A conservative group is hitting Mitt Romney in Iowa, where he may decide to make a play to win the caucus, with an editorial in the Des Moines Register and with a hard-hitting YouTube video. First, the video.
In the Register, the group writes:
Iowans must take a stand.
Mitt Romney claims to be a “turn-around” specialist. Well, how about some of his many turn arounds:
Romney was pro-abortion until a decade ago. He is now pro-life.
Romney was pro-amnesty in 2006, saying about the McCain-Kennedy bill, “Those [immigrants] that are here paying taxes and not taking government benefits should begin a process towards application for citizenship.” He now opposes amnesty and attacks other candidates on their immigration records.
Romney broke with a tradition followed by his three immediate Republican predecessors and refused to sign the Americans for Tax Reform’s “no tax” pledge, which his spokesman then called “government by gimmickry” in 2002 when running for governor of Massachusetts. As governor, he raised taxes by hundreds of millions of dollars, according to the New York Times. In 2007, once he decided to run for president, he signed the pledge.
Romney was not a registered Republican until December 1993. He has admitted voting in the Democratic primary in Massachusetts in 1992 for Paul Tsongas for president, rather than voting for Vice President George H.W. Bush. In 2005, Romney claimed that Ronald Reagan is a personal hero.
Romney opposed the Brady Bill in 1994. But in August 2006, when seeking the Republican nomination for president, he signed up for a lifetime membership in the NRA, because, as he said to an audience in Derry, N.H.: “I’m after the NRA’s endorsement.”
On Jan. 10, 2007, Romney said, “I have a gun of my own; I go hunting myself” on the Glenn and Helen Show. Four days later, Romney admitted at a gun show that he does not personally own any guns.
The list goes on.
Business Insider interviews group co-founder Ali Akbar about its aims. You may remember Ali – he’s the Tea Party activist who has taken on Morgan Freeman over the actor’s allegation that the Tea Party is racist. Now he’s taking on Mitt Romney.