Last week in Laconia, NH, Mitt Romney was asked a question about abortion. Doug Lambert of GranitGrok, was there to videotape the answer. It turns out that the person who asked the question is a Democratic operative, so I discounted this. But then Green Mountain Politics highlighted the quote (which he got wrong, sorry Chris…). Romney was asked "is abortion murder?". Romney responded:
I don’t want to use that term because it means different things to different people. … It is taking human life … Murder has — I used to go to law school — murder has malice of forethought and all sorts of other things …
Now, I know that some people are going to get wound up about Romney’s answer about abortion, but there’s nothing really new here. I think that there are a bunch of interesting rhetorical things going on here. But let’s make two things clear:
Mitt Romney said that murder "means different things to different people" and used his implicit authority as a lawyer to explain his complicated position.