Just because the Tuesday night debate was on Fox news didn’t mean the moderators were going to go soft on Mitt Romney (well, many conservatives are pretty tough on Romney anyway).
Toward the end of the evening, moderator Chris Wallace pressed Romney on perceived flip-flops on litmus-test social issues for conservatives such as abortion, gay rights and guns.
Romney conceded that he had only changed his mind on one issue - abortion rights, in a move that has been well-documented - and that he had very firm and consistent stances on the other two: pro-Second Amendment, and against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, but also against same-sex marriage.
On abortion, I changed my mind, Romney said. “I always supported the 2nd amendment.”
I am firmly in support of people not being discriminated against on basis of sex orientation,” he stated, adding that he was against same-sex marriage.
But Wallace poitned to a 1994 interview with the gay GOP Log Cabin Republicans in which Romney said he would “provide more effective leadership than my opponent” - who was then-Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.), and that Romney supported the assault weapons ban.
“You are still more a champion of gay rights than ted kennedy was?” Wallace asked.
“Protect the sanctity of marriage, protect the sanctity of life, that’s my view and I’ve had it for many years.”