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Friday, November 4, 2011

Romney to Leftists in 2002: "You Need Someone Like Me in Washington"

A few days ago, I saw a video clip of an Obama staffer talking about Romney. The guy basically said that Romney has no core and will say anything to get elected. For the first time, I agree with an Obama staffer. - Reggie



Mitt Romney was firm and direct with the abortion rights advocates sitting in his office nine years ago, assuring the group that if elected Massachusetts governor, he would protect the state’s abortion laws.  Then, as the meeting drew to a close, the businessman offered an intriguing suggestion — that he would rise to national prominence in the Republican Party as a victor in a liberal state and could use his influence to soften the GOP’s hard-line opposition to abortion. He would be a “good voice in the party” for their cause, and his moderation on the issue would be “widely written about,” he said, according to detailed notes taken by an officer of the group, NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts.
You need someone like me in Washington,” several participants recalled Romney saying that day in September 2002, an apparent reference to his future ambitions. Romney made similar assurances to activists for gay rights and the environment, according to people familiar with the discussions, both as a candidate for governor and then in the early days of his term.

Here's the Romney camp's somewhat feeble push-back:

Romney aides declined to comment Wednesday. Aide Eric Fehrnstrom referred The Washington Post to quotes he provided the Los Angeles Times four years ago in which he said that Romney had been true to his words and that activists’ recollections were colored by their political agendas. “People’s memories change with time, and change depending on which way the political winds are blowing,” Fehrnstrom said then.

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