DISMISSES TOUGH WSJ EDITORIAL
LABELS MCCAIN "TOO LIBERAL"
URGES HUCK SUPPORTERS TO SWITCH SIDES
In a one-on-one interview with KY3 News Friday morning, Mitt Romney called top rival John McCain "too liberal" for Missourians and urged Mike Huckabee supporters to switch sides and support his candidacy.
I spoke to Romney via satellite from San Diego this morning. You can watch the entire interview now HERE.
The Wall Street Jounral editorial board came down hard on Romney Friday, noting that "if Romney loses to Senator McCain, the cause will be his failure to persuade voters that he has any convictions at all."
"Now I know the Wall Street Journal hates my healthcare plan and so they've been after me for a long time about it," Romney said. "But I'm proud of the fact we got all of our citizens insured. We did so without having to raise taxes, we did so without having to put in place a new tax of some kind."
Romney spent most of the interview framing the Republican race between himself and Senator McCain. "I think on many issues that face the nation today, he's not a conservative," Romney said of his chief rival. "I think on these issues that Senator McCain is simply too liberal. I think America has learned if we nominate someone who does not have a conservative vision for the future of this country, we often end up losing to the Democrats," Romney added.
He also implied that conservatives who vote for Mike Huckabee Tuesday will be wasting their vote. "At this stage, it has become a two-person race and if you vote for someone besides one of those two people, you are not getting the bang for your vote buck," Romney said. "I guess the real question is, would they rather have me or would they rather have Senator McCain," Romney added.
We have interviews with Sen. McCain and Sen. Obama later today. Tune in to KY3 News @ 5, 6 and 10 for full reports.