The Perry campaign released a new web video today painting Mitt Romney as a flip-flopper and focusing on the similarities between his Massachusetts health-care program and Obamacare:
“Mitt Romney clearly supports government-mandated health care since he fought for his Massachusetts mandate, which provided President Obama with the blueprint for Obamacare. Romneycare has cost $8 billion and killed 18,000 Massachusetts jobs, yet Mitt Romney wrote in his book that his plan was a model for the nation. When it comes to government-mandated health care, there is no difference between Mitt Romney and President Obama,” said Perry spokesman Mark Miner in a statement.
UPDATE: The Romney campaign strikes back. “Rick Perry is a desperate candidate who will say and do anything to prop up his sinking campaign,” says Romney communications director Gail Gitcho in a statement. “In trying to deflect attention from his liberal in-state tuition policy for illegal immigrants, he has resorted to repeated dishonesty, distortions, and fabrications about Mitt Romney. After a mere eight weeks on the trail, Governor Perry is poised to dethrone his one-time boss Al Gore as the most prolific exaggerator and truth-fumbler in presidential campaign history.”
The campaign also sent along a fuller transcript of the Tim Russert interview excerpted in the Perry video:
RUSSERT: “Why, if it’s good for Massachusetts and it’s working in Massachusetts, wouldn’t you apply it to the rest of the country?”
ROMNEY: “I would.”
RUSSERT: “A mandate?”
ROMNEY: “No. Let me tell you what I would do, just exactly as I described. I like what we did in Massachusetts. I think it’s a great plan. But I’m a federalist. I don’t believe in applying what works in one state to all states if different states have different circumstances.” (NBC’s “Meet The Press,” 12/16/07)