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Former Republican Governor (MA):
Mitt Romney on the Issues

Mitt Romney on Abortion

  • GovWatch: 2002: �preserve & protect� right to choose. (Feb 2008)
  • Supreme Court had said feds should stay out of abortion. (Dec 2007)
  • I took action as governor to preserve the sanctity of life. (Dec 2007)
  • No punishment for women who have partial birth abortions. (Dec 2007)
  • Outlaw embryo farming, but allow using surplus embryos. (Dec 2007)
  • FactCheck: TV ad ignores recency of conversion to pro-life. (Dec 2007)
  • Was pro-choice, now proudly pro-life. (Dec 2007)
  • Would be delighted to sign federal ban on all abortions. (Nov 2007)
  • Two-step process: overturn Roe; then change hearts & minds. (Sep 2007)
  • 2005: Vetoed availability without Rx of morning-after pill. (Aug 2007)
  • Firmly in the �legal but rare� camp. (Aug 2007)
  • Following in Reagan�s footsteps in converting to pro-life. (Aug 2007)
  • Iowa attack phone ads are not true; I am pro-life. (Aug 2007)
  • Tired of holier-than-thou attitude about becoming pro-life. (Aug 2007)
  • Absolute good day for America when Roe v. Wade is repealed. (May 2007)
  • Personally pro-life, but government should not intrude. (May 2007)
  • Was effectively pro-choice until cloning changed his opinion. (May 2007)
  • Altered nuclear transfer instead of embryonic stem cells. (May 2007)
  • Breach of Constitution for justices to adjust Constitution. (Mar 2007)
  • Now firmly pro-life, despite 2002 tolerance for abortion. (Dec 2006)
  • Anti-abortion views have �evolved & deepened� while governor. (Jul 2005)
  • Personally against abortion, but pro-choice as governor. (Mar 2002)
  • For safe, legal abortion since relative�s death from illegal. (Oct 1994)
  • Stem cell research lofty goals don�t justify destroying life. (Mar 2007)

    Voting Record

  • Defining mistake: supported abortion law despite opposing it. (Aug 2007)
  • Would welcome overturning Roe v. Wade. (Mar 2007)
  • Committed to not change law on abortion as Gov., and did not. (Mar 2007)
  • Opposes Roe v Wade, but won�t tamper with abortion laws. (Dec 2006)
  • Vetoed emergency contraception for rape victims. (Jul 2005)
  • Vetoed stem cell research bill. (May 2005)
  • Endorsed legalization of RU-486. (Mar 2002)

Mitt Romney on Budget & Economy

  • Apply Reaganomics to current recession: cut taxes & grow. (Jan 2008)
  • Make sure that we rein in spending. (Jan 2008)
  • Support some kind of national catastrophic fund. (Jan 2008)
  • Only someone who worked in private sector can fix economy. (Jan 2008)
  • Couple short-term stimulus with long-term growth boost. (Jan 2008)
  • Avoid housing foreclosures to avoid recession. (Jan 2008)
  • To avoid recession, deal with housing crisis & gas prices. (Jan 2008)
  • Economic strength comes from people, not from Washington. (Dec 2007)
  • Cut deficit via waste, like 342 different economic programs. (Dec 2007)
  • Fundamentally change how Washington works, to reduce pork. (Nov 2007)
  • Giuliani increased spending by 2.8%; I held increase to 2.2%. (Oct 2007)
  • FactCheck: Closed MA budget gap of $1.2B, not $3B. (Sep 2007)
  • Disagrees with reported negative study of MA economy. (Aug 2007)
  • AdWatch: Cap discretionary spending at inflation minus 1%. (Jun 2007)
  • Washington is broken; needs fundamental change. (May 2007)
  • First challenge as governor was $3B budget gap. (Aug 2004)
  • Remedies for budget imbalance: cut expenses or raise revenue. (Aug 2004)
  • Balance state budget by removing waste and folderol. (Mar 2002)
  • Will cut deficit and help Americans save. (Oct 1994)

