Romney was for earmarks before he was against them.

08 Feb

In the days leading up to the Missouri, Minnesota,and Colorado primary/caucus’, Mitt Romney sensed trouble brewing. As is their M.O., the Romney campaign launched an attack on Santorum on Monday for supporting congressionally directed spending projects, known as earmarks.

“Rick Santorum has been a champion of earmarks,” former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty said on a call organized by the Romney campaign, referring to Mr. Santorum’s 16-year stint in both in the House and Senate.

The problem is Governor Romney, already known as a flip-flopper on various issues, was for earmarks before he was against them. Romney repeatedly cites his rescue of the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympic games as a qualification for the presidential nomination. What he fails to mention is that his recipe for Olympic success contained a then record level of federal earmarks. Romney worked with Utah’s congressional representatives, including moderate Senator Robert F. Bennett (ousted by Tea Party favorite Mike Lee in 2010), to secure huge earmarks for the 2002 games.

Senator John McCain, who is now endorsing Romney, was singing a different tune at that time.

“The American taxpayer is being shaken down to the tune of nearly a billion and a half dollars,” McCain said.

The Arizona Republican vowed to “do everything in my power” to delay or kill “this pork-barrel spending” and to end the “fiscal abuse” related to the Olympics. “This is preposterous and it must stop,” he said.

Given this his track record flip-flopping on issue after issue, and of lobbying for earmarks, the Romney campaign    would be well advised to steer clear of the earmark issue.

Watch Senator McCain rail on the Romney Olympic earmarks on 9/19/2000

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Posted by on February 8, 2012 in politics


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4 responses to “Romney was for earmarks before he was against them.

  1. Pedro

    February 8, 2012 at 9:42 am

    Sometimes policies have to be revisited as economies and situations change. At least he flipped in the right direction. At this juncture, he is the only candidate who has a shot at dethroning the poser in chief. Sad as that might be to hear, and sadder to have to digest, there is no other candidate with a prayer (including Santorum’s best praying efforts) to beat the fraud. Ron Paul will be a vote sucker reminiscent of Ross Perot and, unfortunately, may very well cost the GOP the White House in 2012. It ain’t pretty boys and girls but if there is not some unity soon, the GOP, Tea Party, and conservatives in general will have conceded the White House through infighting. The GOP looks like a bunch of ignoramuses at the moment and is winning none of the center, which they need to win the 2012 election. Reality bites.

  2. P. Henry Saddleburr

    February 8, 2012 at 10:39 am

    McMartin, you just have to accept the inevitability of the Scott Brown liberal Massachusetts Big Government Republican, Mittens.

    Wait. What? Santorum took all three states last night?

    Ignore my first sentence.

  3. Saddlesore

    February 8, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    It is no coincidence that Romney and John Kerry are from the same state. It must be something in the water.


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