June 5th, 2007
09:25 PM ET
4 years ago

Huffington: Romney is dangerous for Democrats

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Arianna Huffington, a CNN Pipeline analyst and Democratic activist, was impressed with Governor Romney's answer on health care.  She thinks the Democrats may have reason to worry.

"This is his advantage, he can speak well on a strong Democratic issue like health care," Huffington said.

Republican strategist Michael Murphy agreed: "It's like the Democrats running Colin Powell – a candidate who can take away the other party's strength."

Romney, while Governor of Massachusetts, instituted one of the first statewide, comprehensive health care plans.

– CNN Contributor Josh Lipsky


Filed under: Healthcare • Mitt Romney
soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. Dave, Naples, NY

    Yes Romney has Gypsy looks and a rightous tone. But only Doctor Ron Paul can attract liberals because Ron Paul is more Liberal than almost any Democrat! Ron Paul is America's hope.

    June 5, 2007 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  2. Sheryl Grove Parma, MI

    I wish that he would have had time to tell us how he did it. He said it was without raising taxes, but didn't have time to give us the details.

    June 5, 2007 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  3. Will, Boise Idaho

    Good Point...it seems the Dems are afraid of Romeny. He seems to have the ability to work with them too....something DC really needs.
    For a Guy I hadn't known before, he's very impressive!

    June 5, 2007 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  4. Philip Fowler, Monrovia, IN

    Romney has the answers and the solutions to the challenges this country faces. He's proven it–how else could a conservative Republican who's a Morman get elected governor of the bluest state in the nation unless he could solve these kinds of problems?

    June 5, 2007 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  5. Bob in Boston

    Well, I got to be the one to say it...Romneys' Plan ain't working all that great. Everyone here in Mass knows that only too well.

    June 5, 2007 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  6. T. Theisen FortCollins, CO.

    Romney is just too slick. I have had enough of white men rulers. The planet needs partnership leadership, not anymore unjustified competition. The concept of the last one to pee on a tree like male dogs is a long worn out metaphor.

    June 5, 2007 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  7. Dan, Springfield, MA

    Michael Dukakis was Governor when the first health care bill was passed in Massachusetts. The Legislature passed it but didn't fund it. It remains to be seen just how well the present bill will work out.

    June 5, 2007 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  8. Richard, Kansas City, MO

    Arianna is absolutely right. Be afraid, be very afraid. Mitt is the only Republican who has made any effort to solve the health care crisis in our country. He's courageous and innovative. That's why, as a disenchanted ex-Republican, I will only show up to vote in '08 if Mitt Romney is on the ballot.

    June 5, 2007 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  9. phil craine, jacksonville florida

    yeah...like i'd vote for Romney for President...I keep hoping that Snoopy will announce that he is running..he'd get my vote!

    As for the republican pack..they are ALL PATHETIC...some are Bush/Cheney reincarnated...and the rest are mere ghosts of BUSH/CHENEY...that once elected would be resurected...which would definitely move the born again christians to support them...

    NONE OF THE CANDIDATES...DEMOCRATIC OR REPUBLICAN OFFER REAL CHANGE...AND THOMPSON'S LINE OVER THE WEEKEND OF "I NEVER WANTED THE JOB" NON-SENSE IS TOTALLY ABSURD...THE NATION CERTAINLY DOESN'T NEED HIM TO SAVE IT FROM DESTRUCTION...WHAT A JOKE...AND A PATHETIC ONE AT THAT...AND HE'S NOT EVEN QUALIFED..AND THE LAST THING THIS NATION NEEDS NOW IS ANOTHER UNQUALIFIED PRESIDENT...

    SADLY ENOUGH...THE PERSON THAT ACTUALLY BEAT BUSH NEEDS TO STEP FORWARD AND ENTER THE CAMPAIGN.

    June 5, 2007 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  10. Jeff Foster

    Arianna Huffington is such a republican hater, I am surprised she is giving Governor Romney any praises.

    June 5, 2007 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  11. bret, atl, ga

    Mitt Romney never raised "taxes" ... but "fees" SURE WENT UP.

    Are you kidding? "Oh yeah I totally fixed things, health care for FREEEEEeeee..." Yeah right. Don't you believe it.

    June 5, 2007 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  12. beverly Buffalo, NY

    Mitt did very well w/ that question. You bet, the Dems fear Romney. Why do you think two questions (his Mormon faith and use of Spanish language) specifically targeted him? He always does fine, though. Keep an eye on him.

    June 5, 2007 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  13. Aaron, Norfolk, VA

    Romney has the same flaw as John Kerry: absolutely no charisma. In order for a Republican to win the election, they need to nominate someone with some charisma. That narrows the crowd down to Giuliani and McCain. While Ron Paul is the Republican that stands out to me (and 55% of CNN.com visitors, it appears...), I like some of the rhetoric I hear from some of the other candidates.

    However, I really don't think that the Democrats have anything to fear in Romney. McCain and Giuliani are the only real threats, as they are the only two Republican candidates that are going to be able to draw some moderate Republicans and independents back to the party.

    Also, you might want to file this under "health care" instead of "healt care", it is going to be quite difficult to find in the coming months.

    June 6, 2007 07:07 am at 7:07 am |
  14. Chad

    Romney is amazing. He tackled the health care issue without raising taxes and without expanding government and he did it with a legislature that had a supermajority of the opposit party.

    His resume on problem solving surpasses any in the race and is the main reason (COMPETENCE!!! SOMETHING WE DESPERATELY NEED)that I have hoped on board with him.

    We really need someone who looks at the problem from all angles, that doesn't just delegate and not question. After Bush, Romney is our man.

    June 8, 2007 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |