Mitt Romney delineated from his usually economy-focused campaign to defend his record at Bain Capital and to play up his pro-life stance to defend attacks from his GOP rivals and also appeal to social conservatives in South Carolina.
"I'm convinced that the principles of opportunity, and freedom and the protection of life were not temporary but are permanent," Romney said Wednesday at a rally in Columbia.
Romney will participate in a 10-day leg in South Carolina trying to court socially conservative and evangelical voters.
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The conservative state could be an uphill battle for Romney, despite his two-streak win in Iowa and New Hampshire. He came in fourth four years ago, the Associated Press reported.
Before flying off to Florida for a quick trip, Romney again stressed his pro-life stance to a group of reporters Thursday morning. “I understand that there are some attack ads coming my way that question that,” he said. “Obviously it’s important for me to remind people that I’m pro-life. ”
Newt Gingrich released an ad Tuesday aimed at South Carolina voters that attacks Romney for changing his position on abortion.
There’s a reason why Romney has been focused on the topic of abortion. The New York Times reported:
“When asked about his emphasis on the word ‘life,’ a topic he had not overtly mentioned when campaigning in New Hampshire, Romney said that he felt confident the people of New England understand his conversion to the pro-life stance he currently holds. But, he added, it was a topic worth repeating here in South Carolina, where he expects his conservative credentials to come under assault.”
Romney also addressed his past history with Bain Capital where he worked as a corporate buyout specialist.
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“There are a number of businesses that we helped start, which collectively, you can just look on their Web sites, added well over 100,000 jobs,” Romney said.
Rick Perry has attacked Romney for, under Bain’s supervision, together laying off hundreds of workers in two local companies.
“For the family, for the individual that loses a job, it’s devastating,” Romney said. “And every time that we invested in the business it was to try and encourage that business to have ongoing life.”