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Mitt Romney's Candor Gap

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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Comments (5)

Stefano Picciotto:

"Candor gap" is polite. Romney intentionally misleads.

During his campaign for Governor of Massachusetts, Mitt Romney promised judicial reform for Massachusetts. The reality is he left the system more broken than it was before his term in office. Judge Tuttman is not an isolated incident. Governor Romney also nominated and pushed for the confirmation of Judge Mitchel J. Sikora to the Massachusetts Court of Appeals. When Romney did this, he was made personally aware by me that Judge Sikora had a track record of "outrageous" leniency toward violent criminals. By way of example only, prior to the judicial confirmation hearing, members of the public made Governor Romney personally aware that Judge Sikora had:

 Acquitted the man who killed Jacqueline O' Donald finding that, giving her the date-rape drug GBL was not "reckless or wanton" enough to sustain the charge of manslaughter because Dolan "did not know the drug was dangerous to the point of grave bodily harm." (See Boston Globe article dated December 31, 2003, "Plymouth Man, 34 Cleared in Death")

 Released a rapist from the Treatment Center for the Sexually Dangerous in Bridgewater, over the strenuous objections of the Department of Corrections. Governor Cellucci called Sikora's decision "outrageous." Shortly after Judge Sikora released him, the rapist/pedophile was arrested for stalking girls with a rope, rock, and knife in his car, - his weapons of choice. (See Boston Herald article dated March 12, 1999, "Freed Mass. Rapist Arrested in UConn Stalking Incidents")

 Conducted Monty-Python type trials complete with jurors dressed in Halloween costumes. (See Boston Herald article dated October 31, 2004, "Judges Trick No Treat for Litigants")

The above are merely a few examples of the abhorrent behavior of Judge Mitchel Sikora. The public record documents that Judge Sikora was untruthful during his confirmation hearing. In spite of his personal knowledge of that kind of record (and I have the documents that prove it), Governor Romney elevated Judge Sikora to a higher court. If Romney becomes president of America, we will see a callous disregard for the quality and integrity of the federal judicial appointments and the protection of the public.

Stefano Picciotto
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Romney is a man of integrity. You are needlessly freaking yourself out. He would make a great president. He is the most educated and accomplished of ALL the candidates. He cares about what happens to America, and I would rather have a president with his abilities than any of the other candidates. I have this theory that people just get worked up about Romney because of how he looks, failing to look beyond that. Hence the common description of Romney, 'empty suit'. Ha! He is anything but that. Sadly, there are so many people who have this huge inability to weigh the negatives and positives of all the candidates and to do so with fair and honest judgement.

Mad Jayhawk:

I am going to vote for Hillary Clinton, the most ethical, trustworthy candidate that there is. She has never told a lie. Never. I just don't recall her ever lying. I don't count the time she was almost indicted for lying about Travelgate and Filegate by the Special Prosecutor while in the White House. Or the time where instead of lying or telling the truth in a court proceeding she just said over and over again that she couldn't recall. She is the kind of politician we need in the White House. Honest and almost never lying.

I was going to vote for the preacher, but he lied about using Bolton as a foreign policy advisor. So he is a big liar too even though he is a preacher although preachers like Jim Bakker were known to have lied some too. And didn't old Huck lie about his degree or something like that? I bet he tells lots of whoppers when it comes right down to it.

Mick Stockinger[TypeKey Profile Page]:

Hmmm. The only problem with this post is its premise. The AP article is a slime job by a reporter with stated hatred of Romney. Powerline blog does an excellent job debunking this nonsense.

Its also the worst kind of bigotry. The Huckabee campaign and its fellow travellers are making use of a very old Evangelical stereotype of Mormons as deceitful and dishonest. The entire theme of dishonesty is an appeal to deep-seated religious intolerance created by over 150 years and libel.

If you don't like Romney, then criticize him for something real.

Lee Ward:

Nothing in the article is inaccurate, so it's a "sliming" of Romney to point out his faults? Bullshit. Mike Huckabee was making the same noise all day yesterday, calling Romney dishonest and stating that he was a power-hungry liar.

And you have to admit, Mick, experience aside it comes down to "character," and Romney has huge character flaws when it comes to integrity. The guy flips more than Jay Tea on his swing shift at Burger King.


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