Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Romney: No Driver's Licenses for Illegals


"Those who are here illegally should not receive tacit support from our government that gives an indication of legitimacy. If they are here illegally, they should not get driver's licenses."– Gov. Mitt Romney (Scott S. Greenberger, "Romney Stand Dims Chances Of License For Undocumented," The Boston Globe, 10/28/03)


Gov. Mitt Romney Believes Illegal Immigrants Should Not Be Granted Driver's Licenses: Gov. Mitt Romney: "If They Are Here Illegally, They Should Not Get Driver's Licenses." (Scott S. Greenberger, "Romney Stand Dims Chances Of License For Undocumented," The Boston Globe, 10/28/03)

Gov. Romney Said He Would Not Provide "Tacit Support" Or "Legitimacy" To Illegal Immigrants By Granting Them Driver's Licenses. "'Those who are here illegally should not receive tacit support from our government that gives an indication of legitimacy,' the governor said, echoing arguments that opponents have voiced in the Commonwealth and in other states considering similar license measures." (Scott S. Greenberger, "Romney Stand Dims Chances Of License For Undocumented," The Boston Globe, 10/28/03)

Gov. Romney "Doesn't Think The Government Should Be Condoning Illegal Behavior." "'We are a nation of laws,' [Romney spokesman Eric] Fehrnstrom said. 'In the case of immigration, our laws are being broken every day. In the past, Romney has vetoed legislation to provide tuition breaks to illegals. He's opposed to giving them driver's licenses. He doesn't think the government should be condoning illegal behavior.'" (Rebecca Fater, "Feds Say State Can Bust Illegal Immigrants," The Lowell [MA] Sun, 12/6/006)


The Democrats Believe In Legitimizing Illegal Immigrants By Granting Them Driver's Licenses: At Last Night's Democrat Debate, Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) Said Giving Driver's License To Illegal Immigrants "Makes A Lot Of Sense." NBC's TIM RUSSERT: "Senator Clinton, I just want to make sure what I heard. Do you, the New York Senator Hillary Clinton, support the New York governor's plan to give illegal immigrants a driver's license?" ... SEN. HILLARY CLINTON: "You know, Tim, this is where everybody plays gotcha. It makes a lot of sense. What is the governor supposed to do? He is dealing with a serious problem." (MSNBC, Democrat Presidential Candidate Debate, Philadelphia, PA, 10/30/07)

- Sen. Clinton Has Previously Said Giving Licenses To Illegals "Makes A Lot Of Sense." "'I know exactly what Governor Spitzer's trying to do, and it makes a lot of sense because he's trying to get people out of the shadows. He's trying to say, "O.K., come forward and we will give you this license,"' Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., recently told The Telegraph editorial board." (Eduardo A. de Oliveira, "Police And Customs Working Together," Nashua [NH] Telegraph, 10/22/07)

Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) Agrees That Licenses For Illegals Are "The Right Idea."

SEN. BARACK OBAMA: "I think that it is a -- the right idea. And I disagree with Chris, because there is a public safety concern. We can make sure that drivers who are illegal come out of the shadows, that they can be tracked, that they are properly trained, and that will make our roads safer. That doesn't negate the need for us to reform illegal immigration." (MSNBC, Democrat Presidential Candidate Debate, Philadelphia, PA, 10/30/07)

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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Reactions to Senator Judd Gregg's Endorsement of Governor Mitt Romney - Vol. 2

What They're Saying About Senator Judd Gregg's Endorsement of Governor Mitt Romney (Vol. 2)

The Washington Post's Chris Cillizza: "The other key element of the Gregg endorsement is that he is BY FAR the most high profile Republican elected official likely to pick sides before the New Hampshire primary. ... Make no mistake: today is a good day for Romney's campaign." (Chris Cillizza, "Mitt And Judd: Perfect Together," The Washington Post's "The Fix," 10/29/07)

Fox News' Sean Hannity: "Senator Judd Gregg endorsed the former Massachusetts Governor today. Now, this is a very significant development in the all-important state of New Hampshire." (Fox News' "Hannity & Colmes," 10/29/07)

The Boston Globe's Scott Helman: "Senator Gregg is certainly an influential voice in New Hampshire and is certainly poised to help Mitt Romney up there." (MSNBC, 10/29/07)

Nashua Telegraph's Kevin Landrigan: "Republican gubernatorial candidate Mitt Romney captured the endorsement of Sen. Judd Gregg, R-N.H. – the state's most popular GOP figure – while the little-seen Fred Thompson insisted he would campaign here often between now and the first-in-the-nation primary." (Kevin Landrigan, "Gregg: Romney's Got The Right Stuff," Nashua Telegraph, 10/30/07)

ABC's Rick Klein And Mike Chesney: "Sen. Judd Gregg, R-N.H., the dean of the state's congressional delegation and perhaps the biggest New Hampshire 'get' of the GOP race, endorsed former governor Mitt Romney, R-Mass." (Rick Klein And Mike Chesney, "Obama's Big Test," ABC's "The Note," 10/30/07)

Concord Monitor's Lauren Dorgan: "New Hampshire Sen. Judd Gregg endorsed fellow Republican Mitt Romney for president at a noontime rally in downtown Concord yesterday, billing the former Massachusetts governor as a fiscal conservative and an outsider capable of cleaning up Washington." (Lauren R. Dorgan, "Taking Their Place On The Ballot," Concord Monitor, 10/30/07)

- Dorgan: "Gregg, the state's senior senator, is the biggest endorsement in New Hampshire's Republican contest this year." (Lauren R. Dorgan, "Taking Their Place On The Ballot," Concord Monitor, 10/30/07)

- Dorgan: "Gregg, the senior Republican on the Senate budget committee, is an avowed fiscal hawk, and he repeatedly emphasized Romney's capability as a fiscal watchdog." (Lauren R. Dorgan, "Taking Their Place On The Ballot," Concord Monitor, 10/30/07)

CNN's Bill Schneider: "Mitt Romney is having a good day. He won the endorsement of Judd Gregg, New Hampshire's popular senator and former governor." (CNN's "The Situation Room," 10/29/07)

CNN's Sareena Dalla: "On Monday, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney was served up a double helping of good news: a Red Sox World Series victory and the endorsement of New Hampshire political powerhouse Sen. Judd Gregg." (Sareena Dalla, "A Double Scoop Of Good News For Romney," CNN, 10/29/07)

The Weekly Standard's Richelieu: "Romney will get some good mileage from this. And it will be a nice press big-foot on Rudy's New Hampshire trip this week." (Richelieu, "New Iowa Numbers," The Weekly Standard's "Campaign Standard," 10/29/07)

The American Spectator's Philip Klein: "A good pickup for Romney that is a boost to his campaign in New Hampshire." (Philip Klein, "Judd Gregg To Endorse Romney," The American Spectator, 10/29/07)

The Boston Globe's James Pindell: "But as he filed yesterday, Romney received a boost from the endorsement of arguably the most successful politician in New Hampshire history." (James Pindell, "Romney Files Official Papers To Get On N.H. Primary Ballot," The Boston Globe, 10/30/07)

The Washington Post's Michael Shear: "It's Conceivably A Really Big Deal." MSNBC'S NORAH O'DONNELL: "First, how big a deal is this endorsement by Senator Judd Gregg?" MICHAEL SHEAR: "It's conceivably a really big deal." (MSNBC, 10/29/07)

In The Headlines:

CNN: "A Double Scoop Of Good News For Romney." (Sareena Dalla, "A Double Scoop Of Good News For Romney," CNN, 10/29/07)

