Romney was for the individual mandate before he was against it

Poor Mitt Romney.
He’s running for the presidency in the age of the World Wide Web, YouTube and the smartphone — where evidence of past statements and deeds pops up constantly to haunt a man trying desperately to reinvent himself.
Besides, he lacks the pure chutzpah of a conscience-free Newt Gingrich, who can brush off yesterday’s principles like dandruff off his shoulder pads. Romney always seems inauthentic, whereas Newt just seems, well, like himself.
So, as Romney prepares a major speech to reverse update his stance on health care reform, here’s video of the old Mitt, who loved the individual mandate  way back in 2007 (h/t DailyKos TV):

TRANSCRIPT:

ROMNEY: I happen to like what we did. I think it’s a good model for other states. Maybe not every state, but most. And so what I’d do at the federal level is give to every state the same kind of flexibility we got from the federal government, as well as some carrots and sticks to actually get all their citizens insured. And I think a lot of states will choose what we did. I wouldn’t tell them they have to do our plan. Governor Schwarzenegger, for instance, in California, has his own healthcare plan. He’s going about it in a different way. I like mine better than his; he likes his better than mine.

RUSSERT: So if a state chose a mandate, it wouldn’t bother you?

ROMNEY: I, I, I think it’s a terrific idea. I think, I think you’re going to find, when it’s all said and done, after all these states that are laboratories of democracy get their chance to try their own plans, that those who follow the path that we pursued will find it’s the best path, and we’ll end up with a nation that’s taken a mandate approach.

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Street walker

May 12th, 2011
9:28 am

Our girl CT get’s a shout out today in a great article by Dan Gainor exposing the deep connections between multi-billionaire George Soros and his funding of multiple left wing journalist, CT included. Really no suprise she’s proped up by and pimped out by a white man no less to say what he wants. Pulitzer or no pulitzer, look slike CT is just a modern day working girl trying to get her hussle on. You’d think he’d pay someone with better writting skills, but it’s probably more of a demographic thing he was going for.

CT – How does it feel to sell out your people to make a buck?

COMMON SENSE

May 12th, 2011
9:28 am

Goergia has already proven,it does’nt matter who you are if you’re a republican that’s all you need.Remember we put crook in the governors mantion.

liberalefty

May 12th, 2011
9:28 am

why do pious christians loathe the fact thaT their fellow brothers and sisters will have acess to medical care? Does their god tell them that the poor arent worthy?…why should any human be against saving lives?

Peadawg

May 12th, 2011
9:30 am

“Your boring. Get off the fence and start bashing welfare queens. That’s your finest work. Stick to what you know.”

Nah I like being on the fence. I get to bash the ding dongs on both sides. I don’t like the welfare queens on EITHER side (business subsidies, Medicare, Medicaid, etc. etc.)

John Galt

May 12th, 2011
9:30 am

Peadawg-

I’d have to be “lobotomized” to be a Tucker fan-

And Slim- Stepper nailed it. Sorry.

slim

May 12th, 2011
9:31 am

He’ll win the nomination because he is the only Republican candidate who doesn’t dribble spittle and sound like a crazed medieval priest when he speaks.

liberalefty

May 12th, 2011
9:31 am

@straitroad

cynthia has accomplished more than you…loooooooooser…lol

R is for Recession

May 12th, 2011
9:32 am

straitroad

May 12th, 2011
9:27 am
Mitt isn’t my first choice but he has accomplished more than you and certainly more than Obama. I can’t imagine Romney would ever give two thoughts to anything you or anyone else thinks of him in terms of what he has done.

Then why in the hell is he campaigning and running for president? As part of the electorate, he surely should care about his record.

bin laden

May 12th, 2011
9:32 am

put a black man in office and look what happens to my neighborhood…i sure miss DUBYA

Cynthia's Song

May 12th, 2011
9:33 am

Romney is unelectable. Liberalism should erect a statue to this guy, for he is our best reason to vote Democrat.

after Trump and Beck of course.

