FITSNews Exclusive – McCain Says Romney Too “Inexperienced” To Be President October 17, 2007Posted by fitsnews in 2008 Presidential Primaries.
ARIZONA SENATOR BLASTS FORMER MASSACHUSETTS GOVERNOR’S FITNESS FOR OFFICE
FITSNews – October 17, 2007 – Arizona Senator John McCain hadn’t been aboard the Straight Talk Express for more than five minutes this morning before he provided yet another compelling example of why the bus bears its name.
In a rolling dual-interview with FITSNews and The (Columbia) State newspaper, McCain blasted former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney for saying in a recent GOP debate that he would “sit down with (his) lawyers” to determine whether or not America could take military action against Iran.
“Lawyers are the last group of Americans I’d call in that situation,” McCain said, calling the episode from last week’s debate an example of Romney’s “inexperience.”
Asked directly if he meant that Romney was too inexperienced to be President, McCain replied “Sure.”
McCain also said Romney wasn’t “respecting the voters” by changing his position on so many issues, and criticized him for invoking the legacy of Ronald Reagan despite having previously held “liberal positions on every issue, all of which have changed, of course.”
“For him to lay claim to that Republican record isn’t respecting the voters,” McCain said flatly.
Additionally, McCain echoed recent comments made by former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan chiding President George W. Bush for failing to use his veto pen more aggressively to combat wasteful appropriations bills.
“President Bush should have vetoed those bills,” McCain said. “I pleaded with him to veto those bills. Now, he’s apparently going to start vetoing some of them, but there’s a consistency issue.”
S.C. Rep. Nikki Haley, a Romney supporter, argued that the out-of-control spending in Washington was precisely the reason the former Massachusetts Governor ought to be president.
“Governor Romney doesn’t have (Washington) D.C. experience, but that’s exactly what people don’t want or need right now,” Haley said. “D.C. experience has proven to be synonymous with out-of-control spending and infighting that keep our country from moving forward. Governor Romney knows what our priorities should be as a country, knows the value of a dollar, and that’s why he will be the kind of President that this country needs.”