Perry Takes Romney's Lay-Up on Ohio

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Oct. 25 2011 4:58 PM

Perry Takes Romney's Lay-Up on Ohio

The Perry campaign shoots over a statement, from spox Ray Sullivan, on Mitt Romney's Ohio conundrum today.

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. Americans are tired of politicians who change their beliefs to match public opinion polls. Mitt Romney has a long record of doing this on issues like government-mandated health care and the Obama stimulus. Mitt Romney needs to realize that when you try to stand on both sides of an issue, you stand for nothing.
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We'll see how much play it gets, but wouldn't it be assured to get more if, earlier in the day, Perry hadn't waltzed back over to the birther swamp? That's an easy issue for cable news bookers and columnists. The Ohio union fight is tricker. Instead of completely winning the day, with a tax plan and a punch right at Romney's solar plexus, Perry's own campaign complicates the story.

David Weigel is a Slate political reporter. 

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