Shafer’s for Romney

Sen. David Shafer has announced his support for Mitt Romney:

I have been impressed with Governor Romney from the start. He is enormously talented, with an extraordinary record of business success. He is running on a strong conservative platform that I can wholeheartedly embrace. He is a better choice than John McCain and an excellent choice in any event.

UPDATE: Mack Mattingly has signed on with McCain.

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  1. debbie0040 says:

    Shafer’s endorsement is good for Romney. Shafer is driven by principle and cosnervative values. We need more elected officials like Shafer.

    Super Tuesday could change everything, again.

  2. waterboy says:

    I wonder what lie McCain will come up with Super Tuesday ever so near. Romney did a great job calling him out during the CNN debate. McCain is crap.

  3. GOPeach says:


    Huckabee supports a constitutional amendment to protect life from the time of conception. He praised the Supreme Court ruling upholding a ban on partial birth abortion. The governor also opposes embryonic stem cell funding, saying it amounts to creating a life only then to take it away.

    McCain believes Roe vs.. Wade should be overturned, and that the abortion question should be left to the individual states to legislate.

    Romney says Roe vs.. Wade should be overturned. He believes decisions on abortion are best left to the states and that “a single federal rule” is wrong. In the past, he broadly supported abortion rights and Roe vs. Wade. He has since changed his position regarding the role of government in such matters.


    Huckabee wants to conserve and use alternative energy like nuclear, wind, solar, hydrogen, clean coal, bio-diesel, and biomass. He plans to set aside a federal research and development budget that will be matched by the private sector to research alternative fuels. He says energy independence will make the U.S. safer. He supports offshore drilling and oil exploration in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

    McCain wants to see more investment in alternative-energy sources such as nuclear power, ethanol, fuel cells, bio-diesel, and natural gas. He believes ethanol will play a big part in energy independence.McCain is the chief co-sponsor of a bill that sets mandatory caps on greenhouse emissions. His plan would allow companies to trade excess carbon emission capacity, and would require emissions to return to 2004 levels by 2012 and to 1990 levels by 2020.

    Romney proposes using a combination of conservation and efficiency measures to make the U.S. energy independent. He supports greater public investment in the development of alternative sources of energy like bio-diesel, ethanol, nuclear and coal gasification. He supports drilling for oil in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and on the Outer Continental Shelf. He opposes carbon taxes.


    Huckabee became the first presidential candidate to sign Americans for Better Immigration’s “No-Amnesty” Pledge (see above for details). He wants to secure and police the border and supports erecting an electric or physical barrier along the U.S.-Mexico border.

    He wants to develop a guest worker program that allows illegal immigrants to earn legitimate status. McCain sponsored the 2006 comprehensive immigration reform bill. Had it passed, it would have allowed some illegal immigrants already in the U.S. to work and apply to become legal residents after learning English, paying fines and back taxes, and clearing a background check. McCain wants a comprehensive immigration reform bill that would improve border surveillance and enforcement, strengthen penalties against those who hire illegal immigrants, and stop document fraud.

    Romney opposed the McCain-Kennedy immigration bill of 2006, saying it would have opened a door to a vast number of immigrants and allow “amnesty” for illegals. Romney says the U.S. must become more attractive for legal immigrants, and champions greater use of H1B visas to bring in skilled workers. He promotes harsher penalties for employers who knowingly hire illegal immigrants and wants to create an employment verification system that uses high-tech identification cards. He supports building a fence on the U.S.-Mexico border.


    Huckabee supported Bush’s troop surge in Iraq. He believes that going into Iraq with too few troops was a mistake, and opposes Democratic efforts to set a deadline for withdrawal. Huckabee says the U.S. must finish the job now or go back and do it all over again someday. He proposes a Middle East summit so that Iraq’s neighbors become militarily and financially committed to stabilizing their neighborhood.

    McCain thinks Bush’s strategy in Iraq can succeed, and that if the U.S. fails to stabilize Iraq now, the threat of terrorism against American interests will grow. McCain has strongly criticized Democrats who support a troop withdrawal timeline, but has also criticized the administration for mishandling the war.

    Romney has criticized the Bush administration for committing errors in Iraq, but supports the current troop surge strategy. He opposes an early withdrawal from Iraq, and has described Democratic attempts to set a deadline for withdrawal as “setting a date for surrender.” He believes a ` quick withdrawal from Iraq, before the country has been stabilized, could trigger a larger regional conflict.


    Huckabee is a strong supporter of the Fair Tax. He supported the Bush tax cuts and would make them permanent. Huckabee would also reduce the tax burden of those with the lowest incomes. He regrets that Republicans have all too often perceived as favoring the wealthy with their tax policies. He signed a no-new taxes pledge in March of 2007.

    McCain says tax cuts work best in conjunction with lower spending. He blames excessive spending for Republican losses in the 2006 elections. McCain was one of two Republican senators to oppose the 2001 tax cuts, arguing that too many of the benefits went to the most fortunate at the expense of the middle class. He also opposed the 2003 tax cuts. McCain says he would not raise taxes, but that he would not go as far as to sign a pledge to that effect. He believes a repeal of the estate tax isn’t necessary.

    Romney believes the Bush tax cuts should be made permanent, and that even more tax cuts should be offered. He also says he will fight to abolish the estate tax. Romney backs a savings incentive plan that would allow Americans to earn interest, dividends, and capital gains tax- free. He would also lower the corporate tax rate. Romney signed the 2008 presidential candidate “Taxpayer Protection Pledge,” even though he has been critical of similar no-tax pledges in the past.


    Huckabee supports tax rebates and curbing federal spending, to include adopting the line-item veto. He is also in favor the FairTax and the elimination of the IRS, which he says will increase both the likelihood that American companies will invest domestically and that foreign companies will invest in America.

    McCain proposes to cut the corporate tax rate from 35% to 25%, which in his opinion is essential to the United States competitiveness and would expand the economy and lead to higher wages. He proposes to allow the First Year Deduction of Equipment and Technological Investments and wants to establish a permanent tax credit equal to 10% of wages spent on Research and Development.

    Romney proposes simplifying regulations and bureaucratic processes for businesses in addition to tort reform, saying that both issues keep businesses from seeking out and retaining employees. He wants to curb federal spending by establishing a spending limit and by instituting the line-item veto to cut out unnecessary expenditures. Romney says to avoid a pending budget crisis, the federal government must trim down entitlement spending.


    Huckabee plans to remove FEMA from the Department of Homeland Security and give the organization cabinet status, so that the FEMA director will report directly to the president. He plans to streamline the Department of Homeland Security, to make it more efficient and effective. He wants to increase chemical plan and port security standards at the federal level, but give states the right to make and enforce stricter-than-federal port standards.

    McCain plans to strengthen the military, shore up alliances and continue to protect our homeland in any crisis that comes our way.

    Romney wants to clarify and streamline relationships with domestic security-related operations to enable clearer communication and more decisive action. He wants to increase the size of the U.S. army by 100,000 troops. Romney wants to shift the focus of homeland security from response to prevention. He says effective prevention means that stronger international alliances and integration of federal actions with global and local efforts.


    Huckabee favors strong support of arts and music education as a part of normal, traditional curriculum, saying that these aspects of education contribute to a future generation of creative workers, enabling America to compete more rigorously in a global economy. He supports home schooling, charter schools, and school choice programs. Huckabee wants to curb federal intervention in state school programs; with regard to NCLB (No Child Left Behind), allowing states to develop their own benchmarks for measuring success.

    McCain proposes to pursue reforms addressing underlying cultural problems in our educational system.

    Romney is in favor of charter schools and school choice programs. He wants to put more of an emphasis on math and science education. He is proposing a federal home schooling tax credit to help reduce education-related expenses of parents who home school. He supports Bush’s NCLB (No Child Left Behind) and wants to offer schools with good testing track records more leeway in evaluating student performance.


    Huckabee wants to completely overhaul the health care system, but opposes universal federal healthcare. He wants to adopt policies that encourage innovation in the private sector to bring down costs and subsequently improve free market access to healthcare. He wants to decrease medical liability, make health insurance deductible for individuals, and make health insurance more easily portable from job to job.

    McCain proposes bringing costs under control and allowing individuals to control their health care costs and care and providing access to all citizens. In order to do this, he proposes to completely reform the nature of the current system. Examples include: competition between providers, states given the flexibility with Medicare costs, development of safe routes for cheaper generic versions of prescriptions. He also proposes to pass tort reform to eliminate frivolous lawsuits. He would also reform the tax code to provide an increase of $2,500 tax credit as an incentive for insurance coverage.

    Romney wants to make all health care expenses tax deductible and divert some funds from emergency rooms treating uninsured patients to programs that would help needy uninsured patients to buy private insurance. He also favors malpractice tort reform. Romney supports giving states leeway as to how they spend their Medicaid funds.

  4. debbie0040 says:

    I saw her a month ago and she said she hoped Thompson did well in South Carolina.

    Huckabee is history. Voters are seeing the real Huckabee along with his lies and distortions about his record… That is why he has fallen in the polls, even here in Georgia…

  5. GOPeach says:

    Debbie –

    You do not know Nancy. I do.
    She and Bruce are with Huckabee all the way.

    You will kiss up to anyone.. Fred, Rudy, and now Mitt Flop —-


  6. GrandOleDawg says:

    Hey GOPeach, thanks for posting all the candidates stances on the issues. I was still unsure about those after A YEAR AND A HALF OF ELECTION COVERAGE!

    Mitt is down in Ga, but it’s not an insurmountable lead. It’s gonna be interesting to see how these translate into momentum. I could definately see the conservatives who were backing Huckabee (I don’t know why) realizing he’s no longer viable and crossing to Mitt in an effort to stop Bob Dole…errrr, uh…..John McCain.

  7. Bull Moose says:

    I noticed something interesting today, a lot of the folks supporting Romney are the same people who were supporting Ralph Reed.

    I hope they do as well with Romney as they did with Reed!

    I’m sure Jack Abramoff supports Romney too, if he could vote, but he’s in prison.

  8. waterboy says:

    Nice try Moose. Never supported Reed. Glad you can read the mind of Abramoff. What else you got in your liberal crystal ball?

  9. albert says:

    Bull, you’re correct. The same con job they tried to pull on Georgia, they’re trying again. I honestly believe the late Romney surge is due to one thing and one thing only, Romney’s wallet.

    Notice legislators migrate where the $$$ are…..

    Sad thing Romney is a flaming nut bag.

  10. Bull,

    Let me get this straight. Reed is corrupt because of Abramoff thus everyone who supported Reed is corrupt which means Romney is corrupt. Yea, right.

    Let me remind you of McCain’s involvement in the Keating 5 scandal.

  11. Bill Simon says:


    I’m sensing a pattern with you: On the outside, you appear to be an honest people.

    On the inside, though, you LOVE and SUPPORT pathological liars like Ralph Reed and Mitt Romney.

    That internal conflict of yours must manifest itself in some stranger ways. Do you have UGA keepsakes stashed in your house?

  12. Doug Deal says:


    I am sure that the media (and Democrats) will remind everyone of McCain’s involvement in the Keating 5 shortly after Republicans nominate him.

  13. Doug Deal says:


    I am sensing a pattern with you. Once you support a candidate your cognitive disonance clicks in, and suddenly that candidates flaws disappear and you start attacking everyone else who has anything to say about your guy.

    Buzz did not say anything about giving Reed or Romney a pass, he was pointing out that McCain is not the squeaky clean guy he pretends to be.

    But your straw man argument was just too tempting to pass up.

  14. Bill Simon says:

    Keating 5: McCain was one of 5 legislators accused (but not proven) of showing favoritism to Charles Keating by accepting campaign contributions.

    After being investigated by a DEMOCRATIC-RUN House/Senate investigation squad, no charges were levied against McCain.

    Next irrelevant point from Romniacs?

  15. Bill Simon says:

    Doug, Doug, Doug…you’re new around these parts.

    I know Buzz’s history. That was not a comment about what Buzz has revealed lately, Doug. It was a comment going back a couple of years to WHO he supported in 2006, and, who he apparently supports now.

  16. Doug Deal says:


    The charges were all proven, but their defense was that they “were following the status quo”.

    Of course, your standards of evidence against McCain are much much much higher than your standards of evidence against Romney. Which is more or less what Buzz’s point was when he responded to Bull.

  17. Doug Deal says:


    I am not a Romney fan, I do not like McCain as a nominee and I really think that Huckabee would be the worst disaster to strike the Republican Party since Nixon.

    I just think that people in all three camps are not being realistic (not as bad as the Thompson people though) about their candidate. McCain obviously used campaign finance reform to rehabilitate his record. In order to give himself cover he was willing to trash the first amendment. This is my major problem with him, along with his general mean spiritedness.

    Attacking Romney because he knew someone who worked for someone who knew someone else that witnessed something, is not a fair attack on someone who has many valid weak spots to attack.

    In any event, whichever one of those three flawed candidates wins, I will support all that I can, as the stakes are just too high.

  18. Bill Simon says:


    Um, seriously, Mitt is on tape 3 years ago stating his position on abortion, and now, stating a complete opposite position.

    That, is either blatant pandering of a flip-flopper, OR, a pathological liar.

    If you were of the opinion that John Kerry was a flip-flopper in 2004, the same standard should be applied to Mitt Romney.

    He’s taking these positions, not because he believes in them or that he has “always” believed in them, but because they are needed for political expediency for him to have a shot at the White House. Period.

  19. Doug Deal says:


    I agree with you, but the abortion issue to me is worth zilch on the national stage. However, my complaint was not about people calling him a “flip-flopper” but for people like Bull Moose (who has dropped to new lows with his McCain homerism)

    I noticed something interesting today, a lot of the folks supporting Romney are the same people who were supporting Ralph Reed.

    I hope they do as well with Romney as they did with Reed!

    I’m sure Jack Abramoff supports Romney too, if he could vote, but he’s in prison.

    I hate this kind of politics, and it is a good thing for Savannah that Bull lost.

  20. Bill,

    I was attempting to demonstrate the absurdity of Bull’s comment by reminding him of McCain’s scandal. If we applied Bull’s standard to McCain, we’d conclude that all McCain supporters are corrupt because of McCain’s Keating 5 involvement. This of course makes you corrupt because you are now supporting McCain.

    My reason for supporting Romney is basically because I’ve concluded the devil I don’t know (Romney) surely can’t be any worse than the devil I do know (McCain), and Romney is the only Republican with a chance to prevent McCain from winning the nomination. As you know, my original support was (like you), with Fred Thompson.

    And for the record, I have absolutely no UGA keepsakes in my house, car, office, or any other place I inhabit. πŸ˜‰

  21. Icarus says:

    “And for the record, I have absolutely no UGA keepsakes in my house, car, office, or any other place I inhabit.”

    I can help you with that.

  22. TrueConservative says:

    Reed is working for Romney. Reed, Hannity, Coulter and the rest of the fake GOP press shop are on a retainer from Romney. That is why they sound so desperate now, we will not believe there lies. Vote for Romney, never. If that lying magic underwear wearing fool would just get out of the race, we would win easy…. no contest… Go Huckabee

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