Texas Gov. Rick Perry has launched a new ad accusing opponent Mitt Romney of being a flip-flopper. Perry notes in the ad that the former Massachusetts governor first praised President Barack Obama’s Race to the Top education program — and then later denied the endorsement.
“His positions change as his audience and political climate changes,” Perry spokesman Ray Sullivan said. “Whether it’s government-mandated health insurance or federal encroachment on America’s public schools, Mr. Romney’s smooth delivery hides positions that change with the political climate. The next president needs to have strong conservative principles Americans can count on.”
Sullivan was referring to Romney comments at a town hall in meeting in Florida.
“I think Secretary [Arne] Duncan has done some good things,” Romney says in the Perry ad. “He is the current secretary of Education. He, for instance, has a program called Race to the Top which encourages schools to have more choice, more testing of kids, more evaluation of teachers. Those are things I think make, make some sense.”
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However, a day later at the Florida GOP presidential debate, Perry confronted Romney about his comments.
“I’m not sure exactly what he’s saying,” Romney responded. “I don’t support any particular program that he’s describing.”
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