What a zoo/circus 2012 has become

Silenced

May 12th, 2011
9:33 am

Term limits for all federal politicians and bureaucrats (3, 2 year terms in House, 1, 6 year term in Senate)
Term limits for the Supreme Court (no more than 1, 8 year term, with public recall option after 4 years)
A 40% reduction in defense spending (focus actual spending on special forces)
End occupations of Afghanistan and Iraq
Close at least 50% of all foreign military bases
–Utilize returning soldiers for: guarding of border, security, infrastructure work, classroom instruction
Eradication of the Federal Reserve
Eradication of various cabinet level departments
Complete transparency of ALL federal and state spending/budgets
Eradication of the IRS and creation of a simple taxation system
Investment in infrastructure
Investment in alternative energy
Drill for oil and natural gas in the U.S., but maintain focus on alternative energy
Constitutional Amendment for a Balanced Budget

Moderate Line

May 12th, 2011
9:33 am

Where did he say that it was OK for the federal government to impose mandate but latter say it’s not OK.

slim

May 12th, 2011
9:33 am

This article makes Jesus cry.

Richard

May 12th, 2011
9:34 am

Ha Ha,

I would like to send a sincere apology to you for accidentally submitting my post more than once!

bin laden

May 12th, 2011
9:35 am

would JESUS want everybody to have healthcare? dont these angry rightwing nuts always quote the bible , yet they want people to die rather than have acess to healthcare…smh

Rafe Hollister

May 12th, 2011
9:36 am

Seems to me that the Dems are different Sin-thee, they just do what they say they would not do and never explain. Republicans seem to be forced by their voters to acknowledge the error of their ways and repent. Dems just hold to their ideology and postions and yet do the opposite. Example, Barrys signing the new Obama Tax cuts for the Rich after he said before and after the signing that he was against tax cuts for the Rich. John Kerry was against funding the troups but he voted to do so, never explained why. Obama is against our military intervention in foreign countries, however, he bonbs Libya, no explain. He is stilll against intervention but he sends troops into Pakistan and carries out a military raid. He is still for civilian trials for suspected terrorist, but he someone blow off Osama’s head. No explantion follows any of his flip-flops.

Give Romney credit for at least trying to explain his poor decisions and inconsistancies.

Really last word

May 12th, 2011
9:37 am

So he was for it and then he was against it . . . people do change their minds (and just maybe he learned alot about it that made him change his mind. I would venture to say it is sort of like Obama changing his mind about Gitmo, military trials, etc. I would venture to say, you’ve changed you mind a time or two in your life! Be careful CT when you throw stones!!

Ctmoore

May 12th, 2011
9:38 am

If a politician has never been attacked by CT, then they are probably leftist demagogues. The America CT wants is something very far from what patriotic Americans want. She actually supports Obama’s agenda.

Partisay

May 12th, 2011
9:38 am

hobby -> “Boehner, now Romney…… just the start of “Discredit the Republicans” season! Newt will be next.”

I guess republicans don’t ever do that. They have never tried to discredit President Obama. Or they never tried to discredit Al Gore. And Lord knows they NEVER tried to discredit Bill Clinton.

“Obviously the way to get elected president is to have no past and to never have taken a stance on anything. That way the press want ever ask any questions!”

Hmmmm….wonder if he feels the same way about democrat politicians? Wonder if he would ever use their words of the past against them today? Sounds like he wouldn’t!!

Peadawg -> “…you just take this chance to bash another Republican for “flip-flopping”.”

Poor Peadawg. He doesn’t think politicians should be held accountable for flip flopping on issues. I wonder if he thought the same thing when Al Gore was getting hammered? Or Bill Clinton? Or President Obama? I guess not!

BlahBlahBlah -> “Let’s forget about Romney for a moment,”…. Sorry BlahBlahBlah, it ain’t that easy. But it would be nice wouldn’t it?

Stepper -> “How many of us voted for Obama in the last election just to prove we were not racist.?”

