May 11, 2009

Romney slaps Steele over Mormon comments

Anyone still have the link to that 29 page dossier on Romney?  The fact that Romney played sleaze in the primaries, shifted his position with the wind and ignored truth by pretending it did not exist is what caused Romney to lose, that and the fact that the RINOs in Washington who controlled RNC had anointed him the candidate of choice, dictating who we should support had much to do with it. 
Romney is big government, plain and simple.  If only Romney lived up to his Mormon values is the truth of the matter.
R. George Dunn
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Romney slaps Steele over Mormon comments
By Reid Wilson
Posted: 05/11/09 04:13 PM [ET]

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's (R) camp is not happy with Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele's suggestion that base Republicans had a problem with the 2008 presidential candidate's Mormonism.

On Monday, Romney's camp responded to the comments Steele made Friday while guest-hosting a conservative radio show, comments a Romney spokesman said were ill-considered.

Responding to a caller who said Romney could have beaten President Obama had he won the Republican nomination instead of Sen. John McCain (Ariz.), Steele took his analysis to another level.

"[R]emember, it was the base that rejected Mitt because of his switch on pro-life, from pro-choice to pro-life. It was the base that rejected Mitt because it had issues with Mormonism," Steele said.

"I mean, I hear what you're saying, but before we even got to a primary vote, the base had made very clear they had issues with Mitt because if they didn't, he would have defeated John McCain in those primaries in which he lost," he added.

Camp Romney fired off a quick response: "Sometimes when you shoot from the hip you miss the target. This is one of those times," Romney spokesman Eric Fehrnstrom told The Hill.

Romney faced considerable challenges, especially with political observers who said he would never be able to win over an electorate skeptical of the Mormon faith. But the former governor proved McCain's strongest challenger, hobbled in many cases by the presence of former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, without whom Romney might have overtaken McCain.

Romney won the straw poll at the Conservative Political Action Conference three years in a row, picked up 11 states during the primary season and won more than 4 million votes, second only to McCain. Huckabee won more delegates, but he stayed in the race a month after Romney did.

Romney is the latest 2008 presidential candidate to take issue with a Steele statement. In early March, when in an interview with GQ magazine Steele seemed to suggest abortion is an individual decision, Huckabee struck back hard.

"For Chairman Steele to even infer that taking a life is totally left up to the individual is not only a reversal of Republican policy and principle, but it's a violation of the most basic of human rights — the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness," Huckabee said in a statement. 

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