Monday, October 10, 2011

DNC website mocks Romney flip-flops

From: The Hill's Blog Briefing Room

The Democratic National Committee launched '' Monday, a site that offers visitors a multiple choice quiz on Republican front-runner Mitt Romney's positions on various campaign issues.

Users can choose from different positions on topics like Roe v. Wade and auto bailouts. The catch, of course, is that throughout his political career Romney has taken divergent opinions on many key issues; the correct answer to each question is "all of the above."

The DNC also hits Romney on his wavering support for healthcare reform, the economic stimulus and former President Reagan.

The Romney campaign responded Monday, blasting Democrats for trying to "distract attention" from their record.

“President Obama has resorted to blaming everyone else for his failures in a transparent attempt to distract attention from the fact that unemployment has risen above 9% and 25 million Americans are out of work, underemployed, or have simply given up," said Romney spokesman Andrea Saul.

Republican strategists have long viewed Romney's shifting positions on issues — a by-product of transitioning from a job as governor of Massachusetts, a solidly blue state, to the national stage — as an area of weakness. But while Romney was hammered during his 2008 presidential campaign for equivocating, he has largely been able to avoid the narrative this cycle.

His recent success could partially be thanks to opponents botching their attacks on his policy shifts. During the last GOP debate, Texas Gov. Rick Perry stumbled when trying to pin Romney as a flip-flopper.

"I think Americans just don't know sometimes which Mitt Romney they're dealing with. Is it the Mitt Romney that was on the side of against the Second Amendment before he was for the Second Amendment?" Perry said. "Was it — was before he was before the social programs, from the standpoint of he was for standing up for Roe v. Wade before he was against Roe v. Wade? He was for Race to the Top, he's for ObamaCare, and now he's against it."

The stumble allowed Romney to point out contradictions in Perry's past, effectively deflecting the criticism. But signs point to his Republican competitors honing their attacks, with Perry and Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) taking jabs at Romney's abortion stance at campaign stops last week.

"You won't find YouTube clips of me speaking in support of Roe v. Wade. You won't find me equivocating or hemming or hawing when I'm asked to define marriage as between one man and one woman," Bachmann said.

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