Nashua Telegraph: "Gregg: Romney's Got The Right Stuff." (Kevin Landrigan, "Gregg: Romney's Got The Right Stuff," Nashua Telegraph, 10/30/07)

New Hampshire Union Leader: "Gregg Endorses Romney." (John Distaso, "Gregg Endorses Romney," New Hampshire Union Leader, 10/30/07)

Power Line: "Romney On Course." (Paul Mirengoff, "Romney On Course," Power Line, 10/29/07)

The Washington Post: "Mitt And Judd: Perfect Together." (Chris Cillizza, "Mitt And Judd: Perfect Together," The Washington Post's "The Fix," 10/29/07)

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Monday, October 29, 2007

Reactions to Senator Judd Gregg's Endorsement of Governor Mitt Romney

What They're Saying About Senator Judd Gregg's Endorsement of Governor Mitt Romney

The Politico's Jonathan Martin: "Gregg – whose father was governor and whose last name retains considerable cache – is the prize get in New Hampshire for any GOP presidential hopeful." (Jonathan Martin, "Gregg To Endorse Romney," The Politico, 10/29/07)

The New York Times' Michael Luo: "Mitt Romney has landed a big endorsement in the Granite State. ... So this was a big 'get' for Mr. Romney, who is leading in the polls in this early primary state." (Michael Luo, "Gregg To Endorse Romney In N.H.," The New York Times' "The Caucus," 10/29/07)

The Hill's Klaus Marre: "Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R) scored a major win Monday with the endorsement of Sen. Judd Gregg (R-N.H.). The backing of New Hampshire's senior senator should provide a boost to Romney, who already leads in the key early primary state." (Klaus Marre, "Romney Scores Big Win With Gregg Endorsement," The Hill, 10/29/07)

The Boston Globe's Foon Rhee: "Mitt Romney will have a big name by his side today at a rally before he officially files for the New Hampshire primary. US Senator Judd Gregg, who is in his third term representing the Granite State, is endorsing Romney, his campaign announced this morning." (Foon Rhee, "Gregg Backs Romney," The Boston Globe's "Political Intelligence," 10/29/07)

ABC News' Matt Stuart: "The endorsement is a boost for Romney's New Hampshire chances, as the state's junior senator, Republican John Sununu, has said he will remain neutral through the primary season." (Matt Stuart, "Romney Wins Key N.H. Endorsement," ABC News, 10/29/07)

MSNBC's Erin McPike: "On the morning of his filing in New Hampshire, Romney got a nice boost to his Granite State campaign. Senior Sen. Judd Gregg (R) endorsed Romney and will join him in Concord for his presidential filing." (Erin McPike, "NH Senator Endorses Romney," MSNBC's First Read, 10/29/07)

Wall Street Journal's Susan Davis: "This is good news for Romney and comes on the heels of the latest University of Iowa Hawkeye poll released this morning that shows Romney as the clear favorite in Iowa, with nearly three times as much support as any other Republican candidate in the field in the state among likely caucus goers." (Susan Davis, "Judd To Endorse Romney," Wall Street Journal' s "Washington Wire," 10/29/07)

Townhall's Hugh Hewitt: "This is a very big deal for the Romney campaign. ... Senator Gregg's endorsement is the most sought-after in the Granite State, and it adds to the sense of momentum that Romney has built there." (Hugh Hewitt, "New Hampshire Senator Judd Gregg Endorses Romney," Townhall, 10/29/07)

CNN's Mark Preston: "Gregg's decision to back Romney is a major boost for the Massachusetts governor..." (Mark Preston, "Senior New Hampshire Senator To Back Romney," CNN, 10/29/07)

The Washington Post's Michael Shear: "Do endorsements matter? Mitt Romney is about to pick up a key vote of support that could help answer that question. Later today, Romney will receive the endorsement of New Hampshire Sen. Judd Gregg in Concord, according to the campaign." (Michael Shear, "N.H.'s Gregg For Romney," The Washington Post' s "The Trail," 10/29/07)

The Atlantic's Marc Ambinder: "It's tough to say that any endorsement carries votes these days, but Gregg's ability to validate Romney's competence and economic message, as well as his freedom to act as a surrogate for Romney at events should not be underrated." (Marc Ambinder, "Breaking: Sen. Judd Gregg To Endorse Romney," The Atlantic, 10/29/07)

Real Clear Politics' Reid Wilson: "Sen. Judd Gregg, dean of the New Hampshire congressional delegation, will endorse Mitt Romney today at the state capitol, the Union Leader reports this morning." (Reid Wilson, "Gregg Endorses," Real Clear Politics, 10/29/07)

Arizona Republic's Dan Nowicki: "Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney today announced the endorsement of one of New Hampshire's Republican senators, Judd Gregg. As far as Granite State endorsements go, this one is pretty big." (Dan Nowicki, "Romney Wins Key New Hampshire Endorsement," Arizona Republic's "McCain Central," 10/29/07)

In The Headlines:

ABC News: "Romney Wins Key N.H. Endorsement."
(Matt Stuart, "Romney Wins Key N.H. Endorsement," ABC News, 10/29/07)

Arizona Republic : "Romney Wins Key New Hampshire Endorsement."
(Dan Nowicki, "Romney Wins Key New Hampshire Endorsement," Arizona Republic's "McCain Central," 10/29/07)

The Boston Globe : "Gregg: Romney Has
Conservative Philosophy To Solve Problems."
(James Pindell, "Gregg: Romney Has Conservative Philosophy To Solve Problems," The Boston Globe's "Primary Source," 10/29/07)

CBS: "Judd Gregg Endorses Romney."
(Brian Montopoli, "Judd Gregg Endorses Romney," CBS' "Horserace '08," 10/29/07)

CNN: "Senior New Hampshire Senator To Back Romney."
(Mark Preston, "Senior New Hampshire Senator To Back Romney," CNN, 10/29/07)

The Hill : "Romney Scores Big Win With Gregg Endorsement."
(Klaus Marre, "Romney Scores Big Win With Gregg Endorsement," The Hill, 10/29/07)

MSNBC: "NH Senator Endorses Romney."
(Erin McPike, "NH Senator Endorses Romney," MSNBC's First Read, 10/29/07)

National Review Online: "With Gregg's Endorsement,
It's Already A Good Week For Romney."
(Jim Geraghty, "With Gregg's Endorsement, It's Already A Good Week For Romney," National Review Online's "The Corner," 10/29/07)

The Washington Post : "N.H.'s Gregg For Romney."
(Michael Shear, "N.H.'s Gregg For Romney," The Washington Post's "The Trail," 10/29/07)

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Gov. Romney on "Mad Money" with Jim Cramer

Governor Mitt Romney Discusses The Democrats' Massive Tax Increase Proposals With Jim Cramer

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Friday, October 26, 2007

Federal Government on Notice - Washington To Be Audited

When Gov. Mitt Romney is elected President in 2008, Washington will be audited top to bottom. Waste and inefficiency will no longer be the "game plan" of our federal government.

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Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Romney's Religion Speech?

From "Mitt Romney's Rally America" blog:

"Pundits have been trying for months to lure Governor Mitt Romney into making a speech pleading for tolerance from voters regarding his Mormon religion. Many commentators have given suggestions for various elements of such a speech.

No political observer has come up with a speech that really works for everyone. But if Governor Romney makes the following speech, he will be elected."

