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SC Flyer Campaign Focuses on Romney's Position on Gay Rights

ABC News(CHARLESTON, S.C.) -- If a Democratic-allied super PAC has its way, Mitt Romney's past statements on gay rights issues will come back to haunt him in South Carolina this week.

The group, American Bridge 21st Century, has produced an anti-Romney flyer designed to expose a series of Romney's more sympathetic comments about the gay and lesbian community.

"We thought you'd like to see how much common ground there is between Mitt Romney and some of the great voices of the LGBT rights movement," the top of the flyer reads.

What follows are four Romney quotes paired with similar comments by gay rights leaders Harvey Milk, Audre Lorde, Lt. Dan Choi and the gay Massachusetts congressman, Barney Frank.

"The gay community needs more support from the Republican Party," reads one of Romney's quotes on the flyer, which is printed on pink paper.

The group began distributing the fliers on car windshields in Charleston, S.C. on Saturday outside a forum moderated by Mike Huckabee and S.C. Congressman Tim Scott. They plan to continue handing them out all week long at selected venues throughout the state, including in church parking lots on Sunday morning.

American Bridge's goal is to chip away at Romney's support among conservative voters in the state, especially evangelical Christians.

"This isn't about painting Romney as a liberal to voters in South Carolina," the group's president, Rodell Mollineau, said in an interview with ABC News. "It really is about showing voters that this man has no core and he will say anything to get elected."

Mollineau's group, which has dispatched trackers to follow the GOP candidates over the course of the primary season, plans other attacks on Romney this week ahead of the state's Jan. 21 primary. American Bridge will use video, social media and possibly newspaper ads to exploit what they see as the former Massachusetts governor's vulnerabilities in at least two other areas: his position on abortion and his evolution as a conservative.

The hand-outs are meant to mirror fliers that were reportedly distributed by Romney during his 2002 gubernatorial campaign in Massachusetts that included a statement by Romney and his running mate, Kerry Healy that read: "All citizens deserve equal rights regardless of their sexual preference."

Romney campaign strategist Eric Fehrnstrom, who served as communications director for the candidate's 2002 bid, recently told the Huffington Post that he never saw or approved the decade-old fliers.

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DeMint: ‘This Time We’re Going to Do It the Right Way’

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Senator Jim DeMint told ABC News that the Tea Party-backed congressional gains would lead to a political realignment and a second chance for Republicans who recovered from big losses in 2006 and 2008.
“I’m glad to see the determination from Boehner and others in the House that this time we’re going to do it the right way,” Demint told Good Morning America, referring to presumed incoming Speaker of the House John Boehner.
“I think, right now, what I’m hopeful for is Republicans in the House will show what they stand for. They will pass legislation and send it to the Senate that we can debate and say ‘yes’ to so we won’t be in a position like we have been the last four years of just saying no to really bad legislation,” he added.
DeMint was re-elected to a second term after he defeated Democrat Alvin Greene Tuesday night. The South Carolina senator said the Republican Party and newly elected Tea Party candidates will unite by 2012 -- although he disagreed with Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s comments that the GOP’s primary goal for the next two years is to make President Obama a one-term president.

“No, I don’t think [Obama] should be our focus at all, I think his policies were rebuked yesterday and this government-centric rampage of spending was rejected by the American people,” he said.
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