Photos: Mitt Romney says our rights come from God in Jeffco speech

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After a week of particularly difficult headlines, and nearly two months since his last rally here, Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney returned to Colorado last night, delivering a stump speech focusing on the economy and President Barack Obama's record -- and not on the recent controversies and discouraging polls his campaign has battled. His visit comes on the heels of the president's last Colorado rally and only days before Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan is set to return -- emphasizing how key this swing state is in the final weeks before the election.

"I'll tell you what, it has been an interesting week," Romney said at the start of the rally, held on the campus of D'Evelyn Junior/Senior High School in Jefferson County. "The president was being interviewed and I guess he said something a little unusual. He said, you know, you can't change Washington from the inside, you can only change it from the outside. We are going to give him that chance on November 6th!"

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Mitt Romney at D'Evelyn in Jefferson County.
The comment earned him loud applause from the crowd of thousands, who waited for hours before Romney finally arrived -- about a half hour later than scheduled.

"Now and then, when I go to various rallies like this, there'll be a couple of people who will start chanting, 'Four more years, four more years,'" Romney said. "That's fine. They can express their First Amendment right. I usually follow up with asking these questions: Do you want four more years of 8 percent or higher unemployment?"

"No!" the crowd shouted back in unison.

"Do you want four more years with 23 million Americans struggling to find a good job?"

"No!"

"Do you want four more years where every single year, median incomes go down?" he said. "Do you want four more years where half the kids coming out of college can't find a college-level job?"

"No!" the crowd continued.

"It's very clear," Romney said. "We can't afford four more years like the last four years. That's why we're going to get change finally in Washington that the people of America deserve."

The presidential candidate presented Obama's reelection as a dangerous plan to stick to the status quo, which has not worked, he said.

"He's going to continue the policies of the last four years. He calls his campaign slogan 'Forward,'" Romney pointed out.

"Over a cliff!" interjected a supporter.

"I think forewarned is...better," Romney noted, adding, "In November, we will get him out of office.... This is the state to do it.... I'm counting on Colorado."

Continue for more from Mitt Romney's speech plus photos of the rally.


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Bob Tyler
Bob Tyler

What do you call a gay that breeds? Mormon lol lol lol

Vic Shayne
Vic Shayne

Where is the evidence?? People demand evidence for everything else in life, so where is the evidence for such a statement?

Brett MB
Brett MB

my lefts will come from your right.

Russ Christiansen
Russ Christiansen

Andrew. I agree on several points And whether it is Romney or Obama rhey are just opportunists trying to leverage our passions or beliefs into political currency. Appreciate a good dialogue. Perhaps another forum sometime. Be well

Anne Freeman
Anne Freeman

He has a right to his opinion, as do us all. G-d isn't running for Prez, Romney is.

xMormon
xMormon

Mitt Romney and the "Mormon Plan for America"

"no genuine Christian could ever support Mitt Romney for President"

http://www.cuttingedge.org/news/n2226.cfm

 

Ann Romney Confirms the White Horse Prophecy

"We have a reason why we’re running and it’s because I believe in my heart that Mitt is going to save America, that economically we are in such difficult times and that he is the person that’s going to pull us through this. ~ Ann Romney, Aug. 15, 2012"

http://alittlereality.blogspot.com/2012/08/ann-romney-confirms-white-horse-prophecy.html

Andrew Newman
Andrew Newman

Russ, fair points. There are more aspects than can be brought up in a comment, but there is an inconsistency in the message. A major example: Why would a candidate who claims that our rights are God-given want to dismantle a system that provides health care options for those who are hurting and needy? A God-centered society would ensure that all who need care can receive care- it's our God-given right to life, after all.

Russ Christiansen
Russ Christiansen

But how is quoting it, as does obama frequently...a miscalculation or gaffe, Andrew? And thanks for the info on the human authorship. You did make a good point-We are a secular society that protects the practice of religion. Secular humanism and religion can coexist and are not mutually exclusive in a society. It is about tolerance and acceptance. For either side to be outraged an expression of their tenets is tedious to endure. And Obama and Romney refer to their faith often and both refer to this document frequently. My point is "what is the point" of the outrage.

Michael J. Carnahan
Michael J. Carnahan

Our rights come from continuously demanding them and remaining ever vigilant. God is Santa Claus for adults.

Andrew Newman
Andrew Newman

Russ, the Declaration was still written by humans as a means to collectively band together. Perhaps the last sentence will resonate with you, where the Founding Fathers acknowledge a protection from the "Divine," but pledge to support each other: "And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor." That is why and how we have a basis as a secular society.

Paka Dunyon
Paka Dunyon

That's all well and good but your still a fucking twat, and as you have no plan moving forward other than giving you and your rich friends more tax breaks, go fuck your self.

Russ Christiansen
Russ Christiansen

Lincoln wrote of it, around arguments to free said slaves "But do not destroy that immortal emblem of Humanity, the Declaration of American Independence."

Krestin Sauger-Synan
Krestin Sauger-Synan

Makes me scared because I don't want religion determining what rights I have.

Russ Christiansen
Russ Christiansen

hence their choice of "endowed by their creator". I am sure it was just a "rough draft of Independence" though. So Romney merely stated same. Suddenly it is a bad thing? . And thanks Andrew. I think I have a fair understanding of the origins of ethics, laws and morals. Whether some believe there is an a priori source imprinted by a creator or whether they were social contracts impressed by a society in order to function. Strangely, I can respect a person who subscribes to either viewpoint. Hardly controversial words from a politician. Keep looking.

