Mitt Romney Declares Self Conservative Republican
Mitt Romney has declared himself the great conservative hope for 2008.
In an interview with The Examiner, Romney described himself as more conservative than Republican rivals McCain, R-Ariz., and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani on a variety of issues. “We’re in a different place on immigration; we’re in a different place on campaign reform; we’re in a different place on same—sex marriage; we’re in a different place on the president’s policy on interrogation of detainees,” Romney said. “I’m a conservative Republican, there’s no question about that,” he said. “I’m at a different place than the other two.”
It’s rather difficult to get think of the governor of Massachussetts, home of such liberal poster boys as Ted Kennedy and Barney Frank, as a conservative. Still, he may be more socially conservative than the frontrunners. Giuliani is a moderate, to be sure. McCain is solidly conservative on most issues, although his tendency to grandstand on issues where he triangulate against his fellow Republicans to garner positive press often makes it seem otherwise.
Regardless, it’s amazing how quickly we’ve shifted gears into 2008 talk. Those elected in the current cycle don’t even take office for several weeks.