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Mitt’s Etch a Sketch History

Post submitted by Dan Rafter, Former HRC Associate Director of Communications

When Romney advisor Eric Fehrnstrom went on CNN earlier this week and told the nation that Mitt Romney could essentially change positions on any and every issue as he pleased (like an Etch a Sketch) he certainly knew what he was talking about – as a new Slate article points out, Fehrnstrom is the master of the Romney Etch a Sketch.

The article looks specifically at Romney’s inability to decide whether he’s pro-choice. Like his fluidic stances on a variety of LGBT issues, it’s something he’s changed his mind on quite a few times:

Eight years later, Romney ran for governor and employed Fehrnstrom as his spokesman. Fehrnstrom assured reporters that Romney was pro-choice: "He has stated and restated his position. … It's exactly the same position as any other prochoice politician.”

Romney became governor in 2003. In February 2005, he went to South Carolina to begin selling himself as a culturally conservative presidential candidate. In a speech, he talked about “the sanctity of human life.” A month later, he removed a mention of Roe v. Wade from the annual Massachusetts proclamation honoring “Right to Privacy Day.”

So when Fehrnstrom says the fall campaign is “almost like an Etch a Sketch—you can kind of shake it up and we start all over again,” he isn’t just talking about campaign mechanics. He’s speaking from years of experience with candidates who have changed their positions, always sincerely, though in opposite directions. And in Romney’s case, he’s talking about a candidate with a long history of changing not just his position, but his story.

Read the full article.

Mitt has had plenty of Etch a Sketch moments on LGBT issues. Check them all out at

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