October 21, 2007: GOP Hopefuls Assert the Right to Be More to the Right in Florida Debate (CQPolitics.com)

  • McCain and Romney were then asked about their attacks on each other’s conservative bona fides. This prompted McCain to directly and sharply criticize Romney, accusing him of falsely claiming to be a conservative. “Gov. Romney, you’ve spent the last year trying to fool people about your record, I don’t want you to start fooling them about mine. I stand on the record of the conservative,” McCain said. “I don’t think you can fool the American people.”