Orlando, Florida — Yesterday Newt Gingrich attacked Mitt Romney more than once as a “a pro-abortion, pro-gun control, pro-tax increase moderate from Massachusetts.” Following Romney yesterday afternoon, I got the impression that the first charge is the one that most worries the Romney campaign.
Romney has racked up a raft of endorsements, and has a few of those endorsers warming up the crowd at every campaign stop. At an appearance near Miami in the heavily Cuban-American city of Hialeah, Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen said:
There are a lot of attack ads now these last frantic days, frenetic days of the campaign and you’re gonna see a lot of mudslinging, and that’s part of the democratic process, but one ad that particularly irks me is attacking the strong pro-life record of Governor Romney. Governor Romney is a wonderful new believer — for a while now — of the pro-life cause and he was a champion for pro-life [policy] in a state where it took great courage to stand up for pro-life values. So don’t believe those ads!”
Later, in Pompano Beach, Florida Attorney General Pam Bodi said:
All of you in this room know my strong pro-life stance. I have a niece with Down Syndrome, I’ve been very active in my pro-life stance, and I want to thank Governor Romney for becoming a champion of the pro-life issue. He vetoed every bill that came across his desk as governor that would hurt our pro-life stance, and we know how difficult that was to do in the state where he’s from. Thank you Governor Romney for having the courage to do that.
That both women hit this point seems unlikely to be a coincidence. Romney’s late conversion on abortion dogged him in 2008, and Team Mitt has reason to worry that their candidate remains vulnerable on this front.