WASHINGTON – A senior adviser to Mitt Romney said on CNN this morning that Romney’s positions on an array of issues are akin to an Etch a Sketch, and that the beginning of the general election campaign was a clean slate for the candidate.
The adviser made the remarks when asked whether Romney had moved too far to the right to remain palatable to moderate voters:
“Well, I think you hit a reset button for the fall campaign. Everything changes. It's almost like an Etch a Sketch. You can kind of shake it up and we start all over again,” said Eric Fehrnstrom, Romney senior adviser.
“Mitt Romney’s top campaign officials are now saying what we’ve known to be true for so long,” HRC President Joe Solmonese said. “Mitt Romney is a candidate who is not guided by any principles or beliefs, but rather by spouting whatever rhetoric he believes will get him elected. He has proven time and again that LGBT Americans cannot trust him, and now his top advisors are giving credence to those concerns.”
Romney has flip-flopped on a wide array of issues, but particularly those pertaining to LGBT equality. In 1994, he vowed to co-sponsor a federal Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) should he win a seat in the U.S. Senate; but by the time he was seeking the GOP presidential nomination in 2007 he no longer supported a federal ENDA. In the 1990s, he supported open service for gay and lesbian servicemembers – but when it came time to support repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” in 2010, Romney felt the policy was working just fine.
Learn more about Mitt’s many flips and inconsistencies HERE.