Mitt Romney is a Republican running for President who just can't be honest with the American people. He is dishonest at the core of his being, and has no business being in the White House. We don't need 4 more years of lies.
As a presidential contender, Mitt Romney has the looks, the money and the campaign machine. He also has something of a candor gap.
When confronted with questions that might conflict with his message of the day or political record, the Republican candidate has shown a tendency to bob and weave or simply dismiss history. He has done so all year, providing an easy target for his opponents.
"If a person is dishonest in his approach to get the job, do you believe he will be honest in telling you the truth when he does get the job?" former minister and Romney opponent Mike Huckabee said Saturday.
Of course not. Some day, maybe, a Republican running for President in this election cycle will stand up and admit that President Bush is also this dishonest. It'll be a refreshing change from putzes like Romney who have repeatedly shown their lack of candor.
The Associated Press report quoted above cites example after example, stretching back more than a year, where Romney's dishonesty has surfaced. And the fact that this man has spent close to $20 million of his own money on his campaign shows just how badly he wants to be elected.
He's a dishonest politician who will say anything and spend everything to get into the White House -- emblematic of the corrupt, lying Republican slime that still permeates our country's highest offices. He must be stopped, and folks in New Hampshire are starting to wake up to that fact:
If you were building a Republican presidential candidate from a kit, imagine what pieces you might use: an athletic build, ramrod posture, Reaganesque hair, a charismatic speaking style and a crisp dark suit. You'd add a beautiful wife and family, a wildly successful business career and just enough executive government experience. You'd pour in some old GOP bromides - spending cuts and lower taxes - plus some new positions for 2008: anti-immigrant rhetoric and a focus on faith.
Add it all up and you get Mitt Romney, a disquieting figure who sure looks like the next president and most surely must be stopped.
These quotes are from an editorial published in the New Hampshire Concord Monitor newspaper on December 22nd. In a busy holiday season it was easily overlooked, and therefore bears repeating.
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.
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. As a candidate for governor, Romney dismissed an anti-tax pledge as a gimmick. In this race, he was the first to sign.
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.
Stopping Romney in New Hampshire won't stop Romney. He has the money, drive, and ambition to continue his campaign, and the fact that he now runs the dirtiest campaign of all -- Republican or Democrat -- further underscores the fervor with which this man is driven towards the Presidency.
Anyone who wants power that much should not be allowed to succeed. Mitt Romney is a threat to our nation, and he must be stopped.
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