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