Thursday, November 29, 2007

David "Keene" on Romney

American Conservative Union Chairman David Keene Endorses Mitt Romney

"As this race began, I intended to remain neutral both because there was no conservative consensus candidate and because I know and admire several of those running for the Republican nomination who I believe could win next fall," Keene said. "In recent months, however, Governor Romney has emerged as the single candidate most worthy of conservative support."--Fox News

Anderson Cooper's Mea Culpa

Post-Debate Statements

Sheriff Mike Bouchard:

Doug Gross:

Sen. Jim DeMint:

Al Cardenas (Spanish):

Sen. Judd Gregg:

The YouTube/CNN Debate!!!

Gov. Romney: We Need To Strengthen Families:

Gov. Romney: Proud To Be Pro-Life:

Gov. Romney: Building A Stronger America:

Gov. Romney: Sanctuary State of Mind:

Gov. Romney: Important To Support Farmers:

Gov. Romney: First To Sign Tax Pledge:

Gov. Romney: Cutting Washington Spending:

Gov. Romney: It's The Tax Payers Money:

Bill Bennett on Gov. Romney's Debate Performance

Monday, November 26, 2007

Mitt Romney....Such Thing as TOO Perfect????

Does perfection have its price for Romney?
By Faye Fiore, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
November 24, 2007

Here's some small excerpts I enjoyed (click title to read entire article):

"If he (Romney) has a vice, it's chocolate malts."
"......the greatest parental challenge was making the boys practice their piano."

"At his trademark 'Ask Mitt Anything' sessions -- Romney has held hundreds of them since announcing his candidacy in January -- he invites voters to fire away with even 'the most embarrassing and awkward questions.' Translation: No skeletons in the Romney closet."

"I think they know a real Boy Scout image is potentially damaging because it could be caricatured," said Andrew E. Smith, a pollster at the University of New Hampshire. "Average people need to relate to him better . . . to be able to say, 'Oh, I've been there too.' "

"Still, Romney seems to have learned that a well-placed flaw or two can be an advantage, putting his campaign team in the unique position of pointing out his shortcomings while his rivals struggle to make voters forget theirs."
P.S. It's ridiculous that the Boy Scout image could be damaging....give me a break. Is that what our country is coming to? God help us if that is the case.

Mitt for Manager of the United States of America

“What concerns me about Washington is that people have answers before they’ve gathered any data, done any analysis, solicited opinions from people who disagree,” Mr. Romney said in an interview. “From the business world, you look at that and you say, ‘You’ve got to be kidding.’”--NY Times (click to read full article)

CBS: Governor Romney Talks Health Care In Des Moines

ABC: Gov. Romney On Reform Of Medical Malpractice System

Gov. Romney On Fiscal Records

Gov. Romney On The Need To End Sanctuary Policies

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

More on Stem Cells

From the NRO:
A Stem-Cell Solution
Real scientific opportunities.
June 15th, 2007
By Mitt Romney

Late last week, two developments involving stem-cell research offered a sharp contrast between the great strengths of American biomedical science and the terrible weakness of Washington politics.

First, on Wednesday, we learned that researchers in Massachusetts, building on prior accomplishments by colleagues in Japan, had managed to transform regular skin cells into the equivalent of embryonic stem cells in mice. Their work points to a way to produce cells with the qualities scientists value about embryonic stem cells, but without the need to create, harm, or destroy human embryos, and therefore without ethical or political controversy.

But then, on Thursday, the Congress passed a bill that would for the first time use taxpayer dollars to encourage the destruction of embryos for research. Just as it is becoming increasingly clear that scientific ingenuity could offer a way around the divisive controversies of the stem-cell debate, congressional Democrats are working to stoke those very controversies. They have opted to exacerbate what they see as a political debate that works in their favor, rather than encourage a scientific solution that would work in America’s favor.

When I was governor of Massachusetts, my state wrestled with the stem-cell debate and I confronted many of the same issues now being debated in Washington. I carefully listened to all sides, and came to reject the idea that the exploration of stem cells had to come into conflict with America’s commitment to the dignity of human life.

Some advocates told me that only the creation of human embryos for purposes of experimentation, otherwise known as cloning, could help them better understand and perhaps someday treat a series of dreaded diseases. But they ignored the importance of protecting human equality, dignity, and life. Opposing advocates told me that the pluripotency of stem cells — their ability to become a very wide variety of different cell types — would not be of great therapeutic value, and that other sources of tissues and cells could serve the same purpose. But they ignored the unique role pluripotent cells could play in basic science.

