Considering More Than Just the Speech

Jonathan Garthwaite
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Posted: Dec 07, 2007 9:42 AM
Most people liked the speech -- it was well written and delivered -- but now that "The Speech" is behind him, some folks think Romney still has something to prove to social conservatives.

Michael Medved in a post titled "Romney's Home Run": 
While acknowledging that there are some who “would prefer it if I would simply distance myself from my religion…or disavow one or another of its precepts,” he stoutly and emphatically refused to bend. “That I will not do,” he declared. “I believe in my Mormon faith and I endeavor to live by it. My faith is the faith of my fathers – I will be true to them and to my beliefs. Some believe that such a confession of my faith will sink my candidacy. If they are right, so be it.” 

This is, frankly, precisely the sort of clarity and courage Americans expect of a presidential candidate. Romney would have already locked up the GOP nomination had he applied the same consistency and precision in facing other issues.

WIND Chicago's Cisco Cotto:

"...in preaching religious tolerance in his speech Romney assumes the people who are gravitating toward Mike Huckabee are doing so purely because Mitt is a Mormon.  Wrong!  There are many evangelical Christians in the Republican Party that are heading to the former Arkansas governor because they view him as the authentic conservative (though this is open for debate).  They view Romney as a recent convert to the pro-life cause (something he has all but admitted) and with at least two Supreme Court nominations waiting for the next President they don’t want to hand the choice to a guy they’re not sure they can count on.  Orrin Hatch is a darling of these same conservatives, though he too is a Mormon.  Why do they feel comfortable with him and not Romney?  It’s very simple.  He’s always been conservative on the issues that matter to them.  It’s tough to get past that YouTube video of Romney during the Ted Kennedy debate."