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Mitt Romney's Health-Care Dilemma: In Iowa Today Facing New Questions About Authenticity
ABC News ^ | March 29, 2010 | Teddy Davis

Posted on 03/29/2010 9:43:50 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

Mitt Romney, the once and likely future Republican presidential candidate, is back in Iowa today.

The stated purpose of his visit, which includes speeches in Des Moines and Ames, is to promote his new book, "No Apology: The Case for American Greatness."

The broader mission, however, is to begin to reintroduce Romney to the state that holds the first in the nation presidential nominating contest.

When Romney ran for president in 2008, his most delicate task was trying to convince social conservatives that he was, in the words of former Romney adviser Mike Murphy, "a pro-life Mormon" who had been "faking it as a pro-choice friendly" when he began his political career in liberal Massachusetts.

Now that Romney, 63, is gearing up for a second presidential run, his most challenging task might be convincing Republicans that the health-care plan he approved in Massachusetts is not a template for the health-care plan approved at the federal level by President Obama.

"Romney has a huge albatross around his neck, which really wasn't an issue in 2008: We are implementing a national health care plan that is very much like what he did in Massachusetts," a Republican strategist unaligned in the 2012 race who was granted anonymity so he could be more candid told ABC News.(continued)

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TOPICS: Iowa; Massachusetts; Issues; Polls
KEYWORDS: 2012; backstabberromney; badgovromney; benedictromney; bigdigromney; canttrustromney; healthcare; iowa; mythromney; nevertrustromney; obamacare; operationleper; poorloserromney; romney; romneyantigop; romneyantipalin; romneycare; socialisthealthcare; soreloserromney
Chamillionaire? Well, at least he'll help the Iowa economy with thousands of double lattes, maid-rites and poodle grooming, etc..
1 posted on 03/29/2010 9:43:51 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Why is it, that with Romney, he spends most of his time trying to convince people he is not what he appears to be?

Seems he would get tired of this after a while.

2 posted on 03/29/2010 9:46:06 PM PDT by SoConPubbie
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

he has got to be can he argue healthcare at all?

3 posted on 03/29/2010 9:46:31 PM PDT by dalebert
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Romney has lost alot of support in Iowa IMO.

4 posted on 03/29/2010 10:01:43 PM PDT by Free Vulcan (No prisoners, no mercy. 2010 is here...)
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To: dalebert can he argue healthcare at all?

With himself?!

Perhaps we could get a series of Romney vs. Romney debates going. Then throw in round of Obama vs. Obama with Biden doing the color commentary.

5 posted on 03/29/2010 10:27:54 PM PDT by DrDavid (George Orwell was an optimist.)
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To: dalebert
"he has got to be can he argue healthcare at all?"

He can't. If the GOP tries to run Romney, they might as well give up campaigning against Obamacare. They can't do both.

6 posted on 03/29/2010 10:40:39 PM PDT by DannyTN
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To: DannyTN

Forget about Romney. Who’s next on the list. Who should the Republicans run, Mr Axelrod?

7 posted on 03/30/2010 3:46:10 AM PDT by Thebaddog (Shakey Jake said, " The hippies will never survive!")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Did Authentic backstabber Mitt Romney and Team Romney apologize to America yet
for throwing the last Election?

"Romney presidential campaign staffers…have been involved in spreading anti-Palin spin to reporters."

"Frum ... (Romney supporter called Gov. Palin’s) nomination a "huge mistake" October 13 (2008)"

Frum: "I will support (Romney) without qualm."

Frum now makes his living as the media's go-to basher of fellow Republicans”

" 80 percent of Romney's former staff was absorbed by McCain
and these individuals were responsible for what amounts
to a premeditated, last-minute sabotage of Palin."

"These staffers are now out trying to finish her off
….hoping it would ingratiate themselves with Mitt Romney."

"the Palin Leaker from the McCain Campaign?
... was Nicolle Wallace's husband."

"Peeking Out From the McCain Wreckage: Mitt Romney"


"Vanity: Team Romney Sabotaged Palin and Continuing to Do So?"

"Romney Supporters Trashing Palin"

"Romney advisors sniping at Palin?"

