney provided strong leadership on key conservative social issues — whether it was politically expedient to do so or not.” He tells National Review Online, “I believe Mitt Romney has done an excellent job in defending traditional family values in Massachusetts despite an extremely hostile legislature and judiciary, not to mention an attorney general and secretary of state who both opposed everything the governor stood for.”

It’s a view echoed by Marie Sturgis, executive director of Massachusetts Citizens for Life, who says, “Having Governor Romney in the corner office for the last four years has been one of the strongest assets the pro-life movement has had in Massachusetts. His actions concerning life issues have been consistent and he has been helpful down the line for us in the Bay State.”

Mineau adds, “From the onset of the infamous Goodridge court decision in 2003, Governor Romney has opposed same-sex marriage and, I believe, correctly sought to overturn it through a constitutional amendment. …”

Mineau directly credits Romney with getting the state legislature to vote on a constitutional amendment on gay marriage earlier this month. He explains, “The court unanimously ruled on December 27 that the legislature was constitutionally obligated to vote. This ruling, coupled with the governor threatening to not sign the end-of-year legislative pay raise, resulted in the legislature passing the amendment on January 2nd, the last day of the session. This could never have happened without Governor Romney’s leadership.”

Mineau is among the signatories of a letter expected to be released on Thursday by a coalition of “organizations dedicated to fighting for the pro-family agenda in Massachusetts.” … Among those signing the letter are Harvard University law professor Mary Ann Glendon (who also serves as the president of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences in Rome).

An accompanying brief by constitutional lawyer David French, a founder of the group Evangelicals for Mitt (French also writes for NRO’s “Phi Beta Cons” blog), is a longer defense of the governor’s social-conservative cred. In the beginning of a six-page document French asserts: “In the midst of Governor Romney’s efforts to rescue his state from a fiscal crisis and create lasting and innovative health care solutions, activist judges and a far-left legislature forced issues of same-sex ‘marriage,’ abortion, religious liberty, stem cell research, and gay rights into the forefront. Each time he was challenged, the Governor not only made the conservative choice, but also did so with an optimistic, unifying message. In doing so, he became a national leader on these vital cultural issues without squandering his ability to govern the Commonwealth.” …

Alabama Chair Named

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, a potential Republican candidate for president, is lining up support in Alabama, with State Treasurer Kay Ivey serving as state chair of his exploratory committee.

“As we build our national campaign, she will be instrumental in communicating my vision to the people of Alabama,” Romney said in statement Wednesday announcing her selection.

Ivey, a 62-year-old veteran of statehouse politics, will be sworn in Monday for her second term as state treasurer.

She said Romney “is a true conservative” and she was impressed by “his record of making government more responsive to the people.”

Romney was active in Alabama’s campaigns last year, with his Commonwealth Political Action Committee making $143,500 in contributions to candidates and political organizations.

Alabama has moved up its 2008 presidential preference primary from June to February, which means the state is seeing more presidential activity than in past years. Several potential candidates have already visited the state, and Romney is scheduled to speak to the State Republican Executive Committee on Feb. 9 in Montgomery.

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Boots In Baghdad Endorse Romney


Boots in Bagdad is a great blog about the war in Iraq ran by Mark Partridge Miner. “Boots” endorsed Romney today. Here is what he said:

On September 11, 2001 the United States stood at a crossroad and pursued a path of resolve and self preservation. America is at a phase in that course where leadership will make the difference between sustainment and subversion. Our most trying and challenging times have yet to come. The American people need more than ever a disciplined and principled leader who can lead with extraordinary odds placed against them. Our future will entail challenges we cannot comprehend. We are waging a war of ideology against a fluid and relentless enemy.

I believe without reservation that Governor Mitt Romney is that leader. Governor Romney has a proven record of executive leadership. He has proven his abilities to build consensus and execute.

Check out the blog, it has some great photos of Iraq, and some interesting commentary.

Romney Statement on Troop Deployment


GOVERNOR MITT ROMNEY ON IRAQ

Boston, MA – Governor Mitt Romney, in direct consideration of the proposed increase in troop deployments in Iraq, issued the following statement today putting an emphasis on the need for clear and measurable strategic objectives.

“I agree with the President: Our strategy in Iraq must change. Our military mission, for the first time, must include securing the civilian population from violence and terror. It is impossible to defeat the insurgency without first providing security for the Iraqi people. Civilian security is the precondition for any political and economic reconstruction.

“In consultation with Generals, military experts and troops who have served on the ground in Iraq, I believe securing Iraqi civilians requires additional troops. I support adding five brigades in Baghdad and two regiments in Al-Anbar province. Success will require rapid deployment.

“This effort should be combined with clear objectives and milestones for U.S. and Iraqi leaders.

“The road ahead will be difficult but success is still possible in Iraq. I believe it is in America’s national security interest to achieve it.”

Romney, McCain vie for House supporters

A very detailed article from The Hill about the “behind the scenes” workings of McCain and Romney to shore up support among the members of the House and Senate in DC. Definitely worth a read. An exerpt below:

“I’ve spent some time with Gov. Romney and I like what I have seen,” said Rep. Tom Feeney (R-Fla.), a prominent RSC member who heads up the PAC. “He seems to be a Ronald Reagan, supply-side Republican.”

Feeney’s positive reaction is proof that Romney’s talks are producing results. Madden said most of the discussions with House Republicans revolve around Romney’s commitment to fiscal discipline. Shadegg, meanwhile, said McCain and House conservatives have had their differences in the past, but they largely agree on national security issues.

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Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas), who chairs the RSC, said he has known McCain personally for a number of years but didn’t know Romney until he spoke at the fundraiser for the RSC’s PAC. He too has not committed to either candidate.

“House Republicans will certainly be a part of any presidential strategy, and my guess is we’ll end up having a pretty healthy dialogue about who to support,” he said. “House conservatives will be looking for the candidate that most closely resembles conservative values to take up our banner into November and capture the hearts and minds of the American public. That’s what we’re going to be looking for.”

Sounds like he’s describing Romney!!!

Jeff