Couldn’t the strongest part of each side’s argument — the utility of pluripotent cells on the one hand and the importance of protecting human life on the other — be brought together? I studied the issue for many months, and entered into conversation with experts from across the nation who were looking for consensus solutions, like Stanford’s Dr. William Hurlbut. In the end, I became persuaded that the stem-cell debate was grounded in a false premise, and that the way through it was around it: by the use of scientific techniques that could produce the equivalent of embryonic stem cells but without cloning, creating, harming, or destroying developing human lives.

A number of such techniques have begun to emerge in recent years, and as last week’s exciting scientific publications showed, some of the world’s best stem-cell scientists are hard at work bringing them to fruition. Moreover, two of these techniques, Altered Nuclear Transfer and Direct Reprogramming could produce patient-specific stem-cell lines for the study of diseases. Our government should encourage and support these scientific developments, rather than undermine the effort to find a solution. Finding cures to diseases using methods that uphold ethical principles and sustain social consensus should be the objective of America’s approach to stem-cell research.

Rather than looking for such solutions, however, the Democrats in Congress have decided to turn back the clock and pass a bill that only sets research and ethics at odds, a bill they know will be vetoed by President Bush. This familiar Washington approach to controversial issues is just wrong. On matters of such significance, we should try to bring the country together, not further divide it.

Support for ethical biomedical research should be part of our collective identity as a noble society. Instead of turning the quest for cures into a partisan battle, Congress should embrace the exciting emerging lines of research that could meet the goals of all sides in the stem-cell debate. A bill to support just such a positive approach to stem cell research passed the Senate in April by a whopping margin of 70 to 28. But the House Democratic leadership, choosing politics over the prospect of consensus on science, appears to be unwilling even to allow a vote on that hopeful legislation.

It is time to move beyond typical Washington politics, and offer support for stem-cell research techniques that bring science and ethics together to promote life, protect life, and save lives.

— Mitt Romney is a former governor of Massachusetts and a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination.

Stem Cell Research

Can we finally put aside the stem cell debate. I've been saying for a long time that embryos are not the only source for stem cells. Heck, I still have stem cells for everything (even muscles they're finding out) except nervous cells.

The Democrats are losing this stupid battle for embryonic stem cell research. Thanks to people like Mitt Romney, who have pushed for ethical and reasonable alternatives, stem cell research is able to progress without the use of embryos.

Can we finally stop equating stem cell research with embryonic stem cell research.......honestly?
This clip is from the May debate:

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Again.....Romney is Leading in South Carolina--This is no Fluke!

Mitt Romney - 20%
Rudy Giuliani - 19%
John McCain - 17%
Fred Thompson - 13% (Can we call Fred's stint dead yet?)
Mike Huckabee - 8%
Ron Paul - 3%
Duncan Hunter - 1%
Tom Tancredo - 0%
Undecided - 18%

Romney Movin' Up in Florida

Rasmussen Reports:

".........good news for Mitt Romney and bad news for Fred Thompson. Through it all, the frontrunning Giuliani now has a nine-point lead, up from six points in September.
Romney has moved into second place with 19% support. That’s up eight points since September. "

Romney Dominates New Hampshire Polls


"Thompson came into the GOP race late with the hope of winning over social conservatives unsatisfied with the rest of the party's field, and racked up a key endorsement from the National Right to Life Committee last week. But the former star of the television drama 'Law and Order' has trailed the GOP front-runners in early voting states since entering the race in August, and his support in New Hampshire dropped from 13 percent in a September poll to 4 percent in November's survey.
By contrast, Romney's support grew from 25 percent to 33 percent over the same period; McCain held steady at 18 percent; and Giuliani dipped from 24 to 16 percent."

Romney Vs Clinton

By Michael Levenson

"As Mitt Romney contemplates a potential presidential matchup next November against Hillary Clinton, his supporters believe he has a leg up: He already knows how to beat a Democratic insider, a woman with strong political connections, and a tough, well-oiled campaign operation."

Romney Will Win Iowa Caucus

American Family

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Giuliani's "momentum-proof" national polling lead is as real as Santa Claus

Marc Ambinder:
"Mayor Giuliani’s “momentum-proof” national polling lead, Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny all walk into a bar…
You’re right. None of them exist.
Why the “frontrunner” label and fifty cents won’t even get you a cup of coffee nowadays:"

(Click title to read the rest)

Rudy "continues to hang his hat on national polls" to show that he is the most viable candidate despite the fact that a 100% of voters know who he is and only 30% are leaning towards voting for him.
Rudy's putting all his eggs in one basket, the national polls--that's smart, I suppose-- because he is going to lose the first 4-5 primary states to Governor Romney. We'll see if Rudy's campaign is "momentum-proof" come January, at that time we'll also see if pigs fly.

