I am trying to understand Mitt Romney’s campaign.
First he was the governor of Massachusetts – a very moderate Republican – pro-choice, pro-universal health care, pro-immigration, pro-regulations and so on.
Then he became a presidential candidate from the Republican Party in 2006 for the 2008 election. But he lost – he was too moderate.
In 2011 he began campaigning for the 2012 Republican nomination. This time he decided to be smart and play the Republican Party card. He became “severely conservative”: He was anti-choice, he promised to overturn Obama’s healthcare reform, he spoke against immigration, against public education. He promised to remove regulations, to cut taxes, and so on.
In August 2012 he became the Republican nominee. He had become very unpopular among women, immigrants, the unemployed, even veterans. Time to switch. Time to get to the center. During his first debate on Oct. 6, 2012, I could not believe what I heard: There are no new changes to Roe v. Wade that Mitt knows of; some of the provisions of Obamacare are good; illegal immigrants who were brought here as children and got an education do not have to go back.
Some of my friends say Romney will be a centrist President – not far right. Ignore what you hear now, they say. It is just a campaign.
So, my question: Our Congress is very conservative now. If Congress brings him a reversal of Roe v. Wade, repeal of Obamacare, anti-immigration bills, bills against public education, bills to defund arts, science, clean air, what will President Romney do?