Saturday, July 29, 2006

Romney says Iowa visit not a distraction Romney says Iowa visit not a distraction:
"'I've indicated there that I'll be there any time I'm needed,' Romney said at the outset of a day of Republican politics in the lead-off caucus state. 'I'm not an engineer, so I can't do the drawings. I can't screw in the new bolts. But whenever it's time to make a decision or make an inspection, I'll be there.'"

Romney's Midland speech rescheduled

Midland Daily News: Romney's Midland speech rescheduled:
"Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney’s Midland speech has been rescheduled from Aug. 11 to Friday, Sept. 8.
The Midland date was changed because Romney, a possible Republican presidential candidate, was asked to attend an Aug. 11 function elsewhere with President George W. Bush."

Friday, July 28, 2006

Dig a winding road for gov's prez bid Dig a winding road for gov's prez bid:
"He did what he had to do - he put a body on the tarmac. He had to hold somebody accountable, said Mitchell Moss, professor of urban policy and planning at New York University. Certainly, this is going to show him as a man of action. This builds upon his record as a guy who cleans up problems."

Gingrich, Gore and Another Early Look at 2008 (Blog)

The Washington Post: Gingrich, Gore and Another Early Look at 2008:
"The recent rollout of Romney's Iowa team was impressive both in the depth and quality of people the Massachusetts governor has recruited to his cause. And we've been assured that there are plenty more influential Iowans with Romney who didn't feel comfortable going public just yet. Like Warner, Romney is hungry and is working at multiple levels to shore up support. With Allen tied up in his reelection race, Romney has solidified his spot as the most likely McCain alternative. We tend to believe the potential negative effect of Romney's Mormon faith is overblown, but his multiple past positions on abortion are not drawing nearly the focus now that they will in the coming 18 months. Still, we've been impressed by Romney's tacit recognition of his potential flaws and diligence in addressing them."

Romney takes charge now: Pols see pitfalls Romney takes charge now: Pols see pitfalls:
"“I think he is digging himself into a hole as big as the Big Dig,” said Dick Morris, a former top adviser to President Clinton. “He is now going to be held responsible for every delay, every cost overrun and every construction defect. Some things are best kept at arms length.” "

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Huntsman backs McCain, diversity Huntsman backs McCain, diversity:
"Romney, Huntsman said, 'is one of the most impressive human beings I've ever run across and I think he'd make a great president. However, being politically monochromatic as a state isn't always in our long-term interests,' particularly if another candidate wins.
And, he said, 'to the extent we can reflect a little bit of diversity on behalf of our state, I think that's also a good thing.' The issue of Romney's religion, the governor said, 'has been overplayed.'"

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

'President Turnaround' may emerge from tunnel tragedy 'President Turnaround' may emerge from tunnel tragedy:
"It would be simpleminded to take the Romney performance at face value. He didn't suddenly decide to try to fix the Big Dig - the stagecraft and forethought behind all the shirtsleeves and hardhats were evident to anyone with a practiced eye. The role for which he was auditioning was obvious: President Turnaround."

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

A Mormon for president? Poll says probably not; pundits not so sure

Associated Baptist Press: A Mormon for president? Poll says probably not; pundits not so sure:
"The toughest spot for a Mormon running as a Republican would likely be in the primaries, Beckwith added. Once Romney got to the general election, evangelicals who did not support him for the Republican nomination would likely change tactics and vote for him anyway, he said.

They'd do that, Beckwith said, 'especially if the alternative is a certain Methodist senator from New York.' The reference is to former first lady Hillary Clinton, who is widely expected to seek the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008."

Monday, July 24, 2006

Where Romney's loyalty lies

Salt Lake Tribune - Where Romney's loyalty lies: "As such, would Mitt Romney take directions from the prophet of the church if he were elected president? Of course he would! And any pretense that the prophet or the church wouldn't try to influence him on matters important to them is just fantasy. "

Sunday, July 23, 2006

Are we ready for a Mormon president? (Editorial)

Decatur Daily: Are we ready for a Mormon president?:
From a Baptist pastor:
"Which brings us to Mitt Romney, governor of Massachusetts. Romney, son of George Romney, is seen by many as a contender for the 2008 Republican Presidential campaign. He has the ideological credentials. Gov. Romney is on the right side of many of the social issues championed by the political and religious right. The fact that he gets to the right side of those issues by means of his Mormon faith may or may not matter."