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Friday, September 27, 2013
Romney: Don't tie Obamacare to shutdown
Former Massachusetts Governor and 2012 Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney pauses while speaking at the 40th annual Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Md., in March. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
“We're more effective tactically not to use a shutdown of some kind to pursue the ... anti-Obamacare objective,” Romney told CNN on Friday, according to early excerpts of an interview released by the network. “I don't think that will be as effective.”
The former Massachusetts governor ran on a platform of dismantling Obama’s signature legislative achievement — and he still supports defunding the health law — but believes a government shutdown would hurt Republicans politically.
The Senate on Friday sent a stopgap funding bill to the House, which removed Republican language calling for the defunding of Obamcare.
Obama has repeatedly mentioned Romney in recent days, reminding the public that the Republican “lost” last November. In effect, the president is arguing that voters rejected the anti-Obamacare campaign.
Romney still is calling for the elimination of Obamacare, however. And he argued that the president had not exhibited the “kind of leadership” needed to keep Washington out of seemingly chronic fiscal clashes.
“I think there's a better way of getting rid of Obamacare — my own view — and that is, one, delaying it by at least a year,” he told CNN. “That was Senator [Joe] Manchin's idea, the Democrats' idea."