September 17th, 2007
06:00 PM ET
7 years ago

Hospital says Romney 'misappropriated' its image

Romney took heat from the hospital outside of which he made a statement on health care.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – The hospital that former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney used as a backdrop Monday to pan Sen. Hillary Clinton’s, D-New York, healthcare plan is criticizing Romney for using the facility as a prop for his news conference.

“We find it unfortunate that Mr. Romney misappropriated the image and good will of St. Vincent’s Hospital to further a political agenda,” the hospital said in a statement after Romney’s appearance. The hospital also noted in the statement that as a non-profit, it does not get involved in political campaigns and that Romney held his press conference in front of the hospital “without the knowledge or consent” of St. Vincent’s.

During his news conference, Romney told reporters he purposely chose the location because the issue was about healthcare.

“I chose a place where there was a sidewalk and part of a hospital to underscore that this was about health care and of course I’m in New York today,” Romney said. “I’m happy to do it right here, this is obviously an important institution,” Romney explained.

Romney spokesman Kevin Madden also told CNN that the press conference location “was a public sidewalk in front of the hospital and we did not use hospital property.”

– CNN’s Candy Crowley and Alta Spells contributed to this report


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  1. Ryan, New York, NY

    FYI, St. Vincent's Hospitial is the home of the Rudolph W. Giuliani Trauma Center.

    I find it difficult to believe that of all the hospitals in Manhattan, this was the one that Romney just randomly happened to choose...

    September 18, 2007 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  2. Bea, Hoboken, NJ

    FYI, St. Vincent's Hospital is the home of the Rudolph W. Giuliani Trauma Center.

    I find it difficult to believe that of all the hospitals in Manhattan, this was the one that Romney just randomly happened to choose… Posted By Ryan, New York, NY : September 18, 2007 11:10 am

    Exactly there's no way someone in his campaign didn't know that tidbit. Romney attempted to kill two birds with one stone: lambast Hillary while standing in front of the hospital which has their trauma center named after Giuliani. Good for St. Vincent's to voice an objection to being used by this lame politician.

    September 18, 2007 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  3. Veronica, Stamford, CT

    I'd vote for Alan Keyes before I voted for Mittens. Gee, I wonder what Mittens will be for this week, that he was against last week, that's he was for the week before ...

    Mittens ought to go back to Utah ... and stay there.

    September 19, 2007 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  4. laurinda, shokan,ny

    I have a fantastic idea for his next photo-op. He can stand on the sidewalk outside the green zone and give his speech. That will underscore that this is about pulling the toops out of Iraq.

    September 19, 2007 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  5. casey

    St Vincents doesnt even take care of patients in the hospital.They prefer to let them die or go into comas then hire experienced professionals to the job.

    October 10, 2007 05:05 am at 5:05 am |
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