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Mitt Romney Assures Conservatives He's Against Gay Marriage (Though He Favors Gay Rights): VIDEO

In New Hampshire and Iowa, Mitt Romney is trying to assure voters that he's against marriage for gay people (even though, as he said in an interview last week, he doesn't want to discriminate against them).

M_romneyThink Progress posted this clip last week of an interview with the Nashua Telegraph:

"The story on same-sex marriage is that I have the same position on that, that I had from the very beginning. I’m in favor of traditional marriage, I oppose same-sex marriage. At the same time, I don’t believe in discriminating in employment or opportunity for gay individuals. So I favor gay rights, I do not favor same-sex marriage. That has been my position all along."

Watch Romney's interview with the Nashua Telegraph, AFTER THE JUMP...

Now, CNN makes note that Romney is trying to spell it out in mailers to Iowa voters as well (even though he "dissed" The Family Leader's anti-gay Family Forum):

Another flyer sent out, according to the Des Moines Register, tries to reassures wary conservatives who have raised questions about Romney's social record. It specifically highlights his positions on same-sex marriage and abortion - key issues for those conservatives after many on the right have accused him of flip-flopping, especially for earlier supporting a woman's right to choose on abortion but later changing his position.

The flyer says "Pro-Life: Mitt Romney believes that life begins at conception and opposes abortion. Pro-marriage: As governor, Mitt Romney fought against gay marriage in Massachusetts. He supports a federal amendment to define marriage as between one man and one woman."

That mailer also touts Romney as "Pro-family: Mitt Romney lives his values," talking about his being married to his wife, Ann, for 42 years. While it doesn't mention other candidates, it will not be lost on many that Gingrich, who is currently on top in Iowa, is on his third marriage.

Watch Romney's interview with the Nashua Telegraph, AFTER THE JUMP...

GingrichMeanwhile, Newt Gingrich, riding the wave of his big New Hampshire endorsement, is clucking to South Carolina voters that he's "a lot more conservative" than Romney:

"There needs to be a solid conservative alternative to Mitt Romney, and I'm the one candidate that can bring together a national security conservative, and economic conservative, and social conservative, to make sure we have a conservative nominee...I wouldn't lie to the American people, I wouldn't switch my position for political reason. It's perfectly reasonable to change positions if you see new things you didn't see. Everybody does that, Ronald Reagan did that. If you go around and adopt radically different positions based on need for any one election, people will ask, 'What will you tell me next time?'"

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  1. Poor flip-flop Mittens. He just can't seem to get his opinions together.

    And Neuter Newt? A hot air balloon! With candidates like these, Obama will win hands down.

    Posted by: Jack M | Nov 28, 2011 9:59:59 AM

  2. Gee. Mitty supports gay rights except the right to marry the person I choose. Oh yeah, and the 1,100+ federal rights that all depend on the word marriage. He is not smart enough to understand what a bigot he is so he is too stupid to be president.

    Posted by: MikeBoston | Nov 28, 2011 10:13:39 AM

  3. Go tell one of your pious supporters whom they may or may not marry, you absurd Mormon scumbag. You have no power or control over anyone's private life.

    I hate religious zealots!

    Posted by: FlexSF | Nov 28, 2011 10:46:03 AM

  4. The nice thing about the Republicans is the fact that the world of gay has evolved and Republicans have missed the boat. No matter who they nominate to run against Obama, Republicans will never win the under 40 voters - of whom the majority believe gay people should have equality. So let them spend their millions spinning hatred and bigotry. We will laugh at them all the way to the polls.

    Posted by: OS2Guy | Nov 28, 2011 11:09:23 AM

  5. "Not QUITE as bad as the rest" is going to be as good as it gets among the Republican field, in this as with anything else.

    Posted by: Hyhybt | Nov 28, 2011 11:16:01 AM

  6. Don't gay republicans on this site ALWAYS go on that the GOP are for gay marriage or rights?

    So why is this man scared out of his wits about being for gay marriage, if the conservatives are for this?


    Posted by: Rowan | Nov 28, 2011 12:03:40 PM

  7. Romney's Mormon belief that Jesus smoked pot at Woodstock in 1969 has caused tumult in the conservative community: http://www.spnheadlines.com/2011/07/republican-religions-raise-ruckus.html

    Posted by: Roger Kaputnik | Nov 28, 2011 12:14:28 PM

  8. I'm sure the entire field can't wait for Iowa to be over. Pandering to that state's evangelical voters must make the candidates (except Santorum and Bachman) physically ill.

    Posted by: anon | Nov 28, 2011 12:44:24 PM

  9. ..so it's a competition, eh? Who can be The Most Anti-Gay will win. That's the GOP base. No legit and feasible financial plans. No need for anything to do with Foreign Policy - the GOP base votes on the stupidest of wedge-issues. Anti-Gay? Anti-Choice? That's how you get votes as a Republican. Congrats, scum of the country.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Nov 28, 2011 12:46:24 PM

  10. The Republican Party; what an awful mess of sycophants!

    Posted by: Brains | Nov 28, 2011 1:16:13 PM

  11. Seriously does anyone want to look at Newt-boy for the next four years?!

    Posted by: jaragon | Nov 28, 2011 5:32:29 PM

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