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):


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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well said

May 12th, 2011
2:10 pm

OK, back the article, I’ll sum it up. He flip -flopped. It happens all the time. Anything else?


May 12th, 2011
2:12 pm

“but there is no reason to attack her as a person.”

Sorry, but she lost what credibility she had when she admitted she “works for a deep-pocketed Democratic contributor”. She can’t be taken seriously anymore(not that she was to begin with).

Thulsa Doom

May 12th, 2011
2:12 pm

Romney always seems inauthentic, -CT

Inauthentic? Hmmm! Just more mindless, vague gobbledeegook from the queen of leftist gobbledeegook herself.


May 12th, 2011
2:13 pm

GT, you & Cynthis Tucker stick together like the glue on a Soros manufactured lamp shade.


May 12th, 2011
2:14 pm

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

When you mention CT, are you referring to our hostess, Ms. Tucker?

My definition of a “sock-puppet” is a single poster that posts under numerous nom-de-blogs.

The motive for this is just speculation, but it is clear that this practice is widespread here.

I doubt that our hostess is here posting using other names.


May 12th, 2011
2:14 pm

“Exactly my point, sport.”

Aw, poor Kammypoo thinks we need his permission to do something. How…sad…funny…I’m crying I’m laughing so hard.

Common Sense

May 12th, 2011
2:19 pm

CT has had time to tweet how proud she is of her affiliation with ProPublica, but not the time to respond here.

And just because a company is non-profit, do not be fooled into thinking they are working for free. or minimum wages. The company makes no profit because all the profits are distributed to the employees.

Atlanta 1

May 12th, 2011
2:22 pm

Exactly, which is why he should not be running. Romney Care is a disaster and Obama Care will be the same disaster 1,000 fold.


May 12th, 2011
2:23 pm

Aw, poor Kammypoo thinks we need his permission to do something.

When someone uses a phrase like, “We all know…, then yeah, that someone needs to get my permission for an all inclusive declarative such as that.

When I attended UGA we were taught critical thinking skills.

Seems that they have lowered the bar quite a bit since my days there.


May 12th, 2011
2:25 pm

Kamm – by CT, did you think I was refering to Charleze Theron or someone else?

Didn’t you define sock puppet as a simpleton with another’s hand up their rear(like a sock puppet), controling what comes out of their mouth at one point?

Sounds like CT to me, or should I say, The Right and Honorable and Distinguished Madam Cynthia A Tucker Esquire, since you prefer using 17th century french and english nomenclature, you baag-de-douche


May 12th, 2011
2:27 pm

“then yeah, that someone needs to get my permission for an all inclusive declarative such as that.”

How cute.


May 12th, 2011
2:30 pm

peadawg – Here is how you attack the article instead of the author. Why not make a short list of the dozens of things Obama has reversed himself on.


Obama – against the Bush Tax Cuts until he was for it.

Obama – against the war, until he ramped it up.

Obama – Was going to close Guitmo until he changed his mind.

Obama – Said Presidents had no authority to authorize a Military attack, then he did it himself.

See? You do the rest. :)


May 12th, 2011
2:32 pm

“See? You do the rest. ”

It’d take too long. :)

Xtra Point

May 12th, 2011
2:33 pm

I got $5 that says this Kamchak guy has a life size poster of Tucker on his wall right now and a supply of Cialis for when the momment is right for him and the poster.


May 12th, 2011
2:35 pm

Didn’t you define sock puppet as a simpleton with another’s hand up their rear(like a sock puppet), controling what comes out of their mouth at one point?


Another episode of one word answers to a simple(ton’s) question.


May 12th, 2011
2:39 pm

I got $5 that says this Kamchak guy has a life size poster of Tucker on his wall …

Our hostess is an attractive woman, but it’s Sarah Shahi that has my undivided attention.


May 12th, 2011
2:49 pm

Newt is too “OLD” and what in the “Hell” did he marry? An old “Barbie” doll? America is young and vibrant — and these folk just do not represent the majority of Americans — Do you think Miss Newt can do the “dougie”? What would be her special project? Applying makeup — lmao

kayaker 71

May 12th, 2011
2:57 pm


Ms. Shahi has my vote.

