June 3, 2005

MASTER STROKE:

Romney adviser recants quote on abortion (STEVE LeBLANC, June 3, 2005, AP)

An adviser to Gov. Mitt Romney who was quoted in a political magazine as saying his boss is "faking it as a pro-choice friendly" on abortion said the phrase was taken out of context.

Political adviser Michael Murphy said the quotation in the latest National Review magazine was made as he was "discussing a characterization the governor's critics use."

"I regret the quote and any confusion it might have caused," Murphy said in a statement Thursday.

The magazine quoted him as saying of Romney, "He's been a pro-life Mormon faking it as a pro-choice friendly."


Very deft way to begin re-establishing his bona fides for the 2008 primaries.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 3, 2005 5:59 PM
Comments

Gov. Romney is going to have to increase his deft by 1000% to have even a chance of winning anything nationally.

Posted by: John J. Coupal at June 3, 2005 7:27 PM

Guys from MA win NH.

Posted by: oj at June 3, 2005 7:29 PM

didn't mc cain win nh in 2000 ?

Posted by: cjm at June 3, 2005 7:59 PM

Yes, he's the only Republican who'd beat Romney here.

Posted by: oj at June 3, 2005 8:02 PM

OJ - C'mon, you know cjm's point is that winning NH doesn't guarantee getting the GOP nomination.

Posted by: AWW at June 3, 2005 8:55 PM

AWW:

It makes you a contender.

Posted by: oj at June 3, 2005 9:10 PM

isn't that mc cain's line: "i could have been a contender, instead of a bum, which is what i am"

Posted by: cjm at June 3, 2005 9:16 PM

Wasn't Michael Murphy McCain's guy in 2000?

Posted by: AC at June 3, 2005 9:48 PM

Ask Patrick J. Buchanan about being a 'contender'.

Romney could be a consistent 3rd or 4th place finisher in most states, which is better than Reverend Pat or Gary Bauer, but not as strong as McCain or Bob Dole. Right now, he looks to have the 'heft' of Jack Kemp. He's got a ways to go.

Posted by: jim hamlen at June 3, 2005 9:53 PM

AC:

Yes

Posted by: oj at June 3, 2005 9:53 PM

Ahhhh!!! Michael Murphy! That's another "M.M.", and with my last name to boot!

(Also realizing I previously neglected to list Mary McCarthy and Michael Moriarty.)

Posted by: Matt Murphy at June 4, 2005 5:54 AM

Ahhhh!!! Michael Murphy! That's another "M.M.", and with my last name to boot!

(Also realizing I previously neglected to list Mary McCarthy and Michael Moriarty.)

Posted by: Matt Murphy at June 4, 2005 5:54 AM
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