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McCain Jabs Romney on Immigration

Peter Hauck

On a conference call with reporters, GOP presidential candidate John McCain nails Mitt Romney with a couple of quick jabs over the latter's opposition to the proposed immigration bill:

"In the case of Governor Romney, you know, maybe I should wait a couple of weeks and see if it changes, because it's changed in less than a year from his position before. And maybe his solution will be to get out his small-varmint gun and drive those Guatemalans off his lawn. I don't know."

Here's the audio:

By washingtonpost.com Editors |  May 22, 2007; 11:57 AM ET John McCain
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Watching McCain is like watching someone in a canoe on a fast moving river approaching a waterfall. He's not paddling away from danger because heaven forbid should he learn from experience and change direction. Mr. Romney is not a flip flopper. He just knows when to paddle.

Posted by: Mike | May 22, 2007 11:35 AM

Nice analogy. It's obvious McCain is sinking fast and is making some last ditch efforts insulting the other side, since nothing else is working. People call Romney a flip flopper -- but I think Ann Coulter said it best when she commented that Romney tricked liberals in Mass. to vote for him. Now we're seeing the real Romney.

Posted by: Phil | May 22, 2007 12:08 PM

NICE GUYS, NOW IS A GOP VIRTUE BE A LIAR AND A CHEATER?

Posted by: SEAN | May 22, 2007 12:17 PM

ohhh, yes, now is a gop virtue be a liar and a cheater. ohhh.

what? cheezis.

what happened to literacy? if you can't speak and write the language it doesn't matter how you cast your vote: someone will take advantage of you and you won't have the apparatus to know it, or to do anything about it should you happen to figure it out.

Posted by: Credulous Dolt | May 22, 2007 12:25 PM

So if Romney tricked Massachusetts, how do you know he is not trying to trick the country? He said what he had to, in order to get Massachusetts, and now he will change, and say what he wants, to get your vote.
I am a Republican from MA, and I would never vote for him!

Posted by: DJ | May 22, 2007 12:27 PM

Romney is more of a problem-solver than any candidate we'd have up for the US presidency in at least 20 years. The term "flip-flopping" is overused; it was appropriate for Kerry because he'd tell audiences what they'd want to hear, but not for Romney, who learns from his mistakes and instead of catering to a specific group does what he thinks is best.

Posted by: Nick | May 22, 2007 1:16 PM

Giuliani and McCain are the flip floppers. They have flip flopped on a lot more issues than Mr. Romney.

Posted by: Dude | May 22, 2007 1:39 PM

It's amazing how many issues Giuliani and McCain have flip flopped on. They should be called the Rudy Mcnugget flip floppers.

Posted by: Kyle | May 22, 2007 2:10 PM

Making contradictory statements and trying to have it both ways is flip-flopping.

Shifting stances as more information becomes available is not flip-flopping.

Posted by: Rob | May 22, 2007 2:25 PM

"ohhh, yes, now is a gop virtue be a liar and a cheater. ohhh."

'what? cheezis.

what happened to literacy? if you can't speak and write the language it doesn't matter how you cast your vote: someone will take advantage of you and you won't have the apparatus to know it, or to do anything about it should you happen to figure it out.'


I assume you are referring to someone like our incredibly literate, non-newspaper reading, crypto-fascist President,eh?

Posted by: Tim | May 22, 2007 2:50 PM

Seriously, who has had the same point of view, the same likes and dislikes, or even dated the same person for the last five years (not counting marriage)? The point is that tastes and preferences change. Everyday you learn something new and change your way of thinking accordingly. Does that make you a flip-flopper? No, of course not. That makes you smart.

Posted by: Jesse | May 22, 2007 2:55 PM

"Mr. Romney is not a flip flopper. He just knows when to paddle."


Wow, good one.

If Mitt is not a flip flopper, then the term may as well be stricken from our vocabulary, as being meaningless.

Out of curiosity, I'd like to know just one significant social/political issue that might be unpopular with Republican religious conservatives, which Romney has maintained his position on?

