And Mayor Stephen J. Wukela is using McCain’s own words to add weight to his argument against Romney.
In a press release issued today, Wukela states “Romney is ‘totally consistent, because he’s had two positions at least on every issue,’” quoting the 2008 GOP presidential candidate’s comments about the former Massachusetts governor from the last primary campaign.
The Democratic National Committee recently released a video of McCain’s 2008 comments about Romney, including those which Wukela quoted in his statement. (see video below)
Wukela says his quickly-corrected endorsement of Romney indicates McCain “knows well (Romney’s) flip-flopping and political pandering.”
In his many campaigns over recent years, Romney has stated alternate and even reversing opinions on the subjects of Reaganomics, party faithfulness, abortion, health care, the American Recovery Act, illegal aliens, climate change, income taxes, assault weapons, and other political topics.
The results of the recent Iowa caucus could indicate instability in Romney’s campaign, too, Wukela says. “Romney comes to our state after falling short in Iowa of the vote total he received in 2008 and winning by only eight votes despite spending significantly more than Rick Santorum.”
Romney took 30,015 votes in the Jan. 4 contest, realizing just 24.6 percent of the vote to Santorum’s 24.5. In the 2008 Iowa race, he took 25.2 percent, coming in second to Mike Huckabee, who scored 34.4.
Using that variation as basis, “It is clear voters don’t trust (Romney’s) economic theory and don’t trust him to take principled positions and stick with them,” Wukela states.
“Romney apparently prefers an economy where fewer people succeed while most Americans get left behind,” Wukela says in reference to the candidate’s most recent campaign platform. “He wants to roll back financial reform and let Wall Street writes its own rules again, and he wants to return to the same policies that caused the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression and sped up a 30-year abandonment of the middle class.
“The people of South Carolina can’t afford what Mitt Romney is offering.”
South Carolinians should instead support the current president, Wukela believes. “Pres. Obama believes no opportunity is unreachable when everyone gets a fair shot does their fair share, and plays by the same rules.
“That’s why he’s fighting for a job-creating economy that’s built to last, that creates jobs of the future, and makes things the rest of the world buys,” Wukela says, “(instead of) one built on outsourcing, loopholes and risky financial deals that jeopardize our economy and put the middle class at risk,” referring to Romney’s economic platform.
Wukela was elected mayor of Florence in 2008, and in October 2011 announced his reelection campaign.