Once again the media has it all wrong.  They claim that the conservative wing of the GOP has trouble with Mitt Romney because of some of the positions he has taken on the issues.  That’s not quite true. Conservative Republicans have an issue with Romney because his positions change so often they’re not sure where he stands.

During his two attempts to gain the GOP nomination for president, Mitt Romney has changed his views on abortion, gay rights, and gun control.  According to Reuters he has now added global warming to his little waffle dance.

In early June the former Massachusetts governor turned perpetual presidential candidate announced his support of the man-made global warming hoax.

“I believe the world is getting warmer, and I believe that humans have contributed to that,” he told a crowd of about 200 at a town hall meeting in Manchester, New Hampshire.

“It’s important for us to reduce our emissions of pollutants and greenhouse gases that may be significant contributors.”‘

When he was Governor of Massachusetts,  Romney also took the opening steps toward joining a cap-and-trade compact for power plants now known as the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. 

Governor Mitt Romney signaled his support yesterday for a regional agreement among Northeastern states to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, despite opposition from power companies and other business interests that have been lobbying the administration against the plan.

In opening remarks to a clean-energy conference in Boston, Romney said the first-of-its-kind agreement, under which Massachusetts and eight other states could be required to cut power plant emissions by 2020, will not hurt the economy, as some have charged. He argued that it would spur businesses to develop clean- and renewable-energy technology to market worldwide.
”This is a great thing for the Commonwealth,” Romney said, his strongest endorsement of the pact to date. ”We can effectively create incentives to help stimulate a sector of the economy and at the same time not kill jobs.”

He later went on to say:

Romney said Monday that he had some concerns about the agreement, known as the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, but he endorsed this and other clean-energy initiatives by saying they would stimulate the development of technology that Massachusetts companies could sell to other states and countries as the emphasis on climate change grows.

“I’m convinced it is good business,” Romney said. He cited analyses showing that the agreement would boost energy prices by just 1 or 2 percent.

 His comments in June seemed to indicate his continued support of the Climate change myth. But yesterday he tweaked his support a bit.

“Do I think the world’s getting hotter? Yeah, I don’t know that but I think that it is,” he said. “I don’t know if it’s mostly caused by humans.”

“What I’m not willing to do is spend trillions of dollars on something I don’t know the answer to.”

Not willing to spend trillions? But on June 3 he said:

  “It’s important for us to reduce our emissions of pollutants and greenhouse gases that may be significant contributors.”‘

 That’s the Romney problem. He doesn’t have stances on issues, its more like a political game of whack-a-mole, when you try to hit him on an issue he ducks his  head and pops up in a different stance.

Romney’s global warming waffle can be added to this list of changed stances.

  • Abortion. In October 2002, campaigning for governor of Massachusetts, Mitt Romney said he would “preserve and protect” a woman’s right to choose. He now describes himself as pro-life.
  • Gun control. Campaigning for the Senate in 1994, he said he favored strong gun laws and did not “line up with the NRA.” He joined the National Rifle Association in 2006 while pondering a presidential run, and he praised the group for “doing good things” and “supporting the right to bear arms.”
  • Campaign finance. In 1994, he advocated a spending limit on congressional elections and the abolition of political action committees. In 2002, he supported public financing of campaigns from a 10 percent tax on private fundraising. In 2008, he said the McCain-Feingold law limiting campaign contributions is an attack on free speech.
  • Immigration. In a November 2005 interview with the Boston Globe, he described an immigration overhaul advanced by John McCain as “reasonable.” When he was running against McCain for the nomination in 2008 he denounced  it as an “amnesty plan.

I am not a big fan of the “circular firing squad” and will vote for Romney against Obama if he gets the nomination, but he is killing himself with these constant flip flops. And in the end, his wavering stances on so many issues may turn out to cost him the nomination more than the issues he remains steadfast about.

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