Romney says he’s not a flip-flopper, but ‘a man of steadiness and constancy’

Alexis Levinson Political Reporter
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Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney discussed his reputation as a flip-flopper at Wednesday night’s CNBC Republican presidential debate, disputing the characterization and calling himself “a man of steadiness and constancy.”

Romney was asked to address the “issue of character” after he mentioned the auto bailout, which he has been accused of switching positions on. The Democratic National Committee has been bracketing Romney in Michigan with ads attacking him for flip-flopping on the issue.

“What can you say to Republicans to persuade them that things you say in the campaign are rooted in something deeper than the fact you are running for office?” he was asked.

“I think people know me pretty well … People understand I’m a man of steadiness and constancy,” Romney said. “I don’t think you are going the find somebody who has more of those attributes than do I. I have been married to the same woman for 25 — excuse me — I will get in trouble. For 42 years. I have been in the same church my entire life. I worked at one company for 25 years. And I left that to go off and help save the Olympic Games.

“I think it is outrageous the Obama campaign continues to push this idea when you have in the Obama administration the most political presidency we have seen in modern history,” Romney continued. “They decided when to pull out of Afghanistan based on politics. If I’m President of the United States, I will be true to my family, faith and our country, and I will never apologize for the United States of America.”

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