DNC highlights old Romney-McCain tension
January 5th, 2012
05:00 AM ET
11 years ago

DNC highlights old Romney-McCain tension

(CNN) - As Arizona Sen. John McCain travels to South Carolina Thursday to show his support for Mitt Romney, national Democrats point to the duo's rivalry from the last presidential cycle.

The Democratic National Committee released a new web video showcasing McCain's 2008 attacks against Romney, many of which toe the same line the DNC now uses to paint Romney as a flip-flopper.

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"He's very consistent–totally consistent–because he's had two positions at least on every issue," McCain jokes in one of the clips, referring to Romney as he talks to supporters on the campaign trail four years ago.

Other clips show the former Republican presidential nominee taking jabs at Romney’s record during debates or television interviews.

"I don't know how to respond to a lot of his charges, because tomorrow he may have a different position," McCain said in a 2008 Fox News interview.

But McCain made headlines Wednesday when he backed Romney in New Hampshire, one day after the former governor took first place in the Iowa caucuses, the nation’s first Republican nominating contest.

The web video ends with: “If McCain thinks Romney has two positions on every issue, which Mitt is he endorsing?”

While Romney and McCain engaged in a bitter feud during the 2008 primary season, the sparring soon ended after Romney dropped out in early February and quickly threw his support behind McCain.

Both men said they shared a mutual respect for each other, and Romney later became a major surrogate for McCain during the general campaign. Romney also stumped for McCain during the senator’s re-election bid in 2010.

The DNC has frequently – and almost solely – targeted Romney’s record throughout the campaign.

Team Romney has repeatedly hit back, saying the attacks indicate that Democrats expect Romney to become the nominee and use the ads as a way to “distract” Americans from President Barack Obama’s record in the White House.

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Filed under: 2008 Election • 2012 • DNC • John McCain • Mitt Romney
soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Quaye Dynasty.

    Let just call a spade a spade- Romney is not only a flip flopper he is a LIAR. He will just make up anything because he is desparate for power. When he talks about being unemployed, he is being sarcastic and making fun of the struggling middle class and the have nots.
    Any good person who does good deeds preserves the record for future generation or even if just for references sake; on the other hand a person who does evil deeds and want to deceive future generations or any scrutiny for that matter, wipes out his/her records.
    If Romney did any good deeds in Massachussetts as governor why did he and his team wipe out their records ?
    Mitt Romney is not good for America, period !
    It is a shame for Macain to endorse him or is the senator senile?- just curiouse.

    January 5, 2012 05:58 am at 5:58 am |
  2. Marie MD

    He has to endorse "today'"s $250M flip flopper because even mitts doesn't know which way he will bounce on any given day.

    January 5, 2012 06:18 am at 6:18 am |
  3. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    It makes sense to me... How can someone be one way and then change it so dramatically when running for a different office? He was one way when he faced Ed Kennedy. He was different when he ran for the nomination in 2008. We need to get him more consistant or reason why he changed other than wanting to get elected.

    January 5, 2012 07:32 am at 7:32 am |
  4. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    During McCain's endorsement of Mittens, you could see the anger that John has built up against 'that one.' After three years the bitter little man is more bitter toward Obama. McCain and Mittens have one thing in common today, and that is to go to war with Iran. Of course Mittens may change his mind tomorrow.

    January 5, 2012 07:38 am at 7:38 am |
  5. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    McCain, Quayle, Dole, reluctant Bush the elder, all can give Mittens so advice on how to lose, but until winning Iowa by 8 votes, Mittens was on his won losing streak.

    January 5, 2012 07:40 am at 7:40 am |
  6. No Bush

    Can the DNC do better than this?
    Hillary called Obama liar before Ohio primary in 2008 !!!!!!!!

    January 5, 2012 07:45 am at 7:45 am |
  7. Indy

    McCain would do anything to see "That One" removed from the Whitehouse. This endorsement is more proof that political gamesmanship is alive and well,Romney is everything McCain hates but he has to pay back Romney for the 2008 endorsement so Party First rules apply. The only thing these two agree about is Bomb Bomb Iran and start WW3

    January 5, 2012 07:46 am at 7:46 am |
  8. No Bush

    DNC Chairwoman should rethink the strategy or they will get laughed and make Obama an one-termer!!

    January 5, 2012 07:47 am at 7:47 am |