Romney changes position on abortion in less than 24 hours

Romney changes position on abortion in less than 24 hours

Columbus : OH : USA | Oct 10, 2012 at 11:50 PM PDT
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US President Barack Obama (R) and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney (L) end the first presidential debate

The issue of abortion has resurfaced after Mitt Romney restated his position on it Wednesday, saying he would try his best to cut the rate of abortion in the US and across the world if Americans vote him to become commander in chief of the United States.

The Republican presidential was speaking to reporters at a campaign stop in Ohio. Romney said until now there has been no legislation on protections for life and that he would support formulation of laws meant to save lives. His comments came less than 24 hours after he told the Des Moines Register that he saw no legislation concerning abortion that would become part of his agenda.

"I think I've said time and again, I'm a pro-life candidate. I'll be a pro-life president," Romney said, accord to LA Times. "The actions I'll take immediately are to remove funding for Planned Parenthood. It will not be part of my budget. And also I've indicated I'll reverse the Mexico City position of the president. I will reinstate the Mexico City policy.”

Obama dashed into the issue from the White House and accused the Republican presidential nominee of purposefully changing positions on a variety of issues. Obama alleged that Romney is trying to cloud the question when it comes to women rights of making decision regarding their healthcare.

Romney’s earlier position on abortion put him at odds with his running mate Paul Ryan and with some segments of his major electorate, who are staunch opponents of abortion rights.

Inquired about Romney's Iowa comments, Ryan said there was no difference between him and Romney on any issue.

"Our positions unified," Ryan told reporters outside an ice cream shop in St. Petersburg, Fla. "Our position is consistent and hasn't changed."

The Republican presidential candidate’s remarks and the follow-on back-and-forth have produced a remarkable, if unplanned, harmony between the two campaigns. Both campaigns are quarreling that Romney appeared more committed to the anti-abortion issue than his statements in Iowa would imply.

Some political pundits think that the Republican presidential nominee’s pin to the center could generate some snags for his VP nominee, who lands in Kentucky today to the fore of Thursday's debate at Centre College in Danville.

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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney greets running-mate Paul Ryan on September 25
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney greets running-mate Paul Ryan on September 25
Kamran Ahmed is based in Seattle, Washington, United States of America, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
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