Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney didn’t respond to criticism about a lack of conviction on Tuesday, instead emphasizing his private-sector credentials and his readiness for the job of president.
Romney kept a smile on his face during the interview with Bret Baier of FOX News but appeared annoyed with the questioning, interrupting when pressed to account for flip-flops on issues.
In response to the charge that he has been on both sides of climate change, abortion, immigration and gay rights, Romney said the list of issues was “just not accurate” and said people needed to be “better informed” about his positions.
The interview began with a question about the New Hampshire Union-Leader’s endorsement of former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich in the Republican primary and the endorsement’s reference to candidates who just tell people “what they want to hear” – a reference to Romney.
“You know, the Union Leaders have not always been happy with me so I can’t be terribly surprised,” Romney responded quickly when asked if that was a shot at his "lack of conviction."
He went on to talk about Gingrich, calling him a “good man” and then contrasting their backgrounds: Romney’s in the private sector, with Gingrich’s 30+ years spent in Washington.
“With regards to my own views, I’m happy to have people take a look at my book. I wrote that a couple of years ago, laid out my views for the country,” he added.
When asked about old video clips that show him expressing positions in “direct contrast” to his current positions, Romney answered that these were “snippets” and taken out of context, and said only on the issue of abortion had he changed his position.
“I am pro-life. I did not take that position years ago. And that’s the same change that occurred with Ronald Reagan, with George W. Bush…”
Romney denied having ever said that an individual health care mandate, such as the one he signed into law as governor of Massachusetts, would be good for the country as a whole.
See the full interview below.
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