Mitt Romney’s Positions: Trying To Hit A Moving Target

It goes without saying that the GOP has sought fit to nominate a world class “flip-flopper” and a pathological liar for President & Vice President.
First lets deal with Mr. Ryan.
His RNC speech provoked the following from Fox News website. Yes, Fox News. That bastion of liberal media bias:

On the other hand, to anyone paying the slightest bit of attention to facts, Ryan’s speech was an apparent attempt to set the world record for the greatest number of blatant lies and misrepresentations slipped into a single political speech. On this measure, while it was Romney who ran the Olympics, Ryan earned the gold.

The good news is that the Romney-Ryan campaign has likely created dozens of new jobs among the legions of additional fact checkers that media outlets are rushing to hire to sift through the mountain of cow dung that flowed from Ryan’s mouth. Said fact checkers have already condemned certain arguments that Ryan still irresponsibly repeated.

Now in his defense, it was a “bad night” perhaps.

But then he doubled down when given the chance to change his tone. Then lied about running marathons. And claimed the number of small businesses who filed for bankruptcy was 30 times what it actually is. And I’m seeing a trend here…

Then, of course, there is Mittens.

I am just going to let Mitt tear himself apart.

On Martin Luther King:
‘I saw my father march with Martin Luther King.’ [1]
‘I did not see it with my own eyes.’ [2]
On a “path to citizenship”:
FLIP
“Gov. Mitt Romney expressed support … for an immigration program that places large numbers of illegal residents on the path toward citizenship … Romney said illegal immigrants should have a chance to obtain citizenship.”  (Evan Lehmann, “Romney Supports Immigration Program, But Not Granting ‘Amnesty’,” The Lowell Sun, 3/30/06)

FLOP

“[I] think I’m best off to describe my own positions. And my positions, I think I’ve just described for you – secure the border, employment verification and no special pathway to citizenship. I feel that’s the course we ought to take.” (CNN’s “The Situation Room,” 5/22/07)

On abortion:
‘I respect and will protect a woman’s right to choose.’ [1]
‘I never really called myself pro-choice.’ [2]
Flip

“I believe that abortion should be safe and legal in this country. I believe that since Roe v. Wade has been the law for 20 years, that we should sustain and support it. I sustain and support that law and the right of a woman to make that choice.” — Debate with Sen. Edward Kennedy, 1994

“I will preserve and protect a woman’s right to choose and am devoted and dedicated to honoring my word in that regard.” — Massachusetts Gubernatorial Debate, 2002

Flop
“Look, I was pro-choice. I am pro-life. You can go back to YouTube and look at what I said in 1994. I never said I was pro-choice, but my position was effectively pro-choice. I changed my position.” — Iowa Straw poll debate, 2007

“What I would like to see happen would be for the Supreme Court to say, look, we’re going to overturn Roe v. Wade and return to the states the authority to decide whether they want to have abortion or not, state by state. That’s the way it was before Roe v. Wade. So I am firmly pro-life.” — Town hall meeting, Hopkinton, NH, 2011

On the individual mandate:

‘I like mandates. The mandates work.’ [1]
‘I think it’s unconstitutional on the 10th Amendment front.’ [2]

On Ronald Reagan:

‘I’m not trying to return to Reagan-Bush.’ [1]
‘Ronald Reagan is… my hero.’ [2]
On Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell:

Flip
Romney once said he was in favor of  “gays and lesbians being able to serve openly and honestly” in the military. — Letter to Log Cabin Republicans, 1994

Flop
“[Don’t Ask Don’t Tell has] been the policy now in the military for, what, 10, 15 years – and it seems to have worked. This is not the time to put in major change, a social experiment, in the middle of a war going on.” — Presidential primary debate, 2007

On Gun Control:
Flip
“We do have tough gun laws in Massachusetts. I support them. I won’t chip away at them.” — Gubernatorial debate, 2002“Deadly assault weapons have no place in Massachusetts.”  — Signing ceremony for bill banning assault weapons, 2004
Flop
“I don’t support any gun control legislation, the effort for a new assault weapons ban, with a ban on semi-automatic weapons, is something I would oppose.” — Interview with conservative bloggers, 2008
FLIP
“[Romney] said he will take stands that put him at odds with some traditional ultra- conservative groups, and cited his support for the assault rifle ban and the Brady gun control law. ‘That’s not going to make me the hero of the NRA,’ he said. ‘I don’t line up with a lot of special interest groups.’” (Andrew Miga, “Mitt Rejects Right-Wing Aid,” Boston Herald, 9/23/94)
FLOP
Romney told a Derry, N.H., audience, ‘I’m after the NRA’s endorsement. I’m not sure they’ll give it to me. I hope they will. I also joined because if I’m going to ask for their endorsement, they’re going to ask for mine.’” (Glen Johnson, “Romney Calls Himself A Longtime Hunter,” The Associated Press, 4/5/07)

On Money In Politics:

