Romney plays defense
Mitt Romney told a Fox News interviewer Tuesday night that campaign ads suggesting he's changed opinions on issues have taken his remarks out of context.
'The people are going to take snippets, and take things out of context, and try and show there are differences where in some cases there are not,' Romney told Brett Baier, responding to a question about ads produced by Jon Huntsman's campaign. He acknowledged 'changing my mind' on the issue of abortion, saying he is pro-life now but did not take that position years ago.
Romney was criticized recently for taking President Obama's remarks out of context in an ad that included an excerpt from Obama campaigning in New Hampshire in 2008. Obama had been quoting the campaign of his opponent, Republican John McCain, who said, 'If we keep talking about the economy, we're going to lose.'
Romney's ad makes no mention that Obama was quoting McCain's campaign. According to the Associated Press, he defended the ad last week to reporters in Iowa, saying that 'there was no hidden effort on the part of our campaign.
'It was instead to point out that what's sauce for the goose is now sauce for the gander,' the AP quoted Romney as saying.