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Mitt Romney on Crime

Former Republican Governor (MA); presidential nominee-apparent


Romney side-by-side against Gingrich, Paul & Santorum

Q: Is there any issue where Romney differs from all three other GOP frontrunners?

A: Yes, on gun control--Mitt is the odd man out from Gingrich, Paul, and Santorum calling for Second Amendment rights. Mitt does toe the conservative line on most crime issues, including capital punishment and mandatory sentencing--and on "Three Strikes", he's more of a hard-line conservative than Gingrich and Santorum! See the details on crime, gun control, and numerous other related issues in a side-by-side comparison:

Romney/Paul/Santorum/Gingrich side-by-side on Domestic Issues

Source: Paperback: Romney/Paul/Santorum/Gingrich side-by-side , Mar 2, 2012

1981: Arrested for fishing without a license

In June 1981, Romney went to Lake Cochituate, about half an hour west of Boston, intending to do some boating with their families. A park ranger told him he couldn't put his boat into the lake because the license number was too difficult to read, Romney would later say. Romney then asked what the fine was, and the ranger told him: fifty bucks. To Romney, it was a no-brainer--he'd easily pay that in exchange for a day of fun. But when he began to lower his boat into the water, the ranger became incensed, "The ranger took it as a personal attack." The ranger pulled out a pair of handcuffs and took Romney, dripping wet in his bathing suit, into custody for disorderly conduct. The case was soon dismissed after Romney and his lawyer pushed back hard. But that day, the lake outing was over before it had begun.
Source: The Real Romney, by Kranish & Helman, p.105-106 , Jan 17, 2012

2002: Supported death penalty although it was long abolished

In an echo of his 1994 platform, Romney positioned himself as an agent of change, vowing to "clean up the mess on Beacon Hill," the seat of state government. And there was plenty to clean up: government was still rife with patronage and waste.

Romney debuted a sophisticated "microtargeting" program to drill deep into voter behavior, seeking to identify supporters through their coting history and other personal information. He pitched himself squarely to independents, who made up half the Massachusetts electorate. Unlike O'Brien, he supported the death penalty, which had long been abolished, and an initiative petition on that year's ballot to replace bilingual education with English immersion.

Source: The Real Romney, by Kranish & Helman, p.232 , Jan 17, 2012

Hire private companies to manage our state prisons

When I was serving as the governor of Massachusetts, I suggested that we look into the possible benefits of hiring a private company to manage our state prisons. But almost uniformly, I was met with a very negative reaction. People invariably presumed that if we did, the state's cost would rise because a private company "would have to make a profit." It was hard to convince people that the private companies that manage prisons have learned how to safely do so with fewer workers than state-operated prisons--and the money they save through productivity innovations more than makes up for what they earn in profit. In fact, it's the profit motive that led them to find ways to improve their productivity. The tax dollars we would save could either be returned to the people who paid them or be spent on additional government priorities. Either way, productivity would increase. Organized labor made sure that private sector productivity would never disrupt government jobs in Massachusetts prisons.
Source: No Apology, by Mitt Romney, p.106 , Mar 2, 2010

To reduce black on black crime, get more moms and dads

Q: What are you going to do about black on black crime; the war in the inner city?

A: Number one is to get more moms and dads. Number two, we’ve got to have better education in our schools. And number three, we have to do a better job with our policing. And I was very proud that I added one state police class after another.

Source: 2007 GOP YouTube debate in St. Petersburg, Florida , Nov 28, 2007

One Strike, You’re Ours: lifetime GPS tracking

Governor Romney announced that he would propose a “One Strike, You’re Ours” law for those convicted of preying on children using the Internet. Massachusetts Republican District Attorneys and Sheriffs support Governor Romney’s proposal for stiff mandatory jail time to be followed by lifetime tracking by Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) for first-time offenders: “As Governor of Massachusetts, Mitt Romney was a strong defender of children. He led the effort to put photos of the state’s most dangerous sex offenders on the Internet and made it easier to extend civil commitments for sex offenders. As a candidate for president, Governor Romney is once-again demonstrating strong leadership in protecting our children. His ‘One Strike, You’re Ours’ law is an important initiative to strengthen law enforcement and protect America’s sons and daughters. We are proud to stand alongside Governor Romney in his campaign for our nation’s highest office.
Source: Press Release, “Law Enforcement Officials” , Jul 21, 2007

Reform sentencing process; appeal too-lenient sentences

Romney and Healey pledged to enact strong sentencing guidelines, especially for sex crimes, and vowed to level the playing field for prosecutors by giving them the right to appeal lenient sentences imposed on criminals.
Source: Campaign web site, www.romney2002.com, “Issues” , Sep 17, 2002

Supports death penalty in heinous murders

Romney pushes for a death penalty law for murderers convicted of heinous first-degree homicides. “The ultimate penalty should be available in Massachusetts for criminals who commit the most egregious murders,” Romney said.
Source: Campaign web site, www.romney2002.com, “Issues” , Sep 17, 2002

Favored mandatory sentencing and three strikes

Source: Boston Globe review of 1994 campaign issues , Mar 21, 2002

Safe streets will be a campaign theme

“There have been too many left behind,” Romney said after his announcement speech. “Our schools aren’t solid enough; our environment has not been cleaned the way it could be. Our streets are not as safe as they could be. All these things could be made better in my view with the application of new leadership and sound management principles.”
Source: Stephanie Ebbert, Boston Globe, p. B6 , Mar 20, 2002

Will bring new businesses to urban areas

Romney says, “We never think of going to Roxbury or Dorchester. Why do we never think about it? Crime. Let’s also look at the truth. You have businesses leaving our urban areas.” Romney said he would locate a business in Roxbury and Dorchester if the right opportunities were available. But the GOP candidate and venture capitalist, who has based his campaign on his job creation experience, said government has to provide the public safety and infrastructure in urban areas to attract businesses.
Source: Frank Phillips in Boston Globe , Nov 4, 1994

Supports death penalty and “three strikes” sentencing

Romney’s crime platform contains little that is radical or new - pro-death penalty, tough sentencing for violent offenders, support for “three strikes,” and support for judges who are tough on crime.
Source: Anthony Flint in Boston Globe , Oct 24, 1994

Other candidates on Crime: Mitt Romney on other issues:
Former Presidents:
George W. Bush (R,2001-2009)
Bill Clinton (D,1993-2001)
George Bush Sr. (R,1989-1993)
Ronald Reagan (R,1981-1989)
Jimmy Carter (D,1977-1981)
Gerald Ford (R,1974-1977)
Richard Nixon (R,1969-1974)
Lyndon Johnson (D,1963-1969)
John F. Kennedy (D,1961-1963)
Dwight Eisenhower (R,1953-1961)
Harry_S_TrumanHarry S Truman(D,1945-1953)

Former Contenders:
V.P.Al Gore
Pat Buchanan
V.P.Dick Cheney
Sen.Bob Dole
Ralph Nader
Gov.Sarah Palin

Political Thinkers:
Noam Chomsky
Milton Friedman
Arianna Huffington
Rush Limbaugh
Tea Party
Ayn Rand
Secy.Robert Reich
Donald Trump
Gov.Jesse Ventura
Abortion
Budget/Economy
Civil Rights
Corporations
Crime
Drugs
Education
Energy/Oil
Environment
Families/Children
Foreign Policy
Free Trade
Govt. Reform
Gun Control
Health Care
Homeland Security
Immigration
Infrastructure/Technology
Jobs
Principles/Values
Social Security
Tax Reform
War/Iraq/Mideast
Welfare/Poverty

Page last updated: Jul 04, 2014