Updated from March 7 with a response from a Romney spokeswoman.
NEW YORK (
) -- Mitt Romney's campaign seems to have purged old Facebook posts that one of his opponents highlighted as "liberal" and "out-of-touch Republican."
Romney's Facebook page
, which sports the new "Facebook Timeline" feature that allows users to dig into the entire history of posts made on another user's former "Wall," now only displays posts from the Republican presidential hopeful from Feb. 13, 2010.
"We are required by Facebook to change the layout of our page by the end of this month. We were ready to roll it out Tuesday, so we did to capitalize on our Super Tuesday traffic to the page," Andrea Saul, a Romney spokeswoman, wrote in an email. "Everything from the [presidential] exploratory announcement through today is on the page, thus the entire campaign."
Saul's comment is referring to the new "Timeline"
Newt Gingrich's campaign used the now-deleted posts to say that some of them to question Romney's commitment to conservative ideals.
"Gov. Romney has a long history as a liberal Massachusetts Republican who is out of touch with the concerns of the working conservative base of the Republican Party," Joe DeSantis, a Gingrich spokesman, said in a statement. "And now voters can track his liberal and out-of-touch record on Facebook."
screen shot by
showed Romney's Timeline going back all the way to 2006, and one of the posts touted Romney's Massachusetts health care model.
"The bill, intended to extend coverage to Massachusetts' estimated 550,000 uninsured, is being touted as a national model," user "Romney Record" wrote on April 2006 in a shared link, according to the screen shot.
But a second look through Romney's Timeline shows no posts before the Feb. 13, 2010 entry. Completely blank are 2009, 2008 and 2007, while 2006 isn't even an option to search any longer.
The "earliest" post is an undated black-and-white photo of what appears to be Romney's father, George Romney, holding a baby Mitt, and above the photo is the headline: "Born on March 12, 1947."
-- Written by Joe Deaux in New York.
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