Mitt Romney is the Hardest Working Candidate

This isn't an opinion, it is a fact.
"1. Romney’s the hardest working candidate in the race. After tediously tallying each campaigns events, I’ve found that Romney has held 493 events since January 7th. 50 more then his closest competitor, John Edwards. 92 more then McCain. 95 more then Obama. 125 more then Hillary. And a whopping 227 more then Rudy. "

Lackadaisical Fred Thompson has gotten off his rump only 74 times in the last 3 months.....big surprise.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Veterans Day

What's New?

Check out what's in the news/blogosphere:

The Beginning of the End of the Giuliani Campaign
Big Week for Romney in California
Lazy Fred, Hard-Working Mitt, and Weird Giuliani (Not the real title.....just how I interpreted it).
Giuliani's Headache (aka Mitt's Outstanding Campaign.....well, that's what it's about once you get past the Kerik issue)

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Where Pat Robertson Went Wrong......

This week Pat Robertson has sacrificed his least that's better than supporting a Mormon.

To Quote Dry Fly Politics:
"This morning it was announced that Pat Robertson is endorsing Rudy Giuliani for President. This could turn out to be the biggest and most costliest compromise of his career. Pat Robertson has been a giant among dwarves in the evangelical movement. He has been a vocal leader in the movement against Abortion, Gay Marriage, etc. Now he has compromised all of that to support Rudy Giuliani, an unapologetically pro-Choice candidate. Why did he do it? One word, Mormonism."

To read what the Christian Alliance Presidedent of Iowa said, click here.

Finally, check out Laura Ingraham's take on the situation:

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Yet Another Conservative Endorsement

Conservative Leader Backs Romney
By Glen Johnson

BOSTON (AP) — A conservative leader who once expressed concern about Mitt Romney's credentials announced Monday he was backing the Republican presidential contender.

"As he travels across the country, Governor Romney has outlined a blueprint to build a stronger America rooted in our common conservative principles," Paul Weyrich said in a statement. "With a clear conservative vision to move America forward, he will strengthen our economy, our military and our families."
Weyrich is chairman and chief executive officer of the Free Congress Foundation. He helped found the conservative Heritage Foundation and worked with the late Rev. Jerry Falwell to establish the Moral Majority.
In his endorsement, Weyrich praised Romney saying, "He will strengthen our economy, our military and our families. More importantly, he already has an exceptional record of putting conservative values to work."

More Pictures from Governor Romney's Visit to Nova Southeastern University

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Mitt Romney Impresses South Florida

(The guys in scrubs are me and some fellow dental students)

Governor Romney spoke at my school, Nova Southeastern University, yesterday. It was AWESOME! Finally, I got to see and shake hands with the man who has inspired me to get involved in the future of our nation.

First impression of Mitt Romney in person:
Commanding presence. Exudes intelligence. Crisp.

Things that Romney said that impressed me.....allow me to paraphrase:
Unelected judges should be there to uphold the constitution not to make it! The Supreme Court should be like the umpire, not the batter.

The best way to stop illegal immigration is to turn of the magnets--that is, the sanctuary cities and employers. Compared to our healthcare situation, global jihad, and government overspending, this is an easy problem to fix.

Those issues that can be managed at the state level, should be left to the states to handle. One reason that Mitt Romney takes exception with same-sex marriage is because marriage is a status--if it is legal in one state, it is essentially legal in all states because married couples don't lose their status based on where they live.

One fundamental belief of our judeo-christian heritage is that we are quite literally the children of God, and as such, we realize that we all belong to the same family. In this respect, our judeo-christian culture is something the government should protect.

News Coverage of the Event...........

Romney also took on Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton, and what he called her diverging attempts at health care reform. Romney, as Massachusetts governor, passed a state-mandated health care plan considered highly successful.
"I know when we debate I'll be asked, 'What's the biggest difference between the two plans?' And one thing I'll say is, 'Mine passed,'" Romney said to laughs and applause.
National polls show Romney trailing Republican contenders former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Arizona Sen. John McCain and former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson. But Romney handily wins polls in Iowa and New Hampshire, where the first votes of the election season will be cast in less than two months.
Nova-Southeastern student Matt Thomas liked what Romney had to say.
"I'm married. I have kids. I like how he speaks about family," said Thomas.
His thoughts were echoed by student Jennifer Roque, who said she thinks Romney is the Republican who could beat Clinton.
"He's so polar opposite to her. I think that's what we're looking at," said Roque.