"Mitt Romney's Speech on Religion"

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New Ad Launch, "Business World"

Romney For President Launches New Television Ad, "Business World"

Boston, MA – Tomorrow, Romney for President will launch its newest television ad, "Business World." The ad highlights Governor Romney addressing his plans to curb wasteful government spending in Washington. With an exceptional record of turning around businesses, the 2002 Winter Olympics and the state of Massachusetts, Governor Romney has the experience necessary to turn around our nation's capital. Change in Washington begins when Republicans are fiscally responsible with taxpayer money.

The ad will begin airing as part of the campaign's rotation in South Carolina tomorrow. Script and viewing links are below.

Script For "Business World" (TV:30):

GOVERNOR MITT ROMNEY: "In business, you only spend what you have.

"In Washington, government always spends more. It shouldn't be that way.

"I'm Mitt Romney. I come from the business world – where turning around companies taught me how to manage budgets.

"That's what I did at the Olympics and as Governor.

"As President, I'll audit Washington – top to bottom – and cut spending.

"Because our next President has to be an agent of change.

"And as Republicans, change begins with us.

"I'm Mitt Romney and I approved this message."

To watch "Business World," please see:

AD FACTS: Script For "Business World" (TV:30):

GOVERNOR MITT ROMNEY: "In business, you only spend what you have. In Washington, government always spends more. It shouldn't be that way. I'm Mitt Romney. I come from the business world – where turning around companies taught me how to manage budgets."

- Governor Romney Has "A Solid Reputation In The Business Community For Turning Companies Around." CNN's RHONDA SCHAFFLER: "Romney had a solid reputation in the business community for turning companies around, like Staples, Domino's Pizza and the Sports Authority." (CNN's "Business Unusual," 1/27/02)

- The Boston Globe's Robert Gavin And Sacha Pfeiffer: "In time, Romney would lead the shaky start-up from a staff of seven people managing $37 million to 115 people managing $4 billion in assets. During Romney's 15-year tenure, Bain Capital would post an astonishing record, on average doubling its return on realized investments every year." (Robert Gavin and Sacha Pfeiffer, "Reaping Profit In Study, Sweat," The Boston Globe, 6/26/07)

- Governor Romney "Insisted That Bain Capital Be Especially Careful With Other People's Money." "Frugal with his own money, Romney insisted that Bain Capital be especially careful with other people's money. The office was Spartan, furnished with gray metal desks. When partners traveled, they flew coach. Andrews recalls that the rule for meals on the road was: 'They should be nourishing, but not memorable.'" (Robert Gavin And Sacha Pfeiffer, "Reaping Profit In Study, Sweat," The Boston Globe, 6/26/07)

- Bloomberg's Heidi Pryzbyla: "Romney's business record is unmatched by the current crop of leading candidates." (Heidi Pryzbyla, "Romney Finds Classmate Bush's Management Lapses Unlikely Hurdle," Bloomberg, 7/1/07)

GOVERNOR MITT ROMNEY: "That's what I did at the Olympics and as Governor."

- At The 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics, Governor Romney Turned A $379 Million Deficit Into A $100 Million Profit. "As early as 1999, a financial crisis was looming: The Games were mired in a bribery scandal and were running a $379 million deficit. Romney was asked to step in, and he immediately slashed budgets and boosted sponsorships. And since the Games were held just months after Sept. 11, 2001, he oversaw a huge security apparatus. He now says it was one of the most difficult things he'd ever done, comparing it to 'arranging 17 Super Bowls a day for 17 days.' The Games ended up with a $100 million profit." (Marcia Vickers, "The Republicans' Mr. Fix-It," Fortune Magazine, 6/27/07)

- Governor Romney "Immediately Cut Out The Lavish Meals And Travel Boondoggles" And "The Message Got Through: The Organization Went From Deep In The Red Into The Black By The Close Of The Games." "When he took over the Salt Lake City Olympic Games, he immediately cut out the lavish meals and travel boondoggles. 'We're going to have pizza and it's a dollar a slice,' he announced. He charged executives 25 cents for a soda and had meals served on paper plates. Romney himself worked without a salary. The message got through: the organization went from deep in the red into the black by the close of the Games." (Jonathan Darman and Evan Thomas, "Mitt Romney: Too Good To Be True?" Newsweek, 2/26/07)

- In Massachusetts, Governor Romney Closed A Nearly $3 Billion Shortfall Without Raising Taxes. "When Mitt Romney became governor of Massachusetts in 2003, the state had a budget gap of almost $3 billion and was losing thousands of jobs a month. In Mr. Romney's four-year tenure, the deficit was eliminated without raising the sales tax or the income tax, and since the labor slump hit bottom in December 2003, the state has gained 81,000 jobs." (Pam Belluck, "Romney Candidacy Puts Massachusetts Economy In Spotlight," The New York Times, 3/16/07)

- To Close The Budget Gap, Governor Romney Forced The Legislature To Pass "Tremendous Spending Cuts." "Governor Romney receives credit for actual spending in FY 2003, even though he entered office halfway into the fiscal year, because of the tremendous spending cuts he forced down the Legislature's throat in January of 2003. Facing a $650 million deficit he inherited from the previous administration, Romney convinced the unfriendly State Legislature to grant him unilateral power to make budget cuts and unveiled $343 million in cuts to cities, healthcare, and state agencies. This fiscal discipline continued in 2004, in which Romney continued to slash 'nearly every part of state government' to close a $3 billion deficit." (The Club For Growth, "Mitt Romney's Record On Economic Issues," Press Release, 8/21/07)

- The Club For Growth: Governor Romney "Imposed Some Much-Needed Fiscal Discipline On A Very Liberal Massachusetts Legislature." (The Club For Growth, "Mitt Romney's Record On Economic Issues," Press Release, 8/21/07)

- Governor Romney's Closing Of The Budget Gap Was "Conservative In Both Ends And Means." "As governor, Romney has scored another turnaround, conservative in both ends and means. Told during the campaign that he would inherit a deficit of between $500 million and $1.5 billion, Romney discovered upon taking office a $650 million deficit in fiscal 2003 and an anticipated one of $3 billion in fiscal 2004. Romney balanced the 2003 budget, and he finished 2004 with a $700 million surplus. A reviving economy helped, but Romney didn't tax or borrow, and he reduced spending through government consolidation and reform." (Terry Eastland, "In 2008, Will It Be Mormon In America?" The Weekly Standard, 6/6/05)

GOVERNOR MITT ROMNEY: "As President, I'll audit Washington – top to bottom – and cut spending. Because our next President has to be an agent of change. And as Republicans, change begins with us. I'm Mitt Romney and I approved this message."

- Governor Romney Will "Lead A Top-To-Bottom Review Of Government Programs, Agencies And Procurement And Spending." "One more thing in this regard: If elected president, I will personally – personally – lead a top-to-bottom review of government programs, agencies and procurement and spending. It is time to cut out the mountains of waste and inefficiency and duplication in the federal government." (Governor Mitt Romney, Remarks At The Conservative Political Action Conference, Washington, D.C., 3/2/07)

- General Accounting Office: "There Is A Need To Engage In A Fundamental Review, Reprioritization And Reengineering Of The Base Of Government." "There is a need to engage in a fundamental review, reprioritization, and reengineering of the base of government. Aligning the federal government to meet the challenges and capitalize on the opportunities of the 21st century will require a fundamental review of what the federal government does, how it does it, and how it is financed. Many of the federal government's current policies, programs, functions, and activities are based on conditions that existed decades ago, are not results-based, and are not well aligned with 21st century realities." (General Accounting Office, "Fiscal Stewardship: A Critical Challenge Facing Our Nation," Report, January 2007)

