January 30th, 2008
09:13 PM ET
10 years ago

Schneider: Raising the dirty tricks charge

During the last question on timetables, McCain changed the subject to the surge – where Romney’s on weaker ground (among primary voters, at least). How does it make any sense for Romney to say he supported the surge as a candidate, but couldn’t do it as a governor? That’s a tough answer to defend.

His solution: Call the charge itself a dirty trick. Will voters share Romney’s view?

Related: Watch McCain and Romney trade jabs over the Iraq war

- CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider

Filed under: Bill Schneider
soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. Bob

    Bickering over the minor details really made McCain and Romney look foolish.

    January 30, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  2. Paul Jones

    John McCain is having a senior moment. He should check his facts before he shouts his mouth off. His brain is not loaded.

    January 30, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  3. alex newton

    Senator McCain is not sharp enough to be the President of the United States. He just does not have enough upstairs. Good man but lacking.

    January 30, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  4. Jayson

    As an air force member the basis of this post is not completely true. McCain as a congress member was privy to information that a governor wouldn't have to guide his decision making.

    As for dirty politics I find it truly ironic how McCain has members of the Bush team that trashed him the last time around. For someone who didn't like his own treatment he doesn't seem to have a problem using some of the tactics himself.

    January 30, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  5. Marti, San Diego CA

    Bill – Romney accurately called McCain's lying about timetables a dirty charge , not this issue of when Romney supported the surge. It was a page right out of the Clintons' playbook.

    As Jayson astutely points out, McCain, as a Senator, had access to far more info with which to have opinions regarding troop levels. I applaud Romney for not wanting to take a firm position without first having the facts. Is that wrong to suggest that people should make informed decisions?

    January 31, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |