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Mitt Romney Will Say Anything About Choice

January 19, 2012 at 10:02 p.m. ET

Mitt Romney just can’t help it – he’ll say anything, about any topic, to any audience, to get elected.  After reading a poll that said it would be hard to be elected as a pro-life candidate in MA, Romney ran for office claiming to be pro-choice.

ROMNEY: IT WAS HARD TO BE PRO-LIFE IN MASSACHUSETTS

Romney: “I Was Also A Governor In A State Where Being Pro-Life Was Not Easy.  I Battled Hard.”  Romney said, “Senator, I admire the fact you've been a stalwart defender of pro-life in a state where that's not easy. I was also a governor in a state where being pro-life was not easy. I battled hard.” [CNN Debate, 1/19/12]

ROMNEY RAN AS A PRO-CHOICE CANIDATE IN MASSACHUSETTS AFTER POLLING SHOWED HIM THAT HE COULDN’T WIN AS A PRO-LIFE CANDIDATE 

1993: Romney Decided To Run As A Pro-Choice Candidate After His Pollster Showed Him Data That A Pro-Life Candidate Couldn’t Win Statewide In Massachusetts. “Scott had worked for Time Inc., and in the fall of 1993, he says, Romney asked him for advice on how to handle various issues the media might pursue in a Senate campaign. Scott gave his advice in a couple of phone conversations and a memo. In the course of the conversations, Scott says, Romney outlined his views on the abortion problem. According to Scott, Romney revealed that polling from Richard Wirthlin, Ronald Reagan's former pollster whom Romney had hired for the '94 campaign, showed it would be impossible for a pro-life candidate to win statewide office in Massachusetts. In light of that, Romney decided to run as a pro-choice candidate, pledging to support Roe v. Wade, while remaining personally pro-life.” [Washington Examiner, 12/29/11]

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