8 posted on 03/30/2010 4:08:45 AM PDT by Diogenesis ("Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God." --Thomas Jefferson)
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To: DrDavid
Mitt Romney’s “Record”

From the Left:
“Governor Romney…imposed a slew of fee hikes and tax ‘loophole’ closures….The largest of these was $259 million worth of fee hikes in FY 2004, the bulk of which came from higher Registry of Deeds fees. Smaller fee hikes, including higher charges for boaters and golfers, we imposed in FY 2003 and FY 2005. Romney also sought $128 million worth of so-called tax loophole closures for FY 2004; $70 million for FY 2005; and $170 million for FY 2006, which were later reduced to $85 million due to backlash from business leaders.”
- Club for Growth’s White Paper on Mitt Romney
“Romney continues to oppose the flat tax with harsh language, calling the tax ‘unfair.’”
- Club for Growth’s White Paper on Mitt Romney
Romney didn’t support President Bush’s tax cuts in 2003. That earned him praise from liberal Congressman Barney Frank (D-MA)
- Boston Globe, April 11, 2003.

As Gov of Massachusetts, Romney managed to even raise taxes on New Hampshire residents.

From the Right:
“I said no to a tax hike; raising taxes hurts working people and scares away jobs. I also said no to more borrowing; borrowing just shifts our problems to the backs of our kids...Instead, I went after waste, inefficiency, duplication, and patronage.”
- Governor Romney, Boston Globe, October 24, 2005
From the Left:
In 2002, Romney broke with his predecessor, Jane Swift, and Republican governors before her by declining to sign a written vow not to raise taxes once in office.
- Boston Globe, January 5, 2007
"(Under the lash of Mitt RomneyCARE) as U.S. real output grew
13 percent between 2002 and 2006, Massachusetts trailed at 9 percent.
* Manufacturing employment fell 7 percent nationwide those years, but sank 14 percent under Romney, placing Massachusetts 48th among the states.
* Between fall 2003 and autumn 2006, U.S. job growth averaged 5.4 percent, nearly three times Massachusetts' anemic 1.9 percent pace.
* While 8 million Americans over age 16 found work between 2002 and 2006, the number of employed Massachusetts residents actually declined by 8,500 during those years.
"Massachusetts was the only state to have failed to post any gain in its pool of employed residents," professors Sum and McLaughlin concluded.
In an April 2003 meeting with the Massachusetts congressional delegation in Washington, Romney failed to endorse President Bush's $726 billion tax-cut proposal."
[Cato Institute annual Fiscal Policy Report Card - America's Governors, 2004.]

From the Right:
Almost five years after he refused to sign a “no new taxes” pledge during his campaign for governor, Mitt Romney announced yesterday that he had done just that, as his campaign for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination began in earnest.
- Boston Globe, January 5, 2007
From the Left:
Governor Romney has changed his position on key campaign finance reform issues several times during public life. During his 1994 Senate campaign, he held far left positions that advocated for abolishing PACs and creating strict campaign spending limits.
- Club for Growth’s White Paper on Mitt Romney
From the Right:
As he runs for President, Romney abandoned his previous stance and has come out as a harsh critic of McCain-Feingold, and those presidential candidates who support it. His transformation has even propelled him to call for the legislation’s repeal.
- Club for Growth’s White Paper on Mitt Romney
ABORTION From the Left:
Romney ran against Senator Edward M. Kennedy in 1994. During a debate, Romney declared: “I believe that abortion should be safe and legal in this country. I have since the time that my mom took that position when she ran in 1970 as a US Senate candidate. I believe that since Roe v. Wade has been the law for 20 years we should sustain and support it.”
- Boston Globe, March 2, 2006

“I respect and will protect a woman’s right to choose.”
-2002 Questionnaire for the National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL)
Boston Globe, July 3, 2005
From the Right:
“I am pro-life. I believe that abortion is the wrong choice except in cases of incest, rape, and to save the life of the mother. I wish the people of America agreed, and that the laws of our nation could reflect that view. But while the nation remains so divided over abortion, I believe that the states, through the democratic process, should determine their own abortion laws and not have them dictated by judicial mandate.”
- Boston Globe, Op-Ed, July 26, 2005
More from the Right:
“Every decision I have made as Governor in a very liberal state has been on the side of favoring life.” – Governor Romney
- Robert Behre, “Romney Gets S.C. Support,” Charleston Post-Courier, January 30, 2007
From the Left:
“Romney has decided to support experimentation on surplus frozen embryos from in-vitro fertilization procedures.”
- National Review Online, February 11, 2005

