Romney: ’110% behind’ Ohio anti-union bill

By David Edwards
Wednesday, October 26, 2011 13:35 EDT
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A day after refusing to comment on an Ohio bill that would limit the collective bargain rights of public employees, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said Wednesday that he supports the measure “110 percent.”

Romney was working at Ohio Republican Party phone bank Tuesday when he was asked about Issue 2, a bill that Gov. John Kasich (R-OH) hopes voters will ratify on Nov. 8.

“I am not speaking about the particular ballot issues,” Romney said at the time. “Those are up to the people of Ohio. But I certainly support the efforts of the governor to reign in the scale of government. I am not terribly familiar with the two ballot initiatives. But I am certainly supportive of the Republican Party’s efforts here.”

Gov. Rick Perry’s presidential campaign immediately attacked the former Massachusetts governor for “finger-in-the-wind politics.”

At an event with Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) on Wednesday, Romney didn’t miss a second opportunity to prove he was for curbing worker rights.

“I’m sorry if a created any confusion in that regard,” he said. “I fully support Gov. Kasich’s — I think it’s called Question 2 in Ohio. Fully support that.”

“I don’t even know what Question 1 is. If there is a Question 1, I don’t know what that one is. So with regards to Question 2, which is the collective bargaining question, I am 110 percent behind Gov. Kasich in support of that question.”

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David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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