There's no problem about Mitt Romney
taking conservative positions during the primary that may upset the liberal media; come this fall, he can erase them and start all over again.
That's the word from Eric Fehrnstrom, a senior campaign aide to Romney, who told CNN
Wednesday that after his candidate's big win in Illinois Tuesday he can still change course.
“Everything changes,” Fehrnstrom told CNN. “It’s almost like an Etch-A-Sketch. You can kind of shake it up and restart all over again.”
Fehrnstrom's comments, which tried to explain how former Massachusetts Gov. Romney could re-invent himself after a right-leaning campaign against Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum, went viral across the web Wednesday.
With the disclosure, conservatives found confirming evidence that their GOP frontrunner really doesn't believe those Reaganite, "severely conservative" positions he has been articulating in recent months.
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The Fehrstrom remark may have been dismissed if Romney didn't have such a long track record of flip-flopping on major issues like abortion, tax cuts, a national health mandate and other issues.
Senior Romney aides, meanwhile, have offered policy plans that directly contradict their candidate's stated position, suggesting that a Romney administration may raise tax increases for high-income earners and that key parts of Obamacare will be kept in place.
Romney quickly told a press gathering that he is not an Etch-A-Sketch toy, and promised to run and govern as a conservative.
But his primary opponents aren't buying the denial.
"We all knew Mitt Romney didn’t have any core convictions, but we appreciate his staff going on national television to affirm that point for anyone who had any doubts,” the Santorum campaign said in a statement.
Gingrich sent out a message on Twitter: “Etch-A-Sketch is a great toy but a losing strategy. We need a nominee with bold conservative solutions.”
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