Mitt Romney is the king of flip-flops. He does it so much that it’s almost pathological.
He not only flip-flops on political positions, but he also manages to do it on a personal level.
For Romney, the usual excuses of “times change,” “gotcha” moments, and “you’re taking it out of context” just don’t cut it.
Some people think Romney flip-flops all the time to curry political favor. They think that behind his George Clooney smile, perfect family, and impressive business record hides his raw and naked political ambition.
Indeed, Romney is the “résumé president” (except for his Mormon faith). He’s got everything you want in a candidate but something just seems off and voters sense it. He goes through the motions, does everything right, but can’t seem to connect with people.
And why is he running anyway? The love of his country? To right social wrongs he saw in his childhood? A sense of destiny from God? Or just raw political ambition, as many suspect.
Of course, we’ll know for sure if Romney is really just a ball of naked ambition masked with a perfect façade. If he is, he’ll never admit it.
Still, Romney’s robotic awkwardness and serial flip-flopping is just creepy, regardless of why he is that way.
Below are 10 classic Romney flip-flops. The list was chosen from mittromneyflipflops.com (which also contains the sources for the quotes).
'I saw my father march with Martin Luther King.'
'I did not see it with my own eyes.'
'I respect and will protect a woman's right to choose.'
'I never really called myself pro-choice.'
'I believe the tax on capital gains should be zero.'
'It's a tax cut for fat cats.'
'I like mandates. The mandates work.'
'I think it's unconstitutional on the 10th Amendment front.'
'It was not my desire to go off and serve in Vietnam.'
'I longed in many respects to actually be in Vietnam and be representing our country there.'
'I would like to have campaign spending limits.'
'The American people should be free to advocate for their candidates and their positions without burdensome limitations.'
'I don't line up with the NRA.'
'I'm a member of the [NRA].'
(Romney also claimed NRA endorsement he never received)
'I'm not in favor of privatizing Social Security or making cuts.'
'Social Security's the easiest and that's because you can give people a personal account.'
'Roe v. Wade has gone too far.'
'I believe that since Roe v. Wade has been the law for 20 years we should sustain and support it.'
'I'm a strong believer in stating your position and not wavering.'
'I changed my position.'