Romney Flip Flops In His Opinion Of McCainâ€™s Knowledge Of The Economy
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As Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) shifted his attention to pushing his misguided economic policies yesterday, his campaign dispatched former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney to blanket the cable news networks as his top economic surrogate.
But Romney may not be the best surrogate for McCain considering that, as CNNâ€™s Campbell Brown pointed out last night, he aggressively hit McCain during the primary for saying that â€œhe doesnâ€™t understand how the economy worksâ€œ:
ROMNEY: [McCain] doesnâ€™t want to talk about the economy, because frankly, he has pointed out time and again that he doesnâ€™t understand how the economy works. And right now, thatâ€™s the biggest issue that voters here in Florida are concerned about, and they want somebody who does understand the economy. And having him time and again say, I donâ€™t understand how the economy works, Iâ€™ve got to get a V.P. that will show me how it works, thatâ€™s a real problem for him.
In a separate interview with CNN yesterday, Romney tried to offer an explanation for why he now trusts McCainâ€™s knowledge of the economy, saying that McCain â€œspent over 25 years in Washington, DCâ€ working on â€œeconomic policies.â€
Matt Corley is a Research Associate for The Progress Report and ThinkProgress.org at the Center for American Progress.