Mitt Romney says the media play a role in how people view his abortion position.
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (CNN) - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney attempted to further clarify his changed opinion on the issue of abortion Friday, saying the media play a role in painting a negative picture on his position.
"When someone who's pro-choice becomes pro-life, the media and some people just can't get enough of it," the former Massachusetts governor said in response to an audience question. "You go the other direction, and its heralded like you’ve made some great wonderful discovery."
"But you become firmly pro-life and people get all upset about it."
Romney said he's always been "personally opposed" to abortion but that he "questioned what the role of government should be."
"[I] said I would protect the current law, and that’s a pro choice position," he said. "There are some people that do not want to forgive you for making a mistake, and the truth is I was wrong. I saw that I was wrong. I admitted I was wrong, and I am now pro-life."
Romney was responding to questions about how he plans to combat new negative ads on his abortion stance set to hit Iowa and New Hampshire—the first negative ads of this election cycle.
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-CNN Iowa Producer Chris Welch