FLIP

“Romney also said he advocates spending limits on congressional elections, even suggesting that the current race against Sen. Edward M. Kennedy should have a $6 million spending cap.” (Frank Phillips, “Romney, Vowing To Live It, Touts Congress Reform Plan,” The Boston Globe, 7/27/94)“[Mitt Romney] once touted dramatic restructuring measures such as taxing political contributions and placing spending limits on federal campaigns.” (Alexander Bolton, “Romney’s About-Face On Campaign Funding,” The Hill, 2/8/07)
FLOP
“Romney noted his foe from Arizona wrote the McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform law that restricts certain types of contributions. ‘That’s a terrible piece of legislation,’ Romney said.‘It hasn’t taken the money out of politics. … (But) it has hurt my party.’” (Lee Bandy, “Romney Targeting McCain,” The State, 2/4/07)

On Gay Marriage:

FLIP
When a 2002 Constitutional Amendment was proposed to ban same-sex marriage, Romney opposed it. “Romney’s family members signed the petition to put it on the ballot ‘without reading the fine print,’ [Romney aide Eric] Fehrnstrom said, but he has no reason to believe they do not support it. ‘Mitt did not know they signed it, and Mitt does not support it,’ he said. ‘As far as Mitt is concerned, it goes farther than current law, and therefore it’s unnecessary.’” (Rick Klein, “Romney Kin Signed Petition To Ban Same-Sex Marriage,” The Boston Globe, 3/22/02)
FLOP
“Just two weeks before lawmakers resume a Constitutional Convention to vote on a proposed ballot initiative to ban same-sex marriage, Gov. Mitt Romney will stand with the supporters of the measure to call on the Legislature to back it. Romney will join petition backers in a State House press event today to urge the Legislature to pass the Protection of Marriage Amendmentwhen the Constitutional Convention reconvenes July 12, authorizing a 2008 ballot question asking voters to define marriage as between one man and one woman.” (Kimberly Atkins and Kate Gibson, “Mitt Joining Supporters Of Anti-Gay Wed Initiative,” Boston Herald, 6/28/06)

On Climate Change:
Flip

“I believe the world’s getting warmer. I can’t prove that, but I believe based on what I read that the world is getting warmer. And number two, I believe that humans contribute to that. … And so I think it’s important for us to reduce our emissions of pollutants and greenhouse gases that may well be significant contributors to the climate change and the global warming that you’re seeing.” — Town hall meeting, Manchester, NH, June 2011

Flop
“My view is that we don’t know what’s causing climate change on this planet. And the idea of spending trillions and trillions of dollars to try to reduce CO2 emissions is not the right course for us.” — Q&A session, Pittsburg, PA, October 2011

On Tax Pledges:
FLIP

“I’m not intending to, at this stage, sign a document which would prevent me from being able to look specifically at the revenue needs of the commonwealth. ” — Quoted in Union-News, Springfield, MA, 2002

FLOP
“Signing the pledge now sends a very clear message to those in Washington who have voted against tax relief and for tax hikes that such actions will never grow our regional and national economies.” — Romney spokesman quoted in the Boston Globe, 2007

On Tax Cuts:

Flip
“[R]omney spoke at the 10th annual legislative conference organized by U.S. Rep. Martin T. Meehan (D-Lowell) and met with the Massachusetts delegation. … Congressional sources said that a point of contention arose when Romney refused to take a position on Bush’s massive, 10-year tax cut plan.” — Boston Herald, 2003

Flop
“McCain opposed President Bush’s tax cuts, Romney noted. ‘I supported them,’ the former governor said.” — Quoted in The State (SC), 2007

On Viet Nam:

‘It was not my desire to go off and serve in Vietnam.’ [1]
‘I longed in many respects to actually be in Vietnam and be representing our country there.’ [2]

On Roe v. Wade:

‘Roe v. Wade has gone too far.’ [1]
‘I believe that since Roe v. Wade has been the law for 20 years we should sustain and support it.’ [2]

On stem cell research:

‘I will work and fight for stem cell research.’ [1]
‘In the end, I became persuaded that the stem-cell debate was grounded in a false premise.’ [2]

On his “love” of hunting:

‘I’ve been a hunter pretty much all my life.’ [1]
‘I’m not a big game hunter… I’ve always been a rodent and rabbit hunter. Small varmints, if you will.’ [2]
Flip
“I purchased a gun when I was a young man. I’ve been a hunter pretty much all my life.” — On the campaign trail in Keene, N.H., 2007

Flop

“Any description of my being a hunter is an overstatement of capability.” — Comment to a reporter from the Austin American-Statesman, 2007

On “Doggy-gate”:
‘This is a completely airtight kennel mounted on the top of our car.’ [1]

‘They’re not happy that my dog loves fresh air.’

On the minimum wage:
‘I think the minimum wage ought to keep pace with inflation.’ [1]
‘There’s no question raising the minimum wage excessively causes a loss of jobs.’ [2]
…And lastly, on people who flip-flop:

Flip
“I’m a strong believer in stating your position and not wavering.” — Comments to NARAL Pro Choice Massachusetts, 2002

Flop
“I changed my position.” — Iowa straw poll debate, 2007

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