Sun Sentinal
By Anthony Mann

Davie - America's families and their future are under attack, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said Monday. The threats: gay marriage, Internet pornography and out-of-wedlock births."The foundation of society, which is the family, is under stress," Romney told an audience at Nova Southeastern University. Judges are making decisions that "threaten the fundamental values and the culture that has made America successful."

Romney said he didn't think gays and lesbians should be subject to discrimination. The Constitution, he said, provides "equal rights for people of all races and genders whether they're gay or straight."But he said marriage deserves special status. "Marriage is a relationship between a man and a woman."Gay marriage was one of several "attacks on the family" he highlighted before the mostly student crowd at Nova. He said children must be taught "that marriage comes before babies." He wants to thwart pornography by requiring easy-to-engage filters to be installed on every computer sold.

It was during Romney's governorship in 2004 that the Massachusetts Supreme Court ruled that laws banning same-sex marriage violated the state constitution. Romney cited the ruling as an example of the judiciary's overstepping its bounds.
In contrast, he said Monday, he favored appointing judges like conservative U.S. Supreme Court Justices John Roberts, Samuel Alito, Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas. These justices, Romney said, "believe that their job is to follow the law and the Constitution, not to make the law."
Later, in response to a question about a school board's approving the distribution of contraceptives for elementary school children, Romney said he opposed such actions but did not believe the federal government should intervene.
Marriage is a "status" and not an activity that occurs within the borders of a state, he said. Therefore, a federal definition of marriage is needed.

Friday, November 2, 2007

Mitt Romney Gets Big Boosts in South Carolina, New Hampshire, and Missouri

(From left to right: Sen. Judd Gregg of NH, Sen. Jim DeMint of SC, and Gov. Matt Blunt of MO)
DeMint could give Romney lift in S.C.
WASHINGTON — Influential conservatives said Wednesday that Mitt
Romney’s naming of Sen. Jim DeMint as a national chairman of his presidential
campaign will help the former Massachusetts governor woo bedrock Republicans in
South Carolina and beyond.

..........David Keene, president of the
American Conservative Union in Alexandria, Va., noted that DeMint was the
keynote speaker last year at his group’s conference of key activists from around
the country.
..........There isn’t a Jesse Helms or a Ronald Reagan around,
but for conservatives Jim is one of the top four or five guys in the Senate in
terms of respect,” Keene said.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Expect More Conservatives to Flock to Romney

Wow......Thompson's campaign isn't doing all that well and many of his followers feel let down. Thompson hasn't put a lot of energy into this race and he's losing many supporters as a result............this week, conservative Bill Witcherman, is one of them--

From The Brody File:

Mitt Romney's campaign tells The Brody File that Bill Wichterman, who used to do conservative and religious outreach for Fred Thompson's campaign, has joined Team Romney. This is a nice "get." He'll be a part of the Faith and Values steering committee.

..............It's not just the marriage issue. By nabbing Wichterman, it's a sign to inside and outside the beltway social conservative groups that Romney is serious in courting them. Wichterman is very well respected by these groups and he has close contacts at places like Focus on the Family, Family Research Council, etc. When he was on the Hill, he was very active in the Senate's "Value Action Team" meetings where dozens of groups would meet once a week to go over social policy and plot strategy.

.........Mitt Romney continues to make "All the Right Moves."

"Mitt Romney is a Mormon and I am a Baptist: Get Over It!"

Herman Cain:
Mitt Romney is a Mormon and I am a Baptist: Get Over It!

"The Baptists, Methodists, Catholics, Lutherans, Pentecostals, Mormons and a few other faiths have three things in common – they believe in Jesus Christ, that He is the Son of God and that He died and was resurrected for our sins"...............

"So what’s the problem?".............

............"This is not an endorsement of Mitt Romney, nor is this intended to defend or explain the Mormon religion. It is a reminder that Christianity has several denominations with different practices. Misperceptions or lack of clarity about someone’s religious beliefs can only distort one’s reasoning in deciding who to vote for"..........

............."Religious affiliation is a good indicator of integrity and character, but it is not the only predictor of presidential performance. And since the First Amendment to the Constitution protects us from a president imposing his religious preference on the rest of us, I would rather have a president with some religion than one whose religion is suspect."