From the NCR: Questions Remain for Iowa Straw Poll Victor Romney

Posted by Kendall Harmon

Presidential candidate Mitt Romney won a key vote in his race to the White House. But questions about his former stance on abortion, and even his religion, continue to dog him.

The former governor of Massachusetts emerged as the victor among Republican hopefuls in the Aug. 11 Iowa Straw Poll. He continues to lead in polls in Iowa and New Hampshire. Romney’s camp is determined to demonstrate to voters that he is a viable socially conservative candidate and a man of values.

Meanwhile, Romney weathers constant questioning from the media about his Mormon faith, as the camp has been patiently enduring questions on his ability to win the presidency as a Mormon.

In the race to win Iowa voters, Romney embarked on a whirlwind tour through the state with his popular “Ask Romney Anything” town meetings and a flurry of talk radio interviews.

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Posted August 18, 2007 at 11:26 am

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1. Bart Hall (Kansas, USA) wrote:

Remember that most media are committed Democrats. Their absolute worst nightmare is Giuliani and Romney in either combination. Two reasonably solid northeastern Republicans who corral metric boatloads of Democrat votes.

If nominated, New York, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and probably New Jersey are almost guaranteed to go into their column. That’s 83 electoral votes, almost one-third of the total needed to elect. No Democrat could recover.

Consequently, Democrat-leaning media will do all possible to discredit both men as early as possible ... in hopes that one (or both) will fail to be nominated. Romney’s Mormon beliefs are merely a target of opportunity as the left comes to realise that Mrs. Clinton will have a great deal of trouble in the general election.

August 18, 11:40 am | [comment link]
2. Words Matter wrote:

Romney needs to say something a previous candidate said: I’m running for president, not the national pastor. Ask another question.

It’s certainly true that one’s faith informs decisions and decision-making processes. But the relationships are complex and well beyond what the typical reporter can process.

Words Matter

Reasonable people always fear nascent fascism.

August 18, 12:49 pm | [comment link]
3. Bull Street wrote:

What does

August 18, 6:39 pm | [comment link]
4. Harvey wrote:

As far as I can read Mr romney has met all the constutional qualifications necessary for running as a candidate for the US presidency.  I don’t believe he will waste any of his time trying to convert the US to Mormonism, any more than John Kennedy wasted his time trying to make all Americans members of the Roman Catholic church.

August 19, 5:31 pm | [comment link]
5. libraryjim wrote:

Go Huckabee! #2 in Iowa!

“The world is a dangerous place to live — not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.”—Albert Einstein

August 19, 5:46 pm | [comment link]

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