Romney Lashes McCain Over Washington Record
By Zachary A. Goldfarb
Two days before the critical Florida primary, Mitt Romney sought to strike Sunday at one of the central tenets of GOP rival Sen. John McCain's candidacy: leadership.
"[I]f he has been a leader, where has it led us?" Romney said. "Senator McCain has been in the Senate for the last 20 years. ... Look at his legislation. McCain-Feingold: That hurt our First Amendment rights. McCain-Kennedy: That was granting amnesty to 10 million illegal aliens."
Romney's harsh words, on CNN's "Late Edition," came after McCain criticized the former Massachusetts governor for failing to support President Bush's military strategy in Iraq. Romney has said he supported the "surge" strategy and demanded an apology, but McCain repeated the assertion this morning on NBC's "Meet the Press."
"Governor Romney obviously said there had to be timetables, though they had to be secret, because we weren't going to tell the enemy when we were leaving," McCain said. "If we had done that ... we would have lost that surge and al-Qaeda would be celebrating a victory."
To emphasize the point, McCain held up a white card purporting to carry a quotation from Romney.
McCain quoted Romney as follows: "Well, there's no question that the president and Prime Minister [Nouri] al-Maliki have to have a series of timetables and milestones that they speak about, but they shouldn't be available for public pronouncement."
"He's equivocated on it," McCain said, speaking of Romney. At a September debate, McCain noted, Romney said the surge was "apparently working."
Romney called McCain's statements "dishonest. ... He desperately is trying to change the subject, because he does not understand the economy."
Posted at 2:34 PM ET on Jan 27, 2008
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