Anthony D. Romero is the Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union, the nation’s premier defender of liberty and individual freedom.
The American Civil Liberties Union never releases the names of our members, whether they're a small business owner, soldier, college student or even a candidate for president of the United States.
But here's what we can say and what a lot of voters don't know about Mitt Romney.
The only two times he ever faced voters in a general election -- in 1994 and 2002 -- he was closely aligned with ACLU positions on three of our core domestic priorities: LGBT equality, reproductive rights and a fair immigration policy.
ACLU Liberty Watch 2012
, our non-partisan presidential campaign watchdog project, is releasing a six-page white paper today outlining, in detail, Romney's statements and positions during those two campaigns, first for the U.S. Senate and then for governor, that reveal a decidedly pro-civil liberties politician.
Read it here
and you'll see a strikingly different candidate than the one today -- one who has strayed from civil liberties and constitutional positions.
That's why, today, we're calling on Romney to come back home
to civil liberties.
And here's how we're doing it: we're actually going to his homes -- all of them, from La Jolla to Boston -- with billboard trucks promising him an ACLU membership card if he comes back home to civil liberties.
And if he's not home, we even have a billboard on the route to his Boston area condominium from Logan Airport.
And most important, we have one outside the home to which he aspires: The White House.
Here's the truck outside Romney's home in Belmont, Mass.
(Photo: Molly Kaplan)
Here's the one at his La Jolla, California home.
(Photo: Jena Olson)
At the Wolfeboro, New Hampshire estate.
(Photo: Molly Kaplan)
And the White House.
The trucks will be driving around Boston, San Diego and Washington, D.C. all week and, if you're there, you can see them, take your photo with them and share them on Facebook
Most of all, read the white paper
on Romney and civil liberties. You'll see that in his heart, he knows we're right.
We also have a white paper
about President Obama, who has yet to fulfill his promise to close Guantanamo Bay, end the surveillance state and fight for a fair and humane immigration policy.
We hope that both candidates -- whether they carry an ACLU membership card or not -- will decide to carry the torch of civil liberties throughout every aspect of American life. It's what voters want, it's what the founding fathers envisioned and it's the best path toward an even greater, freer and fairer America tomorrow.
ACLU Liberty Watch 2012 is the voice for the Constitution in the this year’s presidential election. Follow us on Twitter: @ACLULW, or 'Like' us on Facebook: Facebook.com/ACLULibertyWatch.