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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Common Sense

May 12th, 2011
12:21 pm

You do not have to defend her GT. She can speak for herself.

Then again, we cannot really tell when she is speaking for herself and when she is speaking on behalf of her benefactors. And since she has chosen NOT to disclose it, what conclusion is the only safe one? That she is ALWAYS speaking on behalf of her benefactors.

Mr. Scott

May 12th, 2011
12:24 pm

When a single kook like Tucker or the moronic MoveOn.org seminar posters on here tax themselves 75% and visit the Treasury website and donates that same 75% of their OWN wealth to their precuious government, and insist on being paid 75% less at their job, then I will begin to take them seriously for once.

Until then I will just continuing laughing at hirlarious insanity and double standards.

Jim

May 12th, 2011
12:25 pm

It must also kill CT that Herb Sandler (Mr. Subprime mortage himself) is also a Director at ProPublica. No, I forgot, he wasn’t the problem, it was greedy Wallstreet.

GT/MIT

May 12th, 2011
12:28 pm

A Lumpkin Resident
May 12th, 2011
12:07 pm

” you are little more than a shill for the Democratic/Liberal/Progressive agenda. You can be better than that. You can think for yourself.”

Thats an assumption that I don’t believe we can make with any degree of certainty.

A Lumpkin Resident

May 12th, 2011
12:29 pm

An on Romney….yeah, he has a problem. The problem is that RomneyCare is destroying the Massachusetts State Budget and destroying Massachusetts healthcare.

He can say “I was wrong. If Obamacare is going to do to the country what RomneyCare is doing to Massachusetts, then it needs to be stopped”. You see , he has 4 additional years to see how RomneyCare has worked. He has had 4 years to see the Massachusetts insurance premiums rise to the highest in the nation, 4 years to watch as real people see cuts to their healthcare service while paying more.

The problem: RomneyCare IS the model for ObamaCare, and the future of healthcare in America under ObamaCare (as seen through RomneyCare) is abysmal. If Massachusetts, eighth wealthiest per-capita state in the nation, can’t make it work, what makes anyone believe that the U.S. government can make it work? Not only are they the eighth wealthiest, but they are geographically consolidated with the best healthcare facilities in the nation. If ANY state could make this work, it would be Massachusetts. But it has broken the state budget. The model for ObamaCare has failed.

TruthBe

May 12th, 2011
12:30 pm

George Soros owns CT,Jay, and most of the liberal media. What he doesn’t own he pays someone to upstart it. Examples: Media Matters, MoveOn.com, ProPublica, Huffinton Post, MSNBC, and etc. Cynthia just like your ancestors you have been brought and paid for. This time by a much harder task master the progressive socialists George Soros and the new communist / progressive party that replaced the old democrat party. George Soros will buy NPR next if they go public.

mmm, mmm, mmm, Barack the LIAR Obama - BEND OVER, Here comes the CHANGE!

May 12th, 2011
12:31 pm

He may have invented it but he realizes it was WRONG. Get the picture, he’s know and admits when a mistake is made. And, BTW how’s that change working for you. Gas was $1.81 a gallon when NObama took office.

lyle

May 12th, 2011
12:31 pm

If the quacks were capable of thinking for themselves then they woudnt be Comms in the first place.

GT

May 12th, 2011
12:33 pm

hahaha, if that is your real name brings up a point. CT swims against the tide of corporate America the way Hugh Hefner will never see sainthood. But what is corporate America? Cheap credit balled into a Wall Street offering that pays large commissions to generally Republicans and bankrupts the savings of America. You bring Obama in to fix it and all the dunks on Wall Street are screaming that he made the mess and happy hour is not over pour a drink on the house and lock the doors so the common people don’t sneak in here. She is part of that crowd you say, who knew.

ButtHead

May 12th, 2011
12:33 pm

I wonder has Obozo ever changed his mind or lied to the American people, I do believe he is batting 1000 there.

task master

May 12th, 2011
12:36 pm

Mr. Scott

Now you know good and well the leftist radical nutjobs do not want to lose a cent of their own money. They want everyone else to finance their plan of desctruction.

BeeJay

May 12th, 2011
12:39 pm

Ha ha ha ha ha! I love it! She says, “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.” This could have been said about Obama, the great almighty himself, 3 years ago, and today!

