November 29th, 2007
05:00 PM ET
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Romney takes heat from gay Republicans

Mitt Romney is facing criticism from the Log Cabin Republicans Thursday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is once again facing fire from a gay Republican group, which announced Thursday it will launch a radio ad in New Hampshire questioning the presidential hopeful’s fiscal conservative credentials.

The 60-second ad from the Log Cabin Republicans focuses on Romney’s record on taxes, claiming that as governor he promised to balance the Massachusetts budget without raising taxes, but reneged on that pledge – a move they say had an impact on some New Hampshire residents who work in the Bay State. They said the ad will run in the Manchester and Portsmouth-Dover-Rochester radio markets.

“Mitt-Flops,” states the narrator.

“Sounds like something you'd wear to the beach, but they could cost you…. Romney even refused to support the Bush tax cuts. Now? He’s seen the light on tax cuts. Do you believe this conversion?” The spot ends with a clip of Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry, and the tagline: “Mitt Romney – just another Massachusetts flip-flopper.”

Last month, the Log Cabin Republicans funded a 30-second anti-Romney TV ad in the early voting state of Iowa that attacked the candidate for shifting his views on abortion. The group has also taken aim at his views on guns, immigration, campaign finance reform, and gay rights, among other issues.

Kevin Madden, a Romney campaign spokesman, dismissed the criticism. “This negative attack and gross distortion of the governor’s record was launched and paid for by a group recognized as having Mayor Giuliani as their ‘favorite’ candidate,” he said in a written statement.

“Governor Romney supports a federal marriage amendment and so it makes sense that a national gay rights group would attack him,” he added. “Governor Romney has a stellar record of fiscal responsibility, having cut wasteful spending and worked to lower taxes as a chief executive focused on pro-growth economic policies.”

- CNN Associate Political Editor Rebecca Sinderbrand

Filed under: Mitt Romney • New Hampshire
soundoff (49 Responses)
  1. Rich, Sioux Falls, South Dakota

    Romney certainly does change his positions like most people change their underwear. He flipflopped on gun control and abortion too, among other things. And we know he's not above outright lies when it suits the purpose of the moment (i.e telling the NRA he's a "lifelong hunter" when really he hunted wabbits once when he was 15).

    If you don't like what Wendell "Mitt" Romney says today, just wait and he'll tell you what you want to hear tomorrow.

    If you want your next President to be a super wealthy, silver-spoon, untrustworthy sort (more of each than our current President) then Wendell "Mitt" Romney is your man.

    November 29, 2007 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  2. Ricky Fisher

    GAY REPUBLICANS??? Isn't that the same thing as saying Jewish Nazi? Who are these people that believe that either the Republican or Democratic parties in this country care about their well-being point blank. It's boggles the mind how either of these parties could be favored by the LGBT community at all. Neither party represents my value, I don't plan on voting for either, God willing, Lou Dobbs will step up to plate, hit a home-run, and leave the rest of these crooks running for office packing.

    November 29, 2007 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    Of all the things for gay Republicans to be concerned about Mitt Romney, it's that he didn't support Bush's tax cuts. He's not conservative enough. What about what Mormons think about homosexuality? I would think that might be an issue.

    November 29, 2007 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  4. Mark Zajac, San Francisco, CA

    Of all the things for gay Republicans to be concerned about, they say that Romney didn't support Bush's tax cuts and is not consrvative enough. What about Mormon views about homosexuality. I would think that would be a concern.

    November 29, 2007 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  5. Shawn

    To David from Monroe County. You guys should not even have a voice in anything. Monroe County is one of the most racist areas in the country. Just stick to picking hay or whatever you guys do down there.

    November 29, 2007 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  6. John, Brooklyn, NY

    Gay Republicans DEFINE the concept of self-loathing.

    November 29, 2007 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  7. Garrett, Provo, UT

    Rich of Sioux Falls,

    I wasn't too impressed with Romney at the debate, but if there is one thing that drives me nuts, it is when people insinuate with the phrase "silver spoon" that he was given everything. The fact is that Mitt earned every dime by financing companies like
    Staples and Dominoes it is rediculous for people to hold that fact that he WORKED HARD to become wealth against him.

    November 29, 2007 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  8. joe holly springs, miss.

    sometimes i question my ability to get certain jokes. because the claim that gay republican is an "oxymoron" seems plainly hilarious. who wrote that–larry craig? because if he is not gay, then neither is ted haggard, paul crouch, mark foley, 'jeff gannon', mayor jim west, etc.are not gay either. isn't that wat GOP stands for–Gang of Perverts. or maybe it is just a case of mr Nashville doth protesting too much.

    November 29, 2007 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  9. Politicalpirate, Tortuga, FL

    Ok, let me get this straght, homosexuality is a sin because you can have numerous partners, but religion which condones polygamy (because you have numerous partners) is OK? Oh wait, these are republicants, what am I thinking.

    November 29, 2007 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  10. Kevin, California

    Just another example how anyone can say anything. The Log Cabin group will say any lie if someone doesnt support them. Your a day late and a dollar short with me Log Cabin.

    November 29, 2007 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  11. Kevin, California

    Gay republicans are...well, gay.

    November 29, 2007 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  12. John, Manchester, NH

    As a Mormon myself, I am disturbed with Mitts flip flopping. He was a former Bishop and every Bishop (and members of the LDS Church "supposedly" believes that the Book of Mormon (bible) is the only true doctrine of gospel from cover to cover.

    The Church also frowns on homosexuals and believes this requires counseling. Mitt, is either lieing to the public for votes or was never a true Latter Day Saint. I rarely attend church now as I do not believe that woman should stay at home and rear 7 children.

    I believe the best President and Vice President this year would be Joe Biden as and John McCain respectively. We need to revise a doctrine that is over two hundred years old that this country ives by – The Constitution. Enough of the left & right, republicans and democrats. I truly beieve Biden and McCain are the winning ticket!

    Both are seasoned and show respect to others without verbal conflict which only shows their professional candor. Sometimes I want to move to another country...

    November 29, 2007 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  13. Josh, Iowa City, IA

    "Special interest" politics?? All gay people want is to be able to have the same benefits straight couples have, like to sit in a hospital with their loved one if they're on their deathbed. And "marriage brings forth children?" please. Once all straight couples start following that rule, I'll believe it. Tell that to Britney Spears after her one night marriage, or any other straight couple who mistakenly marries. Or even straight couples who adopt children. Should they not have the rights to marry? There are many gay couples in America who have been together for decades, and/or raising children together...unable to get the rights they deserve. Whether you agree with a lifestyle or not, it's horrible to support the denial of someone's right to have the basic protections of a relationship almost anyone else can have.

    November 30, 2007 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  14. Jimenez - Texas

    It's not just him – it all of the republicans candidates. They are so against gays and women. Take a step back and take a good look at these men that are running. Vote democrat

    November 30, 2007 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  15. JPB, Houston, Texas

    Nice Frank. Call Romney a bigot and then make a bigoted remark. Since when is a marriage definition amendment ("gay" is never mentioned despite what you believe) the only issue in gay rights? I haven't heard anything about benefits, adoption, decision-making/beneficiary concerns. Has Mitt opposed civil unions? From what I have read, he stuck to his stance on gay rights, but the threshold was crossed with the definition of marriage. I have heard nothing else.... (an obvious anti-Mormon site) insinuates that the Mormon church teaches hate toward homosexuals. Somehow their quest for truth failed to dig up this quote from their current Prophet Gordon Hinkley “Nevertheless, and I emphasize this, I wish to say that our opposition to attempts to legalize same-sex marriage should never be interpreted as justification for hatred, intolerance, or abuse of those who profess homosexual tendencies, either individually or as a group."

    As for the concern that the Mormon church will run the show (as ExposeRomney asserts), show me how the church has run Harry Reid or Orrin Hatch? If ExposeRomney is correct, Harry Reid should be excommunicated any day now. I guess the Mormon leadership will only step up at the level of President, not U.S. Senator.

    It's good to know bigotry is alive and well in America.

    November 30, 2007 01:59 am at 1:59 am |
  16. Paul, Rexburg, ID

    This is stupid. One of the major platforms upon which the Republican Party is based is "old school" Christian, family based values. traditionally the party has been opposed to legalizing gay marriages. hence, if your a gay republican are you really a true republican? if you don't like the direction the party is going then switch.

    November 30, 2007 02:39 am at 2:39 am |
  17. Shawnie Cannon, Grants Pass OR

    The Log Cabin Republicans give Mitt a leg up every time they go after him. I think it's a plot to help him.

