Presidential Bid Official, Abortion an Issue
Dearborn, MI (LifeNews.com) -- Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney made his bid for the Republican nomination for president in 2008 official on Tuesday. Speaking at the Henry Ford Museum he focused his announcement message on innovation and change but he is still coming under fire for changing his position on abortion and pro-life issues. Romney made the announcement in Michigan because his family name is well known there as his father served as governor of the state in the 1960s. Michigan is also one of the early primary states following the presidential caucuses in Iowa and the first primary in New Hampshire. "Innovation and transformation have been at the heart of America's success," Romney said. "If there ever was a time when innovation and transformation were needed in government, it is now." "It is time for innovation and transformation in Washington. It is what our country needs. It is what our people deserve," he said. Romney has transformed himself on the issue of abortion -- from a candidate who frequently campaigned as supporting abortion but favoring pro-life laws that would place limits on it to a full-fledged pro-life candidate. During his announcement speech, Romney only referenced the debate on his pro-life position in passing -- saying he "believe(s) in the sanctity of human life" -- but that debate has dominated his campaign this far and doesn't appear likely to let up.
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Here is a nice little editorial about Mitt Romney, and how his religion MIGHT affect his candidacy.
|What did not ruin George Romney's aspirations was his faith.|
Like his son Mitt, George Romney was a devout Mormon. Religion, as the truism goes, is far more influential in American politics today than it was in the 1960s. Forty years after his father ran, Mitt Romney's faith has elicited a cover story in the New Republic, a front-page feature in the New York Times and obligatory mentions in otherwise standard coverage of the formal kickoff of his campaign this week. Romney, it seems, might be the first presidential candidate since Al Smith whose campaign suffers seriously because of his regular attendance at Sunday services.
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Mitt Romney Names Pro-Life Politicians As Potential 2008 Running Mates
Bluffton, SC (LifeNews.com) -- Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney was in South Carolina Thursday and he named several pro-life elected officials who would be potential running mates should he get the GOP nomination. Romney warned that the names were just some of the people he might consider. The former Massachusetts governor is running as a pro-life candidate, but he has drawn significant criticism for changing his position on abortion just a couple years ago. Some pro-life advocates say the change of heart is legitimate while others say it came about simply because he wants to be president. Naming a pro-life running mate would be one way Romney could prove his credentials. Some of the people Romney said he would consider include South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich of Georgia, and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. According to the Associated Press, Romney played to the local crowd by focusing on people from South Carolina. "There's some wonderful people right here in this state, as you know, Governor Sanford being one of them," Romney said. He also said he is "pretty partial" to pro-life South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint.
John McCain Criticizes Mitt Romney on Abortion, Saying He's Not Fully Pro-Life
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- Seeing his polling numbers decline and not obtaining much in the way of support from the pro-life community, Sen. John McCain is going after former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who is seeing is numbers rise in top primary states. McCain's campaign disseminated a video showing Romney saying he would uphold the state's abortion laws. McCain's campaign is hoping to use Romney's image in some circles as a candidate who flip-flops on various key political issues to assail him on abortion. The video depicts Romney saying, "I have indicated that as governor, I am absolutely committed to my promise to maintain the status quo with regards to laws relating to abortion." Romney goes on to say that his personal views on abortion would not impact his public policy decisions as governor. The comments come during a speech Romney gave on bioethics issues and a state bill he opposed promoting embryonic stem cell research. McCain's campaign released a statement on the video saying, "It's a legitimate question as to why anyone would say they'd taken a position at a certain time and then ... it comes to light that indeed they apparently have not." Romney reacted the comments in an interview with pro-life talk show host Michael Medved and said, "I guess politics can get a little testy if you're having a difficult time yourself." Responding to the comments on Romney's position, his campaign told LifeNews.com that McCain's campaign attacked Romney's pro-life beliefs by altering the context of his views on pro-life issues via selective editing of a news conference from 2005.
Mitt Romney Campaign Says No Waffling on Embryonic Stem Cell Research
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- More than any other candidate, Mitt Romney has received considerable scrutiny on the issue of abortion as a result of his change of position on the issue just a few years ago. Now the GOP presidential candidate is facing questions that he flip-flopped on the issue of embryonic stem cell research. The charges come even though it was that contentious scientific issue that led him to adopt a pro-life position on abortion. The question is about whether or not Romney agrees with a federal bill that forces taxpayers to fund embryonic stem cell research involving the destruction of human embryos that are so-called leftovers from fertility clinics. It's an important one because President Bush has single-handedly protected Americans from funding the grisly research with a veto of one funding bill and an expected veto of a second this week. Congress has been unable to override him. In 2005, then-Governor Romney indicated he supported the embryonic funding measure. "The United States House of Representatives voted for a bill that was identical to what I proposed," Romney said. "They voted to provide for surplus embryos from in vitro fertilization processes being used for research and experimentation. That's what I said I support." Romney made a distinction in his position during the first Republican presidential debate last month, making it appear he supports keeping embryonic stem cell research legal but won't subject taxpayers to funding it. Peter Flaherty, Romney's deputy campaign manager and his bioethics advisor during his tenure as governor, told the New York Times that Romney is solidly against embryonic stem cell research funding using public money.
ROMNEY DETERMINED TO MAKE MARK EARLY
The white Chevy station wagon with the wood paneling was overstuffed with suitcases, supplies and sons when Mitt Romney climbed behind the wheel to begin the annual 12-hour family trek from Boston to Ontario.
I believe this is the first time I have seen Mitt putting the pressure on other runners:
|Mitt Romney Criticizes Barack Obama on Abstinence Education Issues|
Columbia, SC (LifeNews.com) -- Campaigning in South Carolina on Thursday, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney criticized Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama for supporting sexual education that encourages sex over abstinence education that encourages better decision-making. Specifically, Romney said the pro-abortion Illinois senator was wrong to suggest that sexual education should be taught to kindergarten children. ''Senator Obama is wrong if he thinks science-based sex education has any place in kindergarten,'' Romney told a crowd -- responding to comments Obama made during a Planned Parenthood event earlier this week that young children should be taught sexual education. ''We should be working to clean up the filthy waters our kids are swimming in.'' The former Massachusetts governor added: ''How much sex education is age appropriate for a 5-year-old? In my mind, zero is the right number." Obama, who was in New Hampshire campaigning, told the Associated Press that Romney was only trying to ''score cheap political points.'' ''We have to deal with a coarsening of the culture and the over-sexualization of our young people,'' Obama said. ''Of course, part of the coarsening of that culture is when politicians try to demagogue issues to score cheap political points.'' The feud is seen as a way for Romney to try to capture more of the pro-life Republican vote with Rudy Giuliani backing abortion, John McCain's campaign stumbling and Fred Thompson about to enter the race. Romney funded abstinence education while he was governor but also told Planned Parenthood in a political questionnaire that he supported sex education as well. When Obama was a state senator, he chaired a legislative panel that approved a bill changing Illinois" requirements for teaching sex education from grades 6-12 to grades kindergarten to 12.
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