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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."

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Well, well, what do we see ? All important liemericans together. Anything to explain about building 7 ladies and gentlemen ? Anything to say about using 9 barrels and finding only 1 new barrel ? Keepin up the good news then, cheerio. I whish PRESIDENT OBAMA a lot of wisdom.

Posted by: jwholtkamp | January 29, 2008 7:26 PM | Report abuse

His record aside, McCain's temperament is a question mark if he should gain the presidency.

This is a quote off a Boston Globe article, "Senator Thad Cochran of Mississippi, who has known Senator John McCain for more than three decades, on Wednesday endorsed Mitt Romney for president.

Cochran said his choice was prompted partly by his fear of how McCain might behave in the Oval Office.

"The thought of his being president sends a cold chill down my spine," Cochran said about McCain by phone. "He is erratic. He is hotheaded. He loses his temper and he worries me.""

I would be too. The man will have nukes at his disposal.

Posted by: hoops4lifer | January 28, 2008 5:46 PM | Report abuse


To answer your question in the first post...

We should NOT vote for Ron Paul because he is promising things that are not within a presidents power to change. That's why so many people view him as a kook. Not to mention all of his supporters that seem more like used car salesmen than critical thinkers.

Posted by: lightgreenpen-ocean | January 28, 2008 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Hey PeterfromNH,

Don't believe everything you read in the press. Here is a different angle on the quote you gave: In order to keep jobs a company must survive. If an entire company goes under, how many jobs does it keep. Answer: none. However, if company lays off workers for a time because of poor revenues and earnings, some jobs are still preserved. Wouldn't you say that some jobs are better than no jobs at all? The storyline could be changed to say that Mitt Romney protected remaining jobs instead of loses jobs. You choose: one is optimistic and the other is pesimistic. Think about it and maybe next time you will see a difference.

Mitt Romney has created and preserved a great many jobs by investing in and turning around businesses that would have otherwise fallen apart. You can look at it anyway you want. But, like large government, there are a great many jobs that need to go because of duplication and ineffectiveness if our candidate is going to stir our economy in the right direction. It is either the beaureacrat or the private sector jobs that must go. My bet is that government jobs need to go so that free enterprise can finally prosper. Personally, I hope he eliminates about 60% of federal jobs like he did in Massachusetts.

Posted by: ceo1 | January 28, 2008 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps if John McCain were such a good war stategist...he would not have been caught be the enemy and put in a POW camp in the first place. Hmmm....

Posted by: lightgreenpen-ocean | January 28, 2008 4:28 PM | Report abuse

I found this poll on Mitt Romney. I believe it offers a perspective that many of us can appreciate. Mitt Romney has taken quite a lead away from McCain. In this poll Romney leads McCain by seven percentage points. I wonder why realclearpolitics has not picked up on this latest poll by Public Policy.

Posted by: ceo1 | January 28, 2008 4:16 PM | Report abuse

McCain is desperate. His attacks have become transparent. In NH, the only thing he would say is that he was running a positive campaign -- now he's inventing things attack Romney on. Looks like chains are coming off the famous McCain temper.

I love what Mitt says: "[I]f he has been a leader, where has it led us?"

Posted by: chris | January 28, 2008 2:55 PM | Report abuse

McCain's dishonest attacks only show what a hypocrite he is.

On the one hand, McCain praises Bush's judicial nominees. On the other hand, he expresses concern with the "conservatism" of judges like Justice Alito.

On the one hand, McCain admits that "economics is not something I've understood as well as I should." On the other hand, he claims to be "very well versed in economics."

It seems McCain is willing to say anything to win -- regardless of the truth. He is obviously getting desperate!

Posted by: washingtonpost | January 28, 2008 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Vote for Mitt and kiss your job goodbye. His idea of turn around is to rape the company, fire the workers, and sellit after they cook the books. Read about it here

Posted by: peterfromnh | January 28, 2008 2:00 PM | Report abuse

When it mattered, McCain puckered up and kissed GW's butt. Independence? Integrity? He could have stood up, he didn't. He is unqualified to be President.

