Candidate Challenge: Mitt Romney
Tuesday, January 8th, 2008
MANCHESTER, NH — Increasing voter turnout is vital to a healthy American democracy… or in the words of Mitt Romney a “strong America.” We rank in the bottom 20% of nations in voter turnout despite spending billions of dollars on our elections. Why isn’t Romney, like 13 other candidates, talking about it?
We’ve been on the campaign trail for the past two weeks… and on the road talking to the presidential candidates for the past three months. 13 of 16 candidates have responded to our Candidate Challenge, and addressed a simple question: is our voting system broken? The vast majority of them agree on the answer: yes.
One candidate has turned down the opportunity to respond on multiple occasions: Governor Mitt Romney.
After formal requests to the Governor by mail, by e-mail and by phone, he hadn’t responded. So we brought the Why Tuesday? Candidate Challenge to Governor Romney, in Iowa and on the streets of New York City, and again, both times, he turned us down. In fact, he uttered only three words to us: “I sure do.”
Mayor Giuliani and Senator Thompson are the only other candidates who have yet to respond. Stay tuned for more on our efforts to get their thoughts on the state of our voting system. Better yet, if you see them, become a Why Tuesday? correspondent and ask them to respond yourself!