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Thu Mar 22, 2012, 10:47 AM

An Etch A Sketch Moment: In 2006, Romney Supported High Gasoline Prices To Discourage Consumption

Another Etch A Sketch Moment: In 2006, Romney Supported High Gasoline Prices To Discourage Consumption
By Stephen Lacey on Mar 22, 2012 at 9:45 am


These days, Mitt Romney falsely accuses Obama of wanting “to see gasoline prices go up.” But back in 2006, it was Romney who championed high gasoline prices. He opposed a reduction in the state gas tax by arguing ”I’m not sure there will be the right time for us to encourage the use of more gasoline.”

Ironically, Mitt Romney is in damage control mode after one of his top campaign spokesmen compared the candidate’s stance on issues to an Etch A Sketch yesterday.

“I think you hit a reset button for the fall campaign,” said campaign adviser Eric Fehrnstrom on CNN yesterday morning. “Everything changes. It’s almost like an Etch A Sketch. You can kind of shake it up and we start all over again.”

The comments illustrate what conservative Republicans fear and what the Democratic opposition is celebrating: the candidate’s stances have changed so dramatically, it’s nearly impossible to know who the real Romney is.

The latest Etch A Sketch moment for the campaign relates to gas prices. In 2006, saying he...


Read the rest at Joe Romm's Climate Progress Blog:
http://thinkprogress.org/romm/issue/

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