The Press Release is here.
“State taxpayers should not be providing special treatment to an individual who supports violent jihad and the destruction of Israel,” said Romney.
Romney’s action means that Khatami will be denied an official police escort and other VIP treatment when he is in town. The federal government provides security through the U.S. State Department.
Romney criticized Harvard for honoring Khatami by inviting him to speak, calling it “a disgrace to the memory of all Americans who have lost their lives at the hands of extremists, especially on the eve of the five-year anniversary of 9/11.”
“The U.S. State Department listed Khatami’s Iran as the number one state sponsor of terrorism. Within his own country, Khatami oversaw the torture and murder of dissidents who spoke out for freedom and democracy. For him to lecture Americans about tolerance and violence is propaganda, pure and simple.”
After a long list of Khatami's abuses and support of terrorists Romney concluded:
“Khatami pretends to be a moderate, but he is not. My hope is that the United States will find and work with real voices of moderation inside Iran. But we will never make progress in the region if we deal with wolves in sheep’s clothing,”
Way to go Mitt!
Updated 9/6/06 AM:
Also, anyone mad that the Bush Administration granted Khatami a travel visa to be at events in Boston, D.C., and NYC?
Updated coverage from The Harvard Crimson and Reuters.
The Powerline Blog seems to like Gov. Romney's position.
Other impressed bloggers inclued "The Political Pit Bull", ""Whizbang"", "Tongues of Angels," "Seeker Blog", "Right Truth", "New England Republican", "Archontan", "Floyd Stuart", "The Podium", "Glib & Superficial", "Degree of Madness", "China Confidential", "Carol Platt Liebau", "Conservative Blogger", "FullosseousFlap’s Dental Blog", "Strange Women Lying In Ponds", "Brother Scoob's Blog", "Transterrestrial Musings", "Bluecrab Boulevard", "سرباز كوچك", "American Traditionalist", "And Rightly So!", "Power Pundit", "The Farr View", "Pundit Review" "Moon-Bat Monitor" etc . . .
The blogosphere is truly "a buzz" about this one. In tracking Romney on the Blogosphere I've never seen this strong of support from so many people. Romney took the right stance here and people are taking notice.
Heavy hitters Hugh Hewitt and National Review Online were quite impressed.
Even the hard-core conservatives at Free Republic (who usually like to bash on Romney) responded pretty well when I posted this there earlier today (40+ comments).
Also, 83 comments over at "Little Green Footballs"
So, anyone else think foreign policy will be one of Romney's weak points?