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Top Romney Advisor: Mitt’s Positions are Like an Etch a Sketch

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

Mitt Romney’s Senior Advisor Eric Fehrnstrom went on CNN this morning and told the nation what many of us already know: when it comes to having strong positions on a variety of issues, Mitt Romney plans to hit the “reset” button – essentially like an Etch-a-Sketch – as his campaign transitions into the general election.

When asked if Romney has had to go so far right that he is less palatable to moderate voters, Fehrnstrom replied:

“Well, I think you hit a reset button for the fall campaign. Everything changes. It's almost like an Etch a Sketch. You can kind of shake it up and we start all over again.”

The Etch a Sketch is a fairly apt analogy for Romney’s political career – depending on the crowd he’s talking to, he shakes clean what he’s said in the past and draws up an image he thinks people most want to hear.

Workplace protections? Happy to support them and even co-sponsor federal legislation if he’s courting LGBT Massachusetts voters. But when he’s looking for support from the far right so he can win the GOP presidential nomination? Shake the Etch a Sketch clear and create a new picture – one in which he no longer supports federal workplace protections because of “activist judges.”

Unfortunately, federal workplace protections are just one of a myriad of positions where Romney has seized his Etch a Sketch. Learn more at

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