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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andygrdzki

May 12th, 2011
7:45 am

All the politicians are the same….. one BS after another

hobby

May 12th, 2011
7:48 am

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

The liberal press will pick apart the past of each candidate to try to find dirt or question their past stance on issues.
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!

Mr_B

May 12th, 2011
7:48 am

Oh yeah, wasn’t that the idea that was just “rammed down our throats without any Republican imput.”

MountainMan

May 12th, 2011
7:54 am

Hobby,

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!

Sort of like Obama? Of course thepress would never question anything he did.

Peadawg

May 12th, 2011
7:56 am

Cynthia, did ya ever stop and think that Romney realized the insurance mandate was unconstitutional and a bad idea? My guess is no…you just take this chance to bash another Republican for “flip-flopping”. Typical Cynthia. Cynthia is to the extreme left just as Sean Hannity and Rush are to the extreme right. Too funny.

MountainMan

May 12th, 2011
8:00 am

Peadawg,

If you are a Rush follower you are a Ditto Head, with Hannity you have been Hannitized, so what is a CT fan? Dumbazz?

hobby

May 12th, 2011
8:04 am

mountain man

Sort of like Obama? Of course thepress would never question anything he did.

exactly!

Peadawg

May 12th, 2011
8:05 am

“If you are a Rush follower you are a Ditto Head, with Hannity you have been Hannitized, so what is a CT fan? Dumbazz?”

How about Tuckerized?

andygrdzki

May 12th, 2011
8:07 am

Here are some good ones….

As a presidential candidate in 2008, Obama had condemned President Bush for supposedly “running prisons which lock people away without telling them why they’re there or what they’re charged with”, and signed an executive order shutting the facility down immediately upon taking office. Two years later Guantanamo still holds 172 detainees, and plays a vital role in the long war against Islamist terrorism.

As a presidential candidate, Barack Obama was a firm opponent of the Bush administration’s military tribunals, which he said “failed to establish a legitimate legal framework and undermined our capacity to ensure swift and certain justice.” But, as The New York Times reported last week, “President Obama on Monday reversed his two-year-old order halting new military charges against detainees at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, permitting military trials to resume with revamped procedures but implicitly admitting the failure of his pledge to close the prison camp”, paving the way for 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four co-conspirators to face trial at Guantanamo.

As a presidential candidate, Barack Obama was a firm opponent of the Bush administration’s military tribunals, which he said “failed to establish a legitimate legal framework and undermined our capacity to ensure swift and certain justice.” But, as The New York Times reported last week, “President Obama on Monday reversed his two-year-old order halting new military charges against detainees at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, permitting military trials to resume with revamped procedures but implicitly admitting the failure of his pledge to close the prison camp”, paving the way for 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four co-conspirators to face trial at Guantanamo.

President Obama has shown a striking lack of consistency with regard to the question of Congressional authorisation and the use of force. In a 2007 interview with The Boston Globe, then Senator Obama declared:
“The President does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation. In instances of self-defense, the President would be within his constitutional authority to act before advising Congress or seeking its consent. History has shown us time and again, however, that military action is most successful when it is authorized and supported by the Legislative branch. It is always preferable to have the informed consent of Congress prior to any military action.”
However, as president in March 2011, Barack Obama authorized military action against the Libyan regime without consulting Congress, a decision which drew heavy fire on Capitol Hill.

In his Prague speech in April 2009, President Obama pledged to move forward with the Bush-era plans for Third Site missile defences in Poland and the Czech Republic:
So let me be clear: Iran’s nuclear and ballistic missile activity poses a real threat, not just to the United States, but to Iran’s neighbors and our allies. The Czech Republic and Poland have been courageous in agreeing to host a defense against these missiles. As long as the threat from Iran persists, we will go forward with a missile defense system that is cost-effective and proven.
Just six months later however, the Obama administration surrendered to Russian demands, and dramatically dropped plans for Third Site. As I noted at the time, “this was a shameful abandonment of America’s friends in eastern and central Europe, and a slap in the face for those who actually believed a key agreement with Washington was worth the paper it was written on.”

Copied from a Story The U-Turn President by Nile Gardiner of the Telegraph..

BlahBlahBlah

May 12th, 2011
8:08 am

Let’s forget about Romney for a moment, and look instead to the actual Massachusetts plan. Would anyone disagree that things have started off poorly? Costs are higher than expected, with no projected end in sight, even though the number of doctors offering coverage is declining.

Doesn’t this paint an ominous picture with respect to what we will see with Obamacare?

Keep Up the Good Fight!

May 12th, 2011
8:21 am

Start discrediting the Republicans? They have been doing a good job of discrediting themselves for some time now.

Always love the dishonesty of the Gitmo claims….posting some facts but leaving out the reality of why Obama has been prevented by Congress from closing Gitmo and has had to adjust. But again, it goes to lack of credibility by the right wingnuts.

slim

May 12th, 2011
8:35 am

He’s a flip flopper on many issues: robamneycare, abortion, and gay marriage. I fully expect him to convert to Christianity for a bump in the polls.

carlosgvv

May 12th, 2011
8:36 am

Romney has reversed his position on many issues in order to appeal to the far right Republican base. He knows these are simple people who can be easily swayed by Republican brainwashing and propaganda. Unfortunately, these types of voters are rapidly becoming the majority in the dumbing down of America.

Comment Worth Repeating Because It's TRUE

May 12th, 2011
8:37 am

“Let’s forget about Romney for a moment, and look instead to the actual Massachusetts plan. Would anyone disagree that things have started off poorly? Costs are higher than expected, with no projected end in sight, even though the number of doctors offering coverage is declining.

Doesn’t this paint an ominous picture with respect to what we will see with Obamacare?”

YES, comment worth repeating because it is TRUE!!!

Liberals are ...

May 12th, 2011
8:38 am

… unfortunately, these types of voters are rapidly becoming the majority in the dumbing down of America.

Gm

May 12th, 2011
8:43 am

The killing of Bin Ladin, uncovered plans to kill more Americans, Gm is opening up 15 more plants, creating more jobs and what do the 3 times college drop Hannity talks about, White House inviting rapper Common to perform.
This just shows you the Rep have nothing to offer, Hannity, Rush,know that have a bunch of idiots low middle class to work up on none sense, thats why they get millions of dollars to be a tv and radio rebel.

And now the rest of the story....

May 12th, 2011
8:44 am

andygrdzki
May 12th, 2011
8:07 am

And now for the rest of andy’s story. You may want to research articles beyond the year 2009 andy….

Obama: NATO Has Agreed to Missile Defense System
LISBON, Portugal, Nov. 19, 2010
President Barack Obama announced Friday that NATO has agreed to his plans for a new, expanded missile defense system for Europe that would cover all NATO member countries and the United States.

The U.S. has a missile defense system based mainly in North America, and is planning one for its European allies.

“For the first time, we’ve agreed to develop a missile defense capability that is strong enough to cover all NATO European territory and populations as well as the United States,” Obama said.

Diehard

May 12th, 2011
8:56 am

Poor Mitt, he was born with a silver scalpel in his mouth.

Diehard

May 12th, 2011
8:57 am

Or maybe that was a silver stethoscope

andygrdzki

May 12th, 2011
8:58 am

And now the rest of the story… I stand corrected on one point,,,, and the others?

Tychus Findlay

May 12th, 2011
8:59 am

The next candidate for the Presidency should possess at a minimum one of the following resume stats

1. Engineer – know how to plan things
2. Small business owner – know how to manage people
3. Accountant – know how to balance the books
4. Military – know how to defend our country

The last thing we need from the Right or the Left is another Ivy educated lawyer that has never seen the inside of a court room and has made a career as a politician on the public payroll.

