Friday, January 26, 2007

Bi-Lingual Mitt-Flop

Mitt Romney held an event in Waterloo this afternoon that held a large crowd of over 250 people according to the AP report, and another this evening in Dubuque that was attended by nearly 200 people. One of the main issues he discussed was the abolition of bi-lingual education. Kay Henderson details his position here

"If kids in this country want to be successful in this country, they need to speak the language of this country," Romney said, to applause from the crowd.

The problem with that? In 2002 Mitt Romney opposed this provision, before he supported it. In what is fast becoming a trend, Mitt has gotten in the habit of saying whatever he needs to say to get elected. According to a Boston Herald article in April 2002, Mitt Romney refused to endorse a ballot initiative replacing bilingual education with English immersion. His spokesman said it went “too far.” Investors Business Daily also noted his opposition a month later.

In June 2002, Mitt reversed course according to the Associated Press.

These things are going to continue to follow Gov. Romney it appears.


Blogger murphy said...


Romney supported English immersion his entire term as Governor. His recent quote in Waterloo is 100% consistent with his record as Governor.

So this is not a flip-flop. The most you could claim is that Romney changed his position in 2002 before he became Governor. Is that what we're talking about here? Old news from the 2002 campaign that completely disregards his record?

7:52 PM  
Blogger Caucus Cooler said...

You are right. He supported it as Governor. But he opposed it while on the campaign. It's significant given his pattern.

7:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mitt drew great crowds at both events & is off to a great start in Iowa.

8:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cooler, don't you think it's possible that Romney could believe that particular ballot initiative went too far, yet still support English immersion in principle?

9:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We do make it kind of obvious don't we?

10:19 PM  
Blogger Burton Rider said...


Problem is, you guys aren't smart enough to know that you shouldn't run the last campaign all over again. The "if you can't beat 'em, join 'em" attitude prevails at McCain, Inc.

In fact, it's worse than that. It's more like "if you can't beat 'em, hire 'em".

Next, you'll be in South Carolina accusing Mitt Romney of having a black baby and saying the war drove him crazy. Oh, wait, that WAS the last campaign.

10:33 PM  
Blogger Caucus Cooler said...

He opposed the same ballot initiative he ended up supporting 943.

10:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Vintage Romney. Keep the excuses coming Mittsfits!

11:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Cooler's makes a good catch on an issue that both the AP and Radio Iowa led their story with and all Mitt's people attack the Cooler. Whatever. Can't keep everyone happy I guess!

11:16 PM  
Blogger Cancer Man said...

Bullshit 11:16.

Mitt clears 300 in Waterloo (Cooler says 250)

Mitt clears 225 in Dubuque (Cooler says nearly 200)

AND leads their McCainiac "fluffer" blog with a story attacking Mitt calling him a "Mitt-flopper".

You guys are laughable. See if you can score some of your candidate's Ensure and add a little fiber to your diet. Maybe that will ease the frustration of your grandfather's hopes of being prez (left back in 2000) get passed by a rock star err Mitt-Star err Romney-Star.

6:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stand by your position for once, Mitt!

8:49 AM  
Blogger Caucus Cooler said...

We based our crowd sizes on the AP report which said over 250 in Waterloo.

Great Crowds

9:17 AM  
Blogger Caucus Cooler said...

By the way we have a follow-up post coming on the impressive crowd size that should make you happy CM. Still working on it.

9:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

-1 for Romney.

9:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mitt said this on a NARAL survey in 2002 according to the Weekly Standard.

"I respect and will protect a woman's right to choose. This choice is a deeply personal one. Women should be free to choose based on their own beliefs, not mine and not the government's. The truth is no candidate in the governor's race in either party would deny women abortion rights. So let's end an argument that does not exist and stop these cynical and divisive attacks that are made only for political gain."

Doesn't that sound exactly like Burton and Cancer and murphy on these blogs. "Let's stop these divisive attacks, we all agree, I promise" Funny thing is Mitt got practice saying the same thing to the pro-choicers 4 short years ago.

10:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It it an amazing that Mitt supporters argue that what a person says doesn't matter - only how they govern.

Crazy. Absolutely crazy. Hopefully our party won't fall for it and nominate a professional liar backed by people who don't see a problem with liars.

10:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh crap I posted before I get to the best part of the article.

"In this meeting, NARAL executives recount, Romney evidenced no hesitation about his pro-choice views. He also tried to pique the executives' interest in endorsing him by bluntly acknowledging that he had higher political aspirations, saying, "You need someone like me in Washington."

10:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's hear it for Mitt and our NARAL "friends!!!"

