Mitt Romney has hit on a way to avoid flip-flopping on Ohio's Issue 2, which would take collective bargaining rights from public workers: He's just not going to take a position on it. Except this may be the weirdest way
of not taking a position on an issue ever seen:
GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney made a 45–minute visit to a Terrace Park Republican phone bank operation this morning, where volunteers have been making thousands of phone calls to voters urging yes votes on state issues 2 and 3.
But Romney, who would not speak to the media, told Ohio Republican Party chairman Kevin DeWine as he left the building on Wooster Pike in Terrace Park that he was not endorsing either Issue 2 – which would repeal the GOP backed bill that limit collective bargaining for public employees, or Issue 3, which would allow Ohioans to opt out of the mandatory health care coverage portion of the health care law passed by Democrats in Congress last year.
“I’m not saying anything one way or the other about the two ballot issues,” Romney told DeWine. “But I am supportive of the Republican party’s efforts here.”
In a conference call with reporters, Ohio Democratic Party Chair Chris Redfern pointed out that Romney had gone out of his way to visit a state with a relatively late primary, and was the only Republican presidential candidate to connect his campaign with Issue 2. Even if he wasn't "saying anything one way or another." While still being "supportive of the Republican party's efforts."
Romney's avoidance of Issue 3 suggests he may not remember whether it's time to flip or flop on health care mandates.