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An observation at the height of this election season. Speaking to newly minted Tea Partiers two years ago, Mitt Romney was a RINO (Republican in Name Only) whom they really couldn’t support as a presidential candidate. They had concerns about his “non-Christian” religion (their words, not mine). They had concerns that he didn’t really support true conservative values and issues.

Of late, Mitt has been gaining momentum on the strength of his first debate performance. Since then, I have heard bellicose cheering and embracing of Romney as the only choice for this nation’s next president, and I’ve heard this most from self-professed Christian conservatives.

Well, I thought I’d put together a bit of Romney’s past positions on some key conservative issues, so that the self-identifying Christian conservatives can be reminded what they’re signing their names to when they vote for Romney on November 6 as they’ve repeatedly already announced on Facebook. The following quotes are highlights of Romney’s own words about the bullet pointed issues which are generally touted as conservative:

“I believe that abortion should be safe and legal in this country. Since Roe v Wade has been the law for 20 years, we should sustain and support that law and the right of the woman to make that choice”

LGBT rights:
“The authorization of marriage on a same-sex basis falls under state jurisdiction”

“If we are to achieve the goals we share, we must make equality for gays and lesbians a mainstream concern”

Gun control:
Assault weapons “… are not made for recreation or self-defense. They are instruments of destruction with the sole purpose of hunting down and killing people.  I don’t line up with the NRA”

Minimum wage support:
“I think the minimum wage ought to keep pace with inflation”

Embryonic stem cell research:
“I will work and fight for stem cell research”

Entitlement privatization:
“Social Security’s the easiest (to fix) and that’s because you can give people a personal account”

War on Terror:
Of Bin Laden: “It’s not worth moving heaven and earth spending billions of dollars just trying to catch one person”

Bank Bailouts:
“The TARP program… was nevertheless necessary to keep banks from collapsing in a cascade of failures”

Climate control:
“These carbon emission limits will provide real and immediate progress”

“I don’t believe in rounding up 11 million people and forcing them at gunpoint from our country. With these 11 million people, let’s have them registered, know who they are. Those who’ve been arrested or convicted of crimes shouldn’t be here; those that are here paying taxes and not taking government benefits should begin a process toward application for citizenship, as they would from their home country.”

Don’t just take my word for it, either:

Mike Huckabee says the same
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So all you conservatives enjoy stamping your name in support of this champion of your values.