Romney: “I have the same view on marriage that I had when I was Governor. I believe marriage is between a man and a woman”
Joe Biden might have forced the timing, but the President has long been headed in this direction. There are pro and con political arguments for him, but in the end, with so many of his core supporters and advisers believing this is the great civil rights issue of our time, the scales were tipped. If Republicans try to make a big deal about this, the President's advisers believe it will distract from the economy fight and hurt the GOP with younger voters. As David Axelrod made clear the other day, the Obamans will fight back on this issue as needed. Romney now has more questions to answer than the President does on these matters, such as about same-sex benefits. There will be micro-targeting to culturally conservative voters in swing states to be sure, but don't expect this decision to become a major campaign issue.