Facepalm: Romney says Romneycare demonstrates his ‘empathy and care’
Oh. Dear. Lord. Conservatives have gone out of their way to show their support for Mitt Romney, and today, he swiftly repaid them by throwing them under the bus. For some reason beyond the scope of human comprehension, Romney saw fit to brag about his universal health care program for Massachusetts. You know, the program that served as a template for Obamacare.
— Mike O'Brien (@mpoindc) September 26, 2012
In an interview with NBC News, Romney referenced an element of his record he almost never invokes on the campaign trail to answer a question about how he can better connect with Americans and prove he understands the lives and trials of middle class Americans.
“I think throughout this campaign as well, we talked about my record in Massachusetts, don’t forget — I got everybody in my state insured,” Romney told NBC’s Ron Allen in an interview before his rally here tonight. “One hundred percent of the kids in our state had health insurance. I don’t think there’s anything that shows more empathy and care about the people of this country than that kind of record.”
Romney’s health care law in Massachusetts has long been a lightning rod issue for conservatives, who unfavorably compare it to President Barack Obama’s own federal law and as a damning reflection on Romney’s conservative bonafides.
@mpoindc He's for the thing that he's against that he likes that he dislikes that he agrees with disagrees with. Ow, I have a headache.
— Patrick Erwin (@PatrickErwin) September 26, 2012
@mpoindc So he likes ObamaCare again? Last week it was emergency rooms. How many more health care flip flops is he planning to make b4 Nov?
— YeaYouRite (@YeaYouRite) September 26, 2012
Libs are thrilled, of course:
— Donna Brazile (@donnabrazile) September 26, 2012
Romney touts Romneycare: "I got everybody in my state insured" http://t.co/wHU2ANup
— ThinkProgress (@thinkprogress) September 26, 2012
— Karoli (@Karoli) September 26, 2012
@KKoz22 Bad, bad timing for Mitt to embrace Romneycare before the debates. The Sunday Shows are going to be hilarious!
— Elizabeth Catherine (@Elizabeth_Calo) September 26, 2012
And conservatives need Dramamine:
At rally, Romney attacks Obamacare as Exhibit #1 of Obama's philosophy. Yet mins earlier tells NBC that Romneycare is example of empathy.
— Philip Rucker (@PhilipRucker) September 26, 2012
So Mitt scaling back on tax cut talk and touting Romneycare. Not how you win a base election, dude.
— Brian Lerch (@bdlerch) September 26, 2012
— Wendy Herman (@TxSkirt) September 26, 2012
Well, we knew what we were getting.