August 5th, 2007
11:14 AM ET
12 years ago

Romney calls Brownback 'desperate'

Romney defended his stance on abortion on Sunday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney called Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback "desperate" and "negative" for justifying automated phone calls to Iowa voters calling Romney pro-life at the start of the Republican debate in Iowa on Sunday morning.

In the calls, Brownback's campaign said that "nothing is further from the truth" than Romney's pro-life position. He criticized Romney's wife, Ann, for contributing to Planned Parenthood and said that until two years ago, he pledged to uphold abortion rights legislation. Brownback defended the ad and called it "truthful," while in response, Romney said "virtually nothing in that ad is true."

"I get tired of people who are holier than thou because they've been pro-life longer than I have," Romney said.

Romney has received criticism for blatantly changing his views on abortion. He defended himself for switching his views from being “effectively pro-choice” to pro-life and said that he is "proud of the fact."

–CNN Associate Producer Lauren Kornreich

Filed under: Iowa • Mitt Romney • Race to '08 • Sam Brownback
soundoff (28 Responses)
  1. Slick-Willy, Las Vegas, Nevada

    Brownback is not principled. He was wishy washy even on abortion when he first ran for Congress. His position became firm coincidentally w/the pro-life position proving to be the most viable politically. Don't even talk about immigration - he changed his vote from YEA to NAY in 13 minutes, when 40+ NAY votes made it clear the bill was dead.

    As for Romney's position changes:
    Abortion: Openly changed. Certainly timed well for the national campaign, but because of his personal pro-life stance, I believe his current position in sincere.
    Gays: Has always been for rights, but is against re-defining marriage.
    Guns: Has always been for 2nd Amendment, but is against guns that out-match police (autos & assault).

    August 6, 2007 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  2. Doug, Indianapolis, Indiana

    "I like your Christ. I do not like your Christians. The are so unlike your Christ." -Ghandi

    These two are sure giving Christianity a good name these days . . .

    August 6, 2007 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  3. Walters, A , MD

    This Romney guy really has issues. He will do whatever it takes to meet his ambitions. Changing sides on Fundamental issues depending on the contituency and nature of the debate.He said he is against illegal immigration meanwhile he hired a couple to cater for his lawn. He was pro-abortion when running for Gov of Massachussets and switch to pro-life to flatter the religious right and consevative base.
    Please gov Romney do yourself a favor to read circumstances that led to the invasion of Iraq, U said in the first rep, debate that Saddam refused to let UN inspectors that was not the case.
    Read Obama's foreign policy address and u will realize that he never said he will invade Pakistan but in a situation of " HIGH VALUE TARGETS" if our ally Musharrraf don't act we will. U should remember that Musharraf is not in control of that border region which has been transformed into an Alquaeda hide out, or tell the American people what U will do differently. What will u loose in Talking to your enemy without given concessions. Do u prefer to continue the Bush-Cheney doctrine of not talking to them while they are going Nuclear for ex North Korea, Iran under the so call toughest on National security Folks watchful eyes.

    August 7, 2007 05:57 am at 5:57 am |
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