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On the Stump, Romney Defends Bush

By Michael D. Shear
DAVENPORT, Iowa -- In his pursuit of ways to criticize Mike Huckabee, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney has to say thank-you to none other than Mike Huckabee.

The former Arkansas governor and new front-runner in Iowa blasted President Bush in a recent article, saying that Bush has pursued foreign policy with an "arrogant bunker mentality." Romney has seized on that phrase, using it at almost every stop in an attempt to appeal to the many Republicans who still like the president.

Standing across the Mississippi River from the Rock Island Arsenal, a major Army weapons manufacturing facility that employs more than 6,000 people, Romney praised Bush and said Huckabee made "a significant error" by "insulting the president."

"It's one thing to be critical" of policy, Romney said. "It's a very different matter to suggest that the cause of missteps or mistakes are the result of arrogance or a bunker mentality."

President Bush's approval rating overall remains historically low. But Romney is hoping to point out Huckabee's "insult" to the Republicans who are likely to participate in the Iowa caucus in 15 days. Among that group, the president's popularity rating is very high.

"The president is a person who is deeply devoted to this country," Romney said. "He is not a person who acts out of arrogance or a bunker mentality."

By Web Politics Editor  |  December 19, 2007; 1:25 PM ET
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You're right - it IS hard to criticize the the person who is single handedly responsible for the next depression that will be sweeping the country a year or so from now when he's safely out of office. The person who added TRILLIONS to our national debt and committed us to TRILLIONS more keeping Iraq safe from terrorism (HAH!) when 20 of the 24 9-11 hijackers were SAUDI. The guy who made the whole Islamic world unite against us, sure be hard to find fault with that. Good thing Romney supports him - the rotten little sneaks should all be readily identifiable. He's probably using his warrantless wiretapping now to help Romney campaign. Any Republican with a shred of integrity would have Bush impeached and imprisoned for his war crimes partly, but mostly for his crimes against the Constitution! Support the Constitution - Vote Ron Paul!

Posted by: lnardozi | December 22, 2007 12:37 PM | Report abuse

JakeD-Oh, I think you may have hit on something!

We need to get Dims back in, some of the Ninth Circuit Libbie Judges might be ready to retire, and we sure would not want to be allowing this Country to do something as horrible as verify Social Security Numbers and investigate ID Thefts!

We need Libbie Judges to Legislate so BAD!

As in VERY BAD-Legislation!-From the Bench, where nobody gets to do something like VOTE on it!

Then Again-


Posted by: rat-the | December 19, 2007 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps Matt or leongoodman could explain how "Mitt" will more likely nominate Roberts/Alito-type judges than, say Huckabee or even McCain?

Posted by: JakeD | December 19, 2007 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Matt, I can't top that! You must be one of those writers on strike. I hope things turn out well for you and you get your job back. Your observations are precious.

Go Mitt!

Posted by: leongoodman | December 19, 2007 3:16 PM | Report abuse

For those who didn't catch my post yesterday, I'm trying to decide between two candidates: Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee. It's really tough to decide. Both candidates have comparable educational backgrounds that qualify them to lead the United States (Huckabee's 2.5-year bachelor degree in religion from Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia is roughly equivalent to Romney's cum laude law degree and Baker scholar MBA degree from Harvard, right?). Both candidates served as governors of states that face equally complex problems (Arkansas, with its population of 2.8 million and gross state product of $87 billion, is pretty much the same as Massachusetts, with its population of 6.4 million and gross state product of $318 billion, right?). Both candidates have pre-political experience that qualify them to be President (Huckabee was a pastor of several Southern Baptist churches in Arkadelphia, Texarkana, and Pine Bluff, Arkansas and served as president of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention; no doubt equal to Romney's founding and taking of Bain Capital from a $37M fund to a $50B fund in 20 years and rescuing the 2002 Olympics). And both have wives and children that would make a great First Family (compare Huckabee family photo at with Romney family photo at ). So you can see why I am having such a difficult time making up my mind . . .

Posted by: Matt_Damon | December 19, 2007 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Too many People in this Country love to attack in Hind-Sight. Many of the attacks are purely Partisan driven cheap shots at many events or things said out of Context!

People should learn to recognize petty attacks as such. I personally try to offer solutions to any gripes I bring up!

Otherwise, it is just being a "Nancy Pelosi"!

Posted by: rat-the | December 19, 2007 2:24 PM | Report abuse

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