Jan

May 12th, 2011
8:59 am

Maybe he’s just realizing it didn’t work. Romney isn’t my first choice but I’ll be impressed with him if he says “I was wrong”.

stepper

May 12th, 2011
9:00 am

It’s kind of like saying I was for Obama and now I am not. Basically the same thing you are saying, as we get older and hopefully wiser we realize some of the things we represented were not worthy of that support. How many of us voted for Obama in the last election just to prove we were not racist.? In the next election we will have to vote against him just to prove we are not idiots!

zeke

May 12th, 2011
9:03 am

Uh, did not the Mass. Supreme Court dictatew that the state had to do the program over Romney’s veto or objection???

slim

May 12th, 2011
9:03 am

stepper,

Your post proves your a idiot. Please refrain from voting.

jconservative

May 12th, 2011
9:04 am

Thus spake the former Liberal Republican Governor of Massachusetts.

This is his albatross, “Liberal Republican Governor of Massachusetts”. That is his handle from years of national news coverage. As I recall, Fox News gave him that handle and the others picked up on it.

You are who you are.

Tundra Dude

May 12th, 2011
9:08 am

The Unbearable Lightness of Being Mitt
By Robert Reich
(snipped)
Romney has most assiduously avoided taking positions. He’s written two books but I challenge anyone to find a clear policy in either. Both books are so hedged, conditioned, boring and bland that once you put them down you can’t pick them up.

Mitt is reputed to say whatever an audience wants to hear, but that’s not quite right. In reality he says nothing, but does it in such way audiences believe they’ve heard what they want to hear. He is the chameleon candidate. To call Mitt Romney an empty suit is an insult to suits.

Emperor Obama has no clothes

May 12th, 2011
9:09 am

Wow, that commentary was stale. It is no surprise you want to protect your false prophet Obama by trying to kick anything and anyone that opposes him and his failed policies. Obamacare and his universal mandate will lose in court.

By the way CT that AP poll you site in your tweet about Obama’s approval rating is at 60% has a really flawed sample and is not accurate. I know it make you feel better.

Roll Tide!

May 12th, 2011
9:12 am

Consider me “Tuckerized”!

I read that 84% of Massachusetts residents approve of their state healthcare plan. I think that number speaks for itself. I am a proud American moderate Democrat that would lean farther right had the right not been hijacked by the religious nuts. I believe Mitt Romney has a lot to offer and should be proud of what he accomplished rather than cowering to the base as he appears to be doing now.

What is with these conservatives trying to out conservative each other? Is there no room for moderation in the Republican party?

Richard

May 12th, 2011
9:12 am

Shocker! Cynthia has managed to pull off another journalistic masterpiece featuring the following theme: Conservatives = Bad/Incompetent Liberals = Good/Enlightened

Her writing is so simple & basic (and blindly ideological) that I sometimes wonder if she is sitting around at her computer making fun of us with her friends for even taking it seriously enough to comment…

Richard

May 12th, 2011
9:12 am

Shocker! Cynthia has managed to pull off another journalistic masterpiece featuring the following theme: Conservatives = Bad/Incompetent Liberals = Good/Enlightened

Her writing is so simple & basic (and blindly ideological) that I sometimes wonder if she is sitting around at her computer making fun of us with her friends for even taking it seriously enough to comment…

TBone

May 12th, 2011
9:12 am

I think that the place to “experiment” with this sort of potential disaster is the state level. Hey it sounds great health care for all BUT is it feasible and what are the consequences? We now have some empirical data to evaluate on a small scale and it ain’t passin the smell test. So what does that bode for the scale that our teleprompter in chief, pelosi and reid have rammed down our throats? It ain’t gonna fly; start over.

Billyboy

May 12th, 2011
9:12 am

You tell ‘em CT. The Reps are flip floppers. We need more consistent strong leadership and the only consistent, factual true leader is Obama! Obama said he would get Bin Laden and he did, Obama is for the people and he has shown he has strong leadership. No one can point to a single time that Obama has not been a strong consistent leader.

