Romney Parts with GOP on Government Shutdown Threat

The former Republican candidate says there’s a better way to defeat Obamacare

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Mitt Romney says he agrees with the House Republicans’ goal of repealing President Barack Obama’s health care law, but disagrees that using the threat of a government shutdown is the way to achieve it.

“We’re more effective tactically not to use a shutdown of some kind to pursue the… anti-Obamacare objective,” the 2012 GOP presidential nominee told CNN in an interview airing Friday.

Romney said he prefers delaying the law’s implementation for a year, and focusing on electing more Republicans to Congress.

But he also applaud Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz for his 21-hour “quasi filibuster,” saying that it “brought attention to a very important issue.”

[CNN]

21 comments
AlphaJuliette
AlphaJuliette

But he also applaud Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz for his 21-hour “quasi filibuster,” saying that it “brought attention to a very important issue.”

Uh, no, not really governor.  What it did was bring national attention to the obstructionistic and suicidal political practices of the GOP.

MichelleBoutin
MichelleBoutin

Aztecian. Then show us the proof his certificate. See!!! You are dumb.

Catoi
Catoi

Thanks, Time magazine!  Well, I guess that does it, Republicans should just hang it up.  Romney, the winner of the 2012 presidential election, has spoken.


Wait, Romney didn't win?  He didn't even run on Obamacare?  Maybe Republicans shouldn't take advice from him, then, huh?

ARTRaveler
ARTRaveler

Yes, but the House is going to impact Mitten's income when the stock market tanks.  I doubt the old GOP will be too happy to have to sell off some bonds so they can go to Kroger for steaks.

Sparrow55
Sparrow55

But he also applaud Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz for his 21-hour “quasi filibuster,” saying that it “brought attention to a very important issue.”

The only "issue" Ted Cruz seems to have brought to anyone's attention was his reading of Green Eggs and Ham. 

jsfox
jsfox

I find it striking that had Romney been elected in 2008 (yes I know a stretch) You know one of the very first things he would have done is pushed for Romneycare for the whole country.  The Republicans would be patting themselves on the back proclaiming how they had come up with a market based solution to our healthcare problems without resorting to socialized medicine.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@Catoi 

Well, Obama did run on Obamacare, and won.  And Mitt, bless his soul, pulled a Mitt in miscalculating his political chances. 

So, no, since the GOP is about ready to out MItt Mitt himself on political chances, I certainly wouldn't take his advice if I was a Dem hoping to see the end of the Crazy of Days come about this time in November.

Which I am.

Oh, I almost forgot:

Buh bye...

Catoi
Catoi

@ARTRaveler You mean filthy rich Republican billionaires like Bill Gates (richest person in the U.S., Democrat donor), Warren Buffet (second-richest, Democrat donor), Michael Bloomberg (Democrat in everything but name), and Sergey Brin (Google founder, Democrat donor)?

Sheesh, get with the times.  Republicans haven't been the party of the rich since the '80s.  Income-wise, Democrats are the party of the rich and the poor, Republicans are the party of the middle class.

Sue_N
Sue_N

@Sparrow55 During which we discovered that ol' Rafael's reading comprehension needs work.

Catoi
Catoi

@jsfox Your evidence that Romney "would have pushed for Romneycare for the whole country" is what, exactly?  I was no fan of Romney, but he did specify numerous times throughout his candidacy that he thought Romneycare was a good idea for Massachusetts when he was governor, but he didn't think it was right to apply it on a federal level.

Catoi
Catoi

@fitty_three @Catoi "... out Mitt Mitt himself on political chances...."  "... the Crazy of Days...."  Sorry, that was so poorly worded I couldn't make heads or tails of what the hell you were trying to say.  But thanks for adding that "Buh bye" at the end, it alerted me that you had completed your statement, convoluted as it was.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@Catoi

I was around in the 80s. That was when the GOP started down the road leading to teh Crazy we see today.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@Catoi

Is that why McCain was never able to utter those words during his campaign?

anon76
anon76

@Catoi

"Republicans are the party of the middle class"

By which you mean that the Republicans work tirelessly to eradicate the middle class, I assume.

jsfox
jsfox

The fact that he said Romneycare was a good model for the entire country back in 09.

anon76
anon76

@jsfox 

To be fair, you can't judge what Romney thinks based on what he says, as he usually managed to directly contradict himself within a matter of minutes.