Salem, Virginia (CNN) - Days before the Supreme Court is expected to rule on the constitutionality of President Obama's signature health care law, his GOP rival Mitt Romney tipped his hand in a Tuesday speech, giving a Virginia audience a glimpse at how he might react to the hotly-anticipated decision.
In his remarks, the presumptive GOP nominee showed he had a contingency response for different possible outcomes from the court. The decision is expected to come down on Thursday.
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"If Obamacare is not deemed constitutional, then the first three and a half years of this president's term will have been wasted on something that has not helped the American people," Romney said, to applause from an audience of roughly 1,500 supporters.
Romney, whose criticism of the president's health care reform initiative has been a rallying cry on the stump, continued: "If it is deemed to stand, then I'll tell you one thing. Then we'll have to have a president – and I'm that one – that's gonna get rid of Obamacare. We're gonna stop it on day one."
The Supreme Court could also strike down certain portions of Obama's health care law, while letting other provisions stand.
Republican audiences at events across the country have been wildly supportive of Romney's promise to dismantle the controversial reform measure. Since the contentious Republican primary the former Massachusetts governor has largely avoided mention of the health care reform plan he signed as governor, which both Democrats and Romney's former Republican rivals have tied to Obama's plan.
On Tuesday the former Massachusetts governor also made his first televised remarks on the Supreme Court's Monday ruling on an Arizona immigration law.
Romney faulted the president for failing to enact immigration reform, and charged him with creating a "muddle" that Arizona tried to address with its own law.
Romney accused the president of neglecting both the economy and immigration reform in favor of pushing through his health care law, and framed the Supreme Court's anticipated health care decision as a referendum on Obama's presidency.
"Instead of focusing on immigration, and of course on the big issue, which was the economy and getting the economy going, he instead focused on putting in place his healthcare reform called Obamacare," Romney said.
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