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The Complete Record of Mitt Romney's Biggest Flip Flops

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Here's a roundup of Mitt Romney's most notable (and laughable) flip flops on a variety of issues:


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"I'm proud of what we've done. If Massachusetts succeeds in implementing [Romneycare], then that will be a model for the nation." –Mitt Romney, while campaigning for president in Baltimore in 2007
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"At the time I crafted the plan in the last campaign I was asked is [Romneycare] something that you would have the whole nation do, and I said no. This is something that was crafted for Massachusetts. It would be wrong to adopt this as a nation." – Mitt Romney in a 2011 Republican presidential primary debate

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"Well, I'm not getting rid of all of healthcare reform." – Mitt Romney, Meet the Press interview (Sept. 9, 2012)
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"Obamacare must be repealed in its entirety." – Mitt Romney, Hugh Hewitt Show interview (Sept. 10, 2012)

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Romney, speaking in 2012 about the U.S. auto industry's comeback: "I pushed the idea of a managed bankruptcy. And finally, when that was done, and help was given, the companies got back on their feet. So I'll take a lot of credit for the fact that this industry's come back."
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Romney, writing in a 2008 New York Times op-ed titled "Let Detroit Go Bankrupt": "If General Motors, Ford and Chrysler get the bailout that their chief executives asked for yesterday, you can kiss the American automotive industry goodbye."

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"I believe that abortion should be safe and legal in this country. I believe that since Roe v. Wade has been the law for 20 years, that we should sustain and support it. I sustain and support that law and the right of a woman to make that choice." – Mitt Romney, in a 1994 debate with Sen. Edward Kennedy. In 2002, Romney also said, "I respect and will protect a woman's right to choose."
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"Look, I was pro-choice. I am pro-life. You can go back to YouTube and look at what I said in 1994. I never said I was pro-choice, but my position was effectively pro-choice. I changed my position." – Mitt Romney, in a 2007 Iowa Straw poll debate

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Romney in 2012: "I don't manage the money that I have. In order to make sure that I didn't have a conflict of interest while I was governor or while I was considering a run for national office, I had a blind trust established."
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Romney in 1994: "The blind trust is an age-old ruse, if you will, which is to say, you can always tell the blind trust what it can and cannot do. You give a blind trust rules."

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Romney in June 2011: "I believe the world is getting warmer … I believe that humans contribute to that."
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Romney in October 2011: "My view is that we don't know what's causing climate change on this planet."

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"I was an independent during the time of Reagan-Bush. I'm not trying to return to Reagan-Bush." –Mitt Romney in a 1994 debate with Sen. Edward Kennedy
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"When I was running for office for the first time in 1994, I was trying to define who I was…. I've said since, and continue to reiterate, that one of my heroes is Ronald Reagan." ––Mitt Romney in a 2006 Q&A with Human Events

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"We do have tough gun laws in Massachusetts. I support them. I won't chip away at them." –Mitt Romney in a 2002 gubernatorial debate
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"I don't support any gun control legislation, the effort for a new assault weapons ban, with a ban on semi-automatic weapons, is something I would oppose." –Mitt Romney, in a 2008 interview with conservative bloggers

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"I purchased a gun when I was a young man. I've been a hunter pretty much all my life." –Mitt Romney in April 2007
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"I'm not a big-game hunter. I’ve always been a rodent and rabbit hunter. Small varmints, if you will." –Mitt Romney in April 2007

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"I longed in many respects to actually be in Vietnam and representing our country there." –Mitt Romney, reflecting in a 2007 Boston Globe interview on the Vietnam War period, when he received a deferment to work as a Mormon missionary in France
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"It was not my desire to go off and serve in Vietnam." –Mitt Romney, as quoted in the Boston Herald in 1994

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