I think you’ll find that I’ve been as consistent as human beings can be as I look at those issues and as I try and apply those principles to government. You can see in my record as Governor what I believe and what I do.
I cannot state every single issue in exactly the same words every single time; and, so, there are some folks who, obviously, for various political and campaign purposes will try and find some change and draw great attention to something which looks like a change, which, in fact, is entirely consistent.
Hmmmm, that’s a new one from Mitt. It’s not that his positions “evolved” over time due to reasonable occurrences in his life. It’s that he’s been totally consistent the entire time and simply wasn’t able to “state every single issue in exactly the same words every single time.” That’s the problem!
Mitt’s been a model of consistency. Why, let’s just look back:
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. […]
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. […]
Melissa Kogut, the NARAL group’s executive director in 2002, recalled Wednesday that as she and other participants in the meeting began to pack their belongings to leave after the 45-minute session, Romney became “emphatic that the Republican Party was not doing themselves a service by being so vehemently anti-choice.”
The abortion rights supporters came away from the meeting pleasantly surprised. Romney declined to label himself “pro-choice” but said he eschewed all labels, including “pro-life.” He told the group that he would “protect and preserve a woman’s right to choose under Massachusetts law” and that he thought any move to overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade decision would be a “serious mistake for our country.”
Since Mitt’s been “as consistent as human beings can be” then he must continue to not label himself pro-life. He must continue to believe that the GOP should soften its stance on abortion. He must continue to believe that he is to the late Senator Ted Kennedy’s left on gay rights. He must continue to oppose any move to overturn or reverse Roe v. Wade. After all, Mitt is Mr. Consistency.