Mitt Romney seems to have gone from hawk to dove.
The Republican presidential nominee is coming under the microscope for changing his positions on Iran and Afghanistan during Monday night’s final face-off.
Ron Reagan, an msnbc political analyst and son of the former Republican president, told Chris Matthews on Tuesday’s Hardball that if Romney wins the election, it will set a template for both parties in the future to wage campaigns by lying “so brazenly and not have to pay for it.”
It would be a “triumph for lying,” Reagan declared.
John Heilemann, an msnbc political analyst, said Romney is a “blank slate” on foreign policy because he has no record judge from. The former governor is likely changing his tune because he’d turn off swing voters by being “someone who’s going to jump in the middle of foreign entanglements,” Heilemann added.
During Monday night’s debate in Boca Raton, Fla. Romney took a softer stance on Iran, insisting “We can’t kill our way out of this mess” and “we want a peaceful planet.” In March, Romney took a hawkish line, insisting the U.S. must act before Iran “actually had a weapon, a deliverable weapon.”
On Afghanistan, Romney abruptly changed his position, saying he backed the president’s plan to pull U.S. troops out of the country by the end of 2014. He had previously ripped Obama for setting a timeline for ending the war.
“Neither hawk Romney or dove Romney seems to be know what he’s talking about,” said Reagan.