This kind of hair-splitting over abortion has been a feature of every campaign Mitt Romney has run. In my review of Hugh Hewitt’s A Mormon in the White House? I discuss how he has been alternately embracing and running from Massachusetts Citizens for Life for thirteen years. This behavior is unlike any leap-year abortion conversion in Republican politics.
In the YouTube debate with Shannon O’Brien, listen to Romney’s legalistic references to not having “taken the position of a pro-life candidate,” much like he now says he took an effectively pro-choice position while not calling himself pro-choice. Romney has been bobbing and weaving on abortion ever since he began running for elective office in 1994.
Frankly, I think he probably has always held antiabortion views and merely adopted a pro-choice stance to be electable in Massachusetts, but that’s only informed speculation from watching him in action for the past decade. But his abortion gymnatistics make it hard to trust him on a variety of issues, not just those related directly to life. It cuts to his overall credibility.
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