Mitt Romney on Civil Rights

  • GovWatch: 1994: Favored gays serving openly in military. (Feb 2008)
  • GovWatch: Father supported MLK, but never marched with him. (Jan 2008)
  • Right to be kept alive means secret surveillance is OK. (Dec 2007)
  • Enemy combatants, if citizens, entitled to habeas corpus. (Dec 2007)
  • Supports Employment Nondiscrimination Act at state level. (Dec 2007)
  • MA Constitution, by John Adams, has no same-sex marriage. (Oct 2007)
  • Equality for Muslims; but follow hate-preachers into mosques. (Oct 2007)
  • 1994: Gays ok in Boy Scouts. (Aug 2007)
  • 2006: Marriage: I agree with 3000 years of recorded history. (Aug 2007)
  • No longer calls Giuliani pro-choice & pro-gay & anti-gun. (Aug 2007)
  • Don�t ask, don�t tell sounds silly, but it�s effective. (Jun 2007)
  • Pushed vote on traditional marriage against MA gay marriage. (Mar 2007)
  • Marriage pre-dates our Constitution & shouldn�t de redefined. (Mar 2007)
  • Constitutional amendment defining 1-man-1-woman marriage. (Mar 2007)
  • Marriage is a sacred institution between a man and a woman. (Jan 2007)
  • Opposed gay marriage but played fair and upheld law. (Apr 2006)
  • Put gay marriage ban into GOP party platform. (Nov 2005)
  • Every child deserves a mother and a father. (Sep 2004)
  • Supports benefits for gay partners, but not gay marriage. (Sep 2002)
  • Sexual orientation should not preclude being a Scout. (Oct 1994)
  • To compete as a nation, draw on skills of women & minorities. (Oct 1994)
  • Help women thru glass ceiling by requiring annual reporting. (Oct 1994)
  • Welcome nativity scenes in public places on holidays. (Dec 2007)

Mitt Romney on Corporations

  • Key to economic stimulus: get companies to buy more stuff. (Jan 2008)
  • Reduce corporate tax rate--we have 2nd highest in world. (Jan 2008)
  • You don�t help the wage-earner by attacking the wage-payer. (Jan 2008)
  • FactCheck: Closed $174M in corporate tax loopholes. (Jan 2008)
  • Don�t apply Sec. 404 of Sarbanes-Oxley to smaller companies. (Oct 2007)
  • Spun off Bain Capital from Bain Consulting & earned fortune. (Aug 2007)
  • Approach to business as �Bainiac�: meritocracy & results. (Mar 2007)
  • Company�s culture must align with mission, or mission fails. (Aug 2004)
  • Piracy protection key to selling Olympic sponsorships. (Aug 2004)

Mitt Romney on Crime

  • To reduce black on black crime, get more moms and dads. (Nov 2007)
  • One Strike, You�re Ours: lifetime GPS tracking. (Jul 2007)
  • Reform sentencing process; appeal too-lenient sentences. (Sep 2002)
  • Supports death penalty in heinous murders. (Sep 2002)
  • Favored mandatory sentencing and three strikes. (Mar 2002)
  • Safe streets will be a campaign theme. (Mar 2002)
  • Will bring new businesses to urban areas. (Nov 1994)
  • Supports death penalty and �three strikes� sentencing. (Oct 1994)

Mitt Romney on Drugs

  • Mandatory sentence & higher penalty for repeat drunk driving. (Aug 2007)
  • Combat the ruthless narco-terrorists in Colombia. (Jul 2007)

Mitt Romney on Education

  • FactCheck: US scores at 50% internationally, not 10%-25%. (Dec 2007)
  • FactCheck: MA 1st in test scores, but was 1st before Romney. (Dec 2007)
  • Education is not just the teachers� union. (Dec 2007)
  • Bush was right on No Child Left Behind. (Dec 2007)
  • Identify failing schools; push choice & English immersion. (Dec 2007)
  • Principles: choice; parental involvement; merit scholarships. (Dec 2007)
  • Supports English immersion & abstinence education. (May 2007)
  • Changed from closing Education Dept. to supporting NCLB. (May 2007)
  • Reform underperforming schools or replace with charters. (Sep 2002)
  • Supported abolishing the federal Department of Education. (Mar 2002)
  • Schools can teach family values, but not religion or prayer. (Aug 1994)
  • Supported means-tested vouchers for public & private schools. (Mar 2002)

