November 5th, 2007
05:55 PM ET
15 years ago

Prominent conservative backs Romney

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Paul Weyrich, a prominent leader in the conservative movement, announced Monday that he was backing Mitt Romney for president, a major endorsement for the former Massachusetts governor less than two months before the Iowa caucuses.

"As he travels across the country, Governor Romney has outlined a blueprint to build a stronger America rooted in our common conservative principles,” Weyrich said in a statement released by Romney’s presidential campaign. “With a clear conservative vision to move America forward, he will strengthen our economy, our military and our families.”

Weyrich serves as chairman of the Free Congress Research and Education Foundation.

- CNN Political Editor Mark Preston

Filed under: Mitt Romney
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  1. Wayne, Greenville TX

    One more reason to avoid Mitt Romney like the plague. People are known by the company they keep, and Paul Weyrich is scum.

    November 5, 2007 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  2. Maddoxx, NY, NY.

    Who knows if this is true or not. Thought I'd share this article on Obama published in the Chicago Sun Times:

    Living in a glass house

    POLITICS | Obama's push for Clinton to disclose her first lady papers raises questions about his own transparency

    November 5, 2007
    BY LYNN SWEET Sun-Times Columnist
    WASHINGTON — White House hopeful Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.), who is making government transparency a centerpiece of the latest phase of his campaign, does not always practice what he preaches when it comes to his own business.

    Obama is accusing chief rival Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) of being secretive and slowing down the release of her official first lady papers in the Clinton Library, documents that could help buttress — or erode — her claim of presidential experience.

    Since last Tuesday's Democratic debate in Philadelphia, Obama has been stepping up his criticism of Clinton on the matter of transparency, which makes it timely to look at his own record.

    Obama deserves credit for pushing for a law, signed last year, creating a searchable database containing federal contracts. He also has been a champion of new Senate ethics rules to force more disclosure about bundlers who help raise campaign cash. He has pushed for the creation of a Congressional Ethics Enforcement Commission, to make it easier for the public to pursue ethics complaints.

    Sometimes Obama has come late to the game. He did not stop taking rides on subsidized corporate jets until the week he was tapped to be the Democrats' chief spokesman on ethics in January 2006. In 2005, Obama took 23 such private aircraft flights, some to attend fund-raisers he headlined. In 2006, Obama led the fight to ban lawmakers from taking cut-rate private air travel.

    On other fronts, the Obama transparency record is lacking.

    • • An Obama spokesman, Ben Labolt, last week declined to say where Obama's records from his years in the Illinois State Senate are located. There is no law mandating the state to archive the records. The records from Obama's office — if he kept them — would potentially show appointments with lobbyists, policy memos, meetings, etc.

    • • Obama has supported more earmark disclosure to bolster government transparency. Last June, Obama disclosed the earmarks he requested for Illinois and national interests. However, his office, after repeated requests since June, has yet to disclose earmarks Obama sought in 2006, before he was running for president.

    • • Obama does list the names of hundreds of bundlers — people committed to raising at least $50,000 for the campaign — on his Web site. He brags about the disclosure on the stump.

    But that's literally all Obama does, list a name. No cities or states, information that is available to his campaign. Some names are well known because the bundlers are celebrities or longtime activists. But it's a big country, and there are more than one Bob Clark and Lou Cohen. Just listing a name does lip service to meaningful disclosure.

    Obama campaign manager David Plouffe, in a memo sent last week after the debate, said Obama is "setting a new standard of openness in campaign fund-raising." That's because the bar is very low.

    • • Obama's campaign has refused to identify the biggest bundlers, people who are raising at least $200,000 for him and are given membership in his National Finance Council. Obama, as all major candidates, declines most of the time to disclose details about most fund-raising events.

    • • During a town hall meeting last month in Dover, N.H., Obama pledged that he would post all meetings he would hold as president on the Internet. As a senator, Obama has never done that.

    • • Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) routinely releases a detailed schedule of his Washington, D.C., meetings — with international leaders, Illinois state and local officials, constituents and lobbyists.

    Posted By Tony, Mount Vernon, NY : November 5, 2007 6:08 pm

    November 5, 2007 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  3. Rodak - Sacremento, CA

    Sorry you can call me a bigot if you like. But I cannot vote for a man whose religion makes the ladies wear some kind of special underwear with secret symbols on it. It's just not happening.

    If you are looking for conservative values then look no further than Mike Huckabee. He is the only candidate whose platform includes openly talking about his faith.

