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Mitt Romney has been taking heat for his flip-flopping ways for so long that criticisms about his lack of ideological core tend to sound like old news.But a must-read Washington Post story on Romney’s ever-changing ideology today is a reminder of just how far the Republican frontrunner will bend to get himself elected, and raises salient questions about what kind of president Romney would be.
The story outlines Romney’s concerted effort to reach out to seriously liberal political activists — including abortion rights activists, gay rights activists, and environmentalists — during his 2002 campaign for Governor of Massachusetts and in his early years as governor.
Most alarmingly, the report claims that Romney told abortion rights advocates that they needed “someone like” him in Washington to soften the GOP’s pro-life stance.
He would be a “good voice in the party” for their cause, and his moderation on the issue would be “widely written about,” he said, according to detailed notes taken by an officer of the group, NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts.
“You need someone like me in Washington,” several participants recalled Romney saying that day in September 2002, an apparent reference to his future ambitions.
Romney was actually a definitively pro-choice candidate during both his 2002 campaign and during his failed 1994 bid for U.S. Senate. His 2002 platform stated that he promised to “preserve and protect a woman’s right to choose” and “protect the current pro-choice status quo in Massachusetts.”
Less than 10 years later, Romney The Presidential Candidate is singing a much different tune, repeatedly reassuring voters that he is staunchly “pro-life” and supports overturning Roe v. Wade.
The flip flop is obviously understandable politically, but also illustrates why Romney is such a weak presidential candidate. His record gives absolutely zero indication of what his political ideology actually is — if he even has one — or what he would do if he was the President of the United States.
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