There are many reasons why I like Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, and the Claremont Institute has a post which encapsulates one of them: statesmanship. The Claremont Institute explains that statesmanship is the ability to teach the American people about our representative republic and offers a couple of Governor Romney’s quotes as examples. This one is my favorite:
A reporter from the Boston Globe asked Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney a rambling question about removing some tolls from the Mass. Turnpike. Eventually, Romney interrupted by joking, “Do you have a point of view on this?” The reporter responded, “I represent the people, governor.” To which Romney said, “No, I represent the people, you represent the media.”
Right on the mark, Governor Romney.
Update: The Examiner has an article about Governor Romney today in which he declared himself to be the real conservative Republican candidate. And he took Senator McCain to task for trying to play both sides of the gay marriage issue:
WASHINGTON – Eager to position himself as the most conservative GOP presidential hopeful, Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney accused Sen. John McCain Monday of being “disingenuous” on gay marriage.
In an interview with The Examiner, Romney described himself as more conservative than Republican rivals McCain, R-Ariz., and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani on a variety of issues. “We’re in a different place on immigration; we’re in a different place on campaign reform; we’re in a different place on same-sex marriage; we’re in a different place on the president’s policy on interrogation of detainees,” Romney said.
“I’m a conservative Republican, there’s no question about that,” he said. “I’m at a different place than the other two.”
Romney was less charitable to McCain, who on Sunday told ABC News: “I believe that the issue of gay marriage should be decided by the states.” McCain also said, “I believe that gay marriage should not be legal.”
Romney seized on the remarks.
“That’s his position, and in my opinion, it’s disingenuous,” he said. “Look, if somebody says they’re in favor of gay marriage, I respect that view. If someone says — like I do — that I oppose same-sex marriage, I respect that view. But those who try and pretend to have it both ways, I find it to be disingenuous.”