Flashback To 2002 Speech Revisits ‘Socially Moderate’ Romney


During his speech at the Republican National Convention last night, Mitt Romney tried yet again to prove to his party's most conservative voters that he's one of them. As part of that mission, he spent a considerable time discussing his parents, though mostly glossed over both of their political achievements: Romney's father was Michigan's governor and mother Lenore tried to run for that state's U.S. Senate seat.

Their political story may not have gotten big play last night, but Jeremy at Good As You reminds us that Romney's parents were instrumental in his 2002 gubernatorial campaign in Massachusetts. The following excerpt comes from a speech he gave that year, and the remarks bear little resemblance to the politics Romney has been touting this campaign:

Like [my parents], I am fiscal conservative and a social moderate.

Believing in people is fighting prejudice and bigotry where ever it exists, while extending an open hand to each other, regardless of color, faith, or lifestyle.

Believing in people is protecting their freedom to make their own life choices, even if their choice is different than yours. Accordingly, I respect and will fully protect a woman’s right to choose. That choice is a deeply personal one, and the women of our state should make it based on their beliefs, not mine and not the government’s.

My position has not changed. The truth is there is no candidate in this race from either party who would deny the women of our state abortion rights. So let’s end an argument that does not exist and put to rest these cynical and divisive attacks made simply for political gain.

If only the same could be said for this year's presidential race.


  1. say what says

    Mitts mother when running for senate was

    pro-choice & pro ERA

    mitt is now anti-choice and anti-equal pay for equal work….

    His father was pro civil rights, and now mittens is playing dog whistles to the white xtianista racist base

    his parents would be ashamed of their son

  2. VDUFFORD says

    What can you expect from I guy who did his life saving Mormon missionary program in…Paris…Croissants anyone!

  3. Bill in Oakland says

    If these truly are quotes by Romney, the DNC should produce ads for Romney using them. Let Romney then try and repudiate his own comments to keep the conservative vote.

  4. BrokebackBob says

    I am praying to my God that someone during the debates brings up both the dog on the roof of the car and the gay-bashing he did in college with his fellow thugs. If only that person could be persuaded to come forward and tell it like it is, that Romney and his thug frat boys didn’t like the boy’s haircut and his somewhat fey manner and attacked him and cut off his hair.

  5. Sam says

    Gay marriage also got passed in MA under Romney’s watch. It’s so easy to prove him a liar that it’s sad that it falls on deaf ears.

  6. Jay says

    Our etch-a-sketch future president!

    The Right talks about morals…but then will vote for someone who has demonstrated…with his words AND his deeds…that he has no moral compass. When running for governor of a liberal/moderate state, he couldn’t run to the left fast enough…now that he is fighting for the votes in swing states, he can’t run to the right fast enough.

    I guess you can’t hit a moving target but really, is this the type of leader people want?

  7. EchtKultig says

    True, Jay, except the acting will be over if he’s elected. We will see his true colors. He will appoint Supreme Court justices who will set the country back to the 1890s.

  8. Diogenes Arktos says

    “What can you expect from I guy who did his life saving Mormon missionary program in…Paris…Croissants anyone!”

    The life he saved was his own. He used his missionary work as a draft deferment. (He also received the common student deferment before and had a low number in the lottery after.)

    Regretfully his statement that he considered himself too important to go to Vietnam is false.