dismissed a picture on the Internet on Tuesday that
apparently showed him attending a fund-raising reception for
Planned Parenthood in 1994 during his Senate campaign.
''I attend a lot
of events when I run for office. I don't recall the
specific event,'' the former Massachusetts governor said as
he campaigned for the Republican presidential
nomination. ''I think I've made it very clear. I was
pro-choice, or effectively pro-choice, when I ran in 1994.
As governor I'm pro-life and I have a record of being
pro-life and I'm firmly pro-life today.''
on abortion has dogged him throughout his White House
bid, as has the revelation that Romney's wife, Ann, had
donated $150 to Planned Parenthood as her husband ran
for the Senate more than a decade ago.
ABC News and the
Boston Herald obtained the photograph that
showed the Romneys talking with local political
activists, including Nicki Nichols Gamble, the
then-president and CEO of the Planned Parenthood
League of Massachusetts. She told ABC that the event
was a Planned Parenthood fund-raising ''house party'' in
Cohasset, Mass., in June 1994.
Romney was on a
one-day ''fly-around'' of South Carolina, stopping in
five major media markets for brief made-for-TV events.
At each stop he
renewed his criticism of rivals Mike Huckabee, John
McCain, and Rudy Giuliani -- who are in a contentious race
in the first-in-the-South primary state -- on illegal
immigration, and assailed Huckabee on the number of
pardons and commutations he granted as governor of
But he wouldn't
outrightly criticize Huckabee for running a TV ad in Iowa
that invokes the birth of Christ and has drawn the ire of a
''I don't have a
comment on that at this stage. I may later. I'll take a
look at the ad,'' Romney said.
Even so, Romney
said it's important that the country unite over its
diversity of faith, including ''people who don't have
faith,'' and the nation's commitment to religious
''I hope Governor
Huckabee, like all of us at this time, is sensitive to
that diversity of faith and the liberty of people's ability
to worship God as they choose, and I trust that he and
the other candidates will do just that,'' Romney said.
(Liz Sidoti, AP)