“At a campaign appearance at Brandeis University in June 2002, Romney strongly endorsed stem cell research.”
- Boston Globe, December 17, 2006
From the Center:
“Governor Mitt Romney set off a storm of criticism yesterday after he declared in a published interview that he favored banning a specific type of stem cell research. Scientists and the leader of the state Senate accused him of trying to block a promising avenue of research, even as antiabortion groups assailed him for declaring that he did not object to stem cell research involving embryos from fertility clinics.”
- Boston Globe, February 11, 2005
From the Right:
“I studied the issue for many months, and entered into conversation with experts from across the nation who were looking for consensus solutions, like Stanford’s Dr. William Hurlbut. In the end, I became persuaded that the stem-cell debate was grounded in a false premise, and that the way through it was around it: by the use of scientific techniques that could produce the equivalent of embryonic stem cells but without cloning, creating, harming, or destroying developing human lives.”
- Governor Mitt Romney, Op-Ed, “A Stem-Cell Solution,” National Review Online, June 15, 2007
From the Left:
“When he ran for governor in 2002, Romney said he supported expanding access to the emergency contraception pill, a high dose of hormones that women can take to prevent pregnancy up to five days after sex . . . On a questionnaire Planned Parenthood gave to the gubernatorial candidates in 2002, Romney answered ‘yes’ to the question, ‘Do you support efforts to increase access to emergency contraception?’ “
- Boston Globe, July 7, 2005
From the Right:
“Yesterday I vetoed a bill that the Legislature forwarded to my desk. Though described by its sponsors as a measure relating to contraception, there is more to it than that. The bill does not involve only the prevention of conception: The drug it authorizes would also terminate life after conception.”
- Governor Mitt Romney, Op-Ed, “Why I Vetoed The Contraception Bill,” Boston Globe, July 26, 2005 Read the article
From the Left:
“All citizens deserve equal rights, regardless of their sexual orientation. While he does not support gay marriage, Mitt Romney believes domestic partnership status should be recognized in a way that includes the potential for health benefits and rights of survivorship.”
- Romney’s 2002 campaign website

“Mitt and Kerry Wish You a Great Pride Weekend! All citizens deserve equal rights, regardless of their sexual preference”
- A flier handed out at “Gay Pride” by the Romney/Healey Campaign See the flier here
“We have discussed a number of important issues such as the Federal Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which I have agreed to co-sponsor, and if possible broaden to include housing and credit, and a bill to create a federal panel to find ways to reduce gay and lesbian youth suicide, which I also support. One issue I want to clarify concerns [grammar in context] President Clinton’s “don’t ask, don’t tell, don’t pursue” military policy. I believe that the Clinton compromise was a step in the right direction. I am also convinced that it is the first of a number of steps that will ultimately lead to gays and lesbians being able to serve openly and honestly in our nation’s military. That goal will only be reached when preventing discrimination against gays and lesbians is a mainstream concern, which is a goal we share…”
- Governor Romney letter to Log Cabin Republicans, October 6, 1994
From the Right:
Lopez: “And what about the 1994 letter to the Log Cabin Republicans where you indicated you would support the Federal Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) and seemed open to changing the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy in the military? Are those your positions today?
Gov. Romney: “No. I don’t see the need for new or special legislation. My experience over the past several years as governor has convinced me that ENDA would be an overly broad law that would open a litigation floodgate and unfairly penalize employers at the hands of activist judges...As for military policy and the ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy, I trust the counsel of those in uniform who have set these policies over a dozen years ago. I agree with President Bush’s decision to maintain this policy and I would do the same.” - Interview with National Review, December 14, 2006 Read the interview
From the Left:
In 2002, before the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court declared same-sex marriage protected by the Constitution, Romney denounced as “too extreme” the effort by pro-family groups to enact a preemptive state Marriage Protection Amendment prohibiting homosexual marriage, civil unions and same-sex public employee benefits.
- Boston Phoenix, May 14-20, 2004
From the Right:
MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough: “Do you support a national constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage?”
Governor Romney: “Boy, I sure do. You know, that’s a topic that’s really, I think, very important to the country because marriage is not just about adults. Marriage is about the development and nurturing of kids, and in my view, the development of a child is enhanced by having a mom and dad. And so, I think it’s very important that we have a national standard because marriage is a status. You get married in one place and then you move to another, you’re still married at least in the eyes of the community and the children and the benefits may not follow you, but ultimately we’re going to have one standard of marriage in this country and that standard ought to be one man and one woman.”
- MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” September 17, 2007
From the Left:
“He [Romney] is a supporter of the federal assault weapons ban.”
- Romney 2002 campaign website
More from the Left:
In his 1994 US Senate run, Romney backed two gun-control measures strongly opposed by the National Rifle Association and other gun-rights groups: the Brady Bill, which imposed a five-day waiting period on gun sales, and a ban on certain assault weapons.
“That’s not going to make me the hero of the NRA,” Romney told the Boston Herald in 1994.
At another campaign stop that year, he told reporters: “I don’t line up with the NRA.” - Boston Globe, January 14, 2007
From the Right:
“Americans should have the right to own and possess firearms as guaranteed under the U.S. Constitution,” said Governor Romney. “I’m proud to be among the many decent, law-abiding men and women who safely use firearms.”
- Governor Romney, News Release, January 12, 2007
From the Left:
Regarding the Brady Bill which required waiting periods to buy a handgun, Romney stated, “I don’t think [the waiting period] will have a massive effect on crime but I think it will have a positive effect.”
- Boston Herald, August 1, 1994
From the Right:
“Romney says he still backs the ban on assault weapons, but he won’t say whether he stands by the Brady Bill. And after the gun show tour, his campaign declined to say whether he would still describe himself as a supporter of tough gun laws.” - Boston Globe, January 14, 2007
From the Left:
“The minimum wage is important to our economy and Mitt Romney supports minimum wage increase, at least in line with inflation.”
- Romney 2002 campaign website
From the Right:
Governor Mitt Romney yesterday rejected the Legislature’s plan to raise the state minimum wage to $8 an hour over two years, angering Democratic lawmakers and advocates who accused him of abandoning a 2002 campaign pledge to significantly boost the pay of low-wage workers.
- Boston Globe, July 22, 2006
During his 1994 campaign for Senate he continually called for the abolishment of the Department of Education.
- Club for Growth’s White Paper on Mitt Romney
Governor Romney now supports the No Child Left Behind Act.
- Club for Growth’s White Paper on Mitt Romney
From the Left:
In a November 2005 interview with the Boston Globe, Romney described immigration proposals by McCain and others as “quite different” from amnesty, because they required illegal immigrants to register with the government, work for years, pay taxes, not take public benefits, and pay a fine before applying for citizenship.
“That’s very different than amnesty, where you literally say, ‘OK, everybody here gets to stay,’ “ Romney said in the interview. “It’s saying you could work your way into becoming a legal resident of the country by working here without taking benefits and then applying and then paying a fine.”
Romney did not specifically endorse McCain’s bill, saying he had not yet formulated a full position on immigration. But he did speak approvingly of efforts by McCain and Bush to solve the nation’s immigration crisis, calling them “reasonable proposals.”
Romney also said in the interview that it was not “practical or economic for the country” to deport the estimated 12 million immigrants living in the US illegally. “These people contribute in many cases to our economy and to our society,” he said. “In some cases, they do not. But that’s a whole group we’re going to have to determine how to deal with.”
- Boston Globe, March 16, 2007 Read the article
From the Right:
In his appeals to conservative voters, Romney has made the Arizona senator’s work on immigration one of his favorite targets. When McCain and other senators unveiled the latest reform bill two weeks ago, Romney called it the “wrong approach” and immediately launched a television ad slamming “amnesty” for illegal immigrants.
- Boston Globe, June 1, 2007 Read the article
From the Left:
He told Fox News his favorite book is L. Ron Hubbard’s “Battlefield Earth”
From the Right:
He also told Fox news his favorite book is the The Bible
His MySpace page said his favorite book is “Huckleberry Finn”

