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The Instapundit and Instawife Interview Romney

Wednesday, January 10, 2007  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

YouTube has the audio of the Reynolds’ interview with Governor Romney, but wait for the podcast to appear at Instapundit.  Here’s a key exchaneg though:

Dr. Helen Smith: “So, what is it about this YouTube video from 1994 showing you as a flip-flopper? What is that about?”

Governor Romney: “Well, I just got a look at the excerpts from my debate against Ted Kennedy in 1994. It reminded me of why I ran against him in the first place. Someone had to give him a run for his money.

“Now, it also shows what 13 years will do. I’m grayer. I’m a little heavier. And I hope I’ve grown a bit wiser as well.

“Of course, I was wrong on some issues back then. I’m not embarrassed to admit that. I think most of us learn with experience. I know I certainly have.

“If you want to know where I stand by the way, you don’t just have to listen to my words, you can go to look at my record as governor. Frankly, in the bluest of states. Facing the most liberal media in the country. I’ve led the fight to preserve traditional marriage. I’ve taken every legal step I could conceive of, to prevent same sex marriage.

“I have also taken action to protect the sanctity of life. I vetoed bills that authorized embryo farming, therapeutic cloning, Plan B emergency contraception, and of course a redefinition of when life was going to begin as well.

“I’ve also fought for family. I’ve promoted abstinence education in the schools.

“I fought for English immersion in our schools and school choice. And of course as you’d expect from a Republican, I’ve held the line on taxes and I’ve worked to re-instate the death penalty.

“And I’m proud that at the same time, I’ve fought discrimination. I believe every American deserves equal opportunity.

“Now, that’s my record. And maybe that’s why people on the other side are dredging up 13 year old history and attacking me now.”

Romney’s push-back at the YouTubing of his ’94 debate with ted Kennedy –happening in rapid response fashion– means an entire news cycle on a somewhat significant story has played out before even one newspaper reported it, with the anti-Romney forces (clearly worried about the big $ Monday and the deMint Tuesday) trying to put a stick in the spokes, and Romney’s team finding a way to knock it down in the same cycle.

That’s a preview of what it will be like all year.

BTW: On the program tonight, not only did Dennis Kucinich flunk Intro to Iran, but Rick Santorum ruled out a run for the presidency in ’08.  Many on the right had thought that with his national fundraising reach, Santorum might  decide there was room for one more conservative alongside Romney and Brownback.

Santorum did sound much less dismissive of a seat on the federal bench.  President Bush would make a lot of friends if he nominated Senator Santorum to the D.C. or 4rth Circuit.

The Santorum transcript will be posted here later, (as well as a transcript of an interview with Bill Kristol on the felcklessness of the Democratic critiques of the surgel).

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