It’s fairly common to see political candidates change their position on issues from year to year. We’ve all seen Democrats and Republicans say one thing and years later hit the campaign trail saying the exact opposite. Hey, people change their minds about key issues like abortion, gun control and gay marriage.
On Wednesday, Mitt Romney changed his position on the new Blunt amendment within hours. Tonight the nightly news shows such as The Lawrence O’Donnell Show and the nightly fake news shows such as The Daily Show, all played clips of Mitt Romney doing a complete 180 within hours on the controversial bill.
“Mitt Romney has once again contradicted Mitt Romney,” Lawrence O’Donnell said. He played clips of an Ohio reporter asking Romney about the Blunt bill, an amendment that would allow employers to ban contraception and other healthcare provisions if they believed the products and services were morally objectionable.
Romney responded, “I’m not for the bill. The idea of presidential candidates getting into questions about contraception within a relationship between a man and a woman, a husband and a wife. I’m not going there.”
O’Donnell said that the reporter who conducted the interview “rightfully” felt as though he had a scoop, so he tweeted the news of Romney’s position around 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday. “Within the hour, Romney’s press secretary began the Romney reversal,” O’Donnell said. Romney’s spokesperson said the question asked by the reporter was “confusing,” and confirmed that Romney supports the Blunt bill.
Later in the day, Romney explained how he was confused by the question during his radio appearance. “Of course I support the Blunt amendment. I thought he was talking about some state law that prevented people from getting contraception,” Romney said. But the clip has the reporter saying the Blunt Bill, how could Romney have confused that with some state law?
Jon Stewart also ran clips of Romney’s flip flop and proposed introducing a new term to Webster’s Dictionary called “the Romney”, where one states an opinon and then three and a half hours later says the exact opposite.
For more on the story, check out [Mediaite]