Andrea Saul

Romney touts his healthcare law during campaign stop


Mitt Romney has been under fire in the last couple of days thanks to comments made by Andrea Saul, a campaign spokeswoman who cited RomneyCare to fight back against an untruthful attack ad from a pro-Obama “super PAC.” Conservatives are beside themselves over it, and understandably so given that RomneyCare was one of the reasons many of them refused get behind him during the primary.

Ann Coulter has suggested that Saul should be fired for the comment because the response was incredibly dumb. But others, like Philip Klein, note that Saul isn’t the problem, but Romney is because he “was a moderate to liberal governor of Massachusetts, and had to adopt conservative positions that he isn’t entirely comfortable with to win the Republican nomination, health care being the most prominent example.”

And while Saul is working with what she was given, Mitt Romney, who seems completely disconnected from why he struggled during the primary, cited his healthcare overhaul as part of his experience in dealing with the issue during a campaign stop yesterday:

Romney spoke Wednesday about health care in Des Moines, Iowa. One could be forgiven for thinking he sounded like a candidate who has grown increasingly reluctant to dismiss his most significant and successful public policy achievement.

“At the top of my list of programs we don’t need is one that costs $100 billion a year I’m going to get rid of and that’s Obamacare,” he said to cheers at a rally.

Team Romney praises RomneyCare

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:

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