Saturday, May 12, 2012

On same-sex marriage Obama flip flops, Romney constant

The President of the Faith & Freedom Coalition noted that single-sex marriage shows Mitt Romney’s consistency, while President Obama is the one who flip-flopped:  "This is one situation where Obama looks like the flip-flopper and Romney looks consistent."

 President Barack Obama delighted his liberal base by coming down on the side of gay marriage, but he cheered the opposition, too. 
Republican activists now want to use Obama's stance on the issue - public opinion is about evenly split - to paint the president as a flip-flopper and to boost Mitt Romney's image in the eyes of conservatives who are still warming to him. 
Yet, across the Republican Party, from leaders to activists interviewed since Obama's announcement, there's been wide agreement to use the gay marriage issue selectively - in battleground states that have banned gay marriage, for example- and keep the GOP's national political focus on Obama's stewardship of the economy. 
"I'm going to stay focused on jobs, thanks," House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said repeatedly when asked about Obama's announcement on gay marriage. "The president can talk about it all he wants. I'm going to stay focused on what the American people want us to stay focused on." 
"This is one situation where Obama looks like the flip-flopper and Romney looks consistent," said Ralph Reed, president of the Faith & Freedom Coalition, a conservative, grass-roots advocacy group. "So much for the notion that Romney's the one with no core." 

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