Mitt Romney on Energy & Oil

  • They don�t call it �America warming� but �global warming�. (Jan 2008)
  • Opposes McCain-Lieberman bill due to $0.50/gal. gas tax. (Jan 2008)
  • $20 billion package for energy research & new car technology. (Jan 2008)
  • Need worldwide global warming solutions; not CAFE or US tax. (Jan 2008)
  • Invest in new technologies to get us off of foreign oil. (Dec 2007)
  • Develop energy technology like nuclear or liquefied coal. (Oct 2007)
  • The time for true energy independence has come. (Aug 2007)
  • Exporting carbon emissions to China hurts US and planet. (Aug 2007)
  • No-regrets policy: biofuel, nuclear power, drill ANWR. (Jun 2007)
  • Big Oil should reinvest profits in oil refineries. (Jun 2007)
  • Develop alternative energy but also drill in ANWR. (Dec 2006)
  • Can�t become energy independent in a decade, but be on track. (Jan 2006)

Mitt Romney on Environment

  • States should be able to have their own emissions standards. (Jan 2008)
  • Response to Big Dig death shows how Romney handles crises. (Mar 2007)
  • Lit mountain with Olympic rings while placating enviro�s. (Aug 2004)
  • Clean environment will be a campaign theme. (Mar 2002)

Mitt Romney on Families & Children

  • Child development enhanced by having a mother & father. (Feb 2008)
  • FactCheck: Teenage birth rate declined from 1991 to 2005. (Dec 2007)
  • Strong military, strong economy, and strong families. (Jun 2007)
  • To strengthen America, strengthen the American family. (Feb 2007)

Mitt Romney on Foreign Policy

  • Unless US changes course, we�ll no longer be superpower. (Feb 2008)
  • Putin is a troubling leader and an authoritarian. (Jan 2008)
  • The US is the only major power believing in free enterprise. (Jan 2008)
  • Free Cuba and eliminate threat of people like Hugo Chavez. (Dec 2007)
  • 2006: Blocked services for Iran�s Khatami speech at Harvard. (Aug 2007)
  • To win the war on jihad, we need friends in Muslim world. (Aug 2007)
  • Encourage others to welcome democracy, without military. (Aug 2007)
  • Move Muslim world toward modernity so they reject extreme. (Aug 2007)
  • US is not arrogant, but we have resolve. (Jun 2007)

Mitt Romney on Free Trade

  • Re-negotiate trade deals with China and other countries. (Dec 2007)
  • Open up markets to American goods and services. (Oct 2007)
  • Businesspeople should negotiate trade, not politicians. (Oct 2007)
  • Emergence of Asia is an opportunity for trade and commerce. (Dec 2006)

Mitt Romney on Government Reform

  • GovWatch: 1994: advocated spending limit on elections. (Feb 2008)
  • Washington thinks �action� means committee meetings & Bills. (Feb 2008)
  • Must know how America works, not just how Washington works. (Feb 2008)
  • Use my own money in a campaign to try and change the US. (Jan 2008)
  • Not concerned about voters on his campaign self-contribution. (Jan 2008)
  • Washington is broken due to insider lobbyists & politicians. (Jan 2008)
  • McCain-Feingold hurt our party and hurt the First Amendment. (Jan 2008)
  • Signing statements are an important presidential practice. (Dec 2007)
  • Focus on global Jihad, immigration, tax cut, and healthcare. (Dec 2007)
  • Line-item veto can & should pass constitutional muster. (Oct 2007)
  • FactCheck: 844 line item vetoes; but over 700 overridden. (Oct 2007)
  • FactCheck: Romney had 700 line-item vetoes, President cannot. (Jun 2007)
  • Never pardoned anyone as governor, but might pardon Libby. (Jun 2007)
  • McCain-Feingold law prevents free speech in campaigns. (May 2007)
  • Open document policy overcame SLOC obfuscation & scandal. (Aug 2004)
  • Balanced budget amendment and line-item veto. (Mar 2002)

