Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee Duel Over Abortion, Pro-Life Records

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Nov 27, 2007   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
November 27,

Washington, DC ( — The sniping among the Republican presidential candidates over the issue of abortion continues as the primary elections draw closer. Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee are trying to prove their pro-life credentials to voters and the dueling that started with comments back and forth is now heading to the airwaves in Iowa.

The battle between the former Arkansas and Massachusetts governors started on Sunday when Huckabee pointed out that Romney’s opposition to abortion was a recent development.

He said Romney’s newly found pro-life position isn’t credible and that he has been pro-life longer and can be better trusted on abortion.

"When he was pro-abortion, I was still pro-life and always have been," Huckabee told CNN. "When he was against Ronald Reagan’s legacy and said he wasn’t part of that Bush-Reagan thing, I was a part of that Bush-Reagan thing."

Romney shot back on Monday saying that, like him, Reagan was not always pro-life.

"I’m very proud of the fact that I became pro-life, just like Ronald Reagan did," he said. "When theory met reality when I became governor, every action I took as governor came down on the side of life."

Huckabee has responded with a new Iowa television ad that appears to address Romney without naming him directly.

"I don’t have to wake up every day wondering, what do I need to believe," Huckabee says in the new commercial.

"Let us never sacrifice our principles for anybody’s politics. Not now, not ever," Huckabee adds. "I believe life begins at conception. We believe in some things. We stand by those things. We live or die by those things."

The underlying message in the ad appears to go after Romney, who is leading in the Midwestern state that will begin the primary election with caucuses in early January.