Washington (CNN) - Mitt Romney rejected the notion that he’s shifted his positions on health care Thursday, telling CNN’s Wolf Blitzer that his record shows consistent evidence of conservative platforms and beliefs.
Blitzer pushed Romney on why he had changed a passage in his book “No Apologies” that referred to a health care plan enacted in Massachusetts when Romney was governor. In the hardcover version, Romney wrote, “We can accomplish the same thing for everyone in the country, and it can be done without letting the government take over health care."
When the book was published in paperback, the line read only, “It was done without government taking over health care,” without mention of the plan’s cross-country prospects.
Romney defended the change, saying it was simply a clarification of established viewpoints.
“We updated the book because it came out almost a year after the first book and of course the president's plan was then put in place,” Romney said. “I was asked when we put our plan together, 'Is the plan in Massachusetts something that if you are president, you'd have the entire country adopt?' And I said no. I said that very clearly. I've said it throughout 2008. The Massachusetts plan was crafted for Massachusetts.”
Romney also reacted to a moment in Monday’s CNN/Tea Party Republican Debate in which an audience member shouted "Yeah!" in response to a question asking whether a critically ill person without health insurance should be left to die.
“I was disappointed by that response,” Romney said. “We're a people that care very deeply for one another, we respect the sanctity of human life, whether an unborn life or someone in the middle of their life or at the end of their life. I tried very hard as governor of my state to come up with a plan that would care for people in our state in a thoughtful and compassionate way.”
Romney used the interview Thursday to put some distance between himself and Texas Gov. Rick Perry when asked if he would use the word "socialist" to describe the Obama White House.
“Well, you know, words have a lot of unintended meanings and calling people socialists probably goes on the fact that it is true that President Obama's team and the president himself seem to believe that government has a better approach to our economy than the private sector, and I disagree with that approach,” Romney said.
Romney continued, “I don't use the word socialist, or I haven't so far, but I do agree the president's approach is government heavy, government intensive and not working.”
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