George Romney for President
During the 1964 Republican National Convention George Romney, a rising star in the Party, stood his ground as a moderate in a Party that was quickly moving to the right. He staunchly opposed his party's opposition to the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and was against allowing what he saw as extremist elements, namely the John Birch Society, from infiltrating the party. George was rebuffed on both counts by the newly nominated Barry Goldwater and was so angry about it all that he walked out of the convention. George Romney's son, Mitt, aged 16, was there to see it all.
"In a subsequent letter to Goldwater, Romney wrote, "The rights of some must not be enjoyed by denying the rights of others." Romney refused to endorse Goldwater's candidacy, embittering conservatives within the party and solidifying Romney's reputation as a more liberal iconoclast." Source: The Real Romney, by Kranish & Helman, p. 25 , Jan 17, 2012
Fast forward 48 years. Mitt Romney is now the Republican nominee for president. Like his father before him, Mitt has been a moderate in the party. He has been a staunch supporter of gay rights, abortion rights, the minimum wage, a ban on assault weapons, and a mandate to require everyone to buy health insurance.
"In a 1994 letter to the Log Cabin Republicans, who advocate gay rights, Romney said he was in favor of "gays and lesbians being able to serve openly and honestly" in the military." Source: GovWatch on 2008 campaign: "Top Ten Flip-Flops" , Feb 5, 2008
Romney has said that he would allow the states to determine whether or not they would let Medicaid fund abortions. "Romney also endorsed the legalization of RU-486, the abortion-inducing drug, and appeared in June at a fund-raiser for Planned Parenthood. Ann Romney gave the group $150. Romney asserted that his family had supported a woman's right to a safe, legal abortion ever since the October 1963 death of his brother-in-law's sister, Ann Hartman Keenan, from complication following an illegal abortion." Source: The Real Romney, by Kranish & Helman, p,183 , Jan 17, 2012
On the minimum wage Mitt supported indexing it to inflation so that it would rise each year.
While running for the Senate against Ted Kennedy in Massachusetts Romney supported a ban on assault weapons and the Brady bill which imposed a five day waiting period on handgun purchases. "I don't think (the waiting period) will have a massive effect on crime but I think it will have a positive effect,' Romney said. Source: Joe Battenfeld in Boston Herald , Aug 1, 1994
In Massachusetts, Romneycare, which became the template for Obamacare, established a mandate for all residents to have health insurance or be subject to a fine. Those who fell below a certain income threshold were given a subsidy to buy it.
Mitt said this, "I like mandates. The mandates work. " we help them buy a policy, so everybody is insured, and everybody is able to buy a policy that is affordable for them"" Source: 2008 Facebook/WMUR-NH Republican primary debate , Jan 5, 2006
However, the Mitt Romney who now stands before the 2012 Republican National Convention as their newly anointed leader has reversed his opinions on these and other issues and is now nothing like the elder Romney nor the younger Mitt.
On gay rights he opposed eliminating "Don't Ask Don't Tell" which prevented gays from serving openly in the military.
On abortion he is now unequivocally pro-life although contrary to his Party's platform he would allow it in cases of rape.
On the minimum wage he is now saying that he would just look at existing inflation and employment data to determine whether or not to make a change. A stance vague enough to draw the support of those in his party who oppose the minimum wage.
On gun control he has stated that he opposes any new gun laws. Beyond that it is difficult to determine where he stands, as it is on many issues, on whether or not the assault weapons ban he supported should be brought back.
Concerning healthcare, he insists that one of his first acts as president would be to repeal Obamacare even though it so closely mimics his own Romneycare plan in Massachusetts.
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