A gay Republican group is questioning Romney's conservative credentials.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is facing fire from a gay Republican group, which announced Thursday it will launch a television ad in Iowa questioning the presidential hopeful’s social conservative credentials.
The 30-second ad from the Log Cabin Republicans is comprised of clips from a 1994 Senate debate, in which Romney said that abortion "should be safe and legal in this country." Romney was challenging Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Massachusetts, that year.
The ad's narrator goes on to state, "for year's he's fought conservatives and religions extremists."
In a statement announcing the ad, Log Cabin President Patrick Sammon said he wants members of his own party to know "the truth about Romney."
"As much as Gov. Romney wants to re-invent himself, his record speaks of itself," Sammon said. "The Mitt Romney of today is different from the Mitt Romney who was elected Massachusetts governor and ran for the U.S. Senate."
Kevin Madden, a Romney campaign spokesman, dismissed the criticism noting, "Gov. Romney supports a federal marriage amendment and so it makes sense that a national gay rights group would attack him."
"The advertisement misrepresents Governor Romney’s courage to admit that he had been wrong on this issue and the fact that he is proud of his strong record of defending the sanctity of life," Madden added.
- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney