As a two-time GOP presidential candidate, Mitt Romney has been in the national spotlight longer than most of his GOP rivals. And as the country has changed over the 17 years since Romney launched his first campaign, a bid for one of Massachusetts’ Senate seats, so too have some of his policy positions.

Whether it is his conflicting comments about Massachusetts health care legislation or his shifting statements on abortion, Romney’s rival White House hopefuls have blasted the former Massachusetts governor for changing his tune.

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry, for example, has launched two ads attacking Romney for being “misleading” and having “flip-flopped on so many issues.” And Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann blasted Romney, although not by name, over his stance on abortion, saying in June that it was “not the time for Republicans to put up a candidate who is weak on this issue and has a history of flip-flopping on this issue.”

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