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Romney enters race; fights inconsistencies

Posted by Stephen on February 13, 2007

From the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney announced his entrance into the race for president joining a Republican crowd that should include Sen. John McCain and former mayor of N.Y., Rudi Giuliani.

Fox News reported that Romney kicked off his presidential run declaring his status as a Washington outsider and an experienced leader.

“I do not believe Washington can be transformed from within by a lifelong politician. There have been too many deals, too many favors, too many entanglements and too little real world experience managing, guiding, leading,” he continued, “I do not believe Washington can be transformed by someone who has never tried doing such a thing before, in any setting, by someone who has never even managed a corner store, let alone the largest enterprise in the world.”

However, Romney may be stumbling out of the gate. Social conservatives have already voiced concerns over the former governor’s positions on abortion and gay rights.

Before becoming governor Romney supported safe and legal abortions. Once governor he took a position against stem cell research and vetoed a bill making available Plan B, or the “morning after” contraception. In 1994, Romney also has said he’d be a stronger proponent of gay rights than liberal senator Ted Kennedy, who he ran against that year.

For fiscal conservatives that favor fewer entitlements and smaller government, Romney posses growing concerns. He supports a nationalized health care scheme similar to the one he created for his state of Massachusetts.

If that were not enough, Romney also must answer questions regarding his Mormon faith and his views on diversity. Most of America is willing to acknowledge that they don’t know much about Mormon religious beliefs, and what is known is usually linked to long ago abandoned support for polygamy. Additionally, Romney did misstep among some in the Jewish community by choosing Ford museum for the presidential announcement. Ford, a well-known anti-Semite, was bestowed the Grand Service Cross of the Supreme Order of the German Eagle by Adolph Hitler.

For his part, Romney sees his faith as a plus and is very comfortable discussing his beliefs.

“I believe in God. I believe that, that all of His children are, are around us, in the various nations and in this great nation. … And I believe that if people want to understand the nature of my faith, they can look at my wife and me and our family. They can see that our faith has made us better people, better Americans,” he said.

Even with what appears to be challenges, Romney has wide spread support within Republican circles. He is known as a consensus builder. He has been very good at rallying Republican and bipartisan support for ideas as a Republican governor of a Democrat stronghold.

On this day, Romney set out to establish a tone for his campaign and highlight a platform that will be further defined in the coming months.

“I believe the family is the foundation of America — and that we must fight to protect and strengthen it. I believe in the sanctity of human life. I believe that people and their elected representatives should make our laws, not unelected judges. I believe we are overtaxed and government is overfed … I believe that homeland security begins with securing our borders. I believe the best days of this country are ahead of us,” he said.

Stephen Winslow is the executive editor of Conservative Viewpoints.

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