Nevada political columnist Jon Ralston with Mitt Romney in a televised interview, August 22, 2007
Yesterday evening Flap posted this piece about the OBVIOUS flip by Mitt Romney on abortion. Now others have picked up on the dolphin-like inconsistencies.
The Washington Post headlines: Romney Struggles to Define Abortion Stance
Jon Ralston, the Las Vegas Sun columnist who interviewed Romney on KLAS television, said he was surprised by the governor’s answer.
“I thought that was a perfect example of Mitt Romney trying to thread a needle that’s very difficult to thread,” Ralston said in an interview yesterday. “I don’t see how you can be antiabortion, be in favor of a constitutional amendment and be in favor of states’ rights. . . . I don’t see how you do it.”
Top Romney advisers insisted yesterday that their candidate’s statements on abortion this month were consistent with each other. They said Romney supports a two-step process in which states get authority over abortion after Roe v. Wade is overturned, followed eventually by a constitutional amendment that bans most abortions.
First Read calls the Romney campaign PUSH-BACK the TWO-STEP.
Blogs For Brownback asks: Is Mitt Romney Human? And conclude he is a DOLPHIN.
- 1994: Mitt Romney was pro-choice:â€œI believe that abortion should be safe and legal in this country. I have since the time that my mom took that position when she ran in 1970 as a US Senate candidate. I believe that since Roe v. Wade has been the law for 20 years we should sustain and support it.â€ (Joan Vennochi, â€œRomneyâ€™s Revolving World,â€ The Boston Globe, 3/2/06)
- 2001: Mitt Romney was not pro-choice:â€œI do not wish to be labeled pro-choice.â€ (Mitt Romney, Letter to the Editor, The Salt Lake Tribune, 7/12/01)
- 2002: Mitt Romney was again pro-choice:â€œI respect and will protect a womanâ€™s right to choose. This choice is a deeply personal one â€¦ Women should be free to choose based on their own beliefs, not mine and not the governmentâ€™s.â€ (Stephanie Ebbert, â€œClarity Sought On Romneyâ€™s Abortion Stance,â€ The Boston Globe, 7/3/05)
- November 2004: Mitt Romney said he converted to the pro-life position.Romney said he changed his views after meeting with Harvard scientists on stem-cell research: â€˜It hit me very hard that we had so cheapened the value of human life in a Roe v. Wade environment that it was important to stand for the dignity of human life.â€™ (Karen Tumulty, â€œWhat Romney Believes,â€ Time, 5/21/07)
- May 2005: Mitt Romney reaffirmed that he was â€œabsolutely committedâ€ to support the pro-choice position.Six months after he claimed to have converted to the pro-life position, Romney stated: â€œI am absolutely committed to my promise to maintain the status quo with regards to laws relating to abortion and choice and so far Iâ€™ve been able to successfully do that and my personal philosophical views about this issue is not something that I think would do anything other than distract from what I think is a more critical agenda â€¦â€ (Mitt Romney, Remarks At Press Conference, 5/27/05)
- January 2007: Mitt Romney acknowledged he was â€œeffectively pro-choice.â€On January 29, 2007 during a visit to South Carolina, Romney stated: â€œOver the last multiple years, as you know, I have been effectively pro-choice.â€ (Bruce Smith, â€œRomney Campaigns in SC with Sen. DeMint,â€ The Associated Press, 1/29/07)
- February 2007: Mitt Romney stated that he â€œwas always for life.â€On another campaign stop in South Carolina, Romney stated: â€œI am firmly pro-lifeâ€¦ I was always for life.â€ (Jim Davenport, â€œRomney Affirms Opposition to Abortion,â€ The Associated Press, 2/9/2007)
- August 6 2007: Mitt Romney stated that “I do support the Republican platform, and I do support that being part of the Republican platform, and I’m pro-life,” Romney said in the ABC interview, broadcast days before his victory among conservative Iowa voters in the Ames straw poll.
- August 22 2007: Mitt Romney stated in an interview with a Nevada television station , Romney said Roe. v. Wade should be abolished and vowed to “let states make their own decision in this regard.”
So, does Romney want to BAN abortions nationwide or NOT?
There is a CONFLICT between his MORAL positions and his states rights positions.
Governor, you cannot have it both ways.
Marc Abinder says it is NO Flip FlopÂ (Mitt is struggling) but then goes on to explain why it might be interpreted as such and may be dangerous to Romney’s campaign.
Flap can see the televison commercials flying – especially from McCain and Thompson in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina.
And the Democrats will have a field day with Romney as the GOP nominee.
By the way, Ambinder is WRONG.
Mitt Romney = HYPOCRITE
Mitt Romney = WRONG for America
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