Romney claims he is ‘values’ candidate

Republican Mitt Romney criticized presidential rival Rudy Giuliani on Friday, arguing that his own real-world experience and socially conservative values represent the “Republican wing of the Republican Party.” The former Massachusetts governor, who espoused moderate views in his 1994 bid to unseat Democratic Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, said that when Republicans act like Democrats, the nation loses.

“I believe conservatives across the nation and particularly in states where I have been able to take my message, like Iowa and New Hampshire and South Carolina and Michigan and Florida and Nevada, that conservatives that have heard me time and again recognize that I do speak for the Republican wing of the Republican Party,” Romney said.

In 2004, presidential candidate Howard Dean often told his party’s faithful that he represented the “Democratic wing of the Democratic Party.”

Romney assailed Giuliani for challenging President Clinton’s line-item veto authority, a spending-limitation power the Supreme Court ruled unconstitutional in 1998. He said when the ruling was issued there were two people dancing in the streets — Giuliani and Sen. Robert Byrd, D-W.Va., who has steered numerous projects to his home state.

“Mayor Giuliani, in order to get more money for New York City, went to court to stop the line-item veto, and unfortunately he was successful,” Romney said. “I will fight very hard to get the line-item veto back in the president’s hand.”

Giuliani spokesman Jarrod Agen responded that the former mayor “continues to be the leading choice among conservatives because he has proven executive experience and he’s the real fiscal conservative in the race with a record of cutting taxes.”

Agen said that Giuliani supports a constitutional amendment establishing a presidential line-item veto. He said the one signed by then-President Clinton and overturned by the high court was unconstitutional.

“And anyone who doesn’t understand that does not have a clear understanding of the Constitution,” Agen said.

At a townhall-type meeting at a hotel-casino sponsored by the Nevada Federation of Republican Women and later in a speech to the Conservative Leadership Conference, Romney criticized Republicans who go to Washington and don’t stop excessive spending.

“When Republicans act like Democrats, America loses,” he said. “It’s time for Republicans to act like Republicans again.”

Asked later whether he thought Giuliani was a Democrat in Republican clothes, Romney declined to answer.

“I’m going to let you refine at this point the positions of each of the people running for president,” he told reporters, adding that a coalition of social, economic and foreign policy conservatives is necessary for the GOP to maintain control of the White House in 2008.

“Now and then people say we can’t win the White House if we have family values or social conservatives in the lead or in the nominee,” Romney said.

“In my view, we won’t win the White House unless we have social conservative values as part of the nominee’s platform,” he said.

Giuliani supports abortion rights and gay rights, and during his eight years as New York mayor strongly favored gun control.

Romney, who was head of the 2002 Winter Olympics, said the GOP needs a candidate with business experience.

“I didn’t spend my life in politics,” he said. “It’s high time to have someone with experience in the private sector because the president is not an internship.”

Romney said the broad name recognition enjoyed by Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., may ultimately prove to be her demise.

“She is well known and that’s the good news,” Romney said to applause. “I think about 45, 46 percent of America is really happy with Hillary Clinton and think she would be a great president. But I don’t think she can get over 50 percent.”

On other topics, Romney said he opposes medical marijuana laws because they are a “Trojan horse” for legalizing the drug, which he said is a “plague to our children and a plague to our country.”

He repeated his opposition to same-sex marriages and said he wants “our kids to understand before they start having babies they should get married.”

He was asked at the townhall meeting whether, if he were elected, he would sign a bill sent to him with a constitutional ban on abortions.

“I would love to see an America where there was no abortion. But that’s not where the American people are,” Romney said.

“What I do want to see, and where I think the American people are today, is to see a conservative jurist on the Supreme Court and to see Roe v. Wade overturned.”


  1. Sandra Price

    Romney is no better or worse than any of the Candidates running for President in 2008. They are all checking the emotional points of interest in the voters and will push those points until they get into office and will return to the apathy that has driven them when it comes to right versus wrong.

    The federal government has no authority over the social actions of any American. No matter of pandering to the religious right, should have any merit behind it.

    It seems to me that Romney instilled no American values into his own sons as none of them feel a need to protect the American people but simply their own Mormon asses.

    He wants only to overturn Roe v Wade and return the abortions back to dirty motel rooms that kill many young women. I listen to the emotions of these Christians and wonder where the hell they get the authority to judge who lives and who dies at the hands of criminals. I suggested here at CHB Reader Rant (just before I was banned in 2000) that it might be a good idea to open hundreds of clean abortions clinice along the Mexican side of the border to stop the killing of our American women.

    This would give individual freedoms that the Christians like Romney, would fight to make illegal. That is the hypocrisy found in the Republican candidates.

    We have seen the moral values of Conservatives and most of us old time Republicans want nothing to do with any of it. The only action I see needed is a return to the Separation of Church and State and get the government out of our individual freedoms. I would rather see a level of sinners in America than a level of hypocrites in our Government.

  2. SEAL

    These are the issues and the sniping at each other by the front runners that are being reported by the press? Each accusing the other of the same thing when, as Sandy points out, there is no difference worth mentioning.

    During the last debate the candidates were asked if they would attack Iran without the approval of congress. I can’t remember exactly what he said but Giuliani gave some non-answer about looking into that. Mitt Romney said he would have to check with his attornies!

    Ron Paul literally yelled at them when he heard that. He told them to open the constitution and read it – it says only congress can declare war. He wanted to know why Romney thought he should consult with an attorney about it. Paul was absolutely aghast, bouncing up and down and red faced. I could see he wanted to charge across the stage and throttle the man. I did too. It was the worst and most exposing answer Romney could have uttered. Where are the commentary and opinion articles about this?

    That episode should have made Ron Paul the immediate front runner for the repugnant nomination. Apparently, he is the only one who has read the constitution or who’s first thought is not finding some way to circumvent it to create another cash cow for the coporate fat cats. Romney’s answer should disqualify him from being a candidate. I don’t like Ron Paul. He wants to dismantle all the middle class entitlements, eliminate the department of education, and so on. But, at least, he has read the constitution and says it should be obeyed.

    Where is the outrage? Where is the MSM? That episode should be on the 6 & 11:00 news. Political commentators should be having a field day tearing Romney apart. Instead, we get the above garbage. What the hell happened to my country?

  3. JoyfulC

    What exactly is a “values candidate” — maybe a candidate who tells you what you want to hear in order to get elected? I suggest that a values canadidate is not necessarily an integrity candidate.

    Is it any wonder that candidates would play this angle in a country where people are so unwilling to accept differences in values? In which so many people are looking to redefine their lifestyle choices as “healthy” and others as “unhealthy”?

    Again, this is one of those situations where the electorate gets what they deserve. Anyone who would vote for Romney on the basis of values is sending a message loud and clear — “we expect him to support the majority against the minority.”

    But sadly, that’s not what democracy is all about.

  4. SEAL

    “Values” is a coercive term. If you don’t vote for me, you don’t support good values in America. You’re a bad, bad person.