Is Romney Conservative Enough to be the Republican Candidate?

Romney has been taking the lead in many polls over recent weeks but does that mean he has the candidate spot in the bag? Not exactly.

Some political analysts feel like Romney is too similar to Barack Obama-the very man many republicans are trying to knock down. As this article in the Washington Times describes, some feel that if Romney gets the nomination, republican voters will be forced to choose between the lesser of two evils.

Washington Post columnist Conor Murphy pointed out that Romney has an economic plan that does not reflect one of a fiscal conservative. In the plan Romney laid out, the only cuts he made were from proposed increases, therefore not really counting as cuts at all. Romney has had wavering opinions on abortion rights and has voiced favor in regards to an individual health insurance mandate (Boston). Some feel he is too moderate to deserve the spot of the GOP.

Romney, on the other hand, has a different opinion of himself. At the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) he labeled himself as “severely conservative”. A press release was also issued outlining his conservative views in terms of fiscal and social issues. At the CPAC, he said “I spent 25 years in business, starting at the bottom and going on to help create a great American success story. I … turned around a state crying out for leadership.”

One question many are asking is if Romney’s political views are truly evolving as he progress in the political campaign, or if they are part of an act so he can win the nomination. What do you think?

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7 thoughts on “Is Romney Conservative Enough to be the Republican Candidate?

  1. Corey says:

    It’s no doubt that Romney’s toughest sale will be to the conservatives. Recent polls have shown that many people who consider themselves “severely conservative” say that Romney is not and has lost his chance at appealing to the conservative vote. Newt Gingrich even called him a “Massachusetts moderate” a week or so ago.

    Whether Romney’s views are very conservative or not isn’t really the issue. It’s what his appeal is. He’s trying to win what’s turning out to be a losing battle among over 30 percent of the GOP. He has to evolve into a more conservative candidate if he has a chance to win the nomination. Because right now, conservatives want a conservative candidate. Not a Massachusetts moderate.

    • Thank you for your comment! I think he is in a major loosing battle. He isn’t conservative enough for the republicans and he isn’t even liberal enough to swing votes from democrats away from Obama. He’s trying to scramble now to pull some sort of demographic together, I just don’t know if he will be able to do it in time.

  2. I personally believe that Romney, while conservative, is more moderately so than the other Republican candidates. While both liberals and conservatives may hope for a candidate who is extremely one-sided, I think candidates who are more moderate in their parties would serve better overall because they can ultimately serve a larger class of people. Unfortunately, that does not seem to be the public view.

    • Thank you for your comment! I do think that by keeping a more even approach to politics, Romney may have a better chance nudging the “maybe” republicans and “maybe” democrats towards his side when the election comes around. I’m not sure if the rest of the GOP’ reflection will put a bad taste in some people’s mouth but I’m sure hes exactly what some moderate voters are looking for!

    • Jules says:

      I agree with you, Rebecca. whether a very conservative Republican or very liberal Democrat is elected, it leaves most of us in the middle without representation. Americans also seem to vote with their hearts rather than their heads. mr. Obama is a great speaker, but he had no qualifications for being President. Mr. Romney might not be charismatic but he’s got experience in many more areas, and I would think he would appeal to moderates of both parties.

  3. Kelly says:

    Romney presented himself as more conservative the last time he competed for the nomination. It did not work for him in the end. Maybe this time around the country is looking for a more conservative candidate to capture the nomination and ultimately secure the White House. However it may again come down to what we have seen so many times before. It is not the steadfast conservatives that win an election. It is not the steadfast liberals either. It tends to be that marginal percent in the middle that don’t decide until the last minute and could go either way. That is who Romney has been playing to, trying to appear as though he is not too…………anything.

    • I think his past is playing against him here. I would not consider myself in the middle, but if I was and I was trying to pick a candidate, it would make me worried to see a candidate who has present himself in different lights in prior elections.

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