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Former governor Mitt Romney (R-Mass.) offers a different take on "change" in Washington. (washingtonpost.com) His complete remarks to the Republican National Convention can be read here.

Posted at 9:39 PM ET on Sep 3, 2008  | Category:  White House
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Obama is a coward, and an America Hater. He sat in his racist church for 20 years, and nodded and smiled while attacking america. He should run in Germany. Oh, I forgot, only American racists ever nominate a man of color.
He is a lame-brain liberal that wants to control all our lives.
No-Bama!!!

Posted by: dab | September 4, 2008 10:28 AM

How can anyone, especially republicans, support McCain's choice of this right wing gun toting radical, Palin?

To anyone who cares about wildlife and the environment, she is a terrible choice.

I was going to vote for McCain if he chose someone moderate. Why the right wing radical?

Defenders.org says:
"Governor Sarah Palin has an EXTREME anti-conservation record on issues ranging from global warming, energy and drilling to wildlife and habitat protection.
Aerial hunting of wolves and bears
Palin is an active promoter of Alaska's aerial hunting program whereby wolves and bears are shot from the air or chased by airplanes to the point of exhaustion before the pilot lands the plane and a gunner shoots the animals point blank.
Palin offered a $150 bounty for wolves to entice hunters to kill more wolves with hunters having to present a wolf's foreleg to collect the bounty.
She actively opposed a ballot to end the aerial hunting of wolves by private hunters and approved a $400,000 state-funded campaign aimed at swaying people's votes on the issue.
She also introduced legislation to make it easier to kill wolves and bears and which would have also removed the aerial hunting initiative from the ballot and block the ability of citizens to vote on the issue.
The Board of Game, which she appoints, has approved the killing of black bear sows with cubs as part of the program and expanded the aerial control programs.
The media is currently looking into reports that state officials implementing one of the aerial wolf killing programs illegally killed five-week old wolf pups just outside their dens.
Global WarmingAs recently as August 2008, Governor Palin questioned whether man-made fossil fuel emissions are responsible for global warming, defying worldwide scientific consensus (Newsmax 8/29/08).
Endangered Species
Palin has repeatedly opposed the listing of endangered animals under the Endangered Species List despite overwhelming scientific evidence that such listings are warranted.
Polar BearThe U.S. Geological Survey predicts that loss of summer sea ice - crucial habitat for polar bears - could lead to the demise of two-thirds of the world's polar bears by mid-century, including all of Alaska's polar bears. The Bush administration has proposed listing the polar bears as threatened under the ESA to help protect polar bear habitat from threats such as oil and gas development.
Palin has actively opposed the listing of the polar bear despite the fact that Alaska's top marine mammal biologists agreed with the federal scientists who believed the bear should be listed. She wrote the Secretary of Interior urging him not to list the bear on the ground it might hurt the state's oil- and gas-dependent economy. After the bear was listed, she recently filed suit seeking to overturn the listing of polar bears.
Beluga WhalesAlaska's Cook Inlet beluga whales are a unique group of white whales whose numbers have dramatically declined in the past two decades due to pressures ranging from pollution to increased ship traffic. Governor Palin opposes the listing of the Cook Inlet beluga whales, citing the listing as a threat to oil and gas development, despite their genetic uniqueness and the fact that their numbers have decreased from 1,300 in the 1980s to about 350 today.
DrillingPalin is a strong supporter of drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, a vital wilderness area. It is home to hundreds of thousands of caribou who use the refuge as a calving ground, more than one million migratory birds, and countless other wildlife. It's the most important onshore denning habitat for female polar bears. Senator McCain himself has repeatedly voted to protect this pristine wilderness area. Palin is also a supporter of drilling in Bristol Bay and other offshore sites despite the risks to sensitive marine wildlife in the area, including the endangered polar bear and Beluga whale.
Clean Water and Pebble MineGovernor Palin actively campaigned against a state ballot measure this summer aimed at protecting Alaska's Bristol Bay. The mining industry seeks to develop a gold and copper mine in the area that would pollute the Bay's headwaters and threaten the spawning grounds for the largest remaining wild salmon run. The initiative would have prevented large-scale mining operations from dumping waste materials into salmon watersheds.

