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Brownback swings at debate no-show Romney



Mitt Romney wasn't the only candidate to skip tonight's Values Voter debate in Fort Lauderdale, but he got a custom lashing from Sam Brownback.

"Given his liberal record taking stands as being pro-choice, pro-gay rights, pro-embryonic stem research and pro-taxpayer funding of abortion, Romney's decision to shun Values Voters comes as no surprise," the Brownback campaign said in a statement.

"The only values Romney has consistently cared about are in his stock portfolio," said Rob Wasinger, National Campaign Manager of Brownback for President.

Front-runner Rudy Giuliani skipped, too. Moments ago, a woman asked him about abortion. The camera moved to an empty podium and lingered. "Silence," the moderator said to laughter.

Romney -- rather, his empty podium -- took a question from a man who wanted to know about his "pro-abortion, pro-homosexuality" stances in the past. Fred Thompson and John McCain also got on-camera ribbing for missing the debate.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 1:04pm]


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