Times: Romney Relied on Kennedy to Help Pass 'Romneycare'As more truth comes out about Romney, the more conservatives are asking "Why is Romney a Republican?" and the answer lies in the fact the didn't want to oppose Ted Kennedy in the primary so he thought he would get the Republican nomination and run against Senator Kennedy in the general.
Sunday, 25 Mar 2012 06:47 PM
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Then there are the details that came out that when he was running for Governor in 2002, he ran away from Republicans and Reagan the whole campaign. Massachusetts residents thought they were getting a liberal Republican which they did. Only when he decided that after Romneycare he wouldn't get a second term, he decided to track more to the middle to run for President. Isn't that great -- you cannot get reelected as Governor so you decide to wait two years and run for President.
Once again we ask why did the establishment types think Romney was such a good candidate when conservatives cannot stand him? This is another example why over 70% of voters in state after state vote for anyone but Romney but yet he is still shoved in our face as he is going to be our candidate. If he is, it will be because he won so many delegates from Blue States like California and New York where it is hard to find enough conservatives to offset the liberals. Essentially we have solid blue states choosing our nominee and this is supposed to be good? I forgot -- conservatives are supposed to sit down, shut up, and vote for Romney in the fall against Obama who is the end of the earth. So we vote for Obama lite instead?
Looks to me like the people in charge don't have a clue how conservatives think or are going to react. Don't know anyone who is voting for Romney in various states and they don't like Obama. Romney is no candidate of conservative Republicans who far outnumber the moderate to liberals in the party, but we don't control the party so they felt free to stick it to conservatives this time with Romney who couldn't beat McCain. May be for the last time as conservatives won't be silenced no matter how much the elites say we should shut up or those annoying, nasty Romney supporters.
Time to clean house at the RNC and get rid of the Chair from Wisconsin. Why should a chair from a blue state be running things at the RNC. Blue states that are large get more delegates than reliably red states so they can choose their moderate to liberal candidates. Disgusting way to do business. Whoever decided Romney was the answer needs FIRED yesterday!
Times: Romney Relied on Kennedy to Help Pass 'Romneycare'
Sunday, 25 Mar 2012 06:47 PM
GOP presidential front-runner Mitt Romney was so close a partner with the liberal late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy in the crafting of Massachusetts' sweeping healthcare law that he frequently referred to Kennedy as “my collaborator and friend.”
Now, of course, Romney is depicting himself as a “severe conservative” and doing everything he can to distance himself from the law that was the basis for Obamacare — the president’s signature healthcare law, The New York Times points out in an extensive article Sunday on the relationship.
Among other things, the Times reveals that:
- Romney’s attempt in 1994 to “out-Kennedy Kennedy” during a Senate race led him to take stands on issues like abortion and gay rights that he has since backed away from, giving rise to accusations that he is a flip-flopper.
- Romney did not make healthcare a cause when he ran for governor in 2002. But by the fall of 2004, changing circumstances in Washington pushed him into it — and into a partnership with Kennedy.
- With Democrats in control of the state legislature,Romney had little hope of passing a massive healthcare bill on his own. Kennedy worked lawmakers behind the scenes, writing notes, cajoling, making telephone calls and stepping in when negotiations between House and Senate Democrats broke down.
- Kennedy schooled Romney, who was notorious for not knowing many lawmakers by name, in how to woo Democrats in the Massachusetts legislature to get the healthcare law passed. In particularly difficult moments for the bill, Romney would attempt to adopt Kennedy’s personal touch leading Democratic lawmakers.
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- Kennedy had more pull with the Republican Bush administration and actually intervened on Romney’s behalf to get a deal with the federal government that extended the waiver of certain federal rules, giving Massachusetts flexibility in administering its Medicaid program and extra money for hospitals that cared for the poor. That helped pave the way for what is now known as “Romneycare,” or as some Republican conservatives put it, “Obamneycare.”
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