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Perry, Paul Support Issues 2 and 3 in Ohio

In light of Mitt Romney’s refusal to take a position on issues 2 and 3 in Ohio (which respectively would ensure that collective bargaining reforms for state employees remain in place and would ban Obamacare’s individual mandate), I’ve reached out to the other GOP presidential candidates’ campaigns to see who does have a position. 

“Governor Perry is with Kasich and would vote with him,” e-mails Perry communication director Ray Sullivan.

Ron Paul spokesman Gary Howard e-mails, “Congressman Paul is a champion of right to work, with a 100 percent rating from the National Right To Work Committee, and a big advocate of allowing citizens to opt out of government programs, so he supports “Yes” on 2 and also issue 3.”

I’ll update this post with other campaigns’ responses as needed.  Sullivan also issued a statement on the topic, saying, “Mitt Romney’s finger-in-the-wind politics continued today when he refused to support right-to-work reforms signed by Ohio Governor John Kasich – reforms Romney supported in June.”

“Americans are tired of politicians who change their beliefs to match public opinion polls,” Sullivan added. “Mitt Romney has a long record of doing this on issues like government-mandated health care and the Obama stimulus. Mitt Romney needs to realize that when you try to stand on both sides of an issue, you stand for nothing.”

UPDATE: Newt Gingrich’s campaign sends along this video from July, when Gingrich filmed a spot endorsing the public employee reforms Kasich was fighting for:

Katrina TrinkoKatrina Trinko is a political reporter for National Review. Trinko is also a member of USA TODAY’S Board of Contributors, and her work has been published in various media outlets ...


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