2012 Presidential Republican Primary Debate In Iowa pt.2

2012 Presidential Republican Primary Debate In Iowa pt.2

Ben Smith wrote a fine article:

August 11, 2011


Romney’s non-answer

Byron York asked Mitt Romney directly about the report that he’d bragged to S&P about a 2002 tax hike, and he again dodged the question, giving an answer that’s true but irrelevant:

I don’t believe in raising taxes and as governor I cut taxes 19 times … I was fortunate enough to be a governor who got an increase in the credit rating of my state … Our president simply doesn’t know how to lead and how to grow our economy.

One honest answer, which former Romney aide Eric Kriss gave me, was the former governor opposed taxes broadly, but that you tell ratings agencies what they want to hear, and they don’t care if you raise taxes or cut spending as long as the numbers run up. But that answer gets in the way of the claim that the U.S. downgrade is a judgement on spending. 

The other answer is also obvious: Romney governed as a right-leaning technocrat, not an ideologue, and he’s hoping to squeeze through on the left side of this primary without getting into the details of governance.

Posted by Ben Smith 09:51 PM
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