Romney’s trying to “reinvent” himself???? What about the blessed Obama, OMG, who admits nothing, claims nothing, and stands for nothing, except himself?

Ha ha ha ha ha ha!

Luckyjoe

May 12th, 2011
12:41 pm

Cynthia, I can’t believe anything your spew out. You sit on the board of ProPublica, a group funded by Nazi collaborator George Soros. Why don’t you write about that Cynthia. ProPubilca is funded by a “Jewish” man who helped the Nazi’s not just round up Gays, Lesbians, Gypsies, and Jews, but a man who, along with his mother & father watched as family members where dragged off to Nazi death camps and said it didn’t upset him or his parents as they had “moved away from that tribe (Jews) long ago.”
Also, George Soros later said that he felt no guilt, remorse or difficulty whatsoever for being in this situation. In fact, he wrote in a forward to his father’s book, “these ten months [of the Nazi occupation] were the happiest times of my life … We led an adventurous life and we had fun together”.
Now, we find out that “Enlightened” Progressive Cynthia Tucker sits on the ProPublica board, funded by Nazi collaborator George Soros.
Mrs Tucker, since you’re proud to sit on this board (as you proudly tweeted this just this morning) we can assume you hold the same anti-Semitic beliefs that George Soros holds. You also hate Jews, Gays, Lesbians, Gypsies as undesirables just like your money funding George Soros. Because if you don’t or didn’t, you would not just remove yourself from this board, you would have never joined it.
But you did proudly join it, so we can say, factually, that you & Soros share common beliefs and thoughts on Gays, Lesbians, Jews, Gypsies and their extermination & theft of their property.
Think about this Cynthia. How many golf filling were ripped from the teeth of Jews, gays, Lesbians, & Gypsies to fund your little ProPublica group?

bill

May 12th, 2011
12:42 pm

CT is as corporate America as it gets.

Gas is now 4 times more expensive since Bush left office. The Socialist experiment is going down in flames.

BlahBlahBlah

May 12th, 2011
12:43 pm

Lumpkin Resident – I asked a similar question when there were less than 10 posts. I never got a reply from any left wingers, or from Ms. Tucker. Don’t hold your breath looking for an answer.

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Carter

May 12th, 2011
12:47 pm

Obama is single handedly destroying Communism. Even in blue Wisconsin the Conservative judge prevailed in his relection. Now Conservatism is exploding in socialist Canada.

Thank you Mr. President for showing the ignorant and stupid why Communism must be defeated at every turn.

NAGA

May 12th, 2011
12:51 pm

Good to see Ms. Tucker come clean about being in the back pocket of Soros. I guess the journalistic ethics involving conflict of interset is foreign to Ms. Tucker.

SPC

May 12th, 2011
12:51 pm

The problem with health care is cost. The individual mandate was intended, in part, to reduce cost. That didn’t turn out to be the case. It’s a mess that just keeps getting worse. The problem is with the political class, the insurance companies, and the trial lawyers. None of these entities wants to fix their share of the cost problem. Bottom line, failure in leadership.

Partisay

May 12th, 2011
12:56 pm

TruthBe –

Just wondering what your opinion is of Rupert Murdock? You know, the guy that owns News Corp. which is the world’s third-largest media conglomerate, FOX news and ALL of their news outlets including the 24 hr Fox News Channel, the New York Post, Metromedia ( a fourth U.S. broadcast networks), the Weekly Standard, the Wall Street Journal. I could go on and on but don’t really have the time to list everything the man owns.

But let’s not forget that Prince Alwaleed bin Talal al-Saud of Saudi Arabia, through his Kingdom Holding Company, owns 7% of News Corp.’s shares, making Kingdom Holdings the second largest shareholder. Hmmmmm.

Just wondering if you are OK with that, you know, with all the man owns and controls – when it comes to media?

