Gingrich seizes on Romney's abortion record in South Carolina mailer
January 18th, 2012
11:45 AM ET
7 years ago

Gingrich seizes on Romney's abortion record in South Carolina mailer

Charleston, South Carolina (CNN) - In a new mail piece hitting South Carolina households, Newt Gingrich is taking fresh aim at Mitt Romney's past support for abortion rights.

The mailer has a similar message as a Gingrich television - currently airing in South Carolina - that blasts Romney's abortion record, calling the GOP frontrunner a "Massachusetts moderate" who "can't be trusted to protect life."

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Read the mailer here.

The two-sided mailing, provided to CNN by the Gingrich campaign, highlights a damning quote from Romney's appearance 2002 gubernatorial debate in Massachusetts, when he promised to "preserve and protect a woman's right to choose."

Printed on the mailer are several aspects of Romney's abortion record in Massachusetts, such appointing a "pro-abortion" judge to a state court and allowing taxpayer-funded abortions under his health care reform law.

Romney has since had a change of heart on the abortion issue and now opposes the legality of the procedure.

With his abortion record once again facing scrutiny, Romney has looked to longtime abortion foe Mary Ann Glendon, a top campaign surrogate in the social conservative community, to head up the pushback.

Glendon recently appeared in a Romney campaign web video highlighting the "pro-life measures" he pushed in Massachusetts, like vetoing an embryonic stem cell research bill and legislation that would have allowed the morning after pill to be sold over the counter.

The Romney campaign has also blitzed the state with robocalls and a mail piece of their own affirming Romney's opposition to abortion rights.

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    There you have it. Willard's a Massachusetts moderate. Now all of a sudden he's a pro-lifer. Yeah right! I believe that as much as I believe in Santa. This won't go over so well with those south evangelicals Moderate Mitt.

    January 18, 2012 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  2. Rudy NYC

    Now Newt's talking tough. "Romney is a flip-flopper." That is the best line of attack on Romney out there. Romney will say anything that his audience wants to hear. He has been doing it on his tax returns for a couple of weeks now. He will never change.

    January 18, 2012 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  3. steve harnack

    So what the heck is a pro-abortion judge? Does he sentence offenders to be aborted? Does he recommend abortion to everyone he meets? Republikans scare me the most when they admit to how they want to own the judicial system, and nobody castigates them for it.

    January 18, 2012 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  4. Myth Romney Million$$$ and his Super PACs Thug Could ONLY Buy him 8 extra Votes


    Myth Romney has been running for political office for the last five years and has NEVER worked all these years...while feeding off of his TAX CUTS AND TAX BREAKS at the detriment of the MIDDLE CLASS!!!!

    January 18, 2012 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  5. Charlie from the North

    He is no moderate now. To hear him tell it there is not moderate bone in his far right wing-nut body. But ask Newt what would be so bad if he were a moderate? If there is one thing this country is lacking, especially on the GOP side, it is moderation.

    I don't have a dog in this hunt. I am an unapologetic Obama supporter. But to see Newt trowing around the "Moderate" label as if it was a four letter word should tell you a lot about the shape his party is in.

    January 18, 2012 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  6. Debra from Georgia

    I am appalled at the fact that Mitt Romney does pay taxes like the rest of us.

    January 18, 2012 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  7. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Newt, Newt, Newt.... It's ALL about the economy stupid!!! I'd suggest you start talking more about that if you want to win.

    January 18, 2012 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  8. Scott

    Gun Control, Abortion, Death Penalty...should all take a back seat to Tax Reform, Job Creation, Economy, Iran.

    Sadly, the misinformed right wing people tend to vote their hearts, not their heads. Abortion laws don't put food on my table, they don't keep me employed.

    It is going to come down to Mitt and Obama. Whoever makes the biggest promises will be elected.

    January 18, 2012 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    "Romney has since had a change of heart on the abortion issue and now opposes the legality of the procedure."

    Romney changes positions as often as most people change their underwear.

    January 18, 2012 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  10. donna

    Romney lost a family member to an illegal abortion and has been pro-choice ever since – except as a Presidential candidate.

    January 18, 2012 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  11. JLFuller

    It does not matter what Romney's position is on social issues. We need someone to bail us out of our fiancial mess. That is the only thing worth talking about. He has said what he will do on a few social things but I don't care anyway. ANYONE is better than the socialist in the White House now. If being a moderate, real or imaginary, will make him more palatable to the majority of the voters then fine. Great. I am all in. Just get rid of Obama.

    January 18, 2012 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  12. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    I'm enjoying the Newtered Gone Wild. He has completely disregarded The Memo that clearly stated that Mittens was to be treated with kid gloves.
    Gingrich has gone rogue; a real live maverick!
    Gingrich has embraced the fact that ever since his unceremonious departure as Speaker of the House he's been a Washington insider outsider.
    He's got NOTHING to lose by ignoring the edit, and much to gain.

    January 18, 2012 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  13. JLFuller

    I seem to remembr an economist somewhere saying one job is created for every $100,000 invested regardless of what the investment is or even if it is parked in a bank account. Even there it is loaned out for people to buy cars, furniture and so forth.. If that is something close to right, Romney's $200 million is providing employment for 2000 people.

    January 18, 2012 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  14. Mr. Moderate

    Given Newt's track record, he's probably paid for an abortion or two in his time....

    January 18, 2012 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |