"This was a tour de force, and it was delivered before perhaps the largest audience Romney will have for any speech before the January caucuses and primaries. It will be the subject of editorials and columns in coming weeks. And it is hard to see how Romney does not benefit hugely from what was a quintessentially "American" address.
To this writer, Romney is on unassailable grounds. Nor is he hurt by the fact that his wife and five children testify eloquently that he is a man of principles who lives by them."
"If Kennedy's speech was an important landmark in American political history, Romney's was surpassing. With heartfelt humility and poetic eloquence, he tracked the nation's struggle with and for freedom.
"He held up a mirror and, for the first time in a long while, Americans did not have to avert their gaze. They could see themselves reflected and be both proud and humbled by their country's unique beauty.
"Perhaps it took someone more recently persecuted for his beliefs to remind us that 'religious tolerance would be a shallow principle indeed if it were reserved only for faiths with which we agree.
"Indeed. Or, as they say, amen."
Wall Street Journal--
The Book of Romney The debate over his convictions--religious, and political.
Laura Ingraham--(Click here to listen to her comments.......here's a hint, she loved the speech)
"Mitt Romney's 'Faith in America' speech was simply magnificent, and anyone who denies it is not to be trusted as an analyst. On every level it was a masterpiece. The staging and Romney's delivery, the eclipse of all other candidates it caused, the domination of the news cycle just prior to the start of absentee voting in New Hampshire on Monday --for all these reasons and more it will be long discussed as a masterpiece of political maneuver."
"I want to start with Mitt Romney today, Mitt Romney's speech. Frankly, I thought what we saw today, folks, was a Republican candidate for president giving an inspiring speech. It was an inspiring speech about American values, including religion. Mitt Romney did this because he has been relentlessly attacked as something less than a true American. I watched this. I had seen some excerpts from the speech published before he made it. I thought he was inspiring, folks. I think he set exactly the right tone and I am stunned by some of the criticism I am seeing of this speech, particularly on some conservative websites. 'He didn't include atheists; he didn't include agnostics; he didn't say and reach out to Hindus.' I don't understand it. Of all things to take from this speech that Romney gave today, that he didn't reach out to atheists and didn't reach out to agnostics, is beyond me. I thought he showed today his ability to confront, to articulate, to persuade, and to lead."
"Someone wake me up! I could have sworn this was December 2007. But today in College Station, Texas, as I watched Mitt Romney deliver his long awaited faith speech with American flags draped behind him, it felt like January 2009.
"The speech was sweeping, lofty and presidential. He looked natural and spoke passionately. Mitt Romney didn't just look like a President today. He sounded and behaved like one too. It's not often a presidential candidate gets the limelight all to himself. But such was the case Thursday. "
PAT BUCHANAN: "I don't know how he could have done it better. I mean, I was very moved."
CHRIS MATTHEWS: "I have to say if he wins the presidency, it started here . . . For the first time in this campaign, and it's been a long campaign, I heard greatness this morning."
JOE SCARBOROUGH: "He hit this thing out of the park. It was a great morning for him."
Krauthammer Just Gave Romney Speech Big Thumbs Up.... (click Krauthammer to watch)
Rev Lou Sheldon--
"I've taken an enormous amount of criticism and hate from my fellow evangelicals for supporting Mitt Romney.
"There'll be a few who will pick the speech apart but most of America likes civil and religious rights. Ninety-something per cent of us believe in God. He is speaking to that broad spectrum.
"In my experience, it is Mormons that support family values and give money and time and put their shoulders to the plough. The root of the issue is religious liberty. Kennedy passed the test and Romney passed the test today."
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