In 2008, the staff of the John McCain presidential campaign compiled a dossier on rival Mitt Romney. The file, like all good opposition research, was intended to expose the subject’s weaknesses and vulnerabilities. McCain’s information on Romney does just that, covering a wide range of social, economic, and personal issues.
Leaked to the Internet earlier in the week, the nearly 200-page document is divided into several categories, including one 10-page section devoted entirely to cataloging Romney’s “Flip-Flops.” While the chronology of the cache of information on Romney ends in 2008, there is yet much of interest to be found among the many references and quotes contained therein.
Perhaps the greatest value in McCain’s playbook on Romney is the context it may provide to potential supporters seeking for a greater depth of commitment to the former Massachusetts Governor.
The need for such critical data is urgent as between January 21 and February 28, Republican voters in nine states will go to the polls to select their party’s representative to challenge Barack Obama in November’s general election. The onus is on members of the GOP to choose the man they believe can mount a successful challenge to the political power of the incumbent.
Given the comprehensive scope of the record, it’s necessary to provide only a very superficial survey of the skinny on Mitt Romney. In order to be of most use to voters from South Carolina (January 21) to Arizona and Michigan (February 28), the samples printed here will be organized by topic.
In a poll conducted in May 2011 by the Gallup organization, over half of those surveyed described abortion as “morally wrong.” Among Republicans, that number is likely higher, so evidence of Mitt Romney’s position on the issue is undeniably relevant to many voters. The McCain papers paint a very muddled picture when it comes to Mitt Romney’s views on this most controversial topic.
From the book:
With recent Supreme Court decisions reaffirming the constitutionally guaranteed right of Americans to keep and bear arms as guaranteed by the Second Amendment, Americans are determined not to let a decidedly anti-gun rights President confiscate their weapons.
On Thursday, former Speaker of the House and current GOP presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich accused Mitt Romney of being a “pro-gun control, pro-tax increase, pro-abortion governor of Massachusetts.” Voters can read the following information and decided if there is anything credible in Gingrich’s description of his rival.
The McCain book records:
Taxes and Spending
When it comes to economic issues, there is little argument that the need to reduce taxes and the size of government were primary impetuses to the creation and growth of the Tea Party movement. While its influence may be waning, many conservatives and constitutionalists who do not identify themselves as members of the Tea Party still share those core values.
Romney hasn’t solidified the support of the Tea Party bloc of the Republican Party and at least one of the leading lights of the movement, Senator Jim DeMint of South Carolina, has not only refused to endorse Romney, but has suggested that primary voters take a serious look at Texas Congressman Ron Paul.
From the book:
Finally, there is this little nugget, perhaps the most explosive bombshell of them all in light of Romney’s call for war on Iran. The book reveals:
There is no reason that Bain’s Italian branch should not have been free to do business in Iran, but where is Mitt Romney’s repudiation of the profit he himself made off a country he now regards as an imminent threat to the safety of the United States?
Regardless of the guidance the foregoing can give to Republican voters ahead of the various upcoming primaries and caucuses, the most reliable standard by which every candidate should be measured is the Constitution. Voters should do themselves a kindness and read Article II of that document and then compare the statements made by the slate of competitors at the next debate scheduled for January 23 in Tampa, Florida.