    November 5, 2007 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  4. Shawnie Cannon, Grants Pass OR

    This is a huge endorsement. Congratulations to the Romney Campaign.

    November 5, 2007 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  5. Vince, Los Angeles CA

    Who really care if Paul Weyrich back Romney!!! HAHAHAHAHA "Moral Majority" and all those conservative out there are all undercover "GAY". They peach about it's wrong to be gay, but they sure are the one getting caught red handed or with their pant down. Please people.. I don't care who you vote for, but please no more Repulican... Any party but the Repulican!!!!!

    November 5, 2007 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  6. Wade Ens

    Paul Should throw his weight behind Romney as polls show Guilano can't beat Clinton. A woman as Senate Leader and President we ready for only so much change.

    November 5, 2007 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  7. Dan, Saint Louis, MO

    Romney is the only viable candidate for conservative voters. Every day, more and more conservative leaders are realizing this.

    November 5, 2007 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  8. Emily Latella, Heaven, USA

    Paul Heinrich? Didn't he wrok for Adolph in the 30's and 40's? What? "Weyrich!!" Oh....sorry...that's very different...nevermind!
    We miss you Gilda!

    November 5, 2007 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  9. chavez,Alexander,IOWa

    Keep weeping.........
    No republican will have a chance in our age...I rather get committed for this..........

    November 6, 2007 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  10. Raymond, El Paso TX

    Cheney = Halliburton

    Romney = Bain Capital

    Here goes the next round of no-bid contracts to protect us from the internet terrorists!

    November 6, 2007 01:52 am at 1:52 am |
  11. Val Davydov, Agawam, MA

    Woohoo! Keep it coming! Romney will indeed strengthen our economy, our military and our families, all for the good of American people.

    Congratulations, Governor!

    November 6, 2007 02:50 am at 2:50 am |
  12. Kate, Aurora CO

    Yeah, good luck with that Mr. Weyrich. Sorry but we let a conservative administration run this country into the ground over the past 8 years. I highly doubt our country will repeat this tragic mistake. We can almost guarantee a Republic conservative will NOT be our next president.

    November 6, 2007 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  13. Shawnie - Grants Pass, OR

    Why was my comment deleted? It had nothing offensive in it....

    November 6, 2007 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  14. Raymond, El Paso TX

    Cheney = Halliburton

    Romney = Bain Capital

    Multi-national corporations are running the Republican party and ruining America.

    Here's a 2005 piece that show's how cozy Romney is with these corporations and the games they play.

    November 6, 2007 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  15. Bubba, Swainsboro GA

    Conservative . . . . what does that even mean these days? The biggest and most radical changes of America's history have been made by these 'new conservatives.' What I want is a government that will let me alone while I pursue happiness. Wasn't rest-room felon Larry Craig a conservative too? Convicted pill-popper Rush Limbaugh is the conscience of conservatism, I hear? I think America can move itself forward without any help from them, thanks so much, bye now.

    November 6, 2007 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  16. Steve Blaine Washington

    Rodak in Sacramento. I not going to call you a bigot but I will give your comment an answer.
    Yes, women and also men who go to Mormon temples wear white garments. They go to Temples to have work done such as wedding for themselves and their kindred dead,baptisms for the dead and sealing between parents and children and children and parents. These sealing are valid throughout eternity if all parties to them accept them in the afterlife. If you want regigious meaning to this provedure please refer to last 2 verses in Malach in old testament. Now I hope you understand something few people ouside the Mormon Church understand.
    No, no one is forced to wear the garments but the choose to.

    November 6, 2007 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  17. susan aspen, granada hills, ca

    Rodak... your comments about Mormons and garments were way off. Other relgious people wear religious symbols,whether they are on the body or on the head. We wear ours underneath our clothing because they are a peronal reminder of the temple covenants that we have made. It's not that complicated. Garments are funtional and comfortable. As far as being forced... I think you might be mixing our religion up with some middle eastern cultures where the woman have to wear veils and burkas in public areas. Do alittle more research on the subject and you will find out the facts...

    Thank you Steve Blaine..

    November 6, 2007 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  18. susan aspen, granada hills ca

    sorry,some typos in my blog – personal reminder of our Temple Covenants

    November 6, 2007 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  19. susan aspen, granada hills, ca

    dear political ticker... i made a correction with a typo and you deleted my orginal blog... now it doesnt' make any sense.

    November 6, 2007 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |