Romney camp: Liberty speech not place for policy
May 11th, 2012
06:19 PM ET
10 years ago

Romney camp: Liberty speech not place for policy

(CNN) - Although Mitt Romney's commencement address Saturday at Liberty University is expected to focus mainly on non-policy related topics, he is expected to discuss his position on same-sex marriage in his speech to the evangelical Christian college.

A Romney campaign official, speaking on background in a conference call with reporters, said the presumptive Republican presidential nominee will share some of his life experiences and lessons.

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"He will talk about personal responsibility, the dignity of hard work, and the commitments of family," the official said. "Marriage isn't the focus of the speech but he will mention the fact that marriage is an enduring institution which deserves to be defended."

– Related: Excerpts from Romney's Liberty address largely ignore religion

On Wednesday President Barack Obama announced for the first time that he supports same-sex marriage. On the same day, Romney reaffirmed his belief that marriage is between a man and a woman, but believes states should have the ability to extend certain rights to gay couples, short of marriage.

On Thursday, Romney reiterated a stance, long held, that states should be able to decide whether or not same-sex couples can adopt children.

"I know many gay couples are able to adopt children," Romney said in an interview with Fox News. "That is fine. But my preference is we encourage the marriage of a man and a woman and we continue to define marriage as a relationship between a man and a woman."

The businessman and former Massachusetts governor criticized the president this week for fundraising off the issue of same-sex marriage, saying it wasn't an issue that should be made into a pitch for donations.

"I don't think the matter of marriage is really a fundraising matter, either for the president, and it is certainly not for me," Romney said Thursday on Fox News.

He added, "I hope the issue as tender and sensitive as the marriage issue is not a source of fundraising for either of us."

On Friday, Romney campaigned in North Carolina, which recently passed a referendum that constitutionally bans same-sex marriage. In his speech, Romney focused on the economy in his remarks at the Charlotte Pipe and Foundry Company.

"The reason the governor got into the race for president is because of the dismal state of the economy," the official said on Friday's conference call. "Jobs and the economy is the message that carried him through the primaries, it's what he takes with him into the general election, and it is why he's going to win in November."

CNN National Political Correspondent Jim Acosta contributed to this report.

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soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Yanni

    What is your economic record Mr.

    May 11, 2012 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  2. Woman In California

    I just can't get over ALL the diversity in his crowds.

    the presumptive Republican presidential nominee will share some of his life experiences and lessons.

    No thank you. We've heard enough. Have fun in your new LaJolla mansion because you'll never occupy 1600 Pennslyvania Avenue. That residence belongs to US the American people and we don't want you or your useless sons anywhere near it. It might be a good time for them to go join the military since they won't be needed anymore AFTER November.

    May 11, 2012 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  3. Awaiting Moderation

    Will Rmoney ever proffer a SPECIFIC solution to any problem?

    May 11, 2012 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  4. You heard it worst on CNN

    He isn't going to make it past September if he keeps beliving in his own media controled bologna. As a republican I can't support this guy. He has yet to face Ron Paul in a one on one debate. What makes him think he has earned the right run a premature campaign against Obama? Romney has not once outlined a plan for economic recovery. Not once has he given any indication he has any idea of how to run this country. All he can do is bully and cheat and buy his way to the top. Ron Paul 2012!!!

    May 11, 2012 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  5. GI Joe

    Will he explain the great art of harrassment, bullying, and attacking those not like him? Will he teach them how to ship jobs overseas just to put $$$ in his pockets?

    Of will he make up stuff that sounds good. I'm thinking the pathological liar is having his writers do the work for him right now.

    I don't trust him. I don't trust any mormons.

    May 11, 2012 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  6. NC

    Some of the good Christians will not vote for a Mormon, they think it is a cult.

    May 11, 2012 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  7. The Greedy Old Pigs have declared class war on US!

    Correction: The GOBP cult is no place of policy (unless it's based on the failed ideas of Ayn Rand).

    May 11, 2012 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  8. geggyg

    Maybe even at a religous university might be intelligent enough to see the holes in Romneys economic and foreign policiesif he dicussed them . Just throw them some red meat of abortion and gays to get them cheering

    May 11, 2012 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |