We knew who Ronald Reagan and Walter Mondale were. And (alas) we know who Barack Obama is. But what about Mitt? He should tell us who he is.
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(1) I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I am unequivocally a Christian. I respect all peaceful religions and I respect those who do not choose to believe in God. But I am and always will be a Christian.
(2) I believe that the greatest gift that God has ever bestowed upon mankind in the last two millennia is the United States. I will never apologize for the USA, especially not on the soil of despotisms and murderous regimes — but really, not anywhere.
(3) I believe that the first duty of the President is to defend the United States of America. I will not disarm either unilaterally or any other way. This world is too dangerous a place for unilateral disarmament and I do not trust our adversaries enough to disarm. A solid, unquestioned defense is the cornerstone of the edifice of a free people. That includes a defense against ballistic missiles and I will not allow the ill-informed mockery of my opponents to keep me from defending America.
(4) I am horrified at the suffering of so many Americans in the current economic downturn. I will work night and day to get us out of it. I will urgently search for ways to deregulate where deregulation is strangling the economy. I will not take our country off a tax cliff or any other kind of cliff. I will have the smartest people in the nation comb every corner of the budget to find savings in our spending. If necessary to protect defense spending, I will consider revenue enhancement measures.
(5)I will not beat up on and mock and belittle the businesses that make this country run. Man is a difficult creature, but I will not demean all of the tens of millions who work for corporations as evil and soulless as my opponent does.
(5) I will be the President of all of the people. I will encourage those on relief to have self-respect and dignity by getting them off in a compassionate way of the public dole. A working man or working woman is simply a happier human being. The aged and infirm of course must not be denied care and support.
6) I will regulate Wall Street strictly. I have many friends on Wall Street and they helped me immensely in my career. But Wall Street behaved abysmally in the period leading up to and including the 2008 Crash. I will make sure they can never do that again, and if they do, I will make them pay for it.
(7) I will never allow Iran to have a nuclear weapon to threaten Israel or anyone else with.
(8) If we make mistakes that cost the lives or safety of Americans, we will admit it immediately and not cover up the truth
(9) We will not use money paid by taxpayers to do favors for companies with powerful friends in Washington but no meaningful prospects for employment.
(10) I am unequivocally for life.
(11) I will never compromise the retirement security or health care of older Americans in any way, shape or form.
(12) I will not do the kowtow to the teachers’ unions.
Well, you see. That’s a beginning. Let’s have an idea of who he is:
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It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
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