Skip to comments.DeMint explains early support for 'Romneycare' (BARF ALERT)
Posted on 06/25/2011 7:02:53 AM PDT by rabscuttle385
Washington (CNN) - With the Republican base largely unified in its contempt for President Obama's health care law, Sen. Jim DeMint, an icon of the tea party movement, has been forced to explain his early support for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's health care plan, which was a model for reform on the federal level.
The South Carolinian cited the "innovative" Massachusetts health care plan when he endorsed Romney's 2008 presidential bid, saying the plan leveraged "good conservative ideas" like bringing private insurance companies into the process.
DeMint told CNN over the weekend at the Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans that he supported Romney's campaign in 2008 because he admired the then-governor's attempt to fix the broken health care system.
"At the time I was very interested in any governor who took that on, because I knew if states didn't, we'd end up with something like 'Obamacare,'" DeMint said.
"I have never supported a mandate," DeMint said. "It's just not a good way to make things work in our country, to require somebody to do something. There are different opinions on that but I have always appreciated anyone who had the courage to take it on."
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Excuse me, Jim? You "have always appreciated" Myth Romney?!!
Very disappointed in this.
Its simple Romney was a member of “The Club” and DeMint simply supported a fellow Club member.
Besides, trying something like RomneyCare in Massachusetts is the whole point of having 50 separate, sovereign states. Each state can try something different and other states can adopt what seems to work.
I sense a disturbance in the force. Go Sarah!
We need more states doing their own thing. If they fail it serves as a lesson for the rest.
Why? In 2010, she fought for the treasonous bastard McCain against a real conservative!
good point about the states.
and DeMint doesn’t support it now, unlike Romney who still does.
people wanted DeMint to have known what a disaster it would be, like a psychic?
seems we should be aiming that the people destroying our country now, instead of one of the FEW members of congress who are doing the right thing, about the dept ceiling, etc.
First, this is CNN. They have cherry-picked his ‘comments’ with the intention to divide conservatives. Second, faced with a choice in 2008 between McQueeg, Huckster and Romney, it was in every way possible a ‘lesser of evils/no-win scenario’ choice. I give Senator DeMint, the strongest conservative voice in the entire US Senate, a pass.
Senator DeMint is entitled to make the occasional error in judgment. We are all human.
I like Sarah but that’s a simple fact that she’ll have trouble escaping.
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GOP, party of losers.
You and Little Ray are correct IMO - but I’ve been totally flamed on FR for saying that.
Exactly. And you could also make the case that he had no better choice and it wasn't an error as much as it was a no-win scenario. When you're trying to avoid the worst Presidency ever (0bama), one can rightly be convinced that dire decisions/compromises were necessary.
Excellent, common sense rule cc.
>>> Second, faced with a choice in 2008 between McQueeg, Huckster and Romney, it was in every way possible a lesser of evils/no-win scenario choice. I give Senator DeMint, the strongest conservative voice in the entire US Senate, a pass. >>>
Don’t go confusing the purists with logic and the facts........what you say makes entirely too much sense.
Being flamed can be a badge of honor. Depends by whom the flaming is being done.