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Romney Formally Announces For ’08 -Will Religion be an Issue?

by Dr. D ~ February 13th, 2007

Gov. Mitt Romney of Mass. (R), formally announced his intentions to run for President in 2008.  Gov. Romney stressed the unique abilities and experience that he brings to the table as a Governor from a liberal state and a former CEO of a large corporation.  See: the USA Today story.

Some question whether he is actually conservative enough to make it through the Republican primaries.  Others point out that he has been taking a decided tack towards the right lately and that his current major rivals for the Republican nomination, Sen. McCain and former Major Giuiliani are not all that conservative either on many issues.     

In order to showcase his new found conservative views, Romney came out swinging on the abortion issue.  In an earlier run for the Senate he had run as a ‘pro-Choice’ Republican, he cleared the air on where he now stands on this issue with the following:

I believe in the sanctity of human life.” He also said that “people and their elected representatives should make our laws, not unelected judges.”


Religion seems to be the largest hurdle for him to overcome.  I have addressed this in an earlier article:  Romney’s Mormonism a Problem for Evangelical Voters?   However, since McCain and Giuiliani are not known to be ‘religious’, this may not be as large a factor as one might expect during the Republican primaries. 

A larger problem for Romney may be that the current climate in this country may work against electing another person that is identified as ‘really religious’ after George W. Bush.  In the general election, Americans may prefer someone who is not quite so identified with a particular religion this time around.  It should be interesting to see how this all plays out.


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