Mitt Romney on Gun Control

  • GovWatch: 1994: did not �line up with the NRA�. (Feb 2008)
  • Support the 2nd Amendment AND the assault weapon ban. (Jan 2008)
  • I support the work of the NRA, but disagree sometimes. (Dec 2007)
  • Ok to ban lethal weapons that threaten police. (Dec 2007)
  • Compromise MA gun bills were not gain for gun owner. (Aug 2007)
  • Supports Second Amendment rights but also assault weapon ban. (May 2007)
  • Will support assault weapons bill and Brady Bill. (Aug 1994)

Mitt Romney on Health Care

  • Mandating citizens to buy health insurance is conservative. (Jan 2008)
  • Get everyone some form of catastrophic health coverage. (Jan 2008)
  • FactCheck: Untrue that 47M uninsured want to �not play�. (Jan 2008)
  • Personal responsibility instead of employer mandates. (Dec 2007)
  • Let states create their own private, market-based insurance. (Oct 2007)
  • Removing most mandates drove down premium cost by half. (Oct 2007)
  • FactCheck: HillaryCare closer to RomneyCare than �all gov�t�. (Oct 2007)
  • Same tax treatment if people buy insurance without employers. (Oct 2007)
  • Get everybody insured with state-based market dynamics. (Oct 2007)
  • MA plan blends personal responsibility & universal coverage. (Aug 2007)
  • Conservative idea: individual responsibility for health care. (Aug 2007)
  • Insure 45 million uninsured with a free-market based system. (Aug 2007)
  • FactCheck: Romney plan virtually identical to Obama plan. (Jun 2007)
  • Pharmaceutical companies create products to make us better. (Jan 2006)
  • Subsidies for health coverage for low-income individuals. (Mar 2002)
  • Voluntary purchasing pools. (Mar 2002)

    Mass Health Plan

  • FactCheck: MA employers have no mandates, but �requirements�. (Dec 2007)
  • FactCheck: No, MA healthcare plan is not paid for, yet. (Dec 2007)
  • FactCheck: MA plan works, but Romney not proposing it for US. (Oct 2007)
  • MA program relies on personal responsibility & the market. (Jun 2007)
  • MA health plan insures all without taxes or socialization. (May 2007)
  • FactCheck: MA plan not yet in place so analysis premature. (May 2007)
  • Signal accomplishment as Governor is MA insurance reform. (Mar 2007)
  • MA reform focuses on individual responsibility (via fines). (Mar 2007)
  • State universal coverage plan is national test case. (Apr 2006)
  • MA state health insurance plan lowered costs. (Jan 2006)
  • Mandates on health insurance work in Massachusetts. (Jan 2006)

Mitt Romney on Homeland Security

  • Raise military spending to 4% of our GDP. (Feb 2008)
  • Add 100,000 to the military without a draft. (Jan 2008)
  • Best to not say whether waterboarding is torture or not. (Jan 2008)
  • Not wise for us to describe our interrogation techniques. (Nov 2007)
  • Lawyers are the last people to ask about war decisions. (Oct 2007)
  • FactCheck: Bush cut military budget as much as Bill Clinton. (Oct 2007)
  • Apologized for comparing public service to military service. (Sep 2007)
  • Wiretap mosques to keep tabs on Islamic extremists. (Sep 2007)
  • Sharply increase military investment to face radical jihad. (Aug 2007)
  • Global military & non-military effort to defeat jihad. (Aug 2007)
  • Don�t weaken Musharraf; we need ally against Bin Laden. (Aug 2007)
  • Double Guantanamo, to avoid terrorist access to lawyers. (May 2007)
  • Eligible for draft in 1969; regrets not having served. (Mar 2007)
  • Stronger America is less likely to have to fight. (Mar 2007)
  • FBI wiretaps and spying on immigrants OK. (Dec 2006)
  • Use both military & diplomatic actions to defeat Jihadists. (Dec 2006)
  • Jihadists attack to destroy all moderate governments. (Jan 2006)
  • We need at least 100,000 more troops in our military. (Jan 2006)
  • Islamic terror has nothing to do with US policy of bases. (Jan 2006)

