While trying to beat back criticism over the Priorities USA ad that essentially says he killed a woman — even though the ad is misleading, if not downright false, a campaign spokeswoman for Mitt Romney pointed to RomneyCare to show her that her boss can do health care reform:
Mitt Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul cited the Massachusetts healthcare law, which the Obama campaign has called the template for the Affordable Care Act, while attacking a controversial new super-PAC ad.
“I think that President Obama’s attacks have been so low and so despicable on a personal level that they’re backfiring on him,” Saul told Fox News on Wednesday, pushing back against the ad.
“If people had been in Massachusetts under Gov. Romney’s healthcare plan, they would have had healthcare,” she added.
With his poll numbers falling and unfavorables rising, Team Romney is no doubt in a panic over what to do to turn the tide of recent negative press. The only real problem with this line of messaging is that RomneyCare, which was the blueprint for ObamaCare, has been frequently cited by conservatives as an example of their distrust of Romney.
Indeed, this line is already causing some concern among conservatives. Erick Erickson, a talk show host and editor of RedState, probably brings home the sentiment as well as anyone else I’ve read:
Conservatives have put aside their distrust of Romney on this issue in the name of beating Barack Obama. They thought he and his campaign team had gotten the message and the hints. Consider the scab picked, the wound opened, and the distrust trickling out again.
About the only thing more stupid in terms of building bridges with the right would be to say something nice about fetal stem cell research.
Start your watches for that one!
The news story of the day should be Romney committing to repealing ObamaCare through reconciliation if he’s elected, but whatever praise he could have won from that is now lost on conservatives since his campaign is touting the basis for the very law that has caused them to rally against Obama.
Not only has Team Romney once again given a reason for conservatives to question him, they’ve given Obama’s campaign that much more fuel to say that RomneyCare was the basis for ObamaCare, that there is no difference between the two laws, and that Romney agrees with the basics.