Mitt Romney declared that he supports efforts to extend the period of low interest rates on student loans for another year. Joe Courtney (D-CT), who has sponsored such a bill in the House, said he hopes that Romney’s statement will "shake the Republican congressional leadership loose." Republicans generally oppose the bill, so this puts some distance between Mitt Romney and the rest of his party on this issue. The question, of course, is whether Romney sincerely supports the goals of this bill or whether his statement is merely a cynical ploy to display some centrist leanings and subvert the Obama campaign’s efforts to picture him as a radical right-winger.
Republican support for Courtney’s bill
To keep low int’rest rates on loans
For students. It’s a gesture of goodwill
Designed to show that Mitt’s OK,
He’s not a total right wing nut
Like others in his party’s pay.
I wonder if this new Mitt’s but
A phantom on an Etch-A-Sketch
Or whether he might be sincere
In helping his pinched party stretch
Their tendency to be austere.
I guess we’ll have to wait and see
But up till now, the nominee
Hasn’t shown a tendency
T’ward social generosity.