Mitt Romney said Tuesday that Sen. John McCain’s Washington experience counts in drawing up economic policy.
That’s not what Romney said during the heat of the Republican presidential race.
Here’s Romney from Tuesday’s appearance on CNN:
“I can tell you that for a person who’s spent over 25 years in Washington, D.C., working on economic policies from the days of (Ronald) Reagan and throughout the current time,Senator McCain is very well aware of the spending programs in Washington, which ones need to be cut back, which ones need to be grown. He understands also how to relieve the pressure on the American taxpayer,” Romney said hours before McCain, a four-term Arizona senator, delivered an economic address in Pittsburgh.
Here’s Romney on Jan. 25 in Florida:
“Now he’s engaging in ‘Washington talk,'” Romney said of McCain and his self-professed “straight-talk” mantra. “`Washington talk’ says that somehow, because you’ve been in Washington, and you’ve been on a committee, that you somehow know about how the jobs of this country have been created.”
Romney, who bowed out of the race in February, has been mentioned as a possible running mate for McCain.