Posted by: Barb | September 4, 2008 12:39 AM

Huh? What's 'conservative change'? Isn't that a contradiction in terms? And, haven't extreme right-wing conservatives been at the helm of our government for the past 8 years, nearly destroying the country with the failed leadership and policies? This is utterly nonsensical.

Posted by: Tom | September 4, 2008 12:26 AM

I love how tonight it has been repeated several times how much change McCain/Palin will bring. Thinking back in my lifetime and I don't remember much before 1980 so I am not including
Republican president: 1981-1993, 2001-2009
Democratic president: 1993-2001
Republican senate: 1981-1987, 1995-2007
Democratic senate: 1987-1995, 2007-present
Republican house: 1995-2007
Democratic house:1981-1995, 2007-present
The republican party has had ample time to screw things up and "have it their way"
I don't think putting another republican in office is really going to change that much. Why don't we give someone else a try?

Posted by: Chark | September 3, 2008 10:56 PM

HawkFeather I shall be your messenger and servant. I will deliver Palin's words far and wide. You and I shall unleashed this havoc into our sinful land. Godspeed to us both.

Posted by: Johna | September 3, 2008 10:54 PM

I encourage everyone I speak to to vote McCain/Palin. I feel that they will force Americas to its end. As a Christian Nihilist I say yes to Bankruptcy, yes to the shredding of constitutional rights, yes to homelessness. Four more years of Bush policies will assure that the country will burn. The most impoverished among us will be kings!

Posted by: Johna | September 3, 2008 10:48 PM

THIS IS SERIOUS. ALL PEOPLE CONSIDERING VOTING FOR MCCAIN SHOULD STOP AND SEE THIS VIDEO IMMEDIATELY...

PLEASE, PLEASE, EMAIL EVERYONE TO SEE THIS VIDEO BEFORE IT GETS PULLED.

IT SHOWS PALIN PRAYING AT HER CHURCH WITH HER CHILDHOOD MINISTER (AND THE NEW MINISTER) ABOUT THE END OF TIMES... HOW ALASKA WILL BE RESCUING HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF AMERICAN REFUGEES FROM THE LOWER 48 STATES. IT'S THE END OF TIMES.

PALIN HAS NO BUSINESS GETTING NEAR OUR NUCLEAR WEAPONS WITH A NEAR TERM APOCALYPTIC VIEW OF THE WORLD, AND SHE BELIEVES ALASKA WILL SAVE OUR NATION OF REFUGEES.

PALIN IS A WACKO.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k84m2orSOaM&feature=related

Also, see:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/09/02/palins-church-may-have-sh_n_123205.html

Posted by: HawkFeather | September 3, 2008 10:46 PM

There tearing Obama apart at the republican convention. As usual their leaving out all the facts. Everything their saying are lies. How many more times do we have to listen to the same broken promises. Our jobs are gone. Our pentions are gone. Our homes are gone. Our country is bankrupt. The constitution is shredded. Our government is the most corrupt on earth. The biggest housing crises since the great depression. Gas prices. 5000 soldiers were killed to fill Halliburton and Bush's pockets. Thousands of innocent Iraqis are dead. Torture. Held without charge or trial. I can fill up the page if I want. The neo-cons must go. Don't want to hear no more lies.

Posted by: Mike | September 3, 2008 10:35 PM

Who is he kidding? Conservative change? LOL

They've had that chance, right, since the days of Ronald Reagan? And what do we have?

We're in the middle of a war started for the benefit of Big Oil under false pretenses; we have Nine Trillion dollars of debt; our currency is becoming more and more worthless; food and energy prices are through the roof; and America is pretty much hated on every corner of the planet.

More of the same? That's McCain. And a heartbeat away from the presidency we'll have a Right Wing religious nutcase who thinks the world was created in six days six thousand years ago?

Very sad.

Posted by: John | September 3, 2008 10:33 PM

The GOP is all over the place. This convention is confusing me. They all seem to be speaking out two sides of their faces.

What side are they on? For example, they have given themselves credit for the last 8 years, but then they say we need change.
They now say we need better housing, better schools, job creation, and now all of sudden they are interested in both Oil Drilling and Alternative Fuels, lowering taxes. (huh)

Haven't I heard these words before coming from the other side. Wow, how creative is the GOP message and vision? Sounds like they have stolen somebody elses campaign slogans and message.

