What is the 2012 platform of Mitt Romney? Is Mitt Romney's 2012 platform truly
conservative? And most importantly, can the 2012 Mitt Romney platform be
Mitt Romney's 2012 candidacy platform is contrasted below with the platform Mitt
Romney maintained before and during his governorship of Massachusetts. Why is
Mitt Romney running for president (see
Mormon President) on
a platform that has been so drastically altered (see
Mitt Romney Business)?
Obviously, Mitt Romney crafted his 2012 platform to win the Republican
nomination, while his earlier platform played to the liberals in Massachusetts.
In fact, Mitt Romney's earlier platform was actually more liberal than the
liberal platform of Massachusetts Senator Edward Kennedy, whom Romney tried to
unseat in 1994.
1994:"As we seek to establish
full equality [for gays], I will provide more effective
leadership than my opponent, [Edward Kennedy]." 2011:"I believe
we should have a federal amendment to the Constitution that defines
marriage as between a man and a woman." 2012: (Important
1994:"Abortion should be safe
and legal in this country."
2002:"Let me make this very clear, I will preserve
and protect a woman’s right to
choose." 2011: "I believe people understand that I'm firmly
1994:"[I support] gays and
lesbians being able to serve openly and honestly." 2007:"‘Don’t
ask, don’t tell’ has worked well... We’re in the middle of a conflict.
Now is not the time
for a change in that regard, and I don’t have a policy
posture as to
allowing gays in the military to serve there openly."
2006: "[I am against] rounding up 11 million people and
forcing them at gunpoint
from our country." 2008: "I disagree fundamentally that the 12 million
people who come here illegally
should be allowed
to stay here permanently. I think that is a form of amnesty
and that it's not