9 posted on 03/30/2010 4:20:03 AM PDT by Diogenesis ("Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God." --Thomas Jefferson)
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To: SoConPubbie

One would also expect everyone else to be getting tired of it as well.

10 posted on 03/30/2010 4:22:11 AM PDT by Oceander (The Price of Freedom is Eternal Vigilance -- Thos. Jefferson)
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To: Oceander
mitti is just what the Tea Party folks are pissed about.

Says one thing, does another.

He goes with the wind because it's easier than standing on principle.

I just hope I'm not forced to choose {like I was in '08} between a communist and a RINO.

Go Sarah.

Now the Sarah haters will flame me and tell me that her support of mcpain is the same as mitti's flippen & floppen.

11 posted on 03/30/2010 5:35:37 AM PDT by USS Alaska (Nuke the terrorist savages - In Honor of Standing Wolf)
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To: Thebaddog

Well Palin is an obvious choice.
Duncan in California is another.

12 posted on 03/30/2010 6:01:01 AM PDT by DannyTN
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To: USS Alaska
You're absolutely right. Mitt is damaged goods, and so far he hasn't done anything to really evidence that he's changed his basic viewpoint - merely that he's tried to tune in to the zeitgeist, if you will, and is trying to feed it back out to people. Basically, he was happy to go-along/git-along with the fascists in Mass when he was governor - i.e., "in charge" - they enacted RomneyCare, so what reason is there to believe that he won't simply go-along/git-along with the fascists in Congress even though he would ostensibly be "in charge" as the President? At this point, none, really.

Obamacare is a Disaster, tinyBuck Ofama, tiny versionObama,Zero-bama
13 posted on 03/30/2010 6:03:26 AM PDT by Oceander (The Price of Freedom is Eternal Vigilance -- Thos. Jefferson)
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