Mitt Romney on Immigration

  • GovWatch: 2005: Called comprehensive reform �reasonable�. (Feb 2008)
  • Deport illegal immigrants in 90 days under the ideal setting. (Jan 2008)
  • Found Z-visa & McCain-Kennedy bill to be offensive. (Jan 2008)
  • FactCheck: Yes, his ads DID accuse McCain of �amnesty�. (Jan 2008)
  • Illegal immigrants should go home eventually. (Dec 2007)
  • No mandatory prison term for employers who hire illegals. (Dec 2007)
  • AdWatch: Huckabee ok�ed tuition & scholarships for illegals. (Dec 2007)
  • FactCheck: Took hard-line on illegals, but only late in term. (Dec 2007)
  • Welcome the people who have been standing in line first. (Dec 2007)
  • Employers have no means of knowing who�s legal & who�s not. (Dec 2007)
  • Avoid chain migration; disallow families from one citizen. (Dec 2007)
  • Illegal immigrants shouldn�t get tuition break in schools. (Nov 2007)
  • FactCheck: Illegals employed at his home, but by contractor. (Nov 2007)
  • AdWatch: No driver�s license & in-state tuition for illegals. (Nov 2007)
  • FactCheck: MA state cops never enforced immigration laws. (Nov 2007)
  • FactCheck: Took no action against 4 Mass. sanctuary cities. (Nov 2007)
  • Reduce federal funding to sanctuary cities. (Sep 2007)
  • Z-visa is not technically amnesty; but is in fact amnesty. (Sep 2007)
  • FactCheck: NYC never declared itself a �sanctuary city�. (Sep 2007)
  • Make America more attractive for legal immigrants. (Aug 2007)
  • Priorities: secure border, employer verification, no amnesty. (Aug 2007)
  • Enforce the law against 12 million illegals here now. (Jun 2007)
  • Proposed Z visa allows illegal aliens to stay in America. (Jun 2007)
  • Make English national language; communicate in Spanish too. (Jun 2007)
  • McCain�s plan gives special pathway to those here illegally. (May 2007)
  • Keep rule barring immigrants from running for president. (May 2007)
  • The 12 million illegal immigrants can�t stay forever. (Jan 2006)
  • Unfair to allow all illegal immigrants to stay. (Jan 2006)
  • Tuition breaks encourage illegal immigration. (Nov 2005)

Mitt Romney on Jobs

  • Built long-term pipeline for MA jobs; so job growth is slow. (Jan 2008)
  • Take action & we need not give up on any industry�s jobs. (Jan 2008)
  • MA had 3rd worst job growth; I turned around declining rates. (Jan 2008)
  • I believe in domestic supports for our agriculture industry. (Oct 2007)
  • Good unions train members; bad unions hurt their company. (Oct 2007)
  • FactCheck: Yes,US added 50M jobs since �78; but EU added 36M. (Aug 2007)
  • Tax incentives for employee training. (Mar 2002)

Mitt Romney on Principles & Values

  • Opportunity is what lets hope become reality. (Sep 2008)
  • Liberals replace opportunity with dependency on government. (Sep 2008)
  • Withdrawing from race to help McCain beat Democrats. (Feb 2008)
  • Favor justices like Roberts, Alito, Scalia, and Thomas. (Jan 2008)
  • Bush took on some tough issues and stood for strength. (Jan 2008)
  • People look to governors, not senators, for a leader. (Jan 2008)
  • I�m proud of my experience as a leader. (Jan 2008)
  • Abraham Lincoln was not a military expert. (Jan 2008)
  • Reagan would endorse my candidacy. (Jan 2008)
  • Washington is broken & can�t deal with many problems. (Jan 2008)
  • Don�t think religion figuring into this race. (Jan 2008)
  • Freedom requires religion in society, not in individuals. (Dec 2007)
  • Ok to appoint atheists or agnostics--no litmus test of faith. (Dec 2007)
  • Draw upon the strengths of the conservative principles. (Dec 2007)
  • Acting like Hillary won�t keep Hillary out of White House. (Oct 2007)
  • Absent from Values Voter Presidential Debate. (Sep 2007)
  • Reid(D) vs. Hatch(R) show that LDS doesn�t control opinions. (Aug 2007)
  • Father George Romney born & raised until age 5 in Mexico. (Aug 2007)
  • Valedictorian at Brigham Young University. (Aug 2007)
  • Wife Ann in remission from Multiple Sclerosis. (Aug 2007)
  • Stresses commonality of Mormonism to mainstream Christianity. (Aug 2007)
  • Apologized for phrase �tar baby�, but not meant racially. (Aug 2007)
  • Evangelicals know Mormons are fiscal & social conservatives. (Aug 2007)
  • Americans want person of faith as president, whatever brand. (Aug 2007)
  • Mormons for president included Udall (1976) & Hatch (2000). (Aug 2007)
  • 1984: As Mormon bishop, led recovery after church fire. (Aug 2007)
  • 1983: Carried dog in kennel on car roof, against MA law. (Aug 2007)
  • Misspoke that sons� campaign service comparable to military. (Aug 2007)
  • Strong families, a strong economy and a strong military. (Aug 2007)
  • Doesn�t dislike anything about America. (May 2007)
  • Address issues so America can remain a superpower. (Dec 2006)
  • #8 on Human Events� list of Top Ten RINOs. (Dec 2005)
  • Success in DC: Tell truth, find right fit, never give up. (Aug 2004)
  • Has �over-developed community service gene�. (Aug 2004)
  • Pronounced dead at age 20 from car accident in Paris. (Aug 2004)
  • Experience to lead to prosperity after fiscal mismanagement. (Mar 2002)
  • Dad inspired him to public service. (Mar 2002)
  • Aspiring to greatness is its own reward. (Jun 2001)
  • Values family, faith, education, sport, & healing. (Jun 2001)

