Top New Hampshire GOPer offers Romney praise
April 11th, 2011
08:39 PM ET
12 years ago

Top New Hampshire GOPer offers Romney praise

(CNN) – The chairman of the New Hampshire Republican Party spoke kindly of likely presidential contender Mitt Romney Monday, defending the passage of the health care plan he signed while governor of Massachusetts.

"It really was an innovative experiment, he's a very smart man and what he did was he came up with this program geared for the state of Massachusetts, it was never meant to be some model for a national health care program," Jack Kimball said on CNN's "John King, USA" Monday. "And Mitt Romney's made it very clear and as recently as a few weeks ago to me that he's in favor of complete repeal of 'Obamacare' and that each state should come up with their own plan."

"It shouldn't be as big an issue as folks are making it," Kimball added.

Romney, who announced the formation of his presidential exploratory committee Monday, passed the health care law – which has similarities to President Barack Obama's health care plan – five years ago.

Romney's plan and the current health care law include the individual mandate that requires all residents, with some exceptions, to have health insurance or pay a tax penalty. The former Republican governor has received some criticism over the plan from other potential 2012 candidates.

But looking ahead to the New Hampshire primary, Kimball, who mentioned former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann and former Godfather's Pizza CEO Herman Cain, said there are "very good" candidates in the current field.

"All of them would be far better than what we currently have now," Kimball told CNN National Political Correspondent Jessica Yellin. "I'm excited about the landscape as it's shaping up, and of course New Hampshire's first-in-the-nation primary is very important and we kind of consider ourselves the state that does the vetting for the nation."

Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • New Hampshire • TV-John King U.S.A.
soundoff (22 Responses)
  1. scott

    please, everyone of those other republicans is going to hit gov romney hard over romney care. it will be very funny how he defends romney care but crtizes obama care which is one in the same. the group of 2012 republicans are going to be like the aliens who wanted to get out of their prison in the 4th alien movie. they sacrificed one of their own, cutting the one open till his acidic blood melted the floor so the rest of them could escape.

    April 11, 2011 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  2. Concerned Voter

    Happy Birthday to RomneyCare!!!! The blueprint to ObamaCare!!!!

    April 11, 2011 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  3. True Right Wingnut

    Sorry Mitt. The "tea" partiers , birthers, Christian right wingnuts, are not going to vote for a Mormon. However good your

    April 11, 2011 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  4. thirty3na3rd

    It appears we are screwed. We are so totally screwed if the usual spit-polished, business-as-usual empty shells like Romney and Obama are our non-choice in 2012. God help us. Our debt will balloon even more and the dollar will completely collapse, leaving us all bewildered and panicked when it costs us an hour's labor (after taxes) to buy a loaf of bread. If we elect another kick-the-can-down-the-road party puppet, we are totally doomed. A high pressure fire hose is needed to water down our inferno of debt, and Republicans and Democrats are congratulating themselves for pointing a garden sprinkler at it!

    April 11, 2011 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  5. T'sah from Virginia

    Repeal ROMNEY-CARE!! – Oh, by the way, HAPPY BIRTHDAY ROMNEYCARE!!!! Thank you so much for making Health Care Reform an easy task by allowing the use of your procedures!!!

    April 11, 2011 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  6. Al

    He's damage goods!

    April 11, 2011 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  7. Indy

    Congratulations to Mitts on the anniversary of "Romney Care" a job well done, so good it is almost exactly the same as Obama Care, way to go Mitts !

    April 11, 2011 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  8. Camron

    I am highly impressed with Romney’s 25 years in the private sector. Barack Obama and Joe Biden know nothing about the real economy. I’m also impressed with Romney’s moderate tenure as governor of Massachusetts and his willingness to work the Democrats on healthcare reform. He may have little chance with tea party Republicans but I’d vote for him, though I fear I’ll never have the chance.

    April 11, 2011 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  9. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Romney is going to have really make a case for why he signed the health bill. Why does he think that it doesn't work for the rest of the country when it works in MA?

    April 11, 2011 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  10. Donny

    Romney is just too spineless. He doesn't have any true convictions or principles he's willing to actually stand up for. If you don't like his position on an issue, just wait 48 hours and he'll probably do a 180.

    Another snoozer also-ran.

    April 11, 2011 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  11. morpunkt

    Get used to it.
    He will get the nomination. Because it's about the economy. And once the new Obama dollar gets printed, with Jimmy Carter's face next to Barry, it will be worth less than the Monopoly game money.
    He will be our new president. He will bring us out of this money mess.
    Trust me.
    Get used to seeing his face.
    Mitt in 2012.

    April 11, 2011 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  12. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Are all republicans just plain stupid? There must be one with above average intelligence somewhere.

    April 11, 2011 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  13. valeriemoon

    My wife and two children and I live in the state of Illinois. Our current health insurance plan is a Choice Plan that is provided by "Penny Health Insurance" . The plan itself is a consumer driven health care plan.

    April 12, 2011 01:06 am at 1:06 am |
  14. Marie MD

    There are some things that have to be done by the parents (i.e., healthcare) some children (i.e. states) would rather see grandpa and grandma die quickly or have women, the poor and elderly suffer.

    April 12, 2011 06:12 am at 6:12 am |
  15. Beast Mark

    That's just great, a candidate I will never vote for. That goes for all if the GOP excluding the Paul's.

    April 12, 2011 06:38 am at 6:38 am |
  16. Name king

    Ooh mitten one of the biggest flip flopper in the flipper party. do you remember job job job, mantra during the 2010 election, by your your flip flopper party huh. Guest what all that talk did not mount out to a hill of beans, since the repugs haven't come up with a job bill even with the constant pressure put on them by the dems. All the repugs want to do is reverse the car back into the ditch where the dems brought us from.

    April 12, 2011 07:08 am at 7:08 am |
  17. beevee

    How much did Romney pay this guy to make those remarks?

    April 12, 2011 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
  18. Billy

    Man, I didn,t know New Hampshire had that many ignorants living their,OH, I forgot, their mostly "Rich Their". Sorry? The "RICH" need a "TAX Break. How stupid of me?

    April 12, 2011 07:53 am at 7:53 am |
  19. The Greedy Old Pigs ignore logic, or just twist it

    Wow, can the Greedy Old Propagandists be more transparent? This bit of propaganda is priceless: "what he did was he came up with this program geared for the state of Massachusetts, it was never meant to be some model for a national health care program". That's kind of like saying, "he created a system to make the air, water and food cleaner, but it was never meant to be some model for the entire country."

    For the logic impaired: either an idea is "scalable" or it isn't. I have yet to hear a rational argument why a state health care program is NOT scalable to a national level. Beware these creepy Lords of Illusion feeding fear, lies, and ignorance.

    April 12, 2011 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  20. LA, LA, LA

    The republicans will say anything to get their man elected. Obamacare bad, but Romneycare is innovative experiment. Hypocrites.

    April 12, 2011 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  21. chill

    So now health care providers and insurance companies will have to deal with 50 different sets of rules and systems developed by each state? I thought the GOP was all about business-like efficiency? I'm sure GE doesn't have a different health care plan for each plant it operates. Seems Romney thinks we should emulate the Balkans.

    April 12, 2011 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  22. john

    Romneycare was indeed intended as a national model, and Romney was hoping to use it to support his Presidential campaign in 2008. Indeed, what we now call "Obamacare" was Republican policy up until the very moment Obama decided to support it. But now, of course, the Republicans are throwing up a lot of chaff claiming that the policy is somehow socialistic and somehow unconstitutional.

    April 12, 2011 09:19 am at 9:19 am |