At a Univision forum last night in Florida, Mitt Romney was in part asked (through an interpreter), “If you’re elected president, will you repeal all of Obamacare, or just change parts of it? Which parts would you change?”
“Well, first of all, I would repeal all of Obamacare [enthusiastic cheers] and replace it [waiting for cheers to die down]...and replace it…with I think the kinds of reforms we really need.”
So far, so good — perfect, really. Then, immediately thereafter, he added:
“And I have experience in health care reform. Now and then, the president says I’m the grandfather of Obamacare. I don’t think he meant that as a compliment, but I’ll take it. This was during my primary. We thought it might not be helpful.”
Good grief. It’s still not helpful. Moreover (and this really should go without saying), he shouldn’t take it as a compliment.
This is a line that Romney needs to ditch in a hurry. And if — in a debate setting, for example — he wants to make the point I think he was trying to make, he should say something like this instead: “Mr. President, I’m flattered that you would try to give me credit for your centerpiece legislation, but I can’t take it. I think it would be a disaster for America, and I that’s why I will repeal it.”