In last night's debate, a tightly-focused President Obama pointed out how severely conservative Mitt Romney has become in this campaign:
[The] last point I want to make is this: You know, there are some things where Governor Romney’s different from George Bush. George Bush didn’t propose turning Medicare into a voucher. George Bush embraced comprehensive immigration reform. He didn’t call for self-deportation. George Bush never suggested that we eliminate funding for Planned Parenthood.
So there are differences between Governor Romney and George Bush, but they’re not on economic policy. In some ways, he’s gone to a more extreme place when it comes to social policy, and I think that’s a mistake. That’s not how we’re going to move our economy forward.
True. And it puts Mitt in a bind: He can't deny the on-the-record specifics, but doesn't want to be in a unfavorable comparison with the unpopular Bush, either. Doesn't look happy about it.