Democrats continue to push Romney on abortion
November 12th, 2011
05:15 PM ET
11 years ago

Democrats continue to push Romney on abortion

Washington (CNN) - A Democratic group joined in Saturday on the attacks against Mitt Romney, arguing that he's a true anti-abortion-rights supporter and was only "faking it" when he took opposing positions as a political candidate in Massachusetts.

"If Romney wins the presidency, he won’t have to ‘fake it’ ever again," said Bill Burton, senior strategist at Priorities USA, a super political action committee dedicated to helping President Barack Obama win re-election.

The comments came in a memo to supporters on Saturday, as the former Massachusetts governor has been taking heat for weeks for wavering on some of his positions, including abortion, during his political career.

But Burton argued that Romney never truly meant it when he previously said he supported a woman's right to choose and only said so in order to win votes in the largely Democratic state of Massachusetts.

"Put simply, the people who knew Romney best knew he was lying," Burton said.

The group falsely said Romney had endorsed a controversial proposal in Mississippi that would define life at conception and ban abortions in cases of rape, incest or when the mother's life is at risk.

While Romney hasn't made an official comment on the so-called "personhood" proposal, which was voted down in the state by a wide margin this week, he said in an interview last month that he would have supported a similar amendment in Massachusetts.

Mike Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor and a 2008 GOP presidential candidate, asked Romney on his Fox News show if he would have supported a "constitutional amendment that would have established the definition of life at conception."

Romney replied: "Absolutely."

The exchange was featured in a web video released by the Democratic National Committee last week, targeting Romney as an extremist on abortion rights.

In his bid for president, Romney has taken the line that “life begins at conception," but he has said any legal measures should be decided by the states, not the federal government.

In response to the Priorities USA memo on Saturday, Romney's team said Democrats are simply fearful of the candidate taking the nomination and proving a tough competitor for Obama.

"The very last thing the Democrats want to do is run against Mitt Romney. That is why they are focused on Mitt Romney and not the economy," said Andrea Saul, a Romney spokeswoman, in a statement. "The Democrats are continuing their campaign of deception in their strategy to ‘kill Romney.’ President Obama’s campaign is going to be very interesting to watch, but it’s not going to work.”

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Filed under: 2012 • Abortion • Democrats • Mitt Romney
soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. Rick McDaniel

    Dems do nothing but "dirty politics". They are pathetic, as human beings.

    November 12, 2011 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  2. Ed, Fl

    Romney= flipflop

    November 12, 2011 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  3. The Greedy Old PIgs have declared class war on US!

    Mitt the Flipwit is a sleazy used care salesman who stands for nothing except furthering the interests of the 1% deathcult.

    November 12, 2011 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  4. Keith in Austin

    Most Democrats suppoert fetus killing. I'm surprised they're making a big issue of this. If it's the flip-flop thing, go ask Obozo why he killed 25,000 jobs yesterday by stopping the Alaska/Mexico pipeline until after the election for fear he would alienate his left-wing environmentalist crowd. Barry has been pushing so called "shovel ready" jobs for the middle class for years unless it costs him liberal votes! His flip-flopping is FAR more serious than Romney's will ever be!

    November 12, 2011 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  5. LegendRx

    Romney camp same tired speaking points refering to the economy as a rebuttal are laughable at best. I would say the democrats are positioning for a landslide victory in 2012. No doubt. Romney will hang himself with his own words.

    November 12, 2011 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  6. ThinkAgain

    "In his bid for president, Romney has taken the line that “life begins at conception," but he has said any legal measures should be decided by the states, not the federal government."

    This is Romney talking out of both sides of his mouth – again. He's a consummate flip-flopper, willing to sell his soul (like John McCain did) in order to win his party's nomination.

    Pathetic and disgusting!

    November 12, 2011 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  7. thomas

    Five sons , none volunteered for military service !

    Mitt the Hawk !

    November 12, 2011 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  8. LacrosseMom(real one)

    Romney IS ON RECORD for being FOR ABORTION, before he was against it! Romney will say and do anything to win the White House...... sorry...... Mitt, this Independent is voting FOR Obama!

    November 12, 2011 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  9. Jilli

    Romney is spineless. He's taken both sides of every major issue. He's proven to have no true principles or convictions.

    November 12, 2011 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  10. Flabbergasted

    So let me get this straight...the romney camp is upset that democrats are quoting him? If Romney opens his mouth and says something stupid (such as supporting a bill that would say that life begins at conception) then it is fair game to use that against him. Yes, it will be interesting to watch the Obama campaign destroy him with his own words.

    November 12, 2011 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  11. AlaskaPalin

    To those who have participated in an abortion and have come to the conclusion that you have done something abominable to the unborn child- there is forgiveness if you are repentant.

    November 12, 2011 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  12. John the Historian

    Romney is the ultimate flip flopper. I hope the Democrats show all the videos of his previous support of abortion rights and Gay rights. Those flip flop shoes need to come out that the Republicans used on Kerry.

    November 12, 2011 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  13. Dubya

    Romney is always faking it. He'll simply say or do anything to get elected.

    November 12, 2011 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  14. WHOOSH

    We Will See.

    November 12, 2011 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  15. gt

    its the economy and jobs period.....

    November 12, 2011 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  16. GI Joe

    Can't be saving those women that will die in childbirth - that baby needs to grow up and join his military forces to annihilate the world.

    What a bunch of nutjobs.

    November 12, 2011 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  17. DANCER

    Don't buy any of this DNC stuff.... They want flipflopping Romney to run against Obama because they know that either way they win !!! If he would get elected, only the color of the president would change...we would only have then ROmneycare , abortion, global warning issue support and all the other liberal issues.... They know Romney is a flipflopping Rino and will say Yes to all their liberal aggendas !!!! Romney gets in, Heaven forbid.... WE will have just another 4 years of the same economical disasters !!!!!

    November 12, 2011 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  18. Marie MD

    The problem with the teapublikans is that is doesn't matter that the $250M flip flopper was against everything they believe in just as long as he "believes" as they do right here right now.
    Since this is the best the list of clowns have to offer they are going to hold their nose (just like they did in 2008) and vote for somebody who is not going to win.
    If they want the real romneycare they might as well vote for Obama.

    November 12, 2011 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  19. republicanshate women, eventheirOWNmothers

    I'd rather they kill Romney's campaign than let him kill american women to further his career.

    November 12, 2011 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  20. judith

    Slippery mittens. The man has no true convictions or principles and changes his positions with every breeze.

    November 12, 2011 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  21. TCAROS

    If they push hard enough Mitt will change his position. The reason MItt is a flip flop is the cult he belongs to. Mormons will say anything to get a recruit to join. Once you start coming to the meetings they gradually will start to bring out their real doctrine which is crazy as UFOs.

    November 12, 2011 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  22. TCAROS

    MItts doesn't know which answer to give, so he'll just smile and say "you tell me."

    November 12, 2011 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |

    Flip-flopper is the wingnut nominee before one vote is cast. They know it.

    November 13, 2011 06:27 am at 6:27 am |