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Mitt weighs in

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles ) | Jun 14, 2007

Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney-- who, as it turns out, was on the campaign trail in Illinois today, rather than staying in his home state to lobby the legislature on the Marriage Amendment-- issued a statement after the votes were counted:

Today's vote by the State Legislature is a regrettable setback in our efforts to defend traditional marriage.

"Our" efforts, Mitt? Sorry if I didn't notice how you were involved. True, after the legislature killed a similar amendment in 2002, you recruited a group of earnest Republican challengers to run against the Democrats who had thwarted the effort. But then your ace GOP staff aides encouraged those candidates not to emphasize the marriage issue. And guess what? They lost in November.

The Romney presidential-campaign statement continues:

Marriage is an institution that goes to the heart of our society, and our leaders can no longer abdicate their responsibility.

The first phrase of that sentence is content-free-- what political consultants call "a few nice words." The second phrase explains why I'm not on the Romney-for-President bandwagon.

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  • Posted by: - Jun. 18, 2007 2:15 PM ET USA

    Adamah: What has Canada ever done to deserve that?

  • Posted by: - Jun. 15, 2007 3:28 PM ET USA

    Romney was just checking the box as governor of the commonwealth...he has the skills and personality to lead and effect change. He could have made a great difference and revived true debate on Beacon Hill. His tenure was a terrible disappointment. His positions are as contrived as every other politician's. His eyes have been on 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue since before his days at Bain. He's no different than Hillary Clinton.

  • Posted by: - Jun. 15, 2007 10:51 AM ET USA

    Any chance we could donate Massachusetts to Canada?

  • Posted by: - Jun. 15, 2007 9:37 AM ET USA

    Any republican who runs on a firm platform of defense of morality, in a matter of fact way, will find great traction in the mainstream voting public. This is the great crisis of our time and people are aware of it. Do not follow the polls, they ask the questions about the issues they beleive are important and the real issues are thrown to the side.

  • Posted by: - Jun. 15, 2007 7:11 AM ET USA

    Guiliani repeatedly identifies himself as a Catholic. Romney shamelessly lies aout his record on abortion and gay marriage. Why is there no ground-swell of support for McCain, the only anti-Roe Republican with a real possibility of winning ? I don't agree with him on everything, but the man has been consistent and honest.

  • Posted by: - Jun. 15, 2007 12:19 AM ET USA

    Yes, it was on Mitt Romney's watch that all of this stuff happened. As the Governor he could have done something, but he is weak. Nothing but a political animal.. During his watch the Catholic Charities were also forced to stop adoptions, because the State of Massachusetts insisted that they would have to adopt out to homosexuals. There is No Hope for Massachusetts, because the people of Massachusetts have been hijacked and hoodwinked by "the crazies".

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