In light of the Kansas City National Right to Life convention, Sam Brownback has dropped the hammer on Mitt Romney. It is a fun read, but Brownback’s politcal director has a fun line:
“One would think that Mitt Romney is in training for an Olympic gold medal in verbal gymnastics, as his various political contortions on abortion are stunning in their timing and flexibility,” Gillespie added. "The best advice for Mitt Romney comes from Mark Twain: ‘Always tell the truth. That way, you don’t have to remember what you said.’”
Full text, including a great timeline of Romney’s multiple positions on abortion, after the jump
ALEXANDRIA, Va. — A new YouTube video released yesterday shows presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s alleged pro-life conversion story to be chronologically false and misleading.
Romney’s own comments on the abortion issue have been as follows:
- 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)
This new video came on the same day that Romney’s presidential campaign released a list of social-conservatives backing Romney, and just two days before Romney is scheduled to speak to the National Right to Life Convention in Kansas City, Missouri.
"I would assume that those social conservatives who are supporting Romney did not know at the time that he had mislead them about his conversion story," said Martin Gillespie, political director of Brownback for President. "I would encourage those who have supported Romney to publicly ask him to clarify when exactly he became pro-life, or if he did at all."
Romney has also continually rejected a Human Life Amendment to the Constitution, which would protect unborn children in all fifty states. The Human Life Amendment is part of the platform of the Republican Party, and Romney opposes it. Romney also refused to call abortion murder during a campaign event in New Hampshire a few weeks ago, instead stating that murder "means different things to different people." Romney’s wife has also financially supported Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion provider in the world.
"One would think that Mitt Romney is in training for an Olympic gold medal in verbal gymnastics, as his various political contortions on abortion are stunning in their timing and flexibility," Gillespie added. "The best advice for Mitt Romney comes from Mark Twain: ‘Always tell the truth. That way, you don’t have to remember what you said.’"
Senator Brownback has a 100% lifetime voting record with National Right to Life and backs the Republican Party platform on abortion as well as the Human Life Amendment to the Constitution.
The new YouTube footage of Romney reaffirming his support for abortion rights after his alleged pro-life conversion is available at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v