Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney has developed quite a reputation for changing his mind on pretty much every issue that he’s asked about, depending on what will be the most politically beneficial to him at the moment.
Now, he’s even flip-flopping on endorsements.
In the aftermath of being endorsed by the Des Moines Register, Iowa’s largest newspaper, Romney also picked up an endorsement from Republican party elder and former presidential nominee Senator Bob Dole.† Dole endorsed Romney via an “open letter” to Iowa Republicans in the Register, stating, “A number of my friends are currently candidates seeking the GOP nomination. But the time has now come for us to decide who among them can defeat Barack Obama in 2012. Iíve made my decision, and I believe our best hope lies in Governor Mitt Romney. Iíve run for president myself and twice I had the deep honor of finishing first in the Iowa caucuses. I have many friends in the state. Some of them even call me the president of Iowa. When I say that Mitt Romney is the kind of man that Iowans should support, I know whereof I speak.”
But in 2008, Romney didn’t think very much of a Bob Dole endorsement – at least, not when it went to his competition, Sen. John McCain.† When Dole sent a letter of support to conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh, Romney said, “Well, it’s probably the last person I would have wanted to have write a letter for me.”
Romney later justified his comment by saying that endorsing McCain simply showed that the party believed the nominee should be whoever is “next in line” or the “front runner” rather than “the nominee who brings new vision, passion, energy, judgment and ideas to the White House.”
I wonder if Romney still believes that the nominee shouldn’t be assumed to “deserve it” as the front runner?
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