Romney, McCain and Who's the 'Real' Conservative
Romney, echoing his stump speech of recent days, insisted that McCain was not an authentic conservative due to his leadership role on issues like immigration reform, campaign finance reform and the environment.
"Those views are outside the mainstream of Republican conservative thought," Romney argued, adding, for further emphasis that no true conservative would have been endorsed -- as McCain was -- by the New York Times.
McCain, who rolled a pen over in his hand and fiddled with his tie during Romney's soliloquy, retorted that he had been endorsed by the two major newspapers in the governor's home state. "I guarantee you the Arizona Republic will be endorsing me, my friend," McCain told Romney.
The Arizona senator went on to detail a record that he argued was both conservative and bipartisan, insisting that he was "proud of reaching across the aisle and getting things done."
Refusing to let McCain have the last word, Romney shot back that "facts are stubborn things" and that McCain was badly distorting his record as governor of Massachusetts.
Huckabee argued that the contest was a three-way race and that he of all the candidates on the stage has the strongest conservative credentials.
Asked about comments made by conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh that nominating he or McCain would destroy the Republican Party, Huckabee flashed his trademark wit: "I wished Rush loved me as much as I loved Rush," he said.
January 30, 2008; 8:37 PM ET
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