Sunday, December 23, 2007

The Concord Monitor has it Wrong!

This post was taken directly from ComMITTED to Romney:

"A sad anti-endorsement came out from the Concord Monitor today attacking Gov. Romney on the same old issues that he’s faced for the past year. It’s something of a bother, but I’ll take down point after point and weep that these people have a job on a respectable newspaper, but can’t bother to get their stories straight.
As a candidate for the U.S. Senate in 1994, he boasted that he would be a
stronger advocate of gay rights than his opponent, Ted Kennedy. These days, he
makes a point of his opposition to gay marriage and adoption.
"Gov. Romney made clear in 1994 that he was opposed to gay marriage.
There was a time that he said he wanted to make contraception more available -
and a time that he vetoed a bill to sell it over-the-counter.
"Gov. Romney vetoed the morning after pill, which can prevent implantation of an embryo. This action was 100% in line with his campaign pledge to not change Massachusetts abortion laws.
The old Romney assured voters he was pro-choice on abortion. “You will not see
me wavering on that,” he said in 1994, and he cited the tragedy of a relative’s
botched illegal abortion as the reason to keep abortions safe and legal. These
days, he describes himself as pro-life.
"Gov. Romney has faced this issue a thousand times already and explained his change of heart. If you do not believe him, it is up to you.
There was a time that he supported stem-cell research and cited his own wife’s
multiple sclerosis in explaining his thinking; such research, he reasoned, could
help families like his. These days, he largely opposes it.
"Completely false. Gov. Romney opposes tax-payer funded research that destroys embryos to create new stem-cell lines.
He has followed the science and research of stem-cells closely and been ahead of the curve in proclaiming that alternative methods would soon be available that would make the controversy moot.
As a candidate for governor, Romney dismissed an anti-tax pledge as a gimmick.
In this race, he was the first to sign.
"Actually, Gov. Romney made an anti-tax pledge as he was running for governor (which he honored). He only refused to sign that specific pledge.
People can change, and intransigence is not necessarily a virtue. But Romney has
yet to explain this particular set of turnarounds in a way that convinces voters
they are based on anything other than his own ambition.
"Actually, he has. Time and again he’s faced these questions and answered them with calm dignity. As someone who follows Gov. Romney it’s actually quite boring because I much prefer listening to him answer questions of substance than deal with this nonsense in interview after interview.
If the Concord Monitor can’t get a hold of the transcripts for any of these interviews, their research staff should be summarily fired.
In the 2008 campaign for president, there are numerous issues on which Romney
has no record, and so voters must take him at his word. On these issues, those
words are often chilling. While other candidates of both parties speak of
restoring America’s moral leadership in the world, Romney has said he’d like to
“double” the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, where inmates have been held for
years without formal charge or access to the courts.

"Poor terrorists.
"And, for the record, most Republican candidates agree that Gunatanamo Bay needs to remain open.
He dodges the issue of torture - unable to say, simply, that waterboarding is
torture and America won’t do it.
"This, of course, presupposes that waterboarding is torture. A view not widely held before President Bush walked into office.
If we’re going to define down torture to include waterboarding, Gov. Romney is correct. It’s best to not let our enemies in on that change of policy."
~~~Thomas (blogger for ComMITTed to Romney and also for Florida)

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