Not only does Mitt Romney flip flop on pretty much every issue in existence, he even tries to make his past statements disappear.
After the Republican presidential debate Thursday night, a senior advisor to Mitt Romney acknowledged that a line about spreading health care reform throughout the country was changed in the paperback version of Romney’s book No Apology.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry said during the Florida debate that Romney took out the single line that suggested the Massachusetts health reform law could be applied to the country. The line that is removed in the paperback version reads, “We can accomplish the same thing for everyone in the country.”
And the punchline is that he lied about it during the last debate:
During the debate Romney denied that his book had been changed.
“I actually — I actually wrote my book, and in my book I said no such thing. What I said — actually, when I put my health care plan together — and I met with Dan Balz, for instance, of The Washington Post. He said, is this a plan that if you were president you would put on the nation, have the whole nation adopt it? I said, absolutely not. I said, this is a state plan for a state, it is not a national plan.”
Perry and Romney spent a good amount of time at the debate sparring over their respective books. Romney criticized Perry’s writings about Social Security.
“It’s fine for you to retreat from your own words in your own book, but please don’t try and make me retreat from the words that I wrote in my book. I stand by what I wrote. I believe in what I did. And I believe that the people of this country can read my book and see exactly what it is,” said Romney.
Unless, of course, you change the book after the fact to cover your tracks.