Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Friday tried to convince attendees at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) to vote for him by reminding them of his "severely conservative" record, including preventing Massachusetts from becoming "the Las Vegas of gay marriage."
"History will record the Obama presidency as last gasp of liberalism's great failure and a turning point for the conservative era to come," the candidate predicted. "I know this president will never get it, but we conservatives aren't just proud to cling to our guns and our religion, we are also proud to cling to our Constitution."
"As governor of Massachusetts, I had the unique experience of defending conservative principles in the most liberal state in the nation," Romney said. "Even with a legislature that was 85 percent Democrat, I cut taxes 19 times and balanced the budget all four years. I cast over 800 vetoes and cut entire programs. ... And I can’t wait to get my hands on Washington!"
"Less than a year after I took office, the state's Supreme Court inexplicably found a right to same sex marriage in the Constitution, written by John Adams. ... I successfully prohibited out-of-state couples from coming to our state to get married and then going home. On my watch, we fought hard and prevented Massachusetts from becoming the Las Vegas of gay marriage."
The former governor added that he supported the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and a constitutional amendment barring same sex marriage.
"My state was a leading indicator of what liberals would be trying to do across the country and what they are trying to do right now. And I fought against long odds in a deep blue state, but I was a severely conservative Republican governor," he explained.
Romney once again repeated his pledge to defund Planned Parenthood.
"And I will reverse every single Obama regulation that attacks our religious liberty and threatens innocent life in this country," he told the conservative crowd.
UPDATE: John Amato
I've never seen a politician lie about his own record so much in my life. For a start just read the post I wrote on 12/7/11 called: In '02 Romney Supported Roe v Wade Decision and Spending State Funds For Abortion Services
Go to the link to see the actual document and continue reading below the fold to see how pro-choice he was when he needed to be.
In the spring of 2002 Romney completed a Planned Parenthood questionnaire. Signed by Romney and dated April 9, 2002, it contained these responses:
Do you support the substance of the Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade?YES
Do you support state funding of abortion services through Medicaid for low-income women? YES
In 1998, the FDA approved the first packaging of emergency contraception, also known as the "morning after pill." Emergency contraception is a high dose combination of oral contraceptives that if taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex, can safely prevent a pregnancy from occurring. Do you support efforts to increase access to emergency contraception? YES
Romney also completed the questionnaire of the National Abortion Rights Action League, or NARAL (now called NARAL Pro-Choice America), with this statement:
I respect and will protect a woman's right to choose. This choice is a deeply personal one. Women should be free to choose based on their own beliefs, not mine and not the government's. The truth is no candidate in the governor's race in either party would deny women abortion rights. So let's end an argument that does not exist and stop these cynical and divisive attacks that are made only for political gain.