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Mitt Romney FLIP Watch: The Log Cabin Ad


Log Cabin Republicans Release Anti-Romney Ad

In one of Mitt Romney’s early TV spots, an announcer described how, “In one of the most liberal states in the country, one Republican stood up” for various conservative issues, such as “traditional marriage and the sanctity of human life.” Not so fast, say the Log Cabin Republicans, the major gay Republican group. It has put out a new ad today featuring a very liberal sounding Mitt Romney. The spot comes off as pro-Romney, boasting of his “Massachusetts values,’’ which is a fairly brutal thing to say considering that the Log Cabin Republicans plan to run the spot not only locally in Iowa for two weeks, but also on Fox News (!!).

Flap just saw the ad air on Fox News. It may not hurt Romney directly but will frame the issue of FLIPPER MITT and paints him as a HYPOCRITE.

The Log Cabin Republicans also have a web page highlighting FLIPPER MITT.

Some Highlights:

ABORTIONFrom the Left:Romney ran against Senator Edward M. Kennedy in 1994. During a debate, Romney declared: “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.”
Boston Globe, March 2, 2006

“I respect and will protect a woman’s right to choose.”
-2002 Questionnaire for the National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL)
Boston Globe, July 3, 2005

From the Right:

“I am pro-life. I believe that abortion is the wrong choice except in cases of incest, rape, and to save the life of the mother. I wish the people of America agreed, and that the laws of our nation could reflect that view. But while the nation remains so divided over abortion, I believe that the states, through the democratic process, should determine their own abortion laws and not have them dictated by judicial mandate.”
Boston Globe, Op-Ed, July 26, 2005

More from the Right:

“Every decision I have made as Governor in a very liberal state has been on the side of favoring life.” – Governor Romney

– Robert Behre, “Romney Gets S.C. Support,” Charleston Post-Courier, January 30, 2007


From the Left:

“Governor Romney…imposed a slew of fee hikes and tax ‘loophole’ closures….The largest of these was $259 million worth of fee hikes in FY 2004, the bulk of which came from higher Registry of Deeds fees. Smaller fee hikes, including higher charges for boaters and golfers, we imposed in FY 2003 and FY 2005. Romney also sought $128 million worth of so-called tax loophole closures for FY 2004; $70 million for FY 2005; and $170 million for FY 2006, which were later reduced to $85 million due to backlash from business leaders.”
– Club for Growth’s White Paper on Mitt Romney

“Romney continues to oppose the flat tax with harsh language, calling the tax ‘unfair.'”
– Club for Growth’s White Paper on Mitt Romney

Romney didn’t support President Bush’s tax cuts in 2003. That earned him praise from liberal Congressman Barney Frank (D-MA)
Boston Globe, April 11, 2003.

From the Right:

“I said no to a tax hike; raising taxes hurts working people and scares away jobs. I also said no to more borrowing; borrowing just shifts our problems to the backs of our kids…Instead, I went after waste, inefficiency, duplication, and patronage.”
– Governor Romney, Boston Globe, October 24, 2005


From the Left:

In 2002, Romney broke with his predecessor, Jane Swift, and Republican governors before her by declining to sign a written vow not to raise taxes once in office.

Boston Globe, January 5, 2007 Read the article

From the Right:

Almost five years after he refused to sign a “no new taxes” pledge during his campaign for governor, Mitt Romney announced yesterday that he had done just that, as his campaign for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination began in earnest.
Boston Globe, January 5, 2007 Read the article


From the Left:

Governor Romney has changed his position on key campaign finance reform issues several times during public life. During his 1994 Senate campaign, he held far left positions that advocated for abolishing PACs and creating strict campaign spending limits.

– Club for Growth’s White Paper on Mitt Romney

From the Right:

As he runs for President, Romney abandoned his previous stance and has come out as a harsh critic of McCain-Feingold, and those presidential candidates who support it. His transformation has even propelled him to call for the legislation’s repeal.
– Club for Growth’s White Paper on Mitt Romney


From the Left:

He told Fox News his favorite book is L. Ron Hubbard’s “Battlefield Earth”

From the Right:

He also told Fox news his favorite book is the The Bible


Who Knows:

His MySpace page said his favorite book is “Huckleberry Finn”



Flap has his own list:

When Iowa and New Hampshire voters focus in on the Romney record, Mitt will sink like a stone in the polls.

This has already started.


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