Reporting from Fairfax, Va. — After refusing to comment on a controversial effort by Ohio Gov. John Kasich to limit public employees’ collective bargaining rights, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Wednesday delivered an enthusiastic endorsement of the measure.
“I’m sorry if I created any confusion,” Romney said Wednesday at a campaign event outside a GOP office in Fairfax, Va. “I fully support Gov. Kasich’s – I think it’s called Question 2, in Ohio – fully support that.” He later added that he is “110% behind” the measure.
Romney had sidestepped the topic at a campaign stop in Ohio on Tuesday, when he said he was “not speaking about the particular ballot issues.” Media outlets immediately flagged the “no comment” moment as a signal that Romney might be flip-flopping on an issue, noting that he had indicated support for the measure in a statement posted to his Facebook page last spring.
Romney also seemed to remember that: “Actually, on my website, I think, back as early as April, I laid out that I support Question 2 and Gov. Kasich’s effort to restrict collective bargaining in Ohio,” he said.