Mitt Romney's Abortion Flip-Flop Is a Slap in the Face to Voters (VIDEO)

mitt romney running for senate in 1994Back when I was in college in Massachusetts, Mitt Romney was the governor. Having moved from Illinois, I couldn't believe the seriously blue state (well, minus mostly everything west of Boston) had elected a Republican, but one of my friends who is a native explained the deal is that Mass. voters elect a conservative as governor as sort of a "check/balance" for the other, overwhelmingly liberal politicians. Fair enough. But I'm still not surprised to learn that GOP Mitt used a poll to find out he couldn't get elected there unless he ran as a pro-choice candidate. Funny ... nowadays, he's all about overturning Roe v. Wade.

Boston journalist Ronald Scott's new book, Mitt Romney: An Inside Look at the Man and His Politics, tells the story behind Mitt's flip-flop on abortion. Seems like his actual position on the issue has a lot more to do with his electability and a lot less to do with how he really feels!  

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Just check out this video from his 1994 senate campaign, in which Romney says he believes abortion should be "safe and legal," and that Roe v. Wade should stand. He also told the story of a family friend -- Ann Keenan, the sister of Romney's brother-in-law, who died in 1963, a decade before Roe -- who passed away due to an illegal abortion ...

WOW! How about that part about not forcing personal beliefs on other people and not bringing personal beliefs into a political campaign? (Side note: It's hilarious to me how so many conservatives today say they too believe that ... except in the case of, you know, abortion or gay marriage.) How could a candidate be so progressive 18 years ago and so backasswards today?!

In 2005, when he was governor, Romney "came out" as pro-life when he vetoed a bill for emergency contraception. And today, as he seeks the presidency, he has told FOX News that his view that "the Supreme Court should reverse Roe v. Wade and send back to the states the responsibility for deciding whether they're going to have abortion legal in their state or not." In other words, he's backtracked on everything he once believed. Apparently, these days, he's a-okay with politicians imposing their personal beliefs on other Americans.

Interesting. I wonder if he was running again in Massachusetts if he would have had a "change of heart." Clearly, he just wants to woo the social conservatives he needs to elect him next year.

Sure, all politicians are people pleasers as a rule. But to flip-flop like this after he spoke those passionate words to his electorate in Massachusetts is nothing short of a slap in the face to all voters and women in general. You don't just believe that women should have a choice, tout the value of keeping personal beliefs out of politics, and most importantly that you grieve over a family friend who passed away as a result of abortion being illegal ... but wake up one day and decide to reverse Roe v. Wade! It's pathetic, insulting to both sides of the aisle, and just another reason Mitt won't stand a chance come 2012.

What do you make of Mitt's flip-flop?

 

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