''Plan on it," Romney said yesterday as he attended a ribbon-cutting event in the North End. ''I'm not making an official announcement until the time comes, but plan on me being there."Unless former Labor Secretary Robert Reich runs for Governor in 2006, you can probably count on Gov. Mitt Romney being elected. According to Issues2000.org, Gov. Romney is "personally against abortion, but pro-choice as governor (March 2002) and for safe, legal abortion since relative's death from illegal (Oct. 1994)."
Earlier this week, Romney told a roundtable of State House reporters that he was ready for the Democrats' challenge. ''They say: 'Oh he's not going to run again. He's not going to run again,' " Romney said. ''Well, I've got some news for them: I am going to run again. So come on in, I'm happy to face them. And if they want to think about whether they're going to face an opponent named Romney in the fall, the answer is, yeah, that's what they should plan for."
But yesterday, Romney sidestepped one critical question: whether he would serve out the full four-year term if reelected. He is seen by pundits and GOP activists to be eyeing a 2008 presidential run.
Former Governor Howard Dean is welcoming the pro-life crowd.
Howard Dean, campaigning two weeks ago in Orlando, Fla., to succeed Terry McAuliffe as Democratic national chairman, drew nods of approval from Democratic state party leaders when he urged the party to embrace Democrats who oppose abortion.This is the same reason that the Kos-world does not want Congressman Roemer to chair the DNC and only time will tell before Mydd.com, Daily Kos, and Atrios start attacking this position from Dean.
"We ought not turn our back on pro-life people, even though the vast majority of people in this party are pro-choice," Dr. Dean said. "I don't have any objection to someone who is pro-life, if they really dedicated to the welfare of children."
"If somebody is willing to stick with us who is pro-life, that means they are the right kind of pro-life person," said Dr. Dean, the former governor of Vermont. "What I don't want to do is to have a national message that makes it impossible for you to be a conservative, or to be a progressive who can't win."
The quote of this week will be up soon enough.