Romney smears Giuliani: 'He is pro-choice, he is pro-gay marriage, and anti-gun'
ABC News reports that in an interview taped for the Christian talk show The 700 Club and set to air March 6, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney smeared contender Rudy Giulani, saying, "He is pro-choice, he is pro-gay marriage, and anti-gun. That's a tough combination in a Republican primary."
Because of a 1997 bill that then-mayor of New York City Giuliani signed creating domestic-partnership benefits for homosexual couples, he is often considered "pro-gay-rights," writes ABC News. However, Giuliani has never been considered "pro-gay-marriage."
However, in 2004, Giuliani told NBC's Meet the Press that he would oppose a federal ban on gay marriage.
"When contacted by ABC News, the Romney campaign was not able to provide substantiation for the governor's claim that Giuliani is 'pro-gay marriage,'" continues the report.
Mitt Romney at one time expressed views very similar to each of the things of which he accuses Giuliani.
In a 1994 gubernatorial debate, Romney said, "I believe that abortion should be safe and legal in this country... I believe that since Roe v. Wade has been the law for 20 years that we should sustain and support it. And I sustain and support that law and the right of a woman to make that choice."
In 2002, Romney told NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts, "I respect and will protect a women's right to choose. This choice is a deeply personal one. Women should be free to choose based on their own beliefs, not mine and not the government's."
He has since shifted toward a pro-life stance.
Regarding gay marriage, Romney wrote to a group of Massachusetts gay Republicans in 1994, as "we seek to establish full equality for America's gay and lesbian citizens, I will provide more effective leadership than my opponent [Ted Kennedy]."
In 2002 the Boston Globe reported (via CBN) that then-Governor of Massachusetts Romney would condemn a federal ban on same-sex marriage.
On gun control, OnTheIssues.org reports that Romney supported the assault weapons ban and Brady Bill in 1994. "I don't think [the waiting period] will have a massive effect on crime but I think it will have a positive effect," Romney said at the time.