    November 30, 2007 05:28 am at 5:28 am |
  18. Ryan, Tucson, AZ

    Leaps of logic, distorted reality, saying anything to get you onto his team – sounds like every conversation I’ve ever had with a Mormon missionary. Don't answer, it's Elder Romney at your door!

    November 30, 2007 05:46 am at 5:46 am |
  19. AJ; Montpelier, VT

    Who is going to listen to Gay Republicans? The fact that they are gay and republican should indicate an IQ deficit.

    November 30, 2007 07:54 am at 7:54 am |
  20. Gregg, Davenport,IA

    Here's a fact that Romney and the rest of you anti-gay Homophobes need to realize: gay people are everywhere and there's nothing you can do about it but whine. The fact of the matter is that you work with, sleep with, and support gay people just don't know it. We're perfectly capable of handling ourselves just like straight people are. To imply that homosexuals have a greater tendency to express affection toward each other than straight people do is stupid and ignorant. How many cases of straight men raping women do you hear about each year? The answer is thousands. At the same time, how many cases of gay men or women raping or attacking each other or straight people each year? Probably none or less than what you can count on your fingers! We're in the Senate, in the military, and in your households. We are not the are! Why? First, you get married because that's what your hypocritical judeo-christian "values" say you should do, yet you end up having gay sex on the side with other men. Second, you become "priests" and "pastors" and yet you end up molesting young boys and/or having secret affairs with each other. Third, you parade around with your military uniforms and anti-gay mentalities (because that's what everyone has told you) and then when you're 60 years old, you "come out" and switch parties. You go through all of this because your "conservative values" say you should and one day you wake up and say "oh, I'm the world's biggest hypocrite." This whole political and social system in this country is corrupt, hypocritical, stupid, and in most cases it's for sale. Congratulations on being pimped by your party and your religion!!

    November 30, 2007 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  21. Tom - Dedham, Mass

    All of you Romney bashers, enjoy.

    Unlike your "queen", who changes poll to poll, debate to debate, speech to speech and CROWD to CROWD, Romney has moderated his positions over a matter of YEARS and experiences.

    So if you think she can use this against him you are dumb.

    EVERY politician has changed stances of some type or another, but it is the TIMEFRAMES that should be the story, therefore it is a losing proposition for her.

    For the record, she is also against gay marriage and she helped pass "don't ask, don't tell", but only Republicans are hateful and she is somehow saintly to the gays, that makes NO SENSE.

    And for the few that are still sticking up for CNN, a few points you sheep are missing (as usual), CNN portrayed these people as UNDECIDED when in fact by doing a LITTLE research they would have found otherwise and when the Democrats used this format the questions were all fluff and not ALL GOTCHA questions which fit right into CNN's agenda.

    Fox NEWS destroys "the most trusted name in news" for a reason, they are fair and balanced.

    There are more LIBERALS on FOX than there are CONSERVATIVES on CNN etc, etc. Case closed.

    November 30, 2007 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  22. Joseph, Grand Rapids, MI

    Mitt Romney switches positions no more than any of the others running in this race! Wake up people this is politics. Do you honestly think that everyone of this people running whole heartly believes everything that they are saying in these debates? Of course not! Rebulicans have become just as extreme as the Democracts. No one person can truly run completly under the banner of the parties core beliefs. The reality is that in order to win one has to pick the party that is as close to their personal beliefs as possible. Romney will win IA, NH, MI. So wake up!

    November 30, 2007 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  23. Anonymous

    The gays have equal rights now/ they want special rights for there sinfull life style. Go Figure/ Go hide in a closet or at least get out of the Republican Party/ They don't want ya!!
    Pleaseing special interest is not what America ever needed.

    Posted By Darrel Iowa : November 29, 2007 6:51 pm

    Did you take that directly out of the bible? "Go hide in the closet"..isn't that what Jesus told his followers???
    Ah Republican's, you truly are the party of Christ thank you all for spreading your family values and morals upon us all....

    November 30, 2007 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  24. Dan (Baltimore, MD)

    Remember everyone a vote for Mitt Romney is a vote against rights for people born in a certain way. Oh, and he's also against a woman's bodily rights. Let's keep him far away from the White House. The only candidates he's better than are the dems.

    November 30, 2007 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
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