Romney's confusing course correction
July 5th, 2012
03:38 PM ET
6 years ago

Romney's confusing course correction

Washington (CNN) - Mitt Romney's course correction on whether the health care mandate is a tax puts him in line with Republicans who have pinned hopes for winning down-ballot races in part on hammering President Barack Obama for imposing what they've called the biggest tax in the nation's history.

But amid criticism of Romney's campaign as muddled and clumsy, the messaging shift could also cement Romney's image as a flip-flopper, political experts say.


Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Taxes
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    The flip flopper in chief does it again ,always on both sides of ever issue ,republicans deserve to lose and its just going to get worse !!!!

    July 5, 2012 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  2. ThinkAgain

    Mittens' campaign is muddled and clumsy because the guy is dishonest and a flip-flopper. There are just far too many video clips of Mittens contradicting himself ... only a die-hard ignoramus will continue to support Mittens ... those folks and the billionaires who want Mittens to be their puppet ...

    Obama/Biden 2012 = The only sane choice

    July 5, 2012 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  3. T'sah From Virginia

    ►But amid criticism of Romney's campaign as muddled and clumsy, the messaging shift could also cement Romney's image as a flip-flopper, political experts say◄

    Really? – I truly believe that cement was set a long time ago and it's too late to break it up – it runs ten-feet deep!!

    Obama 2012 – The Only Trusted Way Forward!!

    July 5, 2012 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  4. Myviewis

    What is bad, embarrassing is Obama, the president of our country, has been convincing the voters that we are looking at a penalty if we don't buy a health insurance policy and the Supreme Court ruling that it is a Tax we pay if we don't buy an insurance policy and even that nut of Wasserman Schultz attempted to convince people it was a Penalty and not a Tax. This is bad for Obama and Wasserman Schultz.

    July 5, 2012 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  5. American

    The truth is Romney promoted for the nation the same kind of tax, penalty, whatever he's calling it today.

    Sadly, Romney has been the biggest flip-flopper ever witnessed in politics.

    July 5, 2012 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  6. Romney will repeal Romneycare if that will make you vote for him

    (Yawns). Romney is still in the race?

    July 5, 2012 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  7. ge

    is it a flip or a flop today–better check the romney ,whats my plan to-day book

    July 5, 2012 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  8. Marie MD

    Cement his image as a flip flopper? He IS already known as one. What's worse is that he flip-flops during any given speech.
    I meant what I said when I said it whatever it was that I said (or something like that). This guy is a complete moron with that sick grin and stare of his.
    He is using boring pawlenty who goes to sleep during his own speeches and mr mardi gras jindal shoo is another loser!

    July 5, 2012 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  9. JoeAverage

    Romney has a hard time redefining his lies.., while Obama has the media for that.

    July 5, 2012 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  10. once upon a horse

    anybody that has followed Mitt Romney should have KNOWN he was going to filp on this issue especially when the uporar came out that he had actually AGREED with Obama on something a CAPITAL SIN in today's GOP. What Mitt should have done was when his aide made the statement that he did, Romney should have come out IMMEDIATELY and denounced it. Then he could have made a stand. By waiting several days, allowing the far right to steam over it then coming out a flipping on it just makes it seem that the right wing and FoxNews bunch are the ones behind the scenes running the Romney campiagn. You can not convience me that Mitt's phone wasn't ringing off the hook from Mon to Weds. Right now it appears Mitt has NO conviction and is really NOT his own person. Tis' a pity!

    July 5, 2012 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    "he also said of a similar provision in Massachusetts, where he signed a similar health care reform measure into law as governor, the mandate wasn't so much a tax as a penalty."

    Haha. It was extremely and explicitly called a tax in MA and acknowledge as such by the legislature, the legislation itself AND by Deputy Doublethink. The ONLY reason he feels safe making blatant misrepresentations like this is because he knows the MSM won't do the research and call him on it.

