Romney: Trust Me, I'm Homophobic

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This post, written by Howie Klein, originally appeared on Down With Tyranny!

Mitt Romney would like Republican base voters in Iowa to think he's as bigoted as they are. His record doesn't back up his assertions but he didn't get the nickname Flip Flop Mitt for naught and I'm willing to believe him on this one. His new radio ad-- for backward areas only (not something he's running in New Hampshire)-- is all about how homophobic he claims to be. According to a piece that went out over the AP this morning Romney "has come under criticism from conservatives for his past support of some gay rights issues. [He] says he is the only major GOP candidate backing a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage."
Romney's new ad is targeted directly at evangelical Christians who are crucial to Republican politics in Iowa, where precinct caucuses traditionally launch the nominating season.
The ad, coming as Iowa is embroiled in court fight over its gay marriage ban, points to Romney's role in battling a Massachusetts court ruling that paved the way for same-sex marriages there.
"As Republicans we must oppose discrimination and defend traditional marriage: one man, one woman," Romney says in the spot.
Romney's conservative critics argue that his position on gay rights was more nuanced as Massachusetts governor and during his 1994 bid to unseat Democratic Sen. Edward M. Kennedy.
Apparently Romney is worried about Iowa (and South Carolina) hate-obsessed Republicans who don't only fera and disdain gays but also lump in Mormons to "the other" category.

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