Just one.

Posted by: Peggy | May 22, 2007 3:00 PM

"Seriously, who has had the same point of view, the same likes and dislikes, or even dated the same person for the last five years (not counting marriage)? The point is that tastes and preferences change. Everyday you learn something new and change your way of thinking accordingly. Does that make you a flip-flopper? No, of course not. That makes you smart."


Seriously?

Okay.

Seriously, what kind of naivete does it require to believe that all these changes of views just happen to have occurred after the Mittster decided to run for President?

Or should the word be, disingenuosness?

Not to mention the fact that he has no problem lying about his life, e.g., "I've pretty much been a lifelong hunter."

Posted by: Tim | May 22, 2007 3:06 PM

"Seriously, who has had the same point of view, the same likes and dislikes, or even dated the same person for the last five years (not counting marriage)? The point is that tastes and preferences change. Everyday you learn something new and change your way of thinking accordingly. Does that make you a flip-flopper? No, of course not. That makes you smart."


Seriously?

Okay.

Seriously, what kind of naivete does it require to believe that all these changes of views just happen to have occurred after the Mittster decided to run for President?

Or should the word be, disingenuousness?

Not to mention the fact that he has no problem lying about his life, e.g., "I've pretty much been a lifelong hunter."

Posted by: Tim | May 22, 2007 3:06 PM

There's a big difference between consistency w/ past positions in spite of evidence to the contrary (see GWB) and consistency on basic questions such as whether legal abortion should be available.

The idea that a man in his late fifties somehow came to see the light on this question is really not plausible.

Posted by: THS | May 22, 2007 4:11 PM

I think we will all find out
just exactly what mitt hunted all his life.
Could he be a Fab Five?

Posted by: mott rimney | May 22, 2007 5:39 PM

WE DON'T NEED NEW LAWS !!!
BUILD A BIGGG FENCE FIRST !!! THEN ENFORCE THE EXSISTING LAWS !!!

Posted by: Ronald Reagan | May 22, 2007 7:58 PM

WE DON'T NEED NEW LAWS !!!
BUILD A BIGGG FENCE FIRST !!! THEN ENFORCE THE EXSISTING LAWS !!!

Posted by: Ronald Reagan | May 22, 2007 7:58 PM

Their still trying to push this abortion called the 2007 Immigration/ North American Union/ amnesty bill. This is not just an agenda to allow 100 million more people to drown our government safety-net, benefits. We need to look after our own citizens and legal residence. The North American Union is infiltrating our federal and state agencies, under the guise of The Peace and Prosperity Agreement through the CAFTA & Nafta free trade agreement. The cogs are already turning by allowing Mexican trucks the free run of our highways.
If we want to end up like merry old England, that is governed mostly from the Hague, in Belgium and not by its own peers than we will let Czar Bush and his Royal court slip this traitorous enactment into our nation. Britain is already having problems with forced immigration from the poor countries within the Common Market community and many are signing-up with a once black-listed political party; called "British National Party".
Remember this comprehensive immigration bill is probably the worst peice of legislation ever produced. It could cause a economic disaster, not seen since the 1939 Great depression, because it would force a huge taxpayer implosion giving foreign nationals free access to government benefits. But the free run on state and federal benefits will not stop there, because the largest percentage of cheap foreign labor, are low wage owners so they will have to be subsidized with food stamps, housing, healthcare, education, which will also support their large families. Potentate Bush has a secret agreement to sign a totalization Social Security agreement with Mexico, which could tear the fabric of our seniors pensions apart. We just cannot support the impverished of the world. If this obnoxious amnesty bill is agreed to, the illegal employers will still be able to dump their injured charges on the steps of any hospital and we will foot the bill, not the corporate cartels.
Read the truth not suppressed by major newspapers:
numbersusa
judicialwatch.org
immigrationcounters.com
libertypost.org
idexer.com/index.php
stopthenorthamericanunion.com
americanpatrol.com

Posted by: Daves | June 13, 2007 11:35 PM

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