On July 8, the Boston Herald reported that Massachusetts' Republican Gov. Mitt Romney and his two sons, Josh and Craig, rescued a family of six (from New Jersey) after their boat sank in New Hampshire's Lake Winnipesaukee. Romney and his sons rescued the six family members and their dog from dangerous waters.
The Herald also published the reactions to this gubernatorial saving of lives by the following people:
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National Review magazine described these three reactions from Massachusetts Democrats as "Mindless, heartless partisanship" and added the following:
"We can't help comparing Romney, who saves people from drowning, and another big Massachusetts pol, who ... well, you know."
The Herald did not report any commendation or other comment on the Romney's saving of lives from the usually outspoken U.S. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy.
Gov. Romney denied any heroism saying, "It's something anyone who lives on a lake knows: if someone's in trouble, of course you go out and give 'em a hand."
The Herald did quote one Democrat, as a very welcome contrast to the three others. Rep. Eric Turkington, D-Falmouth, said,
"When somebody's drowning, we're not Democrats or Republicans. I'm impressed that we have a governor who can do that sort of thing."