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Romney Veep Search Head Was There For Pro-Life Conversion

The woman heading Romney’s vice presidential search, a long time confidante, shared his revelation, he said.

Beth Myers, the decade long Romney loyalist serving as his the head of his vice presidential search process is well known for serving as Mitt Romney’s chief of staff during his tenure as Governor. She was so close to Romney at times she was known as the “Mitt Whisperer.”

A little known fact about Myers is that, according to Romney, she experienced the same conversion as he when he famously became pro-life in 2005. In a 2006 interview with National Review Romney alluded to the experience and Myers involvement.

My position has changed and I have acknowledged that. How that came about is that several years ago, in the course of the stem-cell-research debate I met with a pair of experts from Harvard. At one point the experts pointed out that embryonic-stem-cell research should not be a moral issue because the embryos were destroyed at 14 days. After the meeting I looked over at Beth Myers, my chief of staff, and we both had exactly the same reaction — it just hit us hard just how much the sanctity of life had been cheapened by virtue of the Roe v. Wade mentality. And from that point forward, I said to the people of Massachusetts, “I will continue to honor what I pledged to you, but I prefer to call myself pro-life.”

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Andrew Kaczynski is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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