Romney still faces conservative doubts as convention approaches
August 9th, 2012
12:03 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney still faces conservative doubts as convention approaches

Washington (CNN) - Like a lion trained on its prey, conservatives are tracking certain Republican nominee Mitt Romney for any gaffe, policy shift or other signal that shows he is really the moderate they fear instead of the right-wing ideologue they want.

The continuing distrust of Romney by some on the political right will be one of the most interesting dynamics at the upcoming Republican National Convention that will formally anoint the former Massachusetts governor as President Barack Obama's challenger in November.

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  1. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of OBAMA FAILURE

    Talk about wishful thinking on the part of the lefties! There is NO doubt in anybodys mind that Romney is head and shoulders above the worse President in the history of the USA, Barack Hussein Obama.

    August 9, 2012 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  2. IF YOU SIGNED GROVER'S PLEDGE, YOU ARE A TRAITOR TO THE U.S.

    When you have the likes of Ed Rollins and George Will saying you should release your taxes, you may want to listen. Also, that evangelical wing of the republican party will not vote for a Mormon even if they don't like the President. Remember the primary when they were calling it a cult? Willard as a uphill battle to fight & he won't win unless he cheats.(Voter Surpression Laws)

    August 9, 2012 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  3. clemvinson71

    who exactly is on this guy's side? liberals hate him, conservatives hate him, foriegn allies hate him, minorities hate him. I guess that leaves the uber-rich and mormons. Not much of a base there Mitt...

    August 9, 2012 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  4. jane

    this is percisely why he will NOT win

    August 9, 2012 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  5. Pioneer_Spirit

    Seriously.... Even though Romney may not be the conservatives 1st choice ... Give me a scenario where you see a conservative voting to re-elect the president.

    August 9, 2012 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  6. Wake up people

    We still want to see those taxes Willard. What exactly is Son of Boss??

    OBAMA 2012!

    August 9, 2012 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  7. Thomas

    60% of the GOP did not want Romney. They literally were looking at what? 5 other candidates? 5 other candidates before they finally settled on Romney. Caine, Perry, Santorum, Gingrich, etc. I don't doubt that the GOP is listless.

    August 9, 2012 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  8. Mikey

    Romney may be a moderate. It's hard to tell. Mostly he's an opportunistic chameleon who has taken multiple positions on every major issue of the day; whatever benefits him most politically at the time. I suspect he is a sociopath as it relates to having any kind of ideological compass; the businessman who detaches himself from right and wrong because he is paid by the shareholders to maximize profits – period. He brings that dispassionate pursuit of his political goals to the public square. He wants to be President and he will do or say anything to achieve that goal, which is all the reason we need NOT to vote for him.

    August 9, 2012 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  9. Bill

    Oh no, he is severely conversative, remember? The worst general election candidate in 50 years. Thank you GOP, for making it easier fro Mr. Obama to win.

    August 9, 2012 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  10. Reggie from LA

    Yeah, I remember the time he bumped Sarah Pain (typo, sorry) Palin from the podium, physically. Remember? No? Didn't think you'd try, but he did. All that to say in effect "I got this little girl". That's his message to America. "Stand aside. I got this. Just get out of the way". Go Mitt!!

    August 9, 2012 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  11. Rudy NYC

    I'll bet anyone $10,000 that Mitt Romney is not going to release his 2011 return. It is due in mid-October, which is stupid and demonstrates a lack of planning. It is a safe bet that Romney will try to weasel his way out of releasing any more information than what he has already released.

    Don't believe it? Remember what Ann Romney said. "You all have seen enough."

    August 9, 2012 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  12. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of OBAMA FAILURE

    clemvinson71
    who exactly is on this guy's side? liberals hate him, conservatives hate him, foriegn allies hate him, minorities hate him. I guess that leaves the uber-rich and mormons. Not much of a base there Mitt...
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    And yet Romney LEADS in the polls. You might want to stop drinking the koolaide for a minute and check out more reliable news sources.

    August 9, 2012 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  13. Arch

    I live and work in the most GOP populated place and business in the country and I don't hear doubts. I hear from most people they realize that Romney has the skill set and experience to turn this boat around. I also hear daily multiple times what a disaster Obama has been and the untold damage he will do if re-elected. There is so much distrust of Obama from his directives in office that it is going to turn out a lot of people to vote. My boss is a bundler and is having no issues getting money.

    August 9, 2012 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  14. Al-NY,NY

    He's already gaffed twice in the last 2 days.....his spokesperson goofed yesterday giving Obama ammo about ROmney Care, and today she says Flip is not OK with the BSA banning gays

    August 9, 2012 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  15. Who will solve the country's woes..."who"..?

