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Romney Video: More Flip-Flopping

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

A 2002 video unearthed by BuzzFeed’s Andrew Kaczynski is lending some pretty powerful evidence to the fact that Mitt Romney is a politician driven solely by a desire to get elected, as opposed to having principles.

The video illustrates a Romney who was eager to distance himself from more traditional Republican positions in a bid to win the support of Massachusetts’ more progressive voters. When asked why he was seemingly distancing himself from the Massachusetts Republican Party, Romney replied: “I have a very different view than most Republicans – the old, traditional Republicans…”

Luckily, Mitt’s an Etch a Sketch (in the words of his own advisor, not us) who can erase his old positions and build new platforms from scratch depending on the constituency he’s trying to please. It made it that much easier for Mitt to get elected in Massachusetts, then immediately change his positions dramatically on issues like workplace protections and open military service when seeking national office.

And for someone who claims to shun “old, traditional Republicans,” Romney sure was quick to sign a NOM pledge promising to support the Defense of Marriage Act and a federal marriage amendment.

It will be interesting to see what new changes Romney 4.0 unveils as he shakes clean his Etch a Sketch and prepares to reinvent himself for the general election.

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