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Romney's Opens
Checkbook for Troops

Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney said Wednesday that he will donate $25,000 to seven organizations dedicated to supporting troops, and he urged the public to engage in a "surge of support" for those on the battlefield.

The gimmick elicited loud applause as Romney toured a high-tech assembly facility in Milford, NH and visited Moulton's Market a few minutes away in Amherst. At both places, Romney milked it for all it was worth.

"There's a lot of talk about supporting our troops," he told the employees of Cirtronics. "Let's have a surge of support while there's such a surge of sacrifice going on in our country."

At each stop, Romney also took the opportunity to slam South Carolina Rep. James Clyburn, who said Monday that a positive report from Gen. David Petraeus on progress in Iraq "would be a problem for us." Romney demanded clarification from Clyburn.

"Sometimes they say things they ought to withdraw," he told reporters.

Romney's website now lists links to the seven organizations so people can donate if they want. (Or to him, of course). Asked whether he believed his rivals in the presidential contest should contribute, Romney demurred.

"No, this is a personal decision," he said. "Different people have different financial circumstances."

But will they? No word yet. But the Trail wouldn't be surprised if links to the support groups didn't start popping up on other candidate websites pretty soon.

--Michael D. Shear

By Post Editor  |  August 1, 2007; 4:39 PM ET
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The dude that wrote this piece is CRANKY and should be spoken to about his lack of professionalism.

Posted by: avalon6 | August 3, 2007 12:17 AM | Report abuse

I find it degrading for anyone to diminish anyone's suggestion that we might support the troops who are sacrificing their all for our freedoms.

Posted by: hud2 | August 2, 2007 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the article Mr Shear. This "gimick" has just inspired me to vote for Mitt Romney. If this is any indication of where he would apply the national finance budget, he is right on track.

Posted by: brymonson | August 2, 2007 8:06 AM | Report abuse

I also noticed all the negative connotations, (gimmick, Romney milked it for all that it was worth)? I think that Mr. Shear must be sour that Mitt Romney is such a good candidate.

Posted by: sambunderson | August 1, 2007 10:42 PM | Report abuse

Yes, the snarky tone was evident in this piece pretty early in the article. So much for objectivity. With all the negativity in Washington regarding the troops in Iraq, this sounds like a breath of fresh air to me. Romney's effort to give the troops a boost deserves a little more credit.

Posted by: katjones1 | August 1, 2007 10:28 PM | Report abuse

Why the sarcasm Mr. Shear? Is it a "gimmick" to contribute to organizations that provide care packages for our bravest? I find Gov. Romney's intentions admirable. He put his money where his mouth is. How many in Washington have done the same?

Posted by: adam_meier | August 1, 2007 8:21 PM | Report abuse

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