- The Washington Times' Donald Lambro: "Mr. Romney Is Tough On Spending, Maybe Even Better Than Reagan." "Still, Mr. Romney is tough on spending, maybe even better than Reagan, and promises to slay big government with aggressive use of his veto." (Donald Lambro, "In Search Of The Right Candidate," The Washington Times, 10/18/07)

- Governor Romney: "Republicans for Change are also fiscally responsible. We refuse to charge our children and grandchildren for our excessive spending. Even in Massachusetts facing a nearly $3 billion budget gap, the legislature and I balanced the budget every year and replenished the rainy day fund, without raising taxes and without raising our borrowing cap. Now it's Washington's turn to do the same. If I am elected President, I will cap non-military discretionary spending at inflation less one percent. If I get appropriations above that amount, I will veto them. And I like vetoes. I've vetoed hundreds of items already. Let's put some fresh ink in the Presidential veto pen." (Governor Mitt Romney, Remarks At The Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference, Mackinac Island, MI, 9/22/07)

To watch "Business World," please see:

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Monday, October 22, 2007

Romney: America Must Be Strong

"America Must Be Strong"

Governor Mitt Romney Fox News' Republican Presidential Candidate Debate October 21, 2007

Governor Mitt Romney:

"We've spoken about Russia. We've spoken about what's happening in Turkey and obviously Iraq. As you look around the world, you recognize that it's still a dangerous place. During the Clinton years, the President said that we're going to take a peace dividend.

We got the dividend, we didn't get the peace. He reduced the scale of our military dramatically, took 500,000 troops out, cut back our Navy by 80 ships, knocked our Air Force down 25 percent. Our aircraft fleet today is 28 years old. The UN is failing in its mission to protect the world and to prevent genocide.
"The strategy for America's safety is not to live in what Charles Krauthammer called a holiday from history, but to realize America must be strong. We need a strong military to protect us with more troops, more equipment and better care when our troops come home. We also need a strong economy so we can have a strong military and we need strong families and values to teach our kids to build a strong economy and a strong military."

To watch Governor Romney, please see:

Reactions from 7th GOP Debate

What They're Really Saying About Governor Mitt Romney At The Orlando, FL GOP Debate

National Review's Jim Geraghty: "One of [Romney's] strongest performances..." (Jim Geraghty, "Everybody Was Good," National Review's Campaign Spot,, Posted 10/21/07)

National Review's Kathryn Jean Lopez: "Romney comes off as a real optimistic problem-solver – with some experience at it." (Kathryn Jean Lopez, "Democrats Also Love America," National Review's The Corner,, Posted 10/21/07)

Power Line Blog's Paul Mirengoff: "Romney was solid, as he generally is ... Near the end of the debate, he finally launched into an attack on the Clinton administration's 'vacation from history' foreign policy ('we got the dividend but not the peace'). Attacks like that are guaranteed winners in these kinds of debates, and Romney needs to make them at every opportunity." (Paul Mirengoff, "A Sleeping Giant Wakes Up," Power Line Blog,, Posted 10/21/07)

- Geraghty: "[Romney had] great jabs at Hillary, and seemed to feed off the crowd's energy." (Jim Geraghty, "Everybody Was Good," National Review's Campaign Spot,, Posted 10/21/07)

- Geraghty: "Mitt leads the raucous crowd in rejecting Hillary as a potential commander-in-chief." (Jim Geraghty, "How Do I Give You The Highlights?" National Review's Campaign Spot,, Posted 10/21/07)

NBC's Chuck Todd: Romney was "red hot." (Chuck Todd, "Quick Post-Debate Thoughts," MSNBC's First Read,, Posted 10/21/07)

The Atlantic's Marc Ambinder: "As the Republicans debated who is more conservative tonight, two voices stood out: Mitt Romney's and Rudy Giuliani's." (Marc Ambinder, "The Republican Debate: First Take," The Atlantic Blog,, Posted 10/21/07)

The American Spectator's Jennifer Rubin: "On marriage Romney gives a strong statement in favor of amendment." (Jennifer Rubin, "Debate 2," The American Spectator Blog,, Posted 10/21/07)

- Right Wing News' John Hawkins: "Mitt is right about gay marriage. Activist judges are deliberately distorting the law to implement gay marriage..." (John Hawkins, "Debate Liveblogging," Right Wing News,, Posted 10/21/07)

- Geraghty: "[Romney] makes a strong case on [gay marriage], citing the Massachusetts and Iowa state constitutions." (Jim Geraghty, "After The Opening Brawl Among the Top Tier...," National Review's Campaign Spot,, Posted 10/21/07)

The Atlantic's Marc Ambinder: "[Romney's] best moment may have been when he said that an insurmountable problem like the health care crisis can, indeed, be solved. It wasn't just a candidate saying he was optimistic; he showed how optimism, will and plod can be potent problem-solving forces." (Marc Ambinder, "The Republican Debate: First Take," The Atlantic Blog,, Posted 10/21/07)

- The American Spectator's John Tabin: "He had a target on his back during the health care section, and ably defended himself." (John Tabin, "Candidate Scorecard," The American Spectator Blog,, Posted 10/21/07)

- Ambinder: "Say what you will about the guy: [Romney] expended political capital, he worked hard, and he did something meaningful to reform the health care system in his state. Very few candidates on either side can say that." (Marc Ambinder, "It Took Romney Long Enough..." The Atlantic Blog,, Posted 10/21/07)

- Ambinder: "But it stands out as an prime example -- perhaps the ultimate example -- of conservative governance. Romney worked hard at health care in Massachusetts; he worked with Democrats; he worked with Republicans; he wound up with a novel program that, while not perfect and not transferable to other states, stands out as a real accomplishment. Romney calls himself an executive and a manager; with health care, he executed and managed in real time." (Marc Ambinder, "The Republican Debate: First Take," The Atlantic Blog,, Posted 10/21/07)

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Romney's Positive Vision

Last night, Romney for President Communications Director Matt Rhoades released the following statement on the seventh Republican presidential debate:

"Tonight, Governor Romney outlined the positive vision to lead our country forward and strengthen the house that Ronald Reagan built. Through lower taxes, more affordable health care, an expanded military and stronger families, Governor Romney will build a stronger America. Governor Romney demonstrated that he is the one candidate who can represent the three pillars of the Reagan coalition – a strong military, a strong economy and stronger families."

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Reactions from Romney's Values Voters Speech

What They're Saying About Gov. Romney At The
Family Research Council's Values Voter Summit

In The Headlines:

The Hill: "Romney Scores With Religious Right." (Sam Youngman, "Romney Scores With Religious Right," The Hill, 10/19/07) Redstate: "Mitt Romney Impresses." (Erick Erickson, "Mitt Romney Impresses," Redstate,, 10/19/07)

ABC: "Romney Wins Conservative Straw Poll." (Karen Travers, "Romney Wins Conservative Straw Poll," ABC News, 10/20/07) CNN: "Romney Wins In Conservative Voters Poll." (Jamie Crawford, "Romney Wins In Conservative Voters Poll," CNN, 10/20/07) The New York Times: "It's Romney For The Values Voters." (Michael Luo, "It's Romney For The Values Voters," The New York Times' "The Caucus,", 10/20/07)

The Politico: "Romney Wins The 'Values Voter' Straw Poll." (Mike Allen, "Romney Wins The 'Values Voter' Straw Poll," The Politico, 10/20/07)

Governor Romney Receives "A Bigger Reception Than Any Of The Other Candidates":

Redstate's Erick Erickson: "Mitt comes in to a grand anthem. The room goes nuts – a bigger reception than any of the other candidates. He begins pitch perfect." (Erick Erickson, "Mitt Romney Impresses, Redstate,, 10/19/07)

