The New Hampshire Democratic Party has got the number of the newly-announced candidate who will not be the Republican nominee for president.
The party is distributing t-shirts that feature “The Two Sides of Mitt Romney.”
On the front the shirts read:
Pro-Cap and Trade
On the back they read:
Anti-Cap and Trade
But Romney’s biggest flip-flop is not mentioned.
In 1994, when he was mounting a serious challenge to Democratic incumbent Edward Kennedy in a Massachusetts U.S. Senate contest, Romney tried on a number of issues to position himself as a reasonably liberal alternative to the veteran senator. This was especially true on the question of abortion rights, where Romney did not merely offer a soft pro-choice line like “Roe v. Wade is settled law” or “I support the current law.”
“I believe that abortion should be safe and legal in this country,” Romney declared in a debate with Kennedy. “I have since the time that my mom took that position when she ran in 1970 as a US Senate candidate.
The reference to his mother is significant, as she was in her day a definitionally pro-choice Republican. When Lenore Romney sought a Michigan U.S. Senate seat in 1970, her literature declared: ”I support and recognize the need for more liberal abortion rights…” while endorsing ”greatly expanded programs of providing adequate family planning services to all those who want but can’t afford them.”
The position taken by Lenore Romney was, like that of many women who came of age in an era when restrictions on abortion rights endangered the life and health of women, was influenced by personal experience. According to Mitt Romney, his mother’s stance was inspired by the death of her son-in-law’s teenage sister from an illegal abortion. "My mother and my family have been committed to the belief that we can believe as we want, but we will not force our beliefs on others on that matter,” he said of his own pro-choice stance. “And you will not see me wavering on that.”