Rick Santorum endorsed Mitt Romney last night in a late-night email to supporters. Santorum wrote that while there are areas where they disagree, "We certainly agree that abortion is wrong and marriage should be between one man and one woman." During the Republican primary, Mitt and Rick worked hard to woo conservative Americans, and social issues like contraception and abortion indeed played a key role.
In the past, Romney has characterized himself as pro-choice, and the state health care passed in Massachusetts while he was governor covers contraception. Yet as many know, his positions on women's health issues have changed. So I'm curious to see how the Romney and Santorum of today stack up. We've already examined some of Rick Santorum's positions on birth control and abortion, but now let's compare their statements side by side to see how they agree and disagree, and how their positions vary in degrees of extremeness. For example, while both say they are pro-life, Romney favors an exception for rape and incest, while Santorum does not. And while they agree on defunding Planned Parenthood, their statements suggest a difference in opinion on contraception in general. Read their quotes back-to-back now.