Sen. Sam Brownback's campaign criticized Romney Monday for not calling abortion murder.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Continuing to search for traction with social conservatives, Sen. Sam Brownback's campaign offered a fresh attack on GOP presidential rival Mitt Romney Monday, criticizing the former Massachusetts governor for not directly calling abortion "murder" at a recent campaign event.
"Romney says life begins at conception, but doesn't think abortion is murder, and Romney says he's pro-life but he thinks states should be able to choose to allow abortion," Martin Gillespie, the Kansas Republican's political director, said in a statement.. "Every time he tries to clarify, as he tried to do last week, it becomes more and more confusing."
At a campaign event in Laconia, New Hampshire last Tuesday, Romney did not directly call abortion murder, saying murder "means different things to different people."
Responding to the Brownback campaign's comments, Kevin Madden, a spokesman for Romney, said, “Governor Romney is firmly pro-life and is he will continue to encourage, promote and defend pro-life policies. Advocacy of these policies and bringing others towards a pro-life position is an important part of the governor’s efforts.”
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