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08/31/2012

'I am a social moderate' said Romney (when saying so was politically convenient) #GOP2012 #DNC2012

by Jeremy Hooper

Let's compare last night's GOP convention speech with one delivered a decade prior. This comes from the 2002 Massachusetts state GOP Convention:

"My dad, George Romney, was a three-term governor of Michigan. He walked the streets of Detroit with Martin Luther King in support of Civil Screen Shot 2012-04-17 At 5.45.39 PmRights.

His courage was matched by that of my mother, Lenore, who ran for the U.S. Senate in 1970 and took a stand advocating a woman’s right to choose…in the days before Roe vs. Wade, when abortion was not a choice, but a crime.

Like them, I am fiscal conservative and a social moderate.

Believing in people is fighting prejudice and bigotry where ever it exists, while extending an open hand to each other, regardless of color, faith, or lifestyle.
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Believing in people is protecting their freedom to make their own life choices, even if their choice is different than yours. Accordingly, I respect and will fully protect a woman’s right to choose. That choice is a deeply personal one, and the women of our state should make it based on their beliefs, not mine and not the government’s.

My position has not changed. The truth is there is no candidate in this race from either party who would deny the women of our state abortion rights. So let’s end an argument that does not exist and put to rest these cynical and divisive attacks made simply for political gain.
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-The now anti-choice, now-anti-marriage-equality, now desperate-to-present-self-as-a-social-conservative Mitt Romney, speaking to the Massachusetts GOP in 2002

So wait, he's now ardently against something (choice) he said his mother was courageous for taking on? Wow, talk about a "war on women" hitting close to home…

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