DeMint to Romney: Mandate ‘Not the Way to Go’

by Robert Costa

Mitt Romney will visit South Carolina on Saturday for the first time since forming a presidential exploratory committee. He will shake hands in the Columbia area, hoping to stir some buzz.

As Romney heads to Dixie, Sen. Jim DeMint (R., S.C.) tells National Review Online that he has some concerns with the former governor’s PowerPoint defense of the Bay State’s health-care program.

“Frankly, I would have liked to have seen Mitt distance himself a little bit from the final outcome of that plan,” says DeMint, a 2008 Romney supporter. “As we have seen the plan in Massachusetts unfold, a lot of the goals have not been met.”

“We shared a lot of goals in the beginnining, of getting everyone a private health-insurance policy,” he says. “But we have learned that this idea of a mandate, of a particular type of government plan, is not the way to go, whether it is at the national level or at the state level.”

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