Skip to comments.Gingrich ad: Romney ‘can’t beat Obama’ because of healthcare
Posted on 03/12/2012 12:46:18 PM PDT by Red Steel
Mitt Romney cant beat Obama because of the similarities in their healthcare laws, Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich said in a web video Monday.
Gingrich and former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) have argued before that Romney wont be able to draw a sharp contrast with President Obama on healthcare. The new ad, though, does not simply argue that Gingrich would be stronger on the issue, but that Romney would lose a general-election matchup.
Two men, same plan, the ads narrator says. Republicans ran against Obamacare in 2010 and won. But how can we run against Obamacare in 2012 if Republicans have to defend Romneycare? And thats why Mitt Romney cant beat Obama.
Romney appears close to locking up the Republican nomination, and Gingrichs campaign is fighting for relevance as conservatives have gravitated toward Santorum.
Obamas healthcare law was modeled largely on reforms that Romney signed into law as governor of Massachusetts. The Gingrich ad lists some of their common features, including a requirement that most people buy insurance as well as big bureaucratic insurance exchanges.
Exchanges and the mandate both started off as conservative ideas, but the mandate in particular has become anathema to the right after Obamas healthcare law passed. Gingrich supported a mandate in the past, but he says now that he made a mistake.
The ad also shows former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty now a Romney surrogate lumping the two healthcare laws together under the name Obamneycare.
Doubts about Romneys ability to attack Obama on healthcare are hardly confined to the fledgling Gingrich campaign. Democrats say the bruising Republican primary has effectively taken the issue off the table for Romney, despite its power with the Republican base.
That and abortion.
Romney can’t beat Obama because he has the same position on a host of issues.
...and the fact that Romney is a sometime liberal...when he needs liberal votes...he has no core.
He will lose in November and the constitutional republic will be over...THAT’S how important this nomination is...Gingrich is the ONLY candidate that can beat the communist in the White House...Santorum will be hung with the anti-woman tag...ABCBSNBCNN are already working on that.
Gotta be Newt.
I’ll bet Obama’s Super Pacs will use those issues in the general election against Romney in specific areas to suppress the Republican vote for Myth.
The only way Romney can defeat Obama is if gas prices remain as high as they are now by elections day.
More accurately, it doesn’t much matter whether Romney beats Obama because of health care and the rest of Romney’s liberal positions.