Mitt Romney Outlines Anti-Porn Stance In 2008 (VIDEO)

Mitt Romney's War On Porn

GOP presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney was an outspoken opponent of online pornography during his campaign in 2008, video uncovered by BuzzFeed reminded readers on Monday.

At a campaign stop in Iowa in 2007, Romney spoke about the need to "clean up the water that our kids are swimming in," singling out "pornography, the drug culture, the violence, the sex, the perversion that bombards them day in and day out."

Romney continued:

"I wanna make sure that every new computer sold in this country after I'm president has installed on it a filter to block all pornography and that parents can click that filter to make sure their kids don't see that kinda stuff coming in on their computer."

It sounds like a page out of the playbook of former GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum, who earlier this year publicly attacked the Obama administration for being weak on pornographers and vowed to "vigorously" enforce obscenity laws to stem the availability of pornographic materials.

While Romney has been largely quiet on the issue during his 2012 campaign -- he did outline a similar stance on the matter after signing a social conservative pledge, ThinkProgress reports -- he felt strongly enough about it in 2008 to tie it into an ad.

ThinkProgress also reports that at least one Romney supporter would probably suffer if the former Massachusetts governor's latest pledge and prior positions were put into effect:

But campaign filings show that, last September, Romney accepted the maximum campaign contribution of $2,500 from Daniel Staton, the chairman of Friend Finder Networks Inc. that owns -- among several other properties -- Penthouse, BDSM sites like and, and Romney also accepted $2,000 from Staton and an additional $2,300 from Friend Finder Network CEO Marc Bell during his failed 2008 presidential campaign.

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