12:09 PM  
Blogger murphy said...

You anons are stuck on news that was getting old a few months ago. Do you really think running your anti-Romney campaign in 1994 is going to last?

Considering all of his critics avoid Romney's record of accomplishment like the plague, I'd say you guys are gonna be crying into your cheerios come the debates.

2:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In the spring of 2002 Romney completed a Planned Parenthood questionnaire. Signed by Romney and dated April 9, 2002, it contained these responses:

Do you support the substance of the Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade? YES

Do you support state funding of abortion services through Medicaid for low-income women? YES

In 1998 the FDA approved the first packaging of emergency contraception, also known as the "morning after pill." Emergency contraception is a high dose combination of oral contraceptives that if taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex, can safely prevent a pregnancy from occurring. Do you support efforts to increase access to emergency contraception? YES

Romney also completed the questionnaire of the National Abortion Rights Action League, or NARAL (now called NARAL Pro-Choice America), with this statement:

I respect and will protect a woman's right to choose.

See the rest at:

2:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's public knowledge that he made a pledge for a moratorium on abortion law in 2002. This was part of that.

Why do you think voters needed that pledge? Because they were confident that Mitt was pro-choice? Or, maybe, that they felt he was pro-life?

3:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So 302 is basically saying that lying in order to get elected is OK as long as you are on the right side of the issue in your heart.

Now that's leadership!

3:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I suggest that Romney flip back to being a liberal Republican and challenge Kerry for his Senate seat. He has a better chance in that race.

Romney performed better against Kennedy in 1994 than anyone else due to his moderate Mass. appeal. With John Kerry one of the lowest rated Democratic Senators up in 2008, and since Mitt's presidential campaign isn't taking off, I encourage Republicans nationwide to join the growing movement to draft Mitt for the 2008 Senate race!

We drafted him to run for Governor in 2002, and we'll do it again!

3:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here's what we know about Romney:
He is one of the very few GOP candidates who has taken multiple positions on multiple issues in multiple campaigns throughout the last decade.

What would happen, God forbid, that this man makes it to the White House and has to stand up to the Dems in Congress? He would wither on the vine and flop like a fish.

Just ask GWB right now. He's probably the strongest GOP President we have seen in a long while and yet he still can't put the hammer down on the Dems the way that many mainstream GOPers want him to.

A guy who changes his position on important issues just as often has he changes his underwear cannot be entrusted with the most powerful position in the world.

We need the only guy who can stand up under fire, a guy who has proven to have more intestinal fortitude that all the other candiddates combined, John McCain.

Say what you want about some of his whackjob policies on campaign finance and grassroots organization paperwork issues, but in the end who has stood up for our national security when 70% or more of the country disagrees with current Iraq policy? John McCain.

I don't like everything he's done but find me a candidate who has and you probably are looking in the mirror. At the end of the day, I' m willing to give in on 20% of the stuff I don't like about him in order to have the other 80% elected and moving my ball down the field for me and what I care about.

3:31 PM  
Blogger Brent Oleson said...

God I hope Republicans will not reward Mitt Romney and his naked political ambition without conviction or real belief crusade with their vote. This guy is a nuclear bomb waiting to explode during the general election. If you think the wind-surfing flip-flopping commericials were bad, wait til the Democrats have a field day with this tanned, rested, unproven, conviction lacking, blow-dried George Hamilton wannabee!

We can do better as Republicans!!!

4:28 PM  
Blogger Mitt Flopper said...

Mitt-Flop Alert! Mitt-Flop Alert! Mitt-Flop Alert! Mitt-Flop Alert! Mitt-Flop Alert! Mitt-Flop Alert!

4:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mitt's positions stink, as they change with every passing questionnaire. Also, you Mitt lovers amaze me your constant defending of his spinelessness as being noble and heroic.

Get a better candidate!!!

7:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To steal a phrase from Lamar Alexander, Mitt is the only person who can be on three sides of a two-sided issue.

10:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mitt Romney is the worst kind of political panderer. People who have signed onto his campaign -- and given him money -- are being taken. His ship is going down like the Titanic.

10:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And the band will keep on playing the whole time.

11:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What do we do, Romney just can not be trusted he keeps changing his position and I can't believe him. He looked good once and I was a meber in those crowds. We are looking for someone who is conservative but not this. The more he gets out there and campaigns the more I question whether I should be republican if we are going to adopt people like mccain, giuliani, and romney. scary!

2:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Once you take away social conservatism and low taxes, the Republican party doesn't really stand for much. I would never register as a Republican and if a Republican candidate didn't support those two things I would have no problem voting for someone else.

4:56 PM  
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