Wow Stepper, so that was your reasoning for voting for Obama? That was the “key issue” that got him your vote? Sounds like you got some underlying racial problems you need to “work out”.

liberalefty

May 12th, 2011
9:39 am

@RAFE

PO bin laden….u hate OBAMA so much that you now feel sorry for BIN LADEN….sad indeed

liberalefty

May 12th, 2011
9:40 am

@ctmoore

sorry but being a racist rightwinger dont make you patriotic as you fly the treasonous confederate flag, glorifying slavery and JIM CROW…….

Richard

May 12th, 2011
9:41 am

Slim,

I’m honestly just trying to help you out: YOUR inability to use contractions properly changes the meaning of the words YOU’RE typing.

Moderate Line

May 12th, 2011
9:41 am

where evidence of past statements and deeds pops up constantly to haunt a man trying desperately to reinvent himself.

The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the U.S. Government can’t pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government’s reckless fiscal policies. … Increasing America’s debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that ‘the buck stops here. Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better.

Can anyone name the Republican who said this?

It was Obama.

liberalefty

May 12th, 2011
9:43 am

@moderate line

yeah blame OBAMA….everything was hunky dorry before he got in the white house

Silenced

May 12th, 2011
9:43 am

Two big businesses control our choices: Democrats and Republicans. They divide us with their brilliant propaganda and rhetoric. They turn us against one another, fully realizing that our division is their power. Changing parties is no different than re-arranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. The system is rotten and corrupt.

hobby

May 12th, 2011
9:43 am

partisay—
Repubs will try to discredit Dems and Dems will return the favor—
my point is that the lapdog Liberal Press (to which the AJC belongs) will do it’s
work on the Repubs and not the Dems….. Oh, and CT is the lead female.

Tom

May 12th, 2011
9:43 am

President Obama urged businesses to “step up” and hire workers

And there you have a comprehensive, well thought out, jobs program. Can’t wait for the sequel- “Damn those employers- if they would have only listened”

OK

May 12th, 2011
9:44 am

If the election of America’s first African-American president was expected to give blacks an economic boost, it hasn’t emerged yet. Indeed, the percentage of African-American men with a job has dropped to its lowest level since records began in 1972, according to the government’s monthly jobs report released last week. – - Yahoo News

How those sagging pants working for ya bro? Good luck getting that resume read by a hiring manager DaQuangello. Nice rims though

I say we let Obama have 4 more years, this is fun to watch.

BIN LADEN

May 12th, 2011
9:44 am

i sure miss my pal DUBYA

Peadawg

May 12th, 2011
9:45 am

“Poor Peadawg. He doesn’t think politicians should be held accountable for flip flopping on issues.”

I don’t see Romney switching his stance on the insurance mandate or Obama switching his stance on Guantanamo Bay as “flip flopping”. I see them as Romney realized that the mandate is a bad idea and Obama realizing Guantanamo Bay should stay open after all.

BIN LADEN

May 12th, 2011
9:45 am

@ok

i’m doing OK….LOL

Me

May 12th, 2011
9:46 am

Obama, 2006:
“The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the U.S. Government can’t pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government’s reckless fiscal policies. … Leadership means that ‘the buck stops here.’ Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better. I therefore intend to oppose the effort to increase America’s debt limit.”

Although exceeding the pure chutzpah of even a conscience-free Newt Gingrich, who can brush off yesterday’s principles like dandruff off his shoulder pads, Obama always seems like an inauthentic, sanctimonious, clueless a55hat, whereas Newt just seems, well, like himself.

Partisay

May 12th, 2011
9:49 am

hobby-

oh I forgot the press is actually the lapdog Liberal Press. They only go after republicans and never critize democrats. What was i thinking? My bad….. Thanks for straightening me out.

I'm Pimpin' for RON PAUL !

May 12th, 2011
9:50 am

I actually voted for Mitt Romney before I (came to my senses) and voted against him.

liberalefty

May 12th, 2011
9:50 am

why do conservative christians hate the idea of poor people getting medical help?…yet all thes angry rightwingers invoke the name of GOD when they talk like its noble to deny people healthcare

liberalefty

May 12th, 2011
9:53 am

NEWTS just another PIOUS PIMP whose using god to further his political ambitions…and the ignorant jesus loving conservatives will eat it up..

carlosgvv

May 12th, 2011
9:53 am

Liberals are

That is very funny. You should be on stage. I think there’s one leaving town after lunch.

slim

May 12th, 2011
10:00 am

rich,

thanks’ for the help. engwish is my second language.

