by Steven Ertelt
January 28, 2008
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — John McCain’s campaign is running a new Internet advertisement criticizing Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney on the issue of abortion. The ad features clips from comments Romney made in years past saying he supported legal abortion and contrasts them with current clips of him saying he’s pro-life.
"A Tale of Two Mitt’s," is a play on a popular television theater program and it features the former Massachusetts governor as a candidate for the U.S. Senate in 1994 and as governor in 2002.
The McCain ad quotes him saying, " I believe abortion should be safe and legal in this country," and "I will preserve and protect a woman’s right to choose" and that he "would not be wavering" on supporting abortion.
It then features a clip of Romney during a GOP debate saying, "You can go back to Youtube and look at what I said in 1994. I never said I was pro-choice," and one from another debate adding, "My position was effectively pro-choice and I’ve said that time and time again."
The McCain ad closes with a tag saying, "Mitt Romney’s flip-flop’s are truly masterpieces."
LifeNews.com asked the Romney campaign for a response and spokesman Gary Marx forwarded a statement saying McCain is engaging in last-minute distortions less than 24 hours before Florida voters head to the polls.
"Senator McCain has, once again, launched a last-minute, negative ambush against Governor Romney with web ads, radio ads, flyers-you name it," the Romney campaign said.
"If you ever needed proof that the Washington insider with the wrong record on Republican policies is threatened by the new ideas and strong record of Governor Romney, now you have it," the campaign added.
McCain’s ad is interesting because he is not well known for taking a strong stance in opposition to abortion, despite a consistent pro-life voting record on it.