2011 VIDEO-- Mitt Romney: "We should have a prohibition on abortion... You're trying to tell me that I'm not a faithful Mormon!"



Mitt Romney on Jan Mickelson's show on WHO-AM in Des Moines. At about 6:20, Romney starts in on Roe v. Wade:

"The right course on Roe v. Wade is to have it overturned."

"We should have a prohibition on abortion"

"I was effectively pro-choice some years ago... I didn't ever call myself pro-choice. I said I would preserve and protect the laws as it existed..."

At about 8:50, he gets into an argument about his religion, his "I'm not gonna apologize" for being pro-life" flip flop, and more. Then at about 10:50, off air, they get into a more heated conversation about Mormonism and whether Willard is consistent with his faith:

"Don't confuse with what I do as a member of my faith with what I think should be done by government."

After 13:54 things got more intense:

"Every Mormon should be pro-life? ... You're WRONG!"

At about 15:00:

"You don't understand my faith like I do, so give me for a moment as being a leader of my church... I understand my church better than you do.... You don't believe that, do you?!"

At about 17:10, things got more heated, for Pete's sake:

Jan: "I take this stuff real seriously..."

Mitt: "For me it's just all frivolous [sarcasm]... Come on, I'm running for president!... You're not giving me the opportunity to explain to you that my faith has very strong beliefs that if I commit abortion, encourage an abortion... I was beaten up in Boston because I pointed out time and time again that I encourage girls NOT to get abortions."

Then he went on to say his church allows others to make their own choice, "I disagree with that view. ..  We should have ... a prohibition on abortion."

"I don't like coming on the air and having you come after my church... You're trying to tell me I'm not a faithful Mormon!"

"I'm not running to talk about Mormonism."

As governor, "I vetoed any bill that was in favor of choice."

There's your calm, cool, collected Mr. Moderate.

on Dec 12, 2011:

Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney appears in this video as he sat down with an Iowa radio talk show host when an "intense" conversation ensued. Mr. Romney has claimed (with Katie Couric) that he'd unwittingly been captured on hidden camera. There were in fact two camcorders in plain site, both on tripods.

H/t: @OFA_Jarryd, @ClarksonChuck