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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liberalefty

May 12th, 2011
10:15 am

@rafe

i meant herman cain

liberalefty

May 12th, 2011
10:17 am

@josh

CAIN wont be nominated by you confederate flag waving fools…

Partisay

May 12th, 2011
10:18 am

CT is off her meds again –

“I am curious as to why you are more than happy to exmine Romney’s past while shamelessly ignoring your Messiah’s past, hmmmm?”

This shouldn’t be too hard to explain. She examines Romney’s past and (shamelessly??) ignores President Obamas (by the way, you mispelled his name…it doesn’t start with an M) because that is Kyle Wingfield, Bob Barr & Jim Wooten’s job.

Try to keep up…..

Gm

May 12th, 2011
10:19 am

GM 15 new plants to open, 15,000 new jobs.
Thanks Obama for not listing to the idiots on the right and bailing out GM, not bad for a socialist”””

what a bunch of retards on the right”””’

MoreRightthanLeft

May 12th, 2011
10:20 am

@liberalefty
where are you getting all this “God” talk from on repubs…chill, im a conservative and i dont bring higher moral and god into play..this is about politics, both sides have become ridicoulus on there claims. Healthcare isnt a right, taxes are owed by everyone, and politicians typically dont look out for anybody but themselves…including Obama…
and Blaming Barry- well, he is the president- take ownership, “lead or get outda way” Herman Cain

liberalefty

May 12th, 2011
10:24 am

U CONSERVATIVES WILL NEVER NOMINATE HERMAN CAin………..

kayaker 71

May 12th, 2011
10:29 am

The WH is in full campaign mode now,….. hell, they have never been off of it…… and pulling the same old stunts to fool the electorate. When approached and asked who were the Demos most afraid of in the 2012 election, the name of Mitch Daniels and one other candidate fell out. Then Bookman runs a thread about Daniels and how dangerous he is to the Democrats. Worked before for McCain and Dole. The press cooperated by supporting the fact that McCain “was the one to beat” and had similar comments about Bob Dole. Do you think that they would really come clean on who was the most worthy opponent? I seriously doubt it but it makes people pick the wrong candidate every time. We cannot let the press or the WH pick who will run in 2012 on the Republican ticket.

True Progressive

May 12th, 2011
10:29 am

We must ask ourselves, what would Woodrow Wilson do?

He being a great progressive would try to enter us into a war. That should fix things. You know, make democracy safe for all. Cynthia is spot on. We have to control the citizens. It’s not their lives to live. Look what’s happened since we let the blacks loose.

MoreRightthanLeft

May 12th, 2011
10:33 am

@Liberalefty

Herman Cain gots my vote…hes a white guy, right? lol
keep talking LL, youre what we need from the conservative side

kayaker 71

May 12th, 2011
10:33 am

Gm,

“15,000 new jobs”….. a drop in the ocean. He will have to create 187,000 jobs/month for every month leading up to November 2012 to reduce the unemployment figures to 8%. No one has ever been elected to the presidency with unemployment above 8%…… No one. Opening 500 new GM plants won’t accomplish what he needs to do.

GT/MIT

May 12th, 2011
10:37 am

CT I’m going to guess that you’re finding yourself in somewhat of a conundrum regarding Romney’s candidacy in that he really isn’t a conservative republican so you can’t vilify him on that issue. That is not to say that you could ever find him acceptable because he obviously doesn’t fit your preferred profile.

In your column you credit comments to him to the effect that he supports the premise that each state should have the power to design their own health care plans according to their own circumstances and voter preferences. Gee thats really radical huh? So, unless you are opposed to freedom of choice, and I’m guessing you are, unless of course you can control the choices, you really can’t take issue with him on that point.

However, just so you won’t feel alone, I don’t care for him that much either and surprisingly enough in part for the same reason you find concerning. That of his lack of commitment to fiscal conservatism, of course you didn’t consider the fiscal or conservatism part. Anyway, his weakness in that respect and in truth weakness in any respect has no place in our whitehouse. I’m again going to guess that won’t ring any bells for you. Have a good day.

Obama 2012

May 12th, 2011
10:39 am

CT articles are like “shooting fish in a barrel” she gets the same reactions from the same people.

