If you saw last night’s debate, you’ll remember that Mitt Romney grew visibly irritated when Newt Gingrich challenged his pro-life credentials. “I’m not questioned on character or integrity very often,” he said, adding that “this is not the time to be doubting people’s words.” Romney defended his record, saying that he “was an avidly pro-life governor,” citing support from a group called Massachusetts Citizens for Life to make his case.
The problem? In a gubernatorial debate ten years earlier, he flatly denied having knowledge of the very same group’s endorsement. When his opponent accused him of having accepted their backing, he grew just as indignant as he was last night—except this time, he was defending his pro-choice beliefs. “I don’t know about the endorsement of the Massachusetts Citizens for life,” he said, adding that it was “unbecoming” of his female opponent to suggest otherwise. “When I’m governor, and I’m convinced I will be, I will preserve and protect a woman’s right to choose,” he said.
And as you can see in the above video, it’s all on YouTube. (h/t: BuzzFeed’s Andrew Kaczynski for pointing to the 2002 clip)