Mitt Romney recently described the President’s plan to pass the American Jobs Act and extend the payroll tax cut — a measure that would save working families an average of $1,500 a year — as “temporary little band-aids.”
But after his earlier remarks were widely criticized, he said the exact opposite at last week’s GOP presidential debate in Michigan.
While the media frenzy surrounding the debate focused on a gaffe from one of our other opponents, the most amazing moment from my perspective was Mitt reversing course on an issue that anyone running for president should have a clear position on: Extend a tax cut worth $1,500 a year to working families. Or ask the middle-class to pay more so millionaires and billionaires don’t have to.
In Mitt’s world, maybe $1,500 isn’t a lot of money. But it’s worth an awful lot to millions of families’ budgets. And if he’s unable to take a stand on something so critical to the middle class, how can we know how he’d react when confronting a crisis from the White House?
This kind of behavior is part of a disturbing pattern where Romney says one thing and then the exact opposite, sometimes within the span of a few paragraphs, and hopes no one calls him on it. So we’re putting together a list of people who will be the cops on the beat whenever Mitt wants to have it both ways, and help make sure all Americans know exactly how he operates.
On Wednesday night, one of the moderators asked Mitt about his little problem. His response:
“I think people understand I’m a man of steadiness and constancy.”
Saying it doesn’t make it so.
On reproductive rights, climate change, immigration, taxes, foreign policy, gay rights, gun control, and labor issues, Romney has reversed his positions — often dramatically — leaving his supporters and opponents alike feeling some combination of angry, confused, and betrayed.
If he keeps up this pace, it’s going to take all of us to keep track of Mitt’s flip-flopping.
Watch the video — and sign up to be on the team that holds him accountable from now until however long he stays in this race. It seems he’s at least committed to that.
Democratic National Committee