"…Romney has done his best to defend the culture of life on what is
probably the most inhospitable terrain in the country."
–John J. Miller (National Review)
"We couldn't be happier with him. Without Romney, we would have been
slapped with a lot of new taxes."
–Barbara Anderson, Citizens for Limited Taxation (Massachusetts)
"I could in very good conscience support Romney as a fellow social
conservative on most of the issues we care about."
"He has been in fights with liberals on every social issue imaginable
— gay marriage, cloning, abstinence education, emergency
contraception, gay adoption. At times, it's almost been as if the
conservative capital of America has been in that tiny slice of Boston
occupied by Romney's office."
-Rich Lowry (National Review)
"Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R) has one very impressive thing
going for him as a 2008 presidential prospect: the right policy
priorities for the country."
–Mort Kondracke, (Roll Call & Fox News)
"Mr. Romney could be an attractive presidential candidate. His sunny
disposition puts one in mind of Ronald Reagan – he laughs easily and
smiles almost continuously. He is a governor, as four of the past five
presidents were; but he can claim more international experience than
most state executives. In addition to his work on the Olympics, he has
served on the federal Homeland Security Advisory Council, chairing its
working group on intelligence and information sharing."
–James Taranto (Wall Street Journal, Editorial Page)
"Unlike some candidates, who quote scripture to establish their
religious bona fides, Romney walks the walk. "Family values" isn't
just a campaign slogan; they define his life. He married his high
school sweetheart, and they raised five sons. Whatever Romney's Mormon
distinctions, he is a social conservative and has fought most of the
important battles on his home turf, from same-sex marriage to cloning
to stem cell research."
-Kathleen Parker (Orlando Sentinel)
"While rivals Frist and McCain fumed over the collapse of the
immigration bill, Romney made solving thorny problems look easy."
-Jonathan Alter (Newsweek)
"…Mitt Romney may just be the most appealing candidate Republicans can
field in 2008, the one most likely to win the White House by shoring
up social conservatives and rallying business interests without
frightening swing voters."
–The Washington Monthly
"With some conservatives worried about serious Republican electoral
trouble because of a growing number of bribery, money laundering,
illegal lobbying, and obstuction of justice scandals embroiling many
key figures in the GOP, Romney's D.C.-free whistle-clean image,
coupled with his proven ability to transcend a corrupt mess, may prove
a tempting antidote."
"As a politician, Mitt Romney is considered by friend and foe to be
the total package."
–The Weekly Standard
"…Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R) is looking good and getting high
reviews as he travels the country."
"As a conservative Republican in the bluest of blue states—he is in
his third year as governor of Massachusetts—Romney embodies intriguing
national electoral possibilities."
"Romney would bring obvious assets to any presidential campaign: His
dazzling business career. His rescue of the 2002 Winter Olympics. His
no-new-taxes resolve as governor. His easygoing demeanor."
–Jeff Jacoby (Townhall.com)
"Romney has already demonstrated an ability to lead. While governor
he's turned around a $3 billion deficit without raising taxes (in
"Taxachusetts"!) and has taken a hard-line stand on illegal
immigration. Romney also refused to budge when lightening-laced bricks
came down on him for arguing during a D.C. speech that some U.S.
mosques, which reportedly preach jihad against the United States,
should be under surveillance. He made a common-sense argument and
refused to falter under fire."
"As more Americans meet Mitt Romney, I think they'll see beyond the
handsome exterior and see not just a good salesman, but a thoughtful
(and, yes, conservative) leader."
–Kathryn Lopez (National Review)
"I'll just say this as a matter of fact: Mitt Romney has more
management ability than any potential candidate on either side. He is
one of the best managers in the country. He took over Massachusetts,
which is an extremely liberal state with a totally dominant Democratic
Legislature and turned a $3 billion deficit into a $1 billion surplus
in just the few years he's been in there."
–Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT)
"I'm sure the party will have a lot of good candidates, but he's
certainly going to be right at the top. His reputation and credentials
are so impeccable. It's what the country needs."
-Gene Chandler, former Speaker of the New Hampshire House of Representatives