As reported earlier in the week, Mitt Romney flip-flopped on his support of Issue 2 on the Ohio ballot November 8, an attempt to repeal Gov. John Kasich's Senate Bill 5, which gutted collective bargaining rights for Ohio government workers. The flip-flop was highlighted by the Daily Show's Jon Stewart as part of a bigger pattern from Romney of changing his stance on issues based on how popular the issues are with Republican primary voters.
To recap, in June, Romney posted on Facebook:
My friends in Ohio are fighting to defend crucial reforms that the state has put in place to limit the power of union bosses and keep taxes low. I stand with John R. Kasich and Ohio's leaders as they take on this important fight to get control of government spending. Please visit www.BetterOhio.org for more information.
Then on Tuesday, it was reported that Romney said:
I’m not saying anything one way or the other about the two ballot issues.
After conservative backlash, he changed his position again:
"I fully support Gov. Kasich's [Issue 2] in Ohio," Romney said. "I’m sorry if I created any confusion in that regard. … What I was referring to was I know that there are other ballot questions there in Ohio and I wasn’t taking a position on those. One of them, for instance, relates to healthcare and mandates — I’ve said that should be up to individual states. I, of course, took my state in one direction. They might want to go in a different direction.”