During last night’s final GOP presidential debate before the Iowa caucuses, Mitt Romney defended his flip-flops on same-sex marriage and abortion rights from when he was governor of Massachusetts.
Moderator Chris Wallace asked Romney if his position changes were a matter of “principle or politics.” He specifically mentioned a letter written by Romney to the Log Cabin Republicans when he was running for the senate against Ted Kennedy in 1994. In the letter, Romney wrote “I am more convinced than ever before that as we seek to establish full equality for America’s gay and lesbian citizens, I will provide more effective leadership than my opponent.” Romney claimed during the debate that these comments were in reference only to LGBT discrimination, not same-sex marriage. He said he continues to support anti-discrimination laws against LGBT citizens, but opposes same-sex marriage outright.
For his abortion flip-flop, where Romney once said he supported a woman’s full right to choose, but now believes Roe v. Wade should be overturned, Romney said he simply changed his mind on the issue. He also said that “every decision [he] made as governor was on the side of life.”