Mitt Romney Flip Flops
"I’m a strong believer in stating your position and not wavering." —
Mitt Romney's assertion to
NARAL Pro Choice, Massachusetts, 2002
But as we will see, Mitt Romney changes his positions more frequently
than even the most adventurous porn stars. (Romney's onetime presidential rival John
Huntsman called him a
"perfectly lubricated weathervane.") Here are examples of why Romney
has earned nicknames like Flip Flopney, Mitt the Flopple and Multiple Choice
"It's not worth moving heaven and earth, spending billions of dollars just
trying to catch one person." ... [but] ... "Of course I would have ordered taking out Osama bin Laden."
So it seems Mitt Romney would only have taken out Osama bin Laden if the task
was easy and inexpensive.
Romney has accused President Obama and even his conservative rivals of being
Washington insiders guilty of pork barrel spending. But here is what Romney told
people about himself, when he wanted to impress them with his ability to get
money out of the federal government:
• "I am a big believer in getting money where the money is. The money is
• When Romney addressed the New Bedford Industrial
Foundation, his advice in a Power Point presentation was to "boost federal
• Romney also said,
"I've learned from my Olympic experience [that] if you have people that really
understand how Washington works and have personal associations there you can get
money to help build economic development opportunities ... We actually received
over $410 million from the federal government for the Olympic games. That is a
huge increase over anything ever done before and
we did that by going after every agency of government."
• Romney also cited more than $1 million that one his colleagues managed to get
for the Olympics from the Department of Education, concluding: "That kind of
creativity I want to bring to everything we do."
Romney has also flip-flopped repeatedly on women's reproductive
• "I respect and will protect a woman's right to choose."
• "I believe that abortion should be safe and legal in this country."
• "I sustain and support that law [Roe v. Wade] and the right of a woman to make
that choice [abortion]."
• "I will preserve and protect a woman's right to choose and am devoted and
dedicated to honoring my word in that regard."
• "I believe that since Roe v. Wade has been the law for 20 years we should
sustain and support it." ... [but] ... "Roe v. Wade has gone too far."
• His position was clear and he gave his word to
NARAL Pro Choice ... [but] ... "I never really called
He has also done a U-turn on mandated health insurance:
• "I like [compulsory health insurance] mandates. The mandates work." ... [but]
... "I think it's unconstitutional on the 10th Amendment front."
• "Being called 'the grandfather of Obamacare' is 'a compliment.'" ... [but] ...
"I would repeal Obamacare" ... because it's a "costly disaster."
Romney likes mandates when he's the one doing the mandating. And according to
Mitt the Flopple, it is a compliment for him to be called the grandfather of a
costly disaster that he would repeal. Does that make any sense whatsoever? Here
are more u-turns on healthcare:
• "I'm proud of what we've done. If Massachusetts
succeeds in implementing [Romneycare], then that will be a model for the
• "At the time I crafted the plan in the last
campaign I was asked is [Romneycare] something that you would have the whole
nation do, and I said no. This is something that was crafted for Massachusetts.
It would be wrong to adopt this as a nation."
• In a Fox News interview,
Bret Baier noted: "Governor, you did say on camera and in other places, at times you
thought [Romneycare] would be a model for the nation." only to be told by Romney: "You're wrong, Bret."
Here are more about-faces by Flip Flopney:
• "I saw my father march with Martin Luther King." ... [but] ... "I did not see it
with my own eyes." [Because they never marched together.]
• "I think the minimum wage ought to keep pace with inflation." ... [but] ...
"There's no question raising the minimum wage excessively causes a loss of
• "I longed in many respects to actually be in Vietnam and be representing our
country there." ... [but] ... "It was not my desire to go off and serve in Vietnam."
• "I will work and fight for stem cell research." ... [but] ...
"The stem-cell debate
was grounded in a false premise."
• "Ronald Reagan is ... my hero/" ... [but] ... "I'm not trying to return to
• "This is a completely airtight kennel mounted on the top of our car." ... [but] ...
"[Animal lovers] are not happy that my dog loves fresh air."
