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No, AOL, Mitt Romney did not “hit” back at Sarah Palin

From the headlines on AOL yesterday:

He, merely, as your own reporting indicates, challenged her assessment of his political leanings:

Mitt Romney defended his conservative credentials on Wednesday, deflecting doubtful comments made by Sarah Palin about his strength with Republican voters.

In an interview with “Fox News Sunday,” the former GOP vice presidential candidate and Alaska governor said that she was “not convinced” by Romney’s conservatism.

When asked about Palin’s comments on Wednesday, Romney defended his conservatism, giving a laundry list of examples.

“I’m not quite sure what she’d be referring to,” Romney said during his appearance on Fox News. “I’m pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, I believe in the Second Amendment. As governor, I balanced the budget every year I was in office, put in place a $2 billion rainy day fund, cut taxes 19 times.”

Hardly sounds like hitting back to me, but does sound like skewing a headline in order to suggest divisions within Republican ranks.



  1. I was just thinking how ironic it is that all of the Republicans who begged Sarah Palin not to run now lament that there is no charismatic, unabashed, small government conservative in the race.

    Comment by V the K — February 16, 2012 @ 5:58 am - February 16, 2012

  2. Unfortunately, those things don’t necessarily make Romney conservative. Most people don’t have abortion and gay marriage on their minds right now. And, while Romney’s surpluses and tax cuts are good, they are kind of over-shadowed by his freedom-reducing healthcare legislation. If he wants to convince people he is a conservative, he should rebuke Romneycare and Obamacare and put forward some specific measures to try to solve the economic situation. And those measures must be conservative, free market ones. I doubt many people would buy it, but it would be better than nothing.

    Comment by Rattlesnake — February 16, 2012 @ 4:03 pm - February 16, 2012

  3. Rattlesnake, people are saying the the reason Santorum is surging is because the Tea Party social cons are out to “teach the GOP Establishment” a lesson. I don’t think that’s it, though. I think people see in Santorum a sense of honesty and conviction they don’t see in Romney. Santorum doesn’t back down when people attack him for his beliefs. Mitt seems like he’s afraid to show his real beliefs for fear of being attacked.

    Comment by V the K — February 16, 2012 @ 6:00 pm - February 16, 2012

  4. Does anyone really know what Romney’s real beliefs even are? That he was governor of the liberal state of Massachusetts and had to deal with a strongly Democratic congress casts doubt on his less than conservative record (i.e., perhaps he is more conservative than his record indicates). But he certainly isn’t trying very hard to convince people that that is the case. He would be smart to do that, as in many cases, when a cadidate has sounded conservative, they have dominated the polls. He is clearly an opportunist that is trying to appeal to the largest number of people. That might work, but that method also seems to have a way of alienating most people.

    Santorum does have refreshing attributes for a politician. But he’s still questionable, with regards to his experience and ideology. He is probably the closest thing to conservative among all of the remaining candidates, but I still wouldn’t call him conservative. And his experience level is also questionable. However, he is starting to look very attractive compared to everyone else.

    Comment by Rattlesnake — February 16, 2012 @ 7:40 pm - February 16, 2012

  5. With the Republicans fighting one another instead of fighting the Democrats, we had better elect Romney. He has expierence working with the Democrats. And that is what we will have in Congress after next election if we continue as we are going now. We have the internet and the Republican candidates now have a way to get their message out. It was not always that way.

    Also if we don’t want the election stolen as usual, we had better be out there working at the polling places. I am speaking from expierence.

    Comment by John R — February 17, 2012 @ 1:47 am - February 17, 2012

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