DeMint stands by Romney
March 17th, 2011
02:47 PM ET
11 years ago

DeMint stands by Romney

Washington (CNN) - Republican Sen. Jim DeMint came to the defense of Mitt Romney over the health care plan Romney passed while governor of Massachusetts.

The South Carolina senator blamed the Democratic state legislature for the ultimate plan that has similarities to the current health care law, including the individual mandate that requires all residents, with some exceptions, to have health insurance or pay a tax penalty.

But DeMint, who has become a national figure and Tea Party favorite, told The Hill that Romney's attempts to make private health insurance available for everyone contributed to his decision to endorse him for president in 2008.

"For me, I think he started with good ideas that were essentially hijacked by the Democratic legislature," DeMint said. "Instead of getting people insured, it was a government takeover."

Romney has received criticism from other potential 2012 candidates over the plan, which is sure to be a topic of discussion if Romney makes another run for the White House.

Most recently, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum called the plan a "failure."

Romney defended his record in a March speech, explaining the law as a "state plan intended to address problems that were in many ways unique to Massachusetts."

"Our experiment wasn't perfect. Some things worked. Some didn't. And some things I'd change," Romney said. "One thing I would never do is to usurp the constitutional power of states with a one-size-fits-all federal takeover."

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  1. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    DeMint and his tea baggers always talk about less government which in fact if it had not been for government/banks they could never have borrowed taxpayers money to get rich. Remember the rich never use their own money to acquire wealth.

    March 17, 2011 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  2. Sebastian

    Republicans ... What have YOU DONE to "Create Jobs"?

    The unemployment rate is down last month but that's due to the momentum that President Obama had put into the job market, not anything that the GOP has done/

    The stock market has been rallying FOR TWO YEARS . – which PRECISELY correlates to when President Barack Obama took over. I remember when Republicans use to crow about a rising DJIA as the ULTIMATE indicator that the economy is moving in the right direction. NOW, they want to change the rules.

    DeMint wants to change the rules on the Healthcare Reform Bill too to help out Mitt Romney. Too bad for him, we all can see the massive flip flop that Romeny is trying to pull off to the radical rightwing of the GOP-TP-ers.

    All the Dems have to do is trot out the same diatribes the GOP has thrown at them. In this case, Romney WAS FOR IT BEFORE HE WAS AGAINST IT.. That old attack on Kerry will come back to haunt the GOP

    March 17, 2011 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  3. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Sorry, Jimmy Boy, but Mittens always had the option of his Veto Pen if the MassCare legislation was not exactly what he was willing to accept. Instead he used the collection of pens always used by Presidents and Governors when they sign legislation, so they can hand the pens out to whoever gets in the Photo Op! Don't blame the Massachusetts Democrats for the bill their Carpetbagging Republican Governor signed.

    March 17, 2011 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  4. once upon a horse

    so what we have here is a TOTAL LOSER backing a soon to be LOSER. The GOP 2012ers get more interesting everyday since they really have NO platform to run on (how is that creating jobs thingy going for ya?) so all they can do is go after NPR, Planned Parenthood, gay marriage, PBS, and try to protect Romney because he made the right decion on Healthcare that he is now trying to run from. I think to borrow a phrase from DeMint, 2012 is going to be the Republicans' Waterloo.

    March 17, 2011 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
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