Charlie Whiskey
Charlie Whiskey

I think we need to invest more in education and encourage intelligent people to have more kids (as opposed to the current trends - irony, republicans want to kill abortion an birth control... Wonder why...) so that there are less people out there who believe in fairy tales. Also, you want a government ruled by religious doctrine? I've been all over the middle east, and that's how they operate there. Feel free to pack your bags and get out of my country.

Andrew Newman
Andrew Newman

Or, Russ, Westword readers understand that the Declaration of Independence was written by a bunch of people who came together and developed a social contract with the values that were important to them. Which at the time meant that a slave was only considered 3/5 of a human, women couldn't vote, and so on. So, our rights come from a common agreement that these things are important to us.

Rob Payne
Rob Payne

who cares what he believes in. He is a just a useful idiot like the rest.

Russ Christiansen
Russ Christiansen

so i guess folks find our declaration of independence offensive. yay westward readers!

Russ Christiansen
Russ Christiansen

it sounds like the Declaration of Independence. "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness"

Bengy Martinez
Bengy Martinez

@ Jody not sure what history book you're referring to? This Nation was founded by men like Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin THEY WERE VERY SPECIFIC CONCERNING KEEPING CHURCH AND STATE SEPARATE! I'm sure you support Romney, because you seem as delusional as he is...

Bengy Martinez
Bengy Martinez

First of all he is MORmON and doesn't believe in the same "God" as Christians of the Bible. Roberts faith in the LSD sorry LDS Church are a little different, the teach that if a members works are well enough on Earth that they themselves will attain GODHOOD! They also believe there is no Hell and that Jesus and Lucifer are Brothers! EVERYTHING THIS GUY IS ABOUT IS ALL FICTIONAL...

Christopher Maestas
Christopher Maestas

Once you start wearing the "I vote for whomever is the most religious" creed on your sleeve. Some politicians will use it to take advantage of you and your unwavering love and commitment.

Gueston
Gueston

I love how he just steals his material from Ron Paul, he doesn't really believe in inalienable rights, he has never even read the US constitution. 

Janette Kononov
Janette Kononov

Keep your religion in YOUR church and/or YOUR home and out of MY government... thank you very much. *wretch*

Lou Paskiewicz
Lou Paskiewicz

Separation of church and state!! THAT is what our country was founded on.

Jody Kroonenberg Czillinger
Jody Kroonenberg Czillinger

Absolutely! God gives and God can take away. Our country was founded on a belief in the ONE and only God who has blessed each of us with breath. Our country has strayed sooo far from that, as exhibited by the way many are talking above. So much anger and disrespect, it's disgusting. I pray for the great nation every day.

rockiesfever
rockiesfever

 @xMormon i love how everyones so against mitt and his religion, but are not concerned that the DNC honored islam and they kill, beat, and burn women, gays, addicts and us citizens here and abroad as part of the koran teachings. Mormons may be weird but they at least are not murderous by doctrine

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

 @Gueston Interesting observation, Gueston. Thanks for the post.

xMormon
xMormon

 @rockiesfever You have no idea what you are talking about.  Mormons are brainwashed.  It's a cult as bad or worse than scientology.  Read up on it.  Joseph Smith, founder of the LDS, is the L. Ron Hubbard, founder of Scientology, of the 1800s.  L. Ron Hubbard based his cult partially on the Mormon religion.  L. Ron Hubbard even wrote a book on brainwashing called "Brain-Washing."  Read up about Mormons and then tell me you want a leader in the Mormon church to be president of the USA.  Mitt Romney is really a corrupt televangelist and reports to a team of Mormon televangelists known as the quorum of the twelve and the prophet of the Mormon religion.  He is a puppet for the Mormon leaders first and foremost.   Mormons have killed people. You've never heard of the Mormon Meadow Massacre?  Mormons are trying to cover up the past and re-write history in places like wikipedia but here is what really happened. "In 1857 a wagon train of settlers heading for California was killed by Mormons as they passed through Utah. There were about 120 killed."  This is no joke.  I am an ex-mormon and there is no way I would vote for any mormon leader to be president of the USA.  There are a lot of good mormons out in the world but the cult leaders are corrupt and manipulative and use their "religion" to control their members and profit from them.  I challenge you to do the research before you vote. (mormon speak)

Gueston
Gueston

 @rockiesfever But specifically this time, he said "I believe we get our inalienable rights from God, not the Government." That is a Ron Paul quote, word for word. 

And which God do you think he believes he gets his inalienable rights from? Mormons are the least willing to accept other peoples version of God or Religion, when a Mormon says "from God", they mean "from MY God, not yours." 

Gueston
Gueston

 @rockiesfever Every single statement he makes to appeal to constitutionalists and conservatives. He is a very liberal politician, he was even a registered democrat at one time. He is also a man of many faces, too many if you ask me. His conservative face belongs to Ron Paul. 

rockiesfever
rockiesfever

 @xMormon Thank you, coming from an actual ex mormon I will read the links. And take it seriously. Most of the mormon bashing comes from people who dont even really know who Joseph Smith was lol. But coming from someone with a right to these opinions I tend to stop and look into a little bit more. Thank you

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