Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney insists that he's no flip-flopper.
Back in 1994, Romney ran against U.S. Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.) as a pro-choice, pro-gay-rights Republican and lost. Fast-forward 13 years: Romney, a Republican presidential hopeful, is an abortion opponent who opposes civil unions, as well as gay marriage.
Was the shift one of conviction or convenience?
In an Oct. 24 press conference during a stopover in Philadelphia, Romney said that what counts is his record as governor from 2003 to 2006, not what he said when he challenged Kennedy in one of the nation's most liberal states.
"I'm pleased with my record and invite people to take a look at it," said Romney. As governor, he noted that he was anti-abortion, as he opposed lowering the age of requiring parental consent for an abortion from 18 to 16.
He also said that statements from his senate campaign have been taken out of context and noted that "other candidates … have changed their views over time, some even recently."
Romney also said that he's not concerned that he's hovered between third and fourth in the national polls.
"If you look at the history of presidential politics, the key is not national polls. The key is winning primaries and caucuses," said Romney, who's pushed heavily in Iowa and New Hampshire. "In the places where I've been the most, I'm doing the best in the polls. Had it been the opposite, I'd be concerned."