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Romney Paints McCain as Flip-Flopper

Romney is accusing McCain of flip-flopping on key issues. (Reuters).

By Perry Bacon Jr.
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- In Florida, one of the Republican candidates is calling the other an ambitious flip-flopper who will say anything to get elected. The twist this time is it's Mitt Romney, not John McCain, doing the accusing.

"Senator McCain was against the Bush tax cuts and now says he's for the Bush tax cuts. He was against ethanol, then for ethanol, then against ethanol," Romney told Fox News in an interview at a private airport in Fort Myers, following a small rally here. "I think Senator McCain is willing to say anything to try and get elected. He's been looking for this job for a long, long time."

He added later, "he'll say anything to get elected, it's not going to work."

Romney's tone was unusual, as earlier in the day he called McCain an "American hero" before blasting his views on several issues. Throughout his campaign, Romney has emphasized he opposes "personal" attacks and prefers to focus on differences over issues.

And considering Romney supported abortion rights before he was against them, was for the McCain immigration bill before he started running for president and was an advocate of gay rights until he wasn't, it was an interesting argument on the eve of a primary.

McCain aides put out a statement saying "on every one of the issues he has attacked John McCain on, Romney was for it before he was against it."

By Washington Post editors  |  January 28, 2008; 12:24 PM ET
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