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Romney Urges Ga Gathering To Look At Record

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Romney Urges Ga. Gathering To Look At Record

By: Scott Helman

The Boston Globe

Sunday, Jan 07, 2007


"Former governor Mitt Romney, speaking to a gathering of influential Christian conservatives and GOP donors last night, addressed head-on the moderate social views he once held, a record that has complicated his appeals to conservative voters in the 2008 Republican primary contest.


"Romney, on his first political trip since announcing intentions to seek the presidency, said he has grown and could be trusted to keep the social positions he now holds, which include an opposition to abortion and support for a federal constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.


"'Now, I wasn't always a Ronald Reagan conservative. Neither was Ronald Reagan, by the way,' Romney said, according to his remarks as prepared for delivery, which were released by his campaign. 'And perhaps some in this room have had the opportunity to listen, learn, and benefit from life's experience - and to grow in wisdom, as I have. My life experience convinced me that Ronald Reagan was right. I'm a conservative that gets the job done. And you don't just have to take my word for it, you can just look at my record.'


"Romney's remarks came in a keynote address to a black-tie dinner at the Awakening conference, an annual conclave of conservative reflection and policy discussion at this elegant island resort south of Savannah.




"Romney also talked about how the American people, not the government, were the source of the country's strength.


'At this decisive moment in our nation's journey into a new global frontier, there are two competing visions about how America must meet a new generation of challenges,' he said. 'We must choose between calling on stronger government - the liberal vision - or calling on the strength of the American people - and that is my vision.'" ...


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