The Right Rips Into Romney
He's grilled on abortion switch in lead-up to Iowa straw poll
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 10, 2007 5:18 AM CDT

(Newser) – GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney is getting flamed by all-out assault on his conservative bona fides in the run-up to tomorrow's straw poll in  Iowa, reports the New York Times. The former Massachusetts governor has been hit by particularly withering criticism for his change of heart on abortion, with talk radio and YouTube videos ganging up to call him an opportunist.

Although Romney now opposes abortion, he insisted in the past during a gubernatorial campaign that he would protect a woman's "right to choose."  Romney suggested in an interview that if he wins the straw poll, as is widely expected, it will demonstrate that his volte-face on abortion won't damage his appeal to conservatives nationwide.