Mitt Romney, pretty much guaranteed to be the GOP’s nominee, overcomes questions of Mormonism, claiming he wants to help people, yet bent on destroying programs that help those in need, and Obama throws his first political pitch directly at the candidate.
While he was campaigning in Wisconsin for Tuesday’s primary, a Ron Paul supporter asked Mitt Romney a question about his faith, according to the Associated Press. The question was whether Romney agreed with the Book of Mormon doctrine The Curse of Dark Skin or cursing people with “skin of blackness.” The Mormon Church is formally The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Romney appropriately responded: “I’m sorry, we’re just not going to have a discussion about religion in my view.” Paul’s supporter then asked Romney if it was a sin for interracial couples to have children. He responded with a simple “No. Next question.”
Romney is correct, voters should not question a candidate’s faith. The only important questions should be centered on how a candidate would handle the affairs of the nation. As a matter of fact, voters should summarily reject a candidate who have strong views of faith for fear that as President they may not serve all Americans, like Rick Santorum, who has “ultra-conservative religious beliefs.” Besides, Romney has previously satisfactorily addressed how his religion would inform his presidency. In 2007, candidate Romney said, “I will serve no one religion, no one group, no one cause, and no one interest. A President must serve only the common cause of the people of the United States.”
Mitt Romney won Tuesday’s primaries in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Wisconsin. Tuesday’s primaries win makes Romney the most likely candidate to garner the necessary 1144 delegates needed to clinch the GOP’s nomination.
At his Tuesday’s campaign speech, Romney said “Most Americans, by the way, are carrying a burden of some kind. We don’t see it. We see someone on the street, they smile and say hello, but behind them they’re carrying kind of a bag of rocks. I want to help people. I want to lighten that burden.”
However, contrary to that sentiment, Romney supports Paul Ryan’s budget. A budget that Paul Krugman claims has “inconceivably cruel priorities, the way it slashes taxes for corporations and the rich while drastically cutting food and medical aid to the needy.” And it’s a budget that President Obama says is “so far to the right, it makes the Contract with America look like the New Deal,” according to The Ticket.
With Romney’s Tuesday win, it looks like the real contest has finally begun. President Obama, apparently recognizes who will be the GOP’s Presidential nominee and is in full attack mode against Romney. He said, “One of my potential opponents, Gov. Romney, has said that he hoped a similar version of this plan from last year would be introduced on day one of his presidency. He said that he’s very supportive of this new budget and he even called it marvelous, which is a word you don’t often hear when it comes to describing a budget.”
Romney claims “The House budget and my own plan share the same path forward: pro-growth tax cuts, getting federal spending under control and strengthening entitlement programs for future generations.”
However, his support of Ryan’s budget clearly points to the fact that he doesn’t want to help all Americans, only his chosen few. It would seem his support for Ryan’s budget violates his claim that he wants to serve “no one group, no one cause, and no one interest.” He really doesn’t want to lighten the burden of those who desperately need help. Remember, Romney said, “I’m not concerned about the very poor,” adding something to the effect that they already have a safety net. However, that safety net he believes should be drastically curtailed.