Partisay

May 12th, 2011
10:02 am

Moderate Line and Me –

I’m worried about an opponent [Gore] who uses nation building and the military in the same sentence. November 6, 2000

… a nation-building corps from America. Absolutely not. October 11, 2000

He [Gore] believes in nation building. I would be very careful … I think we’ve got to be very careful when we commit our troops. The vice president and I have a disagreement about the use of troops. He believes in national building. I would be very careful about using our troops as nation builders. October 4, 2000

Do you see how easy that is? You can quote President Obama all day long about what he has said in the past. And I can do the same thing with Dubya. Isn’t it fun!!

Don't Tread

May 12th, 2011
10:03 am

Now here’s a liberal journalist bashing the most liberal of Republicans. Must be the “R”.

Maybe liberals should just remove the “R” from their keyboards, in addition to the “W”.

Really last word

May 12th, 2011
10:05 am

I think if people can over look the rapper Common and his negative, socially inappropriate rapping, overlook Clintons extra sexual activities as President, Obama’s less than desirable relationships with people like Rev. Wright . . . then flip flopping on issues and Newt’s affair surely can be overlooked.

Common Sense

May 12th, 2011
10:05 am

Remember, the Republican in the governor’s office was a democrat first.

Partisay

May 12th, 2011
10:06 am

Ctmoore – “The America CT wants is something very far from what patriotic Americans want. She actually supports Obama’s agenda.”

and let’s give a big round of applause to Ctmoore for pointing out that ONLY republicans are patriotic and anyone that supports President Obama is UNpatriotic.

Way to go Ctmoore!!

Josh

May 12th, 2011
10:07 am

I do understand why Cynthia is taking the time and energy on Romney? She and Obama need not to worry about Romney. Romney will not get the nominee as the Republican nomination. Wasted space and blog post by Cynthia just like the other 99% posts by her. A real African-American that will cause Obama and Cynthia to go into a panic attack if he gets the Republican nomination is Herman Cain. What will they try then since they will not be able to fall back on the ever racist race card comments that liberals cling to since they cannot have a logical conversation? I will be voting for Herman Cain in the primaries. Thats an African-American who makes sense, has his heads on his shoulders and loves America! Go Herman Cain!

Rafe Hollister

May 12th, 2011
10:08 am

Liberalefty

Comfortable on the plantation isn’t it? Don’t blame you, I would stay there as well. All this independent thought and effort is just too much, probably better to just remain as is, since it is working out so well for you.

CT is off her meds again

May 12th, 2011
10:08 am

CT -

While I agree Romney is not doing himself any favors by not just coming clean and admitting to having experimented with Socialism and learned first hand just how evil and destructive it truly is, I am curious as to why you are more than happy to exmine Romney’s past while shamelessly ignoring your Messiah’s past, hmmmm?

liberalefty

May 12th, 2011
10:10 am

@reallylastword

COMMON is an entertainer…sorry if he makes u white conservatives scared….lol

George Soros

May 12th, 2011
10:13 am

Cynthia, how much of my money have you pocketed as a board member for the “Center for Public Integrity,” and why don’t you disclose your financial ties to me?

liberalefty

May 12th, 2011
10:14 am

@rafe

what plantation am i on?…when i look out the door of my 3 bedroom 2 bath house i dont see any plantaTION….or i guess if i agree to vote for the party of JUNKIE RUSH, DRUNK BECK, i’ll be ok?..sorry but i like the dems, now go back and tell HERMAN Cin WHAT I SAID…and wave the treSONOUS CONFEDERATE FLAG TO show how patriotic you are

catdawg

May 12th, 2011
10:14 am

dems, like Jesus, understand forgiveness for the transgressions of man. repubs, like satan, are judgmental sorority girls.