With just 36 days to go until the Iowa caucuses, Mitt Romney’s first campaign brochure in the state presents the former Massachusetts governor as “the strongest Republican to beat Barack Obama and protect our values.” Romney is “pro-life,” “pro-marriage,” and “pro-family,” the flyer boasts, highlighting his opposition to abortion and support for “a federal amendment to define marriage as between one man and one woman”:
Of course, Romney hasn’t always held these beliefs: he supported a woman’s right to choose until 2005 and had said marriage should be left to the states and kept out of the hands of the federal government.
For instance, Romney staunchly defended a woman’s right to choose while running for governor of the left-leaning state of Massachusetts in 2002 and denied then “that he was even slightly less pro-choice” than his opponent, offering “one of the most passionate defenses of abortion rights” heard from Romney or any male politician in an interview with the late Tim Russert. While running for Senate in 1994, Romney argued that same-sex marriage is “a state issue as you know – the authorization of marriage on a same-sex basis falls under state jurisdiction.” He told the Log Cabin Republicans, “We must make equality for gays and lesbians a mainstream concern” and promised to co-sponsor a federal Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). In fact, during an interview with the Nashua Telegraph just last week, Romney said “I favor gay rights,” adding, “I don’t believe in discriminating in employment or opportunity for gay individuals.”