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Mitt Romney Watch: Mitt FLIPS on Abortion AGAIN Part Two


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.

Here are Mitt’s positions on abortion AGAIN:

  • 1994: Mitt Romney was pro-choice:“I 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.” (Joan Vennochi, “Romney’s Revolving World,” The Boston Globe, 3/2/06)
  • 2001: Mitt Romney was not pro-choice:“I do not wish to be labeled pro-choice.” (Mitt Romney, Letter to the Editor, The Salt Lake Tribune, 7/12/01)
  • 2002: Mitt Romney was again pro-choice:“I respect and will protect a woman’s right to choose. This choice is a deeply personal one … Women should be free to choose based on their own beliefs, not mine and not the government’s.” (Stephanie Ebbert, “Clarity Sought On Romney’s Abortion Stance,” 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: ‘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.’ (Karen Tumulty, “What Romney Believes,” Time, 5/21/07)
  • May 2005: Mitt Romney reaffirmed that he was “absolutely committed” to support the pro-choice position.Six months after he claimed to have converted to the pro-life position, Romney stated: “I am absolutely committed to my promise to maintain the status quo with regards to laws relating to abortion and choice and so far I’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 …” (Mitt Romney, Remarks At Press Conference, 5/27/05)
  • January 2007: Mitt Romney acknowledged he was “effectively pro-choice.”On January 29, 2007 during a visit to South Carolina, Romney stated: “Over the last multiple years, as you know, I have been effectively pro-choice.” (Bruce Smith, “Romney Campaigns in SC with Sen. DeMint,” The Associated Press, 1/29/07)
  • February 2007: Mitt Romney stated that he “was always for life.”On another campaign stop in South Carolina, Romney stated: “I am firmly pro-life… I was always for life.” (Jim Davenport, “Romney Affirms Opposition to Abortion,” 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 Flop  (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.


And if this is not enough to convince ANY voter that Romney is NOT right for the Presidency, then check out his other inconsistencies and oddities:

Campaign finance reform

Flip on Gay Marriage

Lied about hunting

Scientology book one of his favorites

Poor Mitt’s Dog

None of Mitt’s five adult sons had served in the military

Mitt Romney = HYPOCRITE

Mitt Romney = WRONG for America


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8 thoughts on “Mitt Romney Watch: Mitt FLIPS on Abortion AGAIN Part Two

  1. In an interview with the Associated Press Tuesday, Romney said that giving states control to “fashion their own laws with regard to abortion” should be the “next step” in the abortion debate (Riley, AP/Salt Lake Tribune, 8/22). Top Romney advisers on Tuesday said the governor supports a two-tiered process in which states first would obtain authority to regulate abortion after Roe v. Wade — the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court case that effectively barred state abortion bans — is overturned. The second step would be a constitutional amendment that bans most abortions nationwide.

    James Bopp — an attorney who has represented antiabortion groups and a top Romney adviser on abortion — said, “There’s no flip-flopping. There’s no contradiction. There’s simply step one and step two.”

  2. So, a two-step Flip Flop.

    Let’s see:

    1. Let each state decide about and most will allow abortion as it is under Roe.

    2. Then, strip the states of their rights because there is a moral objection to abortion with a constitutional amendment.

    3. Now what about state’s rights on other issues?

    What about Gay Marriage? Does the same apply? Allow Gays to marry (like the law in Massachusetts) in each state and then ban it later with a constitutional amendment?

    Also, what are the chances of a Life Amendment ever going to the states? Slim and None……So, you achieve pro-choice in #1 and outlaw abortion in a few states.

    Big deal – a distinction without a practical difference.

    And, then Romney maintains he is pro-life.

    Romney is dancing around the issue and trying to play both sides.

    It doesn’t wash.

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