Posted: November 6, 2007 6:26 PM
Romney Wins Support of Conservative Leader
For former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney Monday brought good news when Paul Weyrich, a key Christian conservative leader who co-founded the Moral Majority, announced he would endorse Romney for president because of his “exceptional record of putting conservative values to work.”
Weyrich threw his support behind Romney despite concerns from some Christian conservatives about the candidate’s shifting position on abortion and his Mormon faith. Calling Weyrich “one of the premier leaders in the conservative movement,” the campaign said in a statement, “It is an honor to have his support and counsel.” Christian Broadcasting Network’s David Brody said the endorsement is a big one.
Romney has garnered the support of other prominent conservatives including abortion opponent James Bopp Jr., Jay Sekulow of the American Center for Law & Justice and Bob Jones III, chancellor of Bob Jones University.
In other news, on Friday the campaign released yet another advertisement called Experience Matters to be broadcast in New Hampshire. In the ad Romney takes aim at leading Democratic candidate Sen. Hillary Clinton of New York, charging, “Hillary Clinton wants to run the largest enterprise in the world. She hasn’t run a corner store. She hasn’t run a state. She hasn’t run a city.”
Following Clinton’s remark at last week’s MSNBC Democratic debate that giving drivers licenses to illegal immigrants “makes a lot of sense” the Romney campaign responded by outlining their candidate’s opposing stance on the issue. In a release called No Driver’s Licenses for Illegals. Period., the campaign pointed to statements Romney made opposing issuing licenses to illegal immigrants when he was governor of Massachusetts.
Campaign spokesman Kevin Madden added, “Senator Clinton’s troubling answer on providing drivers licenses to illegal immigrants was emblematic of someone who is both dismissive of efforts to enforce our nation’s immigration laws and entirely unwilling to offer a straight answer to a very direct question.”
Looking ahead on the campaign schedule, Romney will be in South Carolina through Wednesday, then travels to Connecticut and New York City on Thursday, before taking the campaign back to New Hampshire on Friday.