Camp Perry Pounces on Romney’s Ohio Flub
Rick Perry’s team took full advantage of a campaign trail misstep by Mitt Romney in Ohio on Tuesday, after the former Massachusetts Gov. declined to take a stand on two Ohio state ballot measures of national importance, Politico and The Wall Street Journal report.
Romney visited an Ohio GOP phone bank where volunteers were promoting two referendums on the state’s Nov. 8 ballot. The first, Issue 2, would ratify Senate Bill 5, legislation that weakens collective bargaining rights for Ohio’s public workers. The other would prevent federal and state mandates that force people to buy health insurance.
When pressed for his position on either issue, Romney hedged, saying it “was up to the people of Ohio,” according to CNN.
Perry’s campaign manager Ray Sullivan wasted little time in blasting Romney’s obvious punt.
“Mitt Romney’s finger-in-the-wind politics continued today when he refused to support right-to-work reforms signed by Ohio Governor John Kasich – reforms Romney supported in June,” said Sullivan. “Americans are tired of politicians who change their beliefs to match public opinion polls.”
“As a true conservative, I stand with Gov. Kasich in promoting S.B.5 for fiscal responsibility and job creation in Ohio,” said Perry in a separate statement to CNN. “Gov. Kasich and the Republican leadership of Ohio are to be commended for their efforts. My record as a pro-jobs governor is clear and you don’t have to wonder where I stand.”