Luckyjoe

May 12th, 2011
1:04 pm

@ Partisay Did Prince Alwaleed help the nazi’s round up Jews, gays, Lesbians, Gypsies? Please let me know if you found out her did. Then we can make a comparison to Nazi collaborator George Soros, who fund over 30 media groups like Media Matters, MoveOn.com, ProPublica, Huffinton Post, MSNBC, and etc.
One Saudi Prince investor, one news corporation, out in public for all the world to see. Yet Nazi collaborating Soros, who invests billions in over 30 media groups, that ok with you?
You are, by definition, a “Useful Idiot”, along with Cynthia. Look up the term, then look in a mirror.

mase

May 12th, 2011
1:06 pm

Partisay -

Even if your lies were true they would still be perfectly legal. Just like how it has been perfectly legal for every terrorist organization over the years to donate to Democrats.

Andrew

May 12th, 2011
1:07 pm

So in spite of the fact that you clearly dislike Romney, you’re saying that mandate based healthcare is ok because a Republican endorsed it four years ago?

ButtHead

May 12th, 2011
1:07 pm

LuckyJoe, well said!!!

GT

May 12th, 2011
1:13 pm

Obama unlike Mitt Romney doesn’t need to reinvent himself. His biggest problem is other people reinventing Obama as they are moving the furniture around in their own houses. Everything from he not being an American citizen to not being a Christian have been tossed out there. Watch Fox any given moment for 15 minutes and you will see and hear what has replaced soap opera as the mind candy of the country. As the truth unwinds about Bin laden and his life what jumps out at me is the inaccuracy of what we thought was happening and what was reality. Bush had him in a cave, on dialysis and not on the radar. He must have gotten that valuable information from the water boarding too. Maybe these guys are not reinventing reality, maybe they just are too mentally weak to keep up with it.

Independent

May 12th, 2011
1:15 pm

If the Supreme court rules the individual mandate unconstitutional, then I think lawmakers should enact the next reasonable action: relieving hospitals of the burden of caring for non-paying patients. If a patient does not have insurance or cash up front, then they should be wheeled to the curb and left to die. That way the rest of us will not be forced to subsidize those who willingly choose not th carry insurance.

Kamchak

May 12th, 2011
1:19 pm

If a patient does not have insurance or cash up front, then they should be wheeled to the curb and left to die.

There’s your sign.

Oy.

Independent

May 12th, 2011
1:20 pm

What is the diffference between having everyone pay for insurance or having everyone pay for the uninsured through their hospital costs? Oh, that’s right, requiring everyone to have insurance would be the FAIR way to do it.

GT

May 12th, 2011
1:22 pm

I give Independent thumbs up, nothing from the religious right in that stupidity. Even Farwell looks good after that. I think we have just discovered the black hole of stupidy.

Downtown

May 12th, 2011
1:24 pm

Thank God for kooks!!!! The same CT that gleefully ignored the 1000’s of Youtube videos showing dozens of Bush bashing Democrats supporting and encouraging the removal of Saddam is now concerned about previous statements?

If the kooks were any more clueless they would turn into rocks.

Peadawg

May 12th, 2011
1:25 pm

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

That explains EVERYTHING!!!!! Cynthia can’t really believe the bullsh*t she writes, can she? All this time, she’s been writing this stuff just to get hits/comments and to get paid. It makes sense now!!!

GT

May 12th, 2011
1:29 pm

Peabrain nothing makes sense to you admit it.

What Goes Around Comes Around

May 12th, 2011
1:29 pm

The Republicans need to KEEP their BIG mouths shut. What you say can come back to bite you in the a*s.

People who live in glass houses should not throw stones or as Ms. Tucker says “they brush off yesterday’s principles like dandruff off their shoulder pads..”

What goes around comes around.

Blue

May 12th, 2011
1:31 pm

andygrdzki
May 12th, 2011
8:07 am

Dude…don’t confuse her with facts. Her articles are ONLY to show that the Right is the only party that has people who are liars, change their mind, etc. Your contribution would seem to indicate that the left, too, suffers from the horrible mind-changing. That is unacceptable. It totally discredits the ‘author’. Oh wait…she discredits herself on a daily basis.

Mike K.

May 12th, 2011
1:35 pm

Romney is the worst. I was completely baffled why people called him the conservative candidate back in 2008. Honestly, as bad as Obama is, I would probably vote for him over Romney since the last thing we need is a repeat of the Bush years when Republicans pushed big government ideas that masqueraded ‘compassionate converatism’. Like Obama, Romney would increase the size of governmnet and make the economy worse, but, unlike Obama, he might discredit consrvative ideology by convincing people that nationalized health care is ‘conservative’.