- Erickson: "This guy sounds like he's already the nominee. It's like the other candidates were here to sell themselves and Romney has taken the difference approach – presume he's already been sold to them and show them what they've gotten. It's not a bad approach for him. It works." (Erick Erickson, "Mitt Romney Impresses," Redstate,, 10/19/07)

- Erickson: "He goes on to say we know where to begin, we know what to do, and 'I can wait for us to do it together.' The crowd gives him a big standing ovation." (Erick Erickson, "Mitt Romney Impresses," Redstate,, 10/19/07)

The Boston Globe's Michael Kranish: "Romney also won a series of ovations as he outlined his plans for strengthening families, opposing abortion, and supporting a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage." (Michael Kranish, "Romney Addresses Summit Of Evangelicals," The Boston Globe's "Political Intelligence," 10/19/07)

The Hill's Sam Youngman: "...Romney was well received by the socially conservative Evangelical crowd." (Sam Youngman, "Romney Scores With Religious Right," The Hill, 10/19/07)

National Review's Byron York: "After Romney's speech, a journalist sitting nearby said that it was all very professional. And indeed it was; Romney had a bunch of issues to touch, checked them all, and said goodnight. Very professionally done." (Byron York, "Romney And The Values Voters," National Review Online's "The Corner,", 10/19/07)

The American Spectator's Philip Klein: "Mitt Romney gave a solid performance, and I think one thing that helped was that much of the speech focused on family..." (Philip Klein, "Romney At The Value Voters Summit," The American Spectator Blog,, 10/20/07)

Race 4 2008's Justin Hart: "Mitt's performance at the FRC Conference was phenomenal. The crowd was jazzed. The speech was spot on and the aftermath is very positive." (Justin Hart, "Mitt Is A Hitt," Race 4 2008,, 10/19/07)

CBN's David Brody: "And I think this week, we will look back on this week, if Mitt Romney goes on and wins the nomination and if you see other evangelical leaders in the future, come November, December, or even into January, start to endorse Mitt Romney, you'll look back to this week as a very key week for the Romney campaign." (C-SPAN's "Washington Journal," 10/20/07)

- National Review's Kathryn Jean Lopez: "Romney Catches A Big Pro-Life Fish." "I just got my hands on an advance press release from the Romney camp that will be hitting the Value Voters in the morning (and political reporters' inboxes any time now): Jack Willke, longtime pro-life activist and one of the founders of the National Right to Life Committee, has endorsed Mitt Romney. Also notable about Willke? He's former a Brownback supporter. ... Not a bad close to Romney's Friday night in Washington." (Kathryn Jean Lopez, "Romney Catches A Big Pro-Life Fish,"National Review Online's "The Corner,", 10/19/07)

Praise For Governor Romney's 12-Point Conservative Plan To Strengthen American Families: Redstate's Erick Erickson: "Now he's on marriage and the crowd goes nuts when he promises a constitutional amendment to protect marriage as that between a man and woman." (Erick Erickson, "Mitt Romney Impresses," Redstate,, 10/19/07)

- Erickson: "Now he says we need a federal tax credit for parents who home school their kids. The folks here love that." (Erick Erickson, "Mitt Romney Impresses," Redstate,, 10/19/07)

Youngman: "Romney scored points during his evening address, saying as president he would 'champion' a constitutional amendment outlawing gay marriage, something former Sen. Fred Thompson (Tenn.) and Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) did not commit to earlier in the day." (Sam Youngman, "Romney Scores With Religious Right," The Hill, 10/19/07)

The Washington Times' Ralph Z. Hallow And Stephen Dinan: "Mr. Romney has won a string of endorsements from major social conservative and pro-life leaders, and delivered a well-received speech here Friday night laying out his commitment to the movement's issues – particularly on stopping abortion and preventing homosexual 'marriage.'" (Ralph Z. Hallow And Stephen Dinan, "Values Voters Back Mike, Mitt," The Washington Times, 10/21/07)

Governor Romney Brings "Crowd To A Roar" Calling On Republicans To Act Like Republicans: Redstate's Erick Erickson: "'We're not going to beat Hillary Clinton by acting like Hillary Clinton,' he says and brings the crowd to a roar again." (Erick Erickson, "Mitt Romney Impresses," Redstate,, 10/19/07)

The Associated Press' Liz Sidoti: "Drawing whistles and applause, Mitt Romney said: 'We're not going to beat Hillary Clinton by acting like Hillary Clinton.'" (Liz Sidoti, "GOP Candidates Seek To Be Choice For Social Conservatives," The Associated Press, 10/19/07)

Governor Romney Wins Straw Poll: CNN's Bill Schneider: "I call it a significant step for Mitt Romney..." (CNN's "Newsroom," 10/20/07)

Fox News' Carl Cameron: "At the Values Voter Summit, there was something of a surprise. They conducted a straw poll at the end of it, and Mitt Romney ended up being the winner." (Fox News' "Fox News Live Weekend," 10/20/07)

Fox News' Laurie Dhue: "In the fight for votes from conservatives, Mitt Romney scored a win today. The republican presidential candidate won a straw poll based on values." (Fox News' "Fox Report Weekend," 10/20/07)

The Atlantic's Marc Ambinder: "Romney's victory is the latest in a string of positive developments for his campaign's ever-so-careful outreach to evangelicals. He was endorsed by three major evangelical figures this week, two of them hailing from South Carolina. If these indications are a leading edge, his support among evangelicals in South Carolina and Iowa and maybe elsewhere may shoot up." (Marc Ambinder, "Romney, Huckabee Top Values Voters Straw Poll," The Atlantic,, 10/20/07)

Reuters' Ed Stoddard: "Romney appears to have been making inroads among religious conservatives..." (Ed Stoddard, "Giuliani Woos Religious Right But Loses Poll," Reuters, 10/20/07) Real Clear Politics' Reid Wilson: "Still, Romney's campaign has something to brag about." (Reid Wilson, "Huckabee, Romney Chalk Up Wins," Real Clear Politics, 10/20/07)

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Saturday, October 20, 2007

Romney's Family Research Coucil Speech

Governor Mitt Romney's Remarks At The Family Research Council

Boston, MA – Tonight, Governor Mitt Romney delivered remarks at the Family Research Council's "Washington Briefing: Values Voter Summit." In his address, Governor Romney proposed a 12-point conservative plan to strengthen families in America.

Below is the full text of Governor Romney's remarks as prepared for delivery. Governor Romney's Remarks To The Family Research Council's "Washington Briefing: Values Voter Summit" (As Prepared For Delivery):

"Thank you for your warm welcome. Thank you for the work you do to strengthen families and protect life. "I think those who know me would say that I am pro-family on every level, from personal to political. I know this: the greatest blessing in my life is Ann and our five sons and daughters-in-law and ten grandchildren. My driving motivation is to have our kids and grandkids grow up in an America that is safe, prosperous and strong.

"To achieve that, it's not just what happens in the White House that matters, it is also what happens in your house. America's future will be determined not just by heads of state but also by heads of households.

"That being said, there is a good deal that our nation can do to assist and validate parents in their vital role. As C.S. Lewis said, parenthood is the ultimate career 'for which all others exist.' "That rings true, doesn't it? That may be because of our Judeo-Christian heritage. We have been taught from our youth that marriage is ordained of God and that 'children are a heritage of the Lord; happy is he who hath his quiver full of them.'

"But there is another reason, a societal reason, for the fundamental role of family. Family is the building block of the nation; it is the economic unit of our society. This is not just rhetoric. It is reality.

