Mitt Romney was asked in the Sioux City debate on Thursday night about his notorious flip-flopping on the issues of gun control, abortion and gay rights. He stated that he’s always been pro-life and he’s always been pro-gun. On the matter of abortion, he said he had changed his mind. He also “changed his mind” about the Massachusetts healthcare plan being a good model for the Nation.
In a November debate, Mitt stated that he was “a man of steadiness and constancy.”
Well, he looked good Thursday night. He looked well-rested and had one of his strongest performances in a debate thus far. He was able to make good arguments for his positions. The problem is that there are too many positions to defend. He allegedly did not support abortion and Planned Parenthood in 1994, yet his wife donated money to Planned Parenthood, the organization that Republicans want to completely defund now. And as Governor of Massachusetts, his actions show that he was more sympathetic to abortion rights and gay rights than he is now.
The Republican Party platform states very clearly the party’s position on the issues: ????Upholding the Constitutional Right to Bear Arms, Maintaining the Sanctity and Dignity of Human Life, and Preserving Traditional Marriage. At the same time, the GOP Party platform also states: Ensuring Equal Treatment for All. The platform document goes on to say, “????We ask all to join us in rejecting the forces of hatred and bigotry and in denouncing all who practice or promote racism, anti-Semitism, ethnic prejudice, or religious intolerance.”
Shouldn’t “equal treatment for all” include the protection of gays from hatred and bigotry? Does he believe that it’s OK for a woman to have an abortion in the case of rape or incest? Does he believe that gays should be treated as equally as anyone else under the Constitution? Does he really think that citizens have the right to own assault weapons? Be yourself, Mitt.
If these issues don’t matter as much as the economy, Romney doesn’t have a solid foundation in that area either. Taxes and fees rose to record highs during Romney’s stint as Governor. He did things like raising the price of gasoline, doubling court filing fees, and charging sales tax for internet purchases to increase revenues for the state. Can American handle being nickel and dimed to death by an economic plan like that across the entire nation?