Monday, February 4, 2008
Mitt Romney: Fighting For Family Values
"America cannot continue to lead the family of nations around the world if we suffer the collapse of the family here at home." (Governor Mitt Romney, Remarks At UPI, 2/26/05)
Presidential candidate Mitt Romney's campaign slogan encompasses the values he believes and lives in his everyday life. Romney is one of the few candidates running for the Presidential nomination that truly upholds traditional values.
The core of Romney's values lies within his own family: his Presidential campaign has included his wife, children and grandchildren. He believes the best way to solve many social issues is to focus on the traditional American family: a mother and father with children. This is the focus of his platform.
Romney is the one candidate who not only talks the talk, but when it comes to life and traditional values - he walks the walk as well:
• Governor Romney Vetoed Legislation That Would Have Provided For The "Morning After Pill" Without A Prescription. (Governor Mitt Romney, Op-Ed, "Why I Vetoed The Contraception Bill," The Boston Globe, 7/26/05)
• Governor Romney Promoted Abstinence Education In The Classroom. (Office Of Governor Mitt Romney, "Romney Announces Award Of Abstinence Education Contract," Press Release, 4/20/06)
• Governor Romney Vetoed Legislation That Would Have Changed The Longstanding Definition Of The Beginning Of Human Life From Fertilization To Implantation. (Governor Mitt Romney, Letter To The Massachusetts State Senate And House Of Representatives, 5/12/05)
• Governor Romney Supports Parental Notification Laws And Opposed Efforts To Weaken Parental Involvement. (John McElhenny, "O'Brien And Romney Spar In Last Debate Before Election," The Associated Press, 10/29/02)
• Governor Romney Supports Adult Stem Cell Research But Has Opposed Efforts To Advance Embryo-Destructive Research In Massachusetts. (Theo Emery, "Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney Vetoes Stem Cell Bill," The Associated Press, 5/27/05)
• Governor Romney opposed Same-Sex Marriage in Massachusetts and fought for an amendment to the Massachusetts state constitution to ban gay marrriage. (NY Times 05/16/04)
• Mitt Romney supports the Federal Marriage Amendment to define marriage as being between a man and a woman.
In short, Governor Romney has been on the front line of the culture wars and has been fighting the good fight. How do his opponents measure up? Not as well as they'd like:
John McCain: Despite claiming to have a pro-life record John McCain has voted repeatedly for embryonic stem cell research. McCain did voice support for the partial birth abortion ban, but only after it was apparent that it was going to pass overwhelmingly in the Senate. Senator McCain also opposed the Federal Marriage Amendment.
Mike Huckabee Mike Huckabee claims to be more pro-life than Governor Romney on the basis that he's been pro-life longer. Huckabee decided he was against abortion when he turned 4, and hasn't changed his mind since. That is all well and good, but what has Mike Huckabee ever done? His record on supporting family values doesn't exist. In Arkansas you can't get elected without being pro-life, sure Mike Huckabee is pro-life - so are all the Arkansas Democrats. Even Bill and Hillary Clinton claimed to be pro-life when in Arkansas.
The question then becomes who do you want as the Republican front runner? For my vote, I'm picking the candidate with a proven track record of fighting for family and traditional values. Mitt Romney has not only gone up against the worst type of liberals, he has done it in a state where his decisions made him unpopular. He has spent political capitol in the name of life and morality.
"What became clear during the cloning debate is how the harsh logic of an absolute right to abortion had cheapened the value of human life to the point that rational people saw a human embryo as nothing more than mere research material to be used, and then destroyed."
"My experience as Governor taught me firsthand that the threat to our culture is real and those in a position to do so must take action to defend it." (Governor Mitt Romney, Remarks At The National Right To Life Convention Forum, 7/15/07)
"I stood at the center of the battlefield on every major social issue. I fought to preserve our traditional values and to protect the sanctity of human life. I vetoed bills. I filed new bills. I enforced the law that banned out-of-state same-sex couples from coming to Massachusetts to get married. I went to the court again and again. I testified here before Congress for the Federal Marriage Amendment. And I championed our successful petition drive that collected a record 170,000 signatures for a citizen ballot initiative to protect marriage." (Governor Mitt Romney, Remarks At The Conservative Political Action Conference, 3/2/07)
* Please forward this link to every values voter you know, or copy and paste this article and email it to them. The Republican party and America can't afford to make a wrong choice at this crucial time.
Posted by Jonathan Colton at 2:34 AM