    Mormonism

  • Endorsed by Bob Jones, despite calling Mormonism a �cult�. (Dec 2007)
  • Freedom requires religion just as religion requires freedom. (Dec 2007)
  • I believe Jesus is savior of mankind & Son of God. (Dec 2007)
  • Ignoring religion in policy is at odds with our founders. (Dec 2007)
  • No church authorities will exert influence on my decisions. (Dec 2007)
  • Will serve no one religion, but will not distance himself. (Dec 2007)
  • We share a common creed despite differences in theology. (Dec 2007)
  • Bible is the word of God; I don�t disagree with Bible. (Nov 2007)
  • Mormons believe in God, the Bible, & Jesus Christ as savior. (Jun 2007)
  • Roman Catholic bishops can do whatever the heck they want. (May 2007)
  • Every person of any faith has deeply-held values. (May 2007)
  • Romney is the 5th Mormon to run for President. (Mar 2007)
  • George Romney never questioned on Mormonism during 1968 race. (Mar 2007)
  • Constitution is explicit: no religious test for presidency. (Mar 2007)
  • Faces questions on Mormonism like Kennedy did on Catholicism. (Apr 2006)

    Past Elections

  • Changing views: I�ve learned from experience & made mistakes. (Jan 2008)
  • Proud of his accomplishments in fighting the Liberal Lion. (Oct 2007)
  • 1967: Father was presidency frontrunner until �brainwashed�. (Aug 2007)
  • Bush & Cheney have made mistakes, but have kept us safe. (Aug 2007)
  • AdWatch: Stood up for conservatism in most liberal state. (Jun 2007)
  • FactCheck: VT would disagree that MA is most liberal state. (Jun 2007)
  • Not seeking re-election as governor; speaking around US. (Apr 2006)
  • Respects Kerry�s Vietnam record, but not his Senate record. (Sep 2004)
  • Kerry�s leadership is 57 varieties; Bush is unwavering. (Sep 2004)
  • Ran against Kennedy in 1993 to offer a different vision. (Aug 2004)
  • Ran for MA governor to help people. (Aug 2004)
  • Drafted to run for MA governor; incumbent was unelectable. (Aug 2004)

    Salt Lake Olympic Committee

  • 2002: Offered Olympic job as �turnaround king�. (Aug 2007)
  • Salvaged Olympic games from financial and scandal disaster. (Mar 2007)
  • Olympic slogan �Light the Fire Within�:it�s more than sports. (Aug 2004)
  • SLOC�s guiding principles: teamwork, pride, integrity, fun. (Aug 2004)
  • Did not consider political value of Olympics. (Aug 2004)
  • Worked for Olympics with no salary and no expense account. (Aug 2004)
  • $100M in SLOC donations criticized as special deals for rich. (Aug 2004)
  • $99M in deferred payments from State of Utah paid for SLOC. (Aug 2004)
  • World Trade Center flag shown at Olympic opening ceremony. (Aug 2004)
  • Ran Olympics in spirit of volunteerism. (Mar 2002)

