From The Fact Checker
- Abortion "I will preserve and protect a woman's right to choose."
— Mitt Romney, Massachusetts Governor election debate
(Video), October 29, 2002 "Every action I have taken as governor of Massachusetts has been pro-life." — Mitt Romney, Republican Debate (Video), August 5, 2007
- Romney's embarrassing record on abortion.
- Gay Rights- In a 1994 letter to the Log Cabin Republicans, who advocate gay rights, Romney said he was in favor of "gays and lesbians being able to serve openly and honestly" in the military. He now says it would be a mistake to interfere with the "don't ask, don't tell policy."
- Gun Control- Campaigning for the Senate in 1994, Romney said he favored strong gun laws and did not "line up with the NRA." He signed up for "lifetime membership" of the NRA in August 2006 while pondering a presidential run, praising the group for "doing good things" and "supporting the right to bear arms."
- Campaign Finance- In 1994, Romney advocated a spending limit on congressional elections and abolition of political action committees. In 2002, he supported public financing of campaigns from a 10 percent tax on private fund-raising. In 2008, he attacked the McCain-Feingold law limiting campaign contributions as an attack on free speech.
- Immigration- In a November 2005 interview with the Boston Globe, he described immigration reform proposal advanced by McCain as "reasonable." He now denounces it as an "amnesty plan." In December 2006, he signed agreement authorizing state troopers to round up illegal immigrants.
The other factor that will affect his chances at getting the GOP nomination let alone the presidency is his Mormon faith. Our Constitution guarantees there shall be no religious test for someone running for public office. That's part of what makes our country great. However Romney will need to convince voters there is nothing to fear from his faith. Doing that will be easier said then done. This isn't simple like JFK assuring he wouldn't be taking orders from the Vatican or the Pope. Kennedy as a Catholic believed the separation of church and state was absolute. It's harder for a Mormon to say that with a straight face.
Unlike the Pope, the president of the Mormon Church "The Prophet" Mormons believe is a genuine prophet of God. A person who speaks by divine inspiration or as the interpreter through whom the will of a god is expressed. In other words, whatever the Prophet says God said GOD SAID.
If Romney believes this, how would he respond to a command from this prophet? Does he believe he would going against God by turning against what prophet says God said?
A poll conducted in 2006 by the Los Angeles Times and Bloomberg found that 37% of registered voters said they would not vote for a Mormon for President. Mormonism is not the only faith to face challenges in elections. The poll also found that, 22% say they wouldn't support an evangelical Christian, 14% wouldn't support a Jew, 9% say no to a Catholic, and lastly 53% say they wouldn't vote for a Muslim.