January 5th, 2008
09:13 AM ET
11 years ago

Romney's old McCain comments return to haunt him

On Friday, the McCain camp sent out old Romney comments praising the senator. 

On Friday, the McCain camp sent out old Romney comments praising the senator.

(CNN) - Republican John McCain’s campaign responded to a statement by rival Mitt Romney that there was "no way" the Arizona senator could claim to be a candidate of change by sending reporters a 2002 quote in which he said McCain “has always represented change.”

“There’s no way that Sen. McCain is going to be able to come to New Hampshire and say that he’s the candidate that represents change - that he’ll change Washington. He is Washington,” Romney said on the campaign trail Friday.

Shortly afterwards, the McCain camp circulated comments Romney made when he was running for governor of Massachusetts more than five years ago.

“One of the reasons the people of America honor Sen. McCain and why I'm so proud to have him standing with me today is that he has brought American values to the debate on the issues we care about,” Romney said at the time. “He has always stood for reform and change.”

UPDATE: Romney campaign spokesman Kevin Madden said Friday afternoon that "Washington has not changed in the right direction during Senator McCain’s long career there.

"The legislation that McCain most expressly advocated—campaign finance reform and immigration reform—were the wrong approaches on both issues. We need more meaningful change brought about by someone with a proven record of actually turning things around."

The Romney campaign also emailed a newspaper account of some of McCain's own 2002 comments, in which he praised then-gubernatorial candidate Mitt Romney as an individual with the "honesty and integrity who will make the tough decision based on what's best for the state and not the individual. That's the theme of Mitt Romney's campaign, and if that message gets across he's going to be fine."

–CNN's Rebecca Sinderbrand

Filed under: John McCain • Mitt Romney
soundoff (155 Responses)
  1. Sarah

    McCaine should play the video where Romney is praising his immigration reform bill. That is what I call positive advertising! Mitt has said all things in a bid to be all things to all people all the time. This is why he is unpredictable and untrustworthy. NH, vote McCaine and put Mitt out of this race so that we can nominate a president. Remember polls show that 48% of americans would never under any circumnstances vote for Romney or Clinton. Democrats are getting it and voting for Obama, we too need to get it and vote for McCaine in NH.

    January 5, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  2. Bob, Sacramento, CA

    Romney attempts to protray himself as a man of change and immediately after Iowa smacks of transparency and shows him for the phoney he is. Political expediency is his priority andnot the welfare of this country. It's ironic that Hillary Clinton is abused because of her naked ambition for the presidency and Romney is not. Although Hillary has a lot to be politically abused for, ambtion is not one of them.
    McCain on the other hand is still looking for a war he can win and would keep us involved in Iraq for what? One hundred years or more? He said so. Too old and with a tired old man's perception of Iraq, McCain is more interested in how to stay in Iraq rather than how we get out of Iraq. America is fed up with the likes of old war horses like McCain so best he retire where he can read war stories all day and revel in past glories rather than heaping his fantasies on present ones.

    January 5, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  3. Louisa Freiberger

    Hello, I just wanted to say that I felt Senator Ron Paul was very strong in the debate and yet was not even mentioned by anyone afterwards. You all spent a good 10 minutes mentioning everyone elses strong points except Sen. Paul's. Whats up with that. You, as a news team should present each one of the candidates, not just who YOU think has a better chance of winning.

    January 5, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  4. Nicolas B

    I am 18 years old and a senior in high school. I like politics, and am thrilled with my privilege to vote this year. As I have tuned into this year's race for the presidency, I have seen and heard mature adults allow emotion to cloud their powers of reason. Please, do not attack negativity with negativity, and please do your own research.

    January 6, 2008 03:16 am at 3:16 am |
  5. Jan

    First of all as a corporate working professional female, whose husband served in the U. S. Air Force, I have been trained to identify phoniness in a heartbeat and Hillary Clinton is the biggest, fattiest phony I have every seen. Not to mention her sad-weak husband Bill.

    They are the perfect picture of Jezebel and Ahab; Hillary being Jezebel of course, and Bill being Ahab. However, we have had enough with Hillary and Bill; I mean Bill and Hillary Clinton in this great country.

    Schroeder, I was not going to vote until, I saw your friend’s Academy Award winning performance on television.

    Hillary swayed my/our votes to Senator Barack Obama and our 5, 000 + church membership, and their family members. We will vote for Senator Obama because we are “BELIVERS” first and secondly, to stand against Hillary Clinton, and third to keep from voting for Hillary and Bill Clinton; I mean Hillary Clinton.

    This GAINT Nation is sounding off loud and clear that, they are absolutely tired of the filthy, awful, and disgustful doings of Bill and Hillary Clinton.

    Anytime a grown man takes advantage of a young lady (during the ‘80’s), which he cowardly denied, or vehemently declared that “I did not have sex with that woman” LIAR! LIAR!…. should never, ever attempt to lead these great United Stated in any capacity, at anytime…referring to Bill Clinton of course.

    The AGING Clintons should go home, sit down on the porch, and gracefully shut-up regarding politics…..they are desperate for power, which they will never, ever have again and they are a TAINTED-embarrassment to society.

    January 10, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
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