Posted by: thebobbob | January 28, 2008 1:41 AM | Report abuse

It really scares me to think that John McCain could be elected president. He has been in lock-step with Pres. Bush since the Iraq war began. Surely anyone who has a relative in Iraq, maybe for the third or fourth time, would not consider voting for a man who is willing for the US to occupy Iraq for the next 100 years. I do not want this to happen, and I believe other Americans feel the same. I am a registered Democrat, but in 2000 I wanted so badly to vote for Mr. McCain and could not. It angers me now to see him fawn over George Bush and follow him blindly, no matter how outrageous the plan. Apparently he is becoming senile.

Posted by: beccajo | January 27, 2008 5:03 PM | Report abuse

I would think that ALL the top tier folks should apologize, not just McCain & Romney. The war issue IS an economic issue. They can NOT be separated. We need to cut somewhere & empire building is the 1st choice, especially since we are not even going after Osama bin Laden, & he killed 3000 Americans! Ironically, Osama explicitly claims to have bankrupted the old Soviet Union and wants the same for us. He may get his wish if we do not get focused on what's important in our foreign policy. And cut the unneeded military bases over seas.
With all the problems facing America, it would be really nice if the REST of the mainstream media actually cared about reporting on the positions of EACH Presidential candidate on ALL the issues rather than reporting on the horse race. Unfortunately the MSM thinks that only the polls and the candidate's "presidential charisma" are important. We will get more in depth reporting on the Super Bowl players than we will on the remaining candidates. Most seem to be talking crazy talk about our military adventures in the Middle East. Also, only Ron Paul seems to understand the connection between Iraq and the problems with the economy, inflation, & out of control deficit spending. Inflation is going to eat us alive, as it has already started to do so. Do you really believe that the REAL inflation rate used for Social Security check increases this month was 2.3%? Please vote Ron Paul & save the country from bankruptcy abroad & at home

Posted by: RamseySt | January 27, 2008 2:55 PM | Report abuse

We each seem to have our own major issue(s) that make their choice for President seem like the best one. The economy is a big one for me. McCain did not know about the "Working Group on Financial Markets" in the last debate. This is VERY scary if he is elected. My question is: Would someone tell me why we should NOT elect Ron Paul?

Ron Paul has raised more money than the rest in the 4th quarter & is spending it! $20 million in the 4th quarter. $3.5 million so far this quarter. And it was all from individual donations averaging less than $100. No PACs. Unlike the others he is beholding to nothing but the Constitution.

The rest, with Richardson and Kucinich out, seem to be talking crazy talk (or did last week, who knows what the Democrats will say next week!) about our military adventures in the Middle East. Military spending is connected to our current economic mess. Additionally, no one else seems to understand the problems with the economy, inflation, and out of control deficit spending. Inflation is going to eat us alive, as it has already started to do so. Do you really believe that the REAL inflation rate last year, the rate that was used by the government for Social Security check increases this month, was 2.3%? Just look at the price of gold up 30% in 2007, now at an all time high and getting higher!

One can not talk about tax cuts without ALSO talking about cutting spending. We have a $9 trillion debt (nearly double since 2000) that must be paid so we can afford Social Security and Medicare. The interest payments will go sky high when we begin to fight inflation with higher Federal Reserve bank rates.

And we must stop inflation or everyone's life savings will go down the tubes, along with the middle class, like what has happened to the middle class in most countries south of our border. And do not forget Universal Health Care, which is coming down the tracks right at us, unless Republicans begin to understand the seriousness of runaway deficits and inflation. And start educating the country. A Democratic President will surely not fight inflation like Volcker and Reagan did!

Please vote Ron Paul and save the country from bankruptcy abroad and at home!

Posted by: RamseySt | January 27, 2008 2:53 PM | Report abuse

McCain is devious.

Posted by: acorn160 | January 27, 2008 2:51 PM | Report abuse

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