The conventional wisdom is that Mitt Romney is going to have to move to the middle now that he’s the nominee, moving away from the extreme positions he took during the primary to protect his right flank against the even crazier candidates. But when it comes to budget and taxes, he continued to take the most absurd position imaginable on Face the Nation:
SCHIEFFER: You were one of the vast majority of Republicans to signed the pledge circulated by the leading antitax advocate Grover Norquist, no new taxes under any circumstances. And I remember once back during one of the primaries, you were asked if you would agree to $1 in taxes if you could get $10 cut in spending cuts, and you said at that time, no, I wouldn’t even accept that. Do you still feel that way?
ROMNEY: Well, we all felt that way. And the reason is that government, at all levels today, consumers about 37% of our economy.
SCHIEFFER: But do you still feel–
ROMNEY: Let me go on and explain. The answer is I do feel that way. Government is big and getting larger, and there are those who think the answer is just to take a little more from the American people, just give us a little more. and there are places that have gone that way– California, for instance, keeps raising taxes more and more and more. and funny thing, the more they raise in taxes, deficits get larger and larger. The only solution to taming an out-of-control spending government is to cut spending and my policies reduce the rate of spending…
That’s nucking futs.