• His favorite novel was Battlefield Earth ... [but] ... after people
pointed out the book's mountainous flaws, he switched to
• "I don’t line up with the NRA." ... [but] ... "I’m
a member of the [NRA]."
• "I believe the tax on capital gains should be
zero." ... [but] ... "It’s a tax cut for fat cats."
• "I’m going to take burdens off the back of the
auto industry." ... [but] ... He wrote an essay titled "Let Detroit Go
In a 1994 letter to the Log Cabin Republicans, Romney wrote that he was in favor
of "gays and lesbians being able to serve openly and honestly" in the military.
But during the 2007 presidential debates, he insisted that they should continue
to serve secretly and dishonestly, under "Don't Ask Don't Tell," which he wanted
"I've been a hunter pretty much all my life." ... [but] ... I have hunted
varmints since then. More than two times."
After his staff corrected the first statement above by saying that Romney had
only been hunting twice in his life, he issued the second statement as a
"clarification." The only "varmint" hunter I can think of is Elmer Fudd, so it
seems obvious that Romney is utterly out of his element when talking about
"Deadly assault weapons have no place in Massachusetts." ... [but] ... "I
don’t support any gun control legislation, the effort for a new assault weapons
ban, with a ban on semi-automatic weapons, is something I would oppose."
"I believe the world’s getting warmer. I can’t prove that, but I believe based
on what I read that the world is getting warmer. And number two, I believe that
humans contribute to that. ... And so I think it's important for us to reduce
our emissions of pollutants and greenhouse gases that may well be significant
contributors to the climate change and the global warming that you're seeing."
... [but] ... "My view is that we don’t know what’s causing climate change on
this planet. And the idea of spending trillions and trillions of dollars to try
to reduce CO2 emissions is not the right course for us."
"These carbon emission limits will provide real and immediate progress." ...
[but] ... "Republicans should never abandon pro-growth conservative principles
in an effort to embrace the ideas of Al Gore."
"The TARP program … was necessary to keep banks from collapsing in a cascade
of failures." ... [but] ... "When government is… bailing out banks… we have
every good reason to be alarmed."
"I would like to have campaign spending limits." ... [but] ... "The American
people should be free to advocate for their candidates and their positions
without burdensome limitations."
"Those… paying taxes and not taking government benefits should begin a
process toward application for citizenship." ... [but] ... "Amnesty only led to
more people coming into the country."
"I’m not in favor of privatizing Social Security or making cuts." ... [but] ...
"Social Security’s the easiest and that’s because you can give people a personal
"Based on the numbers of American Muslims … I cannot see that a cabinet position
would be justified." ... [but] ... "A person should not be elected because of
his faith nor should he be rejected because of his faith."
"I'm not intending to, at this stage, sign a document [pledge not to
increase taxes] which would prevent me from being able to look specifically at
the revenue needs of the commonwealth. " ... [but] ... "Signing the pledge now
sends a very clear message to those in Washington who have voted against tax
relief and for tax hikes that such actions will never grow our regional and
Shortly before the
U.S. Embassy in Cairo was attacked over an inflammatory anti-Islam film, it
issued a press release which said that the U.S. "condemns the
continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of
Muslims – as we condemn efforts to offend believers of all religions." The
embassy's press release concluded: "We firmly reject the actions by those who
abuse the universal right of free speech to hurt the religious beliefs of
others." Romney jumped on the statement, claiming that the Obama administration’s
"first response" was to "sympathize with those who waged the attacks." Romney was
wildly off base for multiple reasons. First, the embassy issued the statement hours
before the attack. Second, it came from diplomatic personnel in the field, far from the
White House. Third it included no "apology" for American values or sympathy for the
extremists, as Romney claimed. Then Romney did an
interview with "Good Morning America" and embraced embassy's position, saying: "And the idea of using something that some people consider sacred and then
parading that out in a negative way is simply inappropriate and wrong. And I wish people wouldn’t do it. Of course, we have a 1st
Amendment. And under the 1st Amendment, people are allowed to do what they feel
they want to do. They have the right to do that, but it’s not right to do things
that are of the nature of what was done by, apparently this film."