Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said President Barack Obama will try to "assassinate" the character of his opponents in an interview on Fox News' "Hannity" Monday night.
"Well, one of his advisers said their strategy will be to kill Romney. That's not a very exciting phrase to be using ... so I'm not looking forward to that," he said. "So he can't talk about his record and get reelected. So what he'll do is try and assassinate, on a character basis, his opponents and -- or his opposition. I'm hoping that's me, but I'm not looking forward to those attacks."
The former Massachusetts governor was referring to an August quote by a "prominent Democratic strategist" in Politico who said "unless things change and Obama can run on accomplishments, he will have to kill Romney." Obama senior adviser David Axelrod said the story was "garbage" and "doesn't reflect our thinking."
Romney also talked about his position on abortion as governor of Massachusetts. "I didn't call myself pro-choice or pro-life, but given the fact that our laws were pro-choice, saying I wasn't going to change the law made me effectively pro-choice. But when I actually faced a piece of legislation on that matter, I simply could not come down in favor of choice and, therefore said, look, I'm making it very clear to the people of my state -- I wrote an op-ed in the paper, I'm pro-life and -- and I have been pro-life, ardently, since that time."
The Huffington Post's Laura Bassett reported that Romney supported state-funded abortion in a questionnaire for Planned Parenthood in 2002, when he was running for governor. In 2005, he vetoed a bill that would have expanded access to emergency contraception.
Romney also called himself a "John Adams conservative" in the interview, which is not exactly a clarion call for Republicans. Romney said recently that either Adams or Ronald Reagan should be the fifth president on Mount Rushmore.