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The Main Reason Mitt Romney is Not the GOP Frontrunner

This represents Mitt Romney’s biggest problem in his effort to win the Republican nomination for President: people just are not sure they can trust him.

[H/T to HotAir]

Via Mark I at RedState: Romney in Seven Words

On Wednesday, after his loss in the New Hampshire primary, Gov. Mitt Romney returned to Boston to lick his wounds and conduct a telephone fundraiser before heading off to his next must win state of Michigan. ABC Radio microphones were there and they featured an audio quote from Romney in their top of the hour news broadcasts. Romney was encouraging his phone bank volunteers with a little pep talk when he unintentionally summed up his entire campaign; ironically hitting upon the reason why he has failed to gain any traction with conservatives despite spending the most money of any Republican. ABC News Radio was contacted by telephone and confirmed the following quote from their report.

Hit the phones today make all the promises you have to, and… make sure that we get the funds that we need to keep on propelling this campaign forward with power and energy.

“Make all the promises you have to.”

That’s Romney in a nutshell. Of all the Republicans running, he alone has sought to clarify, cover, and indeed change past positions in an attempt to curry favor with conservatives. In the process, Romney has developed a reputation not as a principled conservative, but as a politician who will say almost anything and take almost any position to win votes.

And that, in a nutshell, is why I am not supporting Mitt Romney. I just do not trust the man. He seems like a nice enough man, a good family man, a devoted religious man, but I just cannot trust him as a politician. I can trust Rudy Giuliani a lot more than him, even though I disagree on many of Rudy’s political positions. But at least I know where Rudy Giuliani stands on the issues. With Romney, I just don’t know what to believe. He has switched positions too many times in his political career and, in my opinion, comes across as a political opportunist.

It’s a shame too, because it sounds like he has some good ideas for the economy, based on his background as a successful businessman. However, I just don’t know what to believe with him. And I cannot vote for someone I do not trust.

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January 12, 2008 , 11:41PM - Posted by | 2008 Presidential Election, Conservatism, Mitt Romney

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