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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE NEWS RELEASE February 12, 2007
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Mitt Romney's Campaign Misleads Voters about Senator Brownback's Position on Abortion
"Mitt Romney's flip flops are enough to make John Kerry blush."
Alexandria, VA – Documentation surfaced over the weekend that the Romney for President Exploratory Committee is misleading voters. In an e-mail circulated to right-to-life leaders on February 8, 2007, a key Romney staffer wrote: "Just like Sam Brownback, Mitt was once pro-choice but changed his views upon being elected to office… When Brownback was elected to office, that is when he also had a conversion and voted with the pro-life movement."
Brownback for President National Campaign Committee Member Dr. Jack Willke, who was President of National Right to Life for ten years, responded: "Senator Brownback has always been pro-life, and has never made a statement or cast any vote to the contrary."
This false allegation by the Romney campaign comes in light of recent evidence that Romney has switched positions on abortion at least three times.
Below are direct quotes from Mitt Romney on the issue of abortion:
CHRONOLOGY OF MITT ROMNEY'S ABORTION POSITIONS (IN HIS OWN WORDS):
1994: Mitt Romney was pro-choice "I believe that abortion should be safe and legal in this country. I have since the time that my mom took that position when she ran in 1970 as a US Senate candidate. I believe that since Roe v. Wade has been the law for 20 years we should sustain and support it." (Joan Vennochi, "Romney's Revolving World," The Boston Globe, 3/2/06)
2001: Mitt Romney was not pro-choice "I do not wish to be labeled pro-choice." (Mitt Romney, Letter to the Editor, The Salt Lake Tribune, 7/12/01)
2002: Mitt Romney was again pro-choice "I respect and will protect a woman's right to choose. This choice is a deeply personal one … Women should be free to choose based on their own beliefs, not mine and not the government's." (Stephanie Ebbert, "Clarity Sought On Romney's Abortion Stance," The Boston Globe, 7/3/05)
2007: Mitt Romney acknowledges he was "effectively pro-choice," but says he "was always for life."
January 2007: "Over the last multiple years, as you know, I have been effectively pro-choice." (Bruce Smith, "Romney Campaigns in SC with Sen. DeMint," The Associated Press, 1/29/07)
February 2007: "I am firmly pro-life… I was always for life." (Jim Davenport, "Romney Affirms Opposition to Abortion," The Associated Press, 2/9/2007)
"Mitt Romney's flip flops are enough to make John Kerry blush," Brownback for President Campaign Manager Rob Wasinger said. "It is absurd of Mitt Romney to compare himself to Senator Brownback on the right to life issue."