"A mother and father who love each other and are devoted to their children will have children that are better educated, better adjusted, healthier, less likely to be raised in poverty and less inclined to crime and drugs. "With two parents, there are more financial resources and more time to devote to the next generation – and there is someone around to take over when one parent is at their wit's end with the kids!

"Family also means that there is a compassionate caregiver when the inevitable sickness or infirmity strikes a family member. "And when you consider the source of most of society's social problems, from teenage pregnancy to drug use to crime, you will find that they stem from the breakdown of the family. "For all these reasons, a society is wealthier, healthier and stronger when it has strong families. In America, then, the family is a vital economic unit, the foundation of our nation. And it is the strength of this nation's families that ultimately determines America's strength in the family of nations.

"That is why I believe that the most important work for the future of America is the work that goes on within the four walls of the American home. "Of course, not all families will have two loving parents. There are many great single parents – like my sister Jane, who raised four wonderful children on her own. So not always, but in the vast numbers of an entire nation, two parents are the ideal setting for raising a child, and for forming the economic unit of society.

"I certainly don't need to tell the Family Research Council and Focus on the Family that the American family is under stress, and under attack. "One of the biggest threats to the fabric of our society is out-of-wedlock childbirth. Ann and I will use the bully pulpit to teach America's children that before they have babies, they should get married. It's time to make out-of-wedlock births out-of-fashion again. "In 1965, a researcher named Daniel Patrick Moynihan was troubled by an alarming statistic – approximately 25% of African-American children were born out of wedlock. How would they escape poverty? Today, not 25% but 68% of African-American children are born out of wedlock. Bill Cosby related that in some inner cities: 'There are whole blocks with scarcely a married couple, whole blocks without responsible males to watch out for wayward boys, whole neighborhoods in which little boys and girls come of age without seeing up close a committed relationship and perhaps never having attended a wedding.' This simply breaks my heart. And then there are the broad national implications of this tragedy. A nation built on the principles of the founding fathers cannot thrive when so many children are being raised without fathers in the home.

"Ann taught a class of at-risk girls at Mother Caroline Academy in Boston. One day she asked her 5th graders how many of them wanted to go to college. Almost every hand went up. Then she asked how many were planning on having a baby before they graduated from high school – almost every hand went up again. And then she told them the truth: you just won't be able to do both. "Every First Lady champions a cause. For Nancy Reagan, it was to just say no to drugs. For Barbara and Laura Bush, it has been reading. Ann has worked to help children make good choices like marriage and high school before having babies. If she is First Lady, this will be her mission.

"And if I am elected President, I will convene a White House Summit to look at ways we can strengthen the family, particularly in the inner city. "In addition to using the bully pulpit, there are specific policy initiatives that I'd like to bring forward, as well as some goals we can set to accomplish together. "I will re-align government incentives to encourage marriage, not penalize it. As we all know, few things had as devastating an impact on poor families as the 1960's welfare system. To some degree, that has been reformed, but there is more work to do. For example, a single mother with child care who marries the father of her child can lose as much as $6,000 a year in government benefits. Their combined incomes can disqualify them for Medicaid, housing vouchers, food stamps and welfare.

"It is time that we made fathers responsible for their child's health and care, whether or not they have married the mother. And further, the tax penalty we attach to married couples is simply offensive. The words 'I do' in marriage should not result in the government saying 'you don't' when it comes to the economic security of a family.

"Some years ago, Dr. Dobson met with President Reagan to determine how they could keep government from doing things that hurt families and that weakened the family structure in America. This meeting led the President to issue an Executive Order which established the requirement that new government policies and programs be subject to a Family Impact Statement. And then years later, without fanfare or reason, Bill Clinton simply snuffed it out.

If I become President, I will re-instate the Family Impact Statement. "In addition, I will initiate an audit of all current programs and policies which negatively impact families. And I will look to support the rights of parents who are not always consulted about decisions affecting their children. There is something wrong when a school can tell a parent that they have no right to remove their Second grader from a class where they are teaching about same-sex marriage. The work of being a parent is hard enough without the government making it harder.

"I will work with the people in this room, as I have for the past four years, to champion a federal marriage amendment to protect marriage as the union of a man and a woman. Within months of taking office as governor, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court got the gay marriage ball rolling. They said it was in our state Constitution. John Adams, who wrote it, would be surprised. It was not in our Constitution, but it was in the heads of a one vote majority on the bench to birth new law without the benefit of democracy.

"The Court's error I believe was that it focused on adult rights – if heterosexual couples can marry, it reasoned, then to have equal rights, homosexual couples should also be able to marry. But they forgot that one of the primary purposes of marriage is the development and nurturing of children. Every child deserves a mother and a father. "The Court's opinion is as astonishing as its ruling. It said that traditional marriage between a man and a woman 'works a deep and scarring hardship...for no rational reason.' No rational reason? How about the strength and preservation of our civilization?

"And this is no longer just a Massachusetts issue. As recently as a few months ago, a judge in Iowa said that gay couples have the right to marry because current marriage law 'operates ONLY to harm same sex couples and their children.' Astonishing. "After the ruling in Massachusetts, I testified in Washington in favor of a federal marriage amendment. I wrote every Republican U.S. Senator to support it. But even some of our own voted against it. Make no mistake: a federal amendment is the only way we can protect marriage from liberal, unelected judges. "I will be a pro-life President. I will appoint and fight for justices who follow the law and the Constitution, who understand judicial restraint and who won't legislate from the bench.

But being a pro-life president also means promoting policies that reflect our respect for the sanctity of life. I will oppose taxpayer funding of abortion, oppose partial birth abortion, oppose abortion in military clinics, oppose funding abortion in international aid programs, and I will work to ban embryonic cloning. I will work to increase adoptions by making the adoption tax credit permanent and raising awareness about embryonic adoption, or snowflake babies.

"And you don't have to take my word for it, you can look at my record as governor. On every piece of legislation, I came down on the side of life. I was honored to receive the political leadership award from Massachusetts Citizens for Life in recognition of the actions I took as governor to protect life. I am grateful for the work all of you have done for years on this issue. Like Ronald Reagan and Henry Hyde, I am a convert to this cause. I have joined the fight to win the hearts and minds of others, and to work to create a culture of life.

"I will fight the modern plague of internet pornography, especially as it effects our youth. Following the Columbine shooting, Peggy Noonan said that our children are swimming in an ocean of filth – pornography, perversions, violence and sex. It's time we not only clean up that water our kids are swimming in.

"Computer pornography has given new meaning to the words 'home invasion.' If I am President, I will work to make sure that every computer sold into the home has an easy to engage pornography filter so that every parent can protect their child from unwanted filth. "And these predators who use the internet to lure in children? In my book, it's one strike and you're ours. Long prison sentences followed by ankle bracelets for the rest of their lives.

"I will take the campaign against drugs to a new level. We can do a better job educating our kids on the perils of drug use. Parents may be the best anti-drug there is. A study reported last month that young children who come from homes where families had dinner together five times a week or more were 1/6th as likely to have used drugs. "Dr. Dobson famously wrote that 'parenting isn't for cowards.' I know how hard it is to raise kids in today's world.

I want to help families by making sure that every family has health care. My plan gets every citizen insured, without new taxes and without HillaryCare and socialized medicine. We put a plan to work in Massachusetts and already, the ranks of the uninsured have been cut in half.

"I will work for better schools and better education for our children. I want school choice – every child should have an equal opportunity to have a good education. I fought and won the fight to add charter schools in Massachusetts. "And by the way, let's do something to help parents who are home schooling with a federal tax credit to help defray the cost of their home schooling expenses. "I want to help parents save for their children's college education. My tax plan says that for every family earning $200,000 a year or less, the new tax rate on their interest, dividends and capital gains will be absolutely zero.

