DNC - "WhichMitt" Stikes Again in OH

Romney can end this talk very easily and demonstrate that he’s more than a craven empty suit. There are some basic yes-or-no questions — Do you condemn the booing of honorable American soldiers? Would you endorse Paul Ryan’s budget plan? Do you support public workers’ collective bargaining rights? — that the former governor could answer directly without looking for wiggle room and without a bunch of caveats to cling to later. He just doesn’t seem to have the guts.

Washington Monthly, October 25, 2011

Please see a partial round up of what snowballed into a very bad day for “WhichMitt” Romney: 

Romney supported Kasich laws in June

Politico // Jonathan Martin

In a visit to Ohio today, Mitt Romney declined to state on his position on a high-profile referendum there on the new state law that curtails the bargaining rights of public employee unions. But earlier this year, Romney indicated support for the reforms signed by Gov. John Kasich."My friends in Ohio are fighting to defend crucial reforms that the state has put in place to limit the power of union bosses and keep taxes low," Romney wrote on his Facebook page in June. "I stand with John R. Kasich and Ohio's leaders as they take on this important fight to get control of government spending. Please visit www.BetterOhio.org for more information." Appearing today at a GOP phone bank near Cincinnati, Romney told reporters that he wouldn't indicate his position on the referendum.

 

Romney Travels To Ohio, Refuses To Take A Position On Its Anti-Worker Law That He Used To Support

Think Progress // Tanya Somander

Romney’s non-endorsement looks even worse in light of the fact that, back in June, he said “my friends in Ohio are fighting to defend crucial reforms that the state has put in place to limit the power of union bosses and keep taxes low…I stand with John R. Kasich and Ohio’s leaders as they take on this important fight to get control of government spending.” Evidently, something changed in the last four months to make Romney think that backing SB5 is a political loser.

 

Romney: Fight The SB 5 Repeal! (That I Don’t Have A Position On….)

TPM // Kyle Leighton

SB 5, the union-busting legislation Ohio Gov. John Kasich worked hard to pass and is now working to save, seems headed for defeat in a statewide referendum set to take place on November 8th. But no worries, SB 5 supporters! Former Mass Gov. Mitt Romney, Presidential candidate and consistent straight talker, has come to the rescue. According to a tweet from CNN’s Peter Hamby, Romney stopped by a pro-SB 5 phone bank in Ohio to rally the troops. Then, when asked what his own position was, Romney said….well…he didn’t have one.

 

Leaders know how to take a stand

Washington Monthly // Steven Benen

Romney can end this talk very easily and demonstrate that he’s more than a craven empty suit. There are some basic yes-or-no questions — Do you condemn the booing of honorable American soldiers? Would you endorse Paul Ryan’s budget plan? Do you support public workers’ collective bargaining rights? — that the former governor could answer directly without looking for wiggle room and without a bunch of caveats to cling to later. He just doesn’t seem to have the guts.

 

Romney under fire for refusal to endorse Ohio union legislation

The Hill // Alicia M. Cohn

Mitt Romney, visiting a phone bank for the Ohio Republican Party on Tuesday, said he wasn’t taking sides on the contentious ballot issue that concerns government union worker rights. Romney immediately drew criticism from both sides for not taking a position on either bill. Conservative bloggers slammed him and influential Tea Party-affiliated group Freedom Works blasted out several tweets, demanding: “Dear @MittRomney: Do you endorse union tyranny? Why won't you support Governor Kasich?”

 

Romney sidesteps Issue 2 here

Cincinnati Enquirer // Howard Wilkinson

GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney made a 45-minute visit to a Republican phone bank operation here this morning, where volunteers have been making thousands of phone calls to voters urging yes votes on state issues 2 and 3. But Romney never mentioned the two state issues in his speech to a crowded room of GOP volunteers; and after the event, told Ohio Republican Party chairman Kevin DeWine he had no position on the issues. That prompted Ohio Democratic Party chairman Chris Redfern to accuse Romney of “hypocrisy.”

 

Conservatives slam Romney for going weak kneed in war on public employees

Wash Post // Greg Sargent

Today, Mitt Romney refused to take a position on the big battle in Ohio over the ballot initiative to repeal Governor John Kasich’s law rolling back the collective bargaining rights of public employees. The fight is a hugely important one to conservatives, with right wing money flowing into the state, and conservative bloggers erupted in fury at Romney, asking how it is that he can be running for president when he isn’t willing to take a firm stand against the scourge of public employees.

 

Romney steers clear of Ohio health, union issues

AP // Dan Sewell

Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney avoided weighing in Tuesday on Ohio ballot campaigns on union bargaining and President Barack Obama's health care overhaul as he focused on trying to win a state that he acknowledges is pivotal. Romney visited a Republican Party center in the Cincinnati suburb of Terrace Park, where volunteers have been making phone calls in support of Nov. 8 ballot issues to uphold legislation restricting collective bargaining for public employees and on whether to exempt Ohioans from the Obama plan's individual insurance coverage mandate.

 

Conservatives turn on Romney over unforced error

TPM // Kyle Leighton

Talk about your unforced errors.Former Mass Gov. Mitt Romney stopped by a phone bank staffed by Republican faithful today to cheer on their efforts trying to stop the repeal of SB 5… “Certainly if one of the Presidential candidates were to go to the state, show up, and were asked about it, we’d expect them to be supportive of both efforts,” said Brendan Steinhauser, the Federal and State Campaigns Director at FreedomWorks in an interview with TPM. “This is a no brainer for any of the Presidential candidate to get behind. We’re disappointed but not surprised in Romney’s lack of support.”