    Media pundits keep saying that negative campaign-ads work..."For Whom"..? ...Surely they don't solve the country's woes..........Obama keeps saying over and over.."More deeds to be done"..Yet after almost four years now of HIM...He
    (Obama) has proven to us that when it comes to economic-issues the task to solve is beyond him.....Obama's negative
    campaign-ads are purely to destroy Romney's good business and leadership qualifications and to cover-up his (Obama's
    WEAKNESS...............America must join -in with Clint Eastwood and look towards Romney to give the country the boost it needs....Romney might surprise us in due course when he reveals his "Action-plan to create jobs, growth and prosperity...........No longer can America look for "Hope and Change".........

    August 9, 2012 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  16. Rudy NYC

    Mitt Romney's shifting stances on issues are easily explained. He says what he thinks he audiences want to hear because he's the consumate salesman. And, he's not a statesman.

    August 9, 2012 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  17. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Now that Mittens has become a birther, a varmint shooter, a tax evader, a money launderer, a jobs outsourcer, a foreign account holder, an anti women's rights advocate, against police and firemen, wants fewer teachers, class warfare leader, he epitomizes the GOP.

    August 9, 2012 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  18. Bill

    @Obama 2012

    Not to burst you bubble, but Obama leads in 8 of the 9 swing states and only trails in Colorado, with an overall lead nationally by almost four points. Get your facts straight.

    August 9, 2012 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  19. Lynda/Minnesota

    Oh, they'll vote for him. He'll still lose. Which is just as well. Romney isn't up for the Presidential fights which would be directed against him that will absolutely come from his own party were he to waiver even one iota from the political agenda of the Limbaugh's, the Hannity's, and the Beck's. He's barely able to run a half competent campaign as it is without the truly mixed up factions in his own party dragging from one corner of absurd to the next. This past year hasn't been a "come together" moment for GOPerville. It's going take someone much deeper than Mitt Romney to bring his party together any time soon.

    August 9, 2012 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  20. Sniffit

    "And yet Romney LEADS in the polls. "

    Rasmussen Tracking 8/6 – 8/8 43 47 Romney +4
    Gallup Tracking 8/1 – 8/7 47 46 Obama +1
    Reuters/Ipsos 8/2 – 8/6 49 42 Obama +7
    Democracy Corps (D) 7/21 – 7/25 50 46 Obama +4
    Pew Research 7/16 – 7/26 51 41 Obama +10
    NBC News/Wall St. Jrnl 7/18 – 7/22 49 43 Obama +6
    FOX News 7/15 – 7/17 45 41 Obama +4
    CBS News/NY Times 7/11 – 7/16 46 47 Romney +1

    Average 7/11 – 8/8 47.5 44.1 Obama +3.4

    You were saying?

    August 9, 2012 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  21. RealityBites

    What an intro..., anyone here not convinced that Tom Cohen is a progressive liberal pushing an agenda??

    August 9, 2012 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  22. Mikey

    Someone tried to say that "Romney LEADS in the polls. You might want to stop drinking the koolaide for a minute and check out more reliable news sources."
    *****************************************************
    How about the RCP average of polls (RCP has a somewhat conservative bias, just look at the articles they choose to link to – about 2/3 conservative) which has Obama up by 3.4%, and that includes Rasmussen, which is consistantly about 5% off the other polls in the GOP's favor. I guess someone needs to take their own advice, eh?

    August 9, 2012 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  23. Marcuscassius

    "I also hear daily multiple times what a disaster Obama has been and the untold damage he will do if re-elected"
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    Of course these disasters are undocumented or even badly defined. Obama is the "worst" President ever (Even after Bush? really?) But you can never say why or how. The only thing you ever point to is the massive deficit/... that Bush left to carry over to pay. (Thanks Bush!) You guys got nuthin. Nuthin but more debt. More lies. More pain for us and more money for the rich!

    August 9, 2012 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  24. DEUTERONOMY16:16

    WOW ROMNEYHOOD YOU RAISED 5 million dallors for nothing its all vapor mitt you gonna have the what happen I did not become president of the unitedstates dumb goofy look.hey I give Ross Perot this one thing he

    August 9, 2012 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  25. Thomas

    @clemvinson71
    who exactly is on this guy's side? liberals hate him, conservatives hate him, foriegn allies hate him, minorities hate him. I guess that leaves the uber-rich and mormons. Not much of a base there Mitt...

    If you hate Obama , you love Romney !

    August 9, 2012 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
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