Also, why hasn't there been any talk concerning continuing the WAR in IRAQ for another 100 years. Isn't that the message that McCain had been running on for the last several months.

Why is it that I do not see anyone that looks like me at this GOP convention. Why is it that all of these people look like they are in retirement or ready to retire. Who are these people?

Posted by: Go Obama 2008 | September 3, 2008 10:18 PM


Hypocrisy of the Grande Old Party

If you grow up in Hawaii you're "exotic." But if you grow up in Alaska eating moose burgers, you're the quintessential "American story."

If you name you kid Barack you're "unpatriotic." But if you name your kid Track, you're "colorful."

If you say that for the "first time in my adult lifetime I'm really proud of my country, you are "unfit" to be First Lady. If you are a registered member of a fringe political group know as Alaska Independent Party that advocates secession from US you are fit to be a patriotic "First Dude."

If you are a pregnant black teen, you represent "crisis" in black America. But if you are a pregnant white teen you represent “blessed family values."
If you're a Democrat and make a VP pick without fully vetting the individual you're reckless. But if you a Republican and vet your VP once for 15 minutes you are a maverick.

If you are a female democratic and complain about sexism, you are a whiner. But if you are a female republican, you are being subjected to sex-discrimination.
When major public and community accomplishment of Hillary were discussed she was considered as a divisive person. But when the minute accomplishments of Sarah are described, she is considered as a work horse reformer.

If you are democrat female running for a high office you are considered s rebel. But if you are republican you are considered as historical.

Posted by: jang | September 3, 2008 10:16 PM

Romney is a sick bastard.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 3, 2008 10:14 PM

Too funny - Republicans have run Washington DC for eight years (with the help of a spineless Democratic party the last two) and Romeny is complaining about how things are "too liberal"?

I guess Republicans are NEVER responsible for anything they do! Mc Goo picks some trailer trash from Alaska as his VP, and now Romney and that wingnut Huckabee are blaming the fallout on... the "elite media" for all of their troubles?

Pathetic. We've had enough of the GOP hypocrisy, and their stealing out of our pockets as they party with K Street lobbyists and big oil. Wages are declining. Enough! We don't want MAGOO/CAMPETT, we want...

OBAMA/BIDEN '08!


Posted by: LH | September 3, 2008 10:01 PM

Pathetic.

There is blood in the water. Granted, I don't like to see the media go into frenzy mode more than most of my fellow citizens but this time there is a little divine justice in the tabloid version of North Slope Survivor. Ms. Palin was the most mind-bendingly stupid political move that I will see in my entire lifetime. Keep your eyes on the ball, boys & girls.

Who the gods will destroy, they first drive mad. Palin/McCain 2008.

Posted by: Knutton | September 3, 2008 9:57 PM

Romney what a goofy loser. What was your speech about?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 3, 2008 9:56 PM

Not sure what he is talking about... the crowd seemed confused as well. Govt spending has ballooned from 1980 to now, guess what we have had a republican president for 20 out 28 years since than. So who's to blame?

Posted by: Andy, San Diego | September 3, 2008 9:56 PM

is he not the same guy who said more Gautonomo bay and more prisions.

How can he support when Mccain is supposed to be against torture.

Does he have any shame.

Posted by: samina Hayat | September 3, 2008 9:55 PM

Mitt Romney is a real piece of work. He talks of defending this country but has never served had a deferment to be a missionary in France. He said his sons serve this country by serving his campaign. I have a word for this COWARD. He talks of jobs yet he was the king of outsourcing American jobs. I have a word for this GREED. He takes a shot at Al Gore about grounding his airplane what of his and Cindy’s. I have a word for this HYPCRITE I could go on but we all get the point however one more Mitt Romney, I have a word for this. A-HOLE. I see those who are at the convention are eating Mitts crap up, so many children left behind.

Posted by: wolf 58 | September 3, 2008 9:50 PM

His speech was very confusing, and very divisive.

I'm staring to agree with J. Ventura. The GOP is the all or nothing party.

Posted by: Shannon | September 3, 2008 9:49 PM

Conservatives run the town. What planet is he on? Send him to a mental hospital.

Posted by: Paul Nolan | September 3, 2008 9:46 PM

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