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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Gator Joe

May 13th, 2011
8:55 am

Look to the Republicans for all the answers, Romney on healthcare, Trump on fixing the economy, Gingrich on morality and how to have a successful marraige, and all three for examples of hypocrisy.


May 13th, 2011
9:47 am

Um, Gator, Romney said in his speech yesterday:

“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.”

So how’s he a hypocrite? Keep up the news, bro!


May 13th, 2011
9:51 am

I was for the death penalty and abortion before I was against them. People live and learn and wise up. They change. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that.

Schrodinger's cat

May 13th, 2011
10:09 am

CT…your objectivity is showing

Lil' Barry Bailout

May 13th, 2011
11:03 am

CT would no doubt own up to her failure here, but Soros is having a big meeting today to tell his paid-for “journalists” how best to support the Idiot Messiah next week.


May 13th, 2011
11:14 am

Romney’s state healthcare overall has been an unmitigated disaster. he was wrong then on the individual mandate and he is wrong now trying to defend the indefensible. He can NOT be a serious candidate with Romneycare hanging around his neck. DO you realize citizens in Mass. now have an average wait time of 55 DAYS to get in to see their doctors. Imagine how long its gonna be with Obamacare’s redtape!