Irwin M. Fletcher

May 12th, 2011
9:17 am

So what this tells us is that Romney is a politician. Yawwwnnnnn………nothing new here.

slim

May 12th, 2011
9:17 am

richard,

Were all laughing at you!

Tom

May 12th, 2011
9:18 am

‘I read that 84% of Massachusetts residents approve of their state healthcare plan”

Proving once again that incredible fact that folks like free stuff. All fun and games for a couple of years until the system goes bankrupt.

Not surprising stuff from a school of “higher football” graduate

Irwin M. Fletcher

May 12th, 2011
9:18 am

There’s barely enough here to get the “Libtard” “Rethuglican” pissing contest going. Where’s the meat? The sheep must not be denied their right to regurgitate their rhetoric, soundbytes and talking points!

luckydog

May 12th, 2011
9:19 am

Anybody but Hussien!

Richard

May 12th, 2011
9:20 am

Slim,

Not as much as I am laughing at your ignorance of what a contraction is!!!

Peadawg

May 12th, 2011
9:22 am

“The killing of Bin Ladin, uncovered plans to kill more Americans, Gm is opening up 15 more plants, creating more jobs and what do the 3 times college drop Hannity talks about, White House inviting rapper Common to perform.”

Hannity is doing the same thing Cynthia is doing…finding anything and everything to criticize the other side. Hannity and Cynthia, sitting in a tree, k-i-s-s-i-n-g.

Darko

May 12th, 2011
9:23 am

Hey Tucker – how about a column on somethign interesting like how you are a member of a group that’s just a shrill for Soros?

Keep Up the Good Fight!

May 12th, 2011
9:24 am

Proving once again that incredible fact that folks like free stuff

Do you know what you are talking about? Romneycare is not free to Mass citizens. It is an insurance mandate. It stops “free riders”. Only those below a poverty threshold receive free insurance)

And its soooo bad, lol, that Vermont, neighbor to the north (and just south of…omg… Canada) is on its way to…..omg….single payer!

slim

May 12th, 2011
9:25 am

rich,

take your apostrophe and put it where the Sun don’t shine.

Ann

May 12th, 2011
9:25 am

Obviously, Cynthia thinks Romney is a threat to her boy O. However, if you want a column about hypocrisy – Obama will be able to keep you busy for the next decade. If his lips are moving he is lying. Also Cynthia is part of a group of journalists that have benefitted from Soros money, so anything she writes or says is suspect. Journalism in America is dead. Cynthia helped kill it.

liberalefty

May 12th, 2011
9:26 am

whats wrong with universal healthcare?most other countries have it and the world hasnt stopped turning. And why do conservative christians hate the fact that everybody will have acess to healthcare. Isnt that what their invisible god would want…lol

liberalefty

May 12th, 2011
9:26 am

whats wrong with universal healthcare?most other countries have it and the world hasnt stopped turning. And why do conservative christians hate the fact that everybody will have acess to healthcare. Isnt that what their invisible god would want…lol

Ha Ha

May 12th, 2011
9:26 am

Richard
May 12th, 2011
9:12 am
Her writing is so simple & basic (and blindly ideological) that I sometimes wonder if she is sitting around at her computer making fun of us with her friends for even taking it seriously enough to comment…

You know what else is simple? The interface for using this blog, including clicking the submit button ONCE.

straitroad

May 12th, 2011
9:27 am

Poor Cynthia Tucker,

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. Based on what you have done with your life, what makes you think you are remotely qualified to question the accomplishments of Romney? Basically, that’s the difference between people who think like Mitt and people to who think like you. One side spends their life producing and the other side spends their life sitting on their rear end while complaining that someone else has more than they do.

slim

May 12th, 2011
9:27 am

peadawg,

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

Silenced

May 12th, 2011
9:28 am

If you really seek “change” stop voting Democrat AND Republican. Demand term limits for all Congressional and Judicial officials.