Keep Up the Good Fight!

May 12th, 2011
10:40 am

The Wall Street Journal editorial board slammed Mitt Romney today as a “compromised and not credible” presidential candidate over his support for “RomneyCare.” Viewing his health reform as “the prototype” for the federal health reform law, the board said “his failure to explain his own role or admit any errors suggests serious flaws both in his candidacy and as a potential President.”
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Mitt is on Murdoch’s wrong side. Could be trouble when you don’t dance to the Fox overlords. Maybe Mitt needs to reassess and go back to being a moderate.

Moderate Line

May 12th, 2011
10:41 am

liberalefty

May 12th, 2011
9:43 am
@moderate line

yeah blame OBAMA….everything was hunky dorry before he got in the white house
++++
Where did I blame Obama for anything? The post by CT is trying to point out that Romney is flipflopping. I am only pointing out that Obama has flipfloped.

liberalefty

May 12th, 2011
10:42 am

@MORERIGHTHANLEFT

sure he does…smh

Moderate Line

May 12th, 2011
10:44 am

It’s interesting my post where I asked”When did Romney say is for a federal mandates and now he is against them” was deleted.

Gerald West

May 12th, 2011
10:45 am

Some people just can’t let go the “states rights” bull!

States are anachronisms. State boundaries are inappropriate for administrative purposes: what the use of having one state the size of Rhode Island and another the size of Alaska? What’s the use of having one state with a population of 35 million (California) and another with less than ¾ million (Alaska)? Why do we support 50 comical state legislatures when we have a more powerful, slightly less corrupt, Federal Congress to watch?

Americans move around from state-to-state, and often American families span several states. Why would an Iowan behave differently if he were living in Kansas or Nebraska, or an Alabaman care if he were in Mississippi or South Carolina? What’s the sense of different laws for different states?

Heath care is a basic human need. Why do people in prosperous states like Massachusetts deserve health care, but people in poor southern states don’t?

Romney is a millionaire and a crafty politician by inheritance, a Republican and a hypocrite by instinct. He’ll tell you what you want to hear, not what you need to know. Don’t trust him!

Cujo Bendi

May 12th, 2011
10:45 am

At least he’s not a street thug who by chance knew Oprah that never ran a thing in his life.

Jack

May 12th, 2011
10:46 am

Hitting on Romney won’t make Obama look any better.

MoreRightthanLeft

May 12th, 2011
10:47 am

@LL,
Ithink it was like 64% of white voters got Obama in the WH, so your race card wont work,
Cain has more experience than O ever had and will have…Policy is whats taking O out of the WH, not color..get over it already

MoreRightthanLeft

May 12th, 2011
10:50 am

and before you critsize the man (cain), listen, read and learn something about him first..just sayin…
now…im done …have a great day LL

Moderate Line

May 12th, 2011
10:53 am

Keep Up the Good Fight!

May 12th, 2011
10:40 am
The Wall Street Journal editorial board slammed Mitt Romney today as a “compromised and not credible” presidential candidate over his support for “RomneyCare.” Viewing his health reform as “the prototype” for the federal health reform law, the board said “his failure to explain his own role or admit any errors suggests serious flaws both in his candidacy and as a potential President.”
______

Mitt is on Murdoch’s wrong side. Could be trouble when you don’t dance to the Fox overlords. Maybe Mitt needs to reassess and go back to being a moderate
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I believe Romney will be taken to task by the right wing of the Republican party. If the Republicans ar not carefull they will nominate someone who is not electable.

Partisay

May 12th, 2011
10:55 am

kayaker 71 –

“Worked before for McCain and Dole. The press cooperated by supporting the fact that McCain “was the one to beat” and had similar comments about Bob Dole. Do you think that they would really come clean on who was the most worthy opponent? I seriously doubt it but it makes people pick the wrong candidate every time.”

Do you mean the way the “press” picked George Bush as the most worthy candidate in 2000? Didn’t matter what the man said or did, it never seemed to matter. The press gave him the most attention of all the other candidates and his negative stuff didn’t seem to bother him with the voters – or the press.

That’s just the way it is. I had no problem with it with Bush in 2000, cause that’s just the way it works. Just like it went for President Obama when he was a candidate.

