During the debate, Mitt Romney was asked:
MR. WALLACE: Governor Romney, during this campaign, you have been criticized — and again tonight you’ve been criticized — for changing your position on some issues. You say that it’s a part of learning from experience. Can you point to an area in which your learning from experience led you to change to a position that is less popular with the Republican base?
Romney answered, "No Child Left Behind":
MR. ROMNEY: Sure, a number — quite a few, actually.
And as Senator McCain did, as he mentioned the flag issue — I have issues that take me in the same direction. One is No Child Left Behind. I’ve taken a position where, once upon a time, I said I wanted to eliminate the Department of Education. That was my position when I ran for Senate in 1994. That’s very popular with the base.
Pew points out that 67% of Republicans approve of NCLB!
However, Pew polling shows that Romney’s new position may be more in tune with the GOP base than was his previous one: Fully 67% of Republicans support the president’s handling of education.
Now, I am sure that Romney has seen polling on this… (I’m just having fun here. Check out the rest of the Pew poll)