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Romney Praises Bush, has 'deep respect' for the president

Courtesy of Reuters:

'I salute the fact the president has kept us safe these past six years,' Romney told a rally on Saturday in Florida, whose primary on Tuesday is the next test in the most wide open race for the Republican nomination in 50 years.

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'Has the president done everything perfectly? Absolutely not,' said Romney a day earlier. 'But is he a person I deeply respect for his conviction and his appreciation for the country and his desire to do what's right for it? I sure do.'

Peggy Noonan's and NRO's collective heads explode in 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 . . .


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"It's about time one of you... (Below threshold)
Pretzel_Logic:

"It's about time one of you lug-heads said it"

Mitt Romney said that? Wow,... (Below threshold)
John F Not Kerry:

Mitt Romney said that? Wow, the next thing you know there going to tell us he's a Mormon. Oh wait...

Gee Mitt, sounds great. Le... (Below threshold)
Ryan:

Gee Mitt, sounds great. Let's ask the nation, "Do you want change or 4 more years?" I wonder what they'll say.

I'm a liberal, and I think ... (Below threshold)
CarlF:

I'm a liberal, and I think Bush is a pretty good President who doesn't get nearly enough credit. I voted Nader in 2000 but Bush in 2004 after I found out all my "progressive" acquaintences were actually totalitarian leftists.

Bush pushed through his tax cuts in 2001 when I was still laughing at him for the way he limped into the Whitehouse. He called for the creation of the Millenium Challenge Corporation to break us away from our anachronistic Reagan-era foreign policy. He expanded the excellent African Growth and Opportunity Act originally signed by President Clinton to allow even more poor African nations the opportunity to recover from years of devastating European agricultural subsidies.

Bush wanted to democratize Social Security, the single most regressive tax ever imposed on the American worker. Although I prefer a "future citizen" program, I actually supported Bush's guest-worker program and thought it was good policy.

Finally, he is finishing the Gulf War, a quagmire in which we languished for 12 long years while the war-profiteers at the UN and in Europe aided Saddam Hussein with odious debt in exchange for filthy lucre.

It's too bad he was President during one of the worst Congresses we've ever had as a nation... well, until we got the current Congress.

I'd pay to see Peggy Noonan... (Below threshold)
Rich:

I'd pay to see Peggy Noonan's and Rich Lowry's heads explode. Unfortunately for all you Mittiacs, he doesn't mean a word that he says. Typical Mitt, say one thing to one group and another thing to a 2nd group. There is a word for that, its called a democrat.

I think George Bush has done a pretty good job in difficult times. Fighting a war when 75% of America would rather read about the SuperBowl or Brittany. Hopefully all presidents will learn in the future to double the necessary troops sent to a conflict, even if not needed. Perception wise cyou can't fight a war using Just in Time principles. Thats a tactical critique, not strategic.

Bush also had to deal with 2 monetary policy bubbles busting and the US economy has weathered the storm, incredibly enough.

Well, either their heads ca... (Below threshold)
Brad S:

Well, either their heads can explode now, or they can sit and watch while another media conservative makes it a part of his/her on air persona to conduct a full-throttle defense of GW Bush. I will humbly sumbit to you that there are some conservatives who are still seething at the fact that Rush Limbaugh made it a part of his schtick to defend and lionize Reagan, and that he did it to the point that he is Reagan's chief promoter and "biographer."

Many people have been waiting for this exact thing for some time now. Yes, it is important that the Republican nominee be his own man, but GW Bush did serve two terms, and some defense of him is to be expected.

Maybe Mitt will nominate Bu... (Below threshold)
John Ryan:

Maybe Mitt will nominate Bush to be his VP !!
That would be so cool !!

"I salute the fact the pres... (Below threshold)
Herman:

"I salute the fact the president has kept us safe these past six years" -- the Mittster

Can you imagine the federal government leader of say, France, Australia, Japan, Germany, etc., having such a statement made about him or her? The native populace would find it amusing and ridiculous. But low standards you conservatives set for your government, and it does not take much to impress you.

Can you imagine the fede... (Below threshold)
Les Nessman:

Can you imagine the federal government leader of say, France, Australia, Japan, Germany, etc., having such a statement made about him or her?

No I can't, since the U.S. does the bulk of the military protection for most of the free world.

But low standards you conse... (Below threshold)
LoveAmerica, Immigrant:

But low standards you conservatives set for your government, and it does not take much to impress you.
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If keeping the country safe when the liberal dems have been acting like the propaganda arms for the terrorists at the very least, then the liberals truly set the sewage standard for their leaders. Liberals expect their leaders to ensure American defeat as soon as possible.

One would say that... (Below threshold)
hcddbz:

One would say that your the naive one if you think that world wide party members do not praise or disparage the leaders of their party during an election(well except in totalitarian or fascist regimes. )

But low standards you conservatives set for your government, and it does not take much to impress you.

Bush has done his best to to preserve this country. He has done it legally and constitutionally which is what we ask our presidents to do.
"I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States."

But low standards you conse... (Below threshold)
LoveAmerica, Immigrant:

But low standards you conservatives set for your government, and it does not take much to impress you.
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True that it is the duty of the president to protect America. But you have to give Bush credit for doing it with the Dem party out to destroy him regardless of the cost to the country. FDR and Clinton didn't have this problem for example.

Also you seem to agree that the liberals again are hypocritical in crying the low standard, but turn around and support the sewage standard in their liberal leaders. With supporters like that no wonder their candidates can lie with a straight face.

Bush has done his ... (Below threshold)
SPQR:
Bush has done his best to to preserve this country. He has done it legally and constitutionally which is what we ask our presidents to do.

Nonsense, historically Democratic presidents like Wilson, FDR, Truman, and Johnson were far worse violators of law and Constitution, and yet you give them a pass - indeed, you appear to be completely ignorant of their actions.

My sincere apologies, hcddb... (Below threshold)
SPQR:

My sincere apologies, hcddbz, I misread your prose - it appears we are actually in agreement.

But low standards ... (Below threshold)
SPQR:
But low standards you conservatives set for your government, and it does not take much to impress you.
Herman, given your apparent utter lack of any knowledge of history, that was amusing.



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