Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum have been accusing Mitt Romney of being a flip floppper throughout this election season. Well, now they have proof. Romney’s senior campaign adviser, Eric Fehrnstrom, told CNN that Mitt Romney is kind of like an Etch A Sketch and if he wins the Republican nomination he’ll erase his past promises and start fresh in the Fall.
Fehrnstrom was asked if he was worried about Romney going up against Barack Obama because of some of the stances he has taken against his Republican opponents. Fehrnstrom said that he wasn’t concerned since Romney would essentially start fresh if he wins the nomination.
“I think you hit a reset button for the fall campaign… Everything changes. It’s almost like an Etch A Sketch. You can kind of shake it up, and we start all over again.”
The comment has given new ammunition to his opponents who have now pegged Romney as the “Etch A Sketch” candidate. Santorum said:
“You are not looking at someone who is the Etch-a-Sketch candidate.”
Santorum’s top adviser, Alice Stewart, made sure that the comment stuck and handed out Etch a Sketches to Santorum supporters. Stewart said that
“(Romney’s) conservative credentials can come and go with the climate, just like an Etch a Sketch, and we can’t have that.”
Romney briefly addressed the comment today in Maryland. Romney said that “a general election campaign takes on a different profile” but assured the crowd that he will be running on the same platform if he wins the nomination.
“The issues I’m running on will be exactly the same. I’m running as a conservative Republican. I was a conservative Republican governor. I’ll be running as a conservative Republican nominee.”
Do you think Mitt Romney is an Etch A Sketch candidate? If you do, you should check out this parody which asks: “Will The Real Mitt Romney Please Stand Up?“
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