Monday, February 27, 2006

A Few Observations...

...at this point:

First, he sounds very awkward when talking about abortion -- I'm completely confused by his logic about how stem cell research led to his change in position, and stating that the issue is settled won't make it so. He needs to find a better explanation.

Second, as he says in this Fox News interview on Sunday, he refuses to discuss his "personal beliefs and the particular doctrines of [his] church."

He was in South Carolina again on Thursday talking to the Lexington County Republican Party when he took the opportunity to display his Southern credentials by discussing his personal beliefs:

For any evangelicals who have doubts about Romney, he said, “I believe Jesus Christ is my savior. I believe in God. I’m a person of faith and I believe that’s the type of person Americans want.”
Let's hope this turns out better than it did for Howard Dean discussing (or not) his religion.

3 Comments:

Blogger Marc said...

Mitt's opposition to stem cell research is a strike against him in my book... a position at odds with all five Mormon Senators, and one that seems tailored to appeal to the Christian right. Needless to say, his explanation on his changing abortion views leaves a lot to be desired. I was a bigger fan of Mitt before he started trying to placate the Conservative base.

2:53 PM  
Blogger David Kennedy said...

You're right about his stem cell research position being tailored for the Christian right. Unfortunately for him -- whether you agree with him or not -- that is the corner he has painted himself into. I think he was always a conservative Republican even when running in Massachusetts but out of political expediency openly took more liberal positions. That got him to where he is now, but now he's going to have to deal with it.

3:05 PM  
Blogger Allan M. Bailey said...

Ditto to Marc's comment...

As far as discussing being a problem for Romney like it was for Howard Dean, there is a huge difference between Romney coming right out and saying he believes Jesus Christ is his savior and Howard Dean admitting that he believes in God only after intense prodding from the press and possibly Steve McMahon.

Granted, Romney had a different mountain to climb as far as attracting voters is concerned. But the negative effect religion would have on Romney's campaign pales in a pure numbers sense of the word to the problems it seemed to give Dean.

I also agree that Romney has painted himself into a corner with stem cell research, but if you take another view, he could use this as an argument that Mormons can be independent thinkers. As Romney differs with the other Mormon senators on the subject of stem cell research he can argue that he does indeed think independently. He also could point to Harry Reid as the Minority leader and mention that he honestly differs from another member of his religion.

10:38 PM  

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