    July 5, 2012 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  12. Jayson

    Damn Mitt, why oh why couldn't you just say that you were accepting the Supreme Courts ruling and leave it at that. Then you could put out a commercial criticizing Obama for throwing a hissy fit when he didn't agree with the Supreme Courts ruling

    July 5, 2012 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  13. Independent For President Obama

    CNN this is funny. We already know Romney is a flip-flopper. It is like tossing a coin.

    July 5, 2012 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  14. vic , nashville ,tn

    Romney Outdoor one speech indoor one different speech
    Romney Red state one message blue state different message purple state no message (couldn’t mix)

    July 5, 2012 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  15. Bonnie

    He was Mitt Romney yesterday.....not sure whether he is Mitt Romney today....definitely cannot tell whether he will be Mitt Romney's fun watching this entertainer performing his act.

    July 5, 2012 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |

    In the words of Ayatollah Santorum, "Willard is the worst republican in the country to run against the President on healthcare."

    July 5, 2012 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  17. Myviewis

    You guys do realize that most people only heard about Obama and Wasserman Schultz say it was a Penalty when the Supreme Court had already ruled it was a tax and now those same people will hear it is a Tax not a Penalty. What do you think is more memorable, hearing Democrats, Obama say it is a penalty when they knew it was a tax or finding out that it was a tax and Democrats, Obama knew so. Hmmmmmmmmmm He is the president afterall.

    July 5, 2012 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  18. Sniffit

    "Romney's confusing course correction"

    There's NOTHING confusing about this. Nothing whatsoever. He used disagreeing with calling it a tax and agreeing with Scalia's poutrage screed as a trial balloon and it floated like a lead rowboat, so he changed position completely and started calling it a tax whle trying to play absurd semantic games to say that what he did in MA, which is pretty much exactly the same, is somehow not a tax. There's nothing confusing here other than why CNN would go out of its way to write fluffy articles like this that pretend Deputy Doublethink isn't just a comlpetely empty suit, a pandering skae-oil salesman lacking any core principles, moral compass or actual ideas and policies of his own who will say whatever he thinks people want to hear like a trained parrot if he thinks it will get him elected. His tortured rationalizations in trying to distinguish MA health care from the ACA isn't even's blatantly wrong and pathetic. Even more pathetic is taht people swallow it and CNN refuses to challenge it with critical thought.

    July 5, 2012 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  19. Getoverit

    Why is it when Obama flip flops it's called "evolving" or "clarification"?

    July 5, 2012 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  20. Tony

    100 million cannot buy Romney a coherent message. 1 billion cannot buy Romney a coherent message.

    July 5, 2012 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  21. Sniffit

    "Why is it when Obama flip flops it's called "evolving" or "clarification"?"

    The difference, my friend, is that Obama said up front and all along that his views on gay marriage, for example, were evolving. Mittens, on the other hand, takes a hard-line position one day as if he's fully convinced of it and then, if he gets some sense that it was the less effective or desirable thing to have said and people would rather he have said the opposite, he just comes out with a 100% contradictory position AND engages in silly semantic games and illogical rationalizations as to why he somehow, magically hasn't completely contradicted himself. It's P.A.T.H.E.T.I.C.

    July 5, 2012 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  22. Sniffit

    "It is like tossing a coin."

    Yeah, the mexican jumping coin. It lands on one side, but may at any moment and without any warning or explanation, jump up and flip to the other side.

    July 5, 2012 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  23. Myviewis

    100 million cannot buy Democrats an escape route from saying it is a Penalty when the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Obama's choice for Tax.

    July 5, 2012 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  24. The Real Tom Paine


    100 million cannot buy Democrats an escape route from saying it is a Penalty when the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Obama's choice for Tax.
    The Mandate was a GOP idea, first implemented by Romney. Get over it.

    July 5, 2012 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  25. Romney is not My Hero

    @ Getoverit – Why is it when Obama flip flops it's called "evolving" or "clarification"?

    It's because our President doesn't change his mind every day – back and forth, back and forth (flip flop, flip flop). Plus, he actually thinks through his changes instead of being a "well-oiled weather vane". So just GET OVER IT!

    OBAMA 2012!

    July 5, 2012 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
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