December 22nd, 2007
05:52 AM ET
15 years ago

Romney goes after McCain on tax cuts

Mitt Romney hit John McCain on tax cuts Friday.

ROCHESTER, New Hampshire (CNN) ­– Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney took aim at rival John McCain Friday for not supporting President Bush's tax cuts.

"One of my friends is Sen. McCain, he voted against the Bush tax cuts," Romney told the crowd at a Granite State campaign event. "I think the Bush tax cuts were a great thing for our country. I support them and want to make them permanent."

Later, a questioner asked Romney if that attack had been hypocritical, since the former Massachusetts governor had not endorsed the tax cuts when they were introduced in 2003.

Romney responded that as a governor, he had not spent time dwelling on federal issues. "You see, I wasn't a U.S. senator, I didn't have to vote on this, didn't get a choice to. I was running my state," he said.

"But Sen. McCain was a senator, he had to vote, he had to decide: am I in favor of pursuing these tax cuts or not? And he voted against the tax cuts twice. That's a very different position," said Romney. He added that he would both preserve current tax cuts, and look to add to them.

Romney, whose campaign is counting on a strong showing in New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation primary, still leads McCain and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani in recent Granite State polls, although that margin has shrunk slightly in recent surveys.

This week, the Arizona senator nabbed the backing of Independent Sen. Joe Lieberman – a nod that may help sway some of New Hampshire’s critical independent voters – as well as endorsements from several major area papers, with just over two weeks to go until the state’s voters head to the polls.

–CNN New Hampshire Producer Sareena Dalla

Filed under: John McCain • Mitt Romney • New Hampshire
soundoff (37 Responses)
  1. Travis, Durham, NC

    Fiscal Conservatives don't know how to handle a budget? Just look at what Romney accomplished in his own state – WITHOUT raising taxes once. And Edwards, what a gem, today wanted to "jumpstart" the economy by increases taxes $100 Billion!!! This is insanity! Great plan, kill any hope in our future. What planet do the democrats think we're on? Socialism is alive and well in America.

    December 22, 2007 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  2. J, Seattle, WA

    John McCain believes taxes should be low, simple, and fair and has a track record of commitment to these principles. For more information I invite the thinking public to visit John's website.

    December 22, 2007 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  3. Bud, San Diego, CA

    Stick a fork in Mitt... he's done! Lol! Cya, big spender.

    December 22, 2007 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  4. Dale Davis, Glendora, California

    Hmm. Let me see. If I'm just an average working bloke, like anyone else. Who would I trust to lead this country with brains, so that my little amount of 401K money will go the farthest. You know, the money that most of us want to grow for not only our children, but our grandchildren?
    I PUT MY MONEY ON MITT. If he can do what he did for his investment firm, what more can he do for our entire U.S economy?

    December 22, 2007 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  5. j, Seattle, WA

    John McCain believes taxes should be low, simple, and fair and has a track record of commitment to these principles. For more information I invite the thinking public to visit John's website.

    December 22, 2007 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  6. Mike, Fredericksburg, VA

    Romney is a perfect example of what people hate in politics – flip-flopping, and trying to tear your opponents down with negative campaigning because you can't stand on your own record.

    December 22, 2007 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  7. Alex , Winter Springs FL

    What Romney doesn't understand is that McCain voted against the tax cuts because they were not accompanied by a corresponding decrease in spending. That is true fiscal conservatism.

    December 22, 2007 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  8. GRACE


    December 23, 2007 02:01 am at 2:01 am |
  9. Dave Diamond, Mont Vernon, NH

    Romney attacking McCain? Hmm, maybe Mitt knows something that many of us here in NH already know and the rest of you will learn soon enough - John McCain's star is back on the rise.

    December 23, 2007 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  10. Editor, (Washington DC)

    Finally the media and the voters are starting to see this plastic politician Mitt Romney as what he is – a lying, deceitful, dangerous religious fundamentalist.

    Learn why at:

    Articles, streamed video, and recommended books to counter any Romney supporter.

    December 23, 2007 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  11. Dan Albuquerque, NM

    Putting Hillary in the Oval Office will be like putting Charle Manson in office.

    December 26, 2007 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  12. varner moon greensburg. ky

    to andrew in niaga falls new something, easy to tell you are from the God forgotten state of New york, wow what a glad day for us all the we have a bunch of what did you call them Christians, good for you at least you know we are around, now crawl back into your hole till it is over . you will not know anything about it anyway , being from niaga fell.

    December 26, 2007 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
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