David Granger

May 12th, 2011
3:07 pm

All Romney really needs to do is just point out that…under his governorship, Massachusetts tried a state version of Obamacare. And not only has it been a failure, but the state is also going broke.
Average insurance premiums have increased over 70% since it was passed, and some insurance companies do not sell medical insurance in the state anymore.
Businesses are dropping medical insurance as an employee benefit.
Primary care physicians are refusing to take new patients due to low reimbursement rates.
Average wait times for non-emergency appointments have increased from 2 to 7 weeks.
Many physicians are leaving the state, and very few new ones are setting up there.
A lot of physicians simply refuse to accept Mass Health (Medicaid), Commonwealth Care, nor Commonwealth Choice plans.
Many patients continue to flood the Emergency rooms, just to obtain ordinary care.

Not only that, but a forced mandate is…and should be…illegal, regardless of whether it was first proposed by Republicans or Democrats.
The fact that Mitt Romney has first-hand experience with what a failure this type of plan is should be a political strength for him, if he’s got enough sense not to try and back away from it.

Tundra Dude

May 12th, 2011
3:07 pm

Scarecrow@2:49 wrote:

Newt is too “OLD” and what in the “Hell” did he marry?

Sort of like putting a used tire back on the car when you don’t have to. (ain’t gonna happen)

I’d never vote for someone who married a “mommy” at age 18. (she was 27)
Maybe he was a victim of subprime mothering…..??


May 12th, 2011
3:12 pm

Hey CT,
Are you sure you checked with Soros before publishing this rant?
Remember, you must follow the “Official line” if you want to continue to be paid!
As far as the article goes ….so Romney is a terrible person because he learned from his mistake and changed his stand.
Something you could never accuse liberals of doing!!!!
They never learn from their mistakes!!!!


May 12th, 2011
3:36 pm

May 12th, 2011
2:23 pm

“When I attended UGA we were taught critical thinking skills.
Seems that they have lowered the bar quite a bit since my days there.”

This is really just too good to be true. Which football game did you attend? Could it be that you are truly of the species asinine erectus, otherwise known as a Dawg.


May 12th, 2011
3:43 pm

Which football game did you attend?

As hard as it may be for you to believe this, but I have never attended a UGA varsity football game.

It was, however, a tradition to attend the Shriners sponsored UGA/Tech JV game that used to be held on Thanksgiving day at Grant Field.

Of course that was decades ago when freshmen weren’t allowed to play varsity football.


May 12th, 2011
3:44 pm

. I see the word liberal a few times in this blog but not the word redneck. That to me would indicate CT has a huge redneck following since they seem to seldom address themselves as such and greet all as liberal they are not related to. Why would Soros back such a redneck following. I think CT is getting paid by some barbecue joint or a beer factory, Chevy Trucks or chewing tobacco.


May 12th, 2011
4:09 pm

So, CT, show me the columns where you supported Romney when he was doing obamacare 101!


May 12th, 2011
4:14 pm

@ Kamchak. My derogatory remarks about UGA and its grads are made purely in jest. Both my dear wife of many years and my daughter-in-law are alumna of that venerable old institution, which makes it rather difficult for my son and I.

I remember well the Thanksgiving traditional JV games, which by the way we as frosh were required to attend. Class of 1960 BUZZZzzzzz!

Xtra Point

May 12th, 2011
4:21 pm

Kam -”I have never attended a UGA varsity football game.”

there’s your sign


May 12th, 2011
4:24 pm

Throw in a couple investigations making the military look bad and another about prisoners at Guantanamo Bay and you have almost the perfect journalism fantasy – a huge budget, lots of major media partners and a liberal agenda unconstrained by advertising.

