Monday, November 26, 2007

Oh No--Here we go!

In a CNN News article titled Romney to Huckabee: You're no Reagan Mitt Romney disses on Mike Huckabee. Let's take a looksee.

  • WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney blasted a rising challenger in the Iowa caucuses Monday, painting former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee as a tax-raising, illegal immigrant-coddling liberal and defending his own commitment to conservative causes.
  • Romney has long been the frontrunner in Republican polls in Iowa, but surveys in the past two weeks indicate that Huckabee has closed the gap with the former Massachusetts governor.
  • With just six weeks before the first contest of the 2008 presidential race, both men have draped themselves in the mantle of former President Ronald Reagan.
  • "Ronald Reagan would have never said let's give tuition breaks to illegals like Mike Huckabee did.
Mike Huckabee never gave tuition breaks to illegals. They were children of illegals. These kids had to go through the same requirements as any native Arkansas kids. I was in on a blogger call Monday afternoon. I will post on that later. One question that was asked, by Give Hope Another Chance, was about this very issue. Mike Huckabee emphatically stated that all the kids had to be attending Arkansas schools for four years of high school. They needed to have mantained a 3.2 average during that time. They also had to be drug and alcohol free. They had to have applied for citizenship, if they had not already done that. There was no limit on how many kids could be given scholarships, thus no one was taking scholarships from anyone. Mike Huckabee would rather these kids have grown up to be taxpayers, not taxtakers.
  • Sunday, Huckabee pointed out that Romney's opposition to abortion, gun control and gay marriage were fairly recent -- and said those changing views were a major reason why the polls have tightened in the Hawkeye State.
  • "When he was pro-abortion, I was still pro-life and always have been," Huckabee told CNN. "When he was for gun control, I was against it. When he was against the Bush tax cuts, I was for them. When he was against Ronald Reagan's legacy and said he wasn't part of that Bush-Reagan thing, I was a part of that Bush-Reagan thing."
  • Romney shot back Monday that Reagan, a conservative icon, did not oppose abortion until after he was governor of California in the 1960s. Romney has said his study of policies involving embryonic stem cell research prompted him to reverse his earlier support for abortion rights while running for governor of Massachusetts.
Let's look at a few things here. "Did not oppose abortion until after he was governor of California in the 1960s," it had nothing to do with him changing his views because he was planning on running for president. Why? Back then there wasn't so much abortion belief tied to political affiliation like it is now. Somehow pro-life is now a prerequisite to being a Republican and pro-choice is a prerequisite to being a Democrat. Back then it wasn't quite a political issue.
While both embryonic stem cell research and abortion are immoral, I just don't believe the two things can be tied together in a way that that would be a reason for someone changing views on abortion.

Read the full article here.

I'll tell ya what. This is what I am sick of in politics. Look at what bad thing that guy did. No look at what that guy did. No, no, look at what he did. I think it is one thing for those in the blogosphere to talk about another candidates missteps and misdeeds. But then when a candidate himself or his campaign does it, it's another.

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