What Romney Got Wrong

Monday, December 10, 2007

"Obviously, my position did change with regards to life. But on other issues, my positions have been very consistent with my principles and my views."

-- Mitt Romney, CBS's "Face the Nation," Sept. 21

Romney has attempted to immunize himself from the charge of being a "flip-flopper" by acknowledging his most blatant U-turn, on protecting the right to abortions. But his record shows that his positions have changed on a variety of issues, including immigration, gay rights and gun control. A few examples: In a 1994 letter to the Log Cabin Republicans, who advocate gay rights, Romney said he was "looking forward" to the time when gays could serve openly in the military. He now says it would be a mistake to interfere with the "don't ask, don't tell" policy. While campaigning for governor in 2002, he said he would not "chip away" at Massachusetts's tough gun laws. He signed up for "lifelong membership" to the National Rifle Association in 2006 while contemplating a run for the Republican nomination. In 2005, he appeared to favor immigration reform, along the lines proposed by Sen. John McCain. He now denounces it as an "amnesty plan."

-- Michael Dobbs

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