When they did so, they heard “a recording of Mitt Romney’s comments from 1994, where his convictions on the pro-life, the abortion, debate have really been in question.”


The MSNBC report did not specify precisely which comments were played in the recording. But, in 1994, Romney ran for Senate in Massachusetts against incumbent Sen. Edward Kennedy (D). During a televised debate, he said of his position on abortion:

“I believe that abortion should be safe and legal in this country. I believe that since Roe v. Wade has been the law for 20 years, that we should sustain and support it. I sustain and support that law, and the right of a woman to make that choice.”

In response, Kennedy asserted, to applause, “I am pro-choice; my opponent is multiple-choice.”

Romney’s communications director, Gail Gitcho, told MSNBC that Romney “has made it clear that that is the one substantial issue that he has changed his position on. He is pro-life. He will govern as president as a pro-life president.”

Of the text-message attacks, Gitcho said, "you’re going to see a lot of these negative attacks” in the final week before the Jan. 3 caucuses.

The source of the text-message attack remains unclear.