One more thing: a 14-person Journalism Advisory Board, stacked with CNN’s David Gergen and representatives from top newspapers, a former publisher of The Wall Street Journal and the editor-in-chief of Simon & Schuster. Several are working journalists, including:

• Jill Abramson, a managing editor of The New York Times;

• Kerry Smith, the senior vice president for editorial quality of ABC News;

• Cynthia A. Tucker, the editor of the editorial page of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.


May 12th, 2011
4:28 pm

As if there weren’t enough reasons to oppose Romney.

Ron Paul is the only candidate calling for a truly free market in health care with sound ideas to address the high costs, rampant abuse of insurance, destructive intrusion by government forces, etc. He is the only candidate worthy of anyone’s vote – democrat or republican.


May 12th, 2011
4:39 pm

Um, Cynthia…you may want to update your blog. Mitt ain’t running from his past.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Mitt Romney offered no apologies and instead delivered a full-throated defense of his Massachusetts health care plan Thursday in a much-anticipated health care policy presentation at the University of Michigan.

“I recognize that a lot pundits around the nation are saying that I should just stand up and say this whole thing was a mistake, that this was a boneheaded idea, and I should just admit it: it was a mistake, and walk away. I presume that a lot of folks think that if I did that it would be good for me politically, ” Romney said as he flipped through slides of a PowerPoint presentation he prepared himself. “There’s only one problem with that: it wouldn’t be honest.”


May 12th, 2011
5:18 pm

“When I attended UGA we were taught critical thinking skills”

Critical Thinking at UGA? ——- PULEEEAAASSE!!!

Paddy O

May 12th, 2011
5:22 pm

I’d like a photo of Ms. Tucker, authographed, with her in a bikini. For a 50 year old women, she is remarkably attractive. I’ve asked before, but was told “talk to the hand”.


May 12th, 2011
5:42 pm

Both my dear wife of many years and my daughter-in-law are alumna of that venerable old institution, which makes it rather difficult for my son and I.

No doubt.

I do wonder if they suffer the same degree of “difficulty.”

Of do they even see any “difficulty” at all.

As an Atlanta Beat fan, I attended 11 home games played at Grant field for the first season of the WUSA back in 2001.

I’m not saying that I expected to be engulfed in flames due to immediate combustion when I stepped onto that property, but I was constantly on the alert for any signs of smoke. Just sayin’.


May 12th, 2011
6:36 pm

One thing is clear. The free market gives absolutely no chance to control health care costs and provide acceptable assurance for people to get adequate health care. The only health care cost “control” it is capable of providing is by letting only people who can afford it get care.


May 12th, 2011
6:44 pm

@ Kamchak:

Not to worry, you’re safe on the North avenue campus as long as you obey the rules. “All Dawgs must be on a leash.” That is of course unless the Dawg is a wife or daughter-in-law, in which case you just follow meekly along and keep your mouth shut.

Peace and good night.


May 12th, 2011
7:17 pm

Shame on you Cynthia. You need to get up to date on this issue. He’s the one credible GOP candidate.

Moderate Line

May 12th, 2011
7:28 pm

Later, Romney noted that his current health care proposal was very similar to what he proposed during the 2008 campaign despite the fact that his experience in Massachusetts had gone from a political positive to a negative over the past three plus years. “I am not adjusting the plan to reflect the political sentiment,” Romney said….

Looks like CT fumble. Bookman has an post complimenting Romney on not flipflopping on the issue. lol

Lil' Barry Bailout

May 12th, 2011
7:51 pm

Romney was for the individual mandate before he was against it
7:31 am May 12, 2011, by ctucker

Oopsies! Turns out Romney is still for the individual mandate.

Looks like Ms. Tucker jumped the gun, guided only by her prejudice.

Why the prejudice, Ms. Tucker? Perhaps you can try harder in the future not to be blinded by your hatred.

Lil' Barry Bailout

May 12th, 2011
8:01 pm

(Oh, and Romney is toast, by the way, thanks to his standing by his big-government plan)


May 12th, 2011
8:11 pm

andygrdzki – NIle Gardiner? Why are you quoting a second generation follower of Sun Myung Moon and notorious propagandist?

Lil' Barry Bailout

May 12th, 2011
8:12 pm

Poor Cynthia Tucker.

She’s writing her columns and working just as hard as she can for her Idiot Messiah 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 woman trying desperately to get a failure re-elected.


May 12th, 2011
9:04 pm

WHERS MY PAL dubya???????????…see what the black man in the white house did to my crib……damn damn damn


May 12th, 2011
9:16 pm

We’re all aware Ms. Tucker that you are the titular boss of the editorial biz around here. You need to be aware that your uh, inferior, Jay Bookman just wrote a piece that contradicts what you said here. Pretty much torpedoes the whole notion you have that Romney is flip-flopping.

According to Bookman: Romney “….decided to take the more honest approach and sleep better at night whatever the outcome. Be his own man, and all that.”

One story editorial got it right; the other got it dead wrong. I’ve got my money on Bookman and Tucker, respectively.

So, do you have…..any other opinions you might want to share with us …..THIS MONTH?!!

Any thoughts at all?


May 12th, 2011
11:20 pm

I love it. You so blindly hate anything the Republicans do, you didn’t realize you were using the gaff by your idiot Democrat John Kerry. It’s unfortunate that you probably get paid to write this garbage.


May 13th, 2011
1:58 am

Lil’ Barry Bailout

May 12th, 2011
8:01 pm

With butter and jam! Romney 2012!

Wealthy support higher taxes:

By Jim Hopkins, USA TODAY

Bill Gates Sr. says the estate tax should be saved because it limits the size of private fortunes that, if allowed to grow unchecked, could:

Concentrate power.

Growing numbers of the very rich can give money to political candidates who support their personal agendas. “Those contributions clearly have an influence on public policy,” Gates says, such as more tax breaks for the rich or weakening of regulations that protect consumers.

Squeeze economic growth.

Reducing taxes could crimp government research and investments in education — the source of innovations that create jobs. With less education, growing numbers of workers can’t get ahead. “As the buying power of the middle class erodes, the whole economy is put at risk,” he says.

Limit opportunity.

Equal access to education, home ownership and capital to start companies tends to be more limited during periods when wealth is more concentrated and the rich pursue their own agendas.

That was true in the 1980s and 1990s, when gaps between the rich and poor widened, compared with the 1950s and 1960s, he says. In 1965, Gates says, a federal Pell grant covered 85% of the cost of four years at a public college. It covered just 39% by 2000.

(Hasn’t this already happened?)

ABC’s Amanpour Trumpets ‘Tax Us More’ Liberal Democratic Quartet

By: Brent Baker

November 28, 2010 14:14 ET

At a time when the American mood has turned against excessive government spending, Christiane Amanpour devoted Sunday’s This Week to four liberal Democratic billionaires, though she failed to identify their political orientation, who want higher income tax rates on the wealthy.

Amanpour began by touting: “Warren Buffett has been practically begging the country, begging Congress to tax him more. In fact, many of the richest Americans like Buffett, Bill and Melinda Gates and Ted Turner say that they should pay higher tax.”In between letting Buffett expound at length on why taxes should be hiked, she fretted to Bill Gates: “If people aren’t going to pay for the services that they need, how are those services going to get funded, do you think?”

(True patriots, all!)

george soros

May 13th, 2011
2:42 am

ms.tucker, a member of team soros, she accepts his money. AJC just lost another reader. folks check out the investigation, anything from print to electronic can’t or shouldn’t be taken at face value.

george soros

May 13th, 2011
2:46 am

i’m sorry ms.tucker your opinion of Romney so misguided, but then that’s the true lefties lot. glad shes no longer objective.


May 13th, 2011
3:17 am

Can’t we elevate the rhetoric above “idiot?”


May 13th, 2011
3:26 am

CT has lost the last little bit of credibility she had (and it wasn’t much).

Goebbels would be proud.

AJC, go ahead and fire her A$$. It will help the newspapers minimal credibility.


May 13th, 2011
8:25 am

Ahh..the elite politician..look how I can take care of you and never address the problem..Looks like Herman Cain is the only one for the job.