I realize that things were heated and unfair attacks were flying from all sides, but the Romney campaign robocalling senior citizens to tell them McCain was against the Bush prescription drug benefit just before the Florida primary was not one of the Governor’s finer moments. AmSpec’s Phil Klein asked him about it today on a conference call and here is his response:
That’s a darn good question, and the reason is because I also have said that I would have opposed the Medicare Part D provision that President Bush put on, unless there was a Medicare reform that was part of the package. So actually, Senator McCain and I would have been on the same side of that vote. I did not know that that went out in a call, I’ll look into that. But for me, what I’ve always said is that on the Medicare Part D that I supported the idea of getting seniors Medicare Part D and prescription coverage, but for me that would have had to be combined with a reform of Medicare overall, which did not cause us to increase the ongoing obligation, the liability that we have by virtue of that program, and frankly, I’ve laid out what I would do in all three programs—Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security—to rein in the excessive spending. But I’ll look into that call, and I’ll make sure it doesn’t happen again.
It’s somewhat surprising the Governor didn’t know that these calls were occurring, as Jonathan Martin at the Politico who reported the story confirmed the calls were from the Romney campaign with “an aide to the former governor.” However, it’s good of Romney to admit that they were wrong and shouldn’t have happened.