Mitt Romney on Social Security

  • Rein in the excessive growth in entitlement programs. (Jan 2008)
  • Will try to fix Social Security without raising taxes. (Jan 2008)
  • No FICA for workers over age 65, so they can stay working. (Jan 2008)
  • Favors private accounts; prepared to be entirely bold. (Oct 2007)
  • Private accounts work better than extending retirement age. (Oct 2007)
  • Reform entitlements by negotiating behind closed doors. (Aug 2006)
  • Honor expectations of recipients, but take action for future. (Aug 2006)

Mitt Romney on Tax Reform

  • Raised service fees like highway ads, from $200 to $2,000. (Jan 2008)
  • Fees are appropriate for the government to provide services. (Jan 2008)
  • I support the Bush tax cuts. (Jan 2008)
  • Avoid recession with immediate middle-income tax cuts. (Jan 2008)
  • Raised $240M in MA fees, but only covering cost of services. (Jan 2008)
  • Zero tax rate on capital gains, for incomes up to $200,000. (Jan 2008)
  • Lowering taxes, like Bush tax cuts, grows the economy. (Jan 2008)
  • FactCheck: Never opposed 2003 Bush cuts, but never supported. (Jan 2008)
  • Reduce the tax burden on middle-income families. (Dec 2007)
  • Signed no-tax pledge; Dems pledge to raise taxes. (Sep 2007)
  • Death tax just doesn�t make sense. (Aug 2007)
  • Commission studied FairTax and found serious flaws. (Aug 2007)
  • Pledges no new taxes in 2007 after refusing pledge in 2002. (May 2007)
  • FactCheck: Did not raise MA taxes, but DID raise MA fees. (May 2007)
  • End taxes on interests, dividends & capital gains. (May 2007)
  • My pledge: no freeze on tax rollback. (Mar 2002)
  • Pledges not to raise taxes. (Nov 1994)

Mitt Romney on War & Peace

  • To Jihadists, democracy is blasphemous since people make law. (Feb 2008)
  • Never, ever supported specific timetable for exit from Iraq. (Jan 2008)
  • Timetable for troop reduction ok; but not for withdrawal. (Jan 2008)
  • It was the right decision to go into Iraq. (Jan 2008)
  • Supported timed withdrawal, but only by Iraqis and in secret. (Jan 2008)
  • Staying in Iraq protects lives of American citizens. (Dec 2007)
  • Let lawyers decide if authorization needed to attack Iran. (Oct 2007)
  • After surge, move to support phase, based in Kuwait. (Sep 2007)
  • Deal with Iran nukes with Dems at home & with allies abroad. (Sep 2007)
  • Slow progress vs. frightening consequences of withdrawal. (Aug 2007)
  • It�s time for people of America to show a surge of support. (Aug 2007)
  • Keep option to attack Al Qaeda in Pakistan, but don�t say it. (Aug 2007)
  • Right to invade Iraq, but not what came after. (Jun 2007)
  • FactCheck: Saddam didn�t refuse UN inspectors prior to war. (Jun 2007)
  • Iraq part of global jihadist effort to bring down the West. (May 2007)
  • Don�t decide policy by polls; don�t leave Iraq precipitously. (May 2007)
  • Osama bin Laden will die for the outrage he has exacted. (May 2007)
  • Withdrawal from Iraq would be a mistake. (Dec 2006)
  • Bush gave inadequate rationale for Iraq war. (Nov 2006)
  • You attack US and we respond; but use nonmilitary too. (Jan 2006)
  • Supported the surge; never supported a timed withdrawal. (Jan 2006)

Mitt Romney on Welfare & Poverty

  • Opportunity is in our DNA; dependency is death to initiative. (Feb 2008)
  • Creating jobs helps poorest workers; not cash handouts. (Jan 2008)
  • Vetoed $220K for state-run homelessness projects. (Jul 2005)
  • Vetoed studying how MA can overcome federal workfare rules. (Jul 2005)
  • Would require welfare recipients to work. (Nov 1994)
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