Friday, October 26, 2007

Play of the Day: Romney's questioner on Gay rights stance

Play of the Day: Romney's questioner

Thu Oct 25, 5:17 PM ET

Kevin Daly got a lesson Thursday in Presidential Politics 101.

The sophomore at Phillips Exeter Academy pointedly asked Republican candidate Mitt Romney about his shifting positions on abortion and gay rights.

As governor of Massachusetts, Romney indicated he would not change state laws on abortion rights, now he opposes abortion. During the 1994 Senate campaign in Massachusetts, Romney indicated he would be a better advocate for gay rights than rival Democrat Edward M. Kennedy.

"How can any of your campaign promises be trusted?" Daly asked.

Romney suggested the 15-year-old from Weston, Mass., had falsely stated that he favored gay marriage in 1994.

Around and around the two went, with Daly referring to a New York Times report about the gay rights pledge. The second time through, he mistakenly said the story detailed a "gay marriage" pledge.

That was enough for Romney.

"Even The New York Times hasn't said I'll be stronger on gay marriage than Ted Kennedy, even The New York Times," Romney said. "I've never been an advocate of gay marriage."

Compiled by Glen Johnson

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