Flip-Flops Do Not Fit Politicians

Topics: Abortion, Pro-choice, Roe v. Wade Pages: 5 (1837 words) Published: February 20, 2013
Flip-Flops Do Not Fit Politicians
I am an independent voter, but even I can tell flip-flops and politicians do not go well together. As for presidential candidate Mitt Romney, one may need to second guess the correlation of the two. Extensive research of the two candidates running for presidency in the 2012 election led me to conclude Mitt Romney cannot be depended on to keep a definitive opinion, on how he plans to approach certain issues our nation faces. His character displays indecisiveness over and over again surrounding a few specific issues. The only thing he seems to be sure about is his political party status, a Republican, and his membership in the 1% club. Romney seems to be for or against any issue based on the majority opinion, so he can get the most votes. A few examples on the nation’s issues in which Romney has proven to “flip-flop,” are abortion rights, gun-control, and immigration laws.

In 2002, during his run for governor of Massachusetts, Mitt stated he would, “respect and will protect a women’s right to choose. This choice is a deeply personal one. Women should be free to choose based on their own beliefs, not mine and not the governments” (Garofoli). Clearly, Romney is pro-choice believing women should have the choice to abort or not. However, at an event in October of 2011, Romney told pro-life attendees, “It is long past time for the Supreme Court to return the issue of abortion back to the states by overturning Roe v. Wade” (Bohon). Contrary to being pro-choice in 2002, Romney’s position is now being pro-life. Many would question Romney’s position on the issue of abortion due to him flip-flopping between pro-choice and pro-life. To give a better understanding of Romney’s indecisiveness regarding abortion here are a few of Romney’s views in his own words, "Roe v. Wade has gone too far,” (Anonymous); “I believe that since Roe v. Wade has been the law for 20 years we should sustain and support it,” (Anonymous); “I am pro‐life and I support pro‐life legislation…. I think the Roe v. Wade one size‐fits‐all approach is wrong” (Kinnard).

In addition to abortion, if elected for president, Romney will face issues associated with what some would argue is their right under the United States Constitution, the right to bear arms. Gun control and/or gun laws have been, and will continue to be, an issue between the pro-gun group, which includes the National Rifle Association (NRA), and the opposing anti-gun activists. This subject is also one Romney does not show a clear or direct position on, so coming to a mutual agreement between both groups is not likely. He has not always seen eye to eye with the National Rifle Association (NRA), but despite their difference he recently joined the group. Romney was challenged by Bob Schieffer, host of CBS’ Face the Nation in 2007 in stating, "You once said, “We do have tough gun laws in Massachusetts, I support them, I won't chip away at them. I believe they protect us.” Now you say you are a gun owner. You have joined the National Rifle Association, after saying at one point, “I don't line up with the National Rifle Association.” Why would you join that group?" (Jacobson). Romney’s support for, in his own words, “tougher gun laws,” during his 2002 campaign in Massachusetts may be his reason why he does not line up with the NRA. As governor in 2004, “he signed what the AP would later call “one of the toughest assault weapons laws in the country” (Singal). These statements give an illusion that Romney is pro-gun-control. However, what would one think if they first read the following quotes stated by Romney? Romney was questioned by a member of the NRA on his stance on gun control during his recent presidential campaign. Romney’s response was, “I've been a hunter pretty much all my life” (Singal). His campaign later said that, in fact, “Romney had only hunted two times: during a rabbit-hunting trip in Idaho when he was 15 and at a Georgia quail hunt organized during the...
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