This is a hard question to answer. In 2005, Human Events.com ranked Mitt Romney the #8 RINO (Republican In Name Only). For example: his position has changed from Pro-Life to Pro-Choice and now apparently, back to Pro-Life. In his own words, while Governor of Massachusetts, he was essentially Pro-Choice. But then he claims to have always come down on the side of life. But that is not entirely true. He is responsible for "Romney Care" which forces all citizens of Massachusetts to have insurance, either private or through the Government or risk a tax penalty. Through this Government version of insurance, abortion is available on demand as a $50 co-pay. To compound this tragedy, tax payers have to fund this monstrosity whether they are Pro-Life or Pro-Choice. On a side note to this debacle, Planned Parenthood has a seat on the board for this Universal Health-Care System that Romney signed into law.
What about Gay Marriage, you ask. Well, during Romney's tenure as Governor, Massachusetts became the FIRST state to legalize Gay Marriage. But wait, Gay Marriage was not made legal by the Legislature drafting a new law. It was ruled on by the courts. And the last time I checked, courts do not make the laws, they interpret and enforce them. That did not matter to Mitt Romney though. He threatened his justices and clerks to provide services to marry these gay couples anyway. Even going so far as to change the marriage licenses to read "Partner A" and "Partner B" from what it was before, "Husband" and "Wife". Here is a quote from a World Net Daily article which is linked below: "Since even the court admitted that the marriage statute excludes homosexual 'marriages' and the statute remains law, Mitt Romney did what he did on his own. Neither governors nor courts – neither being law-makers – have legal authority to convey to illegal homosexual marriages licenses".
Well, he is and always has been a staunch supporter for the 2nd Amendment, right? WRONG! In his 1994 US Senate run, Romney backed two gun-control measures strongly opposed by the National Rifle Association and other gun-rights groups: the Brady Bill, which imposed a five-day waiting period on gun sales, and a ban on certain assault weapons. "That's not going to make me the hero of the NRA," Romney told the Boston Herald in 1994. At another campaign stop that year, he told reporters: "I don't line up with the NRA." And as the GOP gubernatorial candidate in 2002, Romney lauded the state's strong laws during a debate against Democrat Shannon O'Brien. "We do have tough gun laws in Massachusetts; I support them," he said. "I won't chip away at them; I believe they protect us and provide for our safety." He now touts his work as governor to ease restrictions on gun owners. He proudly describes himself as a member of the NRA -- though his campaign won't say when he joined. Even though it is common knowledge it took place in 2006. To add a little salt to the wound of 2nd Amendment supporters, Romney enacted a "FEE" hike that quadrupled registration fees from $25 to a whopping $100.
But Romney is the most Conservative when it comes to Immigration, right? WRONG again! Mitt Romney bashed Governor Huckabee relentlessly during the Primaries about supporting in-state tuition rates for children of undocumented residents. But what Romney failed to mention is that he too supported it while neither candidate actually signed any legislation. Here is a quote from Romney right before he vetoed the measure, “I hate the idea of in any way making it more difficult for kids, even those who are illegal aliens, to afford college in our state." It should be noted that several other states already have this law on their books and they include: California, Illinois, Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah and Washington. Romney is also not a good example of someone who should be in charge of Illegal Immigration considering his landscaper had illegals working on Romney's estate, not once but twice.
But Romney did not pardon or commute the sentence of anyone, not once. Well that is true, even though it is the Governors job to review each case that is submitted and carefully judge whether or not the case deserves a pardon or commutation. One such case came to Romney's desk not once but twice. Mitt Romney refused to pardon Anthony Circosta, who was decorated with the Bronze Star for his actions in the Iraq war. Mr. Circosta had a criminal record from when he shot another child with a BB gun at the age of 13, the pellet did not even break the skin of the victim. But because of this record, Mr. Circosta was unable to fulfill his dream of becoming a police officer. And Romney knowing all this, still refused to pardon our decorated soldier.
So, is Mitt Romney Socially Conservative? I think not. Some say, "but he changed his mind and everyone changes their minds from time to time". Well that is true but when he changes his mind on all of these issues at the same time, 2006, it makes you wonder, "did this 60 year old man suddenly change his core values and convictions or did he change his mind on the issues because he no longer needed to be the Liberal Governor of Massachusetts but instead, needed to be a Conservative Republican running for President?" A little too convenient if you ask me.