"I will defend America's religious heritage. I am convinced that a family with faith, a family with a pastor or other adult who cares about every child, has a distinct advantage in guiding children to successful adulthood. "I will make sure my Attorney General defends the free exercise of religion. "The effort to establish an anti-religion in America, the anti-religion of secularism, has got to come to an end. We are a nation under God, and we do place our trust in Him.

"By the way – a few of you may have heard that I'm a Mormon. I understand that some people think they couldn't support someone of my faith. That may be because they've listened to Harry Reid.

"Actually, I'm pleased that so many people of so many faiths have come to endorse my candidacy and my message. My campaign is about changing Washington to strengthen America: I want to build a stronger military, a stronger economy, and stronger families. I call these the three legs of the Republican stool. These three unite the coalition of conservatives that Ronald Reagan championed – defense conservatives, economic conservatives, and social conservatives.

"We won't win the White House with only two out of three or one out of three. Republicans win the White House by motivating all three parts of our coalition to carry us to victory. We're not going to beat Hillary Clinton by acting like Hillary Clinton.

"My whole family has been working on my campaign. And we've loved it. But we take this quite seriously as well. We know that if we win your vote for the Presidency, we will be expected to live by a higher standard. Everything we do will be under a microscope, whether we like it or not. The First family represents America to the world, and just as important, it represents America to your children and grandchildren. We will live up to a higher standard. Our family is far from perfect, but we'll always try to make you proud.

"This, after all, is why I am running – to strengthen our nation so that our children and yours will have a safe and free and prosperous future. And to strengthen our nation, we must begin by strengthening the family. It is the place where America's future is born, and where it is shaped. I need your help in this cause. You know the importance of the family. You know what we must do. I can't wait for us to do it together.

"Thank you, and God bless you."

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Friday, October 19, 2007

Newest Mitt Romney Ad "Our Home"

Enjoy this FUN new tv ad from Mitt Romney and family, "Our Home"

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Another Evangelical Endorsement for Romney

In the News

Evangelical leader endorses Romney

On the eve of his speech to a key evangelical Christian group, Mitt Romney today announced another endorsement from a high-profile evangelical leader.

The support from Don Wilton, the immediate past president of the South Carolina Baptist Convention, follows the endorsement earlier in the week from Bob Jones III, the chancellor of Bob Jones University in Greenville, S.C.

Like Jones, Wilton said while he doesn't agree with Romney's Mormon faith, he shares values on important issues such as gay marriage and abortion.

"His values are my values – protecting the sanctity of human life, defending marriage and strengthening the family," Wilton, who is now senior pastor at the 6,900-member First Baptist Church of Spartanburg, S.C., said in a statement provided by the Romney campaign. "We need someone in Washington who will stand up for traditional families and Governor Romney is that person. While we may not agree on theology, Governor Romney and I agree that this election is about our country heading in the right direction. Governor Romney is the best candidate to stand for conservative values in Washington."

South Carolina, where Republicans hold their first-in-the-South primary on Jan. 19, is crucial for Romney proving he can do well in the South.

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Romney's "Values Voters Summit" Speech

In the News

Romney not giving the Mormon speech tonight
By Michael Kranish, Globe Staff

Mitt Romney will not make his long-anticipated speech about his Mormon faith when he speaks tonight at the Values Voters Summit in Washington of evangelical Christians.

"This is not a religion speech," said Eric Fehrnstrom, a Romney spokesman.

While some conservative Christians say Romney needs to give a speech similar to the one that John F. Kennedy gave during his 1960 campaign to become the nation's first Catholic president, the address is expected to focus on Romney's proposals for strengthening families.

The Romney campaign provided excerpts of the speech, quoting Romney as saying he is "pleased that so many people of many faiths have come to endorse my candidacy and my message."

"I think those who know me would say that I am pro-family on every level, from personal to political," Romney says in remarks prepared for delivery. "I know this: the greatest blessing in my life is Ann and our five sons and daughters-in-law and ten grandchildren. My driving motivation is to have our kids and grandkids grow up in an America that is safe, prosperous and strong."

Romney pledges that if elected president, he will convene a White House summit to look at ways to strengthen the family, particularly in the inner city. He also says that he and his wife will use the bully pulpit of the White House to urge Americans to avoid out-of-wedlock births.

"It's time to make out-of-wedlock births out-of-fashion again!" he says in the speech.

The former Massachusetts governor also vows to push a federal constitutional amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman, to appoint anti-abortion judges, and to oppose taxpayer funding of abortions.

Romney also says he can bring together all the major parts of the Republican coalition.

"I want to build a stronger military, a stronger economy, and stronger families," he says in the prepared remarks. "I call these the three legs of the Republican stool. These three unite the coalition of conservatives that Ronald Reagan championed -- defense conservatives, economic conservatives, and social conservatives. We won't win the White House with only two out of three or one out of three. Republicans win the White House by motivating all three parts of our coalition to carry us to victory."

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Romney Agenda: Defeating The Jihadist Threat

The Romney Agenda: Defeating The Jihadist Threat


"There is a war being waged by the terrorists. And as long as we have a Republican president, we're going to have a war on terrorists." – Governor Romney (Jason Spencer, "Yankee Governor With Southern Values' Backs Military And Attacks 'HillaryCare'," The Spartanburg Herald-Journal, 7/20/07)

Succeeding In Iraq And Afghanistan:

Governor Romney Is Committed To Success In Iraq And Afghanistan. At a minimum, success means not leaving behind a safe haven in Iraq and Afghanistan for Al Qaeda or other terrorist groups, from which they can finance, train and launch devastating attacks on America, Israel, and the world. In Iraq, the Surge's success has been vital to ensuring that Al Qaeda is denied a safe haven from which to launch attacks.

Defending America With A Strong Military:

Governor Romney Will Defend America By Strengthening Our Military. Across America, there are thousands of families with members in the Armed Forces, Reserves and National Guard who need more support from Washington.

- Governor Romney Will Add At Least 100,000 More Troops To Our Armed Forces.
- Governor Romney Will Commit At Least 4% Of Our Gross Domestic Product To Defense. This will help provide the resources needed for equipment, modernization, training, treatment and care of our wounded soldiers.
- National Review: "Mitt Romney has called for adding 100,000 soldiers and boosting defense spending to four percent of GDP. These are sensible proposals, and we hope the other GOP candidates make similar ones." (Editorial, "Size Matters," National Review, 4/16/07)
- Click Here To Read Governor Romney's Full Plan To Strengthen Our Military.

Creating A Special Partnership Force:

Governor Romney Has Proposed Creating The Special Partnership Force (SPF) To Harness All Elements Of Our National Power In Contested Areas To Defeat Jihadists. To meet today's challenges, we must mobilize and integrate all elements of national power in unstable areas where traditional civilian agencies cannot operate effectively and traditional military power alone cannot succeed. The Special Partnership Force will integrate all elements of national power under a new force with leadership drawn from a core group of our Army Special Forces trained to work with civilian governments and intelligence personnel to form a new capability that is:

- Focused On Locally-Targeted Efforts To Win Support In The Community While Identifying, Isolating And Eliminating Terrorist Elements.
- Highly Integrated And Able To Mobilize All Elements Of National Power, Including Humanitarian And Development Assistance And Rule Of Law Capacity Building.
- Closely Coordinated In Partnership With Local Governments. - Intelligence Driven.
- Agile And Flexible In Its Operations.
- A Sustainable Effort In Contested Areas And Sanctuaries Of Jihadist Groups.