Come on now…surely you don’t think it works just for one side now…do you?

Tommy Maddox

May 12th, 2011
11:00 am

Anybody ever heard of a George Soros organization known as ProPublica? It has a media advisory board upon which our hostess sits. And yes Ann, the media is dead.

GT

May 12th, 2011
11:01 am

One thing you got to love about conservatives is being stupid never slows them down. They are an inspiration to America that even the handicapped and intellectually challenged have a place in this heaven we call home. Sarah Palin was their answer to what a woman should be in the new frontier; a woman that even a cutesy reporter like Katie Couric could make hamburger meat out of, but they had no fear that she could handle the likes of Bin laden. And Newt has found his level. A professor of distinction in the backwaters of academia, king of hot air, a moral wreck whose only redeeming feature is he can hate with the best of them and make it sound civilized. And now we come to Mitt Romney who unlike the dissipated morally loss Newt at least looks like a president. The problem with Mitt is two fold. One he is definitely too smart if not too good looking to be a Republican and two the host of his party are the very reincarnation of the Munster family. We are a great nation indeed.

resno2

May 12th, 2011
11:02 am

CT – you do of course realize that the same WWW, Smartphones and YouTube are going to be used to do the same thing to your boy obama, right?

I’m actually looking forward to the GOP’s candidate (who ever it turns out to be) and obama having a debate. If it’s Newt, he’ll get eaten alive, and outed as the shame that he is.

Tommy Maddox

May 12th, 2011
11:05 am

Anybody ever heard of a George Soros organization known as ProPublica? It has a journalist advisory board upon which our hostess sits. And yes Ann, the media is dead and there are death panels.

jayone_30127

May 12th, 2011
11:06 am

Tychus Findlay
Bush had those same quality and look were it left us.

Emperor Obama has no clothes
So I take it you agreed with everything Bush said and did?

well said

May 12th, 2011
11:09 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?

jayone_30127

May 12th, 2011
11:09 am

Partisay
I agree with what you said. So true, why won’t the rest of the people wake up and smell the coffe brewing.

Obama 2012

May 12th, 2011
11:11 am

I’m actually looking forward to the GOP’s candidate (who ever it turns out to be) and obama having a debate. If it’s Newt, he’ll get eaten alive, and outed as the shame that he is.

Agreed, Newt will be embarrased.

Shawny

May 12th, 2011
11:12 am

he flip flopped. You caught him (no, all libs did including Bookman who has practically the same post running now).

So, lets report on all candidates when they flip flop (dems included, okay?). agreed?

0311/0317 -1811/1801

May 12th, 2011
11:12 am

Only a fool never changes their mind.

hahaha!!!!!

May 12th, 2011
11:17 am

@ GT

Only a delusional Neo-Comm would think their voting base with an averagr IQ in the low double digits is superior.

Thanks for the laugh!!!

Shawny

May 12th, 2011
11:17 am

hmmmm.
Close gitmo in a year… no, I wont do that now.
Get out of Iraq in 2 years… no, that is a bad idea now.
I am gonna do this, I am gonna do that… and y’all bought it.

Great editorial cartoon yesterday. Had our president saying that he decreed that the Lakers would lose in the playoffs, so they obeyed and lost. funny.

GT/MIT

May 12th, 2011
11:17 am

Gerald you said in part. “Some people just can’t let go the “states rights” bull!

States are anachronisms. State boundaries are inappropriate for administrative purposes: what the use of having one state the size of Rhode Island and another the size of Alaska? What’s the use of having one state with a population of 35 million (California) and another with less than ¾ million (Alaska)? Why do we support 50 comical state legislatures when we have a more powerful, slightly less corrupt, Federal Congress to watch?”

My friend if you’re going to espouse this philosophy, it would greatly broaden your prospective to research subjects relating to the life and times, ideology, and other relative information on comrade Mao. Could it be that you already have the brochures?

ctucker

May 12th, 2011
11:28 am

wellsaid@11:09, I do work for a deep-pocketed Democratic contributor, but it’s not George Soros. (Soros pays me nothing)

Common Sense

May 12th, 2011
11:34 am

Are you stating that you do not benefit directly or indirectly from George Soros, Ms. Tucker?

