Mitt Romney Flip-Flops On Dole Endorsement

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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Jonathan Harper
Jonathan Harper3 years ago


Charlene Rush
Charlene Rush6 years ago

To Bob Skippy: I like it, I like!!!!

The GOP has more IGNORAMUSES, than are countable.

They backed up, right into the corner, that President Obama set up for them.

Brian F.
Brian F6 years ago

No surprise their. Everyone knows Mitt Romney is a flip flopping liar. Romney makes 40 million dollars a year and cares only about rich people like himself. The only thing Romney ever did is take over companies and fire people. That's how he became rich, and the only reason he is running is because he has alot of money.

Cathryn Ciszek
Cathryn C6 years ago

I am SOOO Glad I am not stuck in line behind Romney at a KFC...Original or Crispy?

Michael Dewey
Micahel Dewey6 years ago

No matter who wins in 2012, by the end of 2013, the people are going to demand Ron Paul's long overdue Foreign Policy and monetary system. The 2 core issues, when fixed, will have other stuff fading away as having been trivial.

Rob Keenan
Rob Keenan6 years ago

Maybe if he doesn't make it to the White House,Mitt will open a pancake house.

Sue Jones
Sue Jones6 years ago

He wants the presidency so much, he will say or do anything to get it - then what? Where does he stand on any issue? No one knows. Scary.

Marianne C.
Marianne C6 years ago

It's one thing to have an open mind.

It's quite another thing, entirely, to be unable to make a choice and stick with it.

Kenny West
Kenny Wes6 years ago

National security is not an issue for this election, vote for romney and it will become one. Do you really want a president who is so nervous and lacking in confidence that he stutters?.

Bob Skippy B.
Bob 'Skippy' B6 years ago

Mittens flip-flops more than a fish that's stuck on a hot dock in the middle of summer!!! ;-)