Thursday, December 6, 2007

Mitt Romney: A Man for All Seasons

Mitt Romney has consistently tried to keep his belief in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints ("Mormons") out of his campaign. However, others seemed insistent on making it an issue, so today, in a much-anticipated speech, he addressed the topic of "Faith in America."

You can view it here. If you haven't already, I would encourage you to spend a few minutes and watch it.

It was a risky move, and the attention and expectations were high, but Romney delivered one of the most moving speeches I've ever heard from any politician. I believe it will be one for the history books.

Here is what a few others said after his speech:

"For the first time in this campaign and it has been long already, I heard greatness this morning. If Mitt Romney is elected president of the United States, it began here today."
-- Chris Matthews - MSNBC

"It was a magnificent speech, splendidly delivered, it was moving… I don't know how he could have done it better. I mean I was very moved."
-- Pat Buchanan - MSNBC

"...he hit it out of the park."
-- Joe Scarborough - MSNBC

"Frankly, I thought what we saw today, folks, was a Republican candidate for president giving an inspiring speech. It was an inspiring speech about American values..."
-- Rush Limbaugh

"Mitt Romney, who sure looked presidential, explained effectively that he is a man of faith who is committed to America's values."
-- Kate O’Beirne - National Review’s The Corner

"Gov. Romney’s speech was a magnificent reminder of the role religious faith must play in government and public policy. His delivery was passionate and his message was inspirational."
-- James C. Dobson, PH.D. - Focus on the Family Action founder and chairman

"How did he do? Very, very well. He made himself some history. The words he said will likely have a real and positive impact on his fortunes."
-- Peggy Noonan, The Wall Street Journal

"He transcended the Mormon issue and he spoke to the nation, something that was desperately needing. It was even more so, a moment in American history and for America's posterity and future generations."
-- Rev. Lou Sheldon, Chairman - Traditional Values Coalition

"I knew it would be powerful, I just didn't know how powerful it was going to be. It was very moving. That's a president. That's a leader."
-- Dedee Brown, wife of Rev. Jeffrey Brown

"This is, frankly, precisely the sort of clarity and courage Americans expect of a presidential candidate."
-- Michael Medved

"Romney's speech may turn out to be very historic, because he is the first politician to publicly confront the assault against religion, which has particularly been driven by the courts and by a stunningly small number of atheists and secularists."
-- Newt Gingrich - This Week with George Stephanopoulos

For those who have accused Mitt Romney of "flip flopping" on abortion to win the Presidency, this speech will show that Romney is not the sort of man to compromise on his beliefs to win office. (Off topic...not only did Ronald Reagan flip flop on abortion, but he flipped from the DEMOCRATS to the REPUBLICANS! Good thing he never became President! Whew! ;-)

I am proud to be a Mitt Romney supporter. Not only do I believe he is the best candidate running for office in '08, but I truly believe he will go down in history as one of America's best Presidents EVER.


1 comment:

klarue said...

Just watched the speech, and portions of the 8th GOP debate. Powerful, moving statements and a great articulation of how his faith will, as he put it, "inform his presidency."

He's so right on point and the convictions he holds provide him a consistent platform for response that, well... resonates with I believe the majority of America.

For example, the YouTube question from the black father and son about black-on-black crime - Romney could answer that truthfully and completely and have a cohesive answer FROM his convictions rooted in the family. This is not posturing, as so many of the other candidates appear to do - he's the real deal.

Finally, and again referring to the debate, how *Presidential* did Romney look and sound on stage compared to the other candidates? Wow! That's a leader I can see on not only the National stage, but the World stage as well.

Thanks for pointing the way to this speech, Kevin.