Romney Under Attack for Refusing to Sign Pro-Life Pledge

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Romney Under Attack for Refusing to Sign Abortion Pledge

By Paul Stanley | Christian Post Reporter

Mitt Romney is seen as the Republican frontrunner for the White House in 2012. However, being king of the hill usually means someone wants to knock them off their perch. Romney’s challengers are now launching attacks for his refusal to sign the Susan B. Anthony pro-life pledge.

Candidates are routinely asked to sign pledges ranging from a promise not to raise taxes to a commitment to support green standards in building codes. But few draw the ire of pro-life voters when candidates refuse to sign pledges to restrict abortion.

The Anthony pledge asks candidates for their promise to only nominate or support judicial candidates who are pro-life, to select only pro-life cabinet members and to support legislation that would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

So far, five of the Republican presidential candidates have signed the pledge. They include former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum, former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Texas Rep. Ron Paul and Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann.

Romney is not alone in his refusal to sign. Atlanta Businessman Herman Cain has not signed, citing the inability of the executive branch to provide funding or ban the procedure. Recently announced candidate Jon Huntsman has not yet signed the Anthony pledge and regardless of his decision to do so, his moderate positions will directly complete with Romney’s moderate base of supporters.

Yet it’s Romney refusal that has drawn the most attention. Santorum and Bachmann were the first to issue statements.

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“This past Monday night at the Republican Presidential Debate, I was asked about Governor Romney’s pro-life conversion, and I gave him the benefit of the doubt. I apparently spoke to soon,” said Santorum in a statement issued Monday.

Bachmann wasted little time in going after Romney, saying, “The excuses for not signing clearly continue the doubts about his leadership and commitment to ending the practice of abortion – particularly for a candidate who ran as pro-choice for the Senate and governorship of Massachusetts,” Bachman said in her statement.

The source of the attacks is in no doubt due to Romney’s former pro-choice position.

In a 2007 interview with Fox News when asked of his remarks in support of protecting a woman’s right to choose, Romney compared himself to previous Republican presidents, saying, “Yes, that’s right. But when I became governor I laid out in my view that a civilized society must respect the sanctity of life. And you know what? I’m following in some pretty good footsteps. It’s exactly what Ronald Regan did. As governor, he was adamantly pro-choice. He became pro-life as he experienced life. And the same thing happened with George H.W. Bush.”

The former senator of Missouri and a top Romney adviser was called on to defend his candidate’s position and refusal to sign the pledge.

“He’s strongly pro-life. He just affirmed it again and it’s on our website, a whole array of pro-life positions that went further, I think, than the pledge went,” Talent told Fox News on Monday. “He (Romney) doesn’t want to say he’s disqualified from considering people who may not agree with him in everything on that issue for a job like FBI director.”

Still, social conservatives are leery of candidates waffling on “values” issues, and when it comes to abortion, there is no middle ground.

Karen McNeil, a pro-life advocate and board member of Life Choices of Memphis, a Christian pregnancy-counseling center, expressed her concerns over Romney’s abortion stance.

“Sometimes candidates make pledges on economic issues and when things change, they find themselves having to go back on their original promise – like former President Bush did in the early ‘90s,” said McNeil. “But some issues have nuisances associated with them, and I believe when it comes to abortion, you’re either pro-life or you’re not.”

Conservative leaders such as Tony Perkins, of the Family Research Council, and McNeil feel social issues are directly tied to economic issues.

“If a candidate is not willing to put their signature on the abortion issue, I’m not sure I can trust them on other issues,” McNeil added.

http://www.christianpost.com/news/romney-under-attack-for-refusing-to-sign-abortion-pledge-51398/
So he's locked up the Obama endorsement on health care, Gore on Global Warming, and now the Planned Parenthood endorsement on abortion? :icon_cool
 

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So he's locked up the Obama endorsement on health care, Gore on Global Warming, and now the Planned Parenthood endorsement on abortion? :icon_cool
One for three ain't that bad. Most major leaguers would be happy with that. :D
 

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Fox News and Rasmussen too mainstream for you?

Romney, Bachmann, Cain Lead The Pack Among GOP Primary Voters
Thursday, June 16, 2011

Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney continues to lead the race for the Republican nomination, but Michele Bachmann has surged into second place following her Monday night entry into the campaign.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of Likely GOP Primary Voters, taken following the candidates' Monday night debate, shows Romney earning 33% support, with Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann a surprise second at 19%. Georgia businessman Herman Cain is in third place with 10% of the vote.

http://nation.foxnews.com/2012-pres.../rasmussen-poll-romney-and-bachmann-lead-pack
 

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If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.
 

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Good for him. I wouldn't sign any of that shit, and I'm for abortion.
 
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If you vote Romney you may as well vote Obama, they are the same guy. Which is why he could probably win, liberals will like him because hes pro big government and conservatives will like him because he has a republican wrapper.
 

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If you vote Romney you may as well vote Obama, they are the same guy. Which is why he could probably win, liberals will like him because hes pro big government and conservatives will like him because he has a republican wrapper.
So a vote for Romney is a vote for Bush's 3rd term then right?
 
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So a vote for Romney is a vote for Bush's 3rd term then right?
Romney is just another puppet that will do what hes told. If you want to go back to Bush it would be his 4th term because Obama was the 3rd.

“I'll show you politics in America. Here it is, right here. 'I think the puppet on the right shares my beliefs.' 'I think the puppet on the left is more to my liking.' 'Hey, wait a minute, there's one guy holding out both puppets!'” - Bill Hicks
 

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He could have won the general, but the mormon thing was never gonna fly in the primaries. And now goose=cooked.
 

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He could have won the general, but the mormon thing was never gonna fly in the primaries. And now goose=cooked.
They'll do the same thing they did in 2008. They'll put a more "moderate" Republican out there for the prez and then throw some hardcore Christian on the ticket with him.
 

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Romney is just another puppet that will do what hes told. If you want to go back to Bush it would be his 4th term because Obama was the 3rd.

“I'll show you politics in America. Here it is, right here. 'I think the puppet on the right shares my beliefs.' 'I think the puppet on the left is more to my liking.' 'Hey, wait a minute, there's one guy holding out both puppets!'” - Bill Hicks
Who was the last President that told the Globalists to fuck off and actually performed the will of the sheeple?
 
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Who was the last President that told the Globalists to fuck off and actually performed the will of the sheeple?
What am I a historian? I know Andrew Jackson told the bankers to take a long walk off a short peer and they tried to kill him for it.

Woodrow Wilson supposedly regretted giving private banks control of the US.

Dwight D warned us about the military industrial complex.

Carter may have been sincere and did what he thought was right but he was a complete idiot and really screwed things up.

Reagan probably could have been a great president but he had Bush pulling his strings.

Bush was CIA, enough said.

Clinton we can thank him for NAFTA and GATT and the semi auto rifle ban.

Bush Jr was a tyrant and did whatever he was told.

Obama is even worse than Bush.
 

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Reagan probably could have been a great president but he had Bush pulling his strings.

Bush Jr was a tyrant and did whatever he was told.
God you are a fucking idiot. I don't even know where you come up with Reagan having his strings puled. As for your comment on W. Please show me a tyrant that has taken orders from somebody else? You just completely and utterly contradicted yourself with that statement.