Mitt Romney on Porn

Mitt Romney may be publicly waving off social issues in favor of stump speeches on the economy and ill-advised missives on the Middle East, but hes managed to find some time to meet with an anti-pornography group.

Mitt Romney
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Mitt Romney may be publicly waving off social issues in favor of stump speeches on the economy and ill-advised missives on the Middle East, but he's managed to find some time to meet with the anti-pornography group Morality in Media (opens in new tab), to whom he's pledged to crack down on porn if elected president.

This isn't the first time porn has gotten Mitt Romney hot and bothered. During his 2007 bid for president, he vowed (opens in new tab) to put a porn filter on every computer. He's cut ties with companies that fund or enable pornography, like the Marriott Hotels (opens in new tab) (although he happily took a campaign donation (opens in new tab) from the owner of several hardcore porn sites). Along with Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich, he signed Morality in Media's pledge to commit to strict enforcement of obscenity laws back in January.

And three months ago, the Romney campaign held multiple meetings (opens in new tab) with the same anti-porn organization, which formed two years ago in response to Barack Obama's non-enforcement of obscenity laws. According to Patrick Trueman, a former head of the Justice Department's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section and now the head of Morality in Media, he was quietly promised (opens in new tab) that combating porn will be a top priority in the Romney White House.

Though some pornographers are are even voting for you. So pick your battles wisely.

Nona Willis Aronowitz is an editor and writer who thinks a lot about love, sex and politics. She tweets at @nona.