(CNN) – While defending his record on women's issues in an interview that aired Sunday, Mitt Romney praised the Massachusetts health care plan he signed into law as governor.
Romney pointed to the health care law after being asked about Democratic-led attacks that accuse the GOP of launching a so-called war on women.
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"Look, I'm the guy that was able to get health care for all of the women and men in my state," Romney said on Fox News. "They're just talking about it at the federal level. We actually did something, and we did it without cutting Medicare and without raising taxes."
Romney rarely brings up the Bay State health care plan, given that it served in part as a blueprint for President Barack Obama's sweeping health care reform, which Romney now says he would work to repeal.
In the interview, however, Romney said he was "proud" of the health care plan he helped put in place.
"I'm very proud of what we did and the fact that we helped women and men and children in our state," he said.
Defending the Massachusetts law - which includes a mandate - in the past, Romney has said he supports the right of states to implement their own laws but opposes a health care mandate at the federal level.
Earlier this month, a Romney spokeswoman also touted the Massachusetts law, while responding to a super PAC ad that appeared to blame the presumptive GOP nominee for the loss of insurance and eventual death of a laid-off steelworker's wife.
"If people had been in Massachusetts, under Gov. Romney's health care plan, they would have had health care," Andrea Saul said on Fox News. "There are a lot of people losing their jobs and losing their health care in President Obama's economy."
Saul drew fire from some conservatives for bringing up the health care law, saying Romney should continue to avoid talking about that plan. Rush Limbaugh, for example, said on his radio show that Saul's comment "was a potential gold mine for Obama supporters."
– CNN's Kevin Liptak contributed to this report.