Partisay

May 12th, 2011
11:40 am

Shawny –

“So, lets report on all candidates when they flip flop (dems included, okay?). agreed?”

Come on now Shawny…please keep up. Again, that is Kyle Wingfield, Bob Barr & Jim Wooten’s job. They write their articles about Democrats flip flopping and Tucker & Bookman write about Republicans flip flopping. That’s what columnists that lean one way or the other do in their jobs. Do you expect Wooten to write a negative article about a Republican flip flopping? I didn’t think so…..

It’s really not that hard to understand.

And while we are at it….

“Close gitmo in a year… no, I wont do that now.” —- “Get out of Iraq in 2 years… no, that is a bad idea now.”

Do I really need to go back and google stuff George Bush said (take your pick – Jr. or Sr.) while they were running for office that they did not do? (Does nation building ring a bell? Look at my earlier post).

We could play that silly game all day long…..

GT

May 12th, 2011
11:43 am

Once again we are trumped by those cagey conservative detectives that have pasted together from their vast braintrust that our girl “CT” is owned and paid for by George Soros. Instead of buying a Fox network and riding McCarthyism to the bank, our girl CT has out foxed everybody and made her billions in a hidden colume on the back pages of America. To really throw them off her scent she actually uses logic and fact, something so rare in the Republican world it acts as a cryptic message only understood by the left. Orson Welles can you hear me now.

Get Real

May 12th, 2011
11:47 am

You mean contradicting themselves just like Obama

Common Sense

May 12th, 2011
11:47 am

Nice try GT, but you fail.

The questions deserve to be answered. People can be bought for much less than billions. So to try and use an outrageous dollar amount makes you look foolish.

Either the the items in the Fox News story are factually correct or incorrect. Ms. Tucker has access to the story and it should be as straightforward to reply as it was to take Romney to task this morning.

TruthBe

May 12th, 2011
11:56 am

Yes, but the bill that Romney introduced isn’t the same as the State democrats crafted it into what it became. The Mass. State Democrats were in power and they completely changed the bill that became Romneycare. Obamacare is a billion times worst. Cynthia you can’t have two masters at the same time because you will love one and hate the other. If you were an honest person you would have reported the truth about obamacare. The truth is obamacare isn’t about healthcare reform inwhich we needed but it’s the first step in a big brother government control of one’s own body and health. No personal freedoms. what you can eat, do, etc..

Me

May 12th, 2011
11:56 am

Partisay – “Do you see how easy that is?…”
I agree 100%. which is what i was trying to point out to CT.

A Lumpkin Resident

May 12th, 2011
12:07 pm

wellsaid@11:09, I do work for a deep-pocketed Democratic contributor, but it’s not George Soros. (Soros pays me nothing)

That may be so, Cynthia, but it shows (as if we didn’t all know it) that you are little more than a shill for the Democratic/Liberal/Progressive agenda. You can be better than that. You can think for yourself.

TruthBe

May 12th, 2011
12:13 pm

No, CT can’t speak for herself because she is a slave to her democrat boss and the deep pocketed liberal lying progressive perverted democrat party. Cynthia doesn’t get paid to speak / write the truth she gets paid to spead the democrat trash.

TruthBe

May 12th, 2011
12:14 pm

sorry forget the r in spread.

Def Lep

May 12th, 2011
12:14 pm

CT,
Can you explain your ties to George Soros?????

GT

May 12th, 2011
12:14 pm

So you were fooled by CTs leanings. She sugarcoated her intentions and you thought she was one of your crowd. I agree that a snake should tell you it is a snake before you pick it up, but you know how these snakes are. Some have an agenda. CT being a minority in two categories may have an agenda. I don’t think anyone bought it for her, I think she actually has lived it. It is call sincerity something Newt won’t be posing for as a poster boy for nor anyone who sent us to Iraq because of a weapon of mass destruction. Lord these things can be tricky and to have someone paying CT to tell the truth how upsetting it that to a beautiful spring day?

hahaha!!!!!

May 12th, 2011
12:14 pm

@GT

You are aware that CT the idiotic hypocrite works in “evil” corporate America, right Eintein?