Peadawg

May 12th, 2011
1:36 pm

“Peabrain”

Ouch GT, that hurts. :roll:

Seriously?

May 12th, 2011
1:36 pm

That is just the point. We shouldnt be paying for anyone’s hospital bills.

I say we creat a national slush fund so the quasi bleeding hearts can put their money where their mouth is.

We all know without Conservative donations that the fund would remain empty.

Kamchak

May 12th, 2011
1:37 pm

We all know…

Didn’t give you permission to speak for me, sport.

Peadawg

May 12th, 2011
1:42 pm

“Didn’t give you permission to speak for me, sport.” – I don’t remember him/her asking for your permission either, jacka*s.

well said

May 12th, 2011
1:43 pm

CT @11:28

At least you admit, your writings are nothing more then a paid commercial for the democratic party.

Your ethics, credibility, and logic are, b/c of your own admission, as worthless as a football bat.

To all you CT sychophants and brown nosers – where does that leave you all? If you continue to blindly accept her every comment as the all mighty gospel, you too are nothing more than a pawn in the democratic party re-elecetion machine. Did you think they really cared about you?

How does it feel, suckers!!!

Kamchak's Gerbil

May 12th, 2011
1:45 pm

Kammy – what do you mean by “sport”?

Kamchak

May 12th, 2011
1:49 pm

I must admit, I had no idea Ms. Tucker was in the pockets of back room democratic deal makers. That changes everything for me. I think I’ll quit patrolling this blog 9 hours a day, maybe take up golf or something.

OK

May 12th, 2011
1:55 pm

Kam – how do you define sock puppet again? It seems CT fits your desciption spot on right?

Peadawg

May 12th, 2011
2:02 pm

“Ms. Tucker – I am curious, do you write the headline for your articles or does the staff do that?”

Hell, after what she admitted to earlier, I’m wondering who writes the articles.

steve

May 12th, 2011
2:02 pm

Ms. Tucker – I am curious, do you write the headline for your articles or does the staff do that?

Thank you and have a nice day.

ragnar danneskjold

May 12th, 2011
2:08 pm

I write as a Cain partisan. Romney is an unusually intelligent guy, surely the most successful businessman in several unrelated fields to ever venture into the public forum. He has dithered, a la Chauncey, for several months now on RomneyCare – ObamaCare-lite – the financial disaster currently eating Massachusetts. Dithering is unbecoming of one who would lead, and surely we have all suffered enough from leading from behind. Time for Mr. Romney to exit, stage left.

steve

May 12th, 2011
2:08 pm

Why don’t we stick to the article. I rarely agree with CT but there is no reason to attack her as a person.

George Soros is not what the article is about. Attack th emessage but not the messanger. We have enough hate in this Country as it is, lets not make more.

Jay is another story. :) j/k Jay

GT/MIT

May 12th, 2011
2:08 pm

This forum probably is representative of the general social-economic atmosphere in the greater Atlanta area. It ranges from ultra left to radical right and each post claims to reflect their liberal or conservative viewpoint. But in reality what is happening is a clash between the producers and the consumers. In past history our country prided itself on being a society of producers. Well that ain’t no longer the case, and therein lies the problem. That social strata will function as long as the producers out number the consumers, but in case you haven’t noticed, that model has changed.

We may stay afloat until the fulcrum shifts but I have this sinking feeling that unless we as a whole are willing to make drastic changes, no indication of that possibility here, we are in a world of trouble.

TruthBe

May 12th, 2011
2:09 pm

Anybody would be better than Obama, Anybody2012. If Obama wasn’t a “typical Black” guy then MOST of the Blacks wouldn’t give a damn about Obama and would stop being apologists for him. That “typical” line came from President Obama in 2009, remember he’s just a “Typical white Guy”remark. Obama gas in Atlanta, Georgia at over $4.00 dollars a gallon today. Bush gas when he left office in Atlanta $1.79 a gallon. Sources CNN Money Line. and MSNBC Kudlow Report. FACT!

Kamchak

May 12th, 2011
2:10 pm

I don’t remember him/her asking for your permission either, jacka*s.

Exactly my point, sport.