I asked DeMint about abortion and Romney’s 2004 change from a pro-choice to a pro-life position. DeMint said he and Romney discussed it at length. “I said, ‘It’s an issue that’s very important to me, and to the people of South Carolina, and I’m concerned, I want to know where you are, and I want to know why you changed your mind,’” DeMint says. DeMint says Romney discussed the issue in great detail, telling the story of someone his family knew who died of an illegal abortion many years ago — “I think he came by his previous position honestly,” DeMint says — continuing through his study of genetic research and the question of when life begins. “He feels passionately that the value of human life begins at conception,” DeMint says. “The idea that he might have changed his mind is very appealing to me, because we’re not going to win that debate unless people change their minds and think it through.”
2. EFM was on TV! That’s kind of cool.