Few conservatives actually believe that Mitt Romney will pick Condoleezza Rice as his running mate. But that isn’t stopping social conservatives from reminding the presumptive Republican nominee that he promised during the primary to pick a pro-life running event.
At the Palmetto Freedom Forum, held by The American Principles Project in September 2011, Romney said that he would pick a Vice President who would share his pro-life views.
The transcript below:
Robbie George, Moderator: Governor Romney, will the person you chose as your vice presidential running mate be someone who shares your pro-life and pro-marriage convictions?
Gov. Romney: I certainly imagine so, I haven’t made and selections in that regard…[as I look around at the people I would consider] I would expect that they would all be pro-life and pro-traditional marriage…but this is an important enough issue that the person that I would select in that position would share my views on those important issues.
Robbie George, Moderator: So more than just expectation – would share those views?
Gov. Romney: Yes.. that person would share my views, yeah.
Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser said in a statement that she believed that Romney was telling the truth, and would, in fact choose a pro-life running mate.
“We have taken Governor Romney at his word and therefore believe Secretary Rice will be ruled out of consideration. Secretary Rice’s position violates criteria that Governor Romney himself has laid out,” her statement read.
APP president Frank Cannon also commented on the reports.
“We believe Governor Romney is a man of his word,” he said. “Our next Vice President will be decisively pro-life and pro-family.”