The SPF Builds On A Long History Of Successful Efforts Against Terrorists And Insurgent Groups. While a new capability, this force draws on the lessons learned from a long history of successful efforts against terrorist and insurgent groups, including U.S. efforts under the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) in World War II, post-9/11 efforts in Afghanistan, and recent Special Forces efforts in the Philippines.

- Click Here To View Governor Romney's PowerPoint On The Special Partnership Force.

Combating The Threat Of Nuclear Terrorism:

Governor Romney Has Outlined A Comprehensive Strategy To Prevent Nuclear Material From Ending Up In The Hands Of Terrorists. While there is a threat of nuclear material from nations like Iran falling into the hands of terrorists, we must be vigilant in preventing terrorists and Jihadists from acquiring what are commonly known as "loose nukes."
At Yeshiva University in April 2007, Governor Romney proposed a comprehensive strategy to guard against this nuclear peril by:

- Appointing An Ambassador-At-Large To Prevent Nuclear Proliferation With The Authority To Lead American Efforts.
- Making Nuclear Trafficking A Crime Against Humanity On Par With Genocide And War Crimes.
- Updating the Non-Proliferation Treaty To Meet Today's Challenges.
- Establishing A "Gold Standard" For Securing Nuclear Materials Around The World.
- Creating An International Fuel Bank To Supply Nuclear Fuel To Countries That Abide By Very High Standards Of Safety And Security.
- Click Here To Read Governor Romney's Strategy To Combat The Threat Of Nuclear Terrorism.

Preventing A Nuclear Iran:

Governor Romney Is The Only Republican Presidential Candidate Who Has Proposed A Comprehensive Plan To Prevent A Nuclear Iran. In January 2007 at the Herzilya Conference in Israel, Governor Romney outlined a plan that will tighten economic sanctions against the Iranian regime, isolate Iran diplomatically and indict Iran's President Ahmadinejad for inciting genocide, enlist Arab states to join our efforts, make clear to the Iranian people the peril of acquiring nuclear capabilities, and maintain the military option.

- Click Here To Read Governor Romney's Remarks On His Iran Strategy.

Building A Global Network Against Terror And Transnational Threats:

Governor Romney Will Build A Global Network Against Terror And Transnational Threats To Link Intelligence From Around The World. The Global Network will link intelligence and law enforcement capabilities around the world to share data about border crossings, biometric indicators, passport fraud, nuclear and biological threats, criminal patterns, human trafficking and drug trafficking.

Creating A Partnership For Prosperity And Progress:

Governor Romney Will Launch A New Type Of Marshall Plan Unifying Non-Military Sources Of Power To Support Moderate Muslims. As President, Governor Romney will call together our Middle East allies and the major nations of the developed world to establish a Partnership for Prosperity and Progress. This Partnership will assemble the resources of all developed nations to assure that threatened Islamic states have public schools, micro-credit and banking, the rule of law, human rights, basic health care, and competitive economic policies. Resources would be drawn from public and private institutions, and from volunteers and NGOs.

Strengthening Alliances Around The World:

Governor Romney Will Strengthen And Expand NATO And Other Alliances Around The World. In January 2007, Governor Romney called for expanding NATO by making it a global alliance and expanding its mission to defeat radical Islam.
Governor Romney proposes building regional alliances linked to a global NATO in areas like the Middle East, Latin America and Africa. These regional alliances will provide personnel with localized knowledge and cultural awareness to address emerging crises and threats.

Revitalizing Our Civilian Capabilities:

Governor Romney Will Fundamentally Revitalize Our Civilian And Interagency Capabilities. Building on the Goldwater-Nichols military reforms of the 1980s, we need bold new reforms to ensure that our civilian and inter-agency instruments of national power have the ability to build joint efforts. For example, just as the different military branches have divided the world into regions with a single commander for each, our civilian agencies should be united under a single Presidential envoy or Deputy for each region of the world. These Deputies will have clear lines of authority, budgets and responsibility to develop and execute regional plans and strategies.

Governor Romney Will Strengthen Strategic Planning And Challenge Bureaucratic "Group Think." Many of our civilian national security and foreign policy structures were created decades ago. We need strengthened capabilities to strategically integrate all elements of national power in planning and budgeting, as was seen in the lack for strategic planning for post-war Iraq. The National Security Council (NSC) especially needs to be strengthened to achieve these goals. NSC staff must be empowered and accountable for reaching out to divergent viewpoints and challenging policies and proposals. To ensure that we are always prepared, we must constantly challenge bureaucratic "group think" and assumptions.

Defending Israel:

Governor Romney Is Committed To Defending Israel. He makes this guarantee because Israel is a key strategic ally in the global war against radical Jihadists, because of our respect for the Israeli people, and because the world has a moral obligation to this nation.

Protecting Our Homeland:

Governor Romney Believes Prevention Must Be A Key Priority In Our Homeland Security. Today, protecting the homeland must begin far from home. Intelligence and law enforcement efforts able to address threats before they reach our shores must be a priority for U.S. and international action. This will demand new U.S. capabilities, stronger international alliances and integration of our federal actions with international, state and local efforts.

Strengthening Our Intelligence Capabilities:

Governor Romney Will Strengthen Our Intelligence Communities By Eliminating Bureaucracy And Moving Resources To The Field. During the Clinton Administration, our intelligence community was critically weakened, the CIA workforce was slashed by almost 20% and recruitment reduced dramatically. We have started to restore resources, but Washington's response has focused on creating a new, expanded and duplicative Washington bureaucracy in the Directorate of National Intelligence. We need to eliminate duplicative efforts, revitalize recruitment and prioritize efforts in the field, expanding human intelligence.

Supporting The Patriot Act:

Governor Romney Supports The Patriot Act. The Patriot Act has given our men and women in the law enforcement and intelligence communities the tools they need to defend America. Their work is aided immensely by the provisions in the Patriot Act.

Ensuring That We Are Listening When Al Qaeda Calls Into The United States:

Governor Romney Believes That When Terrorists Call Into The United States, We Need To Be Listening. Our most basic civil liberty is the right to be kept alive and Governor Romney will use every tool at our disposal to keep America safe.

Securing Our Borders:

Governor Romney Will Secure Our Borders And Enforce Our Current Immigration Laws. Governor Romney believes we must enforce our laws, secure our border, put in place an enforceable employment verification system, and provide no special pathway to citizenship for those here illegally.

- Click Here To Read Governor Romney's Record Of Enforcing Our Immigration Laws.

Achieving Energy Independence For Our America's Security: Governor Romney Will Help America Achieve Energy Independence. Energy independence is vital to our national defense and our economic security. We should never expose our nation to the economic blackmail of terrorist sponsoring states like Iran or tyrants like Venezuela's Chavez.

Governor Romney has called for a bold and far-reaching research initiative to create new, economic sources of clean energy. We must invest in renewable and alternative fuels such as ethanol, cellulosic ethanol, biodiesel, and liquefied coal. American resolve and investment are essential for energy security and national security.

Read Governor Romney's Full Strategy For A Stronger America:

To read more about Governor Romney's agenda to change Washington, please click on the Strategy for a Stronger America , a compilation of his policy proposals for conservative change and to meet the new generation of challenges confronting our nation.
Since January 2007, Governor Romney has outlined more than 50 different policy proposals. From defeating violent Jihadists to protecting traditional values, Governor Romney believes we can build a stronger America by taking Washington apart and putting it back together based on conservative principles that strengthen our national defense, our economy and our families.

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