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Romney Woos Illinois Conservatives


Mitt Romney signs his autograph on a supporter during an Illinois campaign rally at the College of DuPage, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2008(AP).

By Glenn Kessler
GLEN ELLYN, Ill. -- DuPage County is about as solidly Republican a county as can be found in the United States. The Chicago suburb has produced reliable conservatives like Rep. Henry Hyde and former House Speaker Dennis Hastert, and is now the kind of place where Mitt Romney is making his last stand.

Speaking before a huge banner that declared "Washington is Broken," a jacket-less Romney told an enthusiastic crowd tightly packed in the arts center of the College of DuPage that the nomination battle had become a "battle for the heart and soul of Republican party." He asked the crowd, "Which way are we going to go? Are we going to take a sharp left turn in our part, to get as close as we can to Hillary Clinton?"

Few in the crowd of several hundred people appeared to be undecided; they accepted Romney's message that he was a true conservative. "I'm tired of reaching across the aisle when no one is reaching back," said Jim Strnad, a 63-year-old computer store owner.

There are few African Americans in DuPage, and census figures shows that the population is mostly white, with a heavy tilt toward Irish and German ancestry. Romney received his biggest cheers when he attacked Sen. John McCain's proposal to give citizenship to some illegal immigrants.

When Norma Green, a 78-year-old real estate agent, resplendent in a red sweater, said she "couldn't put her finger" on why she didn't like McCain, her son, Ken Wisdom, interjected, "Oh, that easy, Mom. It's amnesty, amnesty."

"Oh yes, amnesty," she said.

Wisdom, a 57-year-old union plumber, became emphatic: "It's not just Hispanics. It's Russians, Polish, Romanians, Pakistanis all coming. We are in a race to become a third world country. For a country not well liked in the world, people sure like to come here."

Speaking to reporters afterward, Romney said that, while he and McCain agreed on some issues, McCain's policies "are virtually indistinguishable from Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton on a number of issues."

From DuPage County, Romney planned to attend a Superbowl kick-off in the Maryland Heights suburb of St. Louis, Mo., before flying to Nashville, Tenn., to catch the end of the game.

On Monday, Romney plans to fly from Tennessee, where he's holding a rally, to Georgia, for rallies in Atlanta and Savannah. He then will fly to Charleston, W. V., Monday night. West Virginia will award its delegates at a convention, which Romney will address Tuesday before flying home to Massachusetts to vote in its primary and await the results.

Romney brushed off new polls showing him falling behind McCain, pointing to his victory Saturday in the Maine caucuses, and professed himself unconcerned about McCain's decision to spend the day campaigning in Massachusetts. He told reporters he would win in the state where he had been governor. "If he wants to go to Massachusetts, that's fine," Romney said. "I don't think it will help him a lot."

By Web Politics Editor  |  February 3, 2008; 4:58 PM ET
 
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*** ALERT ****

Tony Perkins and James Dobson of FRC (Family Research Council) value voters guide that I just received today clearly shows they are supporting Mike Huckabee for President.

Out of all the questions they asked of Republicans and Democrates, Mike Huckabee scored 100% in all questions.

It also shows that Mitt Romney''s liberal positions are still showing through him in the questioning.

It says Mitt Romney supports human cloning and embryo destruction. Plus it says Mitt Romney would vote for passage to water down the Federal Marriage act of 1996.

Plus it says Mitt Romney will vote to allow passage of law that allows the Government to take away private land of it''s citizens whenever it wants to.

Do Republicans want a liberal like Mitt Romney running our party or a true conservative like Mike Huckabee running our party?

It''s clear that Tony Perkins and Dr. James Dobson are supporting conservative Mike Huckabee in the value votes results I just received today.

If you are a conservative who has admired what Tony Perkins and Dr. James Dobson has down for the nation, please go vote tomorrow for Mike Huckabee who they are clearly showing they are supporting.

Posted by: vote4mikehuckabee | February 4, 2008 9:27 PM | Report abuse

Please watch this video for me before you vote. The media is influenced by money, we all know that.

As a U.S. Marine supporting my Country, I ask you to do one thing for us. Watch one youtube video. The video is a contrast between Mitt Romney, John Mccain, and Mike Huckabee. (not a Ron Paul video)

I love the USA. Will you watch it for the sake of our Country?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bnU3G-HCf9w

SEMPER FI
Dan Campbell
Sgt., USMC

Posted by: marinepatriot | February 4, 2008 1:40 PM | Report abuse

McCain has no integrity. He cheated on his wife who faithfully waited for him for 5 years while he was a POW. Not only that but he divorced his wife and married the girl he was having an affair with. Maybe it was for the money (she's a billionaire). Or, maybe it was her age (she's 17 years younger than him). Most of you have probably seen her, she's the one who looks like a plastic manikin that's always by his side.

McCain also graduated 5TH FROM THE BOTTOM of his class in the naval academy. 5TH FROM THE BOTTOM PEOPLE!!!

Compare that to Mitt Romney who got a law degree AND master of business degree AT THE SAME TIME from HARVARD and graduated FIRST IN HIS CLASS.

That's enough information for me to not vote for McCain, no matter who he's running against. I'd vote for Hillary over the scum bag.

VOTE FOR ROMNEY BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE!!!!

Posted by: robertmeyers0513 | February 4, 2008 2:57 AM | Report abuse

SABREHAWK WAS RIGHT!!

YOU ABSOLUTELY HAVE TO GO WATCH THAT VIDEO BEFORE YOU VOTE!!!


Posted by: marinepatriot | February 4, 2008 2:28 AM | Report abuse


PLEASE LOOK AT THE VIDEO I MADE SHOWING MITT ROMNEY. I THINK YOU WILL BE SURPRISED IN WHO YOU FIND. I FOUND, COPIED, AND FUSED THE RECENT VIDEOS INTO A VERY NICE MOVIE. NOTHING ADDED BUT MITTS OWN WORDS.

I SERVED AND CONTINUE TO SERVE OUR COUNTRY WITH HONOR. GIVE ME A CHANCE TO SHOW YOU WHAT I FOUND.

Here is the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=98TWAV_u9iU

make sure you copy and paste the entire link to your browser. Or just search youtube the video is called- you choose!

Dan Campbell
Sgt., USMC

Posted by: marinepatriot | February 4, 2008 2:26 AM | Report abuse

If you have any questions on who to vote for in the republican primaries, please watch this video. Thanks

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bnU3G-HCf9w

Posted by: SabreHawk | February 3, 2008 9:33 PM | Report abuse

How can you not like this man? He is unstoppable as an optimistic leader. Romney has great values and an amazing family. He is the most sincere politician out there. His expertise regarding the economy and immigration are unmatched. McCain threatens to destroy the republican party and Romney is the best candidate to stop that.
Romney '08

Posted by: poliscistudent | February 3, 2008 6:39 PM | Report abuse

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