The Thompson campaign gets into the act with this release:
“Romney: Believer of Convenience
‘Americans do not respect believers of convenience. Americans tire of those who would jettison their beliefs, even to gain the world.’ — Gov. Mitt Romney
We Couldn’t Agree More…
Mitt Romney released a new TV ad today where he says he stood firm for things that were ‘politically incorrect.’ Here’s what the media is saying:
“A bigger threat to [Romney’s] Republican presidential candidacy, advisers say, is a record of policy flip-flops and nagging doubts about his credibility.” (AP, 12/6/07)
“This Iowa ad attempts to defuse criticism of Mitt Romney as a flip-flopper who changed his stance on key social issues. But it engages in revisionist history to do so. (Washington Post, 12/07/07)
“Mitt Romney’s latest ad, ‘Not Politically Correct,’ may have some people wondering if the TV spot is strategically correct because it outlines positions that may renew charges of flip-flopping. (New York Times, 12/07/07)
“When he was running for governor, however, Mr. Romney stuck to a socially liberal platform, including supporting abortion rights. Mr. Romney has said repeatedly during this election cycle that his position evolved. He’s also been criticized for his past record supporting gay rights. (New York Times, 12/07/07)
“Romney ran for governor of Massachusetts in 2002 on a pledge to support abortion rights. To portray him as a champion of life at the time is simply misleading…. But the ad’s suggestion that Romney was a consistent opponent of abortion is not supported by his record….
“The commercial appears to be aimed at reassuring evangelical Christian voters that Romney took bold stances on issues important to them. But it relies on a selective reading of his record. (Washington Post, 12/07/07)”
Team Thompson so far has focused on Huckabee in Iowa but this volley at Romney– too tempting perhaps to bypass– may be an indication that Thompson may now think he has a shot at Romney. If the Newsweek poll is to be believed he is within striking range.
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