July 16th, 2007
09:14 AM ET
3 years ago

YouTube video shows Romney distancing from GOP in 2002

Watch CNN’s Abbi Tatton report on Romney’s YouTube trail.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Already the victim of previous YouTube assaults, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney now faces a new online video that shows the GOP presidential hopeful repeatedly distancing himself from the Republican Party during his 2002 gubernatorial run.

The video, posted on YouTube Thursday by the Massachusetts Democratic Party, shows several clips of Romney tamping down his Republican affiliation and advocating for political balance.

“I lived in a place that had a one-party state that was primarily Republican. I thought, `Well, won't that be nice?' The answer is no," Romney says in one of the video’s clips.

"I've been very clear, I think, to people all across the Commonwealth, that my `R' didn't stand so much for `Republican' as it does for 'reform,"' Romney is also seen saying.

Romney spokesman Kevin Madden brushed aside the video, arguing it indicates the “Democratic Party brass” view him as the “greatest threat to them in 2008.”

“You know you're making great progress and you're doing things right as a good Republican when the wrong-way crowd in the Democratic Party starts attacking you,” he added.

A YouTube video of Romney defending abortion rights and gay rights as a Senate candidate in 1994 received wide exposure earlier in the year. Last month, fellow GOP candidate John McCain’s campaign posted a video of then-Gov. Romney in 2005 saying he supported maintaining the state’s abortion rights.

– CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney


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  1. Sanford, Dyer, Tn

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    July 16, 2007 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  2. Tom W - Dedham, Mass

    Think about this Steve, if the majority of people were fooled by this knucklehead of a President to vote for him twice (according to Democratic logic), what happens when this good looking, SMART, successful businessman speaks to them and they hear his great ideas that are well spoken (instead of the bushisms like "newkuler")?

    Be careful what you wish for as there are a majority of Americans who will NEVER, EVER vote for Hillary under any circumstances, they may not like it, but Romney would be an easy to vote for alternative.

    July 17, 2007 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  3. David, Kansas City Mo

    "AND THIS FROM THE GUY THAT SAID HE BELIEVED MARRIGE AUGHT TO BE BETWEEN A MAN AND A WOMAN AND A WOMAN AND A WOMAN ETC. ETC."

    Once again... Romney is "misquoted." Hawk, what an idiotic thing to write! Romney has publicly stated that he thinks polygamy is awful...

    July 18, 2007 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  4. Anthony Gemma, Abingdon, Maryland 21009

    John King,who is taking Wolf Blitzers place while latter away, keeps saying in his interviews with various people that 3500 military had been killed in Iraq. We all know the proper figure is as of now 3620. Please advise him to give the correct figure. Don't the additional 120 KIA count?????? He should also mention when he is bringing up the subject, the close to 28,000 wounded and almost 13,000 too wounded to return